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2019

15

Jan

Rome mayor, Catholic Church in row over Trevi Fountain coins

The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, has decided to take control of the 1.5 million euros ($1.7m) that tourists toss into the Italian capital city’s iconic Trevi Fountain while making a wish. The decision has triggered a dispute between the city council and the Roman Catholic Church since the money so far was used by a […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Haber Türk , Aljazeera

14

Jan

US approved thousands of child bride requests over past decade

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act […]

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Country: United States
Source: Sputnik , USA Today

11

Jan

Austria’s Post Office under fire over sharing data on political allegiances

Austria’s national post office found itself under fire on Tuesday for collecting and selling information about customers’ political allegiances in what privacy campaigners say bears similarities to the Facebook data-sharing scandal. According to the investigative journalism website Addendum, the Austrian Post sold the names, addresses, age and gender of around three million customers to other companies for […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Local

10

Jan

Former Guantanamo commander charged with obstructing probe of civilian’s 2015 death

A former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged with with obstruction of justice and other offenses relating to the 2015 death of a civilian employee, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. According to court documents filed in Florida federal court, Capt. John R. Nettleton faces two counts of obstruction […]

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Country: United States
Source: Fox

09

Jan

France’s ex-minister says police should use live rounds on protestors

A former French minister today called for the police to able to use live fire on rioting Yellow Vest protesters. The words of Luc Ferry, the 68-year-old conservative, highlight the growing law and order crisis facing the country. Mr Ferry, once an Education Minister and now a full-time philosopher, said: ‘What I don’t understand is […]

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Country: France
Source: Daily Mail

08

Jan

Italian leaders back French yellow vest protesters

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio also offered to help yellow vest protestors organise. The two leaders of Italy’s ruling populist coalition on Monday threw their support behind the “yellow vest” protesters in neighbouring France. “Yellow vests, do not weaken!” Deputy Prime Minister Di Maio, who heads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote in a […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Haber Türk , The Local

07

Jan

Federal office for IT security knew early on of data Theft

According to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), German lawmakers informed the agency of the suspicious activity in early December. The BSI stressed, however, that it did not have knowledge of any plan to release the stolen information until 3 January, when the latest breach was able to be connected to the previous cases. The breach compromised the personal data of politicians from regional […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Haber Türk , Sputnik

04

Jan

German politicians targeted in cyber attack

Hackers have leaked the personal data of hundreds of German politicians in what is being described as one of the country’s worst ever cyber attacks. MPs’ mobile numbers and addresses, as well as their emails, bills and credit card information, were published on the internet, as were photos of their personal IDs. Chancellor Angela Merkel […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Financial Times , Amerikanın Sesi

03

Jan

Britain continued seeking arms deals with Saudi Arabia in weeks after Khashoggi was murdered

The British government pursued arms deals with Saudi Arabia in the weeks after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as it publicly condemned the murder. Khashoggi was killed by Saudi officials inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, prompting global condemnation and calls for a re-evaluation of ties with the Kingdom. As […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sabah , Independent

01

Jan

US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World […]

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Country: United States
Source: Hürriyet , Aljazeera