PRETORIA: Israel is defying the world by “sabotaging” prospects for a two state solution through its settlements policy, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday as he welcomed visiting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. “The truth is the fact that the overwhelming majority in the world agrees with the position of two states living side by side in peace, but we’ve a problem of a state that is defying all of that,” said Zuma. “We reiterate our call for the absolute cessation of all settlement activities,” he told a joint news conference with Abbas. Criticising the way the United Nations works, he added: “I do not believe the system should let that one nation can defy the world.” South Africa had appointed two special envoys for the task and was prepared to assist with discussions between the Palestinians and Israel, Zuma added.Abbas said the Palestinians sought to profit from South Africa’s “successful experiences” in developing an independent state. “The Palestinians are the last nation in the world that’s still living under occupation,” Abbas said. Zuma’s ruling African National Congress is a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause, with politicians regularly comparing Israel to the former racist apartheid state in South Africa. The white minority government had cooperative relationships with Israel, but when Nelson Mandela was elected first democratic president in 1994, he pledged to support Palestine, saying: “South Africa’s freedom is incomplete without [...]
China premier says Sino-Africa disputes just ‘growing pains’ Disputes arising over China’s investment projects in Africa are simply “growing pains” in a growing romance that found their industry best $200 billion last year, Premier Li Keqiang stated on Sunday in front of a tour of the region. Li, speaking before beginning a May 4-11 visit to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya, said Chinese companies in Africa required to follow local regulations in addition to also take responsibility to safeguard the interests of local communities.He explained the Chinese government was prepared to take a seat with African nations to solve any conditions that arose between your two factors, but stated theses were “remote” instances in a relationship-based on mutual benefit and equality. “I desire to guarantee our African friends in every seriousness that China will never follow a colonialist route like some places did, or permit colonialism, which is one of the earlier, to reappear in Africa,” the state news agency Xinhua quoted Li as saying. Whilst the nation tries to increase its use of materials of essential goods for example oil and copper Chinese companies have invested heavily on power, exploration and structure projects in Africa. However in some cases, Chinese companies have already been accused of managing local staff unfairly. Oil workers at two China-invested projects in Niger and Chad continued strike in March in protest against unequal pay. Xinhua said greater than 2, and last year, China overtook America as Africa’s [...]
Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium Iran said on Saturday it’d finished watering down and transforming over 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. “on the basis of the contract together with the West, we were likely to have 50% of our 200 kg inventory of uranium diluted as well as the partner transformed into uranium oxide,” Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the Arabic-language Al Alam television station.The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that Iran has acted to reduce its most vulnerable nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a well planned service it’ll have to satisfy the six-month offer has been delayed. Salehi, who heads the nation’s nuclear energy company, said the quick procedure for uranium conversion was likely to facilitate the release of frozen Iranian assets within the West. Underneath the development deal that took effect on January 20, Iran stopped some facets of its nuclear program in exchange for a small easing of international sanctions which have laid low the major oil manufacturer’s economy. If it conforms with all the temporary deal, Iran will receive a total of $4.2 billion in profits long freezing runs, in ten instalments within the January-July period. Including Japan’s latest funds, it’s received $2.55 billion. South Korea, another importer of Iranian gas, has made one payment. Salehi [...]
World Press Tribute to Gabriel Garcia World of literature mourns the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The death of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the age of 87 has attracted world attention and international tributes.Regarded as one of the greatest writers in the Spanish-language, he was best known for his masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. His books were read by everyone from presidents to youngsters and with his unique blend of magic and realism they became popular around the world. President Obama said the world had lost “one of its greatest visionary writers” while former US President Bill Clinton called him “a man with a unique gift of imagination and emotional honesty”. Among his other works were “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, a one-time friend but after a punch outside a cinema they started one of literatures most talked-about feuds, said: “A great writer had died, whose work gave great diffusion and prestige to the literature of the Spanish language. His novels will survive him and will continue to win over readers everywhere.”Colombian by birth he was last seen in public on his birthday at his home in Mexico. He died there after several years of ill health. Statement by the President on the Passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Marquez: The White House Office of the Press Secretary With the passing of Gabriel García Márquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers – and one of my favorites from the time [...]
