The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says heavy fighting between armed groups in Congo has displaced 100,000 people, including 60,000 children. The National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) defeated government forces near the Congolese capital of Goma last week. "Around 250,000 people are now believed to have been displaced in the last two months, bringing the total number of internally displaced to around one million, 20 percent of the entire North Kivu population," UNICEF said in a statement on Monday. The Guardian: The tragedy of Congo.
Tell VT to Elect Charlotte Dennett to Prosecute Bush, she'll appoint Vincent Bugliosi.
As the US presidential campaign enters its final weeks, both the Republican and Democratic candidates are hitting the swing states.
But misconceptions and rumours abound and many voters have their facts about the candidates all wrong. Some believe that Democrat Barack Obama is a Muslim, for instance.
Casey Kauffman talked to some Republican supporters after a rally by Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, in Ohio.
After the 11 September 2001 attacks, the United States government launched a massive program to spy on millions of its own citizens. Through the top secret National Security Agency (NSA), it has pursued "access to billions of private hard-line, cell, and wireless telephone conversations; text, e-mail and instant Internet messages; Web-page histories, faxes, and computer hard drives." In his new book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America author James Bamford casts light on this effort, including a detailed account of how spying on American citizens has been outsourced to several companies closely linked to Israel's intelligence services. WUFYS: A Long History of Israeli Spying on the US.
A tree fungus could provide green fuel that can be pumped directly into tanks, scientists say. The organism, found in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces a mixture of chemicals that is remarkably similar to diesel. "This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances," said Gary Strobel, a plant scientist from Montana State University who led the work. "We were totally surprised to learn that it was making a plethora of hydrocarbons."
A massive 220 firms, almost one third of Britain’s largest 700 companies, including Cadbury, Standard Chartered Bank and British American Tobacco, paid no Corporation Tax in 2006-2007. In addition, a recent report from parliament’s Public Accounts Committee reveals that a further 210 firms paid less than £10 million each. Just 50 firms (7 percent) paid 67 percent of the total. These firms came from 3 of the 17 industry sectors: banking, oil and gas, and insurance.
Warships from the NATO powers and elsewhere are converging on the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, ostensibly to tackle piracy and to escort ships through the Gulf. The rush was sparked by the hijacking of the MV Faina at the end of September by pirates operating from northern Somalia. The MV Faina, registered in Belize but managed by Ukrainian company Tomax Team Inc., is carrying heavy weapons including 33 ex-Soviet T-72 tanks and armoured personnel carriers, ammunition and spare parts.
J. Edgar Hoover was born in Washington on January 1, 1895 and rose to become one of the most powerful men in America some say even more powerful then the presidents he served under. It is more or less common knowledge that he was a transvestite and had a life long relationship with fellow FBI man Clyde Tolson. There are numerous stories of Hoover appearing in drag in New York. Usually in a red dress, he liked to be called "Mary".
Scientists have discovered what they believe is an eight-armed creature, which colonised a large section of the world's oceans over 300 million years before the first dinosaurs emerged. The findings represent the first comparable animal fossils from the Ediacaran Period, 635 to 541 million years ago, which appear in two drastically different preservation environments - black shale of South China and quartz rock of South Australia. "According to palaeogeographic reconstructions, South China and South Australia were close to each other at the time, belonging to a supercontinent called Gondwana," says lead author Dr Maoyan Zhu. Zhu, a scientist at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, first helped to make the China-Australia connection two years ago during a Beijing conference. He showed a photo of the unusual eight-armed creature, called Eoandromeda octobrachiata, to co-author Dr James Gehling of the South Australia Museum.
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