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Fisherman files restraining order against BP

Fisherman files restraining order against BP 31 May 2010 A fisherman who was hospitalized after becoming ill while cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico has filed a temporary restraining order in federal court against oil company BP. John Wunstell Jr., is asking BP to give the workers masks and not harass workers who publicly voice their health concerns. Wunstell, a shrimper, said he was paid by BP to use his boat, Ramie's Wish, to clean up oil that has been gushing into the Gulf since an oil rig sank about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, gushing an estimated 19,000 barrels (798,000 gallons) of crude a day. In an affidavit, Wunstell wrote he started experiencing severe headaches and nasal irritation on May 24... On Friday, Wunstell was airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana, where he remained hospitalized Sunday.

Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008

Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008 --It's the holiday weekend recycled al-Qaeda 'good' news dump By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 01 Jun 2010  Oh dear. IDF sociopaths are set loose on a Gaza aid flotilla, BP's eco-terrorism is destroying the planet, and Barack Obama's killer drone war crimes are under fire by the UN. Ergo, the Pentagon needs a distraction... and pronto! It's time to recycle an al-Qaeda No. 2 3! ...On Monday evening and Tuesday morning, The New York Times and The Washington Post both 'broke' a story. 'Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden,' has been killed in Pakistan by a US drone strike. The alleged al-CIAduh No. 3, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, is also known as Sheikh Saeed al-Masri. However, Saeed al-Masri was reported 'killed' in August 2008.

H1N1 pandemic status reviewed

H1N1 pandemic status reviewed 31 May 2010 An expert panel advising the World Health Organization is weighing whether to declare the[ir] H1N1 flu pandemic over. The advisory committee of scientists and public health officials will hold a teleconference Tuesday to decide whether to: --Maintain the current pandemic designation, also known as Phase 6. --Declare that pandemic activity is in a "post-peak period," the time when flu activity returns to the normal levels usually seen with seasonal influenza. --Declare the pandemic over.

Princess Diana 'was killed for planning to expose senior Brits involved in the land mine trade'

Princess Diana 'was killed for planning to expose senior Brits involved in the land mine trade' 31 May 2010 Diana, Princess of Wales was killed because she planned to expose senior members of the British arms trade involved with land mines, a leading lawyer claimed today. Michael Mansfield QC, who represented Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the death of his son Dodi and the former royal, said Diana claimed she had an 'exposure diary' in which she was going to unmask the people most closely involved with the British manufacturing of land mines.

Bomber Drops Flowers In Memorial Day Tribute to Fallen CIA In Afghanistan

Bomber Drops Flowers In Memorial Day Tribute to Fallen CIA In Afghanistan 31 May 2010 Memorial Day celebrations in New York on Monday include a B-17 bomber flying over the Atlantic to drop flowers in honor of seven dead agents of the Central Intelligence Agency. A bomber from the American Airpower Museum, escorted by other historic aircraft, will drop flowers in the waters near the site of the World Trade Center. The flight will pay tribute to seven operatives who died Dec. 30 in Afghanistan.

Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20

Death toll from Gaza aid attack hits 20 31 May 2010 The death toll from the Israeli navy's takeover of a Gaza aid convoy has risen to 20 while Israel carefully censors reports on the casualties from the attack. Gaza Freedom Flotilla came under fire early on Monday by Israeli navy forces in international waters more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza. The six-ship aid fleet was soon stormed by commandos descending from helicopters. At least 20 people were killed in the takeover of the Gaza aid convoy, al-Aqsa TV channel reported, saying that more than 50 people were wounded in the attack.

Israeli soldiers allegedly submit children to sex abuse

Israeli soldiers allegedly submit children to sex abuse 31 May 2010 An international children's rights group has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse. The Geneva-based Defence for Children International has collected affadavits from over one hundred Palestinian children to say that efforts to extract confessions from them came with threats of rape and other abuses... The organisation has now submitted its evidence to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to try to get Israel to stamp out the alleged abuse.

Israel says its soldiers were shot at, activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting

Israel says its soldiers were shot at, activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting --Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship 31 May 2010 At least nine people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says. Armed forces boarded the largest vessel overnight, clashing with some of the 500 people on board. It happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters. Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons; the activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.

Terror link alleged as Saudi millions flow into Afghanistan war zone

Terror link alleged as Saudi millions flow into Afghanistan war zone 31 May 2010 Millions of dollars of Saudi Arabian money have flowed into Afghanistan over the past four years, the country’s intelligence officials say, with the sponsorship of terrorism its most likely use. According to members of the Afghan financial intelligence unit, FinTraca, the funds, totalling more than £920 million, enter from Pakistan, where they are converted into rupees or dollars, the favoured currency for terrorist operations.

EU demands inquiry into Israeli raid

EU demands inquiry into Israeli raid 31 May 2010 Hours after the Israeli military attacked a Gaza-bound aid convoy, the European Union Foreign Policy chief calls for a full inquiry into the deaths of those on board the flotilla. A spokesperson for the EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton expressed her regret on the loss of lives and use of violence as the news of Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla shook the world on Monday.

