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11606 Families separated by Nort-South border to resume reunions   GRN News Korea 07 September 2009 10:50 Mon

Around 100 families divided by the border are to be reunited at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea. The meetings of families had been suspended by North Korea in anger at the South's President Lee Myung-bak, who cut off unconditional aid and told Pyongyang that funds could only resume if it abandoned its nuclear arms programme. The North recently resumed diplomacy with the Lee administration by sending a delegation to the South for its first contact since he took office.

Relatives separated by Korean war to be brought together again after 18-month freeze on meetings. North and South Korea have agreed to hold a new round of reunions for families long separated by the Korean war in a sign of easing tensions on the divided peninsula. The reunions, scheduled to take place next month, will be the first in nearly two years. Red Cross officials from the two sides concluded three days of talks at the north's Diamond Mountain resort with an agreement to hold six days of temporary reunions involving 200 families, according to a joint statement. Millions of families were separated by the Korean war, which ended in 1953 with a ceasefire. A peace treaty has never been signed and no postal service, telephone or e-mail exchanges exist between ordinary citizens across the Korean border. The agreement is the latest sign of improving relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. The agreement said the two sides would continue to discuss the separated families and other humanitarian issues... click here for more on this story from, The Guardian.

11607 African born Russian to run for public office for first time   GRN News Russia 07 September 2009 11:45 Mon

Inevitably, any young black politician standing for election in a country with a white majority is going to draw comparisons with Barack Obama. So, though his ambitions at the moment are rather more modest, Joaquim Crima, a 37-year-old who moved from Guinea-Bissau to Russia in the dying days of the Soviet Union, has already been labeled the 'Volgograd Obama'. Crima came to Russia to study for a teaching degree and ended up getting married and selling watermelons grown by his Armenian father-in-law. He is campaigning to be elected 'district chief' in Srednyaya Akhtuba, a town of 14,000 or so in the Volgograd region of southern Russia. He was driven to run for office by the atrocious roads and unhealthy water in the town, and, after a billboard campaign, is optimistic of his prospects. "I have a chance to change some things for the better and I have an obligation to do so," he says, adding that "sooner or later Russia will be ready" to accept black political leadership. But the evidence suggests otherwise – and reveals the strong undercurrent of racism in modern Russia. Viktor Sapozhnikov, chief of the district election commission, told the AFP that voters in Srednyaya Akhtuba would only vote for Crima as a gesture of protest at the paucity of the other options available to them or "for the sake of a joke".  The real Obama was also recently involved in a joke. In an advert for 'Duet', a chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, there was a cartoon of the US President standing in front of Capitol Hill with a beaming smile under the slogan "The Flavor of the Week! Black in White!" The creative director at the agency which made the advert said, "This is not racism for Russia. It's just fun." Obama's image has also been used around Moscow to promote tanning salons and dentists. So, for black people who live in Russia, it doesn't pay to be too sensitive about their ethnicity. Pop star Narcisse, who came to study in Moscow from a wealthy Cameroonian family, was evidently aware of this. He had chart success in summer 2004 with a ska tune whose chorus began: "I'm a chocolate bunny, I'm a tender rascal, I'm 100 per cent sweet."click here for more on this story from, The First Post.

11671 Parliamentary elections held in Botswana   AP News Botswana 14 September 2009 11:32 Mon

General elections will be held in Botswana on 16 October 2009.These are the 10th general elections held since Botswana's independence in 1966. Botswana's parliament has 61 seats, of which 57 are elected using a single-member district plurality system, meaning there are 57 constituencies, each electing a single MP. Four more seats are co-opted: elected MPs vote on whi will occupy them.


Click here for this wikipedia article.

11673 Monty Python team to get special Bafta award   GRN News United States of America 14 September 2009 11:47 Mon

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam will receive the prize at a special screening of a new documentary about the Pythons in New York on October 15.It will be the first time all five remaining members of the team will have been reunited since Spamalot, the hit musical based on Monty Python And The Holy Grail, opened on Broadway in here for more on this story from, The Telegraph. 

11675 Trial of two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers begins in New York   GRN News United States of America 14 September 2009 12:07 Mon

As word spread that the funds needed to raise $4bn (£2.4bn) to cover losses, it appeared it might be an isolated situation that could be dealt with by selling assets.But two years on, Bear has collapsed; Lehman Brothers has been liquidated, Merrill Lynch has jumped into the arms of Bank of America and the entire global economy has faced the worst recession for 70 here for more on this story from, The Telegraph.

11686 Brandy Yanchyk available to cover the 2010 Winter Olympic torch relay on October 30th   brandy yanchyk Sport Canada 15 September 2009 09:59 Tue

Freelance Reporter Brandy Yanchyk will be available to file live reports for Global Radio News from the scene of the event and also to package stories for TV, Radio and for News Online.

