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/#breaking_news US 'deploys nuclear sub to
Persian Gulf' 23 Mar 2008 An American nuclear submarine has crossed
the Suez Canal to join the US fleet stationed in the Persian Gulf,
Egyptian sources say. Egyptian officials reported that the nuclear
submarine crossed the canal along with a destroyer on Friday and
Egyptian forces were put on high alert when the navy convoy was
passing through the canal. An American destroyer recently left the
Persian Gulf, heading towards the Mediterranean Sea; earlier Thursday,
a US Navy rescue ship crossed the canal to enter the Red Sea.
Sadr urges 'civil revolt' as battles erupt in Basra 25 Mar 2008 The
Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr today called for "civil revolt" after
a crackdown on Shia factions in Basra killed 22 people. Iraqi
security forces in the southern Iraqi city encountered heavy
resistance as battles with gunmen from Sadr's Mahdi Army militia
broke out. A further 58 were wounded.
'If it explodes, it will crush their rotten heads.' Green Zone
shelling mirrors militia ire 24 Mar 2008 Rocket attacks on the
U.S.-protected Green Zone may carry a message with implications
across Iraq: rising anger within the Mahdi Army militia. The latest
rumblings in the Mahdi Army are provoked by the belief that the
Americans and their Iraqi allies abused the cease-fire by conducting
raids that have targeted hundreds of al-Sadr's backers and aides.
Militia commanders told The Associated Press they viewed the arrests
as a move by Shiite rivals to deny them a prominent political
voice... The Mahdi Army commanders claimed many members of the
"special groups" have been reintegrated into the militia in recent
months after they swore allegiance again to al-Sadr. "They don't
seem to realize that the Sadrist trend is like a volcano," Abdul-Hadi
al-Mohammedawi told worshippers Friday in Kufa, referring to the
Iraqi government and its U.S. backers. "If it explodes, it will
crush their rotten heads."
Baghdad Green Zone hit again by rockets 25 Mar 2008 'Insurgents'
on Tuesday slammed at least four rockets into the heavily-fortified
Baghdad Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and the US
embassy, Iraqi and US officials said. At least four Katyusha rockets
struck the Green Zone, an Iraqi security official said.
Iraq cleric's militia starts protest, shuts stores 24 Mar 2008 Iraqi
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia ordered shops
to close in some Baghdad neighborhoods on Monday in what they said
was the start of a "civil disobedience campaign." The militia has
[been paid by the US and so] kept a low profile since Sadr called
a ceasefire last August and extended it last month.
Officials await IDs on 3 Iraq bodies 25 Mar 2008 Authorities are
awaiting identification of the remains of three bodies in Iraq, a
U.S. law enforcement official said Tuesday, a day after the remains
of two kidnapped mercenaries were identified.
FBI recovers remains of two U.S. security contractors in Iraq 24
Mar 2008 The FBI said on Monday it had identified and recovered the
remains of two kidnapped U.S. mercenaries in Iraq. They were
identified as Ronald Withrow of Roaring Springs, Texas, who worked
for JPI Worldwide when kidnapped on January 5, 2007, and John Roy
Young of Kansas City, Missouri, who worked for Crescent Security
Group when kidnapped on November 16, 2006.
US military passes 4,000 death toll in Iraq 24 Mar 2008 The number
of US troops killed in Iraq has reached 4,000 with the deaths of
four soldiers in southern Baghdad. The four soldiers were on patrol
when their vehicle was struck yesterday at around 10pm local time
(7pm GMT) by a roadside bomb.
Bush Given Iraq War Plan With a Steady Troop Level 25 Mar 2008 Troop
levels in Iraq would remain nearly the same through 2008 as at any
time during five years of war, under plans presented to President
[sic] Bush on Monday by the senior American commander and the top
American diplomat in Iraq, senior administration and military
McCain: Petraeus, Osama agree on Iraq 25 Mar 2008 War enthusiast
Senator John McCain says General David Petraeus and Osama Bin Laden
are finally 'in agreement' about the battleground. In a bid to
express his Iraq policy of a hundred year war, McCain said Monday
that his democratic rivals are naove and 'dead wrong' for wanting
to withdraw troops. "For the first time, I have seen Osama bin Laden
and General Petraeus [top US commander in Iraq] in agreement, and,
that is, a central battleground in the battle against al-Qaeda is
in Iraq today," said the Republican nominee-in-waiting. "And that's
what bin Laden was saying and that's what General Petraeus is saying
and that's what I'm saying, my friends," the Arizona senator
continued. [Birds of a feather flock together.]
