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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Feminist, Socialist, Devout Muslim: Woman Who Has Thrown Denmark into Turmoil
ODENSE, DENMARK - In the land that launched the cartoons war between Islam and the west, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid finds herself on the frontline, gearing up for a new battle. The 25-year-old social worker, student and town councillor describes herself as a feminist, a democrat, and a socialist. She has...
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Wolfowitz Scandal Spotlights US Reign at Bank
WASHINGTON - Recent White House backing for the beleaguered World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, despite the findings of an internal report that said he had violated the Bank's ethics rules, is bringing the role of the United States in running the Bank in "undemocratic" ways under scrutiny, with...
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Children Face Exposure to Pesticides
STRATHMORE, Calif. - On Grandparents Day, Domitila Lemus accompanied her 8-year-old granddaughter to school. As the girls lined up behind Sunnyside Union Elementary, a foul mist drifted onto the playground from the adjacent orange groves, witnesses say. Lemus started coughing, and two children...
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Bono Warns G8 Backsliders
Only Britain and Japan are living up to the promises of the Gleneagles agreement
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Panel Told of a Sickbed Face-Off
A former Justice Dept. official testifies how Gonzales sought to 'take advantage' of an ailing Ashcroft in 2004.
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Analysis Finds Large Antarctic Area Has Melted
While much of the world has warmed in a pattern that scientists have linked with near certainty to human activities, the frigid interior of Antarctica has resisted the trend. Now, a new satellite analysis shows that at least once in the last several years, masses of unusually warm air pushed to...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Right-Wing Televangelist Jerry Falwell Dies
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, a pioneer among televangelists who later became a leading voice in the national debate over Christian values, has died at the age of 73. Falwell was found unconscious Tuesday in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. A fundamentalist preacher, Falwell burst onto...
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Boston Residents Face to Face with Bio-War
BOSTON, United States - The U.S. government and Boston University are facing protests and lawsuits for building a laboratory to research potential biological weapons in a neighborhood whose residents are mostly African-American and Latinos. Approved by the federal government in February 2006, the...
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CENTCOM Commander's Veto Sank Bush's Threatening Gulf Buildup
WASHINGTON - Admiral William Fallon, then President George W. Bush's nominee to head the Central Command (CENTCOM), expressed strong opposition in February to an administration plan to increase the number of carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf from two to three and vowed privately there would...
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US Health System Ranks Last Compared to Other Countries: Studies
WASHINGTON - The US health care system ranks last among other major rich countries for quality, access and efficiency, according to two studies released Tuesday by a health care think tank. The studies by the Commonwealth Fund found that the United States, which has the most expensive health system...
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US Senate to Vote on Cutting off Iraq War Money
WASHINGTON - The US Senate is expected to vote as early as this week on whether to cut off money for the Iraq war next year, as well as on a softer measure calling for US troops to leave by October. Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid said today that the two measures would be offered as...
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Discrimination Against Girls 'Still Deeply Entrenched'
Millions of girls across the world are being condemned to a life of inequality and poverty, according to a new report.
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Son of Professor Opposed to War is Killed in Iraq
BOSTON - Boston University professor Andrew J. Bacevich has been a persistent, vocal critic of the Iraq war, calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. This week, the retired Army lieutenant colonel received the grim news that his son had been killed on patrol there. First Lieutenant Andrew J...
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Lobbying Reform Losing Steam in House
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress. Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together...
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Senators Who Weakened Drug Bill Got Millions from Industry
WASHINGTON - Senators who raised millions of dollars in campaign donations from pharmaceutical interests secured industry-friendly changes to a landmark drug-safety bill, according to public records and interviews. The bill, which passed 93-1, grants the Food and Drug Administration broad new...
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Shoe on the Other Foot as Africa Chides Wolfowitz
NAIROBI - The scandal hanging over World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has damaged his ability to preach against corruption in Africa, but Africans say the bank's anti-graft message must remain whether he stays or goes. The bank is due to give its final decision on Tuesday on Wolfowitz's future,...
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'Honk for Peace' Case Tests Limits on Free Speech
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - When one of Deborah Mayer's elementary school students asked her on the eve of the Iraq war whether she would ever take part in a peace march, the veteran teacher recalls answering, "I honk for peace." Soon afterward, Mayer lost her job and her home in Indiana. She was out of...
