British Prime Minister Gordon BrownThe buck (or the pound, in this case) stops at the desk of perpetually embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. According to numerous reports in newspapers in the U.K. and worldwide, a clandestine oil-for-prisoners deal with Libya facilitated the recent “compassionate release” of convicted terrorist Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison where he was serving a life sentence for having bombed a commercial airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.

Iran Missile launchIran’s state-sponsored Press TV news channel announced on September 28 that the nation’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had test-fired two long-range missiles.

flu shotA Canadian study is making waves across the international press after reportedly finding evidence of an increased risk for swine flu infection among people who have taken the seasonal influenza vaccine. The research is preliminary and has not been peer-reviewed yet, but governments and the media are taking notice.

Obama at Pittsburgh summitAppearing at a press conference at the Pittsburgh Convention Center with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Group of 20 economic summit on September 25, President Barack Obama accused Iran of building a secret nuclear fuel plant and of “threatening the security and the stability of the region and the world.”

queens goldTo paraphrase an axiom:  "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to use a metal detector and he'll be RICH!" Something like that, anyway. Terry Herbert, an up until now amateur metal-detector enthusiast, of Burntwood, England, found a treasure trove of gold buried in his friend's field on a farm near Lichfield in Staffordshire, England.

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