News for 2009-01-29

Thursday, January 29, 2009
A Distress Signal in Westerly
WESTERLY, R.I. - Jason and Kelly Jarvis are in trouble. She lost her job in September. He has been out of work since last month. The couple, married for 16 years and with two teenage sons, are running out of money. They are behind on their mortgage payments and their lender keeps calling, asking...
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Cuba Renews Demands That the US Hand Over Guantanamo
HAVANA - For more than a century, the United States has controlled the Guantanamo naval base in eastern Cuba for a measly $4,085 in lease fees per year. Cuba has long refused to cash the checks. Now, with President Barack Obama ordering the prison for terrorism suspects at the base closed within a...
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Spain Investigates Claims of Israeli Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza
MADRID - A Spanish judge today opened preliminary investigations into claims that a 2002 bomb attack on Gaza warranted the prosecution of a former Israeli defence minister and six senior military officers for crimes against humanity. Judge Fernando Andreu agreed to investigate the deaths of 15...
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Europe to Prosecute Britain for Breaking Air Pollution Laws
Europe is prosecuting Britain for consistently breaking air pollution laws and endangering people's health in urban areas. Legal proceedings against the government were started today by the EU environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas, and could result in unlimited daily fines. Britain had been given...
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Poverty Safety Nets Fraying Nationwide
BOSTON - The global economy is barely showing a pulse, and the world's poor are especially at risk, the International Monetary Fund declared Wednesday. "We now expect the global economy to come to a virtual halt," in 2009, said IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard.
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Seed Bank for the World Threatened by Financial Crisis
ARDINGLY, England - A seed bank that is trying to collect every type of plant in the world is now under threat from the global financial crisis, its director says. The Millennium Seed Bank Project aims to house all the 300,000 different plant species known to exist to ensure future biodiversity and...
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Officials: Army Suicides at 3-Decade High
WASHINGTON - Suicides among Army troops soared again last year and are at a nearly three-decade high, senior defense officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. At least 128 soldiers killed themselves in 2008, said two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the data has not been...
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Other Lands Have Dreams: An Interview With Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly, the author of Other Lands Have Dreams and a co-founder of Voices for Creative Non-Violence , discusses her recent trip to Gaza. As the United States continues to supply Israel with billions in weapons and military hardware the public remains largely in the dark as to how those weapons...
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Obama Signs Equal Pay Bill
Barack Obama today signed the first bill of his presidency, a piece of legislation known as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act that makes it easier for workers to sue after discovering what they believe to be pay discrimination. In signing the bill, Mr. Obama said that it sends the...
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Indonesian NGO Backs Villagers in Fight Against Palm Oil
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Deep in the forests of Indonesian Borneo, a small environmental group is using education and common sense to arm villagers against the devastating onslaught of palm plantations. Yayasan Orangutan Indonesia (Yayorin) was founded in 1991 with the goal of saving Indonesia's...
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Iraq Bars Blackwater, Tarnished by Civilian Deaths
BAGHDAD - Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians. The move will deprive American...
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