The goal for the Vietnamese Communist Party's 11th Party Congress was to “enhance the Party's leadership capacity and combativeness, promoting the nation's synergy, comprehensively boosting the doi moi (renovation) process, creating the fundamentals for Vietnam to basically become a modern-oriented industrial country by 2020.”
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Under intense international pressure, Haiti's election board has announced that it is excluding Jude Celestin, candidate of President Rene Preval's INTE Party, from runoff presidential elections scheduled for March 20.
The new prime minister of Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, a Communist, is expected to revive Nepal's stalled peace process.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the world's economic model based on insatiable consumption of resources as "a global suicide pact."
The oldest peson in Cuba, Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodriguez celebrated her 126th birthday with relatives and friends and attributes her health to the pure air of the countryside, a diet rich in meat and a "heart that has always been full of love."
Egyptian workers, suppressed by a government-sponsored and government-run labor federation, have broken away to form their own independent unions and federation and join the popular protests against President Hosni Mubarak's dictatorial rule.
A series of scandals scratched the shining image of the scion of conservative Bavarian circles. But the Bundestag once again defied German majority opinion and voted to continue the use of troops in Afghanistan.
A general strike, to continue until Mubarak's government falls, has been called by the newly formed Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions.
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