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Random News from the Rest of the World

 
 
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2019 03:29 am
Check out the LinkedIn page of Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. She records monthly videos explaining her policies. This one on the ban of plastic bags, extension of parental leave and other similar down-to-earth topics... Refreshing.

https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C5605AQHP9OEnk2XxXA/e91013aaf26e4bd1b66cb59f25576851/feedshare-mp4_3300-captions-thumbnails/1507940147251-drlcss?e=1562749200&v=beta&t=naxfOKGOcAYNJuzE5FX4vYvUy8SipiO9ldJK09gjqYE
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 6 Aug, 2019 09:45 am
@Olivier5,
Brazilian Drug Trafficker Tries To Escape Prison Disguised As His Daughter
https://i.imgur.com/Wk83R8o.jpg
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Wed 7 Aug, 2019 08:26 am
@tsarstepan,

Update:
Brazilian Prisoner Who Tried To Escape In Female Disguise Found Dead In His Cell
chai2
 
  1  
Reply Wed 7 Aug, 2019 08:36 am
@tsarstepan,
Hm.
Suicide?
I have my doubts.

Putting it mildly.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 01:12 am
The order for work to start on building the Berlin Wall was issued on 13 August 1961. GDR guards sealed the border, preventing an exodus to the west. Barbed wire was gradually replaced with the concrete barrier, which remained until 9 November 1989.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 08:45 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Markets In Argentina Plunge After Poor Primary Showing For Incumbent President
Quote:
A poor showing for Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and a surge for his leftist opponent sparked fears of a possible default on the country's IMF loans, sending the peso to its lowest level in nearly two decades and causing a massive sell-off in the country's stock market.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 09:28 am
In Italy, more casino... Extreme right leader and Minister of Interior Salvini triggered a governmental crisis by asking for general elections. Only he cannot trigger them, only the president... if elections were held today, Salvini hopes to win and govern alone, as his relationship with the populist 5 stelle (5 stars) movement of Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, with whom Salvini shares the current government, has grown stranger and more strained by the day.

https://www.courrierinternational.com/sites/ci_master/files/styles/image_original_765/public/assets/images/schneider_2019-08-10-7285.jpg?itok=RIuqD5Oa
(Cartoon by Shneider, Switzerland. Salvini at the wheel of the Fiat 500, kicking Luigi Di Maio out. On the post: "Turn right")
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Aug, 2019 11:19 am
@Olivier5,
Germany: 8-year-old takes car for high-speed autobahn joyride
Quote:
The child halted his trip after beginning to feel unwell. Police said no one was hurt by the boy's 140 kilometer/hour trip down an autobahn near Dortmund.

An 8-year-old boy went for a 140 km/h (87 mph) joyride on a German autobahn in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police confirmed.

Authorities were alerted by the child's mother at about 12:25 a.m. local time, before she found her son, unscathed, in a lay-by, an hour later. He had put the hazard lights on and placed a warning triangle behind the parked vehicle.

When police arrived on the scene the tearful boy said: "I just wanted to drive a little."

The child was found on the A44 heading in the direction of Dortmund having driven off in an automatic Volkswagen Golf from the family home in the western town of Soest, Germany's dpa news agency reported.

He abandoned his journey eight kilometers in as he began to feel unwell, despite having experience of bumper cars and go-karts.

No one was injured by the boy's trip and no damage to the family's or other vehicles or property was reported.


Quote:
http://i.imgur.com/6ONU5j8.jpg

Our* wrote on Facebook: "I just wanted to drive a little bit,' an 8-year-old said to our colleagues."

*This happneded in our district's capital, and I know the autobahn as well: a very busy main East-West transit route for lorries at night.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 21 Aug, 2019 12:06 pm
@Olivier5,
Conte (M5S) has now resigned, bringing down the government with him. President Mattarella now will consult to see if there can be a majority for another government, e.g a M5S + democratic party (center left) government, or call for elections which everyone fears would reenforce Salvini (extreme right).
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 23 Aug, 2019 09:49 am
@Walter Hinteler,
The boy did it again!

A certain affinity of the eight-year-old for cars can certainly not be denied. However, this was not a funny adventure, but a dangerous action accompanied by many guardian angels.

The boy apparently grabbed the keys to the VW Golf in Soest around midnight and started the engine. Afterwards he drove with the car - mind you with automatic transmission - on the A 44 in the direction of Dortmund. Around midnight, a road user reported a fast moving car in the city centre. Red traffic lights and the road traffic regulations in general did not seem to interest the driver. In addition, a child should sit at the wheel of the car.

