News for 2009-03-07

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Colombia: 'Drug Lords' Getting Free Pass on Worse Crimes?
WASHINGTON - Yet another of Colombia’s top paramilitary leaders was extradited to the U.S. Thursday to be brought up on drug trafficking charges despite the objections of some rights groups and questions raised by Colombian politicians visiting Washington. Éver Veloza García was put on a plane for...
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East Jerusalem Settlements Ratchet Up Tensions
JERUSALEM - As the fires of human misery continue to smolder in Gaza, the situation in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem is emerging as another potentially explosive issue in, and far beyond, the Middle East.
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Call to 'Resist and Deter' Nuclear Iran Gains Key Support
WASHINGTON - A new report on how the United States should "resist and deter" Iran's alleged ambitions to acquire a nuclear-weapons capability by a think tank closely tied to the so-called "Israel Lobby" has been endorsed by two key officials who are expected to exercise major influence on Iran...
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Afghan Refugees Risked Their Lives but are Frustrated by Resettlement in US
Mohammad Naseer Yasini sat alone in a North Kansas City apartment and recalled life under the Taliban. At that time, he never imagined he would one day work for American soldiers. He was young, still a boy then, but his memories remain clear. It was a stressful time in Afghanistan, he said. Few...
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It’s Breasts, Not Bombs, at Paraguay Nuke Protest
ASUNCION, Paraguay – Activists in Paraguay are showing a little skin for world peace. About 100 women disrobed today in a square in downtown Asuncion to protest nuclear weapons. Demonstrator Carola Gonzalez said the Humanist Party activists decided to strip for their cause since "the public and the...
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For Ex-Offenders, Older Workers, Uneducated, Jobs Even Harder to Find
WASHINGTON - Julie Sizemore can only imagine what employers think when her resume crosses their desks. After all, the Danville, Ky., native is an ex-convict trying to re-enter the workforce during a severe recession after having spent several years at home caring for her three children. Hardly the...
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Burning Conscience: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out
A searing interview with Avichai Sharon and Noam Chayut, both veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces and members of Breaking the Silence. Sharon and Chayut served during the second intifada, an on-going bloodbath that has claimed the lives of over three thousand Palestinians and nine-hundred-fifty...
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Obama Ends Bush Ban on Embryo Stem Cell Research
Barack Obama will overturn an important medical research policy of George Bush 's presidency on Monday, by ending restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research which scientists consider crucial for the development of new medical treatments. The move was confirmed yesterday by the...
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Salazar Upholds Bush-era Decision to Delist Gray Wolves
WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today affirmed the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of...
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