With great expectations, Venezuelas youth orchestra tours the United States

CHICAGO --- The internationally acclaimed Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is travelling throughout the United States this week performing in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Houston. The first performance will be tonight April 3 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston.

Malawi blocks Madonna adoption effort

A Malawi judge rejected Madonna's request to adopt a second child from the country on Friday because of a requirement that prospective parents live in the country for at least 18 months.

Venezuelan president visits Iran

Teheran, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez started Thursday an official visit to Iran, to foster bilateral links, especially in the oil sector. Chavez's agenda here includes meeting with his Iranian peer Mahmud Ahmadineyad, and the creation of a joint mining company.

How the G-20 can pay for a global climate deal

The G-20 summit convening in London on April 2 is preparing to create a quarter trillion dollars of brand new stimulus money to help poor countries battle the global recession.

Engaging men in gender equality efforts

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 2 (IPS) - How many men work in day care centres, looking after children? How much paternity leave are men entitled to? How many government programmes to combat domestic violence include violent men themselves as part of the treatment?

Greek workers strike in their millions

Millions of Greek workers kicked off a national strike on Thursday against government attempts to force employees to bear the brunt of the slump. Greek Communist Party and trade union activists led over 10,000 in a peaceful rally through central Athens, chanting: 'No compromise. Capitalism must pay for the crisis.'

WORLDNOTES Spain, Madagascar, South Korea, Iraq, Argentina, Cuba

Spain: Students rebel Madagascar: Coup ousts neo-liberal president South Korea: Unions face challenges Argentina: Impunity still alive Cuba: Farmers gain land

The Group of 20 Summit: Climate change solutions may be answer to economic woes

All eyes are on London this week for the G20 summit. Will it come up with a plan to save the world economy? It won’t, say UN climate negotiators in Germany — where this week’s real business is happening — unless there is a plan in place to save the planet first.

Recycle your old cell phone next week; do it!

Ever wonder what to do with your old cell phone? Is it sitting in your kitchen drawer right now because you don't want it to end up in the land fill, but you have no idea what else to do with it?

Factory protesters: We'll stay till we win

Around 140 workers occupying a Belfast factory that has been earmarked for closure vowed on Wednesday to continue their protest until bosses stump up decent redundancy packages. Workers occupied the canteen after the 210 staff at the Visteon plant, which makes engine parts for the Ford Fiesta and was previously owned by Ford, were told on Tuesday that it was to close immediately.

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