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Iranian leader threatens elite over security

Iran's supreme leader has warned the 'elite' not to disturb the country's security in a strong message to the opposition to back down after one of its top figures called for a referendum on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for the opposition to be cautious regarding the turmoil that has shaken the country since the disputed presidential election on June 12.

Oil looming large in battle over Iraqs future

About the only reports out of Iraq in U.S. major media these days are about suicide bombings and other attacks. Meanwhile, though, Iraq is working to re-emerge as a major global oil producer. How this will be achieved, what it means for Iraq’s future and who in Iraq will benefit are questions hotly debated there.

As H1N1 spreads, Thais take cover behind surgical masks

BANGKOK, Jul 15 (IPS) - Pattadol Piboonsak was gripped with fear last week when he fell ill with a high fever, displaying the usual symptoms of influenza.

Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy

CAPE TOWN, 20 July 2009 (PlusNews) - Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.

Obama hands Africas responsibilities back to Africans

(l’Humanite) Before parliament in Accra, Ghana’s capital, the American president disposed of the role played in Africa by the major powers and called for the continent to take charge of itself in fighting against corruption.

Thousands of British steelworkers march to save jobs

Thousands of steelworkers and their families have marched through Redcar in a campaign to save the Corus steel plant. Over 5,000 workers and their families sent a powerful message to the government with the Save Our Steel march as they demanded help for the struggling plant which is the major employer in Redcar and a key industry for Teesside.

E-books publishing on the rise

Publishing houses or newspapers specializing in printed books have slipped into e-book publishing. This fact became evident at the recently concluded 'Digital Publishing Expo' in Beijing. By the end of 2008, ninety-percent of 578 publishing houses in China had merged into the e-book publishing business.

Palestinian workers in West Bank sue for rights

This month, five Palestinian female workers from a factory in the Israeli settlement of Barkan, in the West Bank, expect to find themselves in a Jerusalem court. They are part of a group of 21 women embroiled in a long-running legal battle with their employer, Israeli company Royalife, which manufactures bed linen for export to Europe, Turkey and the United States.

Hillary Clinton arrives in New Delhi

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in New Delhi on Sunday under tight security to launch what he described as the third phase of the strategic partnership with India. She identified the areas to be included in this new cooperation phase as climate, agriculture, health and education.

Mandela reaches 91st birthday

Nelson Mandela's supporters have celebrated the anti-apartheid icon's 91st birthday yesterday by emulating him with good deeds. Mr Mandela had called on people to spend time doing good on the first Mandela Day, which his charity foundation hopes will be an annual event.

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