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US military aid to Colombia is privatized

Venezuelan-U.S. lawyer Eva Golinger claims that more than half of the $520 million paid out by the U.S. State Department as military aid to Colombia under Plan Colombia is routed through private U.S. contractors.

Professor in Colombia victim of repression

Miguel Ángel Beltrán, formerly a sociology professor at the National University and University of Antioquia, was extradited last May from Mexico City to Colombia. He’s been in jail since. Judicial proceedings began late last month on charges he recruited students for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

New campaign for Agent Orange victims

Vietnam has kicked off an 'Orange Day' campaign to raise funds for the millions of people who continue to suffer from Agent Orange-related deformities and diseases. The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin hopes to raise £2 million for shelters, scholarships and vocational training through a range of activities.

Honduras brought to standstill

Mass strikes against the coup in Honduras have continued to sweep the Latin American nation. A statement from the Frente Nacional de Resistencia - Resistance Front Against the Coup d'Etat - that was released to Caracas-based Telesur news revealed that all the country's airports were now closed after ground crews joined other airport workers in walking out.

Abbas reelected as Fatah chief

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas was reelected as the head of Fatah during the fifth day of the organizations's Sixth Congress held in this West Bank city, in the presence of 2,000 delegates.

Clearing the air in South Africa

South Africa's post-apartheid reconciliation process took a step forward this week when retired archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jacob Zuma held a clear-the-air meeting in the capital Pretoria on Wednesday.

Rights groups appeal for UN investigation of rendition

Charging that the U.S. government was complicit in the forced disappearance of an influential Muslim scholar four years ago, human rights groups in the U.S., the U.K., and Switzerland have asked the U.N. to investigate.

Raul Castro speaks of challenges and change

Addressing Cuba’s National Assembly Aug. 1, President Raul Castro surveyed current problems and ideas for recovery. His comprehensive overview of points touched upon at government, Communist Party and commemorative meetings earlier in the week testified to an array of difficulties.

Facebook becomes world's 4th largest website

Social networking phenomenon Facebook continues its rapid rise and has already become the fourth largest website in the world, technology blog TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

Cuba: Fullest possible social inclusion for the disabled

Arnoldo Ramón Virgilio’s legs are of little use to him, but he has a way with words that more than makes up for any physical limitations. He’s one of the outpatients at the 'América Labadí Arce' Medical and Education Centre, which provides health care and rehabilitation for the disabled in this city in eastern Cuba.

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