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Australian government covers up causes of Montara oil spill

By Mike Head, 30 December 2010

The Gillard government’s response is driven by determination to expand the liquefied natural gas industry as quickly as possible, providing a bonanza for giant corporations such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell that have projects underway off Australia’s north-west coast.

Military tensions remain high on Korean peninsula

By John Chan, 30 December 2010

With strong backing from Washington, the South Korean government is continuing a series of provocative military drills that threaten to lead to conflict with North Korea.

Police open fire as protests spread in Tunisia

By Ann Talbot, 30 December 2010

Demonstrators clashed with security forces as protests against unemployment spread across Tunisia.

The New Orleans fire and the conditions of youth in America

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2010

The tragic deaths of eight young people in a fire in an abandoned New Orleans warehouse point to the increasingly dire plight of young people in America today.

New York City services come to a halt after blizzard

By Sandy English, 30 December 2010

Basic New York City services came to a near halt on Monday and Tuesday after a severe blizzard blanketed the East Coast on Sunday night and Monday morning.

The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange

By David Walsh, 30 December 2010

The Nation magazine in the US, with its publication of “The Case of Julian Assange” by columnist Katha Pollitt, has joined the right-wing campaign against the WikiLeaks co-founder.

Raul Castro sought “political channel” to Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2010

WikiLeaks cables showed that Fidel Castro believed that the Obama administration would be open to relaxing the longtime US isolation of Cuba.

Huge rise in wounded Afghan civilians

By Harvey Thompson, 30 December 2010

Britain’s Channel 4 News has revealed a dramatic increase in the numbers of war-wounded civilians in southern Afghanistan, following the military troop surge initiated by US president Barak Obama earlier this year.

Sweeping cuts in UK Local Authority spending

By Stephen Alexander, 30 December 2010

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has announced how 27 percent cuts to central grants are to be distributed amongst local authorities over the next two years.

Gas explosion levels Michigan furniture store

By James Brewer, 30 December 2010

An explosion ripped through a furniture store in Wayne, Michigan, killing two employees and injuring several.