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10580 Afghanistan elections: the official campaigning begins   GRN News Afghanistan 09 June 2009 12:37 Tue

Campaigning begins for the August 20 poll. The strongest candidates are President Hamid Karzai, who is standing for a second term, his former finance minister Ashraf Ghani and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.


Click here for the Afghanistan Presidential Election guide.


 


 

 
10581 Amnesty news conference in Zimbabwe   GRN News Zimbabwe 09 June 2009 01:43 Tue

 


Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan briefs on findings of her mission in Zimbabwe where she met with human rights activists, victims of human rights violations and senior Government officials, including President Robert Mugabe.


Click here for an article from Zimonline.


Click here to read about human rights in Zimbabwe from AI website.


Click here for the CIA World Factbook of Zimbabwe.

 
10582 R&B singer Rihanna to testify at ex-boyfriend Chris Brown trial   GRN News United States of America 09 June 2009 02:03 Tue

R&B star expected to give evidence in the case against her former boyfriend. Fellow R&B star Brown, 19, appears charged with assault by means likely to create great bodily injury, and making a criminal threat, following an incident involving Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party, February 7. The incident caused both to pull out of scheduled appearances at the ceremony the following night. Brown pleaded not guilty to both charges at a hearing April 6.


Click here for a Guardian article about the trial.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of Chris Brown.

 
10584 Angelina Jolie hosts reception for World Refugee Day in Washington with Hillary Clinton   GRN News United States of America 09 June 2009 03:05 Tue

A reception is scheduled to take place at the National Geographic Society in Washington to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June. The event will be hosted by good will ambassador Angelina Jolie, and the UN high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres. Among the guests will be the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the World Refugee Day.


Click here for the UNHCR World Refugee Day main page.


 


 


 

 
10612 EU - Opec energy summit takes place in Vienna   GRN News Austria 12 June 2009 10:05 Fri

The sixth meeting between the EU and OPEC is scheduled to take place in Vienna. The troikas from the two organisations are due to examine various issues in the oil market. The impact of the current recession in oil demand and investment is more than noticeable and supply may not be able to respond to demand once economy will exit recession. Ways and means to alleviate these effects through dialogue and common understanding is the major issue of the EU-OPEC energy dialogue. Andris Piebalgs, the EU energy commissioner, is due to host the meeting.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the OPEC.


Click here for a Independent article about the oil demand drop.


Click here for the Guardian article: 'Kuwait says OPEC may raise output if oil hits $100'.

 
10616 Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu visits Italy and France   GRN News Italy 12 June 2009 10:18 Fri

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to visit Italy and France. It is his first visit to Europe since being sworn in as prime minister earlier in 2009. Mr Netanyahu will stop in Rome on 23 June to meet his Italian counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi. The next day, the premier will meet the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris.


Click here for the Haaretz article: 'Netanyahu to make his first trip to Europe as Premier'.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of Binyamin Netanyahu.


 

 
10617 Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili visits Armenia   GRN News Turkey 12 June 2009 10:37 Fri

The Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, is expected to visit Armenia. He is due to meet his counterpart, Serzh Sargsian, for talks on bilateral cooperation and problems facing Armenians who live in Georgia.


Click here for the CIA World factbook - Armenia.


 

 
10618 OECD holds annual ministerial meeting in Paris   GRN News France 12 June 2009 10:47 Fri

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is scheduled to hold its annual ministerial meeting in Paris. The agenda is due to include climate change, trade and the global economy. On 25 June, the secretary-general, Angel Gurria, is due to present the annual economic outlook.


Click here for the Financial Times article: 'OECD senses recovery in biggest economies'.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the OECD.

 
10620 Second International Cider Fair held in Spain   GRN News Netherlands, The 12 June 2009 03:29 Fri

The first edition of the International Cider Fair (SICER) was held in 2007 with the ambition to become the global benchmark for quality cider, a meeting point for the main cider producers in different countries around the world. In this second edition held in Gijon (Asturias), there will be exhibitors from Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, ... With major newcomers Russia and Argentina, as well as all the Spanish exhibitors.


Click here for the SICER main page.

