March 1º, 2010  Nº 876 - Vol. 8

"Every exit is an entry somewhere"

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  • Top News

Karadzic to open defence at trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is due to begin outlining his defense as his genocide trial at The Hague resumes. The trial has been adjourned since November after the tribunal appointed a lawyer to represent Karadzic. He has been conducting his own defense and boycotted the start of the trial in October, claiming he needed more time. He insists he is innocent of all 11 charges from the 1992-95 Bosnian war, but has refused to enter formal pleas. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) entered a "not guilty" plea for him, but Karadzic has refused to attend court sessions. On Monday he is expected to begin a two-day opening statement before prosecutors present their first witness on Wednesday. Karadzic faces two charges of genocide - including the killing in Srebrenica of more than 7,000 men and boys - as well as nine other counts including murder, extermination, persecution and forced deportation.

EU: Goods made at Jewish settlements are not Israeli

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Israeli goods made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank cannot be considered Israeli. This means goods made by Israelis or Jews in the West Bank cannot benefit from a trade deal giving Israel preferential access to EU markets. EU import duties on Israeli goods from the settlements may now be imposed, making them less competitive. Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

U.S.-UBS deal is undermined by Swiss ruling

A Swiss court ordered tax officials to drop two more cases involving account holders of the banking giant UBS, adding urgency to the government's effort to find a political solution that would preserve a data-sharing agreement with American regulators. The Federal Administrative Court, in a decision published on Friday, told Switzerland's tax authority to comply with an earlier ruling that blocked it from sending American regulators information on 26 UBS customers. The court, located in Bern, said Switzerland could lift bank secrecy rules only when there was evidence of tax fraud. The decision increases pressure to find a way to salvage the agreement to hand over data on as many as 4,450 UBS account holders as part of an American crackdown on tax evasion. Parliament, however, may be asked to approve the settlement to get around the court rulings.

Congress approves Patriot Act extension absent new privacy measures

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure to extend expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act with no new privacy measures. Representatives voted 315-97 in favor of the measure, which would allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to compel the production of business, medical, and library records, and to track so-called "lone wolf" suspects who are not affiliated with an organization or country, so long as they are not US citizens. The vote came just one day after the Senate approved the extension. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) criticized the extension, with Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office Laura Murphy saying: "Congress refuses to make reforming the Patriot Act a priority and continues to punt this crucial issue down the road. Once again, we have missed an opportunity to put the proper civil liberties and privacy protections into this bill. Congress should respect the rule of law and should have taken this opportunity to better protect the privacy and freedom of innocent Americans. We shouldn't have to live under these unconstitutional provisions for another year.

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  • Brief News

Europeans offered browser choices

From 1 March, Microsoft will ask millions of Europeans if they want to use a web browser other than its own. Windows users will be offered the choice as part of a deal Microsoft struck with the European Commission. The agreement resolves a long running case in which the software giant was accused of abusing its market position. A pop-up window will prompt people to choose and install one of 12 different browsers or let them stick with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Twitter and Facebook access for US troops

US troops are to be allowed to use social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook following a review of internet use and security. Defense department officials say the benefits of using social media now outweigh the risks to security. The ruling means that a number of sites blocked by the Pentagon in 2007 - including YouTube - will be unblocked. However, commanders will be able to temporarily block access to safeguard missions or save bandwidth. Correspondents say social media and the internet are becoming increasingly important for the US military.

Colombian judges deny Alvaro Uribe third term poll

The Colombian constitutional court has rejected a referendum which could have led to Uribe running for a third term in office. The court voted 7-2 against a proposal backed by parliament to hold a vote on amending the constitution to allow for three terms.

Uganda gay bill critics to deliver petition

Campaigners opposing Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will take a petition to the speaker of parliament signed by 500,000 people from around the world. The petition is the latest attempt to halt the bill, which carries the death penalty for some homosexual acts. Obama has called the proposed legislation "odious".

Ex-Enron CEO challenges statute

It is a 28-word word law federal prosecutors have used for more than two decades to send high-profile public officials and corporate executives, including former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeff Skilling, to prison. But the law's future could be in doubt. Skilling's appeal of his convictions - in which he challenges the statute, calling it unconstitutionally vague - is to be heard by the US Supreme Court today. The law is an addendum to the mail and wire fraud statute that makes it illegal for officials, executives, and others to scheme to deprive those they serve and possibly others of "the intangible right to honest services.''

Coca-Cola Sued by Guatemalan Workers for Permitting Anti-Union Violence

Coca-Cola Co. was sued by Guatemalan workers who say they endured a "campaign of violence" by people working on behalf of bottling and processing plants Coke owns or owned there after they engaged in union activities.

Brazil buyout firms have $9 billion of cash ready to deploy after idle '09

Buyout firms are poised to spend $9 billion in Brazil on everything from infrastructure to oil exploration as the economy recovers from a recession, the nation's private equity and venture capital association said.

Clinton trip seeks to repair Latin American ties after Obama hope fizzled

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will seek to repair strained ties with Latin America during a five-nation tour this week after early optimism about a new relationship under Obama fizzled.

European Union moves toward a bailout of Greece

The first bailout in the euro's history is expected to involve loan guarantees from the German and French governments.

