The European Union (EU) will remove a Zimbabwean diamond mining firm from the bloc's sanctions list, a move that could boost sales and improve the southern African nation's tax income. EU foreign affairs spokesman Michael Mann said in a statement, a review of the inclusion of Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) in the list of targeted EU measures has been undertaken and the process to remove the ZMDC from the list has begun. Mining has been a pillar of Zimbabwe's fragile economic recovery since 2009. According to government statistics, total earnings from mineral exports last year were 2.54 billion U.S. dollars. ZMDC holds shares on behalf of the government in five joint-venture mines in east Zimbabwe's diamond-rich Marange fields, producing 8 million carats of diamonds last year and generating 685 million U.S. dollars in exports.
Australian Entertainer Rolf Harris was today charged with 13 child sex offences. He is the latest in a series of high-profile celebrities from the 1970s and 80s to be accused by a massive police investigation into child abuse.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi to negotiate with the opposition. Obama, speaking at a joint news conference with his host President Jakaya Kikwete while on a visit to Tanzania, tried to reassure European allies affronted by reports of U.S. spying, but suggested all the world's intelligence services were involved in finding out the thinking of opponents and allies alike. Obama promised to supply all the information requested by European allies regarding the spying allegations, which he said Washington was still evaluating.
Le bilan officiel de la tragédie de Lampedusa est désormais de 194 morts. Dimanche, les plongeurs ont remontés 83 nouveaux corps de migrants. En Europe, de nombreuses voix s'élèvent pour une révision des politiques d'immigration. Cécile Kyenge, la Ministre italienne de l’Intégration prône pour des politiques d’immigrations moins punitives en Italie tout comme en Europe.
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