Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Europe http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:58:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife http://www.khaama.com/russian-president-validmir-putin-official-divorces-his-wife-2941 http://www.khaama.com/russian-president-validmir-putin-official-divorces-his-wife-2941#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:31:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33223 Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife
According to reports, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the divorce has taken place however he did not disclose further details. In a surprise breakup announcement last June, Putin and his wife said that their marriage Read the full article...]]>
Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife

According to reports, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the divorce has taken place however he did not disclose further details.

In a surprise breakup announcement last June, Putin and his wife said that their marriage was over.

Putin in a televised announcement said last year that it was a “joint decision” and the couple “practically never saw each other.”

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putin have two adult daughters, Maria and Yekaterina, who are both in their 20s.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that Putin was preparing to marry Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, however he refused the reports and said there was no truth Moskovsky Korrespondent newspaper report.

The official Krelim website currently contains the names of Maria and Yekaterina in the biography section of Valdimir Putin.

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NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis http://www.khaama.com/nato-suspends-cooperation-with-russia-over-ukraine-crisis-3526 http://www.khaama.com/nato-suspends-cooperation-with-russia-over-ukraine-crisis-3526#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:16:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33178 NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Moscow over annexation of Crimea. The decision to suspend cooperation with Moscow was taken during the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels on Tuesday Read the full article...]]>
NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Moscow over annexation of Crimea.

The decision to suspend cooperation with Moscow was taken during the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels on Tuesday for the first time since the annexation of Crimea.

NATO said it has seen no sign that Moscow was withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border.

The ministers following a joint statement announced the suspension of the NATO’s cooperation with Moscow, however they said the NATO-Russia Council could continue, “as necessary, at the ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis.”

The statement further added that NATO’s relations with Russia would be reviewed at their next meeting in June.

Crimea was formally annexed to Russia by Moscow on March 21 after newly installed pro-Moscow regional leaders held a referendum that yielded an overwhelming vote to join Russia.

The annexation of Crimea to Russia was denounced by Kiev and the West as illegal and the Obama administration and other major industrialized nations on Monday warned of damaging economic sanctions if further actions were taken by President Vladimir Putin to destabilize Ukraine.

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French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims http://www.khaama.com/french-president-hollande-in-affair-with-actress-magazine-claims-2681 http://www.khaama.com/french-president-hollande-in-affair-with-actress-magazine-claims-2681#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:01:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31194 French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims
A French magazine Closer, claims President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet and says it has photographs to back its story. The weekly tabloid in its website said that its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations and pictures of President Hollande an Gayet. It also added that Hollande Read the full article...]]>
French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims

A French magazine Closer, claims President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet and says it has photographs to back its story.

The weekly tabloid in its website said that its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations and pictures of President Hollande an Gayet.

It also added that Hollande routinely drives through Paris on his scooter to spend the night with his 41-year-old mistress.

Closer wrote on the website, “Around New Year’s Day, a helmeted head of state joined the actress at her apartment, where he has got into the habit of spending the night.”

A blurred picture of the cover that appears to show Hollande was also posted by Closer in its website.

In the meantime, French president Francois Hollande condemned the coverage as an “attack on the right to privacy” and said he was considering legal action against Closer.

Mr. Hollande said he is considering suing a magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with an actress.

Hollande told AFP the report was an “attack on the right to privacy”.

Gayet, who appeared in one of Hollande’s 2012 election commercials, is an established television and cinema actress who has appeared in more than 50 films.

She had also filed a complaint in March over rumors of the affair which she said were a breach of privacy.

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Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured http://www.khaama.com/second-blast-in-russia-leaves-15-dead-23-injured-3227 http://www.khaama.com/second-blast-in-russia-leaves-15-dead-23-injured-3227#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:32:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30888 Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured
At least 14 people were killed and nearly 23 others were injured following an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, officials said. The officials further added that the explosion took place in near a market in the city’s Dzerzhinsky district on Monday morning. A trolleybus was reportedly targeted in the latest attack. Read the full article...]]>
Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured

At least 14 people were killed and nearly 23 others were injured following an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, officials said.

The officials further added that the explosion took place in near a market in the city’s Dzerzhinsky district on Monday morning.

A trolleybus was reportedly targeted in the latest attack. No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as at least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack at the central station in Volgograd city on Sunday.

The bombing heightened security fears just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games, and highlights the daunting security challenge Russia will face in fulfilling its pledge to make the Sochi Games the “safest Olympics in history.”

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Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-at-least-16-dead-in-russia-3226 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-at-least-16-dead-in-russia-3226#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:30:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30882 Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia
At least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday. The Russian investigators initially said the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber on the main train station, while people were travelling to celebrate the New Year. However, unidentified law enforcements agents later said Read the full article...]]>
Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia

At least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday.

The Russian investigators initially said the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber on the main train station, while people were travelling to celebrate the New Year.

However, unidentified law enforcements agents later said that that footage taken by surveillance cameras indicated that the bomber was a man.

The interfax news agency also reported, it was further proven by a torn male finger ringed by a safety pin removed from a hand grenade, which was found on the site of the explosion.

A spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said the incident was being treated as an act of terrorism.

Mr. Markin further added that the bomber got nervous after he saw a policeman while approaching the detector and detonated bomb stuffed with pieces of shrapnel.

He said the security presence had prevented a much higher death toll at the station, which was packed at the time of the blast as several trains were delayed.

The bombing heightened security fears just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games, and highlights the daunting security challenge Russia will face in fulfilling its pledge to make the Sochi Games the “safest Olympics in history.”

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack. This comes as Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov earlier called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.

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British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south http://www.khaama.com/british-army-head-warns-taliban-could-retake-key-territory-in-south-2644 http://www.khaama.com/british-army-head-warns-taliban-could-retake-key-territory-in-south-2644#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:09:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30807 British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south
A senior British Army Officer has warned that the vital territories in Afghanistan could be retaken as British forces are preparing withdraw next year. General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff of British Army has said that key Afghan towns in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan like Musala risks being lost to Taliban. Read the full article...]]>
British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south

A senior British Army Officer has warned that the vital territories in Afghanistan could be retaken as British forces are preparing withdraw next year.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff of British Army has said that key Afghan towns in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan like Musala risks being lost to Taliban.

Gen. Peter Wall further added that insurgents are seeking to regain lost territory, where British forces have suffered heavy casualties during the early phase of military operations.

While speaking during an interview with The Telegraph, Gen. Peter Wall warned that British forces will face a tough year s they complete the withdrawal of the remaining 6,000 troops before combat operations draw to a close at the end of 2014.

“The Taliban will be contesting the places we’ve left and there are these iconic places like Musa Qala which we fought over and suffered quite significantly,” said Gen. Peter Wall.

He also added, “It would be quite bad news if the Taliban were to get back into a place like that.”

In the meantime, Gen. Peter Wall said that the al-Qaeda network has been displaced and disrupted in the province, which was the primary objective to prevent attacks against West from safe havens.

“The Army’s head is up. People are extremely proud of what they have achieved,” said Gen. Peter Wall while pointing towards the achievement of the primary objective of the British forces.

According to Gen. Peter Wall, fighting in Afghanistan will continue for some years unless “more moderate” elements of the Taliban could be “assimilated into the political process”.

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Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile http://www.khaama.com/russia-test-fires-latest-yars-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-3207 http://www.khaama.com/russia-test-fires-latest-yars-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-3207#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 04:58:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30763 Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile
The Russian military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile complex on Tuesday. The latest modification of YARS intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a military site in Russia’s noth. Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Igor Yegorov said, the launch of RS-24 YARS took place at 07:00 GMT at Plesetsk military site in Russia’s Archangelsk region. Yegorov Read the full article...]]>
Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile

The Russian military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile complex on Tuesday. The latest modification of YARS intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a military site in Russia’s noth.

Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Igor Yegorov said, the launch of RS-24 YARS took place at 07:00 GMT at Plesetsk military site in Russia’s Archangelsk region.

Yegorov further added that the missile’s warheads hit targets as far as Kura Test Range in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in the Pacific region.

“Today, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time a detachment of the Strategic Missile Forces conducted a test launch of a Yars silo-based solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test warhead,” Colonel Igor Yegorov quoted by RIA Novosti said.

The fifth-generation RS-24 (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile and can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems. The first RS-24 launch took place at Plesetsk in 2007, the news agency reported.

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Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94 http://www.khaama.com/designer-of-russian-ak-47-rifle-mikhail-kalashnikov-dead-at-94-3202 http://www.khaama.com/designer-of-russian-ak-47-rifle-mikhail-kalashnikov-dead-at-94-3202#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:15:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30734 Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94
The designer of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapon, AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov died on Monday at the age of the 94. He was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia. Kalashnikov’s work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular Read the full article...]]>
Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

The designer of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapon, AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov died on Monday at the age of the 94. He was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia.

Kalashnikov’s work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular firearm.

He started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle.

The AK-47 rifle was completed in 1947 and was adopted by the Soviet army two years later. AK-47 is the world’s most popular firearm, favoured by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies. An estimated 100 million guns are spread worldwide.

Despite receiving many state honours, including the Order of Lenin and the Hero of Socialist Labour, he was often saying that he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed.

However, he blamed the policies of other countries for many people killed by his weapon, and refused to accept the responsibility.

But he criticized the use of weapons by criminals and child soldiers. “It is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon,” Kalashnikov said in 2008.

Kalashnikov had been hospitalized for the past month with unspecified health problems. He died in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived.

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Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term http://www.khaama.com/angela-merkel-re-elected-as-german-chancellor-for-third-term-3199 http://www.khaama.com/angela-merkel-re-elected-as-german-chancellor-for-third-term-3199#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:22:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30640 Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term
The lower house of the parliament of Germany on Tuesday re-elected Angela Merkel as the chancellor of Germany for a third term. Her re-election as German Chancellor comes nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition. Ms Merkel was busy in making the coalition since the Read the full article...]]>
Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term

The lower house of the parliament of Germany on Tuesday re-elected Angela Merkel as the chancellor of Germany for a third term.

Her re-election as German Chancellor comes nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition.

Ms Merkel was busy in making the coalition since the September 22 election to negotiate an agreement between her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Merkel’s conservatives scored their best result in over two decades in the German election on 22 September, but saw their previous coalition partners lose all their seats, which forced them into lengthy coalition talks with the rival Social Democrats (SPD).

