The Supreme Court of North Korea charged a US citizen of 15 years of hard labor for doing antagonistic acts against the administration. Kenneth Bae, 44 a Korean-American citizen from the state of Washington who managed a business tour out of China, was captured in an economic zone of Rason in the northeastern part of North Korea last November after his tour with a group of businessmen from Yanji,China.
North Korea said that Mr. Bae was accused of trying to oust the government of Pyongyang. The Korean Central News Agencyâ€™s official in the North stated last Thursday that the Supreme Court read the verdict last Tuesday during the trial. Based on the law of North Korea, Mr. Bae should be moved within 10 days into a labor camp. In the midst of the ongoing tensions within Washington and Pyongyang government, the decision came out. Activists from South Korea believed that Mr. Bae may have been captured because of the photos of the starving children that he had taken in North Korea. Patrick Ventrell, the U.S State Department spokesman stated on Monday that they will call on the attention of North Korea to release the American.
In 2009, two American journalists were arrested in North Korea namely Laura Ling and Euna Lee who was reported to have entered the country illegally and made anti-government acts. They were charged of 12 years labor but were released after five months when President Bill Clinton went to visit Pyongyang, North Koreaâ€™s capital and met the ruler at that time Kim Jong-il.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano blamed the politicians who re-elected him during the election stating that he accord with it only because of the political crisis in their nation.
He charged them of being a failure to their unforgivable enacted reforms.Â Mr. Napolitano, 87 became the first Italian president to be re-elected in a second term because of the lack of replacement found for the position.
Eight weeks after the election Italy has no government which results into a parliament.
â€śNew administration should be made without any more postpones forcing the political parties to make a deal.â€ťÂ According to reports, the President was filled with emotions when he was delivering his speech.Â Mr. Napolitano is expected to retire at the end of his first term but he was requested to stay in position by the leaders of the party who could not find a worthy candidate.Â â€śI was worried about the status of the country thatâ€™s why I could not decline the position.â€ť He added last Monday, people then applauded.Â He thanked the officials who requested to re-elect him but he blamed them of the change that the Italianâ€™s called for.
He said that he might quit if the parties could not make new reforms needed by the Italians. He added that the parties should make an agreement which is the only chances in the present condition.Â The election is in three parties balanced evenly but the bitterness within the three has made actions to build a useless alliance.
He discarded any more alliances by the other parties.
North Korea canâ€™t fit a nuclear warhead on a missile, says President Obama. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was warned after weeks of threat that they received against United States and South Korea. According to the intelligence report President Obama doesnâ€™t believe that North Korea has the capacity to put up a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile. Obama made sure that United States is ready when North Korea strikes that is why he positioned the missile defense systems to guard the Western Pacific territory, the home of U.s naval and air bases which was one of the possible targets of the attacks.
But then North Korea refuses to talk with the US. Last Monday North Korea warned the United States and South Korea that they will attack the two countries without giving any warning. Obama mentioned that North Korea is following the same pattern as his father and grandfather before referring to the two previous leaders Kim Jong II and Kim II Sung. According to President Obama they are expecting several moves from the North Korean leader for the next several weeks.
Meanwhile South Korea still hopes that the North will make the situation normal this week for the major public holiday 101st anniversary of Kim II Sung, the founder of Korea on Monday. United States Secretary John Kerry visited South Korea, China and Japan last week to discuss about the conditions in order to talk with United States. But North Korea insisted repeatedly for their nuclear program is necessary because of the posed threats against the US and their allies.
Five days after an eight-story-building collapsed in Bangladesh, emergency rescue teams had recovered dozens of dead bodies and survivors in the rubble.Many individuals are in the area watching the rescue teams still hoping that their relatives will be found alive. Emergency workers tried to rescue a woman trapped for almost 12 hours, giving her drinks and dry food as they slowly cut through the debris and tried to reach her. But a fire wrecked that caused the death of the woman, leaving the rescuers weeping. Sohel Rana, the owner of the said building was arrested by the Bangladeshi paramilitary officers after he was found hiding near the Indian border and brought him back to Dhaka via helicopter.
