Monday, February 28, 2011
After the end of the Soviet Union, Chychenia-Anghashtia war resulted in the division of Democratic Anghashtia and democratic Chychenia. Democratic Chychenia afterwards changed its name to Chychchen Republic of Achkaria and demanded freedom. After the first war with Russia Chychenia became a defective free state, however after another war with Russia, again came under the federal control of Russia till now. But, struggle for freedom continues. Chychen region is situated in the south eastern Europe with a population of 1267740 people.
Southern Ostesia:- The people of Ostesia are considered the race of Alen tribe.However, southern Ostesia is quite new for the world that was the part of USSR at first and after the fall of Soviet Union fell to Georgia State. But the people of the region do not accept being a part of Georgia and started fight in 1990 against Georgia that resulted in the death of more than 1000 people. During there was a ceasefire agreement but due to the bombardment of Georgia on the Ostesian town a full war occurred and Russia stood on the side of Souhern Ostyesia and another state Abkhazia and helped them get freedom which they got formally but European Union and America did not recognize both the states yet.
Kurdistan:- After the fall of great empires of the world and getting freedom by many countries from Eastern Europe to Middle East, but poor Kurds could not get a free land and they are divided in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria as minority. Their population is nearly 30 million. Turkey declared Kurds as Mountainous Kurd to eliminate their identity and banned on their language. A group of Kurds "Kudistan Worker Party" started gorilla war in 1970 that resulted in the killing of 30000 people in Turkey. Though this has ended now but tension is still there.
British royal drama "The King's Speech" got another boost on the eve of what supporters hope will be its Oscars coronation Sunday, as stars gather for the climax of Tinsel Town's annual awards season.
The movie, nominated for 12 Academy Awards including best picture and best actor for Colin Firth, won best foreign film at the Spirit independent movie awards, barely 24 hours before the main Hollywood show.
Ballet thriller "Black Swan," nominated for five Oscars, won best film at the Spirits as well as best actress for Natalie Portman who is frontrunner in that category on Sunday.
With less than 12 hours to go before the annual awards mega-bash, stars were fine-tuning their acceptance speeches fingers crossed and preparing to don their gowns and tuxedos for the Oscars red carpet.
While "The King's Speech" is the frontrunner, no one is taking anything for granted as rivals including Facebook movie "The Social Network," classic Western remake "True Grit" and boxing movie "The Fighter" vie for Oscars glory.
That said, Firth is considered all but certain to be named best actor for his portrayal of Britain's King George VI, helped by Australian voice coach Lionel Logue played by Geoffrey Rush to overcome his crippling stammer.
David Fincher could well be named best director for "The Social Network," which tells the story of how Mark Zuckerberg created the game-changing website from a controversial start while a Harvard student, some critics say. "The Social Network" started the awards season as favorite, taking four Golden Globes in January. But the British royal film has since swept up a series of prizes, in the US as well as at Britain's BAFTAs.
On Sunday the 10-strong shortlist for best film also includes hi-tech thriller "Inception," "127 Hours" about a hiker forced to amputate his own arm and "Toy Story 3," widely tipped as best animated feature.
Others hoping for a touch of Oscars gold include Britain's elusive graffiti artist Banksy, whose film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is nominated for best documentary Oscar. The movie won the Spirit awards prize Saturday.
The best foreign film contest is between Mexico's "Biutiful" whose star Javier Bardem is also up for best actor "Dogtooth" from Greece, Denmark's "In a Better World," "Incendies" from Canada and Algeria's "Outside the Law."
Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the Oscars show, while organizers this week released more details of who will present awards, the latest including Helen Mirren, Bardem, Mila Kunis and Amy Adams.
The Oscars weekend also provides an excuse for endless festivities, ranging from Elton John's traditional bash in west Hollywood to one reportedly co-hosted by Madonna and Demi Moore.
Once the big show is over, the real fun starts: Oscars after parties and after parties go on well into Monday, as Hollywood recovers from its annual awards season binge.
Before that, though, some of the Hollywood's finest were preparing to cringe Saturday night when the traditional Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies were to be revealed.
Stars including Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus and Barbra Streisand are on the shortlist for the Razzies, billed as "saluting the worst that Hollywood has to offer each year."
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The people in the southern part of the largest Islamic State of Africa (Sudan) got independence in the referendum held on 9th January this year. Similarly, there are few other regions that may be free countries after some time. These include:-
Scotland:- Scotland joined England in 1707 when both the countries abolished their parliaments and got united as Great Britain. Though Scotland is under London rule yet it considers itself an independent state and demands freedom off and on. Scottish National Party (SNP) that was constituted in 1934 favours complete independence and it got its first seat in British Parliamentary Election during 1945. In 1999 Scotland elected first parliament of its own after 3 centuries.All the internal policies in Scotland are controlled by Scottish parliament while other policies are still in the hands of West Minister.Scottish National Party won the election during 2007 and it demands referendum for the free state but it can be done till the permission from British Parliament.
Bask:- It is a common practice that when a country is ruled under dictatorship or a ruler rules a country depending upon administrative machinery , polarization in the state is increased. It results in the unity of various regions of the state for the their safety. Modern Spain is an example of a harsh dictator ship where General Franco ruled for 30 years with iron hands.He crushed the smaller races and different linguistic groups like Bask and Kitalans with state forces.He banned Bask's language for official use. Baskans got annoyed and started freedom movement ETA but it turned into a terrorist movement that they detonated bombs and were involved in other terrorist's activities in East Eastern Spain and South Western France. They killed hundred of people after all their own people got tired of their activities. So this group announced ceasefire in 2010 and started peaceful and a democratic movement for the independence.
Pakistan after a tough fight defeated Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their crucial Group A match in the ICC World Cup here at the Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.
Shahid Afridi came up with another superb bowling performance after taking his first World Cup five-wicket haul in the previous match against Kenya.
He captured four for 34 runs which included his 300th one-day international wicket when he dismissed Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara for 49.
Sri Lanka, chasing Pakistan's total of 277-7, replied with 266-9.
They have now lost seven times to their sub-continental neighbours in the World Cup, falling in 1975, 1983 (twice), 1987 (twice) and 1992.
After captain Shahid Afridi won the toss, Pakistan stalwarts Younus Khan (72) and Misbah-ul-Haq (83) not out) shared a century partnership to set co-hosts Sri Lanka a challenging target to chase under lights.
But Pakistan spinners strangled the Sri Lankan batsmen, capturing six of the nine wickets to fall.
Sri Lanka got off to a good start with openers Upul Tharanga (33) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (41) putting together 76, but got bogged down in the middle overs and despite a late spurt towards the target fell agonisingly short.
Chamara Silva led a late onslaught with a top score of 57 and Nuwan Kulasekara hit a quick 24 off 14 balls, but Sri Lanka had left their run chase a little too late.
Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga provided a sound start of 76 runs but Sri Lanka lost four quick wickets for 20 runs, reeling at 96 for four.
Then, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera took the score to 167 before Sangakkara departed. They added 71 runs for the fifth wicket.
Other batsmen could not resist the accurate Pakistan bowling despite fielding lapses. But Chamara Silva batted aggressively to become top scorer for Sri Lanka with 57 off 78 balls.
Pakistan stalwarts Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq shared a century partnership after Afridi had won the toss and chose to bat first.
The pair came together after Pakistan were reduced to 105 for three and they provided a solid foundation for Pakistan's eventual testing target.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Natural ingredients found in a cup of tea can improve brain power and increase alertness, according to the latest study.
Researchers looked at the effect of key chemicals found in tea on the mental performance of 44 young volunteers.
