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Derailment in Spain: the train driver refuses to answer police

July 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · 112 views

 

Francisco José Garzón Amo, the driver of the train that derailed Wednesday, July 25 at the entrance to the station of Saint-Jacques de Compostela, has not spoken. Placed in custody at the hospital where he was treated for 20 hours on Thursday night, he refused to answer police questions.

Investigators suspect him of having driven too fast: he had himself acknowledged when he radioed the station from his cabin where he got stuck after derailment, having driven 190 km / h instead of 80 km / h at the entrance to the corner before the station, twice the speed limit.

The final toll of this disaster always seems a little fuzzy. During the press conference the head of the police, the number of 78 retrouvésa body was raised, while the official death toll rose to 80 so far dead. Of the 72 bodies identified, there are several foreigners: one French, one Algerian, a Mexican and an American.

52 years old, the prime suspect for 30 years working on the Renfe, the public company of the Spanish railways, and since 2000 as a driver. Friday, many Spanish media showed screen captures his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, where the man boasted of up to 200 km / h.

But human error can not be the only cause. The investigation focuses also on possible gaps in the braking system. As evidenced by a video of webcast Thursday monitoring the train going at breakneck speed in a very dangerous curve. train "braked too late," headlined the Friday newspaper "El Pais".

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Spain: A train derails in St. Jacques de Compostela, several dead

July 25th, 2013 · Comments Off · 303 views

 

Several people were killed Wednesday, July 24 evening in the derailment of a train entering the station in the town of Saint-Jacques de Compostela in north-west Spain.

For now, we do not know the final number of victims. According to the newspaper "El Pais", 24 people were killed, while "El Mundo" refers to a record of more than 30 people dead. A journalist of Cadena Ser, many bodies covered with blankets were placed near the track. The railway company Renfe said that 238 passengers were traveling on board the high-speed train with 13 cars derailed. The train linking Madrid in Ferrol in the far northwest of Spain.

"The cars are stacked on top of each other"

The first images broadcast on Spanish television showed four overturned cars on the road, including at least one completely shredded, and the smoke die when clearing the convoy. "In a curve, the train began to move and cars piled on top of each other," said a survivor passenger, Ricardo Montesco. "I was in the second car and there was a fire … I saw several dead bodies, "he added.

The train derailed around 21 hours (19 hours GMT) "for some reason," said a spokesman for the rail company Renfe. The accident occurred on the eve of Saint-Jacques, the patron saint of Galicians, a traditional festival in the region.

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IRAQ: At least 32 dead in a series of coordinated attacks in Baghdad

July 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · 130 views

 

Ten car bombs killed at least 32 people dead and over 100 injured Saturday night in a series of coordinated to the shopping streets of Baghdad attacks, according to a new report source Policie re and medical.

Four car bombs exploded in the southern districts of the capital, two center, two north and two in the east.

A Karrada in the city center, two explosions took place, a few minutes apart, to 8:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. GMT) when the crowd gathered in the street, at the end of one-day e of Ramadan. Other explosions followed for about an hour.

In addition, five people were killed and two others injured when a bomb exploded among a group of young men gathered in the street, Madain, south of the capital , according to security officials and a medical source.

And a policeman was killed and another wounded in a bomb attack against a patrol in Mosul, in northern Iraq, while three civilians were injured in a pedestrian machine gen to the west of the city, authorities said.

These attacks are nearly 500 the number of deaths in Iraq since the beginning of July, according to a report prepared by the AFP. 

Friday, at least 20 people were killed and forty wounded in a suicide bombing at the hour of prayer in a Sunni mosque near Baquba, in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.

Iraq experienced since the beginning of renewed violence raised fears of a return to the dark years of sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites in 2006-2007.

The growing discontent of the Sunni minority vis-à-vis the Shiite-dominated government, associated with the war in neighboring Syria tensions and total paralysis of the workings of the state have revived attacks in recent months.

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JUSTICE: Sinking of the "Concordia", "the most hated man in Italy" before the judges

July 17th, 2013 · Comments Off · 247 views

 

It is the most hated man in Italy, nicknamed the "coward captain". Francesco Schettino, commander of the ship "Costa Concordia" which sank on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people, face justice Wednesday, July 17 in Grosseto, Tuscany, after a false start a week ago. Technically started last Tuesday, PROCESA indeed been postponed a national lawyers' strike due. More than 400 witnesses in total and 250 civil parties should be referred to the river trial, which could last for months.

Francesco Schettino, who finds himself alone on the bench of the accused, was charged with multiple homicide by reckless abandon ship and damage to the environment. The other five defendants in this tragedy - including the director of the crisis unit within the company Costa Cruises - got the green light from the floor to a negotiated sentence with court.

Among the 347 prosecution witnesses subpoenaed are Domnica Cemortan, the young Moldovan present on the bridge alongside Francesco Schettino when it sank, and Gregorio De Falco, the Chief Captain of the Port of Livorno who ordered very raw back to captain the ship terms. 

