VIDEO President Obama on Guantanamo and security

President Obama delivers a new direction on national security, torture, Guantanamo and civil liberties.

Islamists pull back from Swat fighting

Islamists fighting the Pakistani government have pledged to avoid combat in the Swat Valley city of Mingora in order to reduce civilian casualties.

Swine flu cases appear in Egypt, Kuwait, UAE

Confirmed cases of A(H1N1) influenza, commonly known as swine flu, have been reported in new countries in the Middle East. Hitherto only Israel had reported cases of the new influenza virus.


Class prejudice and Ireland's report on child abuse

Last week Ireland's Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse released a 2,575-page report detailing horrific conditions tens of thousands of children faced in Catholic-run institutions with government collaboration.

Sex theme park in China closed prematurely

In the end, Chongqing's 'Love Land' just lacked the staying power. With its adult and explicit themes, the country's first sex theme park proved to be 'too hot' for local authorities, and was torn down over the weekend.

Netanyahu vows to expand settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The prime minister told his cabinet that Israel will not build any new settlements in the West Bank but that existing settlements must be allowed to expand for what he calls 'natural growth' in their populations.

FMLN to form government in El Salvador

San Salvador, May 24 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador president-elect Mauricio Funes said the left-wing Farabundo Marti Liberation Front (FMLN) will have 'a visible presence' in his government after his June 1 presidential inauguration.


Communist elected to head Nepal government

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Lawmakers elected a communist party leader as Nepal's new prime minister on Saturday in a move aimed at ending weeks of political turmoil.

Iran hawks push Obama on deadline for diplomacy

After an uneventful first meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that seemed to produce no real breakthroughs, hawks in the U.S. and Israel are seizing upon what they claim is a significant concession by Obama: his setting a 'timetable' for negotiations with Iran.

A(H1N1) flu continues to spread

The A(H1N1) flu epidemic has continued to spread worldwide and the number of cases exceeds 1,200 in more than 40 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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