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INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS APPEAL ISRAEL’S BARRING FOREIGN PRESS FROM GAZA STRIP
– International journalists based in Israel appeal decision in Supreme Court; first blanket ban on foreign reporters entering Gaza. In addition, a letter protesting the ban signed by AP, Reuters, NYT, BBC, CNN, and other major news organizations sent to Olmert.
LEADERS MEET FOR APEC SUMMIT IN LIMA, PERU
– Leaders of 21 countries meet for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit; High security: 39, 000 police/security forces deployed; Bush protestors present opposed the “U.S. Middle-East policy and the neo-liberal agenda” of summit; leaders signed a moratorium on 12 month on any new trade barriers to stabilize global economy.
HARPER SIGNS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH COLOMBIA, IGNORES HUMAN RIGHTS
– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper signs free trade deal with Colombia; Canadian labour unions say the deal ignores Colombia’s human rights record; Four Canadian public service unions say Colombia is the most dangerous country for union leaders and civil society activists
FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEFICIT INEVITABLE, SAYS HARPER
– Counter to campaign claims, under conservative government, economic recession is occuring in Canada, deficit inevitable in next fiscal year; Harper states need for unprecedented economic stimulus; and warns of danger of current global recession
POTENTIAL LISTERIA EXPOSURE IN ONTARIO PRISONS
– Health officials warn of potential listeria exposure in several Ontario prisons; prison catering service Eurest Dining Services find traces of bacteria in factory.
GROWING NUMBER OF CANADIANS USING FOOD BANKS
– Hungercount: average 704, 414 Canadians, more than a third children, frequent food banks; pressure on federal Government for strategy to deal with hunger in Canada.
UN SENDS ADDITIONAL 3,000 PEACEKEEPERS TO DRC
– Total of troops in UN Mission in the Congo (MONUC) at 20, 000 troops, amidst heavy fighting between rebels, government forces, and pro-government militias; Est. 250, 000 people displaced by violence
RADIO JOURNALIST KILLED IN SOUTH KIVU, DRC
– Independent inquiry called for by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on death of Didace Namujimbo, who reported extensively on the murder of another radio journalist
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