News for 2011-05-11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Dem Senators Defend Big Oil Against Own Party
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic attempt to take on the major oil companies is being challenged from within, with representatives of producing states rushing to the defense of the dirty-energy industry, complicating the plan to present a stark contrast between the two parties. Democratic Sens. Mark...
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[field_image_caption-raw] On the Border, Obama Pivots on Immigration, Wavers on Real Change
There's no time like the present for President Obama to tackle the challenge of fixing the country's broken immigration system—heading toward the 2012 campaign trail and coasting on his counter-terrorism victory lap. But after years of unfulfilled promises, is Obama finally feeling bold enough to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] House Republicans Shred Constitution With Backdoor Proposal of Permanent War
House Republicans like to talk -- and talk, and talk -- about their regard for the founders and the Constitution. House Speaker John Boehner, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Tea Party, and their circle even attempted -- in unsettlingly bumbling manner -- to read the document into the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NRC Waives Enforcement of Fire Rules at Nuclear Plants
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is routinely waiving fire rule violations at nearly half the nation's 104 commercial reactors, even though fire presents one of the chief hazards at nuclear plants. The policy, the result of a series of little-noticed decisions in recent years, is meant to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Julian Assange Awarded Australian Peace Prize
Wikileaks' Australian founder Julian Assange , who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, has been given a peace award for "exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights".
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[field_image_caption-raw] Women Demand Access to Water and Energy
ISTANBUL - "Women in LDCs bear the brunt of economic and social hardships," said Wubitu Hailu, managing director of an Ethiopian NGO, the Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organisation. The failure to provide access to basic services like clean water and electricity is a major factor...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Exxon Mobil Dodges the Tax Man
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s robust balance sheets have become a poster child for what The New York Times dubs the “ paradox of the United States tax code.”
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Stripped 140,000 Palestinians of Residency Rights, Document Reveals
Israel stripped thousands of Palestinians of their right to live in the West Bank over a 27-year period, forcing most of them into permanent exile abroad, a document obtained under freedom of information laws has disclosed. Around 140,000 Palestinians who left to study or work had their residency...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syria Tanks 'Shell' Protest City of Homs
Syrian army tanks have been shelling the third biggest city of Homs, as security forces continue their nationwide crackdown on weeks of anti-government protests. Several reports say the residential district of Bab Amro came under attack in the early hours of the morning. Towns around Deraa in the...
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[title] New Egyptian Stance Towards Israel, Hamas and Iran
Samer Shehata: Egyptian government may not cooperate with siege of Gaza and isolation of Hamas; restoring relations with Iran
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[field_image_caption-raw] Police, Protesters Clash in Athens March
ATHENS — Riot police made heavy use of tear gas and stun grenades to disperse youths throwing stones and petrol bombs at a large march through central Athens Wednesday to protest the Greek government's harsh austerity measures. The clashes came during a 24-hour general strike that brought most...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Record Mississippi Flooding Threatens Oil Refineries, Gas Wells
Record flooding along the Mississippi River threatens to inundate at least two Louisiana refineries and hundreds of oil and gas wells, officials have warned. "This is a very serious flood," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said. "We haven't seen this kind of flooding since 1927." Army engineers plan...
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