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Saturday, February 23, 2013

News Headline Feb. 23, 2013

Egypt orders $2.5mln worth of teargas from US despite plunging economy Egypt's Interior Ministry has ordered shipments of 140,000 teargas canisters from US in January. The total cost of the shipment amounts to nearly US$2.5 million, despite the country's collapsing economy and calls for a 'freer' state. 7

 An Egyptian protester attempts to throw back a tear gas canister on November 27, 2012 during clashes with the Egyptian Riot Police in Omar Makram street, off Tahrir Square in Cairo. (AFP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia)

Floods sweep through Greece and Italy, 1 dead (VIDEO, PHOTOS)  Unusually heavy rains have caused floods in Greece and southern Italy with torrents of water strong enough to carry away vehicles. One woman died of shock after being trapped in her car surrounded by raging waters. 6 

A woman stuck in her car reacts as flood waters gush past her during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 22, 2013. (Reuters/John Kolesidis)

'Miserable destruction': N. Korea threatens US over joint drills with Seoul  North Korea has warned the US military against conducting scheduled joint drills with South Korean troops, accusing them of “igniting war” and threatening them with “miserable destruction.”

 State media film a rocket carried by a military vehicle during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

Cholera immunity: UN denies compensation to Haiti disease victims  The United Nations has announced it rejects a damage claim for victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti, believed to have been caused by UN forces. Since its outbreak in October 2010, the disease has claimed over 7,750 lives.

 A young girl diagnosed with cholera cries while being treated at a medical center run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) outside of Port-au-Prince November 1, 2012. (Reuters/Swoan Parker)

Syrian opposition to pick PM, form own government  The leaders of the Syrian opposition are set to pick a prime minister to lead a provisional government in rebel-held parts of the country. It comes as the group refuses several international invitations to talks after unabated violence.

Moaz Alkhatib  (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)

M V Ramana, a physicist by training, currently working with the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University discusses with Newsclick the current nuclear scenario in India. He speaks on how, in terms of cost and in terms of safety, dependence on nuclear energy is not feasible. He cautions that imported light water reactors are problematic and India should not rely on them.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he was “very open” to spending money from the UK's 10-billion-pound ($US15.2 billion) aid budget on peacekeeping and other security operations. The move sparked a wave of criticism in Britain, with opponents insisting that money should be spent on things like hospitals rather than the military.

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