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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
DEATH PENALTY-US: Inmate Gets Rare Last-Minute Reprieve
SAVANNAH, Georgia - Troy Anthony Davis, a death row inmate in the U.S. state of Georgia whose guilt has been challenged by new evidence, won a 90-day stay of his sentence Monday, just hours before his scheduled execution. "I'm exhausted but elated," Martina Correia, Davis's sister, told IPS. "They...
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Just Another Day in Iraq: 100 More Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters Killed
KHANAQUIN, DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq - The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk...
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CIA Dissenters Aided Secret Prisons Report: Author
BRUSSELS - Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator said on Tuesday. Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of Europe report on the jails, said senior...
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Hundreds of Iraqis Protest Draft Oil Law
About 300 oil industry workers gathered in Iraq's main oil port of Basra on Monday to protest a draft law that they said would allow foreigners to pillage the country's wealth." To compensate for the military and political failure of the US administration in Iraq, this administration is trying to...
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Depleted Uranium Holds Fast In Colonie
British Researcher Finds Traces Years After Weapons Plant Closed
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General Pace: Another Troop Buildup Possible
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military's top general said Monday that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is weighing a range of possible new directions in Iraq, including, if President Bush deems it necessary, an even bigger troop buildup. Making no predictions, Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs...
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Robot Air Attack Squadron Bound for Iraq
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - The airplane is the size of a jet fighter, powered by a turboprop engine, able to fly at 300 mph and reach 50,000 feet. It's outfitted with infrared, laser and radar targeting, and with a ton and a half of guided bombs and missiles. The Reaper is loaded, but there's no one on...
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Bush Administration Accused of Putting Ideology Above Science
WASHINGTON - Testimony from President George W. Bush's former surgeon general last week has fueled charges that his administration has trumped science in favor of its political and religious ideologies. The administration has been at loggerheads with scientists since it came to power in 2001 on...
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Radioactive Water 'Leaked' from Japan Nuke Plant after Quake
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - Water containing some radioactive materials leaked from a nuclear power plant in Japan after a strong earthquake Monday, a spokesman for the firm running the facility said. "We have confirmed that water containing a slight amount of radioactive materials leaked out of the...
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Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists' Interests
Away from the bright lights and high-minded rhetoric of the campaign trail, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million. In his speeches, Obama has lambasted lobbyists and moneyed interests who "have...
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Cheney Pushes Bush to Act on Iran
WASHINGTON - The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned. The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state...
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Air Force Quietly Building Iraq Presence
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and Iraqi forces. Squadrons of attack...
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Hillary Clinton: Why is She Hated by Progressives and Right-Wingers Alike?
America's anti-Hillary Clinton alliance is growing by the day
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Homage To '72 Antiwar Hopeful
Veterans of George McGovern's campaign gather and draw parallels to the effort to end the Iraq conflict.
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Bush's Watchdog For Intelligence Kept Quiet For 5 1/2 years
It failed to report any misdeeds in terror war until '06
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Parts of Iraq Report Are Grim Where Bush Was Upbeat
WASHINGTON - The mixed progress report on Iraq that the White House submitted to Congress this week included several grim assessments of the Iraqi government that contrasted with the more upbeat public statements of President Bush, his top aides and public White House briefing materials in the past...
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Cuba Lays to Rest Dispute Over Remains of Che Guevara
HAVANA -- The remains of Che Guevara brought here from Bolivia 10 years ago provided "conclusive" forensic evidence they belonged to the revolutionary leader, state media said Saturday. In a lengthy article, the official Granma daily newspaper addressed claims made by an ex-CIA agent who earlier...
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Castro Challenges Bush for Area Hearts and Minds
HAVANA -- Cuban President Fidel Castro on Sunday scoffed at Bush administration efforts to ease social problems in Latin America, boasting his poor country could run circles around the United States in health and education aid. "Bush will discover that the empire's political and economic system can...
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Iraq PM: Country Can Manage Without US 'Any Time They Want'
BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave "any time they want," though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training. The embattled prime minister sought to show...
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Israel-Lebanon: Groups Call for Action on 'War Crimes'
UNITED NATIONS -- Allegations of unpunished war crimes and a general lack of accountability still plague Israeli-Lebanese relations one year after the Israel-Hezbollah war erupted, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch charged in separate statements Thursday. The conflict erupted last July...
