Ruling party embarrassed as voters join in boycott of Haiti election

Results of Haiti's senate elections will probably not be known for over a week, despite a low turnout. Voting for 11 empty seats in the 30-member senate took place across the impoverished country on Sunday after a year-and-a-half of delays caused by political infighting, riots over soaring food costs and damaging storms.

Bolivias Morales to Attend UN Earth Day

La Paz, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales is expected to travel to New York on Tuesday to attend Earth Day celebrations by the United Nations General Assembly, government sources has confirmed.

Signs of worsening malnutrition among Gazan children

GAZA CITY, 21 April 2009 (IRIN) - Rising poverty, unemployment and food insecurity in Gaza, compounded by the recent 23-day Israeli offensive, have increased the threat of child malnutrition, say UN agencies, health ministry officials and healthcare NGOs in Gaza.

Furor over Iranian leader speech at UN racism conference seen as diversion

Controversy over characterizations of Israel have diverted attention from the important purpose of the United Nations conference on combating racism taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. lawmakers and others charge. The diversion was unhelpfully, but predictably, fanned by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Somali pirates began as volunteer coast guard

Today's charging of Somali pirate Abduhl Wali-i-Musi along with the rescue of US ship captain, Richard Phillips, from Somali pirates has brought the world’s attention to Somalia once again, but the story of why Somali fishermen became pirates nearly 18 years ago is seldom told.

Ecuador to repurchase its debts

Ecuador's finance minister has confirmed that her country will buy back nearly a third of its foreign debt at a 70 per cent discount, ending months of speculation about a possible default. Minister Maria Elsa Viteri said on Monday the government will buy back about £2.2 billion in Global 2012 and 2030 bonds, worth about 32 per cent of Ecuador's total foreign debt.

Huge rally in Rome launches Communist and anti-capitalist campaign for European Parliament

In a sea of red flags emblazoned with the hammer and sickle emblems of Italy's main Communist Parties, thousands gathered in Rome's Piazza Navona on 18 April to proclaim their unity and launch a campaign for elections to the European Parliament to be held 6-7 June 2009.

Expectation over Americas summit declaration

Port of Spain, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The 5th Summit of the Americas, a gathering of all Hemispheric leaders, minus Cuba, entered its plenary session on Saturday in Trinidad and Tobago, where a lot of controversy is expected regarding its final declaration. A draft of the Declaration of Port-of-Spain has been already vetoed by the country members of the Bolivarian Alternatives for the Americas (ALBA).

A revolution in education

British teachers may be struggling against low pay, growing class sizes, damaging testing regimes and privatisation - but they have been offered hope by a system that puts people first.

1,500 Indian farmers commit mass suicide: Why we are complicit in these deaths

The headline has been hard to ignore. Across the world press, news media have announced that over 1,500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh committed suicide. The motive has been blamed on farmers being crippled by overwhelming debt in the face of crop failure.

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