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Opposition attacks Morales Indian supporters

After blocking the exits at the stadium in Sucre, Bolivia, May 24, thugs beat and verbally abused dozens of Indians in a crowd waiting to greet Bolivian President Evo Morales, a socialist. The local mayor, the university chancellor, and the municipal council president, opponents of the president, looked on, applauding the attacks.

Colombia: hostages freed but troubles remain

The July 2 liberation of hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was welcomed by world leaders, ranging from U.S. officials and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who earlier negotiated the release of six hostages held by FARC.

Extreme weather to increase with global warming

As John McCain campaigns on a pledge of increasing greenhouse gas emissions by launching new offshore oil drilling while at the same time refusing to make caps mandatory on emissions by big polluters, new government data indicates that the effects of global climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, are intensifying.

World notes: June 28, 2008

Iraq: Refugees are silent scandal Canada: Unions say out of Afghanistan Bolivia: Justice is stymied Sweden: Report calls for arms control Cuba: EU drops sanctions China: Negotiations with Taiwan

In France, undocumented workers strike for rights

PARIS — Undocumented workers here have done what was once considered unthinkable. Starting in mid-April, they have organized a series of strikes and work stoppages. In some cases the workers, many of whom are African, even occupied their workplaces.

African unions urge action on Zimbabwe

Labor unions from southern Africa have called on the regional Southern African Development Community to send peacekeepers to Zimbabwe to ensure presidential elections take place democratically.

Nepal goes from Hindu kingdom to secular democracy

Millions of Nepali people live in abject poverty but the deposed king is widely believed to have a fortune invested in tea, tobacco and casinos. That, plus the fact that he seized absolute power and imposed an autocratic, military rule, means most Nepalis are glad he’s gone.

World notes: June 21, 2008

South Korea: Conservative president confronts outrage Spain: High fuel costs trigger trucker strike Iraq: U.S. occupation treaty still secret Cuba: World Trade Organization hears dissent Morocco: Troops rout demonstrators Chile: Pinochet-era censorship persists

Highlights from Cannes Festivals 61st season

Cannes is a term that has come to represent celebrities, new international films, recognition of actors and actresses and, of course, money and power as represented by the outrageous expenditure of capital in that southern French town.

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UN backs Puerto Ricos right to self determination

The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization unanimously approved a resolution June 9 calling on the United States to allow the Puerto Rican people to exercise their right to self-determination and independence.

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