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Venezuela head threatens US oil cut over Colombia row

Venezuela head threatens US oil cut over Colombia row 25 Jul 2010 President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has threatened to halt oil exports to the US if his country is attacked by Colombia - a close US ally. The threat comes amid an escalating dispute over allegations that Venezuela is harbouring Colombian rebels [aka freedom fighters resisting US-backed death squads]. Mr Chavez broke diplomatic ties with Colombia last week and put his army on high alert. Mr Chavez said he had received intelligence that "the possibility of armed aggression against Venezuela from Colombia was higher than it had ever been". [Right, USociopaths are constantly on the prowl for new countries to invade/occupy at the behest of corporaterrorists.]

BP chief Tony Hayward 'negotiating exit deal'

BP chief Tony Hayward 'negotiating exit deal' 25 Jul 2010 BP's chief executive Tony Hayward has been negotiating the terms of his exit, with a formal announcement likely within 24 hours, the BBC has learned. Mr Hayward has been widely criticised over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BBC reports that Mr Hayward is likely to be replaced by his American colleague, Bob Dudley, who is in charge of the clean-up operation poisoning workders and destroying the Gulf.

Iran to sue US for rights violations

'The US uses human rights to pressure Iran while this country does not observe even the most basic articles of the human rights law.' Iran to sue US for rights violations 25 Jul 2010 An Iranian lawmaker says Tehran plans to file a lawsuit against the US over the inhumane policies adopted by Washington towards the people of Iran. "It has been agreed that the issue of US violation of human rights as well as its double standard policies be raised in the international community and a lawsuit be filed to seek compensation for some of the damages inflicted on Iran because of it," member of the Majlis Human Rights Committee Zohreh Elahian said on Sunday.

US drone strikes kill 8 in Pakistan

US drone strikes kill 8 in Pakistan 25 Jul 2010 Two US drone attacks have left at least eight people dead in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid growing discontent over the issue. Officials say at least four people were killed and two others wounded in the latest attack on Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan. In an earlier attack, US drones fired two missiles at a compound in South Waziristan, killing four.

Taliban 'kill captured US soldier'

Taliban 'kill captured US soldier' 25 Jul 2010 The Taliban say one of the two missing American soldiers has been killed and the other, captured alive, is currently held by the militants. A Taliban spokesman said Sunday the group is holding both the body of the dead soldier and the captured one. "One of the two was killed in the exchange of fire and we arrested the second alive," said Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban take over Barg-i-Matal district

Taliban take over Barg-i-Matal district 25 Jul 2010 Taliban militants have taken over the Barg-i-Matal district in Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. According to a Press TV correspondent in Afghanistan, the Taliban militants seized the Barg-i-Matal district -- the largest town in Nuristan province -- on Saturday night.

Homeland Security Agent Sentenced to 4 Years in Sex-for-Greencard Case

Homeland Security Agent Sentenced to 4 Years in Sex-for-Greencard Case 23 Jul 2010 A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent has been sentenced to serve four and half years in prison today, after coercing a female applicant to perform sexual acts in exchange for her green card. The former screening officer, Isaac Baichu, 59, of the Bronx. was convicted of demanding and receiving sexual favors from a female who was applying for U.S. Citizenship in December of 2007.

Bombs kill five U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Bombs kill five U.S. troops in Afghanistan 24 Jul 2010  Bombings killed five U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. The military did not say precisely where the incidents occurred, but the statement said the troops died in "improvised explosive device attacks." Four service members died in one attack and one was killed in the other.

Relief well rig back at BP spill site -Transocean

Relief well rig back at BP spill site -Transocean 24 Jul 2010 The rig drilling the relief well intended to permanently seal BP Plc's blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well has returned to the spill site, the company that owns the rig said on Saturday. "As of our last report, the (Development Driller III) was back on BP's Macondo location," Guy Cantwell, a spokesman for drilling contractor Transocean, said in an e-mail, referring the the ruptured BP Macondo well.

Iowa Dam Fails Causing 'Catastrophic' Release of Water

Iowa Dam Fails Causing 'Catastrophic' Release of Water 24 Jul 2010 A 300-foot-long breach in Lake Delhi Dam Saturday sent water spilling downstream and hundreds of people fleeing for safety in eastern Iowa. David Fink, Lake Delhi dam operation manager, called the breach "a catastrophic release of water." The dam, which sits on the Maquoketa River about 45 miles north of Cedar Rapids, failed following massive amounts of rain.

