Des soldats tchadiens de la Misca ont fait feu sur la population samedi dans la périphérie de Bangui. Les circonstances sont encore floues mais le bilan est lourd : au moins une dizaine de morts et des blessés. Mis à jour le 31/03/2014 à 10h10. Que s'est-il passé samedi 29 mars à Bangui, où l'arrivée de soldats tchadiens de la Misca (la force africaine) venus du Nord pour se ravitailler a tourné au drame ? D'après un officier de la Misca citée par l'AFP, "les soldats tchadiens ont été visés par une grenade qui a blessé l'un d'entre eux, et ils ont riposté". >> Lire aussi : Paris espère une résolution à l'ONU dans une dizaine de jours Selon nos informations, ces militaires ont été stoppés au Pk-12 (nord de Bangui) par un barrage anti-balaka. Ces derniers ont réclamé leur ordre de mission. "Comme les soldats de la Misca n'en avaient pas, les anti-balaka ont refusé de les laisser passer", explique à Jeune Afrique une source diplomatique d'Afrique centrale. Les Tchadiens ont alors effectué quelques tirs de sommation, avant d'être pris pour cibles par les miliciens anti-balaka. Les militaires tchadiens, lourdement armés (ils possèdent notamment des mitrailleuses de calibre 12.7), ont aussitôt répliqué. Le bilan est encore incertain, mais déjà très lourd. "Il y a déjà 24 corps recensés et ramassés et plus de cent blessés graves" dans les quartiers Nord, a déclaré dimanche Odette Dombolo, maire de Bégoua, petite commune située en périphérie de la capitale. Plus tôt dans la journée, une source de la force africaine Misca avait fait état "d'au moins huit morts" dans un premier bilan. Deux soldats de la Misca ont également été blessés "On continue de ramasser des corps" À Bégoua et dans les quartiers Gobongo et Galabadja, majoritairement chrétiens, "on continue de ramasser des corps, et les blessés sont de plus en plus nombreux. On est dépassés", a ajouté la maire de Bégoua. "Des maisons ont été incendiées par des tirs de roquettes. Un poteau électrique a même été coupé en deux vers Gobongo, ce qui démontre que les dégâts sont très importants du fait des armes utilisées", a-t-elle précisé. La journée de samedi a été particulièrement agitée. Un autre convoi de la Misca a été attaqué par un groupe d'anti-balaka nécessitant l'envoi de renforts. "Les anti-balaka pensaient qu'il sagissait de militaires tchadiens alors qu'ils étaient burundais", précise un diplomate de l'Union africaine. Un peu plus tôt, à la mi-journée, c'est la villa d'un général de la Séléka et ministre conseiller, Abdoulaye Hissene (leader de la Convention des patriotes pour la justice et la paix, CPJP), qui a été prise pour cible. La Misca et l'armée française ont du intervenir. Au moins un garde du corps du général Séléka été tué. Lire l'article sur Jeuneafrique.com
Here is a breakdown of the aircraft and ships involved in the search today: AUSTRALIA Four military P-3 Orion planes; one helicopter; four civilian planes; three navy ships. MALAYSIA Two C-130 Hercules planes. CHINA Two Il-76 planes; three helicopters; seven ships. JAPAN Two military P-3 Orion planes; a coast guard jet. NEW ZEALAND One military P-3 Orion plane; one civilian plane. UNITED STATES Two military P-8 Poseidon planes. SOUTH KOREA One military P-3 Orion plane; a C-130 Hercules plane. 04.30 The Times has an interesting piece (££) on Britain, the United States and Australia pushing for a leading role in the investigation into the missing flight MH370 amid concerns that Malaysia is not capable of conducting the investigation alone. The question of allowing Western powers a leading role in the investigation may be sensitive in Malaysia, which is angered over bitter criticism, particularly from China, about its handling of the relatives of those lost on board MH370 and its seemingly disorganised conduct of the investigations into the aircraft’s disappearance 23 days ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Em 2011, o Reino Unido divulgou nada menos que 9 mil páginas sobre relatos de objectos voadores. Os registos são variados. Entre eles, está um testemunho feito em de 2001 de um controlador de voo reformado que, em 1956, mandou jatos interceptarem um objecto que aparecia no radar. Os pilotos afirmaram que chegaram bem perto do ovni, antes dele partir a 'uma velocidade incrível'. Em outros casos curiosos, pessoas relataram um ovni no festival de música de Glastonbury, em 2003 e um disco voador sobre Nottinghamshire. Em outros documentos, um oficial do serviço secreto diz que milhares de relatos recebidos durante a Segunda Guerra foram ignorados, já que o governo não queria estudar ou gastar dinheiro com o assunto e que 'as pessoas não acreditariam nisso se soubessem'. Em outro arquivo, um comandante militar afirma que as pessoas ficariam decepcionadas se soubessem que as investigações sobre ovnis não prosseguiam devido a 'falta de fundos e outras prioridades'.
Em 2007, o Grupo de Estudos e Informações de Fenómenos Aeroespaciais Não-Identificados (Geipan), na França, foi o primeiro órgão governamental a libertar arquivos oficiais sobre relatos de ovnis. Um desses casos ocorreu em 29 de agosto de 1967, 11 anos antes da criação do grupo. Próximo a Cussac, um menino de 13 anos e sua irmã de 9 tomavam conta de vacas da família. O menino afirma ter percebido a cerca de 80 m a presença de quatro seres negros, com cerca de 1,2 m de altura, que ele achou serem crianças. Segundo o relato, o menino notou, então, que próximo às 'crianças' estava uma esfera e, pouco depois, os seres flutuavam em direcção ao objecto. O ovni, conforme o relato, sobe em espiral crescente e desaparece, fazendo um barulho estridente. Um odor forte de enxofre fica no local por horas. As crianças entram a chorar na fazenda da família, e o pai chama a polícia, que nota o cheiro de enxofre e marcas deixadas na erva. Onze anos depois, o Geipan investiga o local e nota que: os relatos não mudaram; a descrição do barulho feita pelos irmãos bate com depoimento de outra pessoa, mais afastada do local; os dois e a terceira testemunha também identificaram com clareza o cheiro de enxofre. O Geipan não chega a uma conclusão sobre o caso. Mas, segundo o relatório, 'é impossível negar o comportamento inteligente e tendido a apresentar uma tecnologia que nos é totalmente desconhecida'.
Ovnis são motivo de apreensão e alvo de muitas teorias de conspirações. Ninguém menos que o ex-primeiro-ministro do Reino Unido Winston Churchill e o ex-presidente americano Dwight Eisenhower decidiram ocultar do público o registo de um ovni feito pela tripulação de um avião da Real Força Aérea britânica. Churchill foi mais além: determinou que todos os registos de objectos não identificados feitos pela Força Aérea fossem escondidos do público. O motivo? O primeiro-ministro que salvou o Reino Unido da Alemanha nazi temia que a população entrasse em pânico e que os relatos 'transtornassem os ideais religiosos do povo', segundo Nick Pope, que participou de um comité de analistas do governo. O grupo formado pelo governo britânico analisava e apresentava um relatório semanal sobre os registos de ovnis. Os documentos foram divulgados em agosto de 2010 e não provocaram nenhuma reação extrema no povo ou acabaram com as religiões. A descoberta da proibição de Churchill foi divulgada pela TV britânica BBC.
