Posts published in Day: June 6, 2018

ECJ ruling will allow gay couples to get Lithuanian residency – NGOs

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Nongovernmental organizations hope the European Court of Justice’s Tuesday ruling will pave the way for homosexuals from third countries, married to EU citizens, to get residency in Lithuania. The ECJ ruled on Tuesday that gay couples have the right to residency in any EU member state even if it does not recognize gay marriages. The ruling followed the assessment of EU legal provisions regarding foreigners’ residency in EU member states.…

Estonian prosecutor general: Priorities are children, economy, security

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The priorities of the Estonian Prosecutor’s Office are still children, the economy, security and international cooperation, Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said on Tuesday when giving an overview of the office’s last year’s activities at the parliamentary constitutional committee. Chairman of the committee Marko Pomerants said that while at present the prosecutor general only reports to the constitutional committee, it would be better if the annual overview would be given to…

Qatar mulls possibility of NATO membership

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Qatar considers the option of NATO membership, as the country effectively cooperates with the alliance, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said. “Qatar effectively cooperates with NATO, this cooperation is developing day by day and may eventually lead to deploying some unit or special NATO center on the territory of Qatar. As for NATO membership… we do have ambitions to seek full membership of NATO if the alliance expands its partnership,” Attiyah said in an interview with the…

US-China relations deteriorating fast over flashpoint issues

By Simon Tisdall on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China’s expanding efforts to impose its will on neighbours through diplomatic, commercial and military pressure – the so-called Xi doctrine – have drawn the sharpest riposte to date from the Trump administration, with Taiwan once again the main flashpoint in a sea of accelerating Sino-American rivalry. Following recent verbal clashes over US “freedom of navigation” patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, officials in Washington say they plan to send…

Putin in Austria urges for EU’s harmful sanctions to be lifted

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated during a visit to Austria that Western sanctions against Russia were harmful for everyone and it is in everyone’s interests to lift the measures Moscow has been targeted with after the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. British public broadcaster BBC reports on Tuesday, June 5, the Russian President met with members of the Austrian government, which includes Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, which has a…

Scores more homes destroyed by lava flow on Hawaii’s Big Island

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A growing river of molten rock flowing from a fissure at the foot of Kilauea Volcano is believed to have demolished scores of additional homes and filled in a small bay at the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, civil defense officials said on Tuesday. The latest estimates – up to 80 more structures than previously counted as destroyed by lava smothering two newly evacuated subdivisions – could bring the…

Iran’s uranium enrichment plans are close to the ‘red line’

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Iran’s declaration that it could increase its uranium enrichment capacity if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart risks sailing close to the “red line”, France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. “It’s always dangerous to flirt with the red line,” French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday. But Le Drian said plans to save the nuclear agreement remained intact. Tensions between Iran and…

Poroshenko’s Bid for US-Style PSYOPS Attempt to Destabilize Russia

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s recent false attacks on Russian media are part of a broader US psychological operation to manipulate public opinion in the region and to eventually effect regime change in Moscow, analysts told Sputnik. Poroshenko told the Madrid newspaper El Pais in an interview published earlier in the day that Russia through RT television and Sputnik was spreading fake news about Ukraine, the US election, Brexit, Catalonia and Crimea to create instability. Poroshenko…

EU Cannot Resist US Policies Without Russia’s Help, German Media Says

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In their ongoing trade dispute with the United States European countries now realize the need to mend fences with Russia. Europe needs to join forces with Russia and China to effectively stand up to US pressure, Rupert Sternath wrote in Sunday’s issue of Suddeutsche Zeitung, underscoring the need for Germany work in sync with  the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Sternath believes that Washington’s attitude towards Europe is unlikely to change any time soon and if Europeans keep…

Court closes Savisaar case due to defendant’s illness

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Harju County Court on Tuesday decided to close the case of former longtime Centre Party chairman and Tallinn ex-mayor Edgar Savisaar at the request of defence lawyer Oliver Nääs in connection with the defendant’s severe illness. The court found that Savisaar suffers from severe and chronic illnesses, and as there is no hope of his recovering, he is not capable of attending hearings or serving a sentence if found guilty.…