Massachusetts Statehouse approved 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas to protect state’s drinking water from possible contamination, ensure health and prosperity of communities. Earthquakes in Texas raised concerns over the controversial drilling technique. Anti-fracking sentiment grows among Texans.
Riot police forcefully dispersed demonstrators demanding ouster of President Yanukovych. 10,000 protesters, took to the streets. Security guards swinging batons, beating with truncheons. Dozens wounded, arrested. Massive protests in the country.
US labor groups, businesses clash on Black Friday, regarded as beginning of Christmas shopping season, Walmart workers protesting for higher wages. support for demonstrations has grown 1,500 protests held across the country on busiest shopping day of the year. Critics downplay the protests.
Demonstrators condemned the recent killing of a woman by regime forces in the village of A’ali. Calling for political reforms ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. scores killed, hundreds arrested.
U.S. scientists have developed a camera that can take photographs of objects and people that are only very dimly lit. Works by reconstructing 3D images from photons reflected from barely visible objects. Could be used in next generation spy cameras.
Gunshots in Thai capital, clashes between thousands of protesters. Anti-government activists call for removal of Prime Minister, proponents took to the streets to protect democracy. One shot dead, 10 wounded .Five injured by knives, rocks. Two badly beaten 3,000 troops deployed to reinforce security.
Russian secret service agents have recently advised regional government officials across the country to stay away from foreign webmail services such as Google’s Gmail and instead use domestic ones. Local administrations in Russian southern Rostov region immediately followed the order.
Thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets of the Caribbean nation’s capital to protest against US meddling in the country’s internal affairs, demanding departure of President Michel Martelly, set fire to discarded tires and pelted police with rocks. Denouncing stranglehold of America” on Haiti.
The international “Day of Rage” rallies have been held all across the UK as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem (al-Quds) and elsewhere to denounce the Israeli regime’s schemes to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouins, media reports say.
Egyptian committee drafting a new constitution approved an article that forbids formation of religious parties, or parties based on religious grounds. Ban was in force during Mubarak's 30-year rein. Criticized by legal experts, say this would give military more power than president.
Labeling GMOs won’t cost consumers a single penny. food companies change their labels all the time. Costs are minimal for labeling foods GMO, or otherwise, it would actually cost them more to print a new price tag. They spend even more on marketing campaigns to get us to buy their products.
State officials will use minors in marijuana buying stings next year when Washington's new legal pot stores open, especially because federal officials want to make sure Washington restricts minors' access. State Liquor Control Board already uses minors in "controlled buys" of alcohol at retail stores.
Chinese fighter jets chased US, Japanese military aircraft inside China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in East China Sea. Chinese Air Force spokesman, Col. Shen Jinke: warplanes scrambled to identify US surveillance aircraft, Japanese planes crossing through the zone.
Attack targeting historical Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, day after 11 killed, others injured in similar attack by foreign-backed militants in city of Aleppo. Many casualties in recent weeks. Mortar shells fired into Idlib University, killing two, Russian Embassy, one killed, nine security guards injured.
Egypt's constitution-drafting committee agreed to an article that grants immunity to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). New constitution would grant more powers to the SCAF, could ban Islamic parties completely. The constitution will be put to a referendum in December.
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a protege of Treasury Secretaries Rubin and Summers, has received his reward for continuing the Rubin-Summers-Paulson policy of supporting the “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the economy and American people.
Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns arrested for rape of an unconscious person, possession of a controlled substance. Assault allegedly so violent it caused severe genital injuries, other injuries to multiple parts of her body. Charged with 19 criminal counts
Already has about 450 troops in CAR and is planning to send around a thousand more. Many mineral resources, including gold and diamond, in the Central African Republic. Unstable since independence from France in 1960. Seleka fighters blamed for much chaos in the country, killings, etc.
US drone strikes are causing outrage in Pakistan where thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the latest show of public anger at the attacks. Demanded an end to the drone strikes which they say violate their country’s sovereignty, challenge to the rule of international law.
Encouraging shoppers to report suspicious activity on social media outlets like Twitter. Spying on Americans has reached malls & movie theaters, how long before it reaches supermarkets and our homes? DHS partners with shopping centers, Mall of America, Walmart, Simon Property Group.
