- March 18, 2018
Tolokonnikova in September went on hunger strike in protest at what she called murder threats and ‘slave labour conditions’ in the penal colony in Mordovia
Jailed Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been heard from for nearly two weeks since she left her Russian prison colony following demands to be transferred to another, her husband said on Saturday.
In September, Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike in protest at what she called murder threats and "slave labour conditions" in the penal colony in Mordovia.
Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov said his wife had been incommunicado since she left the camp, some 400km from Moscow, on October 22.
Bangladesh is no longer obliged to pay a refundable 3,000 ($4,800) cash bond to deter from overstaying
Britain has scrapped a plan to force people from certain African and Asian countries to pay a cash bond in return for a visitor’s visa after it caused an outcry at home and abroad and exposed a rift in the governing coalition.
In a move that political rivals said showed Prime Minister David Cameron’s flagship immigration policy was in disarray, a government spokesman said a pilot scheme which had been due to start this month had been canceled.
“We have decided not to proceed,” the spokesman said on Sunday, declining to explain why.
Two French journalists killed in Mali on Saturday were “coldly assassinated” by the “terrorists” that France is fighting in the west African country, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says
Coulson, fellow former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, and two senior employees are accused of conspiring to intercept voicemails for stories
Andy Coulson, then editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, instructed a journalist working on a story about a celebrity to “do his phone”, a jury trying Coulson and others for phone-hacking was told on Friday.
Coulson, fellow former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, and two senior employees of Murdoch’s British group News International are accused of conspiring to intercept voicemails for stories.
‘No telecommunication-intelligence is conducted from the German embassy in Washington,’ BND says
The head of German foreign intelligence denied Wednesday that Berlin was carrying out bugging operations from its embassy in the United States in a deepening espionage row.
“No telecommunication-intelligence is conducted from the German embassy in Washington,” Gerhard Schindler, head of the BND agency, was quoted by Zeit online news site as saying.
BBC’s Inside Out sends undercover reporters to find that Muslim applicants were offered fewer jobs than non-Muslims
A BBC report has recently found a pattern of discrimination against Muslims in the job market in England.
BBC’s investigative journalism team Inside Out sent in reporters under cover for various job applications and found that Muslim applicants were offered fewer jobs than non-Muslims.
One pair, with similar qualifications and eligibility, was set out to apply for 40 different jobs. The non-Muslim candidate managed to get 13 interviews and secure one job offer while the Muslim applicant managed to get only three interviews.
Forces authorities to close the French monument for more than two hours
A Greenpeace activist Saturday staged a two-hour protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia's detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group.
The activist also unveiled a banner with the slogans “Free the Arctic 30” and “Militants in prison, climate in danger”, forcing authorities to close the French monument to tourists in the morning.
The protest, which began at around 9am ended two hours later after firemen removed the activist from the site.
Merkel complains to Obama after receiving information her cellphone may have been monitored
Germany's defence minister said Thursday that Europe can't simply return to business as usual in its relations with Washington following allegations that US intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone — though he stressed that ties will remain stable.
Waitress Anna Dixon wins the £50,000 a year role
Aspiring witches auditioned for the role of the resident witch in a Somerset tourist attraction on Tuesday.
The witches all showcased their talents during an audition to work as the resident witch at the Wookey Hole Caves tourist attraction in Wookey Hole, Somerset, England.
Around 50 applicants auditioned for the position Tuesday, each given one minute to perform in front of a panel of judges. The requirements for the job included: Must be able to cackle, must be able to work weekends and school holidays and must not be allergic to cats.
EU European and foreign affairs ministers meeting in Luxembourg said talks would resume in a fortnight
The European Union agreed Tuesday to restart membership talks with Turkey next month, ending a three-year freeze despite Ankara’s crackdown on protests this year.
EU European and foreign affairs ministers meeting in Luxembourg said talks would resume in a fortnight, with an inter-governmental conference to be held in Brussels on November 5.
France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius insisted on being given a full explanation of the latest revelations about a controversial US spying programme
France on Tuesday formally told the United States to stop snooping on the telephone calls of French citizens but signalled it wanted to cool a row over the issue.
In a breakfast meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius insisted on being given a full explanation of the latest revelations about a controversial US spying programme.
Le Monde said the documents gave grounds to believe that the NSA targeted not only people suspected of being involved in terrorism but also high-profile individuals from the world of business or politics
France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States following “shocking” new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden.
The reports published in French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel reveal that the US National Security Agency secretly monitored tens of millions of phone calls in France and hacked into former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s email account.
The far-right militants give Nazi salutes and fascist chants
The funeral of a Nazi war criminal was cancelled in Italy late Tuesday after clashes broke out between protesters and far-right activists on the eve of a major Holocaust ceremony.
Catholic breakaway traditionalists from the ultra-conservative Society of St Pius X had agreed to hold the funeral of former SS officer Erich Priebke at their seminary in Albano, a town near Rome.
An individual was recorded to have rescued a severed head, long thought to belong to Henri, from the chaos
Scientists revealed genetic data Wednesday they said disproved the authenticity of macabre relics attributed to two French kings: a rag dipped in Louis XVI’s blood and Henri IV’s mummified head.
A DNA analysis of three living relatives of the Bourbon kings found no link with genetic traces from the grisly souvenirs, according to a study in the European Journal of Human Genetics.
Police found over 26,000 films and 144,000 still images as well as numerous chatroom exchanges on the computer of the suspect, identified by Dutch media as Frank R
Dutch police are investigating a 48-year-old man who allegedly persuaded hundreds of girls as young as 10 to perform sex acts in front of their webcams and even at his home.
"He allegedly approached almost 300 young girls on the Internet over the last eight years, in chatrooms, with sexual requests," the public prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday.
Female civil servants are now allowed to wear the veil while their male counterparts can sport beards, both symbols of Muslim piety which were banned by Turkey’s first president
Turkey on Tuesday lifted a decades-old ban on Islamic headscarves in the civil service as part of wide-ranging reforms driven by the Islamic-rooted government.
The measure hailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears a headscarf, as a “step toward normalisation” came into effect after it was published in the Official Gazette.
Thousands have died attempting the perilous crossing, but last week’s disaster was one of the worst single incidents in the decades-long problem
Italian divers recovered 17 more bodies Monday from a smugglers' boat that capsized and sank to bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with hundreds of migrants on board.
That brought the confirmed death toll from Thursday's tragedy to 211 before poor weather off the southern island of Lampedusa again halted the recovery operation.
During the trial, Hutton, a mother of eight, told the court that she struggled to get her son to eat and he died suddenly
A British mother who starved her four-year-old son to death and whose body was discovered two years later in a mummified state in his cot was jailed for 15 years on Friday.
Amanda Hutton, a 43-year-old alcoholic, was told her conduct had been “wicked” as she was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court in northern England for the manslaughter of her son, Hamzah.
The court had heard that Hamzah’s decomposed and insect-infested body was found in a cot in the squalor of Hutton’s bedroom almost two years after he died in December 2009.
Support for Golden Dawn stands at 8.5 %
Most Greeks view the far-right Golden Dawn party as a criminal organisation, according to a poll published on Friday that found the party had shed almost half of its support since its leader and lawmakers were arrested.
Party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, five senior lawmakers and dozens of party members were arrested on Sept. 28 on charges of belonging to a criminal group in a crackdown that followed the killing of an anti-racism rapper by an avowed Golden Dawn supporter and a spate of attacks on migrants.
Death count includes two children and several women
At least 92 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island on Thursday, officials and media reports said.
The Italian news agency Ansa quoted the local mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, as saying 92 bodies had been recovered by emergency workers, including those of two children and several women.