Kuala Lumpur: After three weeks of fruitless searching for any evidence of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Malaysian government said on Saturday it had not fully given up hope of finding survivors. Although aviation experts have said there is no chance of survival, acting transport minister and defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein told the distraught relatives in the Malaysian capital that there was still a remote chance. Relatives of passengers and crew have already begun filing insurance claims against the airline and aircraft manufacturer Boeing, while the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said the 777's flight "ended" in the remote southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Mr Hishammuddin said he still hoped for a miracle in the Australian-led search. "I cannot give them (relatives) false hope," he said. "The best we can do is pray and be sensitive to them, that as long as there is even a remote chance of a survivor, we will pray and do whatever it takes." “Miracles do happen, remote or otherwise, and that is the hope that the families want me to convey not only to the Malaysian government, MAS (Malaysia Airlines), but also to the world at large. “For me, as the minister responsible, this is the hardest part of my life,” said Mr Hishammuddin. The Malaysian government has been criticised by angry relatives for what they say has been a bungled search and hiding details. Chinese relatives have staged protests in Malaysia and walk-outs from Malaysian briefings in Beijing. “The contradictory and piecemeal information Malaysia Airlines and its government have provided has made search efforts difficult and the entire incident even more mysterious,” the China Daily wrote in an editorial. “What else is known that has not been shared with the world?” Leading Chinese artists have called for a boycott of Malaysian goods and the Chinese government has formally raised concerns with Mr Najib over his country’s handling of the disaster. Mr Hishammuddin – touted as a possible successor to Mr Najib before this crisis – said Malaysia would be judged as doing everything it could and acting responsibly. But he also admitted on Friday that the focus of the search, which had been moved by 1100 km because of revised data analysis, was likely to shift again in the next few days. As defence minister, Mr Hishammuddin is also overseeing an air force investigation into why at least three military radar stations failed to detect MH370 immediately after it made a U-turn over the Malaysian peninsula and why they failed scramble fighter jets to intercept it. The Sydney Morning Herald
Chinese ships are scouring a new search area of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The two vessels are trying to find and retrieve a number of items spotted by planes on Friday. Chinese aircraft are also flying over the area, north-east of the previous zone, and have spotted more objects, China's Xinhua news agency says. The Beijing-bound airliner disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board. Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01, and a navy vessel, Jinggangshan, which carries two helicopters, reached the new search area in the past few hours. The BBC's Jon Donnison spent the day with Australian air crews looking for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Xinhua said the Jinggangshan was expected to focus on searching for debris, oil slicks and life jackets. Eight aircraft are also taking part in the operation, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) Amsa said in its latest statement. Later on Saturday one of them, a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft, spotted three orange, white and red objects floating in the ocean. Some were very small, and officials have cautioned that they may be sea junk. On Friday five search planes spotted multiple objects of various colours in the same area - about 1,100km (700 miles) north-east of the previous search zone. Satellite images so far could show anything from lost shipping containers or drifting garbage to fragments of Flight MH370. Among ocean experts, opinion differs over how much non-plane debris is in the área. Southern Indian Ocean is one of world's least researched áreas. In absence of better data, retrieving floating debris can help narrow search for "black box" recorders. But shortage of live satellite data, turbulence and passage of time since flight's disappearance hamper search for debris. Investigators will not know whether the objects are connected to the missing plane until they have been recovered by ships. Bad weather has hampered the search efforts in recent days. Saturday's conditions are expected to be favourable initially but to deteriorate later in the day. Meanwhile Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he has reassured the families of the missing passengers that the search for any survivors will continue. Some relatives of the flight's 153 Chinese passengers have refused to accept the Malaysian account of events and have accused officials of withholding information. Acting Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein: "If there is any lead or information that involves survivors, that has been our priority" "No matter how remote the search, I am always hoping against hope that we will find survivors," Mr Hishammuddin told the latest news conference following a meeting with the families on Saturday. Burning more fuel The Australian and Malaysian governments said on Friday the search area had been changed following further analysis of radar data that showed the plane had been travelling faster, thus burning more fuel. This would reduce the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean, officials said. Search efforts had until Friday morning focused on an area some 2,500km (1,550 miles) to the south-west of the Australian city of Perth. --- Há dias diziam claramente que não havia sobreviventes e agora prometem continuar à procura de possíveis sobreviventes! Todo este processo está repleto de contradições...
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - An influx of almost 1 million refugees from Syria into neighboring Lebanon poses a serious threat to the already fragile country, but donor nations may not grasp the potential impact of further destablization, a U.N. official said on Thursday. "There is not a single country in the world today that is shouldering as much in proportion to its size as Lebanon," said Ninette Kelley, regional representative for Lebanon for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "If this country is not bolstered, then the very real prospect of it collapsing and the conflict of Syria spreading full force to Lebanon becomes much more likely," she said during a visit to Washington. Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria's grinding conflict enters its fourth bloody year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world's largest refugee population. While hundreds of thousands of Syrians have also sought refuge in Jordan, Turkey and elsewhere, the largest concentration of Syrian refugees, close to 1 million people, can now be found in Lebanon, increasing the population of the tiny country by about a quarter, the United Nations said. The massive influx threatens to upset Lebanon's fragile demographic balance between Shi'tes, Sunnis, Druze and Christians, and comes as the country, which fought its only bloody civil war from 1975-1990, struggles to contain mounting violence seen as linked to the conflict next door. Earlier this week, Lebanon's foreign minister said that the crisis was "threatening the existence of Lebanon." This month, the Lebanese parliament gave a newly formed cabinet a vote of confidence, ending almost a year of political deadlock. A major challenge for the new government will be the mounting cost of the refugee crisis, which has strained public infrastructure as people fleeing violence in Syria seek housing, food, and healthcare at a time of economic slowdown in Lebanon. The challenge of educating refugee children provides one stark example. Kelley said that 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon require schooling, now outnumbering Lebanon's own 300,000 children in public schools. To help the country cope, Kelley said the United Nations is seeking to support informal education for refugee children who cannot attend overwhelmed Lebanese schools. But such activities will require additional, sustained funding from donors who are facing their own fiscal pressure and competing needs from elsewhere. Kelley said the United Nations and other aid providers were struggling to secure such funding. The United nations has estimated that $1.7 billion is needed for this year to help the United Nations, aid organizations, the Lebanese government and others to support refugees from Syria in Lebanon, and to mitigate the impact of the refugee crisis there. So far, pledges have been made for 14 percent of that amount, the U.N. said. "Not everyone appreciates the small size of Lebanon and that 25 percent of its population are now refugees, most of whom came in a single year," she said. Lebanon is smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut. "I also don't think it's widely appreciated that, should Lebanon become destabilized, what that would mean in terms of how much more difficult that would be to form a solution inside Syria, the risk that could have to Israel's stability, the kind of ground that would provide to more militant actors," she said. The United States has been the largest single donor of assistance related to the conflict in Syria. The U.S. State Department says that U.S. humanitarian assistance across the region related to the conflict amounts to $1.7 billion to date.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt's first freely elected leader last July, has declared his candidacy for a presidential election he is expected to easily win. Wearing military fatigues and speaking in a nationally televised address , Sisi said it was the last time he would wear an army uniform and that "I give up the uniform to defend the nation" and run in the elections, which are expected next month. "I have spent all my life as a soldier for the sake of the country ... I am telling you that I intend to run for the president of Egypt, and this support from you will give me this honour," he said. Sisi said Egypt was "threatened by terrorists" and spoke of returning the country to dignity. "It wasn't the army or political forces who ousted the last two regimes; it was you the people. My entering the presidency race doesn't not mean that others shouldn't," he said. The 59-year-old Sisi is widely expected to win the vote, and restore a tradition of presidents from military background that Egypt had for all but one year since 1952. He has been the country's most powerful figure since removing President Mohammed Morsi, and Morsi's once politically dominant Muslim Brotherhood has since been declared a terrorist group. Among his supporters, Sisi is wildly popular. Many see him as the kind of strongman needed to stabilise a country in crisis. But he is reviled by the Islamist opposition as the mastermind of a coup against a freely elected leader. Celebrations and protests Following Sisi's announcement, there were protests by supporters of Morsi on the streets of the capital Cairo. Magdy Karkar, a senior member of a Brotherhood-led coalition organising anti-government protests, said Sisi's candidacy confirms that Morsi's removal was a coup aimed at wrecking democracy, as Islamists have contended. "His running will not achieve stability in Egypt. It's true he has many supporters who love him or even worship him. But on the other hand, there are those who hate General el-Sisi and hold him responsible for the blood that has been shed," Karkar told the Associated Press news agency. Watching his speech in a coffee shop in Cairo, however, Sabry Ahmed, in his late 50s, said Sisi has what Egypt needed. "He is a political man, a military man, and an economics man. He understands in everything regarding the state,"he said. "We can't compare him to anyone else. The country needs a strong man of his size." In the neighborhood where Sisi was born in old Cairo, celebrations broke out as soon as he finished his speech. A distant relative, Mohammed Haroun, cheered: "This is the best decision he took in his life." Death sentence outrage Commenting on Sisi's candidacy, the United States, a major source of military aid to Egypt, said it did not support individual candidates or parties in Egyptian elections. Analyst says Egypt is a dictatorship, not a democracy "As the election process moves forward we urge the Egyptian authorities to ensure that the elections are free, fair, and transparent; that all candidates are able to campaign freely, without fear of harassment or intimidation; and that the views of all the Egyptian people are fully represented," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. Sisi's decision came amid reports that one person had been killed during protests against Monday's court verdict that sentenced more than 500 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death. At least 30 people were wounded in the protests over the ruling that drew criticism from international human rights groups and Western powers. The authorities have yet to set a date for the presidential election. Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the 2012 election, is so far the only other candidate to have stated his intention to run. General Sedki Sobhi, who holds the post of chief of staff, is expected to replace Sisi as army chief and defence minister. Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
A Thai satellite has detected 300 floating objects in the Indian Ocean, about 200 kilometers from the international search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH 370. Anond Snidvongs, executive director of Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said that Thaichote satellite or Thailand Earth Observation Satellite, has recorded the objects in the Indian Ocean, on March 24 at 10am local time. The site was about 2,700 kilometres from Perth of Australia and about 200 kilometres from the international search area where the ill-fated flight is thought to have come down. Some objects were more than two metres long, Anond said. The detection is resulted from Thailand’s cooperation with Malaysia in finding the missing jetliner. He said images of the findings had already been submitted to the caretaker premier and that caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tohvichakchaikul will forward the images to his Malaysian counterpart to examine if they were of the debris of MH 370. Thaichote or Thailand Earth Observation Satellite is a remote sensing satellite for natural resources observation. Malaysia has concluded that the flight "ended" in the Indian Ocean and all passengers are presumed dead. The latest lead was a satellite image showing 122 objects in the Indian Ocean, but the search teams comprising vessels and helicopters for various countries have not yet found them. The Nation , jornal tailandês
Another satellite has relayed images of debris in the southern Indian Ocean that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia's acting transport minister told a news conference Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein said 122 objects were spotted Sunday, by a satellite from Airbus Defence and Space, which is based in France. They're the fourth set of satellite images of possible wreckage from the mystery plane. Some of objects were about a yard long, he said, while other were as much as 25 yards long. Some appeared to be bright, "possibly indicating solid materials," he said. The desperate, multinational hunt for Flight 370 resumed Wednesday across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably. A total of 12 planes and five ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand were participating in the search, hoping to find even a single piece of the Malaysia Airlines jet that could offer tangible evidence of a crash. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology warned that weather was expected to deteriorate again Thursday with a cold front passing through the search area that could bring thunderstorms, low clouds and strong winds. Malaysia announced earlier this week that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane showed that it had crashed in the sea, taking the lives of all 239 people on board. The new data greatly reduced the search zone, but it remains huge - an area estimated at 622,000 square miles, about the size of Alaska. "We're throwing everything we have at this search," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Nine Network television on Wednesday. "This is about the most inaccessible spot imaginable. It's thousands of kilometers from anywhere," he later told Seven Network television. He vowed that, "We will do what we can to solve this riddle." In Beijing, some families held out a glimmer of hope their loved ones might somehow have survived. About two-thirds of the missing were Chinese, and their relatives have lashed out at Malaysia for essentially declaring their family members dead without any physical evidence of the plane's remains. Many also believe that the Malaysian officials have not been transparent or swift in communicating information with them about the status of the search. Wang Chunjiang, whose brother was on the plane, said he felt "very conflicted." "We want to know the truth, but we are afraid the debris of the plane should be found," he said while waiting at a hotel near the Beijing airport for a meeting with Malaysian officials. "If they find debris, then our last hope would be dashed. We will not have even the slightest hope." China, which now has Chinese warships and an icebreaker in the search zone, has been intent on supporting the interests of the Chinese relatives of passengers, backing their demands for detailed information on how Malaysia concluded the jet went down in the southern Indian Ocean. That also is the likely reason Chinese authorities - normally extremely wary of any spontaneous demonstrations that could undermine social stability - permitted a rare protest Tuesday outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, during which relatives chanted slogans, threw water bottles and briefly tussled with police who kept them separated from a swarm of journalists. China dispatched a special envoy to Kuala Lumpur, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, who met Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other top officials Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The plane's bizarre disappearance March 8 shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing has proven to be one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. Investigators have ruled out nothing so far - including mechanical or electrical failure, hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or someone else on board. The search for the wreckage and the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders will be a major challenge. It took two years to find the black box from an Air France jet that went down in the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in 2009, and searchers knew within days where the crash site was.