 
10622 NASA counts down to two launches   GRN News United States of America 12 June 2009 03:54 Fri

NASA is sending not one but two satellites to the Moon on one rocket. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will do exactly what its name implies, mapping out safe landing sites for US human expeditions to the Moon, which NASA hopes to resume by 2020. The second, called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (or "L-cross") will look for water at the moon's poles... water which could be used to sustain human life and manufacture rocket fuel for exploration beyond the moon. Lcross is particularly interesting because its spent rocket stage is expected to actually crash into the lunar surface, creating a plume which will be analyzed by the mother ship from above. It's interesting to note that this twin launch (two ships, one spacecraft) comes about a month short of the 40th anniversary of the first human footsteps on the moon. And the findings could have a real bearing on what happens when humans go back there.


Click here for an article from the TG Daily.


Click here for an article from the Aviation week.


Click here for an explanation of the LCROSS mission.


>>Will the US ever walk on the moon again? Share your views on the GFM website!<<


 

 
10643 Annual OSCE security review conference takes place in Vienna   GRN News Austria 15 June 2009 12:08 Mon

The 2009 annual OSCE security review conference is scheduled to take place in Vienna. The annual conference (ASRC) was established by the OSCE ministerial council in Porto in 2002 to enhance the dialogue on security among the 56 participating states and to review the organisation's security work. The participants of the conference will discuss how states have worked together to address common security matters and new ideas for strengthening co-operative and comprehensive security. Participants will look at the OSCE's approach to early warning, conflict prevention and resolution, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation as well as arms control arrangements and confidence- and security-building measures in the OSCE area. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, is due to speak during the opening session, which is set to start at 10:00 on 23 June in the Hofburg Conference Centre's Neuer Saal.


Click here for an article about the forthcoming meeting from Isria.com.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the OSCE.

 
10644 Court case brought by Lehman Brothers over sale of brokerage unit to Barclays takes place in New York   GRN News United States of America 15 June 2009 12:22 Mon

A court hearing on a request by bankrupt Lehman Brothers is scheduled to take place in New York. The company is seeking court permission to look into whether it was adequately compensated by Barclays for its brokerage unit. Lehman sold its North American broker-dealer business, its New York headquarters and other property to British-based Barclays for USD 1.75 billion in September 2008, a few days after it filed for bankruptcy protection.


Click here for the Reuters article: 'Barclays refutes Lehman claim on sale of brokerage unit'


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of Lehman Brothers.

 
10645 Annual Crans Montana high level panel meets in Brussels   GRN News Belgium 15 June 2009 12:37 Mon

The 20th Crans Montana Forum high level panel is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Brussels. The 20th Crans Montana Forum will be dedicated to the International Role of the European Union, its Strategies towards the East, Africa and the Arab World. Like each year since 1989, it will gather heads of state and government, ministers, high level officials, directors of international organisations and business leaders. The Crans Montana Forum was created in the resort of Crans Montana in 1989.


Click here for an article about the forthcoming event from Emportal.rs


Click here for the 20th Crans Montana Forum main page.

 
10646 Legislative elections take place in Argentina   GRN News Argentina 15 June 2009 12:52 Mon

A legislative election is scheduled to take place in Argentina. The Chamber of Deputies has 256 seats, and one-half of the members are elected every two years to serve four-year terms, using proportional representation. The largest party bloc is the PJ Front for Victory, led by current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with 128 seats. The Radical Civic Union has 24 seats, the Civic Coalition - ARI - GEN - UPT 18 seats, and the Socialist party 10 seats. The election was initially scheduled to be held on 25 October, but Argentine lawmakers have decided to move it up by four months. The decision was backed by President Cristina Kirchner, according to which changing the date would lessen political tension in Argentina's own economic downturn. Others claim that the change in the date would help the president diminish the potential fallout from the country's worsening economic conditions. According to analysts, the legislative elections could serve as a national referendum on Mrs Kirchner's presidency, as a loss could encourage party members to dump her before the 2011 presidential election.


Click here for an article about the forthcoming election from The Wall Street Journal.


Click here for The Wall Street Journal article: 'Kirchner vs The Press'


Click here for the Election Guide - Argentina 2009.

