Monthly Archives: May 2011

Dozens flee as man is caught with deadly snakes on train

Hundreds of rail passengers fled in terror when dozens of deadly snakes were found on a train travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in Vietnam. A guard and conductor were checking tickets as passengers got on in the central city of Quang Ngai on Thursday evening – and spotted the live king cobras and cobras under a seat. People fled the carriage as panic broke out, and the smuggler was able to escape in the chaos. The reptiles – which are extremely venomous and can kill a human within just 30 minutes – were being carried in four see-through cloth bags. One passenger, Pham Van An, 20, said: … Continue reading

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IMF asked to choose MD acceptable to all member countries

With the announcement of a process to select a new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a global coalition of 105 campaigners have written an open letter to the Fund’s Board of Governors asking that they choose a candidate who has the backing of the majority of IMF member countries, through an open, merit-based process. The campaigners, including the Bretton Woods Project, Oxfam, and ActionAid, urged the IMF to break with past practice and “ensure the selection of the best candidate with the legitimacy gained from the support of the wider IMF membership, not just a powerful minority of countries”. Oxfam spokesperson Sarah Wynn-Williams said: “ European countries … Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden killing violated international law

By Curtis F.J. Doebbler Whatever one might think of Osama Bin Laden—a terrorist for his alleged role in killing several thousand Westerners or a freedom fighter against American imperialism that has killed an estimated two million Afghanis and Iraqis—his targeted killing was a violation of international law. International law prohibits targeted killings in several ways. First, a targeted killing, as this one was, is carried out often by the use of force against the territorial integrity and political independence of a foreign state. In this case the President of Pakistan has made it clear that his country did not authorize the American action. Instead, the US sent about two dozen … Continue reading

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Obama calls for Middle East peace

Seeking to harness the seismic political change still unfolding in the Arab world, President Obama on Thursday publicly called for the borders prevailing before the 1967 Israeli-Arab war to be the starting point for talks to settle the conflict there, the first time an American president has explicitly taken that position. He also said that a new Palestinian state should be demilitarized.  “At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent that ever,” he said. Although Mr. Obama said that “the … Continue reading

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Pop star sworn in as Haiti President

Charismatic pop star-turned-president Michel Martelly was sworn-in Saturday as the new President of Haiti,  promising to rebuild its earthquake-devastated capital, develop the long-neglected countryside and build a modern army. The 50-year-old performer known to Haitians as “Sweet Micky” was swept to power in a March 20 presidential runoff by Haitians tired of past leaders who failed to provide even basic services, such as decent roads, water and electricity in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. “I voted for President Micky because he can do something, he can bring change,” Jonathan Charles, a 22-year-old college student. “He’ll help the youth believe in a future.” The final result of the run-off  displayed Michel Martelly acquired … Continue reading

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United States demands access to Osama bin Laden’s wives

The United States is demanding that it be allowed to question the detained three wives of Osama bin Laden although Pakistani officials played down the possibility of any speedy access, saying no decision had been made. U.S. investigators, who have been sifting through a huge stash of material seized on May 2 after U.S. Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout, want to question his wives as they seek to trace his movements and his network. A Pakistani decision to allow U.S. investigators to question the women could begin to stabilise relations between the allies that have been severely strained by the killing of the al Qaeda … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden will now answer to God- the Vatican

By Henry Gombya in London Osama bin Laden, the man who has been the most wanted person on earth, is dead. The news was announced by US President Barack Obama at the White House in the early hours of this (Monday) morning. In what appears to have been a very closely guarded secret, American authorities had as early as last August identified the whereabouts of Bin Laden whose organization, Al Qaeda, was charged with the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 in which terrorists hijacked American passenger planes and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in downtown Manhattan, New York. Since then, … Continue reading

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Good Friday bloodiest in Syrian massacres

Good Friday was Bad Day for Syrians as it became the bloodiest in Syria since the beginning of protests six weeks ago. Some 111 victims were killed with live ammunition fired by security forces and hundreds were injured, according to human rights groups and several observers. Peaceful demonstrators were killed in several Syrian cities as they chanted for freedom and many other political demands. Despite a ban on demonstrations declared by the Ministry of Interior on 21 April and a new law regulating protests, massive protests swept across 84 Syrian cities, towns and villages on Good Friday, according to the Syrian National Human Rights Organisation. Some observers estimated the number … Continue reading

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