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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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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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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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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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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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Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench U.S. House passes diluted USA Freedom Act; privacy advocates withhold support Same-sex marriage bans overturned in Oregon and Pennsylvania California air regulators due to release new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission Worldwide protests ongoing in support of Ethiopia's Oromo people Free insulin clinic in Pakistan helps those struggling with diabetes Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench The U.S. Senate...
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Section of CIA torture report declassified; brutal torture tactics revealed Demonstrations calling for police accountability continue around the U.S. Recount confirms defeat of Oregon ballot initiative to mandate labeling of GMOs Turkish police raid and shut down community center squat in Istanbul Gaza farmers face low yields after fields damaged during Israeli offensive Indigenous leaders face risks for environmental defense of Amazon Basin Section of CIA torture report declassified; brutal...
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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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US forces conduct airstrikes and aid drops in northern Iraq Fighting resumes in Gaza after 72-hour ceasefire ends Istanbul neighborhood known for anti-government unrest slated for demolition Immigration policy impasse pits legislative power against executive authority EPA holds Gulf Coast hearing on air pollution at oil refineries US forces conduct airstrikes and aid drops in northern Ira q US forces have begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State militants operating in northern Iraq....
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COP21 misses deadline; talks and protests continue into weekend French voters boost anti-immigrant National Front party to a leading position in local elections New Yorkers push back against Islamophobia DIY search caravan scours Mexican transmigration routes for missing Central Americans Student protests stall government shutdown of schools across São Paulo , Brazil Filipino theater group works to heal trauma and improve disaster preparedness through the arts   Download Audio   COP21 misses...
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The bankruptcy judge overseeing the United Airlines case is permitting the largest pension default in US history.Doug Cunningham with the Workers Independent News Service has the story. A mandatory sentencing bill for gang activity is getting a second look and gaining greater momentum in the U.S. Congress.Kelly Giddens reports from D.C. The dramatic drop of environmentally sensitive salmon populations has scientists and fisheries experts scratching their heads.Leigh Robartes reports from...
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  Protests turn violent in Turkey on May Day after labor rallies banned Protests and rallies took place across the US around the world on May first to commemorate International Workers' Day. In Turkey, demonstrations erupted across the country after the government banned labor rallies in the center of Istanbul. Riot police fired tear gas, pressurized water and plastic bullets at demonstrators who came out to defy the ban. This, on the same day the Washington DC-based think tank Freedom House...
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UN alarmed as ISIS presses toward Baghdad Drone strikes resume in Pakistan following Karachi airport attack FBI probes VA healthcare crisis; whistleblower website collects hundreds of reports World Cup preparations and urban displacements in Rio de Janeiro Connecticut state officials oppose local tribe’s bid for federal recognition People's March for Mother Earth in Quebec protests tar sands pipelines   UNHCR alarmed as militants take over Mosul, Tikrit and move toward Baghdad Iraq appears...
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Obama calls for US to take at least 10,000 refugees as hundreds of thousands pour into the EU Nationalism and censorship in Turkey complicate regional conflict States prepare challenge to Clean Power Plan Jailhouse suicides on the rise; reform advocates call for training and oversight Hunger strike for Chicago public high school expands in its fourth week Ceasefire in Ukraine seems to hold; local residents still wary Independent experts say Mexico’s version of what happened to 43 missing...
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West Bank tension escalates as protesters call for Intifada; assaults on Gaza continue Eric Garner buried amid fresh calls for NYPD accountability New Haven homeless erect a second tent encampment on city property T aking to the skies to circumvent “Ag-Gag” laws 100 days on, more than 200 Nigerian school girls still missing after Boko Haram kidnapping Joko Widodo confirmed president-elect of Indonesia   West Bank tension escalates as protesters call for Intifada; assaults on Gaza continue...
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Pakistani military offensive in North Waziristan sparks civilian exodus Israel positions more troops around Gaza as tensions grow Obama issues Executive Order to address influx of immigrant children Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby in contraceptives case Indigenous march for water rights in Ecuador reaches Quito The legacy of Suharto permeates Indonesian elections   Pakistani military offensive in North Waziristan sparks civilian exodus Pakistan's military has launched a major...
