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BP boss has 'no fear' of jail threat

BP boss has 'no fear' of jail threat 05 Jun 2010 Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP, says he does not fear the threat of jail and has vowed to still be in his job a year on from the oil company's catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hayward said the thought of stepping down "had not crossed [his] mind", despite US public hostility to his handling of the crisis. Federal agents have already launched a criminal inquiry into BP's conduct, with some suggesting that charges could be brought against company executives.

BP could face massive fines under Clean Water Act

BP could face massive fines under Clean Water Act [Yeah, but the High Wh*re Court will overturn that ruling in about six picosends. BP will end up paying about 700 dollars in fines, fifteen years hence.] 04 Jun 2010 If the Obama administration is serious about holding BP and others responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill [which they aren't], it can start with the federal Clean Water Act, which could allow the federal government to collect as much as $4.7 billion in civil fines just for the oil that's spilled so far. Even if the courts allow the fines, however, there are no guarantees that the money would go to the cleanup and economic recovery of the Gulf Coast, according to legal experts.

Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report

Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report 04 Jun 2010 Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship [Mavi Marmara] were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. Autopsy results showed the men were hit mostly with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range, the Guardian said, quoting Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine which carried out the autopsies on Friday. Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships planning to break the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza on Monday.

Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee

Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee --The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed. 29 May 2010 Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as 'colony collapse disorder.' ...Now researchers from Chandigarh's Punjab University claim they have found the cause which could be the first step in reversing the decline: They have established that radiation from mobile telephones is a key factor in the phenomenon and say that it probably interfering with the bee's navigation senses.

Gaza aid workers 'face deportation'

Gaza aid workers 'face deportation' 06 Jun 2010 Aid workers whose ship was blocked from delivering relief supplies to Gaza are facing deportation from Israel. The 11 passengers from Ireland and Malaysia on the MV Rachel Corrie cargo ship arrived Saturday evening in the port town of Ashdod after the ship was taken over by Israeli forces. The military seized the 1,200-tonne boat at sea. No resistance was encountered and the aid workers were taken to a detention centre near Tel Aviv.

'US cluster bombs killed 55 in Yemen'

'US cluster bombs killed 55 in Yemen' 06 Jun 2010 Amnesty International says the United States used cluster bombs on a cruise missile in Yemen, killing 55 people, most of whom were civilians. The attack, according to the rights group, targeted Al-Maajala in the Abyan province at a time when Washington was pushing hard to project militants in the country. "Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen," said Mike Lewis, the group's arms control researcher, AFP reported.

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather 04 Jun 2010 Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th. Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains: "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss." [Sounds like HAARP coverage to me.]

BP, Halliburton, Transocean Build Legal Teams

BP, Halliburton, Transocean Build Legal Teams 02 Jun 2010 Facing multiple investigations, including one from the U.S. attorney general, companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have secured legal teams with deep Department of Justice and White House ties. Oil giant BP PLC recruited WilmerHale, an international firm with 1,000 attorneys. Partner Jamie Gorelick in Washington, D.C., will lead the effort. Gorelick during the Clinton administration worked as deputy attorney general of the United States, the second-highest job at Justice. Transocean Ltd., which owned and leased to BP the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded and sank, recruited Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Halliburton Co. has hired Patton Boggs.

Another aid ship to set sail for Gaza

Another aid ship to set sail for Gaza 06 Jun 2010 Pro-Palestinian activists have launched a campaign to send another aid ship to the Gaza Strip in continuing efforts meant to break the siege of Gaza. The organizers of the initiative, "Free Palestine Movement" and "Reporters Without Limits," say the vessel will be carrying educational supplies for children of the besieged Palestinian strip. The two non-governmental groups say the ship is slated for departure from a Lebanese port next week in hope of putting an end to the Israeli blockade.

BP spill spreads to Pensacola, Florida: White beaches blotted with oily tarballs

BP spill spreads to Pensacola, Florida: White beaches blotted with oily tarballs 04 Jun 2010 The BP plague has spread to Pensacola. Tourists and locals woke up Friday to disgusting oily tarballs despoiling their once pristine white sand beaches. They knew oil from the ruptured rig deep in the Gulf of Mexico was heading their way. "It's Armageddon right here in Pensacola," Susan Pigott, 48, said as she walked her beloved beach with her 17-year-old son, Colten, picking up tar bells and placing them in a bucket. "It's sickening. It's going to kill everything out here."

Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded: report

Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded: report 05 Jun 2010 As criticism of the Obama administration's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf, a new report claims the president was told by a government official in April just how much damage BP's exploded offshore rig would cause. Days after the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up, Carol Browner, head of the White House's Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama the explosion would result in a never-before-seen disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. [This means that Obusha crisis spokesman, BP tarball Thad Allen, kept pimping for BP, despite WH knowledge of the depths of the disaster. --LRP]

Bomber hits Iraq police station

Bomber hits Iraq police station 06 Jun 2010 A suicide car bomber has killed at least four policemen and injured 10 outside a police station in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, an official in the interior ministry has said. The attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a gathering of police during a shift change at a station in the mainly Shia Amil district, in the southwestern area of Baghdad, the source said on Sunday.

Two British soldiers killed in firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers killed in firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan 05 Jun 2010 Two British soldiers have been killed in a gun battle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today. The men, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, attached to The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, died in small arms fire in a battle with Taliban soldiers in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, yesterday afternoon.

Tide of oil threatens to wipe out the iconic pelican

'The pelicans are in dire trouble.' Tide of oil threatens to wipe out the iconic pelican 06 Jun 2010  For more than a decade, the hundreds of brown pelicans that nested among the mangrove shrubs on Queen Bess Island, south of New Orleans, were living proof that a species brought to the edge of extinction could come back and thrive. The island was one of three sites in Louisiana where pelicans were reintroduced after pesticides wiped them out in the state in the 1960s. But on Thursday, 29 of them, their feathers so coated in thick brown sludge that their white and grey markings were obscured, were airlifted to a bird rehabilitation centre in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the latest victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  

2 candidates from Iraq's Sunni-backed party killed

2 candidates from Iraq's Sunni-backed party killed 05 Jun 2010 Gunmen killed two candidates from the Sunni-backed coalition that won the most seats in Iraq's March parliamentary election, slayings that the alliance said Saturday were part of a politically motivated campaign of assassinations. The killings were the third and fourth of candidates from the secular Iraqiya alliance in recent months, raising concerns about political intimidation of the top vote-getting bloc in the March 7 'election.'

28 children orphaned by Flotilla attack

28 children orphaned by Flotilla attack 05 Jun 2010 Twenty-eight children lost their fathers as a result of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla. Nine people were shot dead on May 31 by Israeli soldiers who attacked the Turkish vessel M.V. Mavi Marmara as it attempted to transport humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.

'Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea'

'They even shot those who surrendered.' 'Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea' 05 Jun 2010 Activist Idris Simsek, who was on board one of the six ships of the Freedom Flotilla during the Israeli attack, claims that four wounded activists were thrown into the sea. The Israeli troops also put immense psychological pressure on the activists of the Freedom Flotilla, the Turkish daily Today's Zaman quoted Simsek as saying in an article published on Saturday. Simsek said they expected some harassment from the Israeli forces but did not expect an armed attack. He went on to say that he witnessed that the person who waived the white flag to surrender was shot by the Israeli troops.

Israel seizes second aid ship as protests grow

Israel seizes second aid ship as protests grow --Forces take control of vessel laden with medical supplies 06 Jun 2010 Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel peacefully and without meeting resistance yesterday, just five days after they stormed aboard a Turkish vessel in an assault that left nine dead and six people still missing. The Israeli navy took control of the MV Rachel Corrie in international waters 20 miles from the Gazan coast without a shot being fired... Communications to the Rachel Corrie had been cut earlier in the day, and Israeli warships had tailed the boat since early morning. ['Six people missing.' Either they were arrested or they were tossed overboard. Otherwise, they would not be 'missing.' --LRP]

Officers subdue 2 men near Obama's motorcade

Officers subdue 2 men near Obama's motorcade 03 Jun 2010 Secret Service officers have subdued two men who refused to get out of the street as President Barack Obama's motorcade was returning to the White House. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says Obama was returning Thursday night from a school event for one of his daughters when the men refused to move out of the way of the presidential motorcade. A uniformed Secret Service officer was seen lying on top of one man and another officer wrestled with the second man.

1 dead, 14 injured in Kandahar bombing

1 dead, 14 injured in Kandahar bombing 05 Jun 2010 A provincial government building in Kandahar has been bombed, leaving one policeman dead and over 14 civilians injured. In the incident, which occurred on Saturday near the provincial governor's office in the capital of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, an explosive-laden bicycle was detonated outside the compound where the governor lives and works, the Associated Press reported.

