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The Daily Need

Wednesday morning roundup

Workers block the road during a general strike in Barcelona, Spain, early Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. Photo: AP/Manu Fernandez


A wave of workers’ strikes unfolded across Europe in response to the austerity measures being enforced by governments in the name of deficit reduction. Hundreds of thousands of workers in Belgium, Spain and Ireland took to the streets to rally against budget cuts that were enacted after the sovereign debt crisis rocked the eurozone earlier this year. [The Guardian, Le Soir, El Mundo]


Intelligence agencies have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to stage Mumbai-style attacks in several European capitals. Modeled after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that left nearly 200 people dead, this alleged plot also involved small groups of heavily armed gunmen ambushing popular tourist attractions across France, Germany and Britain. [Christian Science Monitor, CNN]


The FDA has issued a new rule to boost the safety requirements of clinical trials; drugmakers will now be required to report any findings “that suggest a significant risk to study participants” within 15 days.  [WSJ]


A software engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research looking to simulate Moses’ parting of the Red Sea claims to have found scientific support for this biblical turning point: According to Carl Drews, a meteorological phenomenon known as a “wind set down” could explain the temporary gap in the Red Sea that allowed the Israelites to escape.  [NPR]


Hollywood mourns the passing of Sally Menke, the Oscar-nominated editor most famous for her collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino. Menke was found dead in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park on Tuesday, when temperatures in the city reached a record-breaking 113 degrees. [Vanity Fair]