World News Updates
Friday Nov. 21, 2008
Dick Cheney charged over abuse in private prisons
US vice president Dick Cheney has been charged with "organised criminal activity" over allegations about abuse in privately-run prisons.
The Hidden Enemy
The Indiana National Guard says two soldiers exposed to a deadly chemical in Iraq now have cancer. The Guard is trying to contact more than 600 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry who may have been exposed to sodium dichromate.
Blackwater gunboats will protect ships
The American security company Blackwater is planning to cash in on the rising threat of piracy on the high seas by launching a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies.
SEC Persecutes Mark Cuban for Relationship with Loose Change
It’s a classic example of political persecution: a billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks who financed an antiwar film and a landmark 9/11 documentary is the target of an SEC civil suit alleging insider trading.
Indian navy sinks suspected pirate "mother" ship
An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, yet more violence in the lawless seas where brigands are becoming bolder and more violent.
Foreign Aid Money Spent on $23 Million Art Ceiling at U.N. Human Rights Council
The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world's most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.
Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, Panel Concludes
A report released yesterday concluded that Gulf War syndrome is a legitimate condition suffered by more than 175,000 U.S. military veterans who were exposed to chemical toxins in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Jonestown 30 Years Ago: Suicide or Murder?
The 'official' story goes like this: "On November 18, 1978, 909 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning in an event termed 'revolutionary suicide' by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions."
Activist: 'Pastor to presidents' replaced by gay bishop
A conservative Christian activist says it's a sad omen for the Obama administration and the United States that Barack Obama has been seeking guidance from the Episcopal Church's first openly homosexual bishop.
VIDEO - KKK: Inside American Terror
Over the decades, the Ku Klux Klan has evolved to target its message of hate against many different populations.
Financial Crisis Tab Already In The Trillions
Given the speed at which the federal government is throwing money at the financial crisis, the average taxpayer, never mind member of Congress, might not be faulted for losing track.
We don't want another Bretton Woods
Representatives of some 20 nations are preparing to fly to Washington to erect a new architecture to house the world's financial system - "a new global order" was the description Gordon Brown used in Monday's speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet.
Hadron Collider repairs cost £14m
Repairing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva will cost almost £14m ($21m) and "realistically" take until at least next summer to start back up.
VIDEO - The Distinguished Gentleman
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but for what you can do for your country. All we have to fear, is fear itself. Live free or die! And in conclusion, read my lips!" (More cheering from the crowd.)