Thursday, March 31, 2011

RUSSIA - Medvedev invites the Japanese in Siberia

President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia was ready to welcome Japanese earthquake victims in his sanaturiums, and to offer jobs to the Japanese in Siberia and throughout the Russian Far East, reports the Nezavisimaya Gazeta. For this, the authorities would be able to increase quotas for foreign workers.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the thought of the President in proposing, as part of aid from Russia to Japan, as Japanese companies involved in the exploitation of gas deposits in Siberia. It also said it was possible to accelerate the exploitation of the pipeline East Siberia - Pacific Ocean, which would open in 2012 instead of 2014.

France looks to stop the construction of new nuclear power Flamanville

Paris (EFE) .- The Nuclear Safety Authority in France (ASN) is studying the possibility of stopping the construction of the new EPR nuclear reactor by EDF power company in Flamanville, on the coast of Normandy (north). ASN sources confirmed today that this moratorium is part of the working hypotheses from the experience of what happened to the Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima, in line with those reported by its president, André-Claude Lacoste .

The secretary general of NATO, as opposed to arming rebels

The NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday rejected the arming the rebels and has made clear that NATO assumes command of all operations in Libya in order to protect civilians Libyans. "We are there to protect the Libyan people, not to arm people," said a group of reporters in Stockholm, Swedish public radio reported, Sveriges Radio.

Rasmussen has acknowledged being aware of the debate that is taking place in capitals but has insisted that NATO, which on Thursday has taken formal control of all operations in Libya, will focus on enforcing the embargo. "We will focus on implementing the arms embargo," he assured. Also the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that does not support the idea of arming the rebels.

JAPAN - A coalition project aborted

On 19 March, Prime Minister Naoto Kan was named the leader of the main opposition party (Liberal Democratic Party, LDP), Sadakazu Tanizaki, asking him to enter a coalition government. This request was immediately rejected. "Naoto Kan believes that a union at the top is essential to address the crisis facing the country right now.

He envisioned the creation of three posts of minister as reinforcement of his cabinet," reports the Mainichi Shimbun.

A letter bomb explodes in a company related to nuclear energy in Switzerland

Geneva .- A letter bomb caused two injuries today to exploit Swissnuclear offices, the section on nuclear energy consortium including the three big energy groups in Switzerland. The blast occurred when the letter was opened and the two victims were hospitalized after suffering injuries to his head and chest, told the Swiss news agency ATS.

Swisselectric, which depends Swissnuclear, brings together companies Axpo, and Forces Drive Alpiq Bernois (FMB), which manage a total of five nuclear plants in Switzerland and presented in 2008 to the Federal Energy Office a request to build three new reactors. This attack coincided with the protest that made Greenpeace outside the headquarters of the Swiss power company Alpiq Holding to require its officers to withdraw the request for authorization to construct new nuclear plants.

Online counter to the Sudanese

The medical student Ahmed Wida was content to support the ruling party of Sudan on the sidelines in recent years, to the surveys in Tunisia and Egypt made him think: Sudan could be next. With a revolutionary fervor, this 21 year old military 'online' to defenter the 'status quo', one among many pro-government youth who have taken the Internet to combat anti-government protests in this country, a major producer oil.

CHAD - ICC jurisdiction to prosecute Habré

The deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda said the facts would have been guilty of former Chadian dictator predate the creation of the international body said the Senegalese newspaper Wal Fadjri. It therefore recognizes her incompetence by applying the legal principle of non-retroactivity of the law.

The former head of state of Chad lives in exile in Senegal since his transfer in 1990 in a coup led by current President Idriss Deby. He is accused of thousands of political killings, massacres and torture during his eight year presidency. According to a national commission of inquiry, the death toll would rise to 40,000 dead and 20,000 missing.

The Moroccan police beat up a teacher in Rabat

Rabat / Barcelona (Editorial / Agencies) .- Near the Parliament in downtown Rabat, Morocco, not far from the station, the teachers organized a peaceful protest march on March 26, 2011. After the peaceful protest group of teachers, there is a police charge that falls to the ground after receiving heavy blows from police batons and falls to the ground with serious head injuries and back.

Although Moroccan local news sources have confirmed that this teacher assaulted and beaten by Moroccan police recovered well from his serious wounds. Suddenly the police involved and someone taped and beat up a Protestant. When the tumult was diluted a woman begins to scream: "I have killed, they killed him!", As confirmed by international news sources in Rabat, but ultimately there is no fear for his life.

