Friday, March 11, 2011

EU: "Gaddafi is no longer our partner," the forces of Saddam in Ras Lanuf, the battle for the city

ROME - Gaddafi has no choice, the power must leave immediately. The new political partner for Europe is the National Transitional Council and the violence against the people must cease immediately, by any means: a summit in Brussels, EU leaders try to find a common voice to counter the escalation of Libyan crisis and address the humanitarian tragedy, while the forces loyal to Colonel on the ground continue to urge the rebels and battle for control of the important oil center of Ras Lanuf.

A massive police deployment prevented the Day of Wrath in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has passed without significant incident the Day of Wrath feared that thousands of people had backed on Facebook. From early morning a massive security deployment discouraged any attempt to demonstrate in Riyadh. The same happened in Jeddah, the second largest city. Only protests by hundreds of people in various localities in the Eastern Province, the oil region where the Shia population is concentrated.

Two trains missing, another derailment waves sweep away a ship

It aggravates the situation of transport and possible victims in Japan. The Kyodo News agency reported that more than two trains which have gone missing along the east coast, between the stations and Nobiru Sendai, another convoy 'derailed. It is unclear when the number of passengers who were aboard it, or how many victims there are wounded.

E 'likely that there are updates in the coming hours. More serious is the situation at sea: the tsunami triggered by the earthquake wiped out a passenger ship carrying a hundred people. The seismic waves have resulted in the formation of freak waves 4 to 10 meters high. Again do not know the number of missing persons or any injuries.

Direct: Qaddafi's armed forces are progressing

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Earthquake in Japan, off 11 nuclear power plants

The government of Japan has decided to declare an emergency on nuclear energy. The measure was announced in the case of radioactive leaks from nuclear plants or failures in the cooling system. This would not have occurred but the level of fear is high and the level of radiation at the 'number one nuclear power plant in Fukushima is on the rise.

The eleven central atom 'next to the disaster areas have been closed then, half of them due to lock automatically controlled. The IAEA, the International Agency for Atomic Energy, has assured that the extinguishing operations were completed successfully and safely and that the installation of Onagawa was extinguished a fire in a turbine.

The Japanese coast hit by a tsunami

Two very violent earthquakes occurred, Friday, March 11, off the northeast coast of Japan, which violently swaying buildings in Tokyo and triggering a warning against the risk of a tsunami up to ten meters high, according to the Agency Japan Meteorological and USGS. A first quake of magnitude 8.9 occurred at 2 h 46 local according to the USGS.

A second quake of 6.4, occurred at 3 h 06 (local), according to the USGS. According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 25 km, 130 km east of Sendai, on the island of Honshu. In the capital, located 380 km from the epicenter, the buildings were shaken for at least two minutes and most occupants rushed into the streets.

Saudi Arabia: Police fire on demonstration in the air

Protests in Saudi Arabia have fallen shots. According to Interior Ministry, the police only fired into the air to disperse the Shiite demonstration. Nevertheless, there were several injuries. The police have closed down on Thursday a protest rally by members of the Shiite minority in the east of the country.

Gaddafi troops attack Ras Lanuf

Libyan government forces attack the east of the country with heavy weapons at Ras Lanuf they have also bombed the hospital. The situation in Libya is becoming increasingly serious: the state television reported on Thursday, all the rebels were driven from the town of Ras Lanuf. They are one in hundreds, witnesses said to have fled in cars and vans in the east dominated by rebel territory.

NATO can now spy airspace over Libya

NATO is serious, the military alliance can now spy on the airspace over Libya - around the clock control aircraft in use. EU adopts new sanctions will compel leaders Gaddafi to resign. And Germany can freeze Libyan assets in the billion value. The Sky is guarded with Libya since early Thursday morning from control of NATO aircraft. This was announced by spokesperson of the military alliance with lunch. The first plane, a Boeing E-3 Sentry is reportedly page 6.30 clock on patrol.

Death toll from earthquake in Japan over a thousand

Over a thousand people were feared dead on Friday by Japan, reported Kyodo news agency. The Ministry of Defense said that 800 thousand homes were destroyed in Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo reported. More information in seconds ...

Preparing for the worst

Jishin (earthquake) is one of the first words you learn to reach Japan. "You never know when you can get back the daishinsai (the big one) and what they're doing at the time" is also a phrase commonly used in Tokyo, where the very old people still remember the devastating earthquake of 1923. The Japanese live each day with the possibility of having to confront a major earthquake and have no choice but to rely on the brakes for elevators and trains are activated properly, or the building in which they are being sufficiently solid.

