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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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POWELL SAYS U-S IN AFGHANISTAN TO STAY (1:39) For the first time in a quarter of a century, a US Secretary of State has stepped foot on Afghan soil. Colin Powell was in Kabul today for meetings with the new US-installed government. He told reporters today that the US would continue its bombing and military campaign as long as Washington believes that it is necessary. He also said that American troops would remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future but that they would not participate in...
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LONG GUERRILLA WAR LIKELY 3:00 Eight foreign aid workers held hostage by the Taliban are free now -- air-lifted to Islamabaad. This after anti-Taliban fighters stumbled upon them in a jail where they were being held on charges of spreading Christianity.The Western aid workers were in Afghanistan on assignment for the German-based Shelter Now International charity. The charge of spreading Christianity in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan carries the death penalty. The head of the aid group, told...
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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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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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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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Outbursts in Iraq Violent outbursts have been spreading throughout Iraq over the past few days with car bombs and helicopter attacks topping the list of incidents.Dozens are reportedly dead and hundreds wounded.In Baghdad?s commercial district, officials installed a curfew last night and put out the following message, ?Anyone spotted [after curfew] will be considered a terrorist and lethal force will be used against them.?Today the Italian Foreign Minister called for the release of two Italian...
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FOOD CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a special alert today, warning that millions of people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa. Severe droughts, depletion of livestock herds, and crop failure along with the effects of regional conflicts have led to critical food shortages in the area. The FAO estimates that in the east African countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti over 11 million people are in need 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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Israeli and Egyptian officers signed an agreement to deploy lightly-armed Egyptian troops along the border of the Gaza Strip, although ultimate control over the border will remain in Israeli hands. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza. One year ago was the siege on a school in Beslan, Russia that ended with the death of 331 people, half of them children. Family members grieved and expressed anger at Russia's President Vladimir Putin, blaming him for the deaths for a poor rescue plan. Putin offered...
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IAEA VOTE POSTPONED The International Atomic Energy Agency has delayed its vote on whether to refer Iran to the UN Security Council. The vote was expected today, but will likely occur tomorrow when the IAEA resumes its meeting. GREEN LIGHT FOR EPA SUIT A New York Federal judge says the EPA made deliberate misleading statements about air quality in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Rebecca Myles has more. A class action lawsuit filed by New Yorkers against the Environmental Protection Agency...
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BALI BOMBER Indonesian police have confirmed that South-East Asia's most wanted terrorist suspect was killed an a raid yesterday. Meggy Margiyono sends this report from Jakarta. Although results are not back from the DNA test, Indonesian police say that one of two bodies found at the scene of yesterday's standoff is that of Dr. Azahari Husin. Dr. Azahari is a Malaysian university lecturer and reportedly a member of Al Qaeda in South-East Asia. Dr. Azahari is a suspect in a series of suicide...
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ATTACKS IN NIGER DELTA Royal Dutch Shell has suspended half of it's operations in the Niger Delta region. In the past 3 days, militant groups have attacked a number of Shell's facilities and kidnapped 9 foreign oil workers. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos. The kidnapped oil workers included 3 Americans, 2 Thais, and a Briton. The kidnapped workers are being held by a militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. The group also claims responsibility for a number of attacks...
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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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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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Conscientious Objector Facing Military Prosecution - Sara Olson UN Petition to Stop Pushing Poor Nations into Bad Trade Deals - Haider Rizvi President Bush Signed into Law the Prison Rape Elimination Act - Renee Feltz U.S. Senate Takes Step Towards Curbing the New Media Ownership Rules - Craig Murphy A Pay Raise for Congress(3:43) After a closed Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz confirmed recent reports that the further occupation of Iraq is going to...
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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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After the Bush administration promised new incentives for US textile companies in the southern states, several keyRepublican House lawmakers have changed their position and now say they support the Dominican Republic Central American Free Trade Agreement.This shift in position has many on Capitol Hill believing that the House may pass the controversial free trade agreement by the end of the week.The Senate has already approved it. Mitch Jeserich reports.Historic Split in AFL-CIO(3:35) The...
