Tuesday, February 20

Day: February 20, 2016

French authorities order refugees in Calais to abandon makeshift camp and take state housing
ENGLISH, Europe

French authorities order refugees in Calais to abandon makeshift camp and take state housing

    Welle French authorities are ordering hundreds of refugees to vacate a large swathe of a vast camp along the English Channel in Calais. Those occupying the southern sector of the camp, often referred to as the jungle because it is the most densely populated section, have until Tuesday evening to vacate the premises before it is razed by authorities. The order comes from the state authority for Calais, which adds that police are authorized to remove anyone still on the premises. Official estimates as to the number of people in the targeted area vary widely – from 800 to 4000. This section of the camp is replete with cafes, shops and houses of worship. Many of the refugees in the camp are fleeing civil war and conflict in Syria, Iraqi and Afghanistan but others, from Africa,...
Up to 5,000 Isis jihadists could be in Europe after returning from terror training camps abroad
ENGLISH, Europe

Up to 5,000 Isis jihadists could be in Europe after returning from terror training camps abroad

    The jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news allegedly shows Isis vehicles driving on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and Al-Hassaka in Syria. Photograph… Up to 5,000 jihadists are feared to be in Europe after returning from terrorist training camps, the head of Europol has said. Rob Wainwright, director of the EU-wide law enforcement agency, predicted further attacks by Isis following the massacres in Paris that killed 130 people in November. “Europe is currently facing its biggest terror threat in more than a decade,” he told Germany’s Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. “One can expect Islamic State (Isis) or other religious terror groups to stage an attack somewhere in Europe with the aim of achieving many casualties a...
Protect the identity of the mother tongue says PM Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Protect the identity of the mother tongue says PM Sheikh Hasina

    Underscoring the importance of learning mother language first, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged all to be more aware to uphold the dignity of Bangla. “I call upon to all uphold the dignity of our mother language which we achieved in exchange for blood,” the Prime Minister further said. She said, “Our children must learn other languages. It’ll be the real education if they first learn mother language and then others. Our society must be more conscious in this regard.” Sheikh Hasina was addressing a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city marking the distribution of Ekushey Padak 2016 among 16 eminent personalities for their outstanding contributions to various fields. Noting that many mother languages are losing their importance as people choose other...
Everything You Need To Know About The EU Referendum
ENGLISH, Europe

Everything You Need To Know About The EU Referendum

    Brace yourself: for the next four months, the news bulletins will be dominated by talk of the UK's referendum on whether to stay or leave the European Union. And, probably on June 23, we all get to vote. Many people's first reaction is something like this. But stay with us. The referendum is arguably more important than any general election, changing Britain’s relationship with Europe and, in turn, the rest of the world. The arguments will range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The prosaic to the poetic. You’ll hear about what it means if you’ve ever aspired to work abroad, watched Netflix on holiday in Spain or hired a Polish builder. But you’ll also hear grand talk about power, sovereignty and Britain’s place in the world. There’ll also be nonsense: scaremongering, di...
EU renogotiations: David Cameron strikes unanimous agreement on Britain’s future in Europe
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

EU renogotiations: David Cameron strikes unanimous agreement on Britain’s future in Europe

    David Cameron has struck a deal with other EU leaders over Britain’s future in Europe after marathon talks in Brussels. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council announced the agreement after more than 24 hours of agonising discussions over British demands to curb benefits for migrant workers. “Unanimous support for new settlement for the UK in Europe,” he said after a final agreement was signed off at dinner of 28 EU members in Brussels. The agreement, which has yet to be published, is expected to see Britain compromise on key elements of Mr Cameron’s demands to restrict welfare payments to Eastern European workers. Mr Cameron will return to the UK overnight in time to chair a cabinet meeting tomorrow morning which rubber stamp the agreement. But after the meeting th...