May

Zuma sworn in as president of South Africa

Pretoria, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Jacob Zuma, the winner for the African National Congress in the polls of April 22, took the oath of office Saturday as the fourth South African president since apartheid. Under tight security and in the presence of nearly twenty heads of State and Government, Zuma confirmed the ANC victory after 15 years in government.

Markets rally with US banking audit

World stock markets rose on Friday with the results of the US government's banking 'stress test.' US President Barack Obama ordered the audit of the degree of recapitalisation needed by the 19 biggest US banks following the subprime mortgage credit crunch and the collapse of house prices.

Death in the Orchard of Eden

In Biblical legend, it grew in the Garden of Eden. In reality, it grew wild in Kazakhstan. And now the world's original apple tree, the progenitor of all our modern apple varieties, is threatened with extinction.

Hero of Soviet Union dies aged 85

Retired Soviet General Valentin Varennikov died in Moscow on Wednesday at the age of 85. Gen Varennikov joined the Red Army after graduating from an officers' school in 1942 and was sent directly to the front.

Blockaded from the birthday party

They were all there. Over 40 of the best known singers and players of people’s songs performed May 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. They were celebrating the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger, who sings songs to bring people together.

WORLD NOTES

Germany: Nuclear withdrawal a campaign issue Ethiopia: Arrests pose quandary for U.S. Australia: Controversy over refugee rights Ecuador: President Correa wins United Arab Emirates: Small state, big arms buyer

Walmarts optimization plan highlights dirty tricks used by companies to lay-off employees

Walmart’s plan to cull an entire layer of management from about 150 stores nationwide may have stalled temporarily but many employees fear the company will simply find another way of removing unwanted staff.

World's mayors gather at U.N. to lobby against nukes

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (IPS) - The issue of nuclear disarmament being discussed with new vigour in the halls of the U.N. as the third and final preparatory committee leading up to the 2010 review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) meets over the next two weeks.

May Day in Philly

Philadephians, for the second year in a row, celebrated International Labor Day at Elmwood Park in the city’s southwest section. The site has historical significance in part because of its history in the heart of what was once a major industrial area for the Delaware Valley. It will soon be the home of a memorial monument to the labor movement.

Obama urged to sign native rights declaration

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (IPS) - The United States is considering whether to endorse a major U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the recognition of the rights of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples over their lands and resources.

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