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Friday, October 26, 2007
The Edge of Oblivion: Conservationists Name 25 Primates about To Disappear
Biofuel plantations, logging and hunting are stealing habitats from our closest relatives, says report
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Monkeys, Apes Teeter On Brink of Extinction
BEIJING - Mankind's closest relatives are teetering on the brink of their first extinctions in more than a century, hunted by humans for food and medicine and squeezed from forest homes, a report on endangered primates said on Friday. There are just a few dozen of the most threatened gibbons and...
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Military Supplier Is Charged With Fraud
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The former CEO of the nation's leading supplier of body armor to the US military was indicted yesterday on charges of insider trading, fraud, and tax evasion in a scheme that netted him more than $185 million, prosecutors said. David H. Brooks, 53, the founder of DHB...
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US Military Ignored Evidence of Iraqi-Made EFPs
WASHINGTON - When the U.S. military command accused the Iranian Quds Force last January of providing the armour-piercing EFPs (explosively formed penetrators) that were killing U.S. troops, it knew that Iraqi machine shops had been producing their own EFPs for years, a review of the historical...
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'Non-Lethal Weapons' Tackle Protests Against Globalization
PARIS -- Several European governments are arming their police forces with a new range of "non-lethal weapons" to put down protests against globalization, and among immigrants. Governments in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and several other countries have ordered such weapons, or are about to...
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Another Way The Rich Are Different: 'Concierge-Level' Fire Protection
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. - Bryce Carrier's cellphone rang at 3 a.m.: Help! The fire is almost to my house.Carrier hopped into his heavy-duty red Ford F-550 and sped to northeast Poway, dodging fallen eucalyptus and heading straight toward the wind-whipped blaze. He arrived to find flames marching up...
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US Ignores Angry Reaction To Secret Poppy Spraying Test
WASHINGTON - In 2004, U.S.-contracted aircraft secretly sprayed harmless plastic granules over poppy fields in Afghanistan to gauge public reaction to using herbicides to kill the opium poppies that help fund the Taliban and al Qaida. The mysterious granules ignited a major outcry from poor farmers...
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Rights Groups File French Torture Case vs Rumsfeld
PARIS - Human rights groups have filed a lawsuit in France alleging that former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld allowed torture at U.S.-run detention centers in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The plaintiffs, which include the French-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (...
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The World of Private 'Security': Unleashed: The Fat Cats of War
The killings by Blackwater's private security guards on Baghdad's Bloody Sunday were brutal and unprovoked. Terrified men, women and children were mowed down as they tried to flee from the ferocious gunfire, cars were set on fire incinerating those inside. I was in Nisour Square, in Mansour...
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Earth Is Reaching The Point of No Return, Says Major UN Environment Report
The speed at which mankind is using and abusing the Earth's resources is putting humanity's survival at risk, scientists have said. The bleak assessment of the state of the environment globally was issued as an "urgent call for action" amid growing concerns of worldwide waste, neglect and...
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Updated: US Peace Activist, Retired Col. Ann Wright, Detained at Ottawa Airport
OTTAWA - A former diplomat and retired US army colonel said she was detained at Ottawa airport Thursday while en route to anti-war talks and a news conference with Canadian MPs blasting wrongful detentions. Retired US Army Colonel Ann Wright, was scheduled to speak to media at 1 p.m. local time (...
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Rice Admits US Erred in Deportation, But Offers No Apology For Rendition
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted Wednesday that the United States had mishandled the case of a Canadian who was deported to Syria and who has said he was tortured there, but she stopped short of an apology. Ms. Rice spoke in response to a lawmaker's question about the man,...
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Iraq Determined to Expel Blackwater USA
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government remains determined to expel the Blackwater USA security company and is searching for legal remedies to overturn an American-imposed decree that exempts all foreign bodyguards from prosecution under local laws, officials said Wednesday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's...
