Charging prisoners room and board?

Lawyers and prison reform campaigners attacked plans on Friday to charge Scottish prisoners' rent to claw back compensation paid out to them for having to 'slop out.'

Urine and blood tests? Now it's Lance Armstrong's hair

PARIS: Lance Armstrong has undergone hundreds of urine and blood tests throughout his cycling career. This time, he was in for a surprise - a hair sample test.

EU leaders reject further stimulus plan

(Xinhua) European Union leaders rejected here on Thursday any new stimulus plans as the United States has urged recently, saying that the EU has done enough in this respect.

UN brands Israeli acts crimes of war

A top UN human rights official has described Israel's Gaza onslaught as a war crime and proposed that the security council should set up a tribunal to establish accountability.

US-Iran: From 'Axis of Evil' to 'Happy New Year'

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has reached out to both the people and the government of a leading U.S. adversary to wish them well in their upcoming Norouz, or New Year, holidays.

Nicaragua: Caribbean women face double discrimination

MANAGUA, Mar 20 (IPS) - The first criminal prosecution for racial discrimination in Nicaragua, in response to a complaint brought by a woman lawmaker in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), has focused attention on the segregationist treatment of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean women in the Caribbean coastal regions.

Dominican strike results in violence

Santo Domingo, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) A strike by transportation workers in five provinces in eastern Dominican Republic on Thursday resulted in four people wounded and another 30 detained, as doctors were called on to stage a march to the National Palace next week.

Coping in a world of 'peak water'

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - As more than 20,000 people meet in Istanbul for a major week-long conference on future management of the world's water supplies, women's groups are working to ensure that policy decisions about this critical natural resource take their concerns into account.

Of rats and sinking ships

Well, what do you know? Northern Rock, the first British lender to go completely pear-shaped and take a massive bail-out from the taxpayer, continued to make 'risky' loans after it was bailed out.

Overcome the economic crisis through wage increase and job creation

This year’s labor Spring Struggle is nearing its climax as Japan’s major corporations, including automobile and electronics makers, will respond to labor’s demand for a wage increase.

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