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DELAY INDICTMENT Prosecutors in Texas upped the stakes when they re-indicted Tom Delay Monday. From KPFT in Houston, Renee Feltz has the details: Underlying allegations against the US House Majority leader remain the same, but the new indictment by new Travis County grand jurors requires the prosecutor to prove DeLay conspired to launder money. This is a first degree felony, punishable by a maximum life term. The previous conspiracy charge was a state jail felony punishable by a two-year term....
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ALL FOUR LINKS NOW WORK! THE INTERNET IS DOWN AT KPFA, (WHERE THE TECHNICAL PRODUCTION OF FSRN HAPPENS) SORRY FOR THE DELAY!!! Pushing Through an Energy Bill Today Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham told a congressional committee, that the causes of the mass power outage that hit the East Coast, Midwest and Canada are still unknown. This as without full knowledge of what happened August 14th, President Bush and the Republican congressional leadership are calling for the quick passage of the...
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Headlines (5:22) SUPREME COURT ON TEXAS REDISTRICTING The US Supreme Court today upheld a congressional district map redrawn by Texas Republicans in 2003... but it ruled part of the map discriminates against Latino voters. From KFPT in Houston, Renee Feltz reports: Democrats alleged the Texas GOP engaged in political gerrymandering when they redrew House district lines with help from then House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. Today's 5-4 decision stayed away from this political argument and...
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Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray U.S. Supreme Court finally takes up same-sex marriage Court strikes down law to gag prisoner speech as Mumia Abu Jamal’s health deteriorates Search and rescue efforts continue after massive earthquake in Nepal Indonesia grants temporary reprieve to Filipino worker convicted of drug smuggling New Zealand city to divest from fossil fuels Women in Los Angeles wrap up Fast for $15 call for citywide wage hike Download Audio Six...
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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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Headlines (5:17) TWO MISSING U.S. SOLDIERS FOUND DEAD The remains of two US soldiers have been found just south of Baghdad. Privates Kristian Menchaca of Texas and Thomas Lowell of Oregon went missing on Friday. U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell said the recovery effort was delayed by the need to dismantle improvised explosive devises planted at the scene. Meanwhile, bombs killed at least nine people today in the Iraqi capital. THREATS OF POSSIBLE ATTACK ON GAZA Israel's...
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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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Barghouti To Run After All Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has decided to run for the position of Palestinian President. His wife submitted the formal papers for her husband's candidacy to the Central Election Commission in Ramallah today. Adding to the electoral turmoil, Hamas announced its intention to boycott the January 9th elections. If Hamas' tens of thousands of supporters abide by the boycott, it could undercut the legitimacy of the vote. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has already...
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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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Recounts Around the Nation Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb filed official requests for a presidential ballot recount in New Mexico and Nevada. As in Ohio, Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik joined him.Today a hand recount of New Hampshire ballots wrapped up. In New Hamshire, Avishay Artsy has the story. Supreme Court to Determine How Far Title IX Reaches The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if someone reporting gender discrimination is as equally protected as those who are being...
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Heavy rains, floods in Pakistan affect millions Virginia’s attorney general says local police can check immigration status Slavery museum brings attention to modern-day practice White House summit on African youth leaves out key segments of society Federal scientists say BP oil spill is world’s worst Download Audio   HEADLINES Tensions rise between Israel and Lebanon Tensions between Israel and Lebanon are escalating with the worst flair up of violence since the 2006 war.  Israeli and...
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AirAsia 8501 recovery efforts continue in stormy weather, high seas Holidays bring generations together at “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations Sand mining: One of the lesser-known environmental impacts of fracking Hindu fundamentalists in India carry out controversial group conversions with alleged support of ruling party Ebola rages on in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea while Nigeria offers lessons Download Audio AirAsia search, recovery efforts continue amid stormy weather and high seas...
