Author: Alexey

Proposed timetable calls for complete Gaza evacuation by September 2005

Proposed timetable calls for complete Gaza evacuation by September 2005

    Residents of Gaza Strip settlements slated for evacuation will be able to leave voluntarily and receive compensation as early as this August, according to a proposal prepared by the National Security Council (NSC). All residents will be asked to leave by September 1, 2005, at which time the army will be called to complete Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Some Gaza residents said they are ready to leave; others said they will fight for their homes.  (Israel Insider)

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State Dept. Understated Terrorism Attacks


State Dept. Understated Terrorism Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The State Department acknowledged Thursday it was wrong in reporting terrorism declined worldwide last year, a finding used to boost one of President Bush’s chief foreign policy claims – success in countering terror.

Instead, both the number of incidents and the toll in victims increased sharply, the department said. Statements by senior administration officials claiming success were based “on the facts as we had them at the time. The facts that we had were wrong,” department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

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UN raps US over Iraqi oil revenues

UN raps US over Iraqi oil revenues
Simon Jeffery | June 22

(Guardian) – US-led authorities in Baghdad are to be sharply criticised over their use of Iraqi oil revenues in an upcoming UN audit, it was reported today.
A leaked copy of an interim report by financial advisers KPMG into the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI), which collects and spends oil money, has revealed loose book keeping and “resistance” among Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) staff to scrutiny.
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Assailants Attack Police, Border Guards in Russian Region Near Chechnya; at Least 48 Killed

Assailants Attack Police, Border Guards in Russian Region Near Chechnya; at Least 48 Killed
Yuri Bagrov | Chermen, Russia | June 22 0829 edt

 (AP) – Thousands of troops poured into a southern Russian city Tuesday chasing suspected Chechen rebels who set fire to police and government buildings and killed at least 48 people in brazen overnight attacks.

VOA says the incursion was one of the largest ever outside of Chechnya and contradicts President Putin’s assurances the war in southern Russia is all but over.

Update: Over 75 are now presumed dead.
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Iranian TV Says Tehran Will Prosecute British Crewmen for Entering Territorial Waters

Iranian TV Says Tehran Will Prosecute British Crewmen for Entering Territorial Waters
Ali Akbar Dareini | Tehran, Iran | June 22 0754 edt

(AP) – Iran will prosecute eight British crewmen it detained Monday after they allegedly entered Iran’s territorial waters with three military patrol boats, state-run television reported.

Update: …could be released soon if investigations show their incursion was not ill-intended, an Iranian military official said, potentially defusing a serious diplomatic spat.

Update 2: …will be freed on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said.

Update 3: …release …has been postponed at least until Thursday, Iranian state television reported.

Update 4: …have been turned over to British diplomats and were taken to the embassy in Tehran under tight security, officials said Thursday… “are in very good spirits and were well cared for.”
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Cheney obscenity shocks senators

 Cheney obscenity shocks senators
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Thursday 24 June 2004 11:32 PM GMT

Former ties with Halliburton continue to dog Cheney

US Vice President Dick Cheney has resorted to the use of obscenities to defend his former employer Halliburton.

Cheney blurted out the “F word” at Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont during a heated exchange on the Senate floor on Tuesday, his aides said.

The terse discussion between the two ended with Cheney finally telling Leahy to “f— off” or “go f— yourself,” the aides said.

See whole article here:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3AA684D0-8986-4D14-A3CC-68A9640FFDD5.htm

Interesting the US newslapdogs have failed to pick up on this.
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Global Airline Industry reducing Positive Environmental Benefits of Kyoto Protocol

New York | June 25 1328 edt

Reuters – Despite the global airline industry’s heavy environmental toll, guidelines on international aircraft emissions were excluded from the Kyoto protocol on climate change and aviation fuel is tax-exempt. Airline exhaust is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gasses. The exponential growth of low cost air carriers are only compounding the problem.

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