Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brazil .- It raises to 717 the death toll from floods

MADRID, 19 The number deaths caused by floods in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday has risen to 717 deaths, according to the latest official figures released by the Civil Police and published by the Brazilian news agency. The municipality of Nova Friburgo remains the greatest number of deaths result by heavy rains last week, with a total of 338 dead.

Teresópolis fall behind, with 292 fatalities, Itaipava - Petrópolis district municipality - with 63 people, Sumidouro, with 19, San José José do Vale do Rio Preto, four, and Bom Jardim, with one death. On Wednesday, the Official Journal of the European Union has issued orders for state recognition of public calamity in the municipalities of Nova Friburgo Petrópolis and that will enable cities and population affected by floods that have tax benefits and exemption from bidding for emergency works contracts or resort to the Guarantee Fund for Length of Service.

Log al-Qaeda: The jihadist telegram service (10)

The IBU announced a new fighter from Germany, the German Taliban Mujahideen appoint a new chief, al-Qaida explains how anyone can blow up a house, Taliban leader Mullah Omar has said heart problems: Terror News in recent days at a glance. After a long silence, there is news of German jihadists in the Afghan-Pakistani border area.

The propaganda effect, however little desperate - after all there is to announce deaths. + + + IBU complained three dead and presents a new addition + + + The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has in the Afghan-Pakistani border area of attacks on ISAF troops, Pakistan's army and, possibly, the army is involved, presumably the largest German contingent in the local terrorist groups .

Sarkozy stars in a rich history slip by confusing Alsace and Germany

Nicolas Sarkozy made a slip yesterday linguistic connotations historical and geopolitical. The president of the French Republic in public mistook the French region of Alsace (where the president was speaking to farmers) with Germany. "I can accept distortions of competition with China or India, but not with Germany (...) This is completely incomprehensible," Sarkozy said first, later adding: "I do not mean simply, dear Philippe Richert (Chairman of the Alsace region), because it is in Germany.

Open inquiry into the assets of Ben Ali's government to free political prisoners

TUNIS - "theft of property" and "illicit financial investments abroad." These charges assumed in the investigation opened by the judiciary against the former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his family. The agency reported Tap. Switzerland has frozen the bank accounts opened in Swiss banks by the Tunisian president deposed only by the outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Ggagbo.

"The revolution will expand to other countries of Tunisia in North Africa"

"We hope to bring this revolution beyond the borders of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt over the Maghreb, against dictatorships and democracy." Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian journalist and dissident, is convinced that the 'bread riots' that filled the streets of his country from December 17 last year and took down the regime of Ben Ali was only the first spark of a wider rebellion in Arab world.

Born in Tunis in 1950, is Bensedrine human rights activist and editor of Kalima, online newspaper censored in Tunisia. What is the situation on the streets of Tunis? After months of struggle, the people have organized and young people were mobilized to control the territory against the armed remnants of the old dictatorship.

Another failure for the African Union mediation in Côte d'Ivoire

In an interview with French daily La Croix, published Wednesday, January 19, the elected president and recognized by the international community, Alassane Ouattara, said that the failure of talks with Gbagbo require Ecowas to use "legitimate force" to force the incumbent president to accept his defeat.

"Military intervention is already planned and organized. It will be programmed," he said. He explained that the procedure of this intervention would make an "exfiltration" of Gbagbo. "These pickups Laurent Gbagbo, as has been done for other heads of state in Africa or elsewhere. If there are believers who cling, they will pay the price," says he said.

Eastern Turkey is shaken by an earthquake of 5.3 degrees

An earthquake of 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale has jolted the eastern Turkish province of Ardahan, without, according to initial reports, there had been victims. Turkish media reported that the epicenter of the quake was located on the border with Georgia and that the tremor could be felt in several surrounding provinces.

