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The Daily Need

Monday morning roundup

Culture

Across the pond, Ed Miliband bested his older brother, David, by a narrow margin to become the Labour party’s new leader Saturday. The younger Miliband took to the airwaves on Sunday to reject the “Red Ed” sobriquet and affirm a centrist platform for the UK’s main opposition party. The elder Mililband, the former foreign secretary under Gordon Brown, has been offered the position of shadow chancellor in his brother’s cabinet; he has until Wednesday to decide. [Telegraph, Guardian, FT]

Security

Israel’s partial freeze on settlement building in the West Bank expired on Sunday night, imperiling the nascent Mideast peace talks, which recently resumed after a 20-month hiatus. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell pressed upon the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to delay any decisions until meeting with the Arab League in Cairo on Oct. 4. [Haaretz, L.A. Times]

Health

A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 20 percent of gay men have HIV, but almost half of those affected are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Jonathan Mermin, director of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC, points out that, “The rate of new HIV infection in the U.S. is increasing among only one risk group: gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” and emphasized the need for better prevention education. [Time, CDC]

Economy

Four months after the historic $1 trillion bailout package was announced, the eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis continues to haunt member countries. This time, worries over Portugal and Ireland’s deficits have spurred another round of discussion about the possibility of a sovereign default within the 16-country monetary union. Life under the austerity measures enacted across Europe is the subject of an in-depth New York Times feature: The Austerity Zone. [WSJ, NYT]

Environment

Rapidly melting glaciers and ice sheets are providing archeologists with a boon of ancient artifacts that have, until recently, been buried in thick blocks of ice. Lars Piloe, a Danish archeologist, told The Guardian that, “It’s like a time machine … the ice has not been this small for many, many centuries.” [The Guardian]

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