News for 2010-06-20

Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rahm Emanuel Expected to Quit White House
Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through. Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences...
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New Jersey Battles Over Tax on Millionaires
PHILADELPHIA - New Jersey politicians are due to battle on Monday over whether to slap a tax on millionaires or cut services for low-income senior citizens and the disabled. The clash in the state legislature is part of a wider battle over how to erase a $10.7 billion budget deficit and is...
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Colombia Votes: The FARC Side of the Story
In Cauca, Colombia is still at war. You find trenches in every corner, tanks, Blackhawk helicopters and lots of soldiers. Fighting takes place here almost every day and people have gotten used to it. More than that, they are certain that on election day there will be attacks.
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US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran
Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi .
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Uphill Battle for Green Candidate as Colombians Vote
BOGOTA - Voting got under way in Colombia Sunday to choose a successor to President Alvaro Uribe, with the popular conservative leader's pick -- ex-defence minister Juan Manuel Santos -- favored to win. Polls are forecasting that Santos will draw more than 60 percent of the vote, compared to about...
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BP CEO's Yacht Outing Infuriates Gulf Residents
EMPIRE, La. - It could have been a turnaround week in BP's campaign to convince the public that it's doing everything possible to contain the damage from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The company pledged to set aside $20 billion to help spill victims, and the containment system at...
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Obama Administration Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan
Blackwater is up for sale and its shadowy owner, Erik Prince, is rumored to be planning to move to the United Arab Emirates as his top deputies face indictment for a range of alleged crimes, yet the company remains a central part of President Obama's Afghanistan war. Now, Blackwater's role is...
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