04 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






Australia’s floods leave city of Rockhampton cut off

Water levels in Queensland continue to rise amid warnings that the flooding may last weeks


Joseph’s Journey

When Joseph left his native Liberia, via the Sahara desert, he headed north towards Europe – crossing borders illegally in the back of a pick-up truck with 20 other young migrants.

But his illegal journey came to an abrupt end when he was randomly selected in the US green card lottery.

After much celebration and high hopes for the future, Joseph left for New York. But alone and unemployed in a huge metropolis, he feels the pressure of his family’s poverty back home in Liberia and is burdened by the expectation of success.


Pakistan’s Punjab governor killed

Police say Salman Taseer, an outspoken member of ruling party, was assassinated by an elite guard in capital Islamabad.
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 12:25 GMT


Iran offers visit to nuclear sites

US excluded from a list that includes Russia, China, EU, and other allies who are offered to tour Iran’s nuclear sites.

Iran has invited Russia, China, the European Union and its allies among the Arab and developing world to tour its nuclear sites, in an apparent move to gain support ahead of a new round of talks with six world powers.

In a letter made available on Monday to The Associated Press, senior Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh suggests the weekend of January 15 and 16 for the tour and says that meetings “with high ranking officials” are envisaged.

“The representatives of some European Union countries,  Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and some representatives of the the five-plus-one (six world powers) have been invited to visit our nuclear sites,” Ramin Mehmanparast, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman told reporters.

The invitation comes just weeks before Iran and the six powers follow up on recent talks that ended with agreement on little else but to meet again………………………………………….



Hopes of Gaza cast in lead

Israel is gearing up for another major offensive into Gaza, yet the world community still remains bafflingly silent.
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 14:11 GMT

Record number of Britons embrace Muslim faith

By Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison

Number of Britons converting to Islam has doubled. ………………………………..


Son of Hitler’s deputy faces accusations of sexual assault

 By Tony Patterson in Berlin

Getty Images Martin Bormann Jnr as a priest in 1958 

The eldest son of Adolf Hitler’s secretary, Martin Bormann, was yesterday accused of subjecting a former pupil at an Austrian Catholic boarding school to violent and protracted sexual abuse during his time there working as a priest and schoolmaster, more than 50 years ago. 


Martin Bormann Jnr, the 80-year-old son of one of the Nazi leader’s most important deputies, is renowned in Germany and Austria for his attempts to atone for his father’s crimes. He has been a Catholic missionary, priest and a speaker against the Holocaust in schools. 


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