News for 2011-09-04

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Regulations, Taxes Aren't Killing Small Business, Owners Say
WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] More Afghan Soldiers Deserting the Army, NATO Statistics Show
KABUL — At least one in seven Afghan soldiers walked off the job during the first six months of this year, according to statistics compiled by NATO that show an increase in desertion. Between January and June, more than 24,000 soldiers walked off the job, more than twice as many as in the same...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A Messy Peace in Libya
In Libya effective rebel military control is visibly outfacing the establishment of political stability. There are checkpoints everywhere in Tripoli and along the coast road east and west. Security is surprisingly good, given that the war in these heavily populated areas has only just ended. Even...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Weapons Manufacturers 'Lost' More Than 16,000 Guns over Two Years
More than 16,000 guns were “lost” from gun manufacturers’ inventories over the last two years, according to a report by a gun control advocacy group. The report, released by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, pulled data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Labor Unions Adjust to New Reality Under Obama
WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength. Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Protests: 430,000 Take to Streets to Demand Social Justice
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night in Israel's biggest ever demonstration to demand social justice, a lower cost of living and a clear government response to the concerns of an increasingly squeezed middle class. About 430,000 people took part in marches and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Turkey to Challenge Gaza Blockade at International Court of Justice
Turkey is to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice, amid a worsening diplomatic crisis between the once close allies. The announcement by Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu appears to rebuff UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon's attempt to defuse the row over...
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