Archive for October, 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Monday the organization of a referendum in Greece and a confidence vote in parliament on the agreement reached last week at the EU summit in Brussels to clear a portion of government debt.
"The will of the Greek people be binding on us," saidPapandreou Socialist parliamentary group, while also indicating that he would seek a vote of confidence in Parliament on the agreement on debt.
The Greeks "do they want the adoption of the new agreement or reject it? If the Greeks do not want it, it will not be adopted," said the Prime Minister.
Demonstrations were held last Friday in many cities across the country, on the occasion of National Day celebrations to protest against austerity policies of the socialist government and the consequences of the Europe Agreement that give creditors more control over fiscal policy of the country, raising fears in a total loss of some sovereignty.Papandreou has a majority of 153 members of parliament (out of 300 seats) but faces a growing opposition within his own party.
Last Thursday, after a marathon summit, EU leaders reached an agreement with banks to clear part of the Greek debt held by the creditor banks in the country.
The agreement with the banks is on a waiver of 50% of their claims, one hundred billion out of the country's public debt of 350 billion euros.
Athens will also receive new international loans of 100 billion euros by the end of 2014 also, as part of a program that replaces the 109 billion euros agreed in July by the EU and the IMF.
AFP – Twenty civilians were killed Friday by the firing of security forces, almost all the cities of Hama and Homs, two outbreaks of protest of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH).
"Eight civilians were killed in various parts of the city of Hama (north), eleven in the city of Homs (center) and a civilian in Qousseir in the region of Homs," theater of operations for several weeks of army, the OSDH said in a statement.
According to the OSDH, several events were held in Homs after the noon prayer, especially in the area of Deir Bala, where nearly 20,000 people marched calling for the downfall of the regime.
Also, clashes took place in Hama between alleged deserters and soldiers and members of the security.
In the northwest of Syria, the armed and security forces have conducted raids in the village of Kafrouma in Idleb province, near the Turkish border, arresting 13 people including a woman and her son 12 years, said the observatory.
In the same region, "the funeral of a deserter have turned to al-Maaret Nomaan in a major demonstration calling for the downfall of the regime and criticizing the Syrian president" Bashar al-Assad, the source said.
Israel and Egypt have finalized an agreement to release 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli jails in exchange for an Israeli-American citizen, Ilan Grapelli, held in Cairo for espionage, officials said Monday evening of Israeli and Egyptian official sources.
"Egypt has agreed to release Ilan Grapelli and at the request of Egypt, Israel agreed to release 25 Egyptian prisoners," according to a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The statement said the Egyptian prisoners for release, including three minors are not detained for security reasons.
The agreement must still get the green light from the Israeli security cabinet will meet Tuesday, the statement said.In principle, the approval of the security cabinet is expected to be a formality.
Egyptian state television had previously announced the agreement.
"A final agreement was reached to release the Israeli spy Ilan Grapelli against 25 Egyptian prisoners, including three children," said the Egyptian public channel.
According to the official news agency Mena, the exchange must take place "in the next two days."
The Egyptians had three minors were arrested after entering Israel illegally to sell cigarettes, according to the Egyptian press.
Grapelli Ilan, an Israeli-American 27 years, was arrested June 12 in Cairo and accused of spying for the Jewish state.
Two days after his arrest, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman had denied Ilan Grapelli will be engaged in espionage activities.
"I can say categorically that this student, who may have had a bizarre and irresponsible, has no connection with Israeli intelligence, American or moon", said Mr.Lieberman.
The Egyptian government media had presented the young man as an "officer of the Mossad," the Israeli intelligence services, who came "to spy in Egypt in order to undermine the economic and political interests of the country."
According to Egyptian media, Ilan Grapelli arrived in Egypt shortly after January 25, the start of the revolt that brought down the President Hosni Mubarak, to "incite chaos and sectarian strife."
The Mena had then claimed that "posing as a foreign correspondent" covering the protests against the regime.
The announcement comes just days after the release by Israel of a contingent of 477 Palestinian prisoners as part of an exchange agreement against the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive in Gaza for more than five years.
Under the agreement reached under Egyptian mediation between Israel and Hamas, endorsed 11 October by the Israeli government, a second group of 550 Palestinian prisoners must be released within two months.
