News for 2014-07-10

Thursday, July 10, 2014
'Alarm Bells Are On': New Study Links Neonics to Bird Declines
A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees may be even more ecologically damaging than previously thought, possibly causing declines in birds as well. The new findings by researchers from the Netherlands were published Wednesday in the journal Nature . The researchers looked at one...
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US, Israel Pushing to Clear UN Path for Escalation of Gaza Assault
As United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges restraint , both the U.S. and Israel are attempting to clear the path at the UN for the escalation of Israel's assault on Gaza. Speaking to the UN Security Council on Thursday, Ron Prosor—the Israeli envoy to the UN—dismissed calls for...
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[title] "Indonesia is on a Different Path": U.S.-Trained General Defeated After Alleged Plot to Rig Vote
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Exposed: Abuse, Cruelty at Sheep-Shearing Operations in US and Australia
Undercover investigations by the animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show abuse and cruelty taking place at sheep-shearing operations in the U.S. and Australia. As reported by NBC News , workers in Australia "kicked, stomped or stood on animals’ heads necks...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UK Workers Stage Mass Protests Against Austerity Measures
As many as one million public sector workers on Thursday began a mass demonstration against austerity cuts in the UK. The strike began with walkouts by an estimated 20,000 teachers. They were soon joined by protesters from a variety of unions — health workers, trash collectors, firefighters, office...
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'Escalating Resistance' in Detroit as Residents Block Water Shut-Offs
Detroit residents on Thursday launched a direct action to halt the city's mass shut-off of water to thousands of households, physically blocking a private corporation from turning off the tap. Carrying a banner that read "Stop the Water Shut-offs," ten city residents nonviolently obstructed the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Digital Rights Groups Warn TPP Will Force 'Policing' of Internet Users
Over 65 tech companies, open Internet advocates and other organizations released two open letters to negotiators of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Wednesday, expressing their concern that the trade deal's approval will force websites to censor content and block Internet users...
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Germany Expels CIA Station Chief After Spying Scandals
Following the discovery of two German intelligence agents possibly working as spies for the U.S., the German government on Thursday ordered the expulsion of a CIA station chief operating in Berlin. "The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America...
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Campaign Finance Amendment Advances to U.S. Senate Floor
In a victory for campaign finance reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning voted to advance Tom Udall's (D-New Mexico) proposed constitutional amendment that would restore authority back to Congress, individual states, and the American people to regulate political donations and election...
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[title] Six-Month Anniversary of Major Chemical Spill in West Virginia
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Gaza Death Toll Soars as Israel Intensifies Bombing
Israel's assault on the people of Gaza " dramatically escalated " overnight as hundreds of missiles bombed the civilian population living in the walled-off territory. According to the Ma'an new agency's latest reporting, the airstrikes "killed 30 Palestinians overnight Wednesday and Thursday,...
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Greek Privatization of Key Sectors Meets Strong Opposition
ATHENS - Plans by the Greek government to sell companies that handle the key resources of energy and water face serious obstacles and its policy to offer investors exceptional privileges in an effort to boost interest in privatisation is coming under strong pressure. Privatisation is one of the ‘...
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