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Public Skeptical of White House in Executive Privilege Claims
While there's plenty of partisan skepticism to go around on the latest challenge between Congress and the White House on subpoenas and Executive Privilege, Americans are more skeptical of the White House position than Congress. In fact, a modest plurality believes that Congress has not done enough...
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Southern Republicans, Utilities Resist Cleaner Renewables
WASHINGTON -- Six of the nation's 10 largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions are coal-fired power plants in the South, but year after year Southern lawmakers balk at pushing utilities toward cleaner renewable energy. Last month, Republican senators from the South provided about half the votes...
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Democrats Block Amendment to Prevent Fairness Doctrine
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Friday blocked an amendment that would have prevented the return of the Fairness Doctrine, a federal rule requiring broadcasters to air opposing views on issues.Although no legislation has been offered to bring back the regulation, which was scrapped in 1987, South...
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Friday, July 13, 2007
Key Vote on the Iraq War Keeps House GOP United
House Republican leaders largely kept their party together on the issue of Iraq last night, with only four members breaking with their party to support a withdrawal of troops by April. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and John Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) were the only new defectors though Duncan voted...
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Anti-War Marchers Raise Controversy in Chanhassen Parade
CHANHASSEN, Minn. - Under partly cloudy skies and intense sunshine last Wednesday, much of the crowd fell silent, and peripheral activity seemed to stop as a group carrying placards calling for an end to the war in Iraq and the impeachment of President Bush passed in the street. Some people gave...
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Sheehan's Alabama Visit Inflames Passions
Former Marine Sgt. Philip Mitchell saw something Thursday he wishes he hadn't seen. A group of about 30 protesters gathered that evening in Old Cloverdale across the street from the Capri Theatre in support of a rally led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. "Why (come to) Alabama? It's the reddest...
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Caught on Tape: Clinton to Edwards 'Our Guys Should Talk'
ABC News' Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson Report: Democratic rivals Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., were caught on tape Thursday privately conferring and agreeing to have their campaigns collaborate. "Our guys should talk," Clinton said to Edwards. The former...
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More Entering Army with Criminal Records
WASHINGTON - Nearly 12 percent of Army recruits who entered basic training this year needed a special waiver for those with criminal records, a dramatic increase over last year and 2 1/2 times the percentage four years ago, according to new Army statistics obtained by the Globe. With less than...
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Bush-Musharraf Alliance Under Growing Attack
WASHINGTON - Despite the media's and official Washington's focus on Iraq and Iran as the most urgent challenges to U.S. foreign policy, a growing chorus of voices is calling for a major shift towards what they regard as the "central front in the war on terror" -- Pakistan. In their view, not only...
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Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert
BAGHDAD - In rebuffing calls to bring troops home from Iraq, President Bush on Thursday employed a stark and ominous defense. "The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq," he said, "were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th, and that's why what happens in Iraq...
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Brown Message to US: It's Time to Build, Not Destroy
LONDON - The first clear signs that Gordon Brown will reorder Britain's foreign policy emerged last night when one of his closest cabinet allies urged the US to change its priorities and said a country's strength should no longer be measured by its destructive military power. Douglas Alexander, the...
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Nation's Poor Hit by Housing Crunch
WASHINGTON - Growing numbers of the nation's poorest households are using more than half their earnings for rent while waiting years for federal housing assistance that may never come. The phenomenon is largely playing out in urban and suburban locales, but has exploded recently in rural areas as...
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Nobel Laureate Calls for Removal of Bush
Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams came from Ireland to Texas to declare that President Bush should be impeached. In a keynote speech at the International Women's Peace Conference on Wednesday night, Ms. Williams told a crowd of about 1,000 that the Bush administration has been treacherous and...
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Politicians Called to Account for Failing the Poor
UNITED NATIONS -- Government leaders across the world are being shamed for failing to keep their words on eliminating extreme poverty. As the timetable to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has approached the midway point, criticism is mounting against governments for their failures...
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Disregard Subpoenas, Justice Dept. Says
WASHINGTON -- In a broadly worded legal opinion, the Justice Department has concluded that President Bush's former top lawyer, and possibly other senior White House officials, can ignore subpoenas from Congress to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys. The three-page opinion raises questions...
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Italian Farmers Protest Food Labeling
BOLOGNA, Italy -- Tens of thousands of Italian farmers protested Wednesday against the lack of clear and detailed labels on agricultural products, saying cheap imports from China were hurting their bottom line. Protesters marched through downtown Bologna demanding the implementation of a law...
