Friday, April 22, 2011

Mubarak run out of streets and schools

The public school or street Hosni Mubarak labeled with the name of his wife Suzanne have their days numbered. The Emergency Court of Cairo on Thursday ordered to erase the trace of the deposed president and his wife "all public buildings, plazas, streets and libraries." The measure, claimed by several lawyers, urges the Government to clear the streets of the Egyptian dictator's name, according to state news agency Mena.

COTE D'IVOIRE - Gbagbo plays extensions

It seems that the Republican Forces of Alassane Ouattara (ADO) have felt able to capture with the ease of Abidjan while taking Ivorian cities within the country. Now they are starting to become disillusioned because, obviously, Laurent Gbagbo will not fall with expected ease. Moreover, the outgoing president appears to have succeeded, with complete mastery, transforming what remains of fortresses impregnable bastion where in real went aground, until now, all forces deployed by the camp since Ouattara their economic onslaught on the capital early last week.

France initiated the recovery of the boxes of Flight 447 in the Atlantic

Paris - From Senegal, in Africa, now leave the boat "Ile de Seine" with the robot submarine that will inspect the area to 4,000 feet deep where they found the wreckage of Air France flight AF447 wrecked in the Atlantic for nearly two years , on his way from Brazil to France, reports the newspaper Le Parisien.

The boat was carrying several technicians from the Institute of Criminology of the French gendarmerie, who will monitor the operation funded by the French State. Also seek to recover the bodies that exist in the area. The ship will possibly this weekend to the place where in early April were sighted wreckage wrecked, some 1,100 kilometers from the city of Recife.

INDIA - Even fewer girls

According to provisional figures of census of population published March 30, the gender imbalance has worsened considerably in 10 years. India now has 914 girls per 1000 boys under six years, against 927 for 1000 in 2001, at the last count. The Parliamentary Brinda Kara sees three reasons for this alarming decline.

"First, there is no clear government policy to curb the phenomenon. Then there is a cultural preference for boys. Finally, the ban on ultrasound showing the baby's sex is not respected." Families still prefer boys because of the huge expenses associated with marriage girls. Feticide or neglect of the child after birth practices are still widespread in India, says the Daily News & Analysis.

The NATO air strikes leave 11 dead south of Tripoli

Algiers .- Eleven civilians were killed and 18 injured in Libya during air strikes on Wednesday, combat aircraft by NATO against two cities located south of Tripoli, reported the Libyan news agency Jana. The agency, quoting military sources said that seven of these civilians were killed and 18 injured in night bombing of NATO in the region of Jelat The Fordjan.

The source added that such attacks have also caused the destruction of numerous homes and other infrastructure. The other four civilians were killed in the region of Bir El Ghanem, where there have been property damage, according to Jana. Yesterday, Libyan state media accused the NATO air forces to destroy the infrastructure of communication and transmission of audio and video in several cities.

Anti-monarchy protest the royal wedding day

Republicans from across Europe plan to demonstrate in London on April 29, the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, in favor of the abolition of the monarchy. As reported by The Daily Telegraph in its Thursday edition, the British pressure group Republic coordinate a demonstration in which activists from Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Holland and Belgium.

Anti-monarchists are at the wedding of William a golden opportunity to defend their cause, although they acknowledge that their protests will be drowned out by the millions of people who will come to express their sympathy to the British royal family. But Graham Smith of Republic, said: "Most citizens do not much care about the royal family, and when you have a story like this, people begin to think of the monarchy.

SOUTHEAST ASIA - In the shadow of poppy fields in bloom

For generations, the hill tribes - mostly Hmong, Akha and Yao and - welcome the abundant harvests of poppy fields and the sight of blooming delights tourists and photographers. But this natural beauty is the last concern of the U.S. anti-narcotics units. While some hill people consider this plant as a blessing, the Western officials see nothing else but the source of the heroin addiction that has plagued their cities.

The radioactive leak into the sea of Fukushima was 20,000 times above the allowable

Tokyo .- Radioactive substances 20,000 times above the legal limit annual leaked into the sea from the Japanese nuclear plant damaged Fukishima between 1 and 6 April, today reported operating company, TEPCO. According to TEPCO data collected by the local agency Kyodo, in those six days, escaped into the sea about 520 tons of highly radioactive water from the reactor 2 of the plant severely damaged by the tsunami on 11 March.

