News for 2010-10-04

Monday, October 4, 2010
UN Warns of Global Refugee Crisis
Conflicts are leading to new era of near permanent refugee populations, the head of the United Nation's refugee agency said. Yet rich countries are only willing to take a fraction of those driven forced to flee by drawn-out warfare - especially when it comes to refugees from Afghanistan or Somalia...
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US Top Court Refuses to Hear Guantanamo Wiretap Case
WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Monday threw out a plea by 23 lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees to be informed whether conservations by their clients had been subjected to wiretaps. The nation's highest court refused to hear the case, without giving a reason, dismissing claims from the...
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Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Deportation Order on Pro-Palestinian Nobel Laureate Maguire
CD Editor's Note: This post was updated to reflect new developments. JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a deportation order against an Irish Nobel peace laureate who has taken up the Palestinian cause, clearing the way for her expulsion, a court official said. Israel banned Mairead...
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Justice Stevens says He Only Regrets Vote to Uphold Death Penalty
Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, who was not on the bench this morning for the new term for the first time in 35 years, says the only vote he would change from all his years on the high court was the one to uphold the death penalty. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR's Nina...
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Cancún Failure Would Make Climate Talks 'Irrelevant', EU Negotiator Warns
TIANJIN, China - International climate talks are at risk of becoming irrelevant if countries fail to substantially narrow their differences before the end of this year, a senior European diplomat warned today. The grim prognosis by Artur Runge-Metzger, director of the climate policy division in the...
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Himalayas Unsettled by Melting Glaciers, More Avalanches
KATHMANDU - For the last two climbing seasons, Dawa Sherpa has missed scaling the summit of Mt Everest. But the climate ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and two-time Everest summiteer may not be relishing the thought of bearing witness once more to the impact of rising temperatures on...
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Sanders: GOPs 'Do Not Want Americans to Succeed'; Obama Should Steer Left
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that Republicans "do not want Americans to succeed" in laying out his case for energizing the liberal base to go to the polls in November. Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who caucuses with Democrats, discussed President Obama's disconnect with...
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Pineapples: Luxury Fruit at What Price?
Pineapple is the latest bargain offer in supermarkets, but the true cost is paid in the countries where it is produced. Guardian special correspondent Felicity Lawrence investigates reports of environmental damage, union-busting and poverty wages in Costa Rica's fruit industry
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Israel Convicts Troops of Using Human Shield in Gaza
JERUSALEM — An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield by forcing him to check for booby traps during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. A transcript of the court decision made available by the army said the infantry sergeants were found guilty of...
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Interest-Group Spending for Midterm up Fivefold from 2006; Many Sources Secret
Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than ever about where that money is coming from.
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Malaria Threatens 2 Million in Pakistan as Floodwaters Turn Stagnant
More than 2m cases of malaria are expected in Pakistan in the coming months in the wake of the country's devastating floods, aid workers have warned. Two months into the crisis, large areas remain submerged in southern Sindh province, creating stagnant pools of standing water that, combined with...
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