In the latest of a series of overlapping scandals to plague the former French president’s comeback bid, police have intercepted alleged conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer in which the two conspire to coopt a judge.
Spectacular influence-peddling claims in Paris—gleaned from former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s tapped phones—are only the latest layer in a millefeuille of overlapping scandals to threaten his comeback plans. As Le Monde has reported, Sarkozy—allegedly overheard by police on a secret cell line subscribed under a fake name— is suspected of conspiring with his lawyer to co-opt a judge for insider information. A serious allegation. But Sarkozy’s conservative allies have fought the new claims with such blustery panache that President François Hollande’s own government has, incredibly, spent days on the defensive awkwardly battling accusations of political espionage.
Is Moscow massing troops on the border for leverage or for war?
Russia has no plans to invade southeastern Ukraine, the country’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said at a press conference in London on Friday. Russia’s massive military buildup along Ukraine’s borders appears to tell a different story."Everyone understands what Crimea means to Russia," Lavrov said, referring to the contested region in southern Ukraine that has been occupied by Russian military forces and is holding a referendum on Sunday to determine whether it will join the Russian Federation or declare its independence from Ukraine.
John Paul Jones, the ‘Father of the American Navy,’ led Catherine the Great’s 18th-century occupiers, before a sex scandal chased him out of the empire.
The first time Russia conquered the Crimean Peninsula and fought a war so that its gains would be internationally recognized, it relied, in part, on an American hero.In 1788, John Paul Jones, “the Father of the American Navy” who captained the USS Bonhomme Richard in its famous victory over the HMS Serapis at Flamborough Head, fought the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Catherine the Great—as Kontradmiral Pavel Ivanovich Jones—and helped Russia maintain its control of the Crimea.
The billionaire financier says in its tepid response to Russia’s Crimea land grab, the EU flubbed a key chance to breathe new life into the stale union.
George Soros, one of the world’s leading investors, has warned that the European Union is in danger of falling apart if it fails to confront Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression in Ukraine.The billionaire financier told The Daily Beast that European governments should have seized on Russia’s land grab in Crimea to breathe new life into a union that is disintegrating and stumbling towards oblivion. Instead, he argued, squabbling European nations have failed to meet the challenge and continued to act in their own narrow self-interest.
If the U.S. moves to sanction Putin and his pals next week, Moscow will definitely strike back. Inside the Obama administration, officials are gearing up for an economic Cold War.
As Russian tanks amass on the Ukrainian border and John Kerry travels for a last-ditch meeting with his Russian counterpart, signs are increasing that Washington and Moscow are preparing for a series of punitive and retaliatory measures following a planned referendum in Crimea on Sunday.President Obama and his team have repeatedly and loudly warned Vladimir Putin that unless Russia deescalates the current crisis, the U.S. in conjunction with its European partners will begin to increase the “costs” for the Russian government and business community, through a series of sanctions and other tactics.
It took the West 50 years to reach the level of air safety that Asia is trying to reach in 10. The difference can be deadly.
The dreadful dragging out of the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, and the agony this is causing to the distraught families of the missing passengers, is a warning of something larger than the tragedy itself. It should be a red flag, and one with consequences.Flying is incredibly safe. It achieved that level through a 50-year learning curve. A lot of that learning came through understanding and correcting what made airplanes crash. The design of the airplanes, the way they were built, the way they were inspected and maintained, and the way that crashes were influenced by the human factor in the air and on the ground, always evolved under relentless pressure caused by the horror of accidents.
The jury at the phone hacking trial in London hears that Princess Diana sought allies to ‘take on’ Prince Charles in the media.
Princess Diana leaked information to the press in an effort to ‘take on’ her husband, Clive Goodman, a former royal reporter at the shuttered tabloid News of The World said in court today.Diana was sensationally named by Clive Goodman, a defendant, as the source of a 1992 internal royal phone directory found in his possession.At the phone hacking trial in London today, Goodman said that the high-level phone directory, known as the Green Book, which contained the personal phone numbers of senior royals, was sent under plain cover to his office in an envelope with his name on it.
The conservative government of Victoria has passed a controversial law along the lines of those seen in Egypt and Russia banning the right of people to assemble in protest.
On Tuesday 11 March, the Australian state of Victoria passed a controversial law giving police wide-reaching powers over protesters.Police can now move on, fine or arrest people they believe are ‘causing or likely to cause’ obstructed access to buildings or impeding the movement of people or traffic, or people they anticipate may become violent. Additionally, courts can issue exclusion orders (bans on being in a designated public space for up to 12 months).
Clashes between police and protesters flared again after the death of a 15-year-old who had been in a coma since the Gezi Park riots last year.
ISTANBUL — Tens of thousands of people on Wednesday turned a funeral march for a 15-year-old teenager in Istanbul into the biggest anti-government rally the country has seen since a wave of protests shook the rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.The crowds turned out for Berkin Elvan, a boy from a lower-middle-class neighbourhood on Istanbul’s European side, who was struck by a police tear gas canister when he left his home to buy bread for his family during the Gezi Park riots last June.
We’re morbidly consumed with the lack of answers in Flight 370’s disappearance, as we are with all unsolved disappearances and crimes. Why our brains can’t handle cold cases.
What happened to Malaysia Flight 370? Did it veer off course? Was it hijacked? Could a meteor have hit it?All of these questions have made headlines at major cable news networks and websites. In the five day since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route to Beijing, the public has been consumed with an unending series of questions about how a commercial airliner could seemingly vanish into thin air without leaving a trace.All plane crashes attract a certain level of morbid fascination, but what’s really driving our Flight 370 obsession is the fact that it’s still missing.
20 years later
France Jails 1st Genocide Criminal
Responsible for the Rwandan massacres.More
Paris Makes Public Transit Free
For three days due to air pollution.More
Syria Approves Open Elections
Four months before Assad’s term ends.More
5 Dead In New China Knife Attack
Local media blaming Uighur separatistsMore
Iraq May Legalize Child-Marriage
And require wives to submit to husbands.More
Putin appears to be using elite commandos—Spetsnaz—to spearhead his stealth move into Crimea and, perhaps, beyond.