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Honduras: the victory of the presidential right is "final"

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

"Irreversible". The electoral court ruled: the victory of Juan Orlando Hernandez, the right candidate for the presidency of Honduras, is "irreversible" and the result "no call" . "The result is final. The figures we have given reflect a trend that is irreversible. The results will not vary, "thus affirmed Monday, November 25 the presiding judge, David Matmoros, which however did not want to officially declare a winner. This statement came after counting 67% of ballots, giving the candidate to lead with 34.08% of the vote against 28.92% for his rival left, Xiomara Castro.

A verdict expected to cut short the post-election debates. Sunday, the candidate of the National Party (right) and his main opponent have plunged the country into uncertainty proclaim their respective victory. Monday, trends continued to be published in the dropper by the electoral authorities. Face to official figures, the opposing sides are sticking to their guns, refusing in advance to deal with the opposite camp. If the Left Party continues to denounce fraud, the candidate of the right claimed victory. "This victory is the result decided by the Honduran people at the polls, it is negotiating with anyone," said Monday Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters. The left denounces fraud Xiomara Castro, 54, who did not hesitate to declare Sunday evening "President of Honduras" denounces fraud. , Monday, she left her husband speak, fallen former President Manuel Zelaya. "The polls have spoken to a profound change in our country (…) We do not want any negotiation," said Manuel Zelaya, echoing statements by Juan Orlando Hernandez. Manuel Zelaya provides "does not recognize" the results of the TSE. Xiomara Castro's party, Freedom and overhaul (Free) said, without providing details about a fifth of votes is concerned with "a series of irregularities" , including the transmission of information to the TSE. For their part, representatives of some 800 foreign observers deployed Sunday to ensure transparency in the election have so far not reported fraud. A country with weak institutions The post-election situation raised fears of renewed tensions in this small, poor countries with fragile institutions, four years after the military coup that overthrew Zelaya. Elected in 2005 on behalf of the Liberal Party (center-right), the latter was ousted in 2009 when the right, the business community and the army had wanted to end the left turn policy. Manuel Zelaya today hope the same mass mobilization in 2009 and calls down the street: "If necessary, we take to the streets to defend our rights as we have always done, "he warned. Monday, November 25, calm reigned in the streets of Tegucigalpa and other major cities of the country's president and other strategic areas of the capital were under close surveillance and military police. With AFP dispatches

A victory not so easy to Michelle Bachelet

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

 

In his last campaign rally in Santiago Thursday, Michelle Bachelet danced cumbia, mambo and hummed songs of historical Chilean left. An atmosphere worthy of a victory tonight as the former president … [2006 - 2010] seems assured of a return to the palace of La Moneda, the outcome of the election presidential election, the first round will be held Sunday, November 17.

Four years after leaving the reins of the country-party center-right National Renovation (RN) Sebastián Piñera, Michelle Bachelet, 62, enjoys a popularity , indisputable, which exceeds that of Nueva Mayoría [New Majority], the coalition of the left which she defends the colors. According to the Institute CEP, it inherits 47% of the vote, far ahead of the candidate of the right Evelyn Matthei, supported by Alianza, credited as 14%. Some studies even predict his victory in the first round …

"The mother of all Chileans"

Chileans have never stopped plebiscite that they have dubbed the "mother of all Chileans" for his spontaneity and natural touch. The first woman president in the country's history has left office with a peak popularity more than 80%, but could not imagine in 2010 for a second consecutive term, according to the Chilean Constitution. Michelle Bachelet was then flown to New York to head UN Women, an organization that defends the rights of women worldwide.

During the past three years, Chileans have continued to watch his back, highly publicized in March. Strengthened by its international stature, the new candidate is then told ready to "take the challenge" of another term, by giving priority to "overcome ined Galite in Chile. "

Over the past twenty years, the country has experienced a period of growth and prosperity, fueled by the extraction of copper, has risen to the ranks of developed countries. But his rise was accompanied by an unequal distribution of wealth.  