US warship fires on Egyptian boat, one killed 25 Mar 2008 A US
warship [Global Patriot] fired on a motor boat in the Gulf of Suez
on Monday, killing one Egyptian and wounding two others, Egyptian
security sources and witnesses said.
US cargo ship opens fire in Suez canal, 1 dead 25 Mar 2008 An
Egyptian was shot dead and two others wounded in an incident involving
a US-flagged cargo ship crossing the Suez Canal towards the
Mediterranean Sea, reported security officials late Monday.
No extra troops for Afghanistan, minister insists 25 Mar 2008 (AU)
The Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, says there is no argument
"whatsoever" for Australia to increase its troop commitment in
Afghanistan, even after it withdraws more than 500 soldiers from
southern Iraq in the middle of the year.
Five members of mine-removal team are killed in Afghanistan 24 Mar
2008 In one of the bloodiest attacks in months on a nongovernmental
organization in Afghanistan, gunmen killed five members of a
mine-clearing team and wounded seven more in a relatively peaceful
northern province, officials said Monday.
Soldier dies after accident in Afghanistan 24 Mar 2008 A soldier
from Detroit has died of injuries he received while working on a
vehicle in Afghanistan.
Musharraf approved US attacks on Qaida 24 Mar 2008 The Musharraf
regime has indirectly approved the US Drone attacks on 'al-Qaida'
targets in tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Since
January, missiles have been fired from Central Intelligence Agency
operated Predator drones and have hit at least three suspected
hideouts of Islamic militants, including a strike on March 16 in
Toog village in South Waziristan that left 20 dead. Sources said
that the recent wave of Predator attacks are the result of Musharraf's
understanding with the US officials and other top Pakistanis which
gave Washington virtually unrestricted authority to hit targets in
the border areas.
U.S. mistakenly sent nuclear missile fuses to Taiwan 25 Mar 2008
military 'mistakenly' shipped four fuses for nuclear missiles to
Taiwan in 2006, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The military was
supposed to ship helicopter batteries to Taiwan but instead sent
fuses used as part of the trigger mechanism on missiles.
RCMP edits Taser reports, probe finds --Censored details include
incident dates, injuries and whether individuals were armed 25 Mar
2008 The RCMP is stripping crucial details about Taser firings from
public reports as use of the controversial stun guns skyrockets
across the country. A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and
CBC found the Mounties are now refusing to divulge key information
that must be recorded each time they draw their electronic weapons.
Heads up! Market's First Lab-on-Chip for Rapid Molecular Flu Detection
at Point of Need 24 Mar 2008 Following the success of the evaluation
trials conducted at the prestigious National University Hospital
of Singapore, Veredus Laboratories and STMicroelectronics today
announced the commercial availability of VereFlu(TM), a portable
lab-on-chip application for rapid detection of all major influenza
types at the point of need. Unlike existing diagnostic methods,
VereFlu is a breakthrough molecular diagnostic test that can detect
infection with high accuracy and sensitivity, within two hours
providing genetic information of the infection that traditionally
would take days to weeks to learn. With its high level of automation,
users outside the traditional lab environment can easily perform
the tests at the point of need.
TB Patient Faces Felony Charges in Ariz. 25 Mar 2008 A man with a
virulent form of tuberculosis who once was confined to a hospital
jail ward for failing to wear a mask in public has been indicted
on felony charges. Prosecutors said Monday there was no evidence
that Robert Daniels had exposed anyone to his multiple drug-resistant
TB before he was quarantined in 2006, but they still charged him
with two counts of unlawful introduction of disease or parasite.
County officials have been putting together a case to prove Daniels
knowingly introduced a disease into the state, endangering others.
"We took our time looking at the evidence to make sure the evidence
fit the crime," said Sally Wells of the Maricopa County attorney's
office. [LOL, just wait until Bush, Cheney, KBR and Blackwater host
the bird flu pandemic party.]
