Regular readers will know that The Budapest Times has read the last 15 or so of Penguin’s monthly reissues of the 75 “Maigret” novels, which began in November 2013. However, a problem cropped up while we were approaching the half-way mark while reading this latest one, the 55th in the series and published just this May 2018. Our copy has vanished, presumed stolen. So we have done the logical thing and enlisted Detective Chief Inspector Jules Maigret himself to apply his considerable investigative powers to The Case of the Missing Book.First, as we related to Maigret, the facts leading up to this shocking apparent crime. Your correspondent was innocently attending a diplomatic function at the Residence in Budapest of an ambassador of a South American country. It was a fine spring evening and the event was being attended by a few dozen guests in the garden courtyard. Wine and beef sandwiches were being offered, recorded music was being played and there was no reason to … [Read more...] about On the trail of the stolen book
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America’s largest police force has agreed not to conduct surveillance operations based on religion or ethnicity, as part of a deal to settle claims that it illegally spied on Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. In an agreement announced in New York, the force agreed to put an end to such operations based solely on these factors and to pay $75,000 in damages and $1m in legal fees. It also agreed to meet with members of the Muslim community to discuss various issues. “We are proud that we stood up to the most powerful police force in the country and against the suspicion and ignorance that guided their discriminatory practices,” said Farhaj Hassan, the lead plaintiff in the case. “We believe the legal rulings and settlement in this case will endure as part of a broader effort to hold this country to account for its stated commitment and its obligation to uphold religious liberty and equality.” The lawsuit followed a series of … [Read more...] about New York police settle surveillance lawsuit after Muslims said they were illegally targeted following 9/11
Published July 7, 2015 Welcome, readers, to our 2015 BEST OF REYKJAVÍK issue. It’s that time in the midsummer when the days are long, the nights are nonexistent, and people are in an upbeat and active mood. The streets of Reykjavík have a carnival feeling, with people eating out, flaneuring around, having drinks with friends, taking long walks, going to festivals, and generally squeezing every drop of enjoyment out of the brightest season. With that in mind, there’s no better time to celebrate the things that make Reykjavík a pretty great place to live (we’ve had the whole winter to carp and grumble, after all, so we’re ready to take a little break). After a long process of taking suggestions from our readers, contributors and resident experts, arguing around pub tables, checking in on much-loved classics and promising new places, tearing it all up and starting again, then arguing a whole lot more, we’ve come up with the following list of … [Read more...] about 2015 Best Of Reykjavík
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. In 2016, the last year we have complete numbers for, close to 6.4 million crimes were registered by the police in Germany - that is roughly one crime for every twelve people who live here. The actual number of times people broke the law is higher - but for obvious reasons the police only provide information on crimes that they are aware of. Some crimes are not reported because victims fear reprisals or because the victims do not believe that anything good will come of reporting it. Nonetheless, reported crime statistics still give interesting insights into the safety (or lack thereof) of modern-day Germany. The good news is that reported crime has been dropping steadily over more than a decade. Whereas in 2005 slightly over 7,622 crimes were committed for every 100,000 people in Germany, that number had dropped to 7,161 in 2016.* More worrying is a recent rise in violent crime, which … [Read more...] about What crimes are committed in Germany and where is criminality most common?
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the 2026 World Cup should be awarded to Morocco this summer, not the joint North American bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Blatter’s backing for the underdog bid from Morocco came in a tweet on Thursday, a day after it was revealed that FIFA has written to football officials to inform them that the ban on statements of support for one bid or another has been lifted. This restriction, however, would not have applied to the 81-year-old Swiss as he has banned from holding any football-related office since late 2015, the year the FIFA corruption scandal erupted and he was forced to resign as president after 17 years in charge. Loading article content In his tweet, Blatter wrote: “World Cup 2026: Co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002 (also applied in 2010 and 2018). And now: Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!” The reference to co-hosting being rejected relates to Tunisia … [Read more...] about Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid backed by ex-FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter