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Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter and White House deny hack of Trump's Twitter account
Twitter and White House deny hack of Trump's Twitter account
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According to Twitter, there are no indications that the claims of the security researcher are true that Trump's Twitter account has been compromised by using the password "maga2020".

The press office of the White House also does not want to comment on "Security procedures around the social media accounts of the president" and says that the story around the alleged hack is "Definitely not correct".

Technology • Internet & Web
Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
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The researcher, Victor Gevers, had access to Trump’s personal messages, could post tweets in his name, and change his profile. Gevers took screenshots when he had access to Trump’s account. Trump, an active Twitterer with 87 million followers, had an extremely weak and easy to guess password and had according to the researcher, not applied two-step verification.

Regional News • Europe
Netherlands announces future permission of assisted suicide for terminally ill children
Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge
Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge Credit: Gerard Stolk (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Netherlands Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge announced on Tuesday that assisted suicide for terminally ill children under the age of twelve is to be legalized. He quoted a study according to which the new regulation will affect about five to ten children per year.

The study shows that "among parents and doctors alike, there is a need to actively end the lives of terminally ill children who suffer hopelessly and unbearably and who will die in the foreseeable future," de Jonge wrote to Parliament.

Health
First death from Covid-19 reinfection reported by Dutch researchers
First death from Covid-19 reinfection reported by Dutch researchers
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Researchers from the Netherlands have reported the death of a woman, aged 88 years, that has died from a reinfection of Covid-19. After her first hospitalization due to Covid-19 early in 2020 the woman had tested positive again nearly two months later and subsequently died to the sympthoms.

The woman is the first known patient to die from a reinfection of Covid-19.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Dutch minister in doubt of Air France-KLM's future without more cost cuts
Dutch minister in doubt of Air France-KLM's future without more cost cuts
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The Dutch Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra said Sunday Air France-KLM needs to lower its costs to survive its current crisis. Air France-KLM stated last month that it was losing 10 million euros per day due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In an interview with the Dutch public television, Hoekstra said, "The survival of Air France-KLM is not a given, They will have to address their cost base even as things stand now. And suppose this situation lasts until the end of next year, then they will have to cut even deeper."

Back in July, French and Dutch governments loaned a total of €10.4 billion, and in return, KLM has said it would reduce its staff by 20%, and Air France would reduce 16% of its workforce, through 2022.

Law
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.

Health
Netherlands, Belgium confirm Covid-19 reinfections
Netherlands, Belgium confirm Covid-19 reinfections
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Individuals in Belgium and the Netherlands have been reinfected with the coronavirus, Dutch media have reported. Some experts believe it is a good sign.

A patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium have been reinfected with the coronavirus, Dutch media reported Tuesday, following reports that scientists in Hong Kong had confirmed the first known reinfection.

Jesse Goodman, a former US Food and Drug Administration chief scientist has stated as a responses to the Hong Kong case that: "if there is a reinfection, it suggests the possibility there was residual immunity that helped protect the patient'' from getting sick again. 

Regional News • Europe
Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
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During the day thousands of Belarusians have protested peacefully. Workers all across the country have gone on general strike including hospital, metro and factory workers.

Videos have surfaced that show police convoys apparently leaving the area around the independence square in Minsk. Lukashenko has appeared on television claiming that outside forces from Poland, Netherlands, Ukraine, and Russia have infiltrated the country in order to spark protests and destabilize it. He ordered all people to stay in their homes and not go outside.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
United Kingdom to impose quarantine for arrivals from France and the Netherlands
Grant Shapps
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Grant Shapps, transport minister for the United Kingdom, announce a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands and Malta on Saturday because Covid-19 infection rates there are too high.

French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune said, on Twitter, "A British decision that we regret and which will lead to a measure of reciprocity, hoping that things will return to normal as soon as possible,"

Regional News • Europe
EU leaders reach deal on €750 billion coronavirus recovery package
EU leaders reach deal on €750 billion coronavirus recovery package
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Following the fourth night of talks, EU leaders have struck a deal on a huge post-coronavirus recovery package involving €750 billion in grants and loans to counter the impact of the pandemic in the 27-member bloc. The deal includes as well as a seven-year €1 trillion EU budget.

Member states were split between those hit hardest by the outbreak -- Spain and Italy --, and those more concerned about the costs of the recovery plan --Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland. While the first group wanted a minimum of €400 billion in grants, the later set €375 billion as their upper limit.

The €390 billion figure was suggested as a compromise, and "frugal" nations were reportedly won over by the promise of rebates on their contributions to the EU budget.

Regional News • Europe
Dutch city cancels partnership with Polish Pulawy over "LGBT-free zones"
Dutch city cancels partnership with Polish Pulawy over "LGBT-free zones"
Credit: Nieuwegein city website

The Dutch city Nieuwegein has announced that the Municipal Council has voted to immediately stop the partnership with the Polish city of Pulawy over a report that Pulawy is now part of the "LGBT ideology-free" zone in Poland.

The council of Nieuwegein has previously sent a letter to Pulawy in which it expressed their concerns and now canceled the partnership. Alderman Marieke Schouten had previously stated that "In Nieuwegein everyone can be who he or she is, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender, religion or ethnic origin. LGBT-free zones such as in Pulawy are really unacceptable in our view".

Regional News • Europe
Netherlands announces that it'll remove gender from id cards

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has announced in a letter to the parliament that the country will remove the gender from id cards from 2024/2025 on. She stated that people should "create their own identity and live in full freedom and security" adding that she wants to "limit the unnecessary registration of gender" wherever possible.

Climate & Environment
Germany and Netherlands to ban disposable plastic in 2021
Germany and Netherlands to ban disposable plastic in 2021
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The State Secretary Van Veldhoven of the Netherlands has announced that the country will ban disposable plastic such as cups and cutlery from July 3, 2021.

The ban is part of a directive by the European Union which requires all EU countries to put similar measures in place to reduce plastic waste. Germany had already announced similar measures.

Regional News • Europe
AstraZeneca agrees to supply Europe Union members with 400 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine
AstraZeneca Manufacturing
AstraZeneca Manufacturing Credit: AstraZeneca

Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance (IVA), a group formed by the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, concluded a contract with AstraZeneca to provide 400 million doses of a possible vaccine developed by the University of Oxford. If the trial results convince regulators the vaccine is safe and effective, deliveries are expected to start by the end of 2020.

The company reached similar agreements with the United Kingdom and with the United States.

Law
Woman ordered by court to delete Facebook photos of her grandchildren
Facebook homepage
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A court in the Netherlands ruled that a Grandmother must delete pictures of her three grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents' permission.

The case that ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Sports • Soccer
Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora believes Serie A clubs should be "thinking about next season"

After France, the Netherlands, and Belgium leagues called off their seasons, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora stated: "These decisions could push Italy to follow this line, which would become a European line".

Spadafora also said "If the championship should ever resume, it will certainly be behind closed doors,"

Health
French police seize 140,000 face masks destined for sale on the black market.
A surgical mask (left) and an FFP1 mask (right) often used to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A surgical mask (left) and an FFP1 mask (right) often used to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Credit: Nursetoghether.com (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

French police officers say they caught a businessman unloading 140,000 face masks from a lorry into a house in St Denis, north of Paris.

The seized masks included 5,000 FFP2 masks for use with coronavirus patients and a big number of surgical masks.

Police arrested the suspected seller, a 60-year-old man who had bought the masks in the Netherlands. A second suspect was a 46-year-old who was allegedly about to buy some of the stock to sell on.

Last month, France requisitioned all stocks and production of face masks to equip health workers.