 
10647 Parliamentary election takes place in Albania   GRN News Albania 15 June 2009 01:08 Mon

A parliamentary election is scheduled to take place in Albania. The president, Bamir Topi, set the date on 14 January, in accordance with a new election law adopting a proportional regional voting system. Albania has yet to hold elections that meet international standards. The EU has made clear that the poll must be above criticism if it is to advance its bid to join the 27-member bloc. The prime minister, Sali Berisha, who returned to power in 2005 on an anti-corruption platform, has pledged to hold free elections and continue economic reforms. The main opposition Socialist party, led by Edi Rama, the mayor of the capital Tirana, accuses Berisha and the ruling Democratic party of being mired in corruption and of plunging Albanians into poverty. In the election campaign, Berisha is focusing on infrastructure projects, while Rama concentrates on agriculture and strategies to fight poverty. On 12 May, left-wing opposition parties signed a coalition accord ahead of the parliamentary poll. The main opposition Socialist party heads the coalition, which also includes the Social Democratic party and the G99 party.


'ODIHR/OSCE to Strengthen Cooperation on Albanian Poll'... Click here for the article from AlbanianEconomy.com.


Click here for the AlbanianEconomy.com article: 'Albanian election - a test for EU bid'


Click here for the Election Guide - Albania 2009.

 
10649 German constitutional court publishes judgement on whether EU Lisbon Treaty compatible with country's constitution   GRN News Germany 15 June 2009 03:46 Mon

The German constitutional court is scheduled to to publish its judgment on whether the EU Lisbon Treaty is compatible with the country's constitution. The court is examining a complaint by centre-right politician Peter Gauweiler and some left wing deputies that the proposed new rules for the EU would undermine the powers of the Bundestag and therefore the principle of democracy in Germany. Gauweiler suggests that the German parliament is losing its constitution-given powers as decisions it takes can subsequently be overturned at the EU level if the European Commission proposes a law on a similar issue. The hearing, to which Berlin sent two ministers to defend the Lisbon Treaty, saw some of the judges express some scepticism about further EU integration. It examined the fact that Germany is able to transfer sovereignty to the European Union although it is not considered to have the same democratic and state principles as Germany itself. Judge Udo Di Fabio, who prepared the procedure and will deliver the judgment on the treaty, asked whether the transferral of powers to the EU really means more freedom for EU citizens. The verdict is keenly awaited throughout the EU.


Click here for an article about the forthcoming event from javno.com.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of Peter Gauweiler.

 
10655 Barack Obama and Colombian President summit   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 11:22 Tue

US President meets with Alvaro Uribe to discuss 'a broad range of bilateral and hemispheric issues, including ways to enhance our cooperation on security and development challenges in Colombia and throughout the Americas' a White House statement said.


Click here for a Reuters article about the forthcoming meeting.


Click here for an article about the relations between Obama and Uribe from Colombiareports.com.


Click here for the CIA World factbook about Colombia.

 
10656 General Motors bankruptcy - sale hearing   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 11:46 Tue

Judge Robert Gerber expected to approve the final sale of the struggling US automaker at a hearing today. The deal is expected to see the government take a 60% in the company.


Click here for an AP article on the background of GM's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


Click here for a Wikipedia article on the history of GM.


Click here for a New York Times article about GM similarities to the Chrysler bankruptcy case.

 
10657 United Nations Holds Global Summit to Assess Impact of World Economic Crisis on Development   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 12:17 Tue

The United Nations is scheduled to host a global summit to assess the impact of the world economic crisis on development. On 26 May, the General Assembly postponed the gathering from 1-3 June until 24-26 June instead. The summit was announced on 7 April, by the president of the General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto. He said on 14 April that the G-8 and G-20 nations represent only a fraction of the world's countries, as there are some 192 members of the UN. The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in late 2008. In March, Mr D'Escoto travelled to a number of countries to build support for participation in the June meeting. In addition to the impact of the crisis on development, the conference will also focus on ongoing discussions on reforming and strengthening the international financial and economic system and architecture.


Click here for the official UN website calendar with official documents, statements and background information regarding the summit.