Reuters reports that a U.S.-based law firm said it expects to represent families of more than half of the passengers on board the missing flight in a lawsuit against the carriers and Boeing Co , alleging the plane had crashed due to mechanical failure. Ribbeck Law has filed a petition for discovery against Boeing and Malaysian Airlines.The focus of the case will be on Boeing, as they believe that the incident was caused by mechanical failure. "Our theory of the case is that there was a failure of the equipment in the cockpit that may have caused a fire that rendered the crew unconscious, or perhaps because of the defects in the fuselage which had been reported before there was some loss in the cabin pressure that also made the pilot and co-pilot unconscious," Monica Kelly, head of Global Aviation Litigation at Ribbeck Law, said "That plane was actually a ghost plane for several hours until it ran out of fuel." Kelly said the conclusion was made based on experience on previous incidents, dismissing the possibilities of hijacking or pilot suicide. The lawsuit, soon to be filed, would seek millions of dollars of compensation for each passenger and ask Boeing to repair its entire 777 fleet. The Telegraph ---- Um avião fantasma teria viajado durante horas sem que ninguém detectasse nada? Para que é que servem satélites e radares, se não notam a tempo e horas que há um aparelho a viajar fora de uma rota prevista?
The most senior leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, is to appear in court with more than 680 others charged with incitement to kill. Tuesday's mass trial comes a day after an Egyptian court sentenced 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death. They were convicted on charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's general guide, was seized along with other Brotherhood figures after the Egyptian army ousted Mr Morsi last July. The army stepped in after months of street protests against Mr Morsi - Egypt's first democratically elected leader. Mr Badie and others face charges of inciting violence and murder over the deaths of eight anti-Brotherhood protesters outside the movement's headquarters in Cairo last year. Following Mr Morsi's removal from office the Brotherhood set up protest camps in Cairo, at which Mr Badie was a prominent figure. BBC ---- É esta a belíssima Primavera Árabe, por que há quatro anos tanta gente suspirava.
The full statement from Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak made in Kuala Lumpur at 1am Sydney time: "This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path. Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation. Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time." Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/missing-malaysia-airlines-jet-flight-mh370-ended-in-the-southern-indian-ocean--official-statement-by-prime-minister-of-malaysia-20140325-35enc.html#ixzz2wtWkp1Ea
MH370 PRESS BRIEFING BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN, MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT Introductory statement The search for MH370 continues. Over the past few days, new leads from satellite data have focused our search and rescue operations in the southern corridor. Our partners continue to deploy assets to assist us, as we work to narrow the search areas. 1. Operational update Yesterday, 18,500 square nautical miles were searched in the Australian search area. Two orange objects approximately one metre in length and one white coloured drum were sighted by search aircraft, but remain unidentified and have not been conclusively linked to MH370. HMAS Success detected two radar targets within the search area, but could not locate the targets on further investigation of the area. Earlier today, a Chinese search plane reportedly sighted objects in the Australian search area. These objects are not in the vicinity of those which were identified by the Australian authorities last week. A few minutes ago the Prime Minister received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia, who informed him that an Australian search aircraft had located two objects in the Australian search area, one circular and one rectangular. HMAS Success is in the vicinity and it is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest. Three search areas, totalling approximately 20,000 square nautical miles, have been identified for operations today. RCC Australia anticipates that 10 aircraft will be used. HMAS Success remains the only vessel in the search area. A number of Chinese vessels are expected to commence arriving within the search area on 25th March. 3 aircraft - 2 from Japan and 1 from the UAE – have already departed from Subang today and are en route to the southern corridor. 6 Malaysian ships, with 3 ship-borne helicopters, are now in northern part of the southern corridor. 10 Chinese ships are in the southern corridor, carrying out search and rescue operations. HMS Echo is currently refuelling in the Maldives and will be sailing to the southern corridor this evening. 2 In the northern corridor, Turkmenistan have confirmed they have not had any sightings of MH370 on their radar. Each piece of information we receive from our partners in the northern corridor helps us to continuously narrow the corridor. 2. Satellite images New leads into MH370’s possible location have come from satellite data. This was one of the four tools we identified that could narrow the search area, along with surveillance radar data, increasing surface and air assets, and bringing in more technical experts. The most recent images were obtained by French satellites, which captured radar images of potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor on 21st March. These images were received by Malaysia on the evening of the 22nd March, and were relayed to RCC Australia on the morning of the 23rd March, as they are leading the search in that particular area of the southern corridor. This morning we have received a further set of images from French satellites, this time captured by cameras. These images were taken yesterday and have been relayed to RCC Australia. 3. Family briefings Yesterday, the high-level team met with families in Beijing for more than eight hours. The families asked many questions, and made detailed requests for radar readings and other data. Some of these questions could not be answered, and some of the data they requested was still being held by the investigation, as is standard procedure in investigations of this sort. After meeting with the families for a total of more than twelve hours, and taking hundreds of questions, the high-level team has returned to Kuala Lumpur to discuss the matters raised at the meetings. They will return to Beijing tomorrow to continue. The briefings in Kuala Lumpur over the last two days went smoothly, and the families responded as positively as could be expected, with the families engaging with representatives from the relevant authorities. It has always been our intention to keep the families as fully informed as possible. We continue to do so. 4. Specific questions There are a few specific questions I would like to respond to. On the police investigation, we can confirm that the police have interviewed more than a hundred people, including families of both the pilot and co-pilot. As far as the transcript is concerned, the technical committee is considering releasing it and we will keep you informed about the decision. The Inspector General of the Police will attend tomorrow’s press conference.
