Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thailand, Cambodia meet to negotiate a cease-fire

Phnom Penh Cambodia .- The Government today announced a meeting with Thailand to negotiate a ceasefire in fighting between their armies in the border for five days, resulting in 13 dead and tens of thousands displaced. The Cambodian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the Thai Defense Minister, Gen.

Pravit Wongsuwan, had agreed to travel to Phnom Penh to discuss the truce. The bilateral meeting is at the initiative of Thailand and offered himself Wongsuwan during a telephone conversation this afternoon with his Cambodian counterpart, Tea Banh, according to the official note. The statement did not indicate when the talks will be held in Thailand.

The Yemeni government and the opposition meet

The Yemeni government and the opposition have announced they will meet in Riyadh on Wednesday to sign an agreement and thereby achieve the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The plan has been proposed by the Gulf monarchies, concerned about the instability that is currently living in the country.

This initiative aims to form a government opponent who gets the reconciliation of power in Yemen and is expected to present the resignation of president Saleh will take place less than a month after the birth of this new government. Following the president's ouster, the country would organize new elections within 60 days, according to the plan.

UNITED KINGDOM - Police too male, too white

A recent survey conducted among British police revealed that the institution is "dominated by white male culture," souligneThe Guardian. An unfortunate result according to Peter Neyroud, former chief officer, causing the report. A change also would require 24 years to now have 35% of women in the most qualified and 11 years for 7% representing ethnic minorities have access to these positions.

Berlusconi and Sarkozy seek the reform of the Schengen Treaty

Rome / Barcelona .- The human tide that comes from a fortnight ago on the shores of Italy from Tunisia (mainly but have also come from Libya), mostly refugees fleeing war-Qaddafi Muanmar in their country in search of work and freedom on European soil, has led France and Italy agreed to strengthen the borders of Europe.

How do they do? By the time both countries have not detailed how hardened or try to shield the member countries of the Schengen Treaty for it to not see "flooded" by a human tide of people fleeing from Tunisia or other Arab Mediterranean countries since last January and living democratic revolts against dictatorial regimes installed since its independence process.

AI believes that Syrians have killed 393

At least 393 people have died at the hands of security forces since the protests began in favor of democracy in Syria for five weeks, according to estimates by Amnesty International (AI), which has also ensured that at least 23 people died Monday during the army's attack against the city of Deraa, in the south, and warned that the figure "could be much higher." In a statement, the organization has denounced the "brutal Syrian government's reaction to the changing demands of its people" and has ensured that the army tanks on Monday bombed civilian buildings and residential areas after deployed in Deraa.

CHINA - Small traces of radioactive iodine in spinach

Very low traces of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in spinach grown on Chinese soil, the newspaper ad, based on information provided on April 6 by the Ministry of Health of China. This is the first time that radioactivity is detected in vegetables grown in China since the authorities began to control water and food after the disaster Fukushima said the daily.

The authorities simply pass the spinach in water to remove radioactive substances.

Losses from the Chernobyl accident amounted to 180,000 million

Kiev .- The Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, estimated today at 180,000 million losses caused by the disaster in Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which now meets 25 years. "The percentage of expenditures for that purpose (to overcome the aftermath of the accident) came to assume 10 percent of the annual budget of Ukraine," Azarov pointed out in a message released by the Ukrainian agencies.

Pros and cons of the Schengen Area

On June 14, 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Schengen agreement. Approved by the then members of the European Economic Community (EEC)-Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, "these countries reached an agreement to abolish the borders between the member countries of the European Union (EU) and all European citizens can move freely throughout the Community.

YEMEN - The Gulf States for the departure of President Saleh

The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar met in Yemen on April 6 leaders of the opposition Yemeni daily listing of Dubai. The envoys also met with President Saleh, as tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Taiz. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is working on a negotiated solution that would Yemeni President Saleh to leave office and allow power to a transition board.

UN urges Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes

New York (editorial / Agencies) .- Two years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, United Nations has urged Colombo to investigate human rights violations and war crimes. In a report released today, the UN asked the government of Sri Lanka begin serious research and find out who is responsible for the crimes.

The government troops fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam left up to 100,000 dead, according to UN estimates, and traumatized the people, reports DPA. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, had ordered a month ago an expert committee to conduct initial investigations and tonight released its report of 240 pages.