The incident was considered the extremely fatal accident in clothing industry. At least 377 individuals died and dozens are believed to be still missing buried in the wreckage. Rana Plaza is composed of five clothing factories, with almost 3,000 employees who were producing garments for consumers in Europe and Asia. Company websites, labels and records revealed that the factories were creating clothe for JC Penney; Cato Fashions; Benetton; Primark and other retailers.
Anywhere near the area, the disgusting smells of the corpses are suppressing. Rescuers are spraying disinfectants. According to the police, rescue operation inside the building was cancelled due to the dust and unpleasant smell of the dead bodies. For several days, emergency teams including volunteers skulk to small areas fearful of using heavy machinery that could make the building collapse even further.
It was reported that North Korea has already ended its ties with South Korea. Both of the countries has been running an industrial park called the Kaesong industrial complex where a number of almost 50,000 workers are operating. A report came out that the North has decided to put an end and shut the said industrial complex. North Korea and South Korea is not ready to make peace while the North continues to threaten the government and the people of South Korea.
It has been weeks when North Korea has been sending their threats. The whole world knew about the fight between the two Koreas. The United States of America has been one of the target countries of the North since it was said to be an ally of South Korea. US have helped the South Korean military and has promised to back them up whenever the North would plan an attack and provoke the South Korean government.
The said closure of the complex is another move by the North Korean government to impose that they will be cutting any ties with the South Korean government. The Industrial complex was described to be important for the North Korean citizen since this has provided them with livelihood. The jobs operating within the complex has helped a lot of poor North Korean families. The complex was reported to be a source of income among the Koreans. A statement coming from Kim Yang Gon described the Industrial complex to be struggling with the ongoing misunderstanding of the two Koreas. He added that the complex is already in a very serious crisis.
Last Sunday was the first Easter Mass of the new Pope. There were a lot of people who celebrated Easter at the St. Peterâ€™s square to witness the Easter mass lead by Pope Francis I. During the said mass, the Pope called for peace. The ongoing war in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East are two of the things the Pope has mentioned in his speech.
During the Easter mass, there were a number of people from around the world rejoicing on a joyous Easter Sunday in Rome. The Pope has drawn the attention of the many when he had the blessing called the Urbi et Orbi. The Pope has prayed for peace in the nations that are affected by war. This includes the counties like Syria, Israel, Central Africa, and Palestine. Coming from the observers, the Pope has delivered his speech on peach way much different from the previous Pope. The new Pope interacted with the huge crowd whereas Benedict XVI had a distant approach.
Pope Francis was described to have a modest image. He celebrated the Easter mass at the St. Peterâ€™s Square without the cardinals. After the Easter mass, the Pope roamed around the St. Peterâ€™s square using the pope mobile which is not a bulletproof one so that the Pope can do his handshakes and can interact well with the crowd. It was described that the crowd were cheering and waving their flags as the Pope approached them. He kissed a number of young born and has embraced dozens of people. The Pope was elected three weeks ago and he has started his journey as the Catholic Church leader.
The capital of the African Republic was seized by rebels. This was the main reason for the ousted President to go to Cameroon. Last Sunday, the rebels were able to take over the capital of Central Africa, Bangui. It was also reported by the State news in Cameron that the President was in Cameroon after the capital was taken. According to the report President Francois Bozize wanted to travel to another country.
In light of the recent incident, the African Union made some action on how to solve the issued in the Central African Republic. It was reported that the rebels who captivated the capital was able to violate a peace deal agreement. This peace deal was agreed between the rebels and the government. It includes the government and the rebels to unite. The known rebels in the Central African Rebels were the Seleka rebels. An official from the rebel group has released a statement telling the residents in the country to be calm and be ready to accept the rebel forces.
