Finland‘s P.M. Matti Vanhanen said he will not boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in China. Vanhanen said Finland has a policy of keeping politics and sports separate.
I’m sorry Mr. Vanhanen for the cynicism but what do you believe will hurt the Chinese more, if you don’t go or if George W. Bush, Sarkozy or Brown don’t go? Actually if you do go and the above don’t, you will become China’s alibi!
Protesters in several Chinese cities have gathered to demand a boycott of French products and denounce campaigns for Tibetan independence.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in cities including Beijing, Wuhan, Hefei, Kunming, and Qingdao – often outside stores of the French chain Carrefour. Passions ran high, but the protests were closely patrolled by police. Protesters say they are angry at the scale of protests that accompanied the Olympic torch relay in Paris.
They have also denounced French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s refusal to confirm whether he will attend the opening ceremony of the Games. Pictures from the central city of Wuhan showed large crowds congregating outside a Carrefour supermarket.
It must be the hour difference otherwise there is no other explanation to how they found out so ….late!!! Perhaps after the Olympics they will demonstrate for the San Francisco events!!!
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Britney Spears and her family have been ordered to pay her lawyers $372,500 by a Los Angeles court.
Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled James Spears, who was granted control of his daughter’s funds in January, must settle the legal bill using her money. Mr Spears was originally granted “temporary conservatorship” over his daughter in February after she was admitted to a psychiatric ward.
The situation will be reviewed at the next conservatorship hearing on 29 May. The decision comes one month after another judge ordered Ms Spears to pay former husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover legal fees in their child custody case.
Man this story gets more and more Jacksonalike!
Pakistan‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in February, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by Taleban militants.
Armed men surrounded Tariq Azizuddin in the footage, shown on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television. He urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands. It is the first public statement by the envoy since he disappeared in the border area between the two countries, on his way to the Afghan capital Kabul.
In comments translated into Arabic by the channel, Mr. Azizuddin said he, along with his driver and his bodyguard, had been kidnapped by “mujahedeen from the Taleban”. He added that they were being held “in comfortable conditions” and “looked after”. “We have no problems, but I suffer health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains,” he said.
Remember that Pakistan was the place they found sanctuary and often support including from the national security forces! That reminds the story with the scorpion and the turtle …it is their nature!
Election officials in Zimbabwe have started recounting some of the votes cast in disputed polls held last month.
The recount in 23 of 210 constituencies could overturn the parliamentary result which saw Zanu-PF lose its majority. Results of the presidential poll, which the opposition MDC says it also won, have not been released. It is thought the recount may lead to a run-off vote.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has told the UN in New York that member states should solve the world’s crises together.
Benedict XVI, the third pope to address the UN, said the world was still subject to “the decisions of a few”, without naming countries. He urged states to protect their people from “grave and sustained” human rights abuses or face outside intervention.
The Pope later visited a synagogue as part of his six-day US tour. Pope Benedict visited Park East synagogue, just hours before the start of the Jewish Passover, becoming the first leader of the Roman Catholic church to visit a Jewish place of worship in the US.
His agenda in New York, his last stop before returning to Rome, also includes visiting Ground Zero and celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium.
Pity his says that in the country that became an example of exactly the opposite!
A Texas judge has ordered that 416 children, removed from a polygamous Christian sect in police raids, remain in state custody for genetic testing.
Welfare officers had told the judge they had been unable to determine which parents the children were related to. The ruling comes after officials said some of the girls may have had babies when they were just 13 years old. The closed community was first raided amid reports that a 16-year-old girl was physically and sexually abused.
Detectives are looking for evidence of a marriage between the girl and a 50-year-old man. She is reported to have been beaten and raped by her older husband and to be pregnant again eight months after giving birth to her first child when she was 15.
And all these suppose to happening in the name of God!!!