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|10388||Russia-US talks on new strategic arms reduction treaty take place in Geneva||GRN||News||Switzerland||28 May 2009 10:26 Thu||
US and Russian negotiators will hold a new round of talks next week on replacing the START nuclear disarmament treaty in Geneva, a US spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. "US and Russian negotiators will continue talks on an agreement to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty June 1 to 3 in Geneva," the spokesperson at the US mission in the western Swiss city told AFP. No further details were given on the talks, which follow a first two-day round in Moscow last week and are due to be held behind closed doors at an undisclosed location here. US President Barack Obama is due to travel to Moscow a month later for a groundbreaking summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Following a thaw in US-Russian relations in recent months, Washington and Moscow agreed to press ahead with talks on replacing or renewing START... click here for the rest of this AFP article.
Click here for Wikipedia's summary of the START treaty.
|10390||Dalai Lama visit- Iceland||GRN||News||Iceland||28 May 2009 10:39 Thu||
Dalai Lama is to visit Iceland. He is due to deliver a public talk in Reykjavik, on the topic 'Values, Attitude and Happiness' at the Laugardalsholl Sporting Arena... click here for his official website's announcement.
Click here for BBC profile of the Dalai Lama.
|10392||Trial of Croatian military leader Ante Gotovina continues before Hague war crimes tribunal||GRN||News||Netherlands, The||28 May 2009 11:10 Thu||
Ante Gotovina's defence case is due to begin. When Ante Gotovina led Croatia to a recapture of the breakaway region of Krajina in 1995, many of his compatriots saw him as a hero. The three-month Operation Storm - to crush the self-proclaimed Krajina Serb Republic - brought the former French legionnaire who was once convicted of robbery and extortion to the pinnacle of Croatian nationalism. The first days of the operation changed the course of the war. But it was not long before war crimes prosecutors became interested and soon alleged that now former Gen Gotovina was responsible for a campaign of ethnic cleansing. About 150 Serb civilians were killed and more than 200,000 left their houses in long columns of cars and tractors laden with possessions. This was compounded by widespread destruction of Serb communities - actively encouraged by Mr Gotovina, the UN war crimes tribunal alleges. He was indicted on war crimes charges in 2001, but denies any responsibility... click here for more of this BBC profile.
|10432||President Obama to visit Russia for talks||GRN||News||Russia||01 June 2009 10:30 Mon||
The Kremlin said that President Obama will travel to Russia July 6-8, where talks are expected to focus on nuclear weapons reductions and broader improvements the US-Russian relationship. The dates for Mr. Obama's Russian trip, scheduled just before the July G-8 meeting in Italy, were posted on the Kremlin Web site on Monday. Mr. Obama had his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the London G-20 summit in April. Talks there focused on plans for negotiations on a treaty to further reduce nuclear weapons. After that meeting, Medvedev and other Russian officials had warm words for the new U.S. administration's recognition that Moscow was an important player in world affairs. But it is unclear how far and how fast relations between the two countries can advance after years of harsh rhetoric on both sides, which led to talk of a new Cold War. The U.S. has talked about "pushing the reset button" in dealing with Russia, and has focused early efforts on arms control. Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday signaled Moscow's readiness for compromise on a new nuclear arms control agreement with the United States and said he hopes for a deal by year's end, according to news reports. Sergey Lavrov praised Mr. Obama's administration for taking a constructive stance in talks with Russia, adding that diplomats from both nations are now working on detailed platforms on arms control, Russian news agencies reported... click here for CBS article.
|10433||Legislative elections in Mexico||GRN||News||Mexico||01 June 2009 10:46 Mon||
Elections to 128 seats in the Senate and 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Last Legislative elections were held in July 2006. President Felipe Calderón hopes to win a working legislative majority to push through economic overhauls and continue a crackdown against drugs.
Click here for more from mexidata.info
|10436||European Parliament elections||GRN||News||All||01 June 2009 11:32 Mon||
Voting over four days, with UK and Netherlands electorates having their say today. The citizens of Bulgaria and Romania vote for the first time having joined the EU in 2007. MEPs get to sit in Brussels and Strasbourg for five years before the next election. After the election, their new pay and expenses regime begins, as agreed in mid-2005.
Elections results announced on Sunday the 7th of June.
