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Israelis open fire on Gaza workers

Israelis open fire on Gaza workers 26 May 2010 Hours after 16 people were wounded by Israeli warplanes; Israeli soldiers have opened fire on Palestinians, wounding three workers in the Gaza Strip. The incident happened in the northern parts of the coastal strip on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Palestinians were collecting scrap metal when Israeli forces opened fire from their check point on the Gaza border.

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion 25 May 2010 Oil company BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster By Andre Damon 25 May 2010 Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the response.

Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead --Jewellery shops' staff, bystanders and a robber killed as gunmen target gold stores with assault rifles, bombs and RPGs 25 May 2010 At least 15 people have been killed after masked men armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles opened fire in a mass raid on a busy jewellery market in Baghdad today.

Polar Bears Face "Tipping Point"

Polar Bears Face "Tipping Point" By Kieran Mulvaney 25 May 2010 Polar bear populations are unlikely to decrease steadily and predictably as their sea ice habitat shrinks and thins due to climate change, says a new study by Canadian scientists. Rather, numbers are likely to decline gradually and then suddenly fall off a cliff as the bears reach a "tipping point" in relation to their deteriorating environment.

Israel planes raid Gaza, hover

Israel planes raid Gaza, hover 25 May 2010 Israeli warplanes carry out multiple raids on the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, raising the prospects of more airstrikes as they hover over the coastal sliver. The Tuesday attacks targeted tunnels near a disused airport in the city of Rafah, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Hamas calls Flotilla threats terrorism

Hamas calls Flotilla threats terrorism 25 May 2010 The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has condemned Israeli threats against a multinational Gaza-bound aid convoy, Freedom Flotilla. The fleet, consisting of nine vessels from Turkey, Ireland, Britain and Greece, is on its way to break the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. It carries around 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies, as well as around 750 activists.

Proposal to lift ban on gays in military in doubt

Proposal to lift ban on gays in military in doubt 25 May 2010 A lukewarm endorsement from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and opposition among some lawmakers cast doubt Tuesday on whether Congress this week would lift a 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gay rights' groups predicted that the bill might pass the House but face a tough road in the Senate.

Oil reaches Louisiana shores

Oil reaches Louisiana shores 24 May 2010 Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana's marshes. (Photos)

Deepwater Horizon survivors allege they were kept in seclusion after rig explosion, coerced into signing legal waivers

Deepwater Horizon survivors allege they were kept in seclusion after rig explosion, coerced into signing legal waivers 21 May 2010 According to two surviving crew members of the Deepwater Horizon, oil workers from the rig were held in seclusion on the open water for up to two days after the April 20 explosion, while attorneys attempted to convince them to sign

Obama to inspect Gulf Coast oil spill Friday

Useless is as useless does: Obama to inspect Gulf Coast oil spill Friday 25 May 2010 President Obama will travel to Louisiana's Gulf Coast on Friday to inspect damage from the oil spill gusher. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirms that Obama will take a break from a Memorial Day weekend holiday trip to Chicago to make the trip.

Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border

Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border 25 May 2010 President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official and an Arizona congresswoman said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, they said.

IG report: Meth, porn use by drilling agency staff

IG report: Meth, porn use by drilling agency staff 25 May 2010 Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between 'regulators' and the industry.

North Korea tells military to prepare for war

North Korea tells military to prepare for war --North Korea cuts all ties with the South 25 May 2010 North Korea today hit back at Seoul by announcing it would sever all links, escalating the standoff over accusations that the North sank a South's warship. North Korea's state news agency KCNA also reported that Pyongyang would expel all South Koreans from a joint-industrial zone in Kaesong, near the border.

BP will continue live video feed during 'top kill' attempt

BP will continue live video feed during 'top kill' attempt 25 May 2010 BP says it will continue to provide a live video feed of the ruptured pipe gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico during Wednesday's planned top kill procedure to seal the well. Earlier Tuesday, there had been some consternation on Capitol Hill when it wasn't certain BP would maintain the live feed. Democratic Rep. Edward J.

FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers

FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers 25 May 2010 "I voted for you," the caller said in a voice mail to Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s district office. "If you vote for that stimulus package, I’m gonna kill you. Simple as that." The FBI says the caller was a 70-year-old resident of Shuler’s North Carolina district with a history of mental illness and a cache of guns...

