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Texas grand jury opts not to indict Waller County jail personnel in Sandra Bland death St. Petersburg, Florida joins carbon divestment movement Economic blockade at India-Nepal border stretches into third month amid protests Full scale and long-term effects of Brazil’s ‘worst environmental disaster’ remain unclear Mumia Abu Jamal seeks injunction to force Pennsylvania prison officials to treat hepatitis C Mumia Abu Jamal on politics: Boorish and Boring Download Audio Texas grand jury opts...
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Hugo Chavez Back In Action The streets of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, have begun to calm after a weekend in which the president was ousted in a military coup, and rose again to power. Hugo Chavez was removed from power for less than two days among confusion and street demonstrations, in a coup his government says was backed by the United States. Travis Lea reports from Mexico City. Report from Nablus Israeli troops today captured Marwan Barghouti, a close aide to Palestinian leader Yasser...
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Obama announces expanded offensive against ISIS Kurdish families claim kids kidnapped by PKK Senate GOP whiplash:  switches position on reversal of Citizen's United  Sex workers left out of conversation on sex trafficking prevention WMO says ocean acidification rate unprecedented in 300 million years Murders of indigenous forest defenders highlight illegal logging in Peruvian Amazon Obama announces expanded offensive against ISIS President Barack Obama has laid out a four-point strategy for...
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Violence escalates in eastern Ukraine as fears of civil war grow U.S. Supreme Court rules IQ is not enough to determine mental fitness for execution Residents of southern Appalachia regard coal slurry dams as looming threats Zapatistas call attention to violence targeting their communities Journalists continue to seek justice, 30 years after the La Penca bombing Dr. Maya Angelou: April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 Violence escalates in eastern Ukraine as fears of civil war grow In Ukraine, voters...
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Texas cases prompt congressional hearing on Ebola: Too little, too late? Tenuous peace between Turkish Kurds and Ankara nears a breaking point Tens of thousands of Gazans still in temporary housing; Ban Ki-Moon calls destruction “beyond description” Zimbabwe’s high court stays house demolitions, thousands already homeless Pennsylvania lawmakers send to governor’s desk a bill that could gag Mumia Abu Jamal’s public speech Mumia Abu Jamal: Ebola & The Real Health Crisis in America...
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Obama once again calls for gun law reform after yet another mass murder on campus Russia becomes the latest country to join Syria’s Civil War with airstrikes Italian police clear refugee camp along Mediterranean coast Missiles kill more than 130 people at a wedding party in Yemen Congress stages another shutdown showdown, toying with federal workers Shell suspends Arctic exploration; acidification already ravaging oceans Nomadic cattle herders in Cameroon lose traditional territory to land...
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Mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls prompts international outrage New bill addresses immigration detention conditions, advocates seek end of "bed quota" São Paulo sweatshops trap Bolivians seeking jobs in Brazil Israel increasingly kills civilians in "buffer-zone" along Gaza border fence Thailand: Ethnic Karen activist missing, UN Human Rights office concerned California charter schools among many nationwide struggling with new online tests   International efforts  are...
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Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records California’s Prop 47 could free one in five inmates from state prisons Legislation seeks to reform FOIA and improve access to government information Corruption and extremism hinder efforts to rebuild bombed-out Pakistani schools “Yes Means Yes” and on-campus sexual assault prevention Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records The 2014 elections are underway around the United States with voters already...
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Colombia on the brink of ending its 51-year-long armed conflict Pope Francis urges Congress to act on climate, the death penalty, arms, immigration and more Emergency EU summit grapples with refugee influx, EU chief says the "greatest tide is yet to come" Court cites U.N. torture convention to protect transgender immigrants in U.S. Mexico marks one-year since mass abduction of Ayotzinapa students French composer, environmental scientist team up on multimedia symphony about climate...
