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ProPublica – Feds Confirm Mumbai Plotter Trained With Terrorists While Working for DEA

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProPublica:

Feds Confirm Mumbai Plotter Trained With Terrorists While Working for DEA

By Sebastian Rotella

Federal officials confirm that David Coleman Headley, who has confessed to helping terrorists plot the 2008 Mumbai attack, was working as a DEA informant while he trained with terrorists.

Read the original story: “FBI Was Warned Years in Advance of Mumbai Attacker’s Terror Ties.”

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Slashdot – DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From Slashdot:

DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks on Sunday October 17, @03:35PM
Posted by samzenpus on Sunday October 17, @03:35PM
from the offical-story dept.

Voline writes “Last Summer, after WikiLeaks released 90,000 leaked internal US military documents in their Afghan War Log, Pentagon officials went on a media offensive against WikiLeaks, accusing it of having the ‘blood on Its hands’ of American soldiers and Afghan collaborators who are named in the documents. The charge has echoed through the mainstream media (and Internet comment threads) ever since. Now, CNN is reporting that after a thorough Pentagon review, ‘WikiLeaks did not disclose any sensitive intelligence sources or methods, the Department of Defense concluded.’ And, according to an unnamed NATO official, ‘there has been no indication’ that any Afghans who have collaborated with the NATO occupation have been harmed as a result of the leaks. Will the Pentagon’s contradiction of the charges against WikiLeaks get as much play in the media as those original accusations did?”

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Courthouse News Service – BP may take shelter under the $75 million liability cap

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From Courthouse News Service:

Snafus and an Alarming Statement at BP Oil Spill Status Conference


NEW ORLEANS (CN) – A BP attorney in Federal Court on Friday did not deny allegations that BP may take shelter under the $75 million liability cap provided by the Oil Pollution Act. That prompted an attorney for plaintiffs to say, “We’re shocked over here to hear the defendants now bring up this $75 million cap. We were under the impression [the cap] was waived.”


Class of Undocumented Workers Sues Wal-Mart


NEWARK (CN) – In a federal class action, 42 named plaintiffs say Wal-Mart hired them knowing they were undocumented, stiffed them for overtime and for regular wages, paid them in cash or by personal checks from labor contractors, put them to forced labor through coercion, “violated immigration, money laundering and protective wage and hour laws,” and routinely locked them inside stores while they worked night shifts.  

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Al Jazeera – French strike hits fuel supplies

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From Al Jazeera:

French strike hits fuel supplies

Union says 1,500 petrol stations have run dry as workers step up action in protest against pension overhaul.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2010 17:33 GMT

Lorry drivers joined the protest action on Sunday evening, staging go-slow operations on highways [Reuters]

Petrol stations across France are running out of fuel as refinery and port workers continue a strike against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age.

Around 1,500 petrol stations attached to French shopping centres had dried up by Monday morning, the AFP news agency reported, adding that such services supply the majority of the country’s motorists.

“Twenty to 25 per cent of our distribution capacity is either stopped or in trouble,” Alexandre de Benoist, a senior official with Union of Independent Petroleum Importers, which represents the sector, said.

He said the situation was “very worrying” in some regions with fuel distribution stations on strike or blockaded by workers from other sites.

“There are at least 1,500 stations that have run out of at least one fuel product or are totally dry,” he said.

France has around 12,500 petrol stations, with 4,500 of those attached to supermarkets or shopping centres.

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Mortgage Scammers Get Slap On The Wrist

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Piranhas stalk Japan river

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French Riots – Pension Reform

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From RussiaToday | October 15, 2010

Strikes across France intensified on Friday with police firing tear gas at protesters in the city of Lyon. About 1,000 high school students went on strike, overturning rubbish bins, smashing bus stops, and setting fire to stacks of free newspapers. The students and labor unions see President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension reform – raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 – as an attack on their well-deserved social protections. Workers at all 12 of France’s fuel producing refineries have also joined the protest. Strikers burned tires outside an oil refinery in Donges, near Nantes in western France.

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