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Code Pink: Those Pesky Peaceniks
WASHINGTON -- When a lawmaker's office is stormed, a hearing is disrupted or a protester is handcuffed on Capitol Hill these days, it's a safe bet the activist being hauled away will be female and wearing pink. CodePink , a group spawned by Bay Area peace activists, has become the vibrantly hued...
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Poll: 92 Percent Want 'Country of Origin' Labels
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers overwhelmingly support stricter food labeling laws, with 92 percent of Americans wanting to know which country produced the food they are buying, a consumer magazine said on Tuesday. Consumer Reports said recent food scares, including worries about peanut butter and...
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Fear and Fragile Peace: A Long-Suffering People Prepare for a New War
In the video diary that Ali Dagher intended as his last testament of the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah, there is a scene where he produces two cupped handfuls of metal bomb fragments that landed in his kitchen. "I collected these here in the house," he tells the camera. "I am not telling...
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Health Group Opposes Bush Surgeon General Pick
A leading public health group opposed President George W. Bush's surgeon general nominee on Wednesday, a day before Dr. James Holsinger, already under fire by Democrats and gay rights groups, faces a tough Senate confirmation hearing. The American Public Health Association, founded in 1872 and made...
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A Dead Iraqi is Just Another Dead Iraqi... You Know, So What?'
It is an axiom of American political life that the actions of the US military are beyond criticism. Democrats and Republicans praise the men and women in uniform at every turn. Apart from the odd bad apple at Abu Ghraib, the US military in Iraq is deemed to be doing a heroic job under trying...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Pennsylvania Democrats Want Nader to Pay for Bush's Election
WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader, the independent presidential candidate Democrats love to hate, is afraid that Pennsylvania authorities trying to dun him for $61,000 are about to freeze his personal bank account. Nader ran into a buzz saw when he tried to get on the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004 as an...
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World Population Day: Enlightened Men Prescribed for Maternal Health
JOHANNESBURG - What is a common factor in ensuring that women do not marry too young, do not have more children than they can cope with, do not die giving birth -- and contract HIV in smaller numbers? Men. That is the message for World Population Day 2007, which is being marked Wednesday under the...
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On Global Warming, MoveOn Voters Pick Edwards
In a recent virtual town hall meeting on climate change with the Democratic presidential candidates sponsored by MoveOn.org, former Senator John Edwards renewed his call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 80 percent by 2050 and said that his plan for getting there was the "...
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Wolfowitz - Return to Sender?
OAKLAND, Calif. - Recently forced out as president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, one of the primary architects of U.S. President George W. Bush's Iraq war, is heading back to familiar surroundings. And the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the United States' premier...
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Bush Again Links Iraq Violence to 9/11
WASHINGTON - Struggling to stem growing opposition to his Iraq policy even among Republicans, President Bush contended anew Tuesday that the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States are the same as al Qaida in Iraq, a violent Iraqi insurgent group that didn't exist until...
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Sheehan Brings New Campaign Through Houston
HOUSTON, Texas - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan spent her 50th birthday in Houston today, attending events aimed at ending the war in Iraq. Sheehan joined other activists who gathered on the Montrose bridge during the afternoon rush hour to hold signs calling for the impeachment of President Bush...
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Musharraf's Fate Hangs on Knife Edge
Bullets are flying, casualties mounting, but whose heads will roll? The siege of the Red Mosque in Islamabad raged on yesterday as government forces battled heavily armed militants who holed up there with dozens of hostages. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the radical cleric who led the extremists, was killed...
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New Analysis Counters Claims that Solar Activity is Linked to Global Warming
It has been one of the central claims of those who challenge the idea that human activities are to blame for global warming. The planet's climate has long fluctuated, say the climate sceptics, and current warming is just part of that natural cycle - the result of variation in the sun's output and...
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Panel Says: 14 Million Refugees Worldwide
WASHINGTON - The number of refugees worldwide increased by nearly 2 million last year, driving the total to nearly 14 million, the highest level since 2001, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants reported Wednesday. The rise was due in part to a continued exodus from Iraq, where 790,000...
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Iraq-Afghanistan: Overlooking the Air War
WASHINGTON - On Jun. 18, seven children were killed during a U.S.-led air strike against a suspected al Qaeda sanctuary in eastern Afghanistan. Three days later, at least 25 civilians died during a similar "incident" in Helmand province in the south of the country. The same day, a U.S. air strike...