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MSF awaits single sponsor from Geneva Convention signatory states to initiate UN inquiry Violence spirals in West Bank amid holy site tension and calls for third Intifada Scientists predict warming ocean temperatures will kill off thousands of miles of coral reefs Landmark European court ruling tears hole in Safe Harbor data sharing agreement with U.S. Trade negotiators announce agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Public health services add ‘game changer’ HIV prevention pill Grad...
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U.S. stalls troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; almost 10,000 to remain through 2016 Hostilities spiral in both West Bank and Gaza; death toll climbs and Joseph’s Tomb set on fire Turkish government continues crackdown on Kurdish region after peace rally bombing Dueling solar energy ballot initiatives in Florida – affordable access versus utility monopoly California law aims to identify and reduce racial profiling in police encounters Religious minorities and activists in India see uptick in...
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U.S.-led coalition continue airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria Three days of climate-related activities in New York end with promises For Jordan’s Trash Pickers, Work Isn’t What it Used to Be U.S. High Court convenes for Fall term - a look a the docket Profile: Napa teacher trains a new generation of sustainable beekeepers U.S.-led coalition continue airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria A U.S.-led military offensive against the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State expanded...
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Another temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapses within hours Unaccompanied immigrant children placed in “foster care” as lawmakers lock on funding and courts fast-track hearings Canada’s Grassy Narrows First Nation demands government action after 50 years of mercury poisoning Turkey-PKK peace process threatened by new military bases built in country’s Kurdish southeast Valparaiso, Chile rebuilds after massive April fires Another temporary ceasefire between Israel and...
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The NOs have it in Scotland’s independence referendum At least 700 migrants and refugees killed in recent Mediterranean shipwrecks Civil rights groups urge congressional action on racial profiling Pennsylvania parents call for buffers zones between fracking facilities and schools Thai media under pressure since May military coup Forty years after Chile coup, families of two U.S. citizens killed in aftermath await answers The NOs have it in Scotland’s independence referendum Voters in...
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Geneva to host talks between Yemeni factions as Saudi-led airstrikes continue European Union still working on a refugee resettlement plan as winter nears Registration drive to mobilize Latino vote kicks off in Colorado on day of GOP debate U.S. Senate passes CISA, a cybersecurity bill critics say will expand mass surveillance Congressional representatives from New York push for action on gun control Judge orders New Zealand to comply with information request regarding TPP negotiations Download...
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Obama formally rejects TransCanada's permit request for Keystone XL pipeline Stopping Shell in its Tracks: Washington state communities say no to oil trains Trans-Pacific Partnership text released – a look at what’s inside Cyclone hits Yemen, adding to devastation of eight months of Saudi-led airstrikes Burma polls: Suu Kyi says if NLD wins she will assume a post above the president Possibly the longest hunger strike in history turns 15 years old "The Wanted 18" film tells the...
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U.S. military concludes MSF hospital bombing in Kunduz result of 'human error ' Street Beat: Native Americans observe National Day of Mourning in Plymouth New wave of hunger strikes at U.S. immigration detention facilities State-level immigration law sows confusion in North Carolina Florida considers a bill that would regulate fracking, but preempt and overturn local bans ‘Climate 8’ lawsuit asserts a stable climate system is a constitutional right Download Audio   U.S. military concludes...
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Former Enron Exec Not Thoroughly Investigated?(3:42) President Bush's Army Secretary and former Enron executive Thomas White defended himself in a Congressional subcommittee today. Among other things, White's accused of helping Enron steal billions from California consumers, andmaking insider stock sales just before Enron's collapse.Some in Congress wonder if federal investigators aren't going easy on Secretary White, at the behest of the White House.Joshua Chaffin reports from Capitol Hill RNC...
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Unconfirmed reports of a massacre of 1000 Liberians -- US troops pull out of Monrovia - Frank Sainworla NY residents call for inquiry into post 9/11 EPA report - Josh Chaffin Impending strike at Yale - Melinda Tuhus French heat wave casualties - Nick Champeau Bring Them Home goes to Bush's ranch - Stefan Wray Bomb Blasts in Bombay Kill 40+ Two bombs exploded today in the Indian city of Bombay, the death toll as we go to air is close to 50 with more than 100 injured. The first bomb exploded at a...
