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NYPD can keep surveillance documents on protesters secret, court rules

A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to a civil-liberties lawsuit against the New York Police Department, saying the police force is within its rights to keep secret some 1,800 pages of documents about its surveillance of protesters ahead of the Republican National Convention in 2004. More than 1,800…

Mexico uncovers mass grave in abandoned mineshaft

The bodies of 55 people have been removed from a mine airshaft in southern Mexico, prosecutors said Monday, making it the country’s largest mass grave. The victims were found last week at the bottom of a 100-meter (300-foot) deep airshaft near the entrance to a mine in the southern state…

Israel denies plans for mass expulsions of Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Israel’s army denied on Monday that it plans to carry out mass expulsions of Palestinians living in the West Bank after a new military policy entered into force. The policy “will make it possible to better defend those those affected by an order of repatriation because it envisages…

Despite 935 documented lies, Rove book insists Iraq war was justified

Blames Democrats for Katrina aftermath Republican strategist Karl Rove says in a new memoir that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq badly damaged the Bush administration’s credibility and led to dwindling public support for the war. The former White House political adviser blames himself for not…

Despite 935 documented lies, Rove book insists Iraq war was justified

Blames Democrats for Katrina aftermath Republican strategist Karl Rove says in a new memoir that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq badly damaged the Bush administration’s credibility and led to dwindling public support for the war. The former White House political adviser blames himself for not…

Students leave OH college after threat of ‘mass killing’ of blacks

Several students have withdrawn from an Ohio college after a threat to kill black students was scrawled on a men’s bathroom wall. The FBI has launched a hate crimes investigation into the graffiti threat, which was found in a bathroom at a Hocking College residence hall in Nelsonville, Ohio. Some…

Former UK prime minister slams motives for Iraq invasion

Former prime minister John Major said Saturday that the Iraq war inquiry appeared to be showing that the invasion was more about regime change than finding weapons of mass destruction. Criticising his successor Tony Blair over his presentation of the case for invading, Major told BBC radio that Iraqi dictator…

Adviser trashes Blair over Iraq, calls him ‘sycophant’ to Washington

LONDON — One of Tony Blair’s most senior public servants launched a scathing attack Monday on the former prime minister over the Iraq war, accusing him of “sycophancy” towards Washington. The former top prosecutor Ken Macdonald issued the attack after Blair admitted on the weekend that the country would have…

Condi set sights on Iraq as 9/11 unfolded: UK diplomat

Not sure if Bush-Blair deal to invade Iraq was ‘signed in blood,’ former UK ambassador says; Iraq war inquiry could be a cover-up, critics claim A former British ambassador to the United States says then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice talked to him about Iraq and Saddam Hussein hours after the…

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