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Egyptian doctors begin public hospital strike

Egyptian doctors began a partial strike on Monday to demand better pay and working conditions, their syndicate said. Doctors at 540 government hospitals have stopped work, but emergency and intensive-care units will continue to operate, it said. “The strike will be in about 540 public hospitals, which is equivalent to…

Venezuela’s Chavez: ‘I’d vote for Obama’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that if he were a US citizen, he would vote for President Barack Obama in the November 6 presidential election — and if Obama were Venezuelan, he’d vote for Chavez. The firebrand leftist president is in a tight re-election race of his own against opposition…

Thousands in Haiti protest high cost of living

Several thousand people took the streets of Haiti’s capital to protest the government of President Michel Martelly, complaining he was not raising their dismal living standards. The protesters, supporters of two-time president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, expressed anger at the high cost of living and rising food prices under Martelly. “Martelly must…

World must figure out how to deal with ageing populations: UN

Governments around the world must work out how to cope with ageing, a UN report said on Monday, warning that developing nations with lots of young workers may one day find their elderly populations a burden. The study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International also urged…

Palestinians, French remain in negotiations over new Arafat autopsy, poisoning tests

Within the guarded walls of the Palestinian presidential compound, known as the Muqata, the body of Yasser Arafat lies inside a gleaming limestone and glass mausoleum. It is here that political figures, dignitaries, devotees and tourists come to pay their respects to a man who was revered and reviled across…

Faint hopes as Moscow court hears Pussy Riot appeal

The Moscow city court on Monday hears the appeal of jailed punk rockers Pussy Riot against their two-year prison camp sentence for performing an anti-Kremlin song in a cathedral, with supporters hoping at best for a slight softening of the sentence. The cause of the three women, convicted in August…

Thousands on Paris streets to denounce EU ‘austerity’ pact

Thousands of left-wing protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to denounce the European Union fiscal pact forcing governments to stick to tough deficit limits. Chanting “Resistance!”, protesters marched through central Paris in a rally organisers said was aimed at fighting EU-imposed austerity, not at criticising the government…

Afghanistan war claims 2,000th U.S. servicemember

Afghanistan war claims 2,000th US soldier, but pace slowing A possible insider attack has claimed the life of America’s 2,000th soldier to die in Afghanistan. The shooting reportedly took place Saturday evening in Afghanistan’s volatile Wardak Province at a checkpoint run by the Afghan Army. While initial reports indicated that the…

Shell shuts key pipeline in Nigeria after fire

LAGOS — Shell said Sunday it had shut down a key pipeline damaged by fire after what was suspected to be an attempt to steal crude, a move that would affect some 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Shell’s Nigeria branch had “shut the 28-inch Bomu-Bonny Trunkline after discovering a…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reveals life inside ‘space station’ embassy

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is certain he will one day go to Ecuador, he said in an interview published Sunday, describing his life in the Ecuadoran embassy in London as “like being in a space station”. The Australian activist, 41, has been holed up in the embassy since…

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