NATO chopper crashes in Afghanistan

NATO chopper crashes in Afghanistan 31 May 2010 US-led forces in Afghanistan have confirmed that one of their helicopters has crashed in the southeastern province of Paktia. A statement released Monday by NATO says the helicopter crashed in the Jaji Meydan district, but refrains from revealing the nationalities of the soldiers injured in the incident, a Press TV correspondent reported Monday.

Obama gives Israel all-out support

Obama gives Israel all-out support 31 May 2010 After the United Nations ratified a resolution calling for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, the US president gives Israel "concrete guarantees" to prevent the decision from harming Israeli interests. Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post quoted senior political sources in al-Quds (Jerusalem) as saying that President Barack Obama's assurances to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came with the promise of a significant upgrade to Israel's military capabilities.

Turkey: Israel attack on Gaza aid convoy violated international law

Turkey: Israel attack on Gaza aid convoy violated international law --Turkey summons Israeli ambassador over IDF attack on Gaza aid flotilla, which killed at least 10 left-wing activists. 31 May 2010 Turkey's foreign ministry on Monday denounced as "unacceptable" an Israeli attack on an aid convoy bound for Gaza which killed at least 10 people, summoning Israel's ambassador to discuss the incident and bringing already tense relations between the countries to new levels. The ministry said that Israel had violated International law and  must now carry the consequences.

Turkey summons Israeli envoy after deadly Gaza ship attack

Turkey summons Israeli envoy after deadly Gaza ship attack --The report also said, "Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis desk." 31 May 2010 Turkey has summoned Israeli envoy to condemn Israeli attack on Turkish Gaza aid ship on international waters. The move comes after Israeli troops shot dead two aid activists and wounded more than 30 on the ship, Turkish media said. Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Israeli envoy Gabby Levy to condemn the bloody action, Turkish TV, NTV, said.

Protesters try to storm Israeli consulate in Turkey

Protesters try to storm Israeli consulate in Turkey --CNN-Turk and NTV televisions show dozens of angry protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding consulate building in downtown Istanbul. 31 May 2010 Turkish police blocked dozens of stone-throwing protesters who tried to storm the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul over reports of an Israeli attack on at least one aid ship in international waters on Monday, news channels reported. CNN-Turk and NTV showed dozens of angry protesters scuffling with Turkish police guarding the consulate in downtown Istanbul. "Damn Israel," the protesters shouted.

Report: At least 10 activists killed as Israel Navy opens fire on Gaza aid flotilla

Report: At least 10 activists killed as Israel Navy opens fire on Gaza aid flotilla --Over 60 pro-Palestinian campaigners wounded after six-ship convoy sailing for Gaza Strip ignored Israel's order to turn back, Turkish news reports. 31 May 2010 Israel Navy troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian activists aboard a six-ship aid flotilla sailing for the Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 and wounding several others after the convoy ignored orders to turn back, Turkey's NTV reported early Monday. The IDF also confirmed that two navy commandos had been wounded in fight, which apparently broke out after activists tried to seize their weapons.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill 'will continue to gush until August'

Gulf of Mexico oil spill 'will continue to gush until August' 30 May 2010 Millions of gallons of oil could be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at least until August, the White House admitted on Sunday, as BP confirmed the failure of the "top kill" attempt staunch the flow. The setback, which President Barack Obama described as being "as enraging as it is heartbreaking", has the potential to make the Deepwater Horizon disaster the worst environmental catastrophe of modern time. "More oil is leaking in the Gulf of Mexico than at any other time in our history. It means there is more oil than the Exxon Valdez (in Alaska in 1989)," said Carol Browner, the White House energy adviser.

F-16 fighter jets intercept plane that violated restricted airspace near Obama residence in Chicago

F-16 fighter jets intercept plane that violated restricted airspace near Obama residence in Chicago 30 May 2010 The North American Air Defense Command scrambled a pair of F-16 fighter jets Sunday afternoon over Chicago when a Cessna 150 aircraft violated a temporary restricted flight zone near the residence of President Barack Obama. The aircraft was intercepted and instructed to land at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois, where it was met by local authorities, Maj. Mike Humphrey of NORAD said.

Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed

Breaking: Gaza aid flotilla attacked, 10 killed 31 May 2010 Israeli forces have attacked the international aid convoy Freedom Flotilla en route to the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 50 injured. The attack came on Monday morning after one of the six ships in the convoy was hit by Israeli navy forces before being stormed by commandos descending from helicopters. The interception reportedly took place in international waters, more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

Israeli warships head towards Freedom Flotilla

Israeli warships head towards Freedom Flotilla --Missile boats left their naval base in the northern coastal city of Haifa on a mission to intercept the flotilla 30 May 2010 Six hours after the Freedom Flotilla departure, three Israeli missile boats left their naval base in the northern coastal city of Haifa on a mission to intercept the flotilla, reporters on board one of the vessels said before being told to turn off their phones. In Gaza, anti-siege activists called on the international community to ensure the protection of the "Freedom Flotilla" which had been aiming to arrive on Saturday but was repeatedly delayed. Israel has extended the military zone it has designated off Gaza from 20 nautical miles to 68 miles, one of the organisers of the Freedom Flotilla said Sunday.

