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Italy groups urge boycott of Israeli goods

Italy groups urge boycott of Israeli goods --Pro-Palestinian groups, left-wing Gush Shalom movement call on supermarkets in Italy to ban Israeli products from West Bank settlements and Golan Heights. 23 May 2010 As the Palestinian Authority ups its efforts to boycott Israeli products made in the West Bank settlements and the Golan Heights, pro-Palestinian groups in Italy sought to take the effort one step further and boycott all Israeli products "because you can't differentiate." Pro-Palestinian groups in Italy demonstrated in front of the headquarters of two large supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, demanding that they stop selling Israeli produce exported by Agrexco.

Iran: US main root of Afghan extremism

Iran: US main root of Afghan extremism 23 May 2010 Iran's foreign minister calls US the main perpetrator of radicalism in Afghanistan reiterating that the country's difficulties can only be resolved through regional collaboration. Flawed policies imposed on Afghanistan (by Western forces) have inflicted "extensive negative consequences" on this region's states and people, said Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura, IRIB reported Sunday.

US appoints first cyber warfare general

US appoints first cyber warfare general --Pentagon creates specialist online unit to counter cyber attack amid growing fears of militarisation of the internet --Plans for Cyber Command were originally conceived under President [sic] George W Bush. 23 May 2010 The US military has appointed its first senior general to direct cyber warfare -- despite fears that the move marks another stage in the militarisation of cyberspace. The newly promoted four-star general, Keith Alexander, takes charge of the Pentagon's ambitious and controversial new Cyber Command, designed to conduct virtual combat across the world's computer networks. He was appointed on Friday afternoon in a low-key ceremony at Fort Meade, in Maryland. The creation of America's most senior cyber warrior comes just days after the US air force disclosed that some 30,000 of its troops had been re-assigned from technical support "to the frontlines of cyber warfare".

6 people cited after protest at Border Patrol Headquarters

6 people cited after protest at Border Patrol Headquarters 21 May 2010(AZ) Six people who initially refused to leave the lobby of the Border Patrol headquarters at Davis-Monthan Airforce Base, have been cited and released by the Tucson Police Department. The demonstrators say they are protesting SB 1070 and any military presence at the border.

Rockets fired at NATO base in S. Afghanistan

Rockets fired at NATO base in S. Afghanistan 23 May 2010 Rockets were fired at the military base operated by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southern Afghanistan's restive city of Kandahar late on Saturday, officials said. Afghan government officials, who insisted on anonymity, told Xinhua that five rockets fired inside and out of the compound and casualties have so far not been clear.

Taliban win £1,600 bounty for each Nato soldier killed

Taliban win £1,600 bounty for each Nato soldier killed --Taliban commanders said the bounty had more than doubled since the beginning of last year. 23 May 2010 Taliban rebels are earning a bounty of up to 200,000 Pakistani rupees (£1,660) for each Nato soldier they kill, according to insurgent commanders. The money is said to come from protection rackets, taxes imposed on [CIA] opium farmers, donors in the Gulf states who channel money through Dubai and from the senior Taliban leadership in Pakistan. So far this year 213 Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 41 British troops, bringing the potential rewards for the Taliban to £350,000.

Iraq car bomb death toll rises to 30

Iraq car bomb death toll rises to 30 23 May 2010 Iraqi police and morgue officials say the death toll in a car bombing at an open-air market in a town northeast of Baghdad has risen to 30. Friday's bombing struck the town of Khalis, a Shi'ite enclave 80km north of Baghdad in the largely Sunni province of Diyala. Most of those killed were sitting in a cafe in the centre of the market. About 80 people were also wounded in the attack.

At West Point, Obama Presses for New World Order to Defeat Al Qaeda

At West Point, Obama Presses for New World Order to Defeat Al Qaeda 22 May 2010 President Obama on Saturday vowed to press for a new international order "that can resolve the challenges of our times" and help the United States defeat 'Al Qaeda' and other threats to freedom. Delivering the commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama ticked off a list of lofty goals this new order could accomplish; from combating violent extremism to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons to stemming climate change and sustaining global growth.

Oil spill to reach Europe, Arctic

Oil spill to reach Europe, Arctic 22 May 2010 The oil spill BP-Halliburton oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico is gradually finding its way toward Europe and the Arctic to damage, endangering wider ecological basins, scientists say. Briefing a congressional panel on Friday, senior US scientists warned that the bad consequences of the massive oil leak are not confined to the US coasts, and the wildlife are endangered in a far broader scope.

