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Monday, June 25, 2007
Audubon Warns of Decline in Some Bird Populations
WASHINGTON - Some of the nation's most common birds are disappearing at alarming rates. While loss of such habitat as fringe forests, grasslands and wetlands is believed to be the culprit, there are mounting concerns that global warming could be starting to take a toll. Over the past 40 years,...
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IRAQ: Women Resist Return to Sectarian Laws
WASHINGTON - As Iraq struggles to define its future, there is one important group that has been largely left out of the process: women. But they are refusing to be left behind. With little international support or media attention, a network of more than 150 women's organisations across Iraq is...
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Canada's Bishops Veto Synod on Gay Blessings
WINNIPEG, Canada - Canadian Anglicans failed by the narrowest of margins last night to agree to allow their churches to bless the committed relationships of same-sex couples. In a tense vote after nearly two days of debate at the church's synod in Winnipeg, lay and clergy members voted in favour of...
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Black Recruits' Totals Down a Third Since '01
WASHINGTON -- The number of blacks joining the military has plunged by more than one-third since the Afghanistan and Iraq wars began. Other job prospects are soaring and relatives of potential recruits increasingly are discouraging them from joining the armed services. According to Pentagon data...
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Vigil Raises 'Voices Against Terror'
WASHINGTON - The mock prison cell, the barking dog belonging to another protester, people asking names and ages. Sister Dianna Ortiz said yesterday that the sights and sounds during a 24-hour vigil and protest at Lafayette Square against torture took her "back to that place" and time -- Guatemala...
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Immigration Bill Ignites Grassroots Fire
ROSSLYN, VA. - When Kim Wade pulled up in front of the Jackson, Miss., offices of Republican Sen. Trent Lott, a crowd was already waiting. They were students, professionals and homemakers, all members of the immigration-restriction advocacy group NumbersUSA. And they were all there to blast Lott...
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Neo-cons Spinning Hearts and Minds
WASHINGTON - As the George W. Bush administration struggles through its last two years in office, it appears that the agenda of neoconservative ideologues has finally lost its appeal among strategic parts of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. But as their influence has waned at the Pentagon and...
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Cheney Eclipsed Debate on Terror suspects
WASHINGTON -- Just past the Oval Office, in the private dining room overlooking the South Lawn, Vice President Dick Cheney joined President Bush at a round parquet table they shared once a week. Cheney brought a four-page text, written in strict secrecy by his lawyer. He carried it back out with...
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Rev. Jesse Jackson Arrested During Anti-Gun Protest
CHICAGO - Two of the city's best-known activists wound up in police custody Saturday after a protest against gun violence outside a suburban gun store. Revs. Jesse Jackson and Michael Pfleger, a South Side priest, were arrested about 1:30 p.m. for trespassing outside Chuck's Gun Shop in south...
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Vets: Military is Attacking Free Speech
Protesters in uniform could be downgraded, lose their benefits
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Sweden: Going Green
VAXJO, Sweden - In the cool forest region of southern Sweden, the city of Vaxjo has turned off the heating oil, even on the darkest, snowbound days of winter. Coal, too, is gone and next on the fossil fuel hit list is petrol. In the underground car park of the local government offices there are no...
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Nominee for a Top Justice Dept. Post Withdraws
WASHINGTON, June 22 - The Bush administration's nominee to be the Justice Department's third-highest official withdrew his name from consideration on Friday in advance of a scheduled confirmation hearing on Tuesday. The official, William W. Mercer, who has held the job of associate attorney general...
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Darfur Conflict Heralds Era of Wars Triggered by Climate Change, UN Report Warns
The conflict in Darfur has been driven by climate change and environmental degradation, which threaten to trigger a succession of new wars across Africa unless more is done to contain the damage, according to a UN report published yesterday. "Darfur ... holds grim lessons for other countries at...
