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  • Infant Dies Of Infection After Circumcision In Canada Hospital

    06/14/2007 5:32:35 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 89 replies · 1,761+ views
    allheadlinenews.com ^ | 06/14/07 | Valerie Chang
    Ottawa, ON (AHN) - A medical journal has reported a case of a one-week-old infant who died from complications after being circumcised in an unidentified hospital in Ontario, Canada. In its April 2007 edition, Paediatrics and Child Health reported a case in which an infant, whose parents did not want him identified, was brought back to his family doctor by his parents 5 hours after he had been circumcised. At that time, his parents said he was "very irritable and had blue discoloration below the umbilicus when he cried." The baby's physicians sent the child home. The baby's parents took...
  • U.N. says it has immunity in Bosnia suit

    06/08/2007 7:46:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 355+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/07 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations said Friday it has immunity from a lawsuit by survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia but remains committed to assisting those affected and bringing the perpetrators to justice. Thousands of survivors of Europe's worst massacre since World War II sued the United Nations and the Dutch government Monday for their failure to protect civilians in Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb forces overran the U.N. safe haven in 1995 and slaughtered up to 8,000 men and boys. U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Friday that the United Nation had just received the legal documents relating...
  • Marine says urinated on dead Iraqi at Haditha

    05/09/2007 6:14:53 PM PDT · by RedRover · 181 replies · 3,722+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 May 2007 | Marty Graham
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., May 9 (Reuters) - Angered that a beloved member of his squad had been killed in an explosion, a U.S. Marine urinated on one of the 24 dead Iraqi civilians killed by his unit in Haditha, the Marine testified on Wednesday. Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, who has immunity from prosecution after murder charges against him were dismissed, also said he watched his squad leader shoot down five Iraqi civilians who were trying to surrender. In dramatic testimony in a pretrial hearing for one of the seven Marines charged in the Nov. 2005 Haditha killings and alleged cover-up,...
  • Panel Grants Immunity to Gonzales Aide

    04/25/2007 9:28:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1,101+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/25/7 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- A House committee voted Wednesday to grant immunity to Monica Goodling, a key aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. She had refused to testify, invoking her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The 32-6 vote by the House Judiciary Committee surpassed the two-thirds majority required to grant a witness immunity from prosecution. A separate vote to authorize a subpoena for Goodling passed by voice vote. The House panel's action was part of a rapid-fire schedule Democrats have set to compel Bush administration officials, among them Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to...
  • Memoir of a Raw-Milk-Illness-Turned-Medical-Nightmare

    04/01/2007 7:59:09 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 11 replies · 833+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | April 1, 2007 | David Gumpert
    The parents of a young boy hospitalized by illness they think was caused by raw milk experience provide a diary-like account of their experience with the healthcare system. This is Part 1 of a two-part item.
  • Are Some People Immune To Avian Flu?

    02/28/2007 10:55:06 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 440+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2028-2007 | Richard Webby
    Source: Public Library of Science Date: February 28, 2007 Are Some People Immune To Avian Flu? Science Daily — New results from Richard Webby at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and colleagues published in the international open-access medical journal PLoS Medicine suggest that the answer might be yes. Neuraminidase ribbon diagram. (Image courtesy of PLoS Medicine)The H5N1 avian flu virus is quite different from the seasonal H1N1 and H3N2 flu viruses most humans have been exposed to, which is why many scientists believe that H5N1 could start a new pandemic. (The H and N refer to two virus components, the...
  • Man agents shot ran drugs into U.S. after he was given immunity, DEA report says [Ramos/Compean]

    02/27/2007 3:21:08 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 125 replies · 2,053+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 02/27/2007 | Sara A. Carter
    The Mexican national shot by two Border Patrol agents in a drug-related incident in February 2005 brought a second van load of drugs into the U.S. while he waited to testify against the agents, according to Drug Enforcement Administration reports obtained by the Daily Bulletin. Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila - who was given immunity by U.S. prosecutors in exchange for testifying against former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean - is the focus of a November 2005 DEA report that identifies him as the person responsible for stashing more than 750 pounds of marijuana in a van parked at a house...
  • Smuggler's 2nd delivery of marijuana confirmed