On the night of 13 January 2012, the "Costa Concordia", a ship of 114 500 tonnes, with 4229 people on board, struck a reef near the coast and e , was grounded on rocks a few tens of meters of the Tuscan island of Giglio. Thirty-two people were killed, two were never found.

The removal of the wreck still uncertain

Most unscathed from the disaster or who have not lost loved passengers have accepted a standard compensation of about 11,000 euros proposed by Costa Cruises. The company, meanwhile, was sentenced in April to pay a fine of one million euros after a negotiated procedure in which it recognized the administrative responsibility, allowing him to escape a criminal trial.

The huge wreck still lies near the harbor on the island of Giglio, lying on its side. The Salvage, a technical feat postponed several times, is expected in September, but the doubt remains that date. After several postponements, Costa and Titan Micoperi consortium technically the operation had spoken of September to get the boat upright, and six or seven weeks to tow it to a port where it would be dismantled.

But the head of the Civil Protection Franco Gabrielli has dampened hopes on a recent television interview, citing a lack of guarantees about what will happen when the ship will be repositioned. His fear and that of other experts is that the ship may break into several pieces during the maneuver, and empties into the sea that is the subject Giglio tons of polluted water containing cleaning products and food on board the ship.

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MALI: The body of the hostage French Philippe Verdon was found in Mali

July 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · 410 views

 

A body may be that of the French Philippe Verdon, removed in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was found early July in Mali, said , a source close to the investigation and confirming a report by Radio France Internationale (RFI). The Quai d'Orsay, meanwhile, said there was a "high probability" whether Philippe Verdon.

Also according to RFI, DNA analyzes were performed and confirmed that it was indeed the body of the hostage kidnapped on November 24, 2011 at Hombori (northeastern Mali). The remains, found in the region of Tessalit, near the Algerian border is currently installed by Gao in the French military hospital.

"Everything indicates that he died several weeks ago"

The French authorities have never hidden their pessimism about the fate of the French hostage with the actual execution was announced by AQIM on March 19. A few days after the declaration of the Islamists, President Francois Hollande declared on March 28 that "elements [led] to believe" that Philippe Verdon " , could be dead. "

Pessimism reiterated on Sunday July 14. "We unfortunately the worst about Philippe Verdon (…) Everything indicates that he died several weeks ago," he said again franç President , ais Sunday during his interview at the Elysee.

On 7 July, the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) had been informed of the discovery of a body may be that of Philippe Verdon. A DNA sample was sent the next day in France.

Died of disease or executed?

If it is confirmed that it is indeed Philippe Verdon, the body should be quickly repatriated.

Aged 53, the French hostage was suffering from an ulcer and tachycardia. "For us, it is possible that Philip is dead because of his disease and AQIM's use in a scene," said in March Lupart Pascal, who heads the committee Support Philippe Verdon.

On the night of November 24, 2011, Philippe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic were abducted from their hotel in Hombori. They were on a business trip for a cement project, said their relatives, while denying that the two men may have had ties with mercenaries or secret services. Serge Lazarevic is still in the hands of AQIM.

Four other French, Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Marc Feret and Pierre Legrand, were kidnapped Sept. 16, 2010 by AQIM in Niger.

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RUSSIA: The lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in 2009, convicted of tax fraud

July 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · 137 views

 

Russian court has convicted Thursday, July 11, the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky tax evasion despite his death in prison in 2009. The tax lawyer who advised the investment fund Hermitage Capital West, became a symbol of the fight against corruption.

He was arrested in 2008 after reporting a huge financial machinations of 5.4 billion rubles (130 million euros) hatched, according to him, by officials of the Police and tax at the expense of the Russian State Hermitage Capital through tax rebates. Died under the blows, according to his family

Charged with tax evasion by the leaders he denounced, from Hermitage, Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 at the age of 37, after 11 months in custody. 

Expertise without legal effect showed that the lawyer had been assaulted

and intentionally deprived of treatment in prison, but the Russian authorities have concluded that there had been no physical violence or torture and classified the investigation.

Since the death of Sergei Magnitsky, his relatives say he died at the hands of security forces. Briton William Browder, co-founder of Hermitage Capital, has campaigned for international sanctions to be taken against those involved in the death of lawyer.

The tax lawyer is officially died of a heart attack Nov. 16, 2009 in Moscow prison where he was remanded in custody.

The "Magnitsky list"

The Magnitsky case is causing a diplomatic row between Moscow and Washington, hints of cold war. The United States had adopted in December 2012 a law providing for economic sanctions and travel ban, against individuals involved in the death Sergei Magnitsky, as well as any person responsible for serious violations of human rights in Russia.

Russia responded by adopting the same month a law providing balanced action on a list of U.S. and banned in the wake of the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

European countries have also criticized this, but none was to formally adopt the United States as a "Magnitsky list". With news

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Greece: Eurozone releases a new tranche of aid for Greece

July 9th, 2013 · Comments Off · 148 views

 

With its commitment to carry out its reform program, Greece has received Monday the release of a new EU aid tranche. Meeting in Brussels, finance ministers of the euro area agreed on payment by stages of a tranche of 6.8 billion euros in Athens. Four billion euros should be paid shortly, as follows: $ 2.5 billion from the fund to support the euro area and 1.5 billion of European central banks.

