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Nepal's parliament elects nation's first female president

Bidhya Devi Bhandari said her election marked a first step toward assuring the new constitutional guarantees of equality are fulfilled.


Burkina Faso military coup a setback for West Africa

General Diendéré, the coup leader and new strongman, is closely linked to the U.S. military mission in the area, as well as to the French military.


Today in history: World day of prayer for the environment

In a historic and far-reaching move, as part of Pope Francis' efforts to highlight environmental issues, the Vatican declared Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.


Turkey's election earthquake shakes things up

Behind the storm that staggered Turkey's ruling party: a grassroots revolt against rising poverty, growing inequality and the AKP's war on trade unions.


Buried in the back garden: families priced out of decent burials

UK families have been forced to bury loved ones in their back gardens amid an upsurge in "paupers' funerals" caused by rising costs and grant cuts.


Ebola epidemic and African underdevelopment

These are countries of fabulous wealth, whose people live in grinding poverty, the pattern for most of sub-Saharan Africa.



#Bring our girls home

A wave of revulsion has spread worldwide over the news of the kidnapping of young girls from a school at Chibok, in Borno State in Northwestern Nigeria by the violent Boko Haram sect. 


Venezuelan opposition attacks Cuban health workers

Cuban doctors contribute to the long term construction of systems of public health throughout the global South, health systems that were abandoned or disregarded during decades of neo-liberalism.



Greek unions hold 24-hour general strike against austerity

Transport grinds to a halt and schools close as thousands march through Athens in protest.




Left surges in Salvador presidential elections

Shocking pollsters and pundits, the left surged in the presidential elections in El Salvador, giving a substantial plurality to the candidate of the left-wing FMLN Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

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