sábado, 14 de agosto de 2010
Sex offender Hans-Jürgen M. (58) casually strolls through the city of Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. A plain clothes policeman follows close on his heels. The criminal, who raped multiple women, is considered at high risk of reoffending.
Earlier Saturday night the EVN cut the power as the Central Dispatcher Unit of the Electricity System Operator (ESO), a state company monitoring power supply, ordered the power cut effective as of 7 pm.
The privately-owned power utility has obeyed the order of the state company, and has focused its efforts on keeping the electricity cut for the region of the largest BulgarianBlack Sea resort Sunny Beach as brief as possible, similar to the situation on Friday whenESO issued the same order for the region north of Burgas. Novinite
MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) - Two police advisors serving with UNAMID, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force, were abducted in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, the UN News Centre said.
According to a UNAMID press release made public on Saturday, three individuals driving an SUV abducted the two officers at gunpoint. The incident took place some 100 meters from the peacekeepers' residence in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.
An investigation into the incident is underway by Government authorities and UNAMID.
The civil war that broke out in the western region of Darfur in early 2003 has claimed the lives of more than 300,000, according to United Nations estimates, and forced 2.7 million people from their homes. Sudan puts the number of dead at 10,000. RIA Novosti
Fidel Castro's article in support of the runner-up in Mexico's 2006 presidential election threatens to revive diplomatic tensions between Cuba and Mexico.
Mexican political analysts say the diplomatic spat may again delay the visit of the Mexican president to Cuba, expected to take place by the end of this year.
In his column on the Cuba Debate website, headlined 'The giant with the seven-league boots,' Castro doubts the legitimacy of the current Mexican leader, Felipe Calderon.
The Cuban revolutionary leader, who turned 84 on Friday, suggests the 2006 runoff, in which Calderon came only 0.57% ahead of his leftist rival Lopez Obrador, was rigged.
"Obrador went to the polls and defeated the candidate nominated by the National Action party, but the [U.S.] empire did not allow him to take office," Fidel said.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry rejected the information in a statement on Saturday. RIA Novosti
On Sunday Russia a temporary ban on grain exports came into force in Russia, and is expected to be in place until the end of this year.
The Russian government may revise the ban after October 1, when the size of the harvest volumes becomes clearer. According to preliminary estimates, the drought ruined crops on about 11 million hectares.
A scorching heat wave has gripped much of European Russia since mid-June, coupled with the worst drought since the 1970s.
A total of 60-65 million metric tons of grain are expected to be harvested in Russia this year, compared to 97.1 million metric tons in 2009.
This agricultural year, Russia can afford to export no more than 4.5 million tons of grain, the Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday.
Analysts said the short term losses for the Russian economy from the record-breaking heat wave and accompanying drought and wildfires may amount to 1% of 2010 GDP, or around $15 billion. RIA Novosti
NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Singer, actress and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln died Saturday in New York, her brother said. She was 80.
Lincoln's brother David Wooldridge announced her death, The New York Times said. No cause of death was reported.
Lincoln recorded more than 20 albums including "Straight Ahead," "You Gotta Pay the Band" and her 1956 debut, "Affair ... a Story of a Girl in Love".
As an actress, she appeared in feature films including "For Love of Ivy" (1968), "Nothing But a Man" (1964), "The Girl Can't Help It" and director Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" (1990). She guest-starred on TV series including "All in the Family," "Mission: Impossible" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.".
Lincoln was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Times said.
Born Anna Marie Wooldridge in Chicago Aug. 6, 1930, and raised in Michigan, Lincoln was the second-youngest of 12 children. In the 1950s, she sang in nightclubs in Hawaii, and then went to Los Angeles. UPI
BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A Buffalo, N.Y., man suspected of killing four people in a burst of gunfire early Saturday at a restaurant has been charged with murder, police said.
Keith Johnson, 25, was arrested hours after the shootings, which also left four men injured, at the City Grill, the Buffalo News reported. More charges are likely, police said.
The victims included Daniel Mackin, 30, a Buffalo native who had returned to the city for a party to celebrate his marriage last year in Texas. Mackin's wife, also from Buffalo, was not injured, police sources said.
Police sources told the News a disc jockey turned on the lights and ordered remaining patrons to leave the restaurant when a fight broke out. Someone began shooting a short time later. UPI
(AP) Rescuers found human remains at the bottom of a gold mine shaft in Nevada late Friday where two miners were trapped more than a day ago, authorities said Saturday.
Elko County Sheriff Dale Lotspeich Saturday that while he can't make a positive identification of the remains, they are believed to be those of the two missing miners.
Lotspeich said it will take from three weeks to two months to identify the remains.
Barrick Gold of North America spokesman Lou Schack says searchers worked for more than 32 hours to safely access the area Friday at the Meikle mine, about 1,300 feet below the surface.
The men were being lowered into a shaft in a cage early Thursday morning when a vertical pipe broke loose from a wall and struck the cage, severely damaging it.
The vertical pipe, about 2 feet in diameter, runs the entire length of the 1,330-foot-deep shaft and is used to carry crushed stone and rocks, said Lou Schack of Barrick Gold of North America.
There were about 160 employees in the mine at the time of the accident. Family members of the missing miners were notified soon after the accident.
Schack confirmed five fatalities have occurred at the mine, which opened in 1996 about 55 miles northwest of Elko and 275 miles northeast of Reno. There have been 26 mining deaths over the last decade in Nevada, the world's fourth largest gold producer behind South Africa, Australia and China.
"When the pipe failed everything falls so we have to remove debris to make sure we can get in safely," Schack said.
The men were lowered in the cage to inspect the pipe when the accident occurred, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. CBC News
Lebanese security officials say they have shot and killed the suspected leader of the militant Sunni Islamist movement Fatah al-Islam.
