sábado, 30 de outubro de 2010
At least 14 people have been shot dead on a football pitch in the city of San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras.
Reports said gunmen approached the group as they gathered to play football and opened fire.
The motive for the attack is not clear, but one official suggested it may have been a settling of accounts between criminal gangs.
Last month 18 people were killed in a similar attack on a shoe factory in San Pedro Sula.Seriously injured
Armando Calidonio, vice-minister of security, was quoted by Associated Press news agency as saying the gunmen had fired from point-blank range with assault rifles.
Ten people died at the scene, in the Colonia Felipe Zelaya district, and a further four on the way to hospital.
A number of others were injured, some seriously.
Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with much of the killing blamed on violent gangs known as Maras.
The biggest gangs have thousands of members and a presence throughout Central America as well as in the US.
Police blamed the attack on the shoe factory on street gangs with links to Mexican drugs cartels.
Voters in Tanzania are due to go to the polls to elect the East African country's president and parliament.
President Jakaya Kikwete, who has been credited with boosting the nation's economy, is seen by many as a favourite to secure his second and final term.
His main opponents are Willibrod Slaa, a former priest, and university professor Ibrahim Lipumba, who say the government has failed to tackle widespread poverty.
Voters are also electing 239 lawmakers.
More than 19 million people are eligible to cast their ballots when the polls open at 0700 local time (0400 GMT).
A total of 18 political parties are competing, with seven candidates vying for the presidency.
President Kikweke, of the governing CCM party, was elected with more than 80% of the vote in 2005 and is now expecting to win again.
On Saturday, thousands of his supporters danced and cheered during a rally in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Brazilians will vote on Sunday to choose a new president to succeed Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Opinion polls suggest the governing Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff has a clear lead over Jose Serra of the opposition Social Democratic Party.
Ms Rousseff has enjoyed the full support of President Lula, who is leaving office after two terms with record popularity ratings.
If she wins she will become Brazil's first woman president.
Polls open at 1000GMT and close at 2000GMT.
Brazil uses an electronic voting system, and final results are expected within hours of the polls closing.
This second round of voting was forced after Ms Rousseff fell short of the 50% needed in the 3 October first round. She won 47% to Mr Serra's 33%.
By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Flushing Township, Mich. —Before there was a " tea party," there was the crew of arch-conservative budget hawks that took over this staid Midwestern suburb — the group that critics call the Gang of Four.
It's a nickname that the core members — a contractor, a former hog farmer, a sheriff's deputy and a libertarian economist — have adopted with good humor as they've carried out their own revolution in this one-restaurant hamlet of 10,200 people, deposing what they considered to be a profligate Republican regime and dramatically scaling back government.
Since forming a majority on the Board of Trustees in November 2008, the Gang has shrunk the Police Department from 13 officers to six, eliminated the building inspector and park staff positions, and cut board members' dental, vision and guaranteed pension benefits.
The Gang has discussed pulling out of the maintenance contract for the local cemetery. There was some talk of eliminating the gas money for the van at the senior center.
This month, some locals were dismayed when the Gang canceled "Nature Halloween," a pumpkin-painting and educational event that typically drew 1,000 costumed kids. It cost the township about $1,000.
"Why can't the government do something nice for the people once in a while?" said Ida Reed, 82, a former board member and one of numerous residents who don't understand why the township — which balances its budget every year, in accordance with state law — should be considered in crisis. "If nobody came, I could understand it. But they had droves of people come in. They took them on hayrides".
The Gang has been motivated by questions at the heart of the nation's rowdy, recession-era shout-fest. "It's one thing we've been saying in unison that's similar to the tea party mantra," said Trustee Mike Gardner, the economist. "What is the proper role of government? What expenditures are truly necessary?"
The austere answers offered by the tea party have been limited largely to slogans on placards. In Flushing Township, the Gang of Four has turned the placards into policy. The reaction has been fierce.
For decades, board meetings were sleepy affairs. These days, the modest council chamber — with its folding chairs and "In God We Trust" poster — tends to be packed. Gang critics alight on the left of the aisle, supporters on the right.
"It's been a zoo. It's been an absolute zoo," left-side local Sandy Lanxton, 69, whispered to a visitor just before the board's October meeting. "They're getting rid of our police. They don't support what this town should build up.... You know, they're tea baggers".
Right-sider Gordon "Mike" Cookingham, 74, said the recession awakened residents to the realization that their government had grown arrogant and bloated.
"This group," he said nodding to the Gang, "has saved us a ton of money".
The Gang — Gardner; Mark Purkey, 56, the contractor; Scott Minaudo, 39, the deputy; and Bill Noecker, 59, the farmer — narrowly survived a bitter recall campaign last year.
They inherited a Police Department whose budget swelled from $660,000 per year to $1.2 million between 2001 and 2009, even though the township, with its modest homes on generous, woodsy lots, has not had any serious crime waves. The Gang preferred to cut cops rather than raise taxes.
Los Angeles Times
MONTREAL - For one Quebec politician, the most moving moment in Saturday's celebration of St. Brother Andre's recent canonization came when four members of the late cleric's family carried in a small shrine containing a sliver of the saint's heart.
