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Friday, February 8, 2008
Israel Says It's Reducing Electrical Power to Gaza
JERUSALEM - Israel said it was reducing electrical power to the Gaza Strip today as part of its plan to sever economic ties with the territory. The move was the latest Israeli step to increase pressure on Gaza, ruled by the Islamist Hamas since June and the source of repeated rocket attacks into...
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Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says
The attorney general yesterday rejected growing congressional calls for a criminal investigation of the CIA's use of simulated drownings to extract information from its detainees, as Vice President Cheney called it a "good thing" that the CIA was able to learn what it did from those subjected to...
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US Should Not Provoke Iraq Militia: Report
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military should not provoke the Mehdi Army militia of anti-U.S. Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr into a return to the widespread violence that took Iraq to the brink of civil war, a report said on Friday. The International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank said the Mehdi Army, once...
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NATO Crisis Grows Over Afghan Troops
· US presses Europe to strengthen fighting force· Alliance could split as credibility is threatened
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Tobacco Could Kill 1 Billion by 2100
The World Health Organization warned in a new report Thursday that the "tobacco epidemic" is growing and could claim 1 billion lives by the end of the century unless governments dramatically step up efforts to curb smoking. In its first comprehensive report on tobacco use in 179 countries, the U.N...
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Calls For Taser Moratorium Across Quebec
QUEBEC CITY -- The Quebec government is under increasing pressure to impose a moratorium on the use of tasers until an independent study can verify whether the weapons are safe for use by the province's police forces. The Parti Québécois said yesterday it will use parliamentary tactics to force...
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Thursday, February 7, 2008
The FBI Deputizes Business
Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does-and, at least on one occasion,...
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New Charges of Guantanamo Torture
In 2005, CIA officials ordered the destruction of videotapes depicting the harsh interrogation of prisoners in the agency's secret overseas prisons. CIA Director Michael Hayden admitted that in December 2007 amid a public debate over the use of "waterboarding" on detainees and whether or not the...
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Soldier In 'Shock' Over Leaked Khadr Report
Ex-U.S. Green Beret believed 15-year-old Canadian was only survivor of attack, contrary to new claim
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CIA Destroyed Tapes as Judge Sought Interrogation Data
WASHINGTON - At the time that the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed videotapes of the interrogations of operatives of Al Qaeda, a federal judge was still seeking information from Bush administration lawyers about the interrogation of one of those operatives, Abu Zubaydah, according to court...
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'Why Talk When You Can Shock,' says Taser Opponent
TORONTO -- Tasers are not a replacement for guns; they're a replacement for talking, said author Naomi Klein at a town-hall meeting last night. "If it happened in a cell, we would call it torture and if it happens on the street we should not be afraid to call it torture," said Klein, who is the...
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Waterboarding Is Legal, White House Says
The assertion stuns critics and revives debate over the widely condemned interrogation technique.
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Annapolis Hopes Withered by Gaza Crisis
WASHINGTON - As President George W. Bush returned from his visit last month to Israel to reinvigorate the Annapolis process, the international media was dominated by reports of Palestinian militants firing rockets into Gaza, and Israel's response -- an unprecedented blockade of the territory to...
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Iranian-Americans Seek Least-Hawkish Candidate
Jaded toward their government back home and cynical of the current U.S. administration and the Republicans they historically supported, a new generation of Iranian-Americans appears to be looking to Barack Obama to bring about change, especially with regards to U.S. foreign policy toward Iran. Many...
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US Censured For Waterboarding
The UN's chief torture investigator criticized the US government yesterday for defending the use of "waterboarding", an interrogation method often described as a form of torture. Manfred Nowak, the special rapporteur on torture, said: "This is absolutely unacceptable under international human...
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Bills Introduced To Strip Berkeley Funds
Several Republicans in Congress are moving forward with an effort to strip Berkeley institutions of federal funds in retaliation for last week's City Council vote telling the U.S. Marines their recruiting station is not welcome in the city. Meanwhile, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates issued an apology...
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Red Cross Says Global Ban on Cluster Bombs Urgent
GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Wednesday for urgent conclusion of a global pact to ban cluster weapons even if big powers like the United States, Russia and China were not ready to join. The Swiss-based humanitarian body's senior arms specialist, Peter Herby...
