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23/07/2019

Moscow residents fight back against 'second Chernobyl'

Their signs read "We want to live!" and "Road to Death," and many bear the bright yellow symbol warning of radiation. On Monday, several hundred protesters gathered in the south of Moscow outside residential housing blocks that overlook a nuclear waste site. The site is located between the Moskva river and the popular Kolomenskoe park. It stretches for around 500 meters along sloping river banks and contains tens of thousands of tons of radioactive waste from Moscow's nearby Polymetals Factory. The plant used to extract thorium and uranium from ore and now produces weapons and military equipment. Demonstrators of all...
23/07/2019

Kremlin critic: Russian leaders underestimate electorate

DW: In 2016 you were the only anti-Kremlin MP in the Russian parliament. Now, you want your Party of Changes to enter Moscow City Duma. But you are barred from running, just like 18 other independent candidates. Why does the electoral commission oppose you? Dmitry Gudkov: They oppose me winning. Just like the other candidates. We had already completed half our election campaign. To win one of the electoral districts, I would need 12,000 votes. And I already had 7,500 voters who officially backed me. So I already had 60% of the necessary votes to win. The Moscow City Duma...
23/07/2019

Auschwitz: Last survivor of the first convoy dies

Kazimierz Albin, the last survivor of the first convoy sent to the Auschwitz death camp in modern-day Poland, has died at the age of 96, the Auschwitz Memorial said Tuesday. Born in 1922 in Krakow, 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the infamous death camp where he would later end up, Albin was captured by the Nazis in January 1940 in Slovakia. He had fled Poland the year before in the wake of Germany's invasion of the country. Albin's intention was to join the Polish Army in France to fight the Nazis but he was thwarted in his mission and...

23/07/2019

Portugal wildfire declared under control

Thanks to some overnight rain, raging wildfires were brought under control on Tuesday in central Portugal. "The fire has been controlled. It is normal that during the afternoon it could become reactivated in some places but that is part of the process," said Luis Belo Costa, commander of the civil protection agency. Light showers during the night raised humidity levels, assisting firefighters in the fight against the wildfires that have left a trail of destruction in their wake. More than 1,000 firefighters have been deployed since the blazes began on Saturday. Optimism on Monday morning that they were under control...
23/07/2019

Russian LGBT+ activist killed in St. Petersburg

A Russian activist who regularly protested for LGBT+ rights and opposition issues has been killed in St. Petersburg. A woman was found dead with multiple stab wounds on Sunday evening in Russia's second-largest city, according to a statement from the Investigative Committee. She was not immediately identified by authorities, but fellow campaigners and media reports later on Monday identified her as 41-year-old Yelena Grigoryeva. Read more: Homophobia in Russia: 'I thought my daughter was a monster' Dinar Idrisov, a rights activist and opposition campaigner who said he knew Grigoryeva, said that she was frequently sent death threats, but her appeals...
23/07/2019

Homophobia in Poland still deeply entrenched

When Polish writer Jacek Dehnel was a still in school, there were officially no homosexuals in the country. "A few years ago," he tells DW "I returned and saw openly gay couples; everybody knew about them." Dehnel, born in 1980, last year married his partner, fellow writer and translator Piotr Tarczynski, in London – as same-sex marriages are not permitted in Poland. But Dehnel concedes that much has improved lately. Today, he says, there are openly gay and transsexual MPs and mayors in Poland. Even so, LGBT people are frequently insulted and attacked. Dehnel tell DW that "local lawmakers keep...

23/07/2019

Opinion: Boris Johnson's clowning glory

In 1999, Boris Johnson told his boss, indeed promised, Conrad Black, the owner of the Daily Telegraph newspaper and the Spectator magazine, that he would forgo a political career and instead take the helm as editor of the political weekly. If only. Conveniently breaking his pledge, Johnson stood as Conservative MP for Henley in Oxford and won the election in 2001. And thus began Boris' scorched earth odyssey which has brought him to the threshold of No. 10, Downing Street. The list of egregious lies and calamities, which come so naturally to him, is so long it beggars belief. Just...
23/07/2019

Greta Thunberg slams critics in French parliament

Climate activist Greta Thunberg dismissed her critics during a visit to France's National Assembly on Tuesday. "Just for quoting or acting on these numbers, these scientific facts, we receive unimaginable amounts of hate and threats. We are being mocked and lied about by members of parliament and journalists," the Fridays for Future leader said. "You don't have to listen to us, but you do have to listen to the science," she said. "That is all we ask, to unite behind the science." 'Nobel Prize for Fear' While members of the Green party and French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist En Marche...
23/07/2019

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez loses parliament approval vote

Spanish Prime Minister on Tuesday lost in his first attempt to get parliamentary approval to lead a new government. The leader of the socialist PSOE needed an absolute majority in the first-round vote to be confirmed as Prime Minister. He will get another chance to get the necessary support in a second-round vote on Thursday. Unlike the first round, Sanchez will only require more "yes" than "no" votes for his government to be confirmed. Sanchez hopes to achieve power with the support of the far-left Podemos party. But his refusal to offer Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias a senior post in...

23/07/2019

Who is Boris Johnson, Brexit champion and likely British PM?

He has Turkish ancestry, was born in New York to English parents and spent a formative part of his childhood in Brussels, the son of an EU civil servant. And yet today, Boris Johnson, this most cosmopolitan of English politicians, is the Conservative figurehead of Great Britain's chaotic withdrawal from the European Union and the man likely to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. Christened Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, he is known to the British public simply as "Boris," recognized by a trademark mop of unruly blonde hair and a bumbling, gaffe-prone speaking style. For many years, commentators warmed...
23/07/2019

New Orleans funk musician Art Neville dies, 81

Art Neville, a New Orleans funk musician, has died at the age of 81, his brother said on Monday. "Artie Poppa Funk Neville you are dearly loved by every one who knew you. Love always your lil' big brother," Aaron Neville wrote on Twitter, adding that the family wished for privacy at a time of mourning. Known by the nickname "Poppa Funk," Art Neville founded the famed funk group The Meters in the 1960s before going on to co-found The Neville Brothers band with his siblings in the 1970s. The Neville Brothers were a staple at the New Orleans' Jazz...
23/07/2019

Juventus soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo avoids criminal rape charges in US

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any criminal charges over an alleged rape in the US state of Nevada ten years ago. The incident was alleged to have taken place in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room but Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided that Kathryn Mayorga's claim could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. "Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming," Wolfson said in a statement. German magazine Der Spiegel and other...