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EU considers quotas for women directors

The EU warned Monday it is ready to legislate to get more women into boardrooms, after just 24 out of the European Union’s estimated 20 million businesses signed up to a voluntary initiative. “Personally, I am not a great fan of quotas. However, I like the results they bring,” European…

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez said he will needradiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor. “I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba,…

Putin wins re-election with almost 64% of vote

Russian leader Vladimir Putin crushed his rivals in presidential elections with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to results published Monday based on an almost complete vote count. Putin won 63.97 percent of the vote in Sunday’s polls, well ahead of his nearest rival the Communist Party leader Gennady…

Obama announces top award for Israel’s Peres

President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he was bestowing America’s highest civilian award, the presidential medal of freedom, upon Israeli President Shimon Peres, for his “moral example.” “Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, ‘slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but…

China must increase ability to win ‘local wars,’ PM says

China must enhance the ability of its military to win “local wars”, Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday, as Beijing grows increasingly assertive about its territorial claims in Asia. Beijing lays claim to large swathes of the South China Sea which are also claimed by its smaller neighbours, and must…

British paper charges abuse of Bangladeshi workers making Puma, Nike, Adidas

Bangladeshi workers producing sportswear for Puma, Nike and Adidas are being physically abused, a British newspaper claimed on Sunday. Bangladeshis working in factories making clothing for the brands, all three of which sponsor the Olympic Games that begin in London on July 27, reported being beaten, verbally abused and sexually…

Syrian rebel city shelled, Red Cross aids refugees

DAMASCUS — Syrian artillery gunners turned their sights on the rebel city of Rastan, killing seven civilians, monitors said, as the Red Cross delivered aid Sunday to refugees from the battered Baba Amr quarter nearby. The aid distribution came as relief agencies waited for a third straight day for the…

Iraq ministry says vice-president may flee

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi interior ministry on Sunday asked Kurdish authorities to arrest fugitive Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi saying he was planning to flee the country. Hashemi, a member of the secular Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, has been accused by Baghdad of running a death squad. He fled to the…

Anti-Ahmadinejad MPs dominate new Iran parliament

TEHERAN — Iran’s parliament looks certain to be dominated by MPs critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to preliminary election results that also showed a big turnover in lawmakers. The partial results, from elections held last Friday, accounted for two-thirds of the 290 seats in parliament. However the composition, given…

Britain’s top Catholic attacks same sex marriage plans

LONDON — Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric on Sunday attacked the government’s plan to permit civil gay marriage, calling it “madness” and a “grotesque subversion”. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, added his voice to religious opposition to the proposals, ahead of the launch this…

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