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Karzai Angry Over West's Tactics
Nato and US-led troops are failing to co-ordinate with their Afghan allies and thereby causing civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai has said. He criticised his Western allies' "extreme" use of force and said they should act as his government asked. "Innocent people are becoming victims of...
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Bush Claims Oversight Exemption Too
WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information. An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 - amending an...
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Officer Criticizes Military Tribunals
WASHINGTON - An Army reserve officer who served on a military panel at Guantanamo Bay that determined whether a detainee should be held indefinitely as an "enemy combatant" has said the process is deeply flawed, relying on vague evidence prepared by poorly trained personnel, and is subject to undue...
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Friday, June 22, 2007
US Vote Could Close 'School of the Americas'
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to take what advocates are calling a historic vote this week to close the largest U.S. military training ground for soldiers from Central and South America. The vote comes on the initiative of Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), who has...
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Indonesia: Mud Volcano Sullies Top Investment Firms
WASHINGTON - Environmental campaigners are urging several heavyweight investment firms, including Credit Suisse, Barclays, Fortis Group and Merrill Lynch, to shoulder some responsibility for a catastrophic mud volcano on the Indonesian island of Java that resulted from a gas project the firms...
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Senate Adopts an Energy Bill Raising Mileage for Cars
WASHINGTON, June 21 - The Senate passed a broad energy bill late Thursday that would, among other things, require the first big increase in fuel mileage requirements for passenger cars in more than two decades. The vote, 65 to 27, was a major defeat for car manufacturers, which had fought for a...
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With Iraq Play, Students Act on Beliefs
WILTON, Conn. - She could not look at her principal. The words coming out of his mouth infuriated her. There would be no play about the war in Iraq, he told the drama class at Wilton High School: The topic was too controversial, too complicated. Sitting in the front row of the campus theater on a...
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Nuclear Watchdog Might Not Cope in Atomic Crisis
The head of the world's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned that the organization is so under-funded that it would have difficulty responding to a nuclear accident. In an unusual and angry appeal, Mohamed ElBaradei also claimed that the IAEA no longer had reliable...
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Guantanamo 'a Source of Frustration' for White House
WASHINGTON-Momentum to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, long a stain on America's international reputation, appears to be building among the most senior members of George W. Bush's inner circle. The White House issued a statement last night denying a decision on closing the internment camp on...
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Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Leaves Top Democrats Ill at Ease
WASHINGTON - With the release of Michael Moore's "Sicko," a movie once again is adding sizzle to an issue that's a high priority for liberal politicians - this time comprehensive health insurance for all. But unlike Al Gore's film on global warming, which helped rally support on an equally...
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Cheney Power Grab: Says White House Rules Don't Apply to Him
Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to...
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Nader Ponders Run, Calls Clinton 'Coward'
Ralph Nader says he is seriously considering running for president in 2008 because he foresees another Tweedledum-Tweedledee election that offers little real choice to voters. "You know the two parties are still converging -- they don't even debate the military budget anymore," Nader said in a 30-...
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US-IRAN: New Arms Claim Reveals Cheney-Military Rift
WASHINGTON - In a development that underlines the tensions between the anti-Iran agenda of the George W. Bush administration and the preoccupation of its military command in Afghanistan with militant Sunni activism, a State Department official publicly accused Iran for the first time of arming the...
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High Court Has Been Good For Business
A dozen rulings in the last year have been a boon to corporations by making it harder to sue them or limiting lawsuit damages.
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Inmates' Words: The Poems of Guantanamo
The publication of an anthology of works, composed on paper cups by detainees, provides a harrowing insight into the torments and fading hopes of prisoners.
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Renewable Revolution Is Here, Says UN Report
Report sees energy mix turning greener sooner; 'Great news' but 'still peanuts', says Greenpeace
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Documentary: Law gives Military Access to Student Data
WASHINGTON - It began as a class assignment for Alexia Welch and Sarah Ybarra: Make a five-minute video news story about advertising in public schools. But the Lawrence, Kan., teenagers' project snowballed into a 25-minute documentary on how the federal No Child Left Behind law to improve education...
