segunda-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2011
A former Swiss banker has passed on data containing account details of 2,000 prominent people to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The data - which is not yet available on the Wikileaks website - was held on two discs handed over by Rudolf Elmer at a press conference in London.
Mr Assange promised full disclosure once the information had been vetted.
Mr Elmer is scheduled to go on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday for breaking bank secrecy laws.
The banker, who has given data to Wikileaks before, was fired from Swiss bank Julius Baer in 2002.
"Evidently disgruntled and frustrated about unfulfilled career aspirations, Mr. Elmer exhibited behaviour that was detrimental and unacceptable for the Bank, which led to termination of the employment relationship," the bank said in a statement sent to BBC News.
"After his demands (including financial compensation) in connection with the dismissal could not be satisfied, Mr. Elmer embarked in 2004 on a personal intimidation campaign and vendetta against Julius Baer," the statement read. BBC News
The Opec oil producers' group has signalled that it is unlikely to boost output, despite the price of crude nearing $100 a barrel.
The United Arab Emirates' oil minister said he was not concerned about $100 oil, echoing comments from other Opec members Iran, Venezuela and Algeria.
"There is no shortage of oil, the market is well supplied," said Mohammed bin Dhaen al-Hamli.
But the International Energy Agency said oil's price rise was "alarming".
There was speculation that the members of Opec, which accounts for more than 40% of global oil output, might hold an emergency meeting soon to discuss the rapid increase in the price of crude.
However, with several Opec members appearing to be at ease with the price rise, a meeting looks increasingly unlikely.
Although the higher price earns Opec members greater revenues, the organisation is also aware that it could choke off global economic recovery. An output increase would help to cool prices.
Brent crude was trading at almost $98 a barrel on Monday, nearing a 27-month high.
Nobuo Tanaka, head of the International Energy Agency, an adviser to 28 industrialised countries, said the "alarming" rise in the oil price would be damaging.
"We are concerned about the speed of the rising oil price, which can harm the growth of economies. If the current price continues, it will have a negative impact," Mr Tanaka said.
But Venezuela's Energy Minister, Rafael Ramirez, described the price of $100 a barrel as "fair value".
He told the Reuters news agency: "We don't think [the price rise] impedes the recovery of the global economy. Venezuela does not consider that an extraordinary or emergency Opec meeting is necessary". BBC News
The husband of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in an attack in Tucson, Arizona, says she is making good progress.
Mark Kelly told US network ABC his wife had insisted on giving him a neck massage from her hospital bed.
On Sunday, hospital officials upgraded Ms Giffords' condition from "critical" to "serious" after she was successfully taken off a ventilator.
Six people died and more than a dozen were injured in the 8 January shooting.
College dropout Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is charged over the shooting which took place as Ms Giffords and was holding a constituency meeting at a Tucson supermarket.
Mr Loughner could face the death penalty if found guilty. BBC News
Italian prosecutors have alleged that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had sex with a "significant number" of young prostitutes.
In a request to search some of Mr Berlusconi's properties, they cited allegations that he had paid the women or given them free use of apartments.
The prosecutors are investigating whether Mr Berlusconi paid to have sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer.
Mr Berlusconi says he has never paid for sex.
"It's absurd to even think that I would pay to have sex with a woman," he said in a statement broadcast on Sunday. "I would consider it degrading".
Mr Berlusconi is also suspected of abusing his power to have the 17-year-old dancer, Karima El Mahroug, freed from a police cell.
The prime minister has previously admitted calling the police on Ms El Mahroug's behalf, but says he did nothing wrong and acted out of pity. BBC News
Tunisia has formed a national unity government, reports say, days after a popular revolt ousted the country's president.
A number of opposition figures are reported to have won posts in the new government, while several key ministers have retained their jobs.
The government will be led by incumbent Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi, and aims to prepare Tunisia for elections.
The announcement came hours after new street violence flared in Tunis.
Police used water cannon, teargas and occasional gunshots to disperse several hundred demonstrators calling for the party of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to relinquish power.
The announcement of the new government included the news that Tunisia's Ministry of Information would be abolished.
Reuters news agency said two opposition figures, named as Ahmed Ibrahim and Mustafa Ben Jaafar, would be in the new government.
The country has been in a state of emergency since Mr Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Friday. BBC News
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is the politician who has been mentioned most times by the Bulgarian media in 2010, a new survey has shown.
Borisov's name has emerged in 6625 of the total of 17 759 articles written in 7 newspapers, or approximately in one in every three articles. The Bulgarian Prime Minister has been mostly met with approval from the media, as the positive statements about him have outnumbered the negative ones four times.
On the other hand, the current Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov has received mostly criticism, as well as the oppositional socialist leader Sergey Stanishev and ethnic Turkish party leader Ahmed Dogan, who were both involved in the country's former three-way government.
According to the survey, which has been ordered by the "Media Democracy" foundation and conducted by the Market Links agency, Bulgaria's media market has grown more politically dependent over the course of the last year. Novinite
BEIJING - About 2.556 billion passenger trips are expected to be taken during this year's Spring Festival travel rush, up 11.6 percent year on year, said the Ministry of Transport on Monday.
Passenger trips by water will rise about 6 percent and those on flights about 10.8 percent, according to the country's transport authorities.
Previous data shows passenger journeys totaled 1.66 billion during the Spring Festival travel period in 2001, 1.9 billion in 2005 and 2.2 billion in 2010.
The ministry estimates that 640 million people will return home for Spring Festival which falls on Feb 3 this year. The festival travel season this year starts on Jan 19 and ends Feb 27.
"Sound economic growth is the reason for the increase. Higher incomes and better transport facilities make it easier for people to travel," said Xu Guangjian, deputy dean of School of Public Administration (SPA), Renmin University.
The ministry expects the majority of passengers will be migrant workers, and this year's rural passenger trips will likely rise more than 10 percent for the period.
Besides journeys home, many trips will be made to tourist cities such as Sanya in South China's Hainan province, which could be another factor behind this year's increase, said He Jianzhong, ministry spokesman. China Daily