All News Articles for 2008-02-08

Friday, February 8, 2008
US Army Shifts Focus to Nation-Building
Washington - The U.S. Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield. Military officials described the new document, the first new edition of the army's basic comprehensive...
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Pictures Reveal Truth About Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling
New pictures expose the gory reality of Japan's so-called "scientific" whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, with a slaughtered adult minke whale and calf being hauled on board a Japanese factory ship. The release of the photos marks a significant shift in whaling politics, for they were taken not by...
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Biofuel Crops Increase Carbon Emissions
The conversion of forests and grasslands into fields for the plants offsets the benefit of using the fuel, researchers find. Greenhouse-gas output overall would rise instead of fall.
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Israel Says It's Reducing Electrical Power to Gaza
JERUSALEM - Israel said it was reducing electrical power to the Gaza Strip today as part of its plan to sever economic ties with the territory. The move was the latest Israeli step to increase pressure on Gaza, ruled by the Islamist Hamas since June and the source of repeated rocket attacks into...
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Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says
The attorney general yesterday rejected growing congressional calls for a criminal investigation of the CIA's use of simulated drownings to extract information from its detainees, as Vice President Cheney called it a "good thing" that the CIA was able to learn what it did from those subjected to...
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US Should Not Provoke Iraq Militia: Report
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military should not provoke the Mehdi Army militia of anti-U.S. Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr into a return to the widespread violence that took Iraq to the brink of civil war, a report said on Friday. The International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank said the Mehdi Army, once...
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NATO Crisis Grows Over Afghan Troops
· US presses Europe to strengthen fighting force· Alliance could split as credibility is threatened
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Tobacco Could Kill 1 Billion by 2100
The World Health Organization warned in a new report Thursday that the "tobacco epidemic" is growing and could claim 1 billion lives by the end of the century unless governments dramatically step up efforts to curb smoking. In its first comprehensive report on tobacco use in 179 countries, the U.N...
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Calls For Taser Moratorium Across Quebec
QUEBEC CITY -- The Quebec government is under increasing pressure to impose a moratorium on the use of tasers until an independent study can verify whether the weapons are safe for use by the province's police forces. The Parti Québécois said yesterday it will use parliamentary tactics to force...
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Thursday, February 7, 2008
The FBI Deputizes Business
Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does-and, at least on one occasion,...
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