Posts published in February 2019

Israel security forces should face justice for Gaza killings: U.N.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

United Nations investigators said on Thursday Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year. The independent panel said it had confidential information about those it believes to be responsible for the killings, including snipers and commanders. “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an…

“Living chain” saves drowning women and children

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A walk on Sunday afternoon in Klaipėda‘s Melnragė I near the pier could have ended in tragedy for four people, klaipeda.diena.lt reports. The lives of two women with children were nearly claimed by the sea when they sought to take photos on an ice drift and fell into the ice-cold waters. Witnesses rushed to their aid, joining hands to form a living chain, helping the women and children out of…

Russia defense chief calls Baltic buildup a response to NATO

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Russia will add new tank and missile defense units to its Baltic fleet this year along with more modern weaponry for forces positioned in the vicinity of NATO turf, the country’s defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian state media on Wednesday the moves were a response to NATO’s growing presence in and around the Baltics. “We are forced to provide an adequate response, carrying out strategic containment…

EU commission expects Lithuanian economy to grow this year, but at slower pace

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lithuania’s economic growth remained strong at 3.6 percent last year as the employment rate was high and unemployment continued to decline, the European Commission said on Wednesday in a report on challenges faced by the economy.  The EU’s executive body forecasts that Lithuania’s economy will continue to expand this year and next year, but growth will decelerate to 2.7 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively. Lithuania kept its public finances in surplus in…

Pakistan considering returning captured Indian pilot, as Trump hints at de-escalation

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pakistan said on Thursday that it was considering returning a captured Indian pilot, as U.S. President Donald Trump said American mediation was helping to defuse a crisis between the two nuclear powers a day after both downed enemy jets. The pilot, identified by Islamabad as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, became the human face of the latest flare-up following the release of videos showing him being captured and later held in…

Trump: I don’t think NK’s Kim had role in US student’s death

Thursday, February 28, 2019

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier (WARM’-beer), who died after being detained in the isolated country. Trump says of Kim: “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.” Trump has taken credit for freeing American prisoners abroad and used Warmbier’s death as a…

What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election

By Geert Wijngaert on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia’s 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party. Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and Euroskeptic agenda, which has increased its popularity since the last election in 2015. WHO’S RUNNING Ten political parties and 15 independents — totaling…

Latvia is among global leaders in legal rights affecting women at work – World Bank

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Latvia was one of six economies to earn a perfect score on an index of laws ensuring equal economic opportunities for women over the course of their working lives, the World Bank said in its study “Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform”. Latvia alongside with Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and Sweden earned the top score of 100, meaning the country’s laws give women and men equal…

Britain’s Labour Party leader backs Brexit referendum

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Britain’s opposition Labour Party will back a new referendum on Brexit after parliament defeated its alternative plan for leaving the European Union, its eurosceptic leader Jeremy Corbyn said, softening his reservations about a second popular vote. With 29 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the leaders of Britain’s two main parties have been forced into making key turns on the divorce in recent…

Why World War 3 could happen in 2019 – threats from North Korea, Syria and Putin

By Patrick Knox on Thursday, February 28, 2019

RISING tensions around the globe along with spectacular war games and weapons testing have increased fears of a major military conflict breaking out in 2019. Here we look at trouble spots which could be potential World War 3 flash points. Why is 2019 such a dangerous year? Our map shows the flashpoints where there are currently military standoffs which could suddenly turn nasty and bring the major powers into conflict…