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President and Prime Minister of Yemen resign in apparent coup by Houthi rebels Austerity measures take center stage in Greek elections Boko Haram claims responsibility for major attack in Nigeria CIA whistle-blower case goes to jury Pennsylvania governor’s inauguration draws opponents of fracking U.S. Supreme Court hears state judicial campaign financing case #ReclaimMLK actions vindicate King’s legacy of civil rights protests Download Audio President and Prime Minister of Yemen resign in...
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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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UN gains access to besieged Syrian towns to distribute aid, ceasefire talks postponed Multiple hospitals attacked in northern Syria, UN envoy arrives unannounced Student protests in India gain momentum following student arrests on sedition charges Pope Francis visits Mexico, strikes a humanistic pose while remaining diplomatic GOP vows to stall confirmation after death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia California African-American Museum celebrates Black History Month with educational...
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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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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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Feds Set to Deport 6,000 Immigrants The Justice Department announced today that it will begin apprehending and deporting some 6000 illegal immigrants of middle eastern descent who federal officials say are ?dangerous.? The Justice Department says it is part of a renewed effort to expel the over 300,000 illegal immigrants in the states, beginning with suspected members of al-Qaeda. The ?Absconder Apprehension Initiative? began over a month ago when federal agents called over 5000 men of middle...
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20,000 Arrested Across India (4:00) Security agencies across India are on high alert today and rounded up thousands of people to preempt any violence. Hundreds of Hindu activists accepted a face saving compromise and held a religious ceremony outside the grounds of the site where the Babri mosque once stood. Sputnik Kilambi reports from Bombay, India's commercial capital that still bears the scars of the bloodletting that followed the demolition of the Babri mosque a decade ago. Amnesty...
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Is the Stand-off Over at the Church of the Nativity? (3:21) The European Union has agreed to a sponsor a deal aimed at ending the standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem whereby EU states will take in suspectedPalestinian militants, an Italian government source said today. This as talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams aimed at ironing out the last few sticking points in the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity broke down this morning. Joining us from...
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Enron "Whistleblower" Before Congress Kata Mester reports from Capital Hill on the testimony of Sharon Watkins before the House of Representitives Milosevic: Clinton?s the War Criminal The Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has hit back at his accusers, on the third day of his trial at the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague. He told the court Nato justified its 1999 conflict with Yugoslavia with an "ocean of lies". Geraldine Coughlan was in the courtroom????.....
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Palestinian Court Finds Assasins Guilty In the latest Israeli invasion of Palestinian areas, the Israeli army has admitted it shot dead 5 Palestinian police officers. This comes as the Palestinian Authority convicted 4 Palestinians for last year's assassination of Israel's tourism minister. Free speech radio news correspondent Jeremy Scahill has more on today's developments in the Middle East. Human Rights Watch Report on Jenin While the world waits for the UN to make its mind up about the...
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Candidates in Zimbabwe made a last campaign sweep through their party strongholds on Friday following a court ruling that barred tens of thousands of black farm workers from neighboring countries from voting in that country's most contested presidential race. The Supreme Court, largely made up of judges loyal to Mugabe, ruled late yesterday to ban those who hold dual citizenship from voting. As the countdown to Zimbabwe's presidential election draws to a close, there've been scattered reports...
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Powerful AIPAC Meets in DC (5:39) The most powerful pro-Israel political group in the United States is meeting in Washington this week. Thousands of protesters picketed the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestininan land. Aipac is one of the top five interest groups in the country, but a number of Jews at the protest say the group does not represent their views. Joshua Chaffin reports Marwan Barghouti...