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Wars Could Cost $2.4 Trillion Over Decade, Analysis Says
WASHINGTON - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost as much as $2.4 trillion through the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said yesterday. The White House brushed off the analysis as "speculation." The estimate was the most comprehensive and far-reaching one to date. It...
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White House Admits Redactions On Testimony: Some Senators Want Answers
Bush administration officials acknowledged yesterday that they heavily edited testimony on global warming, delivered to Congress on Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after the president's top science adviser and other officials questioned its scientific...
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Actors, Musicians Urge New Approach on AIDS
NEW YORK - Some of the nation's leading performing artists are calling for the U.S. Congress to roll back the Bush administration's policy on global HIV/AIDS funds requiring abstinence from sex until marriage. "Already 20 million members of our human family have died of AIDS," the artists said in a...
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New Steps by US Against Iranians
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will announce a long-debated policy of new sanctions against Iran on Thursday, accusing the elite Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of supporting terrorism, administration officials said Wednesday night. The administration also plans to accuse the...
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Probe Finds Taser Use on Student Was OK
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida police were justified in using a Taser against a student who refused to stop questioning Sen. John Kerry on campus last month, according to a state investigation released Wednesday. Some had questioned the use of force in using the stun gun against Andrew...
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Israel Approves Gaza Power Cuts
Israel's defence minister has approved sanctions against Gaza, including cuts in the supply of electricity and fuel to try to halt rocket attacks.Ehud Barak authorised the cuts, which are expected to follow immediately after rocket attacks are launched. Palestinian leaders say the measure amounts...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Protester Waves Blood-Colored Hands in Rice's Face
WASHINGTON -- An anti-war protester waved blood-colored hands in U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's face at a congressional hearing on Wednesday and shouted "war criminal!", but was pushed away and detained by police. "The blood of millions of Iraqis is on your hands!" yelled the protester...
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Mother Nature's Revenge Against Human Development
Everyone who comes to southern California learns to be afraid of the Big One, the earthquake that will level everything. But even major tremors do not present such an immediate, visceral and terrifying threat as wildfires, which strike with shocking regularity and are getting worse. This week's...
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Warming Could Wipe Out Half of All Species
Rising global temperatures caused by climate change could trigger a huge extinction of plants and animals, according to a study. Though humans would probably survive such an event, half of the world's species could be wiped out. Scientists at the University of York and the University of Leeds...
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Ex-Attorney General Says Politics Drove Federal Prosecution
Richard L. Thornburgh, who served as attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, accused the Justice Department yesterday of prosecuting a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat for political reasons, one of a series of cases singled out by House Democrats as examples of alleged...
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Peace Activists to Retest Border Policy
NEW YORK - Two peace activists who were denied entry into Canada because their arrests for protesting the Iraq war landed them on an FBI-run database say they will try again to enter the country on Thursday. The activists and their supporters presented petitions Tuesday at Canadian consulates in...
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Twelve Years and Counting for Burma's Suu Kyi
CANBERRA - Australia slapped financial sanctions on Myanmar's generals and their families on Wednesday as supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 12 years in captivity with protests in 12 cities across the world. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the measures, in response...
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White House 'Eviscerated' CDC Testimony Regarding Climate Change and Health
WASHINGTON - The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks, according to two sources familiar with...
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Bush Says Missile Defense 'Urgent' In Europe
Washington - US President George W Bush said Tuesday there was an "urgent" need to deploy a missile-defence system to Eastern Europe because of Iran's growing ballistic missile capability. "Iran is pursuing the technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of...
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Kucinich Pushes Bush Impeachment
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, weary from a dozen campaign stops in a week, sat in a small room at the Monterey fairgrounds on Sunday, but he had a look in his eyes that said he knew he wouldn't sit for long. Still, his expression seemed to lighten as he recalled his comedic success last week as a...
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State Dept. Suspends Iraq Audit of DynCorp
The State Department so badly managed a $1.2 billion contract for Iraqi police training that it can't tell what it got for the money spent, a new report says. Because of disarray in invoices and records on the project - and because the government is trying to recoup money paid inappropriately to...
