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Activists press for closure of military training school

Thousands of activists on Saturday marched on the controversial training base for soldiers from Latin American militaries formerly known as the School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia, to demand its closure. “The figure that we have now, very conservative, is more than 4,000 people in Fort Benning Road,…

Protesters occupy DC building before eviction

A small group of protesters backed by the Occupy DC movement took over a former school building in Washington for several hours before being removed by police. An AFP journalist at the scene saw around 100 activists from the nearby Occupy camp who demonstrated outside the Franklin School building, a…

Director Oliver Stone lashes out at U.S.

Film director Oliver Stone launched a critical rant against America’s love of money, its role in war and Barack Obama whilst at a film festival in Algeria where he was promoting his latest documentary Saturday. Speaking mostly in French at a press conference in Algiers, Stone said he was shocked by the global financial crisis and “to…

German Mercedes-Benz manager arrested in Alabama due to immigration law

Alabama’s strict new immigration laws have not only been felt on Hispanics, but also now on a European auto business executive. The Associated Press reports that a German manager with Mercedes-Benz was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for not having a driver’s license with him in the state’s crackdown on non-U.S.…

Cyberattack traced to Russia damages Illinois public water facility

SAN FRANCISCO — A cyber strike launched from outside the United States hit a public water system in the Midwestern state of Illinois, an infrastructure control systems expert said on Friday. “This is arguably the first case where we have had a hack of critical infrastructure from outside the United…

Occupy ‘bat-signal’ creator explains how he brought it off

As Occupy Wall Street protesters were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday evening, a mysterious series of images flashed across the facade of the Verizon building, located near the East River, starting with a circled “99%.” “LOOK AROUND / YOU ARE A PART / OF A GLOBAL UPRISING /…

House GOP fails to pass balanced budget amendment

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A measure that would amend the Constitution to require the government to balance its books each year fell short in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday. By a vote of 261 to 165, largely along party lines, the bill fell short of the…

McDonald’s dumps egg supplier after charges of cruelty to chickens

CHICAGO — Undercover animal rights activists exposed shocking cruelty to chickens at McDonald’s egg supplier, prompting the fast food giant to cut ties to the US firm after the video was released Friday. “Unfortunately, much of the abuse we documented is not only standard, it’s legal,” said Nathan Runkle, director…

Canada, Mexico ‘victory’ in US meat label dispute

Canada and Mexico on Friday largely won a trade dispute against the United States over its regulation requiring country-of-origin labels for meat. The countries claimed the US policy discriminated against their cattle, lowered prices and restricted trade in the case brought before the World Trade Organization. A dispute panel ruled on Friday that the labelling…

US debt panel groping for deal as deadline looms

A US Congress “supercommittee” tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction planned to meet through the weekend if necessary to find an elusive deal, one of its co-chairs said Friday. “We are painfully, painfully aware of the deadline that is staring us in the face,” Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling told reporters as the…

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