Russian officials blame cesium exposure on ‘Fukushima crabs’

(CNN)Officials in Russia’s northern city of Arkhangelsk have acknowledged that one of the doctors who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military test site was found to have a radioactive isotope in his body. Radiation poisoning at missile test site? The explosive incident at the Nyonoksa missile test site on August 8 took the lives of at least five nuclear specialists working for Rosatom state corporation. The company said at the time the engineers were testing a “nuclear isotope power source” for a rocket engine and the blast threw them into the sea. According to the local ministry of health, more than 110 first responders were examined; some were even taken to Moscow’s specialized facilities for …

UK and other powers to hold crunch talks with Iran over nuclear deal

Talks in Vienna follow decision by Iran to hold back on threat to breach enriched uranium limit Britain and other international powers are set for crunch talks to persuade Iran to abandon its efforts to enrich uranium, after Tehran temporarily held back on its threat to breach the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran had threatened to go over the 300kg limit for low-enriched uranium stockpiles on Thursday, but experts at the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency said progress in increasing the stockpiles had been slower than expected and that the limit may not be reached until the weekend. The temporary reprieve follows pressure from European leaders, especially the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Iran is now waiting on the outcome of talks …

Accused: the Russians facing ‘politically motivated’ charges

Journalist Ivan Golunov was freed after an outcry. Others have not been so fortunate The 77 political prisoners in Russia. The majority of these cases have not received anything like the attention paid to Golunov, either in Russia or abroad. There is a system of fabricating charges, including drug charges, said Cherkasov. Another 84 people are listed by Memorial as motivated charges. The prisoners range from teenagers in Moscow to a historian in Russias far north. Some of their cases are outlined below. The Kremlin insists there are no political prisoners in Russia. Igor Rudnikov Igor Rudnikov, a former newspaper editor and opposition politician from Kaliningrad, is facing a 15-year prison sentence on accused of forming an extremist movement named …

Accused: the Russians facing ‘politically motivated’ charges

Journalist Ivan Golunov was freed after an outcry. Others have not been so fortunate The 77 political prisoners in Russia. The majority of these cases have not received anything like the attention paid to Golunov, either in Russia or abroad. There is a system of fabricating charges, including drug charges, said Cherkasov. Another 84 people are listed by Memorial as motivated charges. The prisoners range from teenagers in Moscow to a historian in Russias far north. Some of their cases are outlined below. The Kremlin insists there are no political prisoners in Russia. Igor Rudnikov Igor Rudnikov, a former newspaper editor and opposition politician from Kaliningrad, is facing a 15-year prison sentence on accused of forming an extremist movement named …

Accused: the Russians facing ‘politically motivated’ charges

Journalist Ivan Golunov was freed after an outcry. Others have not been so fortunate The 77 political prisoners in Russia. The majority of these cases have not received anything like the attention paid to Golunov, either in Russia or abroad. There is a system of fabricating charges, including drug charges, said Cherkasov. Another 84 people are listed by Memorial as motivated charges. The prisoners range from teenagers in Moscow to a historian in Russias far north. Some of their cases are outlined below. The Kremlin insists there are no political prisoners in Russia. Igor Rudnikov Igor Rudnikov, a former newspaper editor and opposition politician from Kaliningrad, is facing a 15-year prison sentence on accused of forming an extremist movement named …

‘Mistakes’ may have been made during arrest of journalist, Kremlin says

Moscow makes comments after Russian papers call for inquiry into case of Ivan Golunov The Kremlin has admitted that mistakes may have been made by police during the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on controversial drug-dealing charges, as calls for his release grew louder. Mistakes can never be ruled out, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The important thing is to recognise mistakes so that they arent repeated. Some issues need clarification, he said on Monday. Police initially published a number of photographs that they said showed a drug lab at Golunovs rented flat in Moscow. They were later removed from the interior ministrys website after police officials admitted that the photographs had been taken at a …

Eiffel Tower revamp to turn roads into garden in heart of Paris

72m makeover will create mile-long stretch of pools, fountains and parks A garden stretches for a mile, free of cars with one of the worlds most recognisable monuments at its centre. Crossing the river on a tree-lined and lawned bridge, the roar of traffic has been replaced by the sound of water from fountains. Such is the vision for the Eiffel Tower, which is at the centre of a major makeover project to transform one of Pariss most visited districts. At the heart of the revamp is a pedestrian-friendly plan to create the citys largest garden. The landscape design, drawn up by a London-based company, will also turn a nearby bridge, the Pont dIna, into a grassy, tree-lined walkway linking …

