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Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:37

One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion.

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UN council waters down Eritrea sanctions resolution PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:10

UN Council toughens sanctions against Eritrea

A resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea, expected to be passed by the UN Security Council next week, has been watered down and no longer bans investment in the country's promising mining sector.
In an unusual arrangement, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki has been invited to address the council on Monday morning but not to take part in an afternoon session scheduled to pass the resolution, diplomats said on Friday.
A spokesman for the U.S. mission, Mark Kornblau, said a U.S. visa for Isaias to come to New York was approved on Friday. Diplomats said it was unclear whether he would arrive, after Asmara complained the invitation had given him too little time, Reuters reports.

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Belgium’s new Socialist premier: from rags to riches PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:59

Elio Di Rupo, who becomes Europe’s second openly gay government leader when sworn in on Tuesday as Belgium’s new premier, is a 60-year-old career politician with a storybook background. Born to an Italian coalminer father and illiterate mother in a 1951 migrant shanty-town, Di Rupo will be the first French-speaking leader of language-divided Belgium in more than 30 years and its first Socialist prime minister in almost four decades.

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Gap between rich and poor growing fastest in Britain PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:43

Business people walk past a homeless person in London

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a leading economic forum, said that the wealthiest tenth of society now earn 12 times as much as the poorest, up from eight times as much in the 1980s.

In addition the amount of total income taken by the top 1 per cent of earners - including bankers, managers and executives - has doubled to 14 per cent.

By contrast, the top tax rate has fallen while benefits for the poorest have become less generous.

The OECD says the growing inequality in Britain is mainly down to the soaring wages of the super-rich, as well as the fact that the wealthy work longer hours.

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Pakistan not to attend Bonn conference on Afghanistan PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 03:02

Pakistan Tuesday announced that it would not attend Bonn Conference on Afghanistan as protest against a recent NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The Conference is scheduled to be held on Dec. 5 to discuss the post withdrawal Afghanistan and possibility of talks with Taliban. Pakistan had earlier decided to send its Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to the conference which will be attended by representatives from nearly 100 countries and international organizations. "Pakistan looks forward to the success of this Conference but in view of the developments and prevailing circumstances has decided not to participate in the Conference," a Pakistani government statement said.

 

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45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 02:27

Some 45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked Sunday from desalination equipment used to decontaminate the radioactive water in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and it is unclear if any made it to the sea, a Tepco official said Monday.The water is believed to have high concentrations of strontium, which can cause bone cancer if ingested. The decontamination system Tepco is using to stablize the crippled reactors mainly removes cesium, but does little to mitigate strontium.

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Karu to contest with Ranil PDF Print Write e-mail
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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 01:25

The internal crisis in the UNP has re-surfaced again with the announcement by UNP’s Co-Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya today that he would contest for the post of party leader. Sajith Premadasa’s group made continuous public requests from Jayasuriya in the past few weeks to contest for the party leadership. UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he too would contest for the party leadership. However, issuing a special media statement, Jayasuriya said that he could no longer remain silent given the extent of the downfall of the party and that he would come forward to take over the party leadership to get the party back on the right path.

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Hundreds arrested as thousands protest elections in Moscow PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by highfalutinallu
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 01:12

Arrests as Russians rally against ‘election fraud’

The parliamentary election results have left opposition supporters in an angry mood. Moscow has seen crowds of up to 10,000 take to the streets; over 300 have been arrested, reports RIA Novosti news agency. Police have counted 2,000 demonstrators, but unofficial estimates say up to 10,000 people made their way to Chistye Prudy Park to attend a meeting staged by the opposition movement “Solidarnost” (Solidarity). "Shame!” chanted the crowd. The demonstrators claimed the United Russia party had rigged the voting results. Meanwhile, as the Central Election Commission has almost done its counting, United Russia is coming in with almost 50 per cent of the vote.  Police had already cordoned the area off for a meeting, which only 700 people had been authorized to join. As the stream of people increased, the designated area overflowed and the crowds spilled into a neighboring area. When they started to block the traffic, police began arresting protesters.

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