July

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Brazil approves racial equality law, but “much yet to do”

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva signed the "Statute of Racial Equality."

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Bicyclist Contador crowned “King of Tour”

To win at any point in the Tour de France, it is said you must have "fire in your belly!" I certainly agree!

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Venezuela cuts ties with Colombia

Once again, tensions are rising between the right-wing, U.S.-allied government of Colombia and the left-wing government in neighboring Venezuela.

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Iraqi union offices raided, solidarity campaign started

Iraqi authorities pounced on offices of the country's electrical workers' union nationwide, closing the offices and seizing all equipment, assets and records.

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Clinton issues vague pledge on Vietnam's Agent Orange legacy

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lectured her Vietnamese hosts on human rights and issued vaguely worded pledges to help the developing country to tackle the horrific legacy of Agent Orange.

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Same sex marriage gaining support in India

According to a recent poll, legalizing same sex marriage is gaining support in India one year after the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality.

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World Notes: Canada, Romania, Mozambique, India, Austria

The right to clean water, toxic gold mining, biofuel's human toll, measuring India's poverty, good and bad on HIV/AIDS.

Mexican electrical workers continue hunger strike

A long running hunger strike by laid-off electrical workers in Mexico City has reached a point of high drama.

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What’s at stake in Brazil’s election

Brazil will soon elect a new president, to replace current President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva who is constitutionally forbidden from succeeding himself, all 513 members of the lower house of Congress plus two thirds of the 81 senators.

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In landmark vote Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage

Making it the 10th country in the world, Argentina legislators backed by President Cristina Fernandez, voted 33-27 in the Senate with 3 abstentions in a landmark decision July 15 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

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