Bulgarias pro-Brussels PM: ‘There’s no better place to live than the EU’

Boyko Borisov has praise even for Theresa May, but is less keen on questions about corruption At a time when some politicians in central and eastern Europe are profiting from hostility towards Brussels, Bulgarias Boyko Borisov is taking a different path, aiming to winning favour from Europe through charm and flattery. Ive been all over the world and I can say that theres no better place to live than the EU, he said during a recent interview with the Guardian in Sofia. He was careful not to criticise any of his European colleagues. Even Theresa May, who has frustrated many EU leaders after two years of Brexit back and forth, got a positive appraisal. I have seen with Theresa the …

Finland’s SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win

Social Democrats come top for first time in 20 years and likely to keep nationalist Finns party out of government Finlands Social Democrats will try to form a coalition government after Finns in Sweden and AfD, Danish Peoples Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mussolinis great-grandson claims Facebook suspended his account

Caio Mussolini says apparent deletion of social media account is discrimination Far-right Italian activists and politicians, including the great-grandson of member of the European protest against 70 Roma people, including 33 children and 22 women, who were to be temporarily transferred to a reception centre in the area. In a la Repubblica, protesters were shown trampling on food destined for the Roma, and someone could be heard shouting: They must die of hunger. CasaPound has more than 275,000 followers. Its secretary, Simone Di Stefano, ran for prime minister in the previous general election. In a 2011 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Ukraine’s President is running against — Vladimir Putin

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN)The front-runners in Ukraine‘s presidential election were a chocolate magnate, an energy tycoon-turned-populist and a television comedian. That may sound like a parody headline, but Sunday’s vote was serious business for a country at war. But Sunday’s vote ended without any candidate obtaining an absolute majority of votes, so a runoff will be held April 21. Candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, a television comedian and political newcomer, received 30.4% of the vote, according to exit polling posted by Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform. Poroshenko, the incumbent, appears likely to move to the second round, with 17.8% of the vote in early exit polling. Another top candidate, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, carried 14.2% of the vote, according to the poll. …

Danish politician’s baby ‘not welcome’ in parliament’s chamber

Far-right speaker Pia Kjaersgaard tells Mette Abildgaard to remove her child A member of Denmarks parliament has said she was ordered to remove her infant daughter from the chamber, causing surprise in a country often hailed as a pioneer in womens rights. You are not welcome with your baby in the parliaments chamber, the speaker, Pia Kjaersgaard, a former leader of the far-right Danish Peoples Party, allegedly told Mette Abildgaard. I didnt ask for permission to bring her since I had previously seen another colleague bring a child into the chamber without any problems, Abildgaard, whose Conservative party is part of the ruling centre-right coalition, wrote on Facebook. Abildgaard, who is in her 30s, said she found herself in an …

Utrecht tram shooting: Suspect arrested after at least 3 killed

(CNN)Dutch authorities have caught the man suspected of opening fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing three people and injuring five others. At a news conference, Rutger Jeuken from the public prosecution service said authorities are considering that the attack had terrorist motives, and maybe others. “The first indication of what has happened and the statements that have been made and the traces that have been found, we certainly consider a terrorist motive; however we don’t exclude other motives,” Jeuken said. During the manhunt, an image believed to be of Tanis, who was born in Turkey,was taken from security camera footage on board the tramand circulated by Dutch police. It was time-stamped at 10:41, roughly four …

Nikolai Glushkov’s daughter appeals for witnesses a year after his murder

Exclusive: Natalia Glushkova tells of how her Russian dissident fathers murder was set up to look like suicide The daughter of the positive and incapable of harming himself. Glushkov was a prominent critic of the Kremlin and a close friend of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky. A former executive in the Russian state airline Aeroflot, Glushkov was killed on 12 March last year at his home in New Malden. Police say he was strangled. Natalia Glushkova. Photograph: Supplied His murder happened a week after two Russian intelligence officers poisoned Glushkov in 2013 after meeting him in a Bristol hotel room. He survived. In August police Litvinenko, the Georgian billionaire $5bn (3.8bn) legal suit brought by Berezovsky against the oligarch Roman …