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South Africans Go to the Polls South Africa?s polling stations have closed for the day and the Independent Electoral Commission says there was a high voter turn out for the country?s third democratic elections. Na?eem Jennah reports from Johannesburg. Cheney Goes To China Vice-president Dick Cheney?s stop in China today focused mainlyon Taiwan. Free Speech Radio News? Severine Bardon reports from Beijing. CARICOM Nations Say US and France Blocking Probe on Aristide Ouster He Caribbean Nations...
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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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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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"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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Political Crisis in Turkey(1:45) The Associated Press is reporting that Turkey's former foreign minister today launched a new political party to topple the Prime Minister, who is fighting to stay in power despite poor health and a mutiny within his Cabinet. And, as Nicholas Birch reports from Istanbul, a change in Turkey's government could have dramatic effects on a possible US War on Iraq. Argentines Take to the Streets(4:07) U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Otto Reich met with Argentina's...
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SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS The fourth Summit of the Americas will open tomorrow in Mar del Plata, Argentina. All 34 heads of state from the Americas will attend the summit...except Fidel Castro. Kasim Tirmizey reports from Mar del Plata. The creation of a hemisphere-wide free trade zone, known as the Free Trade of Area of the Americas agreement will be a featured topic at the talks this weekend. Support for the agreement has recently lost steam, as major economic powers like Venezuela and Brazil...
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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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Last night at midnight was the deadline for settlers to leave all camps in Gaza and four in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers began handing out eviction notices today to the settlers who refused to leave. As Laila El-Haddad reports, Palestinians are cheering the evacuation, but are cautious about the future. As India celebrated its 58th independence day today from colonial rule, a strike was observed in Indian administered Kashmir. The strike was called by the main separatist alliance All Parties...
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FL Officials to Disqualify Felon Voters- Again Florida state officials are being vigilant about removing convicted felons from voting rolls leading up to another anticipated Presidential election.Poll watchers say as many as 40-thousand people will be disenfranchised, many of them African-American and Democratic voters. Mitch Perry reports from WMNF in Tampa. Kosovo Peacekeepers Promoting Sex Trade? A scathing 56-page report released by Amnesty International accuses the United Nations and NATO...
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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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3-yr-old Killed in Gaza Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is negotiating with all sides in the Gaza strip as more charges and gunfire cuts through the occupied territory.Laila El-Haddad has more from Gaza City. New Mexico Is Open for Exploratory Drilling Officials with U.S. Land Management announced that the state of New Mexico is open for exploratory oil drilling.From KUNM in Albuquerque, Jim Williams has more. Connecticut State Execution on the Horizon The U.S. Supreme Court considers a...
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Special Documentary On this special Independence Day edition of Free Speech Radio News ? we bring you three segments ? each focusing on the limits imposed on the independence of individuals following the attacks on September 11. We begin with an overview of the relationship between personal freedom and national security as altered by the USA Patriot Act. We will then look at one of the effects of the Patriot Act ? repression of public dissent -- and the movement to counter limitations placed on...
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A car bomb exploded at an Iraqi Army recruitment center in Baghdad today, killing 47 people and taking the 24-hour death toll in attacks against Iraqis working with the U.S. occupation forces to 100. The recruitment center was surrounded by barbed wire and had sandbagged posts in front of it. About 300 Iraqis were gathered outside the center's locked gates, waiting for it to open. Some were lined up to join the military and others waiting to depart for a training camp in Jordan. MASSACHUSETS...
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Secret Court: FBI Lied(3:04) Civil Libertarians' worst fears were confirmed late yesterday when the country's most secretive court issued its first-ever public opinion. The top secret "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court" says the FBI has repeatedly lied to the court when it wants permission to do electronic surveillance and home invasions. Joshua Chaffin reports from Washington. Pakistani President Gives Himself Sweeping New Powers(4:14) Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf...
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Jobless Disclaimer President Bush and Congressional Republicans are hailing the new unemployment numbers as evidence that the economy is doing well.According to Bureau of Labor Department statistics, unemployment rates did drop for whites and most notably for teens, but they rose for African-Americans. Pentagon Money and Power The House of Representatives approved a 401-billion dollar defense-spending bill giving Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld greater ability to hire, fire, and promote...
