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Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit 28 Apr 2010 Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has announced profits of £3.2bn for the first quarter of 2010 - up more than 48% year on year. Shell said current cost of supply net income was £3.2bn ($4.90bn) in the quarter, up from £2.2bn ($3.30bn) in the same period last year.

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia By Ringo 17 Apr 2010 (WA) Twenty-nine individuals were arrested at a demonstration against recent unjustified West Coast killings by police. Two were (falsely) charged with assault of an officer. The cops surrounded the group, beat, and pepper-balled them into a parking lot despite a quick and full compliance of orders given.

'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad

'In 2006, the UN's special rapporteur on torture said the situation was 'out of control' and might be worse than under Saddam Hussein.' 'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad --Allegations of torture have regularly emerged since the US-led invasion 28 Apr 2010 Routine torture, including electric shocks and sexual abuse, was inflicted on detainees held in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch says.

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture 25 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's lawyers will press to have prosecution evidence thrown out as the latest chapter in the Canadian citizen's long-running saga in Guantanamo Bay begins this week.

Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer

Breaking: Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer 27 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's chief U.S. defence lawyer said "conversations" are under way with the prosecution about a search for plea-deal terms for the Canadian-born terror suspect. The dramatic development comes as crucial final hearings in Khadr's war crimes prosecution are set to begin Wednesday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown 28 Apr 2010 The President of Mexico yesterday waded into the dispute over Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, saying it will breed hatred and discrimination and cause a breakdown in cross-border diplomatic relations. Felipe Calderón...

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law 27 Apr 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told U.S. lawmakers her agency has "deep concerns," about a new immigration law in Arizona and said the U.S. should pursue a comprehensive overhaul of its immigration policies.

Baseball, tourism caught in boycott of Arizona law

Baseball, tourism caught in boycott of Arizona law --California state, city officials urge cutting contracts 27 Apr 2010 Immigration rights activists called on baseball fans on Tuesday to stay home from Arizona Diamondbacks games as part of a broad economic boycott to protest a statewide crackdown on illegal immigration signed into law in Arizona.

Taliban fighters attack Afghan city

Taliban fighters attack Afghan city 27 Apr 2010 At least three people have been killed and 35 others injured after a cache of explosives detonated near the Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said. Sher Mohammed Zazai, a commander of Afghan forces in the south of the country, said Tuesday's attack happened close to an air field and hit a compound providing logistical support to Nato forces.

Blast at fuel depot near Kandahar airfield, 10 hurt

Blast at fuel depot near Kandahar airfield, 10 hurt 27 Apr 2010 An explosion struck a depot for fuel tanker trucks near southern Afghanistan's Kandahar air field on Tuesday, wounding 10 guards, an Afghan army general said. Sher Mohammad Zazai, commander of Afghan forces in the south of the country, said Taliban fighters appeared to have infiltrated the fuel depot and triggered the blast.

Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico 27 Apr 2010 An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank.

Goldman Sachs top dogs squirm under Senate scrutiny

Goldman Sachs top dogs squirm under Senate scrutiny --US Senate displays withering contempt for Goldman Sachs practices 27 Apr 2010 Goldman Sachs is in a fight for its life. That much became clear early in today's senate hearings. The tone of questioning from senators was hostile. Not all had command of the detail of financial market instruments, but the contempt in which they held the Goldman employees was unmistakable.

'No Iran military presence in Venezuela'

'No Iran military presence in Venezuela' 27 Apr 2010 A senior US general has refuted a recent Pentagon report claiming that Iran has established a military presence in Venezuela. The commander of the US Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, said Iran is bolstering its relations with Venezuela but has no military presence in the South American country. The US general added that there is no indication that Iran had sent arms to Venezuela.

Senate GOP blocks financial regulation bill again

Senate GOP blocks financial regulation bill again 27 Apr 2010 For the second day in a row, Senate Republicans have blocked action on legislation to impose greater federal control on the nation's financial industry. The vote was 57-41, three short of the 60 needed for Democrats to advance their measure. A third test vote is expected on Wednesday.

Police arrest 24 immigration demonstrators in Ill.

Police arrest 24 immigration demonstrators in Ill. 27 Apr 2010 Authorities in suburban Chicago say 24 immigration reform protesters have been arrested and cited for disorderly conduct after sitting on a street to block a van carrying deportees from a federal detention center.

Paris-to-Atlanta flight diverted over passenger 'with explosives'

Paris-to-Atlanta flight diverted over passenger 'with explosives' 27 Apr 2010 A flight from Paris to Atlanta was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after an American passenger claimed to have a fake passport and said he had explosives in his luggage, US officials said. The officials said federal air marshals were on the flight and that the cockpit was secure.

