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Nigeria needs ‘world’s biggest ever cleanup’

DECADES of oil pollution in Nigeria's Ogoniland region may require the world's biggest ever cleanup, a UN agency said as it released a landmark report on the issue. "The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken if…

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Beck and the Real Hitler Youth

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. When American news entertainer Glenn Beck, the ever popular ultra-reactionary fundamentalist, claimed that the diverse and inclusive political summer camp on Norway’s Utoya Island, where 68 youth were recently gunned down by an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim extremist, was “a little like the Hitler Youth,” it was obvious he had not done his research. Adolf ...

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Japan sacks three nuclear power officials in shake-up

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked amid the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan’s Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held responsible for mishandling the plant and its problems. The Fukushima plant, hit by the tsunami in March, is still leaking radiation. ...

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UN condemns Syria over rally deaths

After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has finally responded to the escalating violence in Syria, condemning President Bashar Assad’s forces for attacking civilians and committing human rights violations. The trigger for the council to act was the military assault launched by the Syrian government over the weekend against the city of Hama, 130 miles north of the ...

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Italy ‘to default’ but Spain may ‘just’ escape

Debt-laden Italy is likely to default, but Spain might just avoid it, according to the British think tank, the Centre for Economics and Business Research. With the countries weighed down by debt, the think tank modelled “good” and “bad” economic scenarios for both. It found that Italy will not…

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Iraqi leaders agree to discuss US troop stay

Iraq’s political leaders have given the go-ahead for negotiations on allowing some US troops to stay in the country, hours after the US military chief urged Iraq to come to a “quick decision” on the controversial issue. Leaders from Iraq’s major parties agreed on Tuesday to allow Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, to negotiate with the United States over whether US troops should stay to train ...

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Bahrain’s Battle for the Soul of Islam

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Shouting, “Mosques are for Allah!”, thousands of Muslim protesters were again attacked by Bahrain’s security forces. The peaceful demonstrators were demanding reform and accountability for thirty destroyed Shiite mosques. The crackdown was reminiscent of previous beatings and killings that included imprisoning and torturing nurses and doctors. It is another aspect of the Arab Spring, ...

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Anders Breivik’s twisted time machine

A virtue of Anders Breivik’s 1,500 page opus is that, by so thoroughly and heavily citing the leaders of the anti-Islam creed, his arguments are inseparable from theirs. Indeed, the more honest anti-Islam crusaders have declared that while his actions are condemnable, his ideas deserve a fair hearing. What Americans should take note of is the fact that so many ...

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Hosni Mubarak denies all charges against him

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak has denied all charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters during Egypt’s uprising after a court detailed the allegations against him at the opening session of his trial. The ailing former president lay on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his historic trial began. The ...

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