Mexico: PRD Makes Last Congress before the 2012 Elections

Mexico Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic Revolution Party (PRD in Spanish) held on Saturday its 13th Extraordinary National Congress, which is the last before the presidential election in 2012.

The agenda for this meeting will focus, among other topics, on the PRDâ�Ös program and development plan, according to Jesus Zambrano, who was the national president during the 9th Extraordinary Plenary of the National Council on Friday. Continue reading

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Malawi Government Dissolved amid Crisis

Blantyre, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika dissolved his cabinet amid a political crisis, without specifying reasons.

In an official statement released Saturday, Mutharika said he will direct the ministerial activities. Continue reading

Uruguay: Council of Ministers to Approve Farm Bill

Montevideo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Bill on Rural Properties Tax (ICR) will be passed in the Lower House with the approval of all cabinet ministers, official sources said Saturday.

At a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday, the government should pass the bill, which levies a new tax on the possession of agricultural land exceeding two hectares. Continue reading

Egyptians Protest Israeli Attack on Sinai

Cairo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian government demanded explanations from Israel for the death of five agents who were shot by soldiers of the government of Tel Aviv Friday, in an obscure incident in the Desert of Sinai, provoking protests in the Egyptian capital.

The Egyptian security agents were shot Thursday by Israeli troops on the border, according to media reports that quoted official sources. Continue reading

DPRK President in Russia

Pyongyang, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina)The president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Il, started a visit to Russia to hold talks with his counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev.

Kim Jong Il is on his second visit since 2002 to Russia, one of the six members of the peace talks on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia, China, the United States, Japan and North and South Korea make up the group of negotiators trying to ease tensions in the region, especially on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation.

Interior Ministry Investigates Repression in Madrid

Madrid, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish Interior Ministry opened an investigation into the violent repression by the national police of two lay demonstrations against public funding for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit. Continue reading

Reports on Gaddafi”s Flight Ruled Out

Tripoli, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Libyan official sources and foreign governments said that transnational media reports claiming that leader Muammar Gaddafi has fled the country are groundless.

The official Libyan spokesperson, Musa Ibrahim, denied that Gaddafi had sought political asylum in South America. Continue reading