Egyptian PM seeks Israel-Palestine ceasefire

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The Egyptian Prime Minister has denounced Israel’s attacks on Gaza and says Cairo will try to secure a ceasefire.

Hisham Qandil paid a three-hour visit to the Palestinian territory on Friday, visiting the Council of Ministers building as well as a hospital treating those wounded by the attacks.

Cross-border fighting continued during the visit.

Egypt, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, has brokered informal truces between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip before.

The government of Egypt, which is seen as ideologically close to Hamas, now has to balance solidarity with the fellow Islamists with the country’s dependence on US aid, worth around 1.6 billion euros per year.

Qandil says Egypt seeks the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

EU summit in ‘small revolution’

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European leaders have agreed a deal on a banking union.

France and the European Commission arrived at the summit keen to run ahead with a new European bank supervisory mechanism to be in place by January, but the cautious German chancellor, Angela Merkel said she thinks baby steps are needed first: “Concerning the move towards banking supervision, we have decided to move forward with the principle that quality is more important than rapidity. This means we will not have a working banking supervision at the beginning of 2013.”

The summit agreement now says that “work on the operational implementation will take place in the course of 2013” rather than in January.

European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy hailed the result of the summit as highly successful: “This is a small revolution, it means that we’ll have only one supervisor for the whole Europe, who – to a certain extent – will replace all the national supervisors.

“You know the source of our problem is the financial crisis. Now we will have only one supervisor for Europe, if we had this in 2008 I don’t think the crisis would have reached this level.”

The art of compromise has prevailed once again in Europe, but there is still much more that needs to be done, as the Spanish and Greek emergencies are still waiting.

Russian opposition leader detained

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Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov has was led away by police on Wednesday morning, as authorities began criminal proceedings against him, and other associates, for planning “mass disorder” in protests against President Vladimir Putin.

The charges focus on allegations, made in a pro-Kremlin documentary, which claims Udaltsov received money and orders to cause mass unrest in Russia, from an ally of Georgian President Mikeil Saakashcili. The charges carry a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

The head of the investigation committee, Vladimir Markin, gave a warning to protest leaders:

“I would like to warn all of those who think that one can organise without consequences, massive disorders and terror attacks that threaten the life and health of civilians in our country. You don’t imagine how professional our special services are,and you don’t know our laws and our penal code.”

Udaltsov who has led a series of protests sanctioned by Moscow denies the allegations against him.

His supporters say the Kremlin is conducting a politically motivated crackdown on protest leaders.

Uganda family planning

In Uganda today family planning is at the top of the agenda. At the moment there are 34 million citizens but the country has one of the fastest growing populations anywhere in the world. On average each woman will give birth to six children.

In villages and communities people gather to listen the presenters of Heart Radio Uganda. Their talk show discusses family planning, covering topics such as contraceptive injections, condoms and how to avoid teenage pregnancy.

IFA Berlin: Eye-controlled TV and more

The IFA in Berlin is one of Europe’s top electronic show, and offers us an idea of what we can expect to see in our living rooms in the future.

Among the many new technologies on display was a state of the art television presented by Chinese company Haier that the viewer can control with a glance.

Eye tracking technology has already been tested for some years, but this TV – according to the manufacturer – is quite innovative. It allows users to change channel and alter the volume simply by moving their eyes. Furthermore, the viewer is able to scroll through text or menus while watching a programme.

Christophe Chancenest, TV Marketing Manager for Haier, said: “The difference compared to the past is that this technology is very intuitive, very fast. Obviously we are working on additional capabilities, including the ability to scroll text at the desired speed by the viewer. In the future, we would like to integrate this technology into a pair of glasses, for example, which will be able to hold a small device that today, in the demo, is placed on the table.”

Energy efficiency is one of the key aims of new technologies and Miele came up with an innovation of its own. They noted that many consumers use a lot of softener in their washing machines with the added purpose of making their clothes smell nice.

This is not only not very ecological but often the scent doesn’t survive the heat of a tumble dryer. For this reason German manufacturer, Miele, presented a new kind of dryer which takes vials containing natural fragrances, so with just a small amount of liquid the clothes stay smelling fresh for up to four weeks.

