News for 2011-08-25

Thursday, August 25, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] As Administration Scrambles to Help Homeowners, Billions Left Unspent
With housing prices dropping sharply [1] , and foreclosure filings against more than 1 million properties [2] in the first half of this year, the Obama administration is scrambling for ways to help homeowners.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Refugees Tossed Between Iraq and Syria
BAGHDAD - At the height of Iraq’s sectarian war in 2006, 30-year-old Samer escaped his Baghdad neighbourhood to join a flood of refugees arriving in Syria. A young man of military age, he was at high risk of being targeted by armed forces that roamed the capital’s streets.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Probe Sought on CIA Role in Muslim 'Spying'
A US Muslim civil liberties group has called for a federal investigation and Senate hearings into a report alleging that the CIA helped the New York Police Department (NYPD) in spying on minority communities.
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[title] Stop the Pipeline Tour
On its way to DC! More info at stoptarsands.org
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sanders Proposes Bill to Strengthen Social Security
BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that he will introduce legislation when Congress reconvenes to strengthen and preserve Social Security. Since it was signed into law 76 years ago this month, Social Security has kept millions of senior citizens, widows, orphans, and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dick Cheney Urged George W Bush to Bomb Syria
In an interview with NBC, Mr Cheney said that when the book is published next week "there are going to be heads exploding all over Washington". When viewing the Syrian threat in 2007, Mr Bush was still stung by "the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq's stockpiles of weapons of mass...
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[field_image_caption-raw] China Accuses US of 'Exaggerating' Military Threat
China's state news agency accused the United States Thursday of "exaggerating" the threat posed by its military, after a report said the Asian nation was expanding its maritime power.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Employers Look Towards Ending Health Coverage, Survey
INDIANAOPLIS - Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers after insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014 as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, according to a survey by a major benefits consultant.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages
The Obama administration is considering further actions to strengthen the housing market, but the bar is high: plans must help a broad swath of homeowners, stimulate the economy and cost next to nothing. Tne proposal would allow millions of homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Attorney General to Investigate NoW 9/11 Phone-Hacking Allegations
US attorney general Eric Holder has promised relatives of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks he will begin a preliminary criminal investigation into reports that News Corporation journalists tried to gain access to the phone records of the dead.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK: NATO Forces Helping Rebels in Hunt for Gadhafi
LONDON — NATO intelligence and reconnaissance assets are being used in the hunt to track down Moammar Gadhafi, the elusive Libyan dictator. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said NATO was playing an active role in efforts to locate Gadhafi — whose whereabouts are unknown. Rebels stormed his...
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[title] Who Will Lead Libya?
The end of Muammar Gaddafi's regime is already a foregone conclusion, and the focus has now shifted to the future of Libya. The rebel formed National Transitional Council (NTC) is set to take the lead in Libya. It has already been recognised as the legitimate government of Libya by a number of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chile's Commander Camila, The Student Who Can Shut Down a City
Not since the days of Zapatistas' Subcomandante Marcos has Latin America been so charmed by a rebel leader. This time, there is no ski mask, no pipe and no gun, just a silver nose ring.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Goes All Out For Dirty Banker Deal
A power play is underway in the foreclosure arena, according to the New York Times . On the one side is Eric Schneiderman, the New York Attorney General, who is conducting his own investigation into the era of securitizations – the practice of chopping up assets like mortgages and converting them...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Six Dead in Gaza Strikes as Truce Unravels
A days-old truce announced by Gaza militants appeared to be fast unravelling on Thursday after 24 hours of air strikes left six Gazans dead and 30 injured. Rising tensions in and around Gaza kicked off just days after militant groups had on Sunday said they would stop cross-border rocket fire, with...
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