"Germany's Role in World " — In the light of growing expectations of Germany around the globe, the parliamentary parties in the Bundestag wanted to find out what ordinary citizens thought. Citizens were invited to apply to take part in the online deliberations. 154 were selected according to age, gender, education, place of residence, the size of the town or settlement in which they live, and ethnic background. The result, according to t he organization "Mehr Demokratie"(More Democracy), which set up the deliberations, was a council that "reflected the population of Germany" as accurately as possible. The assembly sessions were all held online The chosen members of the citizens' council were furnished with extensive information by a panel of more than 40 specialists. The task given to these specialists was to outline the pro and cons of issues and solutions and provide a basis on which participants could form and formulate their own views. Imme Scholz, deputy director of … [Read more...] about What should be Germany’s role in the world?
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Lockdown has been tough for all of our hairstyles but one plucky sheep has been given his first trim in what could have been many many years. The wild and struggling animal was found in a forest in Australia with a fleece that was so overgrown he could barely see. When it was fully removed his fleece weighed more than 35kg (77lbs). The sheep, which has been named Baarack, was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 37 miles (60km) north of Melbourne. "It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep," said the Mission's Kyle Behrend. Advertisement "He had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face. More from Australia Facebook to lift block on news pages in Australia as standoff ends COVID-19: Australian Open fans criticised for 'disgusting' booing of vaccine rollout Why has … [Read more...] about Baarack the sheep loses 35kg of fleece in much-needed trip to the barbers
TYSON FURY has revealed his frustration at negotiations over a fight with Anthony Joshua being 'no closer' to completion than they were a year ago. The Gypsy King has also revealed the four key sticking points over the deal getting done. Fury , 32, stormed to victory over Deontay Wilder 12 months ago, securing the WBC heavyweight belt in the process. But a trilogy bout with the Bronze Bomber has since fallen through, contributing to leaving Fury frustratedly waiting for Joshua on the sidelines. He told ESPN : "They've had a full year to try and make this fight happen. "Since the last Wilder fight, even before the Wilder fight, they were talking about a fight potentially between me and Joshua. "They've had a full year to make something happen, and it hasn't happened as of yet. "It is what it is. We're no further forward today than we were a year ago." Fury then revealed what he believes to be the key obstacles in getting the deal over the line. He … [Read more...] about Tyson Fury claims Anthony Joshua fight NO CLOSER to agreement and reveals four main sticking points over talks
Global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday that Ocean Lotus, a group with ties to the Vietnamese government, has been involved in hacking attacks targeting activists and an NGO. The accusations highlight how authorities could resort to unlawful digital surveillance to keep tabs on activists and government critics . Who was targeted? The suspected attacks took place between 2018 and November 2020. They targeted two prominent Vietnamese human rights defenders, one of whom lives in Germany, and a Vietnamese NGO based in the Philippines, Amnesty said. Blogger and pro-democracy activist Bui Thanh Hieu was targeted with spyware at least four times between February 2018 and December 2019, it revealed. He left Vietnam and has lived in Germany since 2013. It said another blogger based in Vietnam, who was not named due to fears for their safety, was targeted three times last year. A Philippines-based nongovernmental organization, the Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Hacking group targets Vietnam activists: Amnesty
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country that is never far off the headlines. Sadly, there has scarcely been any positive news about the country. Its tumultuous history goes back to the 1870s when King Leopold II of Belgium orchestrated his private venture to colonize the Congo. As a young person growing up, I heard harrowing tales of how from 1885, following Leopold's announcement of the establishment of the Congo Free State, to the 1960s, over 15 million Congolese were brutally murdered. The hope that all this would end with independence was shattered with the killing in 1961 of the DRC's first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba . The country has been in a perpetually fragile state ever since. The murder of Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio , his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci, and World Food Programme (WFP) driver Mustapha Milambo after the UN convoy they were travelling in was attacked near Goma, is a stark reminder that the DRC is still not ready to relinquish its … [Read more...] about Opinion: Another cold case in the Democratic Republic of Congo?