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Belarus protesters defy ban to march against 'parasite tax'
Update Time: 2017-03-26 16:21:00
Thousands of people have defied a ban to protest in Belarus against a so-called "social parasites" tax on the under-employed.Protesters shouted "fascists!" at riot police. Dozens of activists and journalists have been arrested. There have been weeks of sporadic protests against a $230 (£185) levy on those unemployed for six months.President Alexander Lukashenko has suspended the tax this year but insisted it would not be scrapped. He says it instills discipline in the work-shy but protesters say it punishes those who cannot find a job, BBC reports.Organisers called the protest Freedom Day, evoking the independent Belarus that lasted just six months after the First World War, in 1918.The march in the capital Minsk took place on the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic.Demonstrators tried to march down one of the major streets in Minsk, but were blocked by police who began arresting them and journalists covering the protest.
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European Union marks its 60th birthday
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:22:00
European Union (EU) leaders gather in Rome today to proclaim their “common future” on the bloc’s 60th birthday, despite Britain’s looming exit from the bloc.The 27 leaders will use the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957, to praise the peace and prosperity, they say, came to Europe in the aftermath of World War II.But the ghost at the banquet will be British Prime Minister Theresa May, who instead of joining the party in the splendour of a 16th-century palazzo will be in London preparing to trigger the Brexit divorce just four days later, AFP reports.From migration and terrorism to populism and the eurozone debt crisis, Brexit is a cloud on the birthday celebrations of a union formed to rebuild Europe from the ashes of war.Perhaps seeking divine inspiration to help with their troubles, the EU leaders were to have a special audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday afternoon.Today, they will gather for a ceremonial meeting in the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii, in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Square, the same place where the Treaty of Rome was originally signed. 
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Security Architecture changed by Russia – Brussels Annual Conference
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:14:00
Georgia’s occupied territories, war in Ukraine, security architecture changed by Russia, European choice and challenges in that regard where one of the main topics during the 45-minute-long discussions in Brussels, Belgium. Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister took part in Brussels Annual Conference. Within the framework of the visit, Janelidze delivered a speech as part of the 6th Plenary Session dedicated to Eastern Europe and Caucasus issues. Euro-Atlantic security and challenges on the international arena were also discussed during the forum.  The forum then continued in Q&A format. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of Brussels Bureau of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was given the privilege to ask the first question. The facilitator presented Kardava as being the eyewitness of Brussels airport attack one year ago. 
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Private plane crashes into Georgia house
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 09:02:00
A private plane crashed into a residence in an Atlanta suburb Friday night, but the people inside the home got out safely, authorities said.A Cessna Citation I aircraft went down about three miles northeast of Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field, north of Atlanta, around 7:20 p.m. ET, the FAA said. The plane had been headed to Fulton County Airport, about 20 south of McCollum Field, the FAA said, as reported by Fox News.The Cobb County Fire Department said the plane crashed into a home but everyone inside the house got out safely.Photos posted by CNN affiliate WSB-TV showed a house in a suburban neighborhood burning. Firefighters were still on the scene Friday night and no injuries or fatalities were confirmed. It’s not known how many people were in the aircraft. The Cessna Citation I is a small jet, according to the Cessna website.Neighborhood resident John Pcnnerry said he noticed his neighbors “were looking up in the sky and I see a plane going straight down, it was going down in a corkscrew fashion, it was really slow, I couldn’t hear an engine,” according to CNN affiliate WAGA.FAA spokesman Rick.Breitenfeldt said the FAA will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.
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France: Three injured in mass shooting in Lille
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 02:16:00
At least three people have been reported injured in a mass shooting in France's Lille, as reported by The Telegraph. The local paper, La Voix du Nord, has reported that the injuries are not life threatening.The shots were fired near the Porte'd'Arras metro station in the south of the city on Friday evening. Local reports claim a 14-year-old boy is among the injured after being shot in the leg. Another was wounded in the neck. The third was taken to Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital.Armed police have sealed off roads in the city centre and emergency services have been deployed in the area. The identity of those injured or the attacker is as yet unknown. Initial reports suggest that the shooting was crime-related.