Detained for terrorism a South African right-wing leader

A former leader of the far-right South African Andre Visagie, was arrested by police after grasping at his farm near the town of Kimberley arms, munitions and cell phones ready for detonation at a distance. In total, the extremist had an arsenal of five homemade guns, 650 ammunition cartridge cases and 14 previously stolen mobile phones, said the newspaper 'Times'.

"There may be more arrests and are likely to be charged with a crime of terrorism", announced the National Prosecuting Authority. Visagie is a history of AWB, right-wing party taking power now for almost a year after the assassination of former leader, Eugene Terreblanche. Then, with your partner's body still warm, the politician was quick to proclaim outright revenge against the black population.

Assange is the leading international third best valued by the Spanish

Madrid .- The founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is the leading international third best valued by the Spanish between the figures included in the latest Elcano Royal Institute's Barometer (BRIE), which tops the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama. Merkel achieved a score of 6.7 out of 10, a tenth more than Obama, which exceeds six tenths Assange.

Javier Noya, principal investigator of the area of Spain's International Image and Public Opinion, said during the presentation of study that Assange is placed third in Spanish means that you support for publishing embarrassing information that has bothered many governments and politicians.

The relationship between India and Pakistan will decide in a cricket match

The Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani, met today at the Cricket World Cup semifinal that their countries are contesting in Indian territory for an informal talk on bilateral issues. The meeting between the two leaders is taking place, according to the IANS and PTI Indian agencies, at a dinner in a private room in the stadium of the city of Mohali in which India and Pakistan teams are still vying for the party, to which there are still some hours for completion.

THAILAND - For the military, transgender people are no longer sick

In Thailand, a country with an exceptionally large number of transsexuals, they were usually exempted from military service for "psychological abnormality" or "gender identity disorder", terms perceived as stigmatizing. Also, on the eve of a new campaign of conscription (1-April 11), the army she decided to go for qualifiers more politically correct.

Those who underwent treatment for breast augmentation are thus classified as Type 2, those who underwent surgery transsexual enter the Type 3, we read in the Bangkok Post. Nearly 100,000 recruits must be selected this year. Types 2 and 3 will not be required to participate in the draw, except in cases of under-staffing among Types 1, it says the army.

Allied aircraft comes to the aid of the Libyan forces retreating rebels

The morning was very hard for the rebel forces, unable to hold their positions along the road to Sirte and Tripoli. The fighting is very hard between bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf. The militants have retreated first to Brega, another oil city, and later, early afternoon, many of them have fled even further east, in Ajdabiya, the last town before Benghazi stronghold of resistance.

"We need the planes of Sarkozy," said the guerrilla revolutionaries who came to this city. "The situation is very bad," confessed the Aiwa-Mustapha, who on Tuesday was in Ras Lanuf and this morning has left Brega. "We have no weapons shall be adequate. Gaddafi has Grad rockets that reach 40 kilometers.

Imprisonment for the 19 pro-democracy demonstrators arrested in Morocco

The Court of Appeal in Marrakesh sentenced them to four to eight years' imprisonment to 19 persons involved in acts of vandalism that occurred on February 20, following protests by a democratic constitution in Morocco, reported the official news agency MAP. The court, which yesterday issued its verdict, were convicted of "use of force and violence", "destruction of public property", "armed robbery" and "outrage against public order," among other crimes.

SINGAPORE - The smuggling of exotic animals in vogue

"Delivery within a few days. New arrivals from abroad. Veterinary service after sales included," reported the newspaper The Straits Times to describe a trend that is rooted on the island: the purchase of rare animal species or Exotic theoretically forbidden. In 2008, authorities intercepted 305 animals entering the country illegally.

The emperors of Japan visited the earthquake refugees

Tokyo .- The elderly emperor of Japan, Akihito and Michiko visited today in Tokyo to hundreds of refugees Budokan in central Tokyo for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast. They are housed some 300 people were evacuated in the provinces of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on day 11, which caused 11,258 deaths and 16,344 missing, according to police last count.

China executed again: this time, three Filipino citizens for drug trafficking

The world champion of the death penalty, Amnesty International, on Wednesday executed three Filipino citizens prosecuted for trafficking in heroin. China proceeded with the order despite the constant requests for leniency by defense Filipino groups of migrants and the Manila government itself. The fate of the three traffickers has cornered all the covers in the Philippines and has turned against the executive, despite his efforts to secure a pardon or at least, a moratorium, both diplomatic and judicial.

BIRTH - So be children!

