Karzai: NATO risks being seen as ‘occupying force’
Afghan president says he will no longer allow airstrikes on homes
msnbc.com news services
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Hamid Karzai angrily warned NATO forces fighting in his country that they risk becoming seen as an “occupying force” if they do not stop attacking Afghan homes with air strikes as they hunt insurgents.
Karzai said he would no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses because they have caused too many civilian casualties.
A recent strike that mistakenly killed a group of children and women would be the last, he added.
Food prices to double by 2030, Oxfam warns
Charity says era of permanent food crisis will hit poorest people hardest and spark social unrest
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 May 2011
The average price of staple foods will more than double in the next 20 years, leading to an unprecedented reversal in human development, Oxfam has warned.
The world’s poorest people, who spend up to 80% of their income of food, will be hit hardest according to the charity. It said the world is entering an era of permanent food crisis, which is likely to be accompanied by political unrest and will require radical reform of the international food system.
Serbia ‘certain’ to reject plea for Mladic trial to be halted
Defence stalls as nationalists take to streets over general’s extradition
By Andrew MacDowall in Belgrade Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Ratko Mladic looks certain to be extradited to The Hague within days to face trial for war crimes, despite a last-minute appeal and protests by Serbian nationalists.
Mladic will be transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from his Serbian prison cell if the appeal, lodged on grounds of ill health, fails as expected.
Mladic faces 15 indictments related to the killing of around 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 and the 1,400-day siege of Sarajevo, during which 10,000 civilians died. From 1992 to 1996, Mladic was commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Serb forces held responsible for a number of
Yemeni ceasefire deal ends
irishtimes.com – Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
“The cease-fire agreement has ended,” a government official said today.
The weekend agreement took effect after more than 115 people were killed when the two sides battled with machine guns, mortars and rocket propelled grenades during fights in capital city in Sanaa.
Global powers have been pressing Mr Saleh to sign a Gulf-led deal to handover power aimed at stemming the growing chaos in Yemen, home to al-Qaeda militants and neighbour to the world’s biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia.
Gaddafi calls for truce, but on his own terms
DIAA HADID TRIPOLI, LIBYA – May 31 2011
Zuma, said Gaddafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a ceasefire that would stop all hostilities, including Nato airstrikes in support of rebel forces. “He is ready to implement the road map,” Zuma said.
Zuma said Gaddafi insists that “all Libyan be given a chance to talk among themselves” to determine the country’s future. He did not say Gaddafi is ready to step down, which is the central demand of the rebels. He was speaking to reporters from South African and Libyan TV, which broadcast his remarks late on Monday
TEPCO waited 12 hours to announce pump failure at No. 5 reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged it delayed announcing a pump failure at the No. 5 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and that its backup plan did not run smoothly.
The utility learned of the failure at 9 p.m. on May 28, but it did not disclose the problem to the public until 9 a.m. the following day, during which time water in the reactor neared the boiling point.