Seven civilians killed in Tripol

At least seven civilians were killed and 18 others were injured after further NATO attacks in the Libyan capital on Wednesday as they denounced the Libyan news agency Jana. The attacks have occurred in the region of Al-Ferjan Khellat, southwest of Tripoli. According to this agency, a military source confirmed the news.

Jana added that the bombing has destroyed a number of houses and has "terrorized children and women of the region." Allibya Libyan television had also reported the attack. France Presse newspapers have heard three explosions in the area. Allibya had previously indicated that "the region had been targeted by air strikes that have caused several casualties among the inhabitants of the region and destroyed their homes." NATO, meanwhile, denied reports and said it had no "no indication" on the possible death of civilians.

KAZAKHSTAN - Nazarbayev overwhelmingly reelected president

Kazakh President incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev was reelected on April 3 with 95.5% of the votes according to partial official results yet, says the Russian online newspaper. The other three candidates, all loyal to power, obtained respectively 1.2%, 1.4% and 1.9% of the vote. According to Nazarbayev, quoted by the newspaper, these elections "showed the world once again that Kazakh society was democratic." No election has been recognized as free by the OSCE in this country since its independence in 1991.

Two photojournalists foreigners die after attacks by Gaddafi in Libya

New York .- The organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) today mourned the death of British filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington and his American colleague Chris Hondros in the Libyan town of Misrata, and called once again the regime of Muammar Gaddafi to stop attacks against civilians. Working in several countries at war in these two photojournalists can be found at this link as a posthumous tribute prepared by the New York Times.

Chongqing, the new capital of Red China

Chongqing seems to have traveled back in time to the Cultural Revolution. Local television in this city in China, 30 million people, only broadcasts programs about communism, even as citizens are forced to sing patriotic songs and the masses, dressed in red, reminiscent of Mao Zedong. This is due to an obsessive campaign to promote the 'culture red', as it is called in China to everything related to Maoism.

DIPLOMACY - The Gulf countries have accused Iran of meddling in their affairs

The Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, met in Riyadh on April 3. He strongly denounced Iran's interference in the internal affairs of certain countries. Tehran had recently criticized the deployment of troops from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain to restore order.

The Council also invited to Yemen to resume dialogue with the opposition.

Obama "sell" its plan to reduce the deficit on Facebook

Washington .- U.S. President, Barack Obama defended his proposal to reduce the deficit over the next 12 years without abandoning the investments in education, energy and research, during a popular assembly to Facebook designed to attract the youth vote. Obama, who has 19 million "friends" on Facebook, has become the first U.S.

president to visit the company's headquarters in Palo Alto (California), where he participated in a forum a little more than an hour, moderated by network founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The fiscal situation in the country is "unsustainable" and the proposal seeks to reduce the deficit to four billion dollars over the next 12 years without sacrificing the investment in research, energy, education and infrastructure, said the president.

Paris, London and Rome sent military instructors

The governments of Italy and the United Kingdom made available to the National Transitional Council of Libya (CNT) ten military instructors each, reported the Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa. In a press appearance following a meeting in Rome with his British counterpart, Liam Fox, the Italian minister said that "this decision was taken following a discussion between the Prime Minister (of Italy, Silvio) Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

BRAZIL - Debris from the A330 from Rio to Paris located in the Atlantic

Debris from the Airbus A330 from Rio to Paris by Air France, which crashed off the coast of Brazil in June 2009, which killed 228, were located, announced April 3 the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), responsible for the technical investigation. Investigators now hope to find the black boxes of the device could explain the causes of the disaster, but remain cautious.

The information is relayed to the site daily, which states that the BEA was launched on March 25 a new phase of research.

True Finns

In early nineties, in the debate on the Maastricht treaty, I read some disturbing statements by Helmut Schmidt in which he argued that Europe or the euro is consolidating rapidly and was doomed to failure because the old Germanic nationalism resurface under the chant demagogic it was the Germans who were funding the Union and had to return to the framework as its national currency.

