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Letter from New Orleans: Friendshipment winds its way to Cuba

The 20th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border, picking up humanitarian aid along the way and educating the public about why the U.S. should normalize relations with Cuba. But the Pastors For Peace Friendshipment also gives 'caravanistas' a chance to visit many places in the United States. John Thomas, from Newfoundland, Canada, is on this year's caravan and wrote the following letter after visiting New Orleans. We publish it here with the author's permission.

Missing iPhone led to employee's suicide

A 25-year-old employee of a leading Taiwanese electronics manufacturer allegedly committed suicide after he was blamed for the disappearance of a sample iPhone mobile phone. Sun Danyong was suspected of stealing a model of the popular Apple mobile phone earlier this month.

Zoo animals baffled by solar eclipse

When thousands of people thronged outdoors for the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, animals at the zoo in east China's Hangzhou City also reacted, quickly and confusedly.

Iranian leader threatens elite over security

Iran's supreme leader has warned the 'elite' not to disturb the country's security in a strong message to the opposition to back down after one of its top figures called for a referendum on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for the opposition to be cautious regarding the turmoil that has shaken the country since the disputed presidential election on June 12.

Oil looming large in battle over Iraqs future

About the only reports out of Iraq in U.S. major media these days are about suicide bombings and other attacks. Meanwhile, though, Iraq is working to re-emerge as a major global oil producer. How this will be achieved, what it means for Iraq’s future and who in Iraq will benefit are questions hotly debated there.

As H1N1 spreads, Thais take cover behind surgical masks

BANGKOK, Jul 15 (IPS) - Pattadol Piboonsak was gripped with fear last week when he fell ill with a high fever, displaying the usual symptoms of influenza.

Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy

CAPE TOWN, 20 July 2009 (PlusNews) - Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.

Obama hands Africas responsibilities back to Africans

(l’Humanite) Before parliament in Accra, Ghana’s capital, the American president disposed of the role played in Africa by the major powers and called for the continent to take charge of itself in fighting against corruption.

Thousands of British steelworkers march to save jobs

Thousands of steelworkers and their families have marched through Redcar in a campaign to save the Corus steel plant. Over 5,000 workers and their families sent a powerful message to the government with the Save Our Steel march as they demanded help for the struggling plant which is the major employer in Redcar and a key industry for Teesside.

E-books publishing on the rise

Publishing houses or newspapers specializing in printed books have slipped into e-book publishing. This fact became evident at the recently concluded 'Digital Publishing Expo' in Beijing. By the end of 2008, ninety-percent of 578 publishing houses in China had merged into the e-book publishing business.

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