Click here for a Reuters article on dissent and criticism of the upcoming UN summit, and General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann.


Click here for an AP article detailing reasons for the UN summit delay.

 
10658 Withdrawal of US troops from cities in Iraq   GRN News Iraq 16 June 2009 12:20 Tue

Under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) - which sets the legal basis for the presences of US troops on Iraqi soil beyond 2008 - US combat troops must withdraw from Iraqi towns, cities and localities by today, and as such are replaced by Iraqi security forces.


Click here for an AFP article about the US Withdrawal.


Click here for a Guardian article.


Click here for the CIA World factbook of Iraq.


You can also find the story on the Global for me website. Leave your comments and ideas about the report you would like our journalists to produce... for you!

 
10659 Indonesian presidential election   GRN News Indonesia 16 June 2009 12:42 Tue

Three candidates are competing for the presidency of Indonesia.  Current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is leading the polls at the moment but his popularity is on the wane.


Click here for Channel News Asia article on his falling popularity.


Click here for Reuters article which dissects the results of the latest polls.

 
10660 UN Security Council Debates Middle East   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 12:55 Tue

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet in New York. The agenda is due to include a debate on the Middle East. It is possible the quartet representative on the Middle East, Tony Blair, may take part.


Click here for UN News Service article on UN Secretary-General speaking on Israel.


Click here for a Press Association article on Tony Blair's recent activity in the Middle East.


Click here for a Sky News article on Tony Blair speaking on changing policy for Israel.

 
10661 Independence Day Celebrations Take Place in the United States   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 01:52 Tue

The United States of America is scheduled to mark the anniversary of its independence from Britain in 1776. Celebrations take place around the country, including the setting off of fireworks, meals and other activities.


Click here for US Government collection of US Independence day facts and documents.


Click here for a Wikipedia article on Independence Day in the United States.

 
10662 Nominations for the Emmy Awards Announced in Los Angeles   GRN Entertainment United States of America 16 June 2009 02:21 Tue

Nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy awards are scheduled to be announced in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming.


Click here to read an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences press release on the 16 July nomination broadcast, including chosen TV hosts.


Click here for the 2008 Emmy winners/nominees from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences database.


Click here for the official Emmy website, to launch 9 July, 2009.


 

 
10664 Mekel to visit Obama in Washington   GRN News United States of America 16 June 2009 03:53 Tue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Obama for discussions. It will be her first visit to Washington since Obama took office. Expected topics for discussion will include, North Korea, Middle East developments and the environment. The talks come after speculation of differences of opinion creating difficulty between the two premiers.


Click here for NASDAQ report.


Click here for Reuters report.

 
# Title Dateline Author Category Country Posted Transcript Keywords
10670 Space Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off on Mission to the International Space Station   GRN News United States of America 17 June 2009 10:17 Wed

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to blast off on mission STS-127 to the international space station. It is carrying the the Japanese Kibo Laboratory's Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section, the final permanent components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s contribution to the station programme. During the 15-day mission, Endeavour's crew will perform five spacewalks and deliver six new batteries for the P6 truss, a spare drive unit for the Mobile Transporter and a spare boom assembly for the Ku-band antenna. Mark Polansky will be Endeavour's commander with Doug Hurley as pilot. Mission specialists will be Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Dave Wolf, Tim Kopra and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Kopra will become a station flight engineer replacing Koichi Wakata, who will return home with the STS-127 crew. It will be the 29th shuttle flight to the station. The launch was delayed on 13 June and 17 June due to a hydrogen leak.


Click here to read a NASA.gov website press release on the 17 June hydrogen leak.


Click here to read an AP article about ongoing space shuttle Endeavor delays due to weather.


Click here to read more about the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module from the NASA.gov website.


Click here to view animations and pictures from the NASA.gov website on the planned space shuttle Endeavor mission.


>>Will the US ever walk on the moon again? Share your views on the GFM website!<<

 
10671 Rupert Murdoch's Right-Hand Man to Leave News Corp   GRN Business United States of America 17 June 2009 10:37 Wed

Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man, Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer at News Corp, is to stand down after 12 years as second in command after failing to reach terms on a new employment contract. The decision will leave a power vacuum at the organisation which will require Mr Murdoch, 77, to increase his profile in Hollywood and Wall Street in order to fill the role left by Mr Chernin.


