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03/12/2019

Malta’s PM quits over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat has resigned and due to leave in January, driven from office by the constitutional and political crisis triggered by the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Source: The Guardian
03/12/2019

Moscow court ruled that face recognition system is not an invasion of privacy

Human rights activist Alena Popova demanded to ban the face recognition system after the Tverskoy District Court illegally used her biometric data obtained from surveillance cameras and fined the activist for 20 thousand rubles after protest near the State Duma building.
Source: Novaya Gazeta
03/12/2019

Berlin sees sharp increase in homophobic attacks

Attacks against homosexual and transgender people in the German capital are up compared with 2018 figures, according to latest figures. The city's police chief has warned of an "increased polarization of society."
Source: Deutsche Welle
03/12/2019

Shell launches Greenpeace legal action over North Sea protests

Shell is seeking to prevent Greenpeace protestors from breaching a 500m safety zone around platforms in the Brent field. It claims the protests could create serious safety risks.
Source: BBC
03/12/2019

European Parliament calls on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

In the text adopted by 493 votes, MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and, EU countries should refuse any legal assistance to Russia in this case.
Source: European Parliament
26/11/2019

79% of Russian women convicted of murder defended themselves against domestic violence

Four out of five women convicted of murder in 2016–2018 in reality were trying to defend themselves against domestic violence.
Source: Novaya Gazeta
26/11/2019

Poland elects controversial judges to constitutional court

Poland’s parliament elected three ruling party nominees as judges to the constitutional court, raising concerns about the court’s independence. The most disputed of the three judges is Stanislaw Piotrowicz, a former communist-era state prosecutor.
Source: The Washington Post
26/11/2019

EU fails to agree on privacy rules for WhatsApp, Skype

The European Commission kicked off the process two years ago with its proposal for an ePrivacy regulation which would ensure that tech companies offering online messaging and email services would be subjected to the same tough rules as telecoms providers.
Source: Euraktiv
26/11/2019

Northern Ireland facing millions in EU fines over environmental failures

The European Commission has begun proceedings against the UK over alarming 'infractions' of EU standards such as failures for shellfish waters to meet food hygiene regulations, breaches of air quality levels and failures to preserve wildlife and flora through special conservation areas.
Source: The Irish News
26/11/2019

Far-right German lawmakers meet Assad representatives in Syria

Members of far-right populist party Alternative for Germany visited Syria to prove that the country is a "safe country of origin" for migrants. The anti-Islam party aims to prove that Syria is safe for migrants to be sent back to.
Source: Deutsche Welle
19/11/2019

Deportation of suspected IS fighters forces Germany to take action

Turkey will deport 10 men, women and children with suspected ties to "Islamic State" back to Germany this week. The move is making several countries address how to repatriate suspected terrorists and their families.
Source: Deutsche Welle
19/11/2019

France unveils new model of EU enlargement

Western Balkan countries should still become EU members, but via a new, gradual association method, France has said.
Source: EU Observer