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News digest: 25 February 2013
flight trials for Thales I-Master on Campcopter S-100
(Defence Talk): "Thales I-Master radar system has
successfully completed flight trials on-board a Schiebel Camcopter
S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). The flight trials on Camcopter
S-100 took place on 7 February 2013 at the Schiebel test facility
in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The flights, each lasting several
hours, successfully proved both sensor performance and the stability
of data transfer between radar operator and the airborne I-Master."
forced to halt issue of personal numbers (Balkan Insight):
"After a court ruled the law on personal numbers unconstitutional,
Bosnia can no longer issue personal numbers to newborns and other
people who lack them for some reason"
of discontent progresses to Bulgaria (Inter Press Service):
"Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov of the ruling
centre-right Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria
(GERB), announced his resignation Wednesday, following two weeks
of sustained protests across the country which were sparked by
rising electricity and heating costs." See also: Resignation
of government fails to stop Bulgaria protests (euronews);
rallies of Bulgarians held again Monday and Anti-bank
rally held in Sofia amidst two other protests (Novinite)
new chapter in Turkey's EU bid? (Deutsche Welle): "
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to start a two-day
visit to Turkey on Sunday. Topping the agenda are talks with
Turkish Premier Erdogan on economic relations and the sluggish
pace of EU membership talks"
President Joachim Gauck uses major speech to call for 'more Europe'
(Deutsche Welle): "President Joachim Gauck has used a
nationally televised speech to call for greater cooperation among
the European Unions member states. The speech comes a year
after Gauck took office as Germanys head of state."
See also: 'A
timeless canon of values': German President makes plea for more
Europe (Spiegel Online)
trafficking is 'modern day slavery' (EUobserver): "Human
trafficking is the slavery of our times with the victims a tiny
cog in a corruption machine that involves highly-organised criminal
gangs working across several member states, say experts"
data processing without consent should be permitted under data
protection reforms, says MEPs (Out-Law.com): "Organisations
should be able to process pseudonymised data without the consent
of individuals, a European Parliament committee has proposed."
See also: Industry
Committee scrapes together a majority for a disastrous data protection
exploitation: end of the dream (EUobserver): "Luludja
works the streets in Frejus, a town on the Mediterranean coast
in France. The holiday resort is not too far from Saint-Tropez,
where the rich go to have their holidays amidst their yachts.
The summer sees hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking into
the seaside resort. That is when dozens of Bulgarian Roma prostitute
themselves on the streets"
Flood?: Western Europe Fearful of Eastern Immigration
(Novinite): "British, French and German politicians are
all sounding the alarm. In 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian citizens
will be given free movement within Europe's labor market. They
are concerned about a wave of immigration, yet most of those
who want to head west likely already have."
to Balkans: Drop nationalistic rhetoric (Deutsche Welle):
"German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, on a visit
to Albania and Macedonia, stressed that Germany supported the
region's EU aspirations. But, he warned that nationalistic tendencies
could derail that process." See also: Germany
reminds Albania of need for free elections (Balkan Insight)
attack on Exarchia police precinct (Ekathimerini): "A
group of around 30 masked assailants pelted the police precinct
in the central Athens neighborhood of Exarchia with firebombs
late on Thursday night, causing damage but no injuries"
list inquiry extended to March 29 (Ekathimerini): "A
Parliamentary committee probing the handling of the so-called
Lagarde list of wealthy Greek depositors by former Finance Minister
Giorgos Papaconstantinou has decided to extend its inevestigation
through March 29, it emerged on Friday"
take part in peaceful protest against Skouries gold mine
(Ekathimerini): "About 3,000 people are reported
to have gathered in the Megali Panagia area of Halkidiki on Sunday
to hold a peaceful protest against gold mining in nearby Skouries."
will OK gold mine project (Greek Reporter)
women come forward for Magdalene compensation (Irish
Independent): "The number of Magdalene Laundry survivors
who have come forward for a new compensation scheme has now reached
550." See also: Warning
over abuse 'justice gap'
to neighbourhood watch (Irish Independent): "Some
people who joined Northern Ireland's neighbourhood watch schemes
initially faced hostility for co-operating with police, a report
robots need to be stopped now, before it is too late' says Human
Rights group (The Independent): "A new campaign,
aimed at persuading countries to ban the building and use of
so-called 'killer robots', is gaining momentum after winning
the support of academics, pressure groups and Nobel Prize winners."
