News for 2009-03-17

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Rage on the Streets in Calgary as Bush Visits
CALGARY - The rage on the man's face was evident as he berated police officers preventing him from entering the building where former U.S. president George W. Bush was making a speech Tuesday. ‘‘There is a war criminal upstairs that has committed murder,'' screamed the man, who identified himself...
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Nations Line up to Slam Big Powers' UN Veto Rights
UNITED NATIONS - African and other developing nations joined several European powers at the United Nations to denounce the veto rights of the five official nuclear powers on the U.N. Security Council, diplomats said. The chorus of criticism began on Monday and continued on Tuesday at a closed-door...
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Iraq Veterans Against the War: End the War Now
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Groups Bash US Health Care for Detained Immigrants
MIAMI - U.S. immigration authorities routinely delay, deny or botch medical care for immigrants in detention, according to separate reports by two advocacy groups released Tuesday. Human Rights Watch and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center said immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs...
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Russia to Deploy New Warheads in December: Report
MOSCOW - Russia will deploy a new multiple-warhead, nuclear-capable missile after a key US-Russian arms control treaty expires in December, a top general said on Tuesday, quoted by news agencies. "After December 5, that is after the expiration of the START-1 treaty, a regiment with one command...
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US Moves to Replace Contractors in Iraq
The decision not to renew Blackwater Worldwide's security contract in Iraq when it expires in early May has left the State Department scrambling to fill a protection gap for U.S. diplomats and civilian officials there.
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Gazans Struggle for Clean Drinking Water
RAMALLAH - As environmental experts, NGOs and government officials gather in Istanbul this week to attend the Fifth World Water Forum, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has drawn attention to the critical water situation in Gaza. "ICRC teams are repairing water and sewage systems...
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Drones Are Weapons of Choice in Fighting Qaeda
A missile fired by an American drone killed at least four people late Sunday at the house of a militant commander in northwest Pakistan, the latest use of what intelligence officials have called their most effective weapon against Al Qaeda. And Pentagon officials say the remotely piloted planes,...
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Scientist: 'Risks of Massive Changes in the Climate System'
OSLO - A drastic climate shift such as a thaw of Greenland's ice or death of the Amazon forest is more than 50 percent likely by the year 2200 in cases of strong global warming, according to a survey of experts. The poll of 52 scientists, looking 100 years beyond most forecasts, also revealed...
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Red Cross Report Renews Call for Probe of Bush Era
WASHINGTON - A leaked Red Cross report on CIA "torture" of detainees offers fresh ammunition to demands that officials from the Bush administration be prosecuted for their conduct, rights groups have revealed. President Barack Obama has so far sidestepped calls from some fellow Democrats and from...
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Gates Readies Big Cuts in Weapons
WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration was drawing to a close, Robert M. Gates, whose two years as defense secretary had been devoted to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, felt compelled to warn his successor of a crisis closer to home. The United States "cannot expect to eliminate national security...
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Calgary Welcome Assured for Bush
VANCOVUER - When George W. Bush arrives in Calgary today to talk to 1,500 members of the city's business elite in his first paid speech since leaving office, he'll face a friendly crowd of admirers inside while protesters are hurling abuse at him outside. What the 43rd U.S. president won't have to...
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Liberals Voicing Anger, Outrage Over President's Handling of Bailouts
WASHINGTON - President Obama is facing growing liberal anger over his handling of the economy , with prominent voices on the left voicing concerns that taxpayer-funded bailouts are enriching corporate America while doing little to right the nation's economic ship.
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