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Chile: Soldier Who Killed Victor Jara On Trial

After 36 years of silence, Jose Paredes, one of the soldiers who executed the theater director, poet and songwriter Victor Jara in September 1973, confessed his involvement and was arrested and brought to trial by order of Judge Juan Fuentes, who is investigating the case. Paredes was a member of the squad that killed Victor [...]

North Korea Threatens To Attack South Korea

North Korea has launched the sixth short-range missile in three days and declared not being bound anymore by the ceasefire agreement signed in 1953. According to the South Korean agency Yonhap, Pyongyang has indicated that North Korea does no longer consider itself bound by the ceasefire signed in 1953 by both nations after the Korean [...]

North Korea Defying The International Community

North Korea has launched three short-range missiles this morning, just after an underground nuclear test . Pyongyang announced this morning having conducted a successful underground nuclear test, more powerful than the previous 2006 test which had led to international sanctions. The test was immediately followed by the launch of three short-range missiles in less than [...]

Kim Jong-il Seeking An Heir For The Throne Of The Communist Dynasty

Little is known about what happens in the most secret country of the world, but since Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke in last August, there have been some movements that were quickly interpreted by observers as a succession race. According to South Korean experts, this could explain why North Korea has hardened its stance towards [...]

Spanish Researchers Find A New Analgesic More Potent Than Morphin

Researchers from the “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas” (CSIC) have found a synthetic derivative of morphine which, when administered in rats, shows an analgesic effect one hundred times more powerful and twice as durable than morphine, as well as having fewer side effects. The finding, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, opens the door [...]

Could It Be The Missing Link In Anthropoid Evolution?

The New York Natural History Museum presents the remains of a primate that could be the “missing link”. Ida is 47 million years old but is very well preserved for its age. “It is the most complete primate fossil that was ever found,” explains the group of scientists that is presenting today the remains of [...]

Iranian Emad Baghi Received The “Nobel” Human Rights Prize

Madrid (Spain): the Iranian Islamic theologian Emad Baghi was awarded with the 2009 Martin Ennals Award, considered the Nobel Prize for Human Rights, from a jury which includes representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other NGOs. At a press conference today, the president of the jury and also president of the Martin [...]

WHO Fears Genes Exchange Between H1N1 and H5N1 Avian Flu

As the Influenza A/H1N1 virus continue to spread worldwide at a fast pace, WHO experts express concerns about possible genetical interactions with other Influenza virus, particularly with the deadly H5N1 (Avian Flu). Health Ministers from 193 countries of the World Health Organization are meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) to draw up plans to fight the epidemic. [...]

The Save Darfur Coalition: Corporate Lobbying In Action

What a relief: actress Mia Farrow is ailing after almost two weeks on a hunger strike in solidarity with people in Darfur, but British billionaire Richard Branson has taken over the fast on last Friday. And I’m pretty sure that other public figures like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Bono or Steven [...]

Sri Lanka: UN Condemns The Bloodbath

The UN reports that the attack by Sri Lanka Army against the Tamil guerrillas over the weekend has caused a “bloodbath.” The troops have heavily bombed the tiny strip of land (about 2.5 square kilometers), in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Earth (LTTE), alongside some 150,000 civilians, are surrounded. According to the UN spokeman, [...]