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2006-05-12 08:46:57

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court refused on Friday to stop a former cruise liner that environmental activists say has hundreds of tonnes of toxic material on board from entering Indian waters. Greenpeace and other groups say the 46,000-tonne Blue Lady contains more than 900 tonnes of asbestos and is sailing for Alang in the western state of Gujarat to be scrapped. Indian yards lack the modern technology to safely handle such waste, putting the health of workers at risk,...

2006-04-18 18:06:26

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - More than half a century after U.S. civil rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, the Alabama legislature on Tuesday voted to pardon her and others convicted for breaking segregation-era race laws. The "Rosa Parks Act," approved unanimously by the state House of Representatives but opposed by three senators in the Senate, also clears the way for hundreds of other activists to wipe out their arrest records...

2006-04-18 14:10:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON-- Environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday the eventual death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 cancer deaths attributable to the accident. Based on research by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the report said that of the 2 billion people globally affected by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 would develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 would prove fatal. The Chernobyl Forum, a...

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2006-04-06 18:05:00

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Greenpeace on Thursday said McDonald's was fueling Amazon rainforest destruction by using soybeans grown in the region as feed for chickens that end up served in the fast-food chain's European restaurants. In a reported entitled, "Eating up the Amazon," the environmental group said it has traced soy beans grown in illegally desforested areas of the rainforest to McDonald's Corp. (MCD) restaurants, as well as other restaurant chains and supermarkets across Europe....

2006-03-21 13:50:00

OSLO (Reuters) - The United Nations should protect the world's oceans from deep sea fishing and pollution in the same way as environmentally sensitive land, the lobby group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. A Greenpeace report, published to coincide with a U.N. meeting in Brazil on biodiversity, said that 40 percent of the world's oceans should be placed in nature reserves. Just 0.6 percent of the oceans are protected reserves at present, compared with 12 percent of the world's land, according to...

2006-03-02 12:44:01

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday its members prevented a boat from leaving a Chilean port with materials to construct a controversial wood pulp plant in Uruguay. The construction of two large wood pulp mills in Uruguay has sparked environmental concerns, protests and a diplomatic crisis between Uruguay and Argentina, which is worried runoff from the plants would contaminate waters shared by both countries. Greenpeace said 11 members of its...

2006-02-21 05:42:56

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has a long tradition of passionate protest, yet even by this volatile country's standards Tuesday was something special. Six protests unfolded in less than an hour, all within about one km (half a mile) of each other. Scores of demonstrators targeted three countries, two companies and one economy. Yet while the media were out in force and there was sporadic action, passers-by brushing shoulders with riot policemen on the street were...

2006-02-14 04:45:45

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein returned to trial on Tuesday saying he and seven co-accused had been staging a hunger strike for three days to protest their treatment by the court. "We have been on hunger strike for three days to protest the way they brought us to court," said the former president, who has accused the court of forcing him to attend hearings that broke his boycott of the sessions.

2006-02-09 05:30:00

NEW YORK -- U.S. military officials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, strapped hunger-striking prisoners into restraint chairs for hours to feed them through tubes and isolated them in cold cells, The New York Times said on Thursday. A Pentagon official said there was no one immediately available to comment on the report. The Times, citing unnamed military officials, said tougher measures came in recent weeks after authorities concluded some of the prisoners were determined to kill themselves. The...

2006-01-07 02:01:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners taking part in an ongoing hunger strike has fallen by more than half after a surge in participation that began on Christmas Day, the U.S. military said on Friday. The military last week said participation in the protest by detainees, believed to be uniformly Muslim, had more than doubled starting on the Christian holiday on December 25, with 46 joining in, bringing the total to 84 by last Thursday. But 44...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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