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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thailand Turmoil : Thailand Military Shooting At Protesters!

RussiaToday — April 28, 2010 — Tensions are flaring in the Thai capital Bangkok, after security forces fired directly at a crowd of protesters in the latest round of confrontations. Live ammunition and rubber bullets were used to push the Red Shirts back and prevent their demonstrations expanding. One solider was reportedly killed in the violence. The stand-off's been going on for seven weeks as protesters demand the dissolution of parliament and new elections.

Thailand in Turmoil : Inside Bangkok's red city

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 27, 2010 — After seven straight weeks of anti-government demonstrations on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand's red shirt protesters show no sign of giving up.

With red shirt leaders bracing for what they fear will be a government crackdown against them, the protesters have been reinforcing their camps in the heart of the Thai capital.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Twin brother of dead Polish president to run for office .

The identical twin of the Polish president who was killed in a Russian air crash is attempting to fill his dead brother's shoes by announcing he will run for the presidency.

Matthew Day in Warsaw | 26 Apr 2010 - TELEGRAPH.CO.UK

Jaroslaw Kaczynski will stand as candidate for the conservative Law and Justice party in snap elections, called after President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died when their aircraft crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk at the beginning of the month.

'War crimes' Sudan president wins election

President Omar al-Bashir (picture) has been declared winner of Sudan's first open elections in 24 years despite his outstanding international arrest warrant over war crimes in Darfur.

Mike Pflanz, east Africa Correspondent | TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - 26 Apr 2010

The 66-year-old leader wanted a clear victory to prove his domestic popularity in the face of International Criminal Court charges over his involvement in Darfur's seven-year civil war.

Chinese Replica Jet in Dogfight for Copyright

RussiaToday — April 25, 2010 — Handbags, watches, sunglasses - you can find a Chinese replica for almost anything. But one more ambitious copycat effort is putting a strain on relations with Russia.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Germans form anti-nuclear human chain

Sat, 24 Apr 2010   |   PressTV
Tens of thousands of Germans have created a human chain as they expressed opposition to the use of nuclear energy.

Around 100,000 people participated in the event on Saturday to form the human chain, measuring at 120 kilometers (75 miles) along the Elbe River between the northern towns of Brunsbuettel and Kruemmel that passed through the city of Hamburg.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thailand inTurmoil

Fearing crackdown, 'Red Shirts' halt military convoy

Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators halted a train carrying military trucks and hundreds of troops through Thailand's rural north-east on Wednesday, believing it was part of the government's threatened crackdown on "Red Shirt" protests.

By News Wires (22/04/2010)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What Obama's nuclear summit achieved: 5 theories

Leaders and diplomats from 47 countries gathered in Washington this week to forge a unified nuclear policy. What did (or didn't) they accomplish?

posted on April 15, 2010

President Obama's nuclear security summit concluded Tuesday night, after two days of meetings among leaders and diplomats from 47 countries. The Obama administration hails the summit as a success, saying it made the world a safer place. But the summit's aims were so "modest and uncontroversial," says Tony Karon at Time, it was almost automatically "a success." (Watch a CBS report about the nuclear summit's achievements.) Here, 5 noteworthy outcomes from the gathering:

Nuke Summit Seen As Good Start .

CBSNewsOnline — April 14, 2010 — President Obama's nuclear summit is over. Next on his agenda are U.N. sanctions against Iran. Bill Plante reports from the White House.

World leaders pledge to act against 'nuclear terrorism'

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 13, 2010 — World leaders gathered in the US capital have agreed to take steps to prevent "nuclear terrorism", which they said is one of the biggest threats to global security.

In a final declaration the 47 nations at the security summit in Washington DC issued a call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material within four years.

Some bilateral agreements on the sidelines were also announced - among them a deal signed by Russia and the US to destroy tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium.

Obama's nuclear summit

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 11, 2010 — Leaders and delegates from 47 countries have begun arriving in Washington for what US officials say is an unprecedented summit on nuclear security.

The Obama administration has said the meeting is aimed at confronting the threat of nuclear terrorism, as well as how to safeguard loose nuclear weapons and material.

Iran and North Korea have not been invited to attend the two days of talks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

How ash could damage air planes

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 16, 2010 — Several European countries have closed their airspace after a cloud of ash thrown up by a volcano in Iceland spread over the continent.

The tiny particles of ash could cause severe damage to aircraft as they could get sucked into jet engines, clog fuel systems and obscure window screens.

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward explains.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Inside Story - Thailand on the edge

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 13, 2010 — After weeks of demonstrations, neither Thailand's government nor the red shirt protestors seem willing to back down. Who is fuelling the latest unrest in Bangkok? And what lies ahead in this divided country?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bangkok placed under emergency , after protesters briefly storm parliament .

Thailand: Govt declares state of emergency after protesters briefly storm parliament 

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 07, 2010 — Increasingly tense protests in Thailand have prompted the government to declare a state of emergency in Bangkok, the capital, and surrounding areas.

The so-called red shirt protesters - supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the deposed prime minister - stormed the parliament building on Wednesday. Now the police and the military will have broad powers to tackle the anti-government protests.

UK election - issues & promises, promises.

Economy dominates UK election campaigns

AlJazeeraEnglish — April 07, 2010 — British politicians are focusing on the economy as they hit the campaign trail ahead of the May 6 general election.

The Labour Party of Gordon Brown, the incumbent prime minister, is seeking a fourth term in office, but trails David Cameron's Conservative Party in the polls.

With Britain slow to come out of recession, most voters will be looking to the party which offers the best plan to revive the country's ailing finances.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Deadly suicide bomb attacks hit US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan

Pakistani security officials examine a damaged 
military building next to the US consulate 
following a huge suicide bomb attack. [AFP]
Pakistani security officials examine a damaged military building 
next to the US consulate following a huge suicide bomb attack. [AFP]
Craig McMurtrie, Washington - 6 APRIL 2010.

United States authorities have condemned an attack on the American consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Three security guards and four militants were killed near the heavily fortified complex in what police describe as a coordinated attack.

Monday, April 5, 2010

How the world eats!

Scope out not only what is eaten, but how many are being fed.
Comparison - Germany, USA, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Egypt, Ecuador, Bhutan & Chad.