It is expected that there will be protests against the Olympics from the Olympic Resistance Network who believe that the Games are being held on "stolen Native land".

On October 30th the Olympic Torch, arriving direct from Athens, Greece will begin its journey across Canada traveling over 45,000 km (27,961 miles) before arriving back in Vancouver, BC on February 12, 2010, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history. Upon completion of its journey through Canada, the torch will have been welcomed in over 1,000 communities.

In addition to covering the Olympic Torch Relay I will also be doing a story about the role that the Indigenous peoples will be playing in the upcoming Olympic Games. This is the first time in history that Indigenous peoples have been recognized as official partners in hosting the Olympic Games.

11715 Informal meeting of NATO defense ministers   GRN News Slovakia 17 September 2009 12:26 Thu

Defence Ministers will hold informal meetings in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October 2009, under the chairmanship of the NATO Secretary General, Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Minister of Defence of Slovakia, His Excellency Mr Jaroslav Baška, will host the meetings...Click here for more on Nato Press Release.

11749 Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj appears before war crimes court in the Hague   FENS News Netherlands, The 21 September 2009 02:56 Mon

Source of forward planning, FENS:

The former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, is scheduled to appear before the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugloslavia in the Hague. It takes place as prosecutors appeal against his earlier acquittal. In April 2008, Haradinaj was found innocent of all charges for crimes he allegedly committed in Kosovo between March and September 1998. He and two co-defendants, who were also former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, were indicted for kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of Serbs, Roma and fellow Albanians. Co-defendant Idriz Balaj was also cleared of charges, while Lahi Brahimaj was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors are appealing all three verdicts.

11750 Former SS Soldier stands trial in Germany   FENS News Germany 21 September 2009 03:02 Mon

Source of forward planning,


: The trial of 87-year-old former SS soldier Heinrich Boere, who has confessed to killing three Dutch civilians during World War Two, is scheduled to start in the western German city of Aachen. Boere was captured by US forces in the Netherlands after the war and confessed to killing the Dutch civilians while a member of an SS hit squad which hunted anti-Nazi resistance fighters. Boere, on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of top ten World War Two criminals, escaped and fled to Germany before being sentenced to death in absentia in the Netherlands in 1949. After refusing a 1980 Dutch extradition request, a German court indicted him in 2008. In January the case nearly collapsed after a court said he was unfit for trial, due mainly to a heart condition. The ruling was overturned by an appeal court.

11751 Soyuz spacecraft docks with international space station   FENS News Kazakhstan 21 September 2009 04:15 Mon

Source of forward planning, FENS. A Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the international space station. It blasted off from the Baykonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 30 September. It is due to take Soyuz commander Max Surayev, Nasa flight engineer Jeff Williams and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte to the space station. Laliberte, a Canadian citizen and founder of Cirque du Soleil, will fly to the station under an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

11766 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives press conference in New York   FENS News United States of America 22 September 2009 12:23 Tue

Forward planning source, FENS: The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is scheduled to give a press conference in New York. The event takes place during the UN General Assembly.

From Reuters


: The U.N. debut of President Barack Obama and appearances by the Libyan leader and Iranian president promise drama this month at the General Assembly, the annual global summit more often marked by words than action. Unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama has vowed to work closely with the United Nations and plans to spend all or part of three days in New York, making two speeches and chairing a meeting of the U.N. Security Council. There has been widespread speculation he could announce a new Middle East peace initiative and host a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, both of them due to come to New York. The parties continue to argue over the preconditions for such a meeting -- especially whether Israel will halt construction of Jewish settlements. But a senior Western diplomat said there were hopes of "some clear step forward in the Middle East peace process" at the assembly... click


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11800 Russian president Dmitriy Medvedev visits Serbia   FENS News Serbia 25 September 2009 12:34 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS

The Russian president, Dmitriy Medvedev, is scheduled to pay an official visit to Serbia. The Russian leader is expected to attend ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in the Second World War. He will also take part in a summit dedicated to the Russo-Serbian strategic partnership. and sign bilateral agreements in the energy sphere and other projects. Medvedev is coming to Belgrade at the invitation of Serbian president Boris Tadic. Mr Medvedev's visit will be the first from a Russian president since the-now prime minister Vladimir Putin was in Belgrade in 2001. In February 2008, Mr Medvedev visited Belgrade in his then-capacity as Russia's first vice-premier, when he and his Serbian hosts discussed an energy agreement that eventually saw Serbia's oil monopoly NIS sold to Gazprom. It was also agreed at the time for Russia's South Stream natural gas pipeline to go through Serbia.
11831 Court hears Michael Jackson's mother's challenge to executors of will   GRN News United States of America 28 September 2009 11:02 Mon