It is time that the Singapore authorities take the bull by the horns and slow the country's demographic decline. But how to encourage Singaporeans to have more children? Political power is confronted with this puzzle for a long time. The problem occurred in 1983 when the fertility rate has sunk to 1.61 children per woman.

Seven years ago, that rate was 2.1, at a level just sufficient to replace the population. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had then told Singaporeans that they had a "duty" to have children, otherwise the state's economy would deteriorate. To encourage more educated women to procreate, measures have been implemented, such as tax liens or priority enrollment for their children to school.

Asad: "The riots are a foreign conspiracy"

.- Damascus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday in Parliament that his government is "against the conspiracy and in favor of the reforms" and claimed that the aim of the conspirators is to weaken "the last outpost of the Arab world ". "If there are reformers, we will support them," he said.

Assad admitted that "not all the protesters who took to the streets are conspirators", but warned that his government can accept the "demands of the people" but could not support "chaos." The speech was interrupted several times by the support hassles and recitations of some of the parliamentarians.

Egypt's military junta announces election before end of year

Egypt's presidential elections take place one or two months after parliamentary elections due in September. The Egyptian military junta running the country since last February 11 also announced an interim constitution which will run until parliamentary and presidential elections. According to Mamdouh Shahin said Wednesday, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the interim constitution has 62 items and incorporates several amendments recently adopted in a referendum.

GERMANY - The appeal tenfold to the wind and sun

Under the effect of the nuclear disaster in Japan, the Germans rush on suppliers of green electricity, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since March 18, the Hamburg firm Lichtblick, a number of "green" electricity, which already has some 600,000 customers, recorded 300 new memberships a day. Naturstrom, small supplier of Düsseldorf, triple its daily connections to 900 or even 1200 (March 15), whereas it did previously recorded as 120 per month on average.

The Burmese junta was dissolved and turned over power to civilian rule

Bangkok, March 30 .- The military junta in Burma (Myanmar) was dissolved today to complete the transition to a civilian government in theory, with the inauguration as president of the republic of retired Gen. Thein Sein. In a historic day for the Burmese General Than Shwe, who has taken the helm of the Asian nation in the past 19 years, initialed the decree removes the State Council for Development and Peace.

The Egyptian military junta running the country announced a provisional constitution

The Egyptian military junta running the country since the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, on 11 February, will announce on Wednesday an interim constitution which will remain valid at least until the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections. "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ad constitutional issue which will work on the next stage, which comprise the parliamentary and presidential elections, the military junta said in a statement posted on its website on social networking site Facebook.

BASQUE COUNTRY - The heirs of Batasuna waiting to be legalized

One of the problems of contemporary democracy is the sacred ways and forgetting the purpose, says the philosopher Tzvetan Todorov. This remark, which is causing the economy, can also be applied to the political debate that has rocked Spain today, and more particularly to the labyrinth in which we are entering to finish with ETA.

Everyone recognizes that this end is closer than ever, but nobody is trying to hasten it. The means - namely the absence of Sortu * local elections on May 22, 2011 - has become an end in itself. But they forgot the goal: to ensure that this is the party to save his skin, finish with ETA, which forced him to dissolve.

RTVE not correct its deficit and accumulated 47 million last year

Madrid .- The Spanish public entity RTVE has closed the 2010 budget with a deficit of 47.1 billion euros, as explained by the corporate CEO, Jaime Daiteiro, who has blamed this result to EUR 62.3 million according to the calculations of the corporation, have failed to pay TV and telecom operators as well as a "bad guess" of what was expected was to raise the rate radio.

During the presentation of the balance of last year, Daiteiro stressed that, having made the telecoms and pay TV correpondía them, according to the new rates set by the Finance Act RTVE for these companies, the corporation had closed the year with a surplus of EUR 15.2 million up from EUR 1,200 million budgeted.

60% of the Spanish support foreign intervention in Libya

Almost 60% of Spanish intervention supports the international community in Libya with the aim to overthrow Gaddafi. This is evidenced by the Elcano Royal Institute's Barometer, a survey of 1,200 people who collected the opinions of the Spanish on major international political issues. Before the military intervention in Libya (March 19), most of the Spanish authorities were in favor of foreign intervention in Libya, in particular, defended by 59%, compared with 21% who rejected a military operation (the survey was conducted between February and early March).

LIBYA - The bombing of Qaddafi cripple aviation

On the second day of the military operation "Dawn of the Odyssey, launched March 19 against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, the coalition forces announced that its airstrikes had succeeded in destroying several military sites. The Libyan colonel says he will not retreat and provides a long war, reports the pan-Arab daily published in London.

