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Thursday, December 27, 2007
The Solvency Crisis
The Fed is lowering interest rates and exchanging ordinary bank collateral for cash. But it will take more than that to see America through this perfect economic storm.
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In Diplomatic Coup, Chavez Says Colombian Hostages To Be Released
MIAMI - Three high-profile hostages held by Colombian rebels will soon be freed, perhaps as early as Thursday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Wednesday in Caracas. The release of the three, including an aide to kidnapped former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, would be a major...
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FBI Effort Will Build Biggest Biometric Database
$1 billion project will expand information; critics of plan worried about impact on privacy
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Both Sides Cite Science to Address Altered Corn
BRUSSELS - A proposal that Europe's top environment official made last month, to ban the planting of a genetically modified corn strain, sets up a bitter war within the European Union, where politicians have done their best to dance around the issue. The environmental commissioner, Stavros Dimas,...
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Legal Community Condemns Destruction of CIA Tapes
NEW YORK - A former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ethics adviser has joined leading members of the U.S. legal community in calling on Congress to investigate the destruction of tape recordings of interrogations carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Jesselyn Radack -- who came to...
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Pfizer Arrests Sought in Nigeria
A Nigerian court has issued arrest warrants for three members of staff from drugs company Pfizer over an alleged illegal drugs trial in 1996.
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Outspoken Environmentalist Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is
Some people around Portland know Alfred "Fred" Padula for the pointed e-mails he fires at them from a computer in his energy- efficient home near Back Cove. Padula is a prolific critic, a nag even, of local institutions and bureaucracies that he believes are not doing enough to fight global warming...
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Pakistan's Bhutto and At Least 20 Others, Killed In Attack
Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said. "The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said. A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot...
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gathering Signatures In Cyberspace, Lawmaker Sets Out To Impeach Cheney
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Robert Wexler is taking on the Bush administration -- in cyberspace. The Florida Democrat has launched a Web site -- www.wexlerwantshearings.com -- and is gathering signatures calling for impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney. "Our constitution mandates that the...
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Christmas Demonstrators Want Peace on Earth - Including In Iraq
For most people, Christmas is a time to unwrap presents and eat huge meals. For Steven Simon, it's a time to wear a Santa suit and go to the intersection of Blackstone and Shaw avenues to criticize U.S. foreign policy. "I delivered some coal to the president on the way here," joked Simon, a student...
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Coal's Ascent Is Re-Igniting Familiar Debate
TWILIGHT, W.Va. - Even the name of this place speaks of an end ahead.Surrounded by the rubble of mountaintops obliterated to mine coal, several of tiny Twilight's homes have been demolished. King Coal bought and removed them. Now, the town is on the same path as scores of other West Virginia...
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Iraq: 'Awakening' Forces Arouse New Conflicts
FALLUJAH - The controversial move of the U.S. military to back Sunni "Awakening" forces has created another wedge between Sunni and Shia political groups. Following disputes between the tribal groups assembled into Awakening forces and the Iraqi government, the creation of these forces has become...
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Climate Change Gives Rise to New World Order
RIO DE JANEIRO - Once again, humanity is facing the risk of catastrophe. The terror of destruction by nuclear missiles ready to be launched at the touch of a button has given way to the disturbing possibility of global warming going past the point of no return, and this is turning traditional...
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Georgia School as Laboratory for Getting Along
DECATUR, Ga. - Parents at an elementary school here gathered last Thursday afternoon with a holiday mission: to prepare boxes of food for needy families fleeing some of the world's horrific civil wars. The community effort to help refugees resembled countless others at this time of year, with an...
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Among States, Texas Takes Execution Lead in 2007
This year's death-penalty bombshells - a federal moratorium, a state abolition and the smallest number of executions in more than a decade - have masked what may be the most significant and lasting development. For the first time in the modern history of the death penalty, more than 60 percent of...
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Monday, December 24, 2007
Repeated Warnings Unheeded On Contractors In Iraq
The U.S. government disregarded numerous warnings over the past two years about the risks of using Blackwater Worldwide and other private security firms in Iraq, expanding their presence even after a series of shooting incidents showed that the firms were operating with little regulation or...
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Cheney Accused of Blocking Californian Bid to Cut Car Fumes
The US vice-president, Dick Cheney, was behind a controversial decision to block California's attempt to impose tough emission limits on car manufacturers, according to insiders at the government Environmental Protection Agency. Staff at the agency, which announced last week that California's...
