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FOCUS ON NUTRITION: Is sugar toxic? ...

(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.

The following script is from "Sugar" which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.

The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. 

New research coming out of some of America's most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country's leading killers, including heart disease.

60 Minutes Overtime

Sugar and kids: The toxic truth »

As a result of these findings, …

L'Oreal heiress sells island paradise in Seychelles ...

L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, France’s richest woman, has sold a string of private islands in the Seychelles to a firm linked to an ocean conservation foundation.

Bettencourt, 89, bought D’Arros Island along with several neighbouring islets for $18 million in 1998 and recently sold them for $60 million to a Seychelles-registered business, Housing and Habitat Minister Christian Lionnet said.

The stunning islands are located in the Indian Ocean, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the main Seychelles island of Mahe.

The Seychelles-registered business that bought the islands is called the Chelomia Company Ltd, which is affiliated with the Geneva-based Save our Seas foundation.

The Seychelles government said in a statement that the islands would “soon be proclaimed a nature reserve” and “managed by the Save our Seas Foundation in direct collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy.”

Bettencourt was the target of a French tax probe but tax authorities said last yea…

CLIMATE CHANGE: India's economic growth seen lower as rains play truant ...

by Staff Writers

New Delhi (AFP) Aug 4, 2012

India's economic growth could slip to near six percent this year with the country facing the spectre of its third drought in a decade, a top government policymaker says.

In the last few months, the outlook for once-booming India has worsened with high inflation, steep interest rates, a ballooning deficit, nosediving business confidence, a falling currency and now growing worry of drought.

"If we factor in that agriculture which will not be strong ... (growth) will be closer to six percent" for the fiscal year to March 2013, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters in New Delhi.

His forecast, delivered Friday, is down from the 6.5 percent expansion India notched up last year, and far below the close to 10 percent expansion seen during a good part of the past decade.

It comes comes as private economists also pare their growth estimates for Asia's third-largest economy, citing concern about "de…

He May Be Leader of Peru, but to Outspoken Kin, He’s Just a Disappointment ...

Oscar Durand for The New York Times

President Ollanta Humala has been trying to deflect questions about his familial disputes.

Published: August 4, 2012

LIMA, Peru — Presidents everywhere are criticized by those they lead, but President Ollanta Humala of Peru may be unique in that some of his fiercest detractors are his own flesh and blood, including his brothers, sisters, cousins and, chief among them, his voluble father, Isaac.

“It’s a matter of deception,” the elder Mr. Humala said of his son’s first year in office. The father has loudly opposed his son’s support of the mining industry and a government crackdown on antimining protests that has left several people dead.

He has accused the government of violating the rights of another son, Antauro, who is imprisoned for leading a failed rebellion in 2005. And after a cabinet reshuffling last month, Isaac Humala offered this analysis of most of his son’s ministers: “They should be in jail.”

The president’s brother Ulises, t…

How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs ...

Frustrated with US dictates, countries across the region are floating new ideas to curb drug trafficking, from 'soft' enforcement to legalization.

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer, and Sara Shahriari, Correspondent / 

July 30, 2012


Like thousands of other Bolivians, Marcela Lopez Vasquez's parents migrated to the Chapare region, in the Andean tropics, desperate to make a living after waves of economic and environmental upheaval hit farming and mining communities in the 1970s and '80s.

The new migrants, who spread across the undulating green hills here, planted bananas. They planted yucca and orange trees. But it was in the coca leaf that thrives in this climate that they found the salvation of a steady cash crop – and themselves at the nexus of the American "war on drugs."

The coca leaf has been sacred in Andean society for 4,000 years and is a mainstay of Bolivian culture. 

It is chewed by farmers and miners, enlisted in reli…

Kenyans weigh cost of Chinese investment ...

by Abdi Latif Dahir
Nairobi, Kenya (UPI) Aug 3, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Mwaura Kimani swiftly engages and alternates the gears as he speeds down the Thika Superhighway. A matatu (taxi bus) driver for more than 8 years, Kimani recalls the 2-hour commute to the city center on a narrow and dusty two-lane road in a cloud of smoke and ceaseless honking.

Now, Kimani makes that journey in less than 20 minutes.

"Traffic jams used to be crazy here," Kimani says. "Now, it's easy to get in and out of the (Central Business District). It feels good."

The transformation of the Nairobi commute is thanks, in large part, to an eight-lane freeway, complete with flyovers, bypasses, underpasses, cycle lanes and footpaths.

Three Chinese companies -- China Wu Yi, Sinohydro Corp. and Shengli Engineering Construction Group -- have expanded the road, in just more than 3 years, into a 30-mile expressway that has become the city's new source of pride.




El legendario velocista jamaicano Usain Bolt revalidó su título olímpico de los 100 metros en los Juegos de Londres-2012, con un crono de 9.63.

Bolt, héroe de los Juegos de Pekín con tres oros, no pudo batir su propio récord mundial, que ostenta con 9.58 desde su título en el Mundial de Berlín-2009 (AFP/EMMANUEL DUNAND)


Tropical Storm Ernesto is approaching the western Caribbean Sea on this Sunday Night, centered more than 200 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. Ernesto is forecast to turn toward the west-northwest at a slower forward speed during the next 48 hours. 

The forecast track brings the center of Ernesto south of the Cayman Islands tonight and early Monday, and to the north of the northeastern coast of Honduras late Monday and Monday Night.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Jamaica, while a Tropical Storm Watch continues for Grand Cayman as well as the coast of Honduras from the Honduras/Nicaragua border west to Punta Castilla. Interests in Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of Ernesto.

Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph. Some strengthening is forecast as Ernesto moves over the western Caribbean Sea on Monday and Tuesday.

Get the latest on this storm, including watches, warnings and graphics, by visiting the NHC website at