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Friday, August 3, 2007
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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Iraq Envoy Slams US Over Arms Supplies
WASHINGTON - Iraq's ambassador to the United States Wednesday launched a withering attack on what he said was US slowness to provide basic weaponry to his country's ill-equipped armed forces. Samir Sumaidaie said the foot-dragging was inexplicable given President George W. Bush's oft-stated desire...
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Iraq Warns of War Refugee 'Humanitarian Crisis'
Iraq warned of a humanitarian crisis on Thursday as it appealed to the international community to help hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have taken refuge from war in neighbouring countries. "The Iraqi government calls on the international community, in particular neighbouring countries, to...
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Bush's Attorney General Faces Threat of Perjury Probe
WASHINGTON - A senior US senator is threatening to request a perjury inquiry into President George W. Bush's attorney general amid accusations his sworn testimony before Congress contradicted an account from a top intelligence official. The threat comes amid an escalating battle between Congress...
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Bush Line Distorts Iran's Real Interest in Iraq
WASHINGTON - As U.S. and Iranian diplomats met in Baghdad Tuesday for a second round of talks on Iraq, the domestic U.S. political climate appears decidedly more supportive of an aggressive U.S. posture toward Iran than just a few months ago, reflecting the apparent triumph the George W. Bush...
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Huge Farm Bill Offers More of Same for Agribusiness
WASHINGTON - A prominent San Francisco patron of the arts, Constance Bowles -- heiress of an early California cattle baron, widow of a former director of UC Berkeley's Bancroft library and a resident of Pacific Heights -- was the largest recipient of federal cotton subsidies in the state of...
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Eight Americans Graduate in Boost for Cuban Health Care
Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government's health care system. The first class of US graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine, a Fidel Castro brainchild on...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
House Panel Cites Bush Aides for Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers. The 22-17 party-line vote -- which would sanction the pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on...
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Tiny Town Demands Justice in Dioxin Poisoning
BOSTON -- A U.S. health agency has made research subjects of people in tiny Mossville, Louisiana by repeatedly monitoring dangerously high levels of dioxin in their blood while doing nothing to get the community out of harm's way, residents say. Further, the agency failed to release important test...
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US 'Ignored' UK Rendition Protest
British concerns did not appear to "materially" affect US actions in its "war on terror", the UK's intelligence and security committee has said. The committee, which reports to the prime minister, was probing possible UK involvement in rendition flights. It said America's "lack of regard" for UK...
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Clinton, Obama Camps Battle Over talking to Castro, Chavez
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has seized on Sen. Barack Obama's debate assertion that he'd meet with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as evidence that her top rival isn't ready for the diplomatic stage. In one of the sharpest exchanges of the Democratic...
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To Fund Children's Health Plan, House Would Pay Insurers Less
Bush threatens veto.
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Hot Offices in NYC Find a Green Solution
Massive blocks of ice cool floors, cut energy use
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Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- The first farm animal Gene Baur ever snatched from a stockyard was a lamb he named Hilda. That was 1986. She's now buried under a little tombstone near the center of Farm Sanctuary, 180 acres of vegan nirvana here in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Back then, Mr...
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China's Environmental Crisis: Hard Cash Beats Clean Air
BEIJING -- From a public relations standpoint, it didn't look good. In the space of less than a month, China quashed two potentially embarrassing environmental reports that would have said what most people already know: the country is facing a costly and increasingly deadly environmental crisis...
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India's First Woman President Vows Fight for Women, Unborn Girls
NEW DELHI - India's first woman president was sworn into office Wednesday and promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female fetuses. Pratibha Patil, 72, also said the country's hundreds of millions of poor should reap the benefit of India's...
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Experts Question US Strategy in Pakistan
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's strategy for pursuing al-Qaida in Pakistan's tribal region could stoke support for the Islamic militants who are protecting the terrorist network's leaders and battling Pakistan's U.S.-backed military regime, some U.S. diplomatic and defense officials and...
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US 'Brand Identity' Tarnished
Study says 'show of force' model marketed by military should have been `we will help you'
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Iraqis Blame US Depleted Uranium for Surge in Cancer
CAIRO -- Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country. As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium...
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Pressure Builds to Ban Plastic Bags in Stores
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Paper or plastic? It is a question that has long dogged grocery shoppers. But the debate may soon be settled for this maritime city, where a bill aimed at protecting marine life would ban plastic bags from all retail stores. San Francisco enacted a ban in April, but it applies just...
