Turkey raids target banned Marxist group DHKP-C
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Dozens of people, including 15 lawyers, with suspected links to a banned Marxist group have been arrested in raids by police across Turkey.
Helicopters were used in some of the early morning raids in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other cities.
They were targeting members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), a group blamed for a number of ___1___ in Turkey since the 1970s.
It is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, Europe and the United States.
The group opposes Turkey’s membership of Nato and what it describes as Western imperialism.
At least 85 people were ___2___ in the raids, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reports.
Among them are said to be 15 lawyers working for a firm in Istanbul that is known to defend left-wing activists.
One newspaper said they were __3___ of “transferring instructions” from the group’s imprisoned leaders to “militants”.
But a Turkish lawyers’ association, CHD, accused the state of “an all-out attack __4___ people and institutions who oppose the system and struggle for democracy and freedom”, Hurriyet reports on its website.
The group’s attacks have historically targeted the military and political establishment, and are reported to have claimed the lives of dozens of people including two retired generals, a former justice minister and a prominent businessman.
Fast-food ‘linked to childhood asthma and eczema’
Match the words to the blanks in the article.
Immunity: The state of being immune from or insusceptible to a particular disease or the like.
Protective: having the quality of function of protecting
Servings: a single portion of food or drink
Risk: exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance
Symptom: a sign or indication of something
Blame: to hold responsible; find fault with
Eating fast food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in children, say researchers who have looked at global disease and dietary patterns.
Data from more than 500,000 children in more than 50 countries suggests poor diet may be to ___1__ for rising levels of these allergy-related conditions.
Those who ate fast food, such as take-away burgers, risked severe asthma, eczema and itchy, watery eyes.
Eating plenty of fruit appears to be ___2___, Thorax journal reports.
Fast food often contains high levels of saturated- and trans-fatty acids, which are known to affect __3___, while fruit is rich in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, say the researchers.
In the study, children in their early teens who ate three or more weekly __4__ of fast food had a 39% increased risk of severe asthma.
Six- and seven-year-olds had a 27% increased risk.
Eating three or more portions of fruit a week cut the risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis by between 11% and 14%.
The study authors, Prof Innes Asher, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Prof Hywel Williams, from the University of Nottingham in the UK, said: “If the associations between fast foods and the ___5___ prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema is causal, then the findings have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally.”
Generally, people with asthma do not have to follow a special diet.
In some cases, certain foods, such as cow’s milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, yeast products, nuts, and some food colourings and preservatives, can make symptoms worse.
Malayka Rahman of Asthma UK, said research suggests that a person’s diet may contribute to their __6__ of developing asthma and that eating healthily may have a beneficial effect.
“Evidence suggests that the vitamins and antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables have a beneficial effect on asthma therefore Asthma UK advises people with asthma to eat a healthy, balanced diet including five portions of fruit or vegetables every day, fish more than twice a week, and pulses more than once a week.”
Key: 1. Blame 2. Protective 3. Immunity 4. Servings 5. Symptom 6. Risk
Twelve arrested in US raid on Latin sex-trafficking ring
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Authorities in the United States have arrested 12 people in connection with a people-trafficking prostitution ring.
Another 44 people have been detained. Eleven women from Central America and ___1___, most in their 20s, were freed.
The women were reportedly forced to have sex with up to 30 men a day, charging $30 (£19) for each act.
The gang is thought to have been smuggling women since 2008, moving them to different cities every week in the south-eastern US.
The US ___2____ have indicted eight men and four women. Most of the other detainees are said to be clients.
The sex-trafficking ring served mostly ethnic Latino immigrants in larger cities and rural __3___ of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, the authorities said.
One of the indicted, a Mexican citizen, is accused of having threatened to send one woman back to Mexico if she did not have sex with at least 25 men a day.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said 967 arrests in connection with people trafficking and sex __4__ were made last year alone.
“To those who would believe that sex trafficking doesn’t happen in America, reflect on this case and think again,” Mr Morton said at a news briefing.
Most of the 44 detainees were reportedly non-Americans and would face court action. Those who were ___5___ in the country would be deported, said Mr Morton.
The scale of human trafficking in the US is hard to gauge, but the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris Project since December 2007, has received more than 57,000 calls from every state in the union.
