Le recours aux crédits provisoires à la place d’un budget conforme aux prescrits de la Constitution est le meilleur signe du holà sur le gouvernement appelé à faire place à un nouvel exécutif annoncé et dit de « cohésion nationale » à qui il reviendra de présenter le budget correspondant à son programme. Il reste donc de donner le temps au temps de la formation sans précipitation du gouvernement attendu
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made Turkey's first high-level visit to Armenia in nearly five years on Thursday, raising the prospect of a revival in peace efforts between the historical rivals which stalled in 2010. Muslim Turkey and Christian Armenia signed accords in October 2009 to establish diplomatic relations and open their land border, trying to revive relations frozen by the legacy of the World War One mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Yerevan suspended ratification of the peace accords six months later, setting back to square one U.S.-backed efforts to bury a century of hostility between the neighbours. Davutoglu was set to meet his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian on the sidelines of a Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) group meeting.
Indonesia's president has ordered police to step up security around churches over the Christmas holidays following reports of possible attacks. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not name the groups, but it was a clear reference to Islamic extremists.
[Daily Maverick]Having successfully mopped up the M23 movement, the United Nations' pioneering Force Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo is going after more rebels. This time, the FDLR is in the crosshairs, and South African soldiers will once again participate in frontline action.
India's ruling party on Thursday slammed the Supreme Court for reinstating a ban on gay sex, taking an unexpectedly bold stance ahead of elections in the religiously conservative nation. The court on Wednesday overturned a 2009 ruling by Delhi's High Court, which had lifted a ban on gay sex between consenting adults that dated back to the nineteenth century. The court's shock move triggered protests in cities across India on Wednesday as fear spread that the gay community was effectively being outlawed. "The High Court had wisely removed an archaic, repressive and unjust law that infringed on the basic human rights enshrined in our Constitution," said Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that leads the ruling Congress party, in a rare public statement.
By Matt Robinson and Laura Noonan LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia's banks need 4.8 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to plug the holes in their balance sheets, the central bank said on Wednesday, a sum the country can probably scrape together without having to ask its euro zone peers for a bailout. Banks in Slovenia are saddled with an estimated 7.9 billion euros in bad loans - equivalent to a fifth of national output - after the global economic slowdown exposed their poor lending practices and tangled ownership structure. At stake in Slovenia is whether the euro zone as a whole can say with confidence it is emerging from the convulsions of the past five years, or whether it still risks slipping back into the kind of crises that hit Greece, Ireland and Cyprus. Unveiling the results of an external assessment of how much of the banks' lending has gone sour, central bank governor Bostjan Jazbec said the three biggest Slovenian banks needed 3 billion euros in re-capitalisation.
Billions of pounds will have to be cut from welfare spending in the next parliament whoever wins the general election, George Osborne has said.
Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defence in Cairo on Thursday, security sources said. Egypt has been witnessing almost daily protests by supporters of elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi since the army removed him in July after mass protests against his rule. Mursi's removal opened the bloodiest chapter in Egypt's modern history. Security forces have since killed hundreds of his supporters, while some 200 soldiers and policemen have died, many in attacks by Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula, bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza strip.
By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been told it would be "morally flawed" for him to run for re-election in 2015, in a scathing letter from his mentor and former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo lays down a damning appraisal of Jonathan's leadership, chiding him on his performance on everything from corruption and insecurity to the economy, in the 18-page letter entitled 'before it is too late', seen by Reuters on Thursday. The former president even likens the current situation to the tenure of General Sani Abacha, whose five years of military rule in the 1990s were marred by human rights abuses and the looting of funds from Africa's biggest oil producer. The presidency responded by saying the comments by Obasanjo were "reckless, baseless, unjustifiable and indecorous", adding that the letter had been deliberately leaked to the media.
En prévision de la coupe d’Afrique de Handball, dans la version masculine, la Rdc est placée dans le Groupe B avec l’Algérie, le Maroc et l’Angola et, dans la version féminine, la Rdc a comme adversaires l’Algérie, le Cameroun et le Sénégal dans le Groupe A.