Immigration summit between Berlusconi and Sarkozy

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, today held a bilateral summit in Rome to address the crisis caused by the arrival in Italy this year of about 26,000 immigrants from North Africa. The summit was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy of the two countries (Franco Frattini, Roberto Maroni and Giulio Tremonti, Italy, and Alain Juppe, Claude Guéant and Christine Lagarde, France) and will also address bilateral relations.

MEXICO - Protests against violence

Events "for peace and against violence" took place April 6 through Mexico and several foreign capitals. Tens of thousands of people responded to the call by the poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was found dead March 28 in southern Mexico. This mobilization has coincided with the discovery of a new mass grave: at least 59 bodies were found on a ranch located in the State of Tamaulipas, which borders with the United States.

Environmental groups complain that there are still victims of Chernobyl

Madrid .- Several environmental organizations will remember this Tuesday the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl (Ukraine) when they reach 25 years of success at present still "remains unresolved, not least because the necessary funding, estimated at about 2,000 million euros to build a new sarcophagus, still no go, because no radioactivity has been contained and that the accident in Fukushima (Japan) refreshes the "risk" of nuclear energy.

London prepares a strong message to Syria

United Kingdom works with the UN and the EU in order to launch a "strong message" to the Syrian regime and get to the bloody repression against protesters, as indicated on Tuesday the British foreign minister, William Hague. "The UK is working intensively with its international partners to persuade the Syrian authorities to put an end to violence and respect the rights of man", as indicated Hague.

PORTUGAL - Lisbon calls for EU aid

"Help", as the daily. On 6 April, Prime Minister José Sócrates announced resigned as Portugal formally requested financial assistance to the European Commission to ensure the stability of its financial system and economy. The newspaper said the government was pushed by the banks to make that decision.

The amount of aid could be around 75 billion euros. Sócrates has justified this claim by pointing out that the refusal, March 23, parliament validate a new austerity program had worsened the financial situation of the country. Portugal is the third member of the euro area to apply for financial assistance from European Greece and Ireland.

"The truth after Chernobyl: no one can say that will not happen again"

Kiev .- The president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich, said today that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is a "challenge of global magnitude" that only the world community united in a message to the people on the occasion of the 25 th anniversary of the tragedy. "Ukraine was long almost alone against the tragedy of Chernobyl.

Fortunately, we are not alone," said the head of state. Yanukovych said that a quarter century ago there was a "terrible measure of time: before and after Chernobyl." "Before April 26, 1986 the world was an illusion of security. After that date, no one can be assured of safety in the morning.

Japan will rebuild 10 years

The reconstruction of Japanese cities and towns devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11 could be concluded within ten years, as affirmed on Tuesday the Council for the Reconstruction Plan, which advises the Government Japan. "During the first three years shall work such as rebuilding roads and temporary dwellings," stated June Iio, an official of the Council which was formed after the disaster.

ITALY - Drama shipwreck off Lampedusa

"Carnage on the road to Italy," as the newspaper the day after the sinking of a boat with nearly 300 people on board, some 70 kilometers southwest of the island of Lampedusa. The newspaper said about 250 people died. The boat, with a length of 13 meters, was part of Zuwarah April 4, Libya, and was carrying Somalis and Eritreans.

Fifty of them were rescued. Since January, more than 22,000 immigrants from North Africa landed on Italian shores.

Images of the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy

Barcelona .- On April 26, 1986 reactor number four at Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine (then under the tutelage of the Soviet Union) exploded. The consequences were devastating for the population. The effects of radiation exceeded 400 times the atomic bombs that exploded Americans against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Thousands of people were affected by thyroid cancers, including women, children and elderly and thousands of people still suffer from the unpredictable effects of nuclear radiation. Numerous scientific studies of several European Union countries, Russia and former Soviet republics put the death toll between 200,000 and 273,000 people and predicted a figure of about 93,000 fatal cancers, as underlined in the area nearest to Chernobyl living between 600,000 and 700,000.