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Scientist Shearer Brings Odd Bedfellows Together To Save The Earth
Introducing a CEO to an environmentalist at the post-Burning Man street festival in San Francisco is the perfect illustration of how David Shearer - epidemiologist, eco-filmmaker, hybrid car consultant, green public art advocate and grown-up hippie kid - brings together folks who would never...
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Mountain of Discarded Cell Phones Grows at 'Frightening' Rate
Snazzy new mobile phones like the iPhone and other must-have electronic gadgets, such as the latest laptops and iPod models, will fill many stockings this Christmas. But disposing of the older devices will not be at the forefront of most people's minds. Around 11,000 tons of unused phones already...
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CIA Chief to Drag White House Into Torture Cover-Up Storm
The CIA chief who ordered the destruction of secret videotapes recording the harsh interrogation of two top Al-Qaeda suspects has indicated he may seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before the House intelligence committee. Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's clandestine...
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The Torture Tape Fingering Bush As a War Criminal
Almost all of the time, the Washington I know and live in is utterly unrelated to the Washington you see in the movies. The government is far more incompetent and amateur than the masterminds of Hollywood darkness. There are no rogue CIA agents engaging in illegal black ops and destroying evidence...
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Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores Provide a Stage
This is the season of frenetic shopping, but for a devious few people it's also the season of spirited shopdropping. Otherwise known as reverse shoplifting, shopdropping involves surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary. Anti-...
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Oops! American Missile to Replace Trident is Too Big for Britain's Nuclear Submarines
THE US nuclear-armed missile that the Westminster government is hoping will replace Trident may not actually fit into British submarines, creating a "major headache" for UK weapons designers. The Sunday Herald has seen evidence that US designers are contemplating new missiles too big to slot into...
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Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950
A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the...
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Congress Takes Action on Cluster Bombs, Child Soldiers
WASHINGTON -- Human-rights and humanitarian groups are hailing provisions of a major appropriations bill approved by Congress this week that bans the export of most U.S.-made cluster bombs and U.S. military aid for foreign governments that use child soldiers.The two provisions -- which were tucked...
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9/11 Panel Study Finds That C.I.A. Withheld Tapes
WASHINGTON -- A review of classified documents by former members of the Sept. 11 commission shows that the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of Al Qaeda, and were...
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Evangelist Video Shot at Air Force Academy Exposed
A video made by a Christian ministry group shows Air Force Academy cadets being pressured to become "government paid missionaries when they leave" the academy, according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which released the video this week. MRFF president Mikey Weinstein says the...
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US Media Ignoring Top Humanitarian Stories: Aid Group
NEW YORK - While US headlines in 2007 were dominated by celebrity gossip, next year's US presidential election and Iraq, humanitarian stories went largely unreported, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres. The aid organization, also known as Doctors Without Borders, identified violence, forced...
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Bitterness Apparent as US Releases Iraqi Prisoners
BAGHDAD - When Leila Nasser was six months pregnant, U.S. soldiers burst into her house and wrestled away her husband, Mohammed Amin, who was asleep on the roof, trying to escape the summer heat. This week, Nasser waited outside what's now called the "reconciliation hall" in Baghdad's Jihad...
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Japan Postpones Humpback Whale Hunt; Still Intends 1,000 Kills For Other Species
Japan today agreed to abandon plans to slaughter endangered humpback whales for the next one to two years amid calls from Australia to spare the species during a research hunt in the Antarctic. Nobutaka Machimura, Japan's top government spokesman, confirmed that the Japanese fleet, now en route to...
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'Paper or Plastic?' The Eco-Friendly Answer is 'Neither - Reusable'
Paper or plastic grocery bags - which are better for the environment? You probably think you know the answer. And you're probably wrong. Paper bags are not necessarily better for the environment than plastic - despite many consumers' long-standing assumption that paper beats out plastic hands down...
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New Orleans to Demolish Thousands of 'Poor' Homes
In the face of violent protests, New Orleans City Council yesterday moved to demolish thousands of low-income houses as the city continues the agonisingly slow process or rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. Demolition crews will now move in to dismantle the 4,500 brick buildings that generations of...
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Lakota Sioux Secede From US, Declare Independence
Political activist Russell Means, a founder of the American Indian Movement, says he and other members of Lakota tribes have renounced treaties and are withdrawing from the United States. "We are now a free country and independent of the United States of America," Means said in a telephone...
