terça-feira, 1 de junho de 2010
Yukio Hatoyama has said he wanted to step down as Japan's prime minister as his government has failed to fulfill its election pledges concerning the relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, the NHK TV channel has said.
The government had pledged that the military base would be relocated "outside of the country, or, at least, outside of the prefecture" of Okinawa, the TV channel said. However, after eight months of negotiations, a decision was made to relocate the base within the prefecture.
Hatoyama is expected to announce his resignation at an emergency plenary meeting of Japan's Democratic Party later in the day, NHK reported.
By David Ariosto, CNN
By Mark KinverScience and environment reporter, BBC News
Encouraging people to record everyday sightings of common bird species could help limit future extinctions, an international study suggests.
It concludes that large, long-running records are needed to show how numbers and distribution change over time.
The authors add that the internet could allow people to log their sightings on line, and urge websites to standardise the way data is collated.
The findings have been published in the journal PLoS Biology.
Lead author Elizabeth Boakes said millions of people enjoyed birdwatching, and data collected by the "twitchers" could be vital for professional scientists in the future.
"There is a wealth of untapped data that could be made available for conservationists," explained Dr Boakes, a research associate for the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London.
A senior South Korean diplomat will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss rising tensions on the Korean peninsula following the sinking of the Cheonan corvette in the Yellow Sea, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
"Head of the staff on issues of peace an exchange on the Korean Peninsula Vee Son Nak will visit Moscow on June 2-4 to discuss questions of interest to both parties, including the Cheonan situation," the ministry said.
It said the Korean diplomat is expected to hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin.
A monument by controversial Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the those killed in the 2004 Beslan school siege was unveiled in downtown Moscow on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Russian Academy of Arts told RIA Novosti.
Terrorists attacked Belsan's school No. 1 on September 1, 2004, when parents, teachers and pupils were gathered for the first day of term. The school was held in a three-day siege in which at least 334 people, including 186 children, were killed.
The Baltic Nuclear Power Plant, under construction in Russia's western exclave of Kaliningrad, will only receive sufficient demand for its energy supplies if Kaliningrad is integrated into the EU economy, the Lithuanian Energy Minister said.
In late February, Russia began construction on the two-unit Baltic Power Plant in Kaliningrad in a bid to combat an increasing energy crisis in the region. The first unit is to go into full production in 2016, with the second to follow in 2018.
The constructors of the plant have not ruled out exporting nuclear power to the EU market, including the Baltic States.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has expressed his condolences over the death of one of the most celebrated Soviet-era poets, denounced by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev as a "bourgeois formalist".
Voznesensky, who along with a generation of liberal-minded artists known as "children of the 1960s" enthusiastically helped Khrushchev dismantle Stalinism in the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 77.
"Georgia has always considered Voznesensky and his poetry part of its culture," Saakashvili said in a letter to the poet's widow, Zoya Boguslavskaya, adding that the poet's "love for Georgia and the Georgian people has improved our self-image".
"He united the Georgian and Russian people through his art," the letter said.
Saakashvili said Voznesensky had lived as a "real member of the Russian intelligentsia" as "he was able to defend freedom and his own art from suppression".
The Lithuanian parliament has adopted a resolution supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and calling for the establishment of autonomy in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the parliament's press service has said.
A total of 55 members of the 141-seat Seimas supported the resolution, which was initiated by 76 MPs. Nine lawmakers voted against it, and 23 abstained from voting.
Cigarette-smoking Americans receive higher doses of the most potent carcinogens than do smokers in many foreign countries because of variations in the way tobacco is processed for cigarettes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. American cigarettes are typically made from "American blend" tobacco, a specific blend that, because of growing and curing practices, contains higher levels of cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines. The most popular Canadian, Australian and British brands, in contrast, are made from "bright" tobacco, which is lighter in color and cured differently.
The study was designed primarily to correlate how well levels of the chemicals in cigarettes correlate with levels of their metabolites in smokers' urine. The data about exposure to the chemicals in different countries were an added benefit. The CDC team enlisted 126 regular smokers in Australia, Canada, Britian and, in the U.S., in New York and Minesota. All smoked one brand routinely, typically the most popular brands in their country. Smokers in Minnesota smoked Marlboro, Newport, Marlboro Light and Camel Light, while those in New York smoked Marlboro, Newport, Newport Light, Camel Light and Marlboro Menthol.
The team focused on the most lethal carcinogen in the tobacco smoke, 4-(methylnitrosoamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK), and its primary metabolite in urine, known informally as NNAL. They collected cigarette butts from each smoker over a 24-hour period and analyzed them for the content of NNK, an indicator of how much of the carcinogen the smokers were exposed to. They also collected urine and measured levels of NNAL. The team reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention that the amount of NNAL in urine was directly related to the amount in the cigarette butts and that significantly higher levels were found in U.S. smokers, with levels in New York higher than those in Minnesota. The lowest levels were found in Australia and Canada, while the British smokers displayed intermediate levels.
