Saturday, April 9, 2011

In Yemen, President Saleh rejects regional mediation

The president challenged Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has rejected an offer of mediation from the Arab Gulf monarchies, Friday, April 7, during a brief speech before thousands of his supporters in Sanaa, according to state television. Tens of thousands of Yemenis participated in two important events in the city of Sana'a: one calling for the resignation of President Saleh and the other supporting him.

At the Hotel Africa in Tunis, the revolt continues

The cook sweeps, while a receptionist retypes cream chairs in the lobby turned into cots. For weeks, the Hotel Africa in Tunis, 5 star, 214 rooms, 217 employees, is busy night and day by its striking employees. The property adjoining the Interior Ministry on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, who served as headquarters for all the press during the revolution of Tunisia and housed the studios of Al Jazeera, is still surrounded, as before the fall the old regime by high iron fences.

Conclude without serious incidents legislative elections in Nigeria

.- The twice postponed elections in Nigeria ended today without serious incident, after which began the counting of votes, with results expected in the next 48 hours. The vote passed normally in most of Africa's most populous country, with a smaller share than last Saturday, local media said, "but in a manner satisfactory in 80 percent of polling stations, according to the Electoral Commission Independent National (INEC).

There is no "impasse" in Libya, according to NATO

Brussels (NATO), corresponding - It is unnecessary to "stalemate" in Libya, neither military nor political, explained Friday, April 8, a spokesman for NATO. According to her, "the international community to advance a political solution" because, again the Atlantic Alliance for several days, the conflict will no doubt find no way out purely military.

Thursday, April 7 in Washington, a senior U.S. Army, General Carter Ham, the head of the High Command of the U.S. Army for Africa, stated at a meeting in the Senate, a "impasse" was looming in fact on the ground. For the general, it seems unlikely that in any case the rebels succeed in overthrowing the regime of Colonel Gaddafi.

Mortar rounds impacting hotel Ouattara in Ivory Coast

.- The hotel of the city of Abidjan where he is a refugee on the latest winner of presidential elections in Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, was hit Saturday by firing a mortar, an official told Reuters the United Nations. "Mortars are impacting the Golf Hotel," said the official in a text message, asking not to be identified.

The official said there were no injuries on site and that the shooting appeared to have come from the area where the presidential palace in Abidjan. Ouattara won the November presidential election by eight percentage points, according to results certified by the UN, but his opponent Laurent Gbagbo rejected the outcome talking about fraud and accused the UN of interfering in Ivorian affairs.

Per Reidar holding elections in decades ms

The nearly 20 million Peruvians called the presidential elections this Sunday are divided between those who want the continuity of a model economy has soared since the nineties and better oiled benefit a larger number of people, and those who are tired of hope and believe that the country needs a radical twist because it will unfairly distributed wealth.

The polls open tomorrow at eight in the morning to choose a successor to President Alan GarcĂ­a. Besides the president, two vice presidents will be chosen, 130 legislators and 15 representatives of the Andean Parliament. They are ballots that are presented as the most fiercely contested in recent decades with four candidates who have fought preferences in a bitter campaign filled with accusations and cheap shots.

Violence between the army and opponents are three dead in Iraq

The balance of clashes that occurred north of Baghdad, Friday, April 8, is still very uncertain. A military source said three people were killed in clashes between Iraqi Army and the People's Mojahedin, for their part, Iranian dissidents are reported twenty-five deaths, and speak of a real attack against the camp.

On a visit to northern Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was "very concerned" about these clashes, whose circumstances remain unclear. "The clashes started around 4 h 40, when residents of Camp Ashraf have thrown stones at the army had taken position in a cemetery inside the camp," said Capt.

The repression of the protests by car bomb in southern Syria

The bloody suppression of protests in southern Syria, which has claimed dozens of casualties, has helped break down the barrier of fear for many people in Deraa, now outraged and have attended the funeral mass of protesters killed by security forces yesterday. Deraa thousands of residents have marched through the streets of the city calling for "freedom" and "the fall of the regime", while carrying the coffins of the dozens of deaths, as shown by numerous video images posted on the Web The police opened an fire again, this time against the funeral procession, causing several casualties, witnesses said according to Agence France Presse.

Libya: Heavy fighting resumed in Misrata

Major battles took place on Friday evening between rebels and forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the town of Misrata. Four people were killed, including two children, and ten others wounded by shelling and rocket attacks on homes, said a spokesman for the rebels in the town 200 km east of Tripoli.

