Friday, April 1, 2011

Fukushima, The government is on high alert, "Maybe out of plutonium

 - The Japanese government considers "possible" escape of plutonium from a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. After yesterday, the power company that operates the plant had announced that five points in the soil around the plant were found to contain plutonium, today confirmed it came from the chief of staff, Yukio Edan, who in a press conference has announced the "more controls, even in areas around the implant." In the same hours the Prime Minister Naoto Kan, has assured Parliament that the government is in a state of maximum alert "to Fukushima, where the situation remains" unpredictable "because the cooling systems of many reactors are radioactive leaks and failures have been widespread the day of the earthquake.

Fight against Gaddafi: CIA agents to spy on rebels

After the CIA representative had to close in the capital Tripoli after the riots, had the Secret Service sent this month again people in the North African country, said a former U.S. intelligence officials. The agents had helped, for example in saving the pilot of the rebel territory were smashed on Libya U.S. fighter jets. Moreover, intelligence officials sought to contact the rebels, said the informant. The exact duties of the spies are not clear. According to insiders, the cited the scout troop agents try possible targets for air strikes and to make contacts with the rebels. Specifically, it could provide information about locations of Qaddafi to find ammunition depots and troop positions.

The ripoux supervised

It is 10:00 am, Monday, March 28, Bolotnaya place, a few hundred meters from the Kremlin, and traffic is congested. Cars are touch-key. Sitting at the wheel of his Ford, Arkadi is furious. The right wing of his car has been stamped by a van. He leaves his vehicle, parley with the driver, a beefy domed cap, very upset.

Both men accuse. Arkadi believes to be within his rights: the truck swerved, biting on the white line, it has nothing to do. Around the two stationary vehicles, a new plug is formed. But what? In Russia, the finding is not amicable. At the slightest rustle of sheet metal, only one solution: Call the Traffic Police (DPS).

Bashar al-Assad disappoints Syrians to maintain a state of emergency

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that shakes the popular response to his country is the result of a "conspiracy" and disappoint those who hoped to announce an end to decades of state of emergency, in his first speech since the start of the protest . In a highly anticipated speech of nearly an hour before the Parliament, broadcast on television, Assad said Syria is prisoner of conspirators.

Ouattara forces loyal to advance to San Pedro port

Forces loyal to the winner of a disputed presidential election in Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, made the official capital and moved to 130 kilometers from the port of San Pedro, crucial for the export of cocoa. Ouattara loyalists in recent days launched offensives from the east, west and center of the country and now control major cocoa producing areas in an offensive south to corner Laurent Gbagbo.

Afghanistan, the Taliban change strategy

Kabul - The dynamics of the attack in Mazar-i-Sharif is not yet clear, but the combination of three events in three different cities across the country (and who knows maybe even some minor center) tells of a plan concocted with the intent probably obvious give a massive coverage of the commando action: a new technique in the Taliban fighters.

The Taliban have never tried to cover today's mass action indicates a change of strategy and a complaint to the same weakness: the need to simulate consent or to make it appear that their actions will have on the civilian population. An attempt apparently unmasked by the numbers and photos immortalize especially young guys (the Taliban have a cult following among college students).

Libya: Find our narrative of the events of Thursday, March 31

The Libyan government forces and rebels clashed on Thursday March 31 morning, near the oil terminal Brega, in eastern Libya, according to testimony gathered about thirty miles away by journalists from the . The rebels have erected a checkpoint east of Brega on the road Ajdabiya, and it was not possible to know who held the oil terminal.

Witnesses said the clashes raged in the city located 800 km east of Tripoli, and journalists have heard planes fly over the region. Five explosions were clearly heard, it is not possible to determine targets. The regime of Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday that he "did not depend on individuals" in its first reaction to the defection of the foreign minister, Musa Kusa, ensuring that Colonel Gaddafi and his children remain in the country "until 'at the end.

