Posts published in Day: July 5, 2018

Giant ‘Trump Baby’ to fly over London during US president visit

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A giant blimp depicting Mr Donald Trump as a baby will fly over London during the United States president’s visit next week after mayor Sadiq Khan approved the request, protesters behind the stunt said on Thursday (July 5). The 6m orange balloon, which shows the president wearing a nappy, will fly near parliament at a height of 30m between 9.30am and 11.30am local time. Britain regards its close ties with…

UK demands Russia explain nerve attack after two more people struck down

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Britain demanded on Thursday that Russia provide details about the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter after two British citizens were struck down with the same poison. The two Britons, a 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were critically ill after an apparently chance encounter with the poison near the site of the March attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Britain has accused Russia…

China warns U.S. is ‘opening fire’ on the world with tariff threats

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The United States is “opening fire” on the world with its threatened tariffs, China warned on Thursday, saying no one wants a trade war but it will respond the instant U.S. measures go into effect, as Beijing ramped up the rhetoric in the heated dispute. The Trump administration’s tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports are due to go into effect at 0401 GMT on Friday, which is just after…

The state is created by its people – let us honourably continue the work started by Mindaugas, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says

Thursday, July 5, 2018

“A state is created by its people, therefore we are celebrating the input of all of us to the prosperity of Lithuania on Coronation of King Mindaugas – State Day. No state or democracy has a potential nor freedom is lasting if its citizens are passive and indifferent, so let us honourably continue the work started by Mindaugas,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says ahead of attending the State…

Osprey landing in Japan surprises residents and sparks complaints

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Air Force doesn’t have to give notice before aircraft land at U.S. or Japanese facilities that it has permission to use, a U.S. military official said Thursday after residents complained about a CV-22 Osprey landing in Saitama prefecture, Japan. Local government officials told Japan’s Defense Ministry that they weren’t informed before the tiltrotor aircraft landed briefly at the Tokorozawa Communications Site on Monday evening. The landing sparked noise complaints…

Estonian, Latvian Wikipedia protest against EU digital copyright directive

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Estonian and Latvian versions of the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia have been closed by the communities as they voice their opposition to European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Wednesday, July 4, that the virtual protest of Estonia’s Wikipedia authors and editors started in the early morning of 4 July following a similar move in Italy. The protest is also…

Leaders of NATO Air Forces meet to discuss Alliance Air Capabilities

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Allied Air Force Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders from 27 NATO nations and four Partnership nations convened at Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein Airbase, Germany on July 2 and 3 for the 2018-1 NATO Air Chiefs’ Symposium. The Commander of Allied Air Command, General Tod D. Wolters welcomed the Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders and presented his perspectives on the current security environment and NATO’s strategic shift from assurance…

The President of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit

Thursday, July 5, 2018

At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, President Sergio Mattarella of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit on July 5-6. The leaders will focus on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between Lithuania and Italy in the EU and NATO. At the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the presidents will open an international exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque Florence. On July 6, they will attend a…

Controversial changes prohibiting education in Russian language approved in Latvia

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education that prohibit private higher education institutions from offering education programmes in Russian language, as detailed in the publication in Latvian Herald. After meeting with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Vējonis said any law approved by the Saeima is carefully considered before adoption. This was done this time as well, he added. «The decision was made to…

Kosovo premier complains of Serb pressure on security forces

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Kosovo’s prime minister is complaining that Serbia is using “pressure and blackmail” to persuade ethnic Serbs to resign from the security forces. Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that due to Belgrade’s “attacks and blackmail on Serb members of the Kosovo Security Forces (FSK) they have resigned from service,” without specifying how many had left. The FSK, the nation’s security forces, needs a constitutional mandate to turn into a regular army,…