[Monusco]Kinshasa -Today marks the celebration of Human Rights Day around world, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC and Head of MONUSCO declared: "Today we celebrate for the 65th time the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
South Korean defence contractor Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) has signed a deal with Iraq to export 24 light fighter jets valued at $1.1 billion, the company said on Thursday. The deal to supply FA-50 aircraft also includes training for Iraqi pilots and other support for the Iraqi Air Force for the next two decades, which could push the total value of the deal to $2 billion, the contractor said in a statement. The FA-50 is a light attack variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer that was co-developed by KAI and U.S. defence firm Lockheed Martin Corp . Iraq has sought F-16 fighter jets from the United States as part of a deal to rebuild its airforce.
By Katharina Bart and Albert Schmieder BERNE (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank kept its 1.20 franc per euro currency cap in place in its quarterly policy review on Thursday and held interest rates unchanged near zero, saying the country's recovering economy was still vulnerable. The SNB set the 1.20 threshold more than two years ago to stave off deflation and shield the economy from recession. Recent economic data from Switzerland, which has grown steadily under the cap, has raised questions about the continued relevance of the minimum exchange rate. Switzerland's economy expanded slightly more than expected in the third quarter, while annual inflation moved into positive territory in November for the first time in two years.
The European Commission has asked Italy's telecoms regulator AGCOM to withdraw or amend proposed cuts to the wholesale broadband prices that Telecom Italia charges its rivals to access its network, saying the move would discourage investment. In July AGCOM tentatively approved lower fees for rivals, a move that the former phone monopoly said would reduce its annual income by 110 million euros ($152 million). "AGCOM has set these fees on the basis of inappropriate data and the way they are calculated has the potential to harm broadband investment incentives for both Telecom Italia and other operators," the Commission said in a statement. Previously the Commission had said it was concerned that AGCOM had set prices based on a market review that was not up to date and that access prices for broadband services should reflect the most recent information.
The body charged with regulating MPs' pay and expenses looked as if it had radically overplayed its hand today, amid signs it will not survive the current crisis.
Le maître de Kigali est si mal en point après la débâcle de ses pions et sbires du M23 défaits par les FARDC et la Monusco qu’il doit avoir choisi de ne pas aller afficher sa mine de déconfiture devant les grands de ce monde réunis en Afrique du Sud aux hommages de Mandela, sérail dans lequel Kagame passe déjà pour une sorte d’infréquentable pestiféré « pour qui sonne le glas »
By Robert Evans and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Airlines lobby group IATA has raised its forecast for airline profits this year by 10 percent and predicted passenger numbers topping 3 billion for the first time, reflecting lower jet fuel costs, improved efficiency and global economic growth. The International Air Transport Association said on Thursday it expected total airline profits to reach $12.9 billion this year, having only three months ago cut its forecast to a total of $11.7 billion. "2013 will see passenger numbers top 3 billion for the first time, increasing to 3.3 billion in 2014," IATA Director General Tony Tyler told a news conference. "The average margin of the airline industry, even next year, which if we are correct will see the highest absolute profit ever, will be 2.6 percent.
The body which sets MPs' pay recommended an 11 percent pay rise Thursday despite a public outcry and Prime Minister David Cameron plus other top politicians rejecting the plan.
British outsourcing group Capita will take over contracts to tag criminals from rivals G4S and Serco on an interim basis by April next year, the British government said on Thursday. Both G4S and Serco are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office after an audit showed they had charged for tagging criminals who were either dead, in prison or had never been tagged in the first place. G4S and Serco hold some of Britain's largest outsourcing contracts, and generate 10 percent and 25 percent of their revenue, respectively, from the central government.
The European Central Bank will not unilaterally assign risk weightings to the various euro zone governments bonds on banks' balance sheets, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday. That issue should be agreed on globally, he told a question-and-answer session at the European Parliament, indicating this would not happen in the short term. Under an exception to global banking rules, EU regulators are allowed to assign a risk-free status to banks' holdings of domestic government bonds. ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch earlier said government debt would be treated on a zero-risk-weight basis in the banks' balance-sheet assessment, due to start early next year.