Monday, January 31, 2011
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The UAE government denies any knowledge of - or link with - such a network, according to its news agency.
The neighbouring countries are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and normally enjoy good relations.
Government sources in Oman say the ring was discovered some months ago and that a number of Omani nationals have been arrested.
The spies may have been interested in the issue of the succession of Omar's Sultan Qaboos, according to a security official quoted by the Agence France-Presse news agency.
The Sultan is 70 years old and does not have children.
But others suggested the alleged spy ring could be more related to regional politics.
"One possibility is that the UAE wants to know more about Iran-Oman relations because of Tehran and Muscat's long ties in security and military cooperation," Theodore Karasik, from the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, told Reuters news agency.
Oman has close relations with Iran, partly because the two countries are joint gatekeepers of the Strait of Hormuz, the route for 40% of the world's oil tanker traffic.
But the sultanate also has strong military and diplomatic ties with the West.
The UAE is a staunch ally of the United States.
UAE authorities received the news with "shock and surprise" according to the Wam news agency.
"The UAE expresses its full willingness to cooperate with ... Oman in any investigations that it carries out in full transparency to uncover (those) who try to mar relations between the two countries," said a foreign ministry statement.
- Peter Zafiropoulos
Federal investigators identified the bomber as a 20-year-old native of the volatile Caucasus region, where Islamist insurgents have been battling for years for a breakaway state.But the country's top investigative body stopped short of naming him, fearing that it would compromise ongoing attempts to identify and arrest the masterminds of the Domodedovo Airport attack on Jan. 24. The blast also wounded 180 people. The victims were mainly Russians, but also included one person each from Britain, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.The violence stemming from the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region originates from two bloody separatist wars in Chechnya in the past 15 years. Federal forces wiped out the large-scale resistance, driving the insurgency into the mountains and into neighboring provinces. The rebels seek an independent Caucasus emirate that adheres to Shariah law.
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Moscow Airport Explosion (2011)
Russia Identifies Airport Bomber as Caucasus Man
Piracy off the coast of Somalia has grown since Africa’s government collapsed in 1991. South Korean commandos captured five Somali pirates who attacked a cargo ship and its members in the Arabian Sea. The South Korean commandos rescued all of the ship’s members and killed eight Somali pirates. The five Somali pirates were taken to South Korea to be tried for piracy. All of the crewmembers survived without injury except for the Captain who was shot in the stomach and sent for surgery in South Korea. There is a struggle to involve Africa in trying pirate suspects and many of the captured pirates are released. Further investigation is being conducted to determine if the captured pirates are connected with past hijackings of South Korean ships.
Concern was addressed during the AU summit over countries keeping a united stance to end the Ivorian crisis. Mr. Ban said at the summit, “ We must preserve our unified position, act together, and stand firm against Mr Gbagbo's attempt to hang onto power through the use of force." However, there are split opinions forming over supporting Mr. Ouattara as the president-elect while Mr. Gbagbo still has control of the countries military. Although the UN has already recognized Mr. Ouattara as the current president, countries are allowing Mr. Gbagbo to call for a recount in vote because there is a reluctance towards violence and supporting Mr. Ouattara with other countries’ military backing.
To read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12319381
By Delaina Flagg
By Delaina Flagg
Although Iran claims that Zahra Bahrami was executed because her smuggling of cocaine added to the list of her offenses, the Dutch think otherwise. Iran claims that Bahrami was charged with security offenses in the 2009 presidential campaign in the same country. Bahrami's lawyer was shocked to learn that she had been hung. The lawyer had no clue that she was going to be executed.
The accusations placed on Bahrami stated that she had been caught smuggling cocaine into the country more than once, and in a raid of her house, cocaine and opium were found. The sentence she was formally given included 70 lashes and a $1,400 fine.
The Dutch were denied access to her trial because she was not recognized as a dual citizen in both Iran and the Netherlands. The Dutch are seeking answers to her execution and believe that for the safety of all citizens, Dutch-Iranian citizens travelling to Iran should not go.
By: Brianne Thomas
At least 10 people are reported to have died in a train crash in eastern Germany. A local passenger train and a goods train collided head-on in the state of Saxony-Anhalt late on Saturday, near the city of Magdeburg. The passenger train, the HarzElbeExpress, was travelling on a single track section between Magdeburg and Halberstadt. The cause of the crash, which left 33 injured, is unclear.
By Jamie Alt
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The government has tried to ease citizens' concerns by reducing taxes on fuel derivatives and subsidizing basic commodities. They also gave pay raises to civil servants, military personnel and retirees, but the protesters believed that isn't enough. Besides being upset with their own government, they chanted regarding the Egyptian struggles as well.
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By: Zach Howell
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Monday, January 24, 2011
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All of the paintings are jailed and covered. The exhibit in the gallery is chained with a sign that says no entry. The case is now in the Supreme Court's hand and the artist is being charged with insulting the President and communicating falsehoods prejudicial to the state. These charges could give him up to 20 years in prison.
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By: Jasmina Vukovic
Belgian citizens organized a march through Facebook demanding a government be established and country unity. So far, the country has experienced seven months on political impasse with a caretaker government since the June 2010 elections. The New Flemish Alliance (NVA) party during the voting spoke out about their desire to pursue independence for Flanders. Right now there has been no agreement on a government, which has led to a 224 day deadlock. The country has seen a language divider through the country with Flemish speakers to the north and French speakers to the south. An organizer of the march, Thomas Decreus, explains that their objective was to show the country politicians that there can be collaboration across the language barrier. Other campaigns to put pressure on the politicians to form a government continue to take place.
