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U.S. wants more delays at Guantanamo war court
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jim Loney GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - U.S. military prosecutors asked the Guantanamo war courts on Wednesday to further delay cases against three prisoners to give the Obama administration more time to sort out the future of the first U.S. war crimes tribunals since World War Two. The beleaguered Guantanamo war court, hobbled by legal challenges and technical  ...


Obama's financial reforms grind forward under fire
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two key components of the Obama administration's bold plan to reshape U.S. financial regulation came under attack on Wednesday, with lawmakers and lobbyists engaged in a reform debate of immense scope. An informal panel of market experts issued a report in New York calling into question a core piece of the administration's plan -- putting the ...


Obama prods Congress on healthcare; Senate panel acts
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jackie Frank WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying it was "time to get this done," President Barack Obama pressed Wednesday for swift congressional action on healthcare after a Senate panel approved a bill to overhaul the $2.5 trillion industry. Panels led by his Democratic Party have stepped up activity on legislation that would meet Obama's goal of guaranteeing all Americans health care ...


Israel says Lebanon blast a secret Hezbollah cache
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hezbollah guerrillas have secretly stockpiled rockets and other arms in southern Lebanon, Israel said on Wednesday, citing as proof the explosion of a suspected cache in the U.N.-patrolled truce zone. Tuesday morning's blast hit a Hezbollah arsenal in the village of Khirbet Selim, near the Israeli border, a Lebanese security source said, adding t ...


Russian rights activist kidnapped, found dead
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Aydar Buribayev and Amie Ferris-Rotman MOSCOW (Reuters) - A prominent human rights activist was found dead after being kidnapped in Russia's troubled republic of Chechnya Wednesday, provoking outrage from President Dmitry Medvedev and the international community. Natalia Estemirova, a close friend of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, worked for the human rights organ ...


Iran could have atomic bomb within 6 months: report
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency believes Iran is capable of producing and testing an atomic bomb within six months, much sooner than most analysts estimate, according to a report in German weekly Stern. The report, which quotes BND experts, says the agency has information supporting the view that Iran has mastered the enrichment technology necessary to make a bo ...


All 168 on board killed in Iran plane crash
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Zahra Hosseinian TEHRAN (Reuters) - A Tupolev passenger aircraft crashed in northwestern Iran on Wednesday on its way to neighboring Armenia and all 168 people on board were killed, Iranian media reported. "On board the plane there were 151 adults, 2 children and 15 crew members," said Caspian Airline's representative in Yerevan Arlen Davudyan told Reuters at Yerevan Airport.  ...


Longest insect migration revealed
15 Jul 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Every year, millions of dragonflies fly thousands of kilometres across the sea from southern India to Africa. So says a biologist in the Maldives, who claims to have discovered the longest migration of any insect. If confirmed, the mass exodus would be the first known insect migration across open ocean water. It would also dwarf the famous trip taken each year by Monarch butterflies, which fly just half the distance across the Americas. Biologist Charles Anderson has published details of t ...


Mexican drug hitmen kill mayor in revenge attack
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Julian Cardona CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Suspected drug gang members killed the mayor of a ranching town in northern Mexico on Tuesday in a revenge attack for a mass arrest of hitmen that already sparked the murder of an American Mormon. Gunmen shot dead Hector Meixueiro in his SUV as he drove to work in Namiquipa, Chihuahua state, in the latest brazen killing to challenge ...


Ex-GM CEO Wagoner retires with $8.6 million
15 Jul 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

DETROIT (Reuters) - Former General Motors Corp Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, ousted in March by the Obama administration, will retire in August with a package worth $8.6 million in the first five years, the company said on Tuesday. Wagoner's retirement will take effect on August 1 and he will draw sharply reduced benefits after GM's federally financed bankruptcy, the company sa ...


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