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In Saudi Arabia, Iran Polls Better Than U.S.
WASHINGTON - Although the image of the United States appears to have improved in Saudi Arabia over the past year, the Saudi public's view of Washington remains largely negative, according to major new poll released here this week by Terror Free Tomorrow (TFT), a Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan...
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EPA Chief Is Said to Have Ignored Staff
The head of the agency rejected written findings in ruling against a California emissions law, sources say.
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Former CIA Analyst Says Evidence Abounds for Impeachment
PORTSMOUTH - The evidence for impeachment of the president and vice president is overwhelming, former CIA analyst and daily presidential briefer Ray McGovern told a room full of people at the Portsmouth Public Library Monday night. McGovern, who provided daily briefings for former presidents Ronald...
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Iraq, Afghanistan War Costs Top Vietnam
Congress' approval Wednesday of $70 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan mean the twin conflicts are now more costly to American taxpayers than the war in Vietnam. According to a study by the Washington-based Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Congress has now approved...
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Analysis: CIA Tape Case Evokes Watergate
Administration officials refuse to shed light on whether White House lawyers talked to the CIA about whether to destroy interrogation videotapes of two terrorism suspects but bristle at questions into the affair and complain about news coverage. That puts the White House in an awkward position. The...
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Use of Taser on Disruptive Store Customer Questioned
DAYTONA BEACH - Can running your mouth off at a police officer during a confrontation in a crowded store get you blasted with a Taser? It happened last month when a Daytona Beach police officer stunned a yoga instructor. The officer used her Taser when the teacher refused to pipe down inside the...
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Hamas Leader Appeals For Truce With Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza City - On Islam's most important holiday, the leader of Gaza's Hamas government appealed today for a ceasefire with Israel and said his people - battered by Israeli military strikes and international sanctions - are greeting this year's feast with "tears in our eyes." Israeli Prime...
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Lawyer Condemns 'Lies' Over Guantanamo Detainees' Release
The lawyer for three British residents arrested hours after returning to the UK from the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre today condemned the Government for "lying" about their release. Clive Stafford Smith, who is acting for all three men, described the Government's actions since they returned...
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CIA to Cooperate With House on Tapes
WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency has agreed to make documents related to the destruction of interrogation videotapes available to the House Intelligence Committee and to allow the agency's top lawyer, John A. Rizzo, to testify about the matter, Congressional and intelligence officials...
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EPA Says No To California's Emissions Plan
WASHINGTON - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson on Wednesday denied California's petition to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and trucks, overruling the unanimous recommendation of the agency's legal and technical staffs. California officials vowed to fight...
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Official: Justice Dept. Slowed Probe Into Phone Jamming
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department delayed prosecuting a key Republican official for jamming the phones of New Hampshire Democrats until after the 2004 election, protecting top GOP officials from the scandal until the voting was over. An official with detailed knowledge of the investigation into...
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"Black Site" Survivor Relates Horrific Tale
NEW YORK - As human right lawyers sought to block U.S government efforts to stop a lawsuit against a Boeing subsidiary accused of flying detainees to "black sites" where they were tortured, a legal advocacy group published the first testimony of a victim of the Central Intelligence Agency's "...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Senate Approves $70 Billion To Continue Wars
WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives was expected to vote Wednesday on a Senate-approved budget bill for 2008 that includes 70 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a boost to President George W. Bush, the Senate voted late Tuesday to approve the catch-all 555 billion...
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Slave Labour That Shames America
Migrant workers chained beaten and forced into debt, exposing the human cost of producing cheap food
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US, Japan Stingiest Givers for Education
Washington, DC - Eight years ago the world's wealthiest countries promised to provide the funding needed to ensure that all children worldwide can attend school. But now, halfway to the global 2015 deadline for universal primary education, developed countries are failing to come up with the aid...
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UN Passes Symbolic Death Penalty Moratorium
UNITED NATIONS - It was another victorious day for the global anti-death penalty movement on Tuesday. Following the lead of the U.N.'s Third Committee in November, the U.N. General Assembly as a whole adopted a non-binding resolution supporting a moratorium on capital punishment. One hundred and...
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Inside a GOP Effort To Rig The 2002 New Hampshire Elections
WASHINGTON - A former GOP political operative who ran an illegal election-day scheme to jam the phone lines of New Hampshire Democrats during the state's tight 2002 U.S. Senate election said in a new book and an interview that he believes the scandal reaches higher into the Republican Party. Allen...