AFP – A strong explosion was heard in Mogadishu Tuesday, near the Foreign Ministry, during a visit of two Kenyan ministers in the Somali capital, witnesses and a police official who mentions a possible car bomb attack.
"There was a loud explosion near the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Initial reports indicate that a car loaded with explosives blew up," said the police official, Mohamed Adan.
"It's a car bomb that exploded but we do not know who she was," for his part said Ali Abdi Rahman, a witness."He victims but we are not sure of the number," he added.
Kenyan Ministers of Defence, Yusuf Haji, and Foreign Affairs, Moses Wetangula, were at that time at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, a few kilometers from the explosion, Somali officials said.
Kenya has launched troops in southern Somalia this weekend, to hunt down insurgents Shebab he blames the recent abductions in Eastern European territory.The Shebab has denied any role in the kidnappings and Nairobi have warned against retaliation.
The explosion on Tuesday occurred at about 3:00 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT), would have at least two deaths, according to other witnesses, who could not specify whether or not victims were civilians.
"There was a loud explosion (…) and everyone started running," recounted Yusuf Said, one of these witnesses. "I saw two dead and seven others were injured, but I do not know the identity of victims," he added.
AFP – Britain's Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) will start from pole position Sunday's Grand Prix of South Korea Formula 1, the 16th race of the season, having the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday afternoon at the Circuit de Yeongam.
For the first time this year, the pole is beyond a Red Bull, German Sebastian Vettel finishing second and Australian Mark Webber fourth. The angry face of the new double world champion out of his car spoke volumes about the motivation that still lives on the end of the season.
The other McLaren driver, Briton Jenson Button, takes the third place.It will start from the second row of the grid alongside Webber.
Both Ferrari monopolize the third row, Felipe Massa (5th) again ahead of his teammate Fernando Alonso of Spain (6th).
Germany's Nico Rosberg (Mercedes, seventh) and Russian Vitaly Petrov, eighth on a Lotus Renault return to form, sharing the fourth row, and the Force India of Adrian Sutil of Germany and Briton Paul di Resta's fifth .
Neither of these two men who signed a timed lap in Q3, Sutil will be credited with the ninth time and di Resta tenth of the benefit of his number: 14, against 15 for Columbia.
It was twenty-three years that Wales had not played in the semifinals of the World Cup and it was not until the advent of a bunch of kids without complex to relive that moment. Beaten to a point in Pool by South Africans defending champions (17-16) but hands down winners (22-10) quarter-final opponents of Irish veterans of O'Driscoll, O'Gara and O'Brien, the Welsh do not care about the average age (26 years). They not only show the best defense of the competition (44 points against), but they do not hide their ambition to become world champions.
Sat Warburton, a young captain copy
Symbol of this new generation, Sam Warburton, 23, was appointed captain just before the World Cup."The way he plays has brought confidence to the team. It's not a captain who talks a lot," said coach Tuesday advocates Welsh XV, Shaun Edwards. "But his mere presence and activity give more confidence to the players. When he was appointed captain, the team has not been the same." Ubiquitous defense, always support when it comes to attack, the third line of Cardiff Blues not loose anything. In fact, his rise coincides with the current balance between the Welsh lines.
But the success of the Welsh training is not based solely on the shoulders of one man.It is also a subtle blend of a carefree youth – Toby Faletau (21), Rhys Priestland (24 years), George North (19) – and more experienced players like Adam Jones (68 selections) and Shane Williams (73 selections) that allowed such a course. Player behavior has also changed off the field. Unlike the English, who have mostly been one of the tabloids for their non-sporting escapades, the Welsh have proven to be wise. "So far we have not had the opportunity to make a big party," the pillar slides Gethin Jenkins."But that does not mean that we do not spend a good time."
A coach, however much criticized
Heavily criticized by former international, including Phil Bennett and Gwyn Jones, after a poor fourth in the last tournament of the Six Nations, the coach of the New Zealand XV Welsh Warren Gatland decided to rejuvenate his troops.Inevitably, this change resulted in transfers of power, even if the Leek XV showed great things in the 2000s, during which he notably won two Grand Slams in the Six Nations, in 2005 and 2008.
