|SOP newswire||Economic stimulus package introduced by Chavez - The South American oil-exporting country's inflation rate is the highest in the region, climbing to 31.4 percent last month.
|SOP newswire||Lebanon turns deaf ear to Israel - The Lebanese government said Wednesday that its disputes with Israel are governed by U.N. Security Council resolutions that are not subject to political negotiations.|
|Krzys Wasilewski||Kiribati: The First Victim of Global Warming? - For 100,000 people who live there, Kiribati is their whole world - the world that may soon disappear.|
|SOP newswire||15 National League for Democracy members freed by Burma - Spokesman for military government, Nyan Win, said Tuesday that all 15 were released Monday night.|
|SOP newswire||Repression running rampant in Iran - Arrests, detention and judicial harassment are common practice. Human rights advocates say journalists, lawyers, students and trade unionists are particularly targeted.
|SOP newswire||South Koreans fearing 'mad cow disease' fight US beef imports - Weeks of street protests opposing a deal to resume U.S. beef imports to South Korea have resulted in one death.|
|SOP newswire||Jimmy Carter claims success in mediation efforts - The center said Columbia and Ecuador have agreed to immediately restore relations, without preconditions, at the lower diplomatic level of "charge d'affaires."
|SOP newswire||Mad Dad calls for boycott of Barnes and Noble - Dad vows: I am fighting this not only for my son, but for every parent and grandparent who joins me in being angry about Barnes and Noble's irresponsible and, I believe, illegal business practice.|
|SOP newswire||Will Chaves soften snitch law? - It requires Venezuelans to act as informants to secret police and community monitoring groups loyal to the president. Anyone who refuses to provide information faces two to six years in prison.|
|SOP newswire||Palestinian Authority cannot pay workers, blames Israel - Under an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, Israeli authorities collect taxes on behalf of the Palestinian government in the West Bank. |
|SOP newswire||Ukraine racing to save miners - Thirteen miners remain missing in the century-old Karl Marx mine, which is in danger of flooding.|
|SOP newswire2||Dam in SW China Rocks With Aftershock - A relatively strong aftershock rocked the dam of the Tangjiashan "quake lake" for about 20 seconds on Sunday and caused massive landslides on surrounding mountains.
|SOP newswire||Death in Gaza prompts West Bank closure - An Israeli army spokesman said Israeli soldiers opened fire when they saw an armed man planting a bomb near the border with Israel.|
|SOP newswire||Medvedev boasts Russia can succeed where US has failed - Addressing the International Economic Forum Saturday in St. Petersburg, Mr. Medvedev said the U.S. has taken on a role in the world economy that does not correspond to its true capabilities.|
|SOP newswire||Violence in Gaza Strip and southern Israel condemned by UN - Mr. Ban calls on Hamas and other militant groups to stop such acts, his spokesperson said in a statement. |
|SOP newswire||Islamic headscarves forbidden at Turkish universities - Analysts say today's ruling may strengthen a controversial attempt by Turkey's top prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, to shut down the ruling Justice and Development, or AK, party. |
|SOP newswire||English is the hottest ticket in India - Some of these youngsters aspire to enroll at colleges where studies are conducted in English. Others want to get jobs in a flourishing economy that has opened up new opportunities.|
|SOP newswire||President Medvedev and 8 Hours in Berlin - Germany is an obvious port of call for Medvedev's first Western visit. Germany is Russia's leading trade partner with an annual turnover of $53 billion and together they are building a natural gas pipeline to Europe.|
|SOP newswire||Mortar shell stops fuel deliveries to Gaza Strip - The attack Wednesday prompted Israel to close the border and suspend the transfer of all types of fuel, including supplies for the coastal strip's main power plant.
|SOP newswire||Israeli building plans for east Jerusalem denounced by Ban Ki-moon - Mr. Ban's office issued a statement Monday saying the housing projects violate Israel's commitments under the US-backed 'road map' peace plan.|
|Robert Draper III||Medical Issues in Yemen - Typhoid, Qat, and Malaria are just a few of the health issues in Yemen|
|SOP newswire||Danish Embassy in Pakistan is bombed - Police say Pakistani security guards are among the dead. No foreigners are believed to be among the victims. |
|SOP newswire2||Secretary-General Ban Kii-moon Welcomes $1.2 Billion from World Bank - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed $1.2 billion in funding from the World Bank to help tackle the global food crisis that has emerged in recent months.|
|SOP newswire||China Quake relief workers suffer helicopter crash - The official Xinhua news agency gave no information on possible casualties, and said a search and rescue operation is under way.|
|SOP newswire||900 homes will be built in east Jerusalem - The move is likely to anger Palestinians who, along with the U.S., have called for a halt to Israeli construction beyond the so-called Green Line. |
|SOP newswire||Clashes continue in Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip - Medical workers and witnesses say Israeli forces opened fire at the Sufa border crossing Friday to prevent demonstrators from approaching the border post.|
|SOP newswire||More than 150,000 evacuated from China's Quake Lake region - Authorities fear the Tangjiashan lake will overflow as a result of flooding and strong aftershocks, sending tons of water on the people living below. |
|Krzys Wasilewski||Russia on Binge - MOSCOW, Russia. Surprisingly for a country rich in natural resources, it is not crude oil or natural gas that Russians regard as the sign of good fortune. Vodka is.|
|SOP newswire||Unmanned reconnaissance aircraft subject of UN closed-door meeting - Monday, a U.N. report found that Russia was responsible for shooting down the drone over Abkhazia on April 20. Russia has denied the claim.|
|SOP newswire||France phones Syria - A statement from Mr. Sarkozy's office says the French leader called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as part of a French pledge to reopen high-level contact with Damascus.|