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Iraqis Weigh Limits On US Military
Leaders of parliament may seek to restrict American operations in response to a rash of civilian casualties.
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US Prosecution of Muslim Group Ends in Mistrial
DALLAS - A federal judge declared a mistrial on Monday in what was widely seen as the government's flagship terrorism-financing case after prosecutors failed to persuade a jury to convict five leaders of a Muslim charity on any charges, or even to reach a verdict on many of the 197 counts. The case...
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Congressman: Blackwater Evaded Federal Income Taxes
The congressman leading an investigation into Blackwater said Monday that the embattled security company may have evaded tens of millions of dollars in federal taxes and was seeking to hide its tax practices. Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said that Blackwater has avoided paying Social...
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Paraguay: Environmentalists Up in Arms Over Mega-Port
ASUNCION - Residents, environmentalists and local and national authorities in Paraguay are at odds over the pros and cons of a port complex being built by U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill on the outskirts of the capital. Some say it will bring economic development and jobs for the community, while...
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Colombia: Foreign Firms Cash in on Generous Mining Code
OTTAWA - These are prosperous times for Canadian mining and oil companies extracting resources from Colombia. "We have at least four exploration wells to be drilled throughout Colombia with large value additions for our company," said Scott Price, a spokesperson for Solana resources, an oil and gas...
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NATO Force Looks Into Claims of Afghan Civilian Casualties
KABUL - The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Tuesday it was looking into claims that civilians were among the dead after a bombardment that the defence ministry said killed 12 "enemies". But the International Security Assistance Force had received no reports from its own sources of any civilian...
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Coal Power Opponents Get New Weapon From Kansas
LOS ANGELES - Opponents of coal-fired power plants say they were given a new weapon last week when Kansas became the first state to reject a coal-fired power plant solely on the basis of the health risks created by carbon dioxide emissions. A dozen states have rejected plans for 22 new coal-fired...
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Chertoff Exempts Fence: National Security Trumps Environmental Concern For San Pedro River
PHOENIX - Unwilling to gamble on the outcome of a lawsuit, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday used his power to exempt a nearly seven-mile stretch of new border fence in Cochise County from all environmental and other regulations. "Congress granted to me the authority to waive...
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White House May Stop Plan For Anti-Radiation Pills
WASHINGTON - The White House may scrap a plan that would give anti-radiation pills to millions of people, five years after Congress ordered that the tablets be made available to anyone living within 20 miles of a nuclear reactor. Congress issued the order based on concerns that terrorists could...
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'No Nukes' Rockers Renew Fight Decades Later
WASHINGTON - Jackson Browne says he thought his group of politically active musicians "really dealt the nuclear industry a blow" with a series of 1979 concerts opposing nuclear power. Nearly three decades later, Browne and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash are in...
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Monday, October 22, 2007
Bush Asks For Another $189 Billion To Fund His Wars
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush asked Congress on Monday for $189.3 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, another huge request that faces deep skepticism from lawmakers opposed to prolonging the Iraq conflict.Bush's request covers day-to-day military operation and is for fiscal...
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60 Arrested Near Capitol At 'No War No Warming' Protests
Sixty protesters were arrested Monday morning after some of them blocked an intersection near the Cannon House Office Building. The protesters, wearing polar bear costumes and giant George W. Bush heads, blocked the intersection at New Jersey and Independence avenues, SE. The protesters included...
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Afghanistan Seeks Review of Herbicides in Poppy War
KABUL - In the face of pressure from the American government, the administration of President Hamid Karzai is seeking the formation of an international scientific committee to review the safety of chemical herbicides to combat Afghanistan's opium poppy crop, Afghan and Western officials say. The...
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Children Detach From Natural World As They Explore The Virtual One
Yosemite may be nice and all, but Tommy Nguyen of San Francisco would much prefer spending his day in front of a new video game or strolling around the mall with his buddies. What, after all, is a 15-year-old supposed to do in what John Muir called "the grandest of all special temples of nature"...
