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Israel seeks to silence dissent

Israel seeks to silence dissent --Repressive practices long used in the West Bank and Gaza are now being used to limit civil liberties within Israel By Ben White 11 May 2010 Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader's home was raided by Israeli security forces.

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions 13 May 2010 A bomb has exploded outside one of Greece's highest security prisons, injuring two people and damaging homes and shops up to four blocks away, Athens police said Thursday. The bomb was placed inside a garbage container alongside a wall at the Korydallos prison. The explosion could be heard several kilometers away, a witness told news agency Reuters.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 14 May 2010 Two NATO soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to quell a Taliban-led insurgency were killed in attacks, the military said Friday. One was killed in an "insurgent attack" in the east of the country on Friday and the other died after a crude TalibanBlackwater-style bomb exploded in the south on Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease [It should cause the second American Revolution.] 13 May 2010 The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza 13 May 2010 Human Rights Watch says it has proof Israeli soldiers deliberately destroyed Palestinian homes and buildings during the 2008-09 assault on Gaza. HRW, in its 116-page report, 'I Lost Everything': Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property in the Gaza Conflict, says it has documented 12 separate cases of such during the 22-day "Operation Cast Lead".

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base 07 May 2010 North Dakota's 81st Civil Support Team dispatched personnel and equipment though blustery winds to Minot Air Force Base May 5, to practice air load operations onto a C-17 Globemaster sent from McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

Obama to fund Israel's missile system

Obama to fund Israel's missile system 14 May 2010 US President Barack Obama wants Congress to pay Israel more than $200 million to fund a new missile system, the White House spokesman says. Obama has asked Congress to approve the aid so that Israel could deploy a controversial missile system called the "Iron Dome." White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that Washington recognizes the need [?!?] for Israel to have such a system.

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect 14 May 2010 The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the man accused of trying to bomb Times Square, U.S. officials said.

9 indicted on charges of accessing Obama records

9 indicted on charges of accessing Obama records 13 May 2010 Nine people have been indicted in federal court on charges they accessed President Barack Obama's student loan records while employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa. The U.S. attorney's office says a grand jury returned the indictments Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. The nine individuals are charged with exceeding authorized computer access.

Report: Israel training to block Freedom Fleet

Report: Israel training to block Freedom Fleet 12 May 2010  Israel's naval forces are allegedly in training to prepare to seize eight boats scheduled to dock in the Gaza Strip on 24 May from Europe, Arabic-language media reported on Wednesday. "About half of the Israeli naval forces will participate in an operation that was approved by the cabinet.

Bankers jailed, sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis

Bankers jailed, sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis 12 May 2010 More than a year and a half after Iceland's major banks failed, all but sinking the country's economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit.

Pakistani men held over links to Times Square bomb suspect, says FBI

Pakistani men held over links to Times Square bomb suspect, says FBI 14 May 2010 Two Pakistani men arrested in raids in Massachusetts yesterday have a direct connection to the Times Square bomb plot suspect, officials said. The men, held on immigration charges during one of a series of FBI raids, are alleged to have provided funds to Faisal Shahzad through the hawala system of Islamic money transfer.

FBI busts three following raids across Northeast in Times Square bomb plot

FBI busts three following raids across Northeast in Times Square bomb plot 13 May 2010 Three Pakistani men who authorities say supplied funds to Times Square car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad were arrested today in a series of raids across the Northeast as the FBI followed the money trail in the failed attack. Investigators said it was not yet clear whether the three men who gave money knew how the money was going to be used.

Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case

Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case 13 May 2010 Federal agents searched a home in Watertown and a gas station in Brookline and arrested two people today in connection with the investigation of the attempted bombing in Times Square earlier this month, authorities said.

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses 09 May 2010 Some Georgians could soon be carrying a unique driver’s license – one that says they have post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawmakers recently passed legislation that would allow current and former military to request the PTSD designation on their driver’s licenses.

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona 12 May 2010 The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ban official travel to Arizona and block future contracts with companies there in protest of that state's new immigration law. The Council has asked officials for the city's port, airport and utilities to review all contracts with companies based in Arizona.

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested 12 May 2010 Spanish prosecutors are asking a judge to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who they believe were involved in the spy agency’s 2004 "extraordinary rendition" of a German citizen, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper.

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan 12 May 2010 The US military plans to set up mobile phone antennas in southern Afghanistan to replace towers that have been shut down by Taliban militants, a US official said on Wednesday.

Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder'

Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder' 13 May 2010 Alcohol abuse is a bigger problem than post-traumatic stress disorder for British servicemen and women deployed in war zones, a study has concluded. British Forces sent to Afghanistan and Iraq are 22 per cent more likely to drink "hazardous" levels of alcohol than troops who were not deployed, researchers from King’s College London said.

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill 12 May 2010 As crude oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico for the fourth week, a Congressional investigation said that a safety mechanism that was supposed to seal an undersea well in the event of a sudden pressure release might have failed on April 20 because of a hydraulic leak.

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders 12 May 2010 Transocean Ltd. today announced the applicable exchange rate to determine the Swiss franc ("CHF") amount of the proposed cash distribution to shareholders in the form of a par value reduction equal to USD 3.11 per issued share (including treasury shares) to be calculated and paid in four quarterly installments...

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs 12 May 2010 The monthly cost of the war in Afghanistan, driven by troop increases and fighting on difficult terrain, has topped Iraq costs for the first time since 2003 and shows no sign of letting up. Pentagon spending in February, the most recent month available, was $6.7 billion in Afghanistan compared with $5.5 billion in Iraq.

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official 12 May 2010 Three NATO service members and three Afghan policemen were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility for assassinating a senior prison official. A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan police vehicle in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, killing three policemen, said Gulab Khan, the criminal investigation director in the province.

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan 12 May 2010 Pakistani Taliban shot and killed two men Wednesday whom they accused of spying for the United States, while a bomb ripped through a NATO oil tanker near the Afghan border and killed a passer-by, officials and residents said. The slain men were from Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region which is effectively under militant control.

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition --KBR 'won' the LOGCAP III contract under competitive bidding in 2001. 11 May 2010 The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding.

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres 11 May 2010 Iran's military warned off a US reconnaissance aircraft trying to approach Iranian naval manoeuvres, the semi-official Fars News Agency said on Tuesday. The incident involving the two old adversaries happened on Monday, it quoted the armed forces chief as saying.

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region 12 May 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the era of occupation is over. Amid concerns about the continuing presence of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian president advises the White House to withdraw its troops from the region.

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media 12 May 2010 Twenty-three days after the explosion and under pressure from the White House and the media, BP today finally released a thirty second underwater video of the oil from its broken well spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP said the video was released only today because the it had not received a request for the video until Monday.

After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage

'U.S. officials said in interviews that the elaborate dry runs taught them important lessons.' [Oh, I'm *sure* they did!] After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage --Message Control a Key Industry Focus During Oil Disaster Drills 12 May 2010 During a series of dry-run exerises, where the U.S.

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak 12 May 2010 BP PLC has lowered a new containment device to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and will deploy it on a leaking oil well in the next two days, an executive said Wednesday.

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