Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

'The identity of the armed men remains unclear.' Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown 22 Apr 2010 The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraqi authorities to clarify the disappearance and current whereabouts of Saad al-Aossi, editor-in-chief of the critical weekly Al-Shahid. Armed men [Blackater terrorists?] entered al-Aossi’s home in central Baghdad on the morning of April 14, seized his computer and took him to an unknown location, according to local and regional news reports.

H1N1 vaccine study investigating 'significant complications' from vaccine

H1N1 vaccine study investigating 'significant complications' from vaccine 24 Apr 2010 Federal health officials are investigating the first hints of any possible significant complications from the H1N1 vaccine, but stressed that the concerns will probably turn out to be a false alarm [only when the cover-up reaches critical mass]. The latest analysis of data has detected what could be a somewhat elevated rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death; Bell's palsy, a temporary facial paralysis; and thrombocytopenia, which is a low level of blood platelets, officials reported Friday. [Wow! This 'I told you so' came much quicker than even *I* had anticipated! And, it's going to be so much better when Baxter's larvae-laden dog cells and E.coli are added to flu vaccines after the 'third wave' of this phony pandemic arrives in the fall. --LRP]

Eyjafjallajokull Photos

Eyjafjallajokull Photos 19 Apr 2010 As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans.

Blasts kill 3, injure 19 near Baghdad

Blasts kill 3, injure 19 near Baghdad 24 Apr 2010 Three bomb blasts have killed at least three people and wounded 19 others in Baghdad, which is hit by a new wave of [Blackwater] violence and explosions. The blasts occurred at around 9:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) in and around a pool hall in the Al-Amel neighborhood of the capital, an interior ministry official said late Saturday.

Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect

Cheney's anthrax false flag chickens come home to roost: Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect 22 Apr 2010 A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts. Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who 'committed suicide' in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, "Absolutely not." At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr. Ivins and Dr. Heine worked, he said, "among the senior scientists, no one believes it."

US may be weaponising space

US may be weaponising space 24 Apr 2010 The weaponisation of space. This is what some critics are calling the recent launch by the United States Air Force (USAF) of an unmanned space shuttle called X-37B. The shuttle is 9 meters (29ft) long and has a 4.5 meter (15ft) wingspan and is, therefore, just under one quarter the size of a regular space shuttle. If it [unfortunately] returns to earth successfully, and the USAF has indicated it sees no reason why it should not, it will be the first autonomous launch and re-entry in US history.

Nato tankers attacked in Pakistan

Nato tankers attacked in Pakistan 24 Apr 2010 Twelve Nato oil tankers have been set alight and four policemen killed when unknown gunmen [aka US contractors] opened fire in Talagang, a town in Pakistan's Punjab province. Aslam Tarin, a Pakistani policeman, told Geo TV that the gunmen opened fire on the tankers and escaped after police returned fire.

Israeli fire injures six in Gaza

Israeli fire injures six in Gaza 24 Apr 2010 Israeli forces injure six people, one seriously, attacking the people who had protested Tel Aviv's declaring great chunks of Gaza's arable land no-go area. The victims, hit by live Israeli rounds, were among the local residents and activists to gather around the restricted zone in central Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

US drone attack kills 7 in Pakistan

US drone attack kills 7 in Pakistan 24 Apr 2010 A US drone aircraft fires three missiles into the troubled northwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people and injuring several others. According to Pakistani intelligence officials, the missiles landed in the country's North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border on Saturday.

Britain 'handed over Taleban suspects to torturers' in Afghanistan

Britain 'handed over Taleban suspects to torturers' in Afghanistan 21 Apr 2010 British Forces in Afghanistan handed over Taleban suspects to Afghan authorities who tortured them, it was alleged in the High Court yesterday. Public Interest Lawyers, which has previously worked on allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq, presented dossiers of testimony in London that it claims is part of a "dreadful and continuing story" of abuse. The allegations cover claims from nine of 410 prisoners that they were tortured after being transferred to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS). Their testimony includes claims of beating, electric shocks, sexual abuse, stress positions and sleep deprivation.

