Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Al-Qaida adopts a Acting Chief

Saif al-Adel, a senior Egyptian Al-Qaeda, has been appointed acting chief of the extremist group, after the death of Osama bin Laden, reports the news channel CNN. Al-Adel, a former member of the Egyptian special forces and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, is aged about 50 years and is the head of the military wing of Al Qaeda.

Also known as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, he was indicted for his alleged involvement in attacks against U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998, and a reward of $ 5 million is offered for his arrest. The American chain is based on information provided by Noman Benotman, a former Libyan militant extremist who has renounced the ideology of Al Qaeda.

The opposition calls for general strike in Syria

The opposition in Syria launched Tuesday, May 17, a call for a general strike for Wednesday, once again defying the regime of Bashar al-Assad, subjected to increasing pressures abroad, the United States announcing measures "extra" in "coming days". "Wednesday will be a day of general strike in Syria," said a statement posted on the Facebook page of The Syrian Revolution 2011 engine of the protest movement launched in mid-March against the regime.

Privacy and accomplices of the powerful journalists

One of the things that the affair Strauss-Kahn highlighted is typically French attitude that is consumed in the name of respect for privacy: ilNew York Times calls him "The Code of Silence", a form of privacy that is carried to excess which is now under consideration and mea culpa. The Code follows a clear ritual: "A scandal threatens to destroy the reputation of a powerful figure in France.

New details on preparations for the raid against Osama bin Laden

The CIA sent stealth drones at dozens of secret missions in Pakistan to obtain information on the residence where Osama bin Laden lived, said Tuesday the Washington Post. The paper said that the CIA has used these machines to fly at high altitude without being detected and provide high resolution video films before Osama Bin Laden was killed May 2 in Abbottabad.

The CIA also used satellites, listening devices and secret agents based in a safe house in Abbottabad where bin Laden lived about five years until he was spotted, said the Washington Post. Stealth aircraft have produced images that have been watched by President Barack Obama and his national security team when the raid took place at night.

Syria, burials for bodies in the grave comuneDa Assad, partial admission of errors

Have been set for this afternoon's funeral of the victims buried in mass grave discovered yesterday near the cemetery of Dara, south of Damascus. According to some sources, it would be at least 40 bodies, with the disfigured face to avoid recognition. Immediately after the funeral, the activists announced, there will be a great event.

After the discovery of the pit, the army has now surrounded the area, imposing a curfew and allowing citizens to leave the house for only two hours a day. Yesterday, the Syrian Interior Ministry had denied the report, speaking of a "campaign of lies against Syria," but some home videos have proven the discovery of the bodies.

Obus Libyan Tunis threatening to seize the UN

The Tunisian government has threatened to seize the UN, the evening of Tuesday, May 17, after further falls Libyan shells on its territory near the border post-Dehiba in southern Afghanistan, said an authorized source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The Tunisian government has instructed its ambassador to Tripoli this, to convey its strong protest to the Libyan authorities and prevent the continuation of these dangerous violations committed by Libyan forces will have very negative impacts on relations between the two countries" said the source quoted by the official news agency TAP.

Correa wins by minimally consultation justice reform in Ecuador

With almost 100% of the votes officially counted, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa can say for sure who won the referendum on May 7. But you can not say I have won comfortably, as stated on the Saturday of the consultation, even before knowing the results to exit polls. Ecuadoreans have said yes to the Government in the 10 questions raised by the referendum, but the two most controversial, which allow you to control the justice and the press, the advantage to Correa's claims was particularly low.

Dignity and employment even in Spain protest grows in Arab style

In the beginning there was indignation. Now keep in balance the movement of young Spaniards Baby M-15, is the regaining of dignity. The mobilization was triggered with the help of social networks, just along the lines of the Arab Revolt. The first event on Sunday, May 15 which gave its name to the initiatives, he counted fifty cities invaded by young people unemployed, low-paid, insecure contracts and decades of mortgage slaves "says Daphne, a student from Granada.

Nicolas Sarkozy will attend the inauguration of Alassane Ouattara

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will travel Saturday, May 18 in Côte d'Ivoire to attend the inauguration of Alassane Ouattara's Ivorian presidency, said Tuesday a statement from the Elysee. Nicolas Sarkozy will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and by the Minister for Cooperation, Henry Raincourt.

He will meet the French community in Ivory Coast in Abidjan on the military base of Port-Bouet and deliver a speech. Elected November 28, Alassane Ouattara has gained power after nearly five months of post-election crisis, due to the refusal of the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to give him instead.