“That was it for me, and when they brought in the crutches,” said Bernard Blanchet after the ceremony.
The city councillor for Lachine, Que., and his mother, Denise, were among a crowd of 30,000 people who flocked to Montreal's Olympic Stadium on Saturday to remember and celebrate Quebec's Brother Andre, who was elevated to sainthood on Oct. 17 in Rome.
Vendors hawked $10 T-shirts with his image, while people stood in long lines in the souvenir shop where wooden crucifixes, key chains, statues of St. Joseph and candles were flying off shelves, with special St. Joseph's Oratory carryalls to hold all the goods.
The crowd spanned all age levels - from toddlers in strollers to seniors using walkers.
Performers from 3 Petits Chanteurs sang as the processional moved toward the makeshift altar, watched by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Jean Charest and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay.
Quebec singer Chantal Pary took the microphone for a rendition of Miracle de la Montagne by Lucie Bernier as 180 young adults from different cultural communities joined the processional, which also included 60 bishops and almost as many priests and other clergy.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte presided over the two-hour mass and spoke at length about the man born Alfred Bessette on Aug. 9, 1845 in St. Gregoire, Que., south of Montreal.
SANAA - Yemeni forces on Saturday arrested a woman believed to be involved in sending explosive packages bound for the United States that triggered a global security alert, Yemeni security officials said.
The arrest was the first in the case, in which two air freight packages containing bombs - both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago - were intercepted in Britain and Dubai.
The officials said the woman had been traced through a telephone number she had left with a cargo company.
They told Reuters she was a medical student at Sanaa University and believed to be in her 20s. She was arrested in a poor neighbourhood in the west of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
The women's lawyer said her mother had also been detained, but was not a prime suspect.
Britain said the device found on a cargo plane at its East Midlands airport was big enough to down an aircraft.
"We believe the device was designed to go off on the aeroplane. We cannot be sure about the timing when that was meant to take place," Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters at Chequers, his country residence outside London.
"In the end these terrorists think that our interconnectedness, our openness as modern countries is what makes us weak," he said. "They are wrong - it is a source of our strength, and we will use that strength, that determination, that power and that solidarity to defeat them".
CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton was upstaged at a campaign rally in Canton, Ohio, Saturday when U.S. Rep. John Boccieri's wife went into labor.
Clinton was about 8 minutes into his 47-minute speech when the Boccieris' baby decided it couldn't wait and the congressman left the stage to accompany his wife Stacey to the hospital, The (Canton) Repository reported.
"The baby's now being born," Clinton told the audience, triggering a round of applause. "You'd be amazed how many times I take a picture with a very pregnant woman and she immediately gives birth".
Clinton quipped to the Boccieris' parents, who were on hand, that he'd like "some credit for your fifth grandchild being born into the world".
"We've got another Democrat. I wish we could register that baby," the former president added.
The baby, expected to be a girl, wasn't due until Election Day on Tuesday.
SHARAN, Afghanistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- NATO and Afghan forces repelled insurgents who attacked their base Paktika province, leaving 80 of the attackers dead, officials said Saturday.
Farid Mukhlis, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told CNN no NATO or Afghan troops were killed in the firefight that started about midnight Friday and raged into Saturday morning.
The U.S. news network said NATO's International Security Assistance Force only counted at least 30 insurgents dead with five coalition troops wounded. The reason for the discrepancy in the reported death toll unclear.
"Insurgents attacked from all directions with rocket-propelled grenades, small arms and mortar fire," the coalition statement said.
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Zabihullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, said by telephone from an undisclosed location that 10 insurgents had died. He also claimed the fighters had destroyed four checkpoints and inflicted a large number of casualties to the coalition troops.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Yemeni authorities detained a woman Saturday suspected of having a role in sending two bombs to the United States on Chicago-bound cargo planes.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said the United States and United Arab Emirates gave him information that identified the woman as a suspect, Sky News reported.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron said it appeared one bomb discovered in England was meant to detonate aboard the aircraft, possibly over British soil, The Daily Telegraph reported.
"We believe that the device was designed to go off on the airplane," Cameron said. "There is no early evidence that it was designed to go off over British soil, but, of course, we cannot rule that out".
The second device was found on a plane in the United Arab Emirates.
The British newspaper said U.S. and British security officials suspect American-born Anwar al-Awlaki of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula had a hand in the plot.
Yemeni security officials said the woman in custody was a medical student at Sana'a University and believed to be in her 20s, the Telegraph said. Her lawyer said the woman's mother also was detained, though she wasn't a prime suspect.
TORONTO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A house fire in Toronto Saturday killed two teenage girls and left a young man hospitalized for smoke inhalation, police said.
The fire was reported shortly after noon in Toronto's Scarborough neighborhood, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the cause of the blaze, and the victim's names and other details were being withheld, the CBC said.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A huge crowd showed up for a rally in Washington Saturday where comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert attempted to restore their "sanity and/or fear".
