Friday, 11 August 2017: EU expands sanctions against North Korea, No signs of manipulation of Kenya vote according to EU, Smugglers throw some 280 migrants into the sea


EU expands sanctions against North Korea: The Council of the European Union on Thursday expanded its sanctions against North Korea to align the EU’s punitive measures with a new United Nations Security Council resolution. The Council said it had extended an asset freeze and travel restrictions to nine individuals and four organisations, including the government-owned Foreign Trade Bank. The CIA and other key US intelligence agencies agree with the assessment that North Korea has miniaturised a nuclear weapon to place atop a ballistic missile, US officials told „NBC News“.,

No signs of manipulation of Kenya vote according to EU: The head of the EU’s election observer mission in Kenya said on Thursday it had seen no signs of centralised or localised manipulation“ of the voting process. Marietje Schaake said that the EU mission’s final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised by hackers. Foreign observers have expressed confidence in Kenya’s electoral process, despite Odinga’s claim of massive fraud.,

Smugglers throw some 280 migrants into the sea: Smugglers have thrown some 280 migrants into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the last two days, causing more than 50 to drown and leaving over 30 missing, the UN migration agency said Thursday. The UN agency said 160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the Arabian Sea on Thursday. The IOM says about 55,000 migrants have left Horn of Africa nations for Yemen since January, most from Somalia and Ethiopia fleeing drought and unrest at home.

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German MPs want EU staff to use German more: Three members of Germany’s Bundestag have asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to make sure EU institutions use the German language more. The MPs also met earlier this year with Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, to lobby the EU executive to give their native language better treatment. German MP Johannes Singhammer said English was still going to have a dominant role after Brexit, however, it would make sense to use French and German more.

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Dutch police make arrests in contaminated eggs case: Dutch police arrested two suspects on Thursday as part of an investigation into the illegal use of a potentially harmful insecticide in the poultry industry, the Dutch prosecution service said. Prosecutors said in a statement they had conducted raids at eight locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, confiscating cars and seizing bank accounts and real estate.

Turkey seeks arrest of dozens of journalists: Turkish authorities detained nine people and issued 35 arrest warrants on Thursday for media workers they claim have ties to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey at 155 out of 180 countries in its press freedom index. A delegation of German lawmakers, accompanied by a senior Nato official, will visit German soldiers serving at an air base in Turkey on Sept. 8 as part of a Nato trip, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.,

German Social Democrats rule out Nato defence spending target: The parliamentary leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party rejected Nato’s 2 percent of GDP defence spending target and called for strategic investment in the German armed forces in an interview published Thursday. Oppermann called for greater investment in Germany’s Bundeswehr, rather than adhering to what he considers an arbitrary spending goal.

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Bank of England to keep animal products in banknotes: The Bank of England announced on Thursday it would continue to use polymer containing trace amounts of animal products in bank notes, despite a public outcry from vegetarians, vegans and religious groups. In a statement, the central bank said that after careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there would be no change to the composition of polymer used in future banknotes.



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