U.S. urges Saleh transition agreement signed

The White House urged Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign the agreement on political transition in the country with the opposition, led by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Counter-Terrorism adviser to the White House, John Brennan, made a phone call in which Saleh said "the transfer of power is the best way to make Yemen a safer nation." In addition, the firm considered it essential to "be met, Yemenis their aspirations for peace and political reform" in a note sent by the EU presidency.

Medvedev holds doubts about his candidacy for the 2012 presidential

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, has not revealed whether it will be him or the prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who competes for the head of state in elections in March 2012. However, Medvedev has boasted its own merits during the first major press conference held since he came to power in 2008. The place chosen for the event, held today, has been a business school, located on the outskirts of Moscow and near-empty lot where Skolkovo build, the future Silicon Valley of Russia and Medvedev's pet project.

Strauss-Kahn: Hell in a room

The room of the Rikers Dominique Strauss-Kahn of New York has nothing to do with that three-thousand dollars of the Sofitel. Why Rikers is a jail, the real ones, with reveille at 6, lunch and dinner at 5 to 11. Nothing hour meetings and "free" day. A hell as all hell behind bars. Or at least, how can I imagine myself, I feel suffocated at the thought of not being able to look up and see the sky, whenever they felt like it.

Girls 'invisible', levers forgotten Development

They are 600 million live in poor countries or moderate incomes. They constitute more than a quarter of the population in Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa, and are central to several of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the States UN members. Starting with Goal 5, which is to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015.

And yet, these young girls 10 to 24 years are the left-to-account development policies. A paradox that the French group shouting "Parliamentarians in Action" decided to emphasize to ten days of the G8 in Deauville, in organizing this theme, the 16 and 17 May at the National Assembly, a meeting between experts and sixty of international parliamentarians.

Blast against Afghan police cadets leave 13 dead

A suicide bomber caused the death Wednesday of 13 people and left at least 20 others injured in a bomb attack on a minibus that was carrying police cadets in the main city in eastern Afghanistan, said a government spokesman. Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, said the bomber struck a car loaded with explosives into the bus carrying cadets in the city of Jalalabad.

Venezuela extends state of emergency by rain

Heavy rains continue to plague several regions of Venezuela have led the government of Hugo Chavez to extend for 90 days the emergency rule in late 2010 and renewed in February. The move affects seven states and part of the capital since last year have suffered severe storms that have left 38 dead and more than 130,000 affected.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro has been reported after a ministerial meeting that the state of emergency will remain part of the capital, Caracas, and the states of Zulia, Falcon, (in the west), Mérida, Trujillo (southwest) Vargas, Miranda (center) and Nueva Esparta in the east, to accelerate actions to respond to victims and carry out rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged by floods.

Ireland, among flowers and bombs get the queen

For weeks, in Ireland the facades of the buildings are repainted, the beds filled with flowers, resurfaced roads, imposing giant screens placed high on the main streets. Members of the National Guard with suits, diver descend into the sewers to see if someone has placed bombs or has left evidence of doing so.

In designated places, staff are searched and inspected every corner, polished, secured. In neighborhoods, the streets, the restaurants offer a "menu real" discounts and days you work to achieve the street party in which to celebrate: for many Irish this week there will be a day off in more.

Rikers Island, a "local Alcatraz"

Al Qaeda's new leader

The terrorist organization Al Qaeda (The Base) has a new leader, it is the Egyptian Saif al-Adel, one of the founders of the movement. The Pakistani newspaper The News reported that the appointment came during a meeting of the senior leadership of al Qaeda that was recently held at an undisclosed location, to designate a successor to bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by U.S.

Marines for 17 days. The appointment surprised because he had seen two candidates happen to Bin Laden: The number two of Al Qaeda, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri also, and the popular Islamist leader Mustafa Muhamad Jamnia. According to data from The News, Saif al-Adel has held key positions in the Egyptian forces and is a close partner of Al Zawahiri.

Isabel II symbolic visit to the scene of Bloody Sunday, 1920

In his second day state visit to Ireland, Elizabeth II has been deposited this morning a wreath at the monument honoring the Irish soldiers who fought in World War I and has visited Croke Park this afternoon. See today's Gaelic Athletic Association, the stadium can accommodate 82,300 spectators today was the November 21, 1920 scene of a massacre that will go down in history as Bloody Sunday.

