News for 2009-06-29

Monday, June 29, 2009
Crops Face Toxic Timebomb in Warmer World: Study
SINGAPORE - Staples such as cassava on which millions of people depend become more toxic and produce much smaller yields in a world with higher carbon dioxide levels and more drought, Australian scientists say. The findings, presented on Monday at a conference in Glasgow, Scotland, underscored the...
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Fireworks over Baghdad as US Troops Leave
BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces assume formal control of Baghdad and other cities on Tuesday after American troops hand over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. Fireworks, not bombings, colored the Baghdad skyline late Monday, and thousands attended...
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Military coup in Honduras
On Sunday, Hondurans were expecting to vote in a first ever nation-wide survey. Instead they woke to find the military in control of the streets and their elected President Manuel Zelaya kidnapped and flown to Costa Rica. Soon after, an emergency convening of the National Congress appointed Zelaya'...
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Honduras Coup Poses Challenges, Questions for Obama, Congress
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a reasonably muscular condemnation of the military coup in Honduras , where elected President Manuel (Mel) Zelaya was kidnapped and flown out of the country by soldiers bent on blocking an advisory vote on constitutional reform in the country.
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US Urged to Boost Emergency Aid to Displaced
WASHINGTON - Newly released research from experts and refugee advocates paints a clearer and perhaps surprising picture of the plight of Pakistan's rapidly growing population of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The information comes as the U.S. is investing more money in Pakistan, and many hope...
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Torture Accountability Action Day
A day before the Obama administration came out with an executive order, which will allow to incarcerate terror suspects indefinitely, people across the US gathered to demanded legal action against senior Bush administration officials for authorizing torture.
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Leftist Leaders Rally Around Honduran President
TEGUCIGALPA - Leftist Latin American leaders rallied around ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Monday and tried to thrash out a response to an army coup that sparked protests in the impoverished nation and drew worldwide condemnation. Pro-Zelaya demonstrators defied an overnight curfew and...
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Coup in Honduras: Military Ousts President Manuel Zelaya, Supporters Defy Curfew and Take to the Streets
In the first military coup in Central America in a quarter of a century, the Honduran military has ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Former Parliamentary speaker Roberto Micheletti, who was sworn in as Zelaya’s replacement on Sunday, has imposed a two-day nationwide curfew...
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Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture
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Thousands of Pakistanis Hold Anti-US Rally
Thousands of Pakistanis march in the southern port city of Karachi to denounce the 'unwelcome' influence of the US in the nuclear-armed country. About 10,000 participants, holding party flags, banners and placards, chanted anti US slogans and demanded the government to Washington's policies on...
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American Troops in Iraq Fade from Major Cities
BAGHDAD - The last American patrol in Baghdad? The 75-minute hike was walked Saturday night in the northwest sector of the capital. Armored and armed, 10 U.S. soldiers, two Iraqi national police officers and two interpreters moved past the Sadamiya shrine, one of the holiest spots in Islam, and on...
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Israel Approves 50 New Settler Homes in West Bank
JERUSALEM - Israel has said it has approved the construction of 50 homes in a settlement in the occupied West Bank, despite weeks of pressure from its closest ally Washington. "The defence ministry has approved the construction of 50 housing units in the settlement of Adam," a statement said. The...
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How a Loophole Benefits GE in Bank Rescue
General Electric, the world's largest industrial company, has quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key rescue programs for banks. At the same time, GE has avoided many of the restrictions facing other financial giants getting help from the government. The company did...
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Iraqi Whose Lies Made the Case for War Looks on from Afar
When the Iraqi who could be considered more responsible than any other for the US invasion six years ago quietly returned last March to the land his lies helped shape, Iraq was entering one of its most stable and promising phases in six years of turmoil Rafid Ahmed Alwan - otherwise known as...
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