But despite these two crowns, however, the Welsh of the older generation had been unable to leave the group stage of the World 2007 – including recording a 38-34 defeat against Fiji.
Today however, thanks to the class bottle of Welsh rugby, a whole nation that dreams of a qualification in the final of the competition. For the semi-final against France, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium (75,000 seats), which will install a giant screen displays already complete."A win would give vigor to the heart of a country struggling to overcome the crisis," he recently told Dennis Gethin, President of the Federation of Welsh rugby.
As for Sam Warburton, he knows that public expectations are enormous, but he prefers not to think about. It focuses on its next game against France: a team, he said, "surprise when not playing well." Meanwhile, the unofficial song of the Welsh supporters, "Sam Our Captain," is already a hit on the Web. There is no doubt that "Sam will bring the cup home" (Video here against). Provided nevertheless pass the obstacle French …
Georgia said on Saturday that negotiations to lift its veto on the entry of Russia to the World Trade Organization had failed, the talks broke down over the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia backed by Moscow.
"The negotiations have failed.We have not reached agreement, "said the Swiss telephone to AFP Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Sergei Kapanadze, after a round of negotiations with the Swiss as mediators.
"If Russia's position does not change, I see no reason to agree a new round of negotiations," he added.
Georgia, as a member since 2000, WTO, blocking Russia's accession to the WTO, an open question for years, but which Moscow has managed to obtain the agreement of 2010 principle of the United States and the European Union.
The dispute concerns the two Georgian breakaway provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, de facto independent since the armed conflict and Russia's military intervention in August 2008, which Russia recognized the independence.
Tbilisi continues to claim sovereignty over these territories, and therefore the right to monitor the borders.
Mr.Kapanadze said that Georgia had agreed, however, a Swiss proposal providing for "oversight of commercial transit routes by international observers," but that Russia had refused this option.
The question of the two border areas of Russia is poisoning relations between that country and Georgia since 2008.
During a visit to Tbilisi Friday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated Moscow's commitment, noting that the Soviet Union "did not exist" and defending the territorial integrity of Georgia.
Russia maintains troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia since 2008, and President Dmitry Medvedev has signed legislation providing Friday to install permanent military bases.
The Vice-Minister of Georgia said his country could accept, however, further negotiations if the mediator Swiss deemed necessary.
"Georgia is ready for further negotiations" in this case, he said.
Russia, execrable relations with Georgia since 2008, is the last great world economic power not to be a member of the WTO.
Moscow had sent last Monday in Washington, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, a close associate of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in an attempt to unlock this file.
The United States, a major supporter of the pro-Western regime of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, had suspended their consent to the entry of Russia to the WTO after Russia's military intervention in Georgia in 2008.
Russia, which began in 1993, its process of accession to the WTO, has repeatedly expressed his frustration at not seeing him succeed.
Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the West of using Georgia as a barrier to the entry of his country to the WTO.
But some observers also question the willingness of Russia to abide by the rules of the organization, when it comes to creating a customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus, two former Soviet republics that are not members of the 'World Trade Organization.
"Does it serve Russia? Is fifty to fifty," said Mr Putin this week, who recently announced his intention to return to the Kremlin to the election of March 2012 and suggested the creation of a EAU bringing together states of the former USSR.
The crisis in Europe could have a "very real" on the United States on Thursday warned U.S. President Barack Obama, saying it is all the more urgent that Congress adopt its plan of 447 billion dollars for employment.
"Our economy is in need of an immediate shock. The problems that Europe is experiencing today could have a very real effect on our economy, when it is already weakened," Obama said at a press conference at the White House.
"The employment plan will help us guard against a further decline in activity if the situation were to worsen in Europe," said Mr.Obama.
"It will support economic growth, he put people back to work, the president added, while the Senate is to decide next week on this project, already described as" dead "by the Republican opposition.
"Unless we act, the opposite will happen: there will be fewer jobs, less growth," warned the president, when even within his Democratic senators are reluctant to vote for plan for employment.
"I hope all senators think carefully about the issue when they vote next week," he said, calling his plan "of insurance against a return to recession."