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Sharon: "Arafat is the Enemy" Report from Ramallah Arab Reaction to Israel's Invasion An Interview With the Mother of Zacarias Moussaoui Second Execution in Tennessee Planned March Against INS Raids at LAX
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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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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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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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U.S. House votes on the Keystone XL pipeline; Senate to do same next week U.S. & China announce carbon emissions deal;  the non-binding agreement is sparse on specifics Mexican president leaves country as news of apparent massacre deepens political crisis Suicide attacker poses as student in northeast Nigeria; nearly 50 students killed Visual storytelling emerges as a medium to decode Holy Land conflict Protestors challenge ban on sharing food in public in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Tomas...
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Police shooting sparks a week of protests and vigils in Ferguson, MO Obama announces aid drops to end, airstrikes to continue in northern Iraq White House reverses policy on lobbyists Texas and California: Opposing legislative approaches to reproductive healthcare Another Freedom Flotilla will try to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza port Hundreds of thousands of displaced Gazans remain sheltered in UN-run schools UN calls Canada's immigration detention system endless, arbitrary and unfair...
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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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Around 15-hundred Palestinian political prisoners started an open-ended hunger strike in four Israeli jails yesterday. The prisoners say they are subject to unnecessary strip searches, want more access to family visits and telephones, and improve overall living conditions. Today Israeli prison authorities declared psychological war against the inmates. They threatened to force-feed the prisoners and began barbequing outside the walls of the prisons. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says...
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Immigrants here in the United States must now wait as long as 18-months for residency renewals. Documents allowing immigrants brief visits outside the country currently take an estimated seven months for approval rather than two. And, families are left to make painful decisions about separations as one waits through the application process. Expecting backlogs from added security, the Bush administration alloted an additional 160-million dollars for processing assorted applications. Officials...
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Today, Georgia?s interim president has pledged quick elections -- in 45 days. On Sunday Eduard Shevardnadze resigned. For decades Georgia's government has been marred by charges of corruption that culminated in accusations of fraudulent elections three weeks ago. Some observers say Shevardnadze?s resignation marks the beginning of the new era for Georgia with young leaders committed to democracy without ties to the old Soviet Republic. Professor Ronald Suny at the University of Chicago is a...
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?Supposed "Dirty Bomber" THE UNITED STATES government has arrested Jose Padilla, a Chicago man on his return from a trip to Pakistan, alleging that he a member of Al Qaeda, and was plotting to build and detonate a radioactive "dirty" bomb. GARETH SCHWEITZER REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON ?Sharon in DC IN HIS SIXTH VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, TODAY ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON SAID YASIR ARAFAT IS NO PARTNER FOR PEACE TALKS. IN AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS OVER THE WEEKEND, SHARON AND...
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Bush Wants More "Welfare Reform" President Bush is asking Congress to renew the 1996 law overhauling welfare but to strengthen its work requirements. He also wants to include measures that encourage marriage and sexual abstinence. Bush's plan would require states to have at least 70 percent of their welfare recipients working 40 hours a week within five years. Right now, the requirement is 50 percent. Federal welfare reform measures have already made public health care less accessible...
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No Medical Care for Prisoners Held in Afghanistan (4:45) Afghan Premier Hamid Karzai is in Washington meeting with President Bush today and a group called Physicians for Human Rights is urging the US government not to forget about the combatants still imprisoned in Afghanistan. The doctors have just returned from a tour of the Shibargan prison in the North of that country, where they say conditions are deplorable, and many have died for lack of adequate sanitation and medical care. Joshua...
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Kissinger Appointed to Head 9-11 Investigation Committee To head the investigation into the intelligence failures of September 11th, the white house has selected Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kissinger is a notorious proponent of government secrecy, an accused war criminal, and a proven liar, who may also have conflicts of interest with the 9/11 investigation in his personal business.Josh Chaffin reports from DC FSRN Special Week Long Series: Monday: AIDS in China The world stopped...
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WHY IS BUSH HOLDING THE BIN LADEN TAPE? The Administration has been priming the american public for the release of the bin Laden videotape for the last several days. Bush claims the tape shows bin Laden?s undeniable role in the sinister plot to attack the World Trade Centers. Yet the Administration has waited until today to release the tapes for public viewing. Verna Avery Brown reports. MILITARY COURTS AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES The French government today demanded United States spare a French...
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NATO = More Weapons and More War? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization wrapped up it?s summit today in Prague, Czech Republic.NATO leaders hope they have successfully brought new life to an organization many view as a cold war relic.While NATO proponents are calling the summit a great step for international security and stability, critics say the military alliance achieves just the opposite. And as Patrick Beckett reports from Copenhagen, the NATO agreements, sponsored in part by big weapons...