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff is scheduled to hear Katherine Jackson's potential challenge of John Branca and John McClain, who were named as executors in Michael Jackson's 2002 will. Katherine Jackson has proposed that she or one of her children be added as an executor. Jackson attorney Burt Levitch has commented that ''s important for the family to have a seat at the table... It's not just a matter of making a quick buck here.' He has also stated that a Jackson family member would be in the best position to guide Michael Jackson's legacy.  Judge Mitchell Beckloff has ruled that Katherine Jackson will be allowed to challenge the special administrators of her son's estate without being disinherited. Attorneys for Jackson had asked the judge to decide whether she could go up against attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain without invoking a clause that would cause her to lose her 40 percent share of her son's millions. Attorneys for Branca and McClain did not challenge Jackson’s petition for a ruling, and if her attorneys decide to formally challenge the authority of the estate administrators, Beckloff will schedule a hearing for the case. Click here for more information on this story.

11964 US president Barack Obama visits Gulf Coast areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina   Washington Post News United States of America 05 October 2009 10:53 Mon

The US president, Barack Obama, is expected to visit the Gulf Coast areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On 29 September, Mr Obama signed an executive order extending for six months the federal office in charge of coordinating recovery and rebuilding efforts in the region. That office was initially established in November 2005. Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on 29 August 2005, killing more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.

President Obama will make his first visit as president to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast sometime in the middle of October, the White House announced Tuesday.The trip will allow him to view first-hand the area's continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the area four years ago, killing more than 1,600 people and driving another 1.5 million from their homes.The president's visit to the area will come after a slew of Cabinet members have visited the region, where they have heard complaints about slow recovery efforts and bureaucratic complexities that have slowed the flow of billions of dollars in federal assistance."The administration is deeply committed to serving the needs of Gulf Coast residents by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that has delayed assistance and improving coordination among federal agencies and with state and local partners," the White House said in a statement. "As a result, more than $1 billion in public assistance projects that had been stuck for years have been obligated since the start of the administration, including fire and police stations, health clinics, libraries, and university buildings." Click here for more information on this story.

11979 Hillary Clinton to visit Northern Ireland   Guardian News Ireland 05 October 2009 11:51 Mon

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, is to visit Northern Ireland to discuss jobs and investment, Shaun Woodward announced today.The Northern Ireland secretary told delegates during his speech to Labour's conference in Brighton: "I can announce today that within the next few weeks Hillary Clinton specifically wants to come to Northern Ireland to help look at the jobs and opportunities and investment that America can bring to Northern Ireland."He said she and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, had been "unstinting" in their support for Northern Ireland.There were 42 million Irish-Americans who wanted to invest in the province, he said, and America "wants to put its money where their hearts truly rest".Woodward said the devolution of policing and justice powers to Stormont was the "last part of the jigsaw" to give the province the prosperous future it deserves.The final stage of the devolution process was the "critical last step" which would signal "enduring stability" in Northern Ireland. Click here for more information on this story.

11999 Dalai Lama visits Japan   FENS News Japan 07 October 2009 11:21 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Japan. On 31 October, he is due to give a public talk in Tokyo. On 1 November, he is due to take part in a panel discussion with Japanese scientists at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. On 3 November is is due to give a public talk in Matsuyama City, followed by one in Okinawa on 5 November.

12001 Al Gore publishes new book on climate change   CBS News News United States of America 07 October 2009 11:29 Wed

Nobel Peace Prize winner and US former vice president Al Gore is scheduled to publish a follow-up to 'An Inconvenient Truth', his bestselling book on global warming. The new book is to be called 'Our Choice', and will offer solutions to global warming. Al Gore's book of solutions to the problem of climate change, a follow-up to his bestseller An Inconvenient Truth, will be released Nov. 3, publisher Rodale said Tuesday.The book, called Our Choice, gathers the results of more than 30 "solutions summits" with scientists, engineers and policy experts that the former U.S. vice-president has held over the last three years.The book explains how efforts to tackle climate change can be part of policies that create jobs and stimulate the economy.Gore's influential book An Inconvenient Truth was accompanied by a documentary film that was shown around the world and won an Academy Award."An Inconvenient Truth reached millions of people with the message that the climate crisis is threatening the future of human civilization and that it must and can be solved," Gore said in a release."Now that the need for urgent action is even clearer with the alarming new findings of the last three years, it is time for a comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis. Our Choice will answer that call." Click here for more information on this story.