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London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack
Update Time: 2017-03-23 20:10:00
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament, the BBC reports. The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.PM Theresa May said the attack was "sick and depraved" and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.The attacker has not been named by police.Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details. The attack unfolded at about 14.40 GMT when a single attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two people and injuring many more.The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. PC Palmer - who was not armed - was then stabbed and killed.The attacker was shot dead by armed officers.
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PM - I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this aggression of terrorism
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:05:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has expressed concern over the London terror attack. “The government and people of Georgia will always stand side by side with the civilized world in the fight against the extreme cruelty” - the Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement. “I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this unimaginable aggression of terrorism. The evil will not be able to defeat progress and humanity in the 21st century", - he said.Five people died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.
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One Year after Belgium's Worst Terror Attack
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 20:00:00
One year passed after terrorist attack at Brussels Zaventem airport in Belgium. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was caught up in what is believed to be the worst terrorist attack in Belgium’s history. She was the first who took photos later distributed by the international media and reported about what had happened. One year ago, terrorists killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 in Belgium’s capital city. Those who lost a loved one during the attacks today shared how they were trying to turn their mourning into something positive. Kardava also recalled the developments in an interview with foreign media. On Wednesday, differences were set aside for ceremonies that were planned at the airport, at Maalbeek metro station, and in the heart of the E.U. district, where the Belgian King and Queen unveiled a memorial of whose who died. Belgium’s capital remembered victims of the terrorist attack today. Brussels, meanwhile, has largely returned to normal. The threat level remains 3 on a scale of 4, and the army is still deployed on the streets. But like in so many other European cities, people have simply learned to live with it. A year on, many victims are also still struggling. The Belgian government has counted 900 victims in total, encompassing those affected by physical or psychological trauma.
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Two shot as knifeman mows down five people at Parliament in London
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 18:57:00
Two people have been shot after a car ploughed into a group of people outside the parliament building in London. A man with a knife has been seen within the confines of the Palace, eyewitnesses said.Parliament has been placed on lockdown with MPs locked inside. Metropolitan police have said they are aware of a large incident unfolding in Westminster. Reports suggest that 12 people have been injured, Daily Star reported.
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New French interior minister takes over after predecessor quits
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 16:41:00
A low-profile politician is taking over as France’s interior minister after his predecessor came under formal investigation over a report that he hired his daughters for a series of jobs in the legislature.The resignation of Bruno Le Roux comes amid a similar investigation into conservative Francois Fillon that has dented his presidential bid, USA Today reports.Matthias Fekl took office Wednesday as a short-timer overseeing France’s fight against Islamic extremism, illegal migration and other crime. The current government leaves office in May.TMC television reported that Le Roux employed his daughters, first as teens, as parliamentary assistants for a total salary amount of 55,000 euros ($59,000). While it is legal for French politicians to hire family, the report suggested that Le Roux’ daughters did not perform all of the work.
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Georgian Foreign Minister to take part in Global Coalition ministerial
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 10:05:00
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze arrived in Washington for a working visit to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS, scheduled for 22 March 2017. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson will host the meeting which will bring together foreign ministers of 68 countries. The participants of the ministerial meeting will discuss threats emanating from ISIS, the Coalition’s military efforts, including those towards maintaining international security and stability. Georgia has been a member of the Global Coalition since 2014. The first meeting of Foreign Ministers took place in Brussels, on 3 December 2014. The aim of the Coalition is to develop a long-term strategy against ISIS and to enhance efforts to counter terrorism and humanitarian crisis in the region. Within the framework of his working visit to Washington, the Georgian Foreign Minister will meet U.S. senators and congressmen, as well as representatives of U.S. expert communities and think-tanks. Mikheil Janelidze will also hold meetings with his colleagues from various countries.  
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Greek police confiscate 8 packages with explosives
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 09:49:00
Authorities found eight packages with explosives Monday that were intended for European recipients, a police spokeswoman confirmed.The packages were identical to two sent last week to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble and to IMF offices in Paris.A local terrorist organization, Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, claimed responsibility for the packages last week.The eight found Monday were confiscated by authorities who located them at the Greek Post Office's distribution center in Kryoneri, Athens, police said.Police have not yet announced who the recipients were but only that the packages were to be sent to European countries.