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Ex-Surgeon General Accuses Bush Officials of Censorship
WASHINGTON - President Bush's first surgeon general alleged yesterday that administration officials prevented him from providing the public with accurate scientific and medical information on such issues as stem cell research and teen pregnancy. "The reality is that the 'nation's doctor' has been...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Neo-Cons Try to Rally, Bully Republicans
WASHINGTON -- In the face of a critical Senate debate on future U.S. strategy in Iraq, neo-conservatives and other hawks are trying to rally increasingly skeptical -- and worried -- Republicans behind continued support for President George W. Bush's five-month-old "surge" strategy. They are arguing...
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Unpopular Congress Enduring Tough Times
WASHINGTON - These are tough times for the Democratic-led U.S. Congress, where partisan battles have led to little progress on big issues and have made lawmakers collectively less popular than President George W. Bush. Congress, typically never all that popular to begin with, starts the second half...
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US Opposition to Iraq War Hits New High: Poll
WASHINGTON - Opposition to the Iraq war has climbed to a record high and President George W. Bush's approval rating dropped to a new low amid growing dissent from members of his own Republican party over his war strategy, according to a new USAToday/Gallup poll. Bush's approval dropped to 29...
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We spend Far More, but Our Health Care is Falling Behind
Filmmaker Michael Moore might be onto something in his new documentary, "Sicko." These days, fewer Americans are buying the claim that the United States has the best medical system in the world. With polls showing that health care is Americans' top domestic concern, politicians are scrambling to...
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Preaching the Anti-Shopping Gospel
NEW YORK - Familiar in his clerical collar, cream-colored suit and dyed-blond pompadour, the Rev. Billy has spent much of the last decade parading through the streets of Manhattan, shouting through a megaphone messages such as: "Mickey Mouse is the anti-Christ!" Accompanied by a robed choir belting...
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Congress Braces for Fight Over Fairness Doctrine
WASHINGTON - After conservative radio talk show hosts helped bury an immigration bill, Republican Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott complained that "talk radio is running America." Lott suggested a remedy that immediately got talk-show hosts talking: He suggested bringing back the Fairness Doctrine,...
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Monday, July 9, 2007
White House Denies Debating Troop Withdrawal
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq now, the White House said on Monday, despite increasing pressure from members of his own Republican party for a change in war strategy. The New York Times reported on Monday that debate was intensifying inside the White...
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White House Rebuffs Congress, Nears Legal Showdown
WASHINGTON - The White House moved toward a showdown in court with the Democratic-led Congress on Monday by refusing to provide demanded information and testimony in an investigation into the firing of prosecutors. In a letter to congressional leaders, White House counsel Fred Fielding called their...
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Expert Says Rising Sea Levels Pose Threat to Rice
MANILA - Rising sea levels triggered by climate change pose an "ominous" threat to some of the world's most productive rice-growing areas, the International Rice Research Institute has warned. The Philippines-based institution is devoting fresh efforts to mitigating the coming threat, but senior...
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A Battle Over Expansion of Children's Insurance
WASHINGTON, July 8 - The fight over a popular health insurance program for children is intensifying, with President Bush now leading efforts to block a major expansion of the program, which is a top priority for Congressional Democrats. The seemingly uncontroversial goal of insuring more children...
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Peace Marchers of the Loneliest Kind
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, in the far eastern corner of Colorado where the land begins to flatten into a vast golden prairie, two teenagers trudge along the weed-bitten edge of an isolated highway. Blistered and sunburned, they endure wind, rain and...
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Weekend of Death and Destruction Dents Bush's Hopes of Turning the Tide in Iraq
WASHINGTON - President George Bush's hopes for making progress with his new Iraq strategy suffered a double blow when there was an upsurge in violence over the weekend and fresh political turmoil in the country. Twenty-three Iraqi army recruits were killed yesterday the day after a truck bomb...
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Conyers: Libby Might Have Talked
WASHINGTON -- The Democrat investigating President Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said yesterday that there is "the suspicion" the aide might have implicated others in the Bush administration if he served time. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John...
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Sheehan Plans Run Against Pelosi Unless Bush Impeachment Sought
CRAWFORD, Texas - Cindy Sheehan, the fallen soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she moves to oust President Bush in the next two weeks. Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008...