There was also a very bright little camera on show, the DSC-RX100 from Sony. Despite its small size it has a very powerful sensor which is able to take pictures in extremely low light.

Myanmar: Government worsens sectarian violence

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Myanmar security forces committed rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims in June according to a new Human Rights Watch report.

It said the attacks happened after forces had already stood by during an outbreak of sectarian violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Arkan State, which resulted in dozens of deaths and many villages destroyed.

Phil Robertson, the Deputy Director of Watch’s Asia Division, said that many lives would have been saved if government forces intervened from the outset:

“What was consistent in this narrative was that there was a government failure to intervene, and that meant that the people from the both sides began to arm to defend themselves. And ultimately, a lack of government protection meant that emboldened partisans on both sides more thoroughly planned and executed coordinated attacks on the other side. So in rather short order, the situation descended to chaos.”

The report entitled: ‘The Government could have stopped this,’ also says that over 100,000 Rohingya Muslims have been displaced and are in need of food, shelter and medical care after the government restricted humanitarian aid.

euronews perspectives: London Olympics

As the British capital geared up to host the Olympics, European TV channels gave their views. Working for euronews I took a look at RAI 2 from Italy, France 2, TVE from Spain and Russian RTR, to see how they’ve been covering the games. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Syria: UN mission says ceasefire is ‘non-existent’

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Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have made a push on a number of fronts in the fight against pro-democracy rebels, activists say.

Amateur footage purports to show Syrian government helicopters being fired upon by rebels in Aleppo. There are also reports of a huge offensive by land and air in the nearby town of Khan Sheikhoun, as well sustained heavy shelling and gunfire in the rebel stronghold of Homs.

In the midst of what is reportedly one of the bloodiest weeks of the Syrian uprising, the head of the UN monitoring mission, Major General Robert Mood said that they must stay, although they admit that the ceasefire they were sent to police is non-existent:

“Now we are in the situation in which we have the contacts and knowledge, but we have no ceasefire.”

The head of the 300-strong UN monitoring mission says it should now be restructured, conducting targeted tasks aimed at supporting political dialogue, which foreign powers say is the only way out of the crisis.

Egypt: Islamist joy as Morsy is elected president

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in joy on hearing that Mohamed Morsy – a man once imprisoned under former dictator Hosni Mubarak – has become the first president of post-revolution Egypt.

Following a long delay for the results of last week’s vote, some had feared the military council – which has ruled the country for the last 16 months – might name ex-general Ahmed Shafik victorious, so Morsy’s dramatic victory came as a relief to them.

The official result was announced, exactly a week after the vote, by Farouk Sultan, Head of the Supreme Election Committee.

“Doctor Mohamed Mohamed Morsi Issa Iyadh has 13, 230,131 votes, representing 51.7 percent, and he is therefore named President of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” he said.

Some in the news conference reacted angrily on hearing the result, but there was joy in Tahrir Square where unrest was feared if the result had gone the other way.

Egypt’s generals recently curbed some of the powers of the presidency, meaning they retain control of the biggest army in the Middle East and Morsy will now have to work closely with them on the planned democratic constitution.

President Morsy has pledged to form an inclusive government to appeal to many Egyptians including the large Christian minority who were anxious over Islamist rule. He has also said that he will respect international treaties, notably that signed with Israel in 1979.

Prosecution calls for Breivik to be found insane

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The prosecution have called for Norwegian killer, Anders Behring Breivik to be considered insane, and committed to a mental institution.

If found sane the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun attack last July, would face a maximum prison sentence of 21 years, although this can be extended if he is still considered a threat to society.

If he is found to be insane he faces indefinite detention in a secure ward at a high security prison.

Two psychiatric evaluations of the 33-year-old have reached contradictory conclusions; one that he is a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic, while a second said he suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder but was not psychotic, and could therefore be held criminally responsible.

If he is found insane Breivik has said he will appeal. He admits the killings but said he should not be found guilty as they were an act of self defence against those who promote Muslim immigration

3-2-1 blog français décollage!

Bonjour tout le monde! Voici mon blog en français… La majorité du contenu du site est en anglais bien sûr, mais j’ai decidé d’ecrire le blog aussi en français.

