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2 million 320 thousand visitors at the Auschwitz Memorial in 2019

In 2019, 2 million 320 thousand people from all over the world visited the sites of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, under the protection of the Museum. It is about 170,000 more than in the record-breaking year – 2018. As much as 81 per cent of visitors learned […]

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Royal Navy HMS Defender crew seizes £3.3m haul of crystal meth from drug smugglers’ dhow in the Arabian Sea

Sailors and Royal Marines have dealt a pre-Christmas blow to terrorists with a £3.3m drugs bust in the Middle East. The crew of destroyer HMS Defender pounced on a suspicious dhow as they swept the northern Arabian Sea for smugglers and traffickers. A day-long search by the Portsmouth-based warship’s boarding teams ended in success with […]

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At least 250 journalists jailed worldwide for fourth straight year

China and Turkey leading jailers of journalists, followed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia New York, December 11, 2019—The number of journalists imprisoned for their reporting globally reached at least 250 for the fourth consecutive year, with China and Turkey topping the list of the world’s leading jailers, the Committee to Protect Journalists found. As of December 1, […]

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Global arms industry rankings: Sales up 4.6 per cent worldwide and US companies dominate the Top 5

Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s largest 100 companies (excluding those in China) totalled $420 billion in 2018, marking an increase of 4.6 per cent compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in the SIPRI Top 100 ranking. […]

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:HOLOCAUST: Chancellor of Germany and Prime Minister of Poland at the Memorial for 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Photo: Jarosław Praszkiewicz The fact that German support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation celebrating the 10th anniversary of its creation doubled from 60 to 120 million euros was announced at the Auschwitz Memorial by Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. On December 6, Merkel visited together with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the site of former German […]

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Former CIA agent sentenced to 19 years for conspiracy with China

A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for conspiring to communicate, deliver and transmit national defense information to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “In just over a year, we have convicted three Americans for committing espionage offenses on behalf of the Chinese government.  Each has […]

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Joint Statement ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – Child Labour and Human Trafficking Remain Important Concerns in Global Supply Chains

Geneva, 12 November – A new report indicates that a significant share of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs at their lower tiers, in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, making due diligence, visibility and traceability challenging. The report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global […]

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The World Must Address Iran’s Nuclear Escalation – MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE

Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran would behave with a nuclear weapon. The […]

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The Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches advocates opening up marriage to same-sex couples

At its meeting on 29 August 2019, the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) decided to endorse the opening up of civil marriages to same-sex couples. The Council also decided to recommend to the member churches of the FSPC that they adopt an extended civil law concept of marriage as a prerequisite […]

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Second anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli: “It is never acceptable to die because you are doing your job” “Daphne Caruana Galizia would have been 55 years old today and would still have had a brilliant career ahead of her. Instead, we are here today to pay tribute to her because her […]

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Animals need oxygen for the conversion of food into useful […]

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Trump Administration Grants First Trophy Import Permit for Tanzanian Lion

Lion photo by Robin Silver, Center for Biological Diversity. WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has authorized a U.S. hunter to import a lion trophy from Tanzania — the first allowed from that country since lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in January 2016. A Florida man received permission to import the lion’s skin, skull, […]

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Huge Marriott breach puts 500 million victims at risk

Marriott has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database.  On November 19, 2018, the investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties* on or before September 10, 2018. On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an […]

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New Zealand: 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes seized

A Customs investigation has resulted in the seizure of around 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes and cash estimated to be over $2 million. As a result of this investigation, the NZ Police have also restrained multiple properties, luxury cars and bank accounts. An Auckland businessman was arrested by Customs investigators at Auckland Airport last Wednesday 21 […]

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“We will stick with Britain“ says Gibraltar’s Chief Minister

Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar welcomes the unwavering commitment of the United Kingdom that it will negotiate future trade and other arrangements with the EU that work for all of the British family of nations, including Gibraltar. The deep and unbreakable bonds that bind the United Kingdom and Gibraltar […]

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Historic Vote Ties Kilogram and Other Units to Natural Constants

© Rob Bouwman – Dreamstime.com Versailles, France—A convocation of delegates representing 60 countries voted today in Versailles to implement the most significant change to the International System of Units (SI) in more than 130 years. For the first time, all measurement units will be defined by natural phenomena rather than by physical artifacts. The event […]

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Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, […]

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Investigative Committee of Russia continues to establish circumstances of mass shooting in Kerch

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation continues to work over the probe into the mass shooting in the Kerch Technical College on October 17, 2018. The IC Central Office investigation team completed the initial examination of the crime scene. The exact number of the killed was established – 20 people (including Roslyakov), all of […]

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Alexander Bastrykin expressed his condolences to families of victims of Kerch tragedy

Alexander Bastrykin, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims of the accident in the Kerch Technical College. “It is an irreparable loss for you, but I promise that the investigation will do its utmost to define in detail the causes of the accident and […]

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In Republic of Crimea, probe launched into blast at college in city of Kerch

The Crimean Regional Office of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation launched a probe into a blast at one of the colleges of Kerch under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of Russia (terrorism). According to preliminary data, today an unidentified explosive device filled with metal items went off in the canteen of the […]

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