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Mexicans in drug war city call on army to leave 2

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, (Reuters) – Thousands of  people dressed in white demanded soldiers leave Mexico’s most  violent city yesterday, accusing troops of provoking a surge in  drug-war killings and running protection rackets.

Bolivia’s Morales heading to landslide re-election

LA PAZ, (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales  was heading for a landslide re-election yesterday as voters  backed his left-wing reforms asserting greater state control  over the economy and increasing social spending on the poor.

Man remanded over armed robbery at Wismar ferry

Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton last Friday ordered that a 25-year-old mason be remanded to prison when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court for allegedly using a gun to rob another man of a quantity of cash and a cell phone.

Obama rallies Democrats on healthcare overhaul

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Barack Obama yesterday urged Senate Democrats to work out their differences on  healthcare reform and pass what will be the most significant  social legislation in decades.

Proposals sought for four-lane to Grove 4

Extension of the East Bank of Demerara Highway between Providence and Grove will soon move ahead as the Ministry of Public Works and Commu-nications has invited consultancy firms to submit proposals.

Somalia fires heads of police force and military

MOGADISHU, (Reuters) – Somalia’s government fired the  head of its police force and its military chief yesterday two  days after a suicide bomber killed three ministers and several  others in the capital of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

Conclusion of Clarke, Simels’ trials ups the ante for independent Khan probe 46

– Ramjattan, Franklin The conclusion of the trials of two key figures in Roger Khan’s operations ups the ante for an independent probe of the drug trafficker’s activities here, according to opposition MPs who say the government’s actions will test its sincerity in seeking assistance from the US.

Wireless Connections owner escapes injury 4

– as gunmen fire at him Popular businessman Maxwell Thom escaped injury or possibly death when he came under gunfire from armed men early yesterday morning at his home. 

Diamond lands will be sold as soon as mechanism is agreed 6

– Hanoman says talks ongoing with govt, union Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Corpora-tion (GuySuCo) Errol Hanoman said the mechanism is yet to be worked out with government as regards the sale of the Diamond lands, but the aim is to sell despite strong objections from the union.

Gov’t seeking $4.6b in supplementary provisions 4

The government is seeking to have the National Assembly approve over $4.6 billion in supplementary provisions for current and capital expenditure including $50 million for the climate change office and the low carbon development strategy At Thursday’s Parliamentary sitting, Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh tabled Financial Papers No.3 /2009 and No.

Guyana quit using stavudine years ago – Ramsammy 7

Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said Guyana quit using the AIDS drug, stavudine several years ago and is offering a drug regime which is similar to the treatment available in developed countries.

Nobel prize foundation frets over its finances 1

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Nobel Foundation might   have to reduce the money it awards winners of its prestigous  prizes due to the effects of the global financial crisis, its  director said yesterday.

Protests add pressure for Copenhagen climate deal

BERLIN/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Climate activists  staged protests yesterday to add pressure on leaders,  including US President Barack Obama, to agree a strong deal to  combat global warming at talks this month in Denmark.

Brazil may recognize Honduran election 1

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A top Brazilian official said  the presidential election in Honduras should be considered  separately from the June coup, the first indication that Brazil  may recognize the candidate who won the Sunday election.

No hope for accident victim, relatives told 13

The doctor has told the parents and relatives of eight-year- old Jasmine Harding that there is no hope, but her family is holding on to every hope that the child will recover.

Tens of thousands march in Rome against Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Italians  chanting “resign, resign” marched through Rome on Saturday  demanding that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who they  accused of corruption, step down.