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Chavez lambasts big pharmaceutical firms

Venezuela plans to scrap some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce generic drugs. Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman declared at the weekend that Venezuela's socialist government would annul patents on some medicines under a reform of existing intellectual-property laws.

Iran opposition: Even violence wont keep us from continuing

'You can be sure that even violence won’t keep us from continuing.' The great Iranian cinematographer (Kandahar or Safar e Ghandehar (2001)) Mohsen Makhmalbaf has become international spokesman for the reform candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, whose 'defeat' in the presidential election last Friday has lit the powder kegs in Iran.

South Africa: Serious shortage in antirevtroviral funding

A one-billion rand (US$123 million) shortfall in South Africa's public sector antiretroviral (ARV) programme could jeopardise treatment programmes as soon as September, a health expert has warned.

U.S. appreciates JCP letter on elimination of nuclear weapons

Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on May 19 made public a letter he received from the U.S. government in response to his April 28 letter calling on U.S. President Obama to take the initiative for starting international negotiations to conclude a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.

American Idol stars ordered to have swine flu checks in Manila

MUNTINLUPA, the Philippines, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Alarmed over the rapid spread of Influenza A/H1N1, Philippine health officials on Thursday said they have demanded two arriving 'American Idol' stars to daily report their temperature readings before their Manila concert this weekend.

New ILO study emphasizes possible impact of global economic crisis on forced labour

Brussels, 12 May 2009: The ITUC has welcomed a new ILO Global Report on forced labour worldwide, which will be submitted to the ILO’s annual International Labour Conference in Geneva in June.

Nepal PM resigns in row over army chief

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who heads the Unified Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (UCPN-M), made the announcement on live television on Monday, one day after his firing of the army chief was rejected by President Ram Baran Yadav - who officially leads the army - and which caused some of his key political allies to withdraw from the ruling coalition.

Show your love for working mothers this Mothers Day

Mother’s Day, May 10, is one of the biggest days in the year for flower sales. Yet thousands of women who pick most of the flowers, many of them mothers themselves, will be working in egregious conditions for poverty wages.

WHO: Pigs don't cause 'swine flu'

The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it will stop using the term 'swine flu' after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs.

OPINION: Cuba and Venezuela are not enemies

The Obama administration did the right thing when they ordered the closing of the Guantanemo torture prison, and restored the right of US Cubans to travel and send remittances to their relatives on the island nation.

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