Violence tarnishes election in Nigeria

Nigeria closes today electoral chapter that began in early April with the holding of elections for governor in 34 of its 36 states, an appointment that is marked by a bombing in northeast China and mourning the death of hundred people after fighting in the Muslim north in the last week. The city of Maiduguri, located in the northeast and a core that has suffered violence after the presidential elections on Sunday saw four separate blasts, which killed at least three people.

A terrorist of Al Qaeda worked for British intelligence

London .- A terrorist of Al Qaeda and other detainees accused of involvement in attacks on two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 reportedly also working for MI6, British intelligence service, according to secret documents made public by The Guardian. This is the Algerian Adil Bin Hadid al Jazairi Hamlili, described as "facilitator, e, kidnapper and murderer in the pay of Al Qaeda" was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and then sent to the U.S.

Afghan police and 65 Taliban escapees captured

Afghan police backed by NATO troops, managed to capture on Tuesday to 65 group of 476 Taliban prisoners who escaped en masse from a jail in southern Afghanistan on Monday. The prisoners managed to leave Sarpoza prison through a tunnel dug 360 meters and his accomplices for five months. Afghan troops and NATO forces stationed in the province began a search of little known and have managed to escape arrest and 65 prisoners, according to a source in the governor's office.

SUDAN - Israel accused of masterminding a deadly raid

"What is behind Sudan, pointing to Israel after the air raid?" wonders the Daily Tel-Aviv. April 6, Khartoum has accused Israel of having led an attack on the eve of its territory, killing two people near Port Sudan, bordering the Red Sea. One of the victims would be "an Islamist involved in the delivery of weapons to Hamas." If it proved that Israel was behind the raid, this transaction would be "a new stage in Israel's struggle against arms trafficking in the region," the paper notes.

Zimbabwean men warning of the danger of 'women violators'

.- Zimbabwe Zimbabwe police warned the male population at the increase in rapes by women who attack men in the belief that it will provide business prosperity. Security forces have recommended that travelers do not auto-stop after three women raped a 32 year old man who collected on the road last week, according to the official newspaper Herald.

" The incident is the latest in a growing number of assaults on women to young men that has occurred since last year in the country. The man, who was hitchhiking from the capital, Harare, was picked up by a vehicle with three women on board he was injected with a narcotic to force when he refused to have sex with them.

Dies the second most wanted insurgent in Afghanistan ...

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement Tuesday to have killed the life of the second most wanted insurgent in Afghanistan, reported in a bombing last April 13 in the east. The deceased is the Saudi Abu Hafs al-Najdi, known as 'Abdul Ghani', an alleged member of Al Qaeda terrorist group that carried out its business in eastern Kunar and "traveled frequently between Afghanistan and Pakistan," ISAF said.

BRAZIL - The construction of the Belo Monte dam causes an international crisis

American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Organization of American States (OAS) called for the immediate suspension of the construction of Belo Monte. They fear that many indigenous communities in the Amazon are severely affected by the construction of this book. Brazil responded, April 6, that the work would not be suspended, saying that he would respect its international commitments regarding environmental protection and indigenous peoples.

Russia will propose to the G-8 to raise the nuclear power plant safety

Moscow .- Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, announced today that it will propose to the G8 countries of specific initiatives to "enhance the safety of nuclear power plants" in a message to the public on the occasion of the 25 th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster . In particular, the Kremlin chief said that these initiatives relate to increasing the accountability of the countries using nuclear energy, according to the press office of the Presidency of Russia.

Russia, against another UN resolution on Libya

Russia announced Tuesday it will not support a Security Council resolution in the UN on Libya that could lead to an escalation in the conflict in the North African country, as reported by local agencies. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the Interfax agency, confirmed that "if a resolution is to escalate the civil war in any sense, we can not support it." Russia is a permanent member of UN Security veto.

Energy - It's time to put on hold

"Go green!", Title Falter, which devotes its front page to the penetration of environmental policy in Europe after the victory of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg in Germany and Zurich in Switzerland.

The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

It was the worst nuclear accident in history, but the world ignored their existence until two days later. The morning of April 26, 1986 an explosion in reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl NPP (Ukraine) caused the death of 31 people and thousands of evacuees. Many more would die later, hundreds of thousands, the result of radiation still present in the body of thousands of people.