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One Billion to be Displaced by 2050, Global Warming a Factor, Group Warns
LONDON - At least one billion people risk fleeing their homes over the next four decades because of conflicts and natural disasters that will worsen with global warming, a relief agency warned Monday. In a report, British-based Christian Aid said countries worldwide, especially the poorest, are now...
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Deforestation: The Hidden Cause of Global Warming
In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. So why are global leaders turning a blind eye to this crisis? The accelerating...
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US Trying to Weaken G-8 Climate Change Declaration
WASHINGTON -- Negotiators from the United States are trying to weaken the language of a climate change declaration set to be unveiled at next month's G-8 summit of the world's leading industrial powers, according to documents. A draft proposal dated April 2007 that is being debated in Bonn by...
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Common Chemicals are Linked to Breast Cancer
Of the 216 compounds, many in the air, food or everyday items.
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Army Career Behind Him, General Speaks Out on Iraq
ROCHESTER, NY - John Batiste has traveled a long way in the last four years, from commanding the First Infantry Division in Iraq to quitting the Army after three decades in uniform and, now, from his new life overseeing a steel factory here, to openly challenging President Bush on his management of...
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Organic Milk Seen Flooding Market
After years of being in short supply, organic milk is expected to flood the U.S. market as a regulation change and higher margins push more dairy farmers to produce it. The dairy industry is expecting organic milk supply to surge by at least 40 percent this year from a previous annual growth rate...
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Ex-CIA Official Pushed Millions in Secret Deals to Pal, Prosecutors Say
A former top CIA official steered an aviation contracting opportunity worth $132 million to a longtime friend, despite his friend's lack of experience in the field, according to federal prosecutors. Onetime CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo directed CIA employees to hire his childhood pal,...
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Bloodshed Rises in Iraq as US Demands 'Victory'
As Tony Blair, one of the architects of the Iraq war, prepares to leave office, it is clearer than ever that his ally's strategy of systematically crushing the Sunni insurgency is not working. In this special report from Baghdad, Patrick Cockburn shows why. It will be a long war. The rumble of...
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Iraqis Resist U.S. Pressure to Enact Oil Law
BAGHDAD - It has not even reached parliament, but the oil law that U.S. officials call vital to ending Iraq's civil war is in serious trouble among Iraqi lawmakers, many of whom see it as a sloppy document rushed forward to satisfy Washington's clock. Opposition ranges from vehement to measured,...
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Can Capitalism Be Green?
TORONTO - Capitalism has proven to be environmentally and socially unsustainable, so future prosperity will have to come from a new economic model, say some experts. What this new model would look like is the subject of intense debate. One current theory states that continuous growth can be...
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Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, US Study Says
Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq's declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the...
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Iraq Funding Bill Too Oily
WASHINGTON - A new measure to fund the Iraq war has run into opposition from congressional Democrats who say it does not offer enough provisions to keep the United States away from Iraq's oil. "We have to be concerned that the oil in Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-...
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Migrating Birds' Habitat Threatened by Sea Wall
Thousands of birds are being starved on their migratory routes between Australia and Siberia as a result of a huge land-reclamation project that has drained a valuable wetland habitat in South Korea. A 20-mile-long sea wall has stopped the ebb and flow of the tides that have made the Saemangeum...
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Why Fearless Leaders are Something to Dread
LONDON - The painful unraveling over the last year of the public and private lives of one of the UK's most iconic businessmen, Lord Browne, is a sobering example of the pitfalls of the cult of leadership. Raising expectations far beyond the capacity of one human to fulfill them - neither BP's...
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Warming Triggers 'Alarming' Retreat of Himalayan Glaciers
KAROLA PASS, Tibet - The glaciers of the Himalayas store more ice than anywhere on Earth except for the polar regions and Alaska, and the steady flow of water from their melting icepacks fills seven of the mightiest rivers of Asia. Now, due to global warming and related changes in the monsoons and...
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Blair Faces Questions Over Alleged US Plan to Attack al-Jazeera
LONDON - The government is to be questioned in parliament next week over what discussions Tony Blair had with George Bush about plans to bomb the Arabic television satellite station al-Jazeera, at a particularly delicate time in the war in Iraq. Peter Kilfoyle, a former Labour defense minister, is...
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Friday, May 11, 2007
Moms Spend Their Weekend Protesting Iraq Occupation
SAN FRANCISCO - Antiwar activists from around the country will celebrate Mothers Day by converging on Washington, DC, where they will demand Congress end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Five days of activism, sponsored by the women-for-peace group CODEPINK and "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star...