Mr.Obama, whose re-election in November 2012 will depend largely on decisions made today in the economic, acknowledged that the activity was present at half-mast in the United States.
"There is no doubt that the economy is weaker than at the beginning of the year," he said, acknowledging that the events in New York since mid-September against Wall Street were a symptom of "discontent felt by Americans. "
Presented in early September, the employment of Mr. Obama plan will invest in infrastructure and tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses.The President ensures that these measures will create 1.9 million jobs and bring down the official unemployment rate from 9.1 to 8.1%.
The Republicans have spoken out against certain aspects of the plan, but its funding, half provided by a tax increase for the wealthiest taxpayers and the elimination of tax loopholes.
Since he presented his plan, Obama has traveled the U.S. and forth to sing the praises, focusing on important states in the context of the presidential election.
According to senior officials from the White House, Obama will continue to require Congress to adopt the plan until the end of the year.If the Republicans continue to balk, they will be vulnerable to attacks on their commitment to the U.S. economy out of dire straits today.
The determination of the opposition Republican majority in the House of Representatives, makes it unlikely the prospect of adoption of all measures.
"The president continues to say 'adopt my bill in its entirety + and as I said from the beginning, the method of all or nothing is unacceptable," said Monday the number two House Republican Eric Cantor. Asked if he believes Obama's plan was "dead", he replied: "Yes."
The number two of the judicial police in Lyon Michel Neyret was indicted Monday in the investigation for corruption and influence peddling that has shaken the police for several days and has uncovered a system of diversion of drugs to compensate indicators .
After four days of police custody, Mr. Neyret must now be presented to a judge of freedoms and detention in the determination of a possible pre-trial detention, as required by the prosecution.
"This indictment is logical. M.Neyret has been consistent in his statements, "said one of his lawyers, Mr. Aurélie Sauvayre.
Counsel did not specify leaders indicted in this investigation for corruption and bribery, influence peddling, conspiracy, drug trafficking, embezzlement and violation of professional secrecy.
Mr. Neyret "is combative, confident, consistent, it reaffirms, confirms what he said. He is very proud of his police work and wants to explain. It has something to say," she added. "His main concern is his job, which he did in his career for the sake of the fight against crime", she further said.
Based on listening, including Mr. investigators suspectNeyret of stealing cannabis before placement sealed or destroyed in order to pay informants or for resale, was a judicial source said Friday.
A "system of drugs diverted to pay indicators" has been confirmed by interviews in police custody, told AFP on Monday a source close to the investigation.
Other hearings of the Judicial Police officers are scheduled Monday at the General Inspectorate of Services (IGS – Police police) in charge of the investigation, the source said, to corroborate these elements and "measure the extent."
"Travel to Marrakech"
Meanwhile, five other police officers remained in custody Monday, the head of the Brigade of Research and Intervention (BIS) in Lyon, the head of the antenna of Grenoble PJ and his deputy commander.
Mr. Neyret conceded before the IGS have been "imprudent". "He explained that the question + Do I have provided information that only a policeman could have? +, The answer is yes," said on Sunday a source familiar with the matter.
Michel Neyret "in particular, was asked about his relationship with two men," known near the middle of Lyon, jailed after being indicted in this case including corruption, according to another source familiar with the matter.
The first, Stéphane Alzraa, is suspected of having made available to the Commissioner Ferrari and Rolls Royce when staying on the Riviera.
The second, Gilles Benichou, is a figure of the night Lyon who plays a small role as a police officer in the film of the ex-cop Olivier Marchal, "Les Lyonnais", released in late November.
Near middle of Lyon, Michel Zaragoza, was also to be presented to judges Monday.He is currently in hospital emergency forensic of the Hotel-Dieu in Paris.
Neyret the Commissioner acknowledged that he was invited by suspected gangsters on the Cote d'Azur and have benefited from "benefits" including "a trip to Marrakech that seems to have been paid by Benichou," said a source familiar with the matter.
The entourage of the commissioner said Sunday that the facts could not go beyond the "pay" indicators and denied any drug trafficking.
The Interior Minister, Claude Gueant, a Sunday, evoked an "earthquake in the national police" if the charges against the police were to be proven.