A Panic Stoked in Order to Posture and Spend:
By Simon Jenkins
Health scares enable media-hungry doctors, public health officials and drugs
companies to benefit by manipulating fright.
At least 34 killed as ethnic violence erupts in Karachi:
"The situation is under control now and we are trying to maintain peace,"
Rafiq Engineer, provincial minister for special development, said.
14 militants killed in last 24 hours:
A spokesman for Pakistan's military said Thursday that 14 militants had been
killed over the last 24 hours in operations against Islamist insurgents in
the country's northwest.
Taliban holds town near capital hostage:
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says troops are encountering stiff
resistance from militants in Buner as the troops fight their way toward
Manufacturing Consent For Attacks On Pakistan?
Obama Says Pakistan's Government Is 'Very Fragile':
The government doesn't "seem to have the capacity to deliver basic services:
schools, health care, rule of law and a judicial system that works for the
majority of the people," Obama said at a White House news conference last
Taliban Advance in Pakistan Prompts Shift by U.S.:
New consideration is being given to a long-dormant proposal to allow U.S.
counterinsurgency training for Pakistani troops somewhere outside the
country, circumventing Pakistan's refusal to allow American "boots on the
Osama still alive, suggests Obama:
Addressing a town hall meeting in the central state of Missouri, the US
President also reiterated his administration's position that Al-Qaeda and
the Taliban "are the single most direct threat to our national security
German Occupation Force Soldier Killed, Nine Injured in Afghan
Attacks : -
A German soldier was killed and nine injured in two separate attacks in
northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, where the army is suffering more
frequent insurgent assaults.
US occupation force soldiers kill two in northern Iraq:
Two people were shot dead and another wounded when US forces opened fire on
attackers near the troubled northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, US
and Iraqi officials said.
Turkish Warplanes Attack Kurdish Rebels In Iraq -Army:
"The targets... have been hit effectively and with full accuracy," the
statement said, adding all the planes returned safely to base.
Britain ends combat operations in Iraq:
The British military formally ended combat operations in Iraq on Thursday
after six years of conflict by handing over control of its main base in
Basra to an American brigade.
Peres: Bombing Iran may not be the 'best solution':
"I'm not sure that bombing the nuclear facilities is the best solution. You
know, the moment there are centrifuges, you can destroy the centrifuges. You
cannot destroy the know-how to create centrifuges. You can postpone," he
told Channel 10.
Ahmadinejad: West's claims of democracy "sheer lies":
"The recent anti-racism conference in Geneva ... proved that the West's
claims of freedom of expression and democracy were sheer lies," Ahmadinejad
was quoted as saying.
Lebanon frees Hariri suspects:
"The evidence available to him currently is not sufficiently credible to
request the maintenance and detention of those persons", Fransen said.
Court rebuffs feds, reinstates torture suit:
A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's assertion of
secrecy Tuesday and reinstated a lawsuit by five men who say a Bay Area
subsidiary of Boeing Co. helped the CIA fly them to foreign countries to be
Obama: 'I believe waterboarding was torture, and it was a mistake':
Barack Obama has rejected the former US vice-president Dick Cheney's defence
of waterboarding, citing the refusal of the then British prime minister,
Winston Churchill, to resort to torture even at the height of the Blitz in
the second world war.
US Attorney General says 30 current Guantanamo detainees approved
Holder spoke hours ahead of a speech appealing for Europe's help in closing
the military detention facility at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. He said the
U.S. is weeks away from asking certain countries to take detainees.
Cuba's Raul Castro repeats offer to U.S. for talks:
We have reiterated that we are willing to talk about everything with the
United States, in equality of conditions, but not to negotiate our
sovereignty, nor our political and social system, the right to
self-determination, nor our internal affairs," Castro said in a speech to a
ministerial meeting in Havana of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Mass. Senate approves pandemic flu prep bill:
The new Senate version would allow the public health commissioner - in a
public health emergency - to close or evacuate buildings, enter private
property for investigations, and quarantine individuals.
World flu alert goes higher; Mexico plans shutdown:
Mexico took even more drastic action to squelch a swine flu epidemic,
ordering a suspension of private business activity and non-essential federal
government activities, as the World Health Organization ratcheted up an
alert, warning that "all of humanity" is threatened.
Swine Flu Devastates Mexico's Tourism Industry:
The airports are empty. The beach you could have to yourself. The hotel
staffs are washing their hands every half-hour when they're not sanitizing
Peru suspends flights to and from Mexico:
Peru suspended from Thursday all flights to and from Mexico over the ongoing
flu epidemic, in a decision that Prime Minister Yehude Simon described as
"painful but necessary."
Swine flu spreads to Netherlands:
The case was reported hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned
that the world is on the brink of a pandemic, saying "all humanity is under
UN says Egypt pig cull real mistake:
Clashes were reported in Khanka, 25km north of Cairo, with pig farmers
setting up road blocks and smashing the windscreens of veterinary services'
vehicles as they sought to take people's pigs away.
Will pandemic be mild, or kill millions?:
Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's acting assistant director-general, said that swine
flu appeared very similar to normal seasonal flu, a disease that is rarely
fatal for healthy adults but can kill the elderly and infirm. - Chan
acknowledged that the disease may well cause more discomfort than death,
noting that many patients infected in the United States have recovered on
their own and without medicine.
U.S. Commerce Department: U.S. economy worst in 50 years:
It's official. The United States is mired in its worst economic downturn in
half a century, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Data
released by the department show that the U.S. economy shrank by 6.1 percent
during the first three months of the year - a full percentage point worse
than what analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had been predicting.
Chrysler to File for Bankruptcy:
U.S. officials had offered Chrysler's secured lenders $2.25 billion in cash
if they would agree to writedown the $6.9 billion in secured debt that the
company owed. But a small group of hedge funds refused the 11th-hour deal,
forcing an imminent bankruptcy.
U.S. March Consumer Spending Fell More Than Forecast:
Purchases decreased 0.2 percent after a 0.4 percent gain in February that
was larger than previously estimated, the Commerce Department said today in
Washington. Incomes fell for the fifth time in the last six months.
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