Posts published in Day: December 17, 2018

Naked protesters covered in fake blood lie piled on top of one another in the centre of Barcelona

Monday, December 17, 2018

Animal rights activists stripped naked and covered themselves in fake blood in Barcelona in a protest against the use of fur and leather. Dozens of campaigners lay naked and motionless in the busy Plaza Catalunya square, one of Barcelona’s main shopping and tourism destinations, beside a sign reading ‘How many lives just for a coat?’. The protest was organised by the Spanish branch of animal rights group Anima Naturalis. Pictures…

Inside Michael Schumacher’s hidden world: Five years on from his life-changing accident

Monday, December 17, 2018

It is a bright winter’s day and next to nothing stirs outside the £50million mansion in which Michael Schumacher is hidden from the world. December 29 will mark five years since the most successful Formula One driver in history, who will turn 50 five days later, fell and hit his head while skiing in Meribel, in the French Alps. But Schumacher’s wife Corinna, whom he married in 1995, has insisted on secrecy…

New EU referendum would break faith with Britons, May to warn MPs

Monday, December 17, 2018

Holding another referendum on the EU would “break faith with the British people”, Theresa May will warn MPs. Former PMs John Major and Tony Blair are among those urging a new referendum if MPs cannot agree on a way forward. But the prime minister will argue that it would do “irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics” and would “likely leave us no further forward”. Last week she called…

Bomb explosion rips through Athens TV station

Monday, December 17, 2018

A bomb explosion ripped through the offices of Greek television station Skai TV in Athens in the early hours of Monday morning. No injuries were reported, however, the force of the blast caused “extensive damage” to the station, Skai TV reported. Two other broadcast stations, Zougla.gr and ANT1, said they received anonymous phone calls at 1.45 a.m. local time, warning that a bomb would explode at the Skai TV office in a further 45 minutes.…

No one will deter Russia in the Baltic region

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, December 17, 2018

Recently researchers and analysts of the RAND Corporation issued the report “Exploring Requirements for Effective Deterrence of Interstate Aggression.” The stated aim of this report is “to provide a fresh look at the subject in this context, with two primary purposes: to review established concepts about deterrence, and to provide a framework for evaluating the strength of deterrent relationships.” Chapter Four of the report is called “Deterring Russia in the…

50 Funny, Clean Christmas Jokes That Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Monday, December 17, 2018

1. How did the ornament get addicted to Christmas? He was hooked on trees his whole life. 2. Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? Because he had very low elf esteem. 3. What does the Grinch do with a baseball bat? Hits a gnome and runs. 4. What do you call a broke Santa Claus? Saint-nickel-less. 5. What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa? A rebel without…

The annual meeting of e-PINE was held in Washington

Monday, December 17, 2018

Last week, the annual meeting of e-PINE (Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe), with participation of political directors from the foreign services of the Baltic States, Nordic countries and the United States was held in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the officials discussed relations with Russia, transatlantic security, developments in the Middle East, and the state of affairs in Iran. Latvia was represented at the meeting by the Under-Secretary of State,…

Paluckas: Grybauskaitė helped Skvernelis start his presidential campaign

Monday, December 17, 2018

The confrontation between the majority and the president is a public relations stunt intended for the nearing elections, Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) chairman Gintautas Paluckas told Žinių Radijas. He is convinced that there is no “war” between the Lithuanian political leaders, which is proven by their decisions in Seimas. The LSDP leader emphasises that President Dalia Grybauskaitė is smoothly coasting toward the end of her term, while Prime Minister…

Sports Personality of the Year winner: Geraint Thomas triumphs after Tour de France success

Monday, December 17, 2018

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018. The Team Sky rider, 32, became only the third Briton to win the race, after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. “I take great pride in representing Britain and Wales,” he said on Sunday. “It has been a great year for British sport and long may it continue.” In a public vote, Formula 1 champion Lewis…

Martial law will not be extended, says Poroshenko

Monday, December 17, 2018

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of avoiding negotiations to release Ukrainian sailors captured last month. Last month, Russian Navy ships fired upon and captured three Ukrainian Navy vessels attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov, through the Kerch Straight. “When, during the act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, I called him (Putin) to communicate, he refused,” said Poroshenko at…