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Mexican president sparks drugs war row

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon has provoked a dispute with the main opposition party, the PRI, by alleging that it might consider deals with drugs gangs if it won the presidency next year. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 70 years to 2000, is favored…

Greek workers strike against austerity measures

Greek sailors, customs officials and other government employeeswent on strike on Monday and magistrates were to follow suit to protest cutbacks ahead of nationwide strikes this week. No vessels entered or left the main Greek port of Piraeus after 6:00 am (0300 GMT), the mercantile marine ministry said following the 48-hour strike call…

Israel high court discusses prisoner exchange appeals

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a close a saga that has…

Police warn China activist against speaking out

Chinese police have warned prominent government critic Hu Jiathat he will be detained again if he continues his activism and speaks to foreign media, human rights defenders said Monday. Hu, one of China’s leading rights campaigners, was released from prison in June after completing a more than three-year sentence for subversion. Police told Hu…

Japan’s ear-cleaning salons offer childhood fantasy

When 30-year-old Japanese salaryman Takahisa Kobayashi places his head on the lap of an attractive young woman, he is thinking of his mother. The summer kimono covering her thighs brushes against his face as he lies on the tatami mat floor and briefly looks into her elegantly made-up eyes. A traditional alcove…

UN talks to focus on food prices, land-grabbing

Global food price volatility will be the focus of World Food Day celebrations in Rome on Monday which will also address the issue of massive farmland purchases by rich countries in the developing world. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) talks coincide with a meeting of the Committee on…

Wal-Mart China head steps down after pork scandal

The head of Wal-Mart’s China business has quit, the US retailer said Monday, after Chinese authorities temporarily shut down over a dozen stores found to be selling pork falsely labelled as organic. Ed Chan left “for personal reasons,” Wal-Mart said in a statement, adding that Clara Wong, senior vice president…

Canon of St. Paul’s protects Occupy London, tells police to move on

The British counterpart of Occupy Wall Street has found a welcome in the church square of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is located near the London Stock Exchange. On Saturday, the protesters had tried to set up camp in a privately-owned square just outside the Stock Exchange but had been driven…

Hollande wins French left’s presidential primary

French Socialist lawmaker Francois Hollande was crowned favourite for next year’s presidential election on Sunday, winning the left’s primary to choose a challenger for Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy, the right-wing incumbent, is all but certain to run for re-election, but recent opinion polls show him on course to lose, and Hollande’s…

Saudi king hospitalized again, raising concerns for nation’s future

RIYADH — Saudi King Abdullah was hospitalised for a new back surgery in Riyadh, following two similar operations last year in the United States, the SPA news agency early Monday. The 87-year-old was operated in November for a debilitating herniated disc complicated by a haematoma that put pressure on his…

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