quarta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2010
Nigerian media mogul Raymond Dokpesi has lodged a lawsuit against the secret police over his arrest in connection with the Independence Day Abuja bombings.
Mr Dokpesi, election campaign chief to a rival of the president in elections due next year, wants 100m naira ($660,000; £410,000) in damages.
He was one of nine people arrested in Nigeria over the twin car-bombings which killed at least 12 people.
He says the arrest was "malicious".
Mr Dokpesi was freed at least nine hours after being detained on 4 October - three days after the bombing.
He owns the Africa Independent Television network, one of Nigeria's biggest, and is running the campaign of former military ruler Gen Ibrahim Babangida.
Gen Babangida is challenging President Goodluck Jonathan for the right to become Nigeria's governing party's presidential candidate.
On Monday, another candidate for the People's Democratic Party nomination - the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar - called for an international inquiry into the 1 October bombings to ensure the investigations were not manipulated for political reasons.
William Hague has said he wants closer economic and security ties with Russia despite unresolved differences over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
On his first trip to Russia as UK foreign secretary, Mr Hague said the killing of the former spy in London in 2006 remained a "big problem".
Russia has rejected an extradition request for the main suspect.
But Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the case should not be an obstacle to improved co-operation.
Relations between the two countries deteriorated markedly after the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko with the radioactive substance polonium-210 and have still not fully recovered.
UK investigators suspect former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi of the murder and their 2007 request for his extradition to stand trial in the UK still stands.
A group of 23 Communist Party elders in China has written a letter calling for an end to the country's restrictions on freedom of speech.
The letter says freedom of expression is promised in the Chinese constitution but not allowed in practice.
They want people to be able to freely express themselves on the internet and want more respect for journalists.
The call comes just days after the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr Liu was sent to prison for 11 years in 2009 for expressing his desire to see peaceful political change in China.
The letter's release also comes ahead of a key party meeting that is expected to promote future leaders and shape policy for the next few years.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned a court-ordered halt of a ban on openly gay military personnel could have "enormous consequences".
A day after a judge halted the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, Mr Gates said he preferred that Congress, not a court, settle the issue.
Under the policy, gay people can serve in the military but face expulsion if their sexuality is revealed.
A legislative bid to overturn the ban failed in the US Senate last month.Policy 'to end'
"I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is an action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training," Mr Gates said. "It has enormous consequences for our troops".
Mr Gates' comments aboard a military aircraft came a day after US District Judge Virginia Phillips, in California, issued a permanent injunction forbidding the US military from enforcing the 17-year-old ban.
At the White House on Wednesday, spokesman Robert Gibbs described "don't ask, don't tell" as "a policy that is going to end". But he declined to answer whether the Obama administration preferred to seek a stay of the injunction and appeal against the ruling.
The US Department of Justice has 60 days to appeal but may opt not to do so.
President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he favours scrapping the ban, and Mr Gibbs reiterated the administration would prefer it be done in Congress rather than the court system.
The US House has already passed a repeal, but the bill stalled in the Senate last month amid staunch Republican opposition. Republicans are poised to make gains in both chambers in the upcoming mid-term election.
"The political balance of power is going to shift after these elections," said Richard Socarides, former gay and lesbian policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. "It's only going to get harder".
An actor's positive HIV test has caused two of the US adult film industry's largest studios to postpone filming.
Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment told The Los Angeles Times that production had stopped as a precaution.
The unnamed actor was a member of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.
Clinic spokeswoman Jennifer Miller said efforts were being made to notify other performers who may have had sexual contact with the actor.
This is not the first time the billion dollar industry has faced closures.
In 2004, an HIV outbreak spread panic in the industry and briefly shut down productions at several California studios.
Up to 14 people were believed to have been infected during on-camera sex with a male actor.
Last year, a woman tested positive for HIV immediately after making an adult film.