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Iraq Says US Just Wants Oil(4:36) The UN's two top weapons inspectors today delivered to the security council a crucial assessment of the first 60 days of the resumed iraqi inspections. AS foreshadowed by U.S media, their report praised Iraq's coorperation on process, but not on substance. It listed a seried of unresolved issues and difficulties encountered by the inspections teams. Both Hans Blix and mohamed elbaradei, however, protrayed their work as ongoing, and peaceful resolution as their...
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PATRIOT ACT VOTE The Senate will vote on final passage of the re-authorization of the USA patriot Act tomorrow morning. If it passes, the bill will go to the President to be signed into law. SUPREME COURT RULES ON ANTI-ABORTION DEMONSTRATIONS In other news from Washington DC, The Supreme Court ruled in favor of anti-abortion groups today. The unanimous decision is the latest in a 20 year-old lawsuit that questions the legality of using blockades, threats, or acts of physical violence to prevent...
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Medical Malpractice show-down in the US Senate -- Pamela Barnett Tony Blair and the "Dodgy Dossier" -- Ama Buadi Teen joblessness -- Brenden Sweeney Palestinian PM Abbas' resignation officially rejected -- Awad Duaibes Pentagon Stymieing 9-11 Investigation(3:42) The White House has issued a rare formal retraction of the allegations of Iraqi nuclear weapons evidence that George W Bush cited in the State of the Union before the Iraq invasion.The threat of weapons of mass destruction was...
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WTO Talks Break Down India joined Malaysia in rejecting the revised draft Cancun ministerial declaration, charging that the WTO is not only deliberately neglecting their concerns, but comfort is being given to developed countries which provide huge trade-distorting subsidies. Meanwhile, many activists and delegates of non-government organizations (NGOs) celebrated the collapse of the talks as a triumph for developing nations, which proved their increased negotiating power. Led by India, Brazil...
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SUPREME COURT HEARS GUANTANAMO CASE The Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of special military tribunals for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. The case, known as Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, questions the extent of presidential and legislative powers in judicial matters. The lawsuit argues that the special military tribunals are fundamentally unfair, as the Department of Defense, acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury while the laws governing the crime are being defined....
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Earth First! Wins FBI Suit(3:40) The verdicts are in and they add up to four-point-four million dollars for plaintiffs Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari in their lawsuit against the FBI and Oakland police department. The two Earth First! activists sued the FBI and police in the aftermath of the bombing of their car in May of 1990. They claimed that instead of looking for the person who planted the bomb which nearly killed the two activists, the FBI used the incident as an excuse to investigate and...
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Dems and Repubs in FL Call Foul Democrats and Republicans are accusing each other of voter fraud in Florida. State Republican Party officials say they are merely making sure that only legal voters are voting. Democrats counter that by saying Republicans are using scare tactics to keep voter turnout low, especially in minority communities that traditionally vote Democratic. The head of the state?s Division of Elections is being called in to resolve the disputes and avoid longer lines on Tuesday....
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State Employee Says No Random Drug Testing A veteran Florida state employee is suing the state's Department of Juvenile Justice for firing him after refusing to submit to a random drug test.Mitch Perry reports from WMNF. Australian at Gitmo Gets Attorney An Australian lawyer has just been granted access to see his client being held by the United States government for close to two years at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Josh Chaffin has more. HRW Says Observors Needed in Aceh...
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Congressional Hearings on Iraq Begin The house started debate this morning and could vote as soon as tomorrow authorizing the use of force against Iraq. Passage of the president's version of the bill is assured in the Republican dominated house. Democratic amendments to limit the president's power and keep the power to declare war in the hands of the congress seem likely to die. Josh Chaffin prepared this collage from the hearings. Bush Addresses Cincinati(3:52) The debate in Congress comes on...
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The Refugees of Northern Afghanistan (4:51) Over six million people from Afghanistan have been displaced by the past 22 years of war. Despite the routing of the Taliban almost three months ago and the creation of an interim government, the conditions of the people stuck inside the country remains desperate, according to this report filed by Pratap Chatterjee from Mazar i Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The Burning Question of Nerve Gas in Alabama (3:47) Host Nell Abram speaks with Brenda...
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White House names emergency board to take over Puerto Rico’s finances Brazil’s Senate confirms ouster of Dilma Rousseff Trump meets with Mexican president ahead of immigration speech in Arizona Mexico’s Federal Police chief fired after report on extrajudicial killings Dozens of Dakota Access pipeline protesters arrested in N. Dakota and Iowa Florida voters approve expanded tax breaks on solar energy equipment California passes bill raising farm worker overtime pay to match other...
