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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Humans Drive Rare Dolphin to Extinction
THE Yangtze River dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct after an intensive survey of its natural habitat. The freshwater marine mammal, which could weigh up to a quarter of a tonne, is the first large vertebrate forced to...
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Poll: Iraqis Oppose Oil Privatization
SAN FRANCISCO - A new public opinion poll has found nearly two thirds of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign companies. The poll found a majority of every Iraqi ethnic and religious group believe their oil should remain nationalized. Some 66 percent of Shi'ites and 62...
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Trappings of Modern Life Bring an Early Death to Valley of the Immortals
VILCABAMBA, Ecuador - For centuries Vilcabamba was a South American idyll. The valley boasted a lush and tranquil setting in remotest Ecuador, a year-round balmy climate, pristine mountain water, abundant fruits and grains. The inhabitants lived long and healthy lives. So long and so healthy that...
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1.4 Million Iraqis Push Syria to Edge
DAMASCUS, Syria - The flood of more than 1.4 million Iraqi refugees, with as many as 10,000 pouring over the border each week, is pushing Syria to the edge, most observers say. "The situation is starting to scare a lot of people," said Samir Taqqi, a political analyst at the Orient Center for...
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Pakistan Leader Says Talk of US Strikes Hurts Terror Fight
KARACHI, Pakistan - President General Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that suggestions the United States might carry out unilateral attacks against Al Qaeda fighters on Pakistani soil were counterproductive. The Pakistani leader's comments, his first public expression of displeasure on the subject...
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In Case of Apocalypse Later, a Plan to Ensure America's Regreening
NEW YORK - The botanists forged through a thicket and crossed a rocky ravine bed. Their quarry, Polygonatum pubescens, was proving elusive. But they would not rest. They had promised a shipment of its seed to their partners in a bunker across the ocean. Just beyond a derelict chain-link fence, a...
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Iraq Power System 'Near Collapse'
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's national power grid is on the brink of collapse, the country's electricity ministry has warned. Water supplies to Baghdad have also been cut off for days at a time, with summertime pressures on key systems said to be more intense than ever. The ministry blamed poor maintenance,...
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NYPD Surveillance Files of RNC Protests Ordered Released
NEW YORK -- The city must release hundreds of pages of documents related to police surveillance of protesters prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention, but they will be allowed to black out some information, a judge ruled Monday. The city had sought to keep secret field intelligence reports...
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Gore: Polluters Finance Research to Cast Doubt on Global Warming
SINGAPORE - Research aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on global warming is part of a huge public misinformation campaign funded by some of the world's largest carbon polluters, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday. ''There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of...
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Hillary Clinton Aide's PR Firm is Under Attack
WASHINGTON -- As she presses for a coveted endorsement from organized labor, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a backlash over the business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement. Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) and her rivals for the Democratic presidential...
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The Bloody Failure of 'The Surge': A Special Report
It was supposed to mark a decisive new phase in America's military campaign, but six months after George Bush sent in 20,000 extra troops, Iraq is more chaotic and dangerous than ever. In a special dispatch, Patrick Cockburn reports on the bloody failure of 'the surge.' The war in Iraq passed a...
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Universal Peace Day: Activists Warn of Ongoing Nuclear Threat
NEW YORK -- Sixty-two years ago Monday, the U.S. bomber "Enola Gay" descended from the skies above the Japanese city of Hiroshima to drop an atomic bomb, ironically nicknamed "Little Boy", to devastating effect. Three days later, on Aug. 9, 1945, the city of Nagasaki became victim to the same fate...
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Polls Find Broad Support for Greater Altruism
WASHINGTON - The U.S. public rejects the idea that the United States should revert to a more isolationist foreign policy, but expresses dissatisfaction with the current role of the U.S. in the world and the destabilising effect it is having, concludes a compilation of recent public opinion polls. "...
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Bush Climate Meeting Draws Doubts About Action
WASHINGTON - A U.S. summit in September on climate change, one of at least four international meetings set for this year, is already raising doubts about any action being taken before President George W. Bush leaves office. The big question is what will replace the Kyoto Protocol when that...
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Monday, August 6, 2007
Hiroshima Peace Declaration 2007: Aim for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave the city's 2007 Peace Declaration early Monday morning, the 62nd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. An English translation of Akiba's declaration is reproduced in full below: That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A...
