Saturday, June 11, 2011

15 people die after explosion in Afghanistan

.- At least 15 people including eight children, were killed when a mine exploded in the province of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. The Afghan Interior Ministry said the attack took place in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, adding that one person was injured in the blast. "Fifteen civilians were killed, including eight children, four women and three men.

Another woman was injured when a civilian vehicle has stepped roadside bomb," the Interior Ministry, reported the Qatari news channel Al Jazeera. According to the United Nations (UN), May was the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since 2007. In 2010 777 died two thousand civilians, mostly victims of the actions of the insurgents but also occasionally of NATO operations.

Nearly 700 immigrants arrive on Italian island of Lampedusa

.- Three ships in the carrying nearly 700 immigrants from North Africa arrived in the Italian island of Lampedusa overnight, authorities said Saturday. The ships, which is believed to set sail from Libya, transporting a total of 667 immigrants. Two other vessels with a total of 200 people were located about 32 miles and were heading to the island, said a coast guard official.

Thousands of people fleeing uprisings in the north of Africa have gone to Italy on board rickety boats in recent months, often creating an immigration crisis on the island midway between Tunisia and Sicily.

30 people die in fighting with militants in Yemen

Yemen said that his army on Saturday killed 21 members of Al Qaeda in a southern province whose capital city was taken by Islamic militants during the bloody political crisis. Nine Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes in the Abyan province, whose capital fell Zinjibar Islamist fighters last month, triggering battles that made most of its population fled.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia and Western countries fear that the chaos resulting from such clashes could give al Qaeda a foothold in the impoverished state of the Arabian Peninsula, which extends oil export routes. In a statement sent by text message, the Defense Ministry said its troops had killed 18 "terrorists" in Zinjibar and three in Lawder, another city in the province.

Japanese nuclear plant protest

Thousands of opponents of nuclear plants in Japan marched on Saturday as he had three months since the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, pressuring the government to reduce the country's dependence on this energy. Three reactors were merged after a powerful earthquake hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan, forcing 80,000 people to be evacuated when engineers warned of radiation leakage, explosions of hydrogen and overheating of nuclear fuel rods.

Eleven killed when hitting a truck and a minibus in Egypt

.- At least eleven people were killed and three injured today when a truck collided and a minibus on the road between the oases of the Western Desert of Egypt, said Egyptian news agency Mena. All the victims were passengers on public transport bus, which was completely destroyed, said local police chief, Omar al Farmawi to Mena.

The truck driver fled the scene, so his arrest has been ordered to investigate responsibility for the accident, said the police chief. In Egypt, a country with some 80 million people die annually over 12 thousand people on the roads, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Five people die and more than 50 are injured in two attacks in Iraq

.- At least five people were killed and over fifty injured by the explosion of two car bombs in central Mosul, 400 kilometers north of Baghdad, sources told Efe the Iraqi police. According to sources, the first vehicle loaded with explosives was detonated at a passing police patrol in the area at Dauasa.

Shortly thereafter, coinciding with the arrival of security forces and the concentration of civilians in the area to the incident, there was the outbreak of a second car. The sources said that most victims are civilians. Five police officers suffered injuries of varying severity in the blasts, which also caused damage in eleven cars and 20 shops and restaurants in the area, the sources, who did not rule to increase the number of people killed by the severity of injuries.

Security forces kill at least 25 demonstrators

Syrian security forces, backed by helicopter gunships, killed at least 25 civilians among tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the regime in a country where East is plunged into chaos. At three months of protests began on 15 March, despite the sanctions and criticism from the international community, the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears determined to quell bloodshed demonstrations, an attitude described as "outrageous" by Ankara and "slaughter" by Washington.

Increases death toll in clashes in Libya

The death toll from clashes between forces loyal to Muammar Gadhafi and the rebels who control Misrata rose to 31, a doctor at the hospital in the city Hekma. The doctor said that more than 110 people were wounded after battles between rebels and forces loyal fighters on the outskirts of the city. Gadhafi forces also bombed the city, an insurgent stronghold in western Libya.

