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Day: February 13, 2016

Could you be breaking one of these bizarre and little known laws?
ENGLISH, Life Style

Could you be breaking one of these bizarre and little known laws?

    A light covering of snow over the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Parliament Square, London, England. The British legal system is a strange beast. Our laws have been formed of a patchwork of rules brought in bit by bit for the past 800 years. Some seem bizarre because they haven't been updated for more than a century, while some are very new charges that catch people unawares. We reveal seven of the strange laws that could catch you out when you're doing anything from household chores to commuting. 1. Defacing currency A report from The Daily Mail this morning revealed that if you write, draw or scribble on any note, under the Currency and Bank Notes Act of 1928, you could be fined £1 a time. It's not exactly a rigorously-enforced rule, but might make people think twice ...
Teenage girl sent by Boko Haram rips off suicide vest and refuses to bomb refugee camp
Arab world, ENGLISH

Teenage girl sent by Boko Haram rips off suicide vest and refuses to bomb refugee camp

    A teenage girl sent by extremist group Boko Haram to blow up a refugee camp tore off her explosive vest and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers. Her two companions blew themselves up in the Dikwa refugee camp in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 58 people. The girl who refused to kill herself and others was later found by local security forces. She is now in custody and has given officials information about other planned bombings, helping them to increase security at the camp. "She said she was scared because she knew she would kill people," Modu Awami, a self-defence fighter who helped question the girl, said. "But she was also frightened of going against the instructions of the men who brought her to the camp." The girl was among thousands held captive...
Russian PM Medvedev says new Cold War has begun
ENGLISH, Europe

Russian PM Medvedev says new Cold War has begun

    U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said tensions between Russia and the West have reached Cold War levels. Other leaders also warned of dangerous divisions within Europe. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Medvedev said the world had "slid into a new period of Cold War" as differences grew between the West and Russia over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole against Europe or against the US or other countries," he told delegates at the meeting in the southern German state of Bavaria. Medvedev said, however...
Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence
ENGLISH, Europe

Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence

    A refugee flees police tear gas near the entrance to the Jungle camp in Calais (Picture: [copyright]) Members of an armed far-right militia are attacking Calais migrants in an unprecedented, brutal campaign of violence, according to evidence seen by this newspaper. In a series of incidents in recent weeks, refugees living at the Jungle camp claim to have been targeted by organised thugs – sometimes in uniforms. The Independent was told of one attack in which young male refugees were taken by van to a field where they were stripped naked and had their hands cuffed behind their back. They were then made to watch as their abductors – a group of unidentified men – beat them individually. Migrants accuse local French police of failing to protect them from the beatings – and als...
EU members who visiting Dhaka now advised to find mechanisms before 2019 polls in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

EU members who visiting Dhaka now advised to find mechanisms before 2019 polls in Bangladesh

    We won’t make any recommendation… it’s something to decide by the people of Bangladesh... it’s your decision as The visiting delegation of the European Parliament says in press conference on Friday 12th Feb 2016. The visiting delegation of the European Parliament favours some ‘agreed mechanisms’ well ahead of the next general election due in 2019 so that ‘many parties’ can participate in it in a free, fair and open manner with ‘maximum choices’, reports UNB. “It’s very clear there’s a need for some agreed mecha-nisms,” said Jean Lambert (Green Party), Chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia of the European Parliament, in the capital yesterday. Lambert came up with the remarks at a press conference before wrapping up their three-day visit to B...