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Many US homes still without power after Irene

Residents of several states in the northeast US approached the Labour Day holiday weekend mired in mud and stuck in the dark nearly a week after Hurricane Irene swallowed parts of the region with flooding. About one million homes and businesses on the East Coast were still without electricity on Thursday, following outages for almost 10 million customers on Irene’s rampage last weekend. ...

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CIA Rendition Program Secrets, Costs Revealed In New York Billing Dispute

WASHINGTON — The secret airlift of terrorism suspects and American intelligence officials to CIA-operated overseas prisons via luxury jets was mounted by a hidden network of U.S. companies and coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, newly disclosed documents show. More than 1,700 pages of court files in a business dispute between two aviation companies reveal how integral private contractors were ...

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US counterterror chief: Al-Qaida now on the ropes

WASHINGTON—On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head. That’s how White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan described al-Qaida on Wednesday as he offered the first on-record confirmation that al-Qaida’s latest second-in-command was killed last week in Pakistan—roughly four months after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there. In an Associated Press interview, Brennan said ...

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Two More Monks jailed in Tibet, Rights Groups Condemn Unjust Trial

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – A local Chinese court in Ngaba county of eastern Tibet Tuesday, 30 August, jailed two Tibetan monks of Kirti Monastery after accusing them of “intentional homicide” over Phuntsok’s death by self-immolation, according to a latest report. The US and international human rights organizations have strongly criticized the sentencing of three Tibetan ...

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Syrian forces said to be conducting searches for activists

BEIRUT – Syrian security forces conducted house-to-house raids in the central city of Hama yesterday, hunting for activists involved in the country’s uprising, residents and activists said. Several tanks and military buses were parked on the eastern entrance of the city, they said, while hundreds of soldiers searched two…

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Obama avoids political showdown, reschedules Congress speech

Washington, Sept 1 (PTI) Thursday, September 01, 2011 –> US President Barack Obama has avoided a major political showdown with the opposition Republican as he agreed to address the joint session of the Congress on September 8 instead of September 7 after objections from House Speaker John Boehner. Obama, who wanted to outline his much-anticipated jobs creation plan next Wednesday ...

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Drug kingpin Coke pleads guilty to racketeering, assault

New York (CNN) — Christopher Coke, an international drug kingpin whose arrest and extradition to the United States was preceded by a horrific gun battle in Jamaica that left dozens of civilians dead, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to racketeering and assault charges. Coke, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges after his extradition last year, faces a maximum sentence ...

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Swollen rivers begin falling across Northeast

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Swollen rivers began falling Wednesday in much of the Northeast, easing the flooding that paralyzed parts of the region after Hurricane Irene and allowing emergency crews to reach all but one of the Vermont towns that had been cut off by floodwaters. Receding water revealed more damage to homes, farms and businesses across the flood-scarred landscape. ...

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