It has been two weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished over the South China Sea with no indication of distress. Still, authorities don't know where the plane is or what happened to it. To make things worse, the country's chaotic lack of coordination in its response to the incident has made a growing number of people feel upset by the crash news, especially families waiting for a definitive answer to the flight MH370 mystery. Inquiries have so far focused on assumptions that the pilot, co-pilot or someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight hundreds of kilometers off its intended course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Assuming such a theory has some substance, then why was the plane not properly tracked within Malaysian airspace? How come the military didn't properly track a flying object that had then become unidentified (i.e., the transponder had been turned off)? Why did the air force not scramble fighter jets to intercept the unknown flying object? Isn't there a procedure in tracking unidentified flying objects approaching and entering sovereign air space? Isn't there any satellite coverage over the Andaman Sea, Malacca Strait or the Indian Ocean? The Malaysia Airlines flight lost contact with air control and went missing in the early hours of Saturday, March 8, more than an hour after it took off. We were initially told that the plane, carrying 239 passengers and flight crew on board, might have crashed into the Gulf of Thailand in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam, triggering a large international search and rescue effort, but to no avail. Today, frustration over Malaysia's handling of the incident is growing across Asia amid conflicting accounts surrounding the biggest aviation mystery in recent years. On the one hand, the media and public have rightly pointed to the conflicting information released by Malaysian officials who have showed a serious lack of coordination in their response. A lot of people have been speaking off the cuff, and international media are reporting it as official news because there isn't any official agency you can go to for a statement. The China Post
Jeudi tard dans la nuit, les députés kényans ont voté une loi qui permet aux hommes d'épouser autant de femmes qu'ils veulent, sans même solliciter en amont l'autorisation de la première épouse. Une application stricte des lois coutumières locales, que le président doit encore proclamer... "Quand vous épousez une femme africaine, elle doit savoir que la deuxième va suivre, puis la troisième (...). C'est l'Afrique." Cette déclaration du député kényan Junet Mohammed traduit bien le sentiment qui a régné au Parlement kényan, tard dans la nuit du 20 mars, lors de l'adoption de la loi qui permet désormais aux hommes d'épouser autant de femmes qu'ils le souhaitent, sans avis préalable de leur première épouse. Une formalisation en droit kényan des lois coutumières locales. Furieuses, les élues ont claqué la porte de l'hémicycle. Car, à l'origine, la loi donnait la possibilité aux femmes de s'opposer à une décision de leur mari d'épouser plusieurs femmes. >> Lire aussi : Monogames, vraiment ? "Toute femme que l'homme ramène à la maison est sa femme" Mais unissant leurs forces au-delà des appartenances politiques, les élus hommes sont finalement allés plus loin, abandonnant cette clause donnant aux femmes voix au chapitre. "À chaque fois qu'un homme rentre à la maison avec une femme, elle est considérée comme la deuxième ou la troisième femme. Selon la loi coutumière, vous n'avez pas besoin de dire à votre épouse quand vous rentrez à la maison avec une deuxième ou une troisième femme. Toute femme que vous ramenez à la maison est votre femme", a soutenu Samuel Chepkong'a, président de la commission des Affaires juridiques et légales du Parlement kényan. Le texte voté doit encore être promulgué par le président de la République pour entrer en vigueur. (Avec AFP)
Bissau, 21 Mar 14 (ANG)- Quinze partidos políticos e 13 candidatos à presidência da República iniciam sábado a campanha eleitoral destinada a mobilizar votos para as eleições marcadas para 13 de Abril. Alguns candidatos abrem a campanha em Bissau, mas muitos preferiram faze-lo no interior do país. Os concorrentes têm 21 dias para convencer o eleitorado a votar em seus projectos. As próximas eleições fecham o período de transição em vigor há cerca de dois anos, adoptado na sequência do golpe militar que afastou do poder o governo do PAIGC liderado por Carlos Gomes Júnior. Trata-se da oitava chamada às urnas num quadro democrático e multipartidário, havendo cerca de 800 mil eleitores. A abertura da campanha eleitoral vai coincidir com a abertura da campanha de comercialização da castanha de caju , principal produto de exportação da Guiné-Bissau.
(Reuters) - Ivory Coast will send Charles Ble Goude, a close ally of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity, the justice minister said on Thursday. The ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said in October it had issued an arrest warrant for Ble Goude, who headed the Young Patriots street militia during Gbagbo's presidency, for his alleged role in violence after a disputed 2010 general election. "The cabinet has agreed to send Ble Goude to the International Criminal Court," minister Gnenema Mamadou Coulibaly told reporters. "We are going to study how to quickly execute this decision." In a statement, the ICC said it would work with Ivory Coast's government to arrange Ble Goude's transfer to the court's detention centre. "The ICC welcomes the decision of the Ivorian authorities, and is ready to move forward with proceedings against him as soon as he is transferred, since an arrest warrant against him has been pending since 2011 for alleged crimes against humanity," the court added. Ble Goude had previously asked to be tried by an Ivorian court and not sent to The Hague. Nick Kaufman, Ble Goude's defense lawyer before the ICC, said the Ivorian government's approach to justice was arbitrary and politically motivated. "The only rational explanation is that the government continues to be concerned about the popular appeal of Charles Ble Goude and continues to deny his central and essential role in peace and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire," he said. He added Ble Goude would consider all options, including filing an admissibility challenge. LARGE FOLLOWING Gbagbo, who refused to give up power after losing a presidential runoff in 2010, has been in the ICC's custody since November 2011, accused of responsibility for rapes, murders, persecution and inhuman acts. Some African governments say the ICC unfairly targets the continent. Despite the marginalization of his Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), 41-year-old Ble Goude, known as "Street General", still commands a large youth following in Ivory Coast. Photographs published last week that local papers claim show a gaunt-looking Ble Goude in a spartan prison cell prompted criticism of the government. The government said the pictures were fake and issued other photos, including one showing a man they said was Ble Goude sitting serenely in front of a television. The FPI declined to give an immediate comment on his transfer. Control Risks analyst Christoph Wille said that the decision to transfer Ble Goude could provoke tensions, but the potential for major unrest in French-speaking West Africa's largest economy was highly doubtful. He added that the decision to transfer Ble Goude could open the way for further prosecutions. "I think there will be a lot of pressure on the ICC to issue arrest warrants for other individuals, including from (President Alassane) Ouattara's camp. Presumably, investigations have already been launched against some of them," he said. The ICC also has an arrest warrant out for Gbagbo's wife Simone for charges of crimes against humanity. However Ouattara's government said in September that it planned to try the former first lady, currently under house arrest in Ivory Coast, in a domestic court. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly and Thomas Escritt; Writing by Daniel Flynn and Geert De Clercq; Editing by Emma Farge and Ruth Pitchford)
Alfombra roja española a Teodoro Obiang en la capital de la Unión Europea (UE). Las delegaciones del Instituto Cervantes y de la Universidad Española de Educación a Distancia (UNED) en Bruselas, dependientes del Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, han programado sendas conferencias en las que participará el dictador de Guinea Ecuatorial, a principios de abril. El jefe de Estado guineano aprovechará su asistencia a la IV cumbre entre la UE y África, que se celebrará en la capital comunitaria los días 2 y 3 del mes próximo, para estrechar lazos con el Gobierno español y con los representantes diplomáticos del resto de Estados miembros, a pesar de las rotundas críticas expresadas reiteradamente por varias instituciones europeas contra el régimen político del país africano. Según confirmaron fuentes del Cervantes, el dictador de la antigua colonia española pronunciará una conferencia bajo el título El español en África en la sede de la institución en Bruselas, en un acto organizado e impulsado por la embajada de Guinea Ecuatorial ante la UE. También asistirá a un evento auspiciado por la UNED. Fuentes cercanas al organismo corroboran que la visita del presidente guineano se produce “por expreso deseo” del propio Obiang, al ser la UNED la única universidad extranjera con presencia en Malabo y Bata, las dos ciudades más importantes del país. El mandatario estudió en esa institución educativa. A ambos actos ha sido invitado un nutrido grupo de representantes españoles ante la UE, incluidos los embajadores españoles, así como miembros del cuerpo diplomático de varios países. Fuentes diplomáticas confirmaron que Obiang asistirá a los citados eventos, pero desmarcaron al Gobierno español de la iniciativa que, insisten, ha sido organizada por la embajada de Guinea en Bruselas. Desde el entorno de la UNED y del Cervantes apuntan que la aprobación definitiva correspondió a la dirección de las instituciones en Madrid. El firmante de la invitación cursada para el “acto cultural” que tendrá lugar en el Cervantes es el secretario general del organismo, Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga. Las conferencias de Obiang en instituciones españolas financiadas con fondos públicos se produce cuatro meses después de que la selección española de fútbol disputara un polémico partido amistoso en la capital guineana, Malabo. Ante las críticas por la celebración del encuentro en un país regido por un régimen cuya calidad democrática ha sido cuestionada por amplios sectores de la comunidad internacional, la Federación Española de Fútbol se parapetó bajo el argumento de que se trataba de un acto “meramente deportivo”. El seleccionador Vicente del Bosque prefirió dejar a un lado las cuestiones políticas para defender la decisión federativa. “No venimos a apoyar ni a derrocar a nadie”, señaló. En aquella ocasión, las dudas sobre la decisión tomada por el Gobierno al permitir que se disputase el partido llegaron a la Eurocámara. La máxima autoridad europea en política exterior, Catherine Ashton, afirmó en enero, en respuesta a una pregunta del eurodiputado por UPyD Francisco Sosa Wagner, que la UE había expresado en reiteradas ocasiones su “especial preocupación en lo relativo a la falta de respeto del Estado de derecho y de las garantías procesales en Guinea, incluidos los límites a la libertad de prensa y de reunión”. El principal objetivo de la UE es, según Ashton, abolir la pena de muerte en el país. Guinea Ecuatorial, país muy rico en recursos naturales (especialmente petróleo), vive bajo el férreo sistema presidencialista de Obiang desde 1979, a pesar de las sucesivas promesas de reformas democráticas que nunca se han sustanciado. [El vicepresidente de Guinea Ecuatorial, Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Teodorín, ministro de Agricultura y Bosques e hijo del presidente del país, Teodoro Obiang, ha sido procesado en Francia por blanqueo de dinero, informó hoy la página web del canal francés M6. La inculpación, en relación con el llamado caso de los "bienes mal adquiridos", tuvo lugar ayer, indicaron fuentes judiciales a esa cadena de televisión privada]. El País