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EU Urged Not to Give Up Poverty Fight
UNITED NATIONS - When European leaders gather in Belgium this week, they might not be so pleased to see thousands of those who protested during the G8 Summit in Germany chasing them too on the streets of Brussels and asking the same old question: Why don't you match your words with deeds to fight...
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Justice Dept. Opts Out of Whistle-Blower Suits
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has opted out of at least 10 whistle-blower lawsuits alleging fraud and corruption in government reconstruction and security contracts in Iraq, and has spent years investigating additional fraud cases but has yet to try to recover any money. A congressional...
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China Passes US as World's Biggest CO2 Emitter
China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide, a development that will increase anxiety about its role in driving man-made global warming and will add to pressure on the world's politicians to reach an agreement on climate change that includes the Chinese economy. China's...
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As Glaciers Melt and Rivers Dry Up, Coal-Fired Power Stations Multiply
BEIJING - On a bad day - which can be hundreds in a year - the ancient city of Linfen in the northern province of Shanxi is environmental hell. Named by the World Bank last year as having the worst air quality on Earth, its 3.5 million people more often than not choke on coal dust; its soil and its...
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'Just Security': US as Global Partner, Not Global Boss
WASHINGTON - Insisting that U.S. foreign policy of the past six years has clearly failed, a left-leaning Washington think tank is calling for the adoption of a comprehensive new approach to international relations called "Just Security" in which the U.S. would act "as a global partner, not a global...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Missing White House e-Mails May Have Violated Law, Panel Says
WASHINGTON - Presidential adviser Karl Rove sent more than 140,000 e-mails through the Republican National Committee's computer system, circumventing a federal law intended to guarantee the preservation of presidential records, House of Representatives investigators have concluded. While 88 White...
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Dems Push for Voter Suppression Probe
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats urged the Justice Department on Monday to investigate whether one of its former prosecutors led attempts to suppress Florida voter turnout during the 2004 presidential election. The request by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode...
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Gay-Rights Groups Buoyed by Recent Gains
NEW YORK - The latest twists in the gay marriage debate create an oddly divided America, with only its Northeast corner and Pacific Coast recognizing same-sex unions. But gay-rights leaders are encouraged by progress on other parts of their agenda across the nation's heartland. Three more states -...
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Bush and Rumsfeld 'Knew about Abu Ghraib'
The two-star Army General who led the first military investigation into human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has bluntly questioned the integrity of former US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, suggesting he misled the US Congress by downplaying his own prior knowledge of what had...
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Justice Official Accused of Blocking Suits into Alleged Violations
WASHINGTON - A former Justice Department political appointee blocked career lawyers from filing at least three lawsuits charging local and county governments with violating the voting rights of African-Americans and other minorities, seven former senior department employees charged Monday. Hans von...
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Protesters' Hunger Strikes Stir Worry on Campuses
BOSTON - At Harvard, they consumed only Gatorade and water for nine days. At the University of Vermont, they subsisted for five days on orange juice, herbal tea, and sea salt. At the University of California, some lived off a potion of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. This is not the...
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US Agencies Disobey 6 Laws that President Challenged
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have disobeyed at least six new laws that President Bush challenged in his signing statements, a government study disclosed yesterday. The report provides the first evidence that the government may have acted on claims by Bush that he can set aside laws under his...
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At 90, an Environmentalist From the '70s Still Has Hope
Before Al Gore became synonymous with global warming, Barry Commoner was warning the public about the delicate condition of planet Earth. Long associated with the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, Dr. Commoner has for decades been agitating to restore ecological balance...
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Millions of Desperate Iraqis Stream into Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria - Nobody used the word "crisis" when the first wave of Iraqis fled the war and settled here. Most came with deep savings accounts and connections to well-placed Damascus businessmen. The word didn't crop up when a second wave ushered in the Christians, whose clergy organized them...
