Survey ‘perang melawan teror’

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Sumber : BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 29 September, 2008 – Published 10:53 GMT

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Sebanyak 24.000 orang di 23 negara menjadi responden

Upaya pemimpin Amerika untuk memerangi kelompok al-Qaeda tidak dianggap berhasil, seperti terungkap oleh sebuah jajak pendapat yang dilaksanakan BBC World Service.

Sekitar 29% dari yang disurvey mengatakan perang melawan teror yang dilancarkan Presiden George Bush pada Tahun 2001 tidak mempunyai pengaruh atas jaringan militan Islam itu.

Bahkan 30% diantaranya mengatakan kebijakan Amerika Serikat justru malah memperkuat al-Qaeda.

Pada pertanyaan tentang siapa yang menang dalam ‘konflik antara al-Qaeda dan Amerika Serikat’ sekitar 49% berpendapat tidak satu pihakpun yang menang. Lagi

US approves Indian nuclear deal

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Sumber : BBC News, South Asia, Page last updated at 00:55 GMT, Thursday, 2 October 2008 01:55 UK

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, located 30km from Mumbai (Bombay)

The deal would give India access to US civilian nuclear technology

The US Senate has approved a nuclear deal with India, ending a three-decade ban on US nuclear trade with Delhi.

The 86-13 vote was the last legislative hurdle in a process that began when an agreement was reached in 2005.

The deal will give India access to US civilian nuclear technology and fuel in return for inspections of its civilian, but not military, nuclear facilities.

India says the accord is vital to meet its rising energy needs. Critics say it creates a dangerous precedent.

They say it effectively allows India to expand its nuclear power industry without requiring it to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as other nations must. Lagi

Bush touts Iraq troop reduction, not big picture

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts, By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 10, 12:52 AM ET

WASHINGTON – President Bush boasts that he’s bringing 8,000 troops home from Iraq by February. What he doesn’t say is he’ll leave office with more troops there than before last year’s big military buildup and few options for shoring up the force in increasingly violent Afghanistan.

The bottom line of Bush’s troop announcement on Tuesday is that the U.S. military footprint in Iraq largely will stay intact for the rest of the year when he’ll pass command of the wars to his successor. Bush is sending more troops to Afghanistan, but Democrats say it’s not enough. Lagi

Pemda Cina tutupi skandal susu

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Sumber :BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 01 Oktober, 2008 – Published 15:54 GMT

Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina
Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina

Perusahaan Cina yang menjadi pusat dari skandal susu bubuk yang terkontaminasi dilaporkan sudah meminta bantuan pemerintah untuk menghadapi penyelidikan pers.

Media resmi Partai Komunis, Harian Rakyat, mengatakan Sanlu Group meminta pemerintah kota Shijiazhuang membantu mereka dalam menanggapi laporan media atas kasus itu menjelang pembukaan Olimpiade Beijing.

Namun menurut laporan wartawan BBC Chen Shirong, ada dugaan bahwa hal ini semacam upaya cuci tangan dari pemerintah pusat.

Tampaknya pihak berwenang Cina ingin melepas kesalahan pada pemerintah ibukota Propinsi Shijiazhuang. Lagi

Senat loloskan RUU ekonomi

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Sumber : BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 02 Oktober, 2008 – Published 09:57 GMT

Gedung DPR Amerika
Senat Amerika meloloskan RUU setelah diperbaiki

Senat Amerika Serikat telah menyetujui versi baru RUU bantuan untuk menyelamatkan sistem finansial Amerika bernilai 700 miliar dolar Amerika.

Dengan suara 74 setuju dan 25 menolak, para senator negara itu mendukung perundangan darurat yang bertujuan mengambil alih kredit macet dan menstabilkan bursa saham.

RUU itu kini meliputi langkah untuk mendapat dukungan dari pihak yang menentang, langkah itu antara lain berupa potongan pajak bagi keluarga dan juga bisnis.

RUU ini sekarang akan dibahas di DPR yang pada hari Senin menolak RUU itu. Lagi

Universities ‘should vary offers’

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Sumber : BBC News via Yahoo! Alerts, Page last updated at 00:05 GMT, Friday, 3 October 2008 01:05 UK

Lecture

Students’ performance should be looked at in context, the report said

Universities have been given the green light to make a range of offers based on the performance of the school candidates come from.

A government-backed report said admissions tutors should use a wide range of information to identify the students with the greatest potential.

The National Council for Educational Excellence report said such decisions should be open and transparent.

The government accepted this, and the report’s other findings.

The report by a panel of university vice-chancellors, head teachers, ministers and business leaders said schools and colleges should significantly improve the support and advice to students with the ability to enter higher education. Lagi

Late al-Qaida 9/11 video warns of Afghan attacks

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 19, 5:41 PM ET

CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida threatened major new attacks in Afghanistan and dismissed setbacks in Iraq, vowing to continue its fight in a video marking the Sept. 11 attack, released Friday more than a week after the anniversary.

The lag in release, apparently due to problems in militant Web sites where al-Qaida posts its videos, raised questions among counterterror specialists over whether the terror network’s propaganda machine was faltering.

The delay deflated what is usually a media splash for al-Qaida. In previous years, it released a string of videos on the attack’s anniversary, featuring leaders trumpeting triumphs. Osama bin Laden spoke in one last year, making his first appearance in nearly three years.

Al-Qaida had promised a similar event this year, announcing in a Sept. 8 Web advertisement that it would release a video that would bring joy to its followers. It sought to build drama by promising a surprise speaker, showing him in silhouette with a question mark over his face. Lagi

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