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Human Error May Have Led to Hoof and Mouth Outbreak
Government officials believe human error at the private pharmaceutical firm Merial Animal Health is the most likely source for the return of foot and mouth disease, it emerged last night. As health and safety inspectors began examining the firm's laboratories at Pirbright in Surrey, Whitehall...
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Veterans' Rare Cancers Raise Fears of Toxic Battlefields
WASHINGTON - In the wake of an Iraqi official last month blaming America's use of depleted uranium munitions in its 2003 "Shock and Awe" campaign for a surge in cancer there, the Defense Department is facing an October deadline for providing a comprehensive report to Congress on the health effects...
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A Veteran General Hears Echoes from Vietnam in Iraq
WASHINGTON - Volney Warner thinks big. A retired Army four-star general who helped craft counterinsurgency doctrine during the Vietnam War, he's made a career out of thinking about how U.S. military strategy should advance America's global interests. How does domestic politics shape military...
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Power Cuts Worsen as Iraqi Grid Nears Collapse
BAGHDAD - Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, according to officials. Aziz al-Shimari, an electricity ministry spokesman, said at the weekend that...
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A Blaring Call for Impeachment
HAMPSTEAD, Md. - At a busy intersection in the bucolic and conservative town of Hampstead yesterday morning, seven people waved signs calling on Carroll County drivers to honk for President Bush's impeachment -- and yelled "thank you" to those who cursed at them. The honks and horn blasts from cars...
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Sunday, August 5, 2007
'Obama Targeted Pakistan To Get Boost In Polls'
LAHORE: Barack Obama was trying to give a boost to his poll ratings when he declared on Wednesday that he was prepared to unilaterally send US troops into Pakistan to get terrorists, states Pramit Pal Chaudhuri of the Hindustan Times. Chaudhuri says Obama was not trying to warn President General...
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US Arms Sales Preserve Israel's Edge
UNITED NATIONS - When the United States sells state-of-the-art weapons systems to Arab nations, it invariably provides even more lethal and sophisticated arms to its steadfast ally, Israel, in order to help counter the firepower of its neighbours. So, when Egypt gets the M60A3 and M1A1 Abrams...
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5 Arrested While Protesting Nuke Plant
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Five protesters were arrested Saturday at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant during a demonstration marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The five were arrested on charges of obstructing a roadway at the entrance of the plant in Oak Ridge, where...
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Democratic Party Is Growing More Liberal
CHICAGO - The Democratic Party is growing more liberal for the first time in a generation. It's more antiwar than at any time since 1972. Support is growing for such traditionally liberal values as using the federal government to help the poor. And 40 percent of Democrats now call themselves...
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Saturday, August 4, 2007
Hillary Faces Boos from Bloggers
Hillary Clinton has been derided for her decision to skip a forum for Democratic presidential hopefuls being hosted today by Left-wing bloggers. Boos greeted the news that Mrs Clinton would be the only main candidate not to attend the forum. It highlighted the suspicion she faces among the "...
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Pakistani Official Urges NATO to Quit Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD - BRITAIN and the US have been urged to prepare a strategy for leaving Afghanistan by sources within the Pakistani Government as the number of fatalities among NATO forces fighting the Taliban grows. The remarks, by a senior Foreign Ministry official, reflect the growing belief in...
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Lawmaker Calls for Registry of Drug Firms Paying Doctors
WASHINGTON - An influential Republican senator says he will propose legislation requiring drug makers to disclose the payments they make to doctors for services like consulting, lectures and attendance at seminars. The lawmaker, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Senate...
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Senate Passes Bush-Backed Spy Bill
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate, amid warnings of further attacks on the United States, approved a bill on Friday that would allow President George W. Bush to maintain his controversial domestic spying program. On a vote of 60-28, the Senate sent the measure to the Democratic-led U.S...
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Everglades Decision Criticized
The Bush administration's hand in removing the Everglades from a United Nations list of endangered sites was denounced Friday by a Florida senator. Democrat Bill Nelson characterized it as improper meddling by Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary Todd Willens at a U.N. meeting in June in New Zealand...
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At US Base, Iraqis Must Use Separate Latrine
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq - The sign taped to the men's latrine is just five lines: "US MILITARY CONTRACTORS CIVILIANS ONLY!!!!!" It needed only one: "NO IRAQIS." Here at this searing, dusty U.S. military base about four miles west of Baqouba, Iraqis - including interpreters who walk...
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Friday, August 3, 2007
Iraq Veterans Suffer Stress and Alcoholism
Thousands of frontline veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are facing escalating mental health problems, alcoholism and family breakdown, an extensive examination of the British military has found. Prolonged periods in conflict are linked to higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder...
