Friday, June 17, 2011

Al Zawahiri has become the new leader of al Qaeda

The Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri is the new leader of al Qaeda. The announcement was made in a statement posted on the web and al-Arabiya broadcaster. Zawahiri, number two of the terrorist group, happens to Osama bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda, killed on 2 May by U.S. special forces in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The UN report executions and torture in Syria

Syrian security forces developed executions, mass arrests and torture to repress the protests for democracy, said Wednesday the office of the UN human rights, in a report that could lead to a response tougher global. Entire villages have been besieged, including Deraa, preventing civilians from fleeing and depriving many food and access to medical treatment, especially the wounded, stressed the UN, reports Reuters.

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan

Prince Harry is ready to return to frontline in Afghanistan. The MoD has refused to comment on this return to active duty but Harry says that the prince, who recently earned the Apache helicopter pilot, would already be preparing for his new mission.

Meanwhile, Clarence House explained that the deployment of the prince is a matter for the Army. "Harry is an army pilot and can be aimed where you choose the Army. His career does not end until 2012 and their fate up to the chain of command of the Army" The prince has already served 10 weeks in Afghanistan as an air traffic controller during the 2007 and 2008 season, leading fighters against Taliban positions in Helmand province.

Refugees waiting for Angelina Jolie

If UN fails to act, Hollywood takes the witness. On Friday, actress Angelina Jolie visiting refugee camps in Syrian Red Crescent has established in the southern province of Antakya. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the visit is scheduled for tomorrow. The movie star and goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and added another picture to your 'book' that already shown in shelters in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia Pakistan.

Gaddafi's son, ready to hold elections in Libya

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, says he is ready to hold elections within three months, later than the end of the year, under the supervision of international observers to end the conflict in Libya.

The EU postponed the second rescue of Greece in July

The European Union (EU) decided in July to postpone approving the second rescue of Greece, although there is no risk of default in the Mediterranean country until then, said Wednesday the bloc's economy commissioner, Olli Rehn. To avoid bankruptcy, Greece needs to 17,000 million U.S. dollars, at the latest, mid-next month. That sum comes from the first bailout approved last year for Greece assigned by the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Japan wants to raise taxes to pay for reconstruction

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will try to raise the income tax and companies to repay loans for reconstruction. The rise would be ten percent for both taxes, which in one year would win between one and two trillion yen.

The party will not attempt to raise the consumption tax for the same purpose, but increase them meditate to address rising social security spending. It is estimated that Japan will have to invest about 211,000 million euros in reconstruction work, the major task of this nature since the end of the Second World War.

MIDDLE EAST - Egypt opened its border with Gaza

The Egyptian authorities announced May 25 the opening of the Rafah crossing point, located between Gaza and Egypt on a permanent basis as of Saturday, May 28 The border is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m., except Fridays and public holidays. This decision will enable the Palestinians to move freely between Gaza and Egypt for the first time since 2007, when Israel and Egypt had closed the border after the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, the newspaper said.

GREECE - The protest is taking Spanish colors

Demonstrations were held May 25 in Athens and several cities to protest against austerity measures that hit Greece, inspired by the protest movement of "outraged" that expresses the Ras-le-bowl Spanish youth for several days instead of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Citizens took to the streets with slogans and banners in Greek and Spanish, tells the newspaper, which states that these events were organized in twenty-four hours via the Internet.