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Air passenger demand up 6.2% but freight slumps

International passenger air travel was up 6.2 percent in August from a year ago but freight demand accelerated its plunge with a 3.8 percent decline, industry association IATA said Monday. “The industry has shifted gears downward,” said Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association. “The pace of growth in passenger markets has dipped and thefreight…

A year after polls, Bosnia still without government

SARAJEVO — A year after last October’s general election, Bosnia is still without a central government, with the inability of political leaders to agree on a future cabinet hampering the bid for EU integration. “Instead of seeking a compromise, the six parties (taking part in the negotiations) are stuck in…

Rick Perry takes message to New Hampshire voters

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry swept through New Hampshire Saturday with a message of smaller government and lower taxes as he tries to revitalize his campaign. The Texas governor’s platform of fiscal conservatism was warmly received by friendly crowds at a town hall, chili fest…

Cigarette vending machines banned in England

LONDON — Cigarette vending machines were banned in England on Saturday, a move the government hopes will cut the numbers of children smoking. Anyone caught selling cigarettes from the machines, usually found in pubs and clubs, could face a fine of £2,500 ($3,900, 2,900 euros). Pubs will still be able…

Columnist offers to fund drug tests for Florida lawmakers

Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday that he would be willing to pay for drug tests for the Florida lawmakers who voted to drug test welfare recipients. “Interestingly, the governor’s pee-in-the-cup mandate doesn’t apply to the one bunch that whizzes away more tax dollars than anyone…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protester: Cops part of the 99 percent

Occupy Wall Street protester Kelly Heresy appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Monday to discuss the clashes between New York police officers and the demonstrators. “We are not against the cops,” he said. “The cops are part of the 99 percent. The cops, we would like to believe, are…

Cornel West: Cold-hearted Republican Party tied to oligarchs

Public intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West said Tuesday on MSNBC that the Republican Party was “mean, coldhearted and tied to oligarchs,” but Democrats were “spineless” and unwilling to fight them. “Looks like Barack Obama is going to have some spine, but it could be a two-step,” he said. “It…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

Humanitarian spending at record high despite financial crisis: report

LONDON (AlertNet) – Global spending on humanitarian aid hit a record $16.7 billion in 2010 despite the financial crisis, but devastating disasters and rising delivery costs meant almost 40 percent of needs still went unmet, new data showed on Wednesday. Governments poured $12.4 billion into emergency relief, up 6 percent…

Obama pushes for ’11th-hour’ debt deal

US President Barack Obama has urged polarized lawmakers to find an “11th-hour” deal to avert a calamitous August debt default, but said he saw progress as he praised a new bipartisan plan. The US leader warned on Tuesday that time was running out to forge a broad deficit-cutting compromise amid…

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