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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Texas law that closed half the state's abortion clinics Transgender discrimination measures lifted in Mississippi and in the U.S. military Full ramifications of UK’s vote to leave EU remain uncertain Turkey blames ‘Islamic State’ for deadly airport attack African countries increase anti-poaching efforts amid rising prices for illegal ivory U.S. policies for leasing coal on public lands under major review for first time in 30 years Oakland City Council...
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Saudi Arabia and Iran wage proxy war in Yemen Pushing back for privacy via legislation and the courts U.S. Supreme Court considers limits on toxic power plant emissions Thousands of farmworkers strike against work conditions in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley Student/Farmworker Alliance announces Wendy’s boycott Zapatista sympathizers chased from land slated for tourism megaproject Swaziland unemployment spikes after removal from U.S. free trade pact Download Audio   Saudi Arabia and Iran wage...
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European states clamp down on transit points used by refugees Greece to hold elections Sunday amid multiple crises  Bill to reverse 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports advances in Congress California labor activists celebrate wage theft bill and minimum wage hike in Los Angeles County Brazilian police suspected of killing 19 people in Sao Paulo suburb, the fourth such massacre in a year Indian government cracks down on critical NGOs and their foreign funders Small town library stands up to...
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Gaza Violence Continues A Palestinain schoolgirl who was hit by Israeli gunfire as she sat inside a United Nations school in Gaza died today. Laila el-Haddad reports from Gaza. 11 Secretely Detained in Jordan According to the Israeli Daily Haaretz, the CIA is detaining at least 11 of Al Qaeda?s senior operatives at a top-secret interrogation facility in Jordan. Prisoners are being held without access to lawyers, family members, or the Red Cross. A Human Rights watch report charges that this is...
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Demonstrations in Baghdad (1:16) Members of Iraq's security forces held large demonstrations today in Baghdad, this comes as Iraq has begunincreasing the military and police presence on the streets of the capital city.From Baghdad,Jeremy Scahill reports. Islamic Conference Divided (2:47) The gathering of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference was the third high-level gathering in the Middle East this week aimed at trying to prevent a war and the second to be marred by bitter,...
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Headlines (6:27) TRIPLE LAYER FENCE President George W. Bush today asked Congress for $1.9 billion dollars to fund border security measures. This comes after the Senate approved legislation yesterday to build a triple-layer fence along 370 miles of the US border with Mexico. The amendment's sponsor, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, estimates the triple fence will cost approximately $3.2 million per mile. NEPAL'S PARLIAMENT REIGNS KINGS IN In Nepal, the newly reconvened Parliament today...
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Bush Announces Permanent Office of Homeland Security (6:09) In a ten-minute speech last night, President Bush told a national televised audience that he proposes to form a permanent Office of Homeland Security. Bush says he wants to increase the focus and effectiveness of government by creating a department that reviews intelligence and law enforcement information from all branches of government.And he encouraged all American?s to watch their neighbors. The new permanent Office of Homeland...
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ISRAEL BOMB?S ARAFAT?S HEADQUARTERS (1:10) Israel launched air strikes on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's helicopter compound in the Gaza Strip and on the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday in retaliation for a devastating wave of suicide bombings.Inegal Gillmore reports from Jerruselem. SIFTING THROUGH THE RUBBLE OF KABUL (3:54) How would you feel if a bomb left a huge crater just next to the playgroundwhere your children go every day? Or if bomb-disposal experts interrupted your breakfast...
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Arab States Say No to Iraq Attack Arab states meeting in Cairo today say they are united against a U.S. war against Iraq. Foreign ministers of the Arab League say attacking Iraq would"open the gates of hell in the Middle East."Back in the U.S., President Bush pressed on, taking his case for war to the American people. Meanwhile, a newly-discovered memo from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has critics of American foreign policy wondering about the Administration's motivation.And some...