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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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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 directed at Hong Kong pro-democracy protests School board in Colorado county passes controversial measure despite student protests Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike for workers at big hotels Prominent Bahraini human rights defender held over a tweet...again Turkey approves possibility of military action against “terrorist threats” Immigration reform allows Canada to strip citizenship   Violence directed at Hong Kong pro-democracy protests Massive pro-democracy...
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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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Obama takes executive action on immigration; temporary legal status in reach for 5 million people Keystone XL pipeline defeated in the U.S. Senate by a one-vote margin Street Beat: Watch party reaction to Obama’s immigration policy announcement U.S. Senate fails to advance the USA Freedom Act; NSA’s broad surveillance powers remain for now Mexicans mark revolution anniversary with mass demonstrations for missing students Turkish authorities revive plans to demolish Istanbul’s Gezi Park...
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EPA announces proposed limits on CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030 Senate committee debates proposed constitutional amendment to rein in campaign spending Chile considers gender quotas for political slates A “blueprint” for community-driven urban renewal Indigenous governance system provides a model for community defense in Mexico   EPA announces proposed limits on CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030 For the first time U.S. history, the Environmental Protection Agency is...
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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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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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Houston and Milwaukee officers cleared of charges in killings of unarmed black men New York City mayor calls for protest pause after deadly ambush of two officers Checkpoints and other restrictions put damper on Christmas tourism in Bethlehem Blasphemy claims incite mob violence; young couple immolated Declassified memo reveals Mexican police worked for Zetas in town infamous for migrant murders and mass graves Prop 47 frees some California inmates in time to be home for the holidays   Houston...
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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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Advocates for a free internet are in Istanbul as the UN holds Internet Governance Legal challenge to NSA bulk metadata collection advances to appeals court Fast food workers stage national sit-ins and walk-outs Indian workers push back against proposed labor reforms Residents of N. Waziristan flee offensive against the Taliban; curfew slows access to emergency medical care Leading Bahraini human rights defender remains jailed Advocates for a free internet are in Istanbul as the UN holds...
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Rise Up October keeps pressure for justice reform in the streets FCC caps exorbitant rates on telephone calls placed from prison Labeled ‘insider threats’, intelligence whistleblowers face conundrum Climate policy negotiations enter final phase ahead of UN summit China invests billions in UK nuclear power plants; local activists say no Canadian voters veer left after ten years of Conservative rule Download Audio Rise Up October keeps pressure for justice reform in the streets A nationwide...
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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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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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Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts Obama announces new program for veterans as I.G. probe finds ongoing problem s Barring court action, nearly all Texas abortion clinics to close September 1 Despite tenuous peace deal, thousands still fleeing Central African Republic Irom Sharmila continues fast; rearrested days after her release Mumia Abu Jamal: Post Ferguson Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts A ceasefire...
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Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Malian capital France to remain under state of emergency for three months U.S. House passes veto-proof refugee restrictions as political battles heat up across the country Boko Haram carries out two suicide attacks in as many days in Nigeria Newly-approved $1.29 billion Saudi arms deal the latest in a decade-long buying spree Veterans of U.S. drone warfare go public with concerns about the program Afghan women fight to retain rights by not ceding public space in the...
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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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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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  FCC officially proposes new internet rules; four months of public comment Grief turns to anger in Turkey; more than 100 miners still missing after blast U.S. pushes for energy integration as Mexico finalizes Energy Reform legislation Dramatic rise in ranks of U.S. “permatemp” workers: Employment study Abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls becomes hostage stalemate situation Tribal People’s Dream School Marks 25th Year in Mindoro Island   FCC officially proposes new internet rules; four...
