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Friday, August 1, 2014
Rights Groups Sue US Government over Deportation of Children
A coalition of immigration and human rights groups on Friday sued U.S. Attorney General John Holder and other high-level government officials in federal court in an attempt to address the ongoing crisis of child refugees who are being sped through the U.S. government's deportation process after...
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New USDA Poultry Inspection Rules Jeopardize Public Health, say Critics
The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday new rules for its poultry inspection program that critics fear still leave food and worker safety at risk. In a statement announcing the overhaul, the USDA says the new system will "prevent thousands of illnesses each year." But...
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Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks'
In remarks made during a White House briefing on Friday, President Obama summarized the history of CIA abusive practices in the wake of the 9/11 attacks by asking people to remember "how afraid people" were at the time after he acknowledged plainly, "We tortured some folks." The comments come amid...
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'Partial Victory' in Detroit Water Crisis as City Regains Power of Resource
Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr handed over control of the city's water system to the mayor this week following protests and international outcry at the shut off of water to tens of thousands of households that had fallen behind on their bills. While many are celebrating the transfer of power...
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Workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in Guinea in March (Photo: flickr/cc/European Commission DG ECHO) WHO says Ebola Outbreak Spreading 'Faster Than Our Efforts to Control it'
After announcing plans to step up efforts in the fight against the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that they are at a 'turning point in the outbreak response' and must act swiftly to prevent a further spread of the deadly virus. The...
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Israel's Military Censors Demand 'Prior Review' of NYT's Gaza Reporting
Following its reporting of the latest events in the Gaza Strip on Friday, including available details about an IDF soldier captured by Hamas soldiers early in the day, the New York Times was contacted by Israel's military censor and told that future reporting related to the capture would need to be...
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Justice Denied: US Court Rules Bhopal Victims Can't Sue Union Carbide
“These families have been living with Union Carbide pollution for decades. We remain committed to seeking the justice that they deserve,” said co-counsel Rajan Sharma.
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Don't Wait for Resignation, say Critics, Obama Should Fire CIA's John Brennan
Though at least one U.S. Senator, Mark Udall of Colorado, has publicly called for the resignation of CIA chief John Brennan after his admission became public on Thursday that the agency spied on the Intelligence Committee's investigate panel looking at torture during the Bush years, more aggressive...
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Truce Crumbles, Violence Resumes in Gaza
Hopes for a 72-hour humanitarian cease fire in the Gaza Strip were dashed on Friday only a few hours after the truce was scheduled to take effect. Renewed Israeli shelling resulted in the death of an estimated 40 Palestinians by midday and one Israeli soldier was reported captured and others killed...
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