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Administration Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy, according to senior administration officials closely involved in the matter. As they prepare an interim...
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Germany to Stay Nuclear in Merkel U-Turn
BERLIN - Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is preparing to perform a major U-turn by scrapping plans to abandon nuclear power. The move would bring Berlin into line with many of its European neighbours, who are investing heavily in new and existing sources of atomic energy, but puts Mrs Merkel...
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Bush Shielding of Musharraf Policy at Risk
WASHINGTON - The growing crisis over Islamic extremism in Pakistan is drawing attention to the complicity of that country's military government in the rise of the biggest haven for Islamic terrorism in the world. The issue, which is also linked to the threat to U.S. troops in Afghanistan from...
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Russia Accuses US of Building 'New Berlin Wall'
MOSCOW - A senior Russian government minister accused the United States on Sunday of building a "new Berlin wall" with its plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe that have infuriated Moscow. "They are trying to push us into knocking heads with Europe... in order to create a new...
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Power to the People: Citizens' Group Rebuts PPL Plan to Expand Susquehanna Nuclear Plant.
THREE MILE ISLAND ALERTWhat: A watchdog group based in Harrisburg. It monitors the three nuclear power plants on the Susquehanna River. Founded: 1977 Membership: about 500 Web site: http://www.tmia.com Chairman: Eric Epstein, 47, Harrisburg ''We view our role as making sure that nuclear plants are...
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White House Expected to Block Aide from Testifying
WASHINGTON - The attorney for a former White House aide told Congress on Saturday he expects the Bush administration to try to block the aide from testifying on last year's firings of U.S. prosecutors, as the White House and Congress appeared headed for a court battle. In a letter to the Senate...
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Republican Revolt: Some Discuss Defying President
After a week-long recess, Congressional members will head back to Capitol Hill this week. And some top Republicans openly are discussing defying President George Bush and supporting a bill to bring home overseas troops. Six Republican Senators have signed a bill that calls for implementing the...
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White House Again to Defy Congress on Attorney Firings
WASHINGTON - The White House has decided to defy Congress in its latest demand for information regarding the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys, sources familiar with the decision said Saturday. Such an action would escalate the constitutional struggle and propel it closer to a court showdown. Senate...
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U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in '05
WASHINGTON - A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan's tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and...
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Global Compact with Business 'Lacks Teeth' - NGOs
GENEVA - The U.N.'s Global Compact with international big business "at the moment is so voluntary that it really is a happy-go-lucky club," says Ramesh Singh, chief executive of ActionAid, a non-governmental organisation. The international initiative, proposed by the United Nations to bring...
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Missouri: Governor Signs Abortion Bill
Abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes under a bill signed into law by Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican. The measure places more abortion clinics under government oversight by classifying them as ambulatory surgical centers...
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Lonely and Lame, Bush Agonises Over Legacy
President George Bush turned 61 yesterday but he had little to celebrate at the end of a week in which his isolation has been exposed as never before. Laura Bush held an early family party for him on Wednesday, to which a few professional golfers were also invited, and on Thursday the president...
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Report: Israeli Settlements in Land Grab
Nine in 10 Israeli settlements sprawl beyond their official boundaries in an attempt to grab more land in the West Bank, which the Palestinians claim for a future state, a group that tracks Israeli construction in the territory said Friday. Israel's settlements encroach on unallocated land even...
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Report: Scores Still Jailed in Secret after Fleeing Somali War
NAIROBI, Kenya - At least 76 people who were captured while fleeing the war in Somalia in January are still being held in Ethiopia under a program of secret prisoner renditions backed by the United States, Kenya and Somalia, human rights activists said Friday. The Muslim Human Rights Forum, a...
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US Coal Firm Linked to Colombia Militias
BRIMINGHAM, Ala. - The bus had just left Drummond Co. Inc.'s coal mine carrying about 50 workers when gunmen halted it and forced two union leaders off. They shot one on the spot, pumping four bullets into his head, and dragged the other one off to be tortured and killed. In a civil trial set to...
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Friday, July 6, 2007
Errant Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge
U.S. and NATO troops killed more noncombatants in the last six months than did Taliban insurgents, several tallies indicate.
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Much of US Favors Bush/Cheney Impeachment: Poll
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday. The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives...
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US Appeals Court Throws Out Ruling Against Eavesdropping
CHICAGO - - A US federal appeals court on Friday struck down a lower court's order against the US government's domestic eavesdropping program, launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The ruling allowed President George W. Bush's administration to continue its controversial program...
