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U.S. says Bradley Manning helped al Qaeda with leaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US soldier Bradley Manning aided Al-Qaeda by leaking troves of classified information to the secret-spilling website Wikileaks, military prosecutors said Thursday. Manning, who served as a low-ranking intelligence analyst in Iraq, has previously been charged with 22 counts, including aiding the enemy. During a pre-trial hearing,…

Shell admits 207 oil spills in 2011

Terry Macalister, The Guardian STANDFIRST: Shell said in its annual report that the number of spills increased to 207 during 2011, from 195 in 2010 Shell has revealed that its global oil spill record got worse over the last year, with 207 sizeable incidents in 2011. The revelations in the…

Urban air pollution could kill 3.6 million people a year by 2050

Fiona Harvey, guardian.co.uk Urban air pollution is set to become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, overtaking even such mass killers as poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according to a new report. Both developed and developing countries will be hit, and…

Italy court rules LGBT have right to ‘family life’

Italy’s highest civil court opened the way for homosexuals to have the same rights as heterosexual married couples Thursday, but it upheld a ban on gay marriage and said those celebrated abroad were not valid in Italy. In a ruling welcomed by gay rights groups, the court said that homosexuals…

Manning to learn WikiLeaks court martial trial date

American soldier, Bradley Manning, could Thursday learn the date of his court martial on charges that he leaked secret military information to the website Wikileaks. Wearing a dark green uniform and flanked by two guards, the 24-year-old former intelligence analyst appeared in a court in Fort Meade, Maryland. “The judge…

40 Days for Life promises to continue UK anti-abortion vigils

The group behind a US-style Christian protest outside an abortion clinic in central London was urged on Thursday to stop harassing women but vowed to continue its daily vigils. Campaigners from 40 Days for Life were “haranguing” women as they approached the building in Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, said Ann…

Uganda screenings of Kony film halted after protests

A Ugandan youth group said Thursday it would stop screening a hugely popular Internet video calling for the arrest of rebel chief Joseph Kony after local people reacted furiously at its first showing. A screening in the northern town of Lira, attended by many people mutilated by Kony’s soldiers, was…

Syria ‘setting border mines to stop refugee flight’

Syria has planted landmines near its border with Turkey along routes used by refugees fleeing the regime’s deadly crackdown on dissent, the Turkish deputy prime minister said on Thursday. “The Syrian administration has been planting mines, taking measures not to allow refugees to flee to the other side of the…

Gerard Depardieu to play ‘smug’ Strauss-Kahn

French actor Gerard Depardieu said on Thursday he would play the “arrogant, smug” former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about his fall from grace in a series of sex scandals. “I will do it, because I don’t like him,” said Depardieu, best known for his larger-than-life swashbuckling roles…

Former News of the World chief reporter arrested in phone-hacking scandal

By Lisa O’Carroll– Operation Weeting officers re-arrest former NoW chief reporter, this time on suspicion of intimidation of a witness. Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter of the News of the World, has been arrested on suspicion of intimidation of a witness. He was arrested by appointment at a central…

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