News for 2010-05-10

Monday, May 10, 2010
Gordon Brown to Resign as Prime Minister as Labour and Lib Dems Prepare for Talks
Mr Brown said he had asked the Labour Party to begin preparations for a leadership contest in which he will "play no part".
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Tar Sands, Boreal Forest and the Battle for Canada's Oil
The tar sands in the province of Alberta cover a wide area centered on the town of Fort McMurray. They lie in the heart of Canada's Boreal forests, and produce close to one-and-a-half million barrels of oil a day. The area is the epicentre of a struggle between environmentalists and multinational...
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Pentagon Doubts Grow on McChrystal War Plan
WASHINGTON - Although Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's plan for wresting the Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar from the Taliban is still in its early stages of implementation, there are already signs that setbacks and obstacles it has encountered have raised serious doubts among top military...
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'Shock and Awe' Euro Rescue Lifts Global Markets
After a frantic weekend of negotiations in Brussels, the Eurozone's 16 finance ministers unveiled a package that pledges to guarantee the debt of any of the countries that use the euro. The unprecedented measures include: €440bn in loans or guarantees from Eurozone countries, €60bn from the...
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Barack Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court
Barack Obama today nominated a lawyer with no previous judicial experience to the US supreme court , risking a political showdown with the Republicans but potentially meaning that the nine-member court has three women for the first time. Introducing Elena Kagan , 50, in the White House's East Room...
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The Kagan Debate: Legal Blogger Glenn Greenwald and Law Professor Jamin Raskin
President Obama is nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He is scheduled to make the announcement this morning at the White House. Kagan would replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the bench. If confirmed, the 50 year-old Kagan would be the court’s youngest member...
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Iraq Hit by Wave of Deadly Attacks
At least 62 people have been killed across Iraq after a series of 16 attacks rocked the country. A dozen of the attacks on Monday occurred in the capital Baghdad alone, executed within hours, with assailants using silenced and automatic weapons, roadside bombs and cars rigged with explosives.
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Report: Biodiversity Loss Puts Essentials of Life Under Threat
LONDON - World governments have failed to meet a 2010 target to halt biodiversity loss and action must be taken to preserve the species and ecosystems upon which human life depends, a United Nations report said on Monday. In a move endorsed by the U.N. General Assembly, more than 190 countries...
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Containment Dome Fails to Stop Oil Gusher: No Plan B
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - BP officials desperately searched Monday for a new fix to the enormous Gulf of Mexico oil spill after efforts to cap a gushing leak with a containment dome hit a perilous snag. British energy giant BP, which owns the lion's share of the leaking oil and has accepted...
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