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Mexican peace activist: ‘US must admit their responsibility for violence in Mexico’

EL PASO, Texas (AFP) – A week-long Mexican peace caravan crossed the border into El Paso, Texas on Saturday as protest leader and poet Javier Sicilia called on the US to do more in the fight against drug-related violence in Mexico. “The United States must admit their responsibility in the…

U.S. and Colombia reach deal on labor concerns: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Colombia have agreed on a plan to address concerns over labor rights and anti-union violence in the South American country that have blocked a free trade pact for more than four years, a U.S. private sector source said on Wednesday. “I hear the…

Arguments over agenda stall U.N. climate talks

BANGKOK (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked on Wednesday over a debate on the agenda for negotiations, with developing countries pushing hard for a greater focus on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. The April 3-8 talks in the Thai capital are part of a long and often troubled negotiation trying…

US, Russia launch nuclear arms reduction pact

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a landmark nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia on Saturday, a showpiece of Washington’s “reset” of ties with its former Cold War enemy. The new START nuclear arms reduction treaty officially came into force when Clinton and Russian counterpart…

Senate ratifies nuclear treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON – The US Senate on Wednesday ratified a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, handing President Barack Obama a signal diplomatic and political victory after a months-long battle. Lawmakers voted 71-26 in favor of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), easily clearing the two-thirds majority needed to…

Republicans split on nuclear treaty

Signs of split among Republicans on nuclear arms control treaty with Russia Divisions within Republican ranks emerged Friday over a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control treaty as President Barack Obama pushes for the Senate to act quickly on the pact. Twenty-two Republicans — just over half the current GOP lawmakers in…

Mayors from around the world sign climate pact

Mayors from around the world signed a voluntary pact Sunday in Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a meeting meant as a precursor to UN-sponsored climate talks in Cancun opening next week. The gathering in one of the world’s most polluted cities assembled thousands of local and regional…

‘Utterly stupid’: WH slams Robertson over Haiti remarks

UPDATE: The White House joined the growing chorus of condemnation surrounding televangelist Pat Robertson’s comment that the earthquake in Haiti was the result of a “pact with the devil” the nation’s founders made when fighting against French colonial rule in the 18th century. “It never ceases to amaze, that in…

Pat Robertson blames Haiti’s ‘pact with the devil’ for quake

He’s done it again. Pat Robertson, the televangelist who anchors the 700 Club, has found a way to blame a massive disaster on its many victims. Speaking Wednesday about the earthquake in Haiti that the country’s president estimates has taken the lives of “hundreds of thousands,” Robertson implied that the…

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