All News Articles for 2015-04

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Police Van Carrying Freddie Gray Made Previously Undisclosed Stop: Report
Baltimore PD reportedly hand over investigation one day earlier than expected because it has 'exhausted every lead' in the investigation
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Report Exposes American Psychological Association Complicity in US Torture Program
APA 'secretly coordinated' with CIA, White House, and Department of Defense to legally and ethically justify post-9/11 atrocities
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Highlighting Double-Standard, Probe Shows Germany Spied on EU Neighbors for NSA
NSA had pact with German spy agency and supplied search terms for phone and email monitoring on weekly basis, according to investigation
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West Coast Warned to Prepare for 'Tar Sands Invasion'
The amount of tar sands crude moving through the West Coast is poised to increase by more than 1.7 million barrels per day
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40 Years After Vietnam War, Prime Minister Decries 'Barbarous Crimes' of US
The US 'caused immeasurable losses and pain to our people and country,' said Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
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'Same Story Every Time': Baltimore Solidarity Actions Sweep U.S.
Thousands marched—mostly peacefully—in cities including Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
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Bernie Sanders Is Running and Says, 'People Should Not Underestimate Me'
Sen. Bernie Sanders has now said publicly that he will challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic presidential nomination
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Sen. Warren Backs Plan for Working Families To Overthrow Corporate Rule
Elite interests holding all the cards but one, say proponents of grassroots uprising... And that card is 'the People.'
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Revealed: Canadian Government Trying to Buy First Nations Support for Tar Sands
A draft proposal seen the Guardian shows Alberta officials are trying to bribe tribal leaders into convincing others to drop their suits
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Insurance Companies Blatantly Ignore ACA's Free Birth Control Mandate
Report says insurance companies' failure to comply with federal healthcare requirements 'has serious consequences that affect women every day'
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Two-Stepping Away from Bill's Legacy, Hillary Rebukes Era of Mass Incarceration
Proposal to reform US system of justice a reversal of 90s-era policies previously supported by the 2016 presidential candidate
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'Expose the Slaveholders': Activists Disrupt For-Profit Prison Corp. Meeting
Dream Defenders and other civil rights groups converge on GEO Group shareholder meeting
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Nations Failing to Combat 'Global Threat' of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: WHO
Increasing antibiotic misuse and resistance is ' single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today,' says World Health Organization
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Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars
New report warns that, due to lack of oversight, 'vast majority of the fraud perpetrated by charter officials will go undetected'
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Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America
After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the campaign has intensified in Latin America to ban the herbicide, which is employed on a massive scale on transgenic crops. In a Mar. 20 publication, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)...
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Fight Over Domestic Spying Heats Up in Congress with 'USA Freedom Act'
With Patriot Act reauthorization quickly coming down the pipe, fight over surveillance reform represented in competing congressional bills
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
It's On: Bernie Sanders to Announce Bid for Presidency on Thursday
Sanders, the longest-serving Independent member of Congress, will reportedly run as a Democrat
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As Baltimore Demands Justice, Solidarity Movements Grow
'Black, brown and white, solutions lie not in reaction but in unified action.'
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EU Parliament Bursts Misguided Biofuel Bubble
'Long-awaited move to put the brakes on biofuels is a clear signal to the rest of the world that this is a false solution to the climate crisis.'
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Opposition Amassing to 'Outdated and Unsound' Trade Policies
'Fast Track is an abrogation of not only Congress' constitutional authority, but of its responsibility to the American people,' reads letter signed by over 2,000 global groups
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Iran: Hypocrisy of Nuclear Proliferation Highlighted by Israel's Undeclared Arsenal
Citing imminent humanitarian consequences, non-nuclear weapon states call for total elimination of stockpiles at NPT summit in New York
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Denied! Powerful Industry Groups Get Setback in Effort to Keep Consumers in the Dark on GMOs
District court upholds constitutionality of Vermont's GMO labeling law; denies injunction sought by industry groups
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'Structural Looting' of Black Communities Driving Protesters to Baltimore Streets
As media and police spin narrative of 'protester violence,' grassroots voices urge US society to focus on root causes of uprisings
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Eight Men, Including Two of 'Bali 9,' Reportedly Executed in Indonesia
Appeals for drug convicts were denied, but one member of the group reportedly received a last-minute reprieve
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National Security Whistleblowers Call for Repeal of Patriot Act
Group charges that federal government's 'war on whistleblowers' has shredded the US Constitution
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Nation Ready to Make History: US Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage
A decision, expected by June, could determine the fate of marriage equality nationwide
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Want to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake? Cancel its Debt, Says Rights Group
Questions abound as to how this impoverished nation will recover from the disaster, considered the worst in Nepal in over 80 years.