The effects of these ingredients, an amino acid called L-theanine which is also found in green tea and caffeine at levels typically found in a cup of tea, were compared with a dummy treatment.
The active ingredients significantly improved accuracy across a number of switching tasks for those who drank the tea after 20 and 70 minutes, compared with the placebo.
The tea drinkers’ alertness was also heightened, the study found.
Tea was also found to reduced tiredness, according to the Dutch researchers reporting on their findings in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience.
Vancouver topped the list of the world's most liveable cities for the fifth straight year, while Melbourne claimed second place from Vienna and Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list's top 10 spots.
In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Canadian west coast city and 2010 Winter Olympics host scored 98 percent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure - a score unchanged from last year.
It has topped the list from 2007.
Although Melbourne pipped the Austrian capital for silver medal, there was no other major change near the top of the list of 140 cities worldwide. Auckland, New Zealand, came in 10th. "Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, editor of the report, in a statement.
Pittsburgh was the top US city with 29th place just ahead of Honolulu, while Los Angeles moved up three places to 44th and New York held onto the 56th spot.
London moved up one place to 53rd while Paris came in at number 16.
The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, tying Geneva, Switzerland and beating out the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which came in at 18.
Hong Kong came in at 31 but Beijing, capital of the world's most populous nation and No. 2 economy, straggled in at 72.
There was also little change at the bottom, with Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, once again claiming the worst position with a rating of 37.5 percent, narrowing beating out the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranks cities based on 30 factors such as healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety.
Following is a list of the top 10 most liveable cities as ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit:
1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Perth, Australia
8. Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand
The bottom 10 cities were:
1. Harare, Zimbabwe
2. Dhaka , Bangladesh
3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
4. Lagos, Nigeria
5. Algiers , Algeria
6. Karachi, Pakistan
7. Douala, Cameroon
8. Tehran, Iran
9. Dakar, Senegal
10. Colombo, Sri Lanka
( Courtesy Reuters)
Inter Services Intelligence has flately refused to give immunity to CIA agent Raymond Davis, arrested in Pakistan and under trial in the court. This fact has come to light that he was a hired agent of CIA who was on a special spying mission to Pakistan. He was residing in Lahore along with his four other partners. He had linked with Taliban or Alqaeda in Tribal Areas of Pakistan and he was working on the agenda to provide nuclear material to Alqaeda. There was a deep conspiracy against of planning on same lines that resulted in 9/11. There would have been a attack with nuclear weapons on smaller scale in USA, giving a chance to attack Pakistan directly as Security Council and World Institutions are in US hands. The base that was prepare against Afghanistan attack. The Army Chief in his meeting with CIA officials in An Persian Gulf State made clear to them to hand over the list of the hundreds of agents working in Pakistan, otherwise Pakistan itself will search for them and will take strict actions to curb this menace. The checking of the documents and visa status of American citizens in Pakistan have been started and an American has been arrested in Peshawar with insufficient documents. The ISI has taken the step the people of Pakistan want. People of Pakistan want to get rid of American grip that rulers can not do due to their share personal interests with the USA. Long LIVE The Pakistan Army And ISI.
Chief Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif has issued strict warning to government, cautioning that the doors for midterm polls are still open. “Opposition can call for midterm elections at any time if government did not mend its ways,”
He said he thinks that the government still has time to mend its ways. This Nawaz said talking to senior journalist on Friday.
“It is not the matter of 45 days because the people have been suffering from government’s misdeeds for last 3 three years. Opposition can allow government more three months to show progress, ” he said.
He predicted next four months being decisive in connection with the future of prevailing government and imminent of midterm elections.
“Government should give it a thought that passage of next budget will be second to impossible for its MNA’s and MPA’s from four assemblies if it failed in bringing economic reforms in country, ” Nawaz said.
Nawaz claimed PML-N has always talked about justice. Our party has this history of implementation of agenda and, for his party, replicating the same in future is nothing short of an easy job, he added.
He said some people dislike our party’s pro-people just demands. We were working according to Charter of Democracy (CoD) and we handed government a 10-point agenda, keeping in mind the stability of government and its capabilities but not even 2 or 3 of those points were met.
PML-N talks about nothing but truth, he concluded.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Men who reach their 85th birthdays tended to have high levels of good cholesterol while in their 60s, a new study says.
Researchers found that men with the highest good (HDL) cholesterol were 28 percent less likely to die before they reached 85, compared to men in the lowest HDL group.
This paper, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, adds to the evidence that HDL is important for a long life, said Dr. Nir Barzilai, who heads the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and was not part of the study.
However, "we always have to remember that it's an association," and it does not mean that having high HDL increases life span, he said.
About 12 million men suffered from heart disease and stroke in 2006, but high levels of HDL cholesterol may reduce the risks, according to the American Heart Association.
Low levels of HDL, less than 40 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood for men, are known to increase the risk of heart disease, according to the heart association.
The researchers, from the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center in Boston, looked at the medical records of about 650 veterans when they were around 65 years old, then grouped them based on HDL levels.
Starting with low levels of 40 mg/dL, they found that for each ten mg/dL increase of HDL, the men were 14 percent less likely to have died by 85. Overall, 375 survived to that age.
Also, fewer of the men with higher HDL were overweight, and they tended not to have more than 2 drinks a day. And fewer of them had heart disease or smoked, compared to the lowest HDL group.
These other factors might have had an effect on survival, Barzilai said. However, the researchers did account for this, and still showed a link between reaching 85 and high HDL levels, he said. "It's difficult to change HDL levels," Barzilai said. Exercise might raise it a few points, but it isn't a very efficient way to improve, he said. "We need to get a drug eventually."
Merck and Roche are both working on an HDL raising drug, he said. Pfizer stopped its research into another such drug, torcetrapib, in 2006 because people taking it along with Lipitor in a study had a higher rate of death.
The B-vitamin niacin may raise HDL levels 15 to 35 percent. However, side effects can include liver damage and increased blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.
A three-month supply costs about nine dollars. Niacin is also found in dairy products, lean meats, nuts, eggs and fish.
However, it's unclear how much raising HDL will prevent heart disease, Barzilai said, so whether drugs might improve people's health remains to be seen.
China has so far evacuated 12,000, or about a third, of its citizens from turmoil in Libya, many of them workers for Chinese-run projects and businesses in the oil-rich nation, official media said on Friday.
The mass evacuation effort, supported by a Chinese naval frigate, is the latest test for a government that has encouraged companies to seek business across the developing world, often in conditions considered too dangerous, difficult or poorly paid for Western firms.
In 2010, Chinese trade with Libya was worth $6.6 billion, arise of 27 percent on the level in 2009.
Relieved workers arrived on a charter flight to Shanghai on Thursday, and some told they were working at a university construction site in the eastern city of Tobruk that was attacked by armed looters.
Local staff told them to leave the increasingly dangerous conflict pitting opposition forces against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The Chinese workers stayed at a Tobruk hotel for two nights before the local staff and embassy officials arranged for cars to ferry them to the Egyptian border.
The latest evacuation figure reported by China's Xinhua news agency means around two-thirds of the 36,000 Chinese who live in Libya may still be there, where a nationwide wave of protests against Gaddafi has met a fierce response from his security forces.