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Colombian President Inaugurated(4:35) Today, in Bogot, independent right-wing Alvaro Uribe was inaugurated President of Colombia. His predecessor, Andres Pastrana started his term by initiating peace talks with the guerrillas and conceding a large demilitarized territory to them in Southern Colombia. But the ante in the 38-year conflict was raised when, in February this year, President Pastrana called off the three-year negotiation process with the FARC.Since then, scenes of a full-blown war...
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NATO Talks Stall Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today said the US would not rule out the use of nuclear weapons in a war on Iraq. This as NATO called off talks which have been stalled over the issue of protecting Turkey in the case of war on Iraq. Deepa Fernandes speaks with William Hartung, Senior research fellow at the World Policy Institute. Anniversary of US Bombing of Civilians On this day February 13th, twelve years ago, 2 US bombs directly hit a Baghdad nuclear shelter during the...
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US Supreme Court Silent on Gay Marriage The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Massachusetts state law allowing same sex marriage without comment.The Massachusetts Supreme Court voted by a narrow margin to mandate such marriages late last year.Since May of this year, more than 3-thousand gay and lesbian couples have married in Massachusetts. At that time, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses.Next year, Massachusetts?s voters may have the...
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9/11 "Plotter" Released from German Jail A German court in Hamburg has released from prison the only person in the world ever convicted of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mounir El Motassadeq, a Morrocan, was released today on bail pending a retrial in Germany?s High Court. From Germany FSRN correspondent Guy Degen has more. CA Voters Just Say No to Walmart Wal-Mart?s efforts to open up its first superstore in Los Angeles County hit a snag as thousands turned out to...
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White House officials announced today that National Security Director Condoleeza Rice will publicly testify in front of the September 11th Commission. Rice has been highly criticized for arguing that the quality of her advise to the President would be compromised if her comments could be made public. Surviving relatives of those who died in the 9-11 hijackings and members of the bipartisan committee say that Rice could reveal missing and essential information about that day and days subsequent....
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The Israeli Parliament overwhelmingly voted to halt a potential national referendum on the proposed pull out from Gaza, making way for the plan to move ahead. Yet, over the weekend, the Israeli army invaded the West Bank city of Jenin and arrested eight Palestinians who the military claims were making weapons. Manar Jibreen with the Independent Middle East Media Center also explains how the Israeli government continues to confiscate land in the West Bank. Protests in Egypt over the weekend...
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The Bush administration is moving ahead with plans to sell to the state of Israel 100 of the notorious ?bunker buster? weapons that use depleted uranium. Eun-young Chough reports from D.C. Italians are rejecting a US report that absolves the soldiers who killed an Italian intelligence officer while he was escorting a former hostage home. Diletta Varlesce has more from Brescia. Mexico?s Attorney General is resigning after political wrangling over whether he should pursue corruption charges...
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EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL The death toll in the October 8 quake in Kashmir has soared to over 50,000. The Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir said the toll could rise to 70,000. Cut off by landslides, many affected villages are still inaccessible in both sides of Kashmir. Bad weather is adding to the difficulties of rescuers and survivors alike. From Srinagar Shahnawaz Khan reports. Rain and snowfall in most parts of divided Kashmir over the weekend added to the miseries of people...
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REACTION TO HARIRI REPORT An investigative report presented to the United Nations Security Council accuses Syrian and Lebanese officials of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister and billionaire businessman Rafiq Hariri. Haider Rizvi reports from the United Nations. Both Syria and Lebanon have strongly denied the allegations made in the report. Faysasal Mekdad, the Syrian ambassador, said the report is based on political motives and that it does not deal with the...