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One Strike Okay for Supreme Court In a controversial decision the Supreme Court today sided with the government in its efforts to rid public housing complexes of drugs. The Court unanimously affirmed a law that allows entire families to be tossed out for drug use by one member - even if the main tenant didn't know about it. The decision has angered tenant advocates and senior citizens groups who may be the most vulnerable to the policy. Chris Bruney reports from Oakland. No Travel for Arafat...
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WSF and Empire WSF and Empire Today is Day Two of the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil. The third annual meeting of international progressive social movements coincides with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are addressing the Davos meeting at a time when even multinational corporate interests are growing skeptical of US war plans. Meanwhile in Porto Allegre, peace and social justice activists spent...
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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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Partial Birth Abortion Passes House Reproductive rights advocates lost on Capitol Hill today when the U.S. House approved a ban on the controversial late term abortion procedure. Defenders of the procedure also referred to as ?partial birth abortion? say it is sometimes the safest way to protect the health and fertility of a mother late in a pregnancy. The White House is encouraging the Senate to move quickly on the measure. One that the President promises to sign. Advocates for reproductive...
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Iraqis Search for Relatives "No Sunnis, no Shias, Islamic Unity," a large crowd chanted in the Iraqi city of Karbala where today hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims gathered to commemorate the 40th day after the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. This commemoration was banned during Saddam Hussein's 24-year rule. The crowd repeated slogans calling for unity between Shia and Sunnis, and also shouted slogans demanding a US withdrawal from Iraq....
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Remembering Nagasaki Just days after the nuclear bomb ?little boy? was dropped on Hiroshima, immediately killing 140,000 people, on August 9 1945, the US dropped a second bomb on the city of Nagasaki, and this Saturday marked the 58th anniversary of that nuclear attack. In the flash of an eye, 74-thousand people were killed and the fallout has killed many more. Reporting from Nagasaki, Miles Ashdown brings us the voices of some of the survivors. Navy Dedicates War Ship on Nagasaki Anniversary...
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Protests Against NATO The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is meeting this week in Prague marking the first NATO summit behind the former Iron Curtain. NATO just passed a resolution pressing Iraq to comply with UN inspectors or face serious consequences. Meanwhile, several peaceful street demonstrations are taking place against the summit. FSRN's Charles Michael Ray has this story from the streets of Prague. National Anti-War Student Day of Action The Christian Science Monitor is reporting...
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Homeland Security Closing Down Access to Information When President Bush signs the Homeland Security bill the Senate handed him last night, Americans will lose access to information about twenty-two departments of the federal government. The bill creates an exemption to one of the bedrock laws of American democracy, the Freedom of Information Act. Joshua Chaffin has more from Capitol Hill. British MP on Possible Mid-East Carve Up Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today fired back at U.N....
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Bush Meets Blair President Bush addressed troops at MacDill Air force Base in Tampa, Florida earlier today, a few hours before his meeting with his British counterpart, Tony Blair. There is speculate that the Bush-Blair meeting at Camp David could see the announcement of a significant cut in dues the US pays to the United Nations. And as Ian Forest Reports, the meeting between the leaders will also evaluate a war that has so far seen more US & UK casualties than expected. Civilian...
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Juneteenth: Reparations on the Table Today leaders of the African-American community and a newly created coalition of Caucasians gathered separately to discuss reparations on the anniversary eve of Juneteenth.John Ball reports from D.C. Governor Bush Deals with Ex-Con Voting Florida?s Governor Jeb Bush announced that the state has restored the civil rights of nearly 21-thousand ex-convicts as civil libertarians rush to cope with the state?s election rolls before the Presidential elections.Mitch...
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More Violence in the Occupied West Bank Israeli forces killed an 11-year old girl and at least 10 Palestinian fighters in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank. Laila el-Haddad reports from Gaza. Nigeria Neglects to Transfer Bakassa Pennisula Nigeria was supposed to hand over the Bakassa peninsula to Cameroon today - but the transfer has been put on hold. From Legos - Sam Olukoya explains. Brazil's University for All A new, independent report card flunks America?s colleges in a key...
