Daily Revolt

April 03, 2007

Is CIA Using Torture in Africa?

Eye on secret Africa prisons:
CIA and FBI agents hunting for al-Qaida militants in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

Britain proposes direct talks on dispute with Iran:
Britain said on Tuesday it had proposed direct bilateral talks with Iran to resolve the standoff over Tehran's seizure of 15 British military personnel, and that it believed both countries wanted an early resolution.

Bush calls Dems 'irresponsible' on Iraq:
President Bush denounced "irresponsible" Democrats on Tuesday for going on spring break without approving money for the Iraq war with no strings. He condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, too, accusing her of encouraging a terrorism sponsor.

Clinton urges Dems to press Bush on Iraq:
Democrats should pressure President Bush to agree to a withdrawal of troops from Iraq rather than concede that he will veto such a plan, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday.

Keith Richards: 'I snorted my father':
Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father's ashes mixed with cocaine.

U.S. trade deals raising drug prices abroad: Oxfam:
Strong intellectual property protections in U.S. free trade deals have hurt developing countries, pushing up drug prices in Jordan by 20 percent, an aid advocacy group said in a report released on Tuesday.

Stocks surge on positive housing report:
Stocks surged Tuesday on signs of resilience in the housing market and the U.S. consumer, with falling oil prices giving investors an extra reason to rally. The Dow Jones industrials gained more than 120 points to reach a five-week high.

'Very active' hurricane season predicted:
A top researcher predicted a "very active" 2007 Atlantic hurricane season Tuesday, with at least nine hurricanes and a good chance one will hit the U.S. coast. The forecast by William Gray predicts 17 named storms this year, five of them major hurricanes. The probability of a major storm making landfall on the U.S. coast this year is 74 percent, compared with the average of 52 percent over the past century, he said.

Power struggle deepens in Ukraine political crisis:
Hundreds of protesters prepared to spend the night on the streets of the Ukraine capital on Tuesday in support of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, locked in a battle of wills with his arch rival President Viktor Yushchenko.

Wireless Power Chargers About to Hit Market:
Devices use various methods -- radio waves, magnetic induction -- to slowly charge portable electronic devices without plugging them in.

NBC: Medical ID theft on the rise:
Andrew Brooke's family knew something was screwy when they got a collection notice for unpaid bills for treatment of his work-related back injury, which included large prescriptions of the controlled painkiller Oxycontin.

U.S. forges on with missile defense plan:
The U.S. will forge ahead with plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe even if efforts to calm Russian opposition fail, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.

Pelosi visits market, mosque in Syria:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mingled with Syrians in a market and made the sign of the cross at a Christian tomb Tuesday during a visit to pursue dialogue with the country's leader. President Bush denounced the trip, saying it sends mixed signals to Syria's government.

Dems seek to interview Gonzales aide:
House Democrats on Tuesday asked a top Justice Department aide to come to Capitol Hill for a private interview in the next week on the firing of federal prosecutors, arguing that she cannot simply refuse to testify on the matter.

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