Monthly Archives: November 2013

United States remembers Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago

Former US President John F Kennedy with his wife Jacqueline shortly before he was gunned down in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago yesterday.

The United States  has been marking 50 years since President John F Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas. The city, which long struggled with the legacy of the assassination, is hosting a series of official events. Kennedy, who served less than three years, is often ranked among the nation’s most revered presidents. Just 46 when he died, he is praised for his youthful vigour, his leadership through the Cuban missile crisis and his vision to put a man on the Moon. But he is also remembered for ordering one of the most disastrous episodes of the Cold War, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of communist … Continue reading

Posted in USA | Leave a comment

Kerry arrives in Geneva as hope of agreement on Iran looms

US Secretary of State John Kerry. His imminent arrival in Geneva raised hopes a deal with Iran may be imminent.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to arrive in Geneva this morning (Saturday) to help negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. The foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany are also expected there, amid hopes of an agreement that would see Iran curb uranium enrichment in return for a loosening of sanctions. The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran are already at the Geneva conference, which began on Wednesday. Some US lawmakers say they will push for more sanctions if the talks fail. Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but some world powers suspect it is seeking a nuclear weapons capability. Negotiators have been … Continue reading

Posted in World | Leave a comment

Rajapaksa angry as Cameron stirs up trouble for him at CHOGM

Commonwealth leaders pose for a group photo at the opening session of CHOGM 2013

The United Kingdom has caused a stinker at the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting (CHOGM) after Prime Minister David Cameron became the first Western leader to call for an international inquiry into violations of human rights by the Colombo government during and after the 30-year civil war against Tamil Tigers. Mr Cameron who spent only a night in Colombo before heading for a business meeting in Dubai, told a press conference he was giving Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa until March next year to order and investigation into the claims or else force Britain to use her position at the UN Human Rights Commission to force the establishment … Continue reading

Posted in CHOGM | Leave a comment