New hope blooms for Colombia prisoner exchange

The gratitude two liberated Colombian hostages displayed as they set foot on Venezuelan soil raised hopes that the long sought-goal of humanitarian prisoner exchange in Colombia might gain new life.

Cleveland workers protest toxic imports

CLEVELAND - Forty protesters, some wearing “Hazmat” suits, picketed the federal building here Jan. 16 in support of legislation to protect consumers from toxic imports.

Brazil celebrates The Year of Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer, one of the world's greatest architects, celebrated his 100 birthday on Dec. 14, 2007. Best known for the pioneering, breathtaking buildings he designed for Brazil's capital, he has inspired generations of architects with his embrace of curves, creative use of concrete, and reliance on local materials and techniques

The murder of Bhutto: Cold War fallout

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan last month has a direct relationship to the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the subject of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” the Hollywood “comedy” in which a corrupt congressman and a wily CIA man win “the Cold War” against the “evil Soviet empire” in Afghanistan.

World notes: Jan. 12, 2008

Nigeria: Russians compete for natural gas Turkey: Women win strike China: Legislation benefits workers Italy: Marchers denounce U.S. base Venezuela: Chavez issues amnesty