15 major trends for social networking sites

According to foreign media reports, none of the Internet marketing firms or traditional media are as popular as Social Networking Sites (SNS). It is predicted that the market scale of corporate SNS product will reach $2 billion by 2012. Companies will have lagged behind if they fail to perform in the SNS market.

Workers strike to support occupation

South Korean trade unions have kicked off a general strike in support of striking workers who have occupied a Pyeongtaek car factory for over two months. The 700,000-strong Korean Confederation of Trade Unions reported that 'all affiliated unions' supported the action yesterday, which follows a series of heavy-handed attacks by riot police on unionised members of the Ssangyong Motors workforce.

Big turnout expected in hotly contested Iraqi Kurdistan vote

Special elections that began Thursday morning in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are considered the hottest since the first Kurdish parliamentary elections in 1992.


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.

Police catch underwear thief

German police uncovered over 1,000 pairs of underpants and more than 100 pairs of swimming trunks after catching a thief nabbing another three pairs for his collection.

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.

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