Man 'eats finger in wages protest'

A union official in Serbia has cut off his own finger and eaten it as part of an ongoing protest against unpaid wages Zoran Bulatovic, who leads the union at the Raska Holding textile factory in Novi Pazar, told Reuters that he used a hacksaw to chop off most of the little finger on his left hand last Friday.

Swine flus ground zero may be down wind from hog farm

LA GLORIA, Mexico — Residents in this community of 3,000 believe their town is ground zero for the swine flu epidemic, even if health officials aren't saying so.

Haiti Senate election founders, U.S. meddles

They called an election in Haiti and almost nobody came. Turnout April 19 to vote for 12 open Senate seats was variously estimated at 3 to 10 percent. U.S. Ambassador Janet Sanderson was not discouraged: “Off-year elections in the United States as well as in other countries tend not be as well-attended as presidential elections.”

Death Row story of resilience, faith, hope, Miren Gutierrez interviews Luis R Albert, filmmaker

ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - Puerto Rican Juan Melendez spent more than 17 years on death row in a Florida prison for a 1983 murder to which another man had repeatedly confessed - evidence prosecutors withheld. He was only released in 2002. Now a documentary by Luis Rosario Albert tells Melendez's story, the multifaceted circumstances that surrounded it and the human rights struggle in Puerto Rico that followed.

Ecuador revolution wins with Correa

Quito, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The re-election of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on April 26 signifies that citizens here are ready for the revolution underway. Un-official results grant the statesman between 54 and 57 percent support, with a lead of 20 points over his nearest rival, former Head of State Lucio Gutierrez.

Employees are victims of violence as well

The political right wing and employers are trying to set public opinion against the so-called 'detention' of executives and bosses. The French people decline to follow suit.

Countries worldwide on guard against swine flu

Countries around the globe are now struggling to curb the spread of swine flu that has so far killed up to 103 people in Mexico and sickened others in the United States.

New promise of a nuclear-free world

BERLIN, Apr 24 (IPS) - Leading supporters of disarmament see new hope arising from the announcement by the U.S. and Russian presidents that they are willing to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with a new one.

Deadly pig flu virus spreads global fear

The world was on the alert on Sunday for a potential swine flu pandemic that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has assumed new powers to isolate people infected with a deadly swine flu strain that Mexico's Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova says has killed up to 81 people and infected 1,324 since April 13.

Struggle to solve crisis moves to IMF, World Bank

WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - Efforts to pull the global economy out of its nosedive enter a new phase this weekend amid warnings the decline is steeper than previously thought and signs the cockpit crew continue to jostle for the joystick.

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