Millions join May Day rallies around the world

In the midst of the world economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s millions of workers poured into the streets of thousands of cities around the world on May 1 to celebrate May Day.

U.S. pullout deadlines non-extendable, Iraqi government says

The Iraqi government will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq’s cities, a government spokesperson said today.

Iran attacks Kurdish guerillas with helicopters

Iranian helicopter gunships and artillery units pummeled suspected Kurdish guerilla positions in northern Iraq at the weekend.

Carter denounces Bolivian separatist movements

LA PAZ -- Jimmy Carter, the former president of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner, denounced on May 2 separatist movements in Bolivia. He anticipated that Washington would not recognize separatist actions against the democratic government in the South American country, during a tour through the region.

Economic downturn puts treatment of millions at risk

JOHANNESBURG, 29 April 2009 (PlusNews) - After months of speculation about how the global economic downturn might affect HIV/AIDS programmes, a new World Bank report details the projected aftermath of the crisis and how it could place the treatment of more than 1.7 million at risk by year's end.

Cases of AH1N1 flu at 787 worldwide

GENEVA (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Sunday that the number of AH1N1 flu virus cases is still growing with 787 cases confirmed in 17 nations. Mexico is still the most affected with 506 cases reported and 19 death, followed by the United States with 160 cases and one death (a 23-old-month baby of Mexican origin).

Stunning win for Visteon workers

Visteon workers have won a resounding victory in their fight for justice after bosses backed down and offered huge redundancy payouts. The former Ford workers had resisted Visteon executives' attempts to make them pay for the recession with their jobs by taking over the factories and mounting mass pickets after they were sacked with just six minutes' notice on March 31.


May Day in Baghdad

Iraqi Communists, waving red banners, joined thousands of workers and trade unionists in celebrating International Workers' Day in central Baghdad on May 1, 2009.

Egypt to welcome Israel PM in May

Cairo, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Egypt expects a visit by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold talks on bilateral affairs and the peace process with Palestinians. The local media, quoting official sources, say President Hosni Mubarak invited Netanyahu through Intelligence Chief, General Omar Suleiman.

World Bank in about face on worker rights

WASHINGTON, Apr 30 (IPS) - The World Bank is dropping an index scored for undermining worker rights from its flagship effort to promote business-led economic growth in emerging, developing, and former Soviet countries.

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