News for 2009-11-19

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Belgian PM Named as EU President
Herman Van Rompuy, Belgium's prime minister, has become the first president of the European Council. Van Rompuy, largely unknown outside his native Belgium, was named after a consensus was reached at a meeting of the leaders of the 27-member European Union on Thursday. "I did not seek this high...
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US Residents Fight for the Right to Hang Laundry
PERKASIE, Pennsylvania - Carin Froehlich pegs her laundry to three clotheslines strung between trees outside her 18th-century farmhouse, knowing that her actions annoy local officials who have asked her to stop. Froehlich is among the growing number of people across America fighting for the right...
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Naomi Klein on 'Vampire Banks': Turn The Lights On and They'll Turn to Dust
On MSNBC this morngin, Ryan Grim and Naomi Klein discuss FDL letter signed by Andy Stern, Richard Trumka, James Galbraith and others which accuses the Fed of "cronyism" and "massive secret bailouts" and calls for them to be audited.
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Republicans Berate Geithner, Call for Him to Resign
WASHINGTON - Like a boxer under siege, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday rebuffed calls from Republicans to resign and slugged it out with lawmakers over Obama administration economic policies. Geithner is on the hot seat with lawmakers because billions of stimulus dollars have not...
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Iran Demands US Free Its Assets After Obama Warning
TEHRAN - Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday urged Washington to unblock Iranian assets, as US President Barack Obama warned of "consequences" after Tehran's dismissal of a UN-brokered nuclear fuel deal. "If our nation sees they have changed their behaviour, dropped their arrogant attitude .....
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Rage at UC Fee Hike in L.A., Berkeley Protests
LOS ANGELES - The UC regents are expected to put the final seal today on a hefty 32 percent tuition increase as students resume the protests that shut down their board meeting three times Wednesday and required campus police in riot gear to maintain calm. Students, furious at the increase that will...
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US Makes Debut Attendance at Hague War Crimes Court
THE HAGUE - U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues Stephen Rapp made a debut appearance for the United States at the world's war crimes court Thursday and said the U.S. remained wary of politically driven prosecutions. The United States is not a signatory to the 2002 Rome treaty that...
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Fine and Inquiry Possible for Blackwater Successor
WASHINGTON — The international security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide is facing large government fines for unlicensed arms shipments to Iraq, as a key Congressional committee is asking for a separate investigation into whether the company bribed Iraqi officials. In talks likely to...
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All Afghan Detainees Likely Tortured: Diplomat
All detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured by Afghan officials and many of the prisoners were innocent, says a former senior diplomat with Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Appearing before a House of Commons committee Wednesday, Richard Colvin blasted the...
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Senate Dems Close in on Reform: Details of Health Care Bill Revealed
Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site . Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive health care reform Wednesday night as Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled a bill that merges the two plans that passed the health and finance committees. With the...
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Court: Negligence by US Army Corps Caused Katrina Flooding
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure to maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge ruled late [Wednesday]. The decision could make the federal government the target of billions of dollars worth of...
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Activists to Peg Climate Actions to Science
LONDON - In a week when world leaders concluded that it would be "unrealistic" to aim for a legally binding agreement at the upcoming UN Climate Conference , there are signs that activist groups are working to create their own systematic plans
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'Liberation Was Just a Big Lie'
She sleeps in safe houses, with a rotating squad of bodyguards securing the doors. She goes out only in a billowing burqa. Even her wedding was held in secret. Elected the youngest member of the Afghan parliament – and suspended for her outspoken criticism of the country's top officials – Malalai...
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Greenpeace: Understanding This Crucial Moment
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