News for 2008-09-04

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Ethiopia Facing World's 'Most Urgent' Food Crisis
ADDIS ABABA - The most pressing food crisis in the world at present is in Ethiopia, according to John Holmes, the United Nations' under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs. Holmes is on a three-day visit to Ethiopia to witness the efforts by the Ethiopian government, UN agencies, and...
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Palin's Connection To 'Big Oil'
ST PAUL, Minn. - Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska who has shot to prominence as John McCain's choice as running-mate, is best known as a passionate believer in new oil and gas exploration, including in Alaska's National Widelife Reserve - something McCain himself rejects. But campaigners say she...
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Fire Retardant Chemical Found In Children
WASHINGTON - A fire retardant chemical used in electronics, toys and furniture has been detected in children's blood at triple the levels found in their mothers, the Environmental Working Group reported on Thursday. In a small pilot study of 20 families, the non-profit environmental group tested...
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Former Canadian Top Cop faults US for Arar Rendition
OTTAWA - Canada's former top cop blames the United States for the deportation of a Canadian national to Syria, where he was tortured and held for a year, he told public broadcaster CBC on Wednesday. Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli told the CBC that US...
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Palestinians Lose Faith In Two-State Solution
JERUSALEM - group of prominent Palestinian figures has proposed a radical change in strategy to demand a single, bi-national state if the current round of Middle East peace talks fails.
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Attacks on Media Reveal Republican Jitters Over Palin
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sarah Palin, the Alaskan Governor selected by John McCain as his running mate, hit back at the media last night, telling her critics to stop raking through her family and political history.
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Candidates Stay the Course on Latin America
WASHINGTON - With an election to replace an immensely unpopular president just weeks away, Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic candidate Barack Obama have both sought to distance themselves from the record of George W. Bush -- but when it comes to Latin America, neither candidate promises...
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Canada's Tar Sands Lobbyists Focus on US Democrats
VANCOUVER - As the U.S. election campaign kicks into overdrive, Canadian politicians and oil executives are stepping up lobbying efforts to make sure whoever controls the White House keeps purchasing notoriously dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands.
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Obama Might Pursue Criminal Charges Against Bush Administration
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said yesterday that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November. Biden's comments, first reported by ABC news, attracted little notice on a day dominated by the drama...
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Cheney Colleague Admits Bribery in Halliburton Oil Deals
A former colleague of the US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, has pleaded guilty to funnelling millions of dollars in bribes to win lucrative contracts in Nigeria for Halliburton, during the period in the Nineties when Mr Cheney ran the giant oil and gas services company. Albert Stanley, who was...
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Taxpayers Off The Hook For GOP Convention Lawsuits
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Taxpayers should be off the hook for any damages stemming from claims of police misconduct related to the Republican National Convention under a first-of-its-kind agreement. The deal required the Republican Party's host committee to buy insurance covering up to $10 million in...
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