She was backed by a otal of 462 politicians, with 150 voting against and nine abstaining. The newly appointed cabinet ministers will take the oath of office in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament.

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Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead http://www.khaama.com/passenger-jet-crashes-in-central-russia-52-feared-dead-2547 http://www.khaama.com/passenger-jet-crashes-in-central-russia-52-feared-dead-2547#comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:18:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29937 Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead
According to reports, at least 52 people were feared dead after a Boeing 737-500 crashed while landing in the central Russian city of Kazan. The emergency ministry of Russia announced that the aircraft which was carrying 44 passengers and 4 aircrew, exploded after crash-landing in the airport of Kazan at 3:53 GMT. A spokeswoman from Read the full article...]]>
Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead

According to reports, at least 52 people were feared dead after a Boeing 737-500 crashed while landing in the central Russian city of Kazan.

The emergency ministry of Russia announced that the aircraft which was carrying 44 passengers and 4 aircrew, exploded after crash-landing in the airport of Kazan at 3:53 GMT.

A spokeswoman from the Emergencies Ministry said the flight was coming from Moscow Domodedovo airport when plane caught on fire after the crash landing in Kazan airport.

In the meantime, another from the Federal Air Transport Agency said that 50 people – including six crew members .

The source further added that the plane crashed after three attempts to land, and blamed the pilots for making a mistaking when entering the second lap.

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Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey http://www.khaama.com/sultan-kosen-worlds-tallest-man-gets-married-in-turkey-3025 http://www.khaama.com/sultan-kosen-worlds-tallest-man-gets-married-in-turkey-3025#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:04:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29587 Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey
Sultan Kosen, 30, the world’s tallest man has married – and his new bride, 21 year-old Merve Dibo barely reaches his waist, who measures 5 foot 9 inches. Sultan rose to fame in 2009 and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest hands and feet, and was named the world’s tallest man by Guinness Read the full article...]]>
Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey

Sultan Kosen, 30, the world’s tallest man has married – and his new bride, 21 year-old Merve Dibo barely reaches his waist, who measures 5 foot 9 inches.

Sultan rose to fame in 2009 and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest hands and feet, and was named the world’s tallest man by Guinness World Records.

He had given up on his quest to find love, and he had hoped that his new found fame would change his life, and help him find a wife

Sultan reportedly met his wife through a mutual friend and tied the knot in his native Turkey on Sunday. The pair begun dating two months ago after Merve Dibo traveled from her home of Hasaki, in Syria, to the village of Sultan Dede köy in Turkey.

Over 1,500 guests including a representative from Guinness World Records had attended the wedding party of Sultan and Merve.

China’s Bao Xishun was the holder of the tallest person in the world with the height of 7 foot 9 inches.

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Vladimir Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize http://www.khaama.com/vladimir-putin-nominated-for-2014-nobel-peace-prize-1929 http://www.khaama.com/vladimir-putin-nominated-for-2014-nobel-peace-prize-1929#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 04:53:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28938 Vladimir Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
According to reports, Russian president Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, despite Russia’s role as the main supplier of weapons to Bashar al-Assad’s regime. His name has been put forward by an advocacy group, International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World. Putin was nominated for Nobel Read the full article...]]>
Vladimir Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

According to reports, Russian president Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, despite Russia’s role as the main supplier of weapons to Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

His name has been put forward by an advocacy group, International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World.

Putin was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize due to his efforts to prevent a US airstrike on the Syrian regime following a chemical gas attack in August.

The group did not mentioned his ruthless and violent campaign against the separatists in Chechnya or the war he waged on Georgia. The advocacy group in its leter to the committee said, “Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”

Putin is also supported by Russian MP Losif Kobzon to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, claiming thhat Putin is a more worthy recipient than Barack Obama.

He told Interfax news agency: “Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States’ aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan – now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria. He bears this title nevertheless.

Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced next October. The Nobel committee has approved the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World to peace prize nominations.

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Russia launches major military exercises in Post-Soviet period http://www.khaama.com/russia-launches-major-military-exercises-in-post-soviet-period-1658 http://www.khaama.com/russia-launches-major-military-exercises-in-post-soviet-period-1658#comments Sun, 14 Jul 2013 05:24:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27157 Russia launches major military exercises in Post-Soviet period
Russia staged large-scale military exercises on Saturday in the country’s Eastern military district in a bid to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces. The Russian defense ministry announced that the military drill is one of the largest suprise check of the combat readiness of the Russian military in the post-Soviet period. Over 80,000 Read the full article...]]>
Russia launches major military exercises in Post-Soviet period

Russia staged large-scale military exercises on Saturday in the country’s Eastern military district in a bid to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces.

The Russian defense ministry announced that the military drill is one of the largest suprise check of the combat readiness of the Russian military in the post-Soviet period.

Over 80,000 servicemen, some 1,000 armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 warships from the Pacific Fleet have taken part in the drill which will continue until July 20.

The defense ministry in a statement carried by Russian news agency, RIA Novosti said, “The main goal of the drills is to check the readiness of units to carry out their missions, and to assess the quality of their training and technical preparedness.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the snap drills on Friday and instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to inform foreign countries about the upcoming exercises, taking into account their scale and common international practice.

It is the third surprise check of combat readiness since the beginning of the year and follows a major shake-up at the top of a military establishment tarnished by persistent evidence of rampant corruption.

Thsi comes as Putin earlier in May said that urprise military drills was a perfect way to keep the armed forces in good shape and pledged to continue similar practices in the future.

The Eastern Military District where the military drill is conducted is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Russian Armed Forces.

It was formed in 2010 with headquarters at Khabarovsk, and absorbed the territories of the former Far East Military District and part of the former Siberian Military District.

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Train crash in France leaves at least eight dead http://www.khaama.com/train-crash-in-france-leaves-at-least-eight-dead-2235 http://www.khaama.com/train-crash-in-france-leaves-at-least-eight-dead-2235#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:01:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27119 Train crash in France leaves at least eight dead
According to reports at least eight people died after acked intercity train has derailed while transporting passengers from Paris to Limoges. An official or Frances national railways said, the intercity tain crashed into a station platform afer leaving Paris. The official further added that many casualties were feared as more passengers were trapped inside the Read the full article...]]>
Train crash in France leaves at least eight dead

According to reports at least eight people died after acked intercity train has derailed while transporting passengers from Paris to Limoges.

An official or Frances national railways said, the intercity tain crashed into a station platform afer leaving Paris.

The official further added that many casualties were feared as more passengers were trapped inside the train.

French broadcaster BFM-TV, citing police, said at least eight people had died in the accident.

The train was carrying some 350 passengers when it derailed Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. local time.

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Anti-Muslim backlash in UK over British soldier’s murder http://www.khaama.com/anti-muslim-backlash-in-uk-over-british-soldiers-murder-2413 http://www.khaama.com/anti-muslim-backlash-in-uk-over-british-soldiers-murder-2413#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 17:48:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26178 Anti-Muslim backlash in UK over British soldier’s murder
British soldier Lee Rigby’s murder has caused a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents cross the United Kingdom. According to reports mosques have been attacked, racial abuse has taken place and comments have hit the social media websites since the the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich. Faith Matters, which runs a helpline, said reports Read the full article...]]>
Anti-Muslim backlash in UK over British soldier’s murder

British soldier Lee Rigby’s murder has caused a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents cross the United Kingdom.

According to reports mosques have been attacked, racial abuse has taken place and comments have hit the social media websites since the the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich.

Faith Matters, which runs a helpline, said reports of these types of attacks to just one helpline have increased six fold since the Wednesday savage murder of Rigby allegedly perpetrated by Islamic fanatics.

According to the Faith Matters, they had received 162 calls since the attack which shows an increase from 4 to 8 calls per day.

In the meantime a number of people have been charged after allegedly offensive comments were made on social media websites.

On the other hand a new poll for the ‘Guardian’ found that nearly two-thirds of people in the country believe there will be a “clash of civilisations” between British Muslims and white Britons in the wake of the London terror attacks by two Nigerian-descent Muslim suspects.

Drummer Lee Rigby was killed near Woolwich Barracks on Wednesday by two men wielding knives and meat cleavers. He joined the British army in 2006 and was stationed in London on a recruiting stint.

Mr. Rigby previously served in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

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2 arrested in UK after PIA flight forced to land due to mid-air alert http://www.khaama.com/2-arrested-in-uk-afer-pia-flight-forced-to-land-due-to-mid-air-alert-2411 http://www.khaama.com/2-arrested-in-uk-afer-pia-flight-forced-to-land-due-to-mid-air-alert-2411#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 16:54:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26146 2 arrested in UK after PIA flight forced to land due to mid-air alert
Two men have been arrested today after Britain scrambled its fighter jets to escort a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Manchester following a mid-air security alert. According to PIA sources the two suspects were British nationals of Pakistan origin and had allegedly threatened to bomb the plane with explosives. Flight PK709 from the Read the full article...]]>
2 arrested in UK after PIA flight forced to land due to mid-air alert

Two men have been arrested today after Britain scrambled its fighter jets to escort a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Manchester following a mid-air security alert.

According to PIA sources the two suspects were British nationals of Pakistan origin and had allegedly threatened to bomb the plane with explosives.

Flight PK709 from the city of Lahore in Pakistan was due to land at Manchester Airport in north west England at 1230 GMT. The plane was reported to have been 10 minutes away from Manchester Aiport when it was diverted to Stansted airport.

There were 297 passengers and 11 crew members on the plane.

Essex Police, who are responsible for the area where Stansted is located, said an incident had occurred on a flight and they were investigating.

“The plane diverted to Stansted Airport has now landed at the airport. Police + partners are continuing to respond,” Essex Police in southeast England said in a Twitter message.

In the meantime a British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines flight did not appear terror-related, though police were still investigating.

The incident further rattled Britain just days after a soldier was killed on a London street in a suspected terror attack.

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British Airways plane make emergency landing in Heathrow airport http://www.khaama.com/british-airways-plane-make-emergency-landing-in-heathrow-airport-2407 http://www.khaama.com/british-airways-plane-make-emergency-landing-in-heathrow-airport-2407#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 08:44:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26125 British Airways plane make emergency landing in Heathrow airport
A plane belonging to British Airways made an emergency landing on Friday morning in Heathrow airport after the plane lost an engine on take off, and the 2nd engine caught fire. No casualties were reported following the incident and all passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane. Both runways have been closed at Read the full article...]]>
British Airways plane make emergency landing in Heathrow airport

A plane belonging to British Airways made an emergency landing on Friday morning in Heathrow airport after the plane lost an engine on take off, and the 2nd engine caught fire.

