In addition to H1N1 flu, Mexico declares economic emergency

MEXICO (Prensa Latina) Amid a battle with the H1N1 influenza virus, Mexicans must now deal with an economic emergency declared by the Federal District. La Jornada daily, quoting Governor Marcelo Ebrad, says the 2009 quarterly global indicators of economic activity dove seven percent. Mexico City was hardest hit, with home purchases dropping 40 percent.

South African Parliament to affirm president

JOHANNESBURG May 5 (Prensa Latina) The South African Parliament is expected to choose Jacob Zuma as the new South African President for the next five years, Wednesday. With 65.9 percent of the deputies of the South African National Assembly supporting him, it is anticipated that the African National Congress will elect Zuma, 67 years old and now head of the ANC.

Hamas is backing two-state solution

The political leader of Hamas has expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, similar to that sought by the Palestinian Authority.

Haiti: Battered and unready for looming storm season

WASHINGTON, May 4 (IPS) - Haiti’s environmental degradation is a time bomb that needs urgent attention if the country is to preserve its already strained social and economic stability, says a new briefing from the International Crisis Group (ICG).


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).

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