To read the article:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12263423
BY Delaina Flagg
By: Peter Zafiropoulos
Claire Van der Vort
Muslims came out in support of the Coptic Christians on Christmas after the bombings. The Coptics' Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. This bombing was also one of the deadliest killings on Christians in Muslim Egypt in some time.
This highly Muslim area is also populated by Coptic Christians. Unlike Christians, Coptic Christians base their faith on the teachings of the apostle Mark. This split in the Christian church happened back in the 5th century. Only 9 percent of Egypt's 80 million residents are Coptic Christians.
Numerous people have been charged with attacks on the Coptic Christians in the past few years. The Coptic Christians are a group that has been highly targeted in Egypt.
By: Brianne Thomas
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The captain of the ship, who was shot in the stomach, was the only crew member that suffered injuries. Moreover, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak recognized the courageous resque through a nationally televised address. He also mentioned that the US military was involved in the operation by performing a medical evacuation.
During a lengthy White House briefing on the visit, US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon detailed the main topics to be covered during all of Hu’s talks with US President Barack Obama and never once mentioned Taiwan.
China experts agree that US arms sales to Taiwan are of enormous importance to Beijing and conclude that Washington has -decided to play the issue down and leave it up to the other side to introduce it.
Obama has met Hu eight times in the last two years and it is believed that Hu raised Taiwan on each of these occasions.
Hu will arrive in Washington tomorrow evening and will have dinner that night in the private White House residence with Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donilon. The Chinese president will be accompanied by two senior aides.
Both sides have agreed that the topic of conversation that night will be the overall relationship.
Donilon said they would talk about the tone of the relationship, its purpose, areas of cooperation and whether the right mechanisms for dealing with problems are in place.
They will also discuss how they see the relationship developing over the next 10, 15 and 20 years.
By Annie Hung
Friday, January 21, 2011
President Obama cautioned Chinese President, Hu Jintao, about acting to keep North Korea under control or else U.S. forces in Asia might have to be redeployed. Obama claims that Washington has been persuaded due to various factors that Pyongyang had become a danger to the United States along with Pyongyang’s allies in Asia. North Korea was the main topic of concern between Obama and Hu during the oval office talks that occurred on Wednesday. The warning was apparently given over a phone call the past month and brought up again at a dinner on Tuesday. These discussions between the two Presidents resulted in North Korea offering to engage in military dialogue with South Korea to alleviate some of the current friction. The interaction between the two Koreas would be the first time the two communicated since last November when North Korea launched an artillery attack on the South Korean Island. Obama mentioned to Hu that the U.S. might have to make some changes such as intensifying its military exercises in Northeast Asia due to the aggressive behavior of the North. We talked a little in class how one state that feels threatened will in a sense “show off” to whom they feel threatened in an attempt to pressure that state to back away from engaging in conflict.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Other scientists however, claim that it is extremely unlikely to find viable DNA to use for cloning. And that even if they did find usable DNA and clone a mammoth that it would be unethical because the environment for woolly mammoths does not exist another. If created they would just be raised as an exhibit.
Never the less, Japanese scientists are determined, and have trips to Siberia planned to excavate remains. The project is being called The Mammoth Creation Project.
By: Kaitlyn Gordon
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Claire Van der Vort
It looks like whether Tunisia will be able to be stable or not depends on what kind of government will emerge, and whether they will be able to persuade their nations.
By Peter Zafiropoulos
This coming Tuesday, his party is taking a secret ballot confidence vote.
Earlier today, the Foreign Affairs Minister said he is going to be voting against Cowen in the next election. Michael Martin has also offered his resignation. The prime minister did not accept his offer, and Martin will continue to be the foreign affairs minister. Martin believes that Fianna Fail, the party of the Prime Minister should change their leader before the next election.
The election is scheduled to take place in the coming months.
Cowen is at the center of controversy after he led the country into an economic downturn. Ireland accepted a bailout from the EU after Cowen said that the country was not in trouble. The Fianna Fail party has said that the bailout is going to help restore the Irish economy.
Ireland has been cutting the budget to pay for the bailout. Taxes have been raised while benefits have been lowered.
Cowen said he looks forward to restoring the Irish economy and that he takes full responsiblity for causing such a crisis in the country.
By: Brianne Thomas
By Delaina Flagg
In Haiti there was a presidential election and there was no clear winner. The ruling party's candidate Celestin claimed to have won 2nd place by a very narrow margin. But after 3rd place candidate Martelly claimed fraud; the Organization of American States is recommending that Celestin step down from the runoff with 1st place vote earner Manigat.
This should be very interesting to see how this plays out. If Haiti has a corrupt president will the country ever recover from the earthquake? With so much money having not yet been spent; if the apparently corrupt current president "wins", will groups be willing to allow the money to be spent in the country? The world wants to help the people of Haiti but is the world ready to make the rich richer, and allow corruption to continue? This election could change the face of Haiti, but will it be of one of recovery and success? Or will it be one of corruption and brutality poor conditions for most of the citizens?
By James Lambert
Moreover, 47 deaths have been caused by drowning, landslides, and electrocution, and at least four people remain missing. 503 homes are now destroyed along with 1,914 others that received some damages.
A medical team and supplies are to land in Siruma, Camarines Sur, on Sunday to address the critical condition of 450 households dealing with diarrhea.
by Jim Michalik
The Tunisian Special Forces and members of the President’s security force battled on Sunday. The fighting occurred close to the Presidential palace and more gun battle occurred close to the capital a few days later. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali , the President of Tunisia , was removed from his presidency after being president for 23 years. The security official of Ben Ali is being sent to court , charged with contributing to the violence and threatening of the National Security.