Although, in principle, there have been no victims, many residents have fled their homes and refuse to return to them in fear. In March 2010, an earthquake measuring 6 degrees on the Richter scale killed 51 people in the region of Elazig, where the quake caused the collapse of many houses of adobe.

Power struggle in Ireland: Cowen wins confidence vote

 Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen remains in office: A majority of deputies of the conservative Fianna Fail party approved in the vote of confidence for her controversial party leader. Its intra-party rival, Foreign Minister Martin came back then. Dublin - The result of the financial crisis which has been criticized Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has survived a confidence vote of his party successfully.

Haiti: Police take former dictator "Baby Doc" established

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc" was arrested shortly after his return from exile in the capital Port-au-Prince. The public prosecutor brought a charge of corruption, theft and embezzlement against the 59-year-olds. Port-au-Prince - The Haitian ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier is just two days after his unexpected return to Haiti have been arrested.

United States: Kennedy-Shriver-law died

 He began his career under John F. Kennedy and was married for 56 years with his sister Eunice. Sargent Shriver is now dead, according to a newspaper report at the age of 95. New York - In 2003, doctors had found in Alzheimer's disease, Sargent Shriver, the Kennedy brother in law is now the New York Times "According died at the age of 95.

The U.S. politician, diplomat and father of the California Ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger began his ascent in public office in the era of democratic murdered U.S. president John F. Kennedy and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a founding director of the U.S. Peace Corps development organization, the architect of the program, Johnson proclaimed "war on poverty" and U.S.

Agent metropolis Dubai: Oriental Casino

He sought a venue for the new James Bond novel - and immediately Jeffrey Deaver Dubai came to mind, where the Mossad had killed a year ago, a Hamas arms dealer. Now, the U.S. author, has here his book "Carte Blanche" before and asks: How far can go agents? An agent couple descends into a luxury hotel, disguised with a false beard and wig.

They have the license to kill and the mission to kill the most hunted rogue discreet. The operation succeeds, the corpse in the hotel room is only discovered when the agents are sitting back in their planes and - perhaps - a success again Martini drink, shaken, not stirred. It is classic Bond material, what happened exactly a year ago in Dubai and is reconstructed in the current issue of SPIEGEL: The action of the Israeli secret service Mossad against the arms dealer of Hamas, Mahmoud Mabhouh, 19 January 2010.

The unity government feebly Tnez first is rene

The national unity government of Tunisia, named on Monday and in just 24 hours later began to falter with the retirement of four ministers, meets today for the first time. Their situation is weak, following the resignations yesterday, carried out by three trade unionists and Bejafaar Mustafa, leader of one of the legal opposition parties, who oppose the presence of six ministers from the Constitutional Democratic Grouping (RCD), the party fled President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

La Russa: "I do not frustrate efforts are needed countermeasures, called Petraeus"

ROME - "Although there are questions, as the president said Berlusconi, on the mission in Afghanistan, I do not think it's our turn now to undermine the efforts of those who has been there for so long." Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa responds at a distance, during the transmission of Belpietro on Channel 5, the concerns expressed by the Chairman of the Italian mission after the death of the Alpine Sanna.

The former Swiss banker who submits data to Wikileaks, on the bench for violating bank secrecy

The former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, who two days ago gave data Wikileaks 2,000 customers suspected of tax evasion, will attend a preliminary hearing today for the reading of the charges against him for violating bank secrecy, although previous facts unrelated to the case of leaks to the portal. Elmer faces a prison sentence of eight months and pay a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs (1,549 euros) for soliciting money in exchange for providing secret information on the accounts of several clients in the Cayman Islands, violating bank secrecy and business and threaten to several colleagues in the institution where he worked, the Swiss investment bank Julius Baer.

What a blessing to his father in Britain

Catherine Soft * Take David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The conservative Liberal Democratic duo has actually decided to overturn the UK, reversing a sock as a country "on the brink of the abyss." For better or for worse, have been going their own way. There are people who at least try, to become statesmen.

