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Belarus opposition candidate predicts rigged vote as president seeks to prolong 26-year rule

Issued on: 08/08/2020 – 08:47 The surprise opposition candidate mounting the most serious challenge in years to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that her country was waking up, but warned that the strongman planned to rig the vote. Advertising Read more Political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has emerged as the rising star of the opposition in her ex-Soviet nation, ruled by Lukashenko since 1994 and sometimes described as Europe's last dictatorship. Speaking to AFP in central Minsk after a gruelling campaign that has seen her attract big crowds of supporters, Tikhanovskaya said it seemed something in her country had changed ahead of Sunday's election. "People are waking up, rediscovering their self-respect," the 37-year-old said, wearing the white bracelet that has become the symbol of Belarus's opposition. Tikhanovskaya decided to run after her 41-year-old blogger husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky, ended up in jail and could not submit his o..

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Forced evacuations as glacier the size of a football pitch threatens Italian valley

Issued on: 07/08/2020 – 22:05Modified: 07/08/2020 – 22:07 Experts were closely monitoring a Mont Blanc glacier on Friday, a day after they evacuated 75 tourists and residents amid fears the glacier could soon break apart and crash into a popular Italian Alpine valley. Advertising Read more Valerio Segor, a glacier expert in Valle dAosta, a region in northwestern Italy, told reporters on Friday that the next 72 hours were critical for the Planpincieux Glacier, which lies under a massif on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Those forced to evacuate came from homes and holiday lodgings in the Ferret Valley in the shadow of the glacier. Tourists on Friday were barred from entering the scenic valley. The glaciers size has been likened to that of a soccer field under a 80-meter (265-foot) high mass of ice. Abrupt shifts in temperature from hot to cold to hot again are being blamed for the precarious state of the glacier, which Segor says has a strea..

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Ukraines prisons go up for sale

Issued on: 07/08/2020 – 17:03Modified: 07/08/2020 – 17:05 The Irpin Penal Centre, a vast prison complex outside of Kiev, has been empty since inmates were moved out last year. Now, according to the Ukrainian government, it could represent a prime opportunity for one lucky investor. Advertising Read more The jail will be the first to go under the hammer in a major sell-off of the countrys penitentiaries as part of plans to fund a much-needed overhaul of the ageing prison system. "We want to sell about a hundred facilities. The first ones will be those already closed. The second stage is the sale of pre-trial detention centres in the city centre. With the money received from the sale, we will build new pre-trial detention centres,” Said Ukrainian justice minister Denys Maliuska. Irpin was built in 1944 and spans some eight hectares. Its surrounds include a railway and a nature area, making it an attractive proposition for potential buyers, said Maliuska. "It's a huge ar..

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Belarus police arrest Deutsche Welle correspondent before vote

Issued on: 07/08/2020 – 14:04 Authorities in Belarus are targeting independent journalists ahead of Sunday's presidential election. A reporter for German media outlet Deutsche Welle (DW) has been arrested. Advertising Read more Freelance journalist Alexander Burakov, who reports from Belarus for DW's Russian-language service, was preparing to celebrate his 46th birthday with his family on Thursday. Instead, he ended up in a temporary detention cell after being arrested twice by the police in his hometown, Mogilyov, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the capital, Minsk. Burakov was stopped by the police Wednesday evening on suspicion of "transporting counterfeit alcohol", he told the non-governmental human rights centre Viasna. After police inspected Burakov's car without finding anything, officers suggested that the vehicle, which he has owned since 2013, had been stolen and the car's identification number might have been faked. As a result, the jou..

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‘Closed for vacation’: France faces new Covid-19 testing woes

Issued on: 06/08/2020 – 19:00 With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building. Advertising Read more Doctors and experts say the vacation crunch is just part of a larger web of failures in Frances testing strategy – a strategy that even the governments own virus advisory panel this week called disorganized and “insufficient.” “First, there is a lack of workers to do the testing. If we dont ask all the health workers to be available by mobilizing all of them, there are just not enough people,” emergency services doctor Christophe Prudhomme told The Associated Press at his hospital in the Paris suburb of Bobigny. “And then its a matter of organization,” he said, urging regional health agencies “to organize testing so that its not the citizen who has to take his phone and try to call seven or ei..

