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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar suspended from parliament

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

AFP file – Anwar Ibrahim puts on his jacket as he arrives at the court in Kuala Lumpur on August 16, 2010 to attend his ongoing sodomy trial.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and three of his allies were suspended from parliament for six months on Thursday in votes that triggered pandemonium and an opposition walkout.

Anwar, who is also facing trial on sodomy charges that he says are a political conspiracy, was this week found guilty of misleading members in a row over a national unity slogan.

He had criticised the government’s “One Malaysia” slogan aimed at uniting the multiracial nation, which he said had been copied from the “One Israel” political alliance of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak in 1999.

The charge is highly sensitive in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel and is a supporter of a Palestinian state.

The government on Wednesday cited three senior opposition MPs for contempt for criticising the parliamentary disciplinary probe against Anwar, and demanded that they also serve six-month suspensions.

“It’s so clear, it’s blatantly biased,” Anwar said after the suspension votes against the four were carried in parliament, where the ruling coalition has a clear majority. “It’s a mockery of the entire proceedings.”

The votes were held after chaotic scenes in the house where debate was drowned out by a half-hour shouting match, and opposition lawmakers unfurled placards reading “Save the Parliament”.

They later staged a walkout, chanting “Shame on you”.

Anwar was once a deputy prime minister in the ruling coalition but was sacked and jailed a decade ago on separate sex and corruption charges widely seen as politically motivated.

He spent six years in jail before the original sex conviction was overturned, and returned to parliament at the helm of a reinvigorated opposition which made huge strides in 2008 elections.

New polls are expected to be held early next year, but although the suspension will bar Anwar from attending parliamentary debates, his party says it will not sideline him or affect its election preparations.

Source: SGGP

Party leader: National unity ensures nation’s interest

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Party leader stresses importance of great unity

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

PM Dung meets New Zealand, Indian PMs, ADB leader

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Rousseff seen winning as Brazil elects new leader

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 11:11 am

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

The Party and State of Vietnam always pay attention to promoting social welfare, gender equality and women’s rights, said the State leader.

President Nguyen Minh Triet stated this on October 15 while receiving Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General for the UN’s Women Agency and Chair of the UN Social Protection Floor Advisory Group.

Vietnam advocates stepping up economic development must be combined with enhancing social equality and improving peoples living conditions, especially those in remote and mountainous areas and social policy beneficiaries, said Triet.

The president urged Bachelet to put forward suggestions to help Vietnam carry out programmes and policies on social welfare and gender equality.

Triet congratulated Bachelet, who is a former President of Chile, on her new appointment to the UN and applauded her for choosing Vietnam as her first visit, believing that her trip will be a milestone in cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UN.

The State leader said he was delighted at the developments in Vietnam-UN relations in recent years and thanked all the UN’s agencies for supporting and assisting the country during its process of national construction and development.

The UN has contributed greatly to Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, particularly in hunger eradication and poverty reduction, he stressed.

On the Vietnam – Chile relationship, Triet said that both nations should complete their negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible, to facilitate bilateral economic and trade ties.

President Triet also congratulated the Chilean government and people on the successful rescue of 33 miners who had been trapped for 69 days in the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo City.

Bachelet praised Vietnam’s efforts and successes in promoting peace, socio-economic development and women’s rights and position in society. These achievements convinced Bachelet to visit Vietnam first, after she was appointed to the UN, she added.

She went on to say that Vietnam’s successes could be applied to other nations and that the UN Initiative on a Social Protection Floor, co-initiated and introduced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to enhance countries’ capacity in ensuring people’s basic social welfare and ensuring a more equal society.

Vietnam has shown its commitment and political determination to social welfare and several UN bodies have pledged to back the country’s social programmes and policies, she said.

While sharing President Triet’s views on relationship between Vietnam and Chile, Bachelet said that she believed both governments would soon sign the planned FTA as it is in the interests of both peoples.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hero’s welcome in Lebanon for Iranian leader

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

BEIRUT, Oct 14 (AFP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a hero’s welcome on his first official visit to Lebanon, where he hailed the country’s resistance against Israeli “aggression.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives at Beirut’s international airport. AFP

And on Thursday he was due to defy his international critics by touring villages in the south of the country, just a few kilometres (miles) from the Israeli border, that were destroyed during the 2006 conflict.

Ahmadinejad was showered with rice and rose petals Wednesday by tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters who lined the streets and waved Iranian flags as his motorcade made its way from the airport to the presidential palace.

He can also expect a hero’s welcome in southern Lebanon Thursday, where Iran has been a major donor in reconstruction following the month-long 2006 war.

The two-day trip is viewed as a boost for the Shiite militant Hezbollah. Members of Lebanon’s pro-Western parliamentary majority however have criticised it as a bid to turn the country into “an Iranian base on the Mediterranean.”

In Washington, the White House described the official visit as “provocative”, while Israeli officials said it marked Lebanon’s transformation into an “extremist state.”

Source: SGGP

Pakistan leader to raise British PM’s terror claims on visit

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 7:19 am

PARIS, Aug 3, 2010 (AFP) – Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari is set to address David Cameron’s “uncalled for” criticism of Islamabad’s stance on terrorism during a visit to Britain which kicks off Tuesday, officials said.