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International observers arrived in the U.S. today funded by a not-for-profit agency, even though Congressional leaders refused to pay for them. Ellen Ratner in D.C. reports. A federal court ruled this week that South Dakota state officials violated the Voting Rights Act when they approved a statewide redistricting plan that diluted Native Americans' voting power. Jim Kent reports from Rapid City. A court in Jakarta found an editor of a magazine critical of the government guilty of insulting a...
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Pentagon officials announced they are seeking to deny some prisoners in Iraq protection under the Geneva Convention. Adam Sharon reports from D.C. Yesterday, Free Speech Radio News reported that Amnesty International called the Bush administrations handling of the so-called war on terror is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan categorically dismisses those charges. McClellan said people in Afghanistan and Iraq ?did not have the kinds of...
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109th Congress/Powell in Asia The 109th U.S. Congress opened today by swearing in its newest members. The Senate also sent a message of sympathy to the people of Asia who have suffered such devastating losses after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami took the lives of more than 120-thousand people.Secretary of State Colin Powell is now traveling in the region.However, since Powell is leaving the post, President Bush has assigned his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush to spearhead U.S. relief...
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Saddam Hussein on Trial Saddam Hussein and eleven other members of the former regime were in an Iraqi court today to answer charges of war crimes and genocide.During the 30-minute hearing, Saddam said, ?Bush is a villain.All of this is theatre. It is for his re-election.? The thinner and grey-bearded former Iraqi leader spoke defiantly; often looking around the courtroom while the seven charges were read.At the last one, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Saddam said he performed that duty in his...
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WTO Troubles The so-called G-20 nations of the developing world are holding fast at the World Trade Organization?s meeting this week in Geneva.India?s commerce minister said today that for the multilateral treaty to have any power, all members must have equal participation in its creation. Yesterday, European Union representatives strenuously challenged the current draft that focuses on forcing the EU and the United States to cut back on farm subsidies ? a major demand from the G-20 and other...
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Congress Extends Tax Cuts Congress overwhelmingly approved an extension of the tax cuts touted by George W. Bush.The total package approved is 300-billion dollars more than originally put out by the administration and will send the national deficit even higher. Senator John Kerry has been calling for a roll back of many of the Bush tax cuts as a cornerstone of his campaign.But, like his Democratic colleagues in Congress yesterday he spoke highly of the legislation categorized as a middle class...
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Urban League Report The National Urban League released The State of Black America 2005 report today showing stark disparities between the status of blacks and whites. David Koppel reports from Washington DC. Kashmir Bus Depot Attacked Four separate groups have claimed responsibility for an attack today on a government guesthouse being used to shelter passengers on the first bus in 50 years to cross between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir. Shanawaz Kahn reports from Kashmir. Thousands...
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Italians Challenge Pentagon Report The Italian government is contradicting a Pentagon report that absolves a US soldier of any wrong doing in the killing of an Italian intelligence officer in Iraq.Diletta Varlesce reports from Brescia. Sudan Confirms CIA Ties The government of Sudan has confirmed its "strongrelationship" with US intelligence agencies, despite being labeled by the Bush administration as a state sponsor of terrorism. Ingrid Drake from the DC Radio Co-op has this report....
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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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House Passes Class Action Bill The House of Representatives approved the "Class Action Fairness Act of 2005? this afternoon. The bill will now go to President Bush who is sure to sign it into law. Shirley Chang reports from Washington DC. Lula Sends Troops to Troubled Brazilian Region While many in Brazil are mourning the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, they question why, after so many assassinations, there has not been more attention to the violence in the area. Natalia Viana reports from...
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The UN has confirmed that the Iran has broken the seals at Isfahan, its largest nuclear plant.The International Atomic Energy Agency, the global nuclear watchdogs, in a statement said, ?that Iran today started to feed uranium ore concentrate into the first part of the process line at the uranium conversion facility.? The statement continue to say that ``It should be noted that the sealed parts of the process line remain intact.'' Iran rejected an offer made by three negotiating members of the...