More evacuations in Japan evaluated by radioactivity outside the exclusion zone

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that as levels of radioactivity were detected outside the exclusion zone of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan. The agency report was released when the Japanese central situation remains "very serious", as the Tokyo Electric Power Company has been unable to control the radioactive leak.

Radiation above recommended levels was detected in a village outside the 20 km where the evacuation was mandatory because of its proximity to the plant, affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, said. This is the town of Iitate, about 40 kilometers from Fukushima, which already are taking important precautions even though the readings of radioactivity in the village have been considerable.

NATO assumed control of operations in Libya

The Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plans today to take command of international military operations in Libya, after the conclusion of a gradual transition process, said his spokeswoman Oana Lungescu. The spokesman said in Brussels, Belgium, the Allied command has already begun on Wednesday to give the first order to the international coalition forces so far led by the United States, France and the UK.

Ollanta Humala is gaining ground in the polls a week before the elections in Peru

Ollanta Humala continues to gain ground in the polls on the eve of the Peruvian presidential elections. Nine days after the first round, held on 10 April, the former army commander and now candidate wins Peru nationalist alliance has consolidated for the first time this season, clear leadership. Two polls of likely voters released today put him in the lead, followed closely by three candidates statistically tied, so it is impossible to predict at this point who will contest the presidency in a runoff almost inevitable.

Can you imagine B. Old Bailey?

Jim Devine, 57, a former Labour MP, went before a judge yesterday for making false expense claims account for 8,385 pounds (about 10 thousand euro) and has been directly sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. The Old Bailey, as it's called the Criminal Court of London, no joke. There are no discounts to anyone, least of all parliamentarians.

Indeed, the parliamentary pay more, because in addition to the offense committed must also account for the outrage to the good name of the institution. Same Old Bailey, an austere building surmounted by a dome on which stands the statue of Justice with a sword in one hand and the balance on the other, intimidates and inspires respect and Upper Court judges are called again with the old Titles My Lord and My Lady.

New Yorkers love havoc in India

New Delhi Correspondence - When three young Americans decide to launch the site online dating Ignighter. com, in 2008, India is a land unknown to them, very remote from their concerns. This site is intended for young Americans and is based on the concept called "group dating" or "group meetings", less intimidating than go head-to-head with a stranger.

The groups, represented by an "ambassador", has a name and profile. They make contact with other groups, according to their affinities for outings to the cinema or restaurant. In the months that followed the launch site, its young founders have spent their budget in the evenings, organized at great expense on American college campuses.

More than 11 000 400 16 000 273 dead and missing in March in Japan quake

.- The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 in Japan rose today to the 11mil 417, while other 16 000 273 people still missing, according to the latest count of the Japanese police. About 200 000 people are still 900 thousand refugees in evacuation centers due to the disaster, which also destroyed some 18 000 homes and damaged about 130 thousand buildings.

According to official figures, in the province of Miyagi 959 dead were six thousand, three thousand 349 in Iwate and Fukushima 49 billion, while the missing number in the thousands in these three areas most devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It is believed that the death toll will increase in Fukushima, where search operations were suspended within a radius of 20 kilometers from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, seriously damaged by the tsunami of last eighteen days.

Uganda denies that Gadhafi could seek asylum in the country

Uganda's government denied having stated that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, to take refuge in Ugandan territory and said that reports to the contrary "are completely false." Said the head of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem, "has not kept any cabinet meeting during which it was discussed that issue." "Our position has been and remains that any request for asylum is considered in accordance with our guidelines, so if you ask Gadhafi will be considered like everyone else," said Oryem.

Fierce fighting for power in Abiyn

Alassane Ouattara supporters and members of Laurent Gbagbo Young Patriots have staged fierce fighting today that have spread throughout Abidjan, while the fence is close around the outgoing president of the Ivory Coast. The fiercest clashes have been reported around the state television station, which cut its signal after loyalist to President-elect Ouattara, took control overnight.