Incidences of sex and labour trafficking have been ___6__ in all 50 states in the US, and the District of Columbia, in the two years leading up to 2012.
Key: 1. Mexico 2. Authorities 3. Communities 4. Tourism 5. Illegal 6. Reported
Pakistan PM corruption official found dead
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One of the officials investigating a corruption case in Pakistan linked to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has been found dead.
Reports say the man, Kamran Faisal, was found hanged in the __1___ hostel in Islamabad where he lived.
Police said it appeared he had taken his life but they were __2__ all possibilities, including murder.
A relative said he did not believe he could have killed himself. A neighbour said he had been very depressed.
The Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Mr Ashraf on Tuesday over allegations he had accepted bribes when approving __3__ generation projects as minister for water and power in 2010.
He denies the allegations.
Mr Faisal worked for Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Announcing that a post mortem examination would be carried out, Islamabad police chief Bani Amin said: “We are investigating from different angles… we will establish an opinion after the autopsy.”
One of the dead man’s __4__ told the BBC the official had been under considerable stress in recent weeks.
He had played a major role in the Ashraf case until he and another officer were taken off it earlier this month by senior NAB officials, the man told the BBC.
A neighbour also said that Mr Faisal had requested a __5__ from the high-profile case and had been very depressed.
But a relative, who works for the BBC, said Mr Faisal would not have taken his own life.
He was stressed, the relative said, but dedicated to his work and his family.
He was married with children, and supporting four sisters and his elderly parents.
Pressure on government
Mr Faisal’s death is the latest twist in the long-running corruption case against Mr Ashraf, says the BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani in Islamabad.
It comes days after the order to arrest the prime minister, which came as a populist cleric led thousands of protesters in a march and sit-in in Islamabad.
Tahirul Qadri and his supporters were demanding that the government resign ahead of __6__ due in May.
The government has since reached a deal with the cleric, agreeing to dissolve parliament before 16 March, but the events have raised fears of a political crisis in Pakistan.
Analysts say Mr Ashraf is unlikely to be arrested imminently.
The head of the NAB, Fasih Bokhari had refused to carry out the arrest, saying there was not enough evidence to justify it.
Key: 1. Government 2. Investigation 3. Power 4. Associates 5. Transfer 6. elections
TSA to phase out Rapiscan ‘naked scanners’
Can you match the words to the appropriate blanks?
Scanners: a photoelectric devise for scanning pictures
Detect: to discover or catch in the performance of some act
Representing: to present on behalf of another person, thing, or organization
Software: programs used to direct the operation of a computer
Effectiveness: adequate to accomplish a purpose
Relationship: connection, association, or involvement
Generate: to create and bring into existence
The US aviation security agency will stop screening travellers with scanners that show travellers’ naked images, amid widespread privacy complaints.
Scanner maker Rapiscan had been ordered to make its __1__ function without screeners having to view naked images.
But Rapiscan was to be unable to meet a June deadline to make the updates, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.
The kit is to be replaced with ___2___ that show hidden objects on an avatar.
“TSA has strict requirements that all vendors must meet for security __3___ and efficiency,” the agency said in a statement.
Separately to the privacy concerns, some health officials feared the Rapiscan 1000SP scanner, which uses low-level X-rays to __4___ the image viewed by screeners, might expose passengers to unsafe levels of radiation.
Under the arrangement with the TSA, Rapiscan will remove all 174 scanners from US airports at its own expense, the Los Angeles Times reported, __5___ about half of the scanners in use.
Rapiscan parent company OSI Systems said ending the TSA contract would cost it about $2.7 million (£1.7 million).
“We are pleased to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with the TSA,” OSI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Deepak Chopra said in a statement.
“We have had a close working ___6___ with TSA and its predecessor agencies for the better part of two decades, during which time we have together pioneered many of the transportation security technologies in use today.”
The Rapiscan machines will be replaced by scanners made by L-3 Communications Holdings that use radio waves to __7__ suspicious objects hidden underneath clothes. Those display warnings on an avatar rather than show a naked image of the passenger.
The L-3 machines are already in use in some US airports.
Key: 1. Software 2. Scanners 3. Effectiveness 4. Generate 5. Representing 6. Relationship 7. detect