Another In-Flight Bomb Scare - Delta Flight Diverted to Maine

Another In-Flight Bomb Scare - Delta Flight Diverted to Maine --U.S. Official Says Air Marshals Have Suspect in Custody; Claimed to Have Backpack Bomb 27 Apr 2010 A Delta flight from Paris to Atlanta was diverted to Bangor, Maine Tuesday after federal air marshals took into custody a suspect who was causing a disturbance, according to U.S. officials and a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

Ex-CIA official facing sex charge arrested in Va.

Ex-CIA official facing sex charge arrested in Va. 27 Apr 2010 A former CIA station chief awaiting trial for the alleged sexual assault of an unconscious woman in Algiers has been arrested in Norfolk after failing to appear at a court hearing, city and federal authorities said Tuesday. Andrew Marvin Warren of Norfolk was arrested without incident Monday afternoon at a motel in the city, according to the Norfolk Police Department.

Chavez accuses US plane of 'electronic warfare'

'It was a plane specialized for electronic war, and it was carrying out electronic war operations.' Chavez accuses US plane of 'electronic warfare' 27 Apr 2010 President Hugo Chavez charged that Colombia recently allowed a U.S. military plane to carry out "electronic warfare" operations against Venezuela.

Venezuela's Chavez rebuffs Pentagon report

'It's totally false.' Venezuela's Chavez rebuffs Pentagon report 27 Apr 2010 President Hugo Chavez rebuffed a Pentagon report that found that an elite unit from Iran's Revolutionary Guard has a presence in Venezuela, warning that the United States could be looking for an excuse to attack his country. Chavez on Monday called the 12-page report that was delivered to the U.S.

U.S. won't use Khadr statements

U.S. won't use Khadr statements --Canadians interrogated terror suspect knowing he'd been deprived of sleep 27 Apr 1010 The United States will let Canada off the hook over statements Omar Khadr made to Canadian intelligence officers in Guantanamo Bay - because what the Canadian-born terror suspect said in the interrogations is of minimal value to the prosecution. "It's a non-issue," one senior U.S.

Video shows airliner bomb suspect in training

Video shows airliner bomb suspect in training --It is not clear where [Langley, Virginia] and when the video was made. 26 Apr 2010 A video has surfaced showing accused Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab training with al-Qaida in Yemen. The video, obtained and broadcast Monday by "ABC World News," shows Abdulmutallab firing weapons and speaking in Arabic about his impending attack. A U.S.

CIA rolls out plan to beef up spy techniques

CIA rolls out plan to beef up spy techniques --Exact spending totals unavailable; CIA budget is classified 26 Apr 2010 The CIA will spend millions of dollars over the next five years to improve intelligence gathering, upgrade technologies and enable analysts to work more closely with spies in the field, under a new plan laid out Monday.

Homeland security exercise in Hawaii planned for tomorrow

Homeland security exercise in Hawaii planned for tomorrow 26 Apr 2010 Federal, state and local law enforcement and firefighting departments will join the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Guard's Civil Support Teams for a homeland security exercise at Pier 19 along Honolulu Harbor starting Tuesday.

NY judge: Anonymous jury will hear terrorism trial

NY judge: Anonymous jury will hear terrorism trial --Lawyers for Hashmi had argued in court papers that an anonymous jury would poison the trial's atmosphere and create the impression that their client is guilty and dangerous. 26 Apr 2010 A judge ruled Monday that an anonymous jury will hear the trial of an American student accused of lending support to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Afghanistan. U.S.

Arizona law like 'Nazi Germany' --Congressman

Arizona law like 'Nazi Germany' --Congressman 26 Apr 2010 A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a "police state” and its new immigration law is "reminiscent" of Nazi Germany. "It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo), who is Jewish, told POLITICO.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans back reform

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans back reform --Most back stricter financial reform, advantage Obama [Why? Obama does not back real reform.] 26 Apr 2010 About two-thirds of Americans support stricter regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Obama meets with Israeli defense minister

Obama meets with Israeli defense minister 26 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama assured a top Israeli official Monday that the U.S. has an unshakable commitment to Israel's security despite recent tension over Jewish settlement construction in East Jerusalem. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was at the White House for a meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones.

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill 26 Apr 2010 Senate Republicans, united in opposition to the Democrats' legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, voted on Monday to block the start of floor debate. The vote was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of the motion to proceed to the bill.

Senate probe: Goldman misled clients, nation -- and made billions

Senate probe: Goldman misled clients, nation -- and made billions 26 Apr 2010 Goldman Sachs reaped "billions and billions of dollars" by betting on a housing market crash in 2006 and 2007, but the secret wagers put the firm in conflict with the interests of clients who were still buying its risky mortgage securities, Senate investigators said Monday.

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