Posts Tagged ‘Britain’
Posted on May 2nd 2011 by Johannes Ledel
Here are some of the stories coming up in the week ahead.
Election in Canada, a referendum in the UK and the World Economic Forum on Africa.
The people of Canada will be heading to the polls this Monday for an election called for by prime minister Stephen Harper following a vote of non-confidence in the country’s parliament. This will be the fourth time in only seven years that Canadians are asked to elect their leaders.
The UK will be holding a referendum on their voting system this Thursday. The vote is on whether or not the so called “first past the post” system should be replaced with an alternative system. An issue that was heavily debated during Britain’s last election
The World Economic Forum on Africa is being held this week in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year’s forum is “From Vision to Action, Africa’s Next Chapter”.
Also in the news this week:
One of Pablo Picasso’s paintings is being auctioned off in New York at the Sotheby’s auction house. The work is called “Femmes Lisant” and is believed to be fetch a prize of between 25 and 35 million dollars.
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Posted on September 13th 2010 by Johannes Ledel
Here are some of the stories likely to show up in the headlines in the week ahead.
Afghanistan heads for the polls, Nethanyahu and Abbas meet for a second round of negotiations and the Pope visits Britain.
In Afghanistan, it has become time for parliamentary elections. The elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 18, and are for the 249 seats in the House of the People (Wolesi Jirga). Human Rights Watch, an international Human Rights watchdog, recently issued a report claiming that the elections were severely threatened by violence.
Binyamin Nethanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas are meeting for a second round of direct negotiations after the meet for the first time in nearly two years on September 2. Nethanyahu recently announced that the moratorium on new settlements in the West Bank would end and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has previously said that a settlement freeze is a requirement for continued talks. The UN Security Council will also this week hold a meeting on peace between Israel and Palestine.
On Thursday Pope Benedict XVI begins a state visit to the United Kingdom. The visit will definitely attract attention, especially in light of the revelations of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic church. It has been reported that the pope is likely to meet some of the victims involved in the cases from Great Britain.
Also in the news this week:
Guinea would be heading into a presidential run-off election at the end of this week, but on Sunday clashes between the two competing parties broke out leaving one dead and 50 injures. The presidential election in Guinea on June 27 was a landmark election, but no candidate received enough votes to get a clear majority. Now it’s up to electoral officials to decide if the election can go ahead.
The US continues with primary elections before the general election in November, London begins its Fashion Week and Germany holds its annual Oktoberfest.
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Posted on September 6th 2010 by Johannes Ledel
Here are some of the stories that may show up in the headlines next week:
45 people have been buried in landslides in Guatemala which occurred overnight before Sunday morning. Many of the dead were people trying to rescue victims of an earlier landslide which happened on Saturday. The toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered and a national day of mourning was declared for Monday.
A number of boat accidents in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed over 200 people. The accidents are believed to be due to poor safety procedures and river boats are a common way of transport.
The Basque (Northern Spain) separatist group Eta has declared a ceasefire today, vowing to stop carrying out armed attacks. The organisation claims it took the decision months ago in order “to put in motion a democratic process”. This announcement comes after the arrests of several Eta leaders and initial reactions remain cautious.
Britain and France prepare for major strikes. In France the country’s two largest unions will hold a national day of strikes and protests on Tuesday against a proposed pension reform debated in the country’s National Assembly. Maintenance and Engineering staff for the London Underground (metro) will be conducting a series of 24 hour strikes during the week.
Also in the news this week
This coming week marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York of 2001. For Muslims the week also marks the end of Ramadan with the annual festivities of Eid ul-Fitr on Friday 10 September. Some US Muslims are now worried that the festivities around Eid will be misinterpreted after the recent heated debate around a proposed Islamic Center near the site known as “Ground Zero” in New York.