Afghanistan, growing protests after NATO raid

The script seems to be the tragic protest in Mazar-e-Sharif on April 1 last year, when the UN compound was hit by a crowd of protesters and twelve people, including UN staff, guards and Afghan civilians, were killed. This morning several hundred people demonstrated outside the headquarters of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province in northern Afghanistan.

Protesting against NATO and Afghan Army raid, which occurred just outside a few hours before Taloqan, and claimed the lives of at least four people. According to NATO, were guerrillas, according to the protesters were civilians. "A group of gunmen infiltrated the crowd and tried to attack the offices of the PRT," reconstructs Ahmzai Lal Mohammed, press officer of the 303 ° brigade stationed in the Pamir.

Pakistan announces the arrest of a "commander of Al-Qaida"

Pakistan announced on Tuesday, 17 friend, the arrest of an important "commander of Al-Qaeda", a Yemeni national, Ali Mohammed Yacoub Kassim, alias Abu Sohaib Al-Makki, to Karachi in the south. The man does not appear, however, apparently not in the lists of members of Al Qaeda's most wanted in the world, and the Pakistani army has his capture as a "major event to disentangle the al-Qaida operating in the region.

Freed ex-wife of Egyptian president, following the investigation

The wife of ousted President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was released on Tuesday after delivering goods but remains under investigation, said an official who heads the investigation into whether he obtained their wealth illegally. Suzanne Mubarak, who denies charges that he molested her husband's influence to obtain illegal personal revenues, was admitted to hospital Friday after suffering heart attack symptoms.

Kuwaiti parliament session ends in fight

The meeting of the Kuwait National Assembly (parliament) ended a clean fist fight between Sunni and Shiite deputies disagreed on four Kuwaiti prisoners held at Guantanamo. The digital edition of the Kuwaiti newspaper "Al Rai reported that a verbal discussion between members of rival groups led to a fight in which MPs exchanged blows and punches.

One of the MPs who took part in the incident, Adnan al Mutaua, had to be treated in the clinic of the National Assembly by a cut under his eye, added Al Rai. The dispute began when a Shiite MP said four Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay belong to the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. After making these statements, two deputies and four Sunni Shiites involved in a melee which saw the rest of parliament and a delegation of U.S.

"Removes resources Centroamrica Education to combat drug trafficking"

The general secretary of the Central American Integration System (SICA) was on Monday in Madrid for a day in which the seven countries of the region that are such a coordination body (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize ) met with the so-called Group of Friends that will support a major conference on security in Central America in July.

There are 13 countries among which are Spain, USA, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Colombia and the SICA Monday in Madrid won support for his plan of action that will coordinate security policies, especially against drug trafficking, one of the most violent regions of the planet. That political support should translate into a financial outlay that SICA rejects quantify, but is vital for a region that, as John Daniel German (León, Nicaragua, 1956) "is draining resources and health education to combat drug trafficking ".

Brazil and Argentina Brasil/Argentina.- start negotiations to end the conflict by trading vehicles

BUENOS AIRES, 18 May. (Reuters) - Argentina and Brazil agreed on Tuesday to open negotiations at the level of deputy ministers to try to end the conflict generated by the barriers of Brasilia to the importation of vehicles, the government said. The Minister of Industry of Argentina, Debora Giorgi, received the Ambassador of Brazil in Buenos Aires, Enio Cordeiro, the first personal contact between officials of both countries after the Brazilian measure that impedes the import of vehicles, which could hit hard to keep Argentina's economy.

Strauss-Kahn, the lawyers of the alleged victim "No plot, she did not know who he was"

"But do you know who this person?". According to the defense of the waitress at the Sofitel - who he accused of rape, the director of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (Read the portrait) - The woman at the time of violence did not know who his assailant. He would only discovered the next day on the phone with a friend.

So Jeff Shapiro, legal 32 year old Guinean, will respond at the hearing to the hypothesis of a plot against the director of the International Monetary Fund. According to French newspaper 'Le Figaro', the staff of New York would still know that the structure was a celebrity: a picture of Strauss-Kahn, told another waitress at the Sofitel, was hanging in the room where you change the clerical workers to alert.

Juppe think a majority is emerging in the UN to sanction Syria

A majority vote is "taking shape" at the UN to condemn the suppression of the revolt in Syria, said Tuesday, May 17, Alain Juppe. The foreign minister stated, however, a veto threat from Moscow and Beijing were still on a text. At the UN, "we are still threatened to veto a Russian and Chinese veto. It seems that a majority of nine votes is taking shape right now," said the minister before the French National Assembly.

