News for 2009-02-16

Monday, February 16, 2009
Democrats Divided Over 'Reckoning' for Bush
NEW YORK - With growing public support for a public investigation of crimes that may have been committed by the administration of former president George W. Bush in waging its "global war on terror", policy makers and legal experts are deeply divided on how to proceed - and President Barack Obama...
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EU Foiled in Bid to Force France, Greece to Allow GM Crop
BRUSSELS - The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from US biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields. Food chain experts from the EU member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back...
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Bank Nationalization Attracts GOP Support
Rep. Maxine Waters was lambasted as a left-wing radical last year when she raised the idea of nationalizing the oil industry. But on a Sunday morning talk show, a Republican senator came off even more supportive than her of nationalizing banks. "I would not take off the idea of nationalizing the...
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Appeal for UNICEF's Gaza Children's Fund
From Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog: The demonstrating crowds have gone home. The blog postings have tapered off. The pundits have moved on. Congress is back to its old tricks, ignoring public opinion in favor of the lobbyists and money men. The US public is worried about losing its job or...
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Dairy Cows Head for Slaughter as Milk Prices Sour
TURLOCK, Calif. - Hundreds of thousands of America's dairy cows are being turned into hamburgers because milk prices have dropped so low that farmers can no longer afford to feed the animals. Dairy farmers say they have little choice but to sell part of their herds for slaughter because they face a...
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US 'War on Terror' Eroded Rights Worldwide - Experts
GENEVA - Washington's "war on terror" after the Sept. 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United Nations must now combat, international law experts said on Monday. Mary Robinson, who was the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights when al Qaeda...
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UN Urges G20 Leaders to Back 'Green New Deal'
NAIROBI - World leaders meeting in London in April should kick-start a "Green New Deal" to fight climate change and revive the crippled global economy on a sustainable basis, a major U.N. environment meeting was told on Monday. High on the agenda for more than 100 environment ministers gathered in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Attack of the Killer Robots
One of the most captivating storylines in science fiction involves a nightmarish vision of the future in which autonomous killer robots turn on their creators and threaten the extinction of the human race. Hollywood blockbusters such as Terminator and The Matrix are versions of this cautionary tale...
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Same-Sex Marriage Movement Looks to 'Obamify'
As gay marriage supporters prepare for a noon demonstration today in Sacramento, a growing number are planning their next ballot campaign. Their new strategy: "Obamify" the gay marriage movement.
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Obama Slows Down Troop Boost Decision
President Barack Obama is refusing to be rushed into his first decision to send troops into combat, an early sign he may be more independent-minded than U.S. military leaders expected. The new president's methodical decision-making offers an early insight into how the new commander in chief will...
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Cambodian Horror on Trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - On a barren patch of scrub and swamp south of this city, it stands in shocking testimony to one of the worst atrocities of our times: a 17-level tower of skulls and bones from some of the two million people who perished at the hands of Pol Pot's murderous Khmer Rouge regime...
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No 10 Rejects New 'Torture Cover-Up' Claims
Downing Street today rallied to the defence of David Miliband, the foreign secretary, over claims that the Foreign Office asked the US for help in suppressing crucial evidence concerning torture allegations. The prime minister's official spokesman insisted the Foreign Office had merely asked the US...
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Nuclear Subs Collided in Atlantic
LONDON - Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided deep under the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, causing damage to both vessels but releasing no radioactivity, a British official said Monday. The British government official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the...
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Unions Push for Organizing Act
Unite Here representative explains why the union is campaigning for the Employee Free Choice Act.
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A 'Fraud' Bigger Than Madoff
In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The exact sum missing may never...
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Hamburgers are the Hummers of Food in Global Warming: Scientists
CHICAGO - When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scientists say. Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week. That's because beef is such an incredibly inefficient food to produce and cows release so...
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Israel Takes Control of More West Bank Land
Israel has taken control of a large chunk of land near a prominent West Bank settlement, paving the way for the possible construction of 2,500 settlement homes, officials said Monday, in a new challenge to Mideast peacemaking.
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Chavez Wins Reform Vote in Venezeula
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez won a referendum to eliminate term limits Sunday and vowed to remain in power for at least another decade to complete his socialist revolution. Opponents accepted defeat but said Chavez is becoming a dictator. Fireworks exploded in the sky and caravans of...
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