Italian in London streets to the C-Day

Italians of London will fall back into the streets to demonstrate in defense of the Constitution and against the repeated attacks it perpetrated by some politicians to defend press freedom and freedom of expression and to stress the importance of respect for republican legality. The event, organized by the People once again Viola London, constantly engaged in advocacy and peaceful protest is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 14 Richmond Terrace (in front of Downing Street).

Forces loyal to Gaddafi enter Ras Lanuf

Military forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi managed to enter the important oil port of Ras Lanuf east and face the rebels to seize control of the city, the insurgents announced Friday. Thursday night, Saif al Islam, a son of Muammar Gaddafi, has said that loyalist troops would launch a major offensive. Addressing the insurgents, he assured that NATO, Washington, Paris or London did "nothing to serve them," hammering "I swear before God that we will win (...) Victory is in sight ".

Avola from New York, chasing dreams

There are days in New York when the rain seems not to have to go on forever. And with the rain, the wind that strips away the tenth umbrella of a winter that will not become spring. It should then, if it's street, finally stopping to greet an old friend, one of the few Italian restaurants in which, although rarely, I like to eat.

And so Ivan introduced me to George (beef), manager and sommelier, whose fate has been marked from birth: Avola is what it says on your passport. From handshake to the comparison on the reasons that led us to New York, the pitch is very short. Growing up "in the middle of the wine and, above all, his grandfather introduced him as a child, George decides soon to become a sommelier, but not any one good, indeed excellent, indeed" exceptional quality ".

Another failure for the envoys of the Quartet of Middle East

Thursday's talks with envoys of the Quartet of Middle East (USA, EU, UN and Russia) have produced "no results" that can afford to return to the negotiating table. "The meeting could not reach any results for resuming talks," the Israeli-Palestinian, a Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity.

"The envoys of the Quartet have found serious discrepancies in the positions of the parties on how to resume negotiations on all key issues, including borders and security," confirmed Richard Miron, spokesman envoy Envoy for the Quartet, Robert Serry. Quartet envoys met separately Thursday Yithzak Molcho Israeli negotiators Saeb Erekat and Palestinian respectively in Tel Aviv and Ramallah to discuss ways to relaunch peace negotiations stalled for nearly six months.

More than 200 people killed by the Japanese tsunami

.- Between 200 and 300 people died in the province of Miyagi (Eastern Japan) because of the tsunami triggered by an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Japan, which also caused at least 89 other deaths. According to Japanese media, based on official information, say the quake killed at least 89 dead and 349 missing in Japan.

In addition, local police said Miyagi found between 200 and 300 bodies in the coastal city of Sendai, the capital of the province. According to the local agency Kyodo, among the missing nearly one hundred passengers on a boat that was washed away on the east coast, shortly after leaving the port of Ishinomaki, Miyagi in the province.

The tsunami warning put on the Pacific coast from Canada to Chile

The tsunami caused by the earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter scale in Japan has alerted the Pacific coast, since it can touch down with some force in an arc that goes from Canada to Chile. U.S. Residents of several areas of northern California have been evacuated. It is expected that the great wave can reach the coast at a height of two meters, as noted by a spokeswoman for the state emergency agency.

EU: "The Colonel has to leave power," Gaddafi threat on immigration

Gadhafi is threatening Europe. The dictator could be less than its support in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration. If "Europe does not endorse, and ignores the active role of Libya in the fight against illegal immigration and as the guarantor of stability in North Africa and throughout Africa, Libya will be forced to withdraw its efforts to combat terrorism and completely change its policy toward al-Qaida, "said the colonel in a message issued by the official Jana.

Police fire on protesters in Saudi Arabia

Three Shiite demonstrators were injured, Thursday, March 10, in eastern Saudi Arabia by gunfire from the police, who tried to disperse a rally, according to a witness. Saudi officials have stated several times in recent days that the demonstrations were banned in the kingdom and that the police were authorized to intervene to enforce the law.

These incidents occurred on the eve of a call to protest launched on Facebook. The shootings have occurred while between six hundred and eight hundred people, including women, demonstrating in Al-Qatif to demand the release of nine prisoners Shia, said one witness, who requested anonymity.

"The earth trembled as the sea" The story of an Italian in Tokyo

TURIN - Fear, chaos, but also a certain feeling of security, while outside the scope of the apocalyptic disaster. And 'what emerges from the first evidence of some Italians who live and work in Japan. The earthquake surprised them in your home or office where everything was shaking for a time that seemed endless.

