Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama appoints new ambassador to Mexico after the controversial Wikileaks

Barack Obama Administration hurry to leave in the past diplomatic disagreement between Mexico and the United States emerged from the Wikileaks case. The president has proposed to President Felipe Trace Earl Anthony Wayne to be the next representative in Washington, a decision that transcends within 10 days of the last farewell party for Carlos Pascual, the diplomat who formally resigned in March after complaints from the Mexican Government following the dissemination of the contents of State Department cables.

Spanish elections: "The protest vote would have occurred anyway"

A "tsunami". That is how the Spanish press described the heavy defeat, Sunday, May 22, the ruling Socialists in municipal and regional elections in Spain. If the movement of social protest, which affects the country since May 15, bringing together thousands of Spaniards in more than a hundred cities, had no real impact on the election results, it was nevertheless a sign harbinger of this dismal failure of the government by revealing the malaise of society, "says Jean-Jacques Kourliandsky, scholar of Spain at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations.

Colombia launches battle plan four years against the guerrillas and paramilitaries

Colombia's government today presented the "roadmap" with which they will face in the next four years to the guerrillas and the new paramilitary groups or criminal gangs-BACRIM as officially called, "that are considered by the commander Police Oscar Naranjo, the "biggest threat" to security. The outline of the security policy today introduced the Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera, to the military and police.

The Supreme Court ordered the release of thousands of prisoners in California

California must release thousands of prisoners is the respondent's order to the State Supreme Court of the United States on Monday in the objective to alleviate the chronic overcrowding in its prisons. The Court cites "serious violations of the Constitution," reports the Miami Herald. "For years the medical and psychological care in California prisons have not met the constitutional requirements and did not meet the basic needs of prisoners for health," said Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kenney according leMiami Herald.

Six people killed in separate attacks in Iraq

At least six people, including three pro-government militia members "Salvation Councils" were killed and sixteen others injured in three attacks in Baghdad and north of Baghdad. An Interior Ministry source said that three Iraqi civilians were killed and fifteen others were injured in varying degrees by the explosion of a car bomb in a street in the Al Sayedi, located in southwestern Baghdad.

Arrested the alleged head of the Zetas who directed the massacre of peasants in Guatemala

Authorities in Guatemala have arrested today the alleged cartel leader of the Zetas who led the massacre of 27 peasants on 13 May in the north. The Elder Guatemala Estuardo Morales, aka El Pelon has been arrested in the city of San Benito, in the northern department of Petén, near where the slaughter occurred.

"Apparently this person was responsible for leading the group that murdered the peasants," confirmed President Alvaro Colom told reporters. Morales is, according to security forces, a "high command" in the structure of the group Z 200, the band of gunmen of Los Zetas to which the authorities attributed the killing of 27 peasants, including two women, in Los Cocos farm, 630 miles north of Guatemala City, on 13 May.

A moral scandal shook the Turkish far-right party

Istanbul, correspondence - The campaign for parliamentary elections to be held June 12 in Turkey, is overshadowed by a scandal that decimated the Turkish far-right party MHP (Nationalist Action Party), the third political force in Parliament Outgoing. Ten MHP officials were forced to resign since early May, following the publication by a mysterious website, compromising video.

For the Nationalist Party and its leader, Devlet Bahçeli, MHP is the victim of a conspiracy hatched by the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in order to weaken it before the election. For three weeks the website Farkle Ülkücülük - named "a different ideal" refers to the idealism of the founding doctrine MHP - orchestrates a campaign of blackmail and revelations that poisons the election campaign.

External UN concern in the West Bank evictions

The UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, said he was "deeply distressed" by the evictions in the West Bank and made new appeals to the Israeli Government to end the blockade of the Gaza Strip. "During the field mission found impact on Palestinians, and I was deeply distressed by what I saw," Amos said during a press conference to report on the results of the four-day visit he made last week to Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The New York Times criticizes the Endesa plans to build dams in Chilean Patagonia

The New York Times in an editorial today criticized the Chilean government plans to build five hydroelectric dams in Chilean Patagonia, one of the last unspoiled places in Latin America. The project involves the Spanish subsidiary of Endesa, which is the main power in Chile. The complex, known as Hidroaysén has forecast capacity of 2,750 megawatts, nearly as three nuclear reactors, and is driven by Endesa Chile (51% of the shares) and the Chilean Colbún (49% remaining).