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Iraq Now Ranked Second Among World's Failed States
WASHINGTON - Iraq has emerged as the world's second most unstable country, behind Sudan, more than four years after President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, according to a survey released on Monday. The 2007 Failed States Index, produced by Foreign Policy...
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Newly Empowered Democrats Draw Wrath of Voters
WASHINGTON - The new Democratic-led Congress is drawing the ire of voters upset with its failure to quickly deliver on a promise to end the Iraq war.This is reflected in polls that show Congress -- plagued by partisan bickering mostly about the war -- at one of its lowest approval ratings in a...
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Global Warming to Multiply World's Refugee Burden
BEIRUT - If rising sea levels force the people of the Maldive Islands to seek new homes, who will look after them in a world already turning warier of refugees? The daunting prospect of mass population movements set off by climate change and environmental disasters poses an imminent new challenge...
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Seven Afghan Children Killed in Strike on 'Al-Qaeda Hideout'
Seven children were killed in an air strike on an Afghan religious school being used as an alleged Al-Qaeda safe house, the US-led coalition said Monday, raising fresh concerns over civilian casualties. The coalition said it had no idea children were in the compound in Paktika province, which it...
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Italian Judge Suspends CIA Trial
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- An Italian judge on Monday suspended the first trial involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program until the country's highest court can rule on the case. The Italian government has asked the Constitutional Court to throw out the indictments against the 26 American...
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Democrats Press Plan to Channel Billions in Oil Subsidies to Renewable Fuels
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are seeking a major reversal of energy tax policies that would take billions of dollars in tax breaks and other benefits from the oil industry to underwrite renewable fuels. The tax increases would reverse incentives passed as recently as three years ago to increase...
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
Israel Plans Attack on Gaza
ISRAEL's new defence minister Ehud Barak is planning an attack on Gaza within weeks to crush the Hamas militants who have seized power there. According to senior Israeli military sources, the plan calls for 20,000 troops to destroy much of Hamas's military capability in days. The raid would be...
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The General's Report
How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties.
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Wonder of Nature Under Threat from Illegal Logging
One of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles is under threat because environmental projects to protect the monarch butterfly are failing, a leading expert has warned. The flight of clouds consisting of millions of the orange and black butterflies migrating thousands of miles across North America...
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UN declares Gandhi's Birthday as Day of Non-Violence
NEW DELHI: The UN will observe Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence every year, it said in a statement yesterday. The UN called upon all member nations and individuals to commemorate October 2 in "an appropriate manner and to disseminate the message of non-violence."...
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Gulf Arabs Won't be Base for Attack on Iran: Saudi
RIYADH - Gulf Arab countries will not be used as a launch pad for any military attack on Iran, a powerful Saudi royal was quoted as saying on Sunday. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz said Iran had no interest in striking its oil-producing Arab neighbors if it comes under attack...
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Saturday, June 16, 2007
Private US Security Companies Involved in Iraqi Hostilities
US private security companies are getting increasingly involved in military action in Iraq, fighting insurgents, enduring attacks and taking hundreds of casualties that have been sometimes concealed, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Citing unnamed US and Iraqi officials and company...
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Iran Strategy Stirs Debate at White House
WASHINGTON - A year after President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a new strategy toward Iran, a behind-the-scenes debate has broken out within the administration over whether the approach has any hope of reining in Iran's nuclear program, according to senior administration...
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Telesur: Building a TV Station and a Platform for Leftists
AT the headquarters here of Telesur, the regional Spanish-language network financed largely by Venezuela's government, an anchor reads a bulletin describing a meeting of landless peasants in Brazil. Producers receive a report from Bolivia on a meeting of Andean leaders. On a talk show,...