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Supreme Court: Executing Mentally Retarded isUnconstitutional(3:23) A divided Supreme Court reversed course today and ruled that executing mentally retarded people is unconstitutionally cruel, giving scores of inmates on death row the possibility of a reprieve. The most immediate effect of the ruling will be in the twenty states that allow execution of retarded people. Dozens or perhaps hundreds of inmates in those states will likely now argue that they are retarded, and that their sentences...
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Part of USA Patriot Act Unconstitutional A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled part of the USA Patriot Act unconstitutional. The 36-page ruling was handed down on Friday but made available today. In the decision, Judge Audrey Collins said the ban on providing expert advise or assistance is impermissibly vague and in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Humanitarian Law Project brought the suit claiming that five groups and 2 U.S. citizens trying to provide...
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Death Toll, Aftershocks Stun Asia and World The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies now estimates that when the devastation in Asia is counted as many as 100-thousand people may have lost their lives ? up to a third are children. A spokesperson for the organization Save the Children estimates that more than a million children will have lost one or both of their parents. Bodies are being buried as quickly as possible, but according to witness accounts the smell of...
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Israel launched ground invasion of Gaza Strip U.S. teen beaten in Jerusalem returns to Tampa  FCC receives more than a million public comments on net neutrality Anti-fracking activists rally with opponents of LNG export facility  Mentoring program cuts recidivism rates in Kansas prisons by half  Cameroon attempts to revive its once-thriving coffee sector Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza Strip The death toll in Gaza is on the rise as Israeli tanks moved into to the territory Thursday....
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French voters prepare for first round of presidential elections amid surge in right-wing nationalism Turkey referendum results test country’s polarized political system Brazilian public workers push back against unelected government’s austerity plans Lakota immersion class works to recover lost language while strengthening culture Residents of Seattle's South Park immigrant community build the kind of walls they can support Download Audio   French voters prepare for first round of...
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Brussels attacks kill 31, injure hundreds and exacerbate regional tensions on migrant issue EU-Turkey deal fails to deter Afghan youths’ drive to migrate International Criminal Court returns guilty verdicts in two major cases Obama returns to promise to close Guantanamo Bay, despite opposition Fracking-linked earthquakes open sociopolitical rifts in Oklahoma Prospects for impeachment of Brazil's president stir pot of political crisis Download Audio Brussels attacks kill 31, injure hundreds...
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UN: Milosovic Not Murdered UN Officials said today that former Yogoslav President Slobodon Milosovic was not poisoned. This comes just a day before his funeral in Serbia. Jackson Allers has more from Montenegro. In a press conference earlier today, UN officials at The Hague said that toxicological reports released on Friday gave no indication that the former Yugoslav leader had been poisoned prior to his death. The President of the UN War crimes tribunal, Fausto Pocar, said that there were no...
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Security Council Passes Resolution on Iraq The United Nations Security Council today unanimously proved a US and British-sponsored draft resolution setting stringent conditions for renewed weapons inspections in Iraq and threatening serious consequences if Iraq fails to comply.Susan Wood reports from the UN. Inside Basra - What Will War Bring? While the United States made some major concessions in the final negotiation phase at the Security Council, the final draft still meets the Bush...
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EXPLOSION'S AT PALESTINE HOTEL At least 20 people are reportedly dead after three massive car bombs exploded outside of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad today. The hotel is used as a base of operations for numerous foreign journalists. Although there are no fatalities reported inside of the hotel, the building was damaged in the series of explosions. SHOOTING IN TULKAREM An assassination in a West Bank refugee camp could complicate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's efforts to demobilize...
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NEGOTIATING OVER THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN 5:08 U.S. military planes continue for the third day to bomb front line targets of the ruling taliban forces in afghanistan. Pentagon officials said for the first time today that they hoped to choke off fuel, food and other supplies that the Taliban leaders need to maintain their grip on power. Among the targets struck were the main Taliban fuel depots near Kandahar. Misguided U.S. missiles hit unintended targets this week including an afghani hospital...