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Thailand Turns Giant Pharma Killer
BANGKOK - By standing up to pressure from big pharmaceutical companies over cheap anti-AIDS drugs, Thailand may have created an opening in global trade rules that will permit developing countries to more readily break patents in times of public health emergencies. The fact that the United States...
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Three US Newspapers Reverse 100-Year-Old Stand on Death Penalty
WASHINGTON - Three established U.S. newspapers, two of them among the 10 largest in the country, in three different states have in the past weeks abandoned their century-old support of the death penalty and become passionate advocates of a ban on state-sponsored killing. The newspapers -- the...
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Neo-Cons Driving Iran Divestment Campaign
WASHINGTON - Neo-conservative hawks who championed the invasion of Iraq are leading a new campaign to persuade state and local governments, as well as other institutional investors, to "divest" their holdings in foreign companies and U.S. overseas subsidiaries doing business in Iran. While...
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LEDs Emerge to Fight Fluorescents
The light bulb, the symbol of bright ideas, doesn't look like such a great idea anymore, as lawmakers in the U.S. and abroad are talking about banning the century-old technology because of its contribution to global warming. But what comes next? Compact fluorescent bulbs are the only real...
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New Hampshire Prosecutor Calls Protesters a 'Threat to the Public'
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Anti-war protesters, arrested for refusing to leave Sen. John H. Sununu's Manchester office, staged a "vainglorious event to gain publicity" and need to be held on some cash bail because the protest taxed police resources, causing a threat to the public, a police prosecutor said...
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Dissent in an Unlikely Place
Bush speaks today at a Catholic college led by an ally, but views on the war dampen the welcome.
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Climate Change Could Lead to Global Conflict, Says Beckett
LONDON - Climate change could spawn a new era of conflicts around the world over water and other scarce resources unless more is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, warned yesterday. She said climate-driven conflicts were already under way in Africa...
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Stifling Summers Forecast by NASA for US East Coast
NEW YORK - Researchers at NASA have warned that unless growth in greenhouse gas emissions can be successfully curbed, large areas of the eastern United States, from Washington DC to Florida, can expect to suffer through catastrophically hotter summers within just a couple of generations. A study...
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove
The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The...
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No Child Left Behind Scandal Widens
A scathing report issued today documents "substantial financial ties" between key advisors of Reading First, a controversial federal reading grant program, and publishers who benefited from the program. The report, issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Health, Education,...
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US-Afghanistan: Deaths Mount with No End in Sight
WASHINGTON - While attention among policy-makers in Washington remains focused on Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has become an ongoing struggle to keep the country from deteriorating into a failed state. Afghanistan remains one of the keystones in the United States' "war on terror". According to news...
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Michael Moore Faces US Treasury Probe
LOS ANGELES - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned. The investigation provides another...
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Marine Tells Hearing of Iraqi Civilians Shot Trying to Surrender
A Marine sergeant Wednesday admitted lying about the deaths of five Iraqi civilians who were killed while appearing to surrender during an alleged massacre by US troops two years ago. Sergeant Sanick Dela Cruz -- testifying after being given immunity from prosecution -- said the five Iraqi men were...
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US Lawmaker Asks Bush to Arrest Anti-Castro Bomb Suspect
WASHINGTON - A US lawmaker on Wednesday called on President George W. Bush to detain the Cuban anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, after a US judge freed the alleged airplane bomber. "The world will conclude that this administration has a double standard when it comes to fighting terrorism...
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Environment: Momentum Grows to 'Ban the Bulb'
WASHINGTON - On Feb. 20, Australia announced it would phase out the sale of inefficient incandescent light bulbs by 2010, replacing them with highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that use one-fourth as much electricity. If the rest of the world joins Australia in this simple step to sharply cut carbon emissions, the worldwide drop in electricity use would permit the closing of more than 270 coal-fired (500 megawatt) power plants. For the United States, this bulb switch would facilitate shutting down 80 coal-fired plants.
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Dismay over Nuclear 'Solution' to Climate Problem
UNITED NATIONS - The UN's experts on climate change are facing the wrath of many environmental groups this week for embracing the notion that additional use of nuclear power could be helpful in the fight against global warming. Last weekend, at the end of an international meeting held in Bangkok,...
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Global Public Favors Stronger United Nations
UNITED NATIONS - According to the results of a groundbreaking 18-nation poll released Wednesday, people around the world favor dramatic steps to strengthen the United Nations, including giving it the power to have its own standing peacekeeping force, to regulate the international arms trade and to...