Demonstrations in Bangkok aimed at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra intensified this week as protesters targeted buildings containing the country’s 19 state ministries and sought to paralyse their operations.
Britain has embarked on its biggest charity food drive since the Second World War, with the aim to feed poor families over Christmas season. response to rising food poverty in Britain. nvolves British Red Cross, Neighborhood Food Collection, Trussell Trust food bank network, charity Fare Share, TESCO.
Yemeni tribesmen blown up part of the country’s main oil export pipeline. Not immediately clear whether the oil flow stopped by the explosion. Motive behind the attack remained unclear but tribal sources said it meant to force the central government to pay the tribesmen compensation.
20 people injured in clashes in Argentina between union members and environmental activists, who were protesting construction of a plant by Monsanto. Activists are concerned the plant would process Monsanto-made genetically modified corn, ending up in the local market.
Survey: More than a quarter of adults in Britain have experienced food poverty during last 12 months, found it harder to feed their family than a year ago. 37 percent choosing between heating and eating this winter. Have either skipped meals, gone without or relied on friends or family for food.
The UK Foreign Office has expressed anger at Madrid after Spanish Guardia Civil officers opened and searched British diplomatic bags on the border with Gibraltar. The incident, which took place on Friday, was described by the UK government as a "serious infringement" of international diplomatic protocols.
British Home Secretary Theresa May: slavery widespread in U K , hidden in plain sight in shops, supermarkets, fields, factories, nail bars, or even an ordinary residence. Comments came following the discovery of three women allegedly held as slaves for 30 years in southern London district of Lambeth.
18 percent of the UK’s population, equating to 8.8 million people, have “serious” financial issues. most-indebted areas: Hull, Nottingham, Manchester, Knowsley, Liverpool. Average debt twice the level a decade ago. 3.9 million British families lack enough savings to pay mortgage, rent for a month.
National coalition of 50 charities: Bedroom tax is hardship to thousands of disabled people in UK. 90 percent of people with disabilities, three quarters of carers cutting back on food, heating as result. Forces them “deeper into debt. Cut in housing benefit for claimants whose home has a spare room.
Deadly explosion at army depot near city of Sabha, happened Thursday, group of locals and African emigrants tried to steal ammunition. Clashes occurred after soldiers stopped a car loaded with weapons, explosives and large amount of money. Three Libyan soldiers killed.
Japan’s coast guard says its planes have flown through China’s newly-declared territorial air defense identification zone in the East China Sea without any resistance from the Chinese side. Japanese military airplanes “are carrying out surveillance activity as before in the East China Sea.
Spain's parliament has passed an environmental impact law that could legalize the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).Imports 76 percent of its energy needs. The technology could help relieve its foreign dependence on oil, coal and gas, boost the country’s ailing economy.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned U S for bombing home in Afghanistan, killed a child, injured two women, called attack a disregard for civilian lives. Karzai: will not sign Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until guarantee no more raids on Afghan homes.
At least 31 people have been killed in a fresh wave of violence, including bombings and gun attacks, across Iraq. Series of bombings in Baghdad. Number of shootings. 600 people killed in November across Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki: Iraq is facing a “war of genocide. He blamed al-Qaeda.
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed” despite a nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers. Israel has the right to bomb nuclear facilities in Iran. Obama: we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems.
Two people were killed and ten others wounded on Thursday in clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Menya governorate south of Cairo. clashes occurred due to the disputed plot of land between the Muslim and Copt residents of two villages in Menya.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plant has killed seven people and injured 30. Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. Concern over the reliability of the Bushehr plant and the risks of radioactive leaks in case of a major quake.
Swedish citizens phone calls and e-mail traffic wiretapped in real time by the Swedish NSA branch, police, customs, tax authority, and others. Sent shockwaves among civil rights activists. Access to all Internet traffic effectively wiretapping everybody warrantlessly all the time.
Things to fear in Gaza: Attacks from Israel’s Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, regular blackouts, power shortages, polluted drinking water sewage flooding the streets. Drones being used for surveillance, execution. Killed 199 in 2012. No protection whether you are a civilian or fighter.
Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers have called for a ceasefire in Syria before the upcoming peace conference in Geneva, which is designed to contain the deadly crisis plaguing the Arab state. Also stated that foreign-backed militants must leave Syria while refugees should be allowed to return home.
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