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Portugal unions to hold major strike

Portugal unions to hold major strike

Portugal will face a 24-hour general strike in protest at the government’s harsh austerity policies, and the high level of unemployment. Thursday’s strike in the capital, Lisbon, which is called by the country’s two main labor unions, UGT and CGTP, will stop trains and the Lisbon metro and cut the bus services in half. Meanwhile, [&hellip

‘CIA operative leads al-Qaeda in Syria’

‘CIA operative leads al-Qaeda in Syria’

A former member of al-Qaeda has said the leader of al-Nusra Front, the primary terrorist group in Syria fighting against the government of Bashar Al-Assad, is a CIA operative. “I personally believe that the leader of the Nusra Army who declared his support for Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a CIA operative in the al-Nusra,”  Sheikh Nabil [&hellip

UK boosts Tanzania women’s rights drive

UK boosts Tanzania women’s rights drive

UK Department for International Development (DFID) has approved 2 million Great Britain Pounds to promote and protect women’s rights. The funding is part of a 4-year DFID human rights programme and is offered to the Legal Services Facility (LSF) for the implementation of various related initiatives. According to a press statement issued by LSF in [&hellip

Drug trafficking up despite campaign

Drug trafficking up despite campaign

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Officer William Lukuvi (R) with the head of the government agency charged with combating drug trafficking in Tanzania, Christopher Shekiondo, when addressing the media in Dodoma. The war against drugs faces a major challenge following an alarming increase in trafficking and abuse, according to data released here yesterday. [&hellip

Drug trafficking up despite campaign

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Officer William Lukuvi (R) with the head of the government agency charged with combating drug trafficking in Tanzania, Christopher Shekiondo, when addressing the media in Dodoma. The war against drugs faces a major challenge following an alarming increase in trafficking and abuse, according to data released here yesterday. [&hellip

Super-Earths could host life

Super-Earths could host life

Scientists believe a nearby solar system is home to three “super-Earths” that could be capable of supporting life. They are among up to seven planets orbiting a star called Gliese 667C, 22 light years away in the Scorpius constellation. Astronomers believe the potentially life-supporting planets are orbiting within the star’s “habitable zone” – just close [&hellip

China astronauts return to Earth

China astronauts return to Earth

A capsule carrying three Chinese astronauts has landed safely after a 15-day mission in space. The astronauts travelled on the Shenzhou-10 craft to China’s space laboratory, the Tiangong-1. They completed manual docking exercises and astronaut Wang Yaping gave a video lecture to students back on Earth. The Shenzhou-10 is China’s fifth manned space mission and [&hellip

100,000 to protest before Brazil match

100,000 to protest before Brazil match

Security forces stand guard outside Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 25, 2013. About 100,000 people are expected to hold a protest before a match between Brazil and Uruguay on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Associated Press quoted unnamed officials as saying that they were expecting confrontations with the demonstrators before the semifinal match of [&hellip

Libya assembly picks Berber as leader

Libya assembly picks Berber as leader

  Libya’s national assembly has elected Nouri Abusahmen as its new president, the first member of the Berber minority to hold high office. Abusahmen, an independent member of the General National Congress (GNC), won 96 votes out of the 184 cast in the assembly’s second round of polling, during the GNC session on Tuesday. He [&hellip

UN to deploy peacekeepers to Mali

UN to deploy peacekeepers to Mali

The United Nations Security Council has approved the deployment of 12,600 UN peacekeeping troops to Mali from July 1, reports say. The 15-member council voted on Tuesday on an April mandate for UN force, known as MINUSMA, to be deployed to the West African country. “There was unanimous agreement by Security Council members that we [&hellip