US slammed for biased rights agenda

Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia condemned the latest politically motivated US criticisms of their human rights record on Thursday.

Protectionism, an answer to the crisis?

Recall the facts : The latest World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of January was the scene of alarmist statements about an alleged protectionist danger. At the origin of the fear displayed by the world leaders is a clause in the American stimulus package planning to cut back on steel imports.

French government considers 5bn euros bail-out after bank's losses double

The French government was poised to intervene on Thursday after the country's fourth-largest investment bank reported that its net losses had almost doubled in the last quarter of 2008.

Britain admits terror suspects given to US

Defence Secretary John Hutton admitted on Thursday that British forces in Iraq handed over two terror suspects to the US who were then rendered to Afghanistan for interrogation and possible torture.

GM employees rally to save jobs

Tens of thousands of workers at General Motors Europe's factories demonstrated on Thursday in the battle to save their jobs at Adem Opel AG and other European divisions.

Is Communism for the birds?

Three years ago, farmer Dinh Van Hoe of Giao Ha Village in Nam Dinh Province, 160km south of Ha Noi, woke up one morning to find the green leaves of his bonsai farm had been replaced by the white feathers of a thousand storks.

AUSTRALIA: New drive against racism

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (IPS) - With new figures showing that 44 percent of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was, community organisations have welcomed a stepped-up government programme to tackle racial, cultural and religious intolerance.

Nuclear Doomsday Clock may finally stop ticking

The Barack Obama administration’s apparent resolve to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction is creating ripples of hope for an enhanced U.N. agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

Iran 'tests' first nuclear power station

Iran declared on Wednesday that its technicians have started a test run of the country's first nuclear power station.

The fat-cat controller

Rail workers heaped scathing criticism on their 'Fat Controller' bosses on Wednesday for plotting to award each other hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash in bonuses.

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