Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The mayor of Kandahar died in an attack

The mayor of Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hameedi, died today in an attack in the council of this restive city in southern Afghanistan, as reported by official sources quoted by the local AIP. The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in a hallway near the mayor's office, as indicated by the provincial government spokesman Zalmay Ayoubi.

Apparently, the terrorist encondía the bomb in the turban. The mayor was meeting with some leaders of a district of Kandahar city when one of them approached him and detonated the bomb, as noted by the chief of police of the city, Abdul Razaq. Hamidi's death occurs at an awkward time, just as there is a dangerous power vacuum in the volatile province of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban and a focus of recent efforts of U.S. troops to quell the thrust of the insurgency.

U.S. debt: the Republicans will not vote before Thursday

The proposal by the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives John Boehner to leave the United States of the budget impasse will not be put to a vote before Thursday at the earliest, officials said Tuesday, July 26 at the Congress. The postponement will delay further negotiations on raising the debt ceiling demanded by the Treasury before the deadline of August 2 to meet its commitments.

78 people die in plane crash caused by fog

A total of 78 people, including soldiers and civilians, died in a plane crash near Guelmim, in southern Morocco, near the Western Sahara, Moroccan military sources said. The victims, which must be added two injured are members of the Moroccan armed forces, over 12 relatives, they said local sources in the province of Guelmim.

King Mohamed VI of Morocco said hours after three days of national mourning starting yesterday, with the flag at half mast on all public buildings. The plane, a Hercules C-130 troop transport, with a maximum capacity of 90 people with 80 passengers on board, came from Dakhla in the south of Western Sahara, and went to Kenitra, 40 km north of Rabat as early versions.

Social protest in Israel: Netanyahu meets wrath of the middle class

With its live, televised promises Netanyahu responded to a wave of protests against exorbitant rents. She was in the past few days so swollen that the Prime Minister had recently feared for his power: only 32 percent of Israelis demonstrated in a survey published on Tuesday in the newspaper "Haaretz" satisfied with his work.

54 percent of respondents are dissatisfied, according to the survey. Later in May, was the result of failed vice versa, the newspaper reported. At that time, 51 percent of respondents would not support Netanyahu 31 percent. Netanyahu takes this sudden change very seriously: On Monday, he canceled a long planned trip to Poland, when he wanted to garner support for his tough stance against the Palestinians claim for their own state.

Mubarak stops eating, medical alert status

The deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has stopped eating and only eat liquids, reported attending physician at the Hospital Sharm el-Sheikh International, which warned of the "acute stage of weakness." The hospital's director, Mohamed Fathala, said Mubarak may not take solid food and liquids such as juices can only support so much weight he has lost, was quoted by the state agency Mena.

A deadly tropical storm sweeping the Philippines

Tropical Storm Nock-ten sweeping the Philippines since Tuesday killed at least nine dead and 25 missing on the main island of Luzon, announced Wednesday, July 27 the authorities. The storm is expected to cause the most damage in the northern island of Luzon, and heavy rains are expected in Manila, the capital, which has 12 million inhabitants where schools were closed as a precaution.

Most of the victims drowned or landslide, said civil protection. The storm swept Tuesday the coastal provinces of southeastern Luzon, forcing 645,000 people from their flooded homes, said Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Management. "We can not use army trucks as the water level is too high," he said, adding that authorities were waiting for a lull to send help from the air.

A380 Airbus: new incident on a Rolls-Royce engine

Singapore Airlines announced Wednesday, July 27 to have replaced a Rolls-Royce on one of its A380 after a failure occurred Tuesday. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft from the airport of Singapore, the engine has stopped working, forcing the crew to turn back and return to land. The Airbus was traveling to Hong Kong with 368 passengers on board.

"A change in the reactor was performed on the device, and we are investigating the incident with Rolls-Royce and Airbus," said a spokesman for the airline. The British engine manufacturer and the European attached to EADS, have faced a similar incident last year when one of the engines of a Qantas A380 had exploded in flight, forcing the unit to return to land, also in Singapore.

The bridge of humanitarian aid to Somalia starts

The World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that the first humanitarian airlift aircraft Somalia has thrown off and with 14 tons of food for children displaced by famine and drought. A WFP spokesman in Nairobi displaced, Challis McDonough has confirmed to this newspaper that the first phase of the mission aims to give an "extra help" to children who are coming to Mogadishu.

The humanitarian operation has begun 24 hours later than planned and after saving the bureaucratic problems that left the device on the ground yesterday. Meanwhile, thousands of Somalis kicked internal and external borders of their country in search of the crowded refugee camps assisted by international organizations.