Goma fears rebel assault after truce turned down 19/11/2012 17:58 CET
Ethiopia PM death: Meles Zenawi body flown home 21/08/2012 19:04 CET
Reports from Rwanda say around a hundred people are trapped after a building collapsed.
Local police in the north east of the African nation confirm three people are dead and 21 are injured.
It’s understood construction workers are among the casualties.
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Members of the Navajo tribe in the southwestern United States are hoping the force will be with them as they dub “Star Wars” into their native Dine language. Two days of auditions began Friday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona for Navajo wishing to lend their voices to…
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“Value menus” increasingly seem a bad physical deal for consumers—and now perhaps a bum fiscal deal for fast-food purveyors. The cheap chow, long a target for nutrition-focused researchers and locavoring advocates, has been criticized for all manner of bad outcomes, mostly centered on obesity. Fast food in general is assailed by these same sources, of course—the book is Fast Food Nation, after all, and not Dollar Menu Dominion—but value menus (and their late cousin “supersize”) are seen as particularly egregious in making fat-laden crappy food—despite all the menu labeling, soda shrinking, portion bashing, and bad mouthing in the world— irresistibly cheap.Continue Reading… … Read More
The placing of restrictions on immigration permits is aimed at making immigration “more acceptable to society,” Geneva said. Under a ‘safeguard clause’ in Switzerland’s treaties with the EU, it already imposes quotas on long-term residence permits for foreigners from eight eastern European countries that joined the bloc in 2004. Starting next month, the Swiss government plans to apply quotas for a year for the other 17 western and southern EU countries. The Alpine nation plans to issue a maximum of 2,180 long-term permits for migrants from eastern EU member-states and 53,700 for migrants from western EU member-states. According to the Swiss government, in recent years the number of immigrants coming to the country for work was as large as 80,000 yearly – higher than the number emigrating. Switzerland is currently experiencing its “biggest property boom in two decades,” Bloomberg reported, with immigration contributing to a house price bubble. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton slammed Geneva’s new immigration regulations in a statement: “I regret the decision of the Swiss Government to continue the quantitative limitations adopted last year to the free movement of EU citizens who are nationals of eight Member States and to extend such restrictions to the nationals of the other Member States.” Ashton said that the measures adopted by Geneva are “contrary to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons” over how they differentiate between groups of EU member-states. She also charged that the new regulations “disregard the great benefits that the free movement of persons brings to the citizens of both Switzerland and the EU.” Swiss Minister of Justice Simonetta Sommaruga said the government does not view the introduction of the safeguard clause as an “unfriendly act towards the EU… It’s a fact that there is unease among the population, and it’s necessary to take this unease seriously.” … Read More
“North Korea’s demand to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state is neither realistic nor acceptable,” US Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman told Reuters in Geneva. One of the main conditions laid out by the US for lifting sanctions is Pyongyang’s renouncement of its nuclear ambitions. This follows demands by Washington for Pyongyang to show “clear signs” that it is taking steps to end nuclear weapons development; only then will the US consider easing the crippling sanctions against the isolated state. The conditions were decried as unacceptable by North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Tuesday.“If the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] sits at a table with the US, it has to be a dialogue between nuclear weapons states, not one side forcing the other to dismantle nuclear weapons,” the newspaper said. On Thursday, Pyongyang issued conditions to the US and its southern opponents, hinting that the conflict may be coming to an end. They asked for the withdrawal of US troops from the South an end to military drills on the Korean Peninsula. Over the past few weeks, tensions having been steadily building on the peninsula amid heightening bellicose rhetoric from Pyongyang, which threatened strikes on the South and the US. The US sent two F-22 jets to the Korean Peninsula at the beginning of April, drawing Pyongyang’s ire and further exacerbating tensions. The crisis began when North Korea carried out its third nuclear bomb test in February, provoking condemnation from the international community and heavy sanctions imposed by the US. Washington had already cut off food aid it had been providing to the Asian nation as part of a denuclearization-for-aid agreement reached in 2005.‘Ultimately it’s the Americans’ fault’Author and Asia specialist Tim Beal told RT that Washington’s policy towards Pyongyang was the root of the crisis.“If they had stuck to all their agreements in the past it never would have come to this,” he said in an interview. “If they’d stuck to the agreed framework that Clinton signed back in 1994, then the Yongbyon nuclear reactor would have been dismantled and taken out of the country.” He noted that every time the nations had come close to sealing a deal, Washington has “shied away,” inciting Pyongyang to further aggression. Beal described Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions as their only bargaining chip with the US, and that their ultimate goal was to make peace with the US and deliver much-needed food aid to a starving population. However, “the Americans upped the ante with this current range of military exercises, in order to stop the new South Korean government engaging with the North as Park Geun-hye had promised in her election campaign,” he told RT.History repeatsHe concluded the Americans would eventually end up recognizing North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. Citing US policy towards India under the Bush Administration, Beal described how history was repeating itself.“The Americans under George Bush did the same thing with India. They had told off India for developing nuclear weapons and for being outside of the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” he said, adding that Washington eventually compromised on India, leaving the Non-Proliferation Treaty by the wayside because they decided it made a “good counterbalance” to China in the region. Washington signed the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement with Delhi in 2005, effectively exempting India from the Non-Proliferation Treaty. … Read More
Today’s Sunday shows, like everyone else, tried to pick apart the details of how and why the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston this week. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer interviewed Rep. Mike McCaul (R.-Texas), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.“My theory is [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] was radicalized by 2009, 2010,” McCaul said. “Reports show the Russian Intelligence Service reach out to our law enforcement to interview this individual, which they did. He was on the radar, then he got off the radar. Then he travels overseas. I would assume the Russians would have some intelligence on this individual.”Although he lacks direct evidence McCaul appeared to suggest that Tamerlan, who reportedly had a bomb strapped to his chest when he was shot, had ties to international terrorist networks. “I think another important point [is] the tools of trade craft used here,” McCaul said. “This pressure cooker device is very similar to what the Taliban in Pakistan use. The idea that they could make pipe bombs and then there are reports they had suicide vests, all point to the fact that this was…”Continue Reading… … Read More