Thursday, 10 August 2017: EU knew about contaminated eggs in July, Migrants deliberately drowned by smuggler, Man drives car into Paris soldiers

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

EU knew about contaminated eggs in July: The EU Commission received information about eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil as early as the beginning of July. Dutch authorities on Wednesday objected to Belgium’s criticism that it had concealed fipronil contamination in eggs since November last year. Belgian Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme told parliamentarians — during a special meeting to discuss fipronil — that the Dutch food-safety agency NVWA had received its first indications that the forbidden insecticide had been found in eggs in November 2016.
politico.eu, handelsblatt.com

Migrants deliberately drowned by smuggler: The UN migration agency says up to 50 young migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia have been deliberately drowned when a smuggler forced them into the sea off Yemen’s coast. The smuggler allegedly pushed the migrants into the water when they saw a boat belonging to authorities approaching. The average age of the passengers on the boat is believed to have been 16-years-old. Italy on Wednesday gave permission to a Spanish humanitarian organisation to dock and disembark migrants in Sicily after three days of arguments with Malta over who should take in the rescued men.
independent.co.uk, zeit.de

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Trump threatens North Korea: US President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash fire and fury against North Korea if it endangered the United States, as tensions with the isolated and impoverished nuclear-armed state escalated into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challenge yet of his administration. North Korea has said it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam. FBI agents recently raided the residence of Paul Manafort, and he has turned over hundreds of pages of documents to congressional investigators as probes ramp up into Trump’s campaign and Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
nytimes.com, theguardian.com, politico.eu (Manafort)

Kenya: Violence erupts as opposition leader claims vote fraud cbsnews.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

We have equal rights now, but we can only live our lives freely if we don’t have to be afraid of violence and discrimination anymore.
German Green party MP Volker Beck criticises the rise in homophobic crime in Germany.
dw.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Man drives car into Paris soldiers: At least six were injured when a vehicle drove into a group of soldiers as they left their barracks in Levallois-Perret, a Paris suburb, on Wednesday. Four suffered minor injuries and two were seriously hurt, according to reports. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the suspect was apprehended on a highway. Elite police officers shot and arrested the man on the A16 motorway near Marquise, close to Calais. French police have searched the home of the suspect to establish whether he has links to terrorist organisations.
politico.eu, de.euronews.com, theguardian.com

German helicopter lost rotors before Mali crash: A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report. Two crew members were killed when the helicopter crashed in the West African nation’s desert north last month. The Bundeswehr investigation found that the chopper had lost its main rotor blades before it crashed to the ground, killing the two soldiers – the first Bundeswehr casualties in combat in almost two years.
reuters.com, dw.com

Tensions over Polish army: Polish President Andrzej Duda, who fell out with the ruling party last month over judicial reform, risked escalating tension by blocking army appointments proposed by Poland’s government. Duda refused to sign off on the appointments of dozens of generals because of a lack of clarity over the proposed new system of command, according to Marcin Skowron, a spokesman for the National Security Bureau. Deputy Defence Minister Tomasz Szatkowski said his ministry had invited the National Security Bureau, which advises the president, to help work on the army reform proposals.
bloomberg.com, reuters.com

German AfD politician investigated over Islamophobia accusations: Prosecutors in the southwest German city of Saarbrücken are investigating an Iran-born AfD politician over accusations that she made Islamophobic statements. Laleh Hadjimohamadvali is suspected of defamation of religious groups, as well as incitement to hatred. Hadjimohamadvali was born in Iran and has said that she fled to Germany to get away from Islam in the 1980s after the 1979 Iranian Revolution led to the establishment of an Islamic Republic.
welt.de

Germany: Hate crimes against homosexuals on the rise dw.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Bitkom sucht Referent europäische Digitalpolitik (w/m) *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Innovation Project Manager *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Project Assistant for EU Funded Projects *** PwC seeks Public Affairs Senior Manager Belgium *** Johnson & Johnson seeks Policy Assistant, Government Affairs & Policy EMEA *** Public Policy Manager, Connectivity *** Ryanair offers Public Affairs internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Amber Rudd falls victim to internet prankster: British Home Secretary Amber Rudd can be added to a list of high-profile officials to be hoodwinked into revealing personal information to an internet prankster, the „Guardian“ reported Wednesday. The prankster, known as Sinon Reborn, had registered an email address under the name of Robbie Gibb, the recently appointed 10 Downing Street communications chief, and emailed senior cabinet members including Rudd, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in the hope of getting a response.
politico.eu

 

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