New promise of a nuclear-free world

BERLIN, Apr 24 (IPS) - Leading supporters of disarmament see new hope arising from the announcement by the U.S. and Russian presidents that they are willing to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with a new one.

Deadly pig flu virus spreads global fear

The world was on the alert on Sunday for a potential swine flu pandemic that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has assumed new powers to isolate people infected with a deadly swine flu strain that Mexico's Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova says has killed up to 81 people and infected 1,324 since April 13.

Struggle to solve crisis moves to IMF, World Bank

WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - Efforts to pull the global economy out of its nosedive enter a new phase this weekend amid warnings the decline is steeper than previously thought and signs the cockpit crew continue to jostle for the joystick.

Communist Party surges as Japan's economy withers

TOKYO, Apr. 19, 2009 (AP) Under a big red flag, the headquarters of the Communist Party of Japan are the center of the most vibrant grass-roots movement in the country. The party's ranks are swelling, it has 24,000 branch offices and more than a million people read its newspaper. Only one party - the one that runs the country - beats it at fundraising.

ANC poised for victory in South Africa elections

Workers across South Africa are celebrating the ruling African National Congress’ decisive victory in April 22 elections.

The book Chavez gave Obama

A few national security partisans realize now there’s more to worry about than guns, bombs and rogue states. That would be ideas, and last week, a book. It’s a “really dangerous one that can put the White House at risk,” warned a not-very-serious David Brooks, the Mexican daily La Jornada’s Washington correspondent. He was referring to the book Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Barack Obama during the recent Summit of the Americas.

Taliban withdraws from Pakistan zone

Taliban militants began pulling out of a recently seized district of north-western Pakistan on Friday. The pull-out came after the government had warned that it would remove them by force.

Anti-Cuban terrorists operate in the US

Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorists imprisoned in the US, said many groups plotted and perpetrated terrorist acts against his country from Florida. In a telephone interview with author and filmmaker, Saul Landau, released on www.terroristas.cu, the Cuban fighter said 'We were collecting information on Alpha 66, the F4 Commandos, the Cuban American National Foundation, and Brothers to the Rescue.'

Senegal: Relief as gay activists are released

NAIROBI, 23 April 2009 (PlusNews) - International rights groups have welcomed the release of nine AIDS activists in Senegal, who were sentenced in January for their sexual orientation. On 20 April, an appeals court in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, overturned the convictions of the men, each sentenced to eight years in prison, on charges of 'membership of a criminal organization and engaging in acts against the order of nature'.

China backs two-state settlement

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Jerusalem on Wednesday, expressing 'strong support' for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement based on a two-state solution.

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