09.29 Search planes flying deep into the southern Indian Ocean have found nothing so far that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Australia's acting prime minister said in a press conference earlier. "The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue," said Warren Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea. Truss told reporters that two Chinese aircraft are expected to arrive in Perth on Saturday to join the search, and two Japanese aircraft will be arriving on Sunday. A small flotilla of ships coming to Australia from China is still several days away. "We are doing all that we can, devoting all the resources we can and we will not give up until all of the options have been exhausted," Truss said. "We can't be certain that the sightings are in fact debris from the aircraft (but) it is about the only lead that is around at the present time." 09.06 Here's the Australian Prime Minister talking about how Australia is throwing everything they have at the 'gut wrenching' search effort and how it's hard for the Chinese president who is finding the whole thing 'devastating'. The Telegraph
Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies a adopté mercredi une résolution sanctionnant toute tentative d'exportation illégale de pétrole en Libye. À l'unanimité, le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a adopté, mercredi 19 mars, une résolution visant à sanctionner toute exportation illégale du pétrole libyen. Présentée par les États-Unis, cette mesure intervient après l'arraisonnage par la marine américaine, lundi 17 mars, d'un bâtiment portant pavillon nord-coréen. Celui-ci, le Morning Glory, tentait d'exporter du brut au profit des rebelles de l'est du pays. Ces derniers, originaires de la Cyrénaïque et partisans d'un système fédéral, réclament l'autonomie de la région orientale de Libye. Inspections en haute mer La nouvelle résolution autorise les États membres des Nations unies à inspecter en haute mer les navires suspects que Tripoli aura désignés à un comité de l'ONU chargé de surveiller l'application de certaines sanctions internationales contre la Libye. Les États devront alors prendre les mesures nécessaires pour interdire à ces navires d'entrer dans leur port, sauf en cas d'inspection, d'urgence ou de retour en Libye. Ils devront également veiller à ce que leurs ressortissants ne se livrent à aucune transaction afférente à ce pétrole exporté illégalement. (Avec AFP)
L'opération militaire européenne qui devait commencer cette semaine, en Centrafrique, est pour le moment suspendue : une centaine de soldats manquent toujours à l'appel. La situation est "préoccupante", selon le général français Philippe Pontiès. Le commandant de la force Eufor-RCA, l'opération militaire européenne en Centrafrique, a indiqué mercredi 19 mars sur RFI que sa mission n'avait pu démarrer comme prévu cette semaine car il manquait une centaine de soldats. "Le lancement reste subordonné à la mise en place d'une structure logistique d'une centaine de soldats couvrant des fonctions à la fois de soutien médical, de transport, de manutention et d'aide au déploiement, a expliqué le général Pontiès. Des consultations sont en cours avec tous les États membres (de l'Union européenne, UE) et je ne désespère pas de trouver la solution qui me permettra le moment venu de recommander le lancement de l'opération". Selon lui, l'objectif reste toujours de "prononcer la pleine capacité opérationnelle de la force à la fin du mois d'avril". "Il y a encore un pas à faire pour que le lancement puisse être recommandé. Ce pas n'est pas grand mais il est essentiel et nous l'attendons évidemment avec impatience", a-t-il ajouté, alors que la France a "vigoureusement" appelé vendredi l'UE à honorer ses engagements en Centrafrique. Du plomb dans l'aile Approuvée par les 28 membres le 10 février dernier, Eufor RCA, une force de 800 à 1000 hommes destinée à appuyer les forces françaises et africaines qui tentent de restaurer l'ordre et la sécurité en Centrafrique, devait initialement commencer à se déployer cette semaine. Mais la mission a du plomb dans l'aile : les États, déjà peu enthousiastes à s'engager en Centrafrique, ont désormais le regard rivé sur l'Ukraine. Selon le général Pontiès, sept pays (France, Estonie, Lettonie, Espagne, Pologne, Portugal, Géorgie) contribuent pour le moment à Eufor RCA, qui compte deux compagnies d'infanterie (300 soldats), une "section" de forces spéciales et une compagnie de gendarmerie. L'un des plus gros contributeurs est la Géorgie, pays non membre de l'UE, avec 150 soldats. "Compte tenu de la situation en République centrafricaine aujourd'hui, à la fois humanitaire et sécuritaire, je pense qu'il y a une certaine urgence à ce que nous nous déployions", a souligné le général, répétant que l'opération était prévue pour durer six mois. Lire l'article sur Jeuneafrique.com
Selon son avocat, Teodorin Obiang a été mis en examen mardi pour blanchiment d'argent dans l'affaire dite des "biens mal acquis". Le fils du président de la Guinée équatoriale a été informé de cette décision lors d'une audition en visio-conférence. La mise en examen de Teodorin Obiang est la première dans le dossier dit des "biens mal acquis". Depuis décembre 2010, des magistrats financiers enquêtent sur les conditions dans lesquelles trois chefs d'État africains - Denis Sassou Nguesso du Congo, Teodorin Obiang et le défunt président gabonais Omar Bongo - ont acquis un important patrimoine immobilier et mobilier en France. L'annonce de cette mise en examen a été notifiée au fils du président de la Guinée équatoriale lors d'une audition organisée par visio-conférence, a précisé Me Emmanuel Marsigny, l'avocat de Teodorin Obiang, qui est par ailleurs vice-président de son pays. Lors de leur enquête visant la fortune Obiang, les juges avaient notamment saisi en juillet 2012 un hôtel particulier de six étages, situé avenue Foch, dans le XVIe arrondissement de Paris, d'une valeur de 100 à 150 millions d'euros. Dans ce somptueux bâtiment de plusieurs milliers de mètres carrés accueillant notamment une boîte de nuit et un salon de coiffure, les juges avaient déjà saisi en février 2012 200 m3 de biens de très grande valeur, lors d'une perquisition hors normes qui avait duré dix jours et nécessité plusieurs camions. En février 2013, des perquisitions aux domiciles du clan Bongo à Paris et dans le sud de la France avaient également été menées. Selon un document publié en 2009 par Transparency International France, la famille Bongo et ses proches possédaient en France "outre six garages, 33 propriétés, la plupart dans les quartiers les plus chics de Paris, les autres sur la Côte d'Azur". Selon une source proche du dossier, les magistrats se concentrent désormais sur le volet visant la famille du président congolais Denis Sassou-Nguesso. Cette enquête sur les biens mal acquis est consécutive à des plaintes de l'association Sherpa, qui a déposé à l'automne 2013 une plainte similaire visant un oncle de Bachar al-Assad, Rifaat Al-Assad. Immunité de juridiction "Nous avons toujours dit" que Teodorin Obiang "ne cherchait pas à se soustraire à la justice. Il fallait que cet interrogatoire de première comparution se déroule dans des conditions compatibles avec les fonctions qu'il exerce et avec l'immunité qui s'y attache", selon Me Marsigny. Les magistrats avaient lancé à l'été 2012 un mandat d'arrêt international contre Teodorin Obiang après son refus de répondre à une convocation des juges. Il avait invoqué son statut de vice-président de son pays, qui octroie à ses yeux une immunité de juridiction. Interrogée sur une levée du mandat d'arrêt après la mise en examen, la source judiciaire a répondu que cette question, du ressort des magistrats instructeurs, n'avait pas été tranchée. Lors de son audition, selon Me Marsigny, Teodorin Obiang a refusé de répondre aux questions sur le fond, toujours au nom de son "immunité de juridiction totale à l'étranger", qui n'a pas été levée par les autorités de son pays. Eu égard à cette immunité, Teodorin Obiang entend désormais saisir la chambre de l'instruction de la cour d'appel de Paris d'une "requête sur la légalité de cette mise en examen". (Avec AFP)
Eleven days have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, and 26 nations are struggling to search for the airliner over an area more than two-thirds the size of the continental United States. Malaysian and US officials believe the aircraft was deliberately diverted but an exhaustive background search of the 239 passengers and crew aboard has not yielded any possible motive or link to terrorism. Malaysia’s top official in charge of the operation said it was vital to reduce the scale of the search and renewed appeals for sensitive military data from its neighbours that Malaysia believes may shed light on where the airliner flew. The U.S. Navy said it had switched mainly to using P-8A Poseidon and P-3 Orion aircraft to search for the missing plane instead of ships and helicopters. Investigators piecing together patchy data from military radar and satellites believe that someone turned off vital datalinks and turned west, re-crossing the Malay Peninsula and following a commercial route towards India. After that, ephemeral pings picked up by one commercial satellite suggest the aircraft flew on for at least six hours, but investigators have very little idea whether it turned north or south, triggering a search expanding across two hemispheres. Police in the Indian Ocean island chain of the Maldives said they were investigating reports that people on one of its outer islands had seen a low-flying aeroplane there early on March 8. The police gave no further details. The search covers a total area of 2.24 million nautical miles (7.68 million sq km), from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean. The Telegraph