At West Point, Obama talks national security strategy

At West Point, Obama talks national security strategy 22 May 2010 President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new "international order" as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes his belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting democratic values around the world. Speaking to the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point -- the ninth wartime commencement in a row, he said -- the commander in chief who is leading two foreign wars expressed his faith in cooperation and partnerships to confront the economic, military and environmental challenges of the future.

Meet The Sloths: Watch The Animals Be Naturally Adorable

Meet The Sloths: Watch The Animals Be Naturally Adorable 21 May 2010 Filmmaker/blogger Lucy Cooke has traveled to Aviaros del Caribe, a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, and the world's only sloth orphanage. According to Cooke, baby two- and three-toed sloths "whose mother's have either been run over or zapped by power lines are brought to the sanctuary and looked after by legendary sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo." (Video)

Iran protests US visa denial to diplomat

Iran protests US visa denial to diplomat 22 May 2010 Tehran has lodged a formal protest against Washington for deliberately preventing a senior Iranian diplomat from attending a key nuclear conference in New York. Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh missed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, which kicked off on May 3, after officials in Washington refused to issue him a US entry visa.

Two US soldiers killed in Iraq

Two US soldiers killed in Iraq 22 May 2010 The US military has announced that two of its combat troops have been killed in separate incidents in the restive regions of northern Iraq. The army said in a statement that one of the soldiers was killed near Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Friday. The military statement gave no details on the circumstances leading to his death. A second statement said that a US soldier died on Thursday of injuries sustained in the same region.

BP oil spill reaches delicate wetlands of Louisiana

BP oil spill reaches delicate wetlands of Louisiana --Local reports described heavy sheets of oil clogging marshes in Mississippi delta that provide haven for migratory birds 21 May 2010 Thick sheets of crude oil spread through the delicate wetlands of Louisiana today, as the BP oil spill continued to threaten the American coastline. Local reports described heavy sheets of oil the consistency of latex paint clogging the marshes in the Mississippi delta that provide a haven for migratory birds, and buffer the shore from Gulf hurricanes.

Pakistan catering company may be linked to terrorism, U.S. embassy says

Pakistan catering company may be linked to terrorism, U.S. embassy says 22 May 2010 Pakistan has detained at least four people suspected of links with a failed bid to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square, including one who worked for a catering company servicing embassies in Islamabad. The U.S. embassy in Pakistan issued a warning yesterday about a catering company, the Hanif Rajput Catering Service, saying it may have terrorist links.

Appeals Panel Bars Detainees From Access to U.S. Courts

Appeals Panel Bars Detainees From Access to U.S. Courts --The decision was a broad victory for the Obama administration in its efforts to hold terrorism suspects overseas for indefinite periods without judicial oversight. 21 May 2010 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three men who had been detained by the United States military for years without trial in Afghanistan had no recourse to American courts. The detainees, two Yemenis and a Tunisian who say they were captured outside Afghanistan, contend that they are not terrorists and are being mistakenly imprisoned at the American military prison at Bagram Air Base. But a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled unanimously that the three had no right to habeas corpus hearings, in which judges would review evidence against them and could order their release.

House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois

House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois 20 May 2010 The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama's hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously approving legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States. The administration had asked Congress to approve about $350 million to buy and renovate a nearly empty prison in Thomson, Ill. The White House plan was to empty Guantánamo and transfer its detainees to Illinois - including 48 who would be held without trial as wartime prisoners. But late Wednesday, the House committee unanimously approved a defense bill for 2011 that bans spending money to build or modify any facility inside the United States to house Guantánamo detainees, according to a summary of the bill.

Hague Orders Probe Into Whether U.K. Agents Colluded in Torture

Hague Orders Probe Into Whether U.K. Agents Colluded in Torture 21 May 2010 Foreign Secretary William Hague ordered a judicial inquiry into claims U.K. intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorist suspects overseas. Hague, a member of the Conservative-led coalition that took power after May 6 elections, had supported calls for an inquiry while in opposition last year. Binyam Mohamed, a former Guantanamo detainee and U.K. resident, alleges he was tortured with the collusion of British officials while held in the Guantanamo Bay prison.

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database By Declan McCullagh 19 May 2010 Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults "arrested for" certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

7 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

7 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 21 May 2010 At least seven German soldiers have been killed in northeastern part of Afghanistan, increasing the number of foreign troops killed in the country, the Taliban claim. Taliban militants killed the soldiers in an attack in Badakhshan province, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Friday. He also noted that a US military base has been targeted by militants in eastern Afghanistan.

British intelligence to be investigated over torture claims

British intelligence to be investigated over torture claims 21 May 2010 Claims that Britain's secret services were complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects are to be investigated. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said damaging allegations had come to light, including one in which Binyam Mohamed, a UK resident born in Ethiopia, claimed British intelligence services had colluded with US agents in torturing him. The investigation details are being worked out by the Conservative party and coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.

