News for 2009-06-15

Monday, June 15, 2009
Most US Troops Out of Iraqi Cities: US Commander
BAGHDAD - Most US troops have moved outside Iraqi cities and the American pull-out from the country's urban centres, due by the end of the month, is on schedule, the top US commander said on Monday. General Ray Odierno added that American forces will leave the restive northern city of Mosul as well...
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Obama Tells AMA US Health-Care Costs Are a 'Ticking Time Bomb'
President Barack Obama called the cost of health care a "ticking time-bomb" that threatens to slow the nation's economic recovery as he pushed a massive reform plan during an appearance today in Chicago before the nation's largest doctors group.
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Big Carbon Players Jockey for Advantage
NY-ÅLESUND, Svalbard, Norway - Political and business leaders may agree in principle that climate change is a serious threat, but there is a startling lack of consensus and a 'you-go-first' attitude on taking action, even amongst a small group of high-level decision makers disconnected from their...
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Alleged US Massacre in Afghanistan 'Provoked by False Information'
As many as 91 civilians were killed when a neighbouring villager lied to US special forces about Taliban positions it was claimed. The deaths in a night assault by US planes last summer provoked outrage among Afghans and severely strained relations with Hamid Karzai's regime. US commanders...
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of the 'Cuban Five'
The U.S. Supreme Court has just decided it will not hear the appeal of the “Cuban Five,” a group of Cubans that had infiltrated right-wing Cuban-American groups in Miami as part of Havana’s counter-terrorism program. The FBI arrested the five in 1998 and in 2001 they were convicted of 26 counts of...
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USA, Canada to Modernize Great Lakes Water Quality Pact
NIAGARA FALLS, New York, June 15, 2009 (ENS) - The United States and Canada have agreed to update the 37-year-old Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement that commits both countries "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin...
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Malalai Joya Speaks at the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression
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World Bank Loan Withdrawn From Brazilian Cattle Corporation
THE INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC), private lending arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a $90 million (€57 million) loan to Brazilian cattle industry giant Bertin, following complaints that it was using the money to expand further into the Amazon region. "It is good news that the World...
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Brown to Outline Iraq War Inquiry
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to announce details of an inquiry into the Iraq war in the Commons at 1530 BST. Opposition parties - and many Labour MPs - have been calling for one since shortly after the 2003 invasion. They will now be watching closely to see whether the long-awaited probe is...
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UN Food Stolen From the Starving in Somalia Fake Camp Fraud
One of the UN’s largest international relief efforts is under investigation after it emerged that thousands of sacks of food aid were being diverted from starving refugees and openly sold for profit. The head of the UN’s $955 million (£580 million) aid operation in Somalia has launched an inquiry...
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Pennsylvania Town Fights Big Coal on Mining Rights
TAYLORSTOWN, Pennsylvania - A small Pennsylvania town is trying to ban coal mining in a battle being played out across the state as rural communities try to assert control over mining, gas drilling and other businesses. Blaine Township, a community of 600 about 40 miles southwest of Pittsburgh,...
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Tense Iran Braces for Anti-Ahmadinejad March
TEHRAN - Iranian opposition supporters staged a defiant rally against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election on Monday, with his defeated rival set to appear in public for the first time since the vote triggered the worst unrest in a decade. Iran's supreme leader has also ordered the country's...
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Pro-English Measures Being Revived Across US
In perfect, if Southern-inflected, Japanese, Eric Crafton urged his colleagues on the Nashville, Tenn., City Council to let voters decide whether English should be the city's official language. Crafton, who learned Japanese during his service in the Navy, offered this translation: "This situation...
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