Armed riot police have raided the headquarters of Zimbabwe‘s main opposition party in Harare and arrested scores of activists.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Nelson Chamisa said those arrested had fled political violence. But the police said the raid was to look for those responsible for arson attacks east of Harare.
The MDC says it won last month’s presidential election, the results of which have not yet been published. The ruling Zanu-PF party, however, says that there is likely to be a run-off, as no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote.
Is it enough wait and watch Mr. Ki-moon, Mr. Mbeki, Mr. Brown, Mr. Solana? Hasn’t come the time to do actively something for the people of Zimbabwe?
Chinese officials will hold talks with the Dalai Lama‘s representatives, state media says, in the first meeting since rioting broke out in Tibet last month.
Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying a meeting would take place “in coming days”. Beijing has consistently blamed what it termed a “Dalai clique” for fomenting unrest in Tibetan areas of China.
But the Tibetan spiritual leader insists he has no political role and played no part in the protest. Xinhua quoted an unnamed official as saying the government had taken into account “requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side for resuming talks”.
They are definitely trying to stop him from his earthly activities …permanently!
Cubans are reported to have taken out 7,400 new mobile phone contracts in the 10 days since restrictions were eased.
The figures, reported by the AFP news agency, were issued by the country’s state telecoms company Etecsa. Etecsa expects to sell 1.4 million new mobile phone contracts in Cuba in the next five years.
Until President Raul Castro lifted restrictions, mobile phones could only be bought by government officials and people working for foreign firms. Since taking over from his brother, Raul Castro has lifted a number of restrictions on Cubans, including those on renting cars and buying DVDs.
The number of new mobile phone contracts is impressive given that it costs about £60 just to set up a new contract while the average monthly salary in Cuba is less than £10. In the past, many Cubans used illegal phones or asked permitted users to sign up on their behalf.
Now you can call Castro any time you like!!!
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that he probably made mistakes in his first year in office by failing to explain his policies sufficiently.
But in a live TV interview he also defended his presidency, saying he was still committed to significant reform. Correspondents say publicity over his private life and the limited impact of his reforms on the struggling economy has damaged Mr. Sarkozy’s popularity.
The prime time broadcast has been seen as an attempt to reverse that slump. Appearing on France’s two main television channels in a live 10-minute interview, Mr. Sarkozy said: “Without doubt, we didn’t explain enough. Without doubt, I myself made some mistakes… I can see very well that there is discontent, but I also know where I am going and I am convinced there is no other strategy.”
Oh man, was Carla a mistake or he means other kind of mistakes?
Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes has received a three-year prison sentence for tax offenses.
A federal judge handed down the maximum term requested by prosecutors – a year for each of Snipes’s convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return. Snipes’s lawyers had called for leniency, arguing that the offenses were misdemeanors and that the star was of good character.
But prosecutors said an example should be set because of Snipes’s fame. In February, Snipes was found guilty of deliberately failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001, but was cleared of more serious fraud and conspiracy charges.
The first vampire in prison!!! Sentenced for drinking tax!!!