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Beef Contamination Spreads in Japan as Cattle Eat Radiation Tainted Straw

July 15, 2011—More beef from cattle in Japan that ate straw tainted by radiation has found its way into the food supply, deepening concern about the safety of meat as the country struggles to contain the spread of the contamination. Cattle at the farm in Asakawa, about 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, were fed with rice straw containing 97,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, compared with the government standard of 300 becquerels, said Hidenori Ohtani at the livestock division of the Fukushima prefectural government. The farm shipped 42 cattle in the past three months to slaughterhouses in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Miyagi prefectures, which were processed into meat and sold to distributors, he said.

Judges Consider Whether Assange Should Be Extradited

July 13, 2011—Arguments over whether WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on sexual misconduct allegations wrapped up Wednesday with no immediate answer. They set no date for a decision and did not change the terms of Assange᾿s bail. He remains under house arrest. Outside the court, supporters of Assange and Wikileaks held banners reading “Free Assange” and “Free Manning,” a reference to U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and is being held by the military pending a trial. The signs also said “Free Speech.”

New Backup Plan Would Let Obama raise Debt Ceiling Without Congressional OK

—“We’re running out of time,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters.

July 15, 2011—A plan by the Senate’s two top leaders to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without congressional approval is emerging as the most likely strategy to avoid a looming federal default. The plan being drafted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would lock in roughly $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years—a figure considerably smaller than Republican leaders or President Obama had been seeking.

Pentagon to Treat Cyberspace as “Operational Domain”

July 14, 2011—Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn unveiled a new U.S. strategy on Thursday for protecting military computer networks, moving away from a passive defense toward treating cyberspace as an “operational domain” in which trained forces defend against attacks. Lynn, in a speech at the National Defense University at Fort McNair. He said as part of its active defenses, the Pentagon would introduce new operating concepts and capabilities on its networks, such as sensors, software, and signatures to detect and stop malicious code before it affects U.S. operations.

United States Recognizes Libya Rebels

July 15, 2011—Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday in a major boost to the &8220;rebels” faltering campaign to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Western nations said they also planned to increase the military pressure on Qaddafi’s forces to press him to give up power after 41 years at the head of the North African state. Recognition of the rebels [U.S.-backed mercenaries fighting for Libya’s oil], announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Turkey of the international contact group on Libya, is an important step that could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds.

Phone Hacking: News International Chief Brooks Quits

—“It is right that Rebekah Brooks has finally taken responsibility for the terrible events that happened on her watch”Ed Miliband, Labour Party leader

July 15, 2011—Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, has resigned, the company has confirmed. Her departure follows days of growing pressure for her to step down as the phone hacking crisis grew. She was editor of the News of the World when murder victim Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked.

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