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Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
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Following Poland's Constitutional Court decision of banning abortions in cases of fetal defects, protestors and human rights organizations keep gathering in several cities to protest the ruling. Abortion became lawful only when the mother's life is at risk or in cases of rape or incest. Protests have been ongoing since the ruling on October 22.

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Attempted break-in in Sparkasse Hamburg

On Saturday evening, a cleaner in a Hamburg Sparkasse branch informed the private security service after noticing something inexplicable.

Alarmed police officers were able to secure an industrial drill in the basement of the bank, with which the unknown perpetrators had apparently tried to drill open the safe.

There are currently no references to the perpetrators.

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Monsanto loses case against French farmer
Monsanto loses case against French farmer
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On Wednesday France's highest appeals court rejected a bid by Monsanto to overturn a ruling against it in a suit brought by farmer Paul Francois. The farmer claimed to have suffered severe neurological damage from the firm's weed-killer Lasso and sued for more than a million euros in damages. The decision wraps up a long-running case that began in 2007 and included three previous rulings in favour of the cereal farmer from southwestern France.

A lower court found that Monsanto had not provided sufficient information on the risks of inhaling Lasso.

In April 2019, a court again found Monsanto responsible because the weed killer was a "Defective product".

That court ruled Monsanto should have warned about dangers posed by the product in closed tanks but did not say whether Lasso was fundamentally toxic or not.

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Ring-tailed lemur missing, possibly stolen, from San Francisco Zoo
Ring-tailed lemur missing, possibly stolen, from San Francisco Zoo
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A 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Maki has been missing, possibly stolen, from the San Francisco Zoo following a possible break-in. Police are investigating the incident and have asked the public to come forward any with information.

"We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Maki is a highly endangered animal that requires special care. We are asking the public for help in his return," said Dr Jason Watters, Executive Vice President of Animal Behavior and Wellness at the zoo.

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Slovakian party leader sentenced to 4 year imprisonment for promoting Nazi ideology
Slovakian party leader sentenced to 4 year imprisonment for promoting Nazi ideology
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A Slovakian court recognized on Monday that Marian Kotleba, head of the right-wing extremist party LSNS, had deliberately made racist references. He was sentenced to four years and four months in jail.

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McAfee anti-virus creator arrested in Barcelona
McAfee anti-virus creator arrested in Barcelona
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Following an Interpol arrest warrant requested by the USA, John McAfee could now face extradition to the US and a tax evasion trial.

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German police charges family of 13-year old student €45,000 for fake amok call
German police charges family of 13-year old student €45,000 for fake amok call
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After a then 13-year-old student from Hamburg called in an attack by cell phone to a school, the police responded with a massive operation to evacuate the school and surrounding area. The police now charged the parents for the costs of the operation that resulted from the fake threat.

The police stated that "We are legally obliged to charge the costs of the operation and have sent the person responsible for the operation a bill for 45,000 euros".

According to the police, however, the student does not have to fear any consequences under criminals he is not yet of criminal age.

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Director of the Auschwitz Memorial offers to go to prison instead of 13-year-old Nigerian boy

In the northern Nigerian state of Kano, a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a Sharia court for "blasphemy". The boy is said to have spoken obscenely about the Almighty in a dispute with a friend - what exactly Omar Farouq said was not disclosed.

Piotr Cywiński, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, and 119 other people have offered to serve one month prison time each instead of the boy serving ten years. Cywiński written a letter to the Nigerian President and stated that "whatever the boy said, just because of his age he cannot be held fully responsible" and that he could not remain silent being "the director of the memorial of an extermination camp, where children were also imprisoned and murdered".

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Judgment against members of the "Free Comradeship Dresden"

The verdicts have now been pronounced against three members of the right-wing comradeship. The background was violent attacks on a refugee shelter and on an alternative housing project.

The defendants were sentenced to imprisonment or suspended sentences.

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Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord's house
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976.
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976. Credit: Colombian National Police (Public Domain)

A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18 million hidden in the wall of one of his uncle's houses in Las Palmas, Medellín.

At the peak of his career, Escobar was said to be the seventh richest person on the planet.

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Canadian woman accused of writing ricin letters to Trump brought before a US federal court

A Canadian woman, who was arrested after sending a letter containing highly toxic ricin to Donald Trump, has been charged with threatening the US president. The 53-year-old was brought before a federal court in New York on Tuesday.

According to the indictment, the envelope containing the poison contained a letter to Trump in which the woman described the president as an "ugly tyrant clown". She accused him in the letter of "ruining the USA and leading it to disaster".

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European Court of Justices allows EU countries to restrict short-term rentals via platforms such as Airbnb
European Court of Justices allows EU countries to restrict short-term rentals via platforms such as Airbnb
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The highest EU judges confirmed a French regulation according to which the short-term letting of apartments in large cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants and near Paris requires a permit. This would not violate the EU Services Directive, provided there were compelling reasons in the general interest. And the fight against the housing shortage is such a compelling reason.

