April 25, 2005

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Headlines (5:59)

Venezuela’s president says the U.S. military can go home after what he calls attempts to gain intelligence for an eventual invasion.  Greg Wilpert reports from Caracas.

Indian officials say they may begin sending weapons to Nepal again after a face-to-face meeting with the King of the Himalayan nation.  With Michael Van De Veer in Katmandu, Binu Alex has more from Ahmdebad.

Lebanon is now free of all Syrian troops. Mohammed Shublaq has more from Beirut about the mixed reactions.

The Palestinian president is shaking up security in the region to prepare for elections and the eventual control over the territories. Manar Jibreen reports from the Independent Middle East Media Center.

Girls make up as much as 40-percent of the hundreds of thousands of children involved in armed conflicts around the world. Daniel Opper has more.


New Report Calls Investigation of Donald Rumsfeld and George Tenet (2:29)
A new report by a leading human rights group calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA Director George Tenet for abusive interrogative techniques on detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan.  The call comes as an Army Inspector General’s unreleased report, parts of which have been leaked to the press, clears all top military officials from involvement in abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.  Mitch Jeserich reports from Washington.

Mexico City Mayor Returns to his Post amid a Wave of Popular Support (2:28)
México City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to his office this morning riding a wave of popularity reinforced by a number of marches and gatherings throughout the country this weekend. Although the politician’s popularity is highest in the capital city, López Obrador has found support on other parts of the country where voters are frustrated with what they view as corrupt, politics-as-usual. Shannon Young has the story from Oaxaca City.

Skepticism Growing Over New UN Arms Embargo (3:35)
There is skepticism about whether a new U.N. Arms embargo covering all rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo will deliver peace to the war ravaged country. Joshua Kyalimpa reports

Concern over Possible Changes to National Environmental Policy (3:18)
Conservationists are concerned that a House Task Force looking at the National Environmental Policy Act may be the beginning of attempts to gut the 35-year-old law, which many see as the backbone of US environmental law. The task force, part of the House Natural Resources Committee, is chaired by newly elected Republican Congress member Cathy McMorris, who held a field hearing in her home district Saturday. Leigh Robartes reports from Spokane, Washington.

Prison Populations on the Rise Even as Crime Declines (2:36)
According to a new report by the US Department of Justice, prison populations across the country continue to swell. While some lawmakers clamor for more prisons to alleviate the over-crowding, a growing movement of community groups is calling for a rethinking of the country’s prison policy. Darby Hickey has more from DC.

Armenians Gather to Commemorate First Genocide of the 20th Century (4:46)
This month marks the 90th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide, the first coordinated extermination of an entire people in the 20th Century. During the early days of World War I, the Ottoman Turks exterminated more than a million Armenians through direct killing, starvation, torture, and forced death marches to concentration camps in present day Syria and Northern Iraq. Another million fled into permanent exile. Today, almost a century later, the Turkish government continues to deny this genocide. And so, as they have every year for generations, Armenians around the world took to the streets demanding Turkey own up to its crimes. FSRN’s Aaron Glantz files this story from Los Angeles, America’s largest Armenian community, where tens of thousands took to the streets this weekend to commemorate the genocide.

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