Gbagbo's forces said this morning they have recovered the TV channel this morning and are still fighting. Near the residence and office of Gbagbo have also been the scene of heavy gunfire, and two major military bases in this city, the most important economic enclave in the country. Abidjan has become a war zone since the forces of Ouattara, recognized as the winner of the elections by the international community entered yesterday and surrounded the presidential palace to oust Gbagbo from power permanently.

Brazil .- Dilma Rousseff has the approval of 73% of Brazilians, according to a survey

BRASILIA, April 1. The management of the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has the approval of 73 percent of the population, when there is little to fulfill its first hundred days in power, according to a poll released Friday by the company Ibope on request National Confederation of Industry. 74 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Rousseff feel.

The rejection of the first woman to assume the presidency of Brazil is only 12 percent. Policies on employment, environment, education and poverty reduction were approved by the citizens, while the tax and health strategies have been rejected, the survey notes. This high level of popularity has been surpassed only by the former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose popularity the early days of government reached 75 percent.

Afghanistan, attack on UN headquarters burned Koran killed eight foreign employees

The American pastor Terry Jones, 'inventor' of the 'International Day Burn a Koran "in the attack on UN headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan during protests over the recent burning of the Koran in U.S. 11 people were killed including eight foreigners. Two victims have been beheaded by an angry mob, protesting against the burning of a Koran occurred in late March in Florida.

The imbalance between boys and girls is getting worse in India

Far from diminishing due to economic growth, the chronic imbalance between the sexes in India has worsened in ten years, now the country with 914 girls per 1,000 boys, according to provisional figures of census of population published Thursday, March 31 . According to these preliminary estimates, the population reached 1.21 billion inhabitants, against 1.02 billion in 2001, equivalent to the combined population of Indonesia, the United States, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Radioactivity outside the safety area Fukushima

The International Atomic Energy Agency () reported today that levels of radioactivity were detected outside the exclusion zone of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the east. The agency report was released Wednesday when the Japanese central situation remains 'very serious', as the company Tokyo Electric Power Co.

(TEPCO) has not been able to control the radioactive leak. Radiation above recommended levels was detected in a village outside the 20 km where the evacuation was mandatory because of its proximity to the plant, affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, said.

Libya appoints Daniel Ortega adviser to the UN to intercede

.- The Libyan regime of Muammar Gadhafi appointed adviser to President Daniel Ortega and former president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto, as its representative to the UN, the Nicaraguan Government said today. The Sandinista government spokesman and first lady, Rosario Murillo, said in a statement that the appointment was made through a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, by Musa Emhemed Kousser, secretary of the Popular Committee Liaison Foreign and International Cooperation of Libya.

Gaddafi's forces attack and Zinta Misrata

The forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, are intensely attacking with heavy artillery Misrata residential areas, about 200 kilometers east of Tripoli. The spokesman of the revolutionary Geriani Mustafa, explained to Reuters by telephone that "the regime's supporters are bombarding intensively Misrata shells inhabited areas." In addition to the bombings, there are snipers on the roofs of houses.

EU and Brazil to strengthen cooperation in Higher Education and Culture

BRUSSELS, Apr 1. The European Union and Brazil are expected to launch bilateral consultations next week during a trip to the Commissioner of Education and Culture, Androulla Vassiliou, to Brasilia, in order to strengthen their cooperation in Higher Education and Culture, and increase the exchange of students.

More than 1,700 students and trainees in Brazil since 2004 have enjoyed a period of study or work in the European Union through the Erasmus Mundus exchange program, which coordinates and manages the Masters and Doctorates sets. Brussels also has helped to fund 1.6 million euros to research projects involving over 40 academics and 32 research centers in Brazil and has allocated another 1.3 million since 2008 for various cultural projects, including € 200,000 to help preservation of historic Salvador, declared a UNESCO heritage site since 1985, a project also involving Spain, Italy, Germany and the Catholic University of Salvador de Bahia.

Syrian Arab world in revolt, blows out of the mosque: 1 dead

Yemen, anti-government protests covered my face with a handkerchief and wash with soft drinks, to overcome the attacks carried out by police with tear gas. Always in my pocket a piece of alio and vinegar "to eliminate the sense of suffocation." These are some of the information published on the Internet by a Syrian reformist group that organized the protest today against President Bashar al-Assad.