Click here to read an LA Times article on Rupert Murdoch's possible replacement to the No. 2 position at News Corp.


Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article on more Murdoch's statements regarding his No. 2 position replacement.


Click here to view the current Board of Directors, including Murdoch and departing Chernin, on the official News Corp website.

 
10676 First Guantanamo detainee to be tried in Federal Court - Hearing   GRN News United States of America 18 June 2009 10:01 Thu

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian national, faces charges of conspiring with Osama bin Laden and other members of al Qaeda to kill Americans anywhere in the world, as well as separate charges of murder for the deaths of each of the 224 people killed in the US Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. At his initial appearance, June 9, Ghailani pled not guilty, then, at a subsequent hearing, June 16, Ghailani formally requested that he should be represented by his military defence attorneys Colonel Jeffrey Colwell and Major Richard Reiter. Ghailani had been held at Guantanamo Bay detention facility since September 2006, but was transferred this morning following the decision to pursue the March 21, 2001 superseding indictment from the Southern District of New York. Case number: 1998CR1023.


Click here to read a BBC news profile on the accused (Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani), past history, crimes charged and arrest.


Click here to read a New York Times article about lingering doubts from US citizens about housing Guantánamo detainees on the mainland, specifically Ghailani.


Click here to read a TIME magazine article about the 9 June preliminary hearing in which Ghailani pleaded not guilty.


You can also find the story on the Global for me website. Leave your comments and ideas about the report you would like our journalists to produce... for you!


 

 
10680 New Acropolis Museum to open   GRN News Greece 18 June 2009 10:56 Thu

The New Acropolis Museum is to open. The building has been designed with the disputed Elgin marbles in mind, which currently reside at the British Museum. Click here for a BBC article on the political headache which this is set to cause British diplomats...


Expected to attend the opening ceremony are a variety of high society, celebrities, Prime Ministers and royalty.

 
10681 Vladimir Nabokov papers to be unsealed   GRN News United States of America 18 June 2009 11:10 Thu

Papers by the Russian author Vladimir Nabakov never seen by the general public before are due to be unsealed. Click here to see a profile of Nabakov on Wikipedia.

 
10683 G8 Summit Takes Place in L'Aquila   GRN Politics Italy 18 June 2009 01:32 Thu

The G8 summit for 2009 is scheduled to take place in Italy. It was originally due to take place on the island of La Maddalena, in Sardinia, but in April, the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, said the summit would be moved to L'Aquila in an effort to attract funds for the region following an earthquake. The Group of Eight forum brings together the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia. Each year, the G8 member countries take turns to assume the presidency of the group. La Maddalena's summit of 2009 will be the fifth to take place in Italy: before the island, Venice (1980, 1987), Naples (1994) and Genoa (2001) have hosted the reunions. A number of bi-lateral meetings are expected to take place on the margins, including one between US president Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.


Click here for a Reuters article about US President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi preparing for G8 Italy summit.


Click here for an official G8 press release on the aforementioned meeting between US President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi regarding the upcoming summit.


Click here for a BBC profile on the G8 members, facts and past issues.

 
10684 Bernard Madoff sentenced in multi-million dollar fraud case in New York (updated)   GRN Business United States of America 18 June 2009 04:52 Thu

US financier Bernard Madoff is scheduled to be sentenced for fraud in New York. Press reports suggest that he could face 150 years in prison. On 12 March, the former Nasdaq chairman pleaded guilty to charges in connection a USD 50bn business fraud. The 11 felonies included securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, perjury and making false filings with the SEC. The plea came in response to a criminal complaint filed on 10 March, which stated Madoff had defrauded his clients of almost USD 65 billion. The complaint spelled out the largest pyramid or Ponzi scheme in history, as well as the largest investor fraud committed by a single person. He faces a maximum sentence of 150 years in prison, plus mandatory restitution of up to twice the gross gain or loss from his crimes. If the government's estimate of USD 65 billion is correct, Madoff faces a maximum of USD 170 billion in restitution. In his plead. Madoff stated that had begun his Ponzi scheme sometime in the early 1990s.

