July 9, 2010  Nº 929 -  Vol. 8

"Humour is the sublime in reverse."

As it were, certain kinds of jokes, certain kinds of paradox are actually the deepest way of representing important things.

In today's Law Firm Marketing, Make sure prospects know how you differ from other lawyers and you'll be miles ahead of competitors

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  • Top News

US to access Europeans' bank data in new deal

Euro MPs have approved a new deal to allow US anti-terror investigators to access Europeans' bank data. The vote followed tough negotiations with US authorities after a previous agreement was blocked by the European Parliament in February. EU negotiators say the new deal gives EU officials authority to monitor the US investigators' actions. The deal gives the US access to bulk data from Swift, a firm that handles millions of bank transactions daily. Washington says the Swift deal is crucial to fighting terrorism, as part of the US Terrorist Financing Tracking Program (TFTP) set up after the September 2001 attacks on the US. Top US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lobbied the EU over the data transfer deal. (Click here)

Mass data leak rattles Swiss banking

Two former HSBC employees are at the center of controversy over whether governments should use data obtained by dubious means to bring tax evaders to justice.

IPO pits profit vs. altruism

SKS won approval from the Securities Exchange Board of India to proceed with an IPO, according to people familiar with the situation. The company and its early investors expect to raise more than $250 million from the deal, which is likely to happen within 30 days and would make SKS the first microlender in India to go public. Only a handful of microlenders around the world have made it to the global stock markets, so the SKS deal could encourage other companies in the sector to follow. SKS is the largest microlender in India, with a portfolio of about $1 billion. About $5 billion in microloans were made in the country last year, and the IPO would help SKS borrow money to fuel expansion. "The only place you can get the amount of money that is needed to help the poor is in the capital markets," Vikram Akula, founder and chairman of SKS, said. "That's why we are doing this IPO." But as SKS's executives and investment bankers went on a roadshow to stir up interest in the shares, they stressed how little profit the company makes. The strange sales pitch reflects sensitivity to accusations that SKS is gouging borrowers even as its makes millions of tiny loans to poor families.

Europe rights body claims racism increasing during economic crisis 

The Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) reported Thursday that racist violence and rhetoric has risen in Europe during 2009, following the recent economic crisis. According to the report, the economic crisis has led to a rise in the unemployment rate and a decrease in social services in many countries, with immigrants being blamed for the resulting hardship. The report cites increasing hostility toward the Roma minority as well as the continuing discrimination against Muslims as two examples of groups facing more discriminatory actions. The ERCI specifically pointed to the recent trend in some parts of Europe toward banning the wearing of the burqa, noting that the legislation is targeted towards Muslims, and called on countries to encourage religious diversity and acceptance. In order to combat the rising incidents of racism, ERCI is urging the 29 Council of Europe members that have not yet ratified Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits racial discrimination, to do so. They are also advising countries to enforce existing laws against racism and to enact new laws in order to "fill the legal gaps that still exist."

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  • Crumbs

1 - Illinois law requires testing all rape kits to end backlog. (Click here)

2 - 5th circuit judges in drilling moratorium case have oil ties, report says. (Click here)

3 - DOJ lawyer fighting Arizona Immigration Law once represented terror suspects. (Click here)

4 - Spain to accept released Cuban prisoners. (Click here)

5 - Court ruling may aid Telefónica's bid for Vivo of Brazil. (Click here)

6 - Court blocks 400 million euro of beer baron's fortune. (Click here)

7 - Russian spy case could be resolved soon. (Click here)

8 - The Dickensian world of extradition. (Click here)

9 - A striking absence of legislation. (Click here)

10 - Guantánamo detainee pleads guilty in terror case. (Click here)

11 - Brazil sugar exports face 'unprecedented' port delays. (Click here)

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Google expects new China license

Google boss Eric Schmidt has said he expects the internet giant to be granted a new license to operate in China. There had been speculation China would revoke the license after Google began redirecting Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong. This was in protest at China's stringent censorship laws.

China dairy products found tainted with melamine

Chinese food safety officials have seized 64 tons of raw dairy materials contaminated with the toxic industrial chemical melamine. The owner and a production manager at the factory have been detained. The quality watchdog in Qinghai province took the material from a dairy plant there. Test samples showed the milk powder carried up to 500 times the maximum allowed level of the chemical. Melamine is used to make plastics, fertilizers and concrete. In 2008, melamine was found in the products of 22 Chinese dairy companies - one out of every five suppliers in China. The scandal caused outrage among consumers and fraught parents and led to an international outcry about the standards of food safety in China. More than 20 people were convicted for their roles in the scandal, and two people were executed. The use of melamine in milk in 2008 killed six babies and made 300,000 ill. Traders may have bought tainted milk that should have been destroyed in 2008 with the intention of processing it and reselling it.  

