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Demand rises for recount in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute has declared Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) winner of the July 2 presidential election by the narrowest of margins. However, evidence is mounting that the election commission and Calderon’s party rigged the vote to ensure that he prevailed over his rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, candidate of the left-oriented Coalition for the Good of All.

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U.S. groups challenge blockade of Cuba

The Pastors for Peace/U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan and the Venceremos Brigade are off once more to Cuba, the 17th time for the faith-based group led by the Rev. Lucius Walker and the 37th trip for the VB, which will undertake agricultural and construction work there.

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Chicago torture probe draws worldwide attention

CHICAGO — As many as 200 people, mostly African American men, were allegedly tortured while in the custody of the Chicago Police Department during the 1970s and ’80s. The goal, victims charge, was to force them to falsely confess to crimes they did not commit.

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Hearing spotlights plight of African immigrants

LOS ANGELES — A standing room only crowd came out June 25 to discuss how the immigration issue affects the African American community.

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Thousands march at World Peace Forum

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With over 4,000 international delegates from some 90 countries and the participation of thousands more from across Canada, the World Peace Forum 2006 opened here June 23. Dozens of panels, concerts, workshops and other events continued over the next five days.

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Sham pullout plan called election ploy

The pressure of antiwar public opinion going into the fall congressional elections was clear last week as Republican strategists tried to sidetrack Iraq withdrawal calls by newly emboldened Democrats.

Puerto Ricans in Chicago celebrate 40 years of struggle

CHICAGO — This city’s North Side Humboldt Park neighborhood and the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center celebrated 40 years of struggle, culture and progress in the Puerto Rican community, June 12-18.

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Sudan and Darfur: The problem is political

The problem of Darfur is a political one. It is part of Sudan’s overall political crisis. It will never be properly tackled except in the framework of a comprehensive political solution to the problems of the country.

U.S. residents less healthy than Canadians

A study by Harvard Medical School researchers in the July 2006 issue of the American Journal of Public Health finds that U.S. residents are less healthy than Canadians.

UN spotlights continuing scourge of AIDS

UNITED NATIONS — Twenty-five years after AIDS was first detected, in Los Angeles, and five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the “Declaration on Commitment on HIV/AIDS,” heads of state, ambassadors, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and people infected with HIV met here to review what progress has been made in the battle against a scourge that has killed millions.

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