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Iraq Says Civilians Killed In US Raid
BAGHDAD - U.S. forces engaged in an hours-long gun battle with militants during an early-morning raid in the Iraqi capital's Shiite Muslim district of Sadr City on Sunday. American officials said as many as 49 people were killed in the fighting. The Iraqi government said many of the victims were...
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Steep Decline In Oil Production Brings Risk of War and Unrest, Says New Study
· Output peaked in 2006 and will fall 7% a year· Decline in gas, coal and uranium also predicted
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Sunday, October 21, 2007
Fears That Seas Soak Up Less Greenhouse Gas
THE oceans' ability to act as a "carbon sink" soaking up greenhouse gases appears to be decreasing, research shows, leading to new fears about global warming. Measurements of the North Atlantic taken by British scientists over the decade from the mid-1990s to 2005 show the level of carbon dioxide...
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Cheney Calls Iran an Obstacle to Peace
LEESBURG, Virginia - Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday described Tehran as an obstacle to Middle East peace and warned of "serious consequences" if it did not comply with the West's demands to halt sensitive nuclear work. Cheney's comments underscored a ratcheting up of U.S. rhetoric toward Iran...
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World Religious Leaders Kick Off Peace Summit in Naples
NAPLES, Italy - Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox and other Christian leaders kicked off an annual inter-faith peace summit here Sunday with calls for a formal structure linking world religions. The pope did not formally attend the summit, organised by the Sant'Egidio community, but met and lunched with the...
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Latin American Women Rise in Nations Long Dominated by Men
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Defying Latin America's longtime reputation as a bastion of machismo, women in South America are winning political power at an unprecedented rate and taking top positions in higher education and even, albeit more slowly, in business. The election last year of Michelle...
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Philadelphia Peace-Keeping Rally Draws Throngs of Volunteers
Hours before the start of this afternoon's rally of men willing to serve as peace-keepers on Philadelphia streets, a line stretched for three blocks as volunteers waited to be admitted into the Liacouras Center. Organizers of 10,000 Men: A Call to Action said they were optimistic about reaching, if...
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Seven Protesters Arrested at Blackwater's Headquarters
Seven people were arrested Saturday at Blackwater Worldwide's front entrance after protesters re-enacted the Sept. 16 shooting incident in Baghdad involving Blackwater contractors in which 17 Iraqis died. It was the first protest at the 10-year-old private military company's headquarters, a...
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Syria Shuts Main Exit From War for Iraqis
DAMASCUS - Long the only welcoming country in the region for Iraqi refugees, Syria has closed its borders to all but a small group of Iraqis and imposed new visa rules that will legally require the 1.5 million Iraqis currently in Syria to return to Iraq. The change quietly went into effect on Oct...
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World Bank Protesters Hit The Streets In Washington
White-helmeted D.C. police briefly scuffled with protesters yesterday during a demonstration outside the World Bank, but no one was seriously injured or arrested, officials and protesters said. The confrontation came after violence erupted Friday during a protest in Georgetown. Objects were thrown...
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Saturday, October 20, 2007
In Memoir, Ex-Spy Tells Her Side of CIA Leak Case
Wilson Writes of Shock at War Rationale
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California To Sue Bush Administration Over Law To Limit Emissions
California will sue the Bush administration next week to demand action on a long-stalled request to let the state limit auto emissions of gases linked to global warming, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said Friday. "We've just waited too long" for a decision from the Environmental Protection...
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Wiretapping Compromise Was Months in the Making
WASHINGTON - Last June, in a phone conversation with Vice President Dick Cheney, John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, set down his conditions for revising the law governing the National Security Agency's eavesdropping. Only when the committee got access to secret...
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Homeless Vets Play the Waiting Game
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Army Specialist James Eggemeyer injured himself before he even set foot in Iraq, jumping out of a C-130 gunship during training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 'I jumped out and the jumpmaster who was holding that line that was wrapped around my arm had to cut the line because I...
