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Insight - With no one at helm, Portugal faces instability and strife

ALMADA, Portugal (Reuters) - In the Portuguese town of Almada, Communist activists are handing out leaflets that bear the hammer-and-sickle logo and triumphantly proclaim: "Government destroyed, victory for the workers' struggle".


Gotong-royong order before Deepavali upsets teachers

Malaysia Hindhudharma Maman­dram has criticised the Penang Education Department for ordering a gotong-royong in all schools in the state two days before Deepavali, reported Makkal Osai.

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North Korea ready for ‘any’ US war, leader tells anniversary parade

PYONGYANG: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight any war provoked by the United States, as he presided over a vast military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.


Factbox - Parties running in Sunday's Greek elections

ATHENS (Reuters) - Following are the main parties running in Sunday's general election in Greece:


Battle for Singapore's 'sandwich class' vote offers underdog a chance

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Workers' Party of Singapore was once written off as too left wing for a country that had built its success on unabashed capitalism: to many, even its symbol of a bright yellow hammer on a red background looked just a sickle short of communism.


Pope offers rare 'mea culpa' about neglect of middle class

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.


Bolivian 'communist crucifix' gift to pope surprises Vatican

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - The Vatican acknowledged it was taken by surprise to discover that a wooden hammer and sickle sculpture with a figure of a crucified Christ gifted to the Pope in Bolivia was not commissioned by leftist president Evo Morales but designed by a priest killed in 1980.


Pope calls for new economic order, criticises capitalism

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labour, lodging and land.


Pope lauds Bolivia's social reforms as relations thaw

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday praised Bolivia's social reforms to spread wealth under leftist President Evo Morales and urged the world not to view prosperity as material wealth, which he warned only breeds corruption and conflict.


Road rage incident in Subang settled amicably, say police

SUBANG JAYA: "Cooler heads must prevail where a hot temper fails."