US to expand secret operations

US to expand secret operations 25 May 2010 The United States is planning to expand its secret military operations across the Middle East, central Asia and east Africa, a newly-released report says. The secret activities are apparently designed to "penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy" terror cells such as al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh], the New York Times said on Monday, citing a military document. The directive was approved in September by US General David Petraeus.

Inspector General's Inquiry Faults Regulators

Inspector General's Inquiry Faults Regulators --24 May 2010 Federal 'regulators' responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago under Bush to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil -- and then turned them over to the regulators, who traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency, according to an inspector general’s report to be released this we

CIA Had Plan to Portray Saddam Hussein as Pedophile

CIA Had Plan to Portray Saddam Hussein as Pedophile [In psychology, they call that *projection.*] 25 May 2010 The CIA had a bag of dirty tricks ready for Saddam Hussein in preparation of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq that included making him look like a pedophile. It also had something similar planned for Osama bin Laden.

Seven arrested for Kabul attack on Nato convoy

Seven arrested for Kabul attack on Nato convoy 25 May 2010 Afghan authorities say they have arrested seven people in connection with last week's attack in the capital, Kabul, which killed six Nato soldiers. Four colonels -- three of them American and one Canadian - died in the car bombing which killed 18 people. At least 52 people were injured in the deadliest attack this year on foreign troops in the Afghan capital.

Fliers who make 'pithy comments' may appear on TSA's radar

Fliers who make 'pithy comments' may appear on TSA's radar 25 May 2010 Airline passengers who get frustrated and kick a wall, throw a suitcase or make a pithy comment to a screener could find themselves in a little-known Homeland Security database. The Transportation Security Administration says it is keeping records of people who make its screeners feel threatened as part of an effort to prevent workplace violence [!?!].

NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record

NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record --Warmest January-April 17 May 2010 The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record.

Oil spill brings 'death in the ocean from top to bottom'

Oil spill brings 'death in the ocean from top to bottom' By Frank Pope 24 May 2010 It has been an hour since our sport-fishing boat started streaking through the freshly oil-soaked marshes of Pass a Loutre, but we’re still only halfway through the slick. Eighteen miles out and the stink of oil is everywhere. Rashes of red-brown sludge are smeared across vast swaths, between them a swell rendered faintly psychedelic with rainbow-coloured swirls.

U.S. Orders Expanded Use of Covert Action, Paves Way for Possible Iran Strikes

U.S. agency overseeing oil drilling ignored warnings of risks

U.S. agency overseeing oil drilling ignored warnings of risks 24 May 2010 The federal agency responsible for regulating offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews.

'Insurgents' at BP's HQ

'Insurgents' at BP's HQ 24 May 2010 BP-Halliburton has executed a large-scale act of terror on US land and sea. Where are the 'insurgents' when you need them? They obviously should be at BP's HQ until there is no more BP HQ. (Facebook group)

BP Kept Using Toxic Chemical in Gulf After E.P.A. Deadline

BP Kept Using Toxic Chemical in Gulf After E.P.A. Deadline 24 May 2010 The effort to stanch the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was mired by setbacks on Monday as state and federal officials feuded with BP over its failure to meet deadlines and its refusal to stop spraying a chemical dispersant. The oil company had indicated that it could stem the flow of oil on Tuesday by trying a procedure known as a top kill, in which heavy fluid would be pumped into the well.

US troops in Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq

US troops in Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq 24 May 2010 There are more US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, officials say. New Pentagon figures show there are currently around 94,000 troops in Afghanistan compared to 92,000 in Iraq. Up to 50,000 are expected to remain there until the end of 2011 to help train and equip Iraqi forces.

Israel favors 'crippling' Iran sanctions

Israel favors 'crippling' Iran sanctions 24 May 2010 Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor says Tel Aviv favors the imposition of more 'crippling' UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. "I do believe the regime of sanctions may work,…[although] it is not as comprehensive or as crippling as I would want it to be," Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Allawi bloc MP killed in Mosul

Allawi bloc MP killed in Mosul 24 May 2010 Unidentified gunmen have killed an Iraqi lawmaker from the parliamentary bloc of former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. "Gunmen set up an ambush for MP Bashar Hamid al-Graydi outside his house in the Amil neighborhood and opened fire when he got home," AFP quoted a police officer as saying.

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