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      Greek coastguard’s treatment of migrants ‘clearly illegal’, says ex-officer

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 15:10

    BBC records former special operations chief saying abandoning people at sea was an ‘international crime’

    A former Greek coastguard officer has described as “clearly illegal” the actions of colleagues who abandoned nine migrants at sea in one of 15 alleged pushbacks from Greek islands or territorial waters that reportedly killed dozens of people.

    In an interview with the BBC , Dimitris Baltakos, the Greek coastguard’s former head of special operations, refused to speculate about footage the broadcaster showed him, after earlier denying the coastguard would ever be told to do anything illegal.

    The investigation forms the basis for a BBC2 documentary, Dead Calm: Killing in the Med?

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      Greek island search for three missing tourists intensifies amid string of deaths

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:52


    Six holidaymakers reported dead or missing in nine days as Mediterranean experiences ‘abnormally hot’ weather

    Search operations to find three missing tourists on two Greek islands have intensified after police announced that two holidaymakers had been found dead on other islands over the weekend.

    Rescue teams supported by sniffer dogs, helicopters and drones have been scouring the Cycladic islands of Sikinos and Amorgos for two French women and an American man who went missing last week.

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      I was the first Muslim leader of a western democracy. And I say Islamophobia has poisoned our politics | Humza Yousaf

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:41

    Anti-Muslim sentiment is so mainstreamed now that politicians like Suella Braverman barely bother disguising it

    • Humza Yousaf is a former first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National party

    While many in the world rightly bemoan the rise of populism, few are willing to confront the fact that it is the hatred of Muslims that is driving populism in Europe and the west.

    In 2024, almost half the world’s population will take part in elections. Many countries have already gone to the polls, and in a number of countries, particularly across Europe, the biggest gains have been made by those who make a living out of vilifying Muslims.

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      At least 10 dead and dozens missing in two Mediterranean shipwrecks

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:36

    Rescuers near Italy report 10 bodies found on wooden boat and 50 missing in a separate incident off Calabria

    At least 10 people have died and dozens are missing after two separate shipwrecks close to the Italian coast, rescuers said.

    Ten bodies were found on Monday in the lower deck of a wooden boat in the central Mediterranean by rescuers from Nadir, a ship operated by the German charity ResQship. The charity said it saved 51 people who were onboard the sinking vessel, which is believed to have departed from Tunisia.

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      EU heads gather to discuss new leadership in wake of far-right election successes – Europe live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 13:14


    The 27 heads of state and government meet for the first time since European elections and Macron’s decision to call snap vote in France

    Ahead of the summit, leaders are meeting bilaterally and in small groups.

    Latvia’s prime minister, Evika Siliņa , said Ursula von der Leyen has her “full support” for a second term as European Commission president.

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      EU passes law to restore 20% of bloc’s land and sea by end of decade

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 11:03

    Narrow win for supporters after fierce farmers’ protests, loss of green seats to far right and political wrangling

    The EU has passed a landmark law to protect nature after a knife-edge vote, ending a months-long deadlock among member states spooked by fierce protests from farmers.

    The law, which has proven to be the most controversial pillar of the European Green Deal and nearly failed at the final hurdle, sets a target to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea by the end of the decade.

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      Russia-Ukraine war live: Nato in talks to put more nuclear weapons on standby, says Stoltenberg

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 08:06

    Secretary general says move would ‘communicate the direct message’ to Russia that Nato is a nuclear alliance

    A building was destroyed after Russian troops attacked a children’s recreation facility in the Shevchenkiv district of Kharkiv , the mayor of the city, Igor Terekhov, said last night. No casualties were reported.

    Speaking at the end of the two-day Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy , yesterday suggested the military situation had “stabilised” in Kharkiv, the north-eastern region subject to fierce bombardment from advancing Russian forces .

    I won’t go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be operational and which should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That’s exactly what we’re doing.

    Transparency helps to communicate the direct message that we, of course, are a nuclear alliance.

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      From LED bulbs to living plants: German theatre tackles climate crisis on and off stage

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 07:49

    With tickets doubling as public transport passes and recycled props, Hans Otto Theater is embracing a €3m federal project to make culture climate neutral

    A handful of Spanish conquistadors fight through thick undergrowth to emerge in the ivy-clad ruins of a fallen civilisation during a rehearsal of Austrian playwright Thomas Köck’s Your Palaces Are Empty.

    Premiered last month at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam, south-west of Berlin, the bleak and unforgiving drama probes the wounds of a shattered capitalist world that has exploited its people and the planet’s resources.

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      Labour would try to improve UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with EU, says Reeves

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 07:13

    Shadow chancellor’s remarks mark shift in tone for party, which has preferred to not talk about Brexit so far

    Labour would try to improve elements of the UK’s trade deal with the EU, Rachel Reeves has indicated, saying also that most financial services companies have “not regarded Brexit as being a great opportunity for their businesses”.

    While Labour remains committed to not making any major changes to Brexit, the shadow chancellor’s comments show the party could nonetheless make more policy moves on EU trade links than previously believed.

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