WORLD NOTES Afghanistan, Somalia, United Nations, Cuba, Great Britain, Mexico

Afghanistan: Bombings lead to impasse Somalia: War suffering grows United Nations: U.S. joins Human Rights Council Cuba: Relations with EU under study Mexico: Police confront mine protesters

Obama stands firm on shutting down Gitmo

WASHINGTON — At the National Archives here, standing in front of a backdrop depicting the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, President Obama declared that operating the torture prison at Guantanamo set back “the rule of law” in the United States and compromised its moral standing in the world.

Probe uncovers Catholic schools horror in Ireland

An investigation into Ireland's Roman Catholic-run institutions has found that thousands of boys and girls were terrorised in workhouse-style schools for decades.

The nameless factory behind the Lipton global brand name

Unilever's Lipton tea factory in Karachi has no name, no logo and no permanent employees.

Free-marketeer to take power in India

Indian PM Manmohan Singh vowed to prioritise ' socially inclusive and equitable' economic growth on Tuesday after newly-elected Congress MPs formally chose him as their leader for a second term.

Pakistans displaced create new crisis

In the wake of the Pakistan’s army offensive against the armed Taliban, more than 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. The Pakistan Peace and Solidarity Council sent out an urgent appeal today to the “philanthropists, donors, supporters, international relief organizations and international community” for humanitarian aid to assist the some “1.3 million displaced people” from Swat, Bunir, Dir and Malakand, the semi tribal areas located in the north of North West Frontier Province near the Pakistan-Afghan boarder.

Obama & Netanyahu agree and disagree

In a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their White House meeting, President Obama reiterated his view that it is “in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but also the Israelis and the United States and the international community to achieve a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians are living side by side in peace and security.”

Obama expected to press Netanyahu on Palestinian state

In his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House today, President Obama was expected to press the right-wing Israeli leader to endorse a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict and to come out in favor of negotiations to achieve that goal, and steps to help negotiations advance. Obama was also expected to press Netanyahu to support a new regional initiative aimed at a comprehensive peace settlement.

Tamil Tigers surrender

Colombo, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka''s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sunday have admitted their defeat after almost three decades of long and bloody conflict that killed almost 80,000 people. In a statement published on pro-rebel website, the rebels' international relations chief Kumaran Pathmanadan said their battle has reached what he called 'its bitter end'.

Alarcon: Cuba respects sexual diversity

Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament), Ricardo Alarcon, said the essence of Socialism is the inclusion rather than exclusion of people for their sexual orientation or religion. Alarcon spoke with Prensa Latina, as Cuba observed the International Day Against Homophobia.

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