For now, unfortunately this has not happened. But every time the euro is in danger I feel a chill to remember these words of the former chancellor, a politician that I have a deep respect for his intelligence, preparation and cunning. German nationalism, for the moment, has not reappeared.

Fukushima: 20,000 times the radioactivity Tues

Radioactive substances to 20,000 times above the legal limit annual leaked into the sea from the damaged nuclear plant Fukishima between 1 and 6 April, today reported operating company, TEPCO. In those six days, escaped into the sea about 520 tons of highly radioactive water from the reactor 2 of the plant severely damaged by the tsunami of March 11, according to TEPCO data collected by the local agency Kyodo, The leak was detected April 2 and contained the 6th of that month, but by then it had leaked into the Pacific Ocean about 5,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances, which is 20,000 times more than the maximum annual allowable plant.

JAPAN - Lack of transparency of the authorities on predicting nuclear

Although the Meteorological Agency (MA) has completed a map providing the spread of radioactive materials in case the situation worsens in Fukushima Daiichi, it was hidden to the public, describes the evening edition of the journal . European countries such as Germany and Norway have done their part this prediction using data from the AM, and these maps are available on their official websites of weather, which has angered the Japanese specialists.

A Western journalist killed and three wounded in Misrata

Washington. .- The British filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington, who produced the film "Restrepo", died today in the Libyan town of Misrata, besieged by the forces of Muammar Qadhafi, and three other journalists were wounded, U.S. media reported today. The New York Times and ABC television cited as the source of his information, stories from other journalists who accompanied Hetherington in the conflict zone.

Martelly confirmed as president of Haiti

The final results of presidential and legislative elections held in Haiti awarded the presidency to the singer Michel Martelly, has become known as the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). Martelly said, and as president-elect, who want to avoid struggles with the opposition in Parliament and to forge a partnership "harmonious" for future projects and plans for the country to be "fruitful." In his first press conference after his victory was confirmed, the new Haitian president has stressed that he is "irrelevant" init, the ruling party, has a majority in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, because all candidates including himself, have been elected to serve the Haitian people.

PAKISTAN - Double suicide attack against a Sufi shrine

"Carnage in a sanctuary near Dera Ghazi Khan," as the newspaper the day after a double suicide bombing aimed at a Sufi shrine in the center of the country. The two suicide bombers detonated their bombs as hundreds of faithful from across the country, flocked to pray at the tomb of Sufi saint Sultan Ahmed.

The attack, which killed at least 49 dead and over 100 injured, according to figures provided by the newspaper's website, was claimed by the Taliban.

The rebels announced the deaths of over a hundred fighters loyal to Gaddafi

Algiers. .- The rebels announced today the death of over a hundred fighters loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Misrata, the third largest city in Libya, which is under siege for seven weeks, reported the Qatari television network Al Jazeera. Quoting the revolutionaries, the chain said the gadafistas killed in a violent confrontation between both sides.

Al Jazeera said the armed clash that has cost the lives of the hundreds of gadafistas occurred east of the city, adding that in addition to the dead, the rebels captured at least 40 members of the government troops. The chain has no additional details about whether the rebel forces have had some low.

Japan creates a legal exclusion zone around

The Government of Japan has decided to legally prohibit the entry into a radius of 20 kilometers around the battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, reported the Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, during a visit to the area. According to Khan, quoted by the local agency Kyodo, the ban will take effect at midnight local time (17.00 Spanish time).

Until now the Japanese Government advised residents in the area to evacuate to the increased radiation levels, but not legally required. Some, mostly elderly, remain there, while other evacuees entering and leaving the exclusion zone to retrieve their belongings, NHK reported. Despite the ban, the government granted a special permit for entrance to two hours of each family member so you can return to retrieve belongings, said government spokesman Yukio Edan.

NORTHERN IRELAND - A policeman killed in attack

A policeman of 25 years was killed April 2 when a suicide car bomb in the town of Omagh, Northern Ireland. The young man, a Catholic, had completed his training as a police officer three weeks ago. The attack was not claimed but suspicion focused on dissident republicans. According to the daily, the security services and British Intelligence and Irish are more concerned about the technical capacity of terrorist groups opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

The Arab League postpones summit in May about the situation in the region

Cairo. .- The Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Ben Helli, announced today that the indefinitely postponed the summit scheduled for May 11 in Baghdad because of the tense situation in the region. The bloc's foreign ministers, he added, will meet May 15 in Baghdad to discuss a new date for the summit.