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National Guard Deployed to Baltimore, But No Martial Law '... At This Point'
State of Emergency declared in Maryland as soldiers arrive in city to 'restore order' following day of clashes between police and those in the streets
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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hotter and Wetter: Report Finds Global Warming Driving Extreme Weather
Rarest and most extreme weather events, which have the highest socio-economic and human impacts, will become increasingly familiar due to human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
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Shell Lobbied to Thwart EU Renewable Energy Targets: Guardian
Documents obtained by British paper show energy company lobbied EU executive body head to pursue gas-friendly climate pact
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'No Accountability, No Justice': Clashes Erupt as Mourners Gather for Freddie Gray Funeral
'When society is sick and mean, the innocent will be slain.'
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Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs? Risky Mega-Development Moves Forward
'The Forest Service is paving the way for foreign investors to exploit America's most treasured natural landmark all to turn a profit,' says Earthjustice
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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroyed Diplomacy in Yemen, Former UN Envoy Claims
Wall Street Journal reports that before bombing campaign began, progress had been made during the latest round of UN-brokered talks
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Citing Ridicule of Islam, Writers Protest Charlie Hebdo 'Courage' Award
'This is not a voice of dissent,' says writer Deborah Eisenberg, 'this is the voice of a mob.'
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Shell No! Seattle Activists Rally Against Plan Fueling 'Pathological Addiction to Fossil Fuels'
'The last thing we need is more extraction, production, drilling and burning of fossil fuels. It is enough. We are drawing the line today.'—Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA
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Nepal Earthquake: Full Scale of Damage Emerging as Recovery Gets Underway
At least 4,000 people died and historic sites were destroyed in the 7.8-magnitude quake over the weekend, aid groups say
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Obama Secretly Loosened Standards for Drone Killings in Pakistan
Wall Street Journal revelation comes amid mounting calls for U.S. to come clean regarding all civilians killed in covert attacks
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On Eve of Non-Proliferation Conference, 'Clarion Call' for Nuke-Free World
Weekend actions demonstrate 'commitment of international civil society to peace and disarmament'
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Amid Student Debt Fight, Corinthian Colleges to Shut Down All Campuses
Company which profited off predatory lending schemes—and government assistance—to displace additional 16,000 students
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Move Over Shale, Solar Is Shining Brighter With Each Passing Day
Developments show how booming demand and support for solar is shaking up energy paradigm
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Man Turns Himself in Over Anti-Nuke Drone Stunt in Japan
Indications are that contents inside drone came from area near Fukushima and controversial stunt was carried out to express opposition to nuclear restart
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Death Toll Still Rising as Relief Efforts Contend with Aftershocks in Nepal
State of Emergency has been declared and relief efforts underway as official death toll from massive earthquake surpasses 2,200 people and continues to rise
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade
'We respectfully suggest,' reads a letter from Sens. Warren and Sherrod Brown to President Obama, 'that characterizing the assessments of labor unions, journalists, Members of Congress, and others who disagree with your approach to transparency on trade issues as 'dishonest' is both untrue and...
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Baltimore Rally Aims to Ensure Latest Death of Black Man at Hands of Police Won't 'Be in Vain'
Largest rally yet expected to demand justice for Freddie Gray and call attention to relentless examples of police brutality in Baltimore and across the nation
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Huge Earthquake Kills Many Hundreds in Nepal; Sparks Massive Mt. Everest Avalanche
Estimated numbers of dead and wounded continue to rise after massive quake hits Himalayan region.
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Friday, April 24, 2015
The Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet
New report spotlights how healthy soil takes CO2 out of the atmosphere to where it helps build climate resiliency
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Big Bank 'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone
Despite severity of offenses, 'the government concluded that these crimes should be punished only through a financial penalty,' says Public Citizen
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Children of Yemen Paying Devastating Price for Relentless Saudi-Led Assault: UNICEF
Saudi Arabia-led air strikes have hit crowded residential areas, schools, refugee camps, and warehouses storing humanitarian aid
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DOJ Report Slams For-Profit Texas Immigrant Prison
Reeves County Detention Center is understaffed and ignores security problems, report finds
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Canadian Judge Grants Freedom to Omar Khadr, Once Held as Child at Gitmo
The Canadian government, which news outlets note ' has consistently opposed any effort to free the one-time child soldier,' said it would appeal the decision.