China to roll out nationwide tax on oil and gas sales

China has confirmed that a new tax on sales of primary resources will be rolled out nationwide. The 5% tax is being tested in the western province of Xinjiang, with revenues going to the local government.

US Treasury releases delayed China currency report

The US Treasury has released its much-delayed semi-annual currency report. The report, originally due to be published in April, says China's currency, the yuan, is undervalued. It did not say - as some believe - that China manipulates its exchange rate to give it a competitive advantage. US exporters in particular think that China uses its vast stocks of foreign exchange to depress the worth of the yuan - something that would keep the price of its goods artificially low. China has an official policy of only allowing its currency to move within a certain band, rather than allowing it to float freely, as do the pound, the euro and the dollar. US lawmakers have accused China for years of artificially weakening the value of the yuan and demanded that President Barack Obama label the country a currency manipulator.

  • Law Firm Marketing

Make sure prospects know how you differ from other lawyers and you'll be miles ahead of competitors

by Trey Ryder

Are you the same as all other lawyers?  Of course not.  But do your prospects and clients know how you're different?

One of the most important functions of marketing is to emphasize the ways you differ from your competitors.  Yet if you interviewed your prospects and clients, many of them might tell you one lawyer is the same as another.

Everything you do to attract new clients and maintain current client relationships should clearly state how you differ from other lawyers.

Some time back, I heard the marketing director at a large law firm say that her lawyers weren't any different from lawyers at dozens of large firms.  If she truly believes that, the firm needs a new marketing director because she just surrendered in the face of her competitors.

No two competing attorneys are exactly the same.  No other attorney on the planet has exactly the same education as you.  No other lawyer has served the same clients -- or handled the same cases -- as you.  No other lawyer has taken the same continuing education classes as you.  As a result, no other lawyer will make decisions exactly the way you do.

Whether this makes you liberal or conservative, aggressive or passive, here's the point:  Every bit of information and experience that you absorb affects how you provide advice and services to your clients.  Your advice and services are not like those provided by any other lawyer.  You should promote your uniqueness as one of your major competitive advantages.

Competitive advantages and disadvantages are determined ONLY by what is important to your prospects and clients.  If you've been in practice 20 years, you could conclude that your tenure is a considerable competitive advantage.  But if your prospects don't care whether their lawyer has practiced for 20 years or 5 years, it's no advantage at all, at least not to that group of prospects.

Here's your assignment:

The positive ways you differ from other lawyers are your competitive advantages.  The negative ways you differ are your competitive disadvantages.  Identify both so you know your strengths and weaknesses.

Look at the following lists from your prospective clients' point of view.  Write down your answers to each question and then label whether you think the answer is an advantage (A), a disadvantage (D), or whether it is neutral (N) in your prospects' eyes.

Look first in these areas:

Evaluate your qualifications:  Where did you graduate from law school?  How long have you practiced law?  To which courts are you admitted to practice?  Which, if any, certifications have you received?  List your professional memberships in bar associations, bar sections, lawyers' groups, and the like.

Evaluate your experience:  Overall, how wide or narrow is the area of law in which you practice?  What types of cases or problems do you handle?  Specifically, what types of cases or problems are you most experienced at handling?  Do you have experience in one particular area at which you could be considered an expert?  If so, in which area?  What specialized skills do you have?  Are there any types of cases in your area of the law where you don't have much or any experience?

Evaluate how you serve clients:  What specific services do you provide?  How long do clients wait for their case to be resolved?  How long does it take you to return phone calls?  If a prospect or client needs to see you right away, how soon can they meet with you?  How much do clients typically pay for services?  How pleased are clients with the results?

Evaluate the physical environment in which you serve clients:  Is your office location convenient for your clients?  Can your clients easily find a parking space?  Covered or uncovered?  Do your clients have to pay to park?  Is your complex physically attractive and inviting?  Is your office easy to find and easy to walk to in your complex?  Is your office reception area attractive and inviting?  Is the furniture comfortable?  Are your magazines current?  (Recently, I picked up a magazine in a doctor's reception room that was 11 years old.)  Does someone greet your guests and offer them something to drink when they enter your reception area?