Click here for more from the European Parliament website.
|10439||Eurogroup of EU finance ministers meets||GRN||News||Luxembourg||01 June 2009 11:59 Mon||
The eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers is scheduled to meet in Luxembourg. It brings together the finance ministers of the 16 EU member states which have adopted the single European currency. Legally, the group is not an official formation of the Council of the European Union. In September 2004, the eurogroup decided it should have a semi-permanent president, and appointed the prime minister and finance minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker. The eurogroup meetings take place a day ahead of a separate Ecofin council meeting of all EU finance ministers.
|10440||Portugal celebrates National Day||GRN||News||Portugal||01 June 2009 12:21 Mon||
The Portuguese Republic is scheduled to celebrate the Day of Portugal. The holiday, during which many offices and businesses will be closed, has been celebrated since 1580.
Click here for Wikipedia's history of the Portugal Day.
|10441||World Economic Forum On Africa||GRN||News||South Africa||01 June 2009 12:57 Mon||
The World Economic Forum is scheduled to hold its Africa 2009 conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The event will bring together world leaders to assess the opportunities and challenges of the continent. The theme is 'Uniting Africa's Champions', and the event will focus on areas such as governance, foreign and cross-border investment, health initiatives, food security and technological innovation.
Click here for the World Economic Forum main page.
Click here to know more about the implications of the Global Economic Crisis for Africa.
|10442||G8 development ministers meeting takes place in Rome||GRN||News||Italy||01 June 2009 01:31 Mon||
A meeting of G8 development ministers is scheduled to take place at the Farnesina, the Italian foreign ministry, in Rome. The meeting was initially due to be held in Pescara in late May, but was re-scheduled. Ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are due to attend.
Click here for the press program.
|10443||Day of trade union demonstrations takes place across France||GRN||News||France||01 June 2009 02:58 Mon||
A 'big day of demonstrations' is scheduled to take place across France, organised by all the main French trades unions. It follows-up to similar actions on 29 January, 19 March and 1 May.
|10444||EU-Israel talks take place in Luxembourg||GRN||News||Luxembourg||01 June 2009 03:22 Mon||
The new Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is scheduled to meets EU foreign relations representatives in Luxembourg. The meeting takes place on the margins of the general affairs council. Observers have suggested that the EU is unlikely to upgrade relations with Israel, after a six month break in normal bilateral talks. A group of EU countries including Belgium, Sweden and Portugal remains opposed to the move. The Netherlands has in the past stood almost alone in advocating it, while most member states are keeping silent. The situation arises from uncertainty on whether the new Israeli government will sign up to a two-state solution on Palestine, curb settlement expansion and let more aid into Gaza. Israeli-critical EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner has also put the brakes on progress.
Click here to read an article about Leiberman first official visit to EU countries.
|10445||European council summit takes place in Brussels||GRN||News||Belgium||01 June 2009 03:50 Mon||
A European Council summit is scheduled to take place 18-19 June in Brussels. Heads of state or government from the 27 EU member states are due to attend. This will be the first European Council after the European elections 4-7 June and the last under the Czech Presidency. A date for the second referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon is expected to be made known at this summit. European leaders may also take a decision on the EU's position for global climate talks to conclude in Copenhagen in December.
Click here for the press information.
|10446||Referendum on electoral law reform takes place in Italy||GRN||News||Italy||01 June 2009 04:14 Mon||
A referendum on reforming electoral law is scheduled to take place in Italy. If it succeeds with the Italian electorate, it is expected to reconfigure Italian politics into a two-party system. The referendum will consist of three questions: the first about giving the majority premium to the most popular list rather than the most popular coalition in the Chamber of Deputies; the second about doing the same in the Senate; and the third will ask whether politicians should be prevented from standing in multiple constituencies simultaneously.