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AFGHANISTAN WANTS HELP FROM THE U-N 3:30 US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has just wrapped up a four day trip to Asia. After visiting Moscow, Rumsfeld headed to the front-line states of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. That nation has reportedly offered the US the use of three former Soviet military bases nearr the Afghan border... Meandwhile, two days after Osama bin Laden released a video-taped calling the United Nations a criminal organization, the Taliban government in Afghanistan is calling...
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PM Blair to testify at inquiry -- Charlotte Parsons 1100 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike -- Mohammed Ghalayini Immigrant student registration deadline -- Nell Geiser Unocal trial to go forward in CA -- Jordan Davis UN on Liberia (3:18) In Liberia?s embattled capital Monrovia, guns were silent today for the first time in two weeks. Residents celebrated the end of rebel mortar attack that have killed hundreds of people and caused thousands to flee. West African leaders today pressed...
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Bush Agrees to Independent Commission on Iraqi Intelligence President Bush told reporters at his cabinet meeting today that he will appoint a special panel to look into intelligence gathering leading up to the invasion of Iraq. From Capitol Hill, Darby Hickey reports. Pakistani Scientists Gives Other Nations the Bomb Pakistani intelligence officials found that one of their own nuclear scientists helped other nations develop the bomb. Masror Hussain reports from Islamabad. Protests in Haiti...
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New numbers on the federal deficit are released today calling into question the commitment of the President to fully fund essential services like education. From D.C. Pamela Barnett reports. In a bipartisan show of force, Congressional leaders announced today they will attempt to reverse the FCC?s June ruling that sets the stage for fewer but larger owner of the nation?s media outlets by engaging the Congressional Review Act.Erica Price reports has the story from D.C. The head of Egyptian...
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Arafat Update There are conflicting reports today regarding the condition of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. A spokesperson for the military hospital treating him said in the evening that Arafat?s condition had been stable for the past twenty-four hours, declaring ?the state of health of president Arafat has not worsened.? Palestinian envoy to France Leila Shahid denied Arafat was brain dead and said he is in a reversible coma. Arafat has not named a successor, but some of his powers over...
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"Coalition of the Willing" Dwindles The so-called ?Coalition of the Willing? in Iraq is slowly dwindling as more nations say they will pull out of what has been small contingents from around the globe. Geraldine Coughlin has more from the Hague. Observers Report on US Elections European election observers released their findings on the U.S. elections. Dolores Bernal reports from D.C. Indian Farmers Use Colas as Pesticides Farmers in India are using Coke and Pepsi colas as pesticides...
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Ohio Recount Data Tampering Claims There are more reports of data tampering in the Ohio recount process. Evan Davis is in Xenia, Ohio. More Fighting in the DRC Renewed fighting has broken out between rival factions of the armed forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Joshua Kyalimpa reports. Missile Defense Test Fails The Son of Star Wars missile defense system has suffered a serious set-back. Ellen Ratner has details. Italy Opts Out of Kyoto in 2012 Italy has called for...
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Japanese Protest Troops in Iraq Today, hundreds are protesting in Japan over the refusal of the Prime Minister to pull troops out of Iraq even after the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens this week. Miles Ashdown has the story from Tokyo. Senators Need More Info on Iraq Contracts 13 U.S. Senators asked Pentagon officials for details on private contractors working in Iraq. Dave Enders has the story from D.C. Dragging Peace Process in Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers are insisting that the government of...
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5 Killed in Iraq Violence Four people were killed and dragged through the streets of the Iraqi city of Fallujah today. Three of them were Americans. The four worked as contrators for the US-led coalition. Rebels killed the four men in an ambush that left their vehicle in flames -- and then dragged the corpses through the streets before hanging the charred remains from a bridge. In the same area, five US soldiers were killed today when a bomb exploded under their armored personnel carrier. The...
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At the FBI Academy in northern Virginia, President Bush expressed his grief for the British people who experienced several bombings on their transportation system which injured hundreds and killed more than 50. President Bush said that the attack is another reason to justify the measures the United States has taken in the war on terror, and that he Patriot Act must be extended. (AUDIO CUT:) The House Judiciary Committee could vote on the Patriot Act as early as Wednesday. And the BBC is...
