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Hundreds of ferry passengers stranded in Baltic Sea after engine breakdown

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A ferry with 294 passengers on board was stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday after an engine breakdown on Tuesday, Danish operator DFDS said. No injuries were reported. The malfunction aboard the Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the ship’s fire extinguishing system in the engine room, DFDS said in a statement. The passengers were assembled at muster stations in preparation for a possible evacuation, but it wasn’t necessary…

Tensions rise as large protests mark Catalonia referendum anniversary

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tens of thousands of Catalan independence protesters have marked the first anniversary of a controversial referendum on a split from Spain. Riot police charged in to break up demonstrators in front of Catalonia’s regional parliament on Monday night (Oct 1). A march attracted many people who haven’t given up hopes of independence. During the day there had been attempts to block roads and train tracks hanging ballot boxes and chanting…

EU Budget 2019

Monday, October 1, 2018

“The Budgets Committee vote on the 2019 EU Budget sends a clear signal that the EPP Group is strongly committed, not only in reverting the cuts proposed by the Council, but also in reinforcing successful EU programmes that should remain strong”, stated Monika Hohlmeier MEP, the EPP Group negotiator for the 2019 EU Budget. The EPP group strongly believes that the EU must have the necessary financial means to meet…

Macedonia’s EU future in doubt after referendum flop

Monday, October 1, 2018

Snap elections are likely to decide Macedonia’s EU future after most people did not vote in a referendum on changing the country’s name. Just 36.5 percent of eligible voters turned out on Sunday (30 September) to answer the question: “Are you for EU and Nato membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?”. That fell short of the threshold of 50 percent plus…

NATO moves to combat Russian hybrid warfare

Monday, October 1, 2018

Russia is disturbing the peace, and NATO countries must combat its hybrid strategy, the alliance’s supreme allied U.S. European Command Commander Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti. Scaparrotti said Russia already is a competitor that operates in domains “particularly below the level of war,” the general said, but in an aggressive way, noting that the Russians use cyber activity, social media, disinformation campaigns and troop exercises to threaten and bully other countries. Russia’s…

Theresa May refuses to apologise over ‘hostile environment’ scandal

Monday, October 1, 2018

Prime minister stands by policy despite damage to thousands of British citizens from the Windrush generation. Theresa May has refused to apologise for her “hostile environment” immigration policy, although she conceded that members of the Windrush generation had become wrongly entangled, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. The prime minister said the policy was intended to identify illegal immigrants and said it would remain, even though thousands of people…

Kenya Defence Force Orders Six Armed MD 530F Attack Helicopters

Saturday, September 29, 2018

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of the second Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), and includes initial logistics support for the aircraft, aircraft systems and ground support equipment. The contract was awarded through U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Initial deliveries will take…

Belgian Defense Ministry to Sue Google Over Refusal to Blur Military Facilities

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Belgian Defense Ministry plans to sue Google over its refusal to blur country’s military facilities on the Google Maps web mapping service, a spokesperson for the ministry said on Friday. “The Defense Ministry will file a lawsuit against Google as that has not been done,” the spokesperson said, as quoted by the media outlet. According to the Sudinfo media outlet, the Belgian Defense Ministry has already asked Google to…

Iran says U.S. regional bases would not be secure if it ‘does anything wrong’

Friday, September 28, 2018

A senior Iranian cleric said on Friday that U.S. regional bases would not remain secure if Washington sought confrontation with Tehran. “If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran would not remain secure,” Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency. He did not elaborate, but Tehran has warned Washington in the past against any military confrontation.

Boris Johnson demands UK PM May scrap her Brexit proposals

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson called on Prime Minister Theresa May to rip up her proposal for Britain’s exit from the European Union, ratcheting up the pressure on May as she prepares to face her divided party at its annual conference next week. Just six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, little is clear: May has yet to clinch a Brexit divorce deal…