Click here to read about the Italian electoral system and its criticism.
|10447||President Obama to visit Ghana||GRN||News||Ghana||01 June 2009 04:25 Mon||
When President Obama visits Africa this summer, it promises to be a moment of enormous historic and symbolic resonance for his country and the continent of his father’s family. But it will not exactly be a homecoming, since his ancestral homeland was deemed too troubled to visit. The White House passed over Kenya, where Mr. Obama’s late father was from, in favor of the small nation of Ghana as the site of his first presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa. A year after Kenya exploded in political violence, it remains a tense and unsettled place. Ghana, by contrast, is an outpost of democracy and civil society in a volatile region. “The president and Mrs. Obama look forward to strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development,” the White House said in a written statement announcing the trip on Saturday. Mr. Obama will travel to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on July 10 for an overnight stop at the end of a trip that will first take him to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders and then Sardinia for the annual summit of the Group of Eight powers. Not counting Egypt, where he will travel next month, it will be Mr. Obama’s first trip to Africa as the first African-American president. And while a quick one-night, one-stop visit might not produce the spectacle of a longer journey across the continent, it will surely generate global attention. Among other things, Mr. Obama may visit Cape Coast Castle, the headquarters of the British slave trade on Africa’s Gold Coast. Captured Africans would pass through the castle’s “door of no return” as they were carted off to ships. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited African slave posts during their presidencies, but the imagery of an African American president visiting one promises to be far more profound. News reports from the region quoted Ghana’s foreign ministry saying Mr. Obama would go see the notorious slave post, but the White House said Sunday that no schedule has been finalized. White House aides said they might have preferred a longer trip to Africa, along the lines of the one Mr. Obama took in 2006 as a senator, but found themselves constrained by his schedule. A president has certain travel obligations each year because of summits and the like and his foreign policy advisers realized that if they waited for time for an Africa-only trip, it would be later in his tenure. By the time Mr. Obama travels to Russia and Italy in July, he will have been to Europe three times as president and never to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or Latin America beyond a quick trip to Mexico City. So his advisers agreed to tack the quick Ghana stop onto the end of his Russia-G-8 trip to at least get a marker down before too much time passed... click here for more of this NY Times article on the calculus of President Obama's trip to Ghana.
Click here for CIA factbook on Ghana.
|10448||Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly meets in Strasbourg||GRN||News||France||01 June 2009 04:27 Mon||
The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is scheduled to meet in Strasbourg. The assembly is made up of over 300 representatives from the parliaments of the 45 member states.
|10459||Results of Iranian elections||Saeed Kamali Dehghan||News||Iran||02 June 2009 10:29 Tue||
Approaching its presidential election, Iran is in the midst of a censorship drive by the Ahmadinejad government, aimed at blocking his reformist rivals' message. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is running against two reformist candidates, Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and one fundamentalist, Mohsen Rezai, in the election on 12 June. Facebook and Twitter were among hundreds of websites and blogs filtered recently because they provide a platform for reformist candidates to reach out to Iranian youth. Moussavi, a Facebook member and pro-reform candidate who is now backed by former moderate president Mohammad Khatami, is becoming Ahmadinejad's main rival in the election... for Saeed Kamali Dehghan's article for the Guardian, click here.
|10460||Verdict on Suu Kyi trial||GRN||News||Thailand||02 June 2009 11:55 Tue||
Financial TImes: Burmese democracy advocates, and their international supporters, are awaiting the imminent verdict in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's Nobel Prize-winning democracy advocate. Ms Suu Kyi was charged this month with violating the terms of her house arrest, after a US citizen swam across Lake Inya to her home, apparently to warn her of his dreams that she would soon be assassinated. Ms Suu Kyi, who faces up to five years in prison for his visit, testified in court that he was unwelcome, but she permitted him to stay for a while, after he pleaded that he was too fatigued to swim away immediately. The trial has outraged Ms Suu Kyi's supporters who say the junta itself - rather than their prisoner - should be accountable for the security breach.
|10463||Iraqi secret service vs The Guardian newspaper- hearing begins.||GRN||News||Iraq||02 June 2009 12:27 Tue||
Court hearing scheduled to open in Baghadad where Iraq's national intelligence service (Inis) is suing British newspaper, The Guardian. Inis allege defamation over an article published in April by award-winning correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in which it was suggested that the regime under the current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was moving in a direction that was becoming increasingly autocratic.
Click here... for the offending article.