journalist returns awards in protest (Balkan Insight):
"Zoran Ivanov said he was returning his journalistic
prizes and quitting journalism after 40 years in protest against
the growing politicisation and subversion of the media"
of Security suspends himself (Times of Malta): "The
head of the Security Service, Godfrey Scicluna, has suspended
himself after a pedestrian initiated legal proceedings against
him in the wake of a traffic accident." See also: Old
man involved in security service car accident dies
challenges and benefits of integrating third country nationals
(Times of Malta): "SOS Malta has launched a project which
will be discovering the challenges and benefits of integrating
third country nationals within the Maltese community"
urges allies to reverse defense spending cuts (Ekathimerini):
"NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged allies on Thursday
to reverse damaging defense-spending cuts once their economies
improve as U.S. officials warned of the impact that across-the-board
U.S. budget reductions could have on the alliance"
checks pick up people smugglers and illegal immigrants
(Dutch News): "Random border controls by Dutch immigration
police in 2012 led to 1,700 illegal immigrants being picked up
and 250 cases of people smuggling being identified, Nos television
security service workers jailed for leaking information
(Dutch News): "Two former AIVD security service officials
have been found guilty of leaking state secrets to a Telegraaf
newspaper journalist by the appeal court in The Hague"
await government health papers, six months on (El Pais):
"Despite pledges by health authorities across the region
that undocumented migrants will be able to access Spain's public
health system through a new insurance scheme, thousands of people
have been unable to see a physician or a nurse because of delays
in implementing the reform put forward by the Popular Party (PP)
government last year"
detain 45 in human wave anti-government march in
Madrid (El Pais): "Police arrested 45 people
following Saturdays mass demonstration in Madrid, in which
thousands of protestors took to the streets calling for an end
to the governments austerity measures and demanding quick
solutions to outstanding cases of public corruption."
See also: #23F:
mass demonstrations against financial coup in Spain (ROAR)
police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest (BBC News)
colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition
(The Independent): "David Cameron's ancestors were
among the wealthy families who received generous reparation payments
that would be worth millions of pounds in today's money"
most senior prosecutor condemns 'cost before quality' plan
(The Telegraph): "Britains most senior prosecutor
has condemned a plan for Crown Prosecution Service lawyers to
put cost before quality and keep high-earning cases in-house"
police and crime commissioner election failed voters
(The Guardian): "Nearly 90% of voters in England and
Wales have no idea who their police and crime commissioner is
despite November's first direct elections, which cost £75m"
Defence League leader 'released from jail' (The Guardian):
"The leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Lennon,
is believed to have been released from jail, nine days before
the anti-Islamist group plans to hold a demonstration in Manchester
takeover has been a 'disaster for asylum seekers (24dash.com):
"G4S's takeover of asylum housing under the UK Border
Agency's (UKBA) COMPASS contracts has been a disaster for asylum
seekers and their families in Yorkshire and the Humber and the
North East, a new report claims"
84, dies at immigration detention centre (The Guardian):
"An 84-year-old Canadian man has died after becoming
ill at an immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport. Alois
Dvorzac was said to be "extremely distressed" before
being rushed to hospital on 10 February"
dispersal policy 'puts pregnant asylum seekers at risk' says
report (The Guardian): "The health of hundreds
of pregnant women and their babies are being put at risk by the
UK Border Agency's policy of dispersing asylum seekers, according
to midwives involved in their care"
Border Agency defies MPs over deportation 'reserves'
(The Guardian): "The UK Border Agency is under attack
for ignoring demands from a cross-party Commons committee and
the chief inspector of prisons to stop its "inhumane"
treatment of some deportees." See also: UKBA
letter to potential deportees institutionalises controversial
'reserves' policy (Corporate Watch)
government accuses US special forces of civilian death and torture
(The Guardian): "Hamid Karzai orders US elite force to
leave Maidan Wardak province after local reports of disappearance
of nine people"
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