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U.S. names 9/11's Feinberg "pay czar" of bailout companies
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Glenn Somerville and Karey Wutkowski WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday the Obama administration wants Congress to pass new laws giving securities regulators power to force companies to let shareholders have more say in setting executive pay levels. The administration also was expected to name a "pay czar" who would have authority to  ...


WHO may be poised to declare flu pandemic
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has called an emergency meeting of experts on Thursday to discuss the spreading H1N1 flu outbreak, in a sign the U.N. agency may be poised to declare a pandemic. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who consulted health officials in affected countries on Wednesday, was drawing up her own evaluation ahead of the meet ...


Accused Cuban spy couple ordered held in jail
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. State Department official and his wife, accused of spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, were ordered Wednesday to be kept in jail until their trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola agreed with a Justice Department prosecutor that Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, should remain in jail. Prosecutor Micha ...


Obama envoy says Palestinian statehood only option
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - U.S. envoy George Mitchell assured the Palestinians on Wednesday of Washington's commitment to a state of their own, calling its establishment the only viable solution to their conflict with Israel. Mitchell, speaking after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urged both sides to meet their obligations under a 2003 peace " ...


French submarine begins black box crash search
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Gerard Bon PARIS (Reuters) - A French submarine with advanced sonar equipment began searching on Wednesday for the flight recorders of an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic last week, the French military said. The nuclear-powered submarine Emeraude was sent to the area to hunt the "black box" recorders, which may help explain the disaster and which are believed to  ...


Army repels Taliban in NW Pakistan after hotel blast
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Robert Birsel PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan launched a new operation against Taliban fighters in the northwest on Wednesday, a day after an attack on a luxury hotel in Peshawar killed at least nine people, including two foreign U.N. workers. Taliban militants have stepped up attacks in cities since the army launched a campaign in April to clear Taliban fighters from a st ...


Car bomb rips through south Iraq market, 33 killed
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Muhanad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb ripped through a crowded market in southern Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, and wounding 70, officials said. Police locked down Al-Bathaa, a Shi'ite Muslim town 30 km (20 miles) west of Nassariya that has seen little violence, while hospital officials appealed for assistance from neighboring cities to help them cope wi ...


Russia says expecting new North Korea missile test
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Russia has information on North Korean plans to launch a ballistic missile but does not know when it will take place, Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian military source as saying on Wednesday. The news comes as South Korea's defense minister said the North's recent moves were linked to leader Kim Jong-il's succession plans, and as world powers  ...


Bomb cost
10 Jun 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Early in the morning of 13 February, 1960, several thousand French servicemen gathered in the Algerian Sahara to witness "Gerboise Bleue" or "Blue Desert Rat", an atmospheric nuclear explosion four times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This was the moment France obtained its nuclear deterrent, to the great joy of the president of the time, Charles de Gaulle. But the test programme it launched also exposed participants and local populations to potentially ...


Swindler Samuel Israel's girlfriend gets house arrest
10 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Martha Graybow NEW YORK (Reuters) - The girlfriend of hedge fund swindler Samuel Israel was sentenced to three years of probation, including four months of house arrest, on Tuesday for helping him stage suicide to avoid going to prison. Debra Ryan, of Armonk, New York, could have been ordered to spend up to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty in February to aiding and abetti ...


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