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Pentagon tries to tamp down Manning detention outcry with media tour

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AFP) – Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking cables to WikiLeaks, faces far less restrictive conditions after being relocated to a new prison, according to the Pentagon. Reporters taken on a tour of the new military detention facility in Kansas were not allowed to see…

Potential for blast after BP oil refinery in Texas loses power

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Residents of a US Gulf town have been told to stay indoors and turn off their air conditioners after power failures at a nearby BP refinery and Dow Chemical plant, officials said. Texas City Emergency Management director Bruce Clawson, raising fears of a potential blast, said the…

US to move WikiLeaks suspect Manning to newer prison

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bradley Manning, a US soldier held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, is being transferred to a new prison facility after intense criticism of the conditions of his detention. The Pentagon on Tuesday announced his imminent transfer to a Kansas military facility it said was better-suited…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning being moved to Kansas jail‎

WASHINGTON – Bradley Manning, a US serviceman being held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be transferred to a military facility in Kansas, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The move comes after intense criticism of Manning’s detention conditions in Quantico, Virginia. “At this juncture of the case we…

US anti-nuclear activists slam reprocessing plan

WASHINGTON – US anti-nuclear groups Monday condemned a project to build a plant where plutonium from weapons would be reprocessed into fuel for nuclear power plants, saying the plan was costly, dangerous and would benefit mainly the French group, Areva. A mixed-oxide, or MOX, plutonium reprocessing plant that is being…

CNN accuses Fox News of ‘outrageous’ lie over ‘human shields’ in Libya

Update: Fox News responds, attacks CNN reporter’s sanity for calling out false report A CNN reporter has refuted a claim by Fox News that television reporters were used as “human shields” in Libya, calling the allegation an “outrageous” falsehood. Reacting to word that a caravan of about 40 journalists were…

Judge orders Loughner mental evaluation in Missouri

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the college dropout charged in January’s Arizona shooting rampage, to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri to see if he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors earlier this month asked for Loughner to receive an evaluation. U.S.…

Senator calls for moratorium on US nuclear plants

WASHINGTON – The United States should “put the brakes” on the development of nuclear power plants as the disaster in Japan unfolds, key US senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday. “I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Lieberman told the CBS…

Obama administration expanding use of Guantánamo Bay: report

Forget closing Guantánamo Bay — President Barack Obama has reportedly green-lighted a plan to begin charges against new detainees at the controversial off-shore prison for the first time under his administration. “The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantánamo detainees, an acknowledgment that…

Yemen nuclear material went unsecured for a week

A facility housing Yemen’s radioactive material went unguarded for up to a week after its guard was removed and its surveillance camera was broken, a secret U.S. State Department cable outed by WikiLeaks revealed Monday. At one point there was practically nothing protecting the material at Yemen’s National Atomic Energy…

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