While the police searched for the VW Golf in the inner city area, the eight-year-old apparently managed to find a motorway access again. He then drove on the A1 towards Cologne - at 180 kilometers per hour, according to his own information. When he left the motorway near the Lichtendorf service area, he collided with the trailer of a parked truck. While the car was severely damaged, the boy fortunately remained unharmed. (Translated and shortened from the police report)

http://i.imgur.com/lpdJuvs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rZvNfF7.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Aug, 2019 09:20 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Whatever Happened To ... The Afghan Girls Imprisoned For Failing A Virginity Test?
Quote:
First lady Rula Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Earlier this year, she helped free more than 190 Afghan women and girls imprisoned for failing the virginity test after reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid brought it to her attention in October.


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Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 29 Aug, 2019 08:13 am
The Italian Democrats and the "Stellarists" have agreed to the outline of a government, thus avoiding general elections.

Quote:
Outgoing PM accepts 'with reservations' for M5S-PD majority
ANSA, 29 August 2019

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday handed outgoing Premier Giuseppe Conte a mandate to form a government, presidency secretary general Ugo Zampetti said after the two men met at the Quirinal Palace.

Conte, as is the usual practice, reserved the right to accept the mandate pending talks with the two parties supporting the government bid, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

The M5S-PD government would replace the M5S-League administration which nationalist League leader Matteo Salvini brought down earlier this month, citing M5S inaction.

Premier-designate Conte will try to form a government on the basis of an existing agreement, certified by consultations with Mattarella, between former fierce foes the M5S and the PD.

Among the chief hurdles, aside form a programme between parties with very different stances on many issues, is the role of M5S leader Luigi Di Maio who appears bent on trying to remain as deputy premier.

Another sticking point is the M5S's determination to put any government deal to its rank-and-file members on its online Rousseau platform where it has always ratified major policy decisions.

PD leader Nicola Zingaretti said "we need the courage to try to end the season of hatred".

Conte, once portrayed as a puppet of Di Maio and Salvini's, came into his own with a resignation speech to the Senate in which he made a blistering attack on "the irresponsible opportunist" Salvini, accusing the nationalist leader of trying to capitalise on surging poll numbers in trying to go to the country in a snap election.

Conte blasted Salvini's "obsession" with migrants and his cavalier and "offensive" use of religious symbols, among other things.

The speech, which put Conte firmly in the M5S camp, also won widespread plaudits from the left.

Conte, 15 months ago a political neophyte plucked from an academic career in law to act as "guarantor" of the M5S-League government, Italy's first all-populist coalition, was seen as eloquently condemning Salvini's alleged act of hubris.

It will now be up to him to bring together the widely divergent M5S and PD stances.


http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2019/08/29/mattarella-gives-conte-mandate_de5c7f54-978c-4ac7-88e8-bae156d12cba.html

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 2 Sep, 2019 06:46 am
@Olivier5,
Christmas cookies and cakes are in the shops.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Mon 2 Sep, 2019 02:20 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Christmass cookies? Already???

https://i.makeagif.com/media/12-02-2014/l6yetw.gif
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 2 Sep, 2019 02:28 pm
Protestors in Hong Kong being sprayed with blue dye, for later identification and arrest.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 02:34 am
@edgarblythe,
70 years of currywurst: the story goes that the currywurst (curry sausage) was invented in Berlin on September 4, 1949 after a British soldier gave imbiss owner Herta Heuwer curry power that soon seasoned her snacks. It became the traditional postwar snack for Berliners, and Ruhr area residents. (And still is)


https://i.imgur.com/rmaK4bXm.jpg
The classic and favourite dish for many residents here and especially in the Ruhr area: "Mantaplatte" = currywurst with ketchup and mayonnaise on chips
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 12:55 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has her first day of school today. The four-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth follows her brother George (5) to Thomas's Battersea in London.

I think you have to know that.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 01:05 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I couldn't get to sleep without knowing that.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 02:14 am
After long negotiations between the stelarists and the democrats, Italians may get a government today...

Quote:
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he is in a position to form a new government, according to an Italian President's office announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

The newly formed coalition government will be sworn in on Thursday.

The coalition is finally being shaped after the 5-Star Movement approved a pact with their former political foes, the Democratic Party. In an online poll on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of the 5-Star's grassroots members voted in favour of forming a new coalition with their leftist rivals.

Euronews’s correspondent in Rome Elena Cavallone reported earlier on Wednesday that:

“The new coalition was given the blessing by the 5-Star Movement yesterday, There is still work to do. Negotiations went on all night and they are still happening today… There are reports that the 5-Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio is expected to get the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the former Italian Prime-Minister Paolo Gentiloni, from the Democratic Party, is expected to get the role of European Commissioner.”


https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/04/italy-s-new-coalition-5-star-movement-approves-pact-with-left-wing-democratic-party

As is well known, the country is divided. But there are many ways to divide Italy...

https://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/94380266-cbb7-4324-83e9-aa9c9facafa9-original.jpeg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 10 Sep, 2019 10:22 am
@Olivier5,
BREAKING NEWS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if he wins re-election, citing U.S. support.

 

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