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U.S. House votes to end food aid for North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The House of Representatives has voted to bar US food aid to North Korea, with lawmakers charging that the assistance would prop up the communist regime instead of feeding the hungry. The Republican-led House, hashing out appropriations for agriculture late Wednesday, approved by voice vote an amendment…

Relief tunnel should reach Gulf well by weekend

Three months into the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government’s spill chief says a relief tunnel should finally reach BP’s broken well by the weekend, meaning the gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks. After several days of concern about the well’s stability and the…

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong. According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put…

Relief well remains Gulf’s last best hope to end oil gusher

As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.…

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