Evaluate your office or the room where you meet with clients:  Is the furniture comfortable?  Is the room neat and orderly?  Are the floor and windows clean?  Do you sit with clients on the same side of your desk?  Do you sit across the desk from clients, allowing the desk to form a barrier between you and your guests?

Evaluate your office procedures when you're involved in client meetings:  Do you insist on no interruptions?  Do you bar phone calls except in emergencies?  Do you give your guests your undivided attention?  Do you allow guests enough time to discuss their problem?

One more important advantage:  If you use education-based marketing, your educational efforts become a significant competitive advantage.  People who request your educational materials, as well as your existing clients, receive your monthly newsletter.  They receive invitations to your seminars.  You invite them to call you with their legal questions.  And so forth.  In this way, the marketing method you choose can be a major competitive advantage that leaves other firms in your dust.

If you think of anything else that distinguishes you from other lawyers, add it to this list.

Your competitive advantages benefit you only if you make them known to your prospects and clients.  So start by memorizing the many ways you're different.  When you talk with clients and prospective clients, your competitive advantages should roll off your tongue as part of your normal conversation.  Likewise, in your written materials, you should feature your competitive advantages because this tells prospects the important ways you differ from other lawyers.

Make sure you always explain to prospects and clients how you differ from other lawyers.  Then they will know why they should choose you over all your competitors.

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  • Historia Verdadeira

Energía

El Consorcio Transmantaro, en el cual ISA tiene una participación de 60% y la Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB) de 40%, ganó una convocatoria en Perú para diseñar, financiar, construir, operar y mantener una línea de transmisión de energía.

Cemex

Cemex, la tercera productora de cemento a nivel mundial, llegó a un acuerdo para vender activos no estratégicos ubicados en Kentucky, Estados Unidos, a la empresa Bluegrass Materials Company Llc, por US$ 90 mlls. (Presione aquí)

Bancos x twitter

En Caracas, Venezuela, dos personas fueron detenidas acusadas de "desestabilizar" el sistema bancario venezolano con la difusión de "rumores" a través de la red social Twitter, por lo que podrían enfrentar penas de cárcel que irían de nueve a once años. (Presione aquí)

México – EE.UU.

Los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos trabajarán en una agenda para atender los principales retos que enfrentan las pequeñas y medianas empresas (Pymes) en materia de regulación, aduanas y trámites para exportación.

Petroleras

El gobierno de Ecuador anuncio que tomará el control de los campos de las petroleras extranjeras que se nieguen a invertir en el país en el marco de los nuevos contratos. Las empresas que operan en suelo ecuatoriano son: la hispano-argentina Repsol-YPF, la china CNPC, la brasileña Petrobras, la italiana Agip y la chilena Enap. Las negociaciones para la revisión de los contratos petroleros se inician la próxima semana. (Presione aquí)

  • Brief News

BP must give answers on oil well, US government says

BP has been given 24 hours to answer questions on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US government's incident commander said. Adm Thad Allen sent a letter to the oil giant's managing director saying the company must hand over "detailed plans and timelines" on stopping the leak. The information is needed before BP is allowed to change caps on the oil well. Meanwhile, a court has rejected the government's bid to restore an offshore deepwater oil drilling moratorium. The federal appeals court in Louisiana denied the Obama administration's request that a lower court's June order lifting the six-month moratorium be stayed pending appeal. The three-judge panel wrote that the government had "made no showing that there is any likelihood that drilling activities will be resumed pending appeal".

US Federal gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.

Iran woman escapes stoning death for adultery

The authorities in Iran have announced that a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death. But it is not clear whether they have lifted the death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been in prison in Tabriz since 2006. The 43-year-old had already been punished with flogging for an "illicit relationship" outside marriage when another court tried her for adultery. There has been an international campaign to prevent her being stoned.

UN Security Council considers Cheonan sinking censure

The UN Security Council is considering a draft statement condemning the sinking of a South Korean warship. The draft, put forward by the US, "deplores the loss of life" on the corvette Cheonan but does not blame North Korea directly for the attack. Instead, it expresses deep concern about the findings of a multinational investigation which found Pyongyang responsible for the sinking.

BT and TalkTalk challenge Digital Economy Act

British Telecom and TalkTalk are seeking a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act. The two internet service providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the act before it is implemented. The act was "rushed through" parliament before the general election, they say. Both think it had "insufficient scrutiny" and question whether its proposals to curb illegal file-sharing harm "basic rights and freedoms". The act became law shortly before parliament was dissolved in the so-called wash-up period. It meant it was subject to a shorter debate than other acts. Among its most controversial measures were proposals to disconnect persistent illegal file-sharers from the web and give copyright holders the power to block access to websites hosting illegal content. Regulator Ofcom, charged with drawing up detailed plans of how the legislation will work, has recently said that plans to remove peoples' internet connections would not come into force until at least 2012. (Click here)

Italian journalists on strike over new wiretapping law

Journalists in Italy are staging a one day stoppage in protest at plans to restrict wiretapping. Berlusconi says people's privacy is being invaded by the taps, whereas journalists say the new law would stop them investigating public figures.