Click here... for an article on the case by The Guardian.
|10466||Sarkozy to meet Iranian foreign minister||GRN||News||France||02 June 2009 02:47 Tue||
Reuters: French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, in rare talks between a leader of a major power and a senior Iranian politician. "The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss talks which the six (world powers) wish to relaunch with Iran on the question of nuclear proliferation," Sarkozy's office said in a statement. The United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain said in April they would invite Iran to talks to try to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear row, but Tehran has so far rejected their overtures. The Elysee said Sarkozy would see Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at 4.30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT). Bilateral encounters at such a senior level between Iran and one of the countries involved in the nuclear issue are highly unusual. It will be the first time Sarkozy has met a top Iranian minister since he took office in 2007.
|10471||Amanda Knox expected to take to the stand||GRN||News||Italy||03 June 2009 09:42 Wed||
Knox is expected today to take to the stand in her case in connection with the murder and rape of 21 year old British student Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found dead with her throat cut in their shared apartment in Perugia on November 2, 2007.
Click here... for an article on the case from The Independent.
|10475||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mir-Hossein Mousavi - election debate||GRN||News||Iran||03 June 2009 10:10 Wed||
Debate between current President and the former Prime Minister. There has been much criticism of Iran's state-controlled broadcasters for favouring Ahmadinejad in its election coverage and not offering a fair balance of air time to the other three candidates. Face to face debates in public are rare in Iranian politics. As the two favourites for the election, this debate is of particular significance.
Click here... for LA Times profile of Mousavi.
|10476||Poland marks anniversary of first free elections with international celebration in Krakow||GRN||News||Poland||03 June 2009 11:42 Wed||
An international event marking the 20th anniversary of the first free elections in Poland is scheduled to take place in Krakow. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is due to attend. The former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has announced that he would not attend the event over accusations that he co-operated with the communist secret police in the early 1970s. In March 2009, Walesa announced that he would not take part in ceremonies commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism, and that if accusations continued that he would first return all his decorations, then leave Poland altogether.
Click here for an AP article about the coming celebrations.
Click here for the Guardian article over the 'divided Poland'.
Click here for Wikipedia's history of Lech Walesa.
|10477||20th anniversary of crackdown on protests in Tiananmen marked||GRN||News||China||03 June 2009 12:03 Wed||
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the crackdown on protests in and around Tiananmen Square in China. The protests were a series of demonstrations led by labour activists, students, and intellectuals in the People's Republic of China (PRC) between 15 April and 4 June 1989. While the protests lacked a unified cause or leadership, participants were generally against the authoritarian and economic policies of the ruling Chinese Communist party and voiced calls for democratic reform within the structure of the government. The demonstrations centered on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but large-scale protests also occurred in cities throughout China, including Shanghai, which stayed peaceful throughout the protests. In Beijing, the resulting military crackdown on the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or injured. In Hong Kong, more than 30,000 people are expected to take part in the annual candlelight vigil protesting against the Tianamen square crackdown.
Click here for the Telegraph article 'When is it time to apologise for Tiananmen?'
Click here for the AP article 'China bars foreign reporters from Tiananmen Square'.
Click here to know more about Tiananmen protests of 1989...
|10482||Dalai Lama visits France, China protests||GRN||News||France||04 June 2009 09:44 Thu||
Ceremony in honour of His Holiness during a visit to the capital. The Dalai Lama also gives a public talk on Ethics and Society at the Bercy Omnisports Center. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao warned France against welcoming the spiritual leader. China was due to attend an EU Summit last year but called it off to protest against a meeting between His Holiness and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Click here for the UPI article 'China warns France about Dalai Lama visit'.
|10485||Parliamentary elections in Lebanon||GRN||News||Mauritania||04 June 2009 10:09 Thu||
Hezbollah, along with its allies, could win a majority of seats as 128 members (tbc) are elected by popular vote. Unlike in previous elections, votes in all regions take place on the same day. Parliamentarians serve for four years.
Click here for a BBC article explaining the Lebanese elections process.
Click here for the LA Times article 'Lebanese elections has designs on voters' .
|10489||Anne Frank was born 80 years ago...||GRN||News||Netherlands, The||04 June 2009 10:35 Thu||
The diarist was 13-years-old when she began her account of the daily life of her family and four other Jews in hiding in Amsterdam to avoid deportation by the Nazis. Her father found her hidden diary after the war and published it in 1947 (died March 12, 1945).
Click here for Wikipedia's history of Anne Frank.
Click here for the Herald article about how memory of Anne Frank brings youngsters together.
Click here for the Anne Frank Trust UK website.
