KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage.
Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself, the Army in Washington and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters)- As he surged from also-ran to a front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich put a 29-year-old newcomer in charge of his New Hampshire campaign.
It was October 21, when the former House of Representatives speaker was way behind in the race for the state’s January 10 primary and few believed he had a chance to win the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama next November.
AMHERST, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul declared on Wednesday his campaign was “peaking at the right time” as polls show him closing in on the two perceived front-runners.
The libertarian congressman from Texas with a passionate core of followers complained that pundits were dismissing his longshot campaign prematurely and sounded optimistic about catching former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the 12th oil or gas company to be admitted, an indication of its commitment to mitigate the impact of drilling for and burning petroleum.
Among the environmental measures taken by Ecopetrol:
Ecopetrol says its strategy is to comply with all environmental laws; reduce spills, emissions and solid waste; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and promote biodiversity.
PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Protesting oil
workers have yet to buy into Colombia’s grand vision for its
oil industry, staging strikes that have shut the country’s
largest oil field and threatening further unrest.
The government says oil can help lift Colombia out of
poverty but workers complain of depressed wages and of police
and army complicity in thwarting attempts to organize unions.
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – New York police arrested a
27-year-old man they called a “lone wolf” militant on charges
of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jose Pimentel, a follower of late Muslim cleric Anwar
al-Awlaki, was arraigned Sunday night in state court on
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials said on Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court documents said.
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – New York officials said on
Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb
with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to
use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged
with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court
NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-profile accusations of child sex abuse in the United States have refocused attention on laws that are meant to protect the rights of the accused but in fact can help pedophiles escape prosecution.
Experts say statutes of limitation that prevent criminal charges being brought after a certain number of years may need to be reconsidered in the sex abuse of children because victims typically need years before they are able to come forward.
BOGOTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Colombians elected one-time
guerrilla Gustavo Petro as Bogota mayor, the Andean nation’s
second most powerful post after the presidency, in a poll on
Sunday devoid of the bloodshed that marked campaigning.
Petro, 51, an anti-corruption champion and rebel in the
defunct M-19 movement, won 32 percent of the vote with 84
percent of voting stations reporting. His main opponent Enrique
Penalosa, the favored candidate of former President Alvaro
Uribe, polled 25 percent and conceded.