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Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield

27 March 2015 - 05:35 AM

The Independent said:

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Russia has threatened to target Denmark’s warships with nuclear weapons if the Scandinavian nation becomes a member of Nato’s missile defence shield.

In comments which have been met with anger in Copenhagen, the Russian ambassador to Denmark said a move towards better integration with the Western alliance would make it a “threat to Russia”, and that it would have to accept the consequences.

Mikhail Vanin told the told Jyllands-Posten newspaper: “I do not think that the Danes fully understand the consequences if Denmark joins the US-led missile defence shield. If that happens, Danish warships become targets for Russian nuclear missiles.”
(full article)

Airlines agree on two-person cockpit rule

27 March 2015 - 05:27 AM

The Local said:

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The Federation of the German Air Travel Industry (BDL) decided on Thursday that from now on two people must be in the cockpit at all times, in a bid to avoid a repeat of the Germanwings disaster.

“The decision is made,” BDL spokeswoman Christine Kolmar told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, adding that the rule would be “implemented as quickly as possible”.

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And Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told ARD television on Friday morning that the airlines had decided to consider "whether there are measures we can take in the short term that will increase safety even further".
(full article)

Well, that was fast.

Automatic line break no longer works in editing mode

11 March 2015 - 09:42 AM

So, for some reason the automatic line break no longer works for me when toggling on (or is it off?) the editing mode. Instead it will keep adding text in the same line just add a scroll bar at the bottom like this (when what it should be doing is this). This started a few days ago, around the time the boards got moved around.

Why did this happen and more importantly, can you fix this?

Prof rejects Indian intern over 'rape problem'

10 March 2015 - 04:48 PM

The Local said:

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Germany's ambassador to India stepped into a university admissions row after a professor said she wouldn't accept a male Indian student for an internship because of the country's “rape problem”.

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But she found herself in for more publicity than she bargained for after a friend of the student she rejected posted the emails online.

“I strongly object to this,” Germany's ambassador to India Michael Steiner wrote in an open letter to Beck-Sickinger on Monday. “Your oversimplifying and discriminating generalization... is an offense to millions of law-abiding, tolerant, open-minded and hard-working Indians.

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Professor Margret Wintermantel of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) said in a statement on Monday that the Leipzig case was a "regrettable one-off and apparently a huge misunderstanding". "This case is in no way representative of German universities. They are reliable partners for bringing students from all over the world to Germany. "In our work, DAAD strives towards an authentic culture of welcome in Germany and for world-wide partnerships."

Beck-Sickinger has since apologized for the email, telling the Huffington Post India that "I apologize if this caused any misunderstanding, but the e-Mail was taken out of the context".

(full article here)

You guys gotta check out the actual e-mails, they’re crazy! If only at @Everyman was still here with us to react to this :daydream:

German tourists face caning in Singapore

10 March 2015 - 04:07 PM

The Local said:

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Two German tourists have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three strikes with a cane for spraying graffiti in the conservative city's underground rail system.

Judge Liew Thiam Leng said on Thursday the two culprits had carried out a premeditated crime after previously scouting out the scene. Although the accused pleaded guilty, he accepted the prosecution's demands for a severe punishment, arguing that it should also serve as a deterrent to others. The corporal punishment is to be administered with a cane against the prisoners' naked buttocks.

"This is the darkest episode in my life," the 22-year-old accused told the court. "I'm so upset with myself that I carried out this idiotic act."

"I promise never to do such a thing again," his 21-year-old partner in crime said. "I must not only apologise to you but also to my family, who I have let down."

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Spraying graffiti is considered a serious crime in Singapore. The city-state places considerable emphasis on discipline, order and above all cleanliness. Vandalism is severely punished.

In 2010 a Swiss man was sentenced to five months in jail and three canings for a similar crime.

The two youths from Leipzig were arrested in Malaysia two weeks after the crime. Since then they have been detained in custody, a period which will be included in the sentence. They are due for release in August.

(full article here)