segunda-feira, 11 de outubro de 2010
The Russian Orthodox Church officially opened its channel on the YouTube video content service at a presentation on Monday.
The presentation took place at the fourth international festival of Orthodox Christian media entitled Faith and Word in downtown Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed the channel and said it is called upon to make the Church closer to young people.
"We are doing this just to make the word of God, divine wisdom and the law of God, which is the law of life, closer to the life of the modern person, especially the youth," the head of the Russian Church said in a video address on YouTube.
Kirill said he will be glad if those watching video materials on the hosting service "feel interest in the Church's life".
"YouTube is a noticeable phenomenon in modern cultural life. Hundreds of millions of people use this system to obtain information on the Internet through their personal computers," he said.
"It is very important that church representation is now appearing in this system," the patriarch said.
The channel will offer the Church's opinion on urgent issues, cover the patriarch's services and inform the viewers of the key events in church life.
Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7, its latest attempt to break into the lucrative smartphone market.
Until now the company has failed to provide a credible challenge to rival operating systems from Apple, Google, Research in Motion and Nokia.
Mobile phone operators predict smartphones will have a 70% market share in just three years.
Microsoft says it has made Windows Phone 7 more user-friendly, rebuilding the operating system from bottom up.
The phone system's experience is built around so-called hubs that aggregate content like contacts, pictures, documents, and music and video. The content on the phone is then synchronised both with storage services on the internet and the owner's computers at home.
At launch Microsoft's new phone system will be available on nine phones, and with 60 operators in 30 countries.
In the UK the phone will launch on 21 October, while the US launch will be in early November.
A leader of the Rwandan FDLR rebel group has been arrested in France on war crimes charges, the International Criminal Court says.
In a sealed warrant, Callixte Mbarushimana is accused of 11 counts of murder, rape and other crimes committed during the long conflict in DR Congo.
He last year told the BBC he denied any responsibility for war crimes and said FDLR fighters did not attack civilians.
FDLR fighters were recently accused of raping hundreds of people in DR Congo.
Again, the mainly Hutu FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) denied links to the attacks around the eastern Congolese town of Luvungi.
Some FDLR leaders have been accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.
After a Tutsi-dominated group took power in Rwanda, they fled into what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking years of unrest in the region.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The FBI has joined in the search for a hearing-impaired 10-year-old girl who disappeared from her North Carolina home, officials said.
Zahra Clare Baker was last seen sleeping in her bed early Saturday morning in Hickory, and was reported missing that afternoon by her father and stepmother, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday.
Libby Grigg, assistant to the Hickory police chief, said the father, Adam Baker, and his wife Elisa, told police they last saw Zahra about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when they heard her coughing in bed.
Elisa Baker was arrested and jailed on several unrelated charges Sunday, and has not been ruled out as a suspect in the girl's disappearance. She is a "person of interest" because of inconsistencies in information she gave to police, the newspaper said.
Police said an abduction by a stranger is "less likely" than originally believed.
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11 drew just 10 people to his weekend "Stand Up America" rally in Tampa, officials said.
The Rev. Terry Jones captured worldwide attention and sparked riots in Pakistan and Afghanistan after saying he said he would burn copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, but his ability to attract attention is waning, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday.
He called off the Koran burning at his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville last month after widespread condemnation.
Jones had hired off-duty police to provide security for crowds that failed to materialize Sunday at a rented Tampa Convention ballroom, the newspaper said.
LONDON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Pakistani militant groups likes Lashkar-e-Toiba are freedom fighters waging a campaign for the rights of the people of Kashmir, Pervez Musharraf said.
Musharraf, the former Pakistani president, said in a weekend interview with New Delhi broadcaster NDTV that he felt LeT and its counterparts were fighting for a noble cause in parts of Kashmir.
"From our point of view anyone who is fighting in Kashmir, your part of Kashmir, is a mujahed who's fighting for the freedom, for the rights of the people of Kashmir," he said.
LeT was linked to the deadly raids on Mumbai in November 2008 where more than 100 civilians were killed in a three-day siege.
Musharraf brushed off the connection to Mumbai, instead blaming India for targeting civilians in the conflict over Kashmir.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- National conduct during parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan during the weekend was impressive, international observers said.
Kyrgyz voters took to the polls Sunday to pick their first parliament since Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted by supporters of Roza Otunbayeva in an April coup.
Morten Hoglund, the special coordinator for the Kyrgyz election observer mission with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said the peaceful election was a reflection of the will of the people to turn a new page.
"I was impressed by the political pluralism, the civic responsibility and the spirit of the people of this country," he said in a statement.
The OSCE said political parties were able to campaign freely and fundamental civic freedoms were respected during the voting process. The Kyrgyz capital was the site of tense political demonstrations last week, though Otunbayeva said there was no reason to postpone the vote.
An attempt to rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground will begin at midnight on Wednesday (0300 GMT), Mining Minister Laurence Golborne says.
A test of the rescue capsule has been carried out successfully, descending almost the whole way down the 622m (680yd) shaft, engineers say.
Earlier, the top 90m was reinforced with metal casing to prevent crumbling.
The miners have been trapped since a collapse in the mine on 5 August, but were reached by a drill on Saturday.
The "Plan B" drill that reached the miners left the San Jose mine, near the town of Copiapo, to a rousing reception on Monday.
The drill was driven away surrounded by crowds of photographers and cheers by hundreds of people across the site.