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US Air Strikes Kill 21 Civilians in Afghanistan
At least 21 civilians, including six children, have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan, leading to angry protests among locals. The deaths brought the total of civilian deaths to almost 100 in the past two weeks and followed President Hamid Karzai's declaration that his people "can no...
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Retired US Army Colonel Speaks to Group; 'Hit the Streets'
A U.S. Army veteran who resigned in protest of the Bush administration's policies told her story to an appreciative crowd of nearly 70 in Eureka's Waterfront Wharfinger Building Monday night. "It is important that we hit the streets," retired Col. Ann Wright urged the group. "There are a lot of...
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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up
BONN, Germany - U.S. and Russian greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2005, more than canceling out a dip in the European Union's emissions despite growing calls to limit global warming, official data shows. Combined emissions by the United States, Russia and the EU, accounting for about half the world...
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White House Struggles To Fill Senior Posts
The Bush administration is facing growing difficulties in filling a rising number of high-level vacancies following a recent spate of senior departures. In the last 10 days alone Mr Bush has lost four senior officials and more resignations are expected to follow. "I wouldn't describe this as...
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Global Rush To Energy Crops Threatens To Bring Food Shortages and Increase Poverty, Says UN
· Winners and Losers In Huge Biofuel Industry· Oil Price Will Stabilize But Small Farmers at Risk
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Green Groups Dismayed As Flights Soar To Record High
Aviation growth is soaring to an all-time high, raising the prospect of a huge increase in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. For the first time, more than 2.5 million commercial flights will be made around the world in a single month, with 2.51 million scheduled for May, says...
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Pelosi's Next Tactic: Fund The War in Iraq 2 Months at a Time
New Strings Attached To Funding of The War
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Pentagon Moved to Fix Iraqi Media Before Invasion
In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon planned to create a 'Rapid Reaction Media Team' (RRMT) designed to ensure control over major Iraqi media while providing an Iraqi 'face' for its efforts, according to a 'White Paper' obtained by the independent National Security Archive...
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Deadly Dust: Study Suggests Cancer Risk from Depleted Uranium
Depleted uranium, which is used in armor-piercing ammunition, causes widespread damage to DNA which could lead to lung cancer, according to a study of the metal's effects on human lung cells. The study adds to growing evidence that DU causes health problems on battlefields long after hostilities...
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US Hospitals Charge Uninsured More, Study Says
U.S. hospitals are charging uninsured patients about two-and-a-half times more than those with health insurance, a mark-up that has been steadily rising despite pressure to level prices, a study released on Tuesday found.In 2004, the most recent year for which data was available, hospital patients...
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Protesters Favor Soft Hats, Tough Lyrics
They operate with a sense of outrage, a commitment to nonviolence, a love of song, and an irreverent brand of humor. Meet the Raging Grannies, feisty women of a certain age who protest war, nuclear power, bio hazards, degradation of the environment, and a panoply of other causes. They protest with...
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France's Election: Another Political Thatcher Is Born
PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy's triumph in the French presidential elections could open the way for deep political and social changes, not unlike those that began with the era of Margaret Thatcher in Britain in the 1980s. At the same time, Sarkozy's triumph, or rather, the defeat of the Left in the shape...
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Population Policy: NGOs Warn of World Bank "Fundamentalists"
UNITED NATIONS - When the United States tried to water down a longstanding policy on reproductive health and family planning at the World Bank last month, there was a storm of protests from population experts and activist groups worldwide.The protests came from several non-governmental...
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Infant Mortality in Iraq Soars as Young Pay the Price for War
WASHINGTON -Two wars and a decade of sanctions have led to a huge rise in the mortality rate among young children in Iraq, leaving statistics that were once the envy of the Arab world now comparable with those of sub-Saharan Africa. A new report shows that in the years since 1990, Iraq has seen its...
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Unions Fire First Shots in Battle with France's Sarkozy
PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday flew off for a three-day retreat in Malta to prepare for his French presidential takeover next week, while unions warned that any plans to force through sweeping reforms would face opposition. The rightwing former interior minister was handed a clear mandate for...
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New Fears Over Additives in Children's Food
Food safety experts have advised parents to eliminate a series of additives from their children's diet while they await the publication of a new study that is understood to link these ingredients to behaviour problems in youngsters. The latest scientific research into the effect of food additives...
