Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In the News: Apr-30

Health savings accounts growing in popularity - 30 Apr 2008 at 3:04pm - WASHINGTON -- More than 6 million people are enrolled in health insurance plans that allow them to also open health savings accounts, nearly double estimates from just two years ago, according to new projections from the insurance industry.

Bin Laden's driver can send notes to detainees - 30 Apr 2008 at 2:57pm - A military judge on Wednesday ruled that Osama bin Laden's driver is permitted to sign a personal plea to alleged senior al Qaeda leaders segregated on this base, despite a U.S. government claim that it would breach national security.

US murky on judges' role in reviewing Guantanamo Bay cases - 30 Apr 2008 at 2:39pm - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration assured the Supreme Court last December that Guantanamo Bay prisoners who felt they were unfairly being detained could have their cases thoroughly reviewed by a federal appeals court. Now, it's not so clear.

Oil prices dive on healthy US crude reserves - 30 Apr 2008 at 1:39pm - LONDON (AFP) - Oil prices tumbled lower on Wednesday as traders reacted to buoyant US crude inventories and awaited an interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve, analysts said.

Pentagon officials may beef up command role in Afghanistan - 30 Apr 2008 at 1:07pm - WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials are quietly considering a significant change in the war command in Afghanistan to extend U.S. control of forces into the country's volatile south. The idea is partly linked to an expectation of a fresh infusion of U.S. combat troops in the south next year.

US official: Iraqis to urge Iran to stop backing militias - 30 Apr 2008 at 1:04pm - MEXICO CITY -- A senior defense official says Iraqi leaders are hoping to present Iranian officials with the latest evidence that Iran is giving weapons and training support to militias in Iraq.

US report says al-Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan - 30 Apr 2008 at 11:02am - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration reports a 16 percent increase in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2007 because of resurgent extremist activity there and in neighboring Pakistan.

U.S. group calls on Canada to list polar bears as threatened - 30 Apr 2008 at 10:50am - An American environmental activist group says it wants Canada to follow suit if the U.S. lists polar bears as a threatened species.

Can anything be done about skyrocketing oil prices? - Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - WASHINGTON — President Bush lamented Tuesday that there was no magic wand to wave to lower oil prices, but there are simple steps he could take to lower the soaring price of crude. Here are some answers to questions about making oil cheaper.

Army did not know it was firing at TV crew: Israel - 30 Apr 2008 at 9:26am - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops were unable to identify Reuters News cameraman Fadel Shana as a journalist before they fired at him from a tank, the Israeli army said on Wednesday, citing the preliminary results of an investigation.

At least 925 killed in Iraq's Sadr City clashes - 30 Apr 2008 at 9:04am - BAGHDAD (AFP) - More than 900 people have been killed in clashes between militiamen and security forces in Baghdad's Sadr City that broke out last month, a senior Iraqi official told reporters on Wednesday.

Thought for the day:
To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind. -Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)


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