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Cuba looks to cooperatives to slow rise of capitalism

By Marc Frank and Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's slow, cautious reforms to revive its state-run economy suddenly burst into life at businesses like Karabali, a Havana nightclub owned by a 21-member cooperative. The communist government began leasing Karabali to its employees just six months ago and now the once sleepy club is regularly packed with more than 100 customers from midnight until dawn despite competition from dozens of private and state-run night spots in the city.

Migrants detained in Greece face 'devastating' conditions

Migrants detained in Greece face inhuman conditions that are having "devastating" consequences on their health, Medecins sans Frontieres warned on Tuesday, demanding that the Greek government and EU stop turning a blind eye to the situation. Overcrowding, poor ventilation, and a lack of heating and natural light are among the factors severely impacting the health and dignity of migrants and asylum seekers locked up in Greece, the aid agency said as it launched a new report entitled "Invisible Suffering" in Athens.

Celebrity 'no make-up selfies' raise cash -- for wrong charity

A social media craze involving women around the world posting selfies while wearing no make-up has raised millions of pounds for a British cancer charity -- despite some money accidentally going to the United Nations children's fund. Several celebrities including R&B superstars Beyonce and Rihanna and British model Cara Delevingne joined the grassroots #nomakeupselfie movement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Federal forces take over police duties in capital of southern Mexican state

Chilpancingo, Mexico, Mar 3 (EFE).- The Federal Police took over law enforcement duties over the weekend in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, after the municipal police force was dismissed amid complaints from the business community about the growing presence of gangs in the city. About 300 Federal Police officers, supported by some 500 state police, assumed law enforcement duties in Chilpancingo on Sunday.

Federal forces take over police duties in capital of southern Mexican state

Chilpancingo, Mexico, Mar 3 (EFE).- The Federal Police took over law enforcement duties over the weekend in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, after the municipal police force was dismissed amid complaints from the business community about the growing presence of gangs in the city. About 300 Federal Police officers, supported by some 500 state police, assumed law enforcement duties in Chilpancingo on Sunday.

South Sudan violence targeting healthcare

Warring fighters in South Sudan have looted hospitals and murdered patients in their beds, cutting life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. Warning of an "alarming pattern of lootings and attacks on patients" and health facilities, Doctors without Borders (MSF, Medecins sans Frontieres) said their crucial work was being strangled by a "climate of utter disrespect and fear."

MSF says 5 staff members 'taken by group' in north Syria

Five staffers from Doctors without Borders (MSF) have been taken from a house in northern Syria by an unknown group, the medical NGO said Friday. "MSF confirms that five members of its staff were taken yesterday night from an MSF house in the north of Syria by a group, apparently for questioning," spokeswoman Samantha Maurin said in a statement. burs-sah/ser/al

Bangladesh makes 'exceptional' health progress despite poverty

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters)- Bangladesh has had 40 years of exceptional progress in health, with infant mortality down, life expectancy up and good disease control, all despite being one of the world's poorest countries, researchers said on Thursday.

MSF denounces 'unprecedented' violence in C. Africa

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday denounced the "unprecedented" violence in the Central African Republic, urging all sides to respect civilian safety and calling for urgent international aid. "Tens of thousands of villagers have fled a fresh wave of attacks summary executions, perpetrated both by armed groups and government forces in the northwest of the country," the NGO said. People were taking refugee in the brush, without protection and particularly exposed to the dangers of malaria, the biggest cause of death in the country, MSF said in its report.

Man, 21, arrested in California taco shop shooting that leaves 3 dead, 4 others injured

SALINAS, Calif. - A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of opening fire outside a Salinas taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing three people and injuring four others in the city that has seen 10 killings in 12 days. Giovanni Pacheco was taken into custody hours after the shooting and booked into Monterey County Jail on three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder, Salinas police said. The 1:30 a.m. shooting happened after a fight inside Taco's Choice restaurant spilled outside, police said. It was the latest in a spate of recent violence.
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