No casualties were reported following the incident and all passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane. Both runways have been closed at Heathrow airport.

Preliminary reports suggest the plane may have hit a bird causing the plane’s engine to set fire at around 9am this morning.

Amateur video footage of the incident appeared to show smoke coming from one of the aircraft’s engines.

According to the London fire brigade, the fire is now out.

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Soldier brutally killed and butchered in London machete attack http://www.khaama.com/soldier-brutally-killed-and-butchered-in-london-machete-attack-1484 http://www.khaama.com/soldier-brutally-killed-and-butchered-in-london-machete-attack-1484#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 07:36:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26111 Soldier brutally killed and butchered in London machete attack
A man reported to be a serving soldier has been hacked to death in Woolwich, south east London, in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. The victim was butchered with knives and meat cleavers after a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into him. Accordig to the eyewitnesses the man was wearing a Read the full article...]]>
Soldier brutally killed and butchered in London machete attack

A man reported to be a serving soldier has been hacked to death in Woolwich, south east London, in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.

The victim was butchered with knives and meat cleavers after a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into him.

Accordig to the eyewitnesses the man was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt, and was hacked at “like a piece of meat” just 50 yards from a primary school and 200 yards from Woolwich army barracks in south-east London.

The attackers in their 20s shouted ‘allah Akbar’ – Arab for ‘God is great’ and called on the witnesses to film them.

One of the attacker in his statement said, “I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same.”=

“You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you,” he said adding that, “This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth. We apologise that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same.”

The two men were then shot in an attempted “suicide by cop” after trying to attack armed police responding to the barbaric incident, and are under treatment in separate hospitals.

British prime minister David Cameron returned bakc to London to lead the government response to the suspected terror attack.

He is due to chair a Cobra emergency response committee meeting attended by politicians, the UK’s most senior police officer and the new head of MI5.

While speaking during a press conference in Paris, David Cameron said, Britain had previously faced terror attacks such as the one in Woolwich, adding, “We will never buckle in the face of it.”

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Cannes jewellery worth $1 million stolen from French hotel http://www.khaama.com/cannes-jewellery-worth-1-million-stolen-from-french-hotel-2397 http://www.khaama.com/cannes-jewellery-worth-1-million-stolen-from-french-hotel-2397#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 12:10:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25980 Cannes jewellery worth $1 million stolen from French hotel
According to reports jewels worth more than $1 million have been stolen from a hotel in the French twon of Cannes. Police officials confirming the reports said the jewels were supposed to be loaned to celebrities for the famous annual film festival on the French Riviera. The officials further added the jewels were stolen from a safe Read the full article...]]>
Cannes jewellery worth $1 million stolen from French hotel

According to reports jewels worth more than $1 million have been stolen from a hotel in the French twon of Cannes.

Police officials confirming the reports said the jewels were supposed to be loaned to celebrities for the famous annual film festival on the French Riviera.

The officials further added the jewels were stolen from a safe in the Novotel Hotel room of an employee exclusive Swiss Jewellers Chopard, which is the official sponsors of the festival.

Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival and they redesigned the Palme d’Or award, which is given to the director of the best feature film.

Police said the safe containing the jewels was pulled off the wall, and the thief or thieves carried it away.

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Russia counterintelligence arrests CIA agent in Moscow http://www.khaama.com/russia-counterintelligence-arrests-cia-agent-in-moscow-1448 http://www.khaama.com/russia-counterintelligence-arrests-cia-agent-in-moscow-1448#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 12:05:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25909 Russia counterintelligence arrests CIA agent in Moscow
According to reports a CIA agent has been detained after allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) officials said they found the man, who was identified as Ryan Fogle, with various disguises and a large sum of money. The detainee was delivered to the FSB receiving office where he Read the full article...]]>
Russia counterintelligence arrests CIA agent in Moscow

According to reports a CIA agent has been detained after allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) officials said they found the man, who was identified as Ryan Fogle, with various disguises and a large sum of money.

The detainee was delivered to the FSB receiving office where he has been questioned and after all the necessary procedures he has been handed over to representatives of the US embassy in Moscow.

FSB Public Relations Centre in a statement said, “The detainee was brought in the reception office of the Federal Security Service and after necessary procedures was handed over to the official representatives of the U.S. Embassy.”

Fogle was allegedly operating under the guise of a career diplomat. State television showed pictures of a man said to be Fogle sitting at a desk in FSB offices.

In the meantime Michael McFaul, the US ambassador to Russia has reportedly been summoned to the Russian foreign ministry.

US embassy website in Russia announced that its Political Section is engaged in “bringing to the attention of the Russian government the US position on the issues of foreign policy and security.”

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Formr British prime minister Baronesss Thatcher dies at 87 http://www.khaama.com/formr-british-prime-minister-baronesss-thatcher-dies-at-87-2331 http://www.khaama.com/formr-british-prime-minister-baronesss-thatcher-dies-at-87-2331#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:49:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24997 Formr British prime minister Baronesss Thatcher dies at 87
United Kingdom’s former prime minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 following a stroke in London at the Ritz Hotel, after suffering from poor health for more than a decade. She was the first conservative prime minister and served from 1979 to 1990. She won three elections, led Britain through the Read the full article...]]>
Formr British prime minister Baronesss Thatcher dies at 87

United Kingdom’s former prime minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 following a stroke in London at the Ritz Hotel, after suffering from poor health for more than a decade.

She was the first conservative prime minister and served from 1979 to 1990. She won three elections, led Britain through the Falklands War and the Cold War and survived the IRA Brighton bombing during 11 years as PM.

As tributes poured in to the former premier, it was announced that she will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

British prime minister David Cameron reportedly cancelled planned talks in Paris with French President Francoi Hollande and will retun to UK later on Monday after hearing the news regarding Baroness Thatcher’s death.

Current Prime Minister David Cameron today said: “It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death.

“We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton”.

US president Barack Obama was also amongst the world leaders to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

He said: “As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.

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Meteor falling over Russia injures at least 1,100 people http://www.khaama.com/meteor-falling-over-russia-injures-at-least-400-people-2199 http://www.khaama.com/meteor-falling-over-russia-injures-at-least-400-people-2199#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:01:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23308 Meteor falling over Russia injures at least 1,100 people
At least 1,100 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms. According to the Russian emergency ministry, fragments of the meteor fell on Friday in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, in the Ural Read the full article...]]>
Meteor falling over Russia injures at least 1,100 people

At least 1,100 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms.

According to the Russian emergency ministry, fragments of the meteor fell on Friday in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, in the Ural Mountains region.

“A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals [mountain range in central Russia], partially burning up in the lower atmosphere,” the local office of the national emergencies ministry said in a statement.

“Fragments of the meteorite reached Earth, falling in sparsely populated areas in the Chelyabinsk region,” it said.

Some meteorites — fragments of the meteor — fell in a reservoir outside the town of Cherbakul, the regional governor’s office said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by fragments.

Amateur video showed a trail of smoke hanging in the sky followed by a loud bang.

The space agency estimates the blast over Chelyabinsk occurred at about 14-20 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, and that the energy released was equivalent to a 300-kiloton explosion.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.

Kolsenikov also said about 6000 square feet of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Chelyabinsk city authorities urged people to stay indoors unless they needed to pick up their children from schools and kindergartens. They said a blast had been heard at an altitude of 10,000 metres, apparently signalling it occurred when the meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere.

A 20,000-strong team has been sent to the Ural mountains as part of a rescue and clean-up operation after Friday’s meteor strike, Russia’s emergency, ministry says.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the operation to help some 1,200 people who were injured, including 200 children, mostly by shattered glass.

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Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law arrested in Turkey http://www.khaama.com/osama-bin-ladens-son-in-law-arrested-in-turkey-1321 http://www.khaama.com/osama-bin-ladens-son-in-law-arrested-in-turkey-1321#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:41:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22798 Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law arrested in Turkey
According to Turkish media agecnies, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Gheith was arrested by Turkish security forces in Ankara following a tipoff from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to reports Suleiman Abu Gheith was the former spokesman of the terror network and reportedly escaped Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Read the full article...]]>
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law arrested in Turkey

According to Turkish media agecnies, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Gheith was arrested by Turkish security forces in Ankara following a tipoff from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

According to reports Suleiman Abu Gheith was the former spokesman of the terror network and reportedly escaped Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 and settled in a camp in Iran.

The location of Suleiman Abu Gheith was reportedly disclosed to Turkish intelligence agency (MIt) by US intelligence after he entered Turkey on a false passport.

He was detained at a hotel in Çankaya district of Ankara, Hurryiet Daily News reported, quoting the Daily Milliyet.

In the meantime another Turkish media agency reported that Suleiman Abu Gheith was intending to seek political asylum in Turkey.

The man is the husband of Fatima Bin Laden who currently lives in Saudi Arabia. Abu Gheit is a Kuwaiti national who had citizenship revoked.

There has been no official comment from either Turkey or the United States on any possible link between Suleyman and the perpetrators of Friday’s suicide bombing at the United States Embassy.

It remains to be seen if there will be any friction between the two NATO allies, should Turkey deport Suleyman to Iran without giving the CIA an opportunity to interrogate one of Osama Bin Laden’s closest surviving relatives.

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Helicopter crash in London, 2 killed 9 injured http://www.khaama.com/helicopter-crash-in-london-2-killed-9-injured-1153 http://www.khaama.com/helicopter-crash-in-london-2-killed-9-injured-1153#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:47:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22274 Helicopter crash in London, 2 killed 9 injured
A helicopter crashed into a construction crane atop a new building in thick London fog Wednesday, killing two people and sparking a line of flame when it plunged to the ground. Video footage showed flaming debris on the ground where the chopper came down in the Vauxhall district of south London, close to MI6, Britain’s Read the full article...]]>
Helicopter crash in London, 2 killed 9 injured

A helicopter crashed into a construction crane atop a new building in thick London fog Wednesday, killing two people and sparking a line of flame when it plunged to the ground.

Video footage showed flaming debris on the ground where the chopper came down in the Vauxhall district of south London, close to MI6, Britain’s spy agency.

London Fire Brigade said they had rescued a man from a burning car at the scene, although his condition is not known.

Nine people were injured, with one reported to be in critical condition. At least four are in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.

Thick smoke and flames billowed into the sky. The bent crane dangled from the building top, prompting police to cordon off roads in the area.

