Abbas: New gov't to form within two days

(Xinhua) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday confirmed that a new government will be announced within the next 48 hours.

Obama expands health agenda, but not funding

JOHANNESBURG, 8 May 2009 (PlusNews) - At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the economic crisis on their doorsteps, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve US$63 billion for global health over the next six years.

Asparagus and new potato soup

OK, asparagus is expensive, but it's also highly seasonal, so why not treat yourself once a year to this delicious vegetable? If the answer is unprintable in a family newspaper and involves the effects of the recession, I apologise and hope things get better for you, but I really believe that asparagus is something that everyone should have the chance to enjoy from time to time.

Bird flu case reported in Egypt

CARIO, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian authorities confirmed another human case of bird flu, after more than 25,000 pigs were killed in that country and trips to Saudi Arabia to perform Unrah pilgrimage were canceled, as preventive actions against the influenza virus A (H1N1).

Atlantis Astronauts heading for Hubble Space Telescope

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) — The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Monday with seven-member crew onboard from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission to upgrade the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope for the last time.

Vietnam celebrates Dien Bien Phu anniversary

On May 7 Vietnam celebrated the 55th anniversary of its decisive victory over U.S.–backed French colonialist forces at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu during the First Indochina War. At Dien Bien Phu City in mountainous northwestern Vietnam, solemn ceremonies and military parades, as well as artistic and sporting events, were held to celebrate the anniversary.

Rebels push to take hold of Somali capital

Hundreds fled Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday after at least 35 people were killed in some of the worst fighting in the city in weeks. The violence comes as Islamic insurgents step up their campaign to topple President Sheik Sharif Ahmed, whose control of the country has been reduced to just a few city blocks in Mogadishu and a couple of frontier towns.

AH1N1 Swine Flu incidence reaches over 4000

GENEVA, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization has confirmed so far 4,694 cases of people infected by the A (H1N1) virus in 30 nations. The health organization also reported 53 deaths, 48 of them in Mexico, where 1,626 infections with the virus have diagnosed.

When will the anti-Cuban blockade end?

President Obama last month removed Bush prohibitions on Cuban American visits to Cuba, also on money sent to families there. He promised dialogue. The State Department, however, once more designated Cuba as a terrorist nation. It prevented Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez from joining a birthday concert honoring Pete Seeger in New York.

Probe into Afghan white phosphorus use

Afgan human rights monitors said on Sunday they are investigating the possible use of white phosphorus in a US air raid that killed 147 civilians. Doctors are concerned over what they are calling 'unusual' burns on Afghans wounded in last Monday's battle with Taliban guerillas in Farah province.

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