Click here for the Anne Frank House website in Amsterdam celebrating her 80th birthday.
|10490||Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi visits US||GRN||News||United States of America||04 June 2009 10:54 Thu||
The Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is scheduled to visit the US. He is due to meet the US president, Barack Obama, in his capacity as the chairman of the G8 group of leading nations, to discuss new rules to regulate the world economy.
Click here for an article from Reuters.
|10492||EU-Pakistan summit||GRN||News||Belgium||04 June 2009 11:23 Thu||
Czech Presidency of the EU leads summit with Pakistani delegation, with a focus on tackling terrorism and cooperation on the rule of law. Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he hopes to get market access in the EU as trade is better than aid as the former would help generate employment and sustainable economic opportunities.
Click here for an article from the Euobserver.
Click here for an article from the Europeanvoice.
|10493||French branch of the Church of Scientology on fraud charge - trial to conclude||GRN||News||France||04 June 2009 11:54 Thu||
The Church of Scientology in Paris faces charges of targeting vulnerable people for commercial gain. The charges stem from a complaint by a woman who claims she was forced to pay large sums of money after being offered a free personality test. The church denies any evidence of psychological manipulation. If found guilty, it could be forced to shut down in France, though appeals could see the case continue for years. Trial began May 25.
Click here for an article from The Telegraph about the trial.
Click here for the Time CNN article: 'Scientology trial in France: can a religion be banned?'.
Click here for the AFP article: 'Wikipedia blocks Scientology from altering entries'.
|10495||International Labour Summit on Global Job Crisis||GRN||News||Switzerland||04 June 2009 12:25 Thu||
The United Nations International Labour Organisation meets 15-17 June in Geneva. They will be addressing the Global Jobs Crisis. The summit is expected to be attended by nearly one dozen heads of State and government, along with vice-presidents, labour ministers and union leaders from the ILO’s 183 Member States.
Click here for the International Labour Organisation website.
AFP: Labour chief warns of eight-year global 'jobs crisis': A global "jobs crisis" caused by the economic downturn could last for up to eight years, International Labour Organisation chief Juan Somavia said Wednesday. Somavia said at the opening of the UN labour agency's annual conference that about 300 million new jobs would be needed up to 2015 just to keep up with the natural growth in the global labour force. "There are early and welcome signs that the downturn may be losing speed," the ILO Director General said. But economic conditions were still fragile and most analysts were predicting a slow recovery, he added.
|10496||New automony regime takes effect in Greenland||GRN||News||Denmark||04 June 2009 12:31 Thu||
A new system of autonomy for the government of Greenland is scheduled to take effect. On 25 November 2008, a referendum took place on the question of greater autonomy for the Danish dependency. An overwhelming majority voted in favour of a new devolution settlement. The Greenland government announced that 75.54 per cent voted in favour, 23.57 per cent against and the remainder were either blank or spoiled ballot papers. A total of 39,285 people were eligible to vote, and the turnout was 71.96 per cent. Greenland is now to assume responsibility for more policy areas and also to gain property rights to underground resources. The vote will also have an impact on the block grant from Denmark, which has previously been adjusted as Greenland has assumed responsibility for more and more areas of its own administration. In future, the block grant will only be adjusted upwards to keep pace with rises in pay and prices. The new act comes into force on Greenland's national day, thirty years after the introduction of home rule in its current form. In the general election on 2 June, the main opposition party won a landslide victory. The leftist Inuit Ataqatigiit (Eskimo Brotherhood) party received 43.7 per cent of votes in an early election, nearly double that share it had in a 2005 vote. The ruling social democrat party, Siumut (Forward), got 26.5 per cent.
Click here for the BBC article: 'Opposition (pro-independence) win Greenland election'.
Click here for an article about Greenland to become self-governing.