Some took to Twitter to report details. One said the aircraft appeared to have hit a crane on a newly-built tower block on the south bank of the Thames. It crashed close to a railway line and a branch of Sainsbury’s.

Helicopters are common in London, particularly around the city’s financial district where many tall buildings are clustered.

The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour. Many commuters arrive at the main line stations from London’s southern suburbs and transfer to buses or trains there.

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Serbia’s ambassador to NATO leaps to his death http://www.khaama.com/serbias-ambassador-to-nato-leaps-to-his-death-1074 http://www.khaama.com/serbias-ambassador-to-nato-leaps-to-his-death-1074#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:14:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=20929 Serbia’s ambassador to NATO leaps to his death
Branislav Milinkovic, Serbia’s ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, committed suicide at Brussels’ airport late yesterday, Blic newspaper reported, citing a diplomatic official it didn’t name. Mr Milinkovic is reported to have suddenly jumped from the 10-metre-high car park level while waiting with the Serbian delegation of foreign ministry officials, ahead of talks with Read the full article...]]>
Serbia’s ambassador to NATO leaps to his death

Branislav Milinkovic, Serbia’s ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, committed suicide at Brussels’ airport late yesterday, Blic newspaper reported, citing a diplomatic official it didn’t name.

Mr Milinkovic is reported to have suddenly jumped from the 10-metre-high car park level while waiting with the Serbian delegation of foreign ministry officials, ahead of talks with Nato officials.

The Serbian foreign ministry confirmed that Branislav Milinkovic, 52, had died. The diplomat who represented Serbia at NATO since 2009 and previously at the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mr Milinkovic, a former journalist, previously served as Serbia’s ambassador to Austria. Serbia is not a member of the military alliance, but has a mission in the headquarters complex.

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Russia successfully test-fires new ballistic missile http://www.khaama.com/russia-successfully-test-fires-new-ballistic-missile-308 http://www.khaama.com/russia-successfully-test-fires-new-ballistic-missile-308#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 10:18:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=15502 Russia successfully test-fires new ballistic missile
Russia has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of piercing defence systems being developed by the United States. The highly-symbolic launch came just days after alliance formally activated the first stage of a missile defence shield whose deployment Russia has bitterly opposed out of fears that it may target its own vast nuclear Read the full article...]]>
Russia successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

Russia has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of piercing defence systems being developed by the United States.

The highly-symbolic launch came just days after alliance formally activated the first stage of a missile defence shield whose deployment Russia has bitterly opposed out of fears that it may target its own vast nuclear arsenal.

A missile industry source quoted by Interfax-Ukraine said, “This was the second experimental launch of the new missile.”

He also said, the first launch of this missile on September 27, 2011 failed, as the missile crashed about 10 kilometers away from the launch site.

“This is one of the… measures being developed by Russia’s military and political leadership in response to the US deployment of a global anti-missile system,” former strategic forces director Viktor Yesin told Interfax.

Various sources told the agency that the new missile was better equipped to penetrate the new US-backed missile defence system in Europe whose first stage NATO official activated at its Chicago summit next week.

The rocket still has no formal name but is being billed by the military as a “fifth generation” weapon that substantially upgrades the technology used by its already-feared feared Topol-M and Yars systems.

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Strong earthquake kill at least three in northern Italy http://www.khaama.com/strong-earthquake-kill-at-least-three-in-northern-italy-984 http://www.khaama.com/strong-earthquake-kill-at-least-three-in-northern-italy-984#comments Sun, 20 May 2012 07:32:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=15386 Strong earthquake kill at least three in northern Italy
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least three people and toppling some buildings, emergency services and news reports said. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 04:04 a.m. (0204 GMT) and had a magnitude of 6.0, was in the plains near Modena in the Po River Valley and the Read the full article...]]>
Strong earthquake kill at least three in northern Italy

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least three people and toppling some buildings, emergency services and news reports said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 04:04 a.m. (0204 GMT) and had a magnitude of 6.0, was in the plains near Modena in the Po River Valley and the tremors were felt in nearby regions.

It lasted around 20 seconds and was followed by several aftershocks. Earlier another 4.1-magnitude quake was felt in the Lombardy region around Milan, Italy’s financial and business capital.

Rescue officials were checking reports that other people were buried under rubble. There was serious damage to historic buildings such as the 14th century Estense Castle in the town of San Felice Sul Panaro, near the epicentre.

Italian news agency ANSA, citing emergency services, said two people were killed in Sant’Agostino di Ferrara when a ceramics factory collapsed. Another person was killed in Ponte Rodoni do Bondeno, ANSA said.

Two people were injured in another region. Several church steeples also partly collapsed and hospitals were evacuated as a precautionary measure, official said.

The last major earthquake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central Italian city of L’Aquila in 2009, which killed nearly 300 people.

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Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia’s president for 6 years‎ http://www.khaama.com/vladimir-putin-sworn-in-as-russias-president-for-6-years%e2%80%8e-893 http://www.khaama.com/vladimir-putin-sworn-in-as-russias-president-for-6-years%e2%80%8e-893#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 11:21:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14759 Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia’s president for 6 years‎
Vladimir Putin took the oath as Russia’s president on Monday with a ringing appeal for unity at the start of a six-year term in which he faces growing dissent, economic problems and bitter political rivalries. “I will do all I can to justify the faith of millions of our citizens. I consider it to be Read the full article...]]>
Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia’s president for 6 years‎

Vladimir Putin took the oath as Russia’s president on Monday with a ringing appeal for unity at the start of a six-year term in which he faces growing dissent, economic problems and bitter political rivalries.

“I will do all I can to justify the faith of millions of our citizens. I consider it to be the meaning of my whole life and my obligation to serve my fatherland and our people,” Putin said in a brief speech.

“We will achieve our goals if we are a single, united people – if we hold our fatherland dear, strengthen Russian democracy, constitutional rights and freedoms.”

Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of running for a fourth term.

The eve of the oath ceremony saw the worst clashes yet between police and anti-Putin protesters when a mass opposition demonstration descended into chaos and security forces wielded their batons to arrest hundreds of people.

Outside the Kremlin’s high red walls, police rounded up men and women in cafes wearing the white ribbons symbolizing their growing protest movement against Mr. Putin, having detained more than 400 people during clashes with protesters on Sunday.

Police said that 436 people were detained at Sunday’s protest, including the anti-Putin leaders Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov who now face the prospect of spending at least the next two weeks in jail.

Mr. Putin grew up in Soviet days and worked as a spy in communist East Germany, is under pressure to show he can adapt to the new political landscape. Few think he has changed much, if at all.

During his time in office, Putin has overseen dramatic economic growth and restored a sense of national pride after the instability and humiliations that followed the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. He also has retreated from the democratic achievements of the 1990s and imposed a political system that has stifled dissent.

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Russian passenger plane crashes with 43 aboard http://www.khaama.com/russian-passenger-plane-crashes-with-43-aboard-995 http://www.khaama.com/russian-passenger-plane-crashes-with-43-aboard-995#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:26:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13126 Russian passenger plane crashes with 43 aboard
According to Russian Emergency officials, Russian passenger plane with 43 people on board has crashed in Siberia, killing at least 32 people while 12 survivors were rescued. The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to the oil town of Surgut with 39 passengers and four crew. A spokeswoman for Read the full article...]]>
Russian passenger plane crashes with 43 aboard

According to Russian Emergency officials, Russian passenger plane with 43 people on board has crashed in Siberia, killing at least 32 people while 12 survivors were rescued.

The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to the oil town of Surgut with 39 passengers and four crew.

A spokeswoman for the Emergency situations ministry Irina Andrianova said, the ATR 72, a twin-engine, turbo-prop plane, crashed some 30-35 km (18-22 miles) from the western Siberian city of Tyumen.

Andrianova quoted by Reuters earlier said, 12 people were rescued and 16 bodies had been found at the crash site. The fate of the rest were not immediately known.

State-owned Russian news channel Rossiya 24, citing the Federal Air Transport Agency, said the plane disappeared from radars at 05:35 local time.

In the meantime reports suggest here were 39 passengers and four crew on board. The main reason behind the crash was not immediately confirmed by authorities.

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British soldier killed in southern Helmand province http://www.khaama.com/british-soldier-killed-in-southern-helmand-province-895 http://www.khaama.com/british-soldier-killed-in-southern-helmand-province-895#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 06:44:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=12729 British soldier killed in southern Helmand province
According to British defense officials, a British soldier was killed following a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday. The officials further added, the incident took place at Nahr-e-Saraj district in southern Helmand province after a British soldier struck with a roadside bomb planted by insugents. International Security Assistance Force officials following a statement Read the full article...]]>
British soldier killed in southern Helmand province

According to British defense officials, a British soldier was killed following a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The officials further added, the incident took place at Nahr-e-Saraj district in southern Helmand province after a British soldier struck with a roadside bomb planted by insugents.

International Security Assistance Force officials following a statement on Wednesday confirmed the death of a coalition service member however the source did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident and identity of the deceased soldier saying it is, “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

A spokesman for Task Force Helmand Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie confirmed the death of a British soldier and said the soldier was killed while he was patrolling along side the Afghan security forces to disrupt insurgents in Nahr-e-Saraj district.

The soldier’s family has been informed and have asked for a 24-hour period of grace before other details are released, Mackenzie said.

United Kingdom has deployed around 9,500 troops under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission Afghanitan.

At least 11 British troops have been killed in various incidents across the country since the beginning of 2012.

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Putin becomes Russia’s president for the third time http://www.khaama.com/putin-becomes-the-president-for-the-third-time-852 http://www.khaama.com/putin-becomes-the-president-for-the-third-time-852#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:28:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=12161 Putin becomes Russia’s president for the third time
Vladmir Putin became Russia’s president for the third time after spending the last four years as the Prime Minister of the country. He got about 60% of the vote in the presidential election. A widespread fraud has been reported by the opposing groups saying many people have voted more than once, but Mr. Putin insisted Read the full article...]]>
Putin becomes Russia’s president for the third time

Vladmir Putin became Russia’s president for the third time after spending the last four years as the Prime Minister of the country. He got about 60% of the vote in the presidential election.

A widespread fraud has been reported by the opposing groups saying many people have voted more than once, but Mr. Putin insisted on full honesty and transparency while speaking to his supporters at a rally in central Moscow.

Vladmir Putin thanked his supporters from every corner of Russia and said with watering eyes, “I promised you we would win, and we won, we have won in an open and honest battle. We proved that no-one can force anything on us.”