Algeria will hold a meeting on security in the Sahel

Sahelian countries involved in the fight against al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) directed Algeria to prepare for a meeting on security in this region, which will be invited to the European Union (EU) and the United States. This meeting is scheduled in Algiers during the third quarter of 2011, said, Monday, May 29, an Algerian official.

The European Union and the United States will be invited to this meeting which will focus on "the twin problems of security in the Sahel and [to] support measures for the development of strategic projects in the countries of the region, including Trans-Sahara, "said the spokesman of Foreign Ministry of Algeria.

Syria protests death toll increases

At least one hundred thousand civilians have been killed and thousands have been arrested during the crackdown by Syrian security forces against demonstrations taking place since March, denounced the Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah. The organization, founded by the jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said most of the fatalities occurred in Hauran region in the south of the country where the revolt began to demand democratic reforms.

Germany proposes to compensate the victims of abuse prescribed

11,400 calls and 2,100 letters from victims of abuse in a single year. On this basis, the independent commissioner Christine Bergmann proposes that all victims of child abuse for therapies receiving aid and compensation for damage, even in cases where the crime has already prescribed. Bergmann, Social Democrat and former Minister for Family Affairs, include these recommendations in its report on child abuse in Germany.

A Moneygall, Obama returns to his Irish roots

Moneygall, special correspondent - Megan Smolenyak did not want to miss that. She was the genealogist from New Jersey who went up the line of Barack Obama, maternal side. His research led to Moneygall, Irish village of 350 inhabitants. The Anglican minister Stephen Neill (a star in the county, although the Catholic priest Moneygall be much busier) who answered his call went to check the archives of the parish.

The IAEA report on Iran over nuclear program plan

Iran continues its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment and other activities prohibited by the Security Council of the UN, denounced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In a confidential report sent to the representatives of the Member States of the IAEA in Vienna, the nuclear agency is concerned about new information received about "possible military dimensions" of that program, including alleged Iranian activities until past.

U.S. penalizes Venezuelan oil company PDVSA for its link with Irn

United States today imposed sanctions on seven international companies that support Iran's energy sector, including state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), according to the Department of State. Undersecretary James Steinberg reported that this measure will prevent PDVSA access to contracts with the U.S.

Government and to import and export financing. However, the penalty will not affect oil sales to U.S. business and activities of its subsidiaries. By imposing these sanctions, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, "wants to send a clear and strong message to companies around the world: those who continue their irresponsible support Iran's energy sector and helping Iran to evade sanctions U.S.

Fatah and Hamas signed a joint declaration in Moscow

Russia announced Monday, May 29, a further step of reconciliation talks between rival Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, who signed in Moscow a new joint statement without revealing the content provided. "We were able to develop together an important statement that will help implement the agreements [reconciliation] of Cairo," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that received the Palestinian delegates.

Syria recognizes the harmful nature of European sanctions

.- The Syrian foreign minister acknowledged Monday that the sanctions announced by the European Union will hurt the Syrian interests, but said that Damascus will never allow foreign countries to impose their will on the national territory. The European Union decided Monday to freeze accounts and suspending visas to President Bashar Assad and nine members of his cabinet as a punishment for the repression of civilians during the uprising of the opposition in Syria.

They call for the freedom of a jail for driving saud

The organization of human rights Human Rights Watch has asked the Saudi authorities to release imprisoned women after driving a car in the country, something that the regime bans women-and whose exploits, hung on the Internet video channel YouTube to encourage other fellow, has received more than half a million visits.

The woman, Manal al-Sharif, ARAMCO company employee, was arrested a first time on May 21 by officers from the traffic police and the religious police as he drove through the city of Khobar, but was released shortly thereafter. The next day was back behind the wheel, costing him the second arrest.

Brazil .- The Brazilian contemporary art comes to the Reina Sofia by Lygia Pape

MADRID, 24 May. The Reina Sofia Museum organizes, in collaboration with the Projeto Lygia Pape, the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the Brazilian artist in Europe. It seeks to contribute decisively to the knowledge, study and dissemination of the work of Lygia Pape, one of the leading names in contemporary art in Brazil, along with others like Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clar, with whom he was closely associated.

Yemen: EU threatens to review its policy

Since late January, the country was shaken by a popular protest against Mr Saleh, in power for nearly 33 years, accused of nepotism and corruption. The revolt has killed 187 people, according to a statement from Agence France-Presse. The EU ministers called on President Saleh to cede power "immediately".