British troops in Afghanistan to be put under US command

British troops in Afghanistan to be put under US command 21 May 2010 Around 8,000 British troops in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, will be placed under the operational command of the United States, it has been announced. As part of a restructuring plan, command and control in southern Afghanistan will be split into two areas, according to the Ministry of Defence. Command will be rotated between US and UK forces under the new structure. The first commander in Helmand will be Major General Richard Mills of the US Marine Corps.

MI5 faces probe over 7/7

MI5 faces probe over 7/7 --Judge Heather Hallett said they would probe what police and MI5 officers knew ahead of the shock attacks. [Such as, um, everything?] 21 May 2010 Inquests into the deaths of 56 people in London's July 2005 suicide bombings will probe alleged failings by police and MI5 intelligence before the attacks, the coroner conducting the hearings said Friday... The suicide bombers set off near-simultaneous explosions on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus on the morning of July 7, 2005, in what has become known as 7/7 [false flag], nearly four years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. [See: Rudy Giuliani in London and sees terror again 07 Jul 2005 Rudolph Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York so closely identified with his city's recovery after September 11 attacks, was in London this morning, just yards from Liverpool Street station when the bombs went off. --Now, that's what *I* call a *coincidence.*]

Top spy in US submits resignation

Top spy in US submits resignation 21 May 2010 The man at the top of US spy agencies has announced his resignation. In the most high-profile exit yet from President Barack Obama's national security team, Dennis Blair has said he will leave his national intelligence post. The resignation follows a string of intelligence failures, some of them involving failed attacks by extremists on US soil. Dennis Blair will go on Friday, May 28th.

Terror detection methods not working

Terror detection methods not working 20 May 2010 A report just been released in the US has shown that at least 16 known terrorists passed through US under the gaze of federal officials, who had been trained to sift suspicious passengers. A Government Accountability Office report has stated that behavioural officers, who had been trained to operate within the Transportation Security Administration, allowed 16 people who were later involved in terror plots to move several times through eight different airports without challenge.

US Apologizes to Billionaire Added to Terror No-fly List

US Apologizes to Billionaire Added to Terror No-fly List --Gilbert Chagoury Still Doesn't Know 'Why I Was Branded A Terrorist' 21 May 2010 The United States has issued a written apology to a jet-setting billionaire businessman with close ties to former President Bill Clinton whose name was added to the no-fly list in the wake of the attempted Christmas day bombing of an American passenger plane. Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian citizen of Lebanese descent, was pulled off a private jet Jan. 15 at Teterboro airport in New Jersey and detained for more than four hours after federal agents discovered his name was on the then-recently updated no-fly list.

Bomb blast in central Iraq kills 23

Bomb blast in central Iraq kills 23 21 May 2010 A car bomb blast has killed at least 23 people, leaving 55 others injured in a central Iraqi city northeast of the capital Baghdad. The device went off at a marketplace in the city of Khales on Friday, AFP reported. The blast was the deadliest since two successive bombings last Friday in the town of Tal Afar, west of the mostly Kurdish city of Mosul, killing 25 people and wounding 120 others.

Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup

Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup --Dispersant Corexit is manufactured by Nalco Co., whose current leadership includes executives from BP and Exxon 13 May 2010 BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though other U.S. EPA-approved alternatives have been shown to be far less toxic and, in some cases, nearly twice as effective. After the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and a deepwater well began gushing crude in the Gulf of Mexico three weeks ago, BP quickly marshaled a third of the world's available supply of dispersants, chemicals that break surface oil slicks into microscopic droplets that can sink into the sea... Scientists warn that the dispersed oil, as well as the dispersants themselves, might cause long-term harm to marine life.

NATO force would stop Palestinian attacks on Israel

NATO force would stop Palestinian attacks on Israel 21 May 2010 A huge deployment of NATO troops in a future Palestinian state may prove crucial in countering fears it would become a base for attacks on Israel. In the first new element to arise from the indirect proximity talks that began this week, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are reportedly prepared to consider the proposal. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a deployment in talks with US special envoy George Mitchell yesterday, and the newspaper Israel Hayom reported that advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had not dismissed the idea of foreign troops on the Palestinian side of a new border.

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians 21 May 2010 Israeli troops have targeted two Palestinians in the south of the Gaza Strip and complicated rescue operations by keeping the targeted area under intensive fire. The two lost their lives on Friday at the hand of the forces who had intruded into the area of Khan Younis, a Press TV correspondent reported.

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