Global downturn threatens poverty goal

MANILA, 2 March 2009 (IRIN) - Vangie Kelseat joined the unemployed when the global financial crisis began taking its toll. After working 12 years at a car-seat cover manufacturing company in Manila, Kelseat was laid off in October.

Agnostic advertisements forbidden

Italy isn’t Great Britain ; nor is it Spain. And Genoa isn’t London, Barcelona, Valencia or Madrid. Consequently you won’t see “God doesn’t exist, make the most of life” [1]. on the side of a bus belonging to the Genoan municipality’s public transport.

Vegetable-based drug could inhibit cancer

Compounds extracted from green vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage could be a potent drug against melanoma, according to cancer researchers. Tests on mice suggest that these compounds, when combined with selenium, target tumors more safely and effectively than conventional therapy.

Gaza aid conference opens in Egypt

The Egyptian president opened an international donors' conference on Monday that aims to raise $3 billion (£2.1bn) for the decimated Gaza Strip.

Protest now! Iraqi government attacks teacher trade union

I’m in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) for a TUC workshop for Iraqi and Kurdish trade unionists, and Iraqi Teachers’ Union President Jasim al-Lami has reported an astounding attack on his union’s leadership by the Iraqi Government.

Authorities arrest the leader of agricultural workers union

This disturbing news (see below) arrived today from the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI).

Scientists modifies smallpox vaccine to fight bird flu

A team of scientists from the University of Hong Kong and the United States on Sunday said they have developed a new vaccine strategy against the H5N1 bird flu virus by genetically modifying a smallpox vaccine.

Stem-cell treatments a step closer

Safe and ethically uncontroversial stem-cell treatments for a host of diseases came closer to reality on Sunday thanks to a major breakthrough by British and Canadian scientists.

Mugabe's birthday gift

Zimbawean President Robert Mugabe pledged to continue land redistribution at his lavish 85th birthday party on Saturday.

Opinion: Chavez win is peoples victory

Venezuelans on Feb. 15 approved a constitutional amendment removing term limits on elected officials. The door is now open for Hugo Chavez to run for a third presidential term in 2012.

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