Friday, April 18, 2008

TGIF - 4/18/2008

Mugabe Orders Military Intimidation in Zimbabwe (Update2)
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
By Brian Latham and Antony Sguazzin April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe deployed the army, police and intelligence officers to intimidate voters in rural areas to ensure he wins a presidential run-off vote, two top members of his ...
Mugabe blasts Britain, Zimbabwe opposition in fiery speech The Associated Press
Mugabe set to mark independence BBC News

South Africa helps clear arms to Zimbabwe - 2 hours ago
By Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg South Africa’s national armaments company is helping to clear a Chinese weapons shipment to Zimbabwe through customs, it said today.
Video: MDC say Zanu-PF 'offered deal' bbcworldnews

Robert Mugabe s'en prend violemment à la Grande-Bretagne
L'Express - Publié depuis 1 heure
Robert Mugabe, malmené par l'opposition et les pays occidentaux, a attaqué la Grande-Bretagne vendredi devant des milliers de ses partisans, lors de sa première apparition en public depuis les élections controversées du 29 mars au Zimbabwe. ...
Zimbabwe: Mugabe balaie les critiques sur les droits de l'homme Le Point
Mugabe, plus combatif que jamais, revendique la démocratie au Zimbabwe AFP

Mbeki, Mufamadi ‘must stop arms shipment’
The Times - 2 hours ago
President Thabo Mbeki and National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) chairman Sydney Mufamadi must stop the transfer of arms aboard a ship in Durban harbour to Zimbabwe, says DA leader Helen Zille.
South African lawsuit aims to prevent arms shipment to Zim Moneyweb
Urgent application to halt Zimbabwe arms cargo SABC News

Mugabe Casts Zimbabwe Dispute as Colonial Fight
New York Times - 47 minutes ago
By GRAHAM BOWLEY President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe used a characteristically fiery speech in marking the anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain on Friday, casting the dispute over the country’s elections as a fight against colonialism ...

Mbeki is the appointeD Zim mediator: Zuma
Citizen - 3 hours ago
JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Jacob Zuma said on Friday that there was no need for him to play a mediating role in the Zimbabwean situation, as President Thabo Mbeki was the appointed mediator.
Zuma: court case or not, I'll campaign Independent Online
Zuma won’t mediate in Zimbabwe The Times

Palestine - Israel
Carter presses on with Hamas amid criticism
CNN International - 2 hours ago
(CNN) -- The Israeli and US governments have condemned former President Carter's series of meetings this week with top officials of Hamas, which they consider to be a terrorist organization.
Carter in Damascus to meet Hamas BBC News
Former President Carter arrives in Syria United Press International

Damas: rencontre entre Jimmy Carter et le chef du Hamas en exil - Il y a 22 minutes
DAMAS - L'ex-président américain Jimmy Carter, en tournée régionale, et le chef en exil du mouvement islamiste palestinien Hamas, Khaled Mechaal, ont débuté leurs entretiens vendredi après-midi à Damas, selon un journaliste de l'AFP. ...
Carter, al-Assad et Mechaal à Damas Le Figaro
Jimmy Carter rencontre le président syrien et le chef du Hamas à Damas AFP

Carter to meet Hamas chief despite US, Israeli objections
The Associated Press - 1 hour ago
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Former President Carter met with the exiled leader of Hamas on Friday, brushing off US and Israeli objections to talks with a man accused of masterminding kidnappings and suicide bombings against Israelis.

South Korea - United States
Free Trade Agreement to Top Agenda During US - South Korea Summit
Voice of America - 2 hours ago
By VOA News A free-trade agreement will top the agenda Friday and Saturday when President Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak hold their first summit.
South Korea Lifts US Beef Ban New York Times
Korea to Ease US Beef Curbs, Resume Imports in May (Update6) Bloomberg

US Begins Erecting Wall in Sadr City
New York Times - 2 hours ago
Under the supervision of American forces, workers began building a wall to partition the Sadr City area of Baghdad on Thursday. By MICHAEL R. GORDON BAGHDAD - Trying to stem the infiltration of militia fighters, American forces have begun to build a ...
Company of Iraqi troops abandons position after attack The Associated Press
Iraqi troops surround Sadr office in Basra Reuters India

Qaeda's Zawahri says US war on Iraq a failure
Reuters South Africa - 3 hours ago
By Lin Noueihed DUBAI, April 18 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio message to mark five years since the US-led invasion of Iraq that Washington's war had brought nothing but failure and defeat.
Al-Qaida No. 2 al-Zawahri says US options in Iraq all bad The Associated Press
Al-Qaida's No. 2 mocks Bush on Iraq Seattle Times