Tories ready to reopen Dr David Kelly suicide inquiry

Tories ready to reopen Dr David Kelly suicide inquiry 05 Jun 2010 The investigation into the death of weapons inspector David Kelly is likely to be reopened, it has emerged. The case has 'concerned' Attorney General Dominic Grieve and - as the highest ranking law officer in England - he is considering an inquiry to review the suicide finding, Whitehall sources say. At the same time, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is considering a request from campaigning doctors to release medical files relating to the death. Lord Hutton, whose inquiry into the death was denounced as a whitewash, has indicated the papers should be kept secret for 70 years.

Thousands join protest against Israeli military action

Thousands join protest against Israeli military action 05 Jun 2010 Thousands of people today joined a national demonstration in London against the Israeli military boarding Gaza-bound aid vessels. Activists began to march from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy to mark their "outrage" against the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists who were killed when Israeli forces stopped a Turkish aid vessel trying to break a maritime blockade.

800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade

800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade 05 Jun 2010 While the world bickers over the rights and wrongs of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, hundreds of thousands of children continue to bear the brunt of it. Save the Children says 800,000 children are included among the population of 1.5 million in Gaza, a number supported by UNICEF. The CIA in fact records the median age of the entire population at just 17.5 years. 44% of the population it says is under 14.

I killed six of the terror nine, commando tells newspaper

I killed six of the terror nine, commando tells newspaper 05 Jun 2010 An Israeli naval commando, said to have shot dead six of the nine people killed on the Turkish ship carrying activists heading to Gaza, has given an account to an Israeli newspaper of the lethal events on the Mavi Marmara. The staff-sergeant in the elite Shayetet 13 naval special forces unit -- named only as 'S' in the Jerusalem Post -- is quoted as saying he was immediately attacked when he reached the deck, the last of 15 commandos to come down by rope from a Blackhawk helicopter.

Israeli forces 'seize Rachel Corrie'

Israeli forces 'seize Rachel Corrie' 05 Jun 2010 Just five days after a brutal attack by Israel on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the Israeli military says its forces have seized another Gaza-bound aid ship, named Rachel Corrie. "Our forces boarded the boat and took control without meeting any resistance from the crew or the passengers," an Israeli spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday. The Rachel Corrie ship is now being towed toward the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, Press TV correspondent Yousef al-Helou reported.

US to go ahead with 'essential' drone attacks in Pakistan despite UN call to stop

US to go ahead with 'essential' drone attacks in Pakistan despite UN call to stop 04 Jun 2010 Notwithstanding a report by a top UN official, which called for the discontinuation of unmanned Predator drone attacks in Pakistan's troubled tribal areas along the Afghan border, the United States has defended the missile strikes, which many believe have killed more civilians than extremists... A top United Nation (UN) official had criticised the Obama administration for continuing drone attacks in the semi-autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan, as they have resulted in countless civilian deaths.

Ankara to review military and economic ties after activists' deaths

Ankara to review military and economic ties after activists' deaths 05 Jun 2010 Turkey has decided to review all military and economic agreements with Israel and may reduce relations to a "minimum", the deputy prime minister said yesterday. Bulent Arinc's remarks showed how seriously ties between the two nations have suffered since Monday's killing of nine Turkish activists on board ships bound for the Gaza Strip. This week, Turkey has already cancelled military exercises [with Israel] - and Mr Arinc said that all other ties would be reviewed.

Congress 'well-informed of CIA activities'

Congress 'well-informed of CIA activities' 05 Jun 2010 Amid concerns over US drone attacks in Pakistan, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says Capitol Hill lawmakers are fully aware of CIA operations abroad. Gates -- a one-time director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) himself -- said the US spy agency and the military were accountable to Congress for all of their operations, AFP reported on Saturday.

Russians say BP rejected their help

Russians say BP rejected their help 04 Jun 2010  U.S. authorities would be "appalled" if the Russian mini-submarine Mir were dispatched to help control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Russian officials said. U.S. filmmaker James Cameron said Russian-made Mir submarines could help BP with its efforts to control oil spilling from a well a mile underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Cameron raised the issue of deploying Mirs during meetings with U.S. regulators Wednesday... Sagalevich said executives at BP rejected the proposal, the Russian news agency noted.

'Aid Ship Intercepted By Israeli Troops'

'Aid Ship Intercepted By Israeli Troops' 05 Jun 2010 Peace activists on board an aid ship heading for Gaza have been intercepted by Israeli forces, according to reports. The Rachel Corrie set out with its crew determined to break Israel's naval blockade. Israel said it was equally determined to stop the vessel if it did not take up an offer to dock in the port of Ashdod. The Rachel Corrie was meant to have travelled with the original six-ship convoy that Israeli commandoes intercepted this week in a botched operation that killed nine people.

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