Europe Law & Crime
Navy to convene court-martial proceedings against sailors in crashes
Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed for second time
North Korea didn't react to false Hawaii missile alert, Mattis says
Iraq: dozens killed as suicide bombers hit Baghdad market
MEPs want EU-wide protection for journalists against crippling lawsuits
BirdLife upbeat about impending EU Court decision to ban bird trapping
Eyeing troubled EU ties, Poland's president fires top ministers
Kenya: EU action over indigenous human rights violations
2018-01-18 01:18:15 EU suspends funding to Kenya government over indigenous human rights violations. THE EUROPEAN Union has suspended a multi-million euro project in the face of mounting evidence that its funds were being used to carry out violent human rights abuses. The news came less than 24 hours after guards working from the EU-funded Kenya Forestry Service mounted a raid in Embobut Forest, where the Sengwer indigenous people live, shooting and killing 41-year-old Robert Kirotich and wounding another   Read More ...
British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, but bill faces scrutiny from pro-EU upper house
2018-01-18 00:07:51 Barring major change of policy, Britain remains on course to leave European Union in March 2019 Related Stories British lawmakers voted in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union. But the legislation will now face scrutiny from Parliament's largely pro-EU upper house, where May's party does not have a majority, which will intensify efforts to force a rerun of a 2016 referendum, and water down or even stop the divorce   Read More ...
British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, stiffer tests yet to come
2018-01-17 21:15:31 LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted in favour of the government’s legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union. But the legislation will now face scrutiny from parliament’s largely pro-EU upper house, where May’s party does not have a majority, which will intensify efforts to force a re-run of a 2016 referendum, and water down or even stop the divorce   Read More ...
Navy to convene court-martial proceedings against sailors in crashes
2018-01-17 13:45:37 The Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against five sailors relating to two deadly ship collisions last year, including the commanding officers of both vessels, a military spokesperson said Tuesday. Four sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald, a destroyer which collided with a merchant ship off Japan in June, leaving seven sailors dead, will have court-martial proceedings convened on charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, Navy chief of information Capt   Read More ...
UK citizens ask Dutch court to protect post-Brexit EU rights
2018-01-17 11:14:27 AMSTERDAM – A group of British citizens who live in the Netherlands has gone to a Dutch court in a bid to retain their EU citizenship rights after Britain completes its divorce from the bloc. In a case that could have far-reaching consequences for some 1 million Britons currently living in European Union countries outside the United Kingdom, lawyer Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm launched summary proceedings Wednesday before a judge at Amsterdam District Court   Read More ...
UK citizens ask Dutch court to protect post-Brexit EU rights
2018-01-17 11:10:43 AMSTERDAM (AP) — A group of British citizens who live in the Netherlands has gone to a Dutch court in a bid to retain their EU citizenship rights after Britain completes its divorce from the bloc. In a case that could have far-reaching consequences for some 1 million Britons currently living in European Union countries outside the United Kingdom, lawyer Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm launched summary proceedings Wednesday before a judge at Amsterdam District Court   Read More ...
Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed for second time
2018-01-17 09:45:02 The Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to a second jail term of three months for his role in the wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014. The 21-year-old was one of 20 demonstrators to be found guilty of contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order to leave a protest zone. Another activist, Raphael Wong, was also jailed, while the other protesters received suspended sentences   Read More ...
Danish submarine owner Peter Madsen charged with murder of Swedish journalist
2018-01-17 06:05:51 Danish prosecutors said he may have killed Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his homebuilt submarine by cutting her throat or by strangulation.… READ   Read More ...
'Iranian spies' targeted in German police searches
2018-01-17 05:34:55 German special police teams have searched flats linked to 10 suspected Iranian state spies. The searches were triggered by German counter-intelligence. The Iranians, still at large, are suspected of spying on Israeli and/or Jewish targets. Germany's Focus news said the raids took place in Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg. In 1997 a Berlin verdict linked top Iranian politicians to the killing of four Iranian Kurdish dissidents   Read More ...
Kim Wall death: Danish prosecutors say murder was planned
2018-01-17 05:34:44 Danish prosecutors have charged inventor Peter Madsen with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall and will attempt to have him jailed for life. Her dismembered remains were found at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him aboard his homemade submarine. Prosecutors accuse him of having planned the crime, either suffocating her or cutting her throat. He admits dismembering her body but denies intentionally killing her   Read More ...