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Italy threatens Ryanair with flight ban over COVID-19 safety rules

Italy’s civil aviation authority ENAC threatened to suspend Ryanair’s permit to fly to the country citing non-compliance with COVID-19 safety rules. ENAC said in a statement that “Ryanair systematically does not comply” with national regulations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when flying to and from Italian airports. “Not only is the obligation of distancing between passengers not observed, but also the conditions that allow derogation from this distancing are not met,” it added. It warned that if the Irish airline persists in flouting the rules, it could require Ryanair to only fly planes at half capacity or worse, “suspend all air transport activities at national airports, requiring the carrier to re-route all passengers already in possession of tickets”. Ryanair rejected ENAC’s accusations as “factually incorrect” in a statement to Euronews. “Ryanair complies fully with the measures set out by the Italian government and our customers can rest assured that we are do..

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Belarus presidential election: Rising opposition star Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to Euronews

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has leapt from being a stay-at-home mum to being dubbed one of the most powerful women in Belarus. Her rise to prominence has been as quick as it has been unlikely. [contfnewc] The 37-year-old was unknown at the end of May. But that all changed when she entered the race to be the country’s next president. She was pushed to act after her husband Sergei Tikhanovsky — a popular blogger — was jailed and disqualified from running. Tikhanovskaya is challenging Belarus’ long-time incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been the only president the country has ever known. In power for 26 years, he has been dubbed Europe’s last dictator. Since 1994, elections have tended to be a formality, actively controlled and suppressed, according to human rights organisations. [contfnewc] Lukashenko has always been credited with more than 70 per cent of the votes in presidential elections, but this year could be different. Tikhanovskaya, a former translator and a stay-at-home ..

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Bulgarian PM Borissov’s offer to step down fails to deter protesters

The Bulgarian prime minister’s offer to resign on Wednesday in an attempt to calm month-long protests appeared to have fallen on deaf ears. “If I’m the problem, then I’m leaving right now,” Boïko Borissov said, but only if it would allow his majority to remain in government until the next elections in March 2021. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] A few hours later, protesters gathered for their daily rally; many said they remain unconvinced. Thousands of delegates of the ruling GERB party came out to support the leader as he took the stage to make his announcement. “I don’t want there to be any tension because of me. We stand by the unity of the nation, whatever the cost, because we have difficult times ahead of us, and I’m not saying this to scare people,” Borissov said. Demonstrators have taken to the streets with the same demands for 28 days — they want the country’s entire cabinet to resign and elections to be held. [contfnewc] Read from source [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [con..

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Accused killer of pro-refugee German politician admits guilt in court

Issued on: 05/08/2020 – 14:26 A German neo-Nazi on trial over the murder of pro-refugee politician Walter Luebcke admitted Wednesday to the killing that has shocked the nation and highlighted the growing threat of right-wing extremism. Advertising Read more "I fired the shot," Stephan Ernst, 46, told the court of the killing in a statement read out by his defence. Federal prosecutors have said Ernst was motivated by "racism and xenophobia" when he allegedly shot Luebcke in the head on June 1, 2019. Luebcke's killing is believed to be Germany's first far-right political assassination since World War II. Apologising to the victim's family, Ernst said he had carried out a "cowardly and cruel" act. He insisted that he did not act alone but along with co-defendant Markus Hartmann, who stands accused of helping him train with firearms — including the murder weapon. "I know that what I and Hartmann did to you will always be inexcusable. What we did was wrong," he..

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Spain’s Juan Carlos: Once popular former king goes into exile amid scandal

Issued on: 04/08/2020 – 19:42 Former king Juan Carlos, who has decided to leave Spain six years after his abdication amid a series of scandals, was a popular monarch for most of his four-decade reign who played a critical role in the country's transition to democracy. Advertising Read more Early life and handover from dictatorship Born in Rome in 1938 to exiled pretender to the Spanish throne Don Juan and Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon y Orleans, he was caught up in a power game as Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco proclaimed support for the monarchy while striving to keep a grip on power. Franco separated Juan Carlos from his parents when he was 10 and groomed the boy to be his successor. He was crowned two days after Franco's death in 1975. About-turn to democracy To the dismay of the old administration which hoped he would continue Franco's legacy, the king quickly implemented reforms that led to democratic elections in 1977. After an attempted..

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