* World: According to a study released today people who are heavy smokers in middle age greatly increase their risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia later in life.
* U.S.: The largest U.S. arms sale ever took place last week when Saudi Arabia purchased up to $60 billion in military aircraft.
* Indonesia: “No immediate reports of damage or injuries” have been mentioned after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that shook off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra today.
* Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai admitted that he received cash from Iran yet tried justifying it by claiming that “friendly” countries like the U.S. do the same thing.
Image – CBC (“The brain is not immune to the long-term consequences of smoking two packs of cigarettes per day, the researchers found. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press).“)
Online Sources- MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Reuters, CNN