Though the foreign diplomats have been exempted from arrests, appearing in the civil courts as witness, paying revenues on personal or official items,police and traffic rules, are free to move in the host country for discharging their duties, exemptions are also extended to their employees and to their families,still there are examples where diplomats have been sentenced for violating the local laws. During February 1995, the mayor of Newyork remitted $8 million due to diplomats as car parking fees. In France 2000 incidents of over speeding by the diplomats were recorded. As they are exempted from the traffic rules so local country can do nothing. During January 2001, in Canadian city Ottawa, Russian Ambassador Andrery Kenyazov crushed two Canadians with his car, one died and other was severely injured. Canadian government asked Russia ti withdraw immunity of Ambassador but Russia rejected. However, he was sentenced by court in his country to 4 years imprisonment. During December 2004, American Ambassador Christopher Van Gotham hit a taxi in the Romanian capital Bucharest, a musician was killed in this accident while it was proved that Christopher was drunken at the time of driving and violated the traffic signal. He fled to Germany. USA rejected the request of Romania to withdraw his immunity. He was court marshaled in the USA. In Tanzania during 2009, Canadian Deputy Envoy slapped traffic Sargent when he was entangled in traffic jam, he was declared Persona non Grata was asked to leave the country. Usa has dual face , it never withdraws immunity from its diplomat but punishes any diplomat in USA that violates American laws ( as is the case of Raymond Davis in Pakistan). Gorgeon vice-ambassador Gregory was sentenced to 21 year imprisonment when he killed an American citizen in Washington D C in 1997. The then USA president Bill Clinton refused to recognize his immunity. On other hand Gorgeon government also sentenced American ambassador Loreen Valey to 10 years sentence for killing Gorgean interpreter in traffic accident during 1999.
Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses as high a risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion, scientists said on Thursday.
Sex, anger, marijuana use and chest or respiratory infections can also trigger heart attacks to different extents, the researchers said, but air pollution, particularly in heavy traffic, is the major culprit.
The findings, published in The Lancet journal, suggest population-wide factors like polluted air should be taken more seriously when looking at heart risks, and should be put into context beside higher but relatively rarer risks like drug use.
Tim Nawrot of Hasselt University in Belgium, who led the study, said he hoped his findings would also encourage doctors to think more often about population level risks. "Physicians are always looking at individual patients and low risk factors might not look important at an individual level, but if they are prevalent in the population then they have a greater public health relevance," he said in a telephone interview.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes air pollution as "a major environmental risk to health" and estimates that it causes around 2 million premature deaths worldwide every year.
Nawrot's team combined data from 36 separate studies and calculated the relative risk posed by a series of heart attack triggers and their population-attributable fraction (PAF), in other words the proportion of total heart attacks estimated to have been caused by each trigger.
The highest risk PAF was exposure to traffic, followed by physical exertion, alcohol, coffee, air pollution, and then things like anger, sex, cocaine use, smoking marijuana and respiratory infections. "Of the triggers for heart attack studied, cocaine is the most likely to trigger an event in an individual, but traffic has the greatest population effect as more people are exposed to (it)," the researchers wrote. "PAFs give a measure of how much disease would be avoided if the risk was no longer present."
A report published late last year found that air pollution in many major cities in Asia exceeds the WHO's air quality guidelines and that toxic cocktails of pollutants results in more than 530,000 premature deaths a year.
While passive smoking was not included in this study, Nawrot said the effects of second-hand smoke were likely to be similar to that of outdoor air pollution, and noted previous research which found that bans on smoking in public places have significantly reduced heart attack rates.
British researchers said last year that a ban on smoking in public places in England led to a swift and significant drop in the number of heart attacks, saving the health service 8.4 million pounds ($13 million) in the first year.
Tim Chico, a heart specialist at the University of Sheffield who was not involved in this research, said it would help health authorities focus on which are the most important triggers. "However, what triggers the heart attack should be considered the "last straw." The foundations of heart disease that lead to a heart attack are laid down over many years," he said in an emailed comment. "If someone wants to avoid a heart attack they should focus on not smoking, exercising, eating a healthy diet and maintaining their ideal weight."
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Thursday accused residents of Az-Zawiyah, a town west of the capital hit by fierce fighting between his forces and rebels, of being linked to Osama bin Laden.
In what was said to be a live audio feed on state television, Kadhafi also accused the protesters of being on drugs.
"You in Zawiyah turn to Bin Laden," he said. "They give you drugs."
This was the embattled leader's second television appearance since protests broke out against his 41-year-old rule on February 15.
Addressing the older generation, Kadhafi said al Qaeda was behind the problem's facing Libya, while the youth were on drugs and misbehaving.
"It is obvious now that this issue is run by al Qaeda," he said. "Those armed youngsters, our children, are incited by people who are wanted by America and the Western world. "Those inciting are very few in numbers and we have to capture them. Others have to stay at home. They have guns, they feel trigger happy and they shoot especially when they are stoned with drugs."
The "situation is different from Egypt or Tunisia. Here the authority is in your hands, the people's hands. You can change authority any way your wish.
It's your call. You are the elderly, the head of the tribes, the professors."
"They have been brainwashing the kids in this area and tell them to misbehave. This are the one who are under Bin Laden's influence and authority, under the influence of drugs."
On Tuesday, in a defiant, sometimes rambling speech on television, Kadhafi vowed to remain in Libya as head of its revolution, saying he would die as a martyr in the land of his ancestors and fight to the "last drop" of his blood.
He ordered the army and police to crush the popular uprising against his iron-fisted four-decade rule that has left hundreds dead.
Residents of Libya's dissident-held east vowed on Thursday to march on Tripoli to oust the veteran leader.
State news agency Jana said three "terrorists" attacked a security forces post in Az-Zawiyah and slit the throats of three policemen on Thursday, amid reports of heavy fighting in the town.
Az-Zawiyah lies on the Mediterranean, 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Tripoli. Fighting around the capital intensified after much of the country's east has reportedly fallen to rebels.
If a state feels any activity of the official of diplomatic mission then he is served a notice to return to his country and is declared as Persona Non Grata. Consulate is not out of the jurisdiction of the courts of host country in any criminal case while officials of the embassy are. Diplomats and consulate are exempted to pay revenues on any official or private baggage. Consulate is not at par with embassy in many respects. Diplomats can enjoy many privileges under the international law to provide them conducive environment by the host country to work efficiently. The respect of a representative of a country is the respect of his mother land and insult is considerd the insult of his country. Under the Vienna Convention 1961 the diplomatic missions have the following rights and privileges.
Personal Security:- To ensure the security of diplomats, their family, office and private items is the duty of host country. Armed guards are provided for the security of the embassies or consulates. The host country is held responsible for any trouble to the diplomats. Diplomats are expected not to act in a way that can exploit the sentiments of the people. They are expected to obey the local laws of the host country.
Exemption on the personal items:- The personal items of the diplomats are not not checked and he is allowed to bring anything they want from outside the host country except if there is confirmed reports of any illegal items. As the case was of arms in Iraqi Embassy during Zia regime in 1974.
Honor and respect of Embassies:- No local administration or police or any other agency can enter the residences of diplomats, except in some unavoidable circumstances but still the permission of the ambassador is necessary.
A hotel housekeeper has won a place in the record books after becoming the fastest person in the world to make a king-sized bed.
Putting most people to shame, it took Louise Waller took just 95 seconds to transform the bed from unmade to a professionally smart finish, during a recent event in London.
In that time she had to deal with two pillows with pillow cases, a mattress cover, a king size bed sheet, a king size duvet and duvet cover and a bed runner.
While 30-year-old Waller is understandably happy about the record, she also realises it also means she will have a hard time convincing her partner to do it at home.
Speaking of the record, Waller - who works for Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre said: "I am so happy to have set a brand new World Record for the fastest bed-maker! As a housekeeper I have to make beds perfectly everyday, so I knew with a bit of practice I'd be a World Record holder!"
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is facing its biggest threat since it took over Libya 41 years ago as the death toll of the unrest gripped the country over the past seven days hit 400.
Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV, citing eyewitnesses, said deadly clashes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli claimed the lives of 160 people on Monday.
It said the Libyan forces hurled protesters in Tripoli with hand grenades in a last ditch to keep the regime of Gaddafi alive.
The Libyan air force bombed protesters in the capital of Tripoli while they were on the way to a base belongs to the army, it added.
In a televised speech, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam warned that his father, in power for 41 years, will fight to the end and he would never give up. "We will fight to the last bullet to the last soldier," Saif al-Islam said.
But he said on Monday that a commission will be tasked to investigate the latest wave of protests and unrest that swept the country over the past days, Libya's state TV said.
Seif al-Islam said he has set up the commission which will be headed by a Libyan judge and include members of Libyan and foreign human rights groups.
Security forces and pro-Gaddafi militia looted banks and other government institutions in Tripoli, and protesters had broken into several police stations and wrecked them.
Protesters in Tripoli have ransacked the headquarters of state television overnight and set the government buildings on fire.
Fighting has also broken out in the eastern cities of Al-Bayada, Ajdabiya, Darnah, and Tobruk.
Inspired by streets-born uprisings that had swept Tunisia and Egypt and forced their leaders to step down, thousands of Libyans have started a string of protests against Gaddafi.
A host of Muslim scholars in Libya issued a fatwa (a religious edict) to urge all Muslims to join the protests against the Libyan leadership, Al-Jazeera TV reported.
The so-called Network of Free Ulema of Libya, grouping 50 preachers, said that all Muslims have a religious obligation to rebel against the regime of leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya's permanent representative to the Arab League, who resigned over a heavy-handed security crackdown on protesters, said a number of Tribal chieftains will gather in Tripoli tonight to muster a support for falling Gaddafi. "They will gather to end the regime," Abdel Moneim al-Honi told Al-Jazeera TV.
Al-Honi said the chief of the Libya army is now under house arrest. "I have confirmed information say Libyan army chief General Abu- Bakr Yunis Jabil is now under house arrest," he said.
But Libya's official TV said that security forces are now targeting dozens of rioters and those who incite violence, and urged people to cooperate with the operation.
The TV stopped short of providing more details, but it urged all citizens to help the security forces to restore security in the country which has been hit by a wave of protests, the worst since Gaddafi took power more than 40 years ago. s)
The wars between two countries and revolutions in any state caused the diplomats the target of torture in older ages. In the reign of Napoleon and afterward during the France Revolution many ambassadors were arrested and sentences on the allegations of conspiracies against the government. To protect the diplomats, to corrects the faults, and give respect and honor to diplomatic staff many international conferences were held, however, Vienna conference proved to be milestone in this regard. During 1815 in Congress of Vienna an International law was constituted, after that many conventions were held but the 1961 Convention was considered the most important one and was named " Vienna Convention For Diplomatic Relations". Today nearly all the countries have appointed their representatives in other countries, The diplomatic mission work permanently and for the interest of their respective countries. However, special envoys are also sent to other countries on special missions and they return to their countries after doing the assigned task. The word Plenipotentiory was added to the ambassador to show its importance, however they do not have the status of personal representative of ant head of state while ambassador has been delegated many powers and is the personal representative of the head of state. The former has no power to meet any head of state but full ambassador can visit head of state in which he/she is appointed. Both the types ambassadors have appointment letter that they have to present to the head of state they are going to work in. The lower status is of Charge d' Affairs and is appointed by foreign ministry of the country and reports to the that ministry where has to work. The post of High Commisioner is prevailing in the countries include in Common Wealth. But they have the status of ambassadors. Embassies work in the capital cities while consulates are opened in other cities of the countries. Councilor General's status is lower than that of an ambassador.
Muammar Gaddafi vowed to die in Libya as a martyr in an angry television address on Tuesday, as rebel troops said eastern regions had broken free from his rule in a burgeoning revolt. "I am not going to leave this land, I will die here as a martyr," Gaddafi said on state television, refusing to bow to calls from his own diplomats, soldiers and protesters clamoring in the streets for an end to his four decades at the helm. "I shall remain here defiant," said Gaddafi.
Earlier, witnesses streaming across the Libyan border into Egypt said Gaddafi was using tanks, warplanes and mercenaries in an effort to stamp out the growing rebellion. "All the eastern regions are out of Gaddafi's control now. The people and the army are hand-in-hand here," said the now former army major Hany Saad Marjaa.
The White House offered its condolences for the "appalling violence" in Libya and said the international community had to speak with one voice on the crisis.
The U.N. refugee agency meanwhile urged Libya's neighbors to grant refuge to those fleeing the unrest, which was triggered by decades of repression and popular revolts that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.
On the Libyan side of the border with Egypt, anti-Gaddafi rebels armed with clubs and Kalashnikov rifles welcomed visitors. One man held an upside-down picture of Gaddafi defaced with the words "the butcher tyrant, murderer of Libyans".
Hundreds of Egyptians flowed in the opposite direction on tractors and trucks, taking with them harrowing tales of state violence and banditry.
In the eastern town of Al Bayda, resident Marai Al Mahry said that 26 people including his brother Ahmed had been shot dead overnight by Gaddafi loyalists.
"They shoot you just for walking on the street," he said, sobbing uncontrollably as he appealed for help.
Protesters were attacked with tanks and warplanes, he said. "The only thing we can do now is not give up, no surrender, no going back. We will die anyways, whether we like it or not. It is clear that they don't care whether we live or not. This is genocide," said Mahry, 42.
Human Rights Watch said 62 people had died in clashes in Tripoli in the past two days, on top of its previous toll of 233 dead. Opposition groups put the figure far much higher. U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay said the killing could amount to crimes against humanity and demanded an international probe.
The revolt in Libya, the third largest oil producer in Africa, has driven oil prices to a 2 1/2 year high above $108 a barrel, and OPEC said it would produce more crude if supplies from member Libya were disrupted.
With no end in sight to the crisis, refugees fled to Egypt. "Five people died on the street where I live," Mohamed Jalaly, 40, said at Salum on his way to Cairo from Benghazi. "You leave Benghazi and then you have nothing but gangs and youths with weapons," he added. "The way from Benghazi is extremely dangerous," he said.
Libyan guards have withdrawn from their side of the border and Egypt's new military rulers who took power following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak on Feb.11 said the main crossing would be kept open round-the-clock to allow the sick and wounded to enter.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Cutting back on steak, sausages and salami could help prolong your life, according to the most comprehensive study done on meat and mortality.
A team of researchers tracked half a million Americans over a decade and found those who ate more red and processed meats appear to have a "modestly increased" risk of dying from all causes, and specifically from cancer or heart disease.
In contrast, those who ate more white meat have a decreased risk of dying, and in particular of dying from cancer.
According to a research, excessive use of red meat may cause cancer and heart diseases.
The research conducted on use of red meat intake of 500,000 adults statistically proves that eating a lot of processed meat causes cancer and other heart diseases. The research further says that people who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer colorectal cancer and heart diseases.
The report also shows that people who eat a lot of meat have a higher risk of liver and esophageal cancer and that men raise their risk of pancreatic cancer by eating red meat.
LIBYAN armed forces launched airstrikes on protesters as the iron-fisted rule of Muammar Gaddafi was rocked overnight with protests gripping the capital and regime loyalists defecting.
Government officials at home and abroad resigned in protest against the purge of protesters, amid reports that warplanes had begun indiscriminate bombing across the capital of Tripoli and the second city of Benghazi, leaving scores dead.
The news came as Gaddafi made his first appearance on on television since the protest began, with the state network saying it was a live broadcast from his Tripoli home.