The Arab League had agreed March 19 to launch this operation, strongly criticized the bombings, which affected many civilians. Washington, meanwhile, counters that the foreign forces to operate within the UN resolution 1973, adopted March 18.

A Russian boy answered the message a German bottling after 24 years

Daniil Korotkikh, 13, saw a bright beer bottle on a beach in the Russian region of Kaliningrad, and inside she found a letter from Frank Uesbeck German, five years old. "If you find this letter, please write me back, and I will answer," the letter said. When Daniel contacted Frank, now 29, began chatting.

The German gave the guy who answered the letter an address to write to him and promised to return the message upon receipt of your letter. "You will receive another letter from me, I assure you," said Frank. "It's a wonderful story and, who knows, maybe we know each other in person some day!".

Asad says the crisis in Syria is the product of a conspiracy

Syrian President Bashar Assad, delivered a speech in parliament, which has acknowledged that he lives "exceptional moments", in which it has tested the unity of the country. " "Syria is not isolated from what is happening elsewhere in the Arab world," said, admitting that his country is reflecting the 'Arab spring' and that is not closed to "reform." However, it has ensured that the crisis that exists in the country, with mass protests demanding an end to the regime, are the product of a "grand conspiracy." He has also accused the social networks and foreign channels "send false messages" and has stated that the demonstrators in the southern city of Dera are "a minority trying to spread chaos." But still, claims to have given clear instructions to not cause "harm" to the people during the protests, in which fears that have already killed hundreds of people.

YEMEN - Saleh President sacks his government

Faced with the resignations cascade, Ali Abdullah Saleh has sacked his government on March 20. The ministers of Awqaf, Tourism and Human Rights had previously resigned with other members of the government to denounce the violence with which the manifestation of Sana'a, March 18, had been suppressed. The opposition says the security forces perpetrated a "massacre," killing 52 people and wounding 600 others.

Gaddafi force the rebels to retreat to the east

Writing .- The move to the west of the insurgent leadership Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, stalled when they met face to face with the rocket and artillery attacks of gadafistas. Have been recoiling from there to Jawad Bin and then the oil port of Ras Lanuf according to Al Jazeera. There was no air strikes in support of rebels in their flight from Jawad Bin.

Some rebels have said that they have withdrawn from the city while others report that there is still fighting in the area. "Gaddafi attacks with massive rocket has entered into Ras Lanuf." Sources close to the rebel report that they have seen many fleeing to the east, away from Ras Lanuf and have been overwhelmed by enemy fire and the superiority of weapons of Gaddafi.

Carter Raúl Castro reiterates its willingness to dialogue with the U.S. but equal

Cuba's President Raul Castro, has received this Tuesday in Havana by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who reiterated his government's willingness to dialogue with Washington but on equal terms, without conditions and with respect for the independence and sovereignty of the island. In his second day in Cuba, Carter met Tuesday with Raul Castro at the Revolution Palace in Havana, where they discussed the current international situation, the situation in Cuba and the United States and the relations between both countries, the report offered by state television.

JAPAN - The miracles of Ishinomaki

Found alive under the rubble of their home, nine days after the devastating earthquake of 11 March, a 16 year old and her grandmother aged 80, from the town of Ishinimaki, are one in the daily Tokyo, which underlines however that this kind of miracle is very rare: in consequence, the death toll could increase considerably over the day.

It now stands at more than 20,000 dead or missing. A huge disaster that will further weigh on the country long.

Napoleon "reopen" a museum in Havana

Raquel Martori. Havana .- Cuba Napoleonic Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to the French emperor and his era, has reopened its doors in Havana's hand Foresta Alix, Princess Napoleon. The museum's reopening comes after a rigorous three-year restoration of the houses almost 8,000 pieces, which is given a weight millionaire, and the property which exhibits an impressive eclectic style mansion located in the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado.

The UK expels Libyan diplomats in London five for safety

The United Kingdom has decided to expel five Libyan diplomats in London because they pose a threat to national security, today announced in Parliament on British Foreign Minister, William Hague. In an appearance in the House of Commons to inform the London conference about Libya, Hague reported that among diplomats is the Libyan military attache.

"To underscore our grave concern about the behavior of the regime (of Muammar al-Gaddafi), I can announce in the House that today we have taken steps to expel five diplomats from the Libyan embassy in London, including the military attache" he said. "The Government has assessed if these individuals remain in the UK, can pose a threat to our security," said the head of British diplomacy.