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02 May

Events of Interest and Analyses

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Car bomb found in New York square

Times Square in Manhattan evacuated after homemade explosive device is discovered.

Bomb scare in New York City

Missed lessons of 9/11

US remands ‘homegrown terrorists’

‘Deaths’ in New York state shooting

US fear of terror

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US oil spill ‘growing rapidly’

Bad weather hampering clean-up as satellite images show slick has tripled in size.
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Immigration law sparks US protests

 
Critics have said that the Arizona law encourage
racial profiling by police officers [AFP]

Thousands of people across the United States have gathered for protests against a tough new immigration law passed in the state of Arizona.

Demonstrations were expected to take place in more than 70 cities on Saturday, with activists saying the Arizona law had motivated calls for an overhaul of immigration legislation on a national level.

The law, signed last week by Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, requires immigrants to carry papers proving their right to residency and allows the police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

“She’s awakened a sleeping giant,” John Delgado, a labour organiser in New York, said during a rally attended by more than 5,000 people.

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BP accused as size of oil slick triples in a day

Company opposed tighter rules for drilling, and ‘was slow to react’ to the worsening US rig disaster.

By David Usborne

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Mississippi fishermen are angry at the slowness of the response to the disaster, which threatens to destroy their livelihoods; all they can do at the moment is wait, fearing the worst
AP
Mississippi fishermen are angry at the slowness of the response to the disaster, which threatens to destroy their livelihoods; all they can do at the moment is wait, fearing the worst

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Recriminations mounted yesterday over the part played by BP and possibly by the US energy services giant Halliburton in the environmental catastrophe that continues to gather in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening fisheries, bird habitats, tourist beaches, and the livelihoods of countless coastal communities.

The White House, which has been criticised for a faltering federal response last week to the crisis, said that President Barack Obama would visit the region today. He may cross paths, and swords, with Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP, who was last night also on his way here from London.

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Pope names envoy, commission to reform Legionaries

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican denounced the “immoral” double life led by the late founder of the Legionaries of Christ on Saturday and said a papal envoy and special commission would be named to overhaul the conservative order following revelations its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered at least one child. In a statement, the Vatican excoriated the Rev. Marciel Maciel for creating a “system of power” built on silence and obedience that enabled him to lead a double life “devoid of scruples and authentic religious sentiment” and allowed him to abuse young boys for decades unchecked.

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