TB patient indicted on charges of exposing public to disease 24 Mar
2008 A tuberculosis patient who was involuntarily quarantined for
a year in a Phoenix hospital jail ward has been indicted on charges
that he unlawfully exposed the public to a disease. Robert Daniels,
a Russian-born man with dual U.S.
citizenship, fled to Moscow last year to escape possible prosecution
and incarceration by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Algerian accused of training 9/11 pilots can claim millions in
damages 14 Feb 2008 An Algerian man who was wrongly accused of
training five of the 9/11 'hijackers' today won the right to claim
millions of pounds in compensation.
Lotfi Raissi, who lives in Chiswick, was held in jail for four and
a half months shortly after the New York attacks as the US authorities
tried to extradite him for questioning over his alleged terrorist
links. He was freed after a judge ruled there was no evidence to
support the allegations, despite objections from prosecutors acting
on behalf of the American government.
Passport case raises outsourcing concern "Have we gone too far in
recent years by perhaps relying too much on contractors?" --Rep.
Solomon Ortiz, D-Tex. 24 Mar 2008 The practice of outsourcing by
the State Department allowed hired hands to snoop around in
presidential candidates' files. And now it's pointing to questions
about whether outside contractors should have access to such sensitive
information about any citizen. The government routinely relies on
private firms to do sensitive work -- from managing weapons systems
to protecting traveling diplomats to helping maintain records that
contain private information on U.S. citizens.
Roger Stone: I tipped off FBI about Eliot Spitzer sex scandal 24
Mar 2008 A political rival has admitted that he tipped off the FBI
about the former New York Governors use of prostitutes, effectively
ending Elliot Spitzers career in public office to score a victory
in a bitter feud. Roger Stone, a controversial Republican operative,
alerted authorities four months before the Democratic governor was
forced to step down in a sex scandal. Mr Stone told the FBI, through
a letter from his lawyer, that Mr Spitzer "used the services of
high-priced call girls"while in Florida. Stone helped to orchestrate
the so-called Brooks Brothers riot in Miami, when angry Republicans
in pinstriped suits shut down the 2000 presidential 'election'
recount in Dade County, Florida... Mr Stone held a $20,000-a-month
post last year as a political consultant to Joseph Bruno, the state
senate majority leader and Mr Spitzers main rival in the New York
legislature. [See: Spitzer's Sex Life Is Weapon of Mass Distraction
for Bunch of Bad News for Bush.]
Bush vendettas By Jim Fetzer 25 Mar 2008 The outing of Eliot Spitzer
might exemplify the pattern of outing Valerie Plame and deposing
Admiral Fallon if there were a precipitating cause, as in these
other instances. Although we have been told that Spiters transgressions
were discovered as the result of a "routine tax inquiry", an article
he authored which appeared in The Washington Post a month earlier
hints otherwise. There appears to be a pattern here.
Detroit's Democratic mayor indicted in sex scandal 24 Mar 2008
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury, obstruction
of justice and official misconduct on Monday stemming from a sex
scandal and the prominent Democrat's handling of an $8.4 million
settlement of a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city. [And, for
killing one million-plus Iraqis and over 4000 US soldiers due to
lies, what happens to Bush and Cheney Halliburton?]
Don't discount Gore-led ticket 24 Mar 2008 If neither Sen. Hillary
Clinton nor Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the nomination by August,
U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) says we may see a brokered convention,
meaning the nominee could emerge from a negotiated settlement. "If
it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, dont be
surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket," Mahoney
said. A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice
president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with
this news organizations editorial board. If either Clinton or Obama
suggested to a deadlocked convention a ticket of Gore-Clinton or
Gore-Obama, the Democratic Party would accept it, Mahoney said.
Obama campaign posts his tax returns on Web 25 Mar 2008 The campaign
Barack Obama today posted his tax returns on its website, a move
designed to pressure Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to release her
The Gore-ing of Hillary Clinton 'She has to fess up in a way that's
a bit charming.' Misogynist MSNBC analyst/senior NewsWEAK editor
Jonathan Alter on 'Countdown,' explaining exactly what Senator
Hillary Clinton 'needs to do' regarding her 'exaggerations' detailing
a 1996 trip to Bosnia. --Lori Price 24 Mar 2008
Appeals court overturns law requiring airline passenger rights 25
Mar 2008 A federal appeals court has rejected a law requiring
airlines to provide food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to
passengers trapped in a plane delayed on the ground. The 2nd U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that New York's new state
law interferes with federal law governing the price, route or service
of an air carrier.