The two uprisings in the Arab world

In the Arab world discussed two major movements that determine the future political face of the planet. One who has spent nearly 20 years of existence is Al Qaeda, with its branches, franchises and independent supporters extends to part of the Islamic world against the great enemy outside the West but also against the Arab States, the enemy within that cooperates with Western powers, in grave apostasy of true Islam, and the other is the popular revolt in North Africa and the Middle East, apparently on track in Tunisia and Egypt, mired in Libya, motor agitation for now children in Morocco and Algeria; massacred in Syrian-Iranian regime edge, constantly on the verge of victory in Yemen, and relatively weak echoes in Jordan and the Gulf emirates.

Attack of Marrakech: the seven suspects charged with terrorism

A magistrate in Rabat terrorism charges against the seven suspects in the bombing of Marrakech "constitution of criminal gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts," he said Tuesday, 17 May a judicial source. They will be tried before the court of appeal in Rabat under the Terrorism Act which was adopted in Morocco in 2004, the source said.

According to the indictment as it was made Tuesday by the judge, the seven suspects, including the main implicated Adil Al-Othman, are also accused of "seriously undermine public order, murder with premeditation and treachery, possession and manufacture of explosives and belonging to a banned religious group.

Freed from the burden populist, Finns are less afraid to Europe

Stockholm, correspondence - Validation, Monday 16 May, with 78 billion euros in Portugal by the ministers of the euro area has been received with great relief not only in Lisbon but also in Helsinki, as the reaction Finns feared was under the influence of Eurosceptic populist. Finland is still trying to form a government after the parliamentary elections of 17 April, and True Finns (populists), who until last week were invited to participate, had adopted an uncompromising stance on the European aid, threatening to block the entire process.

Italy: Milan tie, a "slap" for Berlusconi

"A slap" is what qualified as the setting of unfavorable ballot right in Milan, home of Silvio Berlusconi, in an editorial in one spot on the Milan daily Il Corriere della Sera, Tuesday, May 17 While the Italian leader had made the municipal election a test of popularity, it weakens the alliance critical of his party, the People of Freedom (PDL, center right), with the Northern League.

To everyone's surprise, the candidate of the party of Mr Berlusconi, the outgoing mayor Letizia Moratti, to 41.6% of the vote, was widely anticipated by the candidate of the left, the lawyer Giuliano Pisapia (48%) during the first round of partial municipal Italian Sunday and Monday. Surprise Milan, Pisapia ahead, "titreIl Corriere della Sera.

European ministers will discuss on Monday whether to punish the Syrian president

.- The foreign ministers of the European Union will consider on Monday whether to extend EU sanctions against Syria, the country's president, Bashar al-Assad, after today the ambassadors of the Twenty secured no decision. According to diplomatic sources, "the works are still ongoing" and will head Europe's diplomats who completed the discussions.

The EU has in place sanctions against 13 senior Syrian officials, which prohibits the entry into community land and has frozen their assets. These include prominent personalities like the president's brother Maher al-Assad, considered the main architect of violence against demonstrators, but not that of Bashar al-Asad himself.

Suzanne Mubarak has been released

The Authority of illegal gains, under the Ministry, "decided to release her after she returned to the State all of its assets in banks in Egypt, namely 24 million Egyptian pounds (2.8 million euros). The official media had previously announced that the former first lady had given its approval to the Authority to withdraw an amount of 20 million Egyptian pounds (2.4 million euros) in two bank accounts in his name, and sell a house she owns in Cairo.

Libya: Russia increases the pressure on Gaddafi

As NATO continues its raids on Tripoli, Russia asked the emissaries of Muammar Gaddafi, who is visiting Moscow to stop "spilling blood" of the Libyan population. Through the voice of his chief diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, Russia called on the Libyan regime to "fully implement Security Council resolution." Russia also relayed the request made Sunday by the UN special envoy calling Tripoli to "cooperate with the UN to help deliver humanitarian aid throughout the territory of Libya." The head of Russian diplomacy said that "the main now is to agree on the timeframe and conditions of an armistice." Moscow has already said he stood ready to receive representatives of the Libyan rebels "in the near future." Libya's traditional ally, Russia had yet detached from the international coalition opposing military intervention.