News for 2010-04-07

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
House Liberals Shift Climate Change Tactics, Will Not Draw 'Lines in the Sand'
Liberal House Democrats are shifting their political tactics on climate change after failing to secure a public option in the new healthcare reform law. The move comes in the wake of liberals having to walk back threats that they would vote against a healthcare bill without a government-run program...
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Raw Video: Several Killed in Kyrgyzstan Clashes
Protests escalated in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, where demonstrators stormed the main government building and state television station in the capital of Bishkek, and there were scenes of violence in other cities in this central Asian nation. (via Huffington Post) See more about the situation here and...
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Kyrgyzstan Opposition 'In Charge'
Opposition leaders in Kyrgyzstan say they have formed a new acting government in the country, after a day of deadly clashes between police and anti-government protesters. Opposition party members made the announcement on a state television channel on Wednesday, shortly after protesters stormed and...
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Kyrgyzstan at the Hub of Superpowers’ Plans
Reports of violence in the capital of Kyrgyzstan have prompted the US embassy there to express deep concern, and the Russian government to call for restraint. These reactions help underline the strategic significance of Kyrgyzstan and the region it occupies.
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Afghan Official Says US Raiders Hid Killings
WASHINGTON - The head of the Afghan Ministry of Interior investigation said publicly for the first time his investigators had accepted the testimony of family members of the victims of the Feb. 12 raid by U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) that the U.S. troops had dug bullets out of the bodies of...
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Green Groups Fight to Keep EPA's Power Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Environmental activists this week are stepping up a battle to protect U.S. EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, staging demonstrations and lobbying lawmakers at their local offices. Carrying signs with slogans like "Fight Climate Change Now" and "We Can't Wait for Climate Action,"...
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Climate Justice Movement: From Copenhagen to Cochabamba
LA PAZ - A different way of fighting global warming will be tried out in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba when government representatives and thousands of activists gather for the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. The social organisations sponsoring...
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Fraud Claims Mount in Chevron-Texaco Ecuador Oil Pollution Trial
WASHINGTON, DC - A lawsuit over oil contamination of Ecuadorian land by the oil giant Texaco, now owned by Chevron, has taken another nasty turn with accusations of fraudulent evidence being presented to the public and to the court by both sides in the long-running legal battle with $27 billion at...
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Goldman: We Are Not 'Vampire Squid Wrapped Around Humanity's Face'
Nine months after being labelled "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity", Goldman Sachs has issued a wide-ranging justification of its conduct before, during and after the financial crisis .
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At Least 17 People Killed in Kyrgyzstan Protests as Government Stormed
At least 180 people in Kyrgyzstan have been wounded and 17 killed in clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators. Police opened fire when thousands of protesters tried to storm the main government building in the capital Bishkek and overthrow the regime.
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Mixed Reviews for Obama's Nuclear Strategy
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday unveiled a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that will significantly limit the circumstances under which Washington would use nuclear weapons as part of a strategy to bolster the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other efforts to halt and...
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Groups Make Stink over San Francisco 'Biosolid' Compost
A national environmental group is focusing attention on a San Francisco program that transforms human waste into backyard compost, calling the program little more than a scheme to sling toxic toilet sludge back at the people who produced it. The hullabaloo is over a program by the San Francisco...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iraq Outrage over US Killing Video
Families of Iraqi civilians, seen being shot and killed by US forces in a leaked video, are seeking justice for their deaths. Earlier this week Wikileaks, a whistleblower website that publishes anonymously sourced documents, released a video showing the US military firing at a group of civilians in...
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Obama Targets US Citizen for 'Kill or Capture'
The Obama Administration has authorised the targeted killing of an American citizen in what is believed to be an unprecedented move in the War against Terror. According to US media reports, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been linked to last November's attack on Fort Hood, Texas...
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Taking Human Life Out of the Cost of Coal Mining
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