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Wed Jul 31, 2019, 06:30 AM

5 Stories from Europe You May Not Have Seen

1.Though it involves the UAE royal family, it is playing out in a British court
Dubai ruler's wife seeks 'forced marriage protection order' in British court

Princess Haya, the wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has applied for a "non-molestation order" and a "forced marriage protection order" in a British court, according to court documents.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the 45-year-old daughter of late King Hussein of Jordan and half-sister to King Abdullah, also applied for the wardship of the children.

For weeks now, media reports have suggested Haya was hiding in the British capital after escaping the Gulf Emirate and her billionaire husband. She allegedly took her two children with her when she left Dubai.


A "non-molestation order" protects from harassment or threats. A forced marriage protection order helps if someone says they have been forced into marriage or already in a forced marriage, according to official British legal definitions.


2. Romania's interior minister quits over murdered teenagers scandal

Romania’s interior minister has quit as the fallout from the murder of two teenage girls intensifies.

There is public outrage over the killings of Alexandra Macesanu, 15, and Luiza Melencu, 18, in the southern town of Caracal.

Macesanu phoned the European emergency number 112 but it took authorities 19 hours to locate where she was as they struggled to trace her calls and secure unnecessary search warrants.

Nicolae Moga, who had only been in the post six days, resigned as Romania’s interior minister on Tuesday.

********This resignation seemed ridiculous since Moga had only just taken the job.


3. Belarusian Diplomat Shot In Ankara Remains In Serious Condition After Surgery

MINSK -- Belarus's Foreign Ministry says a Belarusian diplomat who was shot in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and operated on at a local clinic remains in a very serious condition.

Spokesman Anatol Hlaz told RFE/RL on July 25 that doctors had evaluated the operation on Alyaksandr Pahanshau, an adviser to the Belarusian Embassy in Ankara, as "successful," though he remains in an intensive care unit.

Pahanshau was walking home with his son late on July 24 when he was shot several times.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after Pahanshau's surgery that the diplomat was attacked by his neighbor, a retired military officer, with whom Pahanshau had a personal dispute.


4. Ze Academy: Ukraine lawmakers’ first assignment is a crash course in politics


When the plan to run such a course broke late last week, it raised eyebrows. For some, the Ze Academy was a prospect that made Leslie Nielsen look serious. Many questioned the durability of rookie MPs plucked from the public without so much as a political ABC.


The Servants found their guru in Timofei Milovanov, the energetic president of Kiev’s respected School of Economics and a deputy head of the National Bank of Ukraine.

On Facebook, Mr Milovanov proudly announced his plan to subject the nation’s MPs to five, 13-hour “intensive, harsh, complete” sessions. They cover the full range of government business from economy to infrastructure, security and defence.


For some, the learning curve will come quicker than others. A fair number of Mr Zelensky’s Servants are sharp, well educated and will likely form an expert core in important committees. Fifth in the official party pecking order, for example, is the cerebral anti-corruption campaigner Halyna Yanchenko. She claimed to be “inspired” by the quality of her fellow MPs after getting to know them over the previous 24 hours.


5. Vucic Praises Putin For 'Strengthening' Serbia's Military

NIS, Serbia -- Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for "strengthening" the combat capability of the Balkan nation's armed forces.

Vucic made the comments on July 29 as he inspected the delivery of 10 recently arrived Russian armored patrol vehicles at a Serbian Army military base in Nis.

Speaking at the ceremony, Russia's Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said that Moscow "is ready and will always be ready for military and technical cooperation with Serbia."


The 10 BRDM-2 reconnaissance vehicles have been delivered to Serbia despite neighboring Romania's refusal to let them transit via the Danube River because of European Union sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.


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Reply 5 Stories from Europe You May Not Have Seen (Original post)
rpannier Jul 2019 OP
Sherman A1 Jul 2019 #1
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safeinOhio Jul 2019 #3
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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 06:38 AM

1. Thanks for posting

I did see two of the stories, but I follow BBC, Al Jazzera and DW news on Facebook.

Hard to believe that there is anything going on in the world beyond Epstein, The Democratic Debates, Trump Tweets and whatever is the daily punditry talking point blather from what is jokingly referred to as news organizations on Cable.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 06:44 AM

2. Thanks

I've been following the story in Romania kind of closely, partially because I read Euro News every day and it has something new about what is going on. A lot of people should have been fired or resigned, I don't think Moga is one. The first kidnapping and murder happened back in April and the other right before he assumed his post
But, the public is angry and I understand someone must fall on their sword
The whole story is really disgusting, as outlined in my above and my previous 5 stories from Europe post a few days ago
But, it also points to what happens when you have an underfunded and poorly trained police force; which Romania has

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 07:32 AM

3. Thanks for the under known news.

I would like to bring up one more important one, the huge fires in Siberia now.


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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 07:57 AM

5. Thanks

I missed that one
If I don't see it posted in its own thread my next one will likely have it
Since these OPs are things you may have missed and not stories about a celebrity arrested in Sweden, I'd include it

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 07:41 AM

4. What is Princess Haya's life expectency?

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