Pure terror, but, fortunately, the earthquake-resistant structures of buildings in Tokyo held. The dead and missing, in fact, are almost all in the northern part of the country. Percivati \u200b\u200bJoseph, born in 1985 in Turin arrived in Tokyo for three months, living in Nerima, 15 km north-west of Shinjuku station in front of the station.

5.8-degree earthquake kills at least 25 dead and 250 wounded

An earthquake measuring 5.8 degrees on the Richter scale that struck Yingjiang County, in southwest China, killed at least 25 dead and 250 wounded, according to official figures. The authorities also announced that about a thousand buildings were destroyed and more than four thousand suffered damage of varying magnitude.

Of the 250 injured from the quake, 134 are in serious health conditions, although they are receiving medical care in the hospitals who were transferred after the phenomenon. The National Committee for Disaster Reduction, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Government of Yunnan sent to the area devastated nine thousand 700 tents and other support elements.

Buzek urged to promote international arrest warrant against Gadhafi

.- The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, said today that the European Union must take the necessary steps to issue an international arrest warrant against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. "We must send a clear message that Gadhafi and his men must be brought to justice," Buzek said in a press conference after a speech before the summit of EU leaders to study the response to Libyan civil conflict.

Japan says that there have been no radiation leaks

The Japanese government has declared a state of nuclear emergency, as stated in its Constitution for such events. However, clarified that there were no radiation leaks. The Japanese regulatory agency (NISA) and Tokyo Electric Electric Power (TEPCO) have stressed that "all checkpoints of radiation from nuclear plants show normal values." The International Energy Agency (IAEA) has been in contact with the authorities of China to gather information on installations concerned and has offered technical assistance, but has qualified for the moment "has not received any response.

The most powerful earthquakes and the most destructive

I PIU 'POWERFUL 1) 1960, May 22: Chile, magnitude 5.9 2) 1964, March 28: Prince William Sound (Alaska), magnitude 9.2 3) 2004, 26 December: Sumatra-Andaman Islands, magnitude 9.1 4) 1952, 4 November: Kamchatka (Russia), magnitude 9.0 5) 1868, August 13: Arica, Peru (now Chile), magnitude 9.0 6) 1700, January 26: the Cascadia Subduction Zone (U.S.

West Coast), magnitude 9.0 7) 2011 , March 11: East Coast of Honshu (Japan), magnitude 8.9 8) 2010, February 27: Bio-Bio (Chile), magnitude 8.8 9) 1906, Jan. 31: Coast Esmeralda (Ecuador), magnitude 8.8 10) 1965, February 4: Rat Islands (Alaska), magnitude 8.7 The PIU 'DESTRUCTIVE 1) 1556, January 23: Shaanxi (Shensi, China), magnitude 8 to 870,000 deaths.

"We come," threatens a son of Muammar Gaddafi

The cons-offensive Libyan forces to take over the city fell three weeks ago at the hands of insurgents hostile to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi has continued Thursday, March 10, while the West is still hesitating on how to support them. Faced with climbing, the leader of the National Transition Council, Mustafa Abdeljalil, whose head was a price on the plan, appealed for international aid, saying that without it "Qaddafi destroy" the country.

Earthquakes, more violent and more destructive

The list of the most powerful earthquakes in recent history, that since they are officially registered and unique methods, provided by the American United States Geological Survey (USGS). And one of the most destructive in history. I PIU 'POWERFUL 1) 1960, May 22: Chile, magnitude 5.9 2) 1964, March 28: Prince William Sound (Alaska), magnitude 9.2 3) 2004, 26 December: Sumatra-Andaman Islands, magnitude 9.1 4) 1952, 4 November: Kamchatka (Russia), magnitude 9.0 5) 1868, August 13: Arica, Peru (now Chile), magnitude 9.0 6) 1700, January 26: the Cascadia Subduction Zone (U.S.

Mexican Embassy searches in quake zone

The Embassy of Mexico in Japan reported that in China it is estimated that there are about 500 thousand Mexicans. Diplomatic representatives explained that so far there are no reports of victims compatriots, after the 8.9-degree earthquake that struck the Asian nation. In a message on their website, signed by Mexican Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas, they explained that all diplomatic personnel and their families were not affected by the quake.

U.S. closes embassy in Washington Libya

The United States sent a clear message to Moammar Gadhafi that he no longer considers the legitimate leader of Libya, to suspend relations with its embassy in Washington and to instruct the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, meeting with Libyan opposition. The U.S. diplomat said in Congress that Washington was suspending relations with the Libyan Legation accredited to the White House.