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World Bank Panel Finds Wolfowitz at Fault; Aide Resigns
WASHINGTON - A committee of World Bank directors has formally notified Paul D. Wolfowitz that they found him to be guilty of a conflict of interest in arranging for a pay raise and promotion for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion, in 2005. The findings stepped up the pressure on Mr. Wolfowitz to resign...
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Monday, May 7, 2007
'The Other K Street'
In the Concrete Canyon of the Business Lobby, a Pocket of Liberal Activists Settles In
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Palestinians 'Routinely Tortured' in Israeli Jails
TEL AVIV - Palestinians detained by Israeli security forces are routinely tortured and ill-treated, according to a new report published by Israeli human rights groups yesterday. The ill-treatment, which includes beatings, sensory deprivation, back-bending, back-stretching and other forms of...
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Anti-Nuke Groups Gird for New Battle
WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago, they stormed the New Hampshire coast, arriving by foot and by boat, to be met by state police, National Guard troops and a governor roaming the site in army fatigues. By the time they slapped the cuffs on Paul Gunter and more than 1,400 others known collectively as...
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US Expects Rise in Troop Casualties
General says toll will grow as more forces deploy in security plan. Eight Americans die in three separate attacks.
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Whistle-Blower on Student Aid Is Vindicated
WASHINGTON - When Jon Oberg, a Department of Education researcher, warned in 2003 that student lending companies were improperly collecting hundreds of millions in federal subsidies and suggested how to correct the problem, his supervisor told him to work on something else. The department "does not...
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Congress Considers Broadening Justice Department Inquiry
WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators are beginning to focus on accusations that a top civil rights official at the Justice Department illegally hired lawyers based on their political affiliations, especially for sensitive voting rights jobs. Two former department lawyers told McClatchy...
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Sunday, May 6, 2007
China Orders Resettlement of Thousands of Tibetans
ZENGSHOL, Tibet - In a massive campaign that recalls the socialist engineering of an earlier era, the Chinese government has relocated some 250,000 Tibetans - nearly one-tenth of the population - from scattered rural hamlets to new "socialist villages," ordering them to build new housing largely at...
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The Great Wall of Baghdad May Be Going Up, but There's Still Carnage on the Streets
BAGHDAD -The first thing Said, a small contractor, did on visiting a military prison in west Baghdad was to pay a $2,000 bribe. The money went to an officer in return for a promise not to torture Said's brother and business partner, Ali. The main payment comes later. For Ali's release, Said will...
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City Wakes up to Economic Threat of Global Warming
In 1798 Thomas Malthus forecast that a huge increase in population would outpace food production by the mid-19th century, leading to a catastrophic famine. He was wrong. Malthus could yet be proved right, though not in the way he envisaged. Today, scientists worry that global warming will lead to...
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With New Clout, Antiwar Groups Push Democrats
WASHINGTON, May 4 - Every morning, representatives from a cluster of antiwar groups gather for a conference call with Democratic leadership staff members in the House and the Senate. Shortly after, in a cramped meeting room here, they convene for a call with organizers across the country. They hash...
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Republicans Defect to the Obama Camp
WASHINGTON - DISILLUSIONED supporters of President George W Bush are defecting to Barack Obama, the Democratic senator for Illinois, as the White House candidate with the best chance of uniting a divided nation. Tom Bernstein went to Yale University with Bush and co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball...
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Fight Against Poverty - a Marathon, Not a Sprint
MONTEVIDEO - Combating poverty is more like a long distance race than a sprint, and in the past two years progress has been made that would have been unthinkable decades ago. But much remains to be done, say activists from all over the world who have gathered together in the Uruguayan capital. Some...
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American Dream Sours as Housing Market Collapses
DENVER, Colo. - For Cathy Busby, May 1 marked a personal "Mayday!" as she was sucked into the housing crisis sweeping the United States. On Tuesday, she went into arrears on her mortgage after her monthly repayments soared by 40 per cent. The 47-year-old hospital administrator will lose the three-...
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Israel Accused of Prisoner Abuse
Human rights groups in Israel have accused the security services of routinely mistreating Palestinian detainees. The two groups said detainees were held in appalling conditions, and were sometimes tortured. They said the maltreatment was intended to "break the spirit" of those who were being...
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LAPD Again Didn't Heed Protocols, Critics Say
LOS ANGELES - As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned to Los Angeles on Friday in hopes of quelling anger over the LAPD's use of force at an immigration rally, he and other officials questioned why officers ignored rules established after a similar incident outside the 2000 Democratic National...