"Gaddafi's forces continue to fire indiscriminately at houses in Misrata," railed the spokesman. In the evening, the European Union, far eclipsed by the mission of NATO was prepared to launch a military-humanitarian mission to help the besieged people, a mission which Germany is inclined to participate but yet to be accepted by the UN.

Gaddafi's troops were thrown back into the assault of Ajdabiya

An upbeat and dynamic Muammar Gaddafi today made his first television appearance in five days while their new star troops fighting with rebels in the eastern front of the country. Gaddafi's forces bombed the outskirts of Ajdabiya, forcing the rebels to order the evacuation of the hospital in that city, 160 kilometers southwest of Benghazi, the capital of the rebels, according to Efe.

A correspondent has heard the impact of artillery and machine gun fire for about 30 minutes from the western part of the city. The rebels have not maintained this morning one of the front lines around the city, which Gaddafi loyalists managed to take three weeks ago, but abandoned by the harassment of allied aircraft.

Libya, Qaddafi reappears on TV Conference in Cairo with UN and the EU

On the day Saddam's army offensive against the city of Ajdabiya, Muammar Gaddafi back to being seen on TV. State television showed pictures of the Libyan leader, sunglasses and traditional brown robe, he visited a school in Tripoli. Surrounded by bodyguards, Gaddafi was welcomed by the students who chanted anti-western songs.

On the military front there have been clashes in Misurata, where according to the rebels there were at least eight people dead. In the morning we started the attack by loyalist forces against the city of Ajdabiya, 160 km from Benghazi, putting away the rebels who were trying to advance toward Brega.

A new earthquake has revived the nightmare of March 11 in Japan

Otsuchi (Japan), Special Envoy - "It's the return of the nightmare ..." In his pajamas, the innkeeper is stormed out of his room. It is a little before midnight and the wooden house began to shake all of its walls. First there was a thud - "the rumble of the earth", they say here. Then the vibration increased in intensity, reaching a magnitude of 7.1.

This is the strongest aftershock since the earthquake of Friday, March 11. But this time no giant wave, no tsunami. A Otsuchi (15 000 inhabitants), a town near the sea in Iwate Prefecture, the new earthquake has caused dismay among the victims. Otsuchi was one of the cities most devastated by the earthquake of 11 March.

The fighting escalated in the Gaza Strip

Crossfire maintaining the Israeli army and armed groups in the Gaza Strip seems to be endless. And extends from late Thursday and has cost the lives of 18 Palestinians killed by Israeli bombardments. The magnitude of this new conflict, "the deadliest since the war in Gaza call 2008-2009 - has revived fears of an Israeli military operation on a large scale on the strip.

Four other Palestinians have died since early this morning and half a dozen have been wounded by army gunfire in Gaza. There are four members of Hamas, which include Abu SNIM Tayser commander, whose car was hit by a missile. Two of his aides traveling with him also died. The fourth militant was killed in an attack this morning in eastern Gaza City.

What a good show Parliament that works!

The Question Hour which is held regularly in the House of Commons in London, is an occasion when MPs of the United Kingdom may have a direct confrontation with members of the executive. It is a good idea of the British Parliament who think that government should be accountable for all policy and be prepared to justify it.

The Italian equivalent is the parliamentary questions. Generally, an empty ritual, a set of big words and concepts that are broadcast by Rai disconnected on Wednesday afternoon, where it is shown semi-deserted classroom in which the present doze or make believe, with poor results, to be interested in the discussion.

Bahrain: "no mercy" for opponents

The crown prince of Bahrain has warned that there would be "no mercy" for those seeking to divide the Gulf kingdom, shaken since mid-February by a vast protest movement. Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, considered a moderate reformer within the ruling family, spoke Thursday night April 7 at the Bahrain TV.

"In this important moment in the development of our country (...) I will continue to stand firm on the principle that there can be no mercy for anyone who seeks to divide our society into two," he said. The Sunni ruling family has declared martial law in March and called for troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), military and political alliance in the Gulf, to quell the demonstrations for democracy organized mainly by the Shiite majority.

Muammar Gadhafi Libyan television reappears

.- A cheerful Muammar Gadhafi on Saturday made his first television appearance in five days, while their troops fighting the rebels on the eastern front of Libya's civil war. While the fighting intensified in the only active front, a Red Cross ship carrying medical supplies landed in the besieged city of Misrata, urban scene of heavy fighting and where it is said that the situation is desperate.

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Russian Pavel Ershov, head of the UN mission in Mazar i Sharif (Afghanistan), he avoided being killed a week ago because he swore in Dari, the local language, he was a Muslim. Seven workers of the UN and scores of Afghans have died in riots after a fundamentalist Christian pastor burn a Koran in the U.S., with 12,500 km, 12 days earlier.

