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COMMONWEALTH: 'Get Rid of Your Agricultural Subsidies' - McKinnon
KAMPALA - The political crisis in Pakistan and global trade negotiations are amongst issues set to dominate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that starts Friday in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The Nov. 23-25 event is expected to bring together leaders from the 53 member states...
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The New Key Question: How Happy Are You?
WASHINGTON - Is it time to offer day care for ailing older parents to give their care-giving children a break? Time for much bigger incentives for carpooling? Time to extend maternity and paternity leave substantially? The answer's yes to all three if you accept the findings of a new kind of public...
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Amnesty Urges NATO to End Afghan Prisoner Transfers Amid Torture Fears
BRUSSELS - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International urged NATO-led forces in Afghanistan Tuesday to stop transferring prisoners to the Afghan authorities, saying it feared they could be tortured. In a new report, Amnesty said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) could be...
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Israel Urged to Aid Oil-Stained Lebanon
UNITED NATIONS - When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station in Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating. And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the...
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Nordic Nations Sound Alarm Over Melting Arctic
OSLO - Nordic nations sounded the alarm on Wednesday about a quickening melt of Arctic ice and said the thaw might soon prove irreversible because of global warming.Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland also urged all governments to agree before the end of 2009 a broader U.N. plan to curb...
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Going The Distance: Food Miles and Global Warming
WASHINGTON - The U.S. local food movement -- which used to be elite, expensive and mostly coastal -- has gone mainstream, with a boost from environmentalists who reckon that eating what grows nearby cuts down on global warming. But do food miles -- the distance edibles travel from farm to plate --...
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Anti-Poverty Index Scores US Last on Environment Policies
United Nations - Despite its enormous wealth and phenomenal growth in technological inventions, the United States remains far behind other industrialized countries in trying to help poor nations embark on the path of development, a new study by an independent think tank concludes. The United States...
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House Cuts Transgender People from Hate Crimes Bill
Washington - Even as the Senate passed a hate crimes bill sought for a decade by gays and lesbians, House Democratic leaders decided Thursday to strip transgender people from another long-languishing civil rights bill, generating dismay in the gay community and furious but fruitless lobbying for...
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US Most Armed Country with 90 Guns per 100 People
GENEVA - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said. U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate...
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While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil
If you're reading this while on vacation, great for you. If you're reading this at work, having just finished a vacation or a five-day weekend cobbled together around last week's celebration of Independence Day, I hope the time off was as spectacular as the fireworks. If you won't get another day...
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