March 8, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “[If] you come on my land, bring body bags and get the hell out of Dragoon.”

— An Arizona resident at a BHP Billiton mining company meeting called to explain new claims staked on private land.
(Story #10, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Millions given to tsunami ‘sitting in bank accounts'”
[o2] “Bribes: PM’s office alerted”
[o3] “Aid workers face new risks in Afghanistan”

GUNS
[o4] “Proposals would strengthen claims of self defense”
[o5] “Gunmakers: We’ll leave state”
[o6] “Billboard targets gun violence”

NATION
[o7] “Media seek to make FEMA reveal hurricane aid recipients”
[o8] “Town worries over cancer”
[o9] “Poll finds Americans oppose benefits for illegal immigrants”

MINING
[10] “Copper clash”
[11] “Illegal mining threatening Rajasthan sanctuary”
[12] “U.S. is reducing safety penalties for mine flaws”

WORLD
[13] “Korea’s bid for truth and reconciliation”
[14] “Grinding poverty drives unprecedented general strike”
[15] “Spanish legislation aims at equality of sexes”
[16] “Theft of sacred vigango angers Kenyan villagers

VIEWPOINT
[17]”Standard Group sues the State for damages”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Millions given to tsunami ‘sitting in bank accounts'”
Telegraph (U.K.), March 3, 2006

NGOs and U.N. charities have yet to make full use of the 50 million pounds given by the U.K. to aid tsunami victims.

[o2]

“Bribes: PM’s office alerted”
Sydney Morning Herald, March 3, 2006

Australian opposition members say John Howard knew that a national wheat company was bribing Saddam Hussein’s regime for contracts.

[o3]

“Aid workers face new risks in Afghanistan”
Syrian Arab News Agency, March 1, 2006

An attempted attack on a governor by a terrorist disguised as an aid worker has provoked calls for a crackdown on service agencies.

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GUNS | top

[o4]

“Proposals would strengthen claims of self defense”
Capitol media services, February 27, 2006

An Arizona bill shifts the burden of proof off those who say they killed in self defense; critics fear the guilty will go free.

[o5]

“Gunmakers: We’ll leave state”
Bloomington Pantagraph (IL), March 2, 2006

Gun manufacturers that employ hundreds of Illinois residents say they’ll leave if state officials ban assault weapons.

[o6]

“Billboard targets gun violence”
Associated Press, March 3. 2006

Massachusetts officials want to restrict private gun sales from neighboring states that don’t require background checks.

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NATION | top

[o7]

“Media comps ask judge to make FEMA reveal names of hurricane aid recipients”
Associated Press, March 7, 2006

The Associated Press, E.W. Scripps and other media groups say they need the data to examine claims of fraud and unequal aid distribution.

[o8]

“Town worries over cancer” *
Cape Cod Times, March 1, 2006

State health officials are looking into an unusual incidence of rare childhood cancers in tiny Sandwich, Mass.

[o9]

“Poll finds Americans oppose benefits for illegal immigrants”
NY1, March 3, 2006

A poll finds eighty-three percent of immigrant voters think illegal immigration is a serious or very serious problem in the U.S.

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MINING | top

[10]

“Copper clash”
Tuscon Weekly, February 23, 2006

Tucson-area residents fear a copper mining company will start prospecting on their land and cause environmental devastation.

[11]

“Illegal mining threatening Rajasthan sanctuary”
New Kerala.com, March 3, 2006

Activists say state agencies are allowing a sandstone mining company to destroy a wildlife sanctuary in India.

[12]

“U.S. is reducing safety penalties for mine flaws”
New York Times, March 2, 2006

The White House decreased fines for mine safety violations, and has not collected most fines it charged companies.

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WORLD | top

[13]

“Korea’s bid for truth and reconciliation”
Christian Science Monitor, March 3, 2006

A Korean human rights commission will overlook North Korea in its investigation of crimes committed from 1910 to 1979.

[14]

“Grinding poverty drives unprecedented general strike”
Integrated Regional Information Networks (U.N.), March 3, 2006

Despite its mineral wealth and hopeful IMF projections, Guinea is paralyzed by workers striking for higher wages and lower prices.

[15]

“Spanish legislation aims at equality of sexes”
Indo-Asian News Service, March 4, 2006

A Spanish law would require state parties and companies to have a minimum of 40 percent of leadership positions occupied by women.

[16]

“Theft of sacred vigango angers Kenyan villagers”
Christian Science Monitor, March 2, 2006

Western art dealers are stealing handcrafted funeral artifacts for collectors and museums, a crime that falls outside state laws.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Standard Group sues the State for damages”
The Standard (Kenya), March 7, 2006

A Kenyan newspaper says the government is behind a raid that left production crippled and computer equipment ransacked.

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