    02/16/2007 2:03:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 54 replies · 1,398+ views
    WorldNetdaily.com ^ | February 16, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, the Mexican drug smuggler given immunity to return to the United States and testify against two Border Patrol agents, was involved in smuggling a second load of marijuana into the United States after he was given court protection, records have confirmed. Newly released transcripts of the trial for Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos have corroborated WND reports that the Mexican illegal alien was involved in the second drug case, this one involving a load of marijuana brought into the U.S. in October 2005. That followed his grant of immunity by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in return...
  • French police the target in urban guerrilla war

    11/28/2006 9:26:11 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 26 replies · 1,338+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 11-27-06 | Jon Boyle
    French police the target in urban guerrilla war By Jon Boyle Mon Nov 27, 11:29 AM ET PARIS (Reuters) - Stoned, beaten and insulted, their vehicles torched by crowds of hostile youths, French police say they face an urban guerrilla war when they enter the run-down neighborhoods that ring the major cities. "Our role is to guarantee the safety of people and property but the great difficulty today is that police are having problems ensuring their own safety," said Jerome Hanarte of the Alliance-Police Nationale union. Bedside television interviews with officers hospitalized after beatings in "les banlieues," or suburbs, support...
  • Judge: Santa Monica Not Liable For Market Crash

    07/06/2006 2:01:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies · 753+ views
    (AP) SANTA MONICA, Calif. A judge has ruled that the city of Santa Monica is not liable for a fatal vehicle accident three years ago in which an elderly motorist plowed into a crowded farmer's market. About 50 victims and relatives allege in a civil lawsuit that the city failed to protect them from the accident that killed ten shoppers and injured 63 others. Federal transportation regulators faulted the city for using inadequate safety precautions and an outdated traffic plan that didn't comply with government guidelines. But a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the city is...
  • The Bird Flu Breakdown - Part 1: Two Children in Vietnam

    06/05/2006 6:38:19 AM PDT · by CellPhoneSurfer · 5 replies · 487+ views
    Liam Scheff ^ | May 24th, 2006 | Liam Scheff
    The Bird Flu Breakdown Part 1: Two Children in Vietnam Liam Scheff - Wednesday, May 24th, 2006The much anticipated bird-flu plague has yet to emerge, despite much hue and cry. This comes as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with the machinations of the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC and NIH, and their pharmaceutical partners. But, for those more trusting of public health authorities who wish to know more about the making of public health policy, I thought I’d review some of the bright and shiny inconsistencies that have come into view on the bird flu.Stray...
  • A Strain of Mice Appears Able to Resist Cancer

    05/08/2006 8:35:31 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 864+ views
    NYT ^ | May 9, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers at Wake Forest University possess a remarkable strain of mice. They appear to be resistant to injections of cancer cells that kill all ordinary mice. Even better, the researchers say, the immune system cells from these mice, when injected into nonresistant mice, will cure their cancers. The researchers, led by Dr. Zheng Cui, are reporting this finding today in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. At a news conference last week, Dr. Cui and a colleague, Dr. Mark C. Willingham, speculated on the possibility of applying their findings to human patient The researchers, led by Dr. Zheng...
  • Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

    02/07/2006 6:48:32 AM PST · by forty_years · 22 replies · 1,952+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | February 7, 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    The key issue at stake in the battle over the twelve Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad is this: Will the West stand up for its customs and mores, including freedom of speech, or will Muslims impose their way of life on the West? Ultimately, there is no compromise: Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.More specifically, will Westerners accede to a double standard by which Muslims are free to insult Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims enjoy immunity from insults? Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more...
  • Chilean Judge Strips Pinochet of Immunity

    12/30/2005 10:44:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 339+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/30/05 | Eduardo Gallardo - ap
    SANTIAGO, Chile - Former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity Friday to face charges of diverting public funds to personal bank accounts. Judge Juan Escobar, president of the Santiago Court of Appeals, said his tribunal voted 21-3 to remove the immunity Pinochet enjoys as a former president. Friday's decision is part of a wider corruption-related legal process in which Pinochet also lost immunity against charges of tax evasion and secret overseas bank accounts totaling as much as $28 million. A person with legal immunity must be stripped of it separately in each case. The ruling adds...
  • Possible Civil Suit Looms As Threat in CIA-Leak Case