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Biofuels - Great Green Hope or Swindle
BROOKLIN, Canada - A raft of new studies reveal European and American multibillion dollar support for biofuels is unsustainable, environmentally destructive and much more about subsidising agri-business corporations than combating global warming. Not only do most forms of biofuel production do...
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Iraqis Who Fled Homes In Fear Face New Terror As Turkey Targets PKK Rebels
Refugees from across the country found peace in the Kurdish north, but are now threatened by shelling and cross-border raids
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Fans Across World Shocked and Saddened Over Reggae Star Shooting
Fans across the world are mourning the South African reggae star, Lucky Dube, who has been shot dead.He was dropping his teenage son and daughter off in a Johannesburg suburb when he was attacked by car thieves. Local radio stations have been flooded with tearful callers expressing outrage at the...
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Oceans Are 'Soaking Up Less CO2'
The amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the world's oceans has reduced, scientists have said.University of East Anglia researchers gauged CO2 absorption through more than 90,000 measurements from merchant ships equipped with automatic instruments. Results of their 10-year study in the North...
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Two Marines Face Haditha Courts-Martial
SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. battalion commander and an enlisted man will face courts-martial on charges related to the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005, the Marines said on Friday. The two men are the first to be referred a court-martial in a prosecution that has lost some...
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Friday, October 19, 2007
Military Resistance Forced Shift on Iran Strike
WASHINGTON - The George W. Bush administration's shift from the military option of a massive strategic attack against Iran to a surgical strike against selected targets associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker earlier this month,...
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Millions Stand Against Poverty in 24-Hour Global Rally
UNITED NATIONS - Anti-poverty activists Wednesday organized thousands of meetings and demonstrations across the world to highlight the plight of the downtrodden and the poor. Organizers said about 39 million people joined the international anti-poverty campaign during the 24-hour period, setting a...
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Canadian Victim Testifies About US Extraordinary Rendition
A Canadian citizen detained by U.S. authorities in 2002 on suspicion of having links to al-Qaida, and sent to Syria where he was tortured, has testified for the first time before a congressional committee. A Syrian-born Canadian citizen, Arar was detained in September 2002 at New York's Kennedy...
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Bhutto: 'I Know Exactly Who Wants To Kill Me'
Benazir Bhutto today accused supporters of Pakistan's former military dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq, for the assassination attempt that turned her homecoming into a bloodbath. "I know exactly who wants to kill me," she told the French magazine, Paris-Match. "They are dignitaries of General Zia's...
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Five Million Burmese Are Going Hungry, Warns UN
One in ten Burmese is going to bed hungry and an estimated five million people do not have enough food, UN officials said yesterday. The hunger gripping rural communities has spread to cities because of the steep increases in the costs of fuel and other commodities which provoked last month's...
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Clinton Bucks The Trend and Rakes in Cash From The US Weapons Industry
The US arms industry is backing Hillary Clinton for President and has all but abandoned its traditional allies in the Republican party. Mrs Clinton has also emerged as Wall Street's favourite. Investment bankers have opened their wallets in unprecedented numbers for the New York senator over the...
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House Sustains President's Veto on Child Health
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday upheld President Bush's veto of a bill to provide health insurance to 10 million children, but Democrats vowed to send it back to him next month, with minor changes, in the belief that they could ultimately prevail. Despite a multimillion-dollar advertising...
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Bleak US "Report Card" Finds Warming Arctic
WASHINGTON - A bleak "report card" on global warming's Arctic impact released on Wednesday found less ice, hotter air and dying wildlife, and stressed that what happens around the North Pole affects the entire planet. The report, issued by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,...
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Code Pink Stands Firm At Berkeley Recruiting Station
Berkeley - Dozens of flag-waving military supporters squared off boisterously with peace activists Wednesday in the first major showdown over a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station that until recently had been operating below the radar in downtown Berkeley. Demonstrators led by conservative radio...