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Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU 'Closer to Monsanto'
Environmental advocates say authorization indication of further industry-friendly policies pending trade deal will usher in
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After Nameless Thousands, Can Two Hostage Deaths Dent 'Kill List' Tactics?
'Apology and redress should be available for all civilians killed in U.S. drone strikes, not just U.S. citizens and Europeans.'
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Women Around the World Rise Up to Remember Rana Plaza
On two-year anniversary of tragic factory collapse, feminist actions sweep globe as protesters gather in Bangladesh capital
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Health of World's Ocean 'Collapsing Before Our Eyes'
Riches in world’s oceans (under-)estimated at a staggering $24 trillion, but new report says destructive trajectory being caused by greed, climate change, and continued neglect
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
'Spectacularly Good News for Consumers' as Comcast/Time-Warner Mega-Merger Fails
'FCC seems to have heard the nearly one million Americans who have told Washington that the proposed merger helps only the people in the executive suites of Comcast and Time Warner Cable,' says Free Press
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Tensions Boil Over After Baltimore Police Call Protesters 'Lynch Mob'
After days of peaceful protests, Maryland governor called in state troopers
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Critics Charge That Migration Crisis Is 'A Creation of the West'
Critics lay blame for the unfolding tragedy on the U.S. and NATO, whose 2011 military intervention severely destabilized Libya—'Ground Zero in the migrant crisis'
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Slap-on-the-Wrist Sentence for Petraeus Reveals 'Leak Prosecution Double Standard'
'If leaks were the real concern, Petraeus would receive punishment as harsh as the government demanded for other accused leakers'
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Intersecting Oppression: Study Shines Spotlight on Penalties for LGBT People of Color
From lack of family recognition to the school-to-prison pipeline, LGBT people of color face disproportionate economic injustice, study concludes
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New Studies Add to Growing Evidence That Notorious Pesticides Harm Bees
'At this point in time it is no longer credible to argue that agricultural use of neonicotinoids does not harm wild bees.'
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Fracking-Induced Earthquakes Highlighted in New USGS Map
Growing scientific consensus links uptick in seismic activity with oil and gas drilling activities
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Record-High 6 in 10 Americans Support Marriage Equality, Poll Finds
Results come just days before oral arguments at U.S. Supreme Court
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Make the Polluters Pay! Ellison and Sanders Call on Congress to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Legislation introduced in both houses would end the billions in subsidies and tax loopholes enjoyed by fossil fuel industry
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Month After Cyclone, Half of Vanuatu Still Has No Clean Water
Two-thirds of island nation's water and sanitation infrastructure has been damaged, wrecked, or contaminated, according to UNICEF
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American and Italian Hostages Killed in US Drone Strike, White House Reveals
Human rights attorney notes that victims 'are far from the first innocents to die by U.S. drones'
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Michael Brown's Family Launches Promised Civil Suit Against Ferguson
Lawsuit may be family's last chance to hold authorities accountable for teen's police shooting death
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While Fire over TPP is Red Hot, Demand Grows for Clinton to Speak Up
Presidential candidate's memoir is titled 'Hard Choices,' note those demanding a stronger position. The time to make one is now.
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Earth Day Activist Dons Protective Gear to Swim Most Polluted US Waterway
'It tasted like mud, poop, ground-up grass and gasoline,' Christopher Swain said after his swim
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US Lawmakers Quietly Advance Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel
Little-noticed amendment was included in controversial Fast Track trade bill that just passed the Senate Finance Committee
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Sen. Warren to Those Promising TPP Would Be So Great: 'Prove It.'
Senator explains that real reason TPP remains so secret, even as Congress begins voting on measures to ram it through, is because 'if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.'
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
North Carolina Residents Warned Not to Drink Water Near Coal Ash Dumps
Test results confirm that 'Duke's coal ash pits are leaking toxic pollutants into groundwater,' says attorney
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RIP Earth Day: Voices Decry National Day of Corporate Greenwash
Critics call for overhaul of the existing world system
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With 'Brave Tactic,' Sanders Tries to Slam Brakes on Fast Track
Senator invoked scheduling rule to force delay on controversial legislation
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As GOP Pushes Patriot Act Renewal, Critics Demand End to Mass Surveillance Provision
As Senate Republicans push for continued bulk data collection, privacy rights advocates call for Section 215 to expire 'with the whimper it deserves.'
