Long-term truce for Gaza 'within days'

Palestinian negotiators predicted a long-term truce on Friday for the besieged Gaza Strip 'within days.' The Hamas government said that talks in Cairo aimed at achieving a long-term truce were close to success.

Israeli warplanes strike in Northern Gaza

Israeli F16 warplanes struck on Friday night two targets near Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported, witnesses said.

Zimbabwe: Teachers dig their heels in over dollars

BULAWAYO (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's striking teachers have rejected an appeal by new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that they return to work, demanding negotiations on their salary scales in foreign currency as promised.

Delahunt bill would end Cuba travel ban

Just maybe, the new Congress will succeed in ending at least part of the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), joined by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and seven “original co-sponsors,” introduced HR. 874 Feb. 4. The bill, designated as the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act,” would lift all restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to the island.

In praise of people-to-people programs

HAVANA (Prensa Latina) Programs designed to introduce individuals cross-culturally, particularly in cultures divided antipathetically by politics, have had enormous success in the world, not only for the families and individuals directly involved, but many times with far-reaching ripple effects.

Mexico faces foreign capital flight

Mexico (Prensa Latina) A total of $50 billion of foreign capital invested in shares of Mexican companies and bonds of the federal government's internal debt, fled from the country in recent months, according to experts.

World Notes

Italy: Protests continue vs. U.S. base Gaza: Israel seizes mercy ship South Africa: Israeli ships blocked Australia: Heat and drought cast pall Brazil: Landless workers continue struggle Cuba: UN reviews rights record

Bleak outlook for French employment

Paris (l'Humanite) After months of denial, Christine Lagarde now wants to appear “reasonable” by declaring that she would be “very surprised if we had positive growth in 2009” and that “we will most certainly go into recession at some point”.

US and Russian satellites collide in first ever space crash

Two communication satellites from the US and Russia collided in space on February 10, creating massive space debris that might pose a threat to the International Space Station, according to news released by the Associated Press on February 11.

ILO issues warning over global economic crisis

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday that the global financial crisis is generating increasing social unrest and called for greater dialogue between governments, bosses and workers.

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