Who still supports Muammar Gaddafi?

Thursday, March 31, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the international community was "united" about Libya. It is true that the coalition operating in the country is particularly wide, bringing together both Arab countries, NATO, the United States and many European countries. Yet, Muammar Qaddafi and his regime are not completely isolated.

He who calls himself the Libyan leader can still count on significant support in both his country and internationally. If Muammar Gaddafi does not have the status of President of Libya, and that her Green Paper is theoretically not a constitution, the regime remains well entrenched at all levels of society.

Control prevents highly radioactive nuclear contingency

The high radiation of water flooding several areas of the Fukushima nuclear power continues to hinder the work of operators trying to revive its cooling system damaged by the devastating earthquake on 11 March. The operator of the plant, TEPCO, is studying how best to drain the water flooding the area of turbine units 1, 2 and 3 of the plant, which is believed could come from the containment vessel reactors.

The allies together to build a new future in Libya

The international coalition partners on Tuesday in London showed a united front to build a new future in the African country, where there is no place for the current leader Moammar Gadhafi. Meeting in London, the foreign ministers of 36 countries and representatives of the UN, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the European Union (EU) also agreed to formally establish a "Contact Group" to address politically the international operation, the first meeting be held "as soon as possible" in Qatar.

The World Court declared itself incompetent in the Georgia-Russia dispute racial discriminacin

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is declared incompetent to do the reporting of Georgia against Russia for alleged ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The judges of the UN, they have reminded both parties that should prevent discrimination against Georgians living in the two breakaway regions, reports Isabel Ferrer.

The judges considered that the parties held negotiations provided for in Article 22 of the Convention against Racial Discrimination of 1965, which bases its claim Georgia as a precondition before submitting the case to the Court of the United Nations. "The Court concludes by ten votes in favor and six against it has no jurisdiction to handle the lawsuit filed by Georgia on August 12, 2008," said the president of the ICJ, Hisashi Owada.

Moussa Koussi, Libya with love?

A spy, indeed, the spymaster of Gaddafi, can not bring a repeat mysteries. Since Moussa Koussi, until yesterday, Libyan Foreign Minister, and former intelligence chief Colonel in the late afternoon of Wednesday 30 has landed a surprise with a clearly non-scheduled air in the small English Farnborough Airport, all you do one question: has failed to cooperate with British authorities and the pro-rebel forces of the alliance? He came to dealing with his personal salvation, or perhaps even that of the Libyan leader? Of his own, turning his back to Gaddafi, as stated by an official of the Foreign Office, or rather "diplomatic mission", as argued by London in the very first time? Nobody, perhaps not even those directly involved, can currently give a definitive answer.

Institutional crisis in Kuwait

The Government of Kuwait has presented Thursday, March 31, his resignation to the emir, announced Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Roudhan Al-Roudhan was quoted by the official KUNA news agency. The resignation comes after members have submitted to Parliament on requests for hearing of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and that of information, all members of the ruling family Al-Sabah.

Areva support to Japan to avoid a major disaster in Fukushima

Areva, the world leader in nuclear energy sector, announced that it will assist the Japanese company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) to avoid a major catastrophe in the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The French public assistance conglomerate announced on Tuesday, hours after the Japanese government acknowledged that the situation in Fukushima is''unpredictable''as the country was on high alert''.'' The president of Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, and five experts from the nuclear company will travel to Japan for assistance to TEPCO, which operates the nuclear plant that was affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast of that country on 11 March.

The UN condemns attack on a helicopter of the international mission

The UN condemned the firing by the forces of President-elect of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, a helicopter from the international organization's mission in this African country (UNOCI), although it came to impact. "A UN helicopter was shot on Monday while on a reconnaissance flight over the city of Duékoué, west of the country," UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky.

