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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

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'.


# Title Dateline Author Category Country Posted Transcript Keywords
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 Ministry of foreign affairs reads. Explaining the decision to dedicate the meeting to the region, the statement goes on to say 'Italy is convinced that 2009 will be a crucial year for that region... by virtue of its strategic importance to the foreign policy of the new American administration... [the meeting] will be dedicated to Afghanistan and Pakistan, whose stabilisation needs to be addressed together...'


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

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

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.

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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.

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