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European crisis summit: Divided they stand

Brussels (l'Humanite) If the debate on protectionism is raging, the reason is that Europe is divided in the face of the crisis. This extraordinary European Council was called on Sunday afternoon by the Czech EU presidency. But for the first time ever, it will be preceded by an informal summit of eight east European countries on Poland’s initiative. “The rules of fair competition must be preserved in Europe,” Radislaw Silorski, Poland’s Foreign Secretary warned. The eastern countries are afraid western markets might be closed to their exports.

Women 'are still sidelined in politics'

The Inter-Parliamentary Union revealed on Thursday that women only account for around 18 per cent of the seats in parliaments worldwide.

Guadeloupe strike ends, people remain mobilized

BASSE-TERRE -- (Prensa Latina) An agreement March 5 over wages and prices between authorities and unions put an end to a six-week general strike in Guadeloupe, a French overseas territory in the Caribbean.

Zimbabwean PM injured in car accident

HARARE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was hurt in a car accident Friday, and the injuries are not life-threatening.

Acropolis closed due to strike

The archaeological site of Acropolis, Greece's most attractive tourist site, was closed on Thursday due to a strike by Culture Ministry employees.

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UK honors Claudia Jones with stamp

Britain’s Royal Mail issued a stamp last October honoring six “Women of Distinction” in the UK, among them Claudia Jones, a leader of the Communist Party USA who was deported from the United States in 1955, settling in London where she continued her struggle for equality, peace, and socialism.

Iraq car explosion leaves at least 12 dead

A car bomb exploded in a crowded cattle market in the Iraqi town of al-Medhatiaya on Thursday, killing at least 12 civilians and injuring 56 others.

COMMENTARY: International rules needed for money markets

With the 2nd G20 summit set for early April in London to deal with the financial turmoil, work on international rules has begun with a view to restructuring the global financial markets. The European Union (EU) held an emergency meeting in February and published a statement calling for stricter oversight or regulation and oversight on all financial products and participants.

Trickle down misery

WASHINGTON, Mar 4 (IPS) - The world's poorest people had nothing to do with the financial gimmickry that has brought the global economy to its knees but they are paying a heavy price for it and relief seems a long way off.

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