    10/27/2005 1:39:27 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 2,039+ views
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- In addition to the prospect of indictments looming in the CIA leak case, the Bush administration faces another threat: civil litigation that could expose top officials to damage payments and years of wide-ranging scrutiny. Former diplomat Joseph Wilson, whose criticism of the administration's Iraq policy sparked the current furor and led to the outing of his Central Intelligence Agency-operative wife, Valerie Plame, isn't saying for sure if he will sue. But one recent precedent is the debilitating civil suit against his former boss, President Clinton. "What would be interesting to us would be to get the...
  • Saddam to claim sovereign immunity - lawyer

    10/13/2005 6:48:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,040+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/13/05 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's defense lawyers will argue that he has immunity from prosecution at his trial in Iraq later this month, according to a London-based member of his legal team. Lawyer Abdel Haq Alani told the BBC the former president will challenge the legality of the special tribunal, due to open inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on October 19. "He had full immunity under the prevailing Iraqi constitution and you cannot have a retroactive legislation that removes that immunity," Alani said in an interview with the BBC's "Newsnight" program late on Thursday. Iraqi officials say the only charge...
  • Washington wants Pope to be given immunity in abuse case

    09/21/2005 11:42:54 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 20 replies · 539+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 9/21/05 | Nicole Winfield
    The United States government has said that Pope Benedict should be given immunity from a civil court action in Texas, which accuses the pontiff of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian. Peter Keisler, the assistant US attorney-general, said that Pope Benedict enjoys immunity as the head of a state - the Vatican. He said that allowing the case to proceed would be "incompatible with the United States' foreign policy interests", according to court documents. There was no immediate ruling from Judge Lee Rosenthal of US district court for the southern district of Texas...
  • U.S. Says Pope Immune From Abuse Suits

    09/20/2005 6:31:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 357+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 20, 2005 | Nicole Winfield
    The U.S. government has told a Texas court that Pope Benedict XVI should be given immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian, court documents show.Assistant U.S. Attorney General Peter Keisler said in Monday's filing that, as pope, Benedict enjoys immunity as the head of a state — the Vatican. He said that allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be "incompatible with the United States' foreign policy interests."There was no immediate ruling from Judge Lee Rosenthal of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston,...
  • Shot to cure flu for life

    08/04/2005 6:27:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 568+ views
    BRITISH scientists are developing a revolutionary vaccine that works against all types of flu, the UK DAILY MAIL fronts on Friday. It would protect people against flu and a single jab could give lifelong immunity. Currently, new vaccines have to be developed each year. The major breakthrough has been made by the Cambridge biotech firm Acambis. When it announced the news yesterday the value of its shares jumped by 9p. Such a vaccine would be massively lucrative for its manufacturer. Each year, flu kills up to 12,000 people in the UK, many of them elderly. But experts have been warning...
  • Vaccine Tie to Autism Gains New Supporters

    07/15/2005 5:16:24 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 66 replies · 1,199+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Thursday, 14 July 2005 | Carla McClain
    The decade-long debate over what has caused this country's frightening spike of childhood autism once again is exploding… Reigniting the debate is the much-publicized book "Evidence of Harm" by David Kirby, as well as the report titled "Deadly Immunity" by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In brief, Kirby and Kennedy argue that federal health officials, with the help of vaccine-makers and some in Congress, have deliberately downplayed, even covered up, evidence that thimerosal - a preservative containing mercury - in childhood vaccines is the prime trigger behind the explosion of autism in U.S. children the last 15 years. Although...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • Resveratrol may have anti-flu activity

    05/25/2005 10:01:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies · 667+ views
    ABC News & Reuters ^ | May 24, 2005
    May 24, 2005 — NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes, blocks replication of the influenza virus in cell culture and in animals, Italian researchers report. "Resveratrol merits further investigation as a potential weapon for combating the growing threat of influenza," Dr. Anna Teresa Palamara of the Institute of Microbiology in Rome and colleagues conclude. In cell culture experiments, resveratrol prevented influenza from replicating. Study: Cigarette Smoke May Harm Fertility Big Guns: When Cops Use Steroids Study: Bypass Better for Clogged Arteries Resveratrol treatment had the greatest effect when administered 3 hours after exposure to...
  • Supreme Court refuses (to strip) Pinochet immunity