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Oakland responds to Oscar Grant verdict Defense Department recommends replacement to oversee military action in Middle East World Cup brings clamp down on civil rights in South Africa Health concerns grow over worker conditions in Gulf Coast oil spill Critics of Comcast - NBC merger point to risks for media diversity Download Audio   HEADLINES Massachusetts court strikes down DOMA as unconstitutional A federal judge in Boston has struck down a section of the 14 year old federal Defense of...
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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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PROTESTS CONTINUE ACROSS MUSLIM WORLD Protests continue to rage across the Muslim world today incondemnation of cartoon depictions of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. InIndia, home to the world's second largest Muslim population, thousandsparticipated in nationwide demonstrations. Vinod K. Jose reports fromDelhi. Today after the Friday prayers, members of India'sMuslim community organized massive rallies across the country. Thousands demonstrated in cities and townsthroughout India. They burned...
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Repeal Estate Tax? At press time, Republicans in Congress are debating a measure that would abolish taxes on inherited wealth.David Opper reports from Washington DC. The DRC Takes Uganda to the ICJ Uganda is preparing its Defense in the International Court of Justice in a 1999 complaint filed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accusing Uganda of invading its territory and massacring Congolese civilians. Joshua Kyalimpa reports Israel Continues Incursion in Nablus Jewish Voices for Peace...
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Today is being called a National Day of Conscience by as many as 3-thousand hunger strikers hoping to bring attention to the crisis in Sudan. Catherine Komp has more. An Israeli judge is ordering the deportation of a journalist on the grounds that her political beliefs make her more likely to be used by terrorists. Naomi Fowler has more from London. Usage of so-called non-lethal weapons at the U.S. Mexican border is being questioned by some in the Mexican parliament. Vladamir Flores reports...
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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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GOP Caves in on Ethics Rules Republican leaders offered today to rollback new ethics rules introduced earlier this year. Party members are expected to act on the move as early as this afternoon. Daniel Opper reports from Washington, DC. Togolese Continue to Protest Elections Violent protests continue in the West African state of Togo following the declaration of the son of the late Togolese dictator as the winner of last weekend?s presidential election. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos. Nepalese...
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Chaos in Baghdad (1:56) Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad today following morning prayers to protest the US occupation as the United states works to install an interim military government. The Guardian reports that Iranian President Mohammad Kahatmi accused the United States of ?taking an aggressive stance? saying that Tehran ? will not recognize a US installed administration in Iraq.? This, on the heels of a discovery of a mass grave, containing at least 1500 bodies...
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President George W. Bush will be surrounded by a huge security operation keeping him from protestors in Ireland as he makes his way to a European Union summit. Maeve Conran reports from Dublin. Dozens of journalists in Tijuana, Mexico marched to raise awareness of the slaying of yet another collegue. Aura Bogado has more. New York City officials plan to evict public housing residents if they are arrested on serious drug charges with or without a conviction.Geoff Brady reports from New York. The...
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Bastille Day attack in Nice kills at least 84 Trump taps Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as VP candidate Funerals for officers slain continue through the week Funeral for Philando Castile draws hundreds to Minnesota’s St. Paul Cathedral Demonstrations swell across the country calling for police reform August recess starts two weeks early for the U.S. Congress Theresa May replaces David Cameron as UK Prime Minister More than 30 dead as protests escalate in Kashmir Los Angeles fights for immediate...
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Partial Israeli Pullout - Palestinians Skeptical(4:30) Early this morning the Israeli Defense Forces commenced a small-scale withdrawal from Bethlehem to the outskirts of the city where they now maintain a heavily reinforced military perimeter. This latest move has been dubbed the Bethlehem and Gaza First plan and comes after a three hour meeting late Sunday night in Tel Aviv between the Israeli Defense Minister, the Palestinian Interior Minister and other high level negotiators from Israel and...
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The Turkish Military Finalizing Troops to Iraq Plans -- Ezgi Saritas Child Combatants in Colombia -- Nicole Karsin UN Children?s Fund Reports Gross Child Abuse in the Industrialized World -- Haider Risvi Bush's Imported Steel Tariffs Hurt Industry -- Mitch Jeserich Mobile Phones Users Boycott in Nigeria -- Sam Olukoya South Korean Soldiers to Iraq? Families of a Minnesota National Guard company plan to meet with state Guard officials this weekend for what they characterize as an "angry...
