Posts published in Day: February 19, 2019

Estonia’s Volunteer Cyber Militia

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Interesting — although short and not very detailed — article about Estonia’s volunteer cyber-defense militia. Padar’s militia of amateur IT workers, economists, lawyers, and other white-hat types are grouped in the city of Tartu, about 65 miles from the Russian border, and in the capital, Tallinn, about twice as far from it. The volunteers, who’ve inspired a handful of similar operations around the world, are readying themselves to defend against the kind…

Japan’s Honda Confirms Plans to Close UK Car Plant in 2021

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Japanese carmaker Honda confirmed on Tuesday it was planning to close its only factory in the United Kingdom in 2021 as the company shifts the focus of its manufacturing network on areas that have increased production of electric cars. “Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. has today informed employees of its proposal to close its Swindon vehicle manufacturing plant in the UK in 2021,” the manufacturer’s statement read. The automotive giant explained the move by the…

Washington & Baghdad Agree to Withdraw US Troops From Syria Via Iraq

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

US President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out American forces from Syria in mid-December, explaining the move by citing the apparent defeat of the Daesh* terrorist group. However, no exact timeframe was set for the withdrawal. Baghdad and Washington have reached an agreement allowing US troops to be withdrawn from Syria via Iraqi territory, Chief of Staff and Adviser to the Iraqi prime minister Abdulkarim Hashim Mostafa told Sputnik on Tuesday. “They (the troops)…

Former high-level EU official of Estonian origin convicted for rape

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

On Monday a court in Brussels sentenced Margus Rahuoja, a 51-year-old former senior EU official from Estonia, to four years in prison. Mr Rahuoja, a former EU director of aviation and international transport affairs, was found guilty of rape. According to Belgian La Dernière Heure, the victim in the case is a lawyer working at the EU’s Mobility and Transport directorate. Though La Dernière Heure didn’t publish Mr Rahuoja’s name,…

U.S.-manufactured Javelin stocks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces supplemented

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems procured by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence have been delivered to Lithuania. The worth of the procurement is over USD 20 million, USD 5 million of which is financial support of the United States of America. The additional systems will be provided to units of the Lithuanian Land Force in order to strengthen defence capabilities of Lithuania.…

EU Advisory Mission Ukraine should have stronger representation in eastern Ukraine – Rinkevics

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The European Union (EU) Advisory Mission Ukraine should have a stronger representation in eastern Ukraine, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) believes. Today, Rinkevics participated in the meeting of the EUForeign Affairs Council in Brussels, at which the EU member states held a discussion on the reform process Ukraine, including the upcoming election, the security situation in the east of the country and the region of the Sea of…

Lithuanian prosecutor wants man accused of spying for Russia to be sentenced to 8 years

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office wants a Lithuanian citizen, Roman Sesel, charged with spying for Russia, to be sentenced to eight years in prison for collecting information on NATO military ships, Lithuania’s oil and LNG terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta and other infrastructure. Under the existing laws in Lithuania, a person faces from three to 15 years in prison for spying. The prosecutor’s suggested term is close to the medium. “I believe…

About 80 Jewish Graves Vandalised at Cemetery in Eastern France

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

About 80 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, BFMTV reported, citing police in the Lower Rhine department. “On Tuesday, 19 February, about 80 graves at the Jewish cemetery in the commune of Katzenheim were found desecrated,” the police prefecture communiqué said. Tombstones were tagged with blue swastikas allegedly by a local group of neo-Nazis.  Law enforcement officials strongly condemned what has been described as an “anti-Semitic act”. The incident happened at a cemetery in the village…

Former New Zealand leader: ‘We need to learn to listen to China’

By James Griffiths on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A former New Zealand prime minister has been quoted lavishing praise on China as the country’s current leader continues to deny reports of a rift between Wellington and Beijing. In a piece published by Chinese state-run People’s Daily on Monday, Jenny Shipley, a former leader of the conservative National Party and prime minister from 1997 to 1999, commended China’s “huge contributions to the world’s economic growth” and its “great efforts” to promote…

Criminals in Latvia had planned to kidnap and kill a bailiff

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The crime has been averted while still at a planning stage, said Romans Jasins, the head of the police division in charge of murder investigation and search for missing persons. He said that the police was tipped off about one person’s plans to plot a kidnapping and extortion of money, and later a murder. The police immediately launched a criminal procedure, conducted searches and investigation. The potential victim was identified soon.…