The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for an explosion at an oil pipeline linking Iraq with southern Turkey. The explosion which occurred late Friday night caused serious damage to the pipeline, carrying oil from Northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Turkish port city of Ceyhan.
After seven years of detention without trial, and more than four years of legal battles, a US court this week finally ordered the release of five Algerian-born detainees from Guantánamo Bay. The judge instructed the US government to take all necessary and diplomatic steps to facilitate their release "forthwith."
The increasingly right-wing character of the transition being organized in preparation for President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration in January has elicited expressions of concern from the middle-class "left." This milieu, whose views are reflected in publications like the Nation magazine, played a significant role during the election campaign in promoting Obama's candidacy and the Democratic Party as vehicles for fundamental political and social change.
Jimmy Carter said it was the first time he had been denied permission to carry out a mission in any country. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP The former United States president Jimmy Carter said today that he and others planning a humanitarian mission in Zimbabwe had been refused entry to the country.
• Market jumps on hopes of new treasury secretary
• Boost fails to help US banking giantJames Doran in New York
Wall Street ended a volatile week with renewed confidence last night, after reports that Barack Obama has chosen Timothy Geithner, the head of the New York Federal Reserve, as his treasury secretary.
• States and companies target developing nations
• Small farmers at risk from industrial-scale deals
Julian Borger, diplomatic editor guardian.co.uk, Saturday November 22 2008 00.01 GMT The Guardian, Saturday November 22 2008 Article historyRich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies.
There is an emergency. In less than a decade we will have to change course, but there are a few major obstacles blocking the way.
US missile strikes targeting militants cause resentment in Pakistan : At least five people have been killed in a suspected US missile strike on a tribal district in north-west Pakistan, security officials have said. The attack hit a suspected militant hide-out in North Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, the officials said. Pakistan Daily: Pakistan The Next US Target.
Subprime mortgages were the beginning, not the end, of a global financial crisis, and in recognition of this fact equity markets have crashed. The proximate cause of this week's retreat in equity markets to the lowest levels since the 1990s was the collapse of loans to American commercial real estate, which in turn implies the collapse of insurance companies and pension funds. Americans who relied on private pension funds, whether through their employer or insurance companies, will lose part or all of their pensions. That is why it is so difficult to rescue General Motors...
Former UN head Kofi Annan and the former US president Jimmy Carter have cancelled a planned trip to Zimbabwe. They said the government had not granted them visas, making their two-day visit, with Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel, impossible. The three international figures are part of a group called the Elders, set up to tackle world conflicts.
Pirates in control of a Saudi oil tanker anchored off the Somali town of Haradheere have said that they will fight against any military attempt to free the vessel. But the captors of the Sirius Star have no plans to destroy the boat, a member of the pirate gang told the AFP news agency on Saturday.
Gov. Sarah Palin granted the pardon at Triple D Farms in Wasilla.
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