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Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing

Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing --Kabul prosecutor seeks 'outlaw militia' for killings 16 May 2010 An Afghan prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia.

Israeli soldiers attack wall protesters

Israeli soldiers attack wall protesters 17 May 2010 Israeli soldiers injure three civilians and arrest eight for protesting against construction of a wall and attempting to stop military bulldozers from destroying Palestinian orchards. Israeli soldiers attacked the anti-wall protesters with rifle butts and batons, injuring three international supporters and arresting eight others in the town of Beit Jala near Beth Lahm (Bethlehem), in southern West Bank.

Oil rig owner brings in lobbyists

Oil rig owner brings in lobbyists 13 May 2010 Transocean, the Swiss-based company which is appearing before US Senate and House of Representatives oversight committees, has hired a new lobbyist. The company which is answering for the leaking BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has hired the new lobby firm to represent its interests on environmental, natural resources and energy issues.

Bombing near Afghan border wounds 3

Bombing near Afghan border wounds 3 16 May 2010 At least three have been wounded after a bomber with explosives strapped into his body blew himself up near an Afghan police post in Kandahar province. The attack occurred near the gate of an Afghan border police residence in the northern part of Kandahar city, widely deemed as the main battleground of Taliban in Afghanistan, AP reported, quoting Kandahar Police Chief Sher Mohammad Zazai as saying.

Greece blames US for snowballing debts

Greece blames US for snowballing debts 16 May 2010 Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he is considering taking legal action against US investment banks for their alleged role in the snowballing Greek debt crisis. Papandreou said Sunday that an investigation will be launched to examine whether the financial sector engaged in "fraud", leading to the spiraling of Greece's debt, the Associated Press reported.

Terror airline escorted into Canada

Terror airline escorted into Canada 16 May 2010 Canadian fighter jets have escorted a Cathay Pacific airliner into Vancouver airport, after threats of a bomb on board. An alert of a bomb threat was received by Canadian officials while the plane was still in flight from Hong Kong. The Vancouver-bound flight landed safely and was towed to a secure part of the airport, where it was scanned for explosives.

Greece to probe U.S. banks' role in crisis: PM

Greece to probe U.S. banks' role in crisis: PM 16 May 2010 Greece may investigate U.S. investment banks and their role in the run-up to the Greek debt crisis which has shaken faith in euro zone economies, Prime Minister George Papandreou said in comments broadcast on Sunday. Wall Street and major banks around the world are attracting scrutiny from regulators who are looking at transactions that occurred in the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown and financial crisis. U.S.

Thailand toughens stand against spiraling protests

Thailand toughens stand against spiraling protests 16 May 2010 Thailand took a tough stand against anti-government protesters on Sunday, rejecting demands for U.N.-supervised talks and calling on their leaders to surrender on the fourth day of deadly clashes with troops.

10 killed in Iraq stadium bombing

10 killed in Iraq stadium bombing 15 May 2010 A suicide bomb attack at a football stadium in Iraq has killed 10 people and injured a further 120, according to police officials. Thousands of spectators were sitting in the stadium to watch the football match in the northern town of Tal Afar, a predominantly Shia Turkmen town to the west of Mosul.

Latest suspect in Dubai hit identified

Latest suspect in Dubai hit identified 16 May 2010 Dubai police say a man of Scottish nationality is the latest to be identified as a suspect behind the assassination of a senior Hamas leader in the emirate. The police said the 62-year-old Scotsman is currently in hiding in Western Europe, the Israeli newspaper Haa'retz reported citing Army Radio.

Japanese form human chain at US base

Japanese form human chain at US base 16 May 2010 Thousands of people have formed a human chain around the Futenma airbase on the island of Okinawa to protest the US military presence in Japan. Some 17,000 protesters called on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Sunday to move the controversial facility out of Okinawa, Kyodo news agency reported. The rally comes just days ahead of a visit to Japan by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie

'Currently, the oil gusher in the Gulf produces an Exxon Valdez disaster about every four days.' Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie By J. Speer-Williams 14 May 2010 Spill? The corporate media continues to call the volcano of continuous gushing oil, in the Gulf, a spill. How insulting. A volcano that shoots out a million gallons of crude oil a week is hardly a spill.