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Defense Secretary Declines to Estimate '09 War Costs
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says a realistic estimate of next year's war costs is almost impossible to discern, in part because he doesn't know how many troops will be in Iraq this fall. The assertion, to be made on Capitol Hill today, will no doubt raise the ire of congressional...
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After Waterboarding Admission Senate Democrats Want Investigation
Senate Democrats demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding by government interrogators after the Bush administration admitted for the first time that the tactic was used on three terror suspects. In congressional testimony, CIA director Michael Hayden became the first administration...
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Public Broadcasters Prepare to Fight Federal Budget Cuts
It's a familiar dance: for eight straight years, the Bush administration has proposed deep cuts in federal funds for public broadcasting, and seven times so far, Congress has restored them. But the magnitude of the proposed cuts put forth this week - Patricia Harrison, president of the Corporation...
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He's a Uniter, Decider, and Now, Interpreter
NEW YORK -- When George W. Bush signed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act into law last week, he again thumbed his nose at Congress by taking a second now-familiar step: he issued a 'signing statement' -- a declaration that effectively asserts his authority to ignore parts of the law he...
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Freedom Watch: Pushing Buttons and Raising Millions
OAKLAND, California -- Over the past couple of years, a number of right wing groups have been contending for the unofficial designation of the conservative version of MoveOn.org, the liberal grassroots lobbying organization. These days, Freedom's Watch appears to have a leg up on them all. The...
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Brattleboro Man Sees His Impeachment Trek As A Success
Brattleboro, VT - He did not meet with Nancy Pelosi, and President Bush has not been impeached, but John Nirenberg sees his 485-mile journey from Boston to Washington, D.C., as a success. "I accomplished personally what I set out to do," he said. "I had to do what I did because I was so outraged...
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Tide Turns To Positive as E-mails Flood Town Offices in Support of Resolution to Indict Bush, Cheney
BRATTLEBORO, VT -- More than 7,000 e-mails later, the verdict is in. The majority of people who felt the need to communicate to the town their thoughts on the indictment resolution forwarded to voters for their approval support the resolution. At a Selectboard meeting on Jan. 25, the board voted 3-...
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Obama Claims Delegate Lead
In a surprise twist after a chaotic Super Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) passed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in network tallies of the number of delegates the candidates racked up last night. The Obama camp projects topping Clinton by nine delegates, 845 to 836. NBC News, which is...
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Secrecy Plea Ties Up Torture Flights Case
A lawsuit accusing a San Jose flight-planning company of helping the CIA transport prisoners to overseas torture chambers must be dismissed because it would risk exposing state secrets, a Bush administration lawyer argued Tuesday to a federal judge, who seemed to reluctantly agree. The five...
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Is Toxic Perchlorate in Utah's Food?
SALT LAKE CITY - For sixty years, Rocket testing in the state of Utah has been a point of pride. Such testing has been a creator of high-paying, high-tech jobs and a hub for military research and development. Now, half a century later, we're learning these tests have come at a price; the ultimate...
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CIA Says Used Waterboarding Three Times
WASHINGTON - The CIA on three occasions shortly after the Sept 11 attacks used a widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress on Tuesday. "Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees," Hayden told the Senate Intelligence...
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Study Finds High Levels of Chemicals in Infants Using Baby Cosmetics
Infants and toddlers exposed to baby lotions, shampoos and powders carry high concentrations of hormone-altering chemicals in their bodies that might have reproductive effects, according to a new scientific study of babies born in Los Angeles and two other U.S. cities. The research, to be published...
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Scientists Identify 'Tipping Points' of Climate Change
Nine ways in which the Earth could be tipped into a potentially dangerous state that could last for many centuries have been identified by scientists investigating how quickly global warming could run out of control. A major international investigation by dozens of leading climate scientists has...
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US Says No One Too Young for Guantanamo Court
Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba - A Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan should not be tried as a war criminal because he was a child soldier for al Qaeda, too young to voluntarily join its forces, his military defense lawyer told a U.S. war court on Monday. Navy Lt. William...
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Did Marines Go Wild, or Simply Follow The Rules?
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Did a brand-new Marine Special Operations unit run amok in eastern Afghanistan in March, firing indiscriminately at civilians along a 10-mile stretch of highway? Or did the Marines, having just survived a suicide car bomb, return fire at insurgents who shot at them as their six...
