News for 2010-03-05

Friday, March 5, 2010
Nir Rosen on Iraq's Elections
At least fourteen people have been killed and nearly sixty wounded in a string of attacks in Baghdad on the first day of voting in Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Iraq opened its polls on Thursday for early voting, including for hundreds of thousands of soldiers, police officers and prisoners. We...
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US Public 'Will Pay Obama’s $90bn Bank Levy’
In a report on the White House's plan to impose a 0.15pc fee on liabilities of banks with more than $50bn in assets in order to recoup money lost through the $700bn Troubled Assets Relief Programme, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the impact on banks would be "small".
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Africa Aims to Regulate 'Mercenary' Industry
ADDIS ABABA - Twenty-five African states agreed Friday to step up efforts to regulate mercenary activity on the continent amid an explosion of private security companies on the continent. The nations decided at the end of a two-day meeting with a UN working group in the Ethiopian capital, Addis...
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US Airports Expand Passenger Full-Body Screening
BOSTON - Airport officials on Friday showed off new X-ray scanning machines they will use to screen more passengers with full-body imaging as called for by security advocates, a step that has alarmed civil libertarians. The $170,000 machines made by a unit of OSI Systems Inc (OSIS.O) show guards...
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Huge Methane Leak in Arctic Ocean: Study
WASHINGTON - Methane is leaking into the atmosphere from unstable permafrost in the Arctic Ocean faster than scientists had thought and could worsen global warming, a study said Thursday. From 2003 to 2008, an international research team led by University of Alaska-Fairbanks scientists Natalia...
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Fresh Evidence Global Warming Is Man-Made
Climate scientists hit back at the sceptics today with new research they say has uncovered the "fingerprint" of man-made global warming. Researchers working like detectives investigating a crime compared real observational evidence with data from computer simulations to see how they matched up...
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Corn Farmers Say Food Inc. Shouldn't Win Oscar
WASHINGTON - The corn industry is lashing out at an Oscar-nominated documentary that has grossed out grocery shoppers, saying the film is unfair to many of the nation's farmers and shouldn't win. "Food Inc.," which was nominated for best documentary, has captured audiences with its behind-the-...
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Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in National Day of Action to Defend Public Education
Students and teachers held hundreds of demonstrations on Thursday as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Public Education. Hundreds of thousands took part in what was the largest day of coordinated student protest in years. Much of the day's focus was on the university and state college...
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Justify High Rates, Health Secretary Tells Health Insurance Execs
WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told insurance executives Thursday that their companies should be more transparent when they seek higher premiums amid what she called "jaw-dropping rate increases" from California to the East Coast. "The top five largest for-profit...
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Flip Flop: White House Considering Military Trials for 9/11 Suspects
Civil liberties and human rights advocates are expressing dismay at a report that top advisers to President Barack Obama are preparing to recommend that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged September 11 plotters be tried before military commissions—not in a civilian court as Attorney General...
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Iraq Invasion Was Right Decision for Right Reasons, Says Brown
Gordon Brown today defended the invasion of Iraq but said he regretted that he had not been able to persuade the US to take postwar planning "seriously enough" to ensure a "just peace". The prime minister revealed his frustration with US politicians in the build-up to the war when he told the...
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For Young Activists, Video Is Their Voice
When Elisa Kreisinger wanted to protest the newly diminished visibility of gay characters and story lines on television, she didn't launch a petition drive or write an angry op-ed piece. Instead, like many other members of the YouTube generation for whom the visual language is a native tongue, she...
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Lawmakers From Coal States Seek to Delay Emission Limits
WASHINGTON — Coal-country lawmakers moved Thursday to impose a two-year moratorium on potential federal regulation of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering gases. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of West Virginia, said the Environmental Protection Agency should refrain from issuing any...
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