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CLUSTER BOMBS AND FOOD PACKETS 3:26 The World Food Program warned today its only been able to deliver eight percent of food aid urgently needed to sustain half a million starving Afghans through the looming winter. They are the most desperate of more than six million Afghans dependant on international aid but the World Food Program says even the luckier ones -- about two million people -- have enough food to last just one month. Meantime, Pentagon radio broadcasts into Afghanistan warn...
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AIRLINES PARTY WITH CONGRESS IN HAWAII (2:24) Campaign finance reform group Common Cause took aim at the nation?s airline industry today.Common Cause says the airlines are using campaign contributions to create a weak regulatory environment, putting passengers lives at risk.From Washington, Joshua Chaffin reports: BOEING SENDS JOBS OVERSEAS (4:29) Billions of dollars in aid to the US airline industry aren?t helping workers at Boeing. As Martha Baskin reports, Boeing is taking the money and...
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European leaders vow to crack down on human smuggling networks after mass drownings in Mediterranean TPP fast track measure advances in Senate; House holds mark-up hearing Loretta Lynch confirmed as U.S. Attorney General after long delay Patients with chronic illnesses say ACA drug benefits negligible Five years since BP well blowout, Gulf Coast residents say disaster is ongoing Armenians mark 100 years since 1915 genocide killed 1.5 million; Turkey still denies Profile: Indigenous activist...
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Despite ban on rallies, thousands demonstrate in Paris ahead of global climate change forum UK enters Syrian War, refugees question efficacy of airstrikes Senate Democrats introduce gun safety amendments on the heels of mass shootings Congressional Republicans pass budget bill aimed at de-funding Planned Parenthood Los Angeles County residents take air pollution monitoring into their own hands Download Audio Despite ban on rallies, thousands demonstrate in Paris ahead of global climate change...
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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR'S GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED A LONDON NEWSPAPER TO STOP PUBLISHING ARTICLES ABOUT AN ABANDONED U.S. PLAN TO ATTACK THE HEADQUARTERS OF ARAB SATELLITE TV STATION AL JAZEERA. From London, Naomi Fowler reports: In Chile, A judge has indicted former dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges on charges of fraud, forgery, and corruption. From Santiago, Jorge Garretn has more: In the Chinese City of Harbin, nearly four million people have had their water shut off as a massive...
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Sharon's Government Collapses (4:14) Israel's nineteen month old coalition government fell apart today with the withdrawal of the Labour party and the resignation of key Labour ministers. Irris Makler in Jerusalem looks ahead -- to the impact of the collapse of the government on Israeli politics and the wider regional conflict. Ecuador protests FTAA(2:40) Today, thousands march in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where business leaders and trade ministers from North and South America met this...
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Iraq Agrees to UN Inspectors(2:13) With the news that Iraq has agreed to allow weapons inspectors into the country as per last Friday's UN Security Council resolution, a UN team will leave for Iraq Monday. We are joined by correspondent Jeremy Scahill from Baghdad. Judicial Nominee Dennis Shedd Sparks Controversy(2:41) Democrats in the Senate appear to be bowing to the will of the incoming Republican regime already.Senate leaders say there may already be agreement on the Homeland Security Bill...
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BROWN OUT Michael Brown, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is being pulled off the job in New Orleans. Brown has drawn increasing fire for mishandling the response to Hurricaine Katrina, and new reports show he may have lied about his background in emergency management. We?ll have more on Katrina later in this newscast. PADILLA LOSES ON APPEAL A federal appeals court has sided with the Bush administration in the case of Jos Padilla, a US citizen who has been held without...
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MULTIPLE BLASTS IN HINDU HOLY CITY A series of explosions in the Indian holy city of Varanasi is believed to have killed at least 15 people and injured dozens more. Binu Alex reports. The first blast came at around 6 PM local time as hundreds of devotees were gathering outside a temple for their Tuesday prayer. Two more explosions followed minutes later at a train station - one in a moving train. Police have reportedly defused another near the temple where the first blast occurred. Varanasi, in...
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FSRN EXCLUSIVE: Turkey to Invade Iraq The United States is preparing a rapid increase in its military strength in the Middle East, almost doubling the number of troops near Iraq. Defense officials in Washington are quoted as saying there are plans to move another 50,000 troops next month to join the 60,000 based in the Gulf and Turkey. Meanwhile, Free Speech Radio News has learned the Turkish Army has planned to invade and occupy a large part of Northern Iraq as part of a possible US War to...