He appeared for less than a minute on state television about 2am local time and said he was in the capital Tripoli, denying rumours he had to fled to Venezuela amid the unrest sweeping his country. "I am going to meet with the youth in Green Square,'' in downtown Tripoli, he said in what state television reported was a live broadcast from the strongman's home. "It's just to prove that I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela and to deny television reports, those dogs,'' he said, holding up an umbrella in pouring rain while about to step into a car.
Seif al-Islam, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, denied "that armed forces had bombarded the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi," and said that the airstrikes were targeting arms depots outside urban areas.
State television reported that "security forces have begun an extensive operation against dens of vandals".
"The armed forces have bombarded arms depots situated far from populated areas," the broadcaster reported in a banner across the screen.
But Arab media reported airstrikes in the towns of Misratah and Az-Zawiya outside of Tripoli, and the capital itself. "There is death, fear and women are crying everywhere. The strikes are concentrated against areas that sent large number of protestors to the streets and there are cars full of foreign fighters firing on people," a political activist in Tripoli told media.
Two Libyan air force colonels appeared to back up this version of events after fleeing to Malta in their fighter jets, saying they had refused orders to bomb protesters.
The men said they were forced to flee their base in eastern Benghazi when it was taken over by protesters. "One of the pilots requested political asylum'' after the two descended from their single-seater Mirage F1 jets, a Maltese official said.
They were not the only ones to defect. Gaddafi appears to have lost the support of at least three major tribes, several military units and his own diplomats, including the delegation to the United Nations.
Deputy UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi accused Gaddafi of committing genocide against his own people in the current crisis. "He has to leave as soon as possible. He has to stop killing the Libyan people,'' Ibrahim Dabbashi told CNN.
Media reports from around the region said Libya's justice minister, Mustapha Abdeljalil, had also resigned along with Libya's Arab League envoy and Tripoli's ambassador to Delhi as well as a diplomat in Beijing.
Libyan officials were also forced to deny that Gaddafi had fled to the country, after British Foreign Secretary William Hague said "information that suggests (Gaddafi) is on his way'' to Venezuela. Caracas also issued a denial.
Celebrated and influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa overnight that any Libyan soldier who can kill Gaddafi should do so "to rid Libya of him,'' he told media.
Gaddafi's security forces have unleashed the bloodiest suppression of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, which toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.
Protesters called for another night of defiance against the Arab world's longest-serving leader, despite the crackdown.
At sunset, pro-Gaddafi militia drove around Tripoli with loudspeakers and told people not to leave their homes, witnesses said, as security forces sought to keep the unrest that swept eastern parts of the country - leaving the second-largest city of Benghazi in protesters' control - from overwhelming the capital of 2 million people.
Protesters called for a demonstration in Tripoli's central Green Square and in front of Gaddafi's residence, but witnesses in various neighbourhoods described a scene of intimidation.
Helicopters hovering above the main seaside boulevard and pro-Gaddafi gunmen firing from moving cars and even shooting at the facades of homes to terrify the population.
Youths trying to gather in the streets were forced to scatter and run for cover by the gunfire.
Warplanes swooped low over Tripoli in the evening and snipers took up position on roofs, apparently to stop people outside the capital from joining protests, according to Mohammed Abdul-Malek, a London-based opposition activist in touch with residents.
Meanwhile, state TV showed video of hundreds of Gaddafi supporters rallying in Green Square, waving palm fronds and pictures of the Libyan leader.
Another witness said armed men dressed in militia uniforms roamed the capital's upscale diplomatic neighborhood and opened fire on a group of protesters gathering to organize a march. People wept over the dead.
"It's definitely the end of the regime. This has never happened in Libya before. We are praying that it ends quickly,'' a Tripoli resident told in Cairo by telephone.
In Benghazi, security forces opened fire on protesters storming police stations and government buildings. But in several instances, units of the military turned against them and sided with protesters.
Yesterday, protesters claimed control of the city, overrunning its main security headquarters, called the Katiba.
Celebrating protesters raised the flag of the country's old monarchy, toppled in 1969 by a Gaddafi-led military coup, over Benghazi's main courthouse and on tanks around the city.
"Gaddafi needs one more push and he is gone,'' said Amal Roqaqie, a lawyer at the Benghazi court, saying protesters are "imposing a new reality Tripoli will be our capital. We are imposing a new order and new state, a civil constitutional and with transitional government.''
Fire raged at the People's Hall, the main building for government gatherings where the country's equivalent of a parliament holds sessions several times a year, the pro-government news website Qureyna said.
Gaddafi supporters in pickup trucks and cars raced through the square, shooting automatic weapons. "They were driving like madmen searching for someone to kill It was total chaos, shooting and shouting,'' said a 28-year-old protester.
After seizing the Katiba, protesters found the bodies of 13 uniformed security officers inside who had been handcuffed and shot in the head, then set on fire, said a doctor named Hassan, who asked not to be identified further for fear of reprisals. He said protesters believed the 13 had been executed by fellow security forces for refusing to attack protesters.
Although government restrictions have complicated the task of compiling a tally, Human Rights Watch said 233 had been killed since last Thursday while the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) put the toll at 300-400.
As reports of increasing chaos streamed in, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Libya to put an immediate end to "unacceptable bloodshed.''
"The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm,'' she said in a written statement. "We join the international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya.''
"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly.''
Washington also ordered all non-essential staff out of Libya and warned Americans to avoid travel to the north African country.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, visiting neighbouring Egypt, called the Libyan government's crackdown "appalling.'' "The regime is using the most vicious forms of repression against people who want to see that country - which is one of the most closed and one of the most autocratic - make progress,'' he told reporters in Cairo.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon is "outraged'' by reports that security forces fired on demonstrators from war planes and helicopters, his spokesman said.
The UN secretary-general released his latest statement just hours after telling Gaddafi to "immediately'' halt violence in the North African country. "The secretary-general is outraged at press reports that the Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters,'' UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said. "Such attacks against civilians, if confirmed, would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and would be condemned by the secretary-general in the strongest terms.''
The UN leader had a 40-minute telephone conversation with Gaddafi earlier to press for an end to violence and a broad-based dialogue with the opposition.
The UN Security Council will meet later today to discuss the crisis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, noting he had spoken to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and urged restraint. "I urged him that the human rights and freedom of assembly and freedom of speech must be fully protected," Ban said of his 40-minute telephone conversation with the man who has ruled Libya for 41 years.
Amid the turmoil, oil prices soared above $105 per barrel, and the Fitch agency downgraded Libya's debt rating a notch from BBB+ to BBB.
European countries sent planes and ferries to Libya on Monday to evacuate their citizens, and some oil and gas companies pulled their foreign staff out and suspended operations.
Many countries had already urged their citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Libya, or recommended that those already there leave on commercial flights.
The federal government has lifted its Libya travel warning to the highest level, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) raised its warning to "Do Not Travel'' today and explored evacuation options for about 80 citizens. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence that people have seen on their TV screens," Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of the military against peaceful protesters. There is no excuse and no tolerance from the Australian government for violence being wreaked against peaceful protesters. "So our message to the government of Libya, to Colonel Kadhafi, is that they must respect peaceful protests."
New Zealand, which has about 25 people in the country, raised its travel advice to "extreme risk" and called reports coming from the country "deeply disturbing".
"New Zealand supports the right of the Libyan people to peacefully protest and seek greater democratic freedoms," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said. "We are receiving reports of the military using heavy weapons and aerial bombardment against protesters. "This is deeply disturbing and unacceptable. We call on the government to refrain immediately from the excessive use of force."
Demonstrators are calling for an end to strongman Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule, but the regime has vowed to crush the revolt.
