February

Priest races to brothel's rescue

A London brothel fighting closure by the authorities invited an unlikely witness to give evidence on its behalf on Tuesday - the local priest.

EU report predicts loss of 3.5 mln jobs in 2009

(Xinhua) Some 3.5 million European Union (EU) citizens will lose their jobs this year due to the economic crisis, an EU report said on Tuesday.

Worldwide unemployment to increase dramatically due to global economic crisis

GENEVA (ILO News) – The global economic crisis is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment, the International Labor Office (ILO) says in its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET).

French Caribbean colonies rise up against effects of global crisis

Strikes that have nearly frozen everyday life on France's Caribbean islands burst into clashes on Monday as police laid into striking protesters angry at soaring prices and a wealthy white elite.

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless

Gaza City, 17 February 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip remain homeless after their houses were badly damaged or destroyed during Israel's recent military offensive there.

World steel industry striving to pick up

Global steel output in 2008 was 1.3297 billion tons, a drop of 1.2 percent over 2007 and the first-ever decline in the past two decades since 1998, according to statistics released by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) recently. Overall, the whole industry is still at an all-time low and the global demands for steel could contract 10 percent.

Venezuelan president's backers celebrate referendum win

February 16 (Xinhua) Supporters celebrated President Hugo Chavez's win in the constitutional referendum Sunday night, which has lifted term limits to allow him to run in 2012 presidential election and stay in power as long as he keeps winning elections.

Tel Aviv demands soldier's release

Israel's prime minister made the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit a condition of peace in the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Experts warn of climate change errors

Leading scientists warned a US conference on climate change at the weekend that the rate of global warming has been seriously underestimated.

Venezuela elections going smoothly

One hundred percent of voting stations are set up throughout the country on this day of the referendum, said Sandra Oblitas, Director of the National Electoral Council (CNE), on Sunday.

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