News for 2010-04-30

Friday, April 30, 2010
Pentagon Map Shows Wide Taliban Zone in the South
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon was still trying to spin its report on the war in Afghanistan issued this week as holding out hope because the instability had leveled off, even as some news outlets were noting that it documents the continued expansion of Taliban capabilities and operations.
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Oil Reaches Shore as Weather Threatens Cleanup
WASHINGTON — As oil began washing onto Louisiana shores teeming with wildlife and weather threatened cleanup efforts, President Barack Obama today insisted that energy companies will have to employ new precautions in future offshore drilling to prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster.
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Pressure Mounts on Energy Giant Chevron to Disclose Revenue in Burma
BANGKOK - When shareholders of the multinational company Chevron gather for their annual meeting in the U.S. city of Houston in late May, they will come face to face with Naing Htoo, whose community has suffered due to the exploits of the energy giant in military-ruled Burma. "I want to expose what...
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Greek Rescue is a Matter of National Survival, says Papandreou
The Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, today called the country's austerity programme a matter of national survival as negotiations with the EU and IMF over a potential €120bn (£100bn) rescue package entered their final stage.
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Hillary Clinton warns Syria and Iran: US Commitment to Israel is Unshakable
Hillary Clinton warned Iran and Syria yesterday that America's commitment to Israel's security was unshakable, and they should understand the consequences of threats to the Jewish state. The secretary of state said Syrian transfers of increasingly sophisticated weaponry, including rockets, to...
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New York Marchers Protest Wall Street, Big Banks
NEW YORK - Several thousand demonstrators marched through the New York financial district on Thursday in a protest led by labor unions, saying Wall Street's biggest banks must account for record profits while average Americans still suffer financially. Spearheaded by the AFL-CIO, the march made its...
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Outsourcing Security Greases Corporate Warmongering
American anti-war activists are turning their sights on the big businesses that are behind their country's military machine. They say that so long as conflict creates cash, there will be no end to US involvement in wars. In Washington DC the anti-war movement is sick of America's wars overseas...
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Arlington Man Dies after Police Taser Shock
An Arlington County man who was apparently in psychiatric distress died early Friday after a police officer used a Taser in an attempt to subdue him, police said. It was the second death in an incident involving a Taser in the county this year. Lt. William Griffith, an Arlington police spokesman,...
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Spewing 5,000 Barrels of Oil a Day, BP Spill Hits Louisiana Coastline
The massive BP oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the Louisiana coastline as fears grow of a worse disaster than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. 5,000 barrels of oil a day continue to spew into the water beneath the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank last week...
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International Failure to Meet Target to Reduce Biodiversity Decline
The world has failed to meet the target set by international leaders to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by this year, experts will announce next month.
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Criminal Investigation Being Considered for Goldman Sachs
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is reviewing whether Goldman Sachs employees may have violated criminal fraud statutes in selling off mortgage securities in the months before the U.S. housing bubble burst, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. The department's inquiry, first reported...
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US Forces Kill MP’s Relative in Botched Night Raid
American special forces have raided the home of a prominent Afghan woman MP, killing one of her relatives in an operation that provoked public protests yesterday. The incident occurred as a Pentagon report suggested that there was tenuous support for the Western-backed Afghan Government in a...
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Dems Spark Alarm with Call for National ID Card
A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation's immigration laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday. Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with...
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Oil Comes Ashore in Gulf, Scale of 'Historic' Disaster Sets In
Oil from a collapsed offshore drilling platform oozed onto the Louisiana coastline early Friday morning, threatening the worst environmental disaster to hit the U.S. in two decades. The oil began washing ashore where the Mississippi River hits the coast. Louisiana is home to 40 percent of the...
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