"We are suspending our relations with the Libyan embassy today, so expect them to finish their operations" in the legation. That means that Libya must close its embassy, \u200b\u200bbut not a suspension of diplomatic relations. U.S. officials recently met in Cairo and Rome with members of the National Transitional Council Libyan opposition, and the national security adviser in the White House, Tom Donilon, said the government "is ready to send diplomats to Benghazi "to talk with the rebels.

What is a tsunami?

Seismic waves travel a hundred times faster than the tsunami, so that although scientists can not predict when and where an earthquake will occur (or how much), once one is detected, there is a timeframe for , based on earthquake data, can predict where the tsunami arrival time and wave height. Tsunami centers in the Pacific in particular, do the job.

The normal waves are generated by tides, wind, weather and currents, while the tsunami was triggered by something that causes a displacement of a large volume of water, as landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, experts report from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric U.S.). Once triggered the tusnami, waves moving at a speed of about 800 to 1,000 kilometers per hour as a commercial airliner, but is slower in shallow water.

"In Italy could never be an earthquake of those proportions"

"Italy is a country unprepared fornt of a large-scale earthquakes, we have unfortunately already seen. But it could never happen earthquake of the proportions of the one that struck Tokyo, "said Francesco Mele, an official of the trading desk of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. Why could not happen in Italy? "Because there are no faults of this size and could cause an earthquake on the Richter scale near the order 9, as happened this morning in Japan.

Mohammed VI in Morocco offers a "quiet revolution"

In his first speech to the Moroccan nation since the events of 20 February, King Mohamed VI has overtaken its supporters as detractors. Thursday, March 9 at night, he announced that an ad hoc committee was to get on with preparing a "comprehensive constitutional reform" which will be presented for approval in June to the Moroccan people in a referendum.

In addition to strengthening pluralism, human rights and individual liberties, the ruler promised that the status of prime minister, "as head of an executive staff," and that political parties will be "reinforced" in the context of constitutional reform. "It is extremely new and it goes very far.

In Italy the U.S. focuses on Napolitano "He is the moral reference of the country"

"We understand clearly why the President Napolitano is considered so much in Italian politics. It is serious, an intellectual, gray eminence. A moral reference point in the political arena often jagged." The cable - one of 40,000 obtained by WikiLeaks expressively and the Republic - and 4 September 2009.

Noemi scandal exploded for five months. The revelations about parties Silvio Berlusconi are weighted image of the Prime Minister abroad. And the message that the new U.S. Ambassador David Thorne forward to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is unmistakable. This indicates the head of state as the privileged interlocutor.

Buildings catch fire in Japan quake

The services of the "Shinkansen" bullet train in Japan, and Tokyo's two airports have been temporarily paralyzed after the quake of 8.9 magnitude on the Richter scale has shaken the country's northeast. According to the local agency Kyodo, Narita International Airport has suspended its activity while reviewing possible damage to the tracks and Haneda, closer to the center, has also closed.

The network of Shinkansen, connecting the major cities, has been suspended affected areas, while the Japanese authorities have sent an Air Force plane to assess the damage caused by the quake. Two nuclear plants in the eastern province of Fukushima, the Pacific coast, are also crippled by the quake, which triggered alarms in much of the territory of Japan, including Tokyo.

The Ras Lanuf clean Libyan army of rebels and goes to Benghazi

The forces related to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "cleaned" this Thursday the strategic oil port of Ras Lanuf eastern rebels and headed for Benghazi, a stronghold of the insurgency, Libyan state television announced. "Ras Lanuf The city was clean of armed gangs and hoisted green flags in all institutions "of the city, announced on television." Libyan forces are directed to Benghazi, "he said.

Sarkozy calls on EU to second to France and to recognize the opposition Libyan

The European Union has been received with skepticism Friday the request of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, supported also by the British prime minister, David Cameron, to recognize the Libyan National Council, a sort of government that manages the area controlled by rebels and to carry out, with U.S.

support, targeted attacks for the establishment of an air exclusion zone in the North African country. At the beginning of the extraordinary European Council held in Brussels, Sarkozy has urged the twenty-seven to follow the example of his Gobieno and grant legitimacy to the rebel leadership struggle to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

The Dalai Lama gives up his political role but not its influence

The decision was expected. It is nonetheless a major development of Tibetan society. Thursday, March 10, the Dalai Lama announced his retirement from his position as head of the Tibetan government in exile. "By the 1960s, I have been repeatedly warned that the Tibetans were in need of a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can hand over power," he said during a speech at Dharamsala in northern India which are based Tibetans in exile, on the occasion of the anniversary of the uprising of monks in Lhasa in 1959.

