April 24th, 2012

Adele – He Won’t Go

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 3:08pm

Over 50 al-Qaeda militants killed in two-day clashes

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:59pm

SANA’A, April 24 (Saba) – At least 52 militants of al-Qaeda have been killed during the last two days in Abyan and Shabwa governorates, a security source said Tuesday.

The source told the Defense Ministry website “26september.net” that said that 46 of the terrorists were killed in Abyan at clashes with armed troops, where the six others were killed by an air strike targeted yesterday their car in Nissab district of Shabwa governorate.

The strike destroyed the car and killed them all, including three of al-Qaeda leaders Mohammad al-Deghari, his cousin, Hussein al-Deghari and Ali al-Qumaishi.

A military source in Abyan governorate said that the armed and security forces in cooperation…

UN expert regrets US court decision preventing oversight of intelligence services

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:52pm

An independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert today expressed profound regret at a decision by a United States court to refuse freedom of information requests by a British organization on extraordinary renditions.

At a public hearing of the European Parliament concerning the involvement of European Union States in secret detention and rendition, Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson said the decision by the US District Court of Columbia “flies in the face of the principles of best practice for the oversight of intelligence services.”

On 2 April, the US court refused freedom of information requests made by the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition.

“The All-Party Group has…

Combating Sexual Assault in the United States Military

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:28pm

Sexual assault is a pervasive problem in the United States. One in five women report having been raped in their lifetimes, and many experience ongoing physical and emotional trauma related to this crime. The Obama Administration has taken on this serious issue, and has announced new initiatives across the federal government to respond to and prevent sexual assault.

Nowhere is our responsibility greater than in the military. Women and men who step forward to serve our country must be protected from this devastating crime, and offenders must be held appropriately accountable. Secretary Panetta has said loud and clear that sexual assault has no place in the United States military. Together…

Rise in natural resources prices appears to be hurting poor nations – UN report

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:25pm

A sustained rise in prices for raw natural resources and basic agricultural goods is defying long-standing patterns and appears to be hurting poor nations through rising food and fuel costs more than it is helping them through higher revenues for their commodities exports. That was one of the findings of the Commodities and Development Report 2012, a study launched at the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in Doha, Qatar, today.

The session, known as UNCTAD XIII, is the first ministerial conference on trade and development since the fallout from the 2007-2008 global economic crisis. The sessions are held every four years, and the theme of…

NATO: Clarify Response to Deaths at Sea

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:11pm

(Brussels) – NATO and its member states should provide information to help clarify the chain of events that led to the death of 63 boat migrants in the Mediterranean a year ago, a coalition of human rights groups said in joint letters to NATO and member states released today.

Letters requesting information were sent on March 26, 2012, to NATO’s Maritime Command in Naples, Italy, as well as to the defense ministers of France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Canada.

“The shocking loss of life in the Mediterranean in 2011 – the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that at least 1500 people died attempting the crossing…

Cuba’s Tourism Keeps Growing Trend in 2012

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 2:05pm

HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 23 (acn) Cuba’s tourism sector showed a 5.3 percent growth at the end of first quarter of 2012 when over 950 000 visitors arrived in the country, confirmed the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONE by its Spanish acronym).

According to ONE’s website, 48 214 more visitors arrived than during the same period of 2011 and particularly in March when Cuba achieved a sustained increase compared with January and February, and with the same month in the last three years, with the arrival of more than 300 900 tourists.

According to specialists, a fact that contributed to these indicators was the recent visit to Cuba of…

Jamaica to advance measures to counter money laundering and terrorism financing

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 1:46pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, says the government intends to advance the process for the full implementation of a modern anti-money laundering (AML) / countering financing of terrorism (CFT) framework in Jamaica.

In a recent release from the ministry, Phillips stated that the process, which involves amendment of several pieces of legislation and regulations, is part of the country’s obligation, as a member to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), to address those deficiencies that leave the country vulnerable to the laundering of funds derived from criminal activity.

The CFATF is an organisation of 29 states within the Central America and Caribbean region…

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