12002 Former US Congressman sentenced in Virginia over bribery allegations   FENS News United States of America 07 October 2009 11:37 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: Former US Congressman, William Jefferson, 62, is scheduled to be sentenced in Alexandria, Virginia. The former Congressman from Louisiana, accused in 2007 of soliciting millions of dollars in bribes from companies while using his office to broker business deals in Africa, was found guilty of 11 of 16 counts of bribery, racketeering and money laundering. He was caught with USD 90,000 in cash in his freezer.

12003 German chancellor Angela Merkel visits US   AFP News United States of America 07 October 2009 12:53 Wed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington next month to meet with US President Barack Obama, a German government spokesman has announced. Merkel will also address a joint session of the US Congress.Government spokesman Thomas Steg said Merkel, who won a second term in the September 27 general election, will address both houses of Congress on November 3, on the invitation of House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi."It's a rare honor for foreign heads of state to be able to speak before the Senate and the House of Representatives," Steg told a news conference in Berlin."Of Germany's chancellors, only Konrad Adenauer, who spoke to both houses in May 1957, has had this privilege."Meeting with Obama scheduled:Steg said Merkel's address will focus on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as the state of trans-Atlantic relations.Merkel is also set to have talks with US President Obama during her trip. On Merkel's last visit to Washington in June, she and Obama presented a united front on topics such as better regulation of the financial markets, efforts to fight climate change, and Iran. Click here for more information on this story.


12004 Man convicted of sniper attacks in Washington in 2002 executed in Virginia   FENS News United States of America 07 October 2009 01:07 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: The man convicted of sniper attacks in the Washington DC area in 2002 is scheduled to be executed. On 16 September John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death for the murder of Dean Meyers, one of 10 people killed during the shootings. Muhammad's lawyer said his client would appeal to the US Supreme Court. The lawyer, Jonathan Sheldon, also said he would ask Virginia governor Timothy Kaine for clemency. Muhammad and his accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo killed six people in Alabama and Louisiana before moving on to Maryland, Washington and Virginia.

12005 British foreign secretary visit Russia   FENS News Russia 07 October 2009 01:11 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: British foreign secretary David Miliband is expected to visit Moscow. This will be the first visit by a foreign secretary to Russia for five years in an attempt to improve the troubled bilateral ¬relationship. The then-foreign secretary Jack Straw visited Moscow in July 2004.

12006 Christie's to Sell Famed 32-carat Diamond   JC K Online News United States of America 07 October 2009 01:29 Wed

Christie’s fall auction will have a notable diamond on the selling block with the 32-carat emerald-cut Annenberg diamond up for sale. The esteemed auction house hopes the diamond will fetch $5 million, according to a Reuters report. Even in today’s economic climate, experts are optimistic the Annenberg diamond will realize $5 million or perhaps slightly more based on the 35.6-carat Wittelsbach blue diamond’s selling price of $24.3 million in December.The flawless ring-mounted diamond, owned by philanthropist Lee Annenberg (widow of publishing mogul Walter Annenberg) will top Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on October 21.“Gems of this size are extremely rare, and their presence on the market is always an important event in the world of diamonds,” said Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s head of jewelry in the Reuters report. “This gem’s impeccable color, clarity, and polish as well as its prestigious provenance will attract jewelry collectors from all over the world.”The gem will go on tour before the sale with stops in Geneva, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York. Click here for more information on this story.

12008 Free Day at Guggenheim Museum Marks 50th Anniversary   Monito Magazine News United States of America 07 October 2009 01:45 Wed

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum will offer free admission to all visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2009. The entire day will host a variety of events for all age groups, including a picture book reading and free cookies for children. There will also be free giveaways, family-friendly interactive projects, documentary screenings, raffles and tours accommodating five languages and the deaf, blind and partially slighted.Oct. 21 also marks the opening for the site-specific sculptural installation by Anish Kapoor. Exploring concepts of scale, color and the void, Kapoor has constructed a steel sculpture that weighs 24 tons and occupies an entire gallery space, making it impossible to see in its entirety from one vantage point. It is a monumental and imposing work, challenging the way one perceives and inhabits depth and space.Also currently on exhibit are the works of Gabriele Münter, Vasily Kandinsky, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Roni Horn and Kitty Kraus. Click here for more information on this story.

12009 80th anniversary of Black Tuesday marked in US   Nexus News United States of America 07 October 2009 01:53 Wed

This date marks the anniversary of Black Tuesday. The stock market crash of 1929 plunged the United States into Depression and drove some investors to leap off of the ledges of their office blocks. Black Tuesday was so-called because the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 30.57 points (11.7 per cent of its value) in one day of trading. Click here for more information on this story.

