News for 2010-05-20

Thursday, May 20, 2010
As Oceans Get Warmer, Congress Is Facing Heat
On the same day that climate researchers reported strong new evidence that the temperatures of the world's oceans are on the rise, teams of America's leading scientists Wednesday called on Congress to face the urgent problem of global warming by raising the cost of greenhouse gas emissions to U.S...
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David Kirby: Cheap Food, Expensive Consequences
Big business has been meddling with the Gulf Coast long before BP. Industrial runoffs from factory farms have invaded the gulf and fostering the growth of algae producing lifeless or "dead" zones of the water. While these problems have been overlooked, they have come into our water and food supply...
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BP Told to Use Less Toxic Dispersant in Oil Spill: Report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government Thursday ordered BP to use a less toxic dispersant on the expanding Gulf of Mexico oil slick, as fears mount over the scale of the environmental disaster off the southern coast. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave the British oil giant 24 hours to...
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Fight Not Over, Say Red Shirts as They Are Herded out of Bangkok
Weeping Red Shirt protesters were herded on to buses and sent home today as the Thai authorities began to clean up Bangkok after the spasm of killing and destruction that brought their demonstrations to an end. In a Buddhist temple were laid out the corpses of six people, victims of a wild and one-...
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Torpedo Parts Reveal North Sank South Korean Ship
THE South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, has called for ''resolute counteractions against North Korea'' as the North yesterday labelled a report finding it torpedoed a South Korean warship a ''fabrication''. North Korea threatened ''full-scale war'' if the international community tightens...
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Craig Venter Creates Synthetic Life Form
Scientists have created the world's first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved. The controversial feat, which has occupied 20 scientists for more than 10 years at an estimated cost of $40m, was described by one...
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U.S. Launches Criminal Probe on Soldiers in Afghanistan
KABUL - The United States has launched an investigation into allegations that a number of American soldiers were responsible for the "unlawful deaths" of at least three Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said on Thursday. "There are also allegations of illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy,"...
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Why the Breakup of MMS Won't Work
Washington, DC - The breakup of the U.S. Minerals Management Service announced yesterday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar only papers over deeper problems and impedes real solutions, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Independent review and presidential...
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3 Undocumented Immigrants Risk Deportation in Protest for Passage of DREAM Act
Three young immigrant rights activists are facing possible deportation after their arrest in a sit-in on Monday at the offices of Republican Senator John McCain. The protesters called on McCain to back the DREAM Act, which would grant permanent citizenship to undocumented workers’ children if they...
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Malawi Gay Couple Get Maximum Sentence of 14 Years
A judge in Malawi has imposed a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison with hard labour on a gay couple convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts. The judge said he wanted to protect the public from "people like you". Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since...
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Maldives Hosts Afghan Peace Talks
Senior Taliban figures have arrived in the Maldives to take part in unofficial talks aimed at resolving the continuing crisis in Afghanistan. Organisers say that the meeting, which is due to be held on Thursday evening, will include key stakeholders from the three decades of conflict in Afghanistan...
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East Timor's Colonial Legacy
The birth of the tiny nation of East Timor in 2002 came at a heavy price for its people after years of conflict, occupation and bloodshed. It was removed from the UN's colonies list in 1975, as Indonesia took advantage of Portugal's departure to occupy the territory. When Timor finally won its...
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U.S. Says Only Reason for Talks with Iran Is Enrichment Halt
WASHINGTON - The agreement on draft Security Council resolution sanctions against Iran has grabbed the headlines on the Barack Obama administration's response to Iran's nuclear swap proposal brokered by Turkey and Brazil. But the more consequential response is the acknowledgement by the U.S. State...
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Two Dems Help Defeat Senate Cloture Vote On Wall Street Reform
Two Democrats voted against ending debate on Wall Street reform in the Senate on Wednesday, helping defeat a motion for cloture that could have cleared the way for a final vote before the end of the week and capping off a day of stubborn opposition from all sides.
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Nightmare Scene of Oil Unfolding in Wetlands
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Crude oil spread through fragile US marshlands Thursday, a month after a drilling rig blast released a devastating spill that now threatens Florida, Cuba and even beyond. Oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico since the massive April 20 explosion on the BP-leased...
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