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BP oil spill reaches delicate wetlands of Louisiana

BP oil spill reaches delicate wetlands of Louisiana --Local reports described heavy sheets of oil clogging marshes in Mississippi delta that provide haven for migratory birds 21 May 2010 Thick sheets of crude oil spread through the delicate wetlands of Louisiana today, as the BP oil spill continued to threaten the American coastline.

Pakistan catering company may be linked to terrorism, U.S. embassy says

Pakistan catering company may be linked to terrorism, U.S. embassy says 22 May 2010 Pakistan has detained at least four people suspected of links with a failed bid to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square, including one who worked for a catering company servicing embassies in Islamabad. The U.S. embassy in Pakistan issued a warning yesterday about a catering company, the Hanif Rajput Catering Service, saying it may have terrorist links.

Appeals Panel Bars Detainees From Access to U.S. Courts

Appeals Panel Bars Detainees From Access to U.S. Courts --The decision was a broad victory for the Obama administration in its efforts to hold terrorism suspects overseas for indefinite periods without judicial oversight. 21 May 2010 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three men who had been detained by the United States military for years without trial in Afghanistan had no recourse to American courts.

House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois

House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois 20 May 2010 The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama's hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously approving legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States. The administration had asked Congress to approve about $350 million to buy and renovate a nearly empty prison in Thomson, Ill.

Hague Orders Probe Into Whether U.K. Agents Colluded in Torture

Hague Orders Probe Into Whether U.K. Agents Colluded in Torture 21 May 2010 Foreign Secretary William Hague ordered a judicial inquiry into claims U.K. intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorist suspects overseas. Hague, a member of the Conservative-led coalition that took power after May 6 elections, had supported calls for an inquiry while in opposition last year.

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database By Declan McCullagh 19 May 2010 Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

7 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

7 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 21 May 2010 At least seven German soldiers have been killed in northeastern part of Afghanistan, increasing the number of foreign troops killed in the country, the Taliban claim. Taliban militants killed the soldiers in an attack in Badakhshan province, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Friday. He also noted that a US military base has been targeted by militants in eastern Afghanistan.

British intelligence to be investigated over torture claims

British intelligence to be investigated over torture claims 21 May 2010 Claims that Britain's secret services were complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects are to be investigated. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said damaging allegations had come to light, including one in which Binyam Mohamed, a UK resident born in Ethiopia, claimed British intelligence services had colluded with US agents in torturing him.

British troops in Afghanistan to be put under US command

British troops in Afghanistan to be put under US command 21 May 2010 Around 8,000 British troops in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, will be placed under the operational command of the United States, it has been announced. As part of a restructuring plan, command and control in southern Afghanistan will be split into two areas, according to the Ministry of Defence.

MI5 faces probe over 7/7

MI5 faces probe over 7/7 --Judge Heather Hallett said they would probe what police and MI5 officers knew ahead of the shock attacks. [Such as, um, everything?] 21 May 2010 Inquests into the deaths of 56 people in London's July 2005 suicide bombings will probe alleged failings by police and MI5 intelligence before the attacks, the coroner conducting the hearings said Friday...

Top spy in US submits resignation

Top spy in US submits resignation 21 May 2010 The man at the top of US spy agencies has announced his resignation. In the most high-profile exit yet from President Barack Obama's national security team, Dennis Blair has said he will leave his national intelligence post. The resignation follows a string of intelligence failures, some of them involving failed attacks by extremists on US soil. Dennis Blair will go on Friday, May 28th.

Terror detection methods not working

Terror detection methods not working 20 May 2010 A report just been released in the US has shown that at least 16 known terrorists passed through US under the gaze of federal officials, who had been trained to sift suspicious passengers.

US Apologizes to Billionaire Added to Terror No-fly List

US Apologizes to Billionaire Added to Terror No-fly List --Gilbert Chagoury Still Doesn't Know 'Why I Was Branded A Terrorist' 21 May 2010 The United States has issued a written apology to a jet-setting billionaire businessman with close ties to former President Bill Clinton whose name was added to the no-fly list in the wake of the attempted Christmas day bombing of an American passenger plane.

Bomb blast in central Iraq kills 23

Bomb blast in central Iraq kills 23 21 May 2010 A car bomb blast has killed at least 23 people, leaving 55 others injured in a central Iraqi city northeast of the capital Baghdad. The device went off at a marketplace in the city of Khales on Friday, AFP reported. The blast was the deadliest since two successive bombings last Friday in the town of Tal Afar, west of the mostly Kurdish city of Mosul, killing 25 people and wounding 120 others.

Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup

Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup --Dispersant Corexit is manufactured by Nalco Co., whose current leadership includes executives from BP and Exxon 13 May 2010 BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though other U.S.