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Record Financing For Biofuels, Not Food
BROOKLIN, Canada - Biofuels have quickly turned from environmental saviour to just another mega-scale get-rich quick scheme. Countries and regions without their own oil reserves to tap now see their farms, peatlands and forests as potential "oil fields" -- shallow but renewable lakes of green oil...
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The World's Rubbish Dump: A Garbage Tip That Stretches From Hawaii to Japan
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said. The vast expanse of debris - in effect the world's largest rubbish dump - is held in place by swirling underwater...
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Candidates Offer Stark Contrasts On Terror, Torture
San Francisco - Tuesday's election contests across the United States will offer voters some clear choices on controversial issues like water boarding, secret trials of terrorism suspects, and the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, say analysts. There's no question where Mitt...
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Judge Rejects Navy Request for Sonar Training Exemption
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday rejected the Bush administration's attempt to exempt Navy sonar training from key environmental laws, saying that there's no real emergency to justify overruling court-ordered protections for whales and dolphins. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper...
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Leahy Criticizes Bush on Open Records
A Senate committee chairman accused the Bush administration on Monday of undercutting open government with a budget proposal that would have the Justice Department oversee a new office devoted to promoting greater freedom of information. Open government advocates joined Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,...
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Prosecutor Sought for White House Probe
An advocacy group on Monday sought a criminal probe of the White House over millions of possibly missing e-mails, saying someone may have deliberately deleted them to conceal involvement in a potential crime. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in...
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Monday, February 4, 2008
Clinton Lead Dwindles Ahead of Super Tuesday
Democratic Frontrunner Attacks Buoyant Obama
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Joan Baez Backs Barack Obama in US Presidency Race
Folk singer throws her voice behind politician for first time
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Was Encounter With Cheney a Touch, a Slap or a Shove?
DENVER - No one can agree on what exactly happened the day a Colorado man spotted Dick Cheney strolling the streets of a ski resort town and decided to give the vice president a piece of his mind. Steve Howards, 55, says he walked up to Cheney and delivered his message -- "Your policies in Iraq are...
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Baghdad Drowning in Sewage: Iraqi Official
Baghdad is drowning in sewage, thirsty for water and largely powerless, an Iraqi official said on Sunday in a grim assessment of services in the capital five years after the US-led invasion. One of three sewage treatment plants is out of commission, one is working at stuttering capacity while a...
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Obesity Becoming World Crisis
It's already being called the next deadly global pandemic. Projected to be a bigger threat to life than AIDS and malaria combined, obesity is quickly becoming the world's most severe health-care crisis. As waistlines grow alarmingly, so do concerns over the impact an unhealthy population could have...
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US Company Seeks Permit to Import Nuclear Waste
WASHINGTON, DC - Bart Gordon, the Tennessee Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Science and Technology, does not want the United States to receive low-level radioactive waste from Italy, process it in Tennessee and dispose of it in a Utah waste site. He says acceptance of the waste would put...
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Book: 911 Commission Executive Director Had Closer White House Ties Than Publicly Disclosed
The Sept. 11 commission's executive director had closer ties with the White House than publicly disclosed and tried to influence the final report in ways that the staff often perceived as limiting the Bush administration's responsibility, a new book says. Philip Zelikow, a friend of then-national...
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Sunday, February 3, 2008
Obama Claims Wellstone's Legacy
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- It was a line that could capture almost any Democratic heart. "When I first got to the US Senate, I opened up the drawer of the desk where I was assigned. And it has the names of some of the great senators who have served. They carve their names in their own hand into the desk...
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Chomsky Finds Pakistan in a State of Grave Crisis
Claims alliance with US has been harmful to the country
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Insurgencies Spread in Afghanistan and Pakistan
WASHINGTON -- Islamic insurgents are expanding their numbers and reach in Afghanistan and Pakistan, spreading violence and disarray over a vast cross-border zone where al Qaida has rebuilt the sanctuary it lost when the United States invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. There is little in...
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Rain Forests Fall at 'Alarming' Rate
ABO EBAM, Nigeria -- In the gloomy shade deep in Africa's rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw. It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe. From Brazil to central Africa...
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Climate Protesters Plan Campaign of Direct Action Against UK Polluters
Climate change protesters have made plans for a nationwide campaign of direct action against greenhouse gas polluters across the UK. They warn that the campaign is set to become "more urgent" in the face of mounting evidence of growing environmental damage. Hundreds of campaigners grabbed media...
