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Gang Tries to Kill Mexican General

Mexico, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) A high-ranking military officer was wounded in an attack by a gang, just 48 hours after another Mexican general was assassinated in Cancun, Quintana Roo state. The general killed two of the gang members in self defense.

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WORLDNOTES February 14, 2009

France: Unions mount general strike Russia: Missile bases on hold Egypt: Rail strike shuts down transport Chile: Left coalition takes shape China: Leader discusses challenges Cuba: Social security is revised

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Worker-farmer protests rock Mexico

A major event took place just across our border, but few U.S. media took note of it: Hundreds of thousands of workers and farmers marched through the streets of Mexico City and other Mexican cities and towns Jan. 30, demanding that their government deal with the growing economic crisis.

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GOP diehards try to block stimulus plan

Despite the spreading job and foreclosure crises, with growing reports of people sleeping in alleys and tunnels, under bridges and highways, and in cars and tents, right-wing Republicans are trying to block President Obama’s National Recovery Act.

Colombian hostages released, peace hopes raised

In December, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signaled its intention to release six prisoners. The guerrillas brought the prisoners to a clearing in Caquetá Department on Feb. 1. The three policemen and one soldier boarded two helicopters provided by Brazilian authorities that, having proceeded from Florencia, Colombia, took them to nearby Villavicencio City. There they fell into the arms of waiting family members.

US recession to hit Mexico hard

Mexico, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The US economic recession will strongly affect the Mexican economy, with its main sectors already hit by the world finance crisis, according to predictions. Official figures note that 84 percent of Mexican exports go to the US, and of that number, 80 percent belong to the manufacture industry, which has entered into recession due to reduced demand in that country.

Hundreds continue Ireland factory occupation

Reposted from Morning Star HUNDREDS of workers spent a fourth day occupying the Waterford Crystal factory in Kilbarry on Monday in protest against plans to axe 480 jobs.Heavily indebted luxury tableware manufacturer Waterford Wedgwood called in receivers Deloitte last month after failing to buy more time from creditors.

Ghana: Voters also go for change they can believe in

On Jan. 7, John Evan Ata Mills was sworn in as the new President of Ghana, the third since the country became a multiparty democracy in 1992. Mills and his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), swept elections last month, deemed free and fair by observers, and which solidified Ghana’s reputation as an African “success story.” As importantly, Ghanaian voters repudiated neo-liberalism by booting out of office a right-wing party closely tied to George W. Bush’s administration.

Making history, Bolivians approve new constitution

Bolivians celebrated long into the night following referendum approval of a new constitution by a 62 percent majority on Jan. 25. Opposition forces gained 36.4 percent of the 3.9 million votes cast. “The democratic spirit of the new constitution” represented for Mexico’s La Jornada newspaper “a notable political achievement,” unique in South America.

WORLDNOTES - February 7, 2009

Philippines: Political killings rise UN: Poverty kills babies & pregnant women Gaza: Protests vs. Israeli blockade South Africa: Labor demands Zimbabwe solution Sweden: Cancer survival varies by area Cuba: Castro on Obama, change

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