Guam demands self-determination at UN

The speaker of the Guam Legislature has called on the UN to dispatch a special mission to help the native Chamorros gain self-determination. In her speech Dr Judih Won Pat accused the US of Genocide and as the perpetrators of ‘the tyranny of colonisation’. "For the past 50 years the Chamoru people, and other inhabitants of Guam, continue to bear witness to economic exploitation and political oppression by the incumbent administering power," she said. Won Pat also said for about 500 years, "the Chamoru people endured ethnic and cultural genocide, forced labor, religious, and political...

Gaddafi's death welcomed by world leaders

Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday during an attack by NTC fighters on Gaddafi's home town of Sirte. Acting Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, announced the death and confirmed that Gaddafi had been caught alive, but stated he had died of bullet wounds on route to hospital. Video footage of his last moments have been broadcast across the world. Leaders across the world have welcomed his demise as the beginning of a 'free Libya'. Extracts from statements by leaders have been reproduced below. See statements in full here . US President Barack Obama "For four decades, the Gaddafi regime ruled...

US will wait for inquiry before approving Bahrain arms

The United States State Department has said that they will await the results of an inquiry into human rights abuses in Bahrain, before proceeding with a $53 million arms deal. The move comes as the US deal has come under increased scrutiny from human rights groups and US lawmakers, who opposed the sale. After intense international pressure Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa commissioned an inquiry into human rights abuses in the country, as protests that erupted eight months ago sparked a brutal crackdown by the ruling regime. In a letter to Congress, Assistant Secretary of State for...

Kurdish rebels in deadliest attacks on Turkish army

Kurdish rebels have killed at least 24 Turkish soldiers in eight simultaneous attacks Wednesday, marking one of the deadliest days for the army in the 27-year battle against the separatists. Turkey hit back with cross-border air strikes on rebel bases and sent troops into neighbouring Iraq as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a foreign trip and called an emergency meeting of top security officials. The attacks by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) occurred in Cukurca and Yuksekova in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border in the early hours of Wednesday. The United States and...

Security forces attack, as Papua declares independence

Indonesian soldiers and police have attacked the Third Papuan People’s Congress, held in Padanbulan, Jayapura. Thousands of Papuans from more than 250 tribes gathered to elect new leaders and to discuss the rights of Papuans. The banned Papuan flag was raised before Forkorus Yoboisembut was elected president by the tribes. Mr Yoboisembut in his speech declared the independence of the Papuan state from Indonesian rule, prompting the over 5000 strong Indonesian security forces to attack the gathering.

ICC demands Malawi explains failure to arrest Bashir

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has demanded Malawi explain why it did not arrest Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, during his recent visit to the country, warning that it is considering referring the matter to the UN Security Council. The ICC reports that Malawi, an ICC member state, was reminded of its obligation to arrest Bashir on 13th October, however is yet to repond. The ICC issued an arrest warrant on Bashir in 2008, for charges of war crimes and genocide in Darfur. He is believed to be responsible for over 300,000 deaths since 2003. Malawi has been instructed to submit a...

Sarkozy reiterates pledge for Armenian genocide recognition

In a letter to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, French President Nicolas Sarkozy restated France’s strong commitment to ensure that the killings of over 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by Turkey will be recognised as Genocide. The letter, released from the President’s press office, comes after Sarkozy visited Armenia and warned that unless Turkey did so, then he would “have to go further”. Thanking his Armenian counterpart for the hospitality during the visit to the country earlier this month, Sarkozy said , “Rest assured that France will not stop its commitment, since the massacres have not...

Clinton visits new Libyan leaders, pledges $135 million

United States have pledged $135 million to Libya's new leaders and former rebels in the National Transitional Council, for humanitarian aid and military equipment. Weaponry has already been provided by other countries, including France and Qatar. The pledge was announced by the US Secretary of State, Hiliary Clinton, during her short visit of the country on Tuesday. Addressing an Islamic conference in Tripoli, Clinton remarked, “ I am proud to stand here on the soil of a free Libya .” Meeting Libya's NTC and interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, Clinton discussed the on-going fighting with...

Serbs defy NATO deadline

Serbs in northern Kosovo have defied a deadline set by NATO to remove illegal barricades in towns on the border to Serbia. Hundreds of Serbs gathered to protect the roadblocks from KFOR peacekeeping troops. "I am disappointed with this outcome," NATO's top commander in Kosovo, Maj. Gen. Erhard Drews, said in a statement. "The north did not comply with the request to remove the roadblocks." Serb politicians stressed, no action will be taken before a high level meeting to discuss a solution to the ongoing dispute on Wednesday. Drews said that NATO will await the outcome of this meeting, before...

Majority of Britons back Scotland’s independence – poll

A majority of British voters outside Scotland back Scottish independence, a poll published Sunday found. The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror newspapers showed that support for Scotland's independence has risen sharply in recent months. Some 39% of adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland thought Scotland should become an independent state (up six points since May), while 38% disagree (down 4 points). Within Scotland, 49% agree (up 11%), while 37% disagree (down 9%). Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party (SNP), which advocates...

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