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Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed
MOSCOW - A Russian expedition descended in a pair of submersible vessels more than two miles under the ice cap on Thursday and deposited a Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole. The dive was a symbolic move to enhance the government's disputed claim to nearly half of the floor of the Arctic...
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Abe Defeat Could Impact Support for US.
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's electoral defeat may threaten Japan's support of U.S.-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an energized opposition seeks to redefine the country's relationship with Washington. As the top U.S. ally in East Asia, Japan was a staunch supporter of the invasion...
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Angry Men Get Ahead While Angry Women Penalized: Study
NEW YORK - A man who gets angry at work may well be admired for it but a woman who shows anger in the workplace is liable to be seen as "out of control" and incompetent, according to a new study presented on Friday. What's more, the finding may have implications for Hillary Clinton as she attempts...
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China Arrests Pro-Tibet Protesters
BEIJING - Scores of people were arrested in a traditionally Tibetan area of western China following public calls for the return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reports said Friday. Also Friday, China moved to tighten its control over Tibetan Buddhism by asserting the communist...
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As Iraq Costs Soar, Contractors Earn Record Profits
WASHINGTON - In a report to lawmakers earlier this week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that the war in Iraq could cost U.S. taxpayers over a trillion dollars when the long-term costs of caring for soldiers wounded in action, military and economic aid for the Iraqi government,...
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MIDEAST: Bush Revs Up Lemon of a Peace Policy
WASHINGTON - Political factions Fatah and Hamas must reconcile in order to pursue a sustainable peace in the Palestinian territories, and if and when a power-sharing agreement is brokered, the international community must be willing to accept it, according to a recent report by the International...
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District of Columbia to Pay $1 Million to Protesters
WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia has agreed to pay $1 million to about 120 protesters who were improperly rounded up by the police during demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The settlement, reached Wednesday, is the largest payout to...
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Bush Urges Congress to Pass Wiretap Bill
Lawmakers Hustle to Act Before Recess
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
Ohio Abortion Law Would give Fathers a Say State Legislators Propose Change; Opponents Blast Bill as 'Extreme'
Several Ohio state representatives who normally take an anti-abortion stance are now pushing pro-choice legislation - sort of. Led by Rep. John Adams, a group of state legislators have submitted a bill that would give fathers of unborn children a final say in whether or not an abortion can take...
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'Impeach Bush' Sign in Kent, Ohio, Gets Man a Day in Court
Issued a $125 ticket for advertising 'Impeach' Bush on public property
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Disaster Looms in Land Built for Peace and Harmony
Politicians fear civil war as Musharraf's regime is battered by suicide attacks, civilian revolt and American threats
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Bush Invokes Executive Privilege for Rove in Attorney Firings
WASHINGTON - Ratcheting up the stakes in a legal battle with Congress, President Bush on Wednesday ordered White House adviser Karl Rove and a senior political aide to refuse on grounds of executive privilege to testify before the Senate on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys. In a letter to Senate...
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Bush Invokes Executive Privilege for Rove in Attorney Firings
WASHINGTON - Ratcheting up the stakes in a legal battle with Congress, President Bush on Wednesday ordered White House adviser Karl Rove and a senior political aide to refuse on grounds of executive privilege to testify before the Senate on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys. In a letter to Senate...
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US Cannot Account for 190,000 Guns in Iraq: Report
BAGHDAD - The US government cannot account for 190,000 weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to an investigation carried out by the Government Accountability Office. According to the July 31 report, the military "cannot fully account for about 110,000 AK-47 assault...
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In Terrorism-Law Case, Chiquita Points to US
Firm Says It Awaited Justice Dept. Advice
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Murdoch's Expanding Empire Seen as "Ominous"
WASHINGTON -- Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch added one of the most respected brands in journalism to his already vast media empire this week, gaining enough support from the deeply divided Bancroft family to buy Dow Jones & Company, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, for 5 billion...
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US-India Deal Said to 'Increase Nuclear Danger'
UNITED NATIONS -- The Bush administration's decision to let India obtain nuclear technology from the United States is renewing long-held fears that it could result in further proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world. ''It will allow India to increase its capacity to make nuclear weapons...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Thousands of Unpaid Teens Bag Groceries for Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart prides itself on cutting costs at home and abroad, and its Mexican operations are no exception. That approach has helped the Arkansas-based retail giant set a track record of spectacular success in the 16 years since it entered Mexico as a partner of the country's then-leading retail-store...