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Remember Mayflower? Exxon Slapped with Paltry Fine for Tar Sands Pipeline Spill
Arkansas suit against oil giant ends with $5 million agreement
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'Right to Work' Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages
Workers in Right to Work states earn an average of $1,558 less per year than their counterparts in states without anti-labor laws
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Ignoring Public Opposition, Japanese Court Rejects Residents' Bid to Block Nuclear Restart
Decision comes four years after ongoing Fukushima disaster first struck
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Judge Removes 'Legal Persons' Status in Chimpanzee Case
Leo and Hercules may still gain freedom, but not through writ of habeas corpus
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Democratic Trade War: Obama Says Warren 'Wrong' on TPP as Reid Says 'Hell No' to Fast Track
Split among Democratic lawmakers front and center as push for corporate-friendly trade pact heads for key votes in Congress
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Imperative to Abandon Fossil Fuels Called Opportunity 'Too Good to Be Missed'
If dramatic action is not taken in Paris later this year, the planet faces a high risk of reaching a 6°C riseand potentially catastrophic climate scenarios
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Saudi Arabia Claims 'Operation Over,' But Bombs Keep Falling on Yemen
Shelling was reported in central and southern cities, and ground fighting has not let up
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
'Environmental Heroes' From Around World Honored With Prestigious Prize
This year's winners of Goldman Prize hail from Kenya, Myanmar, Scotland, Haiti, Canada, and Honduras
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At Swarthmore College, Longest Ever Divestment Sit-In Ends on Hopeful Note
After 32-day action, Swarthmore board agrees to discuss pulling college's holdings from fossil fuel companies
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In Historic Ruling, Pair of Chimpanzees Recognized as 'Legal Persons'
Two research chimps granted right to seek relief from imprisonment in habeas corpus ruling
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Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Morsi was convicted of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during the clashes that erupted in December 2012
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Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis: The Medicine of Austerity Is Not Working, We Need a New Treatment
'It’s a question of establishing what needs to be done in order to return Greece to a sustainable path'
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Georgia Transgender Inmate's Request for Transfer Denied
Ashley Diamond forced to remain in men's housing after lawsuit brought approval of hormone therapy
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Louisiana Judge Deals Another Blow to Local Control Over Fracking
'We won't get just one well, we're going to get dozens, if not hundreds of these things. Is that what we want to leave our children and our grandchildren?'
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Escalation or Cease Fire? Saudi Arabia Claims Pause in Attack on Yemen
It was not immediately clear whether announcement will lead to sustained halt to military assault or relief for Yemenis facing humanitarian crisis
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Despite Skepticism, Europe Will Employ Military Response to Migration Crisis
According to one official, the operation would be 'civil-military' modeled on previous military action in the Horn of Africa to combat Somali piracy
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With EPA Lawsuit, Environmental Groups Step Up Fight Against 'Super-Toxic Chemical Cocktail'
'Our federal regulators have again unlawfully bowed to the chemical industry,' says Center for Food Safety
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World on Fire: UN Helpless as Crises Rage in 10 Critical Hot Spots
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world’s critical “hot spots.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says even the U.N.’s 193 member states cannot, by themselves, help resolve these widespread conflicts. “We...
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Reporters Focused on Local Needs and Woes Nab Most Notable Pulitzers
Relatively small newspapers honored for providing a service to their neighbors and the nation by shining a light on the disharmony of their communities
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Monday, April 20, 2015
US Supreme Court Rejects Terror Claims Against Chiquita
Ruling 'allows U.S. corporation to finance terrorism without accountability,' says human rights group
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As Humanitarian Crisis Mounts, Explosion Tears Through Residential Area of Yemen's Capital
Attack follows fresh report Saudi coalition is bombing warehouses storing 'vital' aid
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Progressive Coalition Tells Lawmakers: 'Don't Trade Away Our Future' with Fast Track
'It is absurd that a trade agreement of such enormous consequence has had so little transparency,' says Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Five Years After Deepwater Horizon, Big Oil Still Exploiting Gulf Coast
Even as scientists estimate long and slow recovery, Obama administration approves fossil fuel push
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Murders of Earth's Defenders: The Deadly Trend Continues
'The world is standing idle whilst people on the frontline of the struggle to protect the environment are getting killed'
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Baltimore Man Dies After Arrest, Prompting Calls for Answers and Accountability
Freddie Gray's family attorney says: 'His family and the citizens of Baltimore deserve to know the real truth; and we will not stop until we get justice for Freddie.'
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Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy
Mammoth deal an even greater boon to corporate power than previously known, warn analysts
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