Hundreds of people are believed to have died in the clashes. (Agencies)
Diplomatic relations between the countries can be traced back to centuries. No state can fulfill its needs alone, so for this it has to have diplomatic relations with other countries. To develop diplomatic ties on various aspects with each other states appoints its representatives in other countries, who look after the interests of his country. According to Western experts, the appointment as well as diplomatic life started from Europe, no doubt European nations did a lot in this regard but in Asia the diplomatic history is too old. The deployment of ambassadors to other friendly countries in China and Middle East started in the ancient ages. Ambassadors had to be present in the "Darbars" (a gathering of elites and ministers before the kings) of emperors, who used to take care of the interests of their respective states. Special envoys had to be sent from one king to another for delivering some special message. From the olden ages the ambassadors had been given many privileges and facilities. As the civilization progressed the diplomatic relation were extended too. The tradition of Regular and permanent appointment of ambassadors were started during the 17th century. The rights and privileges that diplomats had been given in 17th, 18th and 19th century were based on International Law. The rights and special immunity status of diplomats was recognized by the Great Britain for the first time during the beginning of 18th century. The reason was the harassment of a Russian diplomat by a British Court official Count Andrey Matveyev in London. This incident led to the recognition of Special Immunity Status of the Diplomats by the British Parliament on April 21, 1709 through passing an act namely " Preserving the Privileges of Ambassadors"
For the very first time, a top US official has Monday dazed the world, confirming that the US double murder suspect, Raymond Davis, serves for CIA, an American secret agency. “Raymond Davis was a CIA agent in Pakistan. The culprit was living along another five CIA agents in a house in Lahore till the day of his arrest.”, reported US newspaper.
Citing a top US official in President Obama cabinet, a US newspaper has reported that Raymond Davis was serving in Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) being an ‘agent’ deployed in Lahore, Pakistan.
Davis shared accommodation with another five contractors of an American intelligence agency CIA and was spying for US in Lahore, the official claimed.
According to report, the US official, ascertaining the actual status of Raymond Davis in Pakistan, feared too, that revelation of such sensitive information could be tantamount to creating a grave rift between Pakistan and US relations and said the affects would be lasting and formidable.
Also, the unknown US official admitted that setting Raymond free, given the prevailing ablaze situation in Pakistan, would be second to impossible, as any of such attempts must swell the anger in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, US State Department has, yet another time, urged on Pakistan for immediate release of Davis. “US is worried for Raymond being detained and tried in Pakistan. Our government has maintained contacts with Pakistan in this connection,” State Department spokesman Philip. J. Crowley told reporters.
Pakistan government is only responsible for safety of Raymond Davis, he added.
Now it is the time for Pakistan, can create courage to ask USA who claims itself a friend of Pakistan Why CIA agents are sent to Pakistan? What was the actual mission of Raymond Davis and what are other agents doing? Rather a charge sheet be sent to the USA. But who will bell the car?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Unfortunately the conspiracy against Muslim World of the USA seems to be successful. Turmoils, processions, protests , deathes and injuries are increasing day by day. My Brothers please do not fall pray to the fraudulent policy of America. USA has started crusade against Muslims anmd as it can not attack on any country so through the state people USA is going to devastate Muslim Ummah. Please My Dear Brothes In Islam do protest , take procession but not to replace your present rulers but make them right with respect of edadicating hunger, leaving lavishly livings, care the people, decrease prices of food items, provide chances of employment, forse your rulers to take all other steps for the welfare of the masses. But, please understand the danmgerous policy of USA. Democracy is most dangerous system of government. We Muslims can not make it run in true sense. What do you think the leaders you will elect through elections will not live in Palaces ? will not they be spending all the national money on themselves. Will they be sitting with you, will they be eating like you.? Never learn lesson from the so called democracy of Pakistan. Read the following paragraph and, see what is going on in the Muslim World and think who is the loser We the Muslims or the Western Kafirs? That the Western Press is highlighting? Do you think after the outer of Zai ul Abadeen Ali and Hosni Mubarak, the Tunisian and Egyptians brothers got the objective which they sacrificed for?
A summary of developments in the Arab world, as instability and anti-government protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia spread in the region.
Libyan forces fire machine-guns at mourners at a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi. A doctor at one Benghazi hospital said 20 people were killed Sunday.
Libya is oil-rich, but an estimated one-third of its people live in poverty. The protesters demand the resignation of Moammar Gadhafi, who has ruled for 42 years. Gadhafi has clamped down, but has also promised to replace some government administrators to defuse anger.
Human Rights Watch said more than 200 people died mostly in Benghazi, from Thursday through Saturday. Switzerland-based Libyan activist Fathi al-Warfali said 11 people were killed in the city of Beyida on Wednesday night. The latest numbers brought the toll to at least 225 since Wednesday.
Several thousand protesters swarm the governmental palace to demand the ouster of the provisional government. Police briefly fired warning shots to disperse the crowd that defied government warnings not to challenge emergency measures enacted after the toppling of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule last month.
Thousands of people march in cities across Morocco, demanding greater democracy in the North African kingdom. Demonstrators shouted slogans calling for economic opportunity, educational reform, better health services and help in coping with rising living costs.
The demonstrations are Morocco's first since anti-government protests started spreading throughout the Arab world. The demonstrators' main target was the parliament, though they will likely put pressure on King Mohammed VI, who is seen as a reformer, but still holds absolute authority.
Yemen's president offers to oversee a dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, in a bid to diffuse 11 days of protests across the country calling for his ouster. Opposition groups refuse all dialogue with Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally, as long as security forces suppress demonstrations. At least nine people have died since the protests began.
The demonstrators demand the resignation of Saleh, who has ruled the Arab world's poorest nation for 32 years. The main grievances are poverty and corruption. Saleh's promises not to run for re-election in 2013 or to set up his son as an heir have failed to quell the anger.
Bahrain's opposition weighs the regime's offer for talks after nearly a week of protests calling for the tiny Gulf nation's monarchy to give up its near-absolute control over key policies and positions. Deep bitterness underpins the political haggling after battles that included riot police opening fire at protesters, then pulling back to let them occupy a landmark square. At least seven people have been killed and hundreds injured.
Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, the main U.S. military counterweight to Iran's efforts to expand its reach into the Gulf. Other Gulf Arab leaders strongly back the nation's ruling Sunni dynasty, fearing that Shiite powerhouse Iran could gain further footholds through the uprising led by Bahrain's Shiite majority.
Jordan's King Abdullah II calls for "quick and real" reforms to give the public a greater role in governing and to eliminate corruption following anti-government protests over the last seven weeks. Activists are demanding a stronger role in politics and greater political freedoms.
The king, a hereditary monarch and close U.S. ally, called for a change in a heavily disputed election law that critics say favors his loyalists. He did not mention curbing his own power to dismiss the prime minister and the parliament and rule by decree.
Descendants of desert nomads demonstrate for a third day to demand Kuwaiti citizenship and its lavish benefits. The stateless Arabs hold no citizenship but have been settled in the oil-rich Gulf nation for generations. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse them on Saturday.
Kuwait's parliament speaker appeals for an end to the protests.
Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah e Wa Brakatuho, My Brothern In Islam In Arabian Countries, Persian Gulf States, Bahrain, Libya, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar Saudi Arabia. You have seen the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Hundreds of people have been killed and other thousands have been injured. Though Egyptian brothers got rid of dictator Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian brother from the grip of other dictaor, both were living lavishly but poor masses were suffering since decades. Your sacrifices have brought you fruits of fleeing the dictators from the countries and both will will find no place on earth for graves. You have been paid attributes your efforts have paid you. But , My Muslim Brothers in Egypt and In Tunisia, what did you get uptill now? only promises by the army? Will you get all that you have been struggling hard for? Will you have to pass through another ocean of blood? for the cause you have been fighting? Now what has been done it is excellent May My Allah bestow you the sweet fruits of your Sabr (Patience).