BEIJING - The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with Chinese travelers aboard has revealed the limits of Beijing's influence in its own backyard and left communist leaders facing outrage from their public. Beijing has demanded Malaysia do more to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. But despite sending nine ships to help in the search, China appears to have little leverage over its far smaller Southeast Asian neighbor. The situation is especially uncomfortable for Chinese leaders because part of the ruling Communist Party's claim to a monopoly on power is that it is best qualified to look after the public's interests. The rise of social media and the increased willingness of China's public to assert its rights adds to the pressure to find the 154 Chinese among the 227 missing passengers. There is "very likely a lot more pressure from the domestic community in China on Beijing to make sure that Chinese nationals are being protected," said Marc Lanteigne, research director at the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. Authorities are attempting to trace the plane across two possible corridors, indicated by the dotted red lines on the map above./ CBS News Anxious relatives have thronged a temporary Malaysia Airlines office set up in a Beijing hotel and accuse Malaysian officials and the carrier of withholding information. "Some of the information released by the Malaysian government and airline turns out to be true, some turns out to be false," said Nan Jinyan, a woman from Shanghai whose brother-in-law was aboard the flight. "I believe they are still deciding which information to release and which isn't convenient to release right now." China has the world's second-largest military budget, at $114 billion last year, and has spent heavily on expanding the ability of its navy to project power farther from its shores. But the search that began in the Gulf of Thailand on the edge of the South China Sea, which China claims as its territorial waters, has relied heavily on expertise from the United States and Britain on the other side of the globe. China is the biggest trading partner for most of its Asian neighbors, buying tens of billions of dollars' worth of raw materials and components from them annually. Yet despite such incentives for cooperation, countries from Vietnam to Australia are uneasy about China's ambitions, which has hampered its efforts to acquire influence. Beijing has resorted to taking the unusual step of publicly haranguing Malaysia's government, a sign that whatever pressure it is applying in private is failing to produce results. After Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the Boeing 777 might have flown beyond the current search area, Beijing reacted with fury, a sign that the announcement took it by surprise. A deputy Chinese foreign minister demanded "more thorough and accurate information" about the new search area. A stinging commentary by China's official Xinhua News Agency accused Malaysia and the United States of dragging their feet. "Given today's technology, the delay smacks of either dereliction of duty or reluctance to share information in a full and timely manner," Xinhua said. It said Malaysia "bears inescapable responsibility." Xinhua said the plane's manufacturer, Boeing Co., and the maker of its engines, Britain's Rolls Royce plc, as well as "intelligence superpower the United States," with access to valuable information, "should also have done a better job." China's unusually vehement public reaction has "gone beyond the diplomatic," said Carlyle Thayer, professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. "To put it in public isn't helping," he said. The rise of social media in China and the growing willingness of prosperous urban residents to assert their rights have added to pressure on Beijing to find the missing travelers. Beijing is pressing for information "to show it is being a responsible government to the relatives of the passengers (and) to the Chinese public," said Liu Shanying, a political scientist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. . AP
The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, the Pentagon says. The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters south of Cyprus, said spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby. The Morning Glory's evasion of a naval blockade at the eastern port of Sidra prompted Libya's parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week. The oil terminal has been under the control of militia wanting autonomy for eastern Libya since July 2013. Meanwhile, there has been a deadly attack on the barracks in the main eastern city of Benghazi. This was their first attempt to export oil from rebel-held areas. It is not clear where the tanker was headed. Adm Kirby said the operation had been authorised by President Barack Obama and that no-one had been hurt. "The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained," he said, adding that it would now be returned to a Libyan port. The vessel was flagged in North Korea but officials in Pyongyang said it had been deregistered because of the incident. It was said to have been operated by an Egyptian company. The BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli says the US move is likely to act as a deterrent to any further attempts to illicitly buy oil from the rebel-controlled ports. BBC
No one paid much attention to the 21,000-tonne oil tanker Morning Glory as it churned back and forth along the north African coast earlier this month. Tankers are a common sight, carrying Libya's oil exports around the world. But on 1 March it switched off its satellite transponder and vanished from world shipping maps. Eight days later it appeared at Libya's biggest oil port, Es Sider, blockaded since the summer by a rebel militia. Within a week its arrival would see a prime minister sacked and Libya on the brink of civil war. Four hundred miles away in the capital Tripoli, prime minister Ali Zeidan, 63, a lawyer and former dissident based in Geneva, was alarmed. He had come to the job 15 months before with high expectations. Libya, freed with Nato help from the Muammar Gaddafi dictatorship, had everything going for it, with Africa's largest oil reserves and only 6 million people to share the wealth. Instead, he had endured a bruising ride. Forty years of brutal, idiosyncratic dictatorship had left the country on its knees. Schools, hospitals, roads, pensions, commerce, the courts and police needed an urgent overhaul and he lacked the trained civil servants to do it. Worse, he was at loggerheads with the Islamist-led Congress that appointed him. When a militia briefly kidnapped him for six hours in October, he emerged to accuse the Muslim Brotherhood, whose Justice and Construction party leads the Islamist coalition, of "undermining" him. Since then, Islamists and a growing body of allies had campaigned to sack him, blaming Zeidan for Libya's woes. Worse still, the militias that had won the revolution were now fighting each other in a bewildering array of shifting alliances, deepening an economic malaise and scaring off foreign investors. But the arrival of the Morning Glory was more serious still. Oil and gas account for 95% of government revenues, and most Libyans depend on the state for salaries or handouts. Since the summer, militias in the east and west of the country had blockaded oil ports and fields, demanding more oil cash for the regions and slashing energy production. That had been bad enough. The prospect of the eastern rebels actually selling the oil promised disaster. Normally taciturn and professorial, Zeidan threatened to attack the tanker and sink it if it tried to leave. In Es Sider, Ibrahim Jathran, 33-year-old leader of the rebels, was unflustered, greeting the Morning Glory's arrival with celebrations that included slaughtering a camel on the quayside. Charismatic and tough, he made his name leading a militia in the revolution and was later appointed head of the army's oil protection force. Last year he set up the Cyrenaica Political Bureau, named after the eastern province that contains two-thirds of the country's oil, and seized key oil terminals. Many Cyrenaicans were ambivalent, agreeing the east needed more state help, but unsure this unelected body was the way to get it. Opponents accuse Jathran of planning a breakaway state, something his supporters deny. "All of this is against the Muslim Brotherhood, not against ordinary Tripolitanians," said Jathran's spokesman, Essam Jimani. "We don't want independence. But if the Muslim Brotherhood are too powerful and it led to civil war, we would be forced to become an independent state." The arrival of the Morning Glory also rang alarm bells in the west. Libya was already a worry, with the growing presence of Islamist radicals and waves of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa using it as a springboard for Europe. Nato was the midwife for Libya's Arab spring revolution, its bombing devastating Gaddafi's forces, and a descent into anarchy would affect the reputations of Barack Obama and David Cameron, prime movers in that war. Now a new reason was emerging for keeping Libya stable; its gas, piped to Italy, was a valuable alternative source of energy to a European Union dependent on supplies from an ever more erratic Russia. Western diplomats liked Zeidan: some conceded he lacked charisma, but they saw in him a liberal mediating force between Libya's factions. And London, Paris and Washington agreed that Congress should be supported as the vital underpinning of Libyan democracy. While Morning Glory was taking on oil, US ambassador Deborah Jones declared that Jathran's actions amounted to "theft from the Libyan people". Last Monday, unperturbed by threats against it, the tanker, loaded with a cargo valued at £20m, slipped her moorings and a new factor entered the equation: the weather. Howling winds, driving rain and heavy seas met the Morning Glory as she put to sea. Zeidan ordered armed forces to intercept, only to find the cupboard almost bare. Libya's few major warships were upside-down in Tripoli harbour, the result of Nato bombing in the revolution. Its air force was in near mutiny over changes to its command, with three air bases in open revolt, and no bombers took to the air. Instead Zeidan turned to the Libya Shield, a loose alliance of revolutionary militias. A unit in Misrata, 280 miles up the coast, commandeered a tugboat, lashed jeeps mounted with rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns to the decks, and set sail. The tug caught up with the Morning Glory, a TV crew on board filming the firing of Grad rockets, to the whoops and cheers of the crew, aimed at the tanker. Several can be seen splashing into the sea, but at least one appears to hit its target. The footage then captured a remarkable conversation, in English, between the two captains: Morning Glory: "Don't fire, don't fire. We have security on board we cannot do anything." Gunboat captain: "We are not firing. Could you change the course to Misrata, please. Have you taken your map to see Misrata port, please?" The North Korean-flagged tanker docked at Es Sider. The North Korean-flagged tanker docked at Es Sider. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters Morning Glory: "I cannot do anything, the security on the bridge, the security on the bridge, with the guns. Security on the bridge with the guns, they cannot let me do anything, please don't fire, please don't fire." The exchange seemed to validate government claims that gunmen were holding the Morning Glory crew hostage, but the tanker outpaced the tug, which later encountered a patrolling US warship. Jathran had won. In Tripoli the rebel triumph was the last straw for Congress, which sacked Zeidan, replacing him with former defence minister Abdullah al-Thani. Hours later, prosecutors charged Zeidan with corruption and issued a travel ban. The stage was set for a dramatic escape. At 9pm a private jet landed at Tripoli international airport, the pilot telling the control tower he was picking up diplomats. The plane parked on the VIP apron, but when a passport official turned up to check the passengers he was restrained by security guards while Zeidan got on the plane. It took off and headed for Germany, where Zeidan insisted he was innocent of corruption and denounced his sacking as a "falsification", claiming only 113 members voted to sack him, fewer than the minimum 120 required. He promised to return one day to Libya, but that may be some way off. On Saturday night, giving his first full-length interview since his ousting, Zeidan said he fled the country after friends warned him his life was in danger, and accused Islamists of being responsible for his sacking. Speaking from Germany to a private Libyan TV station, he accused the Muslim Brotherhood of wanting to "impose its will" on Libya and repeated his claim, denied by Congress, that his removal was unconstitutional. Congress, insisting its dismissal was lawful, decided on bold action. Misratan-led Libya Shield units, the most powerful in the country, raced east down the coastal highway to capture the rebel-held ports, running into a unit, not of rebels, but of army special forces at the coastal town of Sirte. In confused fighting five soldiers were killed, four incinerated when their vehicle was hit. Photographs of their badly burned bodies being returning to Cyrenaica spread across social media, inflaming public anger. A mixed force of Jathran's rebels, Cyrenaican militias and army units complete with howitzers was deployed at the Red Wadi, a valley blocking approaches to the ports. Trouble spread across the country. In the western mountains, next to Tunisia, the Zintan militia, allies of Zeidan, denounced his sacking and mobilised. The Zintan militia is second only to the pro-Congress Misrata militia in strength, and both are more powerful than Libya's tiny regular army. Zintani and Misratan militia units have frequently clashed in Tripoli, vying for control of key bases. Zintan also lies along the gas and oil pipelines carrying oil from western Libya to the coast. In concert with ethnic Berbers to the north and Tobu tribesmen to the south, it has periodically cut pipelines and occupied oilfields. Were it to side with Jathran's forces in the east, it would leave the central government facing an almost total oil blockade, and the prospect of resistance on two fronts. Adding to the confusion, leaders in the southern province of Fezzan met to consider breaking away from government control, while in Tripoli a militia stormed, looted and burned the HQ of the second infantry brigade. On Thursday, Congress speaker Nuri Abu Sahmain intervened, giving rebels two weeks to vacate the oil terminals in a bid to bring calm. Tribal elders from east and west met, hoping to find a breathing space. But that space is limited. The Islamists in Congress have strengthened their hand by sacking Zeidan, but at the risk of polarising the opposition. Congress is itself denounced by many for staying in office after its mandate expired last month, despite MPs arguing that Libya must have a parliament until the elections this summer. Many think a breakup is now a possibility. "Current conditions seem heavily stacked against a political solution," said Oliver Coleman, an analyst with British risk consultant Maplecroft. "There is an absence of any genuinely unifying figure to act as a bridge between Libya's factions. An Islamist-dominated Congress will find it extremely difficult to reach a negotiated settlement with Jathran, given his renowned animosity to the Muslim Brotherhood." Jathran's rebels have vowed to hold the Red Wadi, in what some see as a de facto partition of Libya. Among those seeking dialogue is Hassan El Amin, a Misratan former dissident who quit Congress and fled back to Britain in 2012, saying he had had death threats. He is now calling for the UN to mediate. "The west should realise the issue in Libya can get really out of hand, they don't want another Syria. When we were fighting Gaddafi they [the west] came in together. We need them again." As forces gather either side of the Red Wadi and Libyans prepare for more violence, one question remains unanswered – the fate of the Morning Glory. It was last seen late last week going east along the Egyptian coast, destination unknown. By then it hardly mattered, as news broke that a second tanker was heading for rebel-held ports. The Observer
Kongka La is the low ridge pass in the Himalayas. It is in the disputed India-China border area in Ladakh. The Chinese held northeastern part is known as Aksai Chin and Indian South West is known as Ladakh. This is the area where Indian and Chinese armies fought major war in 1962. The area is one of the least accessed area in the world and by agreement the two countries do not patrol this part of the border. According to many tourists, Buddhist monks and the local people of Ladakh, the Indian Army and the Chinese Military maintain the line of control. But there is something much more serious happening in this area. According to the few local people on the Indian and Chinese sides, this is where the UFOs are seen coming out of the ground, According to many, the UFO underground bases are in this region and both the Indian and Chinese Government know this very well.. Recently, some Hindu pilgrims on their way to Mount Kailash from the Western pass, came across strange lights in the sky. The local guides while in the Chinese territory told them that this was nothing new and is a normal phenomenon from Kongka Pass area – the tensed border region between India and China. This strange lighted triangular silent crafts show up from underground and moves almost vertically up. Some of the adventurous pilgrims wanted to look into the site. They were first turned back by the Chinese guard posts as they were refused entry from the Chinese side. When they tried to approach the site from Indian side, the Indian border patrol also turned them down in spite of their permit to travel between the two countries. The pilgrims at that stage started quizzing the Indian border security personnel. The security personnel told them that they are ordered not to allow any one near the area of interest and it is true that strange objects come out from under the ground with amplified and modulated lights. India’s Special Operations Forces and the intelligence agencies are in charge of that area.
Abel Incada (PRS) - empresário da construção civil - Afonso Té (PRID) - militar na reserva e atual conselheiro do primeiro-ministro de transição na área da segurança - Arregado Mantenque Té (PT) - emigrante guineense em Portugal e França - Cirilo de Oliveira (PS) - antigo emigrante em Franca e veterano do Partido Socialista da Guiné-Bissau - Domingos Quadé (independente) - abandonou a presidência da ordem dos advogados para ser candidato - Hélder Vaz Lopes (RGB) - antigo ministro e diretor-geral da CPLP - Ibraima Sori Djaló (PRN) - atual presidente do Parlamento, candidata-se depois de o seu partido (PRS) ter escolhido outro candidato - Jorge Malú (independente) - antigo presidente do Parlamento, candidatura que deriva do PRS - José Mário Vaz (PAIGC) - ex-ministro das Finanças do Governo deposto pelo golpe militar de abril de 2012 - Luís Nancassá (independente) - presidente do Sindicato Nacional dos Professores (SINAPROF) - Mamadu Iaiá Djaló (PND) - antigo ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros e ex-diretor-geral do Instituto Nacional de Previdência Social (INPS) - Nuno Gomes Nabiam (independente) - presidente do Conselho de Administração da Agencia da Aviação Civil e ligado ao antigo presidente guineense Kumba Ialá - Paulo Gomes (independente) - ex-administrador do Banco Mundial para 24 países da África subsariana Os partidos que o STJ admitiu às eleições legislativas são: - PAIGC - Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde - PRS - Partido da Renovação Social - PND - Partido da Nova Democracia - PUSD - Partido Unido Social Democracia - PT - Partido dos Trabalhadores - UM - União para mudança - PRID - Partido Republicano da Independência para o Desenvolvimento - PCD - Partido da Convergência Democrática - MP - Manifesto do Povo - UPG - União Patriótica Guineense - PRN - Partido da Reconciliação Nacional - PS-GB - Partido socialista da Guiné-Bissau - PSD - Partido Social Democrata - FDS - Frente Democrática Social - RGB - Resistência Guiné-Bissau Publicada por António Aly Silva
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of gunmen on motorbikes have killed more than 100 villagers in an ongoing conflict over land in northern Nigeria, survivors said Thursday. The attacks, which began Tuesday night, left scores of people fleeing on foot from the four targeted villages about 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Katsina city. People were still burying victims at Marabar Kindo village when the attackers returned Thursday afternoon and gunned down another seven villagers, resident Adamu Inuwa said. They also set fire to thatch-roofed huts, Inuwa said. Kabiru Ismail of Maigora village said the first raid came late Tuesday and residents were continuing to recover bodies of people who had fled into the bush with the gunmen in pursuit. Reached by telephone Thursday morning, Ismail said he had helped bury more than 40 people. By late afternoon, he said he had counted 103 bodies in three of the four villages. Five vehicles also were torched, he said. The chief imam of Maigora said two policemen responding to calls for help were among the dead. He and Ismail also said two men in military uniform were among the attackers. Villagers complained that no soldiers had come to the scene by Thursday morning. Superintendent Aminu Sadiq, police spokesman for Katsina state, said he had heard of only five deaths by Thursday afternoon. Nigerian officials regularly downplay casualty figures. For months, the area has been terrorized by raids blamed on semi-nomadic Fulani herders attacking Hausa farmers. Both are Muslim. Fulani in the region have long complained that farmers are taking over grazing lands crucial to their survival. Most Fulani-related violence in Nigeria is concentrated around central Plateau state, where Muslim herders are pitted against Christian farmers. Thousands have been killed in recent years. Such conflicts — a mix of tribal and religious animosity aggravated by growing rivalries over land and water resources — are unrelated to an Islamic uprising concentrated mainly in the northeast of Nigeria in which militants also have killed thousands of civilians. Authorities appear unable to end the carnage or resolve any of the conflicts. Human Rights Watch warned in a December report the insurgency could spread with extremists invoking "the lack of justice for attacks on Muslims" in Plateau and Kaduna states, where it reported entire villages have been "ethnically cleansed" of Fulani Muslims. The New York-based advocacy group blamed the government for failing to prosecute known perpetrators, leaving people to resort to revenge attacks. On Thursday, the visiting U.N. human rights chief, Navi Pillay, said she encourages the government to investigate and prosecute human rights violations including those committed by Islamic militants and by security forces as well as perpetrators of ethno-religious violence. Villagers attacked this week noted that in past raids in Katsina state the herders stole their belongings and especially cattle and sheep. "This time they just killed people," Ismail said. "It's as if their mission is to wipe out entire villages." ___
Um dos avistamentos de Objectos Voadores Não Identificados (OVNIs) que continua a fazer história teve lugar a 04 de Setembro de 1957 com um conjunto de militares da Força Aérea Portuguesa que voava sob o comandado do então capitão José Lemos Ferreira.
