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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Torture: Obama leaves the door open to prosecution

In the midst of a strong political pressure, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, left the door open yesterday to bring to justice those responsible for having designed the legal framework that permitted to practice torture on terror suspects during the administration of George W. Bush.

With two Senate committees preparing reports and requesting the formation of a commission to investigate abuses committed during the Bush Administration, with human rights organizations demanding a voice for victims of torture and with UN reminding that Washington is no stranger to international law, Obama gave way to justice, and said it depended on the legal opinion of the Attorney General to prosecute or not the lawyers who drafted the memos permitting torture.

Once again, three weeks after the last reports on torture were published, the president expressed his support for "those individuals who carried out their work within the four corners of the officially laid down guidelines."

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U.S. Banking: The End Of The Nightmare?

Seven months after the financial earthquake that shook Wall Street, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, large U.S. banks begin to talk about profit growth and solid earnings for 2009.

Jaime Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is proud of the performance of his bank, and says that he can now return the 25,000 million dollars that he lent from the Treasury 6 months ago.

The worst of the post-Lehman panic seems to have passed, in view of some quarterly results, better than expected, for Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. The strategy of "close to zero" interest rates orchestrated by the Federal Reserve seems to begin to stabilize the credit, the key step to bolster the economic upturn.

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Obama Calls For A New Round Of Negotiation In Middle East

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, invites the leaders of Israel, Palestinian territories and Egypt for a new round of negotiations on the peace process between Arabs and Israelis.

Although no specific date has been fixed for these negotiations, the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, announced yesterday that the reunion will be held "in coming weeks."

Washington invited the new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Egypt President, Hosni Mubarak. Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognized the Jewish state in the Camp David agreements of 1978.

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Singer Susan Boyle, More Popular Than Obama

Scot singer Susan Boyle, 47 years, has become a media phenomenon thanks to her amazing voice, and is now more popular than president Obama on Youtube, her video having already received more than 100 million visits.

The interpretation of Boyle in the Britain's got talent, which captivated the audience with the song I dreamed a dream from the musical Les Miserables, is almost five times more popular than Obama, according to the newspaper 'The Sun'.

The video posted on the site a few days ago has already been seen by 100 million people around the world, while the investiture ceremony of Obama in January has received 18.5 million hits.

Too bad: video integration has been blocked due to skyroketing demand. You can still watch the original on the Youtube site, just click on the title of this article or on "read".

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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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Obama defends the publication of CIA secret reports

The president attributed to "exceptional circumstances" his decision to allow the publication of secret reports

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, spoke Monday of "exceptional circumstances" to defend the publication last Thursday of four secret reports detailing some of the torture that the CIA used during interrogations between 2002 and 2005, under the Bush administration.

Coinciding with his first visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley (Virginia), Obama said that Washington decided to publish the reports at the request of a court, and stated that it would have been very difficult to organize an effective legal defense without disclosing them, adding that much of the information contained in them was already public.

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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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