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface --Researchers report three or four large plumes of sub-surface spilled oil, at least one of which is 10 miles long and a mile wide 16 May 2010 Scientists have found huge plumes of oil beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, as BP hit a problem in its latest effort to slow down the leak from a broken undersea pipe.

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram By Marc Ambinder 14 May 2010 The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject to tougher interrogation methods than those used elsewhere.

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks --One of Canada's most senior military figures has been accused of being a sexual predator responsible for up to ten murders. 14 May 2010 In a case that has shocked and transfixed the nation, British-born Colonel Russell Williams has been charged with two killings but police think they may be more.

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground'

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground' --Louisiana officials have accused BP of turning the Gulf of Mexico into a toxic testing-ground after winning permission for experimental chemical methods of fighting the oil slick.

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak 14 May 2010 The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the "catastrophic" flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation.

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners 15 May 2010 As the Afghan occupation continues to prove troublesome for the Obama administration, a report says US-led troops torture and execute prisoners in the country. Seymour Hersh, an investigative journalist with the New Yorker, made the revelation during the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva. "I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr.

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan --One company employs a CIA operative made famous for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal 15 May 2010 Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who operate deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan 15 May 2010 Fresh US drone strikes have left at least 13 people dead and several others wounded in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials say. The attack targeted the Tira valley of Khyber tribal district on Saturday. Officials and local residents said two drones fired six missiles into three compounds in the region. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

US oil spill spreads to new coasts

US oil spill spreads to new coasts 15 May 2010 The oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico has reached new locations, as renewed efforts to contain or even slow the giant leak failed to yield results again. The US Coast Guard announced on Saturday that the oil leaking from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico has spread to two new locations -- Whiskey Island, Louisiana, and Long Beach, Mississippi, AFP reported.

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat'

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat' 15 May 2010 Two CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a Canadian military base Saturday to escort a Cathay Pacific Airways flight into Vancouver's airport, according to an official with the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The action was taken in response to a "potential threat" to the flight, Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD told CNN.

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate 14 May 2010 An influenza specialist who previously led the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis, has recommended that developing a prepandemic vaccination to get a grip on foment the next flu endemic, a thought that other experts are welcoming with concern or cynicism. Dr.

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment 11 May 2010 A Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner brought to the United States for trial on charges he helped the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Lewis A.

Proposal Would Extend Pre-hearing Detention, Withhold Miranda Warnings in Terror Cases

It's the Obusha 'Friday Night Extra-constitutional Bad News Dump' -- so big, the dumping actually crossed into Saturday morning!

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years 14 May 2010 On Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blocked a bill that would have raised oil companies' "responsibility cap" -- the maximum amount in damages companies must pay for their accidents -- from $75 million to $10 billion.

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill 13 May 2010 Alaska's senior senator blocked legislation Thursday that would have dramatically increased liability caps on oil companies, in the wake of one of the industry’s biggest disasters. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) objected to a voice vote request by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on the bill, which would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies after an oil spill from $75 million to $10 billion.

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits 13 May 2010 The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species -- and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.

'Obama funding Israel for new war'

'Obama funding Israel for new war' 14 May 2010 US President Barak Obama has asked Congress to pay $205 million for Israel's latest missile system, called the 'Iron dome'. Tel Aviv completed tests in January on its short-range anti-missile system which is designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. President Obama argues that Israel must have such a system.

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25 14 May 2010 Two consecutive explosions during a football match at a crowded stadium in the northern Iraq kill 25 people and wound some 100 others. The blasts occurred in the town of Tal Afar, west of the violence-hit city of Mosul on Friday, AFP reported. Witnesses said some 250 people were attending the event, with no security personnel guarding the stadium.

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