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Saturday, February 2, 2008
Berkeley: Facing Off Over Marine Corps
3 war opponents chain selves to door of recruiting station, and right-wing blogosphere goes ballistic
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States Consider Calling Back Nat'l Guards from Iraq
SAN FRANCISCO -- State legislators in Vermont introduced legislation Wednesday demanding the state's National Guard troops return from Iraq. Lawmakers in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania are poised to push similar legislation. At the heart of the matter is a contention that President...
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Friday, February 1, 2008
Domestic Spying Program Could Aid Terrorists, Experts Say
Domestic Wiretapping Could Pose 'An Awesome Risk' to National Security
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MoveOn Endorses Obama
Today Barack Obama earned the endorsement of MoveOn, one of the largest grassroots membership organizations in the United States, after clobbering Hillary Clinton by 40 percent in Internet balloting. Obama led the final tally 70.4% to 29.6%, clearing the supermajority required for the endorsement...
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US Soldier Suicides Reach A Record High
Suicides among serving American soldiers reached a record high last year, as more troops were sent back for multiple tours of the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The US Army saw suicides among active duty troops leap 20 per cent from 2006, with 121 soldiers taking their own lives during 2007...
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Hundreds of Professors Hold Green 'Teach-In'
PORTLAND, Ore. - Global warming issues took over lecture halls in colleges across the country Thursday, with more than 1,500 universities participating in what was billed as the nation's largest-ever "teach-in." Organizers said the goal of the event, dubbed "Focus the Nation," was to move past...
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Mexican Farmers Protest End of Corn-Import Taxes
MEXICO CITY - Tens of thousands of farmers clogged the streets of the capital on Thursday to protest the end of tariffs on corn from the United States, warning that the elimination of trade barriers could drive them out of business and lead more Mexicans to migrate north. The farmers brought a herd...
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West Gives False "Democracies" A Pass
WASHINGTON - Western governments, eager to pursue their political or economic interests, too often reward self-proclaimed and flawed "democracies" that clearly abuse the political and civil rights of their citizens, according to the latest edition of Human Rights Watch's annual "World Report"...
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Judge Rules In Favor of First Amendment, 'Honk For Peace' Activists
DETROIT -- A U.S. district judge ruled Thursday that the city of Ferndale violated the First Amendment right to free speech when it punished anti-war protesters on Woodward and drivers who honked to support them. District Judge Denise Page Hood, who read her opinion from her Detroit bench, said the...
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Israel Criticized For Cluster Bombs
Government report questions the widespread use of the devices in the 2006 war, many of which still lie unexploded in Lebanon.
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Wars Dwarf Warming in US Budget
WASHINGTON - Despite growing recognition in the Pentagon and the intelligence community that global warming poses serious national security threats to the United States, Washington is spending 88 dollars on the military for every dollar it spends this year on climate-related programmes, according...
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Berkeley Finds a New Way to Make War Politics Local
BERKELEY, Calif. - While the City Council here has little - read, no - sway over foreign policy and distant wars, local parking is a different matter. And so it was that a parking space directly in front of the recruiting station here for the Marine Corps was awarded on Tuesday night to an antiwar...
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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Obama: Most Liberal Senator In 2007
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two...
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After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity
Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around...
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Violence In Iraq Draws Veil Over Women
BAQUBA - Conditions are particularly difficult for women in Baquba, despite the relative lull in violence. The city, about 40 km northeast of Baghdad, is capital of Diyala province, amongst the most troubled regions of Iraq in recent months. As in all conflict areas, women, along with children and...
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Bush Asserts Authority To Bypass Defense Act
WASHINGTON - President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill. Bush made the assertion in a signing statement that he...
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Iraq Conflict Has Killed A Million Iraqis: Survey
LONDON - More than one million Iraqis have died as a result of the conflict in their country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, according to research conducted by one of Britain's leading polling groups. The survey, conducted by Opinion Research Business (ORB) with 2,414 adults in face-to-face...
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Afghanistan Risks Becoming 'Failed State', Reports Warn
Two independent reports from Afghanistan's former Nato commander warned today that the country risks becoming a "failed state" due to the continuing violence and economic instability. A third report from Oxfam, in the form of an open letter to the prime minister, Gordon Brown, warns the situation...
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Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions
In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers. Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions,...