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Siege of Amazon Greenpeace Activists Ends
BRASILIA - Police escorted a group of Greenpeace activists from a remote town in the Brazilian Amazon on Wednesday after hundreds of loggers and townspeople besieged them overnight in protest against an anti-global warming campaign, the environmental organization said. The incident, the second time...
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Gay-Rights Milestone Draws Transgender Activists' Outcry
A bill forbidding workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation -- which gay activists see as a milestone in three decades of activism -- is moving steadily through the House, encouraging advocates who hope to make advances now that Democrats control Congress. But the Employment Non-...
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After Comments, US Terror Chief Resigns
Three days after Americans saw the Bush administration's counterterrorism chief say the Iraq war has likely not made the United States safer from terrorism, the official announced his resignation, citing health reasons. In an e-mail sent to his staff Wednesday afternoon, Adm. Scott Redd, head of...
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Genocide Case For Bolivia Ex-Head
Bolivian prosecutors have brought formal charges of genocide against the country's exiled former president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. The move came on the fourth anniversary of Mr Sanchez de Lozada's resignation following violent street protests at plans to export natural gas. The charges, denied...
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UN: Private Military Recruiting Booming
GENEVA - The use of private security guards like those involved in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians is part of a growing new form of mercenary activity - the recruitment of people around the globe to peform military jobs in other nations, a U.N. report says. Independent human rights experts...
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Economic Costs of Climate Change 'Will Affect Every American'
NEW YORK - Independent economists and environmentalists are warning of dire consequences for the U.S. economy if policy makers fail to take urgent action on climate change. "Climate change will effect every American economically in a significant and dramatic way," said Matthias Ruth, director of...
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Green Groups Condemn UK's Claim in Antarctica
Plan To Exploit Region Seen As Huge Ecological Risk
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Democrats Caving To Bush: Agree On Terms of Spying Bill
Telecom Companies Would Receive Immunity
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Priests Protesting Torture at Fort Huachuca Jailed for Justice
TUCSON, Arizona -- October 17 -- Louis Vitale, 75, a Franciscan priest, and Steve Kelly, 58, a Jesuit priest, were sentenced to five months each in federal prison for attempting to deliver a letter opposing the teaching of torture at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Both priests were taken directly into jail from the courtroom after sentencing.
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Amazon Loggers Hold Activists Captive
BRASILIA -- Brazilian loggers besieged eight Greenpeace activists on Wednesday in a remote Amazon town, angered by a campaign against global warming that they fear could hurt their image, the conservation group said. Hundreds of townspeople, including dozens of loggers in trucks, cars and...
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Parliament in Turkey Votes to Allow Iraq Incursion
ISTANBUL - Turkey's parliament voted today to give the government authority to send troops into northern Iraq, moving this NATO country one step closer to a military confrontation with Iraq over Kurdish rebels who hide there. Turkish lawmakers voted 507 to 19 in favor of the motion, which was...
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Wildlife At Border May Lose Sanctuary
FRONTON, TEXAS - Betty Perez and John Odgers typically don't share the same canoe -- or much else. She's an Earth mother-type who used to buy health food for an Austin cooperative and now cultivates native plants. He's a former banker turned Minuteman whose post-retirement pursuits include tracking...
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Indigenous People See Common Ground in Struggles
MELBOURNE - Indigenous people around the world are finding common cause in their struggles to retain their identities and their land. ''A Mapuche person without land can't be a Mapuche," said Cristian Qechupán Huenuñir, a Mapuche activist from Chile, at a plenary session on 'Indigenous Struggles...
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Women: The Missing Piece of the Poverty Puzzle
UNITED NATIONS - Women are seen as the key for ending global poverty and the issue of gender equality is receiving special attention at events marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Wednesday. One of the largest is the International Women's Tribunals on Poverty, which will...
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Public Radio Station Halts Planned Parenthood Spots
PITTSBURGH - A public radio station here stopped running underwriting messages from Planned Parenthood and returned its $5,000 donation after the station's license holder, Duquesne University, decided the organization was "not aligned with our Catholic identity." The decision by the station, WDUQ...