Slogans raised by supporters were “Putin – our president” and “We believe in Putin”, but there were hints that some of the participants were ordered to attend.

This comes as a mass protest has been called by the opposing groups on Monday in central Moscow.

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Japan’s Trade Deficit Surging in the First Quarter http://www.khaama.com/japans-trade-deficit-surging-in-the-first-quarter123 http://www.khaama.com/japans-trade-deficit-surging-in-the-first-quarter123#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:40:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=11529 Japan’s Trade Deficit Surging in the First Quarter
Japan’s trade deficit hit its highest in January with exports dipping 9.3% from a year earlier, while imports rising 9.8%. There are number factors that resulted in such a high trade deficit in Japan. Japanese car makers have been among the worst hit. The nuclear impact is certainly the biggest factor due to which fuel Read the full article...]]>
Japan’s Trade Deficit Surging in the First Quarter

Japan’s trade deficit hit its highest in January with exports dipping 9.3% from a year earlier, while imports rising 9.8%. There are number factors that resulted in such a high trade deficit in Japan. Japanese car makers have been among the worst hit.

The nuclear impact is certainly the biggest factor due to which fuel imports went up. The earthquake and tsunami on 11 March last year caused substantial damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, as a result Japan’s nuclear plants have been shut and utility providers are relying on traditional thermal power stations to generate electricity for which natural gas and coal are needed to operate. These commodities are mostly imported which has pushed the trade deficit up.

The appreciation of the yen against the US dollar has made Japan products less attractive to foreign buyers, as they have to pay more for them.

The delay in the global economy recovery has also adversely affected Japan’s trade deficit, as it has been hurt by a slowdown in its key export markets such as the US and the Eurozone.

Author: Samadi. Kabul, Afghanistan

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At least 30 people killed in Turkish Air Raid http://www.khaama.com/at-least-30-people-killed-in-turkish-air-raid-269 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-30-people-killed-in-turkish-air-raid-269#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:11:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9392 At least 30 people killed in Turkish Air Raid
Thursday, December 29, 2011 – At least 30 people have been reported killed following air raids by Turkish warplanes near a Kurdish village close to the with Iraq. Mayor of Uludere in Sirnak province Fehmi Yaman said, “We have 30 corpses, all of them are burned. The state knew that these people were smuggling in Read the full article...]]>
At least 30 people killed in Turkish Air Raid

Thursday, December 29, 2011 – At least 30 people have been reported killed following air raids by Turkish warplanes near a Kurdish village close to the with Iraq.

Mayor of Uludere in Sirnak province Fehmi Yaman said, “We have 30 corpses, all of them are burned. The state knew that these people were smuggling in the region. This kind of incident is unacceptable. They were hit from the air.”

According to local officials, drums of diesel carried by the group had exploded.

Turkish warplanes strike militant targets regularly in the region in their battle against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas, and have stepped up raids after a PKK attack in August.

In the meantime, a Turkish security official said, “There were rumors that the PKK would cross through this region. Images were recorded of a crowd crossing last night, hence an operation was carried out.”

The source further added, “We could not have known whether these people were (PKK) group members or smugglers.”

Turkish military launched an operation in northern Iraq in October after a PKK attack killed 24 soldiers in the town of Cukurca near the Iraqi border, the army’s biggest loss since 1993.

PKK fighters usually launch attacks on Turkish targets from their rear bases in northern Iraq.

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Deadly attack in Belgium city kills at least 4 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-4-killed-in-deadly-belgium-attack-141 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-4-killed-in-deadly-belgium-attack-141#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:47:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8742 Deadly attack in Belgium city kills at least 4
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – At least 3 people were killed and more than 70 others were injured after a gunman opened fire in the centre of the belgian city of Liege. Officials in the city of Liege said, the armed man carried out the attacks while he was on his way for police questioning. Read the full article...]]>
Deadly attack in Belgium city kills at least 4

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – At least 3 people were killed and more than 70 others were injured after a gunman opened fire in the centre of the belgian city of Liege.

Officials in the city of Liege said, the armed man carried out the attacks while he was on his way for police questioning. The invader attacked a crowded square with at least three hand grenades and opened fire.

The man was recognized as Nordine Armani aged 32 by Belgian press agency Belga.

Footage from the scene showed people, including a large group of children, fleeing down the streets of the city center — some still carrying shopping bags. Ambulances and police vehicles descended on the area.

According to security officials, the armed man involved behind today’s incident had served time in jail for offenses involving guns, drugs and sexual abuse. He was jailed for 58 months in September 2008 for possessing firearms and drugs

Prosecutor Daniele Reynders said the gunman was among the four dead, along with a 15-year-old who died instantly, and a 17-year-old boy and a 75-year-old woman who died later in hospital.

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Violence, vandalism and looting across London http://www.khaama.com/violence-vandalism-and-looting-across-london http://www.khaama.com/violence-vandalism-and-looting-across-london#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 07:58:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=5171 Violence, vandalism and looting across London
Monday, August 08, 2011 – Around 100 people have been arrested as officers were attacked, police vehicles damaged and shops looted and damaged, following a wave of copycat criminal activity across London. According to officials, disorder spread to Enfield, Walthamstow and Waltham Forest in north London and to Brixton in the south of the city Read the full article...]]>
Violence, vandalism and looting across London

Monday, August 08, 2011 – Around 100 people have been arrested as officers were attacked, police vehicles damaged and shops looted and damaged, following a wave of copycat criminal activity across London.

According to officials, disorder spread to Enfield, Walthamstow and Waltham Forest in north London and to Brixton in the south of the city and around 35 officers have been injured over the two nights of rioting.

At least three officers were hurt when a vehicle hit them as they tried to make an arrest in Waltham Forest, east London.

On Sunday, clashes broke out in Enfield, north London where shop windows were smashed and a police car damaged.

According to reports, a gang of up to 200 youths looting shops and charging police in Coldharbour Lane and the High Street in Brixton, south London.

Adrian Hanstock, Metropolitan Police Commander said, “This is not groups of people acting on behalf of communities or with any consent.”

He further added, “This is individuals who are actually attacking communities, businesses, properties and houses and actually causing a huge amount of upset and criminality.”

Meanwhile, Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London and Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, described the scenes of the last two nights as “disgusting and shocking” and said the police did a good job.

He also said, “Obviously there are people in this city, sadly, who are intent on violence, who are looking for the opportunity to steal and set fire to buildings and create a sense of mayhem, whether they’re anarchists or part of organised gangs or just feral youth frankly, who fancy a new pair of trainers.”

In regards to impact of riots on capital’s image, ahead of the Olympic Games, he said, It’s pretty rotten for London, it does not look good.”

He further added, “What we need to do over the next few months is to underline to people the fundamental truth about London which is that it is one of the safest, great big cities on earth. We have a low murder rate and this kind of violence is very rare.”

Theresa May, The Home Secretary said, “Last night, police officers again put themselves in harm’s way to protect Londoners and their property. Londoners have made clear that there are no excuses for violence, and I call on all members of local communities to work constructively with the police to help them bring these criminals to justice.”

Meanwhile, a major investigation codenamed Operation Withern has been launched followed the unrest in Tottenham.

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Norway bombing suspect to face court hearing http://www.khaama.com/norway-bombing-suspect-to-face-court-hearing http://www.khaama.com/norway-bombing-suspect-to-face-court-hearing#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 06:16:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=4790 Norway bombing suspect to face court hearing
Monday, July 25, 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik 32, the man blamed for Friday’s twin terror attacks in Norway is due to make his first appearance in court. He  admits carrying out a massacre on an island youth camp and a bombing in the capital Oslo in which at least 93 people died. According to Read the full article...]]>
Norway bombing suspect to face court hearing

Monday, July 25, 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik 32, the man blamed for Friday’s twin terror attacks in Norway is due to make his first appearance in court.

He  admits carrying out a massacre on an island youth camp and a bombing in the capital Oslo in which at least 93 people died.

According to officials, he is said to be linked to far right, anti-Islamic organisations, and to have spent years planning the operation.

Norway will observe a minute’s silence for the victims at 1200 local time (1000 GMT).

Mr Breivik is set to appear at the hearing an hour later. He has said he will explain his actions to the court. Earlier he described the attacks as “gruesome but necessary”.

Still it is not clear if if the court session will be open or closed to the public.

In order not to give Mr. Breivik a platform for his views, there have been calls for a media blackout of the trial.

The suspect is going to face a maximum of 21 years in jail if the court convicted, although that sentence can be extended if a prisoner is deemed a threat to the public.

According to police officials, the suspected has not accepted criminal responsibility despite admitting to the killings.

Geir Lippestad, lawyer of the suspect has said, “He thought it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head they were necessary. “

His lawyer also said, “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.”

But Mr. Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad has said the attack had been planned “for some while”

Still pictures of the suspect, wearing a wetsuit and carrying an automatic weapon, appeared in a 12-minute anti-Muslim video called Knights Templar 2083, which appeared briefly on YouTube.

Hours before the attack, a 1,500-page document written in English and said to be by Mr. Breivik – posted under the pseudonym of Andrew Berwick.

Buildings connected to Norway’s governing Labour Party, and the youth camp on Utoeya island was also run by the party was targeted during the Oslo bombing.

 

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Dozens killed and injured following attacks in Norway http://www.khaama.com/dozens-killed-and-injured-following-attacks-in-norway http://www.khaama.com/dozens-killed-and-injured-following-attacks-in-norway#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:43:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=4757 Dozens killed and injured following attacks in Norway
Saturday, July 23, 2011 – According to police officials, at least 84 people died when a gunman opened fire at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after a deadly bombing in the capital, Oslo In connection to attacks, police have charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man over both attacks while the search for other victims Read the full article...]]>
Dozens killed and injured following attacks in Norway

Saturday, July 23, 2011 – According to police officials, at least 84 people died when a gunman opened fire at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after a deadly bombing in the capital, Oslo

In connection to attacks, police have charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man over both attacks while the search for other victims continues.

Security officials arrested a man dressed as a police officer on tiny Utoeya island after an hour-long shooting spree.

At least seven were killed following the Oslo bombing. Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway described the attacks as a nightmare.

Mr. Stoltenberg, whose offices were among those badly hit by the blast, described the attacks as a national tragedy and said civil servants were among the dead in Oslo.

While speaking during a press conference in Oslo, he said, “Never since the Second World War has our country been hit by a crime on this scale.”

Mr. Stoltenberg further added, he was due to have been on Utoeya – “a youth paradise turned into a hell” – a few hours after the attack took place. Many others were injured there as well as those who died.