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THE PHILIPPINES QUESTIONS JOINT FORCES AGREEMENT A Philippine Congressional committee today called for the scrapping of a security pact that allows large-scale military exercises with United States forces within its national territory. The move comes after U.S. officials refused to hand over four American marines accused of rape. Girlie Linao reports from Manila. Philippine legislators say terminating the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement, or VFA, with the United States would allow the government...
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Central American Leaders Push CAFTA in D.C. Six leaders of Central American nations are wooing Congressional leaders at the invitation of the White House hoping to soften them up for pending trade pact legislation.Brian Zinn has more from D.C. Nationalization of Oil in Bolivia Social movement leaders in Bolivia are calling for the nationalization of gas and oil resources countering the President?s call for a summit to resolve their differences.Luis Gomez reports from Cochabamba....
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MULTIPLE CAR BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD Seven car bombs killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in Baghdad today, as talks continue over the formation of a new government. David Enders reports. GRENADE ATTACKS AT POLLS IN KASHMIR Elections for four seats of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative assembly were marred by violence in Indian-administered Kashmir today. Shahnawaz Khan has more. BIN LADEN CALLS FOR MORE TERROR IN DARFUR An audio tape thought to contain the voice of terrorist Osama Bin...
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Brtian has successfully fast tracked tough anti-terror legislation through the government. The movement, led by Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is expected to be law by the end of the year. Helen Kelly reports from London. The Guardian newspaper reported that more than 2000 people, 200 of them scientists, have been blocked form doing post-graduate or post-doctoral work in chemistry, biotechnology, and microbiology in Great Britain. The Guardian received the information under a Freedom of...
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PATRIOT ACT RE-AUTHORIZATION The Senate has virtually assured the re-authorization of the USA Patriot Act. The bill has been locked in Senate debate since mid-December. Democratic Senator Russel Feingold from Wisconsin opposed the measure to the final vote. While some lawmakers agree the bill is not perfect, they say the new version includes sufficient civil liberties guarantees to pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The new version will put a 4 year limit on controversial...
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TROOPS DEPLOYED TO NIGER DELTA Troops are now being deployed in Nigeria's Niger Delta region to protect oil installations following a spate of attacks on oil pipelines in the area. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos. Four major oil pipelines in the Niger Delta have been attacked in the last two weeks. Authorities say explosives were used to blow up the pipelines. The Nigerian government has ordered troop deployments in both Delta and Rivers States where the attacks took place. The most devastating...
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NYC SUBWAY PLOT Strict security measures have been implemented in New York City's subway system after FBI warnings of a terrorist plot involving bomb-laden baby carriages and briefcases. In New York City, Rebecca Myles reports. In New York City, part of Penn Station was closed this morning, with one entrance sealed off with yellow crime tape... although Amtrak was still boarding some trains and operating some tickets windows. At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, one lane of traffic on Ninth...
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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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? Hundreds of Palestinian Dead in Jenin Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres disputed Palestinian claims of a massacre at refugee camps in the West Bank town of Jenin. Over 100 Palestinians died in Jenin today, but Peres says Israeli troops faced fierce resistance from Palestinian militants holed up in a small pocket in the Jenin refugee camp. The Palestinian Authority has compared the casualties in Jenin to the massacre by Israeli-allied Lebanese Christian militia of hundreds of Palestinians...
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Panama Papers open a window of opportunity to reform shady business as usual EU starts deporting migrants and refugees to Turkey; first Syrians arrive in Germany under deal “Nuit debout” movement grows in France to push back against labor reforms UK junior doctors walk out over proposed NHS contract they say is unsafe and unsustainable State legislatures move to restrict abortion access, providers document spike in threats Mississippi enacts law to permit discrimination on basis of sexual...
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