The first information published La Vanguardia data on the nuclear disaster of April 29. Then he spoke of a "radiation leak" that had been victims (not saying how many) and had come to countries like Finland, Sweden and Denmark ... and ensured that the population was not endangered. But the truth is that the Soviet secrecy and reluctance to report difficult to make a genuine assessment of the severity of the explosion.

A terrorist would have spied for UK

A terrorist of Al Qaeda has been accused by another detainee to be involved in some attacks against two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002. The fan reportedly also working for MI6, British intelligence service, according to secret documents made public by the newspaper The Guardian.

This is the Algerian Adil Bin Hadid al Jazairi Hamlili, described as "facilitator, e, kidnapper and murderer in the pay of Al Qaeda" was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and then sent to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. According to the documents there on his person, his American interrogators were convinced at the same time acting as an informant for British intelligence and Canadians.

FRANCE - Chase Françafrique, she returned to gallop

These are images that France wanted to avoid at all costs: French soldiers fired on military positions and ammunition depots in Côte d'Ivoire and UN peacekeepers to help attack the presidential palace in Abidjan. Supporters of outgoing Head of State Laurent Gbagbo accuse the French of barbarism and colonialism.

Those of Alassane Ouattara, President-elect, asking instead that Paris is heavily involved. France finds itself drawn into it despite the civil war and must now conduct a second intervention in an African country, in addition to that in which it participates in Libya. President Sarkozy had yet come into office promising to reduce the French military presence in Africa.

Rio de Janeiro is preparing to develop the slums before the Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro .- The International Olympic Committee (IOC, in English), Jacques Rogge urged Brazilian authorities to urbanize favelas of Rio de Janeiro before the 2016 Olympics, said Monday the mayor , Eduardo Paes. "The IOC president asked me to transform the informal settlements. I said it was a superimagen for the Olympic movement which Urbanic all these areas so that all people live in decent conditions," Paes said in a speech.

Berlusconi now allows its planes attack

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has turned its strategy on the Libyan regime: now their own troops participate in NATO attacks. Italy is prepared to allow its aircraft carried out "targeted measures" against "selected military targets in the territory of Libya," Berlusconi has said in a statement.

In a statement, explained that Berlusconi had a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama and had "informed that Italy had decided to respond positively" to the call to the Allies made by the Secretary General of NATO the Atlantic Council meeting, on 14 April. "Italy has decided to increase the operational flexibility of its own aircraft, through actions directed against specific military targets in the territory of Libya, to help protect civilians Libya," Berlusconi said.

United Kingdom - Fukushima delay construction of new nuclear

The British government postponed the construction of new nuclear plants at least three months to "learn from the accident in Fukushima," reported The Guardian. The Directorate for Health and Safety and the Environment Agency, responsible for assessing the reliability of future reactors will not be able to make their report in June as originally planned.

Both agencies expect the month of September and the final report from Mike Weightman, Chief Inspector in charge of nuclear power, which must account for the impact of the disaster on the Japanese construction of reactors in the United Kingdom. Last October, the British government had approved construction of eight new nuclear sites in England and Wales.

Yemeni opposition accepts the Gulf plan for the relief of President Saleh

Sanaa .- Opposition to the Yemeni regime has given its approval to the plan proposed by the six nations comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which provides that the incumbent president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, hand over power to his vice president within one month after signing the plan with the opposition forces.

"We have our own to plan the GCC after our brothers in the Gulf and our American and European friends have given us all the guarantees that hindered our acceptance," Agence France Presse said a spokesman Mohamed Qahtane opponent. Qahtane added that the Common Front, a coalition of opposition in the Yemeni parliament, had communicated his position on Monday, GCC Secretary General, Abdellatif Zayani.

Missiles near the temple of Preah Vihear

Cambodian and Thai troops faced on Tuesday near the Preah Vihear temple, 150 kilometers east of where they have been fighting these past four days, as confirmed by the army in Thailand. The clashes have claimed at least 13 people and caused tens of thousands displaced. This fight would be a sign that the clash between the two countries can be extended for other border areas.

Although in principle the targets are military, sometimes stray bombs and reach target civilian areas or are in the middle of the road without popping. The Executive today approved Thailand's military offensive to keep to oust the Cambodian military in the disputed area, pressing for diplomatic means for Cambodia to accept the bilateral dialogue and to review bilateral cooperation.