12011 Michael Jackson's glove at The Hard Rock Cafe Times Square on Sale   The Examiner News United States of America 07 October 2009 02:05 Wed

Julien's Auctions will host a "Music Icons" auction on November 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe located in the heart of New York's Times Square. The auction will include items from Madonna, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. But probably the most sought-after items will be those from Michael Jackson.The key item in the auction is Michael Jackson’s iconic white glove from his 1983 performance of "Billie Jean" on the Motown 25 television special where he performed the moonwalk for the first time. Michael Jackson gave this glove to Walter Orange, one of the founding members of the Commodores.Also among the rare Michael Jackson items offered for sale are: a stage-worn fedora hat worn by Michael in his performance at the 1995 MTV Music Awards, zombie costumes from the Thriller video and Jackson’s stage worn “Bad” jacket signed by Michael Jackson. Click here for more information on this story.

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12045 Romania holds presidential elections   FENS News Romania 12 October 2009 02:33 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: Romania is scheduled to hold its presidental elections. The president is elected by absolute majority vote to serve a five-year term. Presidential elections take place under a two-round majority run-off system. On 2 October, the Social Democratic party left the governing coalition, in protest over the sacking of one of its ministers. This left a centre-right minority caretaker government. The Social-Democrats left the governmet after their vice-premier and minister of the interior was sacked over allegations of preparations being made to rig the presidential election. The Social Democrats protested over the move and claimed this was a proof that the Democratic Liberal party (PDL) was planning to rig the elections in favour of the incumbent president Traian Basescu.

12047 Indian PM Manmohan Singh visits US   FENS News United States of America 12 October 2009 02:39 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is scheduled to visit the US. His trip will be the first state visit of the Obama administration. Talks are expected to focus on moving forward on civil nuclear cooperation with India, including non-proliferation issues, India-Pakistan relations, Iran, and the Copehnagen climate change talks due in December.

12048 American Music Awards take place in Los Angeles   FENS News United States of America 12 October 2009 02:43 Mon Forward planning source, FENS: The 37th annual American Music Awards are scheduled to be presented at a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards are a prestigious event on the American music calendar and honour artists in a wide variety of musical genres including pop, adult contemporary, country, R&B, hip hop, Latin and alternative. Last year saw R&B singer Chris Brown sweep the board, winning three prizes, including artist of the year, and favourite male artist in the soul/R&B and pop/rock categories. Rihanna won the female equivalent of the latter two. Alicia Keys, who had led the field with five nominations, also won two statuettes, while Annie Lennox received a lifetime achievement award  
12049 Pope Benedict meets artists and performers including Bono at the Sistine Chapel   FENS News Vatican City State 12 October 2009 02:50 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to meet more than 500 artists and performers, including U2 singer Bono, at the Sistine Chapel in Rome. This group includes people from the worlds of the theatre, art, literature and music, as part of an effort by the Roman Catholic Church to re-establish the relationship between the Church and art. On 20 September, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said that the meeting is intended to build on the 'special historical relationship between faith and art'. Along with Bono, other artists planning to attend include Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone, avant-garde theatre director Bob Wilson, and architect Daniel Libeskind.

12052 Sarah Palin publishes memoir entitled 'Going Rogue'   FENS News United States of America 12 October 2009 03:00 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: Former Republican vice-Presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is scheduled to to publish a memoir. Entitled 'Going Rogue: An American Life', pre-publication sales have displaced Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' from the bestseller spot on Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in July, despite having more than a year of her first term left. The title is believed to refer to allegations that while running with John McCain Mrs Palin was also surreptitiously plotting her own political ascent, including a possible 2012 attempt at the presidency. The book has been co-written with Lynn Vincent, a features editor at WORLD Magazine, a periodical geared toward born-again Christians.

12057 Pope Benedict XVI visits Germany to mark Berlin wall anniversary   FENS News Germany 12 October 2009 03:24 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: Pope Benedict XVI is provisionally expected to visit Germany. The visit comes as the country marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

12116 Presidential election takes place in Ivory Coast   FENS News Cote D'Ivoire 19 October 2009 10:48 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: A presidential election is expected to take place in Côte d’Ivoire. On 14 May, the prime minister, Guillaume Soro, announced the date, after several previous deadlines have slipped. The poll is supposed to reunite the country after a brief war in 2002-2003 left the north of the country in the hands of rebels. Previous election deadlines have slipped during a UN-backed peace process, but the prime minister said the date was realistic. While six million Ivorians have been registered to vote, but the electoral lists still need to be verified and the question of whether the northern rebels will disarm ahead of the polls is to be addressed. The last date given by the Ivorian authorities for a poll was 30 November 2008. Questions over nationality and who is eligible to vote have also delayed the polls.

12117 US president Barack Obama visits Japan   FENS News Jamaica 19 October 2009 11:00 Mon

Forward planning source, FENS: The US president, Barack Obama, is scheduled to visit Japan. It will be his second round of talks with new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, after the two men met at the United Nations in September. The visits takes place ahead of the Apec summit in Singapore on 14 - 15 November.

