sexta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2010
The UN General Assembly has formally recognised Alassane Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election.
The move came ahead of a meeting of West African heads of state to urge President Laurent Gbagbo to step aside.
Earlier, the region's central bank handed over control of Ivory Coast's accounts to Mr Ouattara.
Correspondents say the moves are increasing the isolation of Mr Gbagbo, who has insisted that he won the vote.
The decision of the Central Bank of West African States could make it difficult for the incumbent president to pay the army.
Violence since disputed election in November has left 173 people dead in Ivory Coast.
A senior UN official said its investigators had also found evidence of extrajudicial executions, more than 90 cases of torture and 500 arrests, as well as abductions, kidnappings, acts of sexual violence, and destruction of property.
The 28 November poll was meant to unite the country after a civil war in 2002 split the world's largest cocoa producer in two.
The country's electoral commission ruled that Mr Ouattara had won, but the Constitutional Council said Mr Gbagbo had been elected, citing vote-rigging in some northern areas.
The UN, which has about 10,000 peacekeepers in the country overseeing the peace process, has backed Mr Ouattara as the winner.
He was given a further boost on Thursday when the General Assembly unanimously decided to recognise his choice of diplomats as the sole official representatives of Ivory Coast to the UN. BBC News
The Japanese government has approved a record level of spending of 92.4 trillion yen ($1.1tn; £711bn) for the next financial year.
The cabinet agreed the draft budget, which must still be approved by parliament before 31 March.
Japan's economy has suffered from deflation, a high yen that hurts exports, weak domestic demand and poor consumer confidence.
The budget is aimed at boosting the economy, but adds to public debt.
And some analysts have said the programme was unlikely to offer a big economic boost.Reined in
Debt-servicing costs and social security spending making up about 55% of the budget.
Aid for local authorities accounts for another 18.2% of the budget. The remainder of the spending is split among defence, public works projects, education and technology.
The Democratic Party-led administration has promised to keep new borrowing at 44.3tn, in line with this year's level.
But Japan was forced to raise spending due to higher debt servicing costs.
Japan's public debt is expected to reach 891tn yen, or 184% GDP, by the end of March 2012, the highest among developed nations.
The government said tax revenues would be about 40.9tn yen in the next fiscal year, with another 7.2tn raised by raiding special reserves.
The government has already reined in spending programmes including handouts to fund childcare. BBC News
New York police are looking for a thief who tunnelled into an apartment last month and stole works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and others.
The thief broke through a hallway wall between 24 and 28 November while the owner was away and took art and other items worth $750,000 (£485,000).
Among prints taken were Lichtenstein's Thinking Nude and Moonscape, and Warhol's The Truck and Superman.
A series of eight signed Warhol prints, called Camouflage, were also taken.
Watches, jewellery and an oil painting by British artist Carl Fudge were also stolen.
So was a video recorder that had been connected to surveillance cameras.
The identity of the victim has not been disclosed. BBC News
Voodoo priests in Haiti are being lynched by mobs who blame them for spreading cholera, the country's government has said.
At least 45 people have been lynched in recent weeks as Haiti continues to be ravaged by a cholera epidemic.
Haiti's communications minister has made an appeal for the lynchings to end and called for a campaign to ensure people understand how cholera spreads.
More than 2,500 Haitians have died from the water-borne disease since October.
Another 121,000 people have been treated for symptoms of cholera, with at least 63,500 admitted to hospital, figures show.
The outbreak has also prompted angry protests aimed at the United Nations, whose Nepalese peacekeepers have been suspected of introducing cholera to Haiti.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced an investigation into the reports, although the UN initially denied the suggestion. BBC News
The lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, has voted to give initial approval to the Start nuclear arms pact with the US.
The treaty, aimed at reducing both countries' nuclear arsenals and allowing their inspection, was ratified by the US Senate on Wednesday.
There were hopes the Duma would give its full approval but officials decided that two more readings were necessary.
The pact must also be ratified by the upper house, the Federation Council.
Before MPs voted to back the treaty by 350 votes to 58, concerns were expressed in the Russian parliament about two non-binding amendments that had been made by the Senate before ratification.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the amendments - committing the US to a missile defence system and modernising its nuclear arsenal - did not change the treaty as a whole.
He said it was "unacceptable" that the US was trying to ensure that "future strategic-range non-nuclear systems" not currently covered by the pact should not be subject to its terms.
Earlier, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised President Barack Obama for pushing the pact through the Senate. BBC News