Two U.S. soldiers 'captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan'

Two U.S. soldiers 'captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan' 24 Jul 2010 Two U.S. soldiers have been captured by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. A Taliban official said the U.S. nationals were seized after an exchange of fire with militants yesterday and were being held in southern Logar province. A local radio broadcast said a $20,000 reward for information leading to the safe release of the two.

S Korea-US military exercise begins in the Sea of Japan

S Korea-US military exercise begins in the Sea of Japan 24 Jul 2010 The US and South Korea are beginning a major military exercise in the Sea of Japan, despite threats of retaliation from North Korea. The navy and air force manoeuvres involve 20 ships, 200 planes and 8,000 US and South Korean personnel. Washington and Seoul say they want to send a clear signal to the North following the sinking of a South Korean warship in March [aka US false flag. See: US Professors Raise Doubts About Report on South Korean Ship Sinking 09 Jul 2010.]

Uncovered: Britain's secret rendition programme

Uncovered: Britain's secret rendition programme --Until now, this country has been guilty only by association in the illegal transfer of prisoners. But the covert rendition of a Moroccan man by MI5 agents suggests that the practice was central to Britain's 'war on terror' 21 Jul 2010 MI5 was directly involved in the rendition of a Moroccan national, illegally taken from a Belgian prison to work for Britain's Security Services in London, an investigation by The Independent has discovered. The man, now aged 29 and who cannot be named for his own safety, was secretly transferred from a Brussels jail in April 2004 and then further held and interrogated by senior MI5 officers at a secret base near London... The Home Office document, dated 4 November 2004, says: "It has been decided that the Secretary of State's discretion should be exercised in your favour and you have been granted limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom for a reason not covered by the Immigration Rules." 

Health plans may be raising premiums despite outsize surpluses, watchdog finds

Health plans may be raising premiums despite outsize surpluses, watchdog finds 22 Jul 2010 Nonprofit health insurers may be setting aside unnecessarily large surpluses even as some of them continue to raise premiums, according to an analysis by a consumer rights group. The report released Thursday by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, found that seven of 10 Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates examined had amassed surpluses more than three times the level regulators deemed necessary for them to remain solvent.

Pakistani official's son killed

Pakistani official's son killed 24 Jul 2010 A Pakistani provincial minister's son has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in broad daylight outside of Peshawar. On Saturday evening, Mian Rashid Hussain and his cousin were walking home in the Nowshera district, 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Peshawar, when militants sprayed them with bullets. Mian, the only son of provincial Information Minister Mian Iftekhar Hussain, reportedly received seven bullet wounds, including some on his face, and died on the spot.

Congress' Food Tab: $604,000 for Bottled Water, $152 at Quiznos

Congress' Food Tab: $604,000 for Bottled Water, $152 at Quiznos 24 Jul 2010 House members spent part of their Members Representational Allowances on [food] -- and more -- during the nine-month period between late 2009 and early 2010 covered by the Sunlight Foundation's House Expenditure Reports Database. The info is highly enlightening, revealing, for instance, the popularity of Chantilly Donut's sinkers... and how lucrative it can be to own a part of the cottage industry of keeping our duly elected representatives fed and well hydrated.

Two US service members missing in Afghanistan

Two US service members missing in Afghanistan 24 Jul 2010 Two US service members are missing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said today. The two service members left their compound in Kabul on Friday but did not return, a Nato official said. A search is under way for them.

US-led strike kills dozens of civilians

US-led strike kills dozens of civilians 24 Jul 2010 A US-led air strike has reputedly left dozens of civilians dead in Afghanistan, raising concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties in the country. The late Friday bombardment took place in the city of Sangin in southern Helmand Province. Locals told Press TV that the attack has also injured seven children in Helmand Province.

Nick Clegg's 'illegal' Iraq war gaffe prompts legal warning

Nick Clegg's 'illegal' Iraq war gaffe prompts legal warning --Coalition in confusion as deputy prime minister pronounces invasion 'illegal' at dispatch box 21 Jul 2010 Nick Clegg was tonight forced to clarify his position on the Iraq war after he stood up at the dispatch box of the House of Commons and pronounced the invasion illegal. The deputy prime minister insisted he was speaking in a personal capacity, as a leading international lawyer warned that the statement by a government minister in such a formal setting could increase the chances of charges against Britain in international courts.

