Zimbabwe cuts budget to make way for pro-business reforms

Zimbabwe's new finance minister slashed the country's 2009 budget and announced a raft of pro-big business reforms after talks with the International Monetary Fund.

General strike in France to protest economic crisis

On 19 March 2009 millions of French workers led by the Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT) went on strike to protest President Nicholas Sarkozy's handling of the global financial crisis in France.

Egypt reopens border with Gaza for two days

Cairo, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Egypt reopened its Rafah border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday for two days to enable students and the sick to move in and out, and Jordan sent 227 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip through the West Bank.

France: From one general strike to the next

The Grenoble area, at the center of the old province of Dauphiné, is up in arms in preparation for the general strike called on March 19th by all trade unions, and on an ambitious platform. As the region is hit by factory closures, re-structuring, and temporary lay-offs, the spirit of resistance is running high.

Lipton Tea's profits and provocation in Pakistan

Unilever Pakistan management has stepped up its aggression against the workers at its Lipton/Brooke Bond tea factory in Khanewal, Pakistan. The plant - Unilever's last directly-owned and operated tea plant in a nation of tea drinkers - employs some 750 workers to pack tea, but only 22 are employed directly by Unilever.

El Salvador: Crisis, poverty huge challenges for leftist president

SAN SALVADOR, Mar 17 (IPS) - The main challenges faced by El Salvador’s leftwing president-elect Mauricio Funes are forging understandings with other political sectors, adopting measures to deal with the economic crisis, and especially its effects on the poor, and strengthening the country’s institutions, say analysts.

SS veterans march in Latvia to remember nazi troops

About 300 Latvians marched through Riga on Monday to honour soldiers who fought in an elite nazi unit during World War II. Several dozen representatives from Latvia's anti-fascist committee held a counter-demonstration, chanting: 'Hitler Kaput.'

Defining moment for Pakistan

There are defining moments in the life of every nation. Pakistan can rightly claim that the March 16, 2009 restoration of Ifthikar Chaudhary as Chief Justice was just such a moment in its 61-year history.

The Pope is wrong on condoms

Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a response to Pope Benedict's statement on condom use.

US: We shot down Iranian unmanned aircraft in Iraq

THE Pentagon has claimed that US jets shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft last month over Iraqi territory.

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