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Packages containing poison ricin addressed to Trump allegedly came from Canada
Packages containing poison ricin addressed to Trump allegedly came from Canada
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has stated that they are assisting the FBI with an investigation after two letters to the White House that contained poison had been intercepted.

A woman from Canada is currently under investigation for the sending of ricin poison that could potentially cause nausea through to organ failure and death through a collapse in the circulatory system.

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UK teenager fined £10,000 for hosting house party breaking Covid-19 rules
UK teenager fined £10,000 for hosting house party breaking Covid-19 rules
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Police in Nottinghamshire have fined a 19-year-old teenager £10,000 after breaking up a student house party in Lenton. Over 50 people were present when the police broke up the house party on Friday, September 11.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police has stated that: "under current rules we can issue fines to anyone hosting gatherings of more than 30 people which can result in fines of up to £10,000. And now we are on the eve of rules becoming even tighter so there can be gatherings of no more than six", adding that they "have demonstrated here we are not afraid to use the full powers we have and we will not tolerate those who are deliberately put other people’s lives in danger".

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Constitutional protection of North Rhine-Westphalia: radicalization among corona opponents possible
Protest against corona measures in Germany
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The North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution warns of unorganised radicalisation among the Corona opponents.

The events of the last few months would have shown that the measures adopted by the federal government, to contain the pandemic, are viewed by its opponents as such a threat that individual terrorism cannot be ruled out.

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Protection of the Constitution: Event at the Reichstag could not be foreseen
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After an analysis, the Berlin Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified the events on the stairs of the Reichstag on August 29, in the context of the Corona demonstration in the House of Representatives. According to the security authorities, the action was spontaneous and unpredictable. There were announcements on the Internet, but these were classified as verbal aggression together with the State Criminal Police Office.

A total of around 2,500 to 3,000 people from the Reich citizen scene and other right-wing extremist organizations took part in demonstrations in Berlin this weekend.

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Germany reports that drug trafficking is consistently high despite Corona
Germany reports that drug trafficking is consistently high despite Corona
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The drug trade continues to flourish despite Corona and thanks to digital sales channels. In 2019, the offenses in this context continued to increase, with cocaine in particular increasing.

The German "Federal Criminal Police Office's report on drug crime 2019" shows an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous year.

Above all, the sales channels in the Darknet would take retail off the street and make investigations more difficult. The Berlin trend of so-called "coke taxis" (mobile delivery) would also increase constantly.

The federal government would like to continue to focus on prevention, especially in schools.

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Norwegian police arrests suspect in 1982 attack on Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
Restaurant Jo Goldenberg in 2005
Restaurant Jo Goldenberg in 2005 Credit: David Monniaux

The Norwegian police have arrested a man suspected to take part on the August 1982 attack on the Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris. The attack killed six people and wounded more than 20 others.

The man immigrated to Norwegian in the 1990s and is accused of being a former member of the Abu Nidal Organization. In 2015 French authorities issued an arrest warrant against him, but Norway denied the extradition request on the grounds the country would not extradite its citizens.

As Norway recently adopted new pan-European regulations on arrests, French prosecutors decided to request the extradition for a second time. A legal process will determine if formal grounds for extradition have been met, and if he is tried, any judgment will be by a French court.

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Judge rules that parents of a deceased 15-year old daughter need to get access to Facebook profile
Judge rules that parents of a deceased 15-year old daughter need to get access to Facebook profile
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Following a ruling of the German federal court in 2018, the parents have the right to access the Facebook profile of their deceased daughter. The parents now sued the company again, stating that the PDF file that Facebook provided them with only contained the data in unstructured form.

The court decided in favour of the parents which will now get access to the account. The parents stated that they want to use the access to research for possible signs of bullying.

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Two Nigerian men arrested after allegedly scamming German state over PPE

According to the Nigerian police two men have allegedly cloned the website of a Dutch company to obtain an order for PPE worth €2,3 million from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

A representative of the state government visited the company's offices in the Netherlands after the PPE didn't show up and discovered that the company had never done business with them.

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Germany: New right-wing NSU 2.0 threatening letters

The lawyer Başay-Yıldız is said to have received threatening letters with the signature NSU 2.0 at the end of June, despite moving and having a private address. This could possibly have been done by another unauthorized data request within the Hessian police.

This report comes as a surprise because a few weeks ago the police reported an investigation into two suspects from Landshut.

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Former German soccer player Christoph Metzelder accused by public prosecutors for alleged possession of child porn
Former German soccer player Christoph Metzelder accused by public prosecutors for alleged possession of child porn
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In September 2019 investigators raided two addresses of Christoph Metzelder, a former soccer player for the German national team. They confiscated a computer and phone investigating a possible possession and distribution of child pornography.

