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Germans probing whether Bayer pesticide caused honeybee colony collapse
Raleigh News & Observer - Wed Aug 27, 2008
Bayer CropScience officials are rejecting claims that some of the company's pesticides played a role in the disappearance of millions of US honeybees. More»

ExxonMobil profit hits record on oil surge
AFP - Wed Jul 30, 2008
NEW YORK - Surging oil prices helped US energy giant ExxonMobil to a 14 percent jump in quarterly net profit to 11.68 billion dollars in results Thursday short of most forecasts on Wall Street. More»

Photo: South Korea Protests US Beef Imports South Korea Protests US Beef Imports
BBC - Sat May 31, 2008
South Korean police have clashed with demonstrators in the capital Seoul during protests over government plans to resume US beef imports. More»

Vatican: Excommunication for female priests
Associated Press - Thu May 29, 2008
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated. More»

Rescuers at China quake epicenter, digging by hand
Associated Press - Tue May 13, 2008
HANWANG, China - Soldiers rushed to shore up a dam cracked by this week's powerful earthquake, and rescuers came by helicopter and ship Wednesday into the isolated epicenter but still were forced to dig for survivors with their bare hands. More»

Red Cross: Up to 128,000 may have died in Myanmar
Associated Press - Tue May 13, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar - The Red Cross estimated Wednesday that the cyclone death toll in Myanmar could be as high as 128,000 - a much higher figure than the government tally. More»

Earthquake death toll in China may be 5,000
Associated Press - Sun May 11, 2008
CHONGQING, China - Chinese state media say 3,000 to 5,000 people have died in one county in Sichuan province alone from a massive earthquake. More»

Nearly 900 students trapped by China earthquake
Associated Press - Sun May 11, 2008
BEIJING - A powerful earthquake struck central China on Monday, trapping nearly 900 students after their school collapsed and leaving at least 107 people dead across several provinces, state media reported. More»

Overlooked in the global food crisis: A problem with dirt
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Science has provided the souped-up seeds to feed the world, through biotechnology and old-fashioned crossbreeding -- now the problem is the dirt they're planted in. More»

Dead are thrown into rivers as the living wait for aid
CNN - Mon May 5, 2008
BOGALAY, Myanmar - Homeless children watched Tuesday as solemn men unceremoniously dropped dead bodies into the river of this southern Myanmar township. More»

Myanmar: Death toll more than 15,000
CNN - Mon May 5, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar - The death toll from the Myanmar cyclone is more than 15,000 people, Myanmar's government has said, with at least 10,000 killed in the township of Bogalay alone, according to the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. More»

BP and Shell post big profits in era of record oil prices
Associated Press - Mon Apr 28, 2008
LONDON - BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's two biggest oil producers, posted forecast-busting first-quarter earnings on Tuesday thanks to record crude oil prices that are expected to bolster profits across the industry. More»

Report: 100 dead in Tibet violence
CNN - Fri Mar 14, 2008
NEW DELHI, India - Violent protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa against Chinese rule have left at least 100 people dead, according to unconfirmed reports from exiles in India, while official media put the death toll at 10. More»

Photo: New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada
Associated Press - Tue Feb 26, 2008
OTTAWA - Canadian officials confirmed a new case of mad cow disease Tuesday, the second such case in two months and the 12th since the disease was first discovered in Canada in 2003. More»

Australia says "Oopsie!" for 60 year Eugenics Program
BBC - Mon Feb 11, 2008
A Welsh woman taken from her mixed-race parents as a baby by the Australian government has welcomed a planned apology for the "stolen generations". More»

Mexico Tries to Help Deportees
Time - Fri Feb 8, 2008
Carlos Martinez was in a state of total panic after being deported from the United States to the Mexican border city of Matamoros - he had no money, nowhere to go, and, worst of all, he didn't speak Spanish. More»

Record prices for grain from corn to rice have ignited food riots
Christian Science Monitor - Thu Jan 17, 2008
Record prices for grain from corn to rice have ignited food riots from Jakarta to Rome. More»

FBI finds Blackwater trucks patched
Associated Press - Mon Jan 7, 2008
Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government's investigation of the incident. More»

Monsanto 1Q profit nearly triples
Associated Press - Fri Jan 4, 2008
Monsanto Company reported Thursday that its first-quarter earnings nearly tripled because of surprisingly strong herbicide and seed sales in Latin America. More»

5 Billion US aid to Pakistan diverted, squandered
AFP - Sun Dec 23, 2007
More than five billion dollars in US aid to Pakistan has often never reached the military units it was intended for to fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and was instead diverted to other programs, the New York Times reported Monday. More»

Twenty-seven trapped in Australian mine
AFP - Sat Nov 17, 2007
SYDNEY, Australia - A gold mine collapsed in Australia early Monday, trapping 27 workers underground, police said. More»

63 killed in Ukraine mine blast
Associated Press - Sat Nov 17, 2007
DONETSK, Ukraine - A methane blast ripped through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine early Sunday, killing at least 63 miners in the ex-Soviet nation's worst mining accident in years, emergency officials said. More»

Up to 10,000 dead, millions homeless in Bangladesh
AFP - Sat Nov 17, 2007
BARGUNA, Bangladesh - Up to 10,000 people are dead and millions homeless and hungry in cyclone-hit Bangladesh, officials said Sunday, as the army and aid workers battled to reach the country's devastated coast. More»

Cooling begins for doomsday seed bank
Associated Press - Wed Nov 14, 2007
OSLO, Norway - Refrigeration units on Friday begin cooling a new doomsday vault dug into an already frigid Arctic mountainside to protect the world's seeds in case of a global catastrophe. More»

Scientist preducts future mad-cow epidemic
UPI - Sat Nov 10, 2007
LONDON - A British scientist predicts thousands of future deaths from mad cow disease caused by contaminated beef eaten between 1980 and 1986. More»

In China, new crackdown on dissidents
Christian Science Monitor - Sun Oct 14, 2007
BEIJING - As China's ruling Communist Party holds its most important conclave in five years, the government has launched an unusually harsh crackdown on potential troublemakers, say Chinese and international human rights groups. More»

Photo: Jimmy Carter confronts Sudan officials Jimmy Carter confronts Sudan officials
Associated Press - Tue Oct 2, 2007
KABKABIYA, Sudan - Former President Jimmy Carter confronted Sudanese security services on a visit to Darfur Wednesday, shouting "You don't have the power to stop me!" at some who blocked him from meeting refugees of the conflict. More»

Photo: 74 of 3,000 rescued from S. Africa mine 74 of 3,000 rescued from S. Africa mine
Associated Press - Tue Oct 2, 2007
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Rescue workers early Thursday evacuated the first 74 of about 3,000 miners trapped more than a mile underground by an accident. More»

Photo: Inquest opens in Princess Di's death Inquest opens in Princess Di's death
Associated Press - Mon Oct 1, 2007
LONDON - Opening an inquest into the death of Princess Diana and her companion, Britain's coroner asked a jury Tuesday to determine exactly how the couple died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel - in an accident or as part of a murder plot. More»

Billions of dollars withheld from Australian Aborigines
AFP - Wed Sep 19, 2007
BRISBANE - Australian government bodies withheld billions of dollars from Aboriginal workers, stockpiling the money while children were dying of malnutrition, a study released Wednesday said. More»

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