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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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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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Justice Dept. will appeal immigration ruling to the Supreme Court FBI documents show counter-terrorism division spied on School of the Americas Watch vigils Two scientific reports look at effects of climate change on water currently stored in the global freezer Burmese democracy icon accused of ignoring persecution of Rohingya minority Indigenous Lumads march on Philippine capital to protest targeted killings and displacement Nigeria marks 20th anniversary of execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and...
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No charges for officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown killing Street Beat: Los Angeles protesters react to no charges for Ferguson officer; hundreds arrested Black Friday the focus of both police accountability and labor rights protests Indigenous activists renew calls to change the name of Washington’s NFL team Tensions in Jerusalem persist as Israel resumes home demolitions   No charges for officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown killing A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision...
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Protests grow nationwide after no charges in Eric Garner police choke hold death UN climate talks open in Lima, activists hold parallel summit Opponents of LNG export terminal at Cove Point say FERC rubber-stamps projects A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda Colorado apologizes 150 years after the Sand Creek Massacre Florida judge issues ruling in favor of Food Not Bombs feedings   Protests grow nationwide after no charges in Eric Garner police choke hold death Protests grew...
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INDIA SAYS WAR MAY NOT BE NECESSARY (3:57) India has extended a cautious welcome to Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf?s landmark speech this weekend pledging to crackdown on religious extremism. New Delhi said its armed forces would remain mobilized until it is satisfied that Pakistan has matched words with deeds. More than 1500 people were arrested in a nation-wide crackdown as Musharraf said Kashmir would no longer be allowed to be a pretext to export violence outside Pakistan. He...
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9-11 Memorials in DC Today is the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in which two hijacked planes brought down the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, another plane crashed into the Pentagon, while still another plane crashed in a Pennsylvanian field. Over three thousand people died on that day. Since that time the United States has retaliated by invading two countries that denied any connection to the 9/11 events, resulting in thousands of more deaths. At home the U.S....
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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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IMMIGRANT BOYCOTTS Immigrant workers and their supporters are participating in a massive boycott in dozens of cities throughout the US today. Dubbed "A day without an immigrant", organizers are calling for a day of "no work, no school, and no shopping". Solidarity actions have spread to Mexico, with strike supporters boycotting, and in some cases blockading, US-based transnational restaurants and retail outlets. We'll have reports from the streets later in the newscast. SRI...
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Jesse Jackson with Striking Yale Workers - Melinda Tuhus Bush Won't Give Raises - John Hamilton Shell Workers on Strike in Nigeria - Sam Olokoye India Confirms Pesticides in Coke and Pepsi - Vinod K. Jose Halliburton Contracts Spent on Military Not Iraqis(3:52) The Washington Post gained the attention of the nation today with a front page story showing that Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has been awarded over 1.7 billion dollars under the Pentagon?s...
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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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Turkey intensifies airstrikes against Kurdish militants; also targets IS Climate activists in Portland attempt to block Shell-leased ship on its way to the Arctic Medicare and Medicaid turn 50; advocates rally for single-payer for all Murder charge for Univ. of Cincinnati police officer who killed unarmed black man New York City’s street vendors work to decriminalize sidewalk selling Colombia begins exhuming what may be the world’s largest urban mass grave Download Audio Turkey intensifies...
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U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, along with a slew of riders Rider to kill Waters of the United States rule fails, WOTUS promises to remain contentious EU leaders call for regional border patrol and coast guard forces Ten years after launch of Operation Streamline, criminal immigration charges dominate federal caseloads Dow, DuPont announce plans for $130 billion merger Inner city hackathons introduce kids without computers to coding Download Audio   U.S. House passes...
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Canada honors soldier; PM calls for swift action on ramped up security powers Election 2014: Wisconsin battle for Governor's mansion Los Angeles seeks to renegotiate multimillion dollar fees owed to Wall Street banks Bedouin communities face forcible removal from Jerusalem periphery Q&A: Mexican citizen patrols find mass graves while searching for 43 missing students Cameroon’s education model out of step with Baka culture Canada honors soldier; PM calls for swift action on ramped up...