    03/24/2005 7:51:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/24/05 | Eduardo Gallardo - AP
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's Supreme Court on Thursday refused to strip Gen. Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution, blocking yet another attempt to try him for alleged human rights abuses during his dictatorship. The Court's 15-4 vote rejected a lower court ruling that would have stripped the 89-year-old former ruler of the legal immunity he enjoys as former president. In announcing its decision the Supreme Court did not immediately publish the text of its ruling, which is believed to be based mainly on Pinochet's deteriorated health. On Dec. 2, the Santiago Court of Appeals had voted 14-9 to...
  • Rehnquist: "We're Immune from Impeachment..." (paraphrased)

    03/03/2005 5:34:47 AM PST · by totherightofu · 306 replies · 4,316+ views
    Herald-Tribune ^ | 01/01/2005 | Linda Greenhouse, NYT
    Chief Justice Rehnquist said in his report on Friday that it had been clear since early in the country's history that "a judge's judicial acts may not serve as a basis for impeachment."
  • Medieval Plague May Explain Resistance to HIV

    03/10/2005 3:11:16 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 47 replies · 1,885+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 3/10/2005 | n/a
    Medieval Plague May Explain Resistance to HIV LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale) - The persistent epidemics of hemorrhagic fever that struck Europe during the Middle Ages provided the selection pressures that have made 10 percent of Europeans resistant to HIV infection, according to a UK study. A mutation called delta-32 in the cellular receptor dubbed CCR5 protects against HIV infection, and is found more often in Europeans than other populations. Scientists have previously suggested that the genetic mutation became common because it protected people against the Black Death or smallpox epidemics, while those with normal CCR5 were wiped out. But...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Giving Terror a Boost

    11/05/2004 7:05:09 AM PST · by stevejackson · 2 replies · 433+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | November 5, 2004 | Daniel Mandel
    Do the media give aid and comfort to terrorists by giving their violence maximum exposure and impact at times while sanitizing the perpetrators and tainting their victims at others? It is standard procedure for many media outlets to describe the perpetrators of terrorist acts - the premeditated slaughter of civilians - with a range of euphemisms, "militants" being the most common. Thus, The New York Times can headline a report on the killing of a hostage as "Iraq Militants Said to Behead a Truck Driver From Bulgaria." Similarly, terrorists killed in a military strike can be described in another as...
  • U.S. Removes Peacekeepers Over War Crimes Court

    07/01/2004 5:31:48 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 27 replies · 214+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 1, 2004 | By Charles Aldinger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is pulling small numbers of troops out of two U.N. peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and Africa because they are no longer exempt from prosecution in the International Criminal Court, the Pentagon said on Thursday. A seven-member team will be removed from a U.N. mission assigned to keep peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia and two liaison officers will be removed from the world body's mission in Kosovo, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita told reporters. "In these two particular cases it was determined ... that the risk was not appropriate to our forces. And so they...
  • U.N. hopes U.S. won't pull peace forces

    06/27/2004 5:51:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies · 297+ views
    AP ^ | June 26, 2004 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he hopes the United States will not withdraw from peacekeeping operations after its failure to win an exemption from international prosecution for war crimes. The United States abandoned the effort Wednesday after Annan urged the Security Council not to go along. It was a major retreat for Washington in its fight against the International Criminal Court and a rare intervention by the U.N. chief. "I think the outcome was a good one for the council, and I think also for the Americans," Annan told a news conference on Friday. The secretary-general had raised...
  • U.S. threat to withdraw from peacekeeping operations -(short title)

    06/26/2004 4:31:01 PM PDT · by Flavius · 28 replies · 233+ views
    boston globe ^ | 6/26/2004 | Edith M. Lederer
    ADVERTISEMENT UNITED NATIONS (AP) Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he hopes the United States will not withdraw from peacekeeping operations after its failure to win an exemption from international prosecution for war crimes.
  • U.S. Drops Plan to Exempt G.I.'s From U.N. Court

