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Moscow wrapped in blanket of smoke as fires advance

Moscow wrapped in blanket of smoke as fires advance 07 Aug 2010 A shroud of thick, acrid smoke has cloaked the Russian capital in a hazy pallor as many thousands of square kilometers of wildfires continue to challenge fire fighters and rescue teams. Russia is facing some of the worst wildfires in its history, with over 10,000 firefighters deployed to fight some 600 fires, which represent 2000 square kilometers of forest ablaze, an area roughly the size of Dubai in the UAE or just under twice the size of New York City proper.

10 members of Christian medical team gunned down in Afghanistan

10 members of Christian medical team gunned down in Afghanistan Taliban said team was carrying Dari language bibles and "spying gadgets." 07 Aug 2010 They hiked for more than 10 hours over rugged mountains... to bring medical care to isolated Afghan villagers until their humanitarian mission took a tragic turn. Ten members of the Christian medical team -- six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton -- were gunned down in a  slaughter that the Taliban said they carried out, alleging the volunteers were spying and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the AP that they killed the foreigners because they were "spying for the Americans" and "preaching Christianity."

Top US court refuses to halt Khadr Guantanamo trial

Top US court refuses to halt Khadr Guantanamo trial 06 Aug 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to block next week's trial at Guantanamo Bay of a young Canadian who had been captured in Afghanistan. Omar Khadr, now 23, was 15 years old at the time of his 2002 capture in Afghanistan at a suspected 'al Qaeda' compound. He is scheduled to go to trial at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on Aug. 10 on charges that include conspiring to commit terrorism and murdering a U.S. soldier. His lawyers sought to put the trial on hold while they challenge the constitutionality of the military tribunals. But the Supreme Court rejected the request in a one-line order.

Ahmadinejad: 9/11 scenario dubious

Ahmadinejad: 9/11 scenario dubious 07 Aug 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western media hyped the September 11, 2001 attacks to pave the way for the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. "What was the story behind September 11? In the space of five to six days, and with the aid of the media, they swayed public opinion to the point of considering an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq permissible and a right [for themselves]," he said in a televised speech. "Presently, more than 110,000 people [have been killed] in Afghanistan and over one million people have been killed across Iraq. But they will not allow [the figures to be made public]. How? [By] using media and fabricated news," he was quoted by IRIB as saying.

Arctic contaminants threaten polar bears

Arctic contaminants threaten polar bears --"Once they get to the Arctic, they're hard to get rid of" 06 Aug 2010 Polar bears looking for food on the sea ice in Baffin Bay north of Clyde River may find seals to eat, but the seals will likely be loaded with the industrial poisons and pesticides still found in the Arctic air and water. Living at the top of the food chain holds unseen dangers for polar bears, because they absorb toxic substances, like pesticides and flame retardants, through their diet of seals.

Ice Chunk Larger Than Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

Ice Chunk Larger Than Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier 06 Aug 2010 A chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, scientists announced today. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962. Satellite imagery of this remote area at 81 degrees north latitude and 61 degrees west longitude, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the North Pole, reveals that Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 43-mile- (70-km-) long floating ice-shelf.

Full-body security scanners in New York airports as early next month

Full-body security scanners in New York airports as early next month, critics lodge privacy concerns 06 Aug 2010 Full-body scanners will land at New York-area airports as soon as next month. The high-powered machines - which produce virtually naked images of airline passengers going through security - are the latest pricey tools brought in to detect explosives or non-metal weapon under layers of clothing. The advanced-imaging technology scanners transmit low-level X-ray beams to produce an anatomically correct image of the body that's viewed by a security officer in a private room.

Foreign doctors killed in Afghanistan

Foreign doctors killed in Afghanistan 07 Aug 2010 Two American and six German doctors have been killed in northern Afghanistan, police said. The bodies of the foreign physicians, along with that of an Afghan man, were found in Badakhshan Province, AFP reported. "The bodies were found in the forest in the Kuran wa Minjan district," said the province's police chief, Aqa Noor Kintoz, on Saturday.

American VIP humiliated at airport

American VIP humiliated at airport --Prof. Shalala claims was held at Ben-Gurion Airport just because she has Arab last name 06 Aug 2010 Prof. Donna Shalala, who served as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton and is currently the president of the University of Miami, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name – all this despite the fact that her hosts notified the airport ahead of time that she is a VIP.

