News for 2010-12-13

Monday, December 13, 2010
[field_image_caption-raw] Julian Assange to Appear in Court to Appeal for Release
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange , will try to win his release from prison tomorrow, a week after being ordered to be held on remand as Sweden requested his arrest over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women. But even if the judge at Westminster magistrates court in London grants...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Has Died
WASHINGTON -- U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke has died, a senior administration official told CNN Monday evening. Holbrooke had undergone surgery in the past three days to repair a tear in his aorta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday. "He had a very serious medical emergency on Friday...
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[title] Canada-Israel: The Other Special Relationship
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Senate Agrees to Advance Tax Bill
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Monday agreed to proceed on a $858 billion bill that would leave in place all Bush-era tax rates and extend jobless benefits. Because of bad weather across the country, the vote was held open to allow senators to return to the Capitol for the roll-call vote. The voting...
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Yemen Funneled US Aid to Insurgency War
NEW YORK - Yemen is diverting U.S. military counterterrorism assistance to an abusive military campaign unrelated to terrorist threats, a prominent human rights group has learned from Wikileaks. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that U.S. diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks this month stated that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistani Journalist Sues CIA for Drone Strike That Killed Relatives
A Pakistani journalist whose relatives were killed in a US drone strike has started a legal push to charge America's top spy in Pakistan with murder. "We appeal to the authorities not to let Jonathan Banks escape from Pakistan," said Karim Khan, naming the alleged CIA station chief in Islamabad. "...
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Judge in Va. Strikes Down Federal Health Care Law
RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge rejected a key provision of the Obama administration's health care law as unconstitutional Monday, ruling the government cannot require people to buy insurance, in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District...
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Summers, Unapologetic To The Bitter End
In his final public remarks as head of President Obama's National Economic Council on Monday morning, Larry Summers had nothing bad to say about himself. Summers shrugged off efforts by two reporters to get him to express regrets about his two-year tenure, during which big banks thrived , but...
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Iraq Contracts Under Appeal are Extended
The Defense Department is being forced to extend multimillion-dollar contracts for services in Iraq, including one with a firm under criminal indictment, because losing bidders have legally challenged the companies selected as replacements.
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MoveOn.org Organizes 'Call-In Filibuster' Ahead of Senate Vote on Tax Bill
MoveOn.org started a call-in filibuster Monday to Congress over the inclusion of tax breaks for those in higher-income brackets in the tax bill under consideration on the Senate floor. Nearly 4,000 calls had been made this morning to senators, while the Senate is poised to take its first vote on...
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[title] Bernie Sanders Denounces Obama-GOP Tax Cut in 8.5-Hour Senate Speech, Says US Becoming "Banana Republic"
The U.S. Senate is holding a key test vote today on President Obama’s controversial legislation that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The bill caused an uproar when it was announced last week, but no one voiced more powerful opposition than Senator Bernie Sanders (I-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Net Neutrality Lobbying to Peak this Week
Expect lobbying around net neutrality to reach fever pitch through Tuesday. After that, the Federal Communications Commission will go into its bunker to deliberate a draft of rules that will be voted on Dec. 21.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Assange Attorney: Secret Grand Jury Meeting in Virginia on WikiLeaks
LONDON -- A secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is meeting to consider criminal charges in the WikiLeaks case, an attorney for the site's founder, Julian Assange, told the Al-Jazeera network in an interview.
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Will Republican Revolt on High-Speed Rail Projects Derail Obama's Plan?
Many Americans soon could see European-style high-speed trains in their backyards, but a wave of Republican gubernatorial victories means the project -- once touted by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as a "game changer" -- faces many obstacles ahead. Last week, the Department of Transportation...
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Inmates in Georgia Prisons Use Contraband Phones to Coordinate Protest
The prison protest has entered the wireless age. Inmates in at least seven Georgia prisons have used contraband cellphones to coordinate a nonviolent strike this weekend, saying they want better living conditions and to be paid for work they do in the prisons. Inmates said they would not perform...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Analysis: Outlook Grim as US Touts Progress in Afghan Review
WASHINGTON/KABUL - A long-awaited review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan due on Thursday will report some progress despite the bloodiest year in nine years of war and signal no major change in President Barack Obama's plans. The review of the revised strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, which...
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Rights Group: Israeli Police Illegally Arresting Palestinian Children
An Israeli human rights group is accusing the police of arresting Palestinian minors as young as five in East Jerusalem and dealing with them in ways that violate the law.
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[title] Emmanuel Jal - The Music of a War Child
For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he's become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.
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