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Going The Distance: Food Miles and Global Warming
WASHINGTON - The U.S. local food movement -- which used to be elite, expensive and mostly coastal -- has gone mainstream, with a boost from environmentalists who reckon that eating what grows nearby cuts down on global warming. But do food miles -- the distance edibles travel from farm to plate --...
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Dems Look To Grill Mukasey
Having taken on two attorney generals, two U.S. Supreme Court nominees and a tight-lipped administration, the liberal lawyers have their sights set now on attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey. "The nominee is not allowed to leave the [Judiciary] committee without making clear commitments," said...
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Dalai Lama Pooh-Poohs China Ire Over His Meeting Bush
China lashed out Tuesday at President Bush's White House meeting with the Dalai Lama, arguing that it would seriously damage relations between the two nations, and called on the United States to cancel plans to honor the famous Tibetan figure with a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor today. "We...
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Amnesty Int'l Slams Lebanon For Plight of Palestinian Refugees
The Lebanese government must do more to alleviate the miserable conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who are treated like "second-class citizens", Amnesty International said on Wednesday. In a report "Exiled and Suffering: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon", the London-based human rights...
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Iraqi Adviser: Blackwater Guards Must Go
Iraq - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki asked the U.S. State Department to "pull Blackwater out of Iraq," saying the private contractors committed unprovoked and random killings in a September 16 shooting, an adviser to al-Maliki told CNN.Adviser Sami al-Askari told CNN the Iraqis have...
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UN Accused of Undermining Palestinian State
United Nations - When Ban Ki-moon was asked about the scathing remarks by his former Middle East envoy denouncing the strongly partisan U.N. role in the ongoing peace talks, the U.N. secretary-general appeared more distressed with the public revelation of a confidential document than with the...
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Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders
Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005.The company said it does not determine the requests'...
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A Nationwide Toxic Toy Ban Likely to Follow State Lead
Sacramento -- One day after California became the first state in the nation to ban toys containing toxic plastic softeners, supporters of the measure announced plans Monday to help at least nine other states - and perhaps even Congress - enact similar laws.The movement to ban phthalates began in...
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Gates Says All Options On Table For Iran
Washington - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday all options for dealing with Iran must remain open and called for international pressure and tougher sanctions to curb Tehran's nuclear aspirations. "With a government of this nature, only a united front of nations will be able to...
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A Look At Cheney's Relentless Pursuit of Executive Power
It's a good bet that when future historians examine the Bush administration, they will spend more time plumbing the mysteries of Vice President Dick Cheney than anyone else.This is, quite simply, because Cheney is the most fascinating figure in it. He is the soul of this administration's relentless...
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Conflict Takes Deadly Toll on Journalists, Especially Those From Iraq
BAGHDAD - Five Iraqi journalists were killed in separate attacks Sunday, marking one of the deadliest days for reporters covering war-torn country in nearly a year. Four reporters for Iraqi media organizations were reported shot to death in ambushes near Kirkuk in northern Iraq. Previously reported...
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HIV Treatment 'Failing' in Africa
More than a third of patients on HIV medication in sub-Saharan Africa die or discontinue their treatment within two years of starting it, a survey shows. The study found that many were too late taking up anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs, while for some it was impractical to travel to distant clinics...
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Monday, October 15, 2007
Envoy Urges UN To Quit Mideast Mediating Group
Jerusalem- The United Nations should pull out of the Quartet of Middle East mediators unless the group starts taking Palestinian human rights seriously, a U.N. envoy said on Monday.John Dugard, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights for the Palestinian territories, told the BBC the world body...
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Argentina: Torture Center To Bear Witness
Buenos Aires - The rubber tip of Victor Basterra's cane bounced from one photo to another, pointing out the faces that elicit the most vivid memories from his encounters with them in this same building more than 25 years ago. Basterra was a prisoner here at the Navy Mechanics School, the largest...
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