News for 2009-11-11

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Afghan Future Threatened by Ex-Warlords in Gov't
KABUL - Warlords helped drive the Russians from Afghanistan, then shelled Kabul into ruins in a bloody civil war after the Soviets left. Now they are back in positions of power, in part because the U.S. relied on them in 2001 to help oust the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks. President Hamid...
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Obama War Council Weighs Afghan Troop Boost
FORT HOOD, Texas - President Barack Obama's deliberations over war strategy in Afghanistan have narrowed to four options but a decision is still weeks away, the White House said on Tuesday. "The president will have an opportunity to discuss four options with his national security team tomorrow,"...
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Lack of Health Care Killed 2,266 US Veterans Last Year: Study
WASHINGTON - The number of US veterans who died in 2008 because they lacked health insurance was 14 times higher than the US military death toll in Afghanistan that year, according to a new study. The analysis produced by two Harvard medical researchers estimates that 2,266 US military veterans...
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UN: 200 Million Kids Have Stunted Growth
LONDON - Nearly 200 million children in poor countries have stunted growth because they don't get enough to eat, according to a new report published Wednesday by UNICEF. The vast majority are in Asia and Africa: more than 90 percent of children with stunted growth live on those two continents. "...
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Plan for Bhopal Tours Causes Outrage
It was announced this week by state authorities that the sealed pesticide plant that leaked deadly methyl isocyanate gas on December 3 1984 is to be opened to the public for a week next month to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the disaster. Around 3,500 people died immediately when a storage...
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Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks
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9/11's Delayed Legacy: Cancer for Many of the Rescue Workers
A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness. Five firefighters and police officers, all of whom were...
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Pharma Deal With White House on Course to Net Industry Billions
The deal struck between the pharmaceutical lobby, the White House and Senate Democrats has drastically improved Big Pharma's expected profits, a private industry report finds. IMS Health, a company that supplies the pharmaceutical companies with sales data, predicts that new health reform...
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India Ramps up Nuclear Power With Help From the United States
At the insistence of the United States, India has been granted global “nuclear exception” status despite being a non-signatory on nuclear non-proliferation treaties, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal (signed in...
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Yoo's Lawyers Warn of Flood of Political Suits
SAN FRANCISCO -- A ruling that allowed a prisoner to sue former Bush administration attorney John Yoo for devising the legal theories that justified his alleged torture threatens to "open the floodgates to politically motivated lawsuits" against government officials, Yoo's lawyers say. In papers...
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Vets Battle Unemployment and War Injuries
SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Army veteran Walter Williams was homeless when he returned from tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. “I slept in my car and occasionally on other people’s couches,” he said. Williams had a job at the time, working at a group home for $10 an hour.—hardly enough to pay for an...
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