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Sri Lanka: UN Condemns The Bloodbath

The UN reports that the attack by Sri Lanka Army against the Tamil guerrillas over the weekend has caused a "bloodbath."

The troops have heavily bombed the tiny strip of land (about 2.5 square kilometers), in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Earth (LTTE), alongside some 150,000 civilians, are surrounded.

According to the UN spokeman, Gordon Weiss, "the mass murder of civilians, including more than 100 children this weekend, seems to confirm that the long feared bloodshed has become a reality".

The Tamil rebels are blaming the Government for the deaths, while the Ministry of Defense accuses the LTTE of attacking civilians in the area under their control to force an international intervention.

"They are bombing their own civilians with heavy weapons to put the blame on the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. In their calculation, they believe that this will lead other countries to launch a rescue operation" said the Sri Lankan Defense Minister.

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Pakistan: Taliban withdraw from the Buner district

The Taliban have agreed to leave the Buner and Shangla districts and to return to their bastion in the Swat valley, after a meeting between radical leaders and Malakand Divisional Commissioner, Syed Muhammad Javed.

The Taliban did not want to risk an armed confrontation with the paramilitary forces sent by the Pakistani Government to stop them, but the U.S. consider that too many concessions have already been made to the fundamentalists.

President Asif Ali Zardari assured Washington that the country's defence was in safe hands and its nuclear arsenal was secure.

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, will meet with Barack Obama on May 6 and 7 to jointly seek a new strategy capable of stabilizing the region.

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Washington Fears A Disaster In Pakistan

The progression of the Talibans is a serious threat to the very existence of Pakistan, the only Muslim country holding the atomic bomb.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, are concerned about the risk that nuclear weapons fall into the wrong hands.

According to The New York Times, Buner, one of the most important and strategic districts of the country, has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

Buner, about 60 miles from Islamabad, is a gateway to Mardan, the second largest city in the province of the North-West Frontier. In establishing an effective and strategic control of the Buner district, the Talibans have demonstrated the inability of the government and the army to stop them.

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Somali Piracy: We Need To Attack The Roots Of The Problem

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, calls for help in fighting poverty and instability in Somalia

"To end piracy in Somalia, we need to find and address the real causes of the problem" have said today Ban Ki-Moon and European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso during the Donor Conference for Somalia that started today in Brussels.

Both leaders rely on fundraising to go to the roots of piracy: poverty and political instability.

"If we only treat the symptoms but not the root causes, the decline of the state and poverty, we will fail," said Barroso at a press conference with Ban Ki-Moon minutes before starting the Donor Conference for Somalia.

During the opening of the meeting, attended by 43 nations, Barroso stressed that the immediate purpose today is to raise funds for the security sector and the African Union mission in Somalia for the next twelve months.

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Ecuador: Rafael Correa is close to re-election as president.

The Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, is expected to win the general elections on Sunday with a large advantage, which will ensure his re-election without a runoff. The president would get 50% of the votes, according to a survey released yesterday.

Correa needs at least 40% of the vote to win the presidency in the first round. Approximately 10.5 million Ecuadorians participate in elections, which will elect the president and vice president of the republic, 221 mayors and municipal councilors and 1581 members of the National Assembly.

First elected in 2006, Correa has achieved some political stability after his three predecessors were ousted by street protests, encouraged by the fragile economy of Ecuador.

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Sri Lanka: Army lay siege to the Tamils after the exodus of civilians

The Sri Lanka Army has accelerated their offensive against Tamil Tigers guerrillas, entrenched in about 17 square kilometers in the northeast of the country.

The country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, gave a 24 hours ultimatum, now expired, to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to lay down their arms. According to sources from the Ministry of Defense, 49,000 civilians have fled yesterday from the conflict area dominated by Tamils. A record number if confirmed, reached after the downing of a defensive sand wall built by the LTTE and opened a corridor to allow the departure of the civilians.

Tamils accuse the army of massacres.

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U.S. Boycotts Conference On Racism Due To Anti-Israel Bias

The U.S. government has explained that the meeting's final document contains an anti-Israel and anti-Western language that "it can not support".

United States announced on Saturday that they will not participate in the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in the United Nations (UN), which begins on Monday in Geneva, because the draft of the declaration, despite "significant improvements" still includes references to the conflict between Israel and Palestine that do not have U.S. approval.

Robert Wood, State Department spokesman, explained that the final text "still contains language that reaffirms the whole Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), 2001, that the U.S. strongly disapprove".

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George Mitchell Warns: "A Palestinian State Is The Only Solution"

George Mitchell, the White House "Special Envoy to the Middle East", is well known for his persuasion skills and deep knowledge of the region. But for his first trip since the formation of Israel new government, the task assigned by President Barack Obama will require enormous tenacity.

This friday, when meeting Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian West Bank leader, he announced his intention to encourage the establishment of a Palestinian state - "the only and best solution," said Mitchell - using the 2002 Saudi peace initiative which calls for recognition of Israel by the 22 Arab countries in exchange for its withdrawal from the occupied territories.

However, negotiations between parties have not yet begun, and the condition, brought by the new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Palestinians recognize "Israel as a Jewish State", is an obstacle that Mitchell will need to overcome.

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Pakistan Will Receive $5.280 billions To Fight Against Talibans

Pakistan will received $5.280 billions to fight the Taliban insurgency from 31 countries who attended yesterday the Tokyo donor conference hosted by Japan and the World Bank.

The money, to be delivered over a period of two years, should help to restore stability in the regions bordering Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda has become stronger in recent months.

The funds will also help alleviate the economic problems of the Pakistani government, beset by external debt, and at the same time improve the health and education to curb the growing popular support for violent Islamist groups.

With the same objective, the International Monetary Fund will provide Pakistan $7.500 billions, with a repayment term of two years.

The Pakistani president, Azif Ali Zardari promised to donors that his goverment will take all the necessary measures to amend its economy and to control the rebels. "If we lose, the world will lose too" he said.

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K'Naan On Somali Pirates

Why We Don't Condemn Our Pirates by K'naan

Can anyone ever really be for piracy? Outside of sea bandits, and young girls fantasizing of Johnny Depp, would anyone with an honest regard for good human conduct really say that they are in support of Sea Robbery?

Well, in Somalia, the answer is: it's complicated.

The news media these days has been covering piracy in the Somali coast with such
lop-sided journalism, that it's lucky they're not on a ship themselves. It's true that the constant hijacking of vessels in the Gulf of Aden is a major threat to the vibrant trade route between Asia and Europe. It is also true that for most of the pirates operating in this vast shoreline, money is the primary objective.

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