February 27, 2007

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Headlines (5:00)
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the main entrance to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The attack came as Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting the premises. The blast reportedly killed 23 people, but left the vice president unharmed.

In Sri Lanka, The US and Italian ambassadors and 4 other foreign envoys were injured today when Tamil Tiger rebels fired on Sri Lankan military helicopters carrying the delegation. The rebels say they did not know the helicopters were carrying diplomats and faulted the Sri Lankan government for jeopardizing the safety of the foreign delegation by flying it into a conflict zone. None of the diplomats received serious injuries.

A prison psychologist testified yesterday that alleged al-Qaeda member Jose Padilla is mentally fit for trial. That testimony contradicts experts from the defense who say he is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of participating in a North American terror support cell. Mitch Perry reports from Tampa

Civil rights groups have teamed up with federal investigators to try to solve the cold case murders of the civil rights era. FSRN Karen Miller has more.

The House of Representatives will vote this week on legislation that would enable working people to have more direct control over collective bargaining in the workplace. Naji Mujahid has the story.

US Agrees to Negotiations with Syria, Iran and Others on Iraqi Security
The Bush Administration has reversed its long standing diplomatic policy of not negotiating with its enemies. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the US will open up dialogue with Iran and Syria in a meeting in Baghdad next month to address Iraqi security.

Senate Delays Iraq Debate for Two Weeks (3:20)
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice made the announcement before the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is looking closely at Iraq and Afghanistan war funding. And although Iraq is still a top priority for Congress, the Senate has decided to hold off on any Iraq debate for another 2 weeks. FSRN’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.

Former Member of Haitian Military High Command Ordered to Pay $4.3 Million (3:20)
A federal jury in Miami has found a former member of Haitian Military High Command liable for torture, extrajudicial killing, and arbitrary detention. Colonel Carl Dorelien has been ordered to pay $4.3 million dollars in damages to plaintiffs Lexiuste Cajuste, a labor leader who was tortured by the Haitian military, and to the family of Michel Pierre, killed during the infamous Raboteau Massacre in 1994. Amber Cortes reports.

Israel Withdraws from Nablus; At Least One Killed (3:30)
The Israeli Army withdrew most of its troops from Nablus, in the northern West Bank today – after one of its largest military operations in months, as Israeli soldiers sealed off parts of the old city center and conducted door-to-door searches since Sunday, looking for alleged Palestinian fugitives. Israeli troops killed as least one resident as he walked with his son on a street, and injured about 20 more. Manar Jibrin reports.

Winter Freeze Takes its Toll on California Farm Workers (4:00)
An icy freeze that destroyed three-quarters of California’s citrus crops is creating havoc for growers in the region. But, as Leilani Albano reports, it’s farm workers that are getting hit hardest by the cold spell.

UK Activists Demonstrate Against New Nuclear Program (4:00)
As the British government makes plans to replace Britain’s aging nuclear submarines, Western diplomats met in London to discuss a new UN resolution addressing Iran’s nuclear program. Speaking out against the UK’s nuclear program, British activists and politicians rallied in London on Saturday. Manuel Rueda has more.

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