FDIC shuts 7 banks in Illinois

FDIC shuts 7 banks in Illinois 23 Apr 2010 Regulators on Friday shut down seven banks in Illinois, putting the number of U.S. bank failures this year at 57. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over four banks in Chicago: New Century Bank (CBAO), with $485.6 million in assets; Citizens Bank (CZMO)&Trust Company, with $77.3 million in assets; Broadway Bank, with $1.2 billion in assets; and Lincoln Park Savings Bank, with $199.9 million in assets.

Pope may face charges at US court

Pope may face charges at US court 24 Apr 2010 The US Supreme Court may take legal action against the Pope over allegations that he conspired to conceal sex abuse charges brought against a Wisconsin priest. A case lodged by an alleged sex abuse victim has brought certain documents to prosecutors' attention that suggest the current Pope, who was then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and two other officials, conspired to keep the case secret because the accused was a major church fundraiser.

Threats close Raul Grijalva's district offices

Threats close Raul Grijalva's district offices 23 Apr 2010 Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has closed his Arizona offices after a man called and threatened to "blow everyone’s head off," his office said Friday. The man, who called Grijalva’s Tucson office twice, said he would then go to the southern border and "shoot any Mexicans that tried to come across," Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said. Police were dispatched to protect the Tucson office, Sarvana said. He said no staffers have been injured and that the offices in Tucson and Yuma were closed as a precaution

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Pentagon Launches Mystery US Spacecraft

Pentagon Launches Mystery US Spacecraft --Launch is military project controlled by US Air Force Space Command - not NASA 23 Apr 2010 A top-secret rocket has been launched by the US military amid rumours its purpose is to perform experiments for a space weapons programme. Officially the project will test a new space shuttle, the X-37B... But the details of its payload, experiments and orbital operations have all been classified. The real purpose of the mission could be to position satellites and other types of surveillance, according to military and security sources.  A military use would explain why the Pentagon has invested up to hundreds of millions of dollars in the craft.

US claims progress in Iran sanctions

US claims progress in Iran sanctions 23 Apr 2010 As the US pushes for the imposition of crippling sanctions against Iran, a senior American official claims that Washington has made "significant progress" in negotiations. "If you look at where we were six months or so ago, it was very difficult to point to any common ground amongst all of the permanent members of the Security Council," Reuters quoted US Under-Secretary of State William Burns as saying in Cape Town on Friday.

La Gloria, swine flu's ground zero, is left with legacy of anger

La Gloria, swine flu's ground zero, is left with legacy of anger --Mexican village's controversial US-owned pig farms remain in operation 23 Apr 2010 A year ago, the discovery in Mexico of a new virus mixing pig, bird and human flu strains sparked a global panic: flights were cancelled, travellers put in quarantine and thousands of people hospitalised as pharmaceutical companies scrambled to prepare a vaccine... In La Gloria, Mexico, swine flu remains a divisive issue, bound up with simmering anger over a massive network of US-owned industrial pig farms in the area. The farms, owned by a subsidiary of the US pork giant Smithfield Foods, has long been a target of contamination lawsuits.

CITGO Receives 2009 Safety Recognition by the American Petroleum Institute

CITGO Receives 2009 Safety Recognition by the American Petroleum Institute 23 Apr 2010 The American Petroleum Institute (API) has awarded CITGO Petroleum Corporation with an Occupational Safety Performance Award for 2009. The award was announced during the 61st Annual Pipeline Conference in New Orleans. "As a company committed to the highest standards in safety, CITGO is honored to receive this prestigious award. The people of CITGO are also deeply committed to caring for our communities, our environment and each other. This dedication is in alignment with the principles of safety and environmental stewardship endorsed by our parent company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," commented Gustavo Velásquez, vice president supply and marketing.

U.S.'s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona

Breaking: U.S.'s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona 23 Apr 2010 Gov. Jan Brewer (R) of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration law in the country on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It would also give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret

Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret 23 Apr 2010 A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage. Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme. But its mission - and its cost - remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details. 