    06/23/2004 7:34:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 421+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 24, 2004 | WARREN HOGE
    UNITED NATIONS, June 23 — The United States bowed Wednesday to broad opposition on the Security Council and announced it was dropping its effort to gain immunity for its troops from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. "The United States has decided not to proceed further with consideration and action on the draft at this time in order to avoid a prolonged and divisive debate," James B. Cunningham, the deputy American ambassador, said on emerging from the Council chamber. The envoys from the 15-member Council had spent the morning in closed session, discussing a rewritten version of the American resolution...
  • Annan backs US immunity decision (to be used if US courts failed to take action themselves)

    06/24/2004 12:48:25 PM PDT · by take · 15 replies · 224+ views
    Annan backs US immunity decision The prisoner abuse scandal undermined support for the US Kofi Annan has welcomed the decision by the United States to abandon efforts to stop its troops from being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. The United Nations secretary general said the move would help to maintain unity in the security council at a difficult time. US troops have had immunity from prosecution under a deal struck two years ago. It runs out on 30 June. Washington withdrew a resolution to extend it after a lack of support. "The United States has decided not to proceed...
  • U.S. Drops U.N. Bid for War Crime Shield

    06/24/2004 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Wallace T. · 21 replies · 274+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo News) ^ | June 23, 2004 | Edith M. Lederer
    UNITED NATIONS - Facing global opposition fueled by the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, the United States on Wednesday dropped its attempt to renew a U.N. exemption shielding American troops from international prosecution for war crimes. The U.S. move raised concern that Washington might carry out its threat to shut down or stop participating in U.N.-authorized peacekeeping operations. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters that every request would be examined "both in terms of voting for a peacekeeping mission" and providing Americans to participate. A key factor will be "what the risk might be of prosecution by a court to...
  • U.S. and Iraq Agree on Immunity for Troops

    06/24/2004 10:31:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 47 replies · 194+ views
    NewsMax.com Wires ^ | 6/24/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON – American troops serving in Iraq would be immune from prosecution in local courts under an agreement in principle between the United States and the interim government in Baghdad. "The president wants to make sure that our troops are protected," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Thursday. He said members of the military would face justice in the American legal system rather than in local courts. "You're talking about parts of the world where due process may not be guaranteed," McClellan said. He said that the United States and Iraq already had agreed in principle on an immunity...
  • U.S. immunity demand could divide U.N.

    06/19/2004 9:36:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 217+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/19/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Security Council ambassadors Friday that renewing U.S. peacekeepers' immunity from international prosecution for war crimes would undermine international law and send "a very unfortunate signal" to the world. Annan stepped up his campaign against a U.S.-sponsored resolution renewing American immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court for a third year, and opposition in the council appeared to be growing. Despite intensive lobbying, Washington does not have the minimum nine votes of support on the 15-member council to approve a new exemption, council diplomats said. On Thursday, Annan urged the council not...
  • UN defers US troop immunity vote (China's UN envoy had no instructions from Beijing)

    05/25/2004 9:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 161+ views
    UN defers US troop immunity vote Last Update: Wednesday, May 26, 2004. 9:32am (AEST) The UN Security Council has indefinitely delayed plans to take up a US draft resolution shielding American troops from prosecution by a new global criminal court, a US diplomat said on Tuesday. The resolution, which human rights groups argue is especially inappropriate so soon after the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, had been expected to come to a vote in the 15-nation council last on Friday and again on Monday. The vote was called off on Friday after China's UN envoy said he had no instructions from...
  • Nuncio granted immunity in sex case

    04/07/2004 9:06:16 PM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 5 replies · 66+ views
    The Post.IE ^ | March 28, 2004 | Kieron Wood
    The Papal nuncio was granted diplomatic immunity in a High Court action seeking damages for clerical sex abuse, it has emerged. In the case of Paul Molloy v Bishop Brendan Comiskey, Archbishop Luciano Storero and Fr Sean Fortune, the Department of Foreign Affairs directed the chief registrar of the High Court to issue a certificate that Storero was immune from being sued under section 47 of the 1967 Diplomatic Relations and Immunities Act. Storero was appointed nuncio to Ireland in November 1995 at the age of 69. As apostolic nuncio, he automatically became dean of the diplomatic corps. He died...
  • Cell Protein Gives Monkeys Innate Immunity to H.I.V., Researchers Discover