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O, Canada! More Americans Heading North
The Number of Americans Moving to Canada in 2006 Hit a 30-Year High
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As US Income Stagnates, Democrats Reject Free Trade
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led Congress won't give President Bush the special authority he needs to negotiate future free-trade deals. The Senate is moving on retaliatory trade legislation against China. The House of Representatives won't approve deals with three small neighboring Latin American...
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Automakers Back Higher Fuel-Economy Standards
WASHINGTON - In a political turnabout, the automobile industry is embracing legislation that would raise fuel-economy standards for U.S. vehicles more than 25 percent over the next 15 years. After years of resisting any increase, fears of more stringent measures that would require the industry to...
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Japan's Hybrid Train Hailed as the Future of Rail Travel
KOBUCHIZAWA, Japan - It seems an unlikely venue for a potential revolution in public transport - a sleepy town in the lush, pine-carpeted mountains of rural Japan. But this is where travellers began paying yesterday to board the world's first hybrid train service. The brightly coloured Hybrid Train...
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US Military Doctors Criticized Over Force-Feeding
CHICAGO- Military doctors violate medical ethics when they approve the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, according to a commentary in a medical journal. The doctors should attempt to prevent force-feeding by refusing to participate, the three authors write...
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Warming of Glaciers Threatens Millions in China
ANYEMAQUEN MOUNTAINS, China - More than 3 miles above sea level in these jagged, wind-scoured mountains, there's little doubt that global warming is endangering China's future. The glaciers that ripple off the peaks of Anyemaqen, a mountain range in the western China province of Qinghai, are...
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US Energy Bill Aids Expansion of Atomic Power
WASHINGTON - A one-sentence provision buried in the Senate's recently passed energy bill, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees. Lobbyists have told...
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Budget Office Analysis Says War Could Cost $1 Trillion
WASHINGTON -- The war in Iraq could ultimately cost well over a trillion dollars -- at least double what has already been spent -- including the long-term costs of replacing damaged equipment, caring for wounded troops, and aiding the Iraqi government, according to a new government analysis. The...
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Obama 'Would Send Troops into Pakistan'
Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, has said that he would send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, a week after chief rival Hillary Clinton described his foreign policy skills as naive. The senator warned Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf that, under an Obama...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
New Group to Fight Torture; Candidates Urged to Sign Anti-Torture Pledge
NEW YORK - A coalition of civil rights groups launched a campaign on Tuesday urging presidential candidates to sign an "American Freedom Pledge" rejecting torture, detention without trial and warrantless wire-tapping. Around 130,000 people have signed a petition of the American Freedom Campaign ,...
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Iraq: A Little Easier to Occupy from the Air
BAGHDAD - Many Iraqis believe the dramatic escalation in U.S. military use of air power is a sign of defeat for the occupation forces on the ground. U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft dropped five times as many bombs in Iraq during the first six months of this year as over the first half of 2006,...
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Celebrities Attend Anti-War Rally
The Nation magazine sponsors cruise visit by editor, politicians
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Lieberman Escalates Attack on Iraq Critics
Ever since Connecticut Democrats refused to back him for a fourth term in Congress, Joe Lieberman has been burnishing his independent credentials in the narrowly divided Senate while becoming increasingly critical of the Democratic Party on the war in Iraq. Lieberman, the Democrats' 2000 vice...
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Planners Move to Close the Window on American McMansions
LOS ANGELES - For many they are a blight on the American landscape. For others, they are an expression of freedom and success. Now legislators in cities across the US, alarmed at the spread of "McMansions", are trying to contain the size of American homes. Inspired by concerns that communities are...
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Children Hardest Hit by Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq
The number of Iraqi children who are born underweight or suffer from malnutrition has increased sharply since the US-led invasion, according to a report by Oxfam and a network of about 80 aid agencies. The report describes a nationwide catastrophe, with around 8 million Iraqis - almost a third of...
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Brazil, Alarmed, Reconsiders Policy on Climate Change
MANAUS, Brazil - Alarmed at recent indications of climate change here in the Amazon and in other regions of Brazil, the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun showing signs of new flexibility in the tangled, politically volatile international negotiations to limit human-caused...
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Monday, July 30, 2007
Invasion, What Invasion? Sorry Tale of CIA Bungles
THE CIA thought it had a scoop in 1994. Its friends in the Guatemalan Army were bugging the bedroom of Marilyn McAfee, the US envoy to the country, whom they regarded as suspect because she was fighting human rights abuses by the regime. Eavesdroppers heard her whispering sweet nothings to someone...