Then history will judge them, but in their small, these men have ideas, and when the government acts. The authors of the hotly contested measure on the cuts and tuition fees that has led thousands of students in the square are also the authors of one of the most advanced social revolutions knows that the old continent.

Haitian presidential election: the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council approves the first round results

Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) said Tuesday evening that he would not change the results of the first round of elections on December 7 last published. The PRC made the announcement after receiving a report by an expert mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to assess the disputed electoral process.

The first round results had placed the former first lady of Haiti Mirlande Manigat in first place with 31% of the vote. Jude Celestin, supported by power, had won 22% of the vote. The popular singer Michel Martelly, who obtained 21% of the votes and is therefore not qualified for the second round, had challenged those results whose publication had caused three days of rioting in Haiti in early December.

In Tunisia, the first meeting of a government threatened

The Tunisian national unity government must meet for the first time Wednesday, January 19, when he is already in a serious crisis: four opposition ministers calling for a complete break with the regime of Ben Ali had left the government to denounce the presence in its ranks members of the Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) party of ousted president.

The Prime Minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, was reappointed to form this government, whose sovereign ministries of defense, foreign affairs, interior and finance have not changed hands. The RCD said on Tuesday, have removed from its ranks Ben Ali and six of its employees. The Tunisian president Acting Fouad Mebazaa, and Prime Minister have also abandoned their positions in the RCD few hours later.

China's growth should exceed 10% in 2010

On the eve of the official publication of key economic indicators in the country, the news channel Phoenix TV of Hong Kong indicates that the gross domestic product (GDP) of China has increased from 10.3% in 2010. Inflation, which is one of the main concerns of the government, would be established according to Phoenix TV, citing anonymous sources within the Central Bank, for all of 2010 to 3.3%, and 4.6% in December, down from 5.1% in November, which were the strongest price increase in over two years.

The Washington Post accuses Islamabad of harboring Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, was allegedly the victim of a heart attack for which he was treated in Karachi with the assistance from the Pakistani secret service, says the Washington Post. The spiritual leader of the Taliban, who fled during the overthrow of the regime, the fall of 2001, would have had a heart attack on January 7.

He was hospitalized for several days in the port city of Karachi, the time to ask how a stent (a vascular prosthesis), understands the Washington Post, citing a report by a private intelligence agency, the group Eclipse. "After three or four days of postoperative treatment in hospital, he was handed over to the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistani military intelligence service)," the group Eclipse, whose source is a doctor of hospital.

Dollar, human rights, piracy Between Obama and Hu nodes at the top

NEW YORK - The advertising preceded the invasion of Chinese red-stained Times Square, with 300 advertising messages per day purchased by the People's Republic in one of the famous "light walls" of the square, New York. And after that spectacular prelude to last night he arrived, Hu Jintao, "the other owner of the world," the leader of the superpower is intended to dispute the primacy of America in the twenty-first century.

Brian Cowen held at the head of the Irish Government

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, has won the confidence vote held Tuesday, Jan. 18 in his party, Fianna Fail, obtaining insurance to remain in his head to the laws of March. Faced with the rebellion that has been brewing for months within the Fianna Fail, fueled by economic difficulties, the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) had called Sunday evening to organize a vote of confidence from the parliamentary group of his training .

Tunisia: Protests against the composition of government

The transitional government formed Monday in Tunisia is far from unanimous in the left and the Islamists, but among the population. Tuesday, January 18, several thousand demonstrators took to the streets in Tunis and in the provinces to protest the presence at key positions of ministers of deposed President Ben Ali.

The powerful trade union federation UGTT Tunisia, who played a large role in the events that led to the downfall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, said she did not recognize the new cabinet. In the capital, a leading Islamist movement Ennhada (forbidden), Sadok Chourou, was leading the rally.