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Bush Faces Crises from Palestine to Pakistan
WASHINGTON - Four years after the emergence of the first signs of a serious insurgency in Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush finds himself beset with major crises stretching from Palestine to Pakistan.With U.S.-backed Fatah forces routed by Hamas in Gaza this week, Bush's five-year-old vision of a...
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Friday, June 15, 2007
'Iraq Summer' hopes to isolate President Bush
WASHINGTON - A coalition of anti-Iraq war groups is targeting 40 GOP lawmakers around the country in a grassroots effort modeled on the "Freedom Summer" civil rights campaign and the more recent initiative against privatizing Social Security. Aiming to use political pressure as an agent to separate...
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New White House Adviser Spins Revolving Door Again
Watchdog groups say ties between a new White House aide and his former lobbying clients, including foreign governments, cast doubt on his ability to serve the American public. The White House announced yesterday it had tapped Ed Gillespie, a high-powered GOP operative and lobbyist, to serve as...
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Protestors Spring Big Hoax on Oil Expo Audience
CALGARY, Alberta - By the time candles supposedly made from remains of a deceased ExxonMobil janitor named Reggie Watts were handed out, an audience of oil and gas professionals attending a keynote luncheon at Calgary's Gas and Oil Exposition realized they'd been had. A man named "S.K. Wolff,"...
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Right of Gays to Marry Set for Years to Come
BOSTON - The Legislature, in a vote as swift as it was historic, reaffirmed the state's first-in-the-nation same-sex marriage ruling yesterday, unequivocally protecting the rights of gays and lesbians to wed in Massachusetts until at least 2012. The vote followed 3 1/2 years of fierce arguments,...
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Delay Denied, Libby Is Seen as Weeks From Prison
WASHINGTON - I. Lewis Libby Jr., once one of the most powerful men in government, was escorted by federal marshals out a side door in a federal courtroom here Thursday for processing after a judge issued a final ruling that he would have to begin serving his 30-month prison sentence shortly, even...
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Hamas Declares Victory
RAMALLAH - The Palestinian quest for an independent state was on the verge of collapse last night after Hamas militants took control of the Gaza Strip, banishing and executing their Fatah rivals and declaring Islamic rule on Israel's doorstep. Fourteen years after the Oslo accords opened up the...
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Capitalize on Disasters to Make Peace, Say Researchers
SAN FRANCISCO - A globally minded think tank is calling on governments and disaster relief organizations to work for peace when disaster strikes in conflict zones. "If traditional diplomacy is unable to end a conflict then we have to look at different ways," said Michael Renner, a senior researcher...
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Arrowsic 'End War' Vote Wins Handily
ARROWSIC - As Arrowsic goes . . . To the best of their knowledge, the residents of this town of less than 500 became the first in the state to take a formal stand against the war in Iraq. At Wednesday night's annual town meeting, Arrowsic residents voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution that...
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Ex-Justice Dept. Lawyer Can't Recall His Role in Controversial Policies
WASHINGTON - Another former Justice Department lawyer went before Congress on Wednesday with few answers for his Democratic interrogators and a spotty memory. Hans von Spakovsky, who's seeking a full six-year term on the Federal Election Commission, deflected questions about whether he undermined...
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FBI Audit Finds Widespread Abuse in Data Collection
WASHINGTON - An internal FBI audit has found the agency violated rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data on domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The number of violations uncovered by the audit was far greater...
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Bush Plunges to New Low in Poll
US President George W. Bush's approval rating plunged to a new low of 29 percent in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Journal reported Thursday. With the public disenchanted by his Iraq strategy, and in the wake of a White House defeat on a landmark immigration bill, Bush hit his lowest...
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A New General for God's Army?
OAKLAND, Calif. - In recent appearances on two U.S. cable news networks, he was slinging and zinging -- the well-rehearsed pitchman for the Biblical "End Times" was dead certain that "Iran is going to have to be attacked" before 2008. He also claimed that during a recent visit to Iraq, he was told...
