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Two killed in ‘terror attack’ on Russian power plant

MOSCOW (AFP) – Militants burst into a hydroelectric plant in Russia’s volatile Caucasus region Wednesday in a brazen dawn attack, killing two people and setting the facility ablaze with a string of blasts, officials said. The unknown attackers set off the explosions at the station in the unrest-infested North Caucasus’s…

Top anti-war Democrat: Afghanistan war could ‘destroy’ Obama’s presidency

WASHINGTON – An outspoken anti-war Democrat said ongoing US military efforts in Afghanistan could deeply imperil the presidency of Barack Obama and the fortunes of the Democratic Party. “I think that this war, if it goes on and if it escalates, has the potential to destroy this presidency and to…

Obama slams ‘failed’ anti-regulation philosophy that led to spill

‘We will make BP pay,’ president says President Barack Obama strongly criticized the federal government’s oil oversight agency Tuesday night in an address to the nation on the Gulf oil spill. In his first speech from the Oval Office, Obama called on the United States to “embrace a clean energy…

Obama calls on Americans to visit Gulf beaches

GULFPORT, Mississippi — President Barack Obama Monday implored Americans to visit southern tourist beaches and munched on local seafood, seeking to boost two key industries threatened by the BP oil disaster. “There’s still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that…

Kucinich calls for independent probe of Israeli raid

The full text of the letter from Rep. Dennis Kucinich to President Obama follows the AFP story below A US lawmaker called Friday for an independent probe into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and called for Washington to impose diplomatic and financial “consequences” on its ally. “The…

UN Secretary General to Israel: ‘End the blockade’

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary-General, said Wednesday that Israel should end its blockade of Gaza and that the deaths of activists aboard an aid flotilla could have been avoided. “Had the Israeli government heeded to international calls and my own strong and urgent and persistent call to lift the blockade…

Major earthquake hits South Pacific: USGS

PORT VILA — A shallow 7.2 earthquake struck off Vanuatu Friday, seismologists said, sparking a tsunami warning which was later cancelled. The quake at 04:14 am (1714 GMT Thursday) hit at a depth of 36 kilometres (22 miles), 214 kilometres northwest of Luganville, or 2,070 kilometres northeast of Brisbane, Australia,…

US expands secret military missions: report

The United States has expanded secret military activities in the Middle East, Central Asia and east Africa to break militant networks, The New York Times said, citing a military document. The move is to “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al-Qaeda and other groups in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Somalia, the…

No HIV care for 90% of gay men in Asia Pacific: UN

HONG KONG — More than 90 percent of gay men in the Asia Pacific region don’t have access to HIV prevention and care services, as levels of the disease soar to “alarming levels”, a UN report said Monday. The study, conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said discriminatory…

Kucinich: US drone attacks in Pakistan could ‘inspire radicalism’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) forcefully criticized the United States’ drone strikes in Pakistan as inspiring the anti-American sentiments they seek to quell, touching upon a consequence of the policy rarely discussed in the media but well-recognized in the region. “I do not support the drone attacks,” Kucinich told…

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