Owners affected by the "New China", to 430 Street Tongbei, Shanghai

Shanghai Correspondence - In 430 of the street Tongbei played a story of the most common in China. The house that was promised to them is destruction, its people must move out. Real estate developers and local officials have other plans for the neighborhood northeast of Shanghai, bordering the Huangpu River and faces the huge towers of the financial heart of the country.

Since autumn 2009, eviction notices were distributed because of "urban redevelopment". Residents will be relocated, we are promised, but miles away from downtown on the edge of town where real estate is cheaper than 30,000 yuan (3,430 euros) per square meter during these days in their area of Yangpu.

Barak Netanyahu awards with four ministries

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday awarded the newborn political party that will lead Ehud Barak, now defense minister, with four ministries. This agreement reflects the satisfaction of Netanyahu to Barak out of the Labour Party and setting up a new party and a Zionist center "on Monday.

Barak decided to break with Labour, to become partners in the Executive Government of Netanyahu-led coalition on the grounds that he exerted excessive pressure on the left. For months asking party members to Barak, the leader, to leave the coalition government if there were no developments in the moribund peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

The inflation results sharply in Britain

British households have enough to have low morale. According to estimates published by the National Statistics Office, Tuesday, 18 January, inflation in Britain was much stronger than expected in December to 3.7% (against 2.2% for the euro area ). More bad news when the UK is undergoing a drastic austerity measures.

The British economy is far from fully recovered. But analysts say the figure could force the Bank of England (BoE) to raise its rates faster than expected, the risk of breaking the recovery. For months and months that the price increase exceeds the threshold limit of 2% set by the monetary authority.

Berlusconi: "I Resign? Perhaps estis crazy?"

Approvals Board for the Chamber of Deputies today begins debating the request sent on Monday by prosecutors in Milan to come to new police records, this time in the accounting office of Silvio Berlusconi, a place that enjoys parliamentary immunity to be considered part of the political secretariat of a graduated, Efe said.

The prime minister faces a most difficult moment of his political career, and that's not to say the least, "once again harassed by the Justice and virtually condemned by public opinion following the disclosure of details of the investigation of the case Ruby . Prosecutors in Milan on Friday sent an invitation to appear in the next 22 to 24 and give explanations about allegations of child prostitution and abuse of power by which he is being investigated.

Tunisia: Alliot-Marie under fire from critics

The words of Michèle Alliot-Marie on Tunisia are likely to leave traces. After the NPA and the Left Party, has asked Europe Ecology, Tuesday, January 18, resignation of Minister of Foreign Affairs. In a statement titled "Michele Alliot-Marie, resign!", Jean-Louis Roumégas, spokesman for the Green party, said that "for proposing the 'knowledge' of our security forces on the Tunisian authorities, the Minister Foreign is not excusable.

The opponent Marzouki returned to Tunisia

One after the other, critics of the regime of Ben Ali forced into exile, returning home. Tuesday, January 18, it was the turn of Marzouki, historical opponent to the regime of deposed president, to return to Tunis, Tunisian official news agency TAP. "The opponent Marzouki, the Congress party president for the Republic (CPR) prohibits returned Tuesday in Tunisia after years of exile" in Paris, reported the agency.

At Bizerte, the population is wary of an invisible enemy

Bizerte (Tunisia), Special Envoy - Not a hotel opening, not even a restaurant. Bizerte is under siege. On the terrace of Café mixed with 100% male clientele, young people take the sun to rest after a long night spent with "dams" with other guys in the neighborhood to monitor suspicious vehicles. "We gave the first sweep in chasing Ben Ali.

We must now give the second," smiled one of them, referring to the militias of the former regime in ambush in the port city, famous for its barracks, Prisons and huge ships. Avenue 7-November (date of arrival in power of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, November 7, 1987) may soon be renamed "Avenue de la Liberté" provide young people who do, they repeat, "fearless." Monday, January 17, are exchanged heavy fire in downtown, including a whole district was cordoned off by the army, unable to dislodge the six or seven snipers who camp on the roofs.

