The Olympic torch has begun its long journey from its spiritual home in Southern Greece to Beijing for this summer's Olympic games. Tibetan activists have however threatened to harry and harrass the torch as it's carried around the world. This week they disrupted the ceremony to light the flame at Ancient Olympia causing huge embarrassment both to Greece and China.
More and more European leaders have sharpened their tone over Tibet this week. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, said he would not rule out a boycott if the situation in Tibet worsens. And French President Nicolas Sarkozy did the same. Meanwhile the head of the European Parliament invited the Dalai Lama to address EU lawmakers on the situation in Tibet. And, he also raised the option of boycotting the opening ceremony. But what would a boycott achieve? Marco Cappato is an Italian liberal democrat member of the European Parliament.
The French media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, sent three people to Olympia, in Greece, to disrupt the torch lighting ceremony. Vincent Brossel was one of the Reporters Without Borders activists who disrupted the ceremony and was later arrested. He was released on parole, and returned to France where he spoke with Jan van der Made.
Many people would say they hear a lot of garbage from politicians during election campaigns, but in Italy garbage is one of the hot issues in this election campaign - especially in the southern Campania region. Although the streets of Naples have finally been cleared of their huge piles of rubbish, the problem is as bad as ever on the city's outskirts. But what's even worse is the problem of toxic industrial waste, dumped in huge quantities by the local mafia - the comorra. Locals are falling ill, animals and crops are being poisoned - and yet no-one is being held accountable.
Terrorism experts from around the world met for a conference in Stockholm recently. The delegates covered the entire spectrum of counter terrorism from senior soldiers and policemen, intelligence professionals, to diplomats and think-tank experts. They discussed a whole range of issues: How to define the ongoing conflict: is it a war on terror as US President George W. Bush has dubbed it or is it a "global insurgency" ? And how to defeat such an insurgency?
In Eastern Slovakia new born babies are hooked up to headphones for music therapy to counter the trauma of birth. Now, their Polish neighbours are taking things one step further. A group of radio enthusiasts has launched a new station to cater to the needs of the youngest radio audience - babies, toddlers and small children.
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