All News Articles for 2008-07-11

Friday, July 11, 2008
'Longest Walk' Reaches Washington
WASHINGTON - Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Washington DC after a five month long journey across America to draw attention to the state of the environment and press for the protection of sacred Native American sites.Thirty years ago, 40,000 Native Americans and their supporters...
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Illegality Inducing Unsafe Abortions
KARACHI - For thousands of Pakistani women, the World Population Day message of 'Family planning is a right, let's make it real'' must sound hollow when they must resort to unsafe, illegal abortions while a debate on whether termination of pregnancy is Islamic or not rages on. A 2004 study '...
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'This Is Like Apartheid': ANC Veterans Visit West Bank
HEBRON, West Bank - Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle said last night that the restrictions endured by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories was in some respects worse than that imposed on the black majority under white rule in South Africa. Members of a 23-strong human-rights team...
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Climate Campaigners Threaten to Invade and Shut Down Power Plant
Green activists are vowing to force their way into one of Britain's biggest power stations next month in what will be the most serious clash yet between the burgeoning climate change protest movement and the authorities. At least 2,000 campaigners from the 2008 Camp for Climate Action are expected...
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Bird Species Plummet as Habitat Dwindles
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of species of birds, including many once-common songbirds such as the meadowlark and bobwhite, are in severe decline in the United States, falling in population by as much as 90 percent since the 1960s, scientists, government officials and conservation groups told Congress on...
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Refugees Forsaken Even By Their Own Gov't
WASHINGTON - As Iraq's refugee crisis continues to worsen, the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is failing to help the estimated five million Iraqis who have been displaced by conflict, says a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). " Failed Responsibility: Iraqi...
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USDA Rule Change May Lead To Crops on Conserved Land
WASHINGTON - Under pressure from farmers, livestock producers and soaring food prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is weighing a policy change that could lead to the plowing of millions of acres of land that had been set aside for conservation. At issue is the Conservation Reserve Program (...
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Antarctic Ice Shelf 'Hanging by Thread': European Scientists
PARIS - New evidence has emerged that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica is breaking up, in a troubling sign of global warming, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday. Images taken by its Envisat remote-sensing satellite show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is "hanging by...
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Israel Hints at Pre-emptive Attack on Iran
WASHINGTON - The sabre-rattling over Iran's nuclear progamme has grown louder as a defiant Tehran claimed to have conducted missile tests for a second day running, the US warned that it would defend its interests and its allies in the region, and Israel hinted it was ready to stage a preventive...
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Innovation Fuels Solar Power Drive
Rising Fuel Prices, New Technology Help Make Such Generation Feasible
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Book Cites Secret Red Cross Report of CIA Torture of Qaeda Captives
WASHINGTON - Red Cross investigators concluded last year in a secret report that the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation methods for high-level Qaeda prisoners constituted torture and could make the Bush administration officials who approved them guilty of war crimes, according to a new...
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Pull-out Demand Signals Final Bush Defeat in Iraq
WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's demand for a timetable for complete U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq, confirmed Tuesday by his national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie, has signaled the almost certain defeat of the George W. Bush administration's aim of establishing a long-term...
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US-Led Strikes Killed 47 Afghan Civilians, Mostly Women and Children
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - An official investigation has found that US-led air strikes a week ago struck a wedding and killed 47 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, an official said Friday. The US-led coalition had said that only militants died in the July 6 strikes in the mountains of...
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FCC Seeks to Punish Comcast in Internet Probe: Report
WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Thursday he will recommend that Comcast Corp be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet, The Associated Press reported. Comcast, the second largest U.S. Internet...
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