quinta-feira, 26 de agosto de 2010
LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The CIA was called in to help investigate the death of a British spy whose body was found decomposing in a sports bag in his bathtub, officials said Thursday.
Gareth Williams, a 31-year-old code breaker for the MI6 Secret Intelligence Service, supplying Britain with foreign intelligence, was often sent on secret missions to the United States. He returned to London from his last U.S. trip a few weeks before he was found dead, The Daily Mail reported.
His death in his upscale London townhouse apartment near MI6 headquarters -- said to have happened as much as two weeks ago but just discovered Monday -- has led to a flurry of speculation about how he died and why.
Security officials told the Mail they could not explain how someone holding his sensitive post could go missing for such a long time before police were called.
Detectives were said to be trying to determine if Williams was strangled or asphyxiated or if drugs or alcohol were present in his system. Police discounted lurid speculation he had been stabbed or even dismembered, the Mail said. UPI
Brazil's government has given the formal go-ahead for the building on a tributary of the Amazon of the world's third biggest hydroelectric dam.
After several failed legal challenges, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the contract for the Belo Monte dam with the Norte Energia consortium.
Critics say the project will damage the local ecosystem and make homeless 50,000 mainly indigenous people.
But the government says it is crucial for development and will create jobs.
Bidding for the project had to be halted three times before a final court appeal by the government allowed Norte Energia, led by the state-owned Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco, to be awarded the contract. BBC News
Ukraine will not rush to demarcate its border with Russia in the Kerch Strait so as to avoid damaging Ukraine's national interests, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's information policy department said on Thursday.
"We have not set any time to achieve results. The advocacy of [our] national interests is the key issue for us," Oleh Voloshyn told reporters in Kiev.
He said the Ukrainian side was ready to discuss "all economic issues" related to ship navigation in the Kerch Strait.
The border between the two states in the strait linking the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea has been a bone of contention between the two countries since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The agreement on the issue is crucial for the potential introduction of visa-free travel for Ukrainians to the European Union.
Russia and Ukraine signed a deal to define the border during President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Ukraine in May, sparking fierce criticism from Ukraine's opposition.
Ukraine unilaterally established a maritime border with Russia in the 1990s, saying it was based on the Soviet-era administrative border between the two republics. Russia has repeatedly denied the existence of Soviet administrative borders. RIA Novosti
The Russian opposition plan to gather on central Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square on August 31 despite the authorities' plans to close the area to build an underground car park, a leading human rights activist said on Thursday.
The Russian opposition movements traditionally hold unsanctioned March of Dissent rallies on Triumfalnaya Square on the last day of each month with 31 days in honor of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly.
On July 31, the square was booked for a sports car display but some 200 protesters turned up regardless. Some 75 people were hauled away in police vans.
"We plan to go to the square on the 31st, but not to hold a rally because it has not been sanctioned," Lyudmila Alexeyeva of the Moscow Helsinki human rights group said. "We will go so as not to break the tradition," she added.
The opposition says the construction plans are just an attempt to crack down on protest in the capital. RIA Novosti
Coffins at cemeteries in Russia's western Siberian city of Novosibirsk are "wandering", a spokesman for a local funeral museum said on Thursday.
"In most cases of exhumation at Novosibirsk cemeteries, coffins are found at least 1.5 to 10 meters away from the burial site," the statement said.
An investigation held by the museum revealed that loose soil and water was to blame.
The problem came to light after the first crematorium opened in Novosibirsk and people asked for the exhumation of their relatives' bodies in order to cremate them.
"During the exhumation, relatives identify the body only from the clothes or personal items...When it is impossible to identify the body...the relatives receive the remains found directly under the grave, but some of them may belong to another person," the museum cited Novosibirsk undertaker, Rodion Yakushin, as saying. RIA Novosti
Warships from the Black Sea Naval Group, the Blackseafor, on Thursday completed the active stage of three-week drills, the Russian Black Sea Fleet press service said.
The drills included tactical maneuvering by surface warships, air defense and communication, helping vessels in distress, vessel isolation, and inspection at sea, spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.
The main focus of the drills has been on maintaining stability and peace in the region, promoting cooperation, and strengthening mutual understanding among the Black Sea countries.
The Russian Navy was represented during the so-called Blackseafor Activation, which started on August 11, by the RFS Yamal large amphibious landing ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is now on its way to the Bulgarian port of Varna, where the exercise results will be summed up.
The previous Activation took place on April 9-27, with more than 50 drills conducted across an area of 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles). RIA Novosti
The Palestinian National Authority will ask the UN Security Council to reestablish the 1967 border with Israel if direct Mideast talks fall through, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday.
Israeli and Palestinian authorities agreed to resume direct talks for the first time in 20 months, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week.
She said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had been invited to Washington on September 2 to start the talks. Russian, EU and U.S. officials will also attend the talks.
"We don't want to prophesize their failure. We will go to these talks with the hope that they will be successful," Fayed Mustafa said at a news conference in Moscow.
"We would like the international community to not just monitor this process but also to interfere when there is a threat of a failure," Mustafa said.
He said a failure in the talks may lead to a further escalation of tensions in the Middle East. RIA Novosti