"President Saleh knows what to do," said the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton. The text also warns the Yemeni authorities against any violence against the demonstrators. "Any use of violence against peaceful demonstrators must stop immediately," the statement said. Same side of the imperative of the United States: Washington Monday urged President Saleh to "break the deadlock" in signing the agreement.

Saudi woman arrested for driving car

Saudi police arrested a woman for driving his car in the city of Al Jabar, in the east, is forbidden in the country, police said. The sources explained that Manal al-Sherif, 32, complied with the instructions of the traffic police who stopped her while driving and transferred his case to the religious police.

Al Sharif had called for Facebook to action on June 17 inviting women to drive. "I'll drive my car" is the name of the call published by the Internet to encourage women to take to the streets that day to protest the discrimination they suffer. Human rights sources, who requested anonymity, predict that the authorities will release on bail if Al Sheriff agrees not to resume driving.

UN begins probe into nuclear complex in Fukushima

An international mission in Japan on Tuesday started a probe into the nuclear complex that is leaking radioactive and is flooded, at a time when information has emerged about the severity of the crisis in the early days after the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March. The team of UN nuclear experts met with Japanese officials and inspect in the coming days the plant in Fukushima Dai-ichi to investigate the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl occurred in 1986.

Mubarak is on trial for the deaths of more than 800 people

The Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted last February by massive protests against his 30-year rule, be tried for the killing of protesters and other charges, reported the Attorney General of that country. In a statement, the Attorney General announced that referred to Mubarak and his two sons Gamal Allah and to criminal court, and this week completed 45 days in custody, the maximum period for which a suspect is in custody pending investigation.

EU .- The EU-Mercosur negotiations say they are "not easy" but rely on achieving a trade agreement

BRUSSELS, 24 May. The head of the EU executive, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, and the acting president of Mercosur, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, today admitted the difficulties that exist between the two blocks to achieve a partnership agreement - which will include a free trade - but have been confident of overcoming the obstacles for an agreement of this kind "will benefit 750 million people." "It is true that negotiations are not easy, but it is also true that progress has been made," said Barroso in an appearance before reporters in Brussels, accompanied by the president of Paraguay.

Brussels rules out a widespread closure of European areo space

The European Commission currently foresees that the ash cloud caused by the eruption of Iceland Grímsvötn causing a widespread closure of airspace and the consequences are similar to the chaos that was generated last year by a similar eruption of another volcano in Iceland. This was communicated the EU transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, during a press conference where he declared: "We face a week that presents many challenges for both passengers and airlines." For now, airlines have canceled about 252 flights because of the ash cloud, as the European Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).

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The DNA of Strauss-Kahn, found at the foot of the waitress

The investigation in the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and researchers are continuing claim to have found DNA traces of former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in work clothes worn by the cleaning lady the day that he reported for attempted rape and sexual assault at a hotel in New York.

As reported yesterday the television networks NBC and ABC, forensic investigation services in New York compared the DNA evidence found at the foot of the waitress with the genetic samples were taken from Strauss-Khan on the day he was arrested. According to these resources, they would be practicing the same DNA testing on other evidence found at the Sofitel room where the assault allegedly occurred.

Barack O'Bama to meet his Irish origins

Obama begins his European tour by Ireland

The U.S. president, Barack Obama began Monday a one-week European tour that took him first in Ireland, where he has to go in the footsteps of one of his ancestors. The president's plane landed in Dublin in the morning. Obama talking in stride with Irish counterpart Mary McAleese and Prime Minister Enda Kenny, while Ireland is facing a serious economic crisis.

The highlight of the visit of twenty-four hours in the Emerald Isle, however, is its movement, with his wife, Michelle, in the small village of Moneygall, which is from his great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney. For the occasion, this village of the Irish countryside, located 130 km south-west of Dublin, has had a makeover.

Alert Europe for another volcano islands

Last year was called Eyjafjalla. This year has a simpler name: Grímsvötn. But they have something in common: they are both Icelandic volcanoes and both have the ability to sow chaos in European airspace. This happened last year, when the volcanic ash cloud reached the continent and forced to ground most of the fleet.

This year, Europe seems more prepared: have distinguished three levels of risk and most airlines are prepared to fly with volcanic clouds low or medium risk. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK said yesterday that the measures taken since last year "will help to limit any disruption in the event that volcanic ash reached this week in European airspace." But the CAA has warned that "can not rule out a disorder of aviation." That will depend on the evolution of the volcanic eruption and the cloud, depending on winds and weather.

South Africa: ANC vote crumbles