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French Caribbean colonies rise up against effects of global crisis

Strikes that have nearly frozen everyday life on France's Caribbean islands burst into clashes on Monday as police laid into striking protesters angry at soaring prices and a wealthy white elite.

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless

Gaza City, 17 February 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip remain homeless after their houses were badly damaged or destroyed during Israel's recent military offensive there.

World steel industry striving to pick up

Global steel output in 2008 was 1.3297 billion tons, a drop of 1.2 percent over 2007 and the first-ever decline in the past two decades since 1998, according to statistics released by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) recently. Overall, the whole industry is still at an all-time low and the global demands for steel could contract 10 percent.

Venezuelan president's backers celebrate referendum win

February 16 (Xinhua) Supporters celebrated President Hugo Chavez's win in the constitutional referendum Sunday night, which has lifted term limits to allow him to run in 2012 presidential election and stay in power as long as he keeps winning elections.

Tel Aviv demands soldier's release

Israel's prime minister made the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit a condition of peace in the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Experts warn of climate change errors

Leading scientists warned a US conference on climate change at the weekend that the rate of global warming has been seriously underestimated.

Venezuela elections going smoothly

One hundred percent of voting stations are set up throughout the country on this day of the referendum, said Sandra Oblitas, Director of the National Electoral Council (CNE), on Sunday.

Long-term truce for Gaza 'within days'

Palestinian negotiators predicted a long-term truce on Friday for the besieged Gaza Strip 'within days.' The Hamas government said that talks in Cairo aimed at achieving a long-term truce were close to success.

Israeli warplanes strike in Northern Gaza

Israeli F16 warplanes struck on Friday night two targets near Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported, witnesses said.

Zimbabwe: Teachers dig their heels in over dollars

BULAWAYO (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's striking teachers have rejected an appeal by new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that they return to work, demanding negotiations on their salary scales in foreign currency as promised.

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