Gay marriage wins final legislative approval in Washington state

(Reuters) – A bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state won final legislative approval on Wednesday in a largely party-line vote that moved the state to the cusp of becoming the seventh in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.… Read the rest

Greek leaders agree to austerity measures

Lucas Papademos
Lucas Papademos, Greek Prime Minister

(Reuters) – Greek leaders clinched a long-stalled deal on reforms and austerity measures needed to secure a bailout and avoid a messy default, government sources said, hours before the country’s financial backers were to meet … Read the rest

Putin ‘has exhausted his potential’

Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has “exhausted” his potential as Russia’s leader and his inability to change the Kremlin’s political system might prompt more massive anti-government protests.

Putin – who became prime minister after serving as … Read the rest

South African Mineworkers Union issues communist-style call for nationalisation

Irvin Jim
Irvin Jim

Yesterday NUMSA, the National Mineworkers Union of South Africa, issued a document replete with Marxist references to the class struggle, calling for the nationalisation of mines in South Africa. It based its policy position on two fundamental ANC … Read the rest

Hackers publish German military secrets

Hackers from the group Anonymous said Wednesday they had accessed classified German files and posted them online, revealing details of the country’s military operations in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said it obtained the data from a server at the Bundestag or German … Read the rest

Banks make millions out of breaking metals storage rules

London Metal Exchange
London Metal Exchange

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Banks and trading houses have found a way to beat the ravages of economic downturn, storing millions of tonnes of metal with a business model that outsmarts new rules put in place … Read the rest

Glencore and Xstrata agree $90 billion merger

(Reuters) – Glencore and Xstrata agreed an all-share merger worth $90 billion (56 billion pounds) on Tuesday in the industry’s largest ever deal, creating a commodities powerhouse spanning mining, agriculture and trading.

Glencore, the world’s largest diversified commodities trading house, … Read the rest

Eugene Terre’Blanche trial continues

Eugene Terre'Blanche
The murdered Eugene Terre'Blanche and his horse Attila

Argument in a trial within the trial of two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche will be heard on Tuesday.

The High Court sitting in Ventersdorp would then decide on … Read the rest

South African male nurse raped cancer patient

A male nurse who allegedly raped a terminally ill cancer patient in a Bloemfontein hospital will appear in the city’s magistrate court on Tuesday.

Last month, the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court postponed the matter for a final decision from the provincial … Read the rest

South Africa looking for new minerals

South Africa will be looking for new minerals to mine as a way to boost investment, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday.

“There is significant potential for the discovery of other world-class deposits in areas that are yet … Read the rest

Newt Gingrich calls Mitt Romney ‘timid’

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

Republican Newt Gingrich vowed on Sunday to press ahead with his struggling presidential bid after a big loss in Nevada, saying he will focus on drawing a contrast with “timid” rival Mitt Romney.

Romney, the Republican front-runner, easily … Read the rest