 
10691 Trial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic resumes at Hague war crimes court   GRN News Netherlands, The 19 June 2009 11:12 Fri

The trial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic is scheduled to resume at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. On 9 and 10 June 2009, the Prosecution made its opening statement. The presentation of evidence is scheduled to commence on 29 June 2009. The two men are charged with four counts of crimes against humanity and one count of violations of the laws or customs of war. It is alleged in the indictment that from no later than May 1991, secret units were established by or with the assistance of the Serbian security services for the purpose of undertaking special military operations in Croatia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the objective of which was the forcible and permanent removal of the majority of non-Serbs, principally Croats, Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats, from large areas of Croatia and BiH.


Click here for an article about the opening statement from B92 news.


Click here for an AFP article about Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovi.


Click here for a Wikipedia's history of the Yugoslav wars.


 

 
10692 Man Utd and Real announce GBP 80m Ronaldo deal   GRN News United Kingdom 19 June 2009 11:59 Fri

Manchester United and Real Madrid are provisionally expected to announce a deal on the transfer of Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese World Player of the Year 2008. On 11 June Manchester announced it gave Real Madrid permission to speak to the player after a record bid of GBP 80m. Rumours around Ronaldo’s departure from the north of England started last year but the club rejected any offers then. However, Ronaldo has always said it would be his dream to play for Real Madrid.


Click here for an article about this World record transfer from the Guardian.


Click here for another Guardian article about Real Madrid spending 'excessive'.


Click here for a Telegraph article about the transfer, which Bobby Charlton - Old Trafford director - describes as 'vulgar'.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of Cristiano Ronaldo.


Click here for the Official ManUtd profile of Cristiano Ronaldo.


 

 
10693 Hearing in case of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic takes place   GRN News Netherlands, The 19 June 2009 12:32 Fri

A status hearing in the case against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is scheduled to take place at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The defence team are expected to present evidence that Richard Holbrooke, the US peace envoy in the region in the 1990s, promised Karadzic that he would not be prosecuted for war crimes. Dr Karadzic faces charges of genocide against Bosniaks and Croats during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Karadzic was arrested on 21 July 2008 on a Belgrade bus, and his arrival on 30 July marked the end of a 13-year effort by the ICTY to take custody of its most wanted war criminal. Karadzic faces 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The two charges of genocide relate to orders leading to the Srebrenica massacre, where some 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed and the shelling of Sarajevo, where 12,000 civilians died during a 43 month siege.


Click here for a Reuters article about Karadzik seeking trial dismissal over 'immunity deal'.


Click here for an AFP article about International Court Prosecution rejecting the alleged Karadzic immunity deal.


Click here for a BBC profile of Radovan Karadzic.


Click here for a Wikipedia's history of the Balkan wars.

 
10695 President of Germany sworn in for term of office   GRN News Germany 19 June 2009 01:56 Fri

A new president of Germany is scheduled to take office in Berlin. The parliament of Bundestag and Bundesrat members voted for the head of state on 23 May 2009. The incumbent, Horst Köhler, won a second five-year term as president after securing a wafer-thin majority. Observers suggested it was a symbolic victory for the chancellor, Angela Merkel, before she launches her own re-election bid in the general election on 27 September. Mr Köhler, a former director of the International Monetary Fund, obtained 613 of the 1,223 ballots cast by the Federal Assembly, the parliamentary body that elects the German head of stat, the minimum required for his re-election.


Click here for an UPI article about the President's reelection.


Click here for the election guide - Germany.


 


 

 
10714 UN mediator on Greece - Macedonia name dispute visits Skopje   GRN News Macedonia, FYR of 22 June 2009 11:05 Mon

The UN mediator on the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, Matthew Nimetz, is scheduled to visit Skopje. The visit comes after talks between the two sides resumed in Geneva on 22 June. On 8 July Mr Nimetz due to visit Athens.


Click here for an article about the Geneva talks from Mrt.com


Click here for the CIA World Factbook - Macedonia.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the Macedonia naming dispute.