12130 French president Nicolas Sarkozy visits Saudi Arabia   FENS News Saudi Arabia 20 October 2009 12:12 Tue

Forward planning source, FENS: The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is scheduled to pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia. He is due to meet King Abdullah, for talks on improving relations and co-operation between the two countries. Sarkozy last visited Saudi Arabia in November 2008.

12145 Trial of US suspected terrorist who was extradited from UK   FENS News United States of America 21 October 2009 04:15 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: Syed Fahad Hashmi is scheduled to go on trial in the US for terrorism charges. Hashmi was arrested in June 2006 at London's Heathrow Airport and extradited to New York on charges of supporting al Qaeda, which include accusations he kept ponchos, raincoats and waterproof socks in his London apartment knowing they would be passed on by a friend for use by al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan but was raised in Flushing, New York.

12146 Trial of two Congolese warlords Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolobegins at International Criminal Court in The Hague   FENS News Netherlands, The 21 October 2009 04:20 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: The trial of two Congolese warlords, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo, are scheduled to begin at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. They are accused of war crimes. Germain Katanga first appeared before the court on 22 October 2007, accused of massacring villagers, using child soldiers and sexually enslaving women in the northeastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in early 2003. Mathieu Ngudjolo was arrested on 6 February 2008 by the Congolese authorities and surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to stand trial on six counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity. The charges include murder, sexual slavery and using children under the age of fifteen to participate actively in hostilities.

12147 Trial of Britney Spears former boyfriend   FENS News United States of America 21 October 2009 04:23 Wed

Forward planning source, FENS: Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib is scheduled to appear in court in Los Angeles to be sentenced after pleading no contest to leaving the scene of an accident. Ghalib, 37, a paparazzo, is accused of driving his car at a man who was trying to serve him with legal papers in February. He is expected to be sentenced to up to a year in prison.

12169 Presidential election takes place in Bolivia   FENS News Bolivia 23 October 2009 10:55 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: A general election is scheduled to take place in Bolivia. It follows the constitutional referendum which took place on 25 January 2009. The election with choose a president, vice-president and Congress. In the National Congress, the Senate has 27 seats. Each of the country's nine departments returns three senators: two from the party or formula that receives the most votes, with the third senator representing the second-placed party. Senators are elected from party lists to serve five-year terms. The Chamber of Deputies comprises 130 seats: 70 deputies are directly elected to represent single-member electoral districts, and an additional 60 are elected by proportional representation from party lists on a departmental basis. Seven parliamentary seats are to be reserved for representatives of indigenous villages.

Correspondent Martin Arostegui is available for coverage from the eastern city of Santa Cruz which is the only part of Bolivia that is in serious dipute and where the oppostion could beat president Evo Morales,  highlighting the country's ethinic and cultural divide.  

President Evo Morales is widely expected to win a with large majority that might also give him complete control of congress and allow him to proceed with sweeping economic political and social changes to assure his indefinite continuity as president, following a blueprint similar to that of his mentor President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.  His opposition is largely confined to the eastern tropical lowland region which is ethnicaly and culturaly distinct from the indian majority that forms the base of Morales' support in the western Andean region.  The main right wing opposition candidate is the deposed governor of Cochabamba, Mamfred Reyes who has chosen as his running mate, the imprisoned governor of the lowland Pando province, Leopoldo Fernandez. They are expected to attract the major vote the city of Santa Cruz and other eastern provinces.  The government is trying to muzzle the eastern ticket by claiming that Fernandez cannot campaign from prison. The government is also trying to increase its vote in the east with mass migrations of indian peasants from the Andes who are being inscribed in local votings lists. Major international intrigue has also developed around an investigation into last April's  killling of an Irishman and two Hungarians who the government alleges were mercenaries hired by eastern opponents to assassinate Morales.  The British ambassador and other European diplomatic representatives are siding government opponents who say that the official investigation is flawed. 

12170 Draw for 2010 Fifa World Cup to be announced in South Africa   FENS News South Africa 23 October 2009 11:02 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa is due to be announced. The draw will take place on either Friday 4 December, or Saturday, 5 December, and is likely to take place in Cape Town, in South Africa.

12171 Trial of US suspected terrorist who was extradited from UK begins in New York   FENS News United States of America 23 October 2009 11:07 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The trial of Syed Fahad Hashmi, who faces terrorism charges, is scheduled to begin in New York. Hashmi was arrested in June 2006 at London's Heathrow Airport and extradited to New York on charges of supporting al Qaeda, which include accusations he kept ponchos, raincoats and waterproof socks in his London apartment knowing they would be passed on by a friend for use by al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan but was raised in Flushing, New York.

