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Afghan women’s rights ‘at risk’ after war decade: Oxfam

Women’s rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted, Oxfam said Monday. In a new report the NGO said women’s rights had improved in Afghanistan since the October 2001 US-led invasion, particularly access…

Guatemalans live in fear again as drug gangs move in

COBAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Fifteen years after the end of a brutal civil war in Guatemala that sent tens of thousands of people fleeing to Mexico, refugees are again camping at the border. But these days they are running from a new kind of conflict — the occupation by drug…

35,000 activists and union members march in UK

A rally of 35,000 demonstrators organized by Britain’s Trades Union Congress marched peacefully in Manchester, UK on Sunday to protest the opening of the Conservative Party’s annual conference. A statement from the TUC had announced that it was “organising a march and rally to show opposition to the coalition government’s…

Arab Spring cyberactivists hold convention in Tunis

TUNIS — Some 200 Arab bloggers involved in cyberactivism will gather in Tunis Monday to discuss the role of the Internet and social networking in political change following the “Arab Spring”, organisers said. Following on gatherings in Beirut in 2008 and 2009, the third meeting of Arab bloggers will focus…

Israeli writer wins right to have ‘no religion’

JERUSALEM — An Israeli writer has won a historic court victory granting his request to be officially registered as “without religion” rather than “Jewish,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday. Yoram Kaniuk turned to the courts in May after the interior ministry refused to alter his official religious status from…

Egypt ‘committed to free market’ after investor fears

CAIRO — Egypt’s deputy prime minister said on Sunday that his country was committed to a free market economy, after the ownership of three companies was returned to the state, sparking fears among investors. “The government will not backtrack on a free market economy,” said Hazem al-Beblawi, who is also…

Fears of violence shake Mexico schools

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Mexican schools appear increasingly vulnerable to the country’s drug violence, with five human heads dumped outside one school and threats of a grenade attack on another in the past week alone. From northern border areas to Acapulco, on the Pacific coast, to the port of Veracruz, on…

A year after polls, Bosnia still without government

SARAJEVO — A year after last October’s general election, Bosnia is still without a central government, with the inability of political leaders to agree on a future cabinet hampering the bid for EU integration. “Instead of seeking a compromise, the six parties (taking part in the negotiations) are stuck in…

Bolivia Amazon natives resume protest after crackdown

Indigenous Bolivians angry at plans to build a highway through an Amazon nature preserve resumed their protest march Saturday after a violent police crackdown a week ago, a top demonstration leader said. The march began at daybreak in the town of Quiquibey, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) northeast of the…

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