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Iraq War: Report Calls on UN to End "Complicity of Silence"
UNITED NATIONS - The U.S. Coalition is the principal cause of Iraq's current woes, charges a report released Wednesday by the Global Policy Forum (GPF), a New York-based watchdog group. Since the March 2003 invasion, the U.S.-British occupation of Iraq has "utterly failed to bring peace, prosperity...
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Nobel Laureate Calls for Post-Kyoto Treaty
MEXICO CITY - Large developing nations like China, India and Mexico should sign a new international treaty to curb climate change which must include economic penalties to clamp down on emissions of greenhouse gases, Nobel chemistry laureate Mario Molina said Wednesday. The necessary changes can...
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Organic Food Helps Revive Fortunes of Europe's Farmers
BRUSSELS - The organic revolution is sweeping across Europe, with the area of land dedicated to environmentally-friendly, pesticide-free food production more than doubling in the last decade. Organic farming now accounts for more than 4 per cent of agricultural land in the EU, more than double its...
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World Oil Supplies Set to Run Out Faster than Expected, Warn Scientists
Scientists have criticised a major review of the world's remaining oil reserves, warning that the end of oil is coming sooner than governments and oil companies are prepared to admit. BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, published yesterday, appears to show that the world still has enough "...
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Satirist Draws from Life for New Bush Cartoon
When Mr Bush appeared at the White House correspondents' dinner last year beside an impersonator, anyone other than those at the front tables had trouble telling who was who. A new cartoon due to go out last night on the US cable channel Comedy Central could pose the same dilemma. Lil' Bush...
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China Overtaking US for Fast Internet Access as Africa gets Left Behind
Almost 300 million people worldwide are now accessing the internet using fast broadband connections, fuelling the growth of social networking services such as MySpace and generating thousands of hours of video through websites such as YouTube. There are more than 1.1 billion of the world's...
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Officials Rebuked For Disclosing Rove's Connection To Firing of U.S. Attorney
WASHINGTON - The White House's former political director was furious at Justice Department officials for disclosing to Congress that the administration had forced out the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., to make way for a protege of Karl Rove, President Bush's political adviser, according to...
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Surviving War, Slowly Dying at Home
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Vets Westside Residence Hall is a hulking eight-story structure a few blocks from Los Angeles International Airport. It's the largest transitional housing and employment centre for homeless veterans in the country, hosting 700 veterans annually. Michael Hall is one of its...
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Fatah, Hamas on Brink of Civil War
Worsening Conflict Between Rival Groups Threatens To Split Palestinian Society
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Moore Lobbies Sacramento For Healing
Filmmaker, Health Care Activists Promote 'Sicko' While Demanding Reforms in Industry
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Setback for Ill Workers at Nuclear Bomb Plant
LAKEWOOD, Colorado — A federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday that thousands of former workers at a nuclear weapons plant be denied immediate government compensation for illnesses that they say result from years of radiation exposure there. The recommendation is a significant setback for a...
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Secret UN Report Condemns US for Middle East Failures
The highest ranking UN official in Israel has warned that American pressure has "pummelled into submission" the UN's role as an impartial Middle East negotiator in a damning confidential report . The 53-page "End of Mission Report" by Alvaro de Soto, the UN's Middle East envoy, obtained by the...
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Camp Lejeune Water Under Scrutiny
Marine families who lived at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina over three decades drank water contaminated with toxins as much as 40 times over today's safety standard, federal health investigators said Tuesday. The government disclosed results from a new scientific study on the same day that some...
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FBI Data Mining Program Raises Eyebrows in Congress
Lawmakers are questioning whether a proposed FBI anti-terrorist program is worth the price, both in taxpayer dollars and the possible loss of Americans' privacy. The National Security Analysis Center (NSAC) would bring together nearly 1.5 billion records created or collected by the FBI and other...
