News for 2008-12-10

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Bush Last-Minute Rules Cement Environmental Legacy
WASHINGTON - In his waning weeks in the White House, U.S. President George W. Bush is drawing more fire than ever as he presides over a steady stream of environmentally unfriendly regulations meant to last into the Obama administration. "While the first 100 days of the Bush administration initiated...
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Britain Says Most Troops to Leave Iraq
LONDON - Britain's remaining troops in Iraq will begin withdrawing from the country in March on a timetable that will aim to leave only a small training force of 300 to 400 by June, according to Defense Ministry officials quoted by the BBC and several of Britain's major newspapers on Wednesday.
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'Don't Leave Climate Change to the World Bank'
POZNAN - Leading environment groups have opposed plans to hand over financing to check climate change to the World Bank. Industrialised countries may be required to provide more than 100 billion dollars for developing countries to build low-carbon economies, according to unofficial estimates. This...
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US Appeals Court Reconsiders Arar Suit Against Bush Officials
NEW YORK - Lawyers for Ottawa computer engineer Maher Arar appeared before a federal appeals court here yesterday, urging it to reinstate a lawsuit against high-ranking officials in the Bush administration responsible for sending him to Syria, where he was tortured. The hearing was held before 12...
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Workers Win a Big Round in Chicago Factory Sit-In
CHICAGO - The creditor of a Chicago plant where laid-off employees are conducting a sit-in to demand severance pay said Tuesday it would extend loans to the factory so it could resolve the dispute, though the workers declared their protest unfinished. A resolution seemed nearer as Bank of America,...
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Obama Urged to Fund Watchdog Agencies
SAN FRANCISCO - As George Bush's presidency draws to an end, watchdog groups are calling for President-elect Barack Obama's administration to fully fund federal agencies that relaxed monitoring of water, air quality and the safety of the food supply and consumer products in the past eight years.
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Laos Reaps Deadly Harvest
The entrance to Craters restaurant is guarded by a phalanx of bombshells, each as big as a man. Opposite, the Dokkhoune hotel boasts an even finer warhead collection. For tourists who have not cottoned on, the Lao town of Phonsavanh lies at the heart of the most cluster-bombed province of the most...
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Musicians Don’t Want Tunes Used for Torture
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Blaring from a speaker behind a metal grate in his tiny cell in Iraq, the blistering rock from Nine Inch Nails hit Prisoner No. 200343 like a sonic bludgeon. "Stains like the blood on your teeth," Trent Reznor snarled over distorted guitars. "Bite. Chew." The...
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