INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Thursday, 23rd SEPT. 2010: This morning we look at a “quality of life” index in The Guardian which suggests Britain and Ireland have the lowest quality of life in Europe with France being ranked on top… The 16 factors taken into account included hours of sunshine and holiday entitlements. Other stories: General David Petraeus says he won’t be rushed out of Afghanistan, coverage of the Commonwealth Games fiasco and flies that can detect death from ten miles away.
With just 10 days to go before the start of New Delhi's scandal-ridden Commonwealth Games, India is scrambling to prove that preparations are in order after New Zealand became the latest country to delay its athletes’ arrival due to safety concerns.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, 22nd September 2010: After the collapse of a footbridge built for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in India as well as reports of ‘uninhabitable’ accommodation for the athletes, the Times of India says the country has been humiliated. “The world knows that the bridges we build collapse and that we can’t even keep loos clean,” the paper says. We also look at reports on Bob Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars”.
A pedestrian bridge near the main Commonwealth stadium in New Delhi collapsed on Tuesday, injuring at least 23 people as living and security conditions at Delhi's Games village drew fierce criticism from participants.
After widespread allegations of poor stadium construction and rampant corruption, preparations for India's first Commonwealth Games, which open in New Delhi on Oct. 3, have been rattled by a gunfire attack on tourists in the Indian capital.
After a three year break, France and Rwanda have agreed to restore diplomatic relations but the warming ties came on the same weekend that Rwanda joined the Commonwealth bloc and moved into the Anglophone sphere.
Commonwealth nations, representing one-third of the world's population, threw their weight on Saturday behind accelerating efforts to clinch an "operationally binding" UN climate deal in Copenhagen next month.