UK cannot deliver on pledged withdrawal from Afghanistan, Nato partners warn

UK cannot deliver on pledged withdrawal from Afghanistan, Nato partners warn --Military leaders say Britain's election should not be allowed to influence timetable for Afghans to take over 23 Apr 2010 A key part of Britain's exit strategy from Afghanistan – Gordon Brown's pledge that Hamid Karzai's government will start taking charge of security by the end of the year – is almost certain to go unfulfilled. Nato and British military officials have urged that domestic political considerations should not be used to influence strategy in Afghanistan at a crucial time in the conflict and that the transfer of security should begin only when conditions are judged to be right.

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan 23 Apr 2010 Two American service members died of wounds after an overnight clash with insurgents in a province near the capital, Western military officials said Friday. In a statement, the NATO force also said that five insurgents were killed in the firefight in Lowgar province, which borders Kabul province.

Blackwater executive blames feds

Blackwater executive blames feds 22 Apr 2010 The U.S. government approved both the storage of automatic weapons at Blackwater's North Carolina compound and a gift of firearms to the king of Jordan, a lawyer for the former head of the security firm said in federal court Wednesday. "All of this was with the knowledge of, the request of, for the convenience of, an agency of the U.S. government," said Ken Bell, a Charlotte attorney representing Gary Jackson, the former president of Blackwater, who faces charges of breaking firearms laws.

Army disinvites Graham to Pentagon Prayer Day

Army disinvites Graham to Pentagon Prayer Day 22 Apr 2010 Evangelist Franklin Graham's invitation to speak at a Pentagon prayer service has been rescinded because his comments about Islam were inappropriate, the Army said Thursday. Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, in 2001 described Islam as evil. More recently, he has said he finds Islam offensive and wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

Military's health care costs booming

Military's health care costs booming 23 Apr 2010 Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show. The surging costs are prompting the Pentagon and Congress to consider the first hike in out-of-pocket fees for military retirees and some active-duty families in 15 years, said Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of TRICARE, the military health care program. Pentagon spending on health care has increased from $19 billion in 2001 to a projected $50.7 billion in 2011, a 167% increase.

Man pleads guilty in N.Y. terror plot

Man pleads guilty in N.Y. terror plot 23 Apr 2010 An accused co-conspirator of Najibullah Zazi, the airport shuttle bus driver who plotted to detonate explosives in New York's subway system, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in a Brooklyn federal court. Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, admitted to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

Former NSA official pleads not guilty in media-leaks case

Former NSA official pleads not guilty in media-leaks case 23 Apr 2010 A former U.S. intelligence official accused of leaking secrets to the media pleaded not guilty Friday during his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Lawyers for Thomas A. Drake, 53, a former official with the National Security Agency, requested that he be tried by a jury. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled an October trial. Drake, of Glenwood, was accused in an indictment this month of sharing classified information with a reporter.

Greece asks for EU-IMF bailout

Greece asks for EU-IMF bailout 23 Apr 2010 Hobbled by exorbitant borrowing costs, Greece triggered an emergency aid plan Friday to draw cash from the IMF and countries that use the euro — the first test of whether the EU is prepared to bail out one of its members... The three-year plan agreed on in Brussels recently and hailed as a sign that Europe can cope with the crisis will provide Greece with loans: euro-zone members will contribute euro30 billion ($40 billion) at interest rates of about 5 percent, while the IMF will chip in about euro10 billion this year.

Oil pollution fears after blazing rig sinks

Oil pollution fears after blazing rig sinks 23 Apr 2010 A crew member from an oil platform that sank off the Louisiana coast last night reported an initial explosion three hours before the rig went up in flames in a second, larger explosion, the Coast Guard said... The sinking of the rig could unleash more than 300,000 gallons (1,135,600 liters) of crude a day into the water. The environmental hazards would be greatest if the spill were to reach the Louisiana coast. 

Arizona immigration bill: Obama says it's 'misguided'

Arizona immigration bill: Obama says it's 'misguided' 23 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama says the government must enact immigration reform at the national level - or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others." Obama says a failure to act will lead to more of what he called "misguided" efforts like an immigration bill in Arizona. If signed by the state's governor, the bill would require police to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.


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