    02/25/2004 10:05:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 185+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 26, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    Scientists have discovered that monkey cells have innate protection against infection with the human AIDS virus, a clue that may help explain why some people are susceptible to certain viral infections while others are not. The finding, reported in today's issue of the journal Nature, offers one of the first concrete examples of what researchers call an intracellular system of innate immunity and may open the door to the development of new antiviral therapies, the scientists said. The monkeys were protected from the virus by a mechanism that resides within cells and that is independent of the antibodies and white...
  • Firearm industry immunity vote set

    02/21/2004 7:09:14 PM PST · by paltz · 13 replies · 95+ views
    sunherald ^ | 2/21/04 | Danielle Braff
    If the bill passes, victims of gun violence would not be able to sue gun manufacturers or dealers, who the senators say should not be held responsible for crimes committed once the guns leave the shop. The only people liable for gun injuries are the people who use the guns, they said."I think we really have enough gun control laws on the books to ensure that people who are going to use guns in the commission of a crime can be punished severely," Cochran said, arguing against punishment for the gun industry.The National Rifle Association has made passage of the...
  • COLORADO FREEPERS!JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY CONFERENCE

    02/19/2004 11:53:29 PM PST · by Ms12Gauge · 1 replies · 171+ views
    Vanity | 2-19-04 | Linda Sanders
    JUDGES ARE STEALING THE LAW Sponsored by: Coalition for the Best Interest of the Child Equal Justice Foundation People for Equal Protection Citizens Judicial Review Committee Please attend a meeting on Sunday afternoon, February 22, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at The Columbine Library 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton 80123 The location is two lights east (on Bowles) of the intersection of Bowles Ave. & Wadsworth Blvd. This is our best chance in 10 years for getting the legislative branch to put a “Check” on Colorado’s runaway judiciary. Whether you have been abused in family law, criminal law...
  • Colorado Judicial Accountability Conference

    02/04/2004 11:01:17 PM PST · by Ms12Gauge · 5 replies · 262+ views
    Linda Sanders, Author of Exposing Tyranny | 2/1/04 | ANNOUNCMENT
    JUDGES ARE STEALING THE LAW Sponsored by: Coalition for the Best Interest of the Child Equal Justice Foundation People for Equal Protection Citizens Judicial Review Committee Please attend a meeting on Sunday afternoon, February 22, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at The Columbine Library 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton 80123 The location is two lights east (on Bowles) of the intersection of Bowles Ave. & Wadsworth Blvd. This is our best chance in 10 years for getting the legislative branch to put a “Check” on Colorado’s runaway judiciary. Whether you have been abused in family law, criminal law...
  • Immunity Pact For American Troops in Iraq Still Unsettled

    01/23/2004 11:16:34 AM PST · by BMC1 · 1 replies · 161+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Friday, January 23, 2004 | Walter Pincus
    The United States has yet to begin serious negotiations with Iraqis on an agreement to guarantee that American troops in Iraq will remain immune from arrest and prosecution by local authorities once a new Baghdad government takes over in June, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. The status-of-forces agreement, often one of the most sensitive pacts reached between the U.S. and countries that host American troops, will also set the rules for where U.S. troops will be based and the conditions under which they will operate. "All these things have to be negotiated and agreed upon -- the areas they...
  • Links between SARS, human genes discovered

    01/15/2004 8:06:31 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 1 replies · 156+ views
    People Daily ^ | 01.16.04
    Links between SARS, human genes discovered Hong Kong researchers found that individuals with HLA-B*7303 gene type have much higher risk of getting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) while those with HLA-DRB1*0131 gene type have much lower risk than the general population. The Chinese University announced the findings at a press conference Thursday, saying the findings will lead to better understanding of the disease mechanisms of SARS and could help design the SARS prevention programs. The study was made on 90 serologically confirmed Chinese SARS patients who had been treated in some Hong Kong hospitals when SARS prevailed in Hong Kong...
  • Diplomat's Son Released in Carjacking (Thank goodness for diplomatic immunity, Liberian says)