The expected payments are however conditional on certain commitments such as reducing the public sector, said the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem during a press conference.

Greece has "gone the extra mile"

The euro area has decided that Greece had "further efforts to implement structural and fiscal reforms," ​​agreed in exchange for using his donors, although some are "slowly". 

For its part, the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Olli Rehn, said it was "time to accelerate the pace of reforms to Greece and this. "

In addition to the amounts that should be quickly paid € 500 million fund to support the euro area and million of central banks 500 will be released in October. These payments will depend them on the progress of privatization, said Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

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TENNIS: Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic pulls his ticket to the final

July 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · 157 views

 

Serbian Novak Djokovic has qualified Friday for the Wimbledon final by winning a splendid fight against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 6/8) and 4h 43 min, record length for a semi-final in this tournament.

The world No.1 will play Sunday at age 26 his second final at Wimbledon after his victory in 2011, and the eleventh Grand Slam or against Britain's Andy Murray, is against the guest surprise of the last four, the Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

Happened so far without dropping a set, both players fought a fierce and spectacular fight, the best since the beginning of the fortnight. "It was one of the best games I've played. The level of tennis was very high, "said Djokovic, who lost a marathon five-set semi-final at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal a month ago.

Djokovic has become his third match point in the fifth set, after having missed two in the tie-break in the fourth. Before that, he had to hang from the baseline against the battering forehand Del Potro, the 8th World, and put an awful lot of balls in defense with his great legs.

The game seemed to turn once in the third set. Long dominated the world No.1 took advantage of a slump in the tie-break of the great Argentine (1.98 m), which has lost the thread after putting in an easy smash the net. He had already given a very tight first round because of a mistake on the forehand at the worst time.

Djokovic seemed to fly to the victory by the break in the middle of handle. But Del Potro, whose physical condition yet worried since his knee injury in the third round, continued to hit shots of extreme violence immediately débreaker and 4-4 tie at two sets all in tiebreak, saving two match points.

The two men still had chances in the fifth set, only slightly less intense before the tenacity Djokovic prevails.

Winner Del Potro for the ninth time in twelve matches, Djokovic however wary of the Argentine who won their only duel on grass last summer for the bronze medal game Olympics, and their last meeting dated this winter at Indian Wells.

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SENEGAL: The former Chadian President Habré charged

July 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · 139 views

 

Habré was "charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture and was placed in custody," said Tuesday 2 July 1 for the special court in Dakar, information confirmed by lawyers Habré. A step that paves the way for his trial in Senegal, where he is a refugee for 22 years.

The former head of state "will be held in a prison in Dakar from today," said François Serres, one of his lawyers, who n has not given details on the place of detention.

Refugee in Senegal since his fall from power in 1990, Habré was arrested at his home in Dakar and taken into custody Sunday, June 30 The following day, the Attorney General Mbacké Fall told the press that he had discovered "serious and corroborating evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture" during eight-year reign of President Habré (1982-1990) and have filed for custody.

According to the commission of inquiry into the crimes and abuses, created by the Chadian government after the fall of Habre, more than 40,000 people, identified only 4000 are died in detention or were executed during his eight-year presidency.

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FRANCE: Gastronomy: the label "homemade" leaves the restaurant on their hunger

June 29th, 2013 · Comments Off · 171 views

 

Burgundy oxen vacuum and mellowness to other industrial chocolate warmed to hastily had to worry about. In a rare moment of sacred union, the UMP and PS of the National Assembly adopted, Thursday, June 27, an amendment mandating restaurants in adding a word " , home-made "for the cooked food from raw materials. Purpose of parliamentarians: impose a minimum of transparency in an area where industrial flat to proliferate knowledge of consumers.

"There are more and more restaurants that sell pre-cooked food, which lower the general level (…) everything ends up having the same taste and it encourages two-speed recovery where only the rich can afford to eat fresh produce, "said FRANCE 24 to Alain Fontaine, owner of Le Mesturet the Opera district in Paris.

Backup gastronomic heritage

Between food scandals and many restaurants serving bland tambouilles trays from frozen legislation informing the consumer about the contents of his plate had become urgent. However, the label "homemade" leaves many restaurateurs on their hunger.

At the head of three trained chefs, Alain Fontaine stresses that the name is a "first step towards the preservation of our culinary heritage." The restaurant wants to go further by supporting initiatives to create a true label "restaurant" that would be awarded to establishments that prepare all their meals on site. this provision? What will happen if most restaurants do not apply the new rule? "The amendment does not specify in effect for the time being, qu'encourrent penalties restaurateurs fraudsters.

Industrial kitchen, not necessarily a bad thing

While stressing the need to end the opacity in the area, the restaurant offers Denamur Xavier meanwhile appease the debate by removing the label "homemade" quality of the supposed e preparations.

"An industrial product can be very good, a dish" "very bad house, the question is not about quality. It is not to divide, to oppose the craft industry, but to inform, "the owner of several restaurants in Paris in an article published on the website of the Nouvel Observateur .

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