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Destruction of CIA Tapes May Have Violated a Court Order
A federal judge will investigate whether the action defied his instructions to the federal government to preserve evidence in terrorism detentions.
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Climate Sanctions Sought Against US
German Party Launches Effort
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Bush Lawyers Discussed Fate of C.I.A.Tapes
WASHINGTON - At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions with the Central Intelligence Agency between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes showing the secret interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda, according to current and former administration and...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
FCC Votes for Monopoly, Congress Must Vote for Democracy
The Federal Communications Commission has, as expected, voted along party lines to approve the demand of Rupert Murdoch and other communications-industry moguls for a loosening of limits on media monopolies in American cities. Now, the real fight begins. There was never any doubt that FCC chair...
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World Food Stocks Dwindling Rapidly, UN Warns
ROME - In an "unforeseen and unprecedented" shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday. The changes created "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get...
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Iraq: "Bad" Women Raped and Killed
BAGHDAD - Women are being killed by militia groups in southern Iraq for not conforming to strict Islamic ways, the police say. And, increased threats from militia groups is driving many women away from their homes. Basra police chief Gen. Jalil Hannoon has told reporters and Arab TV channels that...
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US Corn Boom Threatens Sea Life: Pesticide Runoff Continues To Pollute Gulf
JEFFERSON, Iowa - Because of rising demand for ethanol, American farmers are growing more corn than at any time since the Depression. And sea life in the Gulf of Mexico is paying the price. The nation's corn crop is fertilized with millions of pounds of nitrogen-based fertilizer. And when that...
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Israeli Human Rights Group: IDF Isn't Enforcing Law on Troops in West Bank, Gaza
Since the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000, the Israel Defense Forces has initiated investigations in 1,091 cases against IDF soldiers suspected of criminal activity against Palestinians or their property. Of these cases, only 118 resulted in indictments, according to army...
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White House Visitor Logs Are Public, Judge Rules
WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled Monday that White House visitor logs were public records and ordered the Bush administration to stop withholding them from scrutiny by outside groups. The ruling, by Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Federal District Court here, was a blow to the administration, which...
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Did Bush Get New Iran Intel Last Winter?
WASHINGTON - White House officials have now admitted that George W. Bush was told that the intelligence assessment on a covert Iranian nuclear programme might change last August, but they have avoided answering the question of when the president was first informed about the new intelligence that led to that revised assessment. That evasion is necessary, it now appears, to conceal the fact that Bush likely knew about that intelligence as early as February or March 2007.
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Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush Will Help President Hillary
ORANGEBURG, South Carolina - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by...
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A Political Fight Brews Over FCC Rule Changes
No matter what the Federal Communications Commission does today with regard to media ownership -- and it is likely to do the wrong thing -- members of Congress are ready to push back. And that sets up a clash between Congress and the White House that will be a vital fight over the future of...
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Monday, December 17, 2007
Tasers Don't Reduce Shootings, Despite Police and Politicians' Claims
Despite claims by politicians and some police officers that Tasers would save lives by preventing shootings, the devices that are being used by a growing number of police forces were never meant as an alternative to guns, experts say. Statistics obtained by the Canadian Press bear out that idea,...
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In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters
FUQING, China - Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West. Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry...
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UK Has Left Behind Murder and Chaos, Says Basra Police Chief
The full scale of the chaos left behind by British forces in Basra was revealed yesterday as the city's police chief described a province in the grip of well-armed militias strong enough to overpower security forces and brutal enough to behead women considered not sufficiently Islamic. As British...
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Officials Seek to Protect Firms Aiding NSA Spying
WASHINGTON - For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's...
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Army Knew of Cheating on Tests for Eight Years
FORT EUSTIS, Va. - For eight years, the Army has known that its largest online testing program - which verifies that soldiers have learned certain military skills and helps them amass promotion points - has been the subject of widespread cheating. In 1999, testing officials first noticed that...
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Delhi's Poorest Left Behind in Drive to Make City Ready for 2010 Games
NEW DEHLI - Manoj Kumar and hundreds of other unemployed labourers camped out under shredded tarps beside a chaotic intersection of this bustling capital, the forthcoming Commonwealth Games was a harbinger of new prosperity: more jobs, better roads and decent housing for their families. But instead...