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In Senate, Questions on Protection for Alaska's Polar Bears
WASHINGTON - A decision on whether to protect Alaska's polar bears under the Endangered Species Act might not come before the government opens a major bear habitat to oil leases next week, although staff recommendations are completed, the US Fish and Wildlife Service chief said yesterday. Dale Hall...
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Sentenced to Death: Afghan Who Dared to Read About Women's Rights
A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan - not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's...
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UN: Climate Change May Cost $20 Trillion
UNITED NATIONS - Global warming could cost the world up to $20 trillion over two decades for cleaner energy sources and do the most harm to people who can least afford to adapt, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in a new report. Ban's report provides an overview of U.N. climate efforts to...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
US Justice Chief Refuses to Call Waterboarding Torture
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Wednesday to define waterboarding as illegal torture, even while admitting that if he underwent the interrogation technique that he would "feel" it is torture. Fending off pressure in a Senate Justice Committee hearing to categorically...
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Police Rapped for Using Taser on Girl in Bedroom
A Dartmouth teen who was wrestled onto her bed and shocked twice by police last February was found not guilty Tuesday of assaulting officers and resisting arrest. "The spectacle of a 17-year-old girl being Tasered in her bedroom is a very disturbing and disconcerting one," Judge Anne Derrick said...
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Mukasey Says Waterboarding Clarification 'Not An Easy Question'; Facing Senate Hearing Today
WASHINGTON - US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday that waterboarding is not currently authorized for CIA interrogations, but said he would not answer questions from Congress on the technique's legality in general. Mukasey, who is to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on...
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FBI Investigates Sub-Prime Crisis
Fourteen companies, including some of the world's largest banks, are being investigated over possible accounting fraud, improperly securing loans and insider trading during the sub-prime mortgage scandal. The FBI said yesterday that it had opened criminal investigations into improper lending in the...
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Gandhi Finally Laid To Rest in Arabian Sea Ceremony
Mahatma Gandhi's great-granddaughter today spread his ashes in the Arabian Sea in a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Indian independence leader's assassination. Honouring the man still revered as the moral conscience of the nation, Gandhi's followers had carried his ashes through the...
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Bush Signs Vets Bill, Won't Ban Permanent Bases
SAN FRANCISCO - President George W. Bush signed a 696-billion-dollar Pentagon spending bill immediately before his State of the Union address Monday night, which funds all Defence Department programmes not directly tied to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, expands health care for injured veterans...
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Justice Not So Blind in Politically Charged Cases
WASHINGTON - Following the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush outlined the basis for the so-called 'war on terror', arguing 'if you harbour a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist.'But many analysts say the Bush administration has ignored its own rhetoric when it comes to anti-Cuban terrorists operating from the shores of south Florida.
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US Troops Allegedly Killed Detainees
WASHINGTON - U.S. Army officials are investigating allegations that American soldiers killed several detainees after they were captured on a battlefield in southwest Baghdad last year, officials said Tuesday. Military officials said the incident under review took place about six months ago in the...
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Security Council Loses Credibility Over Iran, Israel
UNITED NATIONS - The 15-member U.N. Security Council (UNSC) is set to lose its credibility once again as it prepares to impose a third set of sanctions on Iran while failing to pass any strictures on Israel for its continued heavy-handed repression of Palestinians in Gaza. "Many ask whether the...
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Claimants Tiptoe Around Lucrative Antarctic Rights
TROLL STATION, Antarctica - Nations claiming parts of Antarctica are quietly staking out rights to the seabed, in stark contrast to the North Pole where Russia ostentatiously planted a flag to back its claim. "We have a vessel making seismic surveys of the continental shelf," Norwegian Prime...
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Video Reveals Violations of Laws, Abuse of Cows at Slaughterhouse
Video footage being released today shows workers at a California slaughterhouse delivering repeated electric shocks to cows too sick or weak to stand on their own; drivers using forklifts to roll the "downer" cows on the ground in efforts to get them to stand up for inspection; and even a...
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Story About Petition-Drive to charge Bush, Cheney with War Crimes Generates Flame War
BRATTLEBORO - Kurt Daims was a little taken aback Monday at the fierce response outside Brattleboro and Vermont to the successful petition drive he worked on that will let the town vote at Town Meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be charged with war crimes...