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US Secretary of State Tillerson to Visit Russia in April - State Department
Publish Time: 2017-03-21 13:03:00
US State Secretary Rex Tillerson will visit Russia in April, a US State Department's spokesperson told Sputnik."In April he will travel to a meeting of the G7 in Italy and then on to meetings in Russia,‎" the spokesperson said without specifying the date of the visit.Moscow will neither confirm nor refute at this stage the information about Tillerson's visit to Russia in April, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday.Earlier in the day, media reports emerged citing US officials that Tillerson will visit Russia on April 12. "At this stage we do not intend to neither confirm nor refute the information which emerged [in media]," Zakharova posted on her Facebook account.
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British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money
Publish Time: 2017-03-21 13:00:00
Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the Guardian can reveal.HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts are among 17 banks based in the UK, or with branches here, that are facing questions over what they knew about the international scheme and why they did not turn away suspicious money transfers.Documents seen by the Guardian show that at least $20bn appears to have been moved out of Russia during a four-year period between 2010 and 2014. The true figure could be $80bn, detectives believe.One senior figure involved in the inquiry said the money from Russia was “obviously either stolen or with criminal origin”.Investigators are still trying to identify some of the wealthy and politically influential Russians behind the operation, known as “the Global Laundromat”.They estimate a group of about 500 people were involved. These include oligarchs, Moscow bankers, and figures working for or connected to the FSB, the successor spy agency to the KGB.Igor Putin, the cousin of Russia’s president, Vladimir, sat on the board of a Moscow bank which held accounts involved in the fraud.British-registered companies played a prominent role in this extensive money-laundering network. The real owners of most of the firms used in the scheme remain secret, however, because of the anonymity provided by controversial offshore laws.The Global Laundromat banking records were obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from sources who wish to remain anonymous. OCCRP shared the data with the Guardian and media partners in 32 countries.The documents include details of about 70,000 banking transactions, including 1,920 that went through UK banks and 373 via US banks.The data is understood to be part of the evidence gathered in a three-year money-laundering investigation led by police in Latvia and Moldova. 
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Floods and mudslides kill dozens in Peru
Publish Time: 2017-03-19 12:14:00
At least 72 people have died in several days of floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Peru, officials say, - BBC reported.The floods - the worst in almost 30 years - have affected over half the country. More than 800 towns and cities have declared a state of emergency.The capital, Lima, has been without water since Monday and services are only now being restored.The armed forces have been deployed to help police control law and order across Peru.There are shortages of food and water in many areas and prices have risen by 5% on average in the past week, the government said.The heavy rains have stopped for now, but forecasters say the unstable weather is expected to continue for a few weeks.In recent months, Peru and other countries around the Pacific Ocean have been affected by the phenomenon known as El Nino, a rise in sea temperatures that increases evaporation and brings about heavy rains.In 1988 floods in Peru were also linked to El Nino, which was particularly strong that year.
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North Korea 'conducts high-thrust engine test'
Publish Time: 2017-03-19 12:14:00
North Korea's state media says its military has tested a new high-performance rocket engine, - BBC reported.Leader Kim Jong-un declared the test "a new birth" for the North's rocket industry, state news agency KCNA said.He said the engine would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite launch capability, it added.The development, not confirmed elsewhere, comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits China - Pyongyang's main ally.After personally overseeing the test, Mr Kim "emphasised that the world will soon witness the great significance of the epoch-making victory we achieved today", KCNA reported, adding that it marked the birth of the country's rocket industry.Mr Tillerson's East Asian tour has been dominated by anxieties over North Korea's nuclear capabilities.
