News for 2009-06-09

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
China Alone Could Bring World to Brink of Climate Calamity, Claims US Official
China must be far more ambitious in tackling climate change if the international community wants to prevent calamitous levels of global warming, a senior US official told counterparts in Beijing today. David Sandalow, assistant secretary of state for energy, said the continuation of business as...
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Illinois Town Sued, Accused of Lying About Carcinogen-Filled Town Water
Already facing a federal criminal investigation, Crestwood Mayor Robert Stranczek and his father were sued in state court today and accused of repeatedly lying about their secret use of a community well contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals.
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Reform Challenger Shakes up Iranian Presidential Race
Reform candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi is mobilising Iran's youthful population with an aggressive internet-based campaign, challenging the precepts of Iranian political campaigning by introducing a symbolic colour with his campaign, and putting his wife, a prominent intellectual, on a pedestal.
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CIA Urges Judge to Keep Bush-Era Documents Sealed
The Obama administration objected yesterday to the release of certain Bush-era documents that detail the videotaped interrogations of CIA detainees at secret prisons, arguing to a federal judge that doing so would endanger national security and benefit al-Qaeda's recruitment efforts. In an...
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Dueling Protests Square off Near Bush's Dallas Home
DALLAS - Eighth-grader Steven Rasansky had a front-row seat for a government lesson Monday. Sitting at his friends' lemonade stand across the street from former President George W. Bush's new home, he watched anti-war protesters and Bush supporters square off with only a city street dividing them...
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Obama Invokes Jesus More Than Bush
He's done it while talking about abortion and the Middle East, even the economy. The references serve at once as an affirmation of his faith and a rebuke against a rumor that persists for some to this day. As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public...
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Americans in Jerusalem 'Feel the Hate' for Obama
A new video posted on the Internet featuring inebriated American Jewish youth in a Jerusalem bar spouting hate-filled sentiments has garnered massive exposure and caused a firestorm in the media and the Jewish world. In the video, filmed on June 3 and titled "Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem on the...
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First Gitmo Detainee Arrives in US for Trial
WASHINGTON - A Guantanamo Bay detainee indicted in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa arrived in New York on Tuesday to face criminal charges. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is the first detainee held at Guantanamo to be transferred to the United States to face criminal prosecution. The...
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Obama’s Pick to Lead Afghan War Linked to Abuse of Prisoners & Secret Assassination Unit
Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal formerly served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008. During that time, he oversaw a secretive program to hunt down and assassinate suspected terrorists around the globe. Last year, lawmakers delayed Stanley McChrystal's...
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‘Police Are Throwing Bodies in the River,’ Say Native Protesters
LIMA - There are conflicting reports on a violent incident in Peru's Amazon jungle region in which both police officers and indigenous protesters were killed. The authorities, who describe last Friday's incident as a "clash" between the police and protesters manning a roadblock, say 22 policemen...
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We Failed to Follow Bombing Rules: Pentagon
WASHINGTON - US forces failed to follow procedures in carrying out deadly air strikes last month in western Afghanistan that killed dozens of civilians, the Pentagon said. A military investigation by a senior officer outside Afghanistan found "problems" with US bombing raids in a May 4 battle but...
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