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Chicago Study Calls Taser's Safety Claims Into Question
Taser stun guns may not be as safe as their manufacturer claims, according to a study carried out by Chicago researchers, CBC News has learned. The team of doctors and scientists at the trauma centre in Chicago's Cook County hospital stunned 11 pigs with Taser guns in 2006, hitting their chests...
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John Edwards to Quit Presidential Race
Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters' sympathies but never diverted his campaign, The Associated Press has learned. The two-...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Kenya's Problem Goes Beyond Ethnicity and Elections
NAIROBI - There is more to Kenya's post-election violence than a bungled vote count and so-called tribal rivalries. As protests degenerate into organised ethnic violence in Rift Valley towns and countryside, the root-cause of the unrest lies elsewhere. "We must tackle the fundamental issues...
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Anti-Whalers Leave Antarctica, But Vow to Return
CANBERRA - Hardline anti-whaling activists on Tuesday said they planned to return to the Antarctic to harass Japan's whaling fleet until the end of the season if they can find funding for extra fuel. Both Greenpeace and the radical Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will leave the Southern Ocean in...
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An American Builder's Failures in Iraq Are Found to Have Been More Widespread
Rebuilding failures by one of the most heavily criticized companies working in Iraq, the American construction giant Parsons, were much more widespread than previously disclosed and touched on nearly every aspect of the company's operation in the country, according to a report released Monday by a...
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Environmentalists Sue Over Rule That Would Allow Killing of Wolves
BILLINGS, MONT. -- Environmental groups have sued to block a federal rule that would allow state wildlife agents and private citizens to kill more endangered gray wolves in the northern Rockies. Federal officials want to empower state wildlife agencies to kill off packs of wolves in Idaho, Wyoming...
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Prison Study to Investigate Link Between Junk Food and Violence
Some of Britain's most challenging young prisoners are to be given food supplements in a study aimed at curbing violent behaviour. Scientists from Oxford University say the effect of nutrition on behaviour has been underestimated. They say increases in consumption of "junk" food over the past 50...
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Obama Takes Big Risk on Driver's License Issue
Sen. Barack Obama easily won the African American vote in South Carolina, but to woo California Latinos, where he is running 3-to-1 behind rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, he is taking a giant risk: spotlighting his support for the red-hot issue of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants...
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Bush Urged Not to Lock Successor into Iraq
SAN FRANCISCO - An arms control group in Washington, DC has begun a petition drive urging Congress to stop President Bush from signing an agreement they say could bind his successor to continue the occupation of Iraq for another five years.
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Kucinich Postpones Bush Impeachment Effort
WASHINGTON -- After promising to mark President Bush's final State of the Union speech by introducing articles of impeachment against Bush, Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich postponed the effort. Kucinich said Monday that he met with members of the House Judiciary Committee after making...
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Lawmakers Fault FEMA on Trailers
Democratic leaders of a House science subcommittee alleged yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research into the potential danger posed by a toxic gas emitted in trailers still housing tens of thousands of survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. FEMA "...
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Obama Anointed by Kennedy Dynasty
WASHINGTON - 'Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,' said John F. Kennedy on the day of his presidential inauguration in January 1961, 'that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans...' Those words were emphatically rehashed Monday when,...
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Rove Passes Up Commencement Speech at Choate After the Students Object
WALLINGFORD, Conn. - When 17-year-old Alessio Manti heard that Karl Rove, the former chief political adviser to President Bush, would be delivering the commencement address this spring to his class at Choate Rosemary Hall - the elite boarding school that produced such liberal giants as John F...
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Afghan Women Protest American Kidnapping
About 500 Afghan women gathered in a rare mass protest Tuesday against the kidnapping of an American aid worker. The women, many wearing burqas, called on officials to find the captive American and urged the kidnappers to release her. Officials said they still had not identified any suspects in the...
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US Has Used Waterboarding in Past: Ex-Spy Chief
WASHINGTON - Former US spy chief John Negroponte admitted that the United States has used a controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding but does not anymore, according to a published interview Monday. Negroponte, who currently serves as deputy secretary of state, told the National...
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Auto Companies Press States on California Emissions
WASHINGTON - Automakers and their allies have stepped up lobbying to convince states that a proposal by California to cut tailpipe emissions sharply to fight global warming could further depress the struggling U.S. industry. There is concern among General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co, Chrysler LLC...
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