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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Workers march on Wall Street, protest big banks

Associated Press

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR
Thu Apr 29, 11:48 pm ET

NEW YORK – Thousands of workers and union leaders marched on Wall Street on Thursday to express their anger over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.

link – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_bi_ge/us_wall_street_protest

Credit Suisse defends big bank

Reuters
April 30, 2010

Credit Suisse launched a defence of its big bank structure and the bonus culture on Friday and made its first top management change since the financial crisis.

he bonus structure “helped us manage through the crisis,” CEO Brady Dougan told shareholders at the bank’s annual meeting, and Chairman Hans-Ulrich Doerig added that calls to break up the banks in the aftermath of that crisis would be a “spectacular own goal.”

link -http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20100430/tot-uk-creditsuisse-ceo-b86c26b.html

Spanish Unemployment Tops 20%, Hurting Deficit Fight

By Emma Ross-Thomas

April 30 (Bloomberg) — Spain’s unemployment rate rose above 20 percent for the first time in more than a decade, undermining Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s fight to cut the euro region’s third-largest budget deficit.
Spanish borrowing costs have surged in the past two weeks on concern the country will struggle to push the deficit below the EU limit of 3 percent of economic output. Standard & Poor’s cut Spain’s credit rating on April 28, saying the government was underestimating its fiscal problems and overestimating growth prospects. Adding to public spending, Zapatero has extended benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Human rights observers killed in attack in Mexico

Reuters
Wednesday, April 28, 2010; 8:10 PM


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Two human rights activists were shot and killed in an ambush in southern Mexico as they tried to deliver food and supplies to a town being harassed by armed groups, authorities said on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Mica Rosenberg; Editing by Xavier Briand)

link – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/28/AR2010042805382.html

France admits killing Afghan kids

Al Jazeera
April 29, 2010

The French army has admitted killing four children with a missile strike in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.
“This happened on April 6, but it only came out today because, according to French military spokesman, it took that long to carry out the investigation,” Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from Kabul, said on Thursday.

link - http://english.aljazeera.net//news/asia/2010/04/2010429142655623863.html

Press freedom on the wane again in 2009: survey

AFP
April 30, 2010

Press freedom worldwide remained under fire and lost ground for an eighth straight year in 2009, the non-governmental US watchdog Freedom House said in a report Thursday.
The largest losses were registered in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa.
The Asia-Pacific region in contrast was the only one where overall progress was made in the year, Freedom House said.

link - http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Press_freedom_on_the_wane_again_in__04292010.html

BP Oil Well Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated

Bloomberg
April 29, 2010


By Jim Polson and Yee Kai Pin

April 29 (Bloomberg) — A damaged BP Plc oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking as many as 5,000 barrels of crude a day, five times more than previously estimated, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
“There’s an additional breach in the well,” Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson said by telephone from Robert, Louisiana. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration HAS increased its estimates of the flow of crude from 1,000 barrels a day, he said.
The explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans last week caused a slick that had drifted within 16 miles of the coast, according to a Coast Guard map released after a press conference yesterday. The spill is about 600 miles in circumference, the Coast Guard said. That’s about twice the land area of Maryland.

link – http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-29/bp-oil-well-leaking-five-times-faster-than-estimated-update1-.html

Afghan MP says US troops raid home, kill relative

29 Apr 2010 07:44:29 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Rafiq Sherzad

(Reuters) – U.S. troops raided the home of a female member of the Afghan parliament and killed a neighbor who was one of her relatives, the MP said on Thursday, an incident that sparked angry protests in the east.

A spokesman for foreign forces in Afghanistan said Western and Afghan troops had raided a house in the area and shot dead an armed man but was not able to comment on whether the house belonged to a member of parliament.Night-time raids by Western troops and civilian casualties are among the most incendiary issues in Afghanistan, and the targeting of a female parliamentarian would raise the political temperature at a time when NATO is preparing a large offensive.
link - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63S0YM20100429

Mexico, Journey of Terror for Central American Migrants

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Apr 29, 2010 (IPS) – “The fifth time I tried to get to the United States I left Guatemala, crossed the border into Mexico, and on a bus I was assaulted by five police officers,” Guatemalan migrant José Donis said Wednesday.

The story of Donis, who since 2008 has worked in a shelter for Central American migrants in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and has tried without luck to reach the United States to be reunited with his father, is a common one among the undocumented migrants who make their way across this country while heading for the U.S.

link -http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51243

Toys banned from kids’ fast food in California county

Xinhua
April 29, 2010

BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhuanet) — California’s Santa Clara County has become the first county in the U.S. to ban toys as rewards or promotion from fast food children’s meals, foreign media reports.
Childhood obesity in the U.S has tripled in 30 years and two thirds of adult Americans, or 190 million people, are overweight.

“This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” the county supervisor Ken Yeager said, adding: “It helps parents make the choices they want for their children without toys and other freebies luring them toward food that fails to meet basic nutritional standards.”

link -http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-04/29/c_13272164.htm