CIA moved Gitmo prisoners before Supreme Court could give them rights

AP: CIA moved Gitmo prisoners before Supreme Court could give them rights 06 Aug 2010  A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on of terrorism were kept in the dark. Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard. They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years earlier than the U.S. has ever disclosed. Then, months later, they were just as quietly whisked away before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers. The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA "black sites" for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

Rep. Mike Rogers: Execute WikiLeaks leaker

Rep. Mike Rogers: Execute WikiLeaks leaker 04 Aug 2010 Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Nutjob-Mich.) believes the death penalty should be applied in the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning if the accused provider of nearly 80,000 secret intelligence documents to WikiLeaks is found guilty by military tribunal. Rogers made the comments Monday during an interview with the Michigan radio station WHMI, which later posted an audio file of the interview. "The death penalty clearly should be considered here," Rogers said. "[Manning] clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers or those cooperating. If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."

Missouri's rejection of health care mandate buoys supporters of Colorado ballot measure

Missouri's rejection of health care mandate buoys supporters of Colorado ballot measure 05 Aug 2010 The overwhelming vote Tuesday in Missouri to oppose the new federal health care law has buoyed supporters of a similar measure that could go before Colorado voters in November. Similar ballot measures are expected to appear on the November ballots in Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida. By a nearly 3-to-1 ratio, Missouri voters approved Proposition C, which rejects the [originally, a GOP] mandate in the new federal health care law insurance cartel giveaway that all Americans purchase [overpriced] health insurance.

Senate approves Clapper nomination as intel chief

Senate approves Clapper nomination as intel chief 05 Aug 01 The Senate late Thursday confirmed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper as the next director of national intelligence, voting him oversight of the nation's 16 spy agencies. A nearly empty chamber approved Clapper's nomination by voice vote as senators sought to begin their monthlong August recess. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had questioned whether a nominee who had spent so much time at the Pentagon -- as a general and then heading the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Agency -- could represent mostly civilian intelligence services.

'US trying to destabilize Iraq'

'US trying to destabilize Iraq' 06 Aug 2010 An Iraqi cleric has accused US-led troops of attempting to extend their presence in Iraq by staging the recent terrorist attacks in the country. Sadr City's Friday Prayers Leader Seyyed Muhammad al-Musawi accused the US of trying to portray the Iraqi government and security forces as weak and incapable of providing security for the Iraqis in order to justify the country's occupation. He also accused Washington of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and of blocking attempts to form a new government in the country.

Russian heatwave kills 5,000 as fires rage out of control

Russian heatwave kills 5,000 as fires rage out of control 06 Aug 2010 Russia's devastating summer heatwave has cost almost 5,000 lives, according to officials who conceded yesterday that the state was struggling to gain control over the worst wildfires in decades. Temperatures in Russia have hit records for the time of year on at least six occasions in recent weeks. Forecasters said there would be no respite from temperatures above 97F (36C) for at least another week.

BP may drill again in oil spill reservoir

BP may drill again in oil spill reservoir 06 Aug 2010 BP may drill again in the same undersea oil reservoir that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a company official said Friday. "There's lots of oil and gas here," Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters during a news briefing. "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point."

AP: New al-Qaida leader knows US well

AP: New al-Qaida leader knows US well [He should! He likely spent most of the 15 years training at 'The Farm' at Camp Peary!] 06 Aug 2010 A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks. Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told The Associated Press. That puts him in regular contact with al-Qaida's senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden, LeBlanc said.

'Security threat' Russians to join Canadian, U.S. forces in exercise

'Security threat' Russians to join Canadian, U.S. forces in exercise 06 Aug 2010 Canadian and U.S. military personnel will take part in a historic exercise next week with their Russian counterparts to battle airborne terrorism [aka their own false flags], just days after Defence Minister Peter MacKay claimed that Canada was facing new security threats from Russia. ...For months Canadian and U.S. personnel at NORAD have been planning the Aug. 8 exercise, which will involve for the first time, the Russian military and NORAD co-operating in tracking and intercepting a hijacked aircraft. Critics have said that MacKay was using a routine Russian patrol flight last week, claiming it was a threat to Canada, in an attempt to sell the public on the Harper government's plan to spend $16 billion buying new fighter aircraft.

Civil rights groups sue Treasury over targeting of terror suspects for killing

Civil rights groups sue Treasury over targeting of terror suspects for killing 04 Aug 2010 Civil liberties groups sued the Treasury Department on Tuesday, alleging that its rules do not allow them to challenge the federal government's authority to target for killing Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit against the department and its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in U.S. District Court in Washington. The groups say that without a change, it would be a crime for them to provide even free legal services to a citizen whom the government has designated a terrorist and is seeking to kill.