Supreme Court rules against Bush in death row case 25 Mar 2008
President [sic] Bush overstepped his authority when he ordered a
Texas court to reopen the case of a Mexican on death row for rape
and murder, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. In a case that mixes
presidential power, international relations and the death penalty,
the court sided with Texas 6-3.
US, Bahrain sign nuclear energy deal 25 Mar 2008 The US and Bahrain
have signed a deal to cooperate in the development and sharing of
nuclear energy, the US State Department says.
Consumer Confidence Plunges in March 25 Mar 2008 Consumer confidence
sank to a five-year low in March as tight credit markets, rising
prices and worsening job prospects deepened worries that the economy
has fallen into recession.
Nineteen indicted in huge foreclosure case 24 Mar 2008 Federal
officials announced the indictment of 19 people Monday in what they
call the largest "foreclosure rescue" scam in the nation, one that
allegedly took in more than $12 million and affected more than 100
1 in 10 Ohioans: Food stamps double since '01 --But price of food
means they don't go as far now 24 Mar 2008 Nearly one in 10 Ohioans
now receives food stamps, the highest number in the state's history.
Caseloads have almost doubled just since 2001, with 1.1 million
residents now collecting benefits, according to the Ohio Department
of Job and Family Services.
Wall Street Firms Cut 34,000 Jobs, Most Since 2001 Dot-Com Bust 24
Mar 2008 Wall Street banks hit by mortgage losses and writedowns
have cut more than 34,000 jobs in the past nine months, the most
since the dot-com boom fizzled in 2001.
Bears face new toxic threat --Family of industrial chemicals called
perfluoroalkyl contaminants (PFCs) have been increasing between 19
and 27 per cent annually since 2000 24 Mar 2008 The iconic polar
bear, already a marauding warehouse of toxic substances, is facing
a new chemical assault that could trigger serious health problems
in the bear population within the decade. The damage may include
higher risk of cancers and impaired reproduction, say Danish
environmental scientists in a study to be published shortly.
Bush's corpora-terrorists killing off *another* species: Bats Perish,
and No One Knows Why --Researchers want to know whether recently
introduced pesticides may be contributing to the problem, either
through a toxin or by greatly reducing the bat's food source. 25
Mar 2008 In what is one of the worst calamities to hit bat populations
in the United States, on average 90 percent of the hibernating bats
in four caves and mines in New York have died since last winter.
Wildlife biologists fear a significant die-off in about 15 caves
and mines in New York, as well as at sites in Massachusetts and
Whatever is killing the bats leaves them unusually thin and, in
some cases, dotted with a white fungus. Bat experts fear that what
they call White Nose Syndrome may spell doom for several species
that keep insect pests under control.
Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses 25 Mar 2008 A chunk of Antarctic
ice nine times the size of Manhattan has suddenly collapsed, putting
an even larger glacial area at risk. Satellite images show the
runaway disintegration of a 220-square-mile chunk in western
Antarctica. British scientist David Vaughan says it's the result
of global warming.
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[Previous lead stories:] British pull-out from Basra delayed after
rise in rocket attacks --Plan to reduce forces to 2,500 by next
month put off indefinitely as Iraqi troops prepare to take on
militias. 23 Mar 2008 Further British troop withdrawals from Iraq
have been delayed indefinitely amid renewed rocket attacks on British
forces in Basra, and a looming showdown between Iraqi government
forces and Shia militias.
US army deaths in Iraq hit 4,000 24 Mar 2008 The number of United
States military personnel killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion
five years ago has passed the 4,000 mark. The latest to die were
four soldiers whose patrol vehicle was blown up by a bomb in southern
Baghdad on Sunday. The deaths bring the total to 4,000, according
to the US military and independent monitoring groups.
Iraq Invites Bids to Develop Akkaz Gas Field --Iraq negotiating
with four major oil companies to increase production in five producing
oil fields; Amman negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell, BP, ExxonMobil,
and Chevron. 23 Mar 2008 Iraq's Oil Ministry has invited international
companies to bid for the development of the Akkaz natural gas field,
which has estimated reserves of more than 2.15 trillion cubic feet,
the ministry said on its Web site. The ministry said the aim of the
project is to export gas from the field, which is in the western
province of Anbar near the Syrian border.
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