Organizers said the "Rally to Restore Sanity, and/or Fear" was meant to counter a religious-themed event held two months ago by Fox network commentator Glenn Beck called "Restoring Honor," The Washington Post reported.
"The truth is, we work together to get things done, every damn day. The only place we don't is here or on cable TV. But Americans don't live here, or on cable TV," Stewart said.
A huge stage and a half-dozen 9-foot-by-15-foot video monitors were installed so those at the back of the action could hear speakers and musical performers, the report said.
The comedians brought out Tony Bennett to sing "America the Beautiful," and the crowd periodically erupted with chants of "U-S-A".
"I find it incredibly ironic that I had to come to a rally sponsored by a comedian to get at the truth," Jim Neimeier, who drove to Washington from Wisconsin for the event, told the Post.
A deal on the construction of Vietnam's first nuclear power plant will be signed during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Hanoi, an aide to the Russian leader said.
Medvedev arrived to Hanoi on Saturday to attend the Russia-ASEAN summit in Vietnam.
"Among the most important documents [to be signed] is an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in building a nuclear power plant in Vietnam," Sergei Prikhodko said ahead of the visit.
Vietnam plans to build eight nuclear power plants in five provinces by 2030, with a total capacity of 15 GW, or 10% of all electricity produced in the country. Each NPP would have from four to six generating units.
In December 2009, the heads of Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom and Vietnam's electricity corporation EVN, Sergei Kiriyenko and Pham Le Thanh, signed a memo of understanding to assist Vietnam in building its first nuclear power plant, with a capacity of 1GW.
Moscow pledged to provide Vietam with a loan for the construction.
During the Russian leader's visit, a memorandum of understanding between Russian energy ministry and Vietnam's industry ministry will also be signed. The document says that Russian-British joint venture TNK-BP will buy BP's assets in Vietnam. The deal is estimated at $1.8 billion.
The Union of European Football Associations confirmed on Saturday that it had filed legal action in Switzerland and Cyprus following allegations made surrounding the voting in 2007 for hosting UEFA Euro 2012.
UEFA lodged a legal complaint against Spyros Marangos, treasurer of the Cyprus Football Association, who claims that five UEFA top officials received 11 million euros for voting for the right of Ukraine and Poland to host Euro 2012.
"UEFA has been obliged to take legal action firstly in order to establish whether any of the claims made by Mr Marangos have any substance to them, and therefore to make available any tangible elements in order to substantiate these claims. And secondly, to protect the integrity and the good name of UEFA and European football in general, which have been seriously damaged by these allegations," UEFA said in a statement.
The joint bid by Poland and Ukraine was chosen by the UEFA's Executive Committee on April 18, 2007 in Cardiff, Wales, defeating the other shortlisted bids from Italy and Croatia/Hungary. The Poland/Ukraine bid received a total of eight votes and Italy received the remaining four while the Croatia/Hungary bid failed to win a single vote.
Russian Airborne Troops Commander Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov was injured in a car accident, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
Shamanov was on his way to the Tula paratroopers division on Saturday morning when his BMW crashed with a MAZ truck, which veered into the oncoming lane, 500 meters away from the entrance to Tula.
Three Tajik nationals, who were riding in the truck, attempted to escape but were detained by paratroopers, who followed the general's car.
The BMW driver was killed on the spot while Shamanov and Col. Alexei Naumets, the acting commander of the Tula division, were hospitalized. The latter was taken to intensive care.
The ministry's spokesman said Shamanov was conscious and his life was out of danger.
The general will be moved from a Tula hospital to the Burdenko hospital in Moscow, one of Russia's best medical centers.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who appointed Shamanov Airborne Troops commander in May 2009, said, "Shamanov is a strong man. He will recover and continue commanding the Airborne Troops".
Hurricane Tomas has lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean, bringing down electricity poles and ripping roofs off houses.
Heavy rain and sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h) have struck St Lucia and St Vincent in the Windward Isles.
Barbados had also earlier suffered damage from the Category 1 storm, though no deaths have been reported.
There are fears the westward track of Tomas could take it near earthquake-ravaged Haiti later in the week.Festival cancelled
The US National Hurricane Centre said that at 1800 GMT, Tomas was located about 10 miles north-east of St Lucia, heading westwards out to sea.
By the middle of the week it could strengthen to a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, south of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Barbados, Tobago, Grenada and Dominica have had storm warnings, while a hurricane warning was posted for St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Martinique.
Winds ripped off roofs of a hospital and a school in the eastern village of Dennery in St Lucia.
The island's largest Creole festival was cancelled.
The biggest fear is that Tomas could affect Haiti, where around 1.5 million survivors of January's earthquake are living in tented camps vulnerable to high winds and heavy rain.
Haiti has already been stricken recently by a cholera outbreak that has left more than 300 people dead.
Imogen Wall, UN humanitarian spokeswoman in Haiti, told Reuters news agency: "A hurricane is one of the things we've been preparing for... but we're stretched to capacity handling the cholera epidemic.
"It's obviously the last thing Haiti needs".