Polar bears face melting chemical cocktail

Polar bears face melting chemical cocktail 06 Aug 2010 Polar bears, the icon of the Arctic, are under threat from the twin challenges of climate change and chemicals that are not breaking down in the region's cold waters. Research published in the journal Science of The Total Environment shows the retreat of sea-ice in the Arctic could increase the exposure of species such as polar bears to persistent organic pollutants, which include flame-retardants and substances used to harden plastics. Scientists believe the pollutants, locked in the polar ice for decades, could be released into the ocean as the ice melts due to climate change global warming.

Alarms sound over KBR burn pits in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Alarms sound over KBR burn pits in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq 06 Aug 2010 Hundreds of military service members and contractor employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tons of trash generated on U.S. bases. In a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, 241 people from 42 states are suing Houston-based contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, which has operated more than two dozen so-called burn pits in the two countries.

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Israel, West Bank and Gaza

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Israel, West Bank and Gaza (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs) 05 Aug 2010 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations.  The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip. 

President Obama target game gets feds' attention

President Obama target game gets feds' attention --Carnival attraction challenged players to 'shoot' black man holding 'Health Bill' and wearing presidential seal. 04 Aug 2010 (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Big Time Fair, Roseto, PA) The Secret Service is investigating a Hellertown amusement company's use of a target-shooting game that challenged players to hit the heart and head of an image resembling President Barack Obama. The game's target is a painting of a black man in a suit who is holding a scroll labeled "Health Bill." He sports a belt buckle fashioned after the presidential seal, antennae and a troll doll on his shoulder. Players paid $1 per shot, or $5 for six shots, to fire foam darts at targets on his head and heart.

Darts Shot At Obama Likeness In Pa. Carnival Game

Darts Shot At Obama Likeness In Pa. Carnival Game 05 Aug 2010 The head of an eastern Pennsylvania amusement company [Irvin Good Jr.] has yanked a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image resembling President Barack Obama. The game, dubbed "Alien Attack," featured a large painted image of a black man wearing a belt buckle with the presidential seal and holding a scroll labeled "Health Bill." Players could win prizes such as stuffed animals by hitting targets on the image's head and heart.

Senate confirms Elena Kagan as Supreme Court justice

Senate confirms Elena Kagan as Supreme Court justice 05 Aug 2010 The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan.

Gulf disaster largest oil spill ever

Gulf disaster largest oil spill ever --In all the group estimates 206 million gallons of oil, 4.9 million barrels, gushed into the Gulf. By Tom Eley 04 Aug 2010 The BP Gulf disaster is the worst ocean oil spill in world history, according to new data compiled by a team of government-sponsored scientists. On Monday the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) announced that the BP Macondo well blowout dumped between 53,000 barrels (2,226,000 gallons) and 62,000 barrels (over 2,600,000 gallons) of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico during the nearly three months in which the well was out of control.

Pentagon demands WikiLeaks 'hand over' all classified documents

Pentagon Demands WikiLeaks Site Return Classified U.S. Military Documents 05 Aug 2010 The U.S. Defense Department demanded that WikiLeaks return all classified military documents leaked to them and purge all copies from their records. "We want whatever they have returned to us and we want whatever copies they have expunged," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters today at a news briefing. "We demand that they do the right thing," he said. "If doing the right thing is not good enough for them, then we will figure out what alternatives we have to compel them to do the right thing." [Two words for the lying sacks of sh*t at the Pentagon who want their war crimes expunged: B*** Me. But, I am thinking Julian Limited Hangout '9/11-truth annoys me' Assange will fold like a cheap suit.  --LRP]

US charges 14 over links to Somalia's al-Shabab

US charges 14 over links to Somalia's al-Shabab 05 Aug 2010 US officials have charged 14 people with providing money, personnel and services to the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The charges stem from four separate indictments in the US states of Minnesota, Alabama and California. On Wednesday, a man was charged with attempting to support al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and al-Shabab. Prosecutors said Shaker Masri of Chicago had sought to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab, which the US and UK consider a terrorist group.

Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks site

Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks site 05 Aug 2010 The U.S. military is banning personnel from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently released more than 70,000 classified diplomatic and military messages on the long war in Afghanistan. "[Department of the Navy] personnel should not access the WikiLeaks website to view or download the publicized classified information," said a July 29 message to sailors from the Navy's national security litigation law division. "Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks."

US chopper makes 'emergency landing'

US chopper makes 'emergency landing' 05 Aug 2010 A NATO helicopter has made an emergency landing in southern Afghanistan reportedly due to technical problems, the US-led alliance says. The chopper went down in the province of Kandahar on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The US-led military alliance says the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical failures.

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