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Maine lawmakers defeat attempt to repeal transgender protections

The Maine legislature has voted against legislation to take away existing protections for transgender people when accessing appropriate public restrooms and other facilities by repealing part of the Maine Human Rights Act. The Maine House of Representatives on June 7 voted 81 to 61 against “An Act to Amend the…

Italians ‘turned their backs’ on Berlusconi

ROME (AFP) – A trouncing in referendums that have wiped out Italy’s plans to return to nuclear power after a shock local election defeat mean Silvio Berlusconi has lost his magic, Italian newspapers said on Tuesday. “The magic flute is broken. After 20 years, Italians have stopped following Berlusconi’s music,”…

Spaniards vote amid protests over mass unemployment

MADRID — Spaniards voted Sunday in local elections forecast to inflict a crushing defeat on the ruling Socialists as anger over mass unemployment boiled over into popular protests. Protesters, who blame politicians for bleak economic prospects and a jobless rate of more than 21 percent, remained camped in central Madrid’s…

China might revalue its currency this year: Kissinger

WASHINGTON – China could act on revaluing its currency over the course of the year, without admitting defeat in their battle with the international community over its value, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said Sunday. In an interview with CNN, Kissinger, who worked to open US relations with…

Ahmadinejad says capitalism faces defeat

Ahmadinejad: Capitalism faces defeat, calls for overhaul of ‘unjust’ global decision-making Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that capitalism faces inevitable defeat and called for the overhaul of “undemocratic and unjust” global decision-making bodies. In a speech on the second day of a U.N. anti-poverty summit, the Iranian leader blamed…

Leftists defeat Sarkozy’s conservatives

President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party took a severe drubbing from French voters Sunday in nationwide regional elections that were his last big national test before he seeks re-election in 2012. As polling stations closed, initial estimates gave Socialist-led opposition electoral alliances some 54 percent of the vote, Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP 36…

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