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Oceans' Growing Acidity Alarms Scientists
WASHINGTON - Seven hundred miles west of Seattle in the Pacific at Ocean Station Papa, a first-of-its-kind buoy is anchored to monitor a looming environmental catastrophe. Forget about sea levels rising as glaciers and polar ice melt, and increasing water temperatures affecting global weather...
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World Powers Gather in Paris to Bankroll Palestinian State
PARIS - Major powers and key donors meet in Paris Monday for a conference aimed at raising billions of dollars to help the emergence of a viable Palestinian state and give political impetus to the newly-relaunched peace process with Israel. Ninety international delegations are expected at the one-...
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
Guantanamo Detainee Asks Court to Declare That He Was Tortured
In a filing made public Friday, lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee have asked a federal court to examine the way he was questioned while in secret CIA custody for three years and decide whether he was tortured. If the court takes up the request, it would shift from Congress to the courts the ongoing...
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Renewed Global Promise to Build 'A World Fit for Children'
WASHINGTON - While delegates to the Bali climate conference tried to hammer out an agreement to preserve the planet for future generations, in New York delegates to a UN General Assembly Special Session wrestled with another pressing problem: how to meet the promise of "A World Fit for Children"...
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Congress, Bush in Clash Over CIA Interrogation Tapes
WASHINGTON - Congress and President George W. Bush were headed for confrontation Saturday as US lawmakers accused the Justice Department of blocking their probe into whether the CIA tried to cover up torture by destroying interrogation tapes. Lawmakers from both parties expressed outrage after Bush...
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Friday, December 14, 2007
House Judiciary Trio Calls for Impeach Cheney Hearings
Three senior members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for the immediate opening of impeachment hearings for Vice President Richard Cheney. Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Friday distributed a statement, " A Case for...
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India: Prime Destination for Unethical Clinical Trials
BANGALORE - Lack of regulation, accountability, low costs of operation and wide availability of target participants are reasons why multinational drug companies, researchers and institutions are increasingly basing their clinical trials in India.An estimated 40 percent of all clinical trials now...
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Activists: Burma Deaths Higher Than UN Estimate
CANBERRA - The death toll from a democracy crackdown ordered by Myanmar's ruling junta was much greater than U.N. estimates and scores of people were still missing, activists just back from the reclusive country said on Friday. A delegation of Buddhist witnesses who entered Myanmar posing as...
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UN Rights Envoy Suspects CIA of Guantanamo Torture
GENEVA - A United Nations investigator said on Thursday he strongly suspected the CIA of using torture on terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, suggesting many were not being prosecuted to keep the abuse from emerging at trial. On a visit to the U.S. detention centre in Cuba last week, Martin...
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Under Siege, Unions Seek Int'l Support
WASHINGTON - In the face of globalisation, the U.S. labour movement is striving to reinvent -- and reinvigorate -- itself by establishing closer ties with the world's network of international unions. The AFL-CIO, the U.S.'s largest federation of unions, embraced a new level of internationalism this...
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Biofuels Scarce on Bali Menu
NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia - Green groups hoping that the social and environmental cost of biofuels would get an airing at the United Nations climate change conference here are a disappointed lot. The Dec. 3-14 conference has given only marginal attention to biofuels during the formal sessions --...
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Acidic Seas May Kill 98% of World's Reefs by 2050
The majority of the world's coral reefs are in danger of being killed off by rising levels of greenhouse gases, scientists warned yesterday. Researchers from Britain, the US and Australia, working with teams from the UN and the World Bank, voiced their concerns after a study revealed 98% of the...
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US Loses Status as Top World Bank Donor to Britain
BERLIN - The United States lost its status as the largest donor to the World Bank, the lender said on Friday, as Britain pledged more in the latest funding round which secured a record amount for around 80 poor countries. Losing its position as the top donor could weaken Washington's influence over...
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Young Activists Furious With Clinton, Dodd
Many youth activists are furious with the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) for suggesting that college students who did not grow up in Iowa should not caucus there in January - and they are delivering that message both publicly and privately. "It's...
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Defiant FCC Chief Refuses To Delay Vote
WASHINGTON -- Facing growing criticism of his agenda and tactics, a defiant Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, refused senators' requests Thursday to delay a vote next week on his plan to loosen restrictions on owning a newspaper and broadcast station in the same...