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Approval of Congress Lowest in a decade
WASHINGTON - Fueled by disappointment at the pace of change since Democrats assumed the majority on Capitol Hill, public approval of Congress has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll. Just 27% of Americans now approve of the way...
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Cheney's Iran-Arms-to-Taliban Gambit Rebuffed
WASHINGTON - A media campaign portraying Iran as supplying arms to the Taliban guerrillas fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, orchestrated by advocates of a more confrontational stance toward Iran in the George W. Bush administration, appears to have backfired last week when Defence...
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US Congress Urged to Support Permanent UN Force
UNITED NATIONS - The U.S. Congress is under increasing pressure to support the creation of a new UN peacekeeping force that would help stop armed conflicts in the world before they turn into a Darfur-like humanitarian catastrophe. A wide array of civil society groups sent a letter to federal...
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Civilians Bear Brunt of Conflict in Afghanistan: ICRC
GENEVA - The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened in the last year and civilians are bearing the brunt of suicide attacks and aerial bombing raids, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Civilians suffer horribly from mounting threats to their security, such as...
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Pentagon Can't Hold 'Enemy Combatant,' Court Rules
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Monday dealt President Bush another major setback in his efforts to create a system of justice for suspected terrorists, ruling that his administration can't continue the indefinite military detention of a Qatari man who was arrested in Illinois but never...
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Monday, June 11, 2007
Global Military Spending Hits $1.2 Trillion, Study Says
STOCKHOLM - Global military spending rose 3.5 percent last year to $1.2 trillion as U.S. costs for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan mounted, a European research body said on Monday in an annual study. The United States spent $529 billion, slightly less than the entire GDP of the Netherlands, on...
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No Signs of Phaseout for Guantanamo
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has transferred three suspected terrorists to the Guantanamo Bay prison since March, despite recent legal setbacks and President Bush's statement that he would like to close the controversial facility. The three detainees are the first to arrive in Guantanamo...
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American to Recast Hiroshima's Message
Peace activist Steven Leeper, the first foreigner to head the memorial foundation, wants to add substance to the emotional plea.
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Lieberman Urges Iran Air Strike
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday the United States should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq. "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Lieberman...
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Beijing Probes Olympic Sweat Shop Charges
BRUSSELS - Organisers of the Beijing Olympics launched an investigation Monday into claims that Chinese factories making the official merchandise were abusing their workers and using children as young as 12. The allegations came in a report by the Brussels-based International Trade Union...
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China's e-Waste Capital Chokes on old Computers
GUIYU, China - Guiyu is a modern day gold rush town. But instead of panning for gold in babbling streams, workers shift through piles of broken old computer parts in acrid smelling shacks, smelting down parts with crude equipment to extract valuable metals like gold and copper. Every year, millions...
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U.S. Relies on Sudan Despite Condemning It
WASHINGTON - Sudan has secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the insurgency in Iraq, an example of how the U.S. has continued to cooperate with the Sudanese regime even while condemning its suspected role in the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in Darfur. President Bush has denounced the...
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Immigration Judges Often Picked Based On GOP Ties
The Bush administration increasingly emphasized partisan political ties over expertise in recent years in selecting the judges who decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, despite laws that preclude such considerations, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. At least one-...
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
Growers Fear the Sting of Bee Die-Off
LONG BEACH, Pacific County - The moon rose fat and full, and evening mist was licking the cranberry bogs as Eric Olson and his "girls," as he calls them - several million of them - arrived for work late last month. "I'm glad to see them," said cranberry grower Bob Weyl, 79, as Olson unloaded pallet...
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Joint US-Israeli Military Exercises Begin
JERUSALEM -- American and Israeli air forces Sunday began week-long joint exercises in southern Israel, simulating dog-fights and bombing targets on the ground, the army said. Dozens of aircraft are taking part in the exercises in the southern Negev desert, it said. Army radio said the exercises...
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