Dutch panel completes MH17 probe: In unveiling the conclusions drawn from a two-year inquiry, a Dutch board tasked with investigating the downing of Malaysia Air flight 17 in Ukraine has deduced the passenger aircraft was destroyed by a Russian-made Buk-9M38 missile fired from a mobile system from the separatist-held village of Pervomaysk in Ukraine.
Dutch chief investigator Wilbert Paulissen theorized the missile system entered rebel-held territory in Ukraine, fired the missile and returned to the Russian Federation the same day the passenger liner was destroyed.
Upon hearing the conclusions drawn from the investigation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pskov dismissed such claims and said the probe’s judgments were biased and unsupported by technological evidence.
UK PM May to trigger Brexit by March 2017: In one of her first announcements outlining in detail her plans to extract the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), UK Prime Minister Theresa May has privately told a Tory conference and admitted in an interview she intends to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by March 2017. The gesture would virtually guarantee the UK would complete its departure from the EU by the summer of 2019.
Describing her Brexit plans as “The Great Repeal Bill” planned for her expected Queen’s Speech opening Parliament in the spring of 2017, Mrs. May also framed the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 as central to her plans for a complete withdrawal from the EU.
The quashing of the European Communities Act 1972 from British code would remove the UK from the EU, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and would eliminate the EU’s civil code from British law.
Bulgaria bans veils in public: On Friday, the Bulgarian National Assembly voted to ban the wearing of veils in public places nationwide.
Introduced by the Patriotic Front coalition and supported by the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, the law is described as an emphasis on national security and enhancing video surveillance. Explaining his position and support for the new law, assemblyman Krasimir Velchev told reporters: “The law is not directed against religious communities and is not repressive. We made a very good law for the safety of our children.”
Rights groups blasted the new law, saying it will lead to intolerance.
Measles eliminated in the Americas: Following a three-year period where no case of the measles has been recorded in the Americas, it has been declared by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) the disease has been conquered in the region.
A leader in deaths among youths globally, there exist only 250,000 known cases worldwide, most of which are in Asia and Africa.
Citing a vaccination campaign to defeat the disease, measles follows the successful elimination of polio, smallpox, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome from the Americas since 1971.
Philippine president “happy” to slaughter 3 million drug users: Amplifying his commitment to eradicate drug users and drug cartel members from the Philippines, Filipino president, Rodrigo Duterte, announced he will be happy to exterminate drug users and peddlers from his country.
Linking himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Duterte said there were “3 million addicts (in the Philippines); I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
Duterte has come under intense criticism for waging an aggressive war against cartel members and an unsympathetic campaign against addicts, which include extrajudicial killings.
Since Duterte assumed office, over 3,000 have been killed in the anti-drug war.
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