Click here for wikipedia's history of Greenland.
|10497||G8 foreign ministers meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan||GRN||News||Italy||04 June 2009 12:53 Thu||
Ministers from the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Japan and Italy, plus officials representing the EU, prepare for the G8 summit. Following an initial ministerial meeting, session will be enlarged to involve participants from Afghanistan and Pakistan 'as well as their neighbours and other regional players', a statement posted on the
|10502||2 years ago: Gordon Brown became Prime Minister||GRN||News||United Kingdom||04 June 2009 02:27 Thu||
After more than 10 years as Chancellor, Gordon Brown finally succeeded Tony Blair as premier, having formally taken over as Labour Leader three days previously. After meeting The Queen, Brown spoke outside 10 Downing Street, promising: 'I will try my utmost.'
|10503||Parliamentary elections in Albania||GRN||News||Albania||04 June 2009 02:47 Thu||
Elections to the Kuvendi i Republikës së Shqipërisë (Assembly of the Republic of Albania), which has 140 members elected for a four-year term. 100 are elected directly in single-member constituencies containing an approximately equal number of voters. 40 are elected from multi-name lists of parties or party coalitions according to their ranking. The total number of deputies of a party or a party coalition shall be, to the closest extent, proportional to the valid votes won by them on the national scale in the first round of elections. Parties that receive less than 2.5% and party coalitions that receive less than 4% of the valid votes on the national scale in the first round of elections do not benefit from the respective multi-name list. At the last elections, held in July 2005, former President Sali Berisha led the centre-right Democratic Party to victory.
Click here to read an article from AlbaniaEconomy.com.
Why will these elections be a test for Albania's accession into the EU? Click here.
|10506||NATO-Russia council||GRN||News||Greece||04 June 2009 03:07 Thu||
Highest level body for relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russian Federation is expected to convene for Foreign Minister meeting. Relations between the two have been strained since the Russian-Georgian conflict of August 2008. The last meeting of the Council at the level of Defence Ministers took place on June 14, 2008, in Brussels. The NRC was established at a May 2002 meeting of the Heads of State and Government of NATO member states and Russia in Rome to 'serve as the principal structure and venue for advancing the relationship between NATO and Russia'.
Click here for a Reuters article.
|10508||Omar al-Bashir came to power 20 years ago||GRN||News||Sudan||04 June 2009 03:37 Thu||
Sudan's controversial President came to power 20 years ago, first as Prime Minister (1989-1993) in an Islamist backed coup, and then as President. In March 2009 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. But he denied the charges and has dismissed any ruling by the court as worthless...
Click here for a portait of al-Bashir from the Guardian.
Click here for an article about the new Darfur crisis from The Independent.
|10517||Chinese vice premier visits Japan to discuss development projects||GRN||News||Japan||05 June 2009 02:25 Fri||
Chinese vice premier Wang Qishan is to visit Tokyo to meet Japanese foreign minister Hirofumi Nakasone. Discussions are due to take place on the economy, the financial crisis, climate change and trade.
Click here for an article from The Business Times on this important meeting...
|10518||North Korea and South Korea to meet regarding Kaesong Industrial Region||GRN||News||Korea||05 June 2009 03:24 Fri||
North Korean and South Korean officials are to hold a rare meeting over the contentious Kaesong Industrial Region.
CNN: North Korean officials agreed to a rare meeting with South Korea to discuss their jointly run industrial complex along their border, a contentious issue for both sides. North Korean officials proposed to meet on June 11, to discuss the Kaesong Industrial Complex, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said. South Korea accepted the offer.The new meeting comes amid nuclear tensions between the two Koreas and following awkward talks in March that ended after only 22 minutes. The March talks were the first government-to-government talks between the two Koreas in more than a year...
Click here... for Wikipedia page on the Kaesong Industrial Region.
|10540||Sarkozy and Merkel meeting||GRN||News||France||08 June 2009 09:47 Mon||
French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel are to hold talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris. A press conference will take place afterwards. According to the Times one of the possible subjects for discussion will be the delayed Airbus A400M planes that several european governements are waiting on, with Britiain considering pulling out altogether.
Click here for BBC profile of Merkel.
Clicke here for Wikipedia page on Sarkozy
|10548||BET Awards||GRN||News||United States of America||08 June 2009 10:43 Mon||
The Black Entertainment Television Awards are to take place in Los Angeles. Jamie Foxx is hosting the event whilst also being nominated for three awards himself.
Click here for the 2009 BET nominees.
Click here for a Wikipedia explanation of the history of the awards.