Strong earthquake shakes Japan and tsunami with waves up to 10 meters

TOKYO - Fear in the northeast of Japan. Two violent shocks, the most powerful Italian to 6.46 hours, of 8.8 to 7.9 Richter preceded by another, have invested in the country and particularly the capital Tokyo. Here's skyscrapers have fluctuated, and the population took to the streets in search of shelter.

In all the traditional composure. There are already a dozen people dead and an unknown number of wounded but still very high, both in the capital and most of all in the northern prefecture of Miyagi. Budget, based on the images that come from all over the country, it seems destined to rise.

Earthquake of 8.9 shakes Japan

The northeast coast of Japan was rocked on Friday by an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 generated a tsunami of four meters (13 feet) that dragged vehicles and buildings on the coastline near the epicenter. The earthquake occurred at 14:46 hours and was followed almost half hours later by a series of aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 7.4.

Television images showed flooding in several villages along the Japanese coast, where dozens of cars, boats and buildings were washed away. According to the scenes broadcast on public television NHK, a large boat pulled by the tsunami directly impacted with an embankment in the city of Kesennuma, in the prefecture (province) of Miyagi.

Moroccan King appoints commission to reform the Constitution

King Mohammed VI presided today at the Royal Palace in the ceremony of establishment of the advisory committee will be responsible for the Moroccan constitutional reform, consisting of nineteen people and whose president is Abdelatif Menuni. Most committee members have belonged to human rights official bodies such as Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council for Human Rights (CCHR) and former member of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (which investigated the so-called "years lead "in the monarchies of Mohamed V and Hassan II).

Argentina's Justice closed the case of U.S. military aircraft

BUENOS AIRES, 11 Mar. Aguinsky Judge Marcelo has closed the case opened by non-declared that a U.S. military aircraft sought to introduce in Argentine territory, considering that there is no crime, after receiving the report of the Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP). The magistrate has based its decision on the statement of 21 witnesses and "ordered the test measures" during the investigation.

"Tall buildings tambalendose, people crying"

Nature has beaten Japan with full force. The country has been paralyzed by the strong earthquake registered today. Dozens injured and at least 60 deaths have been recorded by the earthquake of 8.9 magnitude on the Richter scale. The newspaper El Pais has obtained testimony from several Spanish residents in Japan who have experienced moments of panic for several hours.

Bea is the case of Prieto, who has spent 10 years living in Japan. "I've never experienced one that big," said the Spanish who lives in Yokohama, not far from the industrial area of \u200b\u200bTokyo. "A few times I saw black smoke from my balcony. The first earthquake caught me on the street, returning home from work, and at first I thought I was getting dizzy because I could not walk straight.

Japan, 395 killed and dozens missing in the Pacific tsunami warning

Two earthquakes measuring 7.8 and 8.8, the most powerful ever recorded in Japan, they hit Japan and caused a tsunami with waves ten meters that have already wiped out a ship with 100 people on board a passenger train in service cosiera area in the north east of the country. We still do not know the number of victims is impossible to quantify, the information is fragmentary.

When talking about 395 people died (300 corpses found only on the beach in Sendai) and dozens of missing people (including 23 students), but the budget is expected to grow especially since there are many more missing. The vast area affected. In Tokyo, the quake triggered the panic. Some refineries have exploded and the stations were closed for safety.

Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo camp denies any power-sharing

The emissaries of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo rejected outgoing, Thursday, March 10, a proposed African Union (AU) to end the violence and political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. The AU meeting in Addis Ababa, which was present Alassane Ouattara, is considered by many observers as the "last chance" to reach a compromise between the two rivals.

The fighting left hundreds dead since November and about 450 000 Ivorians have fled the violence. Pascal Affi N'Guessan, leader of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI party of Gbagbo), confirmed that the AU proposal was based on an endorsement of the victory of Alassane Ouattara, recognized by winning the electoral commission and the Ivorian international community.

Sarkozy press the allies' Raid targeted "NATO:" Only with the UN mandate "

ROME - Diplomacy and the winds of war. On the one hand Muammar Gaddafi sends emissaries around Europe and is threatening a large-scale military counter-offensive, while his son Saif proclaims that there will be no surrender, even in the event of military intervention of the West, and that there ' is room for negotiations with the rebels.

Across France, which, by the mouth of President Nicolas Sarkozy, sided with the insurgents, recognizes the National Council of the rioters as "legitimate representative" of Libya and lets you know you want to suggest to EU partners "targeted bombing" . All the while the 27, the eve of the extraordinary meeting of the European Council and NATO, they know that the Colonel has to leave the power and only then can negotiate.