News for 2013-01-16

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Judge: Govt Must Prove Manning Wanted to 'Aid Enemy'
A military judge ruled Wednesday that in order to convict Bradley Manning of the most serious charge he faces—aiding the enemy—the government must prove that he knew or should have known that the documents he's accused of releasing would be seen by al-Qaida members. Col. Denise Lind also ruled that...
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[title] Cycling Becoming More Popular in US Cities
Despite having traditionally been known for a car culture that includes many people driving big petrol-guzzling vehicles, Al Jazeera examines the growing bike movement in some US cities.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Considers French Request for 'Targeting' Intelligence in Mali
The United States has backed France’s operation with surveillance and logistical support. Speaking in Spain, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States is considering French requests for additional military help. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Gun Laws' Chief Enemy: Democratic Senators
President Obama announced his plan for stricter gun safety laws on Wednesday, saying that while some of his approach would be instituted by executive order much of the broader strokes would necessarily have to pass through Congress if they were to become law.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Caving to Corporate Pressure, EPA Dropped Fracking Contamination Probe
The EPA succumbed to pressure from a drilling company and dropped an investigation into whether its fracking operation was contaminating a Texas homeowner's drinking water, new documents obtained by the Associated Press show. Steve Lipsky, who lives near Fort Worth, Texas, told officials in 2010...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Champions of 'Idle No More' Stage Blockades Across Canada
Though not officially sanctioned by the Idle No More campaign, First Nations chiefs and activists have picked up the momentum and are rallying across Canada Wednesday as part of a national day of action in solidarity with the ongoing environmental and indigenous rights campaign. Chiefs unsatisfied...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran (Once Again): 'We Don't Want Nuclear Weapons'
On Tuesday Iran continued to counter the western-driven narrative that it is pursuing nuclear weapons, stating that a religious decree that forbids nuclear weapons was "binding."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fears of Mali Blowback Realized? Algerian Militants Attack Gas Field, Seize Western Hostages
Islamic militants—citing anger over French military forces in neighboring Mali— have seized control of an area near a natural gas field in the west African nation of Algeria and taken dozens of hostages, including many westerners and some Americans. “Algeria’s participation in the war on the side...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Burning World's Forests and Grasslands Warming Earth Faster Than Thought: Study
According to a new study, black carbon emissions—or 'soot'—generated from burning the world's forests, grasslands and diesel exhaust may have twice the impact on rising temperatures and global warming than previously thought. And, given the amount of soot emitted each year globally, successful...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court Rejects Pussy Riot Request to Defer Sentence to Raise Son
A Russian court on Wednesday rejected a request by jailed single mother and Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer her sentence so that she may raise her young son.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Neocons, War Hawks Call for 'Overt Preparations' for Attack on Iran
WASHINGTON - Four U.S. non-proliferation specialists are urging the Obama administration to impose tougher economic sanctions against Iran and issue more explicit threats to destroy its nuclear programme by military means.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New York Passes New Gun Laws, But Will Nation Follow?
In what Governor Andrew Cuomo called simply a 'common sense' approach, New York passed the nation's most stringent gun safety laws Tuesday night following swift passage of the bill through the state's legislature. New York's progress came nearly one month after the Sandy Hook massacre in December...
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[title] No Military Solution Can Solve Crisis in Mali, says Emira Woods
"There cannot be a military solution to this crisis in Mali," said Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, on PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. "The crisis has its roots in political and also economic processes, with people in the northern part of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Will World Act to Protect Bees from Pesticidal 'Nerve Agent'?
In what environmental campaigners say could be the hopeful "death knell" for a certain family of pesticides long believed to be harming the health of the world's bee colonies, a new report released Wednesday says that use of such chemicals should be deeply curtailed and urgency given to identify...
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