He also said, he knew some of the dead in the Oslo attack. “Beyond that I cannot give further details while the police carry out their investigation.”

It was too early too comment on a possible motive for the attacks, Mr. Stoltenberg said.           No group has said it carried them out.

The suspect is reported by local media to have had links with right-wing extremists. Police named him as Anders Behring Breivik. His Oslo apartment was searched overnight.

According to sources, Norway has had problems with neo-Nazi groups in the past but the assumption was that such groups had been largely eliminated and did not pose a significant threat.

Police officials in Norway said, they are investigating whether the attacks were the work of one man or whether he had help.

Roger Andresen, deputy police chief said, “At Utoeya, the water is still being searched for more victims.”

The source further added, “We have no more information than… what has been found on [his] own websites, which is that it goes towards the right and that it is, so to speak, Christian fundamentalist.”

According to the early reports, the number of dead from the island shooting spree, which is among the world’s most deadly, was put at 10. Hundreds of young people were attending the summer camp organised by the ruling Labour Party on Utoeya island.

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Former Head of IMF released from house arrest http://www.khaama.com/former-head-of-imf-released-from-house-arrest http://www.khaama.com/former-head-of-imf-released-from-house-arrest#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 11:05:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=4274 Former Head of IMF released from house arrest
Saturday, 02 July – The former head of the International Monetary Fund Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was freed from house arrest after prosecutors said the 32-year-old maid accusing him of sexual assault had lied to a grand jury. On Friday a judge ordered Mr Strauss-Kahn released on his own recognizance. Since his arrest on May 14, Read the full article...]]>
Former Head of IMF released from house arrest

Saturday, 02 July – The former head of the International Monetary Fund Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was freed from house arrest after prosecutors said the 32-year-old maid accusing him of sexual assault had lied to a grand jury.

On Friday a judge ordered Mr Strauss-Kahn released on his own recognizance.

Since his arrest on May 14, Mr Strauss-Kahn had spent a night at a police station, one night in court, four nights in jail – and the rest of the time under house arrest under detention conditions.

Before being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York on 14 May, Mr Strauss-Kahn was tipped as a possible French presidential candidate.

The case is reportedly close to collapse after doubts emerged about the credibility of the maid

His is now free to travel in the US, although he cannot leave the country and must appear in court again later this month.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund to defend himself, vigorously denies the charges.

Earlier, Mr Strauss-Kahn had been the favorite to be the Socialist Party’s candidate for the French presidency in May 2011.

According to BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris, Despite the court events, the expectation is growing here in France the case will ultimately collapse.

And if that happens, the only person who can rule his out of next year’s contest is Mr Strauss-Kahn himself.

Lionel Jospin, the last Socialist Prime Minister, said: “If we hypothesize that Dominique is cleared of all suspicion and all charges, which I obviously hope will happen, then it will be first down to him to decide… and then it will be down to the Socialists to decide.”

While Jean-Marie Le Guen, a socialist MP said, he thought it likely that Mr Strauss-Kahn would stand.

He said, “Yes, he will be present for the presidential campaign.”

“Since Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a fighter, he will fight in our country if If what we heard… is true, that the American justice will free him and re-habilitate him, give him back his honour and dignity.”

The list for nominations is due to close on 13 July – five days before his next scheduled court appearance.

But the deadline could be extended, Francois Hollande a senior Socialist said.

Our correspondent says there are though plenty in France who hold Mr Strauss-Kahn in high admiration for the way he has conducted himself in court, there is sympathy and renewed hope among his staunchest allies.

Amid intense speculation that the sexual assault case against him was wavering, a judge in New York lifted the strict bail conditions imposed on Mr Strauss-Kahn

He had been under house arrest since posting a $6m bail bond.

Prosecutors were forced to admit that they were reassessing the strength of the evidence against him, when the 62-year-old appeared in court.

Although the charges that he attempted to rape a hotel maid still stand.

The prosecutors submitted a letter to the court and said that the maid had given false testimony to a grand jury, omitting the fact that she had cleaned another room before alerting a supervisor to her claims of sexual assault.

Justice Michael Obus told the court, “I understand that the circumstances of this case have changed substantially, and I agree the risk that he would not be here has receded quite a bit. I release Mr Strauss-Kahn at his own recognizance.”

The maid claims that Mr Strauss-Kahn chased her down a hallway in his expensive hotel suite in the Sofitel hotel before sexually assaulting her.

According to unnamed law enforcement officials have now told US media the accuser has repeatedly lied since the alleged attack.

The officials suspects she has links to drugs dealers and money-laundering and they believe the woman also lied on her application for asylum, particularly over an allegation that she had been raped while at home in Guinea. They also suspect she has links to drugs dealers and money-laundering.

William Taylor, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, said he believed the next step would lead to the complete dismissal of the charges.

Kenneth Thompson, the maid’s lawyer maintained that his client’s story was genuine and that Mr. Strauss-Kahn was guilty of sexual assault charges.

Mr. Thompson said, “From day one she has described a violent sexual assault that Dominique Strauss-Kahn committed against her.”

He also added that Mr. Strauss-Kahn bruised the maid’s body and threw her to the floor.

Mr. Thompson further added, “she has never once changed a single thing about that account. The district attorney knows that.”

He said, “The only defence Dominique Strauss-Kahn has is that this sexual encounter was consensual. That is a lie.”

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Victorious Erdogan pledges ‘consensus’ http://www.khaama.com/victorious-erdogan-pledges-consensus http://www.khaama.com/victorious-erdogan-pledges-consensus#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:50:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=3810 Victorious Erdogan pledges ‘consensus’
  (BBC) – Tuesday, June 13, 2011 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to build consensus with opposition parties, after securing a third term in office. Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won about 50% of the vote in Sunday’s poll. That translates to about 325 seats – a majority, but Read the full article...]]>
Victorious Erdogan pledges ‘consensus’

 

Mr Erdogan said the new constitution would "embrace all parties"

(BBC) – Tuesday, June 13, 2011 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to build consensus with opposition parties, after securing a third term in office.

Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won about 50% of the vote in Sunday’s poll.

That translates to about 325 seats – a majority, but not enough to make unilateral constitutional changes.

Mr Erdogan had widely been expected to win despite being accused by some of an authoritarian style of leadership.

With almost all of the ballots counted, local media said that the AKP had secured about 325 of the 550 seats in parliament.

That is short of the “super majority” of 367 that would have enabled the party to push through constitutional changes on its own; or the 330 the party would have needed to put its own proposals directly to a public referendum.

Many Turks accept the need to modernize the constitution, which was written three decades ago following a military coup, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Istanbul.

But there was concern that with a super-majority, the prime minister might reject consensus and write a constitution that helped cement his party’s grip on power. Analysts say he may be planning to put more powers in the hands of the presidency – and eyeing up the post for himself.

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The French connection: Increasing number of French students are heading to south India http://www.khaama.com/the-french-connection-increasing-number-of-french-students-are-heading-to-south-india http://www.khaama.com/the-french-connection-increasing-number-of-french-students-are-heading-to-south-india#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 04:30:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2816 The French connection: Increasing number of French students are heading to south India
PARIS /CHENNAI: When the merchants of Rouen set sail from France for the eastern seas in the 16th century, they had only one aim to have their share in the most happening trading post in the world. India still beckons the French, but the new wave of visitors, mostly students, seems to prefer the balmy Read the full article...]]>
The French connection: Increasing number of French students are heading to south India

PARIS /CHENNAI: When the merchants of Rouen set sail from France for the eastern seas in the 16th century, they had only one aim to have their share in the most happening trading post in the world. India still beckons the French, but the new wave of visitors, mostly students, seems to prefer the balmy south India to the shores of Surat.

Chennai, Vellore, Puducherry and other south Indian cities are increasingly featuring in the career plans of students from France. Last year, eight students from various French universities came to the University of Madras on exchange programmes. The number has gone up to 26 in the current (2010-11) academic year, say university officials.

“The exchange programme has been on for the past five years. The demand is growing and this year students from around 14 French universities wanted to come down,” says Chitra Krishnan, head of the French department, University of Madras. It is the same scene in IIT-Madras, says an official with the institute’s international relations office. “This year there are more than 10 students,” says the official.

Floriane Bollazi, a 23-year-old economics student from the University of Lyon, chose Chennai as she wanted to experience a different culture. “Tamil Nadu is more traditional than highly westernised places like Delhi. In Chennai, I get to learn about Dravidian culture and also pursue my course,” says Bollazi, who arrived in July 2010.

Reputed technical education institutions such as IIT-M, Anna University, Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and Vellore Institute of Technology are also major draws. “I got an internship in Bangalore partly because I did one semester at IIT-M,” says Clement Quertelet, 23, an engineering student from Paris. IIT-M has agreements with 12 French higher education institutions, such as Polytechnic Schools and Central Schools.

A big chunk of the exchange programmes are organised by a Franco-Indian academic consortium formed in 2008 by associations of universities in both the countries. Once Conference des Presidents d universities’ and conference des directeurs des ecoles d ingenieurs francaises’ signed agreements with the Association of Indian Universities, several partner institutions formed tie-ups. For instance, the University of Technological and Health Sciences in Grenoble has exchange programmes with the Delhi University and Anna University in nanoscience and nanotechnology (M Sc). The latest such agreement was signed between seven IITs and Paris-Tech (a consortium of Grandes Ecoles) when President Nicholas Sarkozy visited Indian visiting last year.

Students come to south India for studying specific areas in medicine too, says an official with the French consulate in Puducherry. “Many prefer JIPMER in Puducherry so they can study tropical diseases as there is a threat of these infections making a comeback in Europe due to global warming,” he says.

The other group that heads down south consists of students and researchers of social issues. Barbara S, a political science student from Lyon, found southern India to be the perfect place for her research on refugees. “I found that Tamil Nadu has a number of refugee camps,” she says. The 24-year-old, who arrived in August 2010, is now doing a post-graduate degree in defence and strategic studies at the University of Madras. She has also landed an internship with an organisation that works for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. “I got my first field-level work experience here,” she says. “It will really help my career.”

Though most students say that their Indian sojourns would look good on their resumes and help them land jobs easily, there are a few complaints too. Jeremie Berlioux, a 21-year-old political science student, says he did not have much choice when it came to selecting universities under the exchange programme. Quertelet had only two places IIT-M and Vellore Institute of Technology to choose from.