After wrapping up a two-day visit to France, Zardari heads to London and in talks with the British prime minister this week will raise his claims that some elements in Pakistan back the Taliban, said a spokesman for the president.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari delivers a speech after a meeting with France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy on August 2, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. AFP PHOTO

The spokesman said that “Cameron’s uncalled for remarks and the fact that these were made in India had disappointed the people of Pakistan,” according to a statement released Monday after Zardari held talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.

Zardari’s office said he told Sarkozy it was “unfortunate if some people continued to express doubts and misgivings about our will and determination to fight the militants to the finish,” according to the statement.

Relations between London and Islamabad soured last week when Cameron said Pakistan must not “look both ways” in secretly promoting violent extremism while pretending to seek regional stability.

Britain is the second largest troop contributor to a NATO force in Afghanistan, which faces daily attacks from Taliban fighters who intelligence analysts say draw operational support and funding from Pakistan.

The Pakistani leader is due to meet the British prime minister on Friday at his country retreat outside London, despite calls from some in Pakistan for him to cancel the visit in protest at Cameron’s criticism.

Zardari’s office rejected this idea, arguing that the trip gives Pakistan a chance to make its case, according to Monday’s statement, which cited presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar.

Following Cameron’s remarks, it was now “all the more important that the president’s visit to the UK went ahead as planned to raise this and other issues with the British prime minister,” said the statement.

Despite the storm over Cameron’s accusations — which were made during a trade visit to Pakistan’s arch-foe India — London has refused to back down. A spokesman for the prime minister insisted earlier Monday he stood by his remarks but made it clear Cameron had been referring to elements within the Pakistani state and not to the policies of Zardari’s government.

The terror row threatened to deepen Monday, when Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi hauled in Britain’s high commissioner — the Commonwealth equivalent of an ambassador — for a dressing-down over the Indian speech.

Criticising Pakistan in Bangalore last Wednesday, Cameron said: “We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror.”

In contrast to the tensions surrounding his forthcoming visit to Britain, Zardari’s time in France was shaping up to be free of controversy.

After talks with Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace on Monday, the Pakistani leader vaunted Islamabad’s relationship with France.

“France feels that Pakistan is a responsible partner with them in the world,” Zardari told reporters, adding that Sarkozy had said he would visit Pakistan later in the year.

Before heading to Britain late Tuesday, Zardari was to meet French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner for a working lunch expected to address regional issues and European humanitarian aid in the wake of this week’s deadly Pakistani floods.

After his official schedule, Zardari was to make a brief private visit to Normandy in northern France where his family owns a holiday home: the 16th century Chateau de la Reine Blanche in the hamlet of Mesnil-Lieubray.

Zardari is not an all-powerful figure in Pakistan, where the military still retains massive political influence and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has more day-to-day authority over government affairs.

Outside Pakistan, Zardari is best known as the widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and by his nickname “Mr 10 Percent”, a reference to the corruption allegations that have dogged his career.

Source: SGGP

Top leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug gang killed: reports

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a top leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug gang, was killed in a military raid in the suburbs of the western city of Guadalajara, according to media reports.

The military targeted Coronel, a close partner of Mexico’s most wanted man Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in a raid in the suburb of Zapopan on Thursday, the main Mexican newspapers reported.

Handout picture released by Mexico’s Attorney General Office in May shows gold and silver-plated, diamond-incrusted guns believed to belong to allies of the powerful Sinaloa drug gang, seized by Mexican security forces in Zapopan, Jalisco.

A military source confirmed the raid to AFP but declined to give more information before a news conference scheduled for 7:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday).

Coronel is also known as the “King of Crystal” for his dominance of crystal methamphetamine production and trafficking as well as cocaine.

The US and Mexican governments both have outstanding arrest warrants for him, while US authorities had offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture.

One of Coronel’s nieces reportedly married Guzman, the fugitive head of the Sinaloa gang, in 2007.

Source: SGGP

Suspected Qaeda leader among three killed in Yemen clashes

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

SANAA, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – Yemeni troops killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants, one of them believed to be a senior one, in clashes late on Sunday in Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold, a security official said.

“Three Al-Qaeda members, one of them a top leader, were killed” in the deadly exchanges with troops guarding an oilfield in the province, the official told AFP.

The militants killed six soldiers in the firefight, a local official told AFP on Sunday.

The attackers, riding in an offroad vehicle, opened fire with machine guns and rockets at the soldiers who were posted near a foreign oil company’s operations, the official said.

The attack happened in the Al-Aqla distrct, 45 kilometres (30 miles) east of the provincial capital Ataq.

The area produces between 10,000 and 15,000 barrels of crude a day, provincial official Abdel Mohsen Ben Saad told AFP.

Shabwa province is a stronghold of Al-Qaeda militants as it is the base of the Al-Awalaq tribe of the radical Yemeni American preacher Anwa al-Awlaqi, who is wanted by both US and Yemeni authorities.

Awlaqi has been accused of ties to Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch.

Source: SGGP