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GERMANY ATTACK : FAR-RIGHT GUNMAN KILLS 10 IN HANAU - by Webmaster 20/02/2020 @ 0:02 PM 

Police say suspect who killed nine people at two shisha bars then killed his mother and himself at home. A gunman has killed nine people in two apparently racially motivated shootings at shisha bars and one at his home in the German town of Hanau, police have said.

The suspect then killed himself, according to police, after also killing his mother at his home. Investigators believe a racist motive was behind the attack, Peter Beuth, the interior minister for the state of Hessen, said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while the circumstances of the attack still needed to be fully investigated, the shootings exposed the “poison” of racism in German society and pledged to stand up against those who seek to divide the country. Read more HERE

GERMANY ATTACK : FAR-RIGHT GUNMAN KILLS 10 IN HANAU - by Webmaster 20/02/2020 @ 0:02 PM 

Police say suspect who killed nine people at two shisha bars then killed his mother and himself at home. A gunman has killed nine people in two apparently racially motivated shootings at shisha bars and one at his home in the German town of Hanau, police have said.

The suspect then killed himself, according to police, after also killing his mother at his home. Investigators believe a racist motive was behind the attack, Peter Beuth, the interior minister for the state of Hessen, said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while the circumstances of the attack still needed to be fully investigated, the shootings exposed the “poison” of racism in German society and pledged to stand up against those who seek to divide the country. Read more HERE

(20/02/2020 @ 12h02)

EUROPEAN UNION AGREES TO DEPLOY WARSHIPS TO ENFORCE LIBYA ARMS EMBARGO - by Webmaster 19/02/2020 @ 1:22 PM 

The EU has agreed to deploy warships to stop the flow of weapons into Libya, as the bloc wound down a military mission that had once rescued migrants and refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced that 27 foreign ministers had agreed to launch a new operation with naval ships, planes and satellites in order to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

To counter objections that the operation could morph into a rescue mission, Borrell promised the ships would be withdrawn if they became “a pull factor” that encouraged people to attempt the risky crossing from Libya to Europe. This commitment helped lift opposition to the mission from Italy and Austria, whose governments had blocked an earlier compromise.Borrell hailed the agreement after “the longest discussion that I can remember”, and said he had not been sure at 9am on Monday that an understanding would be reached. Read more HERE.

EUROPEAN UNION AGREES TO DEPLOY WARSHIPS TO ENFORCE LIBYA ARMS EMBARGO - by Webmaster 19/02/2020 @ 1:22 PM 

The EU has agreed to deploy warships to stop the flow of weapons into Libya, as the bloc wound down a military mission that had once rescued migrants and refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced that 27 foreign ministers had agreed to launch a new operation with naval ships, planes and satellites in order to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

To counter objections that the operation could morph into a rescue mission, Borrell promised the ships would be withdrawn if they became “a pull factor” that encouraged people to attempt the risky crossing from Libya to Europe. This commitment helped lift opposition to the mission from Italy and Austria, whose governments had blocked an earlier compromise.Borrell hailed the agreement after “the longest discussion that I can remember”, and said he had not been sure at 9am on Monday that an understanding would be reached. Read more HERE.

(19/02/2020 @ 13h22)

UNEXPLODED BOMBS POSE RISING THREAT TO CIVILIANS IN LIBYA - by Webmaster 17/02/2020 @ 2:02 PM 

The threat posed by unexploded bombs is rising exponentially in wartorn Libya, experts have warned, with the use of banned cluster weapons a source of particular concern.

The UN’s Mine Action Service (Unmas) said that even parts of the country previously cleared of explosive material had been recontaminated following a surge in fighting since April last year, when the warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.

“The threat posed by explosive remnants of war has increased,” said Bob Seddon, Unmas’s threat mitigation officer, at a meeting of experts in Geneva last Wednesday. The UN’s mission in Libya reported last month that the volume of unexploded ordnance in Tripoli had increased “exponentially” and it had received hundreds of reports from civilians living in areas affected by fighting. Read more HERE.

UNEXPLODED BOMBS POSE RISING THREAT TO CIVILIANS IN LIBYA - by Webmaster 17/02/2020 @ 2:02 PM 

The threat posed by unexploded bombs is rising exponentially in wartorn Libya, experts have warned, with the use of banned cluster weapons a source of particular concern.

The UN’s Mine Action Service (Unmas) said that even parts of the country previously cleared of explosive material had been recontaminated following a surge in fighting since April last year, when the warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.

“The threat posed by explosive remnants of war has increased,” said Bob Seddon, Unmas’s threat mitigation officer, at a meeting of experts in Geneva last Wednesday. The UN’s mission in Libya reported last month that the volume of unexploded ordnance in Tripoli had increased “exponentially” and it had received hundreds of reports from civilians living in areas affected by fighting. Read more HERE.

(17/02/2020 @ 14h02)

SALVINI LOSES IMMUNITY, AND COULD FACE TRIAL OVER ALLEGED TREATMENT OF MIGRANTS - by Webmaster 14/02/2020 @ 11:04 AM 

The leader of Italy's popular populist party, Senator Matteo Salvini, has lost his legal immunity from a criminal investigation and potential trial over his 2019 treatment of a group of migrants.

Salvini was accused of abusing his powers last July, when as interior minister he prevented 131 migrants from disembarking an Italian coastguard boat at the port of Catania, Sicily, as he waited for European Union states to agree to take them in.
Italy's Senate voted on Wednesday to exceptionally lift the legal immunity Salvini is granted as a member of the chamber, giving magistrates in Catania a green-light to consider a case against him.


If the legal process moves forward and he is found guilty, Salvini could face up to 15 years in jail and a ban on holding elected office. A conviction would scuttle his hopes to become Italy's next prime minister and return his euroskeptic League party back to power. Read more HERE.

SALVINI LOSES IMMUNITY, AND COULD FACE TRIAL OVER ALLEGED TREATMENT OF MIGRANTS - by Webmaster 14/02/2020 @ 11:04 AM 

The leader of Italy's popular populist party, Senator Matteo Salvini, has lost his legal immunity from a criminal investigation and potential trial over his 2019 treatment of a group of migrants.

Salvini was accused of abusing his powers last July, when as interior minister he prevented 131 migrants from disembarking an Italian coastguard boat at the port of Catania, Sicily, as he waited for European Union states to agree to take them in.
Italy's Senate voted on Wednesday to exceptionally lift the legal immunity Salvini is granted as a member of the chamber, giving magistrates in Catania a green-light to consider a case against him.


If the legal process moves forward and he is found guilty, Salvini could face up to 15 years in jail and a ban on holding elected office. A conviction would scuttle his hopes to become Italy's next prime minister and return his euroskeptic League party back to power. Read more HERE.

(14/02/2020 @ 11h04)