NATO force would stop Palestinian attacks on Israel

NATO force would stop Palestinian attacks on Israel 21 May 2010 A huge deployment of NATO troops in a future Palestinian state may prove crucial in countering fears it would become a base for attacks on Israel. In the first new element to arise from the indirect proximity talks that began this week, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are reportedly prepared to consider the proposal.

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians 21 May 2010 Israeli troops have targeted two Palestinians in the south of the Gaza Strip and complicated rescue operations by keeping the targeted area under intensive fire. The two lost their lives on Friday at the hand of the forces who had intruded into the area of Khan Younis, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Dengue Hits Key West

Dengue Hits Key West 20 May 2010 More than two dozen cases of locally-acquired dengue fever have hit the resort town of Key West, Fla., in the past nine months, the CDC said. Although not the first cases of home-grown dengue in the U.S., or even in Florida, the outbreak highlights the need for physician vigilance regarding this and other formerly exotic tropical diseases, the CDC said in the May 21 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Biblical values and Confederates promoted in Texas textbook revisions

Biblical values and Confederates promoted in Texas textbook revisions 21 May 2010 American students will learn more about the virtues of free enterprise, Biblical values and the Confederacy's cause, and less about slavery and civil rights in a controversial new curriculum [lies] being pushed through by the Texas school board.

Biting Attack: New Sculpture Shows Polar Bear Eating President Obama's Head

Biting Attack: New Sculpture Shows Polar Bear Eating President Obama's Head 21 May 2010 President Barack Obama is undoubtedly used to biting attacks from the right and even the left. But he probably never expected this. In a new sculpture that's both daring and disturbing, a polar bear is depicted with the president's bloody head hanging from its muzzle.

A mouse in the (White) House? Mystery rodent disrupts Obama press conference

A mouse in the (White) House? Mystery rodent disrupts Obama press conference 21 May 2010 President Barack Obama was upstaged by a rodent as he spoke on Wall Street legislation. Mr Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a US Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when a rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office.

Gulf oil spill: 'Like tracking a serial killer'

Gulf oil spill: 'Like tracking a serial killer' 20 May 2010 A flotilla of shrimp boats skimmed the waters of Brenton Bay at the mouth of the Mississippi Thursday in a desperate attempt to limit the damage to coastal marshes from the long tendrils of oil snaking in from the giant spill. At least three dozen erstwhile shrimp boats, with oil-absorbing booms hanging from their outriggers instead of nets, sopped up oil the color of burnt sienna off the bay.

FDIC: 'Problem' Banks at 775

FDIC: 'Problem' Banks at 775 21 May 2010 A total of 775 banks, or one-tenth of all U.S. banks, were on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s list of "problem" institutions in the first quarter, as bad loans in the commercial real-estate market weighed on bank balance sheets.

Judges Rule Prisoners at Bagram Cannot Challenge Indefinite Detention

Judges Rule Prisoners at Bagram Cannot Challenge Indefinite Detention 21 May 2010 Detainees Prisoners at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their imprisonment the way detainees in Guantanamo Bay have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

US vows punishment for North Korea over ship sinking

US vows punishment for North Korea over ship sinking 20 May 2010 The US state department says there "will definitely be consequences" for North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. The North is facing international condemnation after investigators blamed it for the sinking of the ship, in which 46 sailors died. Pyongyang has rejected the claim as a "fabrication" and threatened war if sanctions were imposed.

Israeli planes attack Gaza Strip

Israeli planes attack Gaza Strip 20 May 2010 Israeli warplanes have launched several air strikes on the Gaza Strip, targeting different positions across the coastal enclave. Israeli warplanes bombed a training site in Al-Faraheen east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza strip, Press TV's correspondent reported in the early hours of Friday morning. Another Israeli air strike targeted an area in Rafah city near the Gaza-Egypt border.

Blast injures 3 Afghan children

Blast injures 3 Afghan children 21 May 2010 At least one Afghan civilian has been killed and three children wounded after a roadside bomb detonated in southern part of the country. The explosion occurred in Kandahar city on Friday morning, said Abdul Ali, an intelligence official who was at the scene, the Associated Press reported. The blast also damaged an Afghan intelligence service vehicle passing the road.

Pennsylvania AG Subpoenas Twitter to Name Bloggers

Pennsylvania AG Subpoenas Twitter to Name Bloggers 21 May 1010 The state attorney general's office has issued a subpoena threatening officials of the social networking service Twitter with arrest unless they reveal the names of two bloggers who have been critical of Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) and his public corruption investigation.

President Obama Burned in Effigy in Wisconsin Bar

President Obama Burned in Effigy in Wisconsin Bar --Flames tore through the statue with what looks like duct tape wrapped around its neck. 20 May 2010 (West Allis, WI) A bar owner could be in serious trouble with the federal government.  A bartender was videotaped burning a statue of President Obama. So far, the bar owner hasn't explained why the bartender torched the statue of the President.

U.S. Deployed Hundreds of Federal Agents in Different Cities Following Times Square Incident

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