 

 
10715 Anniversary of 7 July London bombings is marked   GRN News United Kingdom 22 June 2009 11:27 Mon

The fourth anniversary of the London 7 July bombings is scheduled to be commemorated. In 2008, the tragedy was marked by a public act of remembrance and private reflection. This year fifty-two three-metre (10ft) tall stainless steel pillars are expected to be erected in Hyde Park, London, as a memorial to the victims of the July 7 bombings. The memorial will be in the south-east corner of the park, between Park Lane and Lover's Walk.


Click here for the Wikipedia's history of the bombing.


Click here for a Times article relating the '7/7 bombings' day.


Click here for a Times article about ex-terror chief calling for an independent public enquiry into how suicide terrorists were able to carry out the July 7 bombings.

 
10717 Republic of the Congo holds presidential election   GRN News Congo, DR of the 22 June 2009 12:15 Mon

The Republic of the Congo is scheduled to hold presidential elections. The current president, Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Congolese Labour Party (PCT), is expected to run against Ange Edouard Poungui of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS) and Mathias Dzon of the Alliance for the Republic and Democracy (ARD). The president is elected by popular vote to serve a seven-year term, renewable once. In the Senate, 66 members are elected by indirect vote by district, local, and regional councils to serve six-year terms. One-half of the Senate is renewed every three years.


Click here for the AFP article 'Congo opposition calls rejecting candidates threat to peace'


Click here for an AFP article about the EU refusal to send observers to Congo vote.


Click here for the Election Guide - Congo Brazzaville.


Click here for the CIA World Factbook - Republic of the Congo.

 
10718 Dalia Grybauskaite inaugurated as new president of Lithuania   GRN News Latvia 22 June 2009 12:30 Mon

Dalia Grybauskaite is scheduled to be inaugurated as the new president of Lithuania. In the election on 17 May, Ms Grybauskaite, who stood as an independent, won over 69 per cent of the vote. Her nearest challenger came in second with only 12 per cent, according to official results announced on 18 May. The president has the powers to veto the country's budget and dismiss ministers, but otherwise has limited executive powers. The president's main power lies in foreign policy and here Ms Grybauskaite has promised to be less confrontational, especially towards Russia.


Click here to read a political analysis of Lithuania from The Economist.


Click here for a BBC Women's hour article about Dalia Grybauskaite, the first woman Lithuanian President.


Click here for the Election Guide - Lithuania.

 
10721 International Fashion Week takes place in Madrid   GRN Entertainment Spain 23 June 2009 09:33 Tue

An international fashion week is scheduled to take place at the Juan Carlos I Exhibition Centre (SIMM), in Madrid. Models will also take to the catwalk, and showcase collections by up-and-coming and some more well-known designers.


Click here for the official website for the event (Spanish).


Click here for the official website of the host of the event (Spanish).


Click here to read an event profile of the fashion show, as provided by biztradeshows.com.

 
10726 France celebrates Bastille Day   GRN Anniversary France 23 June 2009 10:01 Tue

France is scheduled to celebrate its National Day. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 by a mob of Parisians during the opening stages of the French Revolution. The prison had become a symbol of Bourbon tyranny and its fall reinforced revolutionary zeal. The anniversary became a national day in 1880 and is marked by parades, speeches, parties and fireworks. The major public event to mark Bastille Day is the parade down the Champs-Elysee in Paris. It is seen as a day of patriotic and military display, with dramatic flypasts and the president making his annual televised address at noon. The day ends with a fireworks spectacular. Most offices and businesses close for the day.


Click here for a Wikipedia article on Bastille Day.


Click here for a World Events Guide profile on Bastille Day, including events and locations for the 2009 celebration.


Click here for a French report on the event from the Global for me service.

 
10727 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is 70 today   GRN News Iran 23 June 2009 10:17 Tue

Second Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran (since 1989) succeeding Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Previously he was the country's President (1981-89).


Click here for a BBC profile on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


Click here for a listing of recent headlines about Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as provided by The Guardian online.


Click here for the official website of the office of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (English version).