Turkish key constitutional reforms annulled by court

Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled key parts of a package of government-backed constitutional reforms. The court rejected an opposition appeal to scrap all of the measures, and said the remaining elements would be put to a referendum as planned. The court annulled changes, which would curb the power of the judiciary and the army. The ruling AKP says the reforms are necessary if Turkey is to join the EU. It accuses the Constitutional Court of exceeding its authority. (Click here)

Annual job review is 'total baloney,' expert says

Employee performance reviews should be eliminated, according to Samuel Culbert: "First, they're dishonest and fraudulent. And second, they're just plain bad management." The UCLA business professor has written a new book expanding on that view.

Germany officials launch legal action against Facebook

German officials have launched legal proceedings against Facebook for accessing and saving the personal data of people who do not use the site. Facebook could face fines of tens of thousands of euros under privacy laws. The social networking firm confirmed it had received a letter about the action. "We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws," said Johannes Caspar, head of Hamburg's Data Protection Authority. Caspar said he had received a number of complaints from people who had not signed up to Facebook, but whose details had been added to the site by friends. He accused Facebook of saving private data of non-members without their permission, to be used for marketing purposes. Switzerland is also reported to be concerned about the use of third-party data. (Click here)

French news web site shakes Sarkozy camp

There is talk of a French Watergate, but with at least one big difference: the would-be Woodwards and Bernsteins behind the biggest scandal to hit the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy work on the Web instead of at a newspaper. In an intensifying drama over accusations of political corruption, a news Web site called Mediapart this week published its most incendiary article yet, accusing Sarkozy of receiving illegal donations from Liliane Bettencourt, the 87-year-old heiress to the L'Oréal fortune, during his 2007 election campaign. Spokesmen for Sarkozy have issued vehement denials. On Thursday, they said that the source of the accusations, a former accountant to Bettencourt, had partly recanted in testimony to the police. Aides to Sarkozy have lashed out at Mediapart. Xavier Bertrand, the leader of his right-leaning political party, the Union for a Popular Movement, accused the site of "fascist methods" on French radio last week.

Biggest defaulters on mortgages are the rich

The well-to-do in the US have stopped paying their home loans in greater numbers, and apparently with less guilt.

Europe seeks to ban food from clones

The European Parliament asked on Wednesday for a ban on the sale of foods from cloned animals and their offspring, the latest sign of deepening concern in the European Union about the safety and ethics of new food technologies. The chamber, meeting in Strasbourg, France, also called for a temporary suspension of the sale of food containing ingredients derived from nanotechnology, which involves engineering substances down to very small sizes. Members were voting on legislation that would have regulated the sale of foods based on new production processes, including cloning. That legislation would have required companies to ask permission to market food derived from cloned animals. But the chamber rejected that plan and instead called for separate legislation on cloning because of potential problems with the technology and concerns about animal cruelty.

Disney owes 'millionaire' damages

A California jury ruled against Walt Disney Co. Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by Celador International Ltd. over royalties for the hit game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Celador, which sold the U.S. rights to "Millionaire" to Disney's ABC network in 1999 after a successful run in the U.K., alleged that Disney units ABC and Buena Vista Television concealed profits earned on the show to avoid paying licensing fees "through a complex web of self-dealing transactions." Celador was awarded $269.2 million in damages. Disney believes this verdict is fundamentally wrong and will aggressively seek to have it reversed. (Click here)

EU court upholds Sweden online gambling ban 

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday upheld a Swedish law restricting Internet gambling. The suit was brought by the publishers of two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Aftonbladet, which both ran online gambling advertisements for several foreign agencies in 2004. The Swedish lottery law in question prohibits the promotion of Internet gambling by private operators in other EU member states for profit. The publishers were prosecuted under the lottery law and fined 50,000 Swedish crowns. The publishers appealed the judgment, and the court sought guidance from the ECJ to determine whether the Swedish lottery law was compatible with EU law on service provisions and games of chance. The ECJ held that bans on Internet gambling were acceptable for cultural, moral or religious reasons, but there should be no discrimination. The court concluded that Sweden's ban on Internet gambling was in line with EU laws, but that the nation's lottery laws were not allowed to penalize foreign gambling agencies differently from domestic agencies.

