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The Foreign Desk…4/17/11….France, Libya, Japan, Syria, Cuba…..

From the BBC…..

Italian police wait for Tunisian migrants at Ventimiglia train station, on March 31, 2011.


France stops Italy migrant trains

A row escalates as French authorities block Italian trains in an attempt to stop migrants from north Africa entering the country……

UN Libya mission is ‘difficult’

David Cameron said the UK was not occupying or invading but said these restrictions imposed by the UN made the mission in Libya more difficult.

But he stressed the restrictions were the “right” ones.

It comes amid reports of fresh fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels…..

Japan unveils nuclear crisis plan

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) aims to reduce radiation leaks in three months and to cool the reactors within nine months.

The utility said it also plans to cover the reactor building, which was hit by a huge quake and tsunami on 11 March.

Nearly 14,000 people died and another 14,000 are still unaccounted for.

Tepco unveiled its roadmap as Hillary Clinton briefly visited Tokyo to pledge America’s “steadfast support” for Japan’s reconstruction…..

Syria state of emergency ‘to end’

The lifting of the 48-year-old emergency law has been a key demand of the protesters.

On Friday, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital, Damascus, in one of the biggest turnouts since protests began.

While he repeated his view that his country was facing a conspiracy, Mr Assad said he did not believe the lifting of the state of emergency would destabilise Syria.

The Syrian leader told the cabinet a legal commission asked to examine the lifting of the law had come to its conclusions.

“I think the commission has finished its work, on Thursday, and the recommendations will be given to the government so that they become law immediately. I don’t know how many days it will take you and I think that the maximum deadline for the lifting of the state of emergency will be next week,” he said…..

Castro calls for Cuba term limits

President Castro was speaking at the start of the first congress of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party in 14 years.

He said the party leadership was in need of renewal and should subject itself to severe self-criticism.

The proposal is unprecedented under Cuban communism.

Mr Castro, 79, made clear the limits would apply to himself.

He took over from his brother Fidel in 2008 and between them they have ruled Cuba for 52 years.

He acknowledged that “the confidence of the majority of Cubans had been tested, with regard to the party and the revolution”……..

From Politicaldog101…..

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April 17, 2011 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates

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