July 16, 2007

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Headlines (6:20)
Nuclear Scare After Japanese Earthquake
A strong earthquake in Japan today has damaged a nuclear power plant causing the leak of radio active materials. Claudia Cragg reports.

Britain Expels Russian Diplomats
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced today that the UK is set to expelled 4 Russian diplomats in response to Moscow’s refusal to extradite an alleged former Russian spy over the murder of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Russia has refused to extradite Andrei Logovoi, who is also a former KGB officer. British authorities say Logovoi visited the same places in London as did Litvinenko where it was believed Litvinenko, who was openly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was exposed to radiation poisoning and died in November of 2006. However, Logovoi denies involvement. Russia condemned the expulsion of its diplomats. Russian Foreign Minister said London’s move will not be left unanswered and can entail serious consequences for Russian-British relations.

IAEA Confirms North Korean Nuclear Reactor Shut Down
United Nation inspectors say North Korea has shutdown one of its main nuclear reactors. Jason Strother reports.

Lebanese Political Agreement
In Paris, representatives of Lebanon’s two feuding political parties made a commitment not to resort to “political violence” in a bid to solve a 10 month political crisis that has paralyzed the government. Jackson Allers has more from Lebanon.

Georgia Execution Set for Tomorrow
Georgia is set to execute African American man Troy Anthony Davis tomorrow. Troy Anthony Davis, who is accused of killing a police officer had his clemency hearing today. Naji Mujahid reports.

Bush Calls for Middle East Peace Conference (3:30)
President Bush called for a Middle East peace conference today, and announced increased aid to Palestine. As FSRN’s Matt Laslo reports, critics say it probably won’t bring about much change in the region.

40 Years After Newark Rebellion No Officers Indicted for 26 Deaths (4:00)
On July 12th, 1967, an African American cab driver In Newark, New Jersey was badly beaten by police. False rumors of his death spread quickly, igniting the flames of a rebellion against rampant police brutality, widespread unemployment, and substandard housing conditions. In the five days that followed, 26 people died at the hands of the National Guard and the Newark and State Police. All but two were African American – and, 40 years later, no law enforcement officer has ever been indicted for these deaths. Andalusia Knoll reports.

Exclusive Interview with Mike Huckabee (5:00)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is one of the 9 GOP candidates for President. Huckabee says many mistakes have been made in Iraq – but that the President’s troop increase must be given a chance, and disapproves with efforts in Congress to draw down troops. Since he is consistent on his Iraq war policy, Washington Editor Leigh Ann Caldwell spoke with Huckabee about other pressing issues: civil liberties, health care and excusing corporations from paying US taxes.

Progress Towards Political Stability Slow in Nepal (5:00)
Maoists have been sharing power with seven mainstream parties in Nepal since the first of April. The interim government has survived several crises – most notably, a forceful demand from the Madhesi community for greater representation. The Maosists have succeeded in one of the main aims: curtailing the power of the monarchy. But as PC Dubey reports from Nepal, progress towards stability and a new political order is slow.

Commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal (2:30)

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