Also, many face difficulties finding accommodation. Bolazzi says, “It was hard to find a flat because owners didn’t want non-Indians or non-Tamils.” She finally found a place but is yet to feel at home.

These problems have not dampened their enthusiasm for the place. For many, it is an opportunity to brush up on their English and figure out new areas of economic growth, says the consular official. “And they prefer south India as there is not much of a law and order problem that might interfere with their tight schedules,” he adds.

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Showers expected on British royal wedding day http://www.khaama.com/showers-expected-on-british-royal-wedding-day http://www.khaama.com/showers-expected-on-british-royal-wedding-day#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:23:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2613 Showers expected on British royal wedding day
LONDON: Weather forecasters have predicted showers across Britain on the day of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. According to British superstition, rain on one’s wedding day is ­supposed to bring good luck. Getting soaked as a couple ties the knot means they would have many children and the bride will cry Read the full article...]]>
Showers expected on British royal wedding day

LONDON: Weather forecasters have predicted showers across Britain on the day of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

According to British superstition, rain on one’s wedding day is ­supposed to bring good luck. Getting soaked as a couple ties the knot means they would have many children and the bride will cry many tears of happiness, the Daily Express reported.

While some say if the couple catch a glimpse of a rainbow their marriage will be blessed with good luck, others say Friday is traditionally a bad luck day for a wedding.

A cloudy, wet day has been forecast across the country with wind making it cooler.

Met office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “There’s ­certainly the chance of rain in London, with most of the nation getting showers at some point.”

“Temperatures are going to be much lower. A brisk north-easterly wind will make it feel much chillier than of late. But it is still too early to say for sure.”

If it actually rains, the royal couple will leave the wedding venue, Westminster Abbey, in the Glass Coach, instead of the open-top 1902 State Landau.

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First Valentine: Lasting legacy of 500-year-old love http://www.khaama.com/first-valentine-lasting-legacy-of-500-year-old-love http://www.khaama.com/first-valentine-lasting-legacy-of-500-year-old-love#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 04:03:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1947 First Valentine: Lasting legacy of 500-year-old love
(BBC) – Love it or hate it, even the most hardened anti-Romeo will be hard pressed to avoid Valentine’s Day this year. But as an exhibit at the British Library currently on show is testament to, there is a first for everything – even on Valentine’s Day. It is a letter, written from a young Read the full article...]]>
First Valentine: Lasting legacy of 500-year-old love

(BBC) – Love it or hate it, even the most hardened anti-Romeo will be hard pressed to avoid Valentine’s Day this year. But as an exhibit at the British Library currently on show is testament to, there is a first for everything – even on Valentine’s Day.

It is a letter, written from a young woman to her love, and is the first mention of the word Valentine in the English language. And, for the first time, the descendants of Margery Brews and her betrothed John Paston have been traced.

In 1477 Margery wrote a letter to her John pleading with him not to give her up, despite her parents’ refusal to increase her dowry.

Addressing her “ryght welebeloued Voluntyne” (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding: “Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me” (If you love me, I trust.. you will not leave me).

Her beloved might have had his mind on business, driving a hard bargain for her hand in marriage, but Margery still had her sights on romance, and so secured her place in English history.

“It might not necessarily be that nobody had used Valentine in any context before, but this is probably one of the first times it was written down,” says British Library curator Julian Harrison.

And for Cambridge historian, Dr Helen Castor, the importance of Margery Brews’ letter and the light it sheds on relationships at that time is hugely important.

“One of the wonderful things about this particular letter is that it is so private,” she said.

“It gives a real sense of the relationship between a young man and young woman wanting to marry.

“Without this letter we wouldn’t know that this was a love match,” she said.

While romantics 534 years later might celebrate Valentine’s Day with fine dining, chocolates and flowers, Margery is left pleading with her love not to leave her while pledging her heart over all “earthly things”.

She promises her undying love: “Myne herte me bydds ever more to love yowe truly” (My heart me bids ever more to love you truly), and speaks of her ailing body and heart over her fiance’s continuing silence.

However, modern-day lovers be reassured, like any self-respecting fairytale romance the heart did (finally) rule the head and, despite her father’s stubbornness over her dowry, Margery did marry her knight.

The couple had a son, William, in 1479. Margery died in 1495, John in 1503.

Their 16th and 17th generation descendants – by way of a king’s illegitimate offspring – were traced via the website myheritage.

Living in Shropshire and until then unaware of their genetic link to a Valentine milestone, Sir Charles Buckworth-Herne-Soame, his wife Lady Eileen, their son Richard, his sister Mary Edwards, husband Keith and son Rob recently saw the missive for the first time.

For historians, the Paston Letters have long been a fascinating insight into the soap opera lives of gentry in the Middle Ages.

Most documentation which survives from medieval times are legal and governmental records, financial accounts and property deeds. Few personal letters exist and even fewer are written by women.

The archive of more than 1,000 letters – most in the British Library – is written by three generations of the Norfolk landowning-family over a period of 70 years.

Family fall-outs, parents nagging, clashes with the aristocracy and parties while mother’s away are all detailed.

But Margery’s letter, as the first English Valentine, has added significance for scholars and is currently part of a British Library exhibition on the evolution of the English language.

Dr Castor says it sheds invaluable light on such relationships at the time.

“We tend to assume that marriages in this class at this time were arranged for dynastic reasons, but Margery’s letters show that everything else was slotted in around the fact that this was a couple who really loved each other.”

For archaeologist Rob Edwards, 38, and great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the couple, the letter is a link to the past he relishes, particularly as he works in history.

“It really reminds you that the people you are studying are very much like ourselves. They have the same feelings and the fact that they are related really does add an extra dimension.

“You can imagine it, trying to get a bit more towards the wedding from your parents. This money is going to set you up.”

Julian Harrison agrees.

“The letter shows they were no different to us. They had the same loves, desires and financial problems.”

The medieval writer also had other things in common with their modern counterpart.

Don’t think the advent of mobile phones and e-mails is the first time abbreviations have littered correspondence, they often abbreviated a word or two in the Middle Ages – Margery used wt for with, for example.

And while her letter is also written on paper, there is one key difference. She didn’t write it herself. It would have been dictated to a man who would have written it for her.

However, says Julian Harrison: “The fact that she isn’t writing the letter doesn’t mean she can’t write, it means she can afford someone to write for her.

“People have assumed that people in the past were illiterate, but actually levels of literacy may have been higher than we think.”

Richard Buckworth-Herne-Soame, 40, recognises some but not all family traits in the letter, while his mother, Lady Eileen, notes time have changed. She admits she brought no dowry to her marriage.

“No he didn’t drive a hard bargain,” she says of Sir Charles.

But, Richard adds: “We still have the stubbornness.”

The Pastons and their letters

Written between 1422-1509, the personal letters between the Norfolk family are the oldest record of private correspondence that survive in Britain.

The bulk are in the British Library, others are in the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the Norfolk Record Office.

The letters offer a unique insight into a medieval family on the make – one that rose from peasantry to aristocracy in just two generations.

They show first-hand testimony of the social benefits the plague brought to the peasantry, the chaotic effects of the Wars of the Roses on the general populace and the individual impact that the Black Death could have on a family.

The family died out with William Paston, Second Earl of Yarmouth, in 1732. His wife Charlotte was an illegitimate daughter of Charles II.

Margery and John

John Paston III tried until he was 33 to find the “right” wife: she had to be of a good family, reasonably good-looking, and above all, rich.

However, in later letters to his elder brother his standards have dropped – he would settle for “some old thrifty draff wife” (ale wife) if she had enough money.

But this all changed when he met 17-year-old Margery, daughter of Sir Thomas Brews. Although from a good county family, she was not an heiress and her father had other daughters, so her dowry would be small.

However, despite John’s emotions being engaged, the Paston family demanded a higher dowry – a dispute which appeared to have reached stalemate until the couple’s mothers intervened and the marriage went ahead some time in 1477.

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G20 agree to address currencies http://www.khaama.com/g20-agree-to-address-currencies http://www.khaama.com/g20-agree-to-address-currencies#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 07:56:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=928 G20 agree to address currencies
(BBC) – Leaders of the G20 group of major economies have agreed to avoid “competitive devaluation” of currencies after a second day of difficult talks in the South Korea capital, Seoul. Leaders agreed to come up with “indicative guidelines” to tackle trade imbalances afflicting world growth. Tensions had been high between some delegations over how Read the full article...]]>
G20 agree to address currencies

(BBC) – Leaders of the G20 group of major economies have agreed to avoid “competitive devaluation” of currencies after a second day of difficult talks in the South Korea capital, Seoul.

Leaders agreed to come up with “indicative guidelines” to tackle trade imbalances afflicting world growth.

Tensions had been high between some delegations over how to correct distortions in currency and trade.

Some fear the conflict may threaten global growth.

The disagreement has primarily been between China and the United States.

US President Barack Obama said there should be no controversy about fixing imbalances “that helped to contribute to the crisis that we just went through”.

Earlier a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that China was acting to address Washington’s concerns about its currency.

“I think that if you look past some of the heat you’ve seen recently and you look at what’s happening in our very important relationship with China, I’m very encouraged by the progress we’ve seen,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain issued a joint declaration to try to calm bond market jitters over a possible future EU bail-out fund.

As Irish bond yields reached a fresh high, leaders discussed the Irish Republic’s debt crisis amid concerns that the European Union will have to step in.

“Any new [bail-out] mechanism would only come into effect after mid-2013 with no impact whatsoever on the current arrangements,” finance ministers from the five countries said in the declaration.

UK sources say that officials from the UK, France and Russia had to be called in the early hours of this morning after “fractious” negotiations between China and the US broke down in “acrimony”.

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UK and France agree to joint nuclear testing treaty http://www.khaama.com/uk-and-france-agree-to-joint-nuclear-testing-treaty http://www.khaama.com/uk-and-france-agree-to-joint-nuclear-testing-treaty#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:40:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=477 UK and France agree to joint nuclear testing treaty
(BBC) – The UK and France are to sign treaties agreeing to military cooperation including testing of nuclear warheads. The plans will see one centre set up in the UK to develop technology and another in France to carry out testing. Prime Minister David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy will also outline plans, at a Read the full article...]]>
UK and France agree to joint nuclear testing treaty

(BBC) – The UK and France are to sign treaties agreeing to military cooperation including testing of nuclear warheads.

The plans will see one centre set up in the UK to develop technology and another in France to carry out testing.

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy will also outline plans, at a London summit, for a joint army expeditionary force.