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MASSACHUSETS GAY MARRIAGE The Massachusetts high court ruled today that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples - rather than civil unions - would be constitutional, erasing any doubts that the nation's first same-sex marriages could take place in the state beginning in mid-May. The court issued the opinion in response to a request from the state Senate about whether Vermont-style civil unions, which convey the state benefits of marriage - but not the title - would meet constitutional...
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North Korea has declared a state of emergency in the region where two trains crashed and exploded, according to just released reports from South Korea. What has been reported so far is that two trains carrying oil and liquid petroleum collided then witnesses report seeing a massive explosion near the Chinese border. And, an estimated 3-thousand people have been killed. The U.S. and Britain are pressing the United Nations Security Council to adopt a draft resolution on weapons of mass...
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Afghanistan Loses International Aid The international aid group, Doctors Without Borders, has announced it will pull its staff out of Afghanistan because of continued violence against aid workers there. Leigh Ann Caldwell has the story from WBAI in New York City. Half-a-Billion Dollar Navy Deal The U.S. Navy has signed a 500 million-dollar contract with a subsidiary of Halliburton, the energy and oil giant formerly run by vice president Dick Cheney. Selina Musuta reports from Washington, DC....
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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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South Korean Man Beheaded in Iraq A South Korean man, Kim Sun-Il, who was kidnapped in Iraq, has been beheaded. Officials at the South Korean foreign ministry confirmed the report.The 33-year-old Kim worked with a South Korean contractor that provided supplies to the U.S. military forces in Iraq.The kidnappers, reportedly members of the groups Monotheism and Jihad, said Kim would be released if South Korea agreed to stop an expected deployment of 3-thousand additional soldiers to Iraq....
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NYS Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage A New York State court ruled this morning that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under state law. Justice Doris Ling-Cohan wrote, ?Plaintiffs may now seek?a civil union.? But, she stayed the ruling for 30-days in case of an appeal. Halliburton Subsidiary Gets a Pass on Bad Billing Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root will get to keep the full payment amounts for its work in Iraq, even though Pentagon auditors are...
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Some Vets Forgotten With more than 1-thousand U.S. soldiers killed in the most recent invasion of Iraq and more than 4-thousand injured, Veteran?s Day commemorations around the nation still omit the plight of some veterans.Sarah Turner with the Worker?s Independent News Service reports. Brits and French Leave Ivory Coast British government officials say they will be evacuating about 400 of their nationals from the Ivory Coast citing escalating violence.After days of anti-French violence in the...
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SHIITE MOSQUE ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD A double suicide bombing at Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad today killed at least seventy people. David Enders reports. The bombing came a day after a bombing in Najaf, near one of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam, that killed ten people and was at least the third bombing of a Shiite mosque this week. The mosque belonged to the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of the country's two main Shiite parties. The mosque bombings have both...
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U.S. resumes military aid to Egypt despite outcry over imprisoned journalists Supreme Court rules police need warrants to search cell phones Immigration detainees in Ontario boycott administrative review process Thousands face water shut-offs in Detroit Chilean teachers join students in movement for education reform Brazilian housing activists score a World Cup victory U.S. resumes military aid to Egypt despite outcry over imprisoned journalists Egypt continues its crackdown on free expression...
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Texas Grants Stay of Execution Minutes before he was scheduled to be executed last night, the United States Supreme Court issued its latest decision to grant Texas Death Row prisoner Delma Banks a stay of execution. Last month, another Texas death row inmate, Thomas Miller El was granted a hearing to present evidence of racial bias in his jury selection. The nation's highest court told Delma Banks that it will hold a formal conference to decide if they will hear Banks' petition based on similar...
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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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New UN Human Rights Body The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to create a new human rights organization for the world body, despite opposition from the US. Haider Rizvi reports from the UN. The United Nations has created a new human rights body that will replace the Geneva-based Human Rights Commission. Despite strong objections from the United States, an overwhelming majority of the member nations of the United Nations voted in favor of the resolution that has established the...
