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‘Significant progress’ in replacing US oil well cap

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — BP has made “significant progress” in installing a new cap over the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and may be hours away from fitting it in place, officials said Monday. “We’ve made significant progress. This could lead to the shutting of the well,”…

US begins scaling back ambitions for Afghan occupation

Nearly nine years into the Afghan war, the United States has begun scaling back its ambitions, searching for an acceptable way out that avoids defeat. Talk of routing the Taliban has been replaced by efforts to woo insurgents to lay down their arms, as pressure builds to find a formula…

Israel approves plan to ease Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday approved a plan to ease its blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip following weeks of international pressure, but provided few details on what new goods would be allowed in. The security cabinet’s decision was a response to mounting international calls to ease the four-year blockade…

Under pressure, BP suddenly finds ‘quicker’ solution

WASHINGTON — Under intense US pressure, energy giant BP presented a new plan to roughly triple the amount of oil it is capturing from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well by the end of June, to more than 50,000 barrels a day. “After being directed by the administration to move…

Jon Stewart to Obama: Actually, ‘the ass has been kicking you’

President Barack Obama is looking for an ass to kick over the BP oil spill. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart suggests that he should start by kicking his own. Tourism has taken a hit on the Gulf Coast and Stewart doesn’t think that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is helping the situation.…

Biden: Israel right to intercept aid flotilla

Vice President Joe Biden, in a tv interview Wednesday, said that Israel had the right to stop an aid flotilla en route to Gaza that was intercepted by Israeli forces and resulted in the deaths of several activists. Haaretz, the Israeli daily, noted that Biden didn’t “go so far as…

BP still deciding whether to pump mud to stop oil

Powered by Mochila BP still deciding whether to pump mud to stop oil BP CEO expects to decide soon whether to start ‘top kill’ bid to plug Gulf oil leak with mud GREG BLUESTEIN and MIKE BAKER AP News May 26, 2010 07:51 EDT BP was still running tests and…

Multiple warning signs preceded BP blast: inquiry

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Multiple warnings signs preceded an explosion that tore through a BP-leased oil rig, killing 11 and precipitating a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, US lawmakers have said. Citing a preliminary BP inquiry into the disaster, Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak said there were…

Furious Louisiana officials accuse BP of destroying fragile marshes

Crude oil oozed into US wetlands Friday as furious Louisiana officials accused BP of destroying fragile marshes and leaving coastal fishing communities in ruin. As delicate marshlands in the Mississippi Delta faced an environmental nightmare, BP conceded after days of pressure that it had underestimated the amount of oil leaking…

BP finally releases oil spill video, but lies about delay

Experts say criminal charges ‘just a matter of time.’ BP officials finally made an underwater video of its broken well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after being pressured to do so by media outlets and the White House, and then claiming they hadn’t received requests for the footage.…

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