More evidence of Extra Terrestrial contacts with Indian Government and Military According to Subhra Jain, a freelance reporter in New Delhi, she bumped into a very senior Indian Military official in a nightclub in New Delhi. While talking what she came to know will make the rest of the world sit up all night. According to her, Extra Terrestrials have been visiting India and the rest of the world for thousands of years. In recent days most of the super powers have been formally contacted. India is no exception in recent days. ’They always contact through the ground radar stations of the military’, she says. Indian Himalayas and Ladakh (China-India) border is where they first made their recent contact. They want to let India know the laws and regulation of the multidimensional Universe. India is planning an un-manned moon and later an unmanned Mars expedition. India’s premier Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been told “dos and don’ts”. Almost in the same week, a Flight Commodore who just retired from Indian Air Force, was requested in Bangalore, India, to provide a little talk on any topic to his youngest son’s class mates in the school environment. Guess what he picked as the topic – yes you got it right – it was the underground landing base for UFO crafts in Ladakh. He first started by saying new technology is evolving and new achievements are being made in Aerospace. The students stared questioning him on different aspects of this new technologies and where this technology came from! Then the students started challenging him as if he was really joking – at that moment he started providing vivid descriptions of the landing base. Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree Celsius even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time! In Leh, Ladakh, according to Tsering Spalzang, a senior official, all paranormal activities are happening with the knowledge of the Indian Army. There are zones that Indian Army and Air Force block for security reasons. The Ladakh valley is heavily secured by the Indian Government. It is a sensitive area and no one is allowed in these sensitive areas – neither from Indian side nor from the Chinese side. The terrain is such that it is impossible to find hidden underground structures under massive mountains – you are looking at the core Himalayas. The Petroleum Ministry of India when recently asked about recent high oil price, said that India is developing alternative energy sources with advanced technologies. When asked about, what kind of alternative technologies, the spokesperson hurriedly brought the press conference to a quick end by saying those are really classified information. Indian Government has decided to spend enormous amount of money to develop the Kashmir and Ladakh road infrastructure. Even they plan to use the Foreign Exchange Reserves for this which has grown enormously due to direct foreign investment from America, Europe and Japan. According to rumors in New Delhi, UFOs made formal contact with Indian Government. The Government was initially baffled without knowing how to react. Later things became quiet and it seems all understand now that these Extra Terrestrials are friendly. Kargil and Ladakh are hotspots in Kashmir India, which will probably see first Nuke exchange if that ever happens. Three countries face each other there with Nuke capabilities - India, China and Pakistan. In 1999, Pakistan and India almost went head to head in exchanging Nukes for a war on Kargil. Indian Army fought with full vigor against an enemy holding higher grounds. Pakistan planned to go all out on Kargil. India at that moment has no choice but to apply the nuclear arsenal. At the insistence of US President Bill Clinton, Pakistan at the last moment backed out and the Nuke war was avoided. From that time onwards, according local residents and Indian Army personnel, that area has seen the maximum numbers of UFOs and Extra Terrestrial presence.
BANGALORE, INDIA – Indian and Chinese authorities have confirmed the existence of an underground UFO base in the Himalayas. Kongka La is the low ridge pass in the Himalayas in the disputed India-China border area in Ladakh. The Chinese held northeastern part is known as Aksai Chin and Indian South West is known as Ladakh. This was where Indian and Chinese army fought major war in 1962. The area is one of the least accessed area in the world and by agreement the two countries do not patrol that part of the border. This is where the underground UFO base is located. According to the locals on the Indian and Chinese side, this is where UFOs are seen coming out of the ground on a regular basis. According to many, the UFO underground bases are in this region and both the Indian and Chinese Government haven known this for a very, very long time. They are publicly confirming its existence. “India has found an active UFO base in The Himalayas. We are working with China and the U.N. to discuss how to handle this alien incursion,” said Indian Defense Minister, A.K. Antony. “We do not want our people to be alarmed. We are confident we can contain this threat from an alien culture.” UFO expert, Dr. John Malley, of the U.N. Panel on Extraterrestrials, visited the site (with Frank Lake of WWN) and has confirmed that the spaceships observed entering and exiting the base were from Planet Gootan. “The spaceships had a purple light emanating from the bottom of their ship, and distinct markings on the under side. This is a classic Gootan ship. It is not, however, one of their battleships.” Dr. Malley has been touring the globe, speaking to governments about the ongoing alien invasion (which he believes will last until December 2015) and how to best confront the aliens. “We have to behave in a proper way when dealing with the Gootans. If not, we are doomed,” Malley said. Why did India release the information now? They had no choice. Recently, some Hindu pilgrims on their way to Mount Kailash from the Western pass, came across strange lights in the sky. The local guides while in the Chinese territory told them that this was nothing new and is a normal phenomenon from Kongka Pass area the tensed border between India and China. They were first turned by the Chinese guard posts as they were refused entry from the Chinese side and then when they tried to approach the site from Indian side, the Indian border patrol also turned them down in spite of their permit to travel between the two countries. One of the pilgrims (Sukhbir Siwach) is a writer for The Times of India (the biggest English language newspaper in India) and he had planned an expose on the cover-up of the alien base by India. The government was unable to stop him (a brave writer) – so the Indian government went public with information, some say in order to “control” the information. UPDATE: The Indian government (with help from the China, Russia and the U.S.) has scrubbed ALL mentions of this online and is publicly denying what they have already said publicly. The outrageous cover-up continues! WWN examined the site with Dr. Malley. The locals in the aeras start laughing when they are asked about these UFO sightings. According to them the extra-terrestrial presence is well known and is in deep into the ground. They believe the Indian or Chinese Governments covered up the fact for some reason. But they are happy that they are now disclosing it to the world. Why didn’t they report it to the global press? They were told to keep quiet or face death. The area where the UFO base is located is where the Euresian plate and the Indian plate have created convergent plate boundaries. Convergent plate boundaries are formed where one plate dives under another. Consequently, this is one of the very few areas in the world where the depth of the earth’s crust twice as thick as in other places. The opposite is found in hot spots like Yellow Stone National Park in America where the earth’s crust in thin. Perfect for alien spaceships. The U.N. Panel on Extraterrestrials has called an emergency meeting for September 22nd to deal with the problem of the UFO base. Let’s hope they come up with a peaceful solution for dealing with the Gootans. Weekly World News, Agoato 2011
The communications systems of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has said. According to satellite and radar evidence, he said, the plane then changed course and could have continued flying for a further seven hours. He said the "movements are consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane". The plane disappeared a week ago with 239 people on board. The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight last made contact with air traffic control as it headed east towards the South China Sea, about one hour after take-off. Mr Razak told a news conference that new satellite evidence shows "with a high degree of certainty" that the one of the aircraft's communications systems - the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System- was disabled just before it reached the east coast of Malaysia. ACARS is a service that allows computers aboard the plane to "talk" to computers on the ground, relaying in-flight information about the health of its systems. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the plane's transponder - which emits an identifying signal - was switched off, he said. According to a military radar, the flight then turned and flew back over Malaysia before turning north-west. A satellite was able to pick up a signal from the plane for some seven hours after it lost radar contact, although it was unable to give a precise location, Mr Razak said. He went on to say that based on this new data, investigators "have determined the plane's last communication with a satellite was in one of two possible corridors": a northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through to northern Thailand a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean This has gone from being a difficult search to being a really enormous, almost impossible, search for the plane, the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes. Malaysia's Prime Minister: Authorities are now trying to trace the plane across two possible "corridors" Mr Razak said that in light of the new evidence, the investigation had "entered a new phase" and would focus on the crew and passengers on board. Addressing reports that the plane had been hijacked, he said only "we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate". The families of those on board the flight have endured an agonising wait for news since the plane disappeared on 8 March. An extensive search of the seas around Malaysia - involving 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft - have proved fruitless. Mr Razak confirmed much of what had been leaked to the media, from US agencies and satellite companies, in the last 48 hours. His government had been facing severe criticism for not being more open about what it knows, our correspondent says.