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Brown Tries to Shift Bush Talks to Trade and Darfur
Gordon Brown arrived in Washington last night for his first meeting as prime minister with George Bush, determined to shift the focus from Iraq towards less divisive issues such as trade and Darfur. Mr Brown, who is scheduled to hold formal talks today with Mr Bush and his team at Camp David, the...
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Big US Presence in Iraq Until Mid-2009: Commander
BAGHDAD - U.S. generals expect to need a large contingent of troops in Iraq until the middle of 2009, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said on Monday. Such a timeline would hand President George W. Bush's successor the task of bringing U.S. forces home from Iraq, more than six years after Bush...
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American Mega-Embassy in Iraq Stirs Echoes of Somalia
BAGHDAD-Huge, expensive and dogged by controversy, the new American embassy compound nearing completion here epitomizes to many Iraqis the worst of the U.S. tenure in Iraq. "It's all for them, all of Iraq's resources, water, electricity, security," said Raid Kadhim Kareem, who has watched the...
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Energy Bill Will Test Pelosi's Command
WASHINGTON - Democrats, in taking back the House from Republicans, promised to tilt the nation's energy policy away from oil drilling and toward efficiency and cleaner sources of energy. This week their pledge will be put to the test. As the House starts debate on its energy bill, Speaker Nancy...
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Violence Masking Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq: Oxfam
AMMAN - Oxfam warned in a report Monday that unabated violence in Iraq is masking a humanitarian crisis that has worsened since the US-led invasion in 2003, putting at risk almost eight million Iraqis. "While horrific violence dominates the lives of millions of ordinary people inside Iraq, another...
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Poverty, Development Goals Hard Subjects to Tackle
MONTEVIDEO, Jul 27 - Water used to be carried home, usually by women, in large jugs, as is still the case in many poor countries. But now that many people around the world have piped water, they go to the supermarket to buy bottled water. Today, water is increasingly privately owned. However, "when...
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Iraq: One in Seven Joins Human Tide Spilling into Neighbouring Countries
SULAYMANIYAH - Two thousand Iraqis are fleeing their homes every day. It is the greatest mass exodus of people ever in the Middle East and dwarfs anything seen in Europe since the Second World War. Four million people, one in seven Iraqis, have run away, because if they do not they will be killed...
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Clinton Woos the Outsourcers that Workers Fear
BUFFALO, N.Y. - To many labor unions and high-tech workers, the Indian giant Tata Consultancy Services is a serious threat - a company that has helped move U.S. jobs to India while sending thousands of foreign workers on temporary visas to the United States. So when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N...
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Anti-Abortion Leaders Size Up G.O.P. Candidates
WASHINGTON, July 29 - After 30 years of political organizing within the Republican Party, the anti-abortion movement has won a series of victories in legislatures and courts and stands tantalizingly close to winning even more. But these are anxious days for the movement. Six months before the Iowa...
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Arms Sale Plan Will Haunt US, Critics Say
THE Bush Administration's plan to sell advanced weapons worth $US20 billion ($24 billion) to Saudi Arabia and five other Persian Gulf countries is running into congressional opposition and criticism from human rights and arms control groups. Members of Congress vowed on Saturday to oppose any sale...
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Global Warming Doubles Number of Hurricanes, Study Finds
WASHINGTON - Global warming's effect on wind patterns and sea temperatures have nearly doubled the number of hurricanes a year in the Atlantic Ocean over the past century, says a new study by US scientists. Excerpts from the study by Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and...
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Congress Eyes Pay Raise for Itself
WASHINGTON - After raising the minimum wage by 70 cents an hour this week, many members of Congress are ready to give themselves a pay increase of roughly $4,400 per year. That would take their annual salaries to nearly $170,000. Campaigning last year, Democratic leaders said it would be wrong for...
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As Butterflies Die, So Goes a Way of Life
Logging in Mexico puts wildlife, livelihoods at risk
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Israel Hails US military Aid Rise
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has confirmed that the United States is planning a significant increase in military and defence aid to Israel.
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Giving New Life to Protests of Yore
WASHINGTON, July 26 - It's not an unfamiliar tableau these days: people gathered on a grassy expanse of the National Mall here, listening to someone deliver an impassioned antiwar speech with phrases like "aggressive, activist foreign policy," "the war we are creating," "vigorous governmental...
