News for 2009-11-25

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st
Read more
Walking, Biking Good for You and the Planet: Study
Pedestrians and cyclists should be made king of the urban jungle, according to an international study showing the big benefits of "mass active travel." It suggests money should be diverted way from roads to make walking and cycling "the most direct, convenient, and pleasant options for most urban...
Read more
Agribusiness Chief Slams Organics
When Michael Mack, the chief executive of Syngenta, a Swiss agribusiness giant that makes pesticides and seeds, hears people say that organic food is better for the planet, he has one response: "Au contraire." "Organic food is not only not better for the planet," he said, in an interview at The New...
Read more
Obama Will Attend Copenhagen Summit Before Picking up Nobel Peace Prize
WASHINGTON - President Obama will travel to Copenhagen next month to attend the climate change conference, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether he would go and after intense pressure from Europe for his presence. Mr Obama will join another 65 heads of state at the climate change conference on...
Read more
Obama's 'Finish the Job' Talk Sets Stage for Afghan Troop Surge
President Obama plans to formally announce on December 1 his decision with regard to the request from some of his more ambitious generals for a massive troop surge in Afghanistan. But indications are that the president who was elected to set a new course for the nation when it comes to foreign...
Read more
Lead, Chemicals Found in Toys Despite Stricter Law
Despite a new law that bans six chemicals from children's products and lowers the lead limit for them, a public interest group has found a number of toys at major retailers that contain the chemicals and illegal amounts of lead.
Read more
As Consumer Debt Soars, Layaway Service Returns From the Dead
With consumers leery of piling up credit card debt, more and more retailers are reviving a service that had been given up for dead: layaway. Kmart began offering Internet layaway this year, and sister company Sears expanded its service to the Internet this year. Online site eLayaway.com has seen...
Read more
US Will Not Join Treaty Banning Landmines
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has no plans to join a global treaty banning landmines because a policy review found the United States could not meet its security commitments without them, the State Department said on Tuesday. "This administration undertook a policy review and we decided that...
Read more
Khmer Rouge Torturer Apologizes for Deaths
PHNOM PENH - The Khmer Rouge's executioner-in-chief, the prison boss allegedly responsible for the torture and murder of more than 12,000 people, has made a final plea before an international court, asking that he be allowed to meet his victims' families to apologise in person. Kaing Guek Eav,...
Read more
Iraq Inquiry Hears Regime Change Claim
Read more
Chilcot Inquiry Told: Few Links From Saddam to al-Qaida After 9/11
There was no evidence of any serious co-operation between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaida after the 9/11 attacks, and contacts before had been sporadic, senior civil servants told the Iraq war inquiry in London today . Iraq did not want to be associated with the attacks and was not a natural...
Read more