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Pickering Avoids Confirmation by Resigning A controversial judge appointed by George W. Bush during a Congressional recess has retired rather than attempt a third round of confirmation hearings. Asheley Tetteh reports from D. Sandanista Heads Human Rights in Nicaragua The Nicaraguan government appoints a former Sandanista leader as head of Human Rights in the country. Nan McCurdy reports from Managua. Guatemala Must Pay for Massacre An international court has ordered Guatemala to pay millions...
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US Spies Infiltrate UN Inspection Team? As UN weapons inspectors went back to into Iraq this week for the first time in five years, Chief Inspector Hans Blix says the White House is already being quote "unhelpful". US officials have questioned Mr. Blix's ability to do the job of disarming Saddam Hussein. Critics of US foreign policy see the White House trying to undermine the inspections effort. The last time inspectors were in Iraq, the mission was infiltrated by US spies,...
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8 States File Suit Against EPA The state of Wisconsin joins eight other states in their lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency?s mercury standards.JoAnne Powers from WORT in Madison has the story. Workers Wages Decrease Relative to Inflation U.S. workers? wages have fallen relative to inflation for the first time in a decade.From the Worker?s Independent News Service, Doug Cunningham has more. US Trade Deficit All Time High The U.S. trade deficit has hit an all time high while...
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Great Lawn Off Limits for RNC Activists have lost another battle with the courts to peacefully demonstrate in New York City during the Republican National Convention. The groups, the ANSWER coalition along with the National Council of Arab-Americans, fought New York City officials? denial of their permit to gather on Central Park?s great lawn. The city claims they want to protect the grass and recommends another site along the West Side highway. Protestors reject that offer saying the location...
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IL Gov Commutes Death Sentences Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences all of the state's death row inmates on Saturday, in a move that has ignited a growing national controversy over the fundamental racism and unfairness of the death penalty system - a system that activists say will never be able to ensure that the innocent will not be executed. Chris Geovanis reports from Chicago. Mumia Abu Jamal Comments on the Death Row Pardons US Police to get Anti-Terrorism training in...
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Kerry Wins New Hampshire Primary After winning the New Hampshire primary yesterday, Presidential Candidate John Kerry, heads into next week?s round of seven Democratic state contests riding a wave of momentum he hopes will carry over ? both in terms of increasing his campaign coffers and increasing his popularity in the South. The upcoming primary in South Carolina will be the first in a state with a large black population and job losses are a major issue. Party officials expect blacks will...
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Bush Goes Just South of "Axis of Evil" (3:52) President George W Bush arrived in South Korea today welcomed by angry demontrators protesting his references to North Korea as part of an "axis of evil". Police scuffled with protesters outside a military airport on the outskirts of Seoul, and there were demonstrations in other cities as well. One sign at a protest on the southern outskirts of Seoul read "Bush is the axis of evil". The president toned down his earlier...
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RETIRED GENERALS SLAM RUMSFELD A total of six former generals have now come forward to call for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, citing dismal job performance. The former head of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, retired Army Major General John Batiste, appeared on the 3 major networks this morning. Batiste told audiences of CBS's Early Show (quote): We went to war with a flawed plan that didn't account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime. We...
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UN SECURITY COUNCIL TELLS IRAN TO SUSPEND NUCLEAR PROGRAM The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a call for Iran to shut down it's uranium enrichment program within 30 days. Iranian Ambassador to the UN, Javad Zarif, speaking to UN radio yesterday: "Iran will want to cooperate with the international community, but it does not accept pressure or intimidation. We are allergic to pressure and intimidation and we do not respond well to that." Iran maintains that its...
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NAMES OF MOST GUANTANAMO DETAINEES RELEASED The Pentagon has released a list of 558 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Associated Press. Most of the detainees are from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen. Although it is not a complete list of all detainees who have passed through the facility, it is the first time that a list of names has been released in the camp's four years of operation. CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN THE NIGER...
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U.S. WILL DELIVER BOMBS FOR RAMADAN (2:29) B-52 bombers pounded the front line north of Kabul in one of the strongest attacks so far, blasting a Taliban field headquarters. Afghan opposition forces said the bombing appeared directed by U.S. forces on the ground. Strong U.S. attacks were also reported Friday against Taliban positions defending the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.The attacks against both the Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif fronts showed increased U.S. support for the opposition Northern...
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