Reduce inequalities Protests have increased in the country under the mandate Piñera to require changes in the economic and political model: students demanding free education , workers demanding reforms to the Labour Code and a better wage. Officials, such as postal workers or garbage collectors have even launched strikes to pressure the government a few days before the election.

For now, only the program Michelle Bachelet seems to meet all these expectations. On the social level, the candidate promised to reform higher education, providing free , and putting an end to private schools, but also to open kindergartens and schools. To achieve this, it will allocate annually 1.5 to 2% of GDP.

In terms of health, the applicant, a doctor by training, plans to legalize abortion in cases of rape or risk to the mother or the unborn child - a practice totally banned in several countries in Latin America. It also promises four billion dollars for the construction of new hospitals, clinics and physician recruitment. And further agrees to open a national debate on the right to gay marriage.

On the fiscal side, she wants to gradually increase the tax on companies with 20 to 25% and end the Fondo de Utilidades Tributables (FUT), a mechanism that allows some companies to re reduce their tax bill. It also intends to terminate the opportunity for companies to defer indefinitely the payment of tax on reinvested profits, a measure adopted in 1984 under Pinochet.

Constitutional reform, but if the voice seems wide open for access to the presidency, paths lead to the various reforms ahead sown institutional barriers, as it was the case for Sebastian Piñera.

At issue: the de1980 Constitution, in force since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. If it has been amended several times, the text remains unchanged, including the electoral system, which does not favor the party out on top. C ' Therefore, the revision of the Constitution has become a major theme of the campaign, offered by almost all new candidates. To achieve this, some propose to go through a constituent assembly, while Michelle Bachelet prefer consider parliamentary channels.

In this case, the favorite of the election requires a two-thirds majority in both Houses of Parliament. But all observers agree that this challenge is far from won. Aware of the issue, the daughter of General Bachelet, died in custody during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), focused on mobilizing voters, both Presidential the laws, which take place on the same day, "because I need a Congress able to take the plunge for the changes Chile a need, "she warned.

WEATHER: Massive evacuations in Vietnam with the approach of Typhoon Haiyan

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

 

More than 200,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam with the approach of Super Typhoon Haiyan must hit the country on Sunday, two days after sweeping the central Philippines where he made many victims.

The typhoon, the most powerful ever to have products on the planet with winds reaching peaks of 315 km / hour, could have done about 1,200 deaths, according to the local Red Cross.

"This is an estimate. Others (the authorities) must make a precise count "casualties caused by this storm with waves and winds incredible force said Saturday AFP the secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross Gwendolyn Pang.

In Vietnam, it should touch the ground in the center of the country Sunday morning. The authorities began mass evacuations in at least four coastal provinces, according to the official news website VnExpress.

"More than 200,000 people were evacuated to shelters, some shelters are overcrowded," said he added.

Some 170,000 soldiers were mobilized to participate in rescue operations after the arrival of the typhoon.

Many schools were closed and people living in coastal communities most vulnerable to the storm have been moved to places higher up . Images of state media showed women, children and elderly crammed into shelters.

Haiyan, considered the strongest typhoon of 2013 and one of the most powerful ever to hit land for decades, should have lost some of its strength when it hit Vietnam.

But it remains in the category of super typhoon, with a potential "serious developments," said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at an emergency meeting Friday. Some 6.5 million Vietnamese could be affected

Central Vietnam has recently been hit by two typhoons, Wutip and Nari, which caused flooding and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes. 

"Haiyan two or three times more powerful than Wutip or Nari and should do more damage," he told AFP Michael Annear, representing the Red Cross in Vietnam.

The Red Cross reported that about 6.5 million Vietnamese people could be affected by the typhoon.

The national carrier Vietnam Airlines has warned that some flights may be delayed or canceled Sunday.

All ships were recalled in ports and authorities ordered hydroelectric dams to enhance security "to limit the human and material consequences," according a statement posted on the government website. 

The extent of damage caused by Haiyan Philippines was still unknown Saturday as the worst affected areas were cut off from the world, electricity networks and phone had been destroyed.