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Demolition of Public Housing Starts
NEW ORLEANS - In normal times, redevelopment of public housing to make way for mixed-income neighborhoods might have gone largely unopposed. But passions are high in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where residents are desperate for cheap housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...
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Canada Police Urged to Curb Taser Use
OTTAWA - Canada's national police force should limit their use of Taser stun guns to cases in which a suspect poses a major threat, a Canadian watchdog said Wednesday in the wake of three recent deaths of people who had been shocked by the hand-held weapon. The report by the Commission for...
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Bottled Water Boycotts: Back-to-the-Tap Movement Gains Momentum
From San Francisco to New York to Paris, city governments, high-class restaurants, schools, and religious groups are ditching bottled water in favor of what comes out of the faucet. With people no longer content to pay 1,000 times as much for bottled water, a product no better than water from the...
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VA Must Act to Curb Combat-Vet Suicides, Panel Hears
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to do more to find and treat returning soldiers who're at risk of killing themselves if the country is going to avert a rash of veterans' suicides, lawmakers and witnesses told a congressional hearing Wednesday. In an often-combative hearing of...
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Vote Unlikely To Deter Blackwater; Opposition Gets Organized
Strictly speaking, a vote removing five members of the Potrero planning group for their support of a Blackwater Worldwide training camp means little. Blackwater officials say they are undeterred by election results announced yesterday morning and still plan to seek county approval for their project...
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White House Pressured EPA on Toxin Reporting, Audit Says
WASHINGTON - The White House pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken requirements that companies annually disclose the release of toxic chemicals, congressional auditors say. The changes mean that industry will have to file 22,000 fewer reports each year, reducing an important...
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Al Gore Lambasts US Climate Obstructions
Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, launched a very public attack on Washington today blaming American officials for the failure of this week's United Nations climate change conference. The United States refused to sign up to emissions targets as the Bali conference on global warming limped to...
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Lawsuits Allege Milk Wasn't Organic
SEATTLE - Some of the nation's largest retailers and grocery chains sold milk labeled "organic" that was not truly organic, recently filed lawsuits allege. The federal complaints focus on the sale of milk from Boulder, Colo.-based Aurora Organic Dairy, which recently agreed to change its practices...
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Democrats Blaming Each Other For Failures
When Democrats took control of Congress in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) pledged to jointly push an ambitious agenda to counter 12 years of Republican control. Now, as Congress struggles to adjourn for Christmas, relations between...
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Judge Says California Can Regulate Greenhouse Gases From Cars
The decision is a setback for automakers, which argued that only the federal government could set standards that would affect fuel economy. The state now needs an EPA waiver to proceed.
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Palestinian Civilians 'Hostage' to Worsening Conflict: Red Cross
GENEVA - Palestinians have become a "hostage to the conflict" between militants and the Israeli armed forces and are bearing the brunt of the hostilities, the international Red Cross warned on Thursday. "The Palestinian people are paying an exceedingly high price for the continuing hostilities...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts
An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years. Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion...
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World Off Track On Goal of School For All Children
DAKAR - Close to one billion people will never receive a formal education because governments around the world are not living up to pledges to provide free primary schooling for all by 2015, aid groups said on Wednesday. At a meeting in Senegal's capital Dakar in 2000, governments from 164...
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Indigenous Peoples Shut Out of Climate Talks, Plans
UNITED NATIONS - Global initiatives to reduce carbon emissions are bound to fail if the interests of indigenous communities are not taken into account, leaders of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are warning. "The success of efforts to lower carbon emissions from deforestation hinges...
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Wary of Protests, Exxon Plans Natural Gas Terminal in the Atlantic
Exxon Mobil said Tuesday that it would like to build a $1 billion floating terminal for liquefied natural gas about 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey, a move meant to deflect safety and environmental concerns about proximity to populated areas. The company plans to anchor a boatlike structure in...
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Clergy Joins "Tapegate" Battle
NEW YORK - A coalition of more than 130 religious organisations has joined a growing chorus calling for appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations regarding the Central Intelligence Agency's destruction of videotapes and its use of "harsh" interrogation techniques. In a letter to...
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US Secret Court Rejects Call to Release Wiretap Documents
WASHINGTON - The top secret US court overseeing electronic surveillance programs rejected Tuesday a petition to release documents on the legal status of the government's "war-on-terror" wiretap operations. In only the third time the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has publicly...
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