It was in December last year when the rebels started the unrest in the country. They had controlled a lot of towns and now including the capital Bangui. The Seleka Rebels originated from the Northern part of the country. The French government has condemned the rebels. The use of force according to the French Government was also criticized adding that the changes in the colony will still be governed by the peace deal, says a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry of France. A Foreign Policy Chief of the European Union also released a statement saying that both the rebels and the government should stop the unrest.
South Koreaâ€™s partnership with the U.S. government has been strong despite the threat from North Korea. The United States plans to deploy missile interceptors in the West Coast. The said interceptors will help the country defend itself from any possible attack from North Korea. The announcement was released by the U.S Defense Secretary last Friday. The new Pentagon Chief, Chuck Hagel announced to the reporters that the U.S will provide fourteen interceptors that will be ready by 2017. The said installment of interceptors will cost the country $1 Billion.
North Korea has threatened its enemy country for supporting South Korea and being one of its allies. The threat was known all throughout the world and the Unites Nations Security Council has tightened the sanction for North Korea. The Unites States has been preparing and advancing their program to secure their land. The U.S. Homeland Security wants to stay ahead of the threat and be ready with their contingency plans whenever there will be attacks from the North.
On a statement released by a spokesperson from the North, it has threatened South Korea on a nuclear attack. North Korea had their latest nuclear test in February. In this light the Pentagon was alarmed since an incident connecting a parade last April found that there is a mobile missile in the country and it can post a threat because the said missile can be hidden and not detected compared to a missile that will be launched. The U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel said that his announcement last Friday was part of how the U.S government addresses the threat from North Korea and Iran.
The government of the United Kingdom has already welcomed the results of the two day referendum resulting to a total number of 1,517 votes given for the Falklands referendum. The turnout of the votes was overwhelming, since out of the number of votes given, 1,513 favored that the Falkland Islands would remain as an overseas territory in the UK. There were only three votes against it. The UK government has also urged all the other countries to give respect to what the people in the Falkland Islands want. That they have to accept and respect their wish.
Most of the islanders were happy about the result. The governor of the Falkland Islands said that most of the people always got a right to self-determination. This was proven during the time of voting. In the referendum the question asked was, â€śDo you want the Falkland Islands to remain its political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?â€ť Majority of the voters gave a big â€śyesâ€ť in response to the question. This was the reason for the positive turnout of votes in favor of retaining the islands as an overseas territory.
One of the members of the legislative assembly of the Falkland Islands, Mr. Dick Sawle said that the islanders really wanted the island to remain as a British overseas territory. He also said that the island never belonged to Argentina, who was already reported to have claimed it. Mr. Sawle reiterated that the Falkland Islands will never be taken by Argentina. Meanwhile, the President of Argentina also commented that the islanderâ€™s wish was irrelevant to the territorial issue.
The election in Kenya took place on Monday. There were a lot of Kenyans eager to cast their vote in time for the general elections although the country had its history in election violence. It was during the year 2007 that the election in Kenya was a huge disaster. The citizens were so excited and some have noted that this yearâ€™s election would not be the same as it was in 2007.
It was Monday night and a few hours before the opening of the polls, there were armed men who targeted a police post in the city of Mombasa. The said men have killed ten people. This was reported by the local officials in the city. The Inspector General of Kenyaâ€™s Police, Mr. David Kimaiyo, have detailed the incident stating that the armed men went to the police officers who were looking after the a post in the port area of the city. They were stopped by the police because they were disobeying orders. The police called for more back up but unfortunately; even before the back up can arrive they were already confronted by a number of 200 men.
Kenyaâ€™s Prime Minister knew who to blame regarding the certain ambush. Prime Minister Raila Odinga said it was caused by the Mombasa Republican Council who wanted to have a control of the city of Mombasa and other coastal areas the surrounds it. Mombasa is Kenyaâ€™s second largest city. The local police already confirmed that the said group was involved in the incident. Although there were minor problems and a little chaos on the day of the election, most of the neighboring cities had a smooth sailing election.