Kerry Babies: Gardaí to review murdered 'Baby John' case
2018-01-17 05:34:40 Irish police are to review the case of the death of a baby boy whose body was found on a beach in County Kerry in 1984. "Baby John" was found with 28 stab wounds at White Strand beach, Cahersiveen, on 14 April. A second baby was found buried on a Kerry farm and a flawed police investigation led to the so-called "Kerry Babies" tribunal   Read More ...
Syria war: Turkish forces mass near Kurdish areas
2018-01-17 05:34:33 Turkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the "terror nests" of Afrin and Manbij. The areas are controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Earlier, the Turkish army shelled Afrin from positions in the neighbouring rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib   Read More ...
North Korea didn't react to false Hawaii missile alert, Mattis says
2018-01-16 12:45:27 There is no indication that North Korea reacted after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent an alert Saturday warning of an imminent ballistic missile strike against the islands, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. On Saturday morning local time, thousands of tourists and residents in Hawaii received mobile alerts on their phones that a missile would soon be impacting the state   Read More ...
Brits in the Netherlands go to court to fight for European citizenship
2018-01-16 12:09:22 Several British nationals in the Netherlands are going to court in an effort to keep their European citizenship, despite Britain’s plans to pull out of the EU. The case, which will be heard in Amsterdam on Wednesday, revolves around the right to European citizenship and its backers hope that Dutch judges will refer the issue to the European court of justice in Luxembourg   Read More ...
Theresa May ridiculed in European Parliament for claiming credit for EU regulations
2018-01-16 12:07:43 Theresa May has been ridiculed in the European Parliament after her government took credit for two major positive new EU regulations in the space of a week – without mentioning where the laws had come from. The Prime Minister spent part of last week hailing the introduction of a ban on credit card charges, as well as mandatory fees for plastic bags in shops, as a win for consumers and the environment   Read More ...
England's Stokes charged with affray - prosecutors
2018-01-16 05:30:45 LONDON (AFP) - England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray by prosecutors regarding his alleged involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in September, prosecutors announced Monday. The confrontation left a man with a fractured eye socket and saw Stokes suspended from international cricket until "further notice" by the England and Wales Cricket Board, meaning he missed the Ashes series in Australia   Read More ...
Iraq: dozens killed as suicide bombers hit Baghdad market
2018-01-15 11:45:12 Iraqi officials say two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy market in the centre of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding at least 105. The bombers struck during rush hour on Monday morning in a commercial area. The interior ministry said two men detonated vests packed with explosives. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the nature of the attack resembles others carried out by the self-styled Islamic State   Read More ...
Hawaii did not have ‘reasonable’ safeguards to stop false missile alert, says regulator
2018-01-14 22:45:14 Hawaii did not have “reasonable” safeguards in place to prevent the false missile alert that sent the state into panic on Saturday morning, the US communications regulator has warned. People in Hawaii received a message on their mobile phones shortly after 8am local time on Saturday, reading: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL   Read More ...
38 minutes of fear: How a Hawaii missile alert test went wrong
2018-01-14 12:45:17 For 38 terrifying minutes, many Hawaiians spent Saturday morning hunkered in bathtubs and basements waiting for a ballistic missile strike that never came. 911 networks were overwhelmed and some fired off frantic messages to loved ones on the mainland. Hawaiian public officials called it a day they would never forget. The panic ensued after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent out an alert that warned residents of an imminent ballistic missile strikeand urged them to "seek immediate shelter   Read More ...
Hawaii: False ballistic missile alert sparks panic
2018-01-14 10:02:39 Human error by local emergency officials was to blame for the incorrect warning that a missile was heading towards the US state, after an employee pushed the   Read More ...
False missile alert spreads panic in Hawaii
2018-01-14 00:00:05 A ballistic missile warning sent out to residents of Hawaii on Saturday morning was a false alarm, officials have confirmed. Hawaiian citizens received an emergency alert on their mobile phones shortly after 8am local time, reading: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The message sent people on the island into a panic before the error was corrected around 20 minutes later   Read More ...
