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Detainee Files Lawsuit against Rumsfeld
A lawsuit filed today against US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reveals the gratuitous cruelty inflicted on a foreign student held without charges for more than two years as an "enemy combatant" in a South Carolina naval brig, Human Rights Watch said.

Pentagon Expects to Send More Iraq Troops
Anticipating a new burst of insurgent violence, the Pentagon plans to expand the US force in Iraq to improve security for a planned October referendum and a December election.

War Plans Drafted to Counter Terror Attacks in US
The US military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans.

Mark Hertsgaard | Nuclear Energy Can't Solve Global Warming
Mark Hertsgaard describes an evening lecture with prominent environmental thinkers Jared Diamond and Stewart Brand where both men endorsed nuclear power as a solution to global warming. This position is wrong, Hertsgaard says, not so much for reasons of nuclear safety as for economic reasons.

Alaskan People Tell of Climate Change
For the past 20 years climatologists and ice and atmosphere scientists have been working in Alaska studying climate change. Now they have discovered a rich new source of records extending their knowledge back by decades through the oral history of native Alaskans. 

UN Boosts Medical Response to Niger Hunger
On the front line of the war against hunger in Niger today 65 children were brought in to just one United Nations-supported therapeutic feeding center during the morning hours alone. In the intensive care ward nine-month-olds weigh the same as newborns, while others are so weak they have no energy left to cry.

FDA Responds to Criticism with New Caution
After a series of drug safety scandals, the Food and Drug Administration has in recent months issued new drug-safety warnings and approval times for new drugs have slowed. But the changes have not satisfied the FDA's many critics, who say that the agency is either not doing enough, doing too much or failing to be consistent.

Union Leaders Denounce Two Who Voted for CAFTA
The roiling debate over the narrow vote in the House of Representatives to approve the Central American Free Trade Agreement rippled back to New York City yesterday, as a broad coalition of labor unions and allied groups assailed two congressmen, Gregory W. Meeks and Edolphus Towns, for supporting the bill.

Wal-Mart Says It's Too Big for Women's Lawsuit
If women prevail in a class action anti-discrimination lawsuit, it could force Wal-Mart to pay billions of dollars to all women paid less than their male counterparts. Wal-Mart says it is unfair to sue the mega-corporation as it claims each store has its own management style.

Fighting to Preserve Women's Rights in Iraq
Iraqi women's rights activists are lobbying hard to prevent the new Iraq constitution from enshrining religious laws that govern marriage and family. They say these laws are oppressive to women. There are hoping to at least preserve the rights that women now have.

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