News for 2010-10-19

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
High-Level Talks Aim for an End to the Afghan War
KABUL, Afghanistan - Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan with the help of NATO troops, officials here say.
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US Military Aid Far Outpaces Democracy Assistance
WASHINGTON - Desperate to secure supply routes to Afghanistan, the United States has been spending at least six times more on military aid for the mostly authoritarian states of Central Asia than on efforts to promote political liberalization and human rights in the region, according to a new...
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Hoaxers Target New Chevron Advertising Campaign
NEW YORK - Chevron Corp launched a new advertising campaign on Monday to address negative perceptions of big oil companies, but a bogus release and website by activist hoaxers and an environmental group quickly sought to turn the tables on the company.
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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Ashcroft Can Be Sued by Detained Citizen
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to examine once again the Bush administration's aggressive response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying it will consider whether former attorney general John D. Ashcroft can be sued by a U.S. citizen who claims he was illegally detained and treated as a...
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Australian PM Warns of 10-Year Afghan Engagement
SYDNEY — Australia will be involved in war-torn Afghanistan for the next decade, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Tuesday as she warned of "hard days ahead" for forces battling a Taliban insurgency. Gillard said Afghanistan should never again become a safe haven for extremists and her government...
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Beware of Polls That Exclude Cell Phone-Only Voters
WASHINGTON — Watching the polls to figure out who's up and who's down this election season? Be careful. The poll may have a pro-Republican bias. The ranks of Americans who use cell phones only have skyrocketed. Some public polls don't survey them, however, and they miss a group of people who are...
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Clashes Break Out as French Protests Hit Streets
France's retirement protest strikes turned violent today as youths clashed with riot police in cities across the country. Meanwhile flights were disrupted, public transport thrown into chaos and there was growing alarm among motorists over fuel shortages with hundreds of filling stations running...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fearing Increased Wikileaks 'Credibility', Pentagon Asks Media Not to Use Leaked War Files
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon asked media organizations yesterday not to publish any classified war files released by the WikiLeaks website as the United States braces for the potential disclosure of hundreds of thousands of secret Iraq war documents. In July, WikiLeaks obtained and released nearly 77,...
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US Contractors' Role in War
US troops numbers have increased since Barack Obama became president. But they are still outnumbered by private companies that have been hired to carry out some US operations. A recent US senate report found many of these private contractors are funnelling funds to Afghan regional commanders. Tom...
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Prosecuting John Ashcroft
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Eating Less Meat Could Save 45,000 Lives a Year, Experts Claim
More than 45,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone began eating meat no more than two or three times a week, health experts and Friends of the Earth claim today. Widespread switching to low-meat diets would stop 31,000 people dying early from heart disease, 9,000 from cancer and 5,000 from...
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Major FAIR Exposé of PBS: Taking the 'Public' Out of Public TV
A multi-part FAIR exposé of PBS's most prominent news and public affairs programs demonstrates that public television is failing to live up to its mission to provide an alternative to commercial television, to give voice to those "who would otherwise go unheard" and help viewers to "see America...
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