Good Friday from New York to the Philippines As is tradition, the death of Jesus Christ by walking the “Via Dolorosa”, like they are doing every Easter, to honor, a large number of Christians have flocked to Jerusalem. The faithful follow exactly the same path that Jesus is thought to have walked, carrying his cross to where he was crucified.The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which opened its doors to pilgrims from all around the world on Good Friday, is explained by Christians to become the website of Christ’s Crucifixion. Within the Philippines, Catholics carried wooden crosses re-enacting the final hours of Jesus Christ and flagellated themselves. Around a danish along with 20 Filipinos filmmaker were nailed to crosses. The Catholic Church has denounced it being a problem of Christ’s suffering for others. The annual routine brings a large number of fans towards the town of San Fernando each year.
More wine being produced, but who’s drinking it World wine production rose dramatically this past year, even while international consumption stagnated. Spain, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa increased wine production and sales.Overall output was up by 8.5 percent in comparison to 2012. Three European nations – France, Spain and Italy – account for 47 percent of your wine manufactured in the planet. And this past year Spain increased its output by 31 percent, overtaking France.This past year Italy ended up nearly fifty million hectolitres, Spain 42.7 million and France 42 million. America was the fourth-largest manufacturer with 22 million hectolitres. 133 containers are produced by only one hectolitre. Answering overproduction, the European Union it has offered grapes that produce better-quality wine and has previously limited vine planting. The International Organisation of Wine and Vine, which released the output numbers, suggests use is recovering following the decrease following a 2008 financial crisis.
Norway claim World Men’s Curling Championship title Norway outclassed reigning champions Sweden 8-3 to secure the Planet Men’s Curling Championship title in Beijing on Sunday. Directed by team leader Thomas Ulsrud, the Norwegians, who finished runners-up in 2002 and 2010, dominated their opponents in the beginning cruising into a 5-0 lead after four ends.While in the seventh stop, Oskar Eriksson struck out a Norwegian rock to give Sweden a further two points however it was not enough too late as Ulsrud Norway’s first since 1988 and clinch the Entire World title, held his composure to score two in the eighth end.Switzerland completed the podium after beating Canada 7-5 earlier in your day. Japan and Canada finished fourth and fifth respectively while Scotland had to stay for ninth-place.
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Very little time left to show down the planet’s warmth, U.N. claims Your outlook for the following millennium: Warmer, drier and hungrier, and the opportunity to ignore the thermostat is falling away. This Is The latest summary in the Un, which urged governments to deal with the “increasingly apparent” risks posed with a warming climate before some options are closed-off permanently. The most recent report in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate-Change figured taking measures to lessen the skin tightening and emissions blamed for rising temperatures can get additional time to regulate to a warmer planet. Reducing emissions now “escalates the time readily available for adaptation into a specific degree of climate-change,” the report states. However it adds, “Slowing mitigation steps may reduce choices for environment-tough paths as time goes by.” “oftentimes, we’re not prepared for your weather-related risks that we currently face,” Vicente Barros, the co-chaiman of the IPCC working group behind the record, said in a statement accompanying the report. “Investments in better planning will pay dividends both for the current and for the near future.”Climate change: 10 countries most at risk Climate change The summary for policymakers was launched Monday morning in Yokohama, Japan. It’s the 2nd area of the IPCC’s standard review of climate-change, a report produced every six years using the input of nearly 1,000 researchers. Without inspections on emissions, the effects of climate-change will [...]
Life inside the densest place on earth: Remembering Kowloon Walled City NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Kowloon Walled City was once considered the densest settlement on earth, 33,000 people lived within the area of one city block, with little government regulation, Photographer Greg Girard spent years documenting the Walled City before its demolition. Picture a huge empire of small houses stacked along with one another. Imagine them linked by stairs snaking under hanging cables; through passages so dark-even police were rumored to hesitate of them. Now picture 33,000 people living there, inside the area of 1 city block. Which was Kowloon Walled City, once considered the densest settlement on the planet.“A huge waste of structures” Photographer Greg Girard remembers being surprised when he first saw it, and spent years with collaborator Ian Lambot recording this excellent Hong Kong trend, before it was destroyed thirty years ago. 33,000 people lived within the Walled City. “it had been an enormous waste of buildings,” recalls Girard. “It did not seem like other things.” In the end, the Walled City was a type of historical accident. A former Qing dynasty castle, it never completely got underneath the legislation of the British colonial government in Hong Kong. Consequently, its citizens were liberated to develop their houses because they wanted, ignoring safety rules.“frequently homes were constructed by building onto the following building, pounding out walls to make use of their stairs,” said Girard. “A large amount of them did not [...]