Abd-al-Rahman Awad and an associate were intercepted on a main road in eastern Lebanon and died in an exchange of fire with security forces.
Fatah al-Islam fought a three-month battle with the Lebanese army in 2007 in which about 400 people were killed.
The group is believed to be linked to the al-Qaeda terror group.
Abd-al-Rahman Awad was already high on the Lebanese wanted list.
He had been condemned to death in absentia on charges relating to a number of bomb attacks and killings over the past three years.
He was believed to have taken over the leadership of Fatah al-Islam after its long battle with the army at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared near Tripoli in northern Lebanon in 2007.
According to Lebanese security officials, he had recently been hiding in the big Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon in the south. BBC News
More than 100 concerts and other events will be cancelled on Sunday at the Shanghai Expo to mourn victims of a powerful mudslide in northwestern China.
Sunday was declared a nationwide day of mourning in memory of more than 1,200 people killed when mudslides tore down entire apartment blocks, and buried houses and streets under deep layers of mud in the northwestern Gansu Province on August 8.
Chinese flags will fly at half-mast in the country and in its embassies and consulates overseas. Public entertainment will also be suspended on Sunday to express the deep condolences for the mudslide victims.
In Shanghai, National flags, as well as flags of the Bureau of International Expositions and the 2010 Expo will also fly at half mast. Other participating nations may also choose to lower their flags to express condolences and solidarity with the Chinese people.
The pavilion of the disaster-hit Gansu Province has postponed all concerts and other entertainment events until mid-September. RIA Novosti
Two NASA satellites registered a total of 368 hotspots from fires across Russia on Saturday, with the central part of the country being the worst affected, a spokeswoman for the ScanEx company said.
"Wildfires raging on vast areas and smoke blankets can be clearly seen even on satellite photos of medium definition," Nadezhda Pupysheva said.
Central Russia's Moscow, Ryazan and Nizhny Novgorod regions are the worst affected, she said.
A scorching heat wave has gripped much of European Russia since mid-June, which coupled with the worst drought since the 1970s has made the countryside particularly susceptible to wildfires.
Thousands of emergency workers and military personnel have been working round the clock for almost three weeks to fight the fires in 22 regions, which have so far left over 3,500 homeless. The immediate economic cost of the fires has been estimated at $15 billion.
About 1,200 people sought medical aid in connection with the wildfires as of Saturday, the health ministry said. RIA Novosti
The court in the Indian state of Goa has sentenced a Russian tourist to one-year imprisonment over the expired Indian visa.
Alexander Solomin from Russia did not prolong his monthly Indian visa, expired on April 25.
He was arrested on May 29 after he came to police to get the exit permit. The court passed a guilty verdict in three weeks. Solomin was put behind the bars before the text of the verdict was unveiled.
Usually the tourists in Goa with the expired visas pay $100-fine and leave the country, a local lawyer, Vicram Varma said.
This crime is considered to be major since it was against Indian nation, the verdict, announced on Saturday, said. RIA Novosti
Around 175 million Pakistanis celebrate their country’s independence day with thankfulness to Almighty Allah for giving them this homeland after immense sacrifices.
The emergence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, now the sixth most populous nation in the world, was a tremendous achievement of the Muslims of British-ruled India. It was made possible by the dedicated leadership of the head of the Muslim League, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
The Muslims wanted a country in which they could live their lives in accordance with their religious and cultural traditions and prosper economically which otherwise would not have been possible under the majority Hindu community when the British left.
To be able to wrest this independence from the implacable hostility of the majority community’s political leadership and the ambivalent British colonialists, who leaned toward the majority community and unfairly demarcated the boundaries of the two countries depriving full access to Jammu and Kashmir, was a task only accomplished by the iron will of Jinnah, backed by the entire Muslim community.
In the struggle for independence, Jinnah sent Muslim League emissaries all over the world, particularly to Muslim countries and where Muslim communities in other countries resided.
They carried with them the message that Muslims everywhere should support the emergence of this new country with its rich Islamic heritage and traditional ties.
On becoming independent, and even before that, Pakistan and its people would fully support all Muslim countries, support their struggles for independence and their causes and strive with them so that Muslim countries would develop their due weight and influence in the new world order taking shape after the World War II.
This is the compact that Pakistan and its people have kept faith with since their independence in 1947. Immediately after the UN was founded, Pakistan spearheaded the debate against the division of Palestine. Till now Pakistan has not recognized Israel and fully supports the right of the oppressed and occupied Palestinians for their own homeland. Arab News
MAKKAH: Grand Mosque Imam and Khatib Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid used his first Friday sermon of the holy month of Ramadan to praise the royal decree banning unqualified people from issuing fatwas.
"Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has safeguarded the process of issuing fatwas and protected Shariah law from infringements of unqualified people who deviate from the path of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his true followers," said the sheikh, who is also chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council.
"The king is determined to stop any transgression against approved religious establishments".
The imam also called on believers to be true Muslims by worshipping Allah alone and avoid wrongdoings.
He also urged people to fear Allah in such a way that they "do not earn illegally, bear false witnesses, make false promises, nor deceive in their transactions".
Thousands of Muslims attended the first Friday sermon of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in an atmosphere of spirituality. Several thousand pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom to perform Umrah in the fasting month.
According to official figures, up to 3.7 million Muslims from all over the world are expected to perform Umrah this year. Makkah and Madinah have prepared well in advance to receive the visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom and help them perform their rites at ease and in comfort.
All government departments and private establishments concerned have completed their necessary arrangements. Deputy chairman of the Presidency of Affairs of the Grand Mosque Muhammad Al-Khuzaim said his organization's plan this Umrah season is to educate pilgrims and enlighten them about Islam. Arab News