Iraq war has been difficult, longer than anticipated: Bush
Times of India - 11 hours ago
WASHINGTON: Admitting that Iraq war has been difficult and longer than it was anticipated, President George W Bush has said that failure in the war-torn country will send a message to the US friends - "you can't count on America.
President Bush and Prime Minister Brown Remark on Iraq and Terrorism Washington Post
Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Wrong Debate on Iraq Asharq Alawsat

Bombing Kills 55 At Funeral in Iraq
Washington Post - 12 hours ago
The campaign to mobilize Sunnis against al-Qaeda in Iraq is one reason why levels of violence have declined in recent months.
US building 'security wall' in Baghdad's Sadr City Christian Science Monitor
Iraq bombings target US-allied, anti-Al Qaeda groups Christian Science Monitor

Entertainment (I promise not to use this as a celebrity gossip category, OK?)
“Super Size Me” Director Searches for Bin Laden in New Film
eFluxMedia - 2 hours ago
By Ona Zachary After losing the fat he had gained for eating McDonald’s products for a month, Morgan Spurlock chose a more energetic mission, which involved traveling in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden New York Times

United States - United Kingdom - Iran
President Bush, Britain's Gordon Brown denounce Iran
Los Angeles Times - 10 hours ago
In Washington, the two leaders say Tehran can't be trusted with nuclear technology. They express near unanimity on many global issues.
A British Leader’s Day With Two Presidents New York Times
President Bush and Prime Minister Brown Remark on Iraq and Terrorism Washington Post

United States - Pakistan
US Lacks Plan to Operate in Pakistani Tribal Areas, GAO Says
Washington Post - 9 hours ago
By Dan Eggen The Bush administration has no comprehensive plan for dealing with the threat posed by Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding, according to a new report released yesterday from the ...
US faulted for lack of coherent Pakistan policy Los Angeles Times
Pakistan border a 'terror haven' BBC News

Tibet - China - Thailand - Japan - France - Jeux Olympiques
La flamme olympique confinée dans un grand hôtel de Bangkok
AFP - Il y a 2 heures
BANGKOK (AFP) — La flamme olympique est restée confinée vendredi dans un grand hôtel de Bangkok, alors qu'un temple bouddhiste japonais a annoncé son retrait du parcours en raison de la "répression" chinoise au Tibet. Au lendemain de son passage en ...
Relais de la flammeChangement de programme en sol nippon Radio-Canada
Japon: un célèbre temple bouddhiste refuse d'accueillir la flamme des

Les déclarations du ministre Kouchner sur la crise au Tibet - Il y a 4 heures
Voici les déclarations du ministre des Affaires étrangères, Bernard Kouchner, sur le Tibet depuis le début de la crise, à la mi mars. 9 avril "J'essaie que le dialogue ait lieu. Je me bats en parlant aux autorités chinoises et, deux à trois fois par ...
TIBET • Une autre politique est possible Courrier International
Le couple qui tient tête à Pékin Le Monde

Afghanistan: le fils du chef des armées néerlandaises tué par les ... - Il y a 15 minutes
Le fils du tout nouveau chef des armées néerlandaises et un autre soldat néerlandais servant sous le commandement de l'OTAN en Afghanistan ont été tués vendredi. Une bombe a explosé au passage de leur véhicule. Deux autres militaires venus des Pays-Bas ...
Afghanistan: le fils du commandant des forces armées néerlandaises ... La
Afghanistan: deux soldats néerlandais de l'Otan tués au lendemain ... AFP

United Kingdom
Six jailed for supporting terror
BBC News - 59 minutes ago
A man convicted of supporting terror through speeches at a London mosque has been jailed for four-and-half-years. Muslim preacher Abu Izzadeen, who once heckled then Home Secretary John Reid, was among six men given prison terms for supporting ...
Video: Six guilty of terror charges bbcworldnews
Izzadeen jailed for terror offences The Press Association

South Africa
Thousands march over food, power
Mail & Guardian Online - 7 hours ago
"Electricity and food is not a luxury. It's a necessity. In the end of the day people will not have the money to buy food.
Thousands march against rising prices Independent Online
Food and energy price protest in South Africa African Energy News Review