Récemment j’ai beaucoup travaillé en tant que journaliste sportif, c’est pour cela qu’il y a beaucoup sujets sur ce thème en ce moment. Mais d’ici quelque temps je devrais avoir plus de choses à vous montrer.

Je vais aussi utiliser ce blog pour écrire mes pensées ainsi que ma vie en tant que journaliste à Lyon et à Paris pour ceux qui veulent suivre mes progrès. C’est tout pour aujourd’hui, mais continuez de jeter un oeil sur mon site parce que d’autres choses sont à venir x

Denmark v Germany: How it happened

My Euro 2012 analysis of Germany’s 2 – 1 victory over Denmark. You can watch the video analysis on the euronews website here, or read below.

Germany secured their place in the final eight knocking out Denmark exactly 20 years after their surprise Euro 92 victory. Germany opened the scoring in the 19th minute, the move beginning with a throw-in which reached Müller in the box.

The midfielder then turned and cut the ball inside, where Gomez tried to shoot but missed the ball. However it was deflected and to the horror of the Danish landed straight at the feet of Lukas Podolski in front of goal. With a single strike Germany went up 1 – 0.

The Danes didn’t go down without a fight however, and just five minutes later from a corner, Michael Krohn-Dehli headed an equaliser.

The German’s waited until 10 minutes from full-time before answering this, Mesut Özil ran to the left of the Danish box and slid a cross but Klose who failed to get a foot to it. That didn’t matter however as Lars Bender was there to back him up and he smashed in his first international goal to see Germany safely through.

Shock finale in Group A: How it happened

My analysis of the last two group A games of Euro 2012 on June 16. A truly amazing turn of events. You can watch the video analysis for these games on the euronews website here, or read below.

In the match between Poland and Czech Republic neither side seemed to dominate or be likely to score, the game remaining goalless until 20 minutes from full time. In the 72nd minute the Czech Republic caught Poland on the break and found them extremely exposed at the back. Milan Baros dribbled the ball forward before passing across to Petr Jiracek just outside the box. With a quick turn he hit it past Polish keeper Przemyslaw Tyton, shattering Polish dreams and securing his team’s place in the final eight.

But the huge shock of the competition so far came from the other Group A match. Despite dominating possession, passing more accurately and having the vast majority of attempts on goal Russia simply failed to score. Greece were happy to soak up the pressure and try to catch Russia on the counter attack.

In the end the goal came following a throw-in in first half injury time. Veteran Greek Captain Giorgos Karagounis exploited a hole in the Russian defence sending a thundering strike to the back of the net, knocking out one of the favourites for the competition and sending Greece through.



England v Sweden: How it happened

My analysis of the Euro 2012 match between England and Sweden on June 15. You can watch the video on the euronews website here, or read below.

England’s victory against Sweden keeps their hopes of going through to the next round very much alive, let’s see how it happened.

The first goal came straight from the text book, in the 23rd minute Steven Gerrard swung an inviting ball into the six yard area that his Liverpool team mate Andy Carroll rose and headed to the back of the net, putting England up 1-0

England continued to play well for the rest of the half but failed to capitalise on a couple of good chances so the score stayed at that.

In the second half the Swedes came out attacking straight away, and in the 48th minute goal-scorer Andy Carrol gave away a dangerous free kick.

Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s strike hit the wall but then England failed to get it clear. In the mayhem Oluf Mellberg took a powerful shot at goal, which was knocked in by Glen Johnson as he scrambled back to defend.

Just 10 minutes later the Swedes caught the English defence napping. Larsson sent an inviting cross into the box and it was once again Mellberg who was in the right place, hitting the back of the net with a simple header, 2-1 Sweden.

In response to this and Roy Hodgson immediately brought on Theo Walcott for James Milner and the substitution proved to be a master-stroke. In the 63rd minute following a corner – with almost his first touch of the ball – Walcott sent a thundering right foot to the back of the Swedish net taking the score to 2-2

Walcott continued to give the Swedish back four a hard time and in the 77th minute he drove between two defenders on the right before passing to Welbeck, who with an exquisite turn and flick of the heal got the winner.

With this result England now only need a win or a draw against Ukraine to go through to the next round.