News for 2011-09-29

Thursday, September 29, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] US Congress Urged to Reject Bahraini Arms Sale
WASHINGTON - More than a dozen U.S. and international human rights and arms control groups are urging Congress to block a proposed 53- million-dollar arms sale to Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, until it ends its crackdown against the opposition and adopts serious reforms. In a letter...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wall Street Occupiers in for the Long Haul
NEW YORK -- The members of Occupy Wall Street are not allowed to use megaphones, so they've adopted a low-tech workaround. At their twice-daily general meetings in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's financial district, whoever has an announcement to make speaks slowly and clearly, with a pause every few...
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House GOP to Cut Pell Grants, Heating Subsidies
WASHINGTON — House Republicans have announced plans to cut heating subsidies for the poor, job training and President Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" program providing grants to better-performing schools, as they unveil a massive spending bill for labor, health and education programs. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahrain Sentences Protester to Death, Medics to Jail
A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced a protester to death for killing a policeman after a crackdown on pro-reform rallies and jailed 20 Shiites medics charged with trying to overthrow the regime. Ali Yusof al-Taweel was sentenced to death and another protester, Ali Mahdi, to life in prison for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Activists Win 'Alternative Nobel'
Chinese solar power pioneer Huang Ming is one of four winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes also called the alternative Nobel prize. Mr Huang was honoured for developing "cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy". Also honoured were Chadian human rights activist...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Venezuela's Chavez Scoffs at Health Emergency Rumors
CARACAS - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Thursday mocked a U.S. media report that he had been rushed to a hospital with kidney failure linked to the socialist leader's ongoing treatment for cancer. "I'm fine, here having my first coffee of the day," a sprightly sounding Chavez, 57, said in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Considers Erecting Fences Along Canadian Border
OTTAWA—The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has proposed the use of "fencing and other barriers" on the 49th parallel to manage "trouble spots where passage of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iraq Regime Tries to Silence Corruption Whistleblowers
The Iraqi government is seeking to silence critics who accuse it of rampant corruption by removing officials who try to prosecute racketeers and intimidating politicians and journalists who support them. This month alone it has forced the head of its anti-corruption watchdog to resign. And a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Wall Street: Inquiries Launched as New Pepper-Spray Video Emerges
The senior New York police officer at the centre of the Occupy Wall Street pepper spray controversy fired the gas at protesters a second time just moments later.
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[title] Canadian Native Leaders and Activists Oppose Tar Sands Pipeline
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.N. Reports Big Increase in Afghan Violence This Year
KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence in Afghanistan is up nearly 40 percent over last year, a United Nations report released Wednesday found, contradicting claims by the U.S.-led coalition that security has improved since last year. The U.N. report, information for which is compiled by the U.N. mission...
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