UN envoy begins talks in Iraq on security and sovereignty issues

2 November 2009A senior United Nations political official held talks today in Baghdad with Iraq’s Prime Minister and defence and national security ministers as part of his discussions with the country’s leadership on Iraq’s security and sovereignty. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, held consultations with Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister, as well as with other senior Government officials, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced last week that he was dispatching Mr. Fernandez-Taranco to Iraq following a request from the Government, days after a double bombing in Baghdad killed around 150 people.In September, during his address to the high-level segment of the General Assembly, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called on the UN to set up an independent international commission to investigate deadly bombings and attacks that have struck the country since 2008, including the 19 August blasts that killed an estimated 100 people in the capital.Mr. Talabani said that the scope and nature of the attacks meant they could only have been carried out with external help and warranted an outside investigation, as well as a special international court to try those accused of committing the crimes. Last week Mr. Ban said that any probe into these attacks requires a mandate from the UN’s 15-member Security Council. Iraqi lawmakers are also considering amendments to key electoral laws over voter records in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed region of Kirkuk in the north and the publication of candidate lists, which threaten to delay national elections scheduled for January. read more

Rogers starts order reservations for BlackBerry 10 smartphones

TORONTO – Rogers Communications says its current wireless customers will be able to place orders for BlackBerry 10 devices starting Monday.The new BlackBerry 10 devices on offer will be “all-touch” and won’t have the physical keyboard that BlackBerry users are used to typing on.But Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) won’t be providing details on pricing, availability or specifications until early in the new year.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) has previously said an “all-touch” version of its new phones would be released first, followed by a model with a physical keyboard shortly afterward.RIM announced separately that it’s giving an invitation-only preview of the BlackBerry 10 to more an 120 select government and private-sector customers in a variety of industries.The two announcements are part of efforts to build interest in a new generation of BlackBerrys in hopes of reviving the Canadian technology company.The BlackBerry 10 smartphones are seen as make-or-break products for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), which has faced intense competition from the Apple iPhones and smartphones using the Google Android operating system.Shares in Research In Motion were up two cents to $13.90 in early morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Rogers starts order reservations for BlackBerry 10 smartphones by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 10:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more