Netanyahu to ask Obama to block measures over Israel's nuclear program

Netanyahu to ask Obama to block measures over Israel's nuclear program 30 May 2010 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask for clarifications about the U.S. position on the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday. Review Conference participants decided that the nuclear reactors in Dimona and Sorek should be brought under the international inspection regime. A senior Israeli official said Netanyahu will ask Obama for American guarantees to block any practical measures, including an international conference on the matter. [Hopefully, Obama will hold his ground, but there's as much chance of that as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rocking chairs. --LRP]

Bank of Florida's Lenders Closed as Bank Failures Climb to 78

Bank of Florida's Lenders Closed as Bank Failures Climb to 78 --Failures cost FDIC’s deposit-insurance fund $317 million 29 May 2010  Bank of Florida Corp.’s three lenders were closed by regulators today who sold about $1.2 billion in deposits to EverBank Financial Corp., as the latest round of bank failures sent the 2010 toll to 78. EverBank purchased the three banks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, according to statements on the agency’s website. Lenders in California and Nevada were also closed, with City National Corp. buying Las Vegas-based Sun West Bank.

US death toll in Afghanistan reaches 1000 as Americans weary of war

US death toll in Afghanistan reaches 1000 as Americans weary of war 28 May 2010 The toll of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan reached 1,000 on Friday, a grim milestone that came as Americans back home prepared to commemorate their war dead. News that the body count had ticked into four figures came with the death in a roadside bombing of an American serviceman, yet to be named, who was the 32nd US soldier to die in the past month. He is the 430th to be killed in Afghanistan since President Obama took office in January 2009.

Police: Bathroom Peeper a Former FBI Agent

Police: Bathroom Peeper a Former FBI Agent 27 May 2010 (PA) A man arrested after he entered a girls' bathroom at Hershey Middle School during an evening concert is a former FBI (web) agent, according to court documents. Police said Ryan Seese, 36, was arrested for a similar incident inside a women's bathroom at the University of Arizona in 2007. According to court documents, Seese "was caught masturbating in a women's restroom." "Seese left the employ of the FBI and subsequently pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public sexual indecency," police wrote.

New Radioactive Leak Found at Vt. Nuke Plant

New Radioactive Leak Found at Vt. Nuke Plant --Vt. Yankee official: Leak of radioactive water found, fixed, at nuke plant 30 May 2010 A new leak of radioactive material has been found and [allegedly] fixed at the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, officials said Saturday. Vapor and water containing 13 different radioactive substances was found late Friday coming from a pipe in a hole workers dug to find the source of an earlier leak. "This was a new leak," Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith said in an e-mail.

NATO general in Afghanistan: Taliban train in Iran

LOLOL! NATO general in Afghanistan: Taliban train in Iran 30 May 2010  The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Sunday there is "clear evidence" that some Taliban fighters have trained in Iran. Gen. Stanley McChrystal told reporters in the Afghan capital that Iran — Afghanistan's western neighbor -- has generally assisted the Afghan government in fighting the insurgent group. "There is, however, clear evidence of Iranian activity -- in some cases providing weaponry and training to the Taliban -- that is inappropriate," he said. McChrystal said NATO forces are working to stop grow both the training and the weapons trafficking.

UN Official to Ask US to End CIA Drone Strikes

UN Official to Ask US to End CIA Drone Strikes 28 May 2010 A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to 'Al Qaeda,' complicating the Obama administration’s growing reliance on that tactic in Pakistan. Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday that he would deliver a report on June 3 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that the "life and death power" of drones should be entrusted to regular armed forces, not intelligence agencies.

Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig

Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig 29 May 2010 Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week. The problems involved the well casing and the blowout preventer, which are considered critical pieces in the chain of events that led to the disaster on the rig. The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of "well control." And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.

7 policemen killed in Afghanistan blast

7 policemen killed in Afghanistan blast 30 May 2010 A bomb blast in northeastern Afghanistan has left at least seven policemen dead and two more injured, amid growing militancy in the country. The attack took place in the remote province of Badakhshan on Sunday. Local officials said the policemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle. They said the bomb was set off by remote control.

Israel Submarines Headed for Persian Gulf

Israel Submarines Headed for Persian Gulf 30 May 2010 Israel has allegedly deployed a permanent submarine presence in the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran, according to  media reports published Sunday. The three German-built submarines are reportedly equipped with nuclear cruise missiles. Flotilla 7 is comprised of three submarines that have visited the region before -- the Dolphin, the Tekuma and the Leviathan. Each crew includes between 35 to 50 soldiers and is commanded by a colonel.

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