Now I appeal to my Muslim Brothers in Bahrain and Libya. Please do not be mislead by the fraudulent Western countries, specially the USA. They dream you of democracy which is nothing except a golden dream. The democracy they are following is not that of Islam. If you want the democracy then ask your leaders/kings to implement that one in the Era of Hazrat Umer Bi Khitab Razi Allah ho Taala Anho or that of Hazrat Umr Binn Abdul Aziz( RA) . Never copy the democracy of Eblees. In my opinion do not take out processions, damage your beautiful countries. Do not be mislead by yoiuyr opposition leaders some of them may be agents of USA. Only ask your present Heads of States or kings to give you all the facilities of life out of their lucrative lives. Otherwise if you disturbed the present set up pf yor government you will lose every thing in the smokes of fraud democracy. May My Allah bless all the Muslims in the World. Your countries are sacred you are Arabs you speak the paradise language the sweet language of My Prophet (PBUH). You are dear to us. May My Allah Save You From All The Troubles.
The US gunman, Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the United States, is a CIA agent who was on assignment at the time of the incident, British newspaper claimed.
Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the newspaper quoted a Pakistani intelligence official that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA.
Pakistani officials believe the vehicle's occupants were also CIA because they came from the same suburban house where Davis lived.
The US refused Pakistani demands to interrogate the two men who crushed another Pakistan with vehicle and on Sunday a Pakistani intelligence official said they had left the country.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Bahrain's main opposition group said on Saturday that the government must resign and the army withdraw from the streets of the capital before it will take up an offer of dialogue from the crown prince.
"To consider dialogue, the government must resign and the army should withdraw from the streets" of Manama, said Abdul Jalil Khalil Ibrahim, parliamentary leader of the Islamic National Accord Association (Al-Wefaq), the largest opposition bloc.
"What we're seeing now is not the language of dialogue but the language of force," he said, referring to the government's crackdown on protesters Friday in which he said 95 people were wounded, three of them "clinically dead".
US President Barack Obama condemned the violence in a phone conversation with King Hamad, a key regional ally of Washington.
"The situation is complicated and I fear it has run out of control," warned Ibrahim, whose group which holds 18 of the 40 seats in parliament has pulled out in protest.
A doctor in the Libyan city of Benghazi says his hospital has seen the bodies of at least 200 protesters killed by Moammar Gadhafi's forces over the last few days. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears reprisal.
Witnesses told a mix of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and Gadhafi loyalists assaulted demonstrators on Saturday with knives, assault rifles and heavy weapons. Those protesters were burying 35 marchers who were slain Friday by government forces.
Benghazi has been a center of a six-day revolt by Libyans inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and frustrated by Gadhafi's more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.
The doctor said the hospital, one of two in Libya's second-largest city, is out of supplies and cannot treat more than 70 wounded who were hit in the attacks and need attention.
"I am crying," the doctor said. "Why is the world not listening?"
Getting concrete details about the protests in Libya has been difficult because journalists cannot work freely inside the country. Information about the uprising has come through telephone interviews, along with videos and messages posted online, and through opposition activists in exile.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The founder of the Website Ali Abunimah built in context of the Palestine Papers says that the documents released about the secret talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israeli leaders consist of 1684 in number.It includes 275 such drafts that contain secret points of the meetings., 690 are computer e-mails,153 are study surveys or reports. There are 134 documents containing mutual matters of the meetings between the the two leaders, documents also include 64 draft notes of secret agreements, 54 maps, charts and graphs are the part of these documents.In addition to all this 51 are such writings that can be in secret points not understandable easily. Most of the documents are in English language and formatted in PDF. The documents released by Aljazeera have been published in the Daily "Gargian" published from London. All these documents can be down loaded from http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers
The United States on Friday vetoed an Arab resolution before the UN Security Council condemning continued Israeli settlement building.
US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, said Washington had "regrettably" chosen to oppose the resolution, sponsored by some 130 countries and backed by the Palestinian leadership, after seeking to offer an alternative course which had been rejected.
"This draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides," Rice said. "It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations."
And she stressed Washington's veto the first by President Barack Obama's administration at the United Nations should not be taken as US support for settlement building.
"We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity," she told the Council.
But she said the United Nations was not the correct place to try to resolve the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict.
"While we agree with our fellow council members and indeed with the wider world about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians," she said.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Promising advances have been made in the testing of possible vaccines to prevent the mosquito-borne dengue virus, which kills 25,000 people every year, researchers said Thursday.
"We have some very exciting leads on different types of vaccines that are in various stages of clinical trial that hopefully can be implemented with a reasonable period of time," said Anthony Fauci, director of the infectious diseases division of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Regional health researchers met Thursday in the Puerto Rican capital to discuss progress and treatment of dengue, which is transmitted to humans by the female Aedes mosquitoes.
Dengue causes a severe flu-like illness for most victims that lasts about a week. There are four strains, one of which is a potentially lethal type.
Dengue has reemerged in recent years as a serious public health threat in tropical regions.
It killed 1,167 people in Latin America last year. Puerto Rico recorded the largest outbreak in its history with 21,000 cases last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. There were 69 cases in the Key West section of the US state of Florida in 2010.
The Philippines recorded more than 730 deaths and Malaysia 134 in 2010, according to figures from the World Health Organization, while India experienced a 20-year high in infections.
Harold Margolis, director of the CDC's dengue center, said he's hopeful that a vaccine would soon be available.
"There's been tremendous progress," he said. "There are a number of vaccines that are now in clinical trials and there's now very exciting information there, so we are finally getting (into the last process) but it can take a while."
Fauci, from the NIH, added: "We need a better understanding of the relationship between the dengue virus and the vector, mainly the mosquito."
Meanwhile, surveillance is vital. "The important factor is how good our surveillance is to pick up the disease," Margolis said. "I think right now we know where it is and now we need to be creative with the new tools and research to try to make sure that doesn't go any further."
The infectious diseases division of the NIH spent $45 million in dengue research last year, up from $5 million in 2000.
One theory for the resurgence is global warming, allowing the mosquitoes, and hence dengue fever, to spread.
Drought conditions in some areas also have worsened the outbreak because people have stored water in and near their living areas, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes that harbor the virus.
Authorities in Sri Lanka were so concerned about dengue last year that they introduced heavy fines for people with standing water on their property, and deployed troops to clean up public places.
The three-day summit in Puerto Rico was hosted by NIH, CDC and the Pan American Health Organization.
After the documents about Palestine were released from Aljazeera news channel, there was a protest by the office of Palestinian Authority in Rama Allah. The member of executive committee of PLO Abdraba criticized the Aljazeera and also the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Muhammad Bin Khalifa Us Sani. He called these papers as another form of Wilileaks documents, however, he did not challenge the credibility of the papers. But confessed some mistakes in the meetings between Israeli re conciliators and Palestinian Authority. He claimed that some people from lower leadership are involved are involved in the disclosure of the documents. The workers of Palestinian Authority in Rama Allah attacked the office of Aljazeera, broke the window pans and set the flag of the channel on fire. The protesters were angry on the disclosure of the documents. Similarly, critical programs are being presented against the Aljazeera channel by the news agency "Maa" run under the sponsorship of the Palestinian Authority in Ramaallah. Interestingly they do not refute the correctness of the papers but only criticize on their disclosure. A call for protests and procession against the Aljazeera by the Palestinian Authority in West Bank had no positive response. An expert on Jewish Affairs David Horo Feder of Israeli Newspaper "Jerusalem Post" suggested Mahmood Abbas to apologize on the papers released by Aljazeera acknowledging its facts, or he should present proofs if he insists that documents are wrong.
