News for 2009-04-03

Friday, April 3, 2009
UN Official Pleads for Opening of Gaza Borders
UNITED NATIONS - The top U.N. aid official in the Gaza Strip urged Israel on Friday to ease restrictions on the flow of goods into the conflict-torn territory, saying they were "devastating" for the people. "It's wholly and totally inadequate," John Ging, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in...
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Eat the Suburbs: Gardening for the End of the Oil Age
EAT THE SUBURBS takes the oil debate from the bowser to the backyard and follows Melbourne's "permablitzers" as they prepare for the end of the oil age... one garden at a time.
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A Mutiny Among Militia Threatens Peace in Iraq After US Airstrike
BAGHDAD - A mutiny in the ranks of a key Iraqi militia credited with helping US forces to defeat al-Qaeda in the region is threatening to plunge the country back into sectarian violence. A rebellion by some members of the Awakening Councils, a Sunni Arab paramilitary force of more than 90,000 men,...
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Groups See US Troop Surge Harming Afghan Civilians
KABUL - The imminent deployment of extra US troops to insurgency-torn Afghanistan will likely lead to increased fighting and more civilian casualties, aid agencies warned NATO leaders on Friday. In a report entitled "Caught in the Conflict," released as the alliance's leaders met in Strasbourg, the...
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Unanimous Ruling: Iowa Marriage No Longer Limited to One Man, One Woman
The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays' right to marry. "The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution," the justices said in a summary of their decision. The court rules that gay...
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Judge Rules Some Prisoners at Bagram Have Right of Habeas Corpus
WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled on Thursday that some prisoners held by the United States military in Afghanistan have a right to challenge their imprisonment, dealing a blow to government efforts to detain terrorism suspects for extended periods without court oversight.
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Same-Sex Partners Mired in Deportation 'Nightmare'
PACIFICA - Shirley Tan, a petite stay-at-home mother of twins, is wearing pink slippers on her feet and a black electronic bracelet around her left ankle. "I feel like a criminal," said Tan, sitting on the sofa of the ocean-view home she shares with her longtime partner, Jaylynn Mercado, their 12-...
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Climate Change the Biggest Loser of G20 Summit, Warn Environmental Groups
The $1.1 trillion stimulus package agreed by G20 leaders yesterday risks locking the world into a high-carbon economy in which greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, environmental groups have warned.
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Admiral Says War Veterans Will Suffer for Years
NEW YORK - Homelessness, family strains and psychological problems among returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will persist in the U.S. for generations to come, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. "This is not a 10-year problem. It is a 50- or 60- or 70-year problem," Navy...
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Budget Passes House With No GOP Votes
The House gave President Obama the budget he asked for Thursday, voting 233-196 for the $3.6 trillion plan that includes a deficit of $1.2 trillion. No Republicans backed the budget plan, which ramps up domestic spending, increases taxes on the wealthy and funds Obama's ambitious health care,...
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Study: Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster Than Expected
WASHINGTON - Arctic sea ice is melting so fast most of it could be gone in 30 years. A new analysis of changing conditions in the region, using complex computer models of weather and climate, says conditions that had been forecast by the end of the century could occur much sooner. A change in the...
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Honoring the New Age: Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media Presents First Izzy Award
Standing behind the podium, Amy Goodman's voice resonated to the back of the State Theatre. She spoke forcefully, striking the air with her fists as she discussed the importance of the independent media. "We play a special role in society," she said. "This is the time for independent media, and we'...
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