He said the UN mission in the African country said the shots came from the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei), while stressing the condemnation of the attack and called on the authorities to do everything possible to identify their leaders and pay for it. Duékoué City has been the scene of violent clashes between Frei and loyal to the ruler Laurent Gbagbo, losing the last presidential election and refuses to relinquish power and transfer it to the winner Ouattara.

Life sentence for Argentine torture general

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 1. Justice in Argentina has sentenced to life imprisonment to former General Eduardo Cabanillas, "necessary participant" in five murders, 29 illegal deprivation of liberty, and other cases of torture, as part of 'Operation Condor' in crackdown on opponents. Cabanillas ran in the seventies, the illegal detention Automotive Oletti, hidden in a garage in Buenos Aires leased by the State Intelligence Secretariat (SIDE).

Sarkozy calls for global reform in Japan's nuclear safety

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was yesterday in Tokyo called for a comprehensive reform of the safety of nuclear plants, which should take place before the end of the year, in response to the nuclear crisis living Japan. "It is our duty to share our experience precisely with the rest of the world to prevent a recurrence of a similar accident happen," he said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who supported the initiative.

Brazil .- The University of Salamanca Lula appointed honorary doctor

SALAMANCA, 31 Mar. The Governing Council of the University of Salamanca (USAL) today approved the appointment of Doctor Honoris Causa to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil, in the absence of ratification by the faculty of doctors. The award was approved by the Department of Teaching, Organization and Methods of Research of the Faculty of Education and the Department of Spanish Language at the Faculty of Philology.

Paris, a school lacking the alternate Parents publish an ad

Parents of pupils in one class of public school Jules-Ferry, in the Place Clichy, Paris, in the end they made it the most. Get to grips with the absences of teachers of their children and faced with the impossibility of the principal to find alternate, despite the insistent requests to the administrator, have published an advertisement in the newspaper Le Parisien: "Urgent, parents seek school Jules Ferry (man or woman) Professor of English and other disciplines.

In Bulgaria, mysterious death of a businessman at the heart of a political scandal

He was only 47 years. An early age to die of a heart attack. Mihail Mihov, said, "Misho beer", was found dead Wednesday, March 30, in a hotel room in Pravets, near Sofia. Chairman of the Bulgarian basketball, he was best known for its entrepreneurial activities. That as owner of the brewery Ledenika that his name has arisen in the heart of a major political scandal in early January.

Mihail Mihov was one of the main protagonists in a case of plays that shook the political establishment to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The opposition weekly Galeria, very close to the businessman Alexei Petrov sulfur, published in several issues the content of telephone conversations involving senior government officials including the head of the Customs Agency, Vanio Tanov and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov.

Kills eight UN workers in Afghanistan violence

At least eight UN workers were murdered in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, during violent protests against the burning of a Koran in the U.S., police sources told Efe. After Friday prayers, thousands of people took to the streets in the city, the most important northern Afghanistan, in protest against the burning of a Koran, on 20 March, at a church in the United States, and stoned the local headquarters of the UN mission in the country.

Japan prepares blackouts blackout risk

Japan limit the energy consumption industries during peak hours to avoid blackouts in Tokyo and east of the country after the devastating earthquake this month, said on Tuesday an official of the Ministry of Commerce. The earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and the tsunami that followed the March 11 cut by 23 percent the total generation capacity of Tokyo Electric Power Co's, which has produced power outages in most of its service area for the first time in his career of 60 years.

Confirm explosions in Tripoli

Aircraft of the international coalition forces flew over this afternoon, several areas of Tripoli after loud explosions were heard in the east of the Libyan capital, according to the UAE TV channel Al Arabiya. A resident of Tripoli, named Saad, told the chain that allied planes bombed three times in the eastern part of the city.

The Libyan news agency Jana confirmed within minutes after the bombing and said, as they do from the beginning of the attacks, they reached "civil and military areas" without providing further details. This afternoon the State agency had claimed that Allied planes also bombed residential areas and military in the cities of Misrata, Zenten, Uatiya and Mizdah.