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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Mining of Data Prompted Fight Over U.S. Spying
WASHINGTON, July 28 - A 2004 dispute over the National Security Agency 's secret surveillance program that led top Justice Department officials to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases, according to current and former officials briefed on the program...
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US Fears That Brown Wants Iraq Pull-Out
A SENIOR Downing Street aide has sounded out Washington on the possibility of an early British military withdrawal from Iraq. Simon McDonald, the prime minister's chief foreign policy adviser, left the impression that he was "doing the groundwork" for Gordon Brown, according to one of those he...
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Revealed: MI5's Role In Torture Flight Hell
· British source tells of betrayal to CIA· 'I was stripped and hauled to US base'
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
U.S. Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to eventually total $20 billion at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis are playing a counterproductive role in Iraq...
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Liberal Groups Ask Advertisers to Boycott Fox
NEW YORK -- Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network. MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America's Future, and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the...
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A Blurry Line Between Propaganda and News
WASHINGTON -- A shocking thing happens midway through Norman Solomon's documentary film " War Made Easy ". While analyzing the George W. Bush administration's lead-up to the Iraq invasion, Solomon plays a news clip of Eason Jordan, a CNN News chief executive who, in an interview with CNN, boasts of...
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Washington Pressed to Lead as Water Tables Fall
NEW YORK -- Calls for increased help from Washington are on the rise as global efforts to tackle the world's burgeoning water and sanitation crisis have largely failed to produce any meaningful results so far. "Support, sponsor, solve," read a full-page newspaper advertisement released by an...
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State Vote Machines Lose Test to Hackers
State-sanctioned teams of computer hackers were able to break through the security of virtually every model of California's voting machines and change results or take control of some of the systems' electronic functions, according to a University of California study released Friday. The researchers...
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Hillary Clinton: Right-Wing Darling?
WASHINGTON -- Since when is Hillary Clinton the pin-up gal of conservative pundits? After Clinton delivered a foreign-policy cold-cock to Barack Obama's head during a Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday: Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, a neo-conservative weekly, wrote that she delivered...
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Was Pat Tillman Murdered? AP Gets New Documents
SAN FRANCISCO -- Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The...
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Conflict on Screen: Hollywood Goes to War
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Not so long ago, Hollywood was famously shy of telling stories ripped straight from the headlines. The movies, after all, are a form of escapism, first and foremost. Who wants to go to the multiplex to get more of the same depressing images being broadcast on the evening news?...
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Officer Calls Guantanamo Reviews a Sham
WASHINGTON - Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a military intelligence officer, spent six months at the Department of Defense working in the office that reviews the government's cases against detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His experience - as recounted in a sworn affidavit - is credited with...
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5 Years Later, Cameraman Still Held at Guantanamo
KHARTOUM, Sudan - He's all but unknown in the United States, the country of his jailers, but in his homeland of Sudan, Sami al Hajj is a national hero. The president has spoken out about him, demonstrations have been held in his name, and a bakery in Khartoum has printed his picture on its...
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Russia's Gorbachev Says US is Sowing World Disorder
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to...
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Teens March Across US to Protest War
MONTEZUMA, Iowa - Two teens from opposite coasts are marching across the country for peace, hoping to gain followers and attention with each step. Ashley Casale, 19, of Clinton Corners, N.Y., and Michael Israel, 18, of Jackson, Calif., had hoped others who oppose the war in Iraq would join them on...
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Dozens of Afghan Civilians Die in Air Raids: Residents
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Dozens of civilians, including women and children, have been killed in two foreign air strikes in southern Afghanistan, residents and a local member of parliament said on Friday. One of the raids by NATO hit houses in the Girishk district of Helmand province on Thursday...
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US Peace Groups Hail Vote on Iraq Bases
SAN FRANCISCO - Peace advocates in the United States are welcoming a Congressional vote Wednesday that may be a political stepping stone to ending U.S. participation in the war in Iraq. "It's a first step for Republicans who have thus far been raising questions about the war, but not voting against...
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Obama Says Clinton Has foreign Policy Like Bush's
WASHINGTON - - Democrat Barack Obama accused Hillary Clinton on Thursday of backing a foreign policy toward hostile nations no different than U.S. President George W. Bush's in an escalation of their war of words this week. Obama, an Illinois senator, fired back at New York Sen. Clinton for calling...
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Waiting for Good Dough
The click of heels against the marble floors echoes through the halls as staffers hurry to happy hour, yoga or home. It's 6:30 p.m., and the entire Dirksen Senate Office Building is rushing. Everyone except Hans Scheltema, who leans against the wall in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee room...
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