Thursday, July 14, 2011

Afghanistan, Karzai at the funeral of his brother

Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened the long funeral procession that has cut Kandahar this morning to carry the coffin of his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai to the native village, Karz, about twenty kilometers from the most important city in southern Afghanistan. The security measures were impressive. Afghan police officers and soldiers of the national army were deployed along the entire route, while the body of Wali Karzai was accompanied by thousands of people.

Japan may give up nuclear energy

Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said Wednesday that the Fukushima nuclear crisis convinced him that Japan should get rid of nuclear energy and get rid of all nuclear power plants. The crisis of radiation in the central Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power, triggered by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, has provoked debate about the role of nuclear energy in Japan is an earthquake zone and with few resources and concern for the energy shortage because 35 of the 54 reactors are being held.

Five French soldiers killed in an attack on Afghanistan

Five French soldiers and a civilian have been killed this morning in a suicide bombing in Joyba in Kapissa province, north of Kabul. The soldiers were part of a contingent guarding a meeting of Afghan notables when a man has advanced to the French armored vehicles and then has exploded the bomb that was attached to the body.

Four other French soldiers and three other civilians were seriously injured. Soon after, an SMS sent by the Taliban France Presse served to vindicate the attack. The murder of five French soldiers came a day after Nicolas Sarkozy, on a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

Greece, Fitch downgrades credit rating from 'B +' to 'CCC'

Fitch cut its long-term rating of Greece to 'CCC', four steps less than the previous 'B +'. The decision is mainly due to the absence of a credible plan of aid for the country. The downgrading of Athens, Fitch said in a statement, reflecting the lack of a new program of support to Greece by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund should be credible and fully funded.

At this, the rating agency points out, there is increasing uncertainty about the role of the private sector in any future financing of Greece, just as you are weakening the country's macroeconomic prospects.

Attack leaves 21 dead in Bombay

Three explosions killed 21 people and wounded at least 141 in central and southern Indian city of Bombay. Interior Minister, P. Chidambaram described the actions of "coordinated attack by terrorists." The attacks were not claimed, but suspicion pointed to the Indian Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is based in Pakistan.

The first blast occurred around 18:45 local time and the following occurred at an interval of 15 minutes.