World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. It’s part of a trend of former U.S. intelligence officersContinue reading “World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA”

Mass protests against lockdowns and vaccines in Prague, Rome, Amsterdam

Thousands of protesters gathered in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country. The far-right opposition Freedom Party was among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions. Demonstrations against virus measures also took place inContinue reading “Mass protests against lockdowns and vaccines in Prague, Rome, Amsterdam”

French far-right conspiracy theorist in custody: informed source

Daillet, 54, and his secretary — identified as 67-year-old Ginette M. — were placed in custody on Tuesday “for planning attacks against the state and other violent action,” including an attack on a Masonic lodge in eastern France, the source said. Daillet is also alleged to having helped organise the abduction of an eight-year-old girlContinue reading “French far-right conspiracy theorist in custody: informed source”

Same-sex marriage referendum approved by wide margin in Switzerland

Switzerland has become one of the last Western European countries to make same-sex marriage legal, Reuters reported. A nearly two-thirds majority, or 64 percent of the country, approved the measure in a referendum, which was conducted under the nation’s direct democracy, Reuters reported. The new legislation would legalize same-sex marriage and gives same-sex couples the rightContinue reading “Same-sex marriage referendum approved by wide margin in Switzerland”

Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News

Voters in Switzerland go to the polls on Sunday 26 September to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe not to recognise same-sex marriage, and supporters say the change in the law is long overdue. But there is opposition from some church groups and right wingContinue reading “Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News”

German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election

A potential lurch to the left in Germany’s election on Sunday is scaring millionaires into moving assets into Switzerland, bankers and tax lawyers say. If the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), hard-left Linke and environmentalist Greens come to power, the reintroduction of a wealth tax and a tightening of inheritance tax could be on the politicalContinue reading “German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election”

Switzerland warns of terror attacks on Covid-19 vaccine sites

Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service is warning of potential terrorist attacks on coronavirus vaccine infrastructure including vaccination centres, transport and manufacturing facilities, newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported on Sunday (Aug 29). “Attacks on such targets would both hit large crowds and generate intensive media coverage,” the agency’s spokesman Isabelle Graber said in a written response to questions from NZZ.Continue reading “Switzerland warns of terror attacks on Covid-19 vaccine sites”

Greece wildfires: Thousands flee island of Evia as blazes continue to ravage lands

While progress was made in batting blazes near Athens, the island of Evia is still in the grips of uncontrolled fires. Thousands have fled their homes on the Greek Island of Evia as wildfires continued to rage uncontrolled on Sunday for a sixth day. While fires that had posed a risk to the northern suburbs of AthensContinue reading “Greece wildfires: Thousands flee island of Evia as blazes continue to ravage lands”

Switzerland Approves ‘Burqa Ban’ To Prohibit Some Face Coverings In Public

Swiss voters approved a proposition Sunday banning facial coverings in public. Niqabs and burqas, worn by almost no one even among the country’s Muslim population, will be banned outside of religious institutions. The new law doesn’t apply to facial coverings for health reasons. Switzerland will join several European countries that have implemented a ban onContinue reading “Switzerland Approves ‘Burqa Ban’ To Prohibit Some Face Coverings In Public”

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