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Many US homes still without power after Irene

Residents of several states in the northeast US approached the Labour Day holiday weekend mired in mud and stuck in the dark nearly a week after Hurricane Irene swallowed parts of the region with flooding. About one million homes and businesses on the East Coast were still without electricity on Thursday, following outages for almost 10 million customers on Irene’s rampage last weekend. ...

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CIA Rendition Program Secrets, Costs Revealed In New York Billing Dispute

WASHINGTON — The secret airlift of terrorism suspects and American intelligence officials to CIA-operated overseas prisons via luxury jets was mounted by a hidden network of U.S. companies and coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, newly disclosed documents show. More than 1,700 pages of court files in a business dispute between two aviation companies reveal how integral private contractors were ...

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Panel: Widespread waste and fraud in war spending

WASHINGTON—As much as $60 billion in U.S. tax dollars has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade due to lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, according to an independent panel. In its final report to Congress, to be publicly released Wednesday, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the waste could grow ...

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Police say three bombers behind Chechnya attack

GROZNY, Russia – Three suicide bombers were responsible for killing at least nine people in the capital of Russia’s Chechnya region, a police official in the North Caucasus province said on Wednesday. The attack late on Tuesday near Chechnya’s parliament building was one of the deadliest in recent years in Grozny, which has been rebuilt by a Kremlin-backed government after ...

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Gucci-wearing Dalai Lama misleading world on Tibet: China

Calling the Dalai Lama “a small figure”, China today dismissed him as an old Lama who wears Gucci shoes and likes to travel around the world to mislead the international community on Tibet. “Since 1959, the Dalai has been in exile (in India). He is an old Lama, who wears…

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Two More Monks jailed in Tibet, Rights Groups Condemn Unjust Trial

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – A local Chinese court in Ngaba county of eastern Tibet Tuesday, 30 August, jailed two Tibetan monks of Kirti Monastery after accusing them of “intentional homicide” over Phuntsok’s death by self-immolation, according to a latest report. The US and international human rights organizations have strongly criticized the sentencing of three Tibetan ...

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Syrian forces said to be conducting searches for activists

BEIRUT – Syrian security forces conducted house-to-house raids in the central city of Hama yesterday, hunting for activists involved in the country’s uprising, residents and activists said. Several tanks and military buses were parked on the eastern entrance of the city, they said, while hundreds of soldiers searched two…

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Obama avoids political showdown, reschedules Congress speech

Washington, Sept 1 (PTI) Thursday, September 01, 2011 –> US President Barack Obama has avoided a major political showdown with the opposition Republican as he agreed to address the joint session of the Congress on September 8 instead of September 7 after objections from House Speaker John Boehner. Obama, who wanted to outline his much-anticipated jobs creation plan next Wednesday ...

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Syrian crackdown to be investigated for human rights violations

The United Nations Human Rights Council met in special session yesterday to debate the urgent dispatch of a commission to Syria to investigate possible crimes against humanity in the Government’s “brutal” crackdown on largely peaceful protesters seeking its ouster. “Let me conclude by emphasizing the importance of holding perpetrators of crimes against humanity accountable,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

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Hurricane Irene could hit U.S. as a monster

Add Comment Have Your Say Email StorySend to a Friend Share ThisTell Your Friends Tweet ThisTweet This MoreShare It . Del.icio.us Facebook Stumbleupon Newsvine Yahoo bookmarks Mixx Digg Reddit Google Bookmarks Twitter LinkedIn Hurricane Irene, at bottom right, is seen over the Dominican Republic at 3:45 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 23, 2011, in a satellite image provided by NOAA and ...

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