Click here for the Billboard Magazine biography of the awards host Jamie Foxx.
|10549||Swedish Presidency of the European Union||GRN||News||Sweden||08 June 2009 11:03 Mon||
Sweden takes over the Presidency of the EU from the Czech Republic. With an economic downturn in Europe, negotiations on a climate change agreement approaching and big changes in the EU institutions, it will be an intensive six months in the driving seat. Priorities include: energy and climate, institutional reforms stemming from the Lisbon Treaty, competition and immigration policy. From 1 July until the end of the year, Sweden will lead the EU's work.
|10550||Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keys to be honored at ASCAP awards||GRN||News||United States of America||08 June 2009 11:35 Mon||
At the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul awards, Smokey Robinson is to be honored with the presitigious ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award. The award is bestowed upon those who have significantly impacted upon the legacy of rhythm and soul music. Alicia Keys meanwhile will be recieve the ASCAP Golden Note Award which is given to artists who have reached extraordianary career milestones.
Click here for ASCAP press release announcing Smokey Robinson's award.
Click here for ASCAP press release announcing Alicia Key's award.
|10557||Netanyahu to give speech outlining plans for peace and security||GRN||News||Israel||08 June 2009 02:15 Mon||
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to deliver a speech that will indicate to what extent Barack Obama's diplomacy has so far succeeded. Neanyahu has said, "I will make a major diplomatic speech in which I will present to the citizens of Israel our principles for achieving peace and security".
Click here for a Reuters article on the build up to this speech.
Click here for a New York Times profile on Benjamin Netanyahu.
|10566||NATO defence ministers' meeting||GRN||News||Belgium||09 June 2009 10:00 Tue||
Alliance counterparts discuss major operational issues.
Click here for the meeting's programme from the NATO website.
Click here for the Wikipedia history of the NATO.
|10571||Aung San Suu Kyi trial resumes||GRN||News||Thailand||09 June 2009 10:35 Tue||
The trial was adjourned to allow an appeal against a motion that barred some of the witnesses for the defence taking the stand. Pro-democracy leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate faces trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest. The charges stem from an incident involving US citizen John William Yettaw, who, according to state media, claimed to have swum across Inya Lake and spent two days in Suu Kyi's compound in May. 63-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained without trial for more than 13 of the last 20 years and faces up to five years in prison. Trial began May 18.
Click here for a AP article of the forthcoming event.
Click here for the BBC portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi.
|10572||Teenager killed in north London stabbing - trial expected to conclude||GRN||News||United Kingdom||09 June 2009 10:52 Tue||
Juress Kika, 18, Michael Alleyne, 18, and Jade Braithwaite, 19, all from Islington, appear charged with the murder of 16-year-old Ben Kinsella, who was stabbed to death in York Way, Holloway, in the early hours of June 29 2008. Ben was the younger brother of former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the soap. It is thought that Ben had been at a party at the Shillibeers pub, in North Road, when a row broke out with several youths. Kinsella was stabbed 11 times.
Click here for the report from The Press Association.
Click here for the BBC article: 'Youths admitted Kinsella murder'.
|10573||Pakistan President to visit Russia and Belgium||GRN||News||Russia||09 June 2009 11:11 Tue||
President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Russia and Belgium to attend two summits and to drum up international support for Pakistan's efforts to rehabilitate over 2.5 million people displaced by the military campaign against the Taliban. Zardari will begin a two-day visit to Russia on June 14 to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Yekaterinburg. On the sidelines of the summit, he is likely to meet the Presidents of Russia, China, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. He will then visit Brussels for three days from June 17 to participate in a European Union summit that will take up the issue of export of Pakistani goods, particularly textiles to the members of the EU.
Click here for an article from Zeenews.com.
Click here for the Reuters article: 'Pakistan's displaced wait for good news'.
Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the Shangai Cooperation Organisation.
|10577||Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit||GRN||News||Russia||09 June 2009 11:54 Tue||
Gathering of heads of state and/or government of SCO member countries: People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia have observer status at the SCO. Brazil is also represented.
Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the SCO.
Click here for the SCO official website.
Click here for an article from Bernama.com
|10579||Shuttle mission to launch||GRN||News||United States of America||09 June 2009 12:21 Tue||
NASA is due to send its latest space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. The Endeavour shuttle is scheduled to take off from Florida, carrying Japanese research equipment that will be installed with the help of five space walks during the 16-day mission.
Click here for NASA official website.
Click here for an article about the mission from Reuters.
Click here for an article from Floridatoday.com.
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