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U.S. Rendition Ignored British Protest

A British committee investigating possible UK involvement in extraordinary rendition has found that the U.S. ignored British intelligence caveats and concerns, possibly straining a historically close intelligence relationship. The committee also recommended a ban on cooperation that could lead to secret detention, which it said “is of itself mistreatment.”

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Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

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Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

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Grand Jury Rejects Katrina ‘Mercy Killing’ Charges

In a case of life imitating art and vice versa, a New Orleans grand jury refused Tuesday to indict a doctor for the alleged mercy killing of four critically ill patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou maintained her innocence throughout the affair, which was recently fictionalized by the left-leaning drama “Boston Legal.”

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Extreme Weather Ravages Europe

Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.

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Taliban Officer Reported Dead in Pakistan

Pakistani police have reported the apparent suicide of Abdullah Mehsud, a key Taliban commander who did 25 months at Guantanamo Bay.  Mehsud was in hiding in the southwestern Balochistan region of the country and blew himself up during a raid by Pakistani soldiers, according to the BBC.

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Gonzales Among Defendants in Iraq Vets’ PTSD Suit

With the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder on the rise among American veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, two veterans’ groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (pictured) and other defendants, citing systemwide failures in dealing with the PTSD crisis on the governmental level.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Approval Rating Plummets to 25%

As more members of Congress from both sides of the aisle register their dissatisfaction with President Bush’s leadership, their sentiments appear to be shared by the public—as evidenced by the results of a new survey by the American Research Group, which found that 71 percent of Americans “disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president.”

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Halliburton Profits Spike on Spinoff of Subsidiary

Thanks in part to executives’ decision to unload the trouble-prone offshoot KBR in April, multinational corporation (and Dick Cheney’s former employer) Halliburton more than doubled its profits during the three-month period ending June 30, according to the BBC.

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Bad News About Global AIDS Rate

Even though the sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS appears to have dropped off in mainstream media and culture in recent years, the latest news about infection rates is far from favorable.  President Bush’s adviser on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, reports that we’re “losing ... the numbers game” with respect to new infections around the globe.

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