KKK 'Mississippi Burning' murderer Edgar Ray Killen dies
2018-01-13 11:00:07 Edgar Ray Killen, 92, was jailed 2005, over four decades after he plotted the killings. Killen died on Thursday night was pronounced dead at the hospital at Mississippi State Penitentiary, correction officials said. The cause of the “Mississippi Burning” murderer's death would be known after an autopsy but was not thought to be suspicious. His conviction came on the 41 years to the day since the crime took place and resulted in Killen receiving a 60-year prison sentence—the maximum jail time of 20 years per each victim   Read More ...
EU concern at detention of Palestinian 'slap video' teen
2018-01-13 06:03:43 JERUSALEM (AFP) - The European Union voiced concern Friday over the Israeli detention of two Palestinian minors, one of whom who was arrested after a video of her confronting Israeli soldiers went viral. The Jerusalem and Ramallah EU missions expressed "deep concern regarding the circumstances of the recent arrests of two Palestinian minors, Ahed Tamimi and Fawzi Muhammad al-Juneidi", a statement read   Read More ...
‘This has to stop’: Polish MEP threatens legal action against vice president over Nazi insult
2018-01-13 04:04:06 A Polish MEP says she is pursuing legal action against the vice president of the the European Parliament after he likened her to a Nazi collaborator, as tensions between Poland's ruling party and the EU continue. Earlier this month, Czarnecki likened Thun to a “szmalcownik,” a pejorative Polish term used to describe Nazi collaborators from the Second World War. When questioned about the remark in a radio interview the following day, he refused to apologise   Read More ...
MEPs want EU-wide protection for journalists against crippling lawsuits
2018-01-12 20:00:05 MEPs from different political groups want the European commission to propose legislation protecting journalists from expensive international lawsuits. MEPs from different political groups want the European commission to propose legislation protecting journalists from expensive international lawsuits. MEPs David Casa (EPP), Ana Gomes (S&D), Monica Macovei (ECR), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (ALDE) Stelios Kouloglou (GUE) and Benedek Jávor (Greens) have joined forces to push for EU legislation that will address and end “SLAPPs”   Read More ...
EU calls on Kosovo to stop effort to amend war crimes court
2018-01-12 12:17:26 PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union has become the latest critic of an attempt by Kosovar lawmakers to amend a law on a war crimes court. In a statement Friday, the EU's office in Kosovo said it is extremely concerned about an initiative from 43 Kosovo lawmakers to do away with a law on the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office   Read More ...
EU calls on Kosovo to stop effort to amend war crimes court
2018-01-12 12:12:36 PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union has become the latest critic of an attempt by Kosovar lawmakers to amend a law on a war crimes court. In a statement Friday, the EU's office in Kosovo said it is extremely concerned about an initiative from 43 Kosovo lawmakers to do away with a law on the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office   Read More ...
Ritz robbers dropped bag of jewels
2018-01-11 23:06:04 French police have recovered all the jewellery stolen by armed robbers from a shop at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris on Wednesday, sources say. They say the loot worth some €4.5m (£4m; $5.4m) was in a bag dropped by one member of the five-strong gang during the brazen raid. Three men have been arrested, police said, while others remain on the run   Read More ...
European powers urge Trump to preserve Iran nuclear deal
2018-01-11 14:43:45 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to uphold a pact stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons, a day before the U.S. president is expected to decide whether to re-impose sanctions in a move likely to sink the deal. In sharp contrast to Trump’s view that the 2015 pact was “the worst deal ever negotiated”, the foreign ministers of the three countries and the EU’s top diplomat said there was no alternative to it and that sanctions should remain lifted   Read More ...
Iran nuclear deal: UK challenges US to find better alternative
2018-01-11 14:38:03 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has challenged the US to show there is a better alternative to the deal with Iran that limits its nuclear programme. Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he said the 2015 accord was a considerable accomplishment that was preventing Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Mr Johnson stressed that Iran was fully in compliance with it   Read More ...
Regeni Egypt murder: Cambridge tutor's data seized
2018-01-11 13:07:37 Italian investigators have obtained the computer and mobile phone of a Cambridge University lecturer whose student was murdered in Egypt in 2016. They received the items from UK police, who searched Dr Maha Abdelrahman's Cambridge home on Wednesday. The body of her student Giulio Regeni was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo in February 2016. He had been researching independent trade unions   Read More ...
