Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from March 2, 2009

BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuban shake-up claims key figures

BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuban shake-up claims key figures: "Cuban leader Raul Castro has announced a major cabinet reshuffle that includes the removal of two of the country's most prominent politicians.

State television said Cabinet Secretary Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque are among 10 officials who are stepping down.

It said the move was in line with the president's plan to improve efficiency.

It is the first big reshuffle since Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing older brother, Fidel, last year.

Correspondents say Mr Castro is putting his personal stamp on a government that still bears the mark of his brother.

Many of those dismissed were Fidel loyalists - including Mr Lage and Mr Perez Roque, who had both been seen as possible future candidates for the presidency."

allAfrica.com: Somalia: New President to Rule Country Using Islamic Law (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: New President to Rule Country Using Islamic Law (Page 1 of 1): "Somalia's new leader has said that he will rule the country using Islamic law, Radio Garowe reports.
Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the Horn of Africa country's new president, told a Saturday press conference at the presidential palace Villa Somalia in Mogadishu that recent attacks against African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) has brought much suffering to Somali civilians.

'It is not a must that every opposition group use bullets, but they [opposition] must come to the negotiating table,' President Sheikh Sharif said.

He stated that the Somali government has 'accepted a ceasefire request' from the armed opposition, which was delivered by Mogadishu's clan elders, who served as mediators.

'My government did not bring AMISOM troops [to Mogadishu], but they were requested by the previous government. Everyone knows they did not come here by force, but they are here to help,' th…

BBC NEWS | Americas | CIA destroyed 92 interview tapes

BBC NEWS | Americas | CIA destroyed 92 interview tapes
The Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has destroyed 92 tapes of interviews conducted with terror suspects, a US government lawyer has admitted.The agency had previously said that it had destroyed only two tapes. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a lawsuit against the CIA to seek details of the interrogations of terror suspects. Techniques involved are understood to have included water-boarding, which the Obama administration says is torture. The acknowledgment of the 92 destroyed tapes came in a letter sent to the judge presiding over the ACLU lawsuit.

Nicaraguan navy captures 50 undocumented immigrants abandoned by human traffickers - People's Daily Online

Nicaraguan navy captures 50 undocumented immigrants abandoned by human traffickers - People's Daily Online
The Nicaraguan navy has detained 50 undocumented immigrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nepal, Frigate Captain Angel Fonseca announced Sunday.

The immigrants were abandoned Friday by human traffickers, said Fonseca, noting that the traffickers use the Caribbean region as a hallway for their illegal activities.

Among all the detainees, 27 were from Eritrea, 12 for Ethiopia, eight from Nepal, two from Ghana and one from Somalia, including 11 women and a three-year-old child.