12172 Pope Benedict XVI releases album in time for Christmas   FENS News Vatican City State 23 October 2009 11:14 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to record an album that will be released in time for the Christmas rush, entitled 'Alma Mater'. The album will be released by Geffen Records, whose other acts include Guns N' Roses, Elton John, and Snoop Dogg. It will include the Pope singing a Marian prayer and speaking Lauretan Litanies in different languages, including Italian, Portuguese, French and German. There will be eight tracks, each accompanied by modern classical music. Part of the proceeds will go towards providing musical education for underprivileged children across the world. The potential audience tapped by this product is a large one, as about one-sixth of the world's population (1.2 billion people) is Roman Catholic.

12193 Trial of four people charged in connection with 2005 Helios Airways plane crash resumes in Nicosia   WikiNews News Cyprus 26 October 2009 01:29 Mon

The trial of four people charged in connection with a plane crash in 2005 is scheduled to resume in Nicosia. The craft from the now-defunct Helios Airways was travelling from Larcarna, Cyprus, to Prague, when it crashed north of Athens on 14 August 2005. It killed all 121 people on board, and was described as 'Cyprus's worst air disaster'. The four people beign tried are charged with manslaughter and causing death through a reckless, careless and dangerous act. Under Cyprus law, manslaughter can lead to a maximum life sentence while causing death through negligence or reckless behaviour carries a four-year sentence.A court in Cyprus has begun the trial of defunct airline Helios and four managers over an air disaster in Greece. The five are facing a total of 1,190 charges after Flight 522 went down near Athens in 2005, killing 121 people.All defendants entered not guilty pleas, and are alleged by prosecutors to have operated their business in an unsafe manner. It is alleged that the flight should never have been allowed to take off. As well as the company, executive chairman Andreas Drakos, managing director Demetris Pantazis, operations manager George Kikkides and head pilot Ianko Stoimenov will face a full trial when proceedings are resumed on November 27. They will return to the Nicosia court then. The charges include manslaughter and causing death via a careless act.The unresponsive Boeing 737, supposed to be flying between Lanarca to Prague, had entered Greek airspace, where it was intercepted by two F-16 fighter jets on August 14, 2005. The F-16 pilots reported the airliner's pilots were slumped over the controls. After flying on autopilot for two hours the aircraft crashed near Athens despite the efforts of a flight attendant, who was training to become a pilot, to take control and save the jet. Click here for more information on this story.


12238 Chile holds parliamentary and presidential elections   FENS News Chile 30 October 2009 11:30 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Chile. The election will determine the successor to Michelle Bachelet. A run-off is due on 17 January 2010 if no candidate gains more than 50 per cent of the vote. The winner will be sworn in on 11 March 2010. Chilean politics are dominated by two main coalitions: the centre-left Coalition of Parties for Democracy (Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia), composed of the Christian Democrat Party, the Socialist Party, the Party for Democracy, and the Social Democrat Radical Party; and the centre-right Alliance for Chile (Alianza por Chile), composed of the Independent Democrat Union and National Renewal. The extreme-left Juntos Podemos Más pact, made up of the Communist and Humanist parties, has no representatives in Congress and is considered to have almost no chance of winning the presidency.

12239 'Miss World' beauty contest takes place in Johannesburg   FENS News South Africa 30 October 2009 11:33 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The 59th annual 'Miss World' beauty contest is scheduled to take place, for the second consecutive year, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 2008 title was picked up by Russian contestant Kseniya Sukhinova, who beat 111 women from across the globe who had all spent a month in South Africa.

12240 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US president Barack Obama at ceremony in Oslo   FENS News Sweden 30 October 2009 11:38 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, US president Barack Obama, is scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony in Oslo City Hall. On 9 October 2009, the Norwegian Nobel committee decided the award winner for 2009. The Nobel prizes are the legacy of Alfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish chemist who coined the term 'dynamite' and secured some 355 patents during his lifetime. The prize is awarded on 10 December as it is the date on which Alfred Nobel died.

12241 US Supreme Court hears appeal by Conrad Black   FENS News United States of America 30 October 2009 11:48 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal by Conrad Black, the jailed businessman. At 10:00, Mr Black’s lawyer, Miguel Estrada, will stand before nine justices of the highest court in the US and attempt to persuade them that Black’s convictions on three counts of mail fraud are flawed and should be reversed. Black’s landmark appeal relates to a controversial 28-word law known as 'honest services fraud', which has been used by some federal prosecutors in public corruption and corporate fraud cases. Black’s counsel has called it an 'ambiguous theory of criminality that has bedevilled the lower courts for two decades'. The contentious rule, as extended by prosecutors, makes it a crime to deprive shareholders or the public of 'the intangible right to honest services'.