At the Armenian border, the affront to Mr. Erdogan

Correspondence Istanbul - The latest victim of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is an inoffensive sculpture. The monument of humanity, "a high statue of a hundred feet erected on the heights of Kars on the border with Armenia to encourage reconciliation between the two countries, has been called the last weekend of "monstrosity" by the head of government, visiting the region.

The reflection is surprising in a country scarred by thousands of statues of Mustafa Kemal, the revered founder of the Turkish Republic. But Kars is less than the aesthetics of the monument as the location chosen is at issue. "They built a strange thing, a monstrosity next to the mausoleum of Abu Hasan Harakani," a figure of Turkish Islam of the eleventh century, regretted Mr Erdogan.

Dr. Obama and Mr. Hu

2.30 meters basketball player, Yao Ming, Houston Rockets star was selected by Shanghai Lintas Advertising to be the guest star of an advertising campaign launched in the United States, Tuesday, Jan. 18, when Chinese President Hu Jintao was to begin his first state visit. Objective: To promote vigorous development and prosperity of socialist culture and our national soft power ", to quote an employee of the Information Office of China's State Council, sponsor of the transaction.

Dilma imposes its style in Brazil

The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, this positive impression to the public better informed with a new style of government more technical, but more sober, efficient, demanding and specific than its predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Rousseff intended that each of the 37 ministries in his government work in the future as a company that will require concrete goals and specific accountability, rather than as a political center.

The return of exiles, Act I of democratization in Tunisia

Tunis, Special Envoy - Impatience makes them stretch the neck and elbows to push opaque doors. But very quickly, irritation wins the reception hall of arrival of the international airport of Tunis-Carthage. Why does fate Kamel Jendoubi not it? "He was forbidden to enter his true nationality on the landing card" blows a voice.

"Kamel, Tunisia!" Attendees chanted immediately before singing the national anthem of Tunisia. "Bottoms" benali! "A woman outraged at the border police. The fall of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali opened the doors locked as Tunisians thought for a long time. This is the case of the President of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Kamel Jendoubi, back to Tunisia after seventeen years of forced absence.

The Duvalier Haitian authorities detain and accuse him of corrupcin

Jean-Claude Duvalier on Monday wearing the same blue suit he was wearing on Sunday, on his arrival in Port-au-Prince. A dozen Haitian police and United Nations equipped to an assault took him from his hotel to go to the prosecutor's office. He wore no handcuffs, no it had arrested. What they wanted was questioning the Haitian authorities to determine if Duvalier stole millions of public funds while dictator ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986.

One Palestinian killed during an Israeli incursion in Gaza

A Palestinian aged 17 was killed Tuesday, January 18 and three other young Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire in northern Gaza near the Israeli border, where an Israeli incursion is underway, according to medical sources Gaza. "Amjad al-Zaanein, 17, died after being hit by Israeli tank fire near Jabaliya," said the spokesman of health services in the Palestinian territory, Adham Abu Selmiya.

The death toll from rains in the state of Rio de Janeiro exceeds 700

RIO DE JANEIRO, 19 More than 700 people have died in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, southeast of the country as a result of heavy rains in recent days in the area, according to new data released Friday by the authorities Civil Defence. More than 21,500 people have had to be evacuated in seven municipalities in the Serrana region, while rescue teams try to locate the dozens of bodies have been buried in the mud and debris, reports O Globo.

Rising popularity ratings: Obama hauls from the deep survey

At half-time of his presidency, Barack Obama, the turnaround in the popularity values. Several surveys both show that more than 50 percent of Americans his policy, not as many as a long time. One reason is Obama's thoughtful response to the assassination of Tucson. Washington - In the midst of his first term U.S.

president Barack Obama is on his countrymen not as popular as a long time. Several surveys both show that more than 50 percent of Americans his policy. In a survey by the Washington Post and ABC television, which was released Tuesday, said 54 percent of respondents said Obama doing his job well.