 
10728 Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expected to attend   GRN News Egypt 23 June 2009 10:31 Tue

Egypt hosts the 15th Summit of countries not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. This year's theme is International Solidarity For Peace And Development. Iran's President is expected to attend, according to reports on Mehr news agency (June 1) of an announcement to that effect from the country's Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki. Member nations include: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cuba, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Venezuela and Sudan.


Click here for the official website for the event.


Click here for the Non Aligned Movement official website.


Click here for a Wikipedia article on the history, members and locations of the Non Aligned Movement summits.

 
10729 UN Committee on Human Rights meets in Geneva   GRN News Switzerland 23 June 2009 10:52 Tue

The 96th session of the UN Human Rights Committee is scheduled to take place in Geneva. The committee, which has 18 independent experts from different countries, convenes three times a year for sessions of three weeks' duration, normally in March at United Nations headquarters in New York and in July and November at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The committee submits to the General Assembly an annual report on its activities. Countries to be discussed at the meeting are due to include Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Moldova, Switzerland and Tanzania.


Click here for the official agenda and list of countries participating for the upcoming meeting.


Click here for the official website on the UN Commission for Human Rights.


Click here for the Wikipedia article on the UN Commission for Human Rights.

 
10730 US Senate committee hearing - Sonia Sotomayor nomination   GRN News United States of America 23 June 2009 10:52 Tue

Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.


Click here for a profile on Sonia Sotomayor.


Click here for information and materials on Judge Sotomayor's Nomination to the Supreme Court from the Judiciary Committee website.


Click here for more information on Sonia Sotomayor from The White House website.

 
10731 Inquiry into Iraqi detainee death commences   GRN News United Kingdom 23 June 2009 11:09 Tue

A public inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist from Basra, Iraq is provisionally expected to start. Mr Mousa died while in custody of British armed forces in September 2003. The inquiry will be conducted by Lord Justice Sir William Gage and is expected to focus on the circumstances surrounding the death as well as on the treatment of other detained with the deceased. The case came to the spotlight again in February when a suitcase with documents on the case was believed to be stolen from the lawyer for the Ministry of Defence while travelling on a Leeds to London train.


Click here for an archived BBC news article (dated 28 July, 2004) about the alleged beating and death of Iraqi Baha Mousa by UK troops.


Click here for an official website about the Mousa Inquiry, including latest press releases.


Click here for autopsy pictures of Baha Mousa, as provided by The Guardian (content warning: contains graphic pictures).


Click here for the Ministry of Defence official website.

 
10732 Inaugural Mandela Day concert takes place at Radio City Music Hall   GRN Anniversary United States of America 23 June 2009 11:20 Tue

The inaugural Mandela Day concert is scheduled to take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Celebrating the former South African president's 91st birthday, the concert will feature performances by the likes of Dave Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, TLC, Josh Groban, and Carla-Bruni-Sarkozy. They will be appearing alongside an array of African artists, including Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal and The Soweto Gospel Choir.


Click here for a BBC profile on Nelson Mandela.


Click here for the official website of this event.


Click here for the official Radio City Music article describing the event. Ticket purchase also available.


 

 
10733 40th anniversary of first man on the moon marked   GRN Anniversary United States of America 23 June 2009 11:44 Tue

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landing of teh first man on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the moon. Launched on 16 July 1969, it carried Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon, while Collins orbited above. Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 02:56 GMT, nearly 20 minutes after first opening the hatch on the Eagle landing craft. The mission fulfilled President John F Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a 1961 speech: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth".


Click here for the official NASA.gov website on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.


Click here for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum special online article about the Apollo 11 40th anniversary.


Click here for a Wikipedia article about Apollo 11.

 
10734 Amy Winehouse charged with assault - trial   GRN Entertainment United Kingdom 23 June 2009 12:20 Tue

Troubled jazz singer appears charged with assault over claims she hit a fan at the End Of Summer Ball in Berkley Square, London, on September 25. She pleaded not guilty at a hearing on March 17.


Click here for a CNN article (dated 17 March 2009) on Winehouse's denial of the charge.


Click here for a Reuters article (dated 17 March 2009) on Winehouse's denial of the charge.


Click here for the official Amy Winehouse website.


 

 
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