Censored Gulf news: People bleeding internally, millions poisoned says 'EPA whistleblower'

'Tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf.' Censored Gulf news: People bleeding internally, millions poisoned says 'EPA whistleblower' By Deborah Dupre' 21 Jul 2010 In its report, "EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup," Democracy Now! states that "many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants." ...Amy Goodman interviewed Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit, who disclosed how the officials are lying about many things related to the catastrophe poisoning "millions of people."

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle By Abe Louise Young 21 Jul 2010 In the first few days after BP's Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup workers could be seen on Louisiana beaches wearing scarlet pants and white t-shirts with the words "Inmate Labor" printed in large red block letters. Coastal residents, many of whom had just seen their livelihoods disappear, expressed outrage at community meetings; why should BP be using cheap or free prison labor when so many people were desperate for work? The outfits disappeared overnight.

North Korea Warns of Nuclear Response to Naval Exercises

North Korea Warns of Nuclear Response to Naval Exercises 23 Jul 2010 North Korea said it would counter U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises with "nuclear deterrence" after the Obama administration said the government in Pyongyang shouldn’t take any provocative steps. North Korea will "legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces," the National Defense Commission said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Oil Rig's Siren Was Kept Silent, Technician Says

Oil Rig's Siren Was Kept Silent, Technician Says 24 Jul 2010 The emergency alarm on the Deepwater Horizon was not fully activated the day the rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 people and setting off the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a rig worker on Friday told a government panel investigating the accident. The worker, Mike Williams, the rig's chief electronics technician, said the general safety alarm was habitually set to "inhibited" to avoid waking up the crew with late-night sirens and emergency lights.

Severe Weather Strikes City, Tri-State

Severe Weather Strikes City, Tri-State 23 Jul 2010 New York City and the surrounding area was walloped by a bout of severe weather Friday night. The National Weather Service issued a rare tornado watch for our area just before 6 p.m., it was expected to last until 1 a.m. but was cancelled at about 9:15 p.m. The alert covered Fairfield county in Connecticut, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson and Union counties in New Jersey, and Rockland, County, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk in New York as well as all five boroughs of New York City.

Alaska couple on US terror charge

Alaska couple on US terror charge 23 Jul 2010 A National Weather Service employee and his British-born wife have pleaded guilty to domestic terrorism charges of lying to the FBI about a hit list of possible targets who the couple suspected were enemies of Islam. Google News reports that Paul Rockwood Jr., a convert to Islam and his British-born wife, Nadia Rockwood, of King Salmon, Alaska, were charged with lying and making false statements about domestic terrorism. There were 15 targets on the list but none of its contents have been made public.

Senate passes $60B war bill, kills House add-ons

Senate passes $60B war bill, kills House add-ons 22 Jul 2010 The Senate has passed an almost $60 billion bill funding President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan after stripping out more than $20 billion in domestic spending approved by the House. In a take-it-or-leave-it gesture, the Senate is returning the bill it passed in May to the House.

Israel Gets Brutal With Media

Israel Gets Brutal With Media By Mel Frykberg 23 Jul 2010 Palestinian activists are being jailed, Israeli activists are under surveillance, and the Israeli military is increasingly targeting journalists who cover West Bank protests. The Foreign Press Association (FPA) in Israel issued a statement recently condemning what it sees as a change in Israel Defence Forces (IDF) policy in their treatment of journalists covering the growing number of West Bank protests against Israel's separation barrier, illegal settlements and land expropriation.

Spanish activists sue Israeli PM

Spanish activists sue Israeli PM 23 Jul 2010 Two Spanish activists have filed a court case against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Manuel Tapial and Laura Arau, who were arrested in the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian convoy in May, lodged their complaint against Netanyahu, six of his cabinet members and the Israeli navy commander at Spain's National Court on Friday. The activists say they were illegally arrested in international waters, tortured and forcibly returned to Turkey.

BP oil company stops work for Gulf storm

BP oil company stops work for Gulf storm 23 Jul 2010 The BP oil company has stopped work on a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico due to a tropical storm approaching the site. Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed near the Bahamas with winds of 64 kilometers per hour. It is expected the storm to move across the oil spill area on Saturday.

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima --The consequences of a US war crime By Tom Eley 23 Jul 2010 The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004. According to the authors of a new study, "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009," the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945.

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