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The Palestinian parliament has voted to urge President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve his cabinet for failing to manage factional violence in the wake of Israel?s pullout from the Gaza strip. The vote comes after armed clashes between Palestinian police and members of the armed resistance group Hamas killed three Palestinians yesterday, including a police commander. Each parties blamed the other for initiating the conflict. Abbas is walking a political tightrope, trying to show Israel that he can...
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US BOMBS HYDRO DAM 4:14 US B-52 war-planes bombed Afghanistan's largest hydroelectric dam today,a move the Taliban says puts thousands of lives at risk. The Taliban's Education Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told the Afghan Islamic Press news agency that seven US raids severely damaged the Kajaki dam and hydroelectric plant, completely knocking out the power supplies of the Southern city of Kandahar. The damn holds back 2.7 billion cubic meters of water. It normally produces 150,000 kilowatts of...
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TALIBAN SAYS U-S BOMBS NURSING HOME Fariba Nawa reports from Pakistan/Afghanistan border. CHEAP ANTHRAX DRUGS AVAILABLE IN INDIA, BUT NOT U-S Sputnik Kilambi reports from New Dehli AN INTERVIEW WITH THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE Rafael Krafft reports from Ramallah TURKEY WANTS 6 BILLION DOLLARS FOR MILITARY COOPERATION James Smoot reports from Istanbul REMEMBERING A MASSACRE OF ALGERIANS Khaled Sid Mohand in Paris, France
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DOOMED FERRY OWNER'S OFFICE ATTACKED Family members of victims of the Egyptian ferry accident today stormed the offices of the company that owned the ship. Egyptian police reportedly used tear gas to disperse the crowd of angry relatives. Families complain that little information has been shared with them about the identities of survivors, victims, and missing people. Although just under 400 people were rescued, some 1000 are believed to have died when the ferry sank into the Red Sea early...
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Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St. Louis ahead of Ferguson October Mass graves uncovered in Mexico during search for abducted students Volunteers help unaccompanied immigrant minors to adjust to life in New Haven U.S. District court hears challenge to force-feeding method at GITMO Lower Mekong dams continue to draw protest Low income mothers and children in London end occupation of empty public housing Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St....
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Liberal ballot initiatives pass across country even as conservative candidates prevail Republicans win majority in U.S. Congress Q&A: Is the fracking boom a bubble that’s about to pop? San Francisco becomes latest city to regulate Airbnb-type space sharing Azerbaijan cracks down on pro-democracy advocates and NGOs Indian Sikhs mark 30th anniversary of deadly riots with calls for justice Liberal ballot initiatives pass across country even as conservative candidates prevail Voters sent a...
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Suspects in Charlie Hebdo massacre dead after Paris-area standoffs Survivors of Peshawar school attack grapple with severe trauma St. Louis County grand juror seeks to remove lifetime gag order on Ferguson case FBI investigates explosion outside NAACP office in Colorado Springs Gay couples wed in Florida, now the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage Anti-torture campaigners press for closure of Guantanamo Bay detention facility Relatives of missing Mexican students deepen ties with...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori U.S. Congress begins hearings on water crisis in Flint, Michigan Climate change and human activity wipe Bolivia’s second-largest lake off the map At least 10 thousand refugee children in Europe “lost in the system” Dozens killed in village attack in NE Nigeria: many victims burned alive, suicide bomber targets survivors Jewish and Arab parents push for integrated schools for all religions, cultures in...
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Bush speech reaction -- Robert Flaxman Sharpton calls for St Louis school boycott --Katarina Pasheva Jordan rejects harsher punishment for honor killings -- Oula Farawati Philadelphia Speak Out -- Satish Rogers High Security at the WTO(4:15) More than 5 thousand elements of Mexico's elite security forces have been deployed in Cancun's Hotel Zone as the build up to the World Trade Organization's 5th ministerial meeting begins in the Mexican Riviera. Mariachis and bikinis that are usually seen on...