Downing Street called the measures “practical”, but Labour said they left “big questions” over the UK’s defences.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “This summit marks a deepening of the UK-France bilateral relationship. Ours is now a strategic partnership tackling together the biggest challenges facing our two countries.”

The summit comes two weeks after the UK government announced cuts to its armed forces, in the first strategic defence review since 1998, as part of savings aimed at reducing the country’s budget deficit.

Under the plans £750m will be saved over four years on the Trident nuclear missile system by cutting the number of warheads.

Harrier jump jets, the Navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal and planned Nimrod spy planes will also be axed, but two new aircraft carriers were spared.

Mr Cameron and Mr Sarkozy are to sign two treaties – one on greater general military co-operation and the other on nuclear weapons.

Speaking about greater military co-operation, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said there had been a “great deal of hysteria” in the media about the idea of British troops coming under French command.

He said: “Under the existing Nato system our troops could come under Turkish or Polish command. There’s nothing new about that.

“This does not affect our special relationship with the United States. It gives us economies of scale and helps us to welcome France back fully into Nato.”

Asked whether there might be a situation in the future, during a political crisis in which Britain and France did “not see eye to eye”, when British planes were dependent on a French aircraft carrier, he said: “That’s very unlikely to happen.”

“This is not about interdependence. It’s about interoperability,” he added.

Operational veto

The nuclear treaty will establish a centre in the UK to develop technology and another one in France to carry out the testing.

It is understood that each country will still control its own warheads, and that nuclear secrets will not be shared.

The other treaty will allow the setting up of a “combined joint expeditionary force”, thought to involve a brigade of about 5,000 soldiers from each side.

Each country will retain a veto for each operation, which will operate under one military commander to be chosen at the time.

The UK and France have also agreed to keep at least one aircraft carrier at sea between them at any one time.

Each will be able to use the other’s carrier in some form, certainly for training and possibly operations.

Meanwhile, France is to use British A400M fuelling aircraft when there is spare capacity, with plans in place for common maintenance and training.

‘Deepening ties’

Joint work on drones, mine counter-measures and satellite communications is also proposed.

In a statement, the French presidency said the test centre in Valduc, eastern France, would start operations in 2014.

The Valduc laboratory would work with a French-British research centre based in Aldermaston, Berkshire, it added.

Together the facilities would involve “several dozen” French and British experts and cost both countries several million euros.

It said scientists from both countries would be able to ensure the “viability, safety and security in the long term of our nuclear arsenals”.

Mr Cameron told MPs on Monday: “I do seriously believe that this link-up with the French over defence is in the long term interests of both our countries.

“And to those who worry that this might in some way lead to… European armies, that is not the point. The point is to enhance sovereign capability by two like-minded countries being able to work together.”

The UK’s shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said: “I support the government’s emphasis on international co-operation, taking forward the good work of the last government.

“We share common threats with countries such as France, from terrorism to privacy to cyber-attack. Deepening military ties is an essential part of modern defence policy.

“Interdependence, however, is different from dependence, and binding legal treaties pose some big questions for the government.”

Mr Murphy also questioned whether the the UK was entering “an era where we are reliant on our allies to fill in the gaps in the government’s defence policy”.

Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute think tank, said Anglo-French military initiatives dated back to Dunkirk and he said: “Both (countries) have got similar problems. They have both got similar interests… and the fact is that if both powers are determined to play a role in the world with military force they are going to find ways of pooling their relatively common force structures if they are going to have some effect.”

Asked about hypothetical scenarios where France and Britain disagreed politically, Professor Clarke said: “You can’t rule them out but they are not the most likely outcome. Most things that happen in the world at the moment – in Afghanistan, in southern Europe, in relation to instabilities in eastern Europe – are things that the British and French do share common interests on.”

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Istanbul blast injures at least 22, may be suicide bomb http://www.khaama.com/istanbul-blast-injures-at-least-15-may-be-suicide-bomb http://www.khaama.com/istanbul-blast-injures-at-least-15-may-be-suicide-bomb#comments Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:46:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=392 Istanbul blast injures at least 22, may be suicide bomb
(BBC) – The blast occurred near the independence monument in Taksim Square Police say 22 people have been injured in what appears to have been a suicide bomb attack in the centre of Istanbul. Television pictures from Taksim Square showed body parts lying on the ground. No group has said it carried out the attack, Read the full article...]]>
Istanbul blast injures at least 22, may be suicide bomb

(BBC) – The blast occurred near the independence monument in Taksim Square

Police say 22 people have been injured in what appears to have been a suicide bomb attack in the centre of Istanbul.

Television pictures from Taksim Square showed body parts lying on the ground.

No group has said it carried out the attack, but a two-month-old ceasefire by Kurdish rebels was due to expire later on Sunday, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Istanbul.

Riot police stationed in the square may have been the target, a police spokesman said.

Nine police officers have been injured, some very seriously, he added. Six civilians were also hurt.

A large explosion was heard throughout central Istanbul just after 0900 GMT.

Past attacks

The explosion took place right next to the independence monument on Taksim Square, which is always crowded with people, our correspondent says.

There are usually squads of riot police posted at this part of the square, as it is often the site of demonstrations.

A police spokesman has said he believes they were the target of the explosion, which he said may have been caused by a suicide bomber.

Eyewitness Aris Virkas told the BBC that he was walking through Taksim Square when he heard the blast.

“I turned around and saw policemen with blood on their face and someone lying on the ground,” he said. “People, including police, were running around in panic.

“There was a big bus with maybe 20 police officers: they ran out of the bus, trying to find out what’s going on.

“After a couple of minutes, they started asking people to step back. I think I think I heard a few gunshots afterwards, but I can’t be certain it wasn’t something else.”

Our correspondent says suspicion is likely to fall on Kurdish separatist factions, or groups linked to al-Qaeda.

The Kurdish separatist PKK party has carried out bomb attacks in Istanbul in the past, as have extreme left-wing and Islamist groups.

Our correspondent says al-Qaeda-linked groups are small but active in Turkey, and police make frequent arrests.

A group with ties to al-Qaeda carried out the bombing of the British consulate in Istanbul in 2003 in which 28 people died.

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Students aim to bolster French protests http://www.khaama.com/students-aim-to-bolster-french-protests http://www.khaama.com/students-aim-to-bolster-french-protests#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 05:26:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=234 Students aim to bolster French protests
(BBC) – French students will stage protests on Tuesday to try to bolster opposition to the government’s pension reforms amid some signs of cracks in the movement. The numbers could be a litmus test, correspondents say, after three of 12 national oil refineries voted to end their action and a rubbish collectors’ strike in Marseille Read the full article...]]>
Students aim to bolster French protests

(BBC) – French students will stage protests on Tuesday to try to bolster opposition to the government’s pension reforms amid some signs of cracks in the movement.

The numbers could be a litmus test, correspondents say, after three of 12 national oil refineries voted to end their action and a rubbish collectors’ strike in Marseille was suspended.

The row comes to a head this week.

Parliament is expected to hold a final vote on Wednesday, while a nationwide strike has been called for Thursday.

The vote in parliament is expected to bring into law an increase in the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.

The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says the students are supposed to be on half-term break but instead are planning a series of marches around the country in opposition to the plan to increase the minimum retirement age.

President Nicolas Sarkozy will be hoping the vote – and the 10-day school holiday – will take the sting out of the protest.

But our correspondent says the students will be out to prove him wrong and how many come out will be the litmus test of where this protest is heading.

On Monday, all of France’s 200 fuel supply depots were cleared of strikers.

And unions said that rubbish collectors in the southern port of Marseille would end their high-profile two-week strike on Tuesday.

However, our correspondent says that seven French refineries are still closed, buffer stocks of petrol and diesel are almost exhausted and unless refineries reopen, France could face an even more serious fuel crisis by the end of the week.

‘French exception’

The government has warned that the disruption is threatening the country’s fragile economic recovery.

Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said on Monday that the strikes were costing France up to 400m euros (£350m; $560m) a day.

The president says the reform is an “inevitable” measure in the face of France’s rapidly ageing population and growing budget deficit.

His defence of the deeply unpopular reforms has seen his approval ratings plummet to a record low of 29%, according to a poll published last Sunday.

However, the vote in parliament is almost certain to pass.

An MP from Mr Sarkozy’s party, Pierre Mehaignerie, said: “We must be aware that in a world without borders we can’t have a French exception… that exists nowhere else.”

But millions of people have come out on to the streets in a series of protests over the past few weeks and French trade unions have called another nationwide strike on Thursday.

That will be followed by yet another on 6 November, the unions say, unless Mr Sarkozy withdraws the pension law or opens negotiations.

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In Russia, it’s an honor to be a deported spy http://www.khaama.com/in-russia-its-an-honor-to-be-a-deported-spy http://www.khaama.com/in-russia-its-an-honor-to-be-a-deported-spy#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:12:46 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=46 In Russia, it’s an honor to be a deported spy
(CNN) — Nearly four months after a Russian spy ring in the U.S. was unmasked and the spies deported, Russia’s president awarded the spies top state honors. The ceremony took place Monday in the Kremlin, according to a statement from Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova. The awards were given to employees of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Read the full article...]]>
In Russia, it’s an honor to be a deported spy

(CNN) — Nearly four months after a Russian spy ring in the U.S. was unmasked and the spies deported, Russia’s president awarded the spies top state honors.

The ceremony took place Monday in the Kremlin, according to a statement from Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova. The awards were given to employees of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), she said, “including the intelligence officers who were working in the United States and returned to Russia in July.”

The event was reported in the Russian media but video and pictures were not shown.

Shortly after news of the spy scandal broke President Dmitry Medvedev, trying to downplay repercussions, said any attempt to destroy warming relations with the U.S. would fail.

In August, however, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, himself a former intelligence agent in Germany during the Cold War, boasted that he met with the spies after their return to Moscow and sang “patriotic songs” with them. He also criticized U.S. authorities for “going out of control” in dealing with the affair.

Eleven intelligence personnel, living and working in the U.S. as “sleeper” agents, were arrested and later allowed to return to Moscow as part of a spy swap. A twelfth was arrested in Cyprus and escaped.

Perhaps the most famous member of the group, 28-year-old year old Anna Chapman, has been relentlessly covered by international media and portrayed as a glamorous spook.

Now, according to the Russian media, she is a consultant to a Russian investment bank and was most recently spotted October 7 at the Baikonur space station working on space exploration projects. Russian media report she also is writing a book on “new internet resources.”

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