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Maoists derail train in India, 71 killed

SARDIHA, India (AFP) – Maoist rebels derailed a high-speed train packed with sleeping passengers into the path of a freight train in eastern India on Friday, killing at least 71 people, police said. It was the latest in a series of deadly Maoist attacks that have put the government under…

BP kept using toxic chemical in Gulf despite EPA warning

Angry Louisians watched fragile shorelines and rare birds become coated in thick crude Monday as BP came under mounting pressure ahead of a make-or-break “top kill” operation to stem the tide of oil streaming into the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that “state and federal officials…

Louisiana beach remains closed as BP accused of hiding oil gusher’s true size

A popular tourist beach in Louisiana remained closed due to oil contamination Saturday as BP officials denied botching the month-long clean-up and deliberately hiding the true extent of the spill. As Grand Isle, Louisiana, closed its seven-mile beach to clean up an orange-liquidy slick washing ashore, the British energy giant…

Obama establishes commission to investigate Gulf oil gusher

President Barack Obama announced on Saturday the establishment of an independent presidential commission to probe a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has already shut down a popular tourist beach in Louisiana. As Grand Isle, Louisiana, closed its seven-mile beach to clean up an orange-liquidy slick washing…

Hopes pinned on BP’s ‘dynamic kill’ to stop oil spill

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raised expectations Thursday of what he cast as BP’s make-or-break attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill by filling a ruptured well with mud. As crude oil spread through Louisiana’s fragile marshlands a month after a rig blast triggered the spill, BP…

NYT: US using private spy ring ‘on an almost daily basis’

Despite claims that the US military’s private spy operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been shut down, the program continues to run and is feeding information to the Pentagon “on an almost daily basis,” the New York Times reported Saturday. Additionally, the private operation has ballooned from its original goal…

Timor police declare war on mysterious ‘ninjas’

DILI (AFP) – East Timor police have declared war on a group of mysterious “ninjas” accused of murder and subversion in a new twist to the young country’s struggle to establish security. The latest whispers of ninjas to transfix the nation emerged after the murders of a 15-year-old girl in…

Operation Knockdown: FBI raids Texas gang

WASHINGTON — FBI agents and police swooped Thursday on suspected members of a gang thought to be involved in the slaying of three people linked to the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, an official said. Some 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers launched raids early Thursday in…

Paper: Defense official ran private spy operation

A US official identified as Michael Furlong organized a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the purpose of finding and killing suspected Islamic militants, The New York Times reported Monday. Citing unnamed military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States, the newspaper said Furlong, who…

British PM Gordon Brown makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Early wins in a major anti-Taliban push in southern Afghanistan offered a “beacon of hope,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday during a surprise visit to troops. During a lightning eight-hour visit to Helmand province, Brown cautioned that it was vital to “win the peace as well as the…

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