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Tension builds in Honduras confrontation

Tension is building in Honduras as President Manuel Zelaya, driven from his country by a military coup, has taken brief but powerfully symbolic steps across the border from Nicaragua, while sending a letter to US President Barack Obama asking the United States to sharply increase pressure on the coup regime.

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Castro on July 26: The land is waiting for us

Raul Castro has said that the global economic crisis means tougher times ahead for Cuba, but the country has no-one to blame but itself for poor farm production. In a speech marking Revolution Day, the Cuban president said that the island can't simply pin all its problems on Washington's 47-year-old trade embargo.

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Amateur, astronauts, astronomers and the rare Jupiter collision

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19. Computer programmer Anthony Wesley, from a small village in Australia, discovered the Jupiter collision using a telescope in his backyard.

Western public calls for troops to get out

Majorities in the US, Britain, Germany and Canada want their governments to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, according to polls. As US President Barack Obama sends 9,000 more troops into the country to join the 59,000 US personnel who are already there, opposition to the apparently interminable conflict is hardening in the US, Europe and Canada.

15 major trends for social networking sites

According to foreign media reports, none of the Internet marketing firms or traditional media are as popular as Social Networking Sites (SNS). It is predicted that the market scale of corporate SNS product will reach $2 billion by 2012. Companies will have lagged behind if they fail to perform in the SNS market.

Workers strike to support occupation

South Korean trade unions have kicked off a general strike in support of striking workers who have occupied a Pyeongtaek car factory for over two months. The 700,000-strong Korean Confederation of Trade Unions reported that 'all affiliated unions' supported the action yesterday, which follows a series of heavy-handed attacks by riot police on unionised members of the Ssangyong Motors workforce.

Big turnout expected in hotly contested Iraqi Kurdistan vote

Special elections that began Thursday morning in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are considered the hottest since the first Kurdish parliamentary elections in 1992.

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Letter from New Orleans: Friendshipment winds its way to Cuba

The 20th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border, picking up humanitarian aid along the way and educating the public about why the U.S. should normalize relations with Cuba. But the Pastors For Peace Friendshipment also gives 'caravanistas' a chance to visit many places in the United States. John Thomas, from Newfoundland, Canada, is on this year's caravan and wrote the following letter after visiting New Orleans. We publish it here with the author's permission.

Missing iPhone led to employee's suicide

A 25-year-old employee of a leading Taiwanese electronics manufacturer allegedly committed suicide after he was blamed for the disappearance of a sample iPhone mobile phone. Sun Danyong was suspected of stealing a model of the popular Apple mobile phone earlier this month.

Zoo animals baffled by solar eclipse

When thousands of people thronged outdoors for the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, animals at the zoo in east China's Hangzhou City also reacted, quickly and confusedly.

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