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UNITED STATES: New Jersey: a loop after a mall shooting

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

 

New shooting in the United States. A mall in New Jersey was completed on the evening of Monday, November 4 in Paramus, after a gunman opened fire without casualties.

Several witnesses reported shots at 9:20 p.m. [2:20 GMT Tuesday], CNN reported. American police are looking for a man dressed in black who might be the shooter.

The suspect still wanted

Many shops rushed to close their curtains, but according to officials in Bergen County, interviewed by CNN, the suspect has not been arrested in the mall "Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall", located twenty miles from downtown New York.

Employees and traders panic rushed outside the center after the incident, which reminded them of the tragedy of September in Nairobi, carried ,. e by Islamist Shebab At least 67 people were killed in the upscale mall Westgate.

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SYRIA: Friends of Syria want to unite the Syrian opposition to Geneva II

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

This is a crucial meeting. Friends of Syria meet Tuesday, October 22 in London to try to convince the Syrian that the future international conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria, scheduled for November 23 opposition is only possible way to achieve peace. The "Eleven of London" - Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, United States, France, Britain, Italy, Jordan, Qatar and Turkey are particularly insist that the opposition has " united and strong. "

The exiled opponents of the Syrian National Coalition (CNS), the main interlocutors of the "Friends of Syria" will be represented by President Ahmad Jarba, elected in July, with particular Mostafa Sabbah his unfortunate opponent in the election, says does one Western diplomatic source. The delegation should represent a broad spectrum of the Coalition, "beyond the current leadership."

The political solution to end the crisis

After giving up military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and passed a resolution at the UN in late September providing for the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, proposed Moscow, Western and Arab countries now advocate "political solution" as the only way out of the crisis. It is the purpose of the Geneva-2.

Originally scheduled for June, was postponed due to differences over the fate of President Assad and the involvement of Iran. It should bring together leaders of the regime and the opposition to form a provisional government, with the full executive powers and defense, and to end a conflict that killed more than 115,000 died two and a half years.

On the British side, one does not wish to leave the regime of Bashar al-Assad appear to be the only possible alternative to the jihadist groups fighting on the ground and some of which are related to Al-Qaeda. The Coalition has spent too much time in internal discussions, the officials complain that note that, under the authority of Mr. Jarba, progress has been made.

"We hope that the opposition will united to the conference. It is important that it is united and strong to influence the outcome ", said Friday the spokesman of French Foreign Ministry Romain Nadal, hoping that the Coalition will" play a major role. " "For us, this is a legitimate political interlocutor. We work with them to prepare, "he has said.

The Syrian National Coalition sets conditions

To sit at the negotiating table in Switzerland, the Syrian National Coalition noted that the express condition was that "Bashar al-Assad and his clique in power no longer participate in the political life in Syria in the transition period and in the future. " A condition that Bashar al-Assad has already raised an objection of inadmissibility. In an interview Monday, October 21 at the TV station Al Mayadine, the Syrian president said his side he saw in his hand "no obstacle" , that it is seeking a new term in the presidential election still officially held in Syria in 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it will be difficult to deal Bashar al-Assad, bolstered by its recent military successes and the divisions more open in the opposition. In addition, on the ground, the Syrian National Coalition appears discredited after the defection in recent days 70 rebel groups in southern Syria.

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RWANDA: Attack against Habyarimana South Africa remains deaf to the requests of the French judge

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

According to Radio France Internationale (RFI), the French anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic wrote in March 2012, a letter rogatory in order to examine the general Kayumba Nyamwasa on the circumstances of the attack on April 6, 1994 during which President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed.

According to informed sources, this commission was passed in April 2012 in the Chancery and sent a month later to the South African authorities have never given only , suite. 

In July, the former chief of staff of the Rwandan army, now in exile in South Africa, had told RFI hold information that may involve the current Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the attack and he was ready to talk to a French judge.

Read the article exclusive Sonia Rolley on the RFI website.

The Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW acclaimed even by Taliban

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

International reactions have increased since the award, Friday, October 11, the Nobel Peace Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This award is especially welcomed by the Western powers, as it highlights the perilous work of the OPCW in Syria. This award also reinforces the process of dismantling , Lement the Syrian chemical arsenal, pursuant to a resolution of the Security Council of the UN. Thus, President Francois Hollande said that the price was a "consecration" for France. "The Nobel Prize is a dedication to all that France, not only France, has been engaged for several weeks to denounce the use of chemical weapons and dispose of in a near future, "said the head of state during a business visit to Nanterre. French President assured that Paris "fully supports the OPCW in its essential mission to destroy the Syrian arsenal." La France "will fully support its action, and the promotion of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry. " "A core mission," the U.S. side, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the decision, welcoming the "essential mission" , conducted by the organization in Syria, in order to eliminate chemical weapons. "The world will never forget the death of over a thousand innocent Syrians killed in a senseless attack with chemical weapons on 21 August," insisted John Kerry in a statement. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW reminder of the dangers of such weapons, said on his part the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon. "This award comes almost 100 years after the first attack with chemical weapons, and 50 days after a shocking use of these weapons in Syria. Far from being relics of the past, chemical weapons are an obvious danger, and always far, "he said in a statement. This award has even reacted to Pakistan, where the Pakistani Taliban "rejoice" that the young activist for the right to education for women, Malala Yousafzai has not won the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday their spokesman. The day before, they had denounced the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament to the girl in Swat, they had tried to kill, accusing him of "working against Islam

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IRAN: Hassan Rohani wants to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue "in the coming months"

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

"A resolution is needed in a reasonable time [on the Iranian nuclear issue, Ed]." In an interview with the U.S. newspaper "The Washington Post" and published Wednesday, September 25, Iranian President Hassan Rohani has continued to multiply goodwill gestures on the issue of nucleating , Iranian area that plagues Tehran's relations with the West for eight years.

"The only way forward is to effectively implement a short time frame in the negotiations and to respect it. It is a decision of my government, this speed is essential to resolve the nuclear […] folder. Three months would be the choice for Iran, but if it is six months, is also satisfactory. It is a matter of months, not years, "continued the Iranian president, pledging to transparency" if the West recognizes the rights of Iran. "

Towards normalization of US-Iran relations?

Such an agreement, he noted, would normalize relations between Tehran and Washington, which cut diplomatic ties since 1980. "If Mr. Obama and I were to meet, we would look both to the future prospects and hopes for the future, said the Iranian president "Washington Post". Notes, letters and exchanges we go in this direction. We need a starting point. I think it is the nuclear "folder.

At the forum of the United Nations Tuesday, Hassan Rohani had assured his country was ready to cooperate both bilaterally and multilaterally and added want to resolve this issue " , as soon as possible "," in the interest of all. " "Iran is definitely not a threat to the world," he had said.

However, if the President takes towards Westerners less bellicose than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tone, it has provided virtually nothing to change the Iranian official line on this e , thorny nuclear issue, reiterating that his country is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons, as the suspect in the Security Council.

Historic meeting of foreign ministers

On Thursday, the foreign ministers of the five countries of the Security Council, which joins the head of German diplomacy (P5 +1), must meet their Iranian counterpart. An unprecedented meeting on this issue, approached with caution by Western diplomats. "There is some optimism to the United Nations on the issue of Iran's nuclear, but cautious optimism, notes Emmanuel Saint-Martin, FRANCE 24 correspondent in New York. For example, a Western diplomat told us awful lot of gestures and signals were sent [by Tehran, Ed], but for now, nothing changed really substance. "

According to the journalist, world diplomacy relies heavily on the meeting. "We hope the west side, learn more about Iran's intentions, what really are its objectives. One issue within three to six months, as determined by Hassan Rohani, is a very ambitious goal to scale that are Iranian-Western relations. It must be remembered that the P5 +1 negotiating on this issue since 2006. For now, we know, without any result. "

Hassan Rohani, he displayed an unwavering determination to approach this historic meeting: "One of the objectives of this meeting with the P5 +1 is to prove to each other that a solution the nuclear issue is a real concern. If we succeed, I can guarantee you that it can be resolved very quickly. " With news

SYRIA - REPORT: Advanced Jihad in Syria: Turkey closes border post

Friday, September 20th, 2013

 

The crossfire between rebels and jihadis the Free Syrian Army (SLA) are perfectly audible from Turkish territory. Concerned about the progress of jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda near its doors Ankara decided to close Thursday and until further notice the border post of Oncüpinar a strategic crossing point with Syria close to Azaz. This small town located 30 km northwest of Aleppo is controlled from Wednesday by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (EIIL).