The Bangladeshi capital Dhaka was transformed into a wall of noise and color Thursday as a lavish ceremony officially opened the Cricket World Cup.
A spectacular four-hour performance at the Bangabandhu Stadium showcased the cricket-crazy culture of the country, which is hosting the tournament along with south Asian neighbors India and Sri Lanka.
The ceremony included 3,500 performers as the captain of each participating nation was introduced to the crowd via the traditional mode of transport, a rickshaw.
Canadian pop star Bryan Adams took part in the festivities, along with Bangladesh singer Runa Laila and Sonu Nigam from India.
The city of Mirpur plays host to the first of 49 games over the six-week tournament on Friday as World Cup favorites India take on Bangladesh.
The last edition, in the Caribbean in 2007, was criticized for being complicated to follow and going on too long. Australia retained their title in the West Indies, and are aiming to win a fourth straight World Cup this time around.
We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh's prime minister
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) president Sharad Pawar told the crowd he was confident the 2011 installment would be the finest yet.
"Today is a historic day when the people of Bangladesh join India and Sri Lanka together to host the ICC Cricket World Cup, and make this tournament the most memorable yet," he said.
"The ICC Cricket World Cup, our flagship event, provides the stage on which players have the rare opportunity to create legend and to write their own chapter in the history of this great sport.
"The greatest cricketers in the world will grace this event and I am sure that their ability, whether with bat or ball, will provide excitement and enjoyment for all cricket lovers."
Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, hailed a momentous day for her country. "We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country," she said.
"I congratulate my cricket-loving countrymen for their great enthusiasm and cooperation to make this event a grand success."
Prior to the opening ceremony the ICC announced its disappointment that Salman Butt, Pakistan's former captain who was banned from the game for corruption, was to appear as a pundit covering the World Cup.
ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said he was "not satisfied" by Butt's role on a Pakistani television channel and would seek to clarify whether he is in breach of the terms of his ban.
It was also confirmed that players and officials would be banned from using their mobile phones during matches, to prevent them updating sites like Twitter.
New penalties were introduced for anyone found to break the new rules.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Britain should experience spectacular Northern Lights displays from Thursday due to a large solar storm which could disrupt communication networks, the British Geological Society (BGS) said.
"Since February 13 three energetic solar flares have erupted on the sun and spewed clouds of charged plasma called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) out towards the earth," a BGS geomagnetic storm warning said.
"Already one CME arrived on the 14th sparking Valentine's Day displays of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) further south than usual.
"Two CMEs are expected to arrive in the next 24-48 hours and further displays are possible some time over the next two nights if skies are clear."
The strongest storm in four years is expected to interfere with satellites and electrical networks, with astronomers in southern China already reporting disturbances to radio communications.
The BGS Wednesday published geomagnetic records dating back to the Victorian era which it hopes will help in planning for future storms.
"Life increasingly depends on technologies that didn't exist when the magnetic recordings began," Alan Thomson, BGS head of geomagnetism said.
"Studying the records will tell us what we have to plan and prepare for to make sure systems can resist solar storms," he added.
The Palestine Papers also disclosed the "Napkin Map" prepared during 2008 by Ehoud the Israeli Prime Minister in a dinner that showed the Jewish settlements to be built on the agricultural lands of Gaza Strip and Western Bank. This was actually a transaction or exchange about the lands that he presented to Mahmood Abbas but refused to hand over to him (President of Palestinian Authority). Then Mahmood Abbas copied that map on dinner napkin and saved. According to the papers the re conciliator of Palestinian Authority Saeb Areefat taking diversion from te basic principles of PLO, suggested to the Israeli leadership that they should sign an agreement to repatriate 10000 Palestinian refugees each year for ten years duration and said that they have no other demand. Under this unique formula out of 7 million homeless refugees only 0.1 million had to be returned during 10 years. In an other document released by Aljazeera, the Alfateh organization during May, 2009 offered the US administration to spying in Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Similarly, Saeb Areefat suggested the American envoy to Middle East George Michell on October 21, 2009 to do something in middle east as Iran and Lebanon were facing problems of their own while, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan are heading toward state failure. Other document leaks a secret about the offer of Saeb Areefat to search for a investor to establish a radio station namely "Mosvi" in Iran. He informed US security adviser General James Johns that he had a Palestinian businessman who agreed to invest $ 50 million for establishing "Mosvi Radio Station" in Iran.
The UN Security Council is likely to vote this week on a resolution filed by Arab countries condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, according to a Palestinian diplomat.
The vote is expected Thursday or Friday, the diplomat said.
The United States, which regularly uses its Security Council veto power to stop anti-Israeli initiatives, has pledged to oppose the resolution. It advocates for direct negotiations between Israel and Palestinians.
Representatives of Arab countries last month filed the resolution condemning Israeli settlements and urging the UN to halt construction in occupied territories.
France has signaled its support but only if the resolution is "moderate and if it does not block the resumption of (peace) negotiations," Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said last month.
World powers are seeking ways to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table after talks broke down in September when a 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank expired.
The Palestinians are refusing to resume negotiations while Israel builds on land they want for their future state, but efforts to convince Israel to impose a new ban failed late last year.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A study showing that men who start to go bald at 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life suggests they might benefit from early screening or preventative therapy, scientists said on Tuesday.
French researchers compared 388 men being treated for prostate cancer with 281 healthy men and found that those with the disease were twice as likely as the healthy men to have started losing their hair when they were 20.
If the men only started going bald when they were 30 or 40, there was no difference in their risk of developing prostate cancer compared to the healthy group. "At present there is no hard evidence to show any benefit from screening the general population for prostate cancer. We need a way of identifying those men who are at high risk," said Philippe Giraud of Paris Descartes University, who led the study. "Balding at the age of 20 may be one of these easily identifiable risk factors and more work needs to be done now to confirm this," he said in a statement.
Giraud, whose findings were published in the cancer journal Annals of Oncology, said men identified as at higher risk of prostate cancer could be selected for earlier screening, or for chemo-prevention therapy using so-called anti-androgenic drugs like Merck's Proscar, or finasteride.
Finasteride is used to treat both prostate enlargement symptoms and baldness. It blocks the conversion of testosterone to an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which is thought to cause hair loss.
GlaxoSmithKline has a drug in the same class called Avodart, or dutasteride, and is currently seeking approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a license for use in men at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. But an FDA panel advised last month that GSK's application should be rejected.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after lung cancer and kills an estimated 255,000 men each year.
Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, affects around 50 percent of men in their lifetime.
Previous studies have established a link between baldness and androgenic hormones, and androgens also play a role in the development and growth of prostate cancer.
Giraud and Michael Yassa of the University of Montreal in Canada, who also worked on the study, asked men to fill in a questionnaire about their history of prostate cancer, if any, and to indicate any hair loss they had at ages 20, 30 and 40 using pictures graded from stage I (no hair loss), to stage IV (receding hairline and balding from the top of the head).
The men's doctors also provided patients' medical histories, including any diagnosis of prostate cancer, age at diagnosis, stage of the disease and treatment. The study ran for 28 months. "The data revealed that any balding at stages II-IV was associated with double the risk of prostate cancer later in life. This trend was lost at ages 30 and 40," said Yassa.
"Further work should be done, both at the molecular level and with larger groups of men, to find the missing link between androgens, early balding and prostate cancer."