Posts published in Day: August 5, 2019

Brazil gang leader dresses up as teenage daughter in jail-break attempt

Monday, August 5, 2019

Clauvino da Silva wore rubber mask and wig to walk out of Rio prison, apparently planning to leave his daughter inside A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by pretending to be his teenage daughter when she visited him behind bars, authorities said on Sunday. Clauvino da Silva, also known as “Shorty”, tried to leave the prison in the western part of Rio de Janeiro dressed in her…

US, South Korea start low-key joint military drills after North Korean missile tests

Monday, August 5, 2019

The United States and South Korea began joint military exercises on Monday but kept them low-key to avoid provoking North Korea, which has warned the drills could derail efforts to resume nuclear negotiations. The allies declined to officially announce the two-week exercise had begun or provide details, but several officials confirmed they were underway. The quiet start was in sharp contrast to past years, underscoring the desire of Seoul and…

Report: Iran seizes tanker carrying ‘smuggled fuel’

Monday, August 5, 2019

Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, marking the Revolutionary Guard’s third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions. State TV and the semi-official Fars news agency reported that seven crewmembers were detained when the ship was seized late Wednesday while carrying 185,000…

China’s yuan sinks amid fears Beijing may give up on US trade talks

Monday, August 5, 2019

The simmering trade tensions between the United States and China have threatened to spark a full-blown currency war after Beijing allowed the yuan to drop below a level it had previously defended with sustained vigour. China’s central bank allowed the yuan to sink below the sensitive seven-to-one dollar level for the first time since 2008 in what one expert called a “weaponisation” of the currency. In the wake of Monday’s…

Lithuanian PM set to present ministerial candidates to president this week

Monday, August 5, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is set to present to President Gitanas Nauseda candidates for ministers in a new government. After the previous Skvernelis government returned its powers to the newly elected president, Nauseda re-appointed Skvernelis as prime minister on Jul 24. Since then, the prime minister has 15 days to form a new Cabinet and present it to the president. The new coalition agreement has been signed by the…

Digest: State reform should be expanded to include foundations as well

Monday, August 5, 2019

Faced with a changing demographic and a shrinking labor force, yet with ever higher expectations towards its institutions, the Estonian state is still working on a state reform that has been more than 20 years coming, daily Postimees writes. Estonia’s ministers as well as an extended circle of high-ranking officials meet every Thursday to discuss pressing issues. Last week was no exception, and the agenda, once again, included state reform,…

Hunter: Bears running out of territory, pushing closer to human settlements

Monday, August 5, 2019

Because the number of bears in Estonia has recently increased, young animals quickly run out of territory and are forced closer to human settlements, hunter Peeter Hussar explained to ERR’s Vikerraadio on Monday. This is the reason why bears have become a more recent sight also closer to farms, villages, and towns across the country. Hussar said on Vikerraadio’s morning programme on Monday that in Estonia, the status of bears…

Hundreds of arrests, and a whole new felony investigation

Monday, August 5, 2019

Police arrested more than 800 people in Moscow at demonstrations in support of free elections. Organizers structured the rally as a “mass stroll” along the city’s Boulevard Ring. Hours before the event was supposed to begin, large numbers of police officers and National Guard troops patrolled the public squares along the route, stopping passersby to check their identification and inspect their bags. As usual, there’s some disagreement and confusion about…

Rinkevics expresses condolences in regards to Saturday’s shootings in US

Monday, August 5, 2019

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has expressed his condolences in regards to Saturday’s tragic shootings in the United States. ”My deep and profound condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these senseless crimes. I wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been injured,” Rinkevics wrote in his Twitter account. The AFP news agency reports two mass shootings in the United States have left 29 people…

There’s no agreement on all ministerial candidates, Lithuanian president says

Monday, August 5, 2019

There’s no agreement on all ministerial candidates yet but time is ticking, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says. “There’s no agreement on all ministers but if all sides find good will and see a clear goal of what we want with the formation of this government, then it’s possible to find solutions,” Nauseda told journalists in Ariogala, central Lithuania, on Saturday. “There’s no solution on certain people, a small number of…