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Maine Republicans seek to loosen child labor laws

Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill through the Maine Legislature that would rollback child labor laws enacted by the state in 1991. The bill, LD 1346, establishes a “training wage” for employees under 20 years of age at $5.25 per hour for their first 180 days of employment and increases…

India cancels 14 more ‘fake’ pilot licences

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s aviation regulator said Friday it had cancelled the licences of 14 more commercial pilots caught forging their qualifications in a spreading scandal that has rocked passenger confidence. Cases of pilots exaggerating their flying time while training and other irregularities have emerged since a captain who…

No big changes needed to end gay military ban: US

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday that ending the ban on gays in the military will require no major changes to policy, with training for commanders and troops under the new rules set to start next month. After Congress voted to scrap the ban on openly gay troops in December,…

Republicans aim to gut US diplomacy: lawmaker

A top White House ally warned Monday that deep spending cuts sought by Republicans risked crippling US-led campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as efforts to combat terrorism and aid Israel. Representative Howard Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, complained Republicans had spared military funds…

NYPD officers shown Muslim-bashing film in counter-terror training

New York Police Department officers who showed up for mandatory counter-terrorism training were shown a “spectacularly offensive” anti-Muslim film claiming that American Muslims are secretly plotting to take over the country, a news report alleged Wednesday. The news is further evidence that US law enforcement agencies are turning to extremist…

Police probes claims of Canadians training with al-Qaeda

MONTREAL (AFP) – National police are investigating claims that a dozen Canadians have received Al-Qaeda training aimed at carrying out attacks in Canadian cities, a police official said Saturday. The Hong Kong-based Asia Times reported that the Canadians arrived in Afghanistan last February and moved to Pakistan after nine months.…

Counter-terror ‘expert’ tells cops: Kill militant Muslims, ‘including children’

A counter-terrorism consultant told a meeting of law enforcement officials that the way to combat militant Muslims is to “kill them … including the children,” says a news report. Walid Shoebat, a self-described “former PLO terrorist” who “now speaks out for USA and Israel,” reportedly made the comment at a…

Leaked cable confirmed: US, UK advised, trained Bangladeshi ‘death squad’

Britain confirmed Thursday it trains a Bangladeshi police unit that human rights groups have labelled a government “death squad” but stressed the programme was to improve ethical standards. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was set up in 2004 and admits about 600 people have died in what it calls “encounter/shootout”…

US trains Mexican military for escalating drug war

The United States is supplying intelligence and crucial training to elite units of Mexican marines who are engaged in an operation against drug cartels, The Washington Post reported late Friday. Citing unnamed diplomats and law enforcement officials, the newspaper said the effort includes more information-sharing and training than previously known.…

Catholic church trains priests to place renewed focus on exorcism

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed,…

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