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Can Moussoui Interrogate Guantanamo Bay Prisoners? A U.S. District Court Judge says that 9-11 terrorist suspect Zacarias Moussoui has a right to interrogate prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the Government argues that Moussoui's rights should be deffered for national security. More with the story in Washington, D.C. is James Cullum. US Building Plutonium Triggers for Nuclear Bombs US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced today that three-way talks between North...
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US Troops to Pakistan??? Officials in Pakistan said today they will categorically reject U.S. troops seeking to root out Al-Qaeda on their soil. Reports in the Chicago Tribune yesterday, citing Pentagon sources, claimed the Defense Department was planning a spring offensive aiming for Osama bin Laden?s followers based in Pakistan. The Tribune?s report said thousands of U.S. soldiers in pursuit of al-Qaeda or Taliban operatives in Afghanistan heading towards the border would be deployed in...
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New Level of INS Deportations Noted The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or BICE, the enforcement arm for the Department of Homeland Security.s new Immigration office, continues to defend its deportation program despite mounting criticism from immigrants rights groups. Contending BICE is ignoring the US Constitution and due process, family members of recent deportees gathered with immigrant rights advocates at the New York City federal building over the weekend to denounce BICE.s...
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10 Killed, 50 Injured in Baghdad - Ahmed Irawi Arnold Schwartzenegger Announces CA Governor Bid - Mitch Jeserich IRS on Earned Income Tax Credit - Robert Flaxman NYPD and Activists - Jackson Allers Civil Rights Group Demands Investigation of Murder of Black Man Portland Seven Terrorism Case Update Yesterday in Oregon, Maher Hawash, one of the so-called ?Portland Seven," pled guilty to charges of trying to provide services to the Taliban. In exchange for his testimony against the other six...
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Texas Kills Again Texas executed its 18th prisoner of 2004 during the night, despite pleas by relatives of the murder victim to spare his life. From KPFT in Houston, Renee Feltz reports. Peasants Remain in Argentine Detention Five peasants in Argentina, two of them minors, remain in detention following their arrest earlier this week. Mat Goldin has more from Buenos Aires. Latino Coalition Endores Bush With the election just 6 days away, President Bush has received official support from a...
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First Uncensored Gitmo Prisoner Letter Today, the first uncensored letter has been released from a British man being held by the U.S. military on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.From London Naomi Fowler has more. Niger Delta Group Seeks Independence Military leaders in the Niger Delta are re-engaging in talks with the Nigerian government for greater independence.The group known as the Niger Delta Volunteer Force threatened to attack foreign oil workers in the Niger Delta if by today the Nigerian...
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Police Brutality Trial moved to White Suburb Two white police officers caught on tape beating a young unarmed black man in Inglewood will not go on trial in that primarily black LA city, but in Torrance. Superior Court Judge Rodney Fornerep granted that prosecution request today, moving the case to a primarily white suburb. This, following an internal police investigation into the incident, carried out by Inglewood Police Chief Ron Banks which effectively put the officers on paid extended...
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CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT A major climate study released today by the United Kingdom's Meteorological Office has found that there is "strong evidence that climate change due to human emissions of greenhouse gases" is already underway and that the impacts may be more serious than previously thought. According to the report, the European Union target to prevent a rise in global average temperatures of more than two degrees Celsius may be insufficient to prevent substantial and irreversible...
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Pickering Appointed by Bush President Bush has taken an extraordinary step and named Charles Pickering Sr. to the federal appeals court as a Congressional recess appointment. Senate Democrats sited Pickering as one of a handful of judges too right wing to appoint to the court. Their objections led to a 40-hour standoff last year. In 1959 he wrote an opinion later adopted by the Mississippi legislature in support of criminalizing inter-racial marriage. More recently, in 1993 he criticized the...
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