Daily Archives: January 18, 2011
MOSCOW, January 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) –The Palestinian Authority should take into account the position of HAMAS, presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said.
He believes that the Middle East conflict can be resolved “through political dialogue and by taking into account the position of HAMAS.”
“We think it necessary to take into account the real situation because HAMAS is a real political force, and everyone should heed them, at least to the degree to which they reflect the opinion of their voters,” the aide said ahead of President Dmitry Medvedev’s upcoming visit to the Palestinian Authority slated for January 18. (*)
MOSCOW, January 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) – During his trip to Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expects to discuss issues of support for people of different nationalities and beliefs.
“Tomorrow I am heading for a visit to Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority,” the president said at a meeting with the leadership of the Federal Assembly. He reminded the audience that over the recent years Russia has built and continues building churches, museums and hotels for pilgrims in the Holy Land.
“All that strengthens Russian traditions,” the president believes. “We will also speak with colleagues about support for other nationalities and beliefs in our country,” Medvedev said. (*)
Jan 18 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — The husband of the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head during a shooting rampage this month says her condition has improved to the point where she gave him a 10-minute neck massage from her hospital room.
U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly said in an interview with ABC News that the action is typical of Giffords, who he said is always looking out for others. Giffords is in the intensive care unit at a Tucson hospital.
Kelly also said he would be willing to meet with the parents of 22-year-old Jared Loughner, the man charged in the shooting spree that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen others in Tucson. Kelly told the network that Loughner’s parents must be in a tremendous amount of pain because of the situation.
Giffords’ condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Doctors treating Giffords say Kelly reported that he saw her smile. They say such encounters imply that Giffords is recognizing him and interacting perhaps in a more familiar way with him.
Separately, the doctors say Giffords had minor surgery to repair a fracture in the roof of her eye socket. They also say she is at the same baseline as before the procedure.
Giffords was shot as she met with constituents outside a grocery store January 8. The dead included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
The U.S. House of Representatives resumes work this week, after a one-week suspension following the attack on Giffords. The top item on the agenda for the new House Republican majority is to try to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform initiative.
Doctors have voiced optimism regarding Giffords’s chances of recovery, saying she could be released from the hospital and moved into a rehabilitation facility within “days to weeks.” Recently, she has opened her eyes and is responding to simple commands. Doctors say she is breathing on her own.
Loughner, the suspect, has been charged with five federal felony counts, including the attempted assassination of a member of the U.S. Congress.
Officials say his trial likely will be held outside of Arizona because the federal judge, John Roll, was among those killed. (*)