    01/04/2004 1:03:07 PM PST · by mountaineer · 37 replies · 474+ views
    Newsday ^ | 1/4/04 | AP
    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- An 18-year-old son of the head of the Liberian Embassy, arrested on charges including carjacking and robbery, was released from police custody under diplomatic immunity. Police in suburban Montgomery County, Md., arrested Thomas K. Kollie and two other teenagers in connection with a carjacking in Silver Spring. Police said about 13 males attacked three men in the car Friday night, took their vehicle and drove into two parked cars in a parking lot. Police believe the three men in the car and three of the suspects were involved in a fight earlier in the evening. Kollie...
  • Flu May Be Worst in Decades for U.S. Kids

    12/17/2003 7:48:18 PM PST · by leu25iso · 11 replies · 165+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 12/17/03 | Daniel Q. Haney
    Flu May Be Worst in Decades for U.S. Kids By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 17, 2003 Filed at 9:52 p.m. ET The current flu outbreak may be the worst for young U.S. children in several years, some experts say, comparing it in Western states to the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69. A government epidemiologist and other disease doctors predict flu deaths among babies and toddlers will exceed the estimated 92 who die in an average flu year. ``We would expect that number would be higher in a season like this. It would be more than 92,'' said Dr. William...
  • Judge Rules U.S. Lacks Jurisdiction Against 2 Saudi Princes in Sept. 11 Lawsuit

    11/15/2003 11:39:55 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 122+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/15/03
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Saudi Arabia's defense minister and its former intelligence chief, who have denied allegations in a $1 trillion lawsuit tying them to the Sept. 11 attacks, are beyond the reach of U.S. courts, a federal judge ruled. The suit filed by victims and survivors of the 2001 attacks accused the Saudis of having long, personal relationships with Saudi-born fugitive Osama bin Laden and officials of the Afghan Taliban militia. The officials are the defense minister, Prince Sultan, and Prince Turki al-Faisal, former director of general intelligence and now the Saudi ambassador in Britain. The suit also alleged that...
  • US will deny aid to countries that refuse court immunity deals

    11/03/2003 2:38:50 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 116+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 11/04/03 | Rupert Cornwell
    The United States aims to secure agreements "with every country in the world" guaranteeing immunity for its citizens from any prosecution from the new International Criminal Court (ICC), and will cut off military aid to countries which do not comply. In an uncompromising defence of Washington's decision to shun the court, Under Secretary of State John Bolton announced yesterday that the US has already reached so-called Article 98 exemption agreements, under the Rome statutes setting up the ICC, with 70 countries; 50 of them among the ICC's 90 signatories. Speaking at the conservative thinktank, the American Enterprise Institute, Mr Bolton...
  • Justices to Rule on Immunity of States in Bankruptcy Suits

    10/01/2003 12:57:22 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 180+ views
    New York Times | October 1, 2003 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 — The Supreme Court added a significant new federalism case to its docket for the new term on Tuesday, accepting an appeal filed by the State of Tennessee on whether states are immune from suit under federal bankruptcy law. States are often brought into federal court in bankruptcy proceedings, not because they themselves are bankrupt but because they are creditors. Most of the 1.5 million people who file for bankruptcy every year owe debts to an agency of state government and seek relief from the obligation to repay those debts, so the case has a highly practical...
  • Saddam minister granted immunity

    09/25/2003 5:59:54 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 11 replies · 233+ views
    BBC ^ | September 25, 2003
    Former Iraqi Defence Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmed has been granted immunity from prosecution following his surrender to US forces. Mr Ahmed - number 27 on the Americans' list of most wanted former Iraqi officials - gave himself up in the northern city of Mosul last Friday. White House officials say they have high hopes he will provide significant information on Iraq's alleged weapons programmes. The news came as US officials indicated that an interim report by the Iraqi Survey Group - charged with locating weapons of mass destruction in the country - would contain no evidence of illegal weapons. But...
  • Former Iraqi Defense Minister Said Given Immunity

    09/24/2003 10:22:30 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/24/03 | Staff Writer
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraq's former defense minister, who surrendered to U.S. forces last week, was given "effective" immunity from prosecution, and the United States hopes he will provide significant information on Saddam Hussein's weapons activities, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters other "lower level guys who were technical functionaries in Iraq's weapons programs" were also given immunity and have been assisting former U.N. inspector David Kay in his eagerly awaited inquiry on Iraqi arms. Former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmed, seen at Saddam Hussein's side in what is thought...