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Court orders mother to save child

Doctors say 13-year-old girl with cancerous tumor must undergo hand amputation in order to survive, while mother refuses claiming 'she's better off dead.' Judge: Sanctity of life above all

Shares down on US, China, Europe and carbon

The Australian share market has wilted under the impact of the carbon tax, poor US jobs numbers, surging Chinese inflation and European debt.

Cabinet reshuffle sees new leaders in place

Ceremonies held in Vientiane last week saw various cabinet members take up their new positions following the National Assembly (NA)'s approval of the new cabinet at its first session in June. More

Population growth poses challenges

Laos is still facing challenges in population management despite people saying they would prefer to have fewer children, according to the new Minister of Planning and Investment. More

UN warns Australia over asylum seekers

Last Updated: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:02:00 +1000 The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has warned the Australian Government may be breaching international law by refusing to process asylum seekers currently detained on Christmas Island. The government says it won't process the applications of....

PM to push on public service reform

David Cameron will vow to press ahead with plans to open up public services to private providers as he publishes the Government's long-awaited reform blueprint. The Prime Minister will present ...

22:49 on 10 July, 2011 UTC

New Caledonia to continue to fly two flags Posted at 22:49 on 10 July, 2011 UTC France says New Caledonia will continue to fly both the French and Kanak flags on public buildings. This was announced in Paris by the prime minister, Francois Fillon, after talks with all of New Caledonia’s top politicians on the territory’s phased decolonisation.

Prime Minister Wescot Meets with Dominica's Prime Minister

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) � Last week Thursday, Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams met with Dominica�s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skeritt during a stop-over.

US activist death in Israel was accident

Published Date: July 11, 2011 HAIFA: A key witness in a civil case brought by the family of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli bulldozer during a demonstration in Gaza, said yesterday that she had caused her own death. Retired Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, a former brigade commander in Gaza,....

Buenos Aires mayor vote a test for Argentine prez

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The race for mayor in Argentina's capital on Sunday was widely seen as a test of President Cristina Fernandez's re-election hopes, pitting one of her most prominent foes against a hand-picked ally. Mauricio Macri, a conservative businessman and dedicated opponent of....

Six months jail for Zambian smugglers

Two Zambian cross-border transporters and their Zimbabwean accomplice have been sentenced to six months in jail for smuggling 28 bags of fertiliser to Zambia. Ali Siandima (33) and Kelvin Sichila (23) both from Namafulo village in Zambia were arrested on June 20 by Zimbabwean police who were on....

Report: U.S. reining in aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. financial security aid to Pakistan is being scaled back amid growing distrust and Islamabad's defiance of U.S. policy, The New York Times said Sunday.

U.N. opposes sending ex-dictator to Chad

DAKAR, Senegal, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. human rights chief Sunday urged Senegal not to deport former Chad ruler Hissene Habre to his homeland, saying he could be tortured there.

Should Sarah Palin Run for U.S. President in 2012?

What is it about Sarah Palin? Support her or not, the Republican side of the U.S. political community has not seen as personable a public figure in decades, which is why the 2012 GOP nomination for U.S. president will not be decided until her intentions are known.

Gilani for political, economic empowerment of women

Admiring the role of women parliamentarians and PPP workers in promoting Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), he said that BISP is primarily a women-focused project aimed to help out the poor segement of society and they should work whole-heartedly for the promotion and enhancement of the program.

Reduce Greek debt costs, says Borg

The European Union needs to look for ways of reducing Greece’s debt servicing costs, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said, suggesting a shift in focus ahead of talks on new loans.

Greece on agenda for Monday's eurozone meeting

Finance ministers of the eurozone countries will meet on Monday to discuss, amongst other things, the possible participation of the private sector in the next Greek bailout.

EU calls emergency meeting to deal with eurozone crisis

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has called an emergency meeting of top officials dealing with the euro zone debt crisis for Monday morning, relecting concern that the crisis could spread to Italy, the region’s third largest economy. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet....

Badis to launch protest

National Badi Rights Struggle Committee has decided to launch a protest against, what it said, the ignorance of the government towards its demands.

Asylum seekers held 'unlawfully'

The Gillard government is breaching international law by refusing to process more than 400 asylum seekers who are being held in detention on Christmas Island until they can be sent to a third country, the United Nations refugee agency warns.

PM Gonsalves urges cooler heads in REDjet dispute

(Barbados Nation) Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has called for cooler heads to prevail on the REDjet issue, which has set the Government of Barbados on a collision course with its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours Trinidad and Jamaica. The Vincentian head broke his silence on the matter in a SUNDAY SUN exclusive interview in which [.

One dead as pleasure cruiser sinks in central Russia

One person has died as a pleasure vessel, “Bulgaria”, with 173 on board has sunk in the Volga River near the Russian city of Kazan.

Mayawati asks party workers to expose Congress' drama

Seeking to counter the offencive launched by Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday accused the Congress of trying to divert attention of the people from corruption and price rise with its "drama" and directed her party workers to reach out to people to "expose" the tactics.

MoD spends £100m on hotels

SHOCKING cost of civil servant hotel stays emerges as costs top £120m in two years

Malaysian PM defends protest crackdown

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday defended the government's handling of street protests amid a firestorm of criticism heightened by the death of a demonstrator.

Arizona Pits Jobless Benefits Against State Spending

Arizona declined to take federally subsidized extended unemployment benefits. Some Republicans in the state say reducing government spending on things like unemployment benefits will strengthen the state's economy.

At Least 40 Killed In Mexico Over 24 Hours

Fighting among the Zetas gang and other vicious drug cartels led to the deaths of more than 40 people whose bodies were found in three Mexican cities over a 24-hour span, a government official said Saturday.

Pressure mounts on UK govt to halt Murdoch-BSkyB deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron came under growing pressure on Sunday to halt Rupert Murdoch's bid for pay-TV operator BSkyB, at least until an investigation into phone-hacking at the media magnate's newspapers has been completed.

South Sudan celebrates birth of a nation

Juba - South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time on Saturday, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country's birth.

'AU is not being taken seriously by the developed countries'

President Jacob Zuma has once again lashed out at the Nato-led military intervention in Libya, saying it amounted to undermining the African Union.

Asbestos: Killer product or toxic PR?

Back in May, an international consortium of doctors, scientists, labour leaders and health organizations wrote a rather pandering letter to Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe writes MARK BONOKOSKI .
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