12242 United Nations climate change talks take place in Denmark   FENS News Denmark 30 October 2009 11:50 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The UN Climate Summit is due to take place in Copenhagen. It is hoped that a new climate protocol will be adopted to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012. 10,000 representatives from 170 countries are expected at the meeting. The 'Copenhagen Climate Solutions' conference took place on 25 September 2007 in Copenhagen. It was the first in a series of conferences before the summit in December 2009, and was the largest 'solution-oriented' climate conference, with over 600 participants. The Market for environmental and climate technologies is expected to quadruple over the next decade. Danish businesses are keen to increase their share and in the period before the summit it will create a model for the development of a CO2-neutral society. Copenhagen Climate Solutions is expected not only to be a showcase for Danish knowledge and achievements, but would in the longer term, develop into an international Exploratorium for climate solutions.

12243 Trial of former astronaut Lisa Nowak in love-triange case begins at Orange County circuit court in Florida   FENS News United States of America 30 October 2009 12:05 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: A pretrial hearing in the case of former astronaut Lisa Nowak is scheduled to take place at Orange County circuit court. Judge Marc Lubet will preside over a status hearing in the case at 13:30 in Courtroom 7A. Prosecutor Pam Davis and defense attorney Donald Lykkebak are expected to report to the judge their readiness for the trial to begin. Nowak is charged with attempted kidnapping, battery and attempted burglary with assault. The authorities claim that Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando International Airport in February 2007 to confront Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman about their mutual love interest, then-astronaut Bill Oefelein. Shipman was returning from a trip to visit Oefelein. Investigators said Nowak, a Navy captain, confessed to pepper-spraying Shipman while asking to get into her car at about 03:00 in the airport's blue parking area. Nowak and Oefelein, a US Navy commander, were both were dismissed from Nasa as astronauts following the incident. In addition, Nasa overhauled its psychological screening for the astronaut corps. Nowak remains in the US Navy, serving as a captain in flight training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. Oefelein and Shipman left the military, and records show they possibly are living together in Alaska.

12293 Playboy Magazine serialises Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished final novel ahead of publication   Guardian News United Kingdom 04 November 2009 01:57 Wed

Playboy Magazine are scheduled to begin serialisation of a 5,000 word excerpt from Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished final novel, 'The Original of Laura'. The novel is scheduled to be published in the UK in hardback by Penguin Modern Classics from 17 November (see separate story 505993). Nabokov left the novel unfinished when he died in 1977, asking for it to be destroyed. His son Dimitri Nabokov finally took the decision to publish, bearing in mind that his father once also intended to burn his best-known work, 'Lolita'. 'The Original of Laura' was written, like all Nabokov's novels, on index cards. The novel is narrated by a man who, when young, fell obsessively in love with a young girl, but who is now unhappily married to a promiscuous wife with whom he is infatuated. Playboy previously serialised Nabokov's 1969 novel, 'Ada'.

He came 22nd in Playboy's list of the most important people in sex – ahead of Erica Jong, behind Hugh Hefner – earlier this year, so perhaps it makes sense that the magazine fought tooth and nail to acquire first serial rights in Vladimir Nabokov's final, unfinished novel, The Original of Laura.The book, which Nabokov had left instructions for his heirs to burn, tells the story of a man, unhappily infatuated with his promiscuous wife, who had when younger been obsessively in love with a young girl. Nabokov's only surviving heir, Dmitri, decided to publish it last year, and it is lined up to be released this November.A first glimpse, however, will be available in Playboy, according to the New York Observer, which reported on literary editor Amy Grace Loyd's quest to win serial rights. "I did it with orchids, mostly," Loyd said, sending them to Nabokov's literary agent Andrew Wylie in a reference to Nabokov's novel Ada, which was extracted in Playboy in 1969. The Russian novelist had a long relationship with the magazine, also granting it a lengthy interview in 1964 in which he said that he would "never regret Lolita ... there is a queer, tender charm about that mythical nymphet." Click here for more information about this story.

12315 Bosnian Serb military commander Zdravko Tolimir appears before ICTY in the Hague   FENS News Netherlands, The 06 November 2009 11:28 Fri

Forward planning source, FENS: The trial of Bosnian Serb military commander Zdravko Tolimir is scheduled to begin at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He is charged with genocide and other crimes committed in Srebrenica in 1995. He was detained on 31 May 2007 by authorities in Bosnia-Hercegovina after having been on the run for more than two years. Tolimir's arrest leaves only General Ratko Mladic as a fugitive. The indictment charges Tolimir, assistant commander for intelligence and security of the main staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), with responsibility for murdering more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys from Srebrenica in July 1995. Tolimir reported directly to the VRS commander, Ratko Mladic.

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