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Ireland: Ferry workers protest Haiti: UN complicit in deaths Indonesia: U.S. military aid hit New Zealand: Starbucks strike Liberia: Firestone sued

New charges of torture, banned weapons in Iraq

The Bush administration and the Iraqi government are once more on the receiving end of international outrage following the discovery of a torture dungeon linked to the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, and the admission that American soldiers used the deadly chemical white phosphorous in its assault on Fallujah nearly a year ago, something the Bush administration had repeatedly denied.

GOP opposes 'illegal immigration.' An online exchange.

Emile Schepers responds to reader letter on his earlier story, “Virginia gubernatorial race heats up.”

EDITORIAL: Puerto Rican independence

On Sept. 23 thousands of Puerto Ricans went to the town of Lares to commemorate the 137th anniversary of the revolutionary uprising against Spanish colonialism. These protesters also demanded the end of today’s U.S. colonial domination of this Latin American island nation — Puerto Rico.

EDITORIAL: Second superpower is back

On Feb. 15, 2003, 11 million people around the world marched and rallied against Bush’s plans to unleash a pre-emptive, unilateral war. This huge outpouring was described as “the second global superpower.”

Bush: Saddam must share blame for Katrina

President rips Hussein for distracting federal government Just two days after taking responsibility for failures of the federal government’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush modified that position somewhat, telling reporters that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein “should share at least some of the blame” for those failures.

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Canada: Wal-Mart workers gain China: University launches gay studies course Nigeria: Protest fuel price hikes Germany: Left gains in elections

Colombias paramilitaries still wreaking havoc

Luciano Enrique Romero Molina, a Colombian trade union leader and father of four, was found dead on Sept. 11 in his home city of Valledupar. His hands were tied behind his back. He had 40 stab wounds and extensive bruising, suggesting he had been tortured.

Literacy is revolution Cuba lends a hand

Nineteen months ago, 36 municipalities in the Mexican state of Michoacan embarked upon a literacy campaign. Thousands graduated Sept. 12 — four days after International Literacy Day — in the capital city Morelia. In all, some 40,000 people can now read and write who couldn’t do so before.

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