Declara gobierno argentino emergencia ambiental por humo
El Universal (México) - hace 1 hora
08:52 El gobierno argentino declaró la emergencia y cerró las carreteras afectadas por la enorme nube de humo que se ha formado por la quema de pastizales y que hoy hace casi imposible la visibilidad en la capital del país y en sus alrededores. ...
Buenos Aires se hace humo Terra España
Gobierno prohíbe circulación en rutas por humo que cubre parte de ... AFP

Ecuador - Colombia
Rechaza Ecuador buscar ruptura con Estados Unidos
Rumbo de México - hace 10 horas
Bogotá.- Ecuador rechazó que busque una ruptura con el gobierno de Estados Unidos al apoyar la creación de un sistema de seguridad latinoamericano, para salvaguardar la paz y la estabilidad en la región. El ministro ecuatoriano de Defensa, Javier Ponce ...
Colombia elogia decisión de Correa de combatir a las FARC El Universo
Toda incursión en Ecuador será considerada “acto de guerra ... La Jornada (México)

Correa no quiere a las FARC en Ecuador pero no baja el tono contra ...
Terra España - hace 21 horas
El presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, advirtió hoy a las FARC que si pisan territorio ecuatoriano, será un 'acto de guerra', pero no bajó por ello el tono con el Gobierno colombiano, al que acusó de 'guerrerista' y 'mentiroso'. ...
Ecuador no volverá a contestar ningún nuevo pronunciamiento El Mercurio (Manta)
Colombia elogia decisión de Correa de combatir a las FARC El Universo

Empleo, una urgencia para los candidatos presidenciales en Paraguay
Milenio - hace 1 hora
El gobierno del presidente saliente Nicanor Duarte admitió que la pobreza afecta al 42% de la población aún cuando el Banco Mundial indicó que es del 33%. Asunción.-Entre las principales reformas económicas necesarias para el Paraguay, la creación de ...
Fernando Lugo no asiste al debate de aspirantes a la presidencia ... La Jornada (México)
Crece el temor a un fraude en Paraguay (Argentina)

Rice calls Lavrov to express US concern on Georgia
Reuters - 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had called her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday to express concern about Moscow's move to strengthen ties with separatist regions of Georgia.
Video: Moscow strengthens ties with Georgia's breakaway republics RussiaToday
US 'concerned' at Russian backing of Georgian separatists ABC Online

Maoists blow up petrol pump, kidnap four
Hindu - 2 hours ago
Gaya (PTI) Maoists blew up a petrol pump of Indian Oil Corporation and kidnapped four of its employees, including the manager at Kahudag on the National Highway in Bihar's Gaya district on Friday.
Maoists blast petrol pump in Gaya Times of India
Maoists blow up petrol pump in Bihar Economic Times

France - Somalia
Les pirates du Ponant vont être présentés aux juges
Libération - Il y a 2 heures
Le Ponant et une frégate de la Marine française au large des côtes somaliennes, le 12 avril (Reuters). Le parquet de Paris a ouvert une information judiciaire pour «détournement de navire» et «séquestration de plusieurs personnes comme otages» ...
"Ponant": ouverture d'une information judiciaire
Les pirates du Ponant déférés au parquet France Info

Desarticulado grupo de apoyo a ETA responsable de ataques en zona ...
Terra España - hace 1 hora
El Cuerpo Nacional de Policía ha desarticulado hoy, con la detención de 10 personas en Guipúzcoa, un presunto grupo de apoyo a ETA responsable de los principales actos de violencia callejera cometidos desde 2005 en Errenteria, Oiartzun y Lezo. ...
Detienen en Guipúzcoa a diez personas vinculadas a la 'kale borroka' La Vanguardia
La Policía desarticula un grupo de apoyo a ETA tras detener a 10 ... La Opinión de Tenerife

Bisphenol A can alter genes, study finds
Globe and Mail - 3 hours ago
Bisphenol A, the widely used compound in polycarbonate plastic, has the ability to alter the activity of genes in normal breast cells in ways that resemble what is found in extremely dangerous breast cancers, according to a new study.
Ottawa poised to label bisphenol A as a 'dangerous' substance The Canadian Press
Feds to declare bisphenol A toxic

Thou, O Saviour, dost pour out for all the world living waters of wisdom and endless life, inviting all to partake and to drink of these saving streams; for those who receive and keep Thy holy law thereby quench the coals of dark error and fallacy. Wherefore, they shall not thirst to the ages, O Master, nor fail to be filled with Thee, King of Heaven, Thou sovereign Lord.
--Friday of the Fourth Week, Pentecostarion

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