Hu Jintao arrives in U.S. to ratify the role of China as a superpower

With 21 guns and a gala dinner, the U.S. on Tuesday night gave top honors to a distinguished guest, President of China, Hu Jintao, who arrives in Washington to record the appreciation of their country as the new superpower with which is now necessary to negotiate and share the world power. As such, Hu and Barack Obama addressed an agenda that covers all major international problems and try to send a reassuring message, both political and economic issues.

The revolution in Tunisia, a source of inspiration for the Mediterranean

For freedom and dignity, the Tunisian people rose up. Yes, such insurgencies are still possible today. They are needed. They are promising. But they are threatened because they challenge powerful local interests and structures of international order that the fear and works immediately to crush them or mislead them.

They need unity, determination, insight, and solidarity. After twenty-three years of "passivity" apparent in a few days of heroic struggle and intelligently, without fear of repression, ideological without inflation, citizens of Tunisia - unemployed with or without qualifications, workers, students, professors, lawyers , officials, merchants, soldiers - shot a brutal dictatorship and corrupt, wasteful and shameful for their country for their land of ancient civilization, which remained in power supported financial institutions, governments and military alliances in the region , experts from the world "governance".

7.2 degree earthquake shakes Pakistan

.- An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 rocked a remote area in southwestern Pakistan and was felt in several parts of the country, where it caused fear among the population, researchers said. The earthquake had its epicenter in the province of Balochistan, the least populated area of the country, reported the U.S.

Geological Survey. At the moment there is no information of damage from the quake, which was registered at 01.23 local time on Wednesday (20.23 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 10 km and was felt even in India, according to preliminary information. The quake originated at a depth of about 84 kilometers (50 miles), the ministry said.

Tunisia's new government falters, three ministers resign

The new coalition government of Tunisia faced difficulties on Tuesday with the resignation of three ministers and one opposition party alliance retired even transition to protest the presence of members of the outgoing president's political organization. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi opposition leaders joined a coalition announced Monday, after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after weeks of violent street protests.

Argentina .- Fernandez de Kirchner signed agreements on tourism in Qatar, science and technology

BUENOS AIRES, 18 The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, met this morning with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, with whom he signed agreements on tourism, science and technology at the beginning of the Bachelet's official visit to this country. Fernandez de Kirchner was received at the emir's palace next to the Planning Minister Julio de Vido, the Science and Technology, Lino Barañao, and foreign, Hector Timerman.

"The neighbors passes democrticas They will have to make concessions if they want to live protests like those of Tnez"

"If the rest of autocratic regimes in the area do not want to deal with mass demonstrations such as Tunisia, have to start making concessions." So at least I think Eugene Rogan, who has gone through Madrid to present his book The Arabs. Ottoman Empire to the present. "I think other countries would be more difficult to overthrow the rulers of what has been Tunisia," he admits, "but anything is possible, because no one hoped would happen in this country.

Kaczynski, Warsaw accuses Moscow Tupolev fell because of you "

BERLIN - It 's the fault of the Russian flight controllers and their military commanders to instruct them, bad if Moscow on April 10 last year the Polish president's plane, carrying the then Head of State Lech Kaczynski and other 95 people , fell while attempting to land at Smolensk. He says the Polish Committee of Inquiry on the disaster (in which they died Kaczynski, his wife Mary and all the other passengers on the Tupolev 154) flipping heavy charges to the Russian side, the limits of willful murder.

Social discontent savings Jordan's King Abdullah II

Amman, special envoy - "We ask the Jordanians to stay calm and to respect public property. We do not want chaos or violence of any kind, but we demand political and economic reforms under the leadership of King Abdullah II. " This call to law enforcement in respect of the stability of the Hashemite regime could be launched by Prime Minister Samir Rifai, but Hamza Mansour, secretary general of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political wing Muslim Brotherhood and the main opposition party, who is the author.