Srebrenica victims file complaint against Dutch peacekeepers 

A complaint was filed with the Dutch prosecutor's office on Tuesday alleging that three Dutch soldiers, operating as UN peacekeepers, were complicit in the commission of war crimes and genocide during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which resulted in the death of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The complaint was filed by the relatives of two of the victims and contends that the soldiers knew the victims would be killed if they were handed over to Serbian troops led by Serbian general Ratko Mladic. According to the complaint, the soldiers forced the victims from a UN-designated "safe area", resulting in their deaths. The complaint also states that the men knew about the Serbian hatred of Muslims and about the previous execution of Muslims, making the soldiers complicit in the deaths of the victims. 

  • Daily Press Review

US and Russia in spy swap
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

We Are Ready for Negotiations- PLO Spokesmen
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

History of Al Maktoum St.
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

No meeting scheduled yet between Netanyahu and Shalit family
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

MIDEAST: Out of Step With the Peace Beat
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Study: Trauma influences Gazan terror
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

No deaths  in Sharjah fire
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Iraq- Pure water tank constructed for ID64b
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

Motorcycle Bomber Kills 47 Outside Government Office in Pakistan
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Israel eases charges against alleged Hizbullah spy
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Netanyahu offers Palestinians talks on settlements
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Yemen's penal court sentences two al-Qaeda to death
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

US-Russian 'spy swap' under way
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Lohan 'petrified' about prison
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Mel Gibson is quizzed over 'attack ' on ex-partner
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Private pensions are hit for GBP 100bn: Final salary scheme change will affect millions
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

DIPLOMACY: US deports 10 spies to Russia in exchange deal
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Last Call for Cengiz Çekil Exhibition
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Sale Steal Of The Day: Asos.com's Floral Print Duffle Bag
Look Magazine, London, England

Government agrees GBP 70 million funding for west Cumbria hospital rebuild
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

At Least 17 Killed, Nearly 100 Wounded In Pakistan Suicide Blast
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Russian Agents Deported From US In Spy Swap
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Prague Braces for M.J.: Planned Michael Jackson Sculpture not a 'Thriller' for Local Residents
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Russian spies deported in exchange for US agents
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Marine killed in Afghanistan blast
The Independent, London, England

McGrane shares lead with Clarke
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

800 Foreign Youth Flock to Seliger Camp
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Mohican murderer
The Sun, London, England

Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith post baby pictures on Twitter
The Telegraph, London, England

Raoul Moat: snipers, heat-seekers, armoured cars all being used in search
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Bull 1, Mexican matador: never again
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

President to sign "Kepres" for Andi Nurpati
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Russian, U.S. spies may be swapped
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

At least 46 killed in Mohmand suicide attack
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

World Bank Supports Reforms in Kazakhstan Technical and Vocational Education
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Bangladesh bans religious punishments
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Is Afzal Guru your son-in-law? Gadkari asks Congress
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Allahabad: Woman kills self, 2 children
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Music workshops to teach amateurs about instruments
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Pakistan
Malaysian Star, Online news portal,  Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Spain: One gored in third bull run
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

About 4 mln Palestinians live in West Bank, Gaza Strip: report
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Women do better in maths after criticising stereotype
Sify News, Chennai, India

Mine explosion
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Ocean carnival features magnificent sand sculptures
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

LiLo suffers blow in her $40m lawsuit against E*Trade
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

GoM to look into ‘honour killings'
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Russian spies ordered deported
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

We're on your side, CARICOM tells Spencer
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Ink in his veins: the irrepressible Desmond Seales
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Fernandez's as yet unofficial bid roils the top opposition leaders
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

US-CUBA: Clinton "Encouraged" by Prisoner Accord
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

'Prove it, Lewin'
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Vicky Pelaez of Peru pleads guilty to conspiracy charges, expelled from U.S.
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

B.C. to cut price of generic drugs
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

World Cup: Spain beats Germany 1-0
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Minister: All aboard on broadcast policy
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Cameroon denies gay men harassed
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

ICC suspends Thomas Lubanga trial
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Ho High Court throws out application for Judicial Review
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chebeya tortured - autopsy
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Acsa offers 'gesture' after flight fiasco
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Teddy Afro to perform in New York City
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Airports company offers R400 000 for King Shaka chaos
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Department to 'take action'
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Borno workers embark on indefinite strike
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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