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New York Police Department to investigate pepper-spraying at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a press briefing on Wednesday that the Internal Affairs Bureau would investigate Anthony Bologna, a senior New York Police Department officer who pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. On September 24, four female protesters were rounded up on East 12th…

Double eruption at Indonesia volcano: vulcanologist

An Indonesian volcano erupted twice on Monday following its biggest eruption in weeks over the weekend, a government vulcanologist said, forcing people to remain in safety shelters. “The two eruptions happened within ten minutes which sent a column of ash and smoke up to 600 metres (1,968 feet) into the…

Testy U.S. debt talks set to enter third day

President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents headed Tuesday into a third straight day of talks seeking an elusive deal to avert a potentially ruinous early August default on US debt payments. The 3:45 pm (1935 GMT) discussions at the White House came after Obama Monday scolded Republicans and pressed…

Rescuers raise 48 bodies from Volga boat accident

Russian rescuers recovered nearly 50 bodies on Monday from an overcrowded pleasure boat that sank in the Volga River in an accident the Kremlin blamed on disregard for safety. Divers reported raising 48 bodies off the vessel, the Bulgaria, which went down in a heavy storm on Sunday on one…

Japan idled reactors could restart after stress test

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s idled nuclear reactors could restart work if they pass the first stage of two-step post-Fukushima safety checks, the government said on Monday. Still, without a timeframe for the tests, concerns remain about summer power shortages that could hurt the economy. Last week’s surprise announcement that the…

Aboriginals fear spill from Canada’s first pipeline to the Pacific Coast

Aboriginals fearing a spill are threatening to try again to block Canada’s first pipeline connecting the rich oil fields of Alberta to the Pacific Coast aiming to reach new markets in Asia. Pipeline giant Enbridge has hinted in recent months it would soon receive a nod from the federal government…

Japan to ‘stress test’ all nuclear reactors

Japan said Wednesday it will run “stress tests” on all its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about…

French nuclear reactor authorized for 10 more years

French safety authorities Monday said they had cleared a reactor at a 33-year-old nuclear plant to go on functioning for another decade provided maintenance work is carried out. The number one reactor at Fessenheim, France’s oldest nuclear plant, “is suitable to be used for 10 more years on condition that…

Montana governor reviewing oil, gas pipeline safety

Montana governor reviewing oil, gas pipeline safety KALISPELL, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on Monday said authorities will review safety of all oil and gas pipelines that cross waterways in the state and close those that did not meet standards. “We’ll make the decision over the next couple…

China hit by two mining accidents

BEIJING — China suffered two mining accidents on Saturday that left three workers dead and 40 trapped underground, state media said, the latest incidents to hit the nation’s dangerous collieries. One mine collapsed in Heshan city in the southern region of Guangxi, and rescuers sent to help the trapped workers…

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