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Paris Orly Airport: Man killed was involved in another shooting
Publish Time: 2017-03-18 20:04:00
A man who tried to seize a soldier's gun at Paris Orly Airport was involved just hours earlier in a carjacking and another shooting at a traffic stop, French authorities said Saturday.Security forces opened fire, killing the man during the morning attack at the airport. About 90 minutes before the airport incident, the attacker had used a gun that fires steel pellets to shoot an officer after being asked for ID at a police checkpoint north of Paris, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said at a news conference. Such a weapon could inflict harm but would not usually be lethal.The attacker then carjacked a vehicle south of Paris before making his way to the airport, Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre told CNN.Hours after the airport incident, police launched an operation in the same northern Paris suburb where the officer was shot, the National Police tweeted. The agency did not specify the reason for the operation, which was underway at 3:25 p.m. local time (10:25 a.m. ET).
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Paris Orly Airport shooting: Man killed after grabbing soldier's gun
Publish Time: 2017-03-18 16:05:00
Security forces killed a man who seized a weapon from a soldier at Paris Orly Airport, the French interior ministry said Saturday.The attacker took the soldier's weapon before seeking refuge in a shop, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. He was then shot dead. No one else was injured, Brandet said, adding that an investigation has been launched.The French National Police tweeted that a "police operation" was underway at the airport, with an elite operations unit and bomb squad officers at the scene.The police urged the public to avoid the airport, follow instructions and not to cross the security perimeter. The airport has been evacuated while police search for possible accomplices and explosives, CNN's French affiliate BFMTV reported.Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux is on his way to the scene, Brandet said. With roads around the airport closed off, travelers tried to make their way to the airport on foot with their baggage.Air traffic has been suspended at the airport, with some flights rerouted to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. Paris Orly Airport is France's second-busiest airport, with international and domestic air traffic.
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Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against 'injustices'
Publish Time: 2017-03-18 14:23:00
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Turkey’s citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU’s “vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice”.Nearly a week after a diplomatic row between erupted between Holland and Turkey, Mr Erdoğan  continued what has become a daily ritual of hurling fresh antagonism towards Europe in front of cheering crowds of his conservative supporters. Speaking in the central city of Eskişehir, Turkey’s president urged “his brothers and sisters in Europe” to begin a baby boom in their new countries. “Have not just three but five children,” he told his flag-waving audience. “The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses.” The message was addressed to the 1.4 million Turkish voters who live in Germany, as well as the large Turkish populations in Holland, Austria, Bulgaria and the UK, The Telegraph reported.
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Turkish pro-government newspaper depicts Merkel as 'Frau Hitler’
Publish Time: 2017-03-18 14:04:00
A Turkish pro-government newspaper has depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel on its front page in Nazi uniform with a Hitler-style moustache.Right-wing tabloid-style daily Gunes, meaning 'Sun', labelled the German leader 'She Hitler' amid a bitter war of words between Ankara and Berlin.The newspaper printed the picture along with the words in German: '#Frau Hitler' and called her an 'ugly aunt'. The mocked-up image took up most of the front page of the daily, with a Nazi swastika on Merkel's 'uniform' and another swastika next to her head while she is shown holding a gun.Turkey and Europe are locked in a bitter spat after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to campaign for a 'yes' vote I n next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.Erdogan has repeatedly accused Germany and the Netherlands of acting like 'Nazis', and claimed Merkel is 'supporting terrorists'. His behaviour has prompted an angry reaction from Europe, with Merkel and French President Francois Hollande lashing the comments as 'unacceptable' on Thursday.The front page also accused Merkel of trying to be the leader of fascists, creating anti-Turkish enmity using Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium in 'Germany's backyard'. 'Germany, which has open arms for terrorist organisations... is trying to instigate the whole of Europe against Turkey,' the daily said.The front page also accused Merkel, pictured, of trying to be the leader of fascists. German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter refused to be drawn into the controversy, only saying: 'We are not taking part in a game of provocation.'The front page was published two days after German mass circulation daily Bild lashed out at Erdogan, accusing him of 'endangering Europe's stability through his lust for power'. 'Bild tells the truth to Erdogan's face - you are not a democrat! You are hurting your country!' the German daily had said.Bild's front page hugely upset Ankara and the foreign ministry issued a statement describing the article as 'mind-boggling' and part of a mindset 'hinging on hatred'. The media outlets that publish such articles are 'are doomed to take their places in the trash of history,' the foreign ministry said.
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