Meanwhile, the United States accused some NATO allies do not share the weight of the campaign against the forces of the Libyan head of state. After investigations by the International Criminal Court presented to the UN, where Gadhafi is shown to be responsible for a policy of sexual abuse of their opponents, the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said his country had offered a "guarantee" to Gadhafi when Libya abandoned, but Ankara is not answered.

Syria condemns proposal stalls in the Council of the UN Security

.- The negotiations on the draft resolution submitted by the countries of the European Union () to condemn the regime's repression of protesters stalled today in the Security Council, so that the vote be delayed until the next week. This was explained to European diplomatic sources, who spoke of "locking" of the draft resolution by Russia and China, permanent members with veto power, as well as India, Brazil and South Africa, temporary members.

Syria, helicopters opened fire on a crowd Damascus referred to the UN nuclear plan

Syria is another Friday in protests and clashes. Today, five helicopters opened fire on a crowd gathered to demonstrate. At least twenty-eight civilians were killed today in various parts of the country according to eyewitness accounts released by the monitoring site Rassd and pan-Arab television Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera.

Two people have died in Busra al-Hariri, a village in the south, where the army fired to disperse a protest against the regime of Bashar Assad. Eyewitnesses also report that Qabun, suburb of Damascus, one dead and an unknown number of casualties were caused by shots fired by security forces.

Humala was meeting with Lula to strengthen ties with Brazil

The agenda of the elected president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, in his second day visit to Brazil has only one strong point: the meeting with his personal friend, the exmandatario Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. After meeting yesterday with the president of the country, Dilma Rousseff, Humala has traveled to Sao Paulo today to meet with the politician who, in his own words, is a role model in Latin America.

Accession Recommendation: Croatia can hope for EU membership in 2013

The EU Commission has given the green light for Croatia's accession into the European Union. Member countries were recommended to conduct the negotiations with the Balkan state to end - so that Croatia would be ready for membership in a year already. After nearly five years of negotiations, Croatia is ready for EU membership, at least from the Commission.

The recommended on Friday, when the Balkan country on the Adriatic on the i 28th 2013 include a member of the community. "Today is a historic day for Croatia and the European Union," said Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He called on Member States to take swift to bless the candidate plans.

Yemen protests rivals urge president to resign or return

Tens of thousands of Yemenis went out on Friday the streets of the capital in two parallel protests. While calling for the resignation of a wounded leader of the country, another wanted to return home. The rival demonstrations over the future of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to leave Yemen for surgery after an attack on his palace last week, revealing the instability of a country that Western nations and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia fear could fall into chaos and give Al Qaeda a greater regional position.

Chile .- Friday shall restart operations at airports in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES / MONTEVIDEO, 10 Jun. The airports of Buenos Aires, Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza, will restore its operations on Friday, but not until next Monday when normalized air traffic and can take off and land all domestic and international flights but it all depends on how quickly to disperse a cloud of ash from the volcano in Chile Peyehue.

The Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral state have announced they will resume flights after 18.00 hours (23.00 hours in mainland Spain). Instead, the trips to Patagonia, Bahia Blanca and Mar del Plata will remain suspended until Wednesday 15, official agency reports Telam. Both companies have confirmed they will meet some of the scheduled flights to destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu, Cordoba, Mendoza, Tucumán, Sao Paulo, San Juan, Santiago del Estero and Resistance.

At least 23 people die in Syria protest harsh repression

.- At least 23 people were killed in different provinces of Syria for the harsh suppression of the demonstrations that took place over a Friday around the country to demand the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to an NGO. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on its website that ten people died in Idleb province in the northwest of the country, nine in the coastal region of Latakia, also in the northwest, two in the neighborhood of Al Qabun in Damascus and two in Basra to Hariri, in the south.