News for 2010-08-31

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
On Eve of Peace Talks, Four Israelis Killed in Occupied West Bank
The military wing of Hamas has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed four Israelis near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. At least one gunman opened fire on a car driving on Highway 60 near the Kiryat Arba settlement on Tuesday. The Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas...
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Secret 'Kill Lists' Fly in the Face of US and Int'l Law
NEW YORK - Two of the nation's most influential human rights organisations have filed a lawsuit challenging the government's authority to carry out "targeted killings" of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for...
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Rebuilding New Orleans: Promises and Pain
"We can't spray dispersant on poor people and expect they go away," Tracie Washington says, calling attention at once to the plight of the people of New Orleans, still struggling to rebuild, and the ongoing issues with the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Like the oil that BP claims to have cleaned...
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Afghanistan Bomb Attacks Kill Twenty-One US Soldiers in 48 hours
A series of bomb attacks have badly hit US troops in eastern and southern Afghanistan in the past 48 hours. The death toll among in the Nato-led coalition has reached 484 this year and is predicted to far surpass 2009's total of 521. Deaths have risen consistently each year since 2001. Afghan...
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Oilsands Operations Boosting Toxic Metals in Northern Watershed: Study
EDMONTON — Canada's oilsands industry is polluting northern waters with toxic concentrations of metals, according to a study released Monday. The new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that national or provincial guidelines for the protection of...
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Why Failure of Climate Summit Would Herald Global Catastrophe: 3.5°
The world is heading for the next major climate change conference in Cancun later this year on course for global warming of up to 3.5C in the coming century, a series of scientific analyses suggest. The failure of last December's UN climate summit in Copenhagen means that cuts in carbon emissions...
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Greenpeace 'Shuts Down' Arctic Oil Rig
Greenpeace claims to have shut down offshore drilling by a British oil company at a controversial site in the Arctic after four climbers began an occupation of the rig just after dawn. The environment campaigners said the four protesters evaded a small flotilla of armed Danish navy and police boats...
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Ezra Klein: Deficit Commission 'Narrowing Its Gaze on Social Security'
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US Homeowners Flock to Florida Event in Desperate Bid to Save Properties
In the pre-dawn darkness of a steamy night of sub-tropical rain, a queue of anxious, soggy people snakes around the palm trees outside a cavernous Florida convention centre. Some have erected camp beds or makeshift tents. All clutch sheaves of mortgage documents.
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Iraq Withdrawal: Amid Heat and Broken Promises, Only the Ice Man Cometh
On a pot-holed backstreet in eastern Baghdad, Saad Turki is sweltering under a corrugated tin roof, manning a giant pulley. The grime of yet another merciless summer day has stained his shirt ochre and he is parched from the rigour of a Ramadan fast.
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Media Didn't Buy Petraeus Command's Story of Low Taliban Morale
WASHINGTON - In an effort to introduce a story of "progress" into media coverage, Gen. David Petraeus's command claimed last week that the Taliban is suffering from reduced morale in Marjah and elsewhere, despite evidence that the population of Marjah still believes the Taliban controls that...
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