Riots in Paris suburbs has embarrassed French government

Paris, Nov 29, IRNA, New outbreak of riots in the Paris suburbs has embarrassed French government.

The spectre of the riots spreading from a suburb (banlieue) to another in a ghastly repeat of November 2005 looms ominously over the country.

Back then, Sarkozy was interior minister and won an unwelcome reputation in the poor high-immigration suburbs for his tough-talking on crime.

Since his election he has fought hard to pose as a unifier - promising to bring jobs and security back to troubled housing estates and appointing several ministers of immigrant background.


Dec 1 Paris meet to discuss new Iran sanctions

Washington, Nov 29 (RIA Novosti) Five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will gather in Paris Saturday to discuss tougher new sanctions against Iran over its refusal to stop uranium enrichment, the US State Department said Thursday.

The report delivered earlier this month by chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei said the country has provided additional documents on its nuclear programme, but noted that Tehran was continuing with uranium enrichment.


Nepal house undecided, battle over king's fate drags on

By Sudeshna Sarkar

Kathmandu, Nov 29 (IANS) The historical battle to determine King Gyanendra's fate that was started by the Maoist guerrillas in parliament last month continued to drag on with the house skirting crucial issues Thursday and then being adjourned till Sunday.

Called Thursday after a hiatus of 10 days, the house failed to see any progress in the battle between the Maoists, backed by their communist allies, and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and his Nepali Congress party over abolishing the crown immediately without waiting for the election.


Explosion kills 17, injures 39 in Colombo

By Xinhua

Colombo : At least 17 people were killed and 39 more were injured as a huge explosion hit Sri Lankan capital Colombo late Wednesday afternoon, defense officials said.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the explosion occurred in a business district in Colombo's southeastern suburb of Nugegoda around 5:50 p.m. (1220 GMT), and the explosion also caused fire in the area.

Bush nominates new economic advisor

By Xinhua

Washington : U.S. President George W. Bush nominated on Wednesday Keith Hennessey to replace the director of the National Economic Council, Al Hubbard, who resigned for family concerns.

"Keith has been an important member of my White House team for more than five years," Bush said in a statement. "He has served as the deputy to three directors of the National Economic Council (NEC), and has worked on a broad range of economic policy issues."


Chavez not want "any type of relationship" with Uribe's Colombian gov't

By Xinhua

Caracas : Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, told a Wednesday public meeting that he does not want any kind of relationship with Colombia's government while Alvaro Uribe is president there.

"While Uribe is president of Colombia, I will not have any type of relationship: neither with him, nor with the Colombian government. I cannot do so, out of self-respect," Chavez told a campaign meeting with students in the western Venezuela state of Tachira.


China reports 22 percent rise in HIV cases


Beijing : China's health ministry Thursday reported a rise of about 22 percent in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and full blown AIDS this year and raised the estimated figure of the infected to 700,000.

The ministry said 223,501 people had tested positive for HIV by the end of October. Some 70,000 people have already developed AIDS.

"Sexual transmission is now the main mode for the spread of HIV, with an estimated 45 percent of new infections taking place through heterosexual transmission," the ministry said in a statement.

Philippine soldiers surrender after stand off

By Xinhua

Manila : A group of Filipino renegade officers and soldiers, who staged a stand off with the government in the country's financial hub Makati City, surrendered to police after a brief confrontation.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a former navy officer who led a shortlived mutiny in 2003 in the same city, and an army officer who was involved in a coup plot last year, walked out of the luxury Peninsula Hotel to face soldiers and armoured vehicles that were preparing to storm the hotel.


British mosques to tackle extremists

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS

London : In a significant move to tackle growing religious extremism in Britain, four major Muslim groups Thursday published a radical "code of practice" that seeks to involve women in mosque affairs and urges mosques to enforce self-regulation.

The guidelines drafted by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (Minab) - an independent umbrella group of four major Muslim organisations set up last year - urge the leaders of British mosques to reform and modernise in order to prevent extremism.


Philippines to take action against former coup plotters

By Xinhua

Manila : The Philippines government Thursday condemned the protest staged by a group of former coup plotters and said it would not allow another mutiny to happen like the 2003 Oakwood mutiny in Makati City.

A group of military officers, including newly elected opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig Gen Danilo Lim, walked out of a courtroom in Makati City Thursday morning and began a standoff with the government in a five-star hotel, asking for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over alleged corruption and misrule.