Toyota accused of withholding data

The chairman of a House committee that questioned Toyota executives this week about the carmaker's recall accused the company on Friday of withholding documents while fighting lawsuits filed by crash victims. Representative Edolphus Towns, Democrat of New York, said that Toyota's actions amounted to "a systematic disregard for the law and routine violation of court discovery orders," based on files obtained by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from a former Toyota lawyer. Towns asked the chief of Toyota's United States operations, Yoshimi Inaba, who testified before the panel, to explain why the documents had not been released to plaintiffs' lawyers.

Waterboarding emails sought

A senior Justice Department official said he was looking into the deletion of former Bush administration lawyers' emails related to legal opinions authorizing waterboarding and other harsh interrogation measures.

Russia court rules civil cases tried in Europe rights court must be reconsidered

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation ruled Friday that Russian courts must reconsider civil cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), ordering legislative amendments. The rule previously applied only to criminal and arbitration cases. The decision stems from a complaint brought by three Russian citizens who won legal battles in the ECHR, only to find that Russian courts would not rehear their cases. The courts had cited Article 392 of Russia's Civil Procedure Code, which does not explicitly enumerate cases tried by the ECHR among cases that can be retried.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

Time

Taking It To the Taliban. The U.S. and its allies combine an offensive on Marjah with an elaborate plan for what to do when the fighting stops. Will it work?

Newsweek

Victory at last. Rebirth of a Nation. Something that looks an awful lot like democracy is beginning to take hold in Iraq. It may not be 'mission accomplished'-but it's a start.

Business Week

Hold for Mr. Buffett Please. When CEOs Have Warren Buffett in Their Boardroom. What's it like to have America's greatest investor as your shareholder? Buffett's biographer talks to CEOs who know.

The Economist

The data deluge. Businesses, governments and society are only starting to tap its vast potential.

Le Nouvel Observateur

Ces aliments qui protègent votre santé. Cholestérol, cancer, alzheimer, dépression... Le docteur Laurent Chevallier publie «Mes ordonnances alimentaires» aux Editions. Les Liens qui libèrent. Comment se nourrir sainement et prévenir les maladies.

Der Spiegel

Mensch Käßmann - Vom Umgang mit der Schuld.

  • Daily Press Review

Chile struggles to reach survivors
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Hezbollah Demand Stricter Airport Security Measures
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Al Mabhouh killers fled to US, Israel
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Israel shows China evidence of Iranian bomb program
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

JORDAN: Where Iraqi Women Are Also Fathers
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

PA to convene cabinet in Hebron
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Chaos, Accidents, Tailbacks and Flooded Roads
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GIB narrows net loss to $152.6m in 2009
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

708 Deaths from Chile Quake
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hariri urges allies to halt Israel?s threats
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Violence flares at Jerusalem holy site
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Threat to 25,000 jobs in councils
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Consistent Mahan wins Phoenix Open
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

South Korea renews disarmament plea
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

David Cameron: I'll deliver support for marriage, support for pensioners... and I'll fix the economy too
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Telefonica sees improvement as Q4 revenues grow 1.2%
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

CHILE EARTHQUAKE: Death toll tops 700 as tsunami devastation emerges
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Kurdish languages to be offered at Tunceli University
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

London Fashion Week Designers At Topshop!
Look Magazine, London, England

Cumbria's Helen Skelton completes Amazon kayak challenge
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Brown To Go On Law And Order Offensive
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Funny Business: Seven Ideas to Beat the Crisis
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Voters are still unsure about Tories, admits Cameron
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Atlantic storm kills 55 as it rages across Europe
The Independent, London, England

Weather agency apologises for tsunami alert
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Russia Suffers Its Worst-Ever Olympics
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

David Cameron: I'm fit to run Britain
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

River Café founder Rose Gray dies after losing cancer battle
The Telegraph, London, England

52,000 Australians strip for art's sake
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Reshuffle may disadvantage Yudhoyono's government: observer
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

One killed during clashes between forces and militants
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Kazakhstan banks should reduce interest rates for businessmen
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Security, Afghan ties on mind, NSA heads for Kabul
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Thane: 3 killed during Holi celebrations
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Chilean to remain in Vancouver
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

M'sian killer of Aussie surgeon to be deported
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Aussie agency turns to Facebook for new spies
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Development model, soft power key to global competition: Russian scholar
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Web surveillance can keep lethal infections at bay
Sify News, Chennai, India

'Oh God, don't fall now'
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Young, educated and jobless in China
Taiwan News, Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan's female tuggers take gold
Taiwan Today, Taipai, Taiwan

Pakistan should act decisively against terrorism: PM
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

No rollback of oil prices, says Pranab
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

American Airlines introduces self check-in service
Antigua Sun Online, Independent daily, St. John's, Antigua

Olympic closing ceremony celebrates Canada
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Revelation of tsunamis after Haiti quake
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Paperless US visas appear in March
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Dominicans celebrate Independence Day
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

HONDURAS: No Calm for Lobo on Home Front
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Tear-gas recall
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peru: Alberto Fujimori attended his daughter's wedding in prison
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

3 killed as train hits vehicle near Saskatoon
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Water woes threaten Petrotrin refinery
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Ice hockey: Crosby show as Canada beat USA in gold thriller - AFP News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver 2010 Olympic News, Vancouver, British Columbia

Somali rebels 'block UN food aid'
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Paris Club, Congo agree on debt restructuring plan
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

NALAG should fulfil development aspirations of the people- Mr Aidoo Mensah
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Japan sorry for alert
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Man held for rape of 11-month-old baby
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa releases illegally detained Ethiopian asylum seeker
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Man United defend League Cup
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Yar'Adua: Don advises North, South-South
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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