Public prosecutors have handed in proceedings to the court of Düsseldorf, and the court needs to decide if the indictment would be admitted. Investigators did not provide any information regarding the accusations following a request by SPIEGEL.

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Spain: Eight members of Spanish Legion prosecuted for covering up the death of a soldier
Spain: Eight members of Spanish Legion prosecuted for covering up the death of a soldier
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A military judge has tried a sergeant, a captain, two lieutenants, a corporal and three soldiers of the Spanish Legion for crimes such as concealment, disloyalty, disobedience and obstruction of justice. The Legion members had previously shot tried to cover up after the tried sergeant had shot another soldier.

In a 150-page ruling, the military judge details the accumulation of irregularities that surrounded the exercise in which 21-year-old Mallorcan Legionnaire Alejandro Jiménez Cruz lost his life, and the lies concocted to obstruct the investigation.

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Brazil: Congresswoman charged with murder of husband who previously had been adopted by her and then became her son-in-law
Flordelis de Souza
Flordelis de Souza Credit: Fernando Frazão Ag.Brasil

The Brazilian congresswoman and evangelical leader Flordelis de Souza was charged Monday with ordering the execution of her husband Anderson do Carmo in June 2019. Do Carmo was shot more than 30 times, by Flordelis' biological son Flávio dos Santos.

In a message exchange with her son, Souza stated she could not get a divorce from her husband because that would "scandalize the name of God".

According to the police, the congresswoman has been trying to kill her husband since May 2018. Multiple times she put arsenic in his food.

Before marrying the congresswoman, Anderson do Carmo was adopted by her, then became her son-in-law while he was in a relationship with her biological daughter Simone.

Police said Souza’s motive was "a struggle for power and her financial emancipation."

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Former Soccer star Ronaldinho was released after more than five months in detention
Former Soccer star Ronaldinho was released after more than five months in detention
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The former soccer player Ronaldinho Gaúcho was released, after being arrested in March on the grounds of using false documentation to enter Paraguay. Ronaldinho will now travel back to Brazil.

The Prosecutor's Office announced that Ronaldinho did not participate in the manufacturing plan for the false Paraguayan passports and identity cards that were seized from him. Of his brother, prossecutors have said that "there are no indications that he has personal traits or criminal behavior that in a field of regulated freedom endangers society."

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Lori Loughlin sentenced to 2 months in prison in college admissions scandal
Lori Loughlin sentenced to 2 months in prison in college admissions scandal
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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced Friday to two months in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. She will also serve two years of supervised release during which she must perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $150,000.

Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

The couple must surrender to the US Bureau of Prisons before 2 p.m. on November 19.

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Joseph James DeAngelo, the Golden State Killer, sentenced to life
Sketch of the Original Night Stalker, right: mugshot of Joseph DeAngelo
Sketch of the Original Night Stalker, right: mugshot of Joseph DeAngelo Credit: FBI, Sacramento Sheriff (Public Domain)

Joseph James DeAngelo, the former police known as the Golden State Killer, was sentenced Friday to life without possibility of parole.

DeAngelo, that pleaded guilty to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges, but also admitted to dozen more crimes that were beyond the statute of limitations.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman said: "When a person commits monstrous acts they need to be locked away where they could never harm another innocent person."

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Germany, Halberstadt: charges brought against security guards after attack on asylum seekers
Germany, Halberstadt: charges brought against security guards after attack on asylum seekers
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In 2019 a YouTube video had surfaced in which a violent attack by security forces on asylum seekers could be seen. It had been filmed at the Central Contact Point for refugees in Saxony-Anhalt and the public prosecutor has now charged the security forces with bodily harm.

The video showed that security forces first separated two quarreling refugees, but then kicked them lying on the floor.

The proceedings will be conducted before the Halberstadt District Court.

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Covid-19 patient gets fined €10,800 for repeated breach of mandatory quarantine in Austria

The Austrian Innsbruck Regional court has imposed a fine of €10,800 on a 54-year-old woman from Germany. The woman had previously tested positive for Covid-19 and broken her mandatory quarantine. The police in Schwaz in the region of Tyrol had warned her three times before filing a formal complaint. As a consequence she then has been charged for deliberately exposing people to communicable diseases.

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UKE Hamburg: Proceedings against the doctor and security forces discontinued
UKE Hamburg: Proceedings against the doctor and security forces discontinued
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The investigations into the death of a 34-year-old Cameroonian in April 2019 on the premises of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) have led to the result that the measures initiated were justified by self-defense and emergency aid.

As a consequence the accusation of bodily harm resulting in death against a doctor and three security guards has been dropped by the public prosecutor.

The Cameroonian died after being restrained to take medication. According to the prosecutor's office, the cause of death has been a previous heart disease.