World Notes

Syria: U.S. raid kills 8 Congo: Rebels take over gorilla refuge China: Premier says restructure world finance system Poland: Crisis slows economy Cuba: Cooperation resumed with EU

Harper loses bid for Conservative majority

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After two years of right-wing rule on Oct. 14 voters punished the incumbent Conservative Party government headed by Stephen Harper by refusing to give him a majority government.

World notes: October 25, 2008

UK: House of Lords protects civil rights Bolivia: Constitution now tops government agenda China: Reform wave hits agriculture Iran: Strike forces tax freeze Kenya: UN warns of food shortages

Mexico remembers Tlatelolco, 1968

On Oct. 2 Mexicans observed the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre with a march of tens of thousands of people through Mexico City and other events. Veterans of 1968 marched alongside students who were not even born then, joining with farmers and striking teachers. In Mexico City, the local government put flags at half mast.

World notes: October 18, 2008

Afghanistan: Military victory unlikely Iraq: Shell scores Guatemala: Peoples of a continent gather Italy: U.S. base plans scrapped India: Leaders look to Latin America for food Cuba: Committed to health care

WORLD NOTES: October 11

Colombia: Deaths, suffering mount Western Sahara: Independence struggle continues Israel: Departing leader opts for peace Japan: Anti-nuclear campaign grows Spain: Protest privatized health care Cuba: Support sought for hurricane recovery

Ecuador celebrates new constitution

“Today Ecuador has decided on a new country.” — President Rafael Correa President Correa had promised to resign if voters failed to approve Ecuador’s new constitution in the Sept. 28 referendum. That evening celebrations filled city streets as 64 percent of Ecuadorians affirmed the document, completed in July after eight months of deliberation by a constituent assembly. The no vote totaled 28 percent. Observers from the European Union, Andean Parliament, Carter Center and Organization of American States indicated that balloting by 10 million citizens — 165, 000 of them living in 47 foreign countries — unfolded peacefully and efficiently.

WORLD NOTES: October 4

Venezuela: Human Rights Watch official expelled South Africa: Controversial health minister out Belgium: Launch new immigration plan Iraq: Medical disaster prevails Laos: Planners see Mekong River dammed Cuba: Wives of the Five gain British labor backing