News for 2009-04-17

Friday, April 17, 2009
Released Memos Could Lead to More Disclosures
WASHINGTON - Even as President Obama urges the country to turn the page, his decision to reveal exhaustive details about interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency will likely lead to a flood of new disclosures about secret Bush administration operations against Al Qaeda,...
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Crackdown on Climate Activists: Police Raid in Nottinghamshire
More than 200 police officers carried out a pre-emptive raid in England early on Monday, arresting 114 people thought to be preparing a protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. On Tuesday it emerged that while those detainees were being held, officers raided homes around...
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EPA to Propose Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency today plans to propose regulating greenhouse gas emissions on the grounds that these pollutants pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, according to several sources who asked not to be identified. The move, coming almost exactly two years after the...
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Compost Flies at Nuclear Regulator Commission Meeting
BRATTLEBORO - It wasn't just invectives that flew from mouths of the anti-nuclear activists at Thursday's Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting in Brattleboro. One activist also threw compost at Vermont Yankee's site vice president Michael Colomb. "You folks have no idea what to do with spent fuel...
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Kite Runner Joins Gay Penguins on Top 10 Books Americans Want Banned
Khaled Hosseini has joined the illustrious ranks of Philip Pullman and the authors of a story about gay penguins, after his novel The Kite Runner became one of the books that inspired most complaints in America last year.
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US Mulls Asylum for Haitian Immigrants: Clinton
PORT-AU-PRINCE - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States was considering granting temporary asylum to illegal Haitian immigrants, thousands of whom face imminent expulsion. "We are looking carefully at the policy which we inherited and we are going to be considering...
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Obama Won't Ease Restrictions at US-Canada Border
OTTAWA - Canada-U.S. border slowdowns are mainly a result of aging infrastructure at crossings, not overly restrictive U.S. policy, says a senior American security official. With a deadline looming that will require passports for entry into the U.S. by land as of June 1, deputy homeland secretary...
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Interrogation Memos Detail Harsh Tactics by the CIA
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Thursday made public detailed memos describing brutal interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, as President Obama sought to reassure the agency that the C.I.A. operatives involved would not be prosecuted.
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Keith Olbermann to Obama: You're Wrong on Torture Accountability
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Obama Envoy Tells Israel US Wants Palestinian State
JERUSALEM - U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy told Israel's ultranationalist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on Thursday that Washington wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state. "I reiterated to the foreign minister that U.S. policy favours, with respect to the Israeli-...
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Obama in Mexico: More Rhetoric for Change
MEXICO CITY - Reiterated promises of cooperation and respect marked U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Mexico Thursday. But activists and analysts from both countries told IPS that there have been enough words and that it is time for concrete action from Washington. In his first visit as...
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