Turkish side, a line of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Syria, extends for several kilometers. This is also where dozens of Syrian families are worried about their families back home. "I do not know what happens on the other side, there are problems with the fighters, but I'm not one of them so I do not know," ty moigne a man interviewed by FRANCE 24 carefully.

But off the record, refugees do not mince words. They accuse the Islamists have become their new tormentors extremists. Shared by Abu Ahmed, a Syrian smuggler who has since received dozens of calls Thursday inhabitants of the town of Azaz opinion. People who want to flee the fighting between moderate the Free Syrian Army and the jihadists who now gaining ground troops.

Reinforcements sent by ASL

According to ASL, is literally besieged Azaz, jihadists have set up checkpoints around the city. The people are terrified, trapped and can not leave the city to cross the border illegally.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the situation was calm in the city and announced the dispatch of reinforcements ASL site. "The Tawheed Brigade will seek to calm the situation," he told AFP a spokesman for the unit which is one of the big components of the ASL. "We will make every effort to resolve the dispute and find a formula would satisfy all parties," he added.

Sending Tawheed Brigade was made at the request of the Battalion of the storm from the north, also under the ASL, based in the city.

According to activists, the jihadist Azaz assault began with an attack against the hospital in the city where they would remove a German physician. Another version says that the incident began when soldiers of the Battalion of the storm north escorting a German journalist prevented jihadists to remove.

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CENTRAL: Report on Central: "What we are experiencing is worse than anything"

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

 

Already shaky before - - Since the overthrow of President François Bozizé and installing the power of ex-rebels Seleka, the state apparatus has almost disappeared in Central Africa. Many of the 25,000 fighters Seleka coalition no longer obey their immediate superiors, who cut strongholds across the country.

Friday, September 13, the president of Central Michel Djotodia transition came to power at the head of the Seleka on March 24, announced in Bangui the immediate dissolution of the rebel alliance . He had already ordered several times publicly disarmament and cantonment of combatants of the former rebels. In Bangui, it was even forbidden to participate in any operation policing.

These announcement effects had not hitherto had little results. If observers noted a slight improvement in the situation in Bangui, there is nothing in the province. Fighters - "uncontrolled" according to the authorities - committing abuses, violence and looting repeatedly against the population, as could be seen Stephen Huver and Boris Heger. FRANCE 24, they took the road to Bossangoa (250 km northwest of Bangui) on 11 September.

The two journalists were accompanying a convoy on the road, under military escort FOMAC Force (interposition of Central Africa). They crossed dozens of deserted villages while since more than a week, civilians are directly targeted by both sides who oppose. Along the way, they crossed vigilante groups who harass government troops.

Civilians referred

At 50 kilometers from Bossangoa, in 11, the convoy discovered the horror in a burned a few hours earlier village. In total, six people were killed with machetes. According to the Presidency, the abuses of this type are made by supporters of the former president who prey on people of Muslim faith. Michel Djotodia being the first Muslim president of an overwhelmingly Christian country.

The continuing conflict fueling tensions between Christians and Muslims, raising fears of sectarian war. Each community now has its dead and wounded. More than 6,000 Christians dare not leave the diocese of Bossangoa. The sanitary conditions are extremely precarious: a single water point, two latrines, no drugs. Father Frederic Tonfio, vicar general of Bossangoa is exceeded: "That's unheard of. There were riots, rebellions, but what we are experiencing is worse than anything. "

The 8 and 9 September, clashes between forces of the new regime and supporters of General Bozizé had a hundred dead near this location, on a non-final balance provided by the pre , residence. According to the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the "atrocities were committed by both sides in the conflict."