News for 2013-09-03

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
[title] Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a "Widespread Regional War"?
The White House has launched what it describes as a "flood the zone" campaign to persuade Congress to authorize bombing Syria days after President Obama surprised many by announcing he would seek congressional approval before taking action against the Syrian government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kerry Admits Possibility of 'Boots on the Ground' in Syria
Boots on the ground?
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[title] Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a "Widespread Regional War"?
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[title] Live: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chelsea Manning Files Presidential Pardon Request
Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning's legal team filed her request for a presidential pardon on Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gov't Solution to Fukushima Crisis? A Costly 'Wall of Ice'
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday the government plans to invest nearly $500 million in a giant "ice wall" surrounding the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in a desperate bid to stop dangerous radiation leaks as the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Five Minutes to Midnight' as Climate Change Endgame Threatens
The world is running out of time—and fast—to take action on climate change UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri warned this week , stating, "We have five minutes before midnight."
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'We Have a Broader Strategy': New White House Syria Plan to Go Beyond 'Punitive Strike'
As the Obama administration continues its " flood the zone " campaign to win congressional support for military force against Syria, a statement by the president Tuesday indicates its plan is to go beyond punitive strikes against Assad and to pursue a "broader strategy."
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Allies in Latin America Furious at NSA 'Espionage' Revelations
Government leaders in Mexico and Brazil—among the closest US allies in Latin America—expressed outrage at Sunday's revelations that the US has been secretly spying on the presidents of both countries, summoning their US ambassadors on Monday to demand a formal explanation.
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[title] Unrest In Egypt Squeezes Gaza
Yousef Alhelou, Palestinian freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Gaza, talks about the military-backed Egyptian government is choking off the Rafah terminal, Gaza's only gateway to the outside world that bypasses Israel, and tightening the blockade devastating this densely...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Launches Test Missiles Amid Soaring Regional Tensions
With Middle East tensions spiking amid concerns of a U.S.-led assault on Syria, Russian alarm bells caused a stir Tuesday morning after radar detected missile activity in the Mediterranean Sea.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Voices from Damascus: Only 'Peaceful Solution' Can Save Syria
ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan - “Life is almost normal in the center of Damascus,” local resident Hisham says from the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Touma. “Only the occasional noise of artillery on the outskirts reminds me that we are at war.”
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