News for 2011-02-20

Sunday, February 20, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible Without Major Fossil Fuel Cuts
UXBRIDGE - Thawing permafrost is threatening to overwhelm attempts to keep the planet from getting too hot for human survival. Without major reductions in the use of fossil fuels, as much as two-thirds of the world's gigantic storehouse of frozen carbon could be released, a new study reported. That...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinians Plan 'Day of Rage' after US Vetoes Resolution on Israeli Settlements
Palestinians are planning a "day of rage" on Friday in response to the US wielding its veto against a UN security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. The US decision to use its veto has sparked a furious reaction in the West Bank and Gaza. Anti-US rallies took place in the West Bank...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US House Slashes Funding for Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water
WASHINGTON, DC - Early Saturday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a funding bill that environmentalists say amounts to the biggest attack on clean air and clean water in recent history. H.R. 1, the continuing resolution offered by House Republicans to keep the government funded for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pause in US Pakistan Strikes Seen Linked to US Prisoner
PAKISTAN - The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan's western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft on militant hideouts...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NATO Probes Allegations of Afghan Civilian Deaths
ASADABAD, Afghanistan – NATO announced on Sunday that it will investigate allegations that its forces killed more than 50 civilians during ongoing operations in the restive east of Afghanistan. The provincial governor of Kunar province, Fazlullah Wahidi, told AFP that military operations and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Many Killed' in Libya's Benghazi
Libyan security forces have reportedly opened fire at a funeral in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores more as protests against Muammar Gaddafi, the country's long-time ruler, continued. The victims on Saturday were mourning the loss of protesters who had...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'This Is What Democracy Looks Like' in Wisconsin, as Largest Crowd Yet -- 80,000 -- Opposes Union Busting
MADISON -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished a bad week with a misstep that emphasized his inability to generate support for his attempt to strip the state’s public employees of collective bargaining rights. First, the governor’s radical proposal went to such extremes in its anti-labor bias...
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