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William Fisher | The Mouse on Steroids
William Fisher writes about the petro-diplomacy program being waged in the US by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.
High Court Limits Whistleblower Lawsuits
By a 5-4 vote, justices said the nation's 20 million public employees do not have carte blanche free speech rights to disclose government's inner-workings. New Justice Samuel Alito cast the tie-breaking vote.
Afghans Riot After Deadly Crash by US Military Truck
A deadly traffic accident caused by a United States military convoy quickly escalated into a full-blown anti-American riot that raged across much of the Afghan capital on Monday, leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured.
Pentagon Pushes New Weapons for Pre-emptive Strike
The program has run into resistance from lawmakers concerned it could increase the risk of an accidental nuclear war. Under the Pentagon plan, both non-nuclear and nuclear-tipped variants of the Trident-2 missile would be loaded on the same submarines.
Quake Victims Facing Lack of Basic Provisions, Warns President
It will take months to deal with the basic needs of tens of thousands of earthquake survivors in Indonesia. Relief started trickling through to towns demolished by Saturday's 6.3-magnitude quake that killed at least 4,300 people on Java island. An estimated 200,000 people are left without shelter in heavy rains and a volcano 15 miles north of the most devastated communities may still erupt.
In East Timor, Refugees Born of Chaos, Carnage and Fear
An intense level of fear pervaded most corners of East Timor on Sunday as ethnic-based communal violence is reported to be pitting people from the western part of East Timor against those from the east.
CBS News Crewmembers Killed in Iraq Violence
The death of two journalists working for CBS News on Monday firmly secured the Iraq war as the deadliest conflict for reporters in modern times.
EU Court: Transfer of Passenger Information to US Illegal
Today, the European Communities' Court of Justice annulled the decisions of the Council and the Commission that had authorized the transfer of personal data for passengers reserving a flight to the United States to American Customs authorities.