The Russian tried to call the attention of the angry group who had just put down the bomb bunker door where he and three other Western colleagues had taken refuge in the dark, peat. "He tried them to look at him and thought he was alone," said the next day Staffan de Mistura, the UN chief in Afghanistan.

India, the activist Anna Hazare fast against corruption

Corruption in India is a serious matter. So much so that Anna Hazare, a popular 71enne activist who in 1992 was awarded by the Indian government with the Padma Bhushan for his service to the nation, fast from Tuesday, April 5. Until his death, unless the government decides to pass the Bill Jan Lokpal against corruption.

With the support of the stars of Bollywood and Tollywood, the second largest film industry in Andhra Pradesh. But fashion designers, pundits, gurus, activists and social reformers. Even the students are missing. Those of the College of Tirupathi Sree Vidyanikethan to support, today observed the "Mauna pradarshana", ie silence.

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Nigerians go to polls despite the chaos and violence

- Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday in parliamentary elections originally scheduled for last week but were postponed, and hoped to find a credible electoral process in the most populous nation in Africa despite the disruption and violence. At least seven people died in four separate incidents in the last hours before the start of voting.

The figure is in addition to 10 others who died in the bombing at an election office on Friday night. The violence that has killed at least 100 people during the election campaign, in addition to the logistical chaos that forced the postponement of parliamentary elections a week ago, have renewed doubts about whether democracy can work in Nigeria.

"I would like the EU to act always with the same brush"

Donald Tusk came in, smiling at the great hall of the Chancellery in Warsaw. It is an energetic man who is the love note to sports. Polish Prime Minister faces turning to its mandate. Sunday marks the first anniversary of Smolensk air disaster, which killed the then President Lech Kaczynski and numerous political figures in the front row and the country's military.

Poland, which has passed through the crisis without abandoning economic growth as some of its European partners into recession wrecked, still suffers from severe social inequalities. The liberal-conservative path Tusk believes that the road to equality with the great Europeans. With 38 million inhabitants, Poland in 2010 enjoyed a growth of 4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Cairo night of clashes between the army and demonstrators. Two dead

Tahrir Square, the symbol of the Egyptian Revolution of January 25, returns to ignite. The expulsion of Hosni Mubarak on 11 February is not served to allay the discontent of the Egyptian people in these days is urging the renewal of the military. According to hospital sources, last night two protesters died of gunshot wounds in clashes with the army.

A bus to transport troops was set on fire. Ambulances arrived on the square that has been completely sealed by the armed forces with barbed wire. According to the protesters, also, the army opened fire to disperse the crowd that remained on the large square symbol of the revolution against Mubarak after the start of the curfew at 2 am local time, after the great event yesterday in which was asked for a speedy trial to former Rais and his family.

Japan lifts ban on fresh produce from around Fukushima

Japan will lift restrictions on sales of certain products (vegetables, milk) from the vicinity of the nuclear plant in Fukushima, restrictions that were imposed because of the radioactive risks, announced Friday, April 8, the spokesman government. These bans were imposed in late March for a dozen kinds of vegetables including spinach, from four prefectures near the plant, and raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture alone, due to an abnormally high level radioactivity.

Israeli response to attacks from Gaza kills 11

Palestinian territories .- Eleven Palestinians, including four Islamist movement Hamas fighters were killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, in the deadliest day for this territory in more than two years. The UN and the European Union demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities, which began on Thursday with an antitank missile shot against a school bus in Israel, which seriously injured a teenager.

Fukushima built in steel wall to prevent leakage into the sea

.- The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) today announced it began construction of a steel wall and a fence at the Fukushima nuclear plant to keep more water contaminated with radiation to reach the open sea. TEPCO, operator of the plant in Fukushima, plans to connect a seawater inlet to the reactor plant number two with a curtain-shaped valley formed by seven sheets of steel and 120 meters wide.

One dead, 71 injured in clashes between army and demonstrators in Cairo

.- The Ministry of Health of Egypt announced today that one person died and 71 were injured in the incidents this morning between the army and protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The head of the Central Department of Ministry Intensive Care, Dr. Khaled al-Khatib was quoted by state news agency MENA, said that some of the victims had gunshot wounds.

Khatib explained that other wounded were treated with symptoms of respiratory failure, fainting, and various injuries such as bruises. Most have been released, according to the doctor, who indicated that only three people remain in hospital military Qoba Cairo. After the incidents, several ambulances rushed to Tahrir Square, where they were treated 41 of the wounded, while another 30 were taken to three hospitals in the capital.