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East Timor: First Days of Independence (4:57) After 400 hundred years of colonization and brutal occupation, yesterday the people's dream for a democratic republic of East Timor became a reality. Today, East Timor's first cabinet was sworn in and the people were still celebrating in the streets.For them this has been a long awaited victory. Host Deepa Fernandes files this report from Dili. Palestinians in Jordan Speak Out (3:46) Israel's attacks on the Palestinian people are raising tensions...
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G8 & African AIDS Drugs The Group of Eight concluded its two-day summit by endorsing the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD, offering billions of dollars in aid to nations that embrace capitalism.Activists called the G8 agreement a revised version of the old model of foreigners dictating what others must do, backed by vague promises of aid that never materializes. Critics also say the G8 plan fails to emphasize the AIDS pandemic in Africa and that the only initiative...
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9-11 Hearings In testimony before the 9-11 commission this morning, a former FBI translator said she was offered a raise to keep her quiet about security problems. Karen Mitchell reports from Capitol Hill. EU Fines Microsoft The European Union has fined Microsoft a record $611.8 million for violating anti-trust laws in a bid to crush competition. Naomi Fowler Reports from London. Palestinians Mourn Assasignation of Hamas Leader Palestinians around the world are expressing their anger and grief...
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DOD Ordered to Stop Anthrax Vaccine The Department of Defense must immediately stop involuntarily administering the anthrax vaccine, according to a judge?s ruling. Heather Buckheim reports from D.C. Non-Lethal Crowd Control Kills The Seattle Police Department announced they will stop using a particular piece of equipment referred to as non-lethal crowd control while investigations are pending into the death of a Boston Red Sox fan. According to a report released yesterday the officers in Boston...
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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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DAY TWO OF US BOMBING OF AFGHANISTAN 4:14 Jeremy Scahill reports. US TELLS UN IT WILL BOMB OTHER COUNTRIES Susan Wood reports from the UN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS MARCH AGAINST WAR IN NYC Kata Mester reports from New York KASHMIRI MILITANTS ANGRY AT US ATTACKS Sputnik Kilambi reports from Shriniggar. 14,000 MARCH AGAINST US BOMBING IN EGYPT Steve Negus reports from Cairo. TURKISH ANTI-WAR DEMO CANCELLED AFTER 1,000 POLICE TURN OUT James Smoot reports from Istanbul. FRANCE SENDS SPECIAL FORCES...
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Pressure mounts on Iraq's al-Maliki to step aside as ISIS-led insurgency continues Palestinian hunger strikes continue amid increased Israeli military action after three settler youth go missing Local police test public reaction to aerial surveillance with drone programs Q&A: Juanita Molina of Border Action Network on spike in detentions of immigrant minors Creating common ground amid racial tensions in Baltimore Former inmates at federal prison for women rally for sentencing reform...
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US and Cuban leaders announce thaw in Cold War-era diplomatic relations More mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected Taliban militants slaughter almost 150 children at a Peshawar school Israel showcases drone technology as the world’s top exporter Wichita outfits all police with body cameras, L.A. and Houston announce similar plans New York environmentalists celebrate first-ever statewide fracking ban New Zealand opens coastal waters to deep sea drilling   US and Cuban...
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Kenya's Celebrate New Dawn (3:40) Today in what many are hailing as a new era for Kenya, democratically elected President Kibaki was sworn in amid a jubilant crowd. Kenya was ruled by Daniel arap Moi for 24 years of what human rights activists call dictatorial rule. The constitution forced Moi to step down this year, and his handpicked successor, Uhuru Kenyatta lost in last week's election to Kibaki's Rainbow Coalition. Kibaki has promised to end corruption and eliminate fees for children in...
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UK Union Strikes Paralyze Commuters(2:55) The first in a series of threatened strikes brought chaos to London today. A walkout by subway workers affected three million commuters and a looming fire fighters strike could affect even more. This wave of industrial action ends a relatively strike free era, and marks the rise of a new generation of militant unionists. London mayor, Ken Livingstone, came out to condemn the strikes. Charlotte Parsons reports from London. DC Police Prepare for WB/IMF...
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