Nearly one hundred students turned up in Santiago de Chile's Plaza de Armas on Thursday, September 1, to lock lips for education reform. The "besaton" or "kissing protest" consisted of both high school and university. Some dressed in costumes while others held signs with slogans reading, "To give one kiss is to convert a dream into a reality."
Student representatives said the state education system left room for profiteering on a scale that was financially crushing for the students and their families.
Student protests have frequently paralyzed parts of urban Chile for the past three months and also led to clashes, arrests and injuries among demonstrators and police.
More than 50 items from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa, as well as new acquisitions from the Transportation Security Administration are on display in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus trades in his uniform for civvies Wednesday, retiring from military service in advance of becoming director of the CIA. He assumes his role as America's spy chief Sept. 6.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting, set up by the U.S. Senate in 2007, released their report on fraud in defense contracting titled, "Transforming Wartime Contracting". The commission found the U.S. government wasted more than $30 billion in contracts and grants awarded to private contracts working in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past 10 years.
A quick look at the 2011 cheerleaders for the National Football League, featuring squads from the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, and the San Francisco 49ers, along with some look at their forebears.
Television star Ed O'Neill was flanked by co-stars past and present when he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday. O'Neill's was the 2,446th star unveiled in the television category.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic claimed his first U.S. Open and third Grand Slam title of the year Monday, outslugging Rafael Nadal in four sets. Australian Samantha Stosur claimed the U.S. Open title Sunday, breezing to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over American star Serena Williams.
Peace negotiations continue in besieged Bani Walid, with transitional government leaders saying they hope the standoff would end peacefully and that people in Bani Walid, a desert city of 60,000 people about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, would greet rebel forces as people did in Tripoli late last month, when rebel fighters captured the Libyan capital.
Pop star Katy Perry took home three trophies, including the top prize for Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards show in Los Angeles. Other winners included Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Adele.
Hurricane Irene likely will be among the costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, analysts say, adding that much of the damage may not be covered by insurance. At least 43 deaths have been attributed to Irene.
Most Islamic states observe 'Quds Day' an annual event, which happens on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Jerusalem Day (Quds Day) was launched by the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, in the early of 1980s.
North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Irene, a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, was about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving north at 14 mph.
Chilean student protests are snowballing into a political storm with President Sebastian Pinera finding himself right at the center of it and not liking it.
The millionaire president, who retains vast business interests but swears by arrangements aimed at avoiding conflicts of interests, faced widening revolt this week after increasing numbers of labor union members and teachers threw their support behind students.
A central union of workers added to general calls for education reforms a longer list of changes, which includes a redrafting of the constitution and statutes to remove what critics see as vestiges of the past military dictatorial regimes, notably the highly controversial rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet from 1973-90.
The Unitary Central for Workers called for a nationwide strike for the second consecutive day Thursday and invited other unions to join the protest action.
Student protests against high tuition fees began about two months ago and focused on private academic institutions operating with impunity, alleged corruption and favoritism in the education system.
Protest leaders said they hoped to make the rallies "the biggest national strike of the last decade." It is the first 48-hour national strike since the Pinochet dictatorship.
It looks like the series of natural disasters over the course of 2011 so far, ranging from the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan to the rampant tornado damage across the Midwest U.S., will continue as Hurricane Irene creeps toward the East Coast.
The Global Leaders for Peace gala is the kickoff event for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial weekend. The Memorial will be dedicated on Sunday, the 48th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. UPI
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