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A Message from the Melting Slopes of Everest
Fifty-four years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to scale Everest, their sons have said the mountain is now so ravaged by climate change that they would no longer recognise it. On the eve of the Live Earth concerts this weekend, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing...
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Venezuela Brands US Envoy Failure
Venezuela has criticised the outgoing United States' ambassador to the country, saying his three-year term there was a failure. William Brownfield was accused of trying to undermine the government of the left-wing President, Hugo Chavez. Earlier this week, Mr Brownfield said he regretted that he...
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Poll: Majorities Say Income Gap Too Wide
Income differences in the U.S. are too stark, and the government should provide jobs and training for those having a tough time, according to majorities in a national poll released Thursday. About seven in 10 said discrepancies between income levels are too large, a sentiment voiced by nearly two-...
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How US Policy Missteps Led to a Nasty Downfall in Gaza
WASHINGTON - Officials in the Bush administration awoke on the morning of January 26, 2006 to catastrophic news. Hamas, a violent Islamist movement whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, had won Palestinian parliamentary elections - elections that were deemed free and fair and a...
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China Blames Growing Social Unrest on Anger Over Pollution
BEIJING - The head of China's environmental agency has blamed the rising number of riots, demonstrations and petitions across the country on public anger at pollution. Echoing the language of the Cultural Revolution, Zhou Shengxian called for a "struggle" against polluters, and said the public...
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Bush's al Qaeda Problem
WASHINGTON - As U.S. President George W. Bush's military adventure flounders in Iraq, his administration appears to be increasingly depicting the conflict as a struggle between the U.S.-led Coalition forces and the archetypal terrorist threat posed by the shadowy "radicals and extremists" of al...
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Decade After Meltdown IMF Less Relevant in Asia
BANGKOK - As the Asian financial crisis struck 10 years ago, beginning in Thailand and then spreading rapidly to eight other economies in the region, the desperate call for help was answered from the West. In rode the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with the customary swagger of a powerful...
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After Lobbying, Wetlands Rules Are Narrowed
WASHINGTON, July 5 - After a concerted lobbying effort by property developers, mine owners and farm groups, the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams. The administration last fall prepared broad new...
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Secrecy at Nuclear Agency Is Criticized by Lawmakers
WASHINGTON - A factory that makes uranium fuel for nuclear reactors had a spill so bad it kept the plant closed for seven months last year and became one of only three events in all of 2006 serious enough for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to include in an annual report to Congress. After an...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
'No More War' Float Ruffles Iron Range
When Peter Edmunds and some friends decided to build a float to protest the war in Iraq, they did so thinking it would be a better way of promoting their perspective than by standing on street corners in small Minnesota cities with a few homemade signs. But the float Edmunds and his Veterans for...
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Gore Slams US-Led Climate Pact as Sham
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore slammed the United States and some other big polluters for forming what he called a sham global warming pact separate from the rest of the world. Those countries -- including Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan -- must join the rest of the...
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Critics Say Species List is Endangered
The bald eagle may be soaring back from near-extinction, but hundreds of other imperiled species are foundering, as the federal agency charged with protecting them has sunk into legal, bureaucratic and political turmoil. In the last six years, the Bush administration has added fewer species to the...
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Erosion of Alaska's North Coast Speeding Up
The speed of coastal erosion on Alaska's far northern coast has doubled over the past 50 years and coastal cliffs saturated with melting permafrost have crumbled into the sea as the world's climate has warmed, scientists report. Using evidence from satellite observations and aerial photographs, two...
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Antiwar Speakers on Campus are Lecturers, Not Students, This Time
SAN FRANCISCO - Dan Lowenstein passionately opposes the war in Iraq and recently helped stage an antiwar teach-in at UC San Francisco. "We must listen to our conscience and speak out," he told the hundreds of people who had gathered. Lowenstein is no student organizer; he's a noted professor and...
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A Place to Push Impeachment
BEVERLY CENTER, Calif. - If President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney were ever to be impeached, their foes could cite this Independence Day as a milestone - the day that the nation's first "impeachment headquarters" opened its doors in a storefront near the Beverly Center. "This is an...
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Fed Up With War, Some Won't Pay Taxes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn't have to pay taxes to support the war. "I was having a hard time looking at myself in the mirror," Gross said. "I knew the bombs...
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