A French plane and medical team have been put on standby in case the high-profile hostage Ingrid Betancourt, held by Colombian rebels, is released.
The French president’s office said it was a “precautionary” move and there was no information to suggest Ms Betancourt was about to be freed. The former Colombian presidential candidate and French-Colombian citizen is said to be gravely ill. She has spent more than six years as a hostage of the Farc rebels.
France said it had a plane ready in French Guiana so that Ms Betancourt could receive speedy medical care in case she was released, according to a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s press service. The plane would be “ready to intervene at any moment”, it said. News that a plane was on standby comes after Colombia offered prisoner amnesties in exchange for hostages and said France could take freed Farc prisoners as part of a deal.
Let’s hope that this will be the end of her torture.
Election observers in Zimbabwe have expressed concerns over “delays” in announcing official presidential poll results, amid fears of rigging.
The head of one monitors’ group said he had “no doubt” officials now know most results. None have yet been released. Officials blamed the fact that four separate polls were held on one day.
The government and election chiefs have issued warnings to the opposition MDC after it said it had won on the basis of partial, unofficial results. Saturday’s election pitted the MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai and the independent Simba Makoni against President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since 1980.
Mugabe need time to …cook the result!
The Queen has cancelled a party to mark her diamond wedding anniversary because she felt it would be “inappropriate” to hold a lavish celebration with the country on the brink of recession.
Guests at the party, which was due to be held at The Ritz this weekend, would have been served champagne from crystal-studded bottles and dined off tablecloths covered with sparkling jewels.
But with her subjects facing rising bills and falling house prices, and the banking system paralysed by the so-called “credit crunch”, the Queen has decided that the celebration would be regarded as insensitive.
Shit! Should I start worrying now?
Barack Obama refused Saturday to go along with other Democrats who are calling for Hillary Rodham Clinton to step away from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. “My attitude is Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants,” Obama said.
Obama told reporters he did not agree with one of his supporters, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, when he said earlier this week that Clinton cannot win the nomination and should therefore drop out. “I hadn’t talked to Pat about it,” Obama said.
At stops throughout the day, Clinton raised the question of whether she should leave the race — eliciting loud jeers from supporters. “There are some people who say we should just stop these elections.’Enough people have already voted, what’s a few million more?'” Clinton said in Louisville, Ky. “I don’t know about you but I’m glad Kentucky is going to be voting and you’ll be choosing because it’s such an important election.” The state holds its primary May 20.
Well he could not say anything else, could he? At least to the media, but he can do something more important, pick the phone and call her and Finlay give an end to this dog fight!
US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has rejected calls by supporters of her rival, Barack Obama, to abandon her campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Senator Patrick Leahy, an influential Democrat and Obama supporter, had said that by remaining in the race she was helping the Republican Party. Mrs. Clinton told supporters she had no intention of abandoning the race. The New York senator is trailing Mr. Obama in the number of delegates needed to obtain the nomination.
But the latest opinion polls suggest that she is leading Mr. Obama by more than 10 points in the next major primary in Pennsylvania on 22 April. “There are some folks saying: ‘Well, we ought to stop these elections’,” she told a crowd at a high school in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“I didn’t think we believed that in America. I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard.” Former President Bill Clinton said those calling for his wife to pull out of the race should “just relax”.
Pity, she should realize that is over and she should step down and give her full support to Obama. Somehow she has to understand that this hearts more the democratic party than anything McCain could do!
Vote counting is under way in Zimbabwe, with the main opposition MDC claiming it is winning the battle to oust President Robert Mugabe.
The MDC said it was ahead in most constituencies but continues to fear the vote will be rigged. Results may not be finalized for some days and the government warned the MDC not to declare an early victory. Mr. Mugabe is battling the MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai and independent Simba Makoni for president.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said early results showed it had won the poll.
“We have won this election,” said its secretary general Tendai Biti early on Sunday. “This trend is irreversible.” He said early results posted at polling stations showed Mr. Tsvangirai would win 66% in Harare.
Ha! Wait till …Tuesday …Wednesday …and you will see Mugabe’s votes appearing out of …nowhere or better the police stations, the army barracks, the ministries …
Don’t forget, summer time at 3 AM Sunday morning when the clock is shifted one hour forward. The shift to summer time will bring some interruptions in banking services and affect rail travel.
The annual switch to summer, or daylight saving time is established practice within the European Union and takes place on the same day and at the same stroke of the clock in all member countries.