A League fall 21 Arab countries of North Africa and Asia, and the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO). The postponement of the summit this year was a long-shuffle option due to the civil war situation in Libya, as well as popular revolts in Syria and Yemen. In addition, the Gulf countries had protested against Baghdad to host the meeting after the Iraqi government criticized the violent suppression of protests by Shiites against the Sunni royal family in Bahrain.

U.S. will help the Libyan rebels

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, plans to authorize a "non lethal" up to 25 million dollars to Libyan opposition to support their efforts in the field, after weeks of assessments of their needs and capabilities. "We are moving to authorize non-lethal goods and services worth up to $ 25 million to support the National Transitional Council of Libya (CNT) and its efforts to protect civilian and populated areas are under the attack of own government in Libya, "said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking to the media after meeting with President-elect of Haiti.

Hungary - The bulky national revolution of Viktor Orbán

March 15, Hungarians commemorated their liberal revolution of 1848. But this year, the image of revolutionary history Kossuth faded before that of the current Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his aims nationalistes.écrit the Slovak weekly Týžděň.

IAEA chief rejects parallels between Chernobyl and Fukushima

Kiev. .- The general director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese Yukiya Amano, today rejected the parallels between the Chernobyl disaster, the most serious in the history of atomic energy, and occurred in Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima. Inaugurating an international conference in Kiev "25 Years of the Chernobyl disaster.

The security of the future," Amano said that the radioactive leak Fukushima represents only ten percent of which occurred in central Ukraine on April 26, 1986. "The radioactivity in Tokyo and Osaka is low and in other countries is minimal and poses no threat to human health," said IAEA director, who today visited the Chernobyl plant, situated 83 kilometers from Kiev.

Oman frees more than 200 protesters

Omani authorities announced Wednesday the release under a pardon from Sultan Qaboos bin Said, of 234 protesters arrested during recent protests in the Gulf country. This measure relates to people arrested for "crowding in public," according to the official agency Ona. However, lawsuits against other protesters, accused of having set fire to public buildings and tested, resistance to authority, block roads, traffic disruption and humiliation or assault of state employees, according to the agency, which did not specify the number of arrestees in these circumstances.

Italy - Lampedusa-Paris, the dream end?

The train of hope is flanked by the code "The 562,059". He enters the station at 4:54 p.m. Oria, right on time. "That one?" Asks Youssef. "Yes, that's for Taranto. Shall we go?". Situated in Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot, this station is only worn three kilometers from the camp Manduria, which transferred 3,000 migrants arrived at Lampedusa are expected in coming weeks.

On the platform, eight boys Youssef. They are between 20 and 27 years, they wear a jacket, jeans and Adidas sneakers. They have no baggage. Two of them say called Ahmed, Kaled other two. And then there Komi, Niza, Komel. And finally, Youssef, 24, spokesman of the group improvised. They speak French and do not know a word of Italian.

Gaddafi's forces and rebels have intense fighting in Misrata

Misrata. .- The forces loyal to the regime of Gaddafi being held on Wednesday fierce fighting with rebels in the town of Misrata, the last stronghold of the rebels in the west of the country after the clashes the previous day that left eight dead. Misrata, the third largest city in Libya, has been under siege by the forces of the regime for more than seven weeks.

It is estimated that in this town bombings and clashes between rebels and government forces has left hundreds dead. "There is heavy fighting in the Thequeel Naklo road that leads to the port. Gaddafi's forces are trying to control the road to isolate the city," warned Abdelsalam, a spokesman for the rebels.

Bahrain: Activist daughter leaves hunger strike

The Bahraini Zainab to Khawaja has decided on Wednesday to end the hunger strike that began last April 10 following the arrest of several members of his family including his father, a prominent human rights defender in this small kingdom Persian Gulf. The girl, 27, has taken this decision after appeals from several human rights organizations have visited and have become convinced that the deterioration of his health each time she could do less to fight for the release of their relatives , while he promised to do everything in his power to make the scheme Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa let them free.