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Saturday, May 5, 2007
Activists Want Chimp Declared a 'Person'
VIENNA, Austria - In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out watching TV.But he doesn't care for coffee, and he isn't actually a person-at least not yet. In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting...
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France Braces for Right-Left Presidential showdown
France is collectively holding its breath, with just hours to go till the final decision in its most hard-fought presidential election in years. The two candidates -- right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal -- closed their campaigns Friday at midnight in accordance with election...
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Climate Report Ignored by Chinese Media
China's media largely ignored a landmark report on global warming on Saturday as Beijing sweated through an unseasonal heatwave. The China Daily, an English-language newspaper aimed largely at foreigners, ran a front-page story on the report released in Bangkok outlining measures needed to avert...
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Iraq War Strain Leads Troops to Abuse civilians, Survey Shows
One in 10 of the US soldiers in Iraq mistreats civilians or damages their property, according to a survey published by the Pentagon last night. The report said the mental health of soldiers and marines deteriorated significantly as a result of extended or multiple deployments. The study confirms...
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US System Trips up Women Seeking Presidency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni recently suggested Ehud Olmert should step aside and let her be prime minister, nobody batted an eye over the fact she is a woman. Golda Meir laid that debate to rest in Israel nearly 40 years ago. Britain had Margaret Thatcher,...
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Iran: Sanctions Aggravate Rights Situation
TEHRAN - As economic sanctions are applied to this country for its nuclear activities, hardliners in the government are getting strengthened and successfully demanding even harsher curbs on individual liberties. The sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, at the behest of the...
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Climate Change: 'A Problem of Lifestyles'
BANGKOK - An eleventh hour intervention by the Indian delegation at a major U.N. climate change conference here pushed to centre stage the need for a dramatic shift in lifestyles rather than dependence on green-friendly technology for solutions to global warming. The call by the Indians to include...
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NRA: Don't Ban Gun Sales to Suspected Terrorists
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms. Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or...
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Veto Threat for Federal Hate Crimes Protection for Gays
Washington -- After the same-sex marriage fights that roiled the 2004 elections and knocked gay rights groups on their heels, advocates seemed poised with the Democratic seizure of Congress in November to enact federal civil rights laws they have sought for nearly two decades. But four hours before...
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Rove Prepped Justice Dept. Official for Testimony
WASHINGTON - Top White House political aide Karl Rove helped prepare a high-ranking Justice Department official for testimony about the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys, congressional investigators have been told. William Moschella, associate deputy attorney general, told the...
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Charges of Dishonesty Fly at World Bank
WASHINGTON - The controversy over allegations of misconduct by World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is turning ever more sour, with Wolfowitz and former top managers, who together oversaw billons of dollars in loans to thousands of projects in developing nations, trading barbs and accusations of...
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Historian Howard Zinn Calls for Activism
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Howard Zinn may be a historian, but he lives in the present. As demonstrators for immigrant rights made their way around New Haven on May Day, Zinn assumed the stage at the Center Church on the New Haven Green, stressing the need for youth to engage in activism, to understand the...
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Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Banks
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday threatened to nationalize the country's banks and largest steel producer, accusing them of unscrupulous practices. "Private banks have to give priority to financing the industrial sectors of Venezuela at low cost," Chavez said. "If...
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Murder of Mexican Union Organizer Alarms Workers, Activists
MONTERREY, Mexico - Santiago Cruz moved to this northern Mexico city to help organize Mexican farmworkers bound for the United States under a legal guest-worker program. His killers spared him no agony. They bound his hands and feet with strips of T-shirt, strangled him using a beach towel adorned...
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Crucial Climate Change Agreement Reached After Fierce Debate
BEIJING - Climate change experts agreed Friday on measures the world can take to combat global warming, following intense debate and marathon talks at a crucial UN conference here, participants said. Scientists and other leading authorities from 120 nations finally achieved a consensus after an...
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Rights: US 'Moral Authority' Rests on Big Stick
UNITED NATIONS - When the 192-member U.N. General Assembly meets in mid-May to elect 14 new members to the 47-nation Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), the United States will be conspicuous by its absence and missing from the ballot. Justifying its decision, Washington says it will skip the...
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US Oil Company Accused of Dumping Waste in Amazon
A US oil company has been accused of contaminating an area of the Peruvian Amazon where it and its successor company have drilled for oil for the past 32 years, creating misery for the local Achuar people and widespread lead and cadmium poisoning. A report issued by a coalition of protest groups...
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