Armed robbers seize jewels worth '4 million euros' from Paris Ritz
2018-01-11 11:01:07 PARIS (AFP) - Armed robbers launched a spectacular raid on the world famous Ritz hotel in Paris Wednesday, making off with an estimated four million euros worth of jewels, the latest in a string of high-profile heists in the French capital. The gang of five men armed with hatchets arrived at the hotel in Paris' luxurious Place Vendome around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) before smashing the windows on the ground floor and making off with the jewels   Read More ...
Thieves break in to a jewellery shop at Paris' luxury Ritz hotel
2018-01-11 07:45:02 Armed thieves broke into a jewellery shop at the luxury ritz hotel in Paris on Wednesday and stole goods with an estimated value of 4.5m euros. It happened at around six o' clock in the evening. Three suspects were quickly arrested near the Place Vendôme in central Paris, but at least two others got away, according to a police official. No one was hurt   Read More ...
Mikhail Popkov, Russian ex-cop, on trial for 59 murders
2018-01-10 21:36:28 A former Russian policeman who was convicted of killing 22 women has gone on trial in the Siberian city of Irkutsk for dozens of other murders. Mikhail Popkov, 53, has confessed to 59 additional murders between 1992 and 2010, Interfax news agency reports. If convicted, that would make him Russia's most prolific serial killer in recent history. He has been dubbed "the werewolf" and the "Angarsk maniac" by Russian media   Read More ...
BirdLife upbeat about impending EU Court decision to ban bird trapping
2018-01-10 20:00:13 A decision by the court of the European Union could be expected to deal a deadly blow to bird trapping in Malta. Conservationists BirdLife Malta sounded upbeat about an imminent decision from the European Court of Justice after a stern opinion from the EU’s advocate-general that the Maltese government had no justification to seek an exemption from the EU ban on finch trapping   Read More ...
Greece no longer requires Muslims to use Sharia law
2018-01-10 19:45:30 Lawmakers in Greece have voted in favour of allowing Muslims in the country to opt into the secular court system to resolve family disputes instead of relying on Islamic Sharia law, ending a century-old obligation. The legislation, passed in Greek parliament on Tuesday (January 9), allows Muslims to go before a Greek court for divorce, child custody and inheritance matters instead of appealing to Islamic jurists known as muftis, whom critics have accused of discriminating against women   Read More ...
New Polish PM fires top ministers to reduce tensions with EU
2018-01-09 23:31:25 Poland's ruling conservatives fired several senior ministers on Tuesday in an apparent move to patch up relations with the European Union, strained over accusations that Warsaw is subverting the rule of law. Facing unprecedented legal action over the alleged politicisation of Poland's judiciary, the Law and Justice (PiS) party may want to defuse tensions in other areas, such as environmental policy or defence   Read More ...
Netanyahu: Israel thwarted 'major' terror attacks in Europe involving planes
2018-01-09 16:14:36 Israeli intelligence has thwarted mass terrorist attacks in Europe that “involve civil aviation,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, in a possible reference to September 11-type attacks planned against European targets using hijacked aircraft.Netanyahu, speaking in Jerusalem to ambassadors of NATO countries, said that the world is threatened by radical Sunni groups, initially led by al-Qaeda, but now by Islamic State, and radical Shi'ites led by Iran   Read More ...
Eyeing troubled EU ties, Poland's president fires top ministers
2018-01-09 14:11:36 WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s ruling conservatives fired several senior government ministers on Tuesday in an apparent move to improve relations with the European Union strained over accusations that Warsaw is subverting rule of law standards. Facing unprecedented EU legal action over the alleged politicization of Poland’s judiciary, the Law and Justice (PiS) party may want to ease tensions in other areas, such as environment policy and defense, analysts say   Read More ...
EU raises concerns with Myanmar's Suu Kyi over detention of Reuters reporters
2018-01-09 10:43:09 YANGON (Reuters) - The European Union's envoy to Myanmar has raised concerns about the arrest of two Reuters journalists in a letter to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, describing the situation as "serious intimidation" and calling for their immediate release.   Read More ...