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Hazard Warning on Home Cleaners
Study says many use chemicals linked to fertility problems
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Takoma Park City Council Strongly Backs Bid to Impeach Bush, Cheney
Over the years, Takoma Park has declared itself a nuclear-free zone, established an immigrant sanctuary law and written a 5,000-word manual for its trash and award-winning recycling programs. Last night, its City Council voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney...
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Iraq War Has Made Australia Less Safe: Poll
Most Australians believe their government's involvement in the Iraq war has made the country less safe, an opinion poll showed Tuesday. Just six percent of those polled said they felt more safe, according to the Newspoll survey for GetUp, a political pressure group that claims nearly 190,000...
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After Carnage, U.S. and Iraqi Authorities Compete for Control
BAGHDAD - It was just another car bomb, this time an old, blue Volkswagen Passat that blew up in a busy shopping district of Baghdad, one of four that killed and maimed Iraqi civilians Monday. But the array of first responders who descended on the smoke-filled scene exemplified how militants aren't...
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Candidates Hop Aboard the Iran Sanctions Bus
WASHINGTON - Last Thursday afternoon, in a tightly packed press room of the U.S. Capitol building, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi stood at the podium and smiled heartily as she pointed to two columns of U.S. postal boxes stacked behind her. "Since Iran funds death," she told the crowd, her lobby group --...
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Rights Groups Dismiss Bush's Rules for Secret Prisons
SAN FRANCISCO - Human rights organizations are reacting coldly to President George W. Bush's executive order forbidding the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from torturing, humiliating, or abusing detainees in its once-secret interrogation program. "It's incredibly vague to the point of being...
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Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Congress
WASHINGTON - Calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Cindy Sheehan and 45 fellow Iraq war protesters were arrested on Monday after they refused to leave a U.S. lawmaker's office and adjoining hallway, authorities said. Before police escorted her...
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Monday, July 23, 2007
Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue Bush's VA Head for Poor Care, Cheating
WASHINGTON -- Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment. The class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, filed Monday...
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Global Warming has Already Changed World's Rainfall Patterns: Study
PARIS -- A study has yielded the first confirmation that global warming is already affecting world's rainfall patterns, bringing more precipitation to northern Europe, Canada and northern Russia but less to swathes of sub-Saharan Africa, southern India and Southeast Asia. The changes "may have...
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Unlikely Adversary Arises to Criticize Detainee Hearings
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Stephen E. Abraham's assignment to the Pentagon unit that runs the hearings at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, seemed a perfect fit. A lawyer in civilian life, he had been decorated for counterespionage and counterterrorism work during 22 years as a reserve Army intelligence officer...
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US Won't Rule Out Force in Pakistan
Push Against Al Qaeda May Backfire, Some Say
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Senator Calls For Censure Against Bush
Feingold says the measures aim at 'misconduct' of the war and 'attack' on laws, but top Senate leaders predict the effort will fail.
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Turkey: Islamic Party Wins in Landslide
ISTANBUL - Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), with its roots in Islam but professing to be secular and conservative, won a landslide victory in general elections Sunday. What it does in coming days will determine how long it stays in office. As some 42 million voters cast their...
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Low-Key Recall of AIDS Drug Hits World's Poor
ROME - A total recall of an important AIDS drug widely used in developing countries has disrupted treatment for tens of thousands of the world's poorest patients, with no clear word from the manufacturer on when shipments will resume. The recall of the drug, Viracept, by Roche Pharmaceuticals of...
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New Poll: Globalization Backlash in Rich Nations
A popular backlash against globalization and the leaders of the world's largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows. Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they...
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
US Force-Feeds Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Twice a day at the U.S. military prison, Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Zaid Salim Zuhair Ahmed are strapped down in padded restraint chairs, and flexible yellow tubes are inserted through their noses and throats. Milky nutritional supplements, mixed with water and olive...
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Drug Safety Critic Hurls His Darts From the Inside
CLEVELAND - Back in the '60s, when University of Michigan students were holding protests over civil rights and the Vietnam War, an undergraduate named Steven E. Nissen was at the center of the political dissent. Four decades later, that former campus activist is now Dr. Nissen, who is shaking up...
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Australian Chief Lashes US on Iraq
AUSTRALIA'S Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, has taken a swipe at the US military's strategy at the outset of the Iraq war, expressing disbelief that it has taken so long for commanders to realize the merits of engaging with the local population and winning their trust. Visiting a...
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