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Pakistani former Prime Minister , Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated on Thursday. She was in Rawalpindi, which is seen as one of the country’s most secure cities. Ms Bhutto was leaving an election rally when a gunman shot her in the neck and chest, and then blew himself up. (more…)

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And the award goes to …

Every year since 1927, Time Magazine has been giving its Person of the Year award. The 2007 award goes to Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. Other contestants were Al Gore, former US Vice President and JK Rowling, Harry Potter author. (more…)

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Belgium’King, Albert II, asked Guy Verhosradt earlier this week to form an interim government. And he did.

The government of the Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who lost the elections in June, can’t stay in office for more than three months. Then he will hand over power to Christian Democrats and Liberals, who won the elections in June. Together they won 81 of the 150 seats.

On Sunday the interim government will face a parliamentary vote of confidence. If it passes this vote, Mr Verhofstadt’s government will stay in office until March, 23, not longer.

Let’s hope this foretell the end of the crisis for Belgium.

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Four-and-a-half year after the invasion, British troops finally start giving Iraq back to Iraqi.

The British troops have given control of Basra province to the Iraqi authorities during a ceremony at Basra airport. This is the ninth province to resume responsibility for its own security.

The Iraqi troops paraded in tanks armoured and vehicles through the streets of Basra. Now they will have to control insurgents in the area.

There still are 4,500 British troops in Iraq, but they will now take a backseat role, focus on training Iraqi forces. The British prime minister, Gordon Brown, said that by March 2008 there will be about 2,500 troops in Iraq.

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Senator Barack Obama of Illinois received a great support last weekend, from the first lady of television : Oprah Winfrey. “For the very first time in my life I feel compelled to stand up and speak out for the man who I believe has a new vision for America” , Ms Winfrey told the crowd. The very rich and influent woman of the US performed a 17 minutes speech. (more…)

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MediaPart, the project

If you don’t know MediaPart yet, I intend to change that. MediaPart is an online newspaper, created by French journalists. They want to design a new information pattern. On their site, no advertisement, which certifies the independence of the informations they will give. Still they need funding. (more…)

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He is not welcome

A number of business agreements have been signed on Monday, between Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his host, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Libyan leader Col Gaddafi started a five-day visit on Monday. Four years ago, he decided to end the diplomatic’s isolation. France is the first Western country to welcome him. (more…)

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The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, announced that he gave his support to Dmitri A. Medvedev (a First Deputy Prime Minister), brand new candidate for the presidential elections. The next president will be elected in March 2008.

Vladimir Putin is completing his second term as Russian president, and the Constitution forbids a third consecutive one. (more…)

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Back on stage

For the fist time in 19 years, Led Zeppelin performed in front of nearly 20,000 fans, at London’s 02 arena. The band, born in 1968, gave it’s fans a 2-hour show. On stage, original band members (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant [picture] and John Paul Jones) were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of John Broham (their last drummer, who died in 1980).

The show was dedicated to Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records founder who died last year.

“Every track was brilliant. They still know how to put on a show after all these years”, said a fan.

If you’ve been to that concert, leave a comment to tell people how the show was and what it felt like to see them in the flesh !

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Press freedom matters

As a future journalist I’d like to talk about a very important thing : press freedom.

I read an article today, that shoved me. A poll, made for BBC world, reveled that some people find more important to maintain social harmony and peace, even if it means the press has to be muzzled. The question was asked in 14 countries. In most of them press freedom was considered more important than social stability. (more…)

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