By SHAHEEN NAZAR | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: The Saudi Maritime Forum 2010 concluded here with delegates as well as exhibitors and participants expressing satisfaction at the outcome of the forum’s three days of deliberations.
“The initiative to involve the international maritime community was a welcome move. It provided an opportunity to the Kingdom as well as international players to exchange ideas and come closer for mutual benefit,” said Peter M. Swift, managing director of Intertanko, a global organization of tanker owners engaged in the shipment of oil.
Swift, one of the delegates at the forum who had come from London, said that since Saudi Arabia is a leading oil supplier and an important member of the international maritime community, any development here has a global impact. He added that the forum was an opportunity for the Saudi maritime industry to project itself on the global level.
“Both sides are looking at each other and trying to understand each other’s viewpoint,” he added.
Many of the delegates, including Swift, were of the opinion that the level of participation in the forum was satisfactory as the recession-hit maritime industry has just started to recover. If all goes well, next year’s event will attract even more people outside the Kingdom.
NEW DELHI: The government is veering around to expanding the role of the armed forces in the ongoing anti-Naxal operations, with a hard look even being taken at whether they should be "directly deployed'' in the fight against the Maoists.
While an enhancement of their present surveillance, logistical and training mandate is a certainty, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting likely on Thursday will take the final call on whether to enlist the armed forces in a more direct combat role.
The decision will be influenced as much by political considerations as security imperatives. Yet, the possibility of armed forces being asked to take on the Left-wing extremists is no longer being summarily dismissed like before.
(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc's (C.N) CitiFinancial unit will shut 330 of its U.S. branches and cut between 500 and 600 jobs, in an effort to cut costs at the business and make it more attractive to potential buyers.
Citigroup said on Tuesday that it would shut about 18 percent of CitiFinancial's 1,833 U.S. branches and stop making loans at another 182 branches.
The decision to close or stop making loans at the various branches depends on consumer demand and regional economies, Mary McDowell, the Baltimore, Maryland unit's chief executive officer, said in an interview on Tuesday.
Five opposition candidates have withdrawn from presidential polls in Burundi due to take place on 28 June.
They include the former rebel leader Agathon Rwasa, who was widely thought to be the key challenger to the current President Pierre Nkurunziza.
All had called for the resignation of Burundi's electoral commission following local polls last month, which they say were fraudulent.
La Liga Árabe se reúne de urgencia para debatir sobre el ataque de Israel y cuenta con la asistencia del embajador turco en El Cairo
NURIA TESÓN | El Cairo 01/06/2010
Los representantes de los 22 países miembros de la Liga Árabe se encuentran en El Cairo en una reunión urgente en la que analizarán la situación del conflicto árabe-israelí tras el asalto del lunes a la Flotilla de la Libertad. Un acto que la organización panárabe tildó el mismo día del suceso en un comunicado de "crimen" y de "acción terrorista".
El encuentro ha empezado con una declaración del embajador turco en El Cairo, Husyam Armi Rotsalt, que ha sido invitado de forma extraordinaria a unirse a los miembros de la Liga. Sentado a la derecha del secretario general de la organización, Amer Mussa, el turco desgranó los argumentos que han llevado a su Gobierno a retirar a su embajador de Tel Aviv.
"Dado que la agresión se ha producido en aguas internacionales se trata de un ataque contra el derecho internacional", señaló Husyam. "Es una violación flagrante de la ley internacional", afirmó el diplomático turco, quien concluyó que es necesario que "el mundo endurezca su discurso".
Four years after earning a sensational selection for the 2006 World Cup, Theo Walcott has been left out of Fabio Capello's England squad for this year's tournament in South Africa.
Walcott has endured an injury-troubled time since scoring his memorable hat-trick against Croatia to launch England's qualifying campaign in September 2008.
Shoulder, back, knee and hamstring problems restricted Walcott to just 15 starting appearances for Arsenal this term.
A mind-boggling and dramatic picture – and completely genuine, as an enormous hole was blown open in the middle of Guatemala's capital by a tropical storm.
The 60-metre deep sinkhole swallowed up a three-storey building, killing at least one man.
Tropical storm Agatha is to blame for the giant crater. The deadly storm brought torrential rains to the Central American country, causing deadly mudslides and flash floods.
Meteorologists reported that the capital Guatemala City saw 108mm of rain in a single day, as much as it normally gets in a month.
Agatha has already killed 150 people in Central America – 123 in Guatemala, 17 in Honduras and at least nine in El Salvador.
By the CNN Wire Staff