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June 24, 2021

France fans miss Euro 2020 match vs. Hungary in Budapest by travelling to Bucharest by mistake

A group of France fans managed to miss their team's Euro 2020 game against Hungary at the weekend after not only travelling to the wrong stadium, but the wrong country completely.

Les Bleus were playing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest last Saturday afternoon but, according to Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National, the six hapless work colleagues boarded a flight that morning that landed more than 500 miles away in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.


June 10, 2021

Brazilian city shuts schools and transport as drug gangs avenge leader's killing

A city in Brazil ordered schools closed and suspended public transport after the police shooting of an alleged leader of a drug trafficking ring sparked retribution attacks from gangs, government officials said.

Dozens of buses, public buildings, banks and personal vehicles in Manaus – the capital and biggest city in the state of Amazonas – were targeted by a drug trafficking organisation in revenge for the killing, the state’s government said. Twenty-one vehicles were burned, and Governor Wilson Lima on Sunday requested deployment of the national guard.


Amazonas state’s security secretary, Louismar Bonates, said the attacks were ordered from prison in response to the death of alleged trafficker Erick Batista Costa, known as “Dadinho”. He was killed by police on Saturday night during an operation in the Redençao neighbourhood, west of Manaus, local authorities said.

In broad daylight on Sunday, assailants threw petrol bombs at bus stations and banks and also burned tyres, according to images shown on television. Fearing attacks, shopkeepers shut their stores.


June 10, 2021

First Trump, then Netanyahu, now it's Keiko Fujimori

In case you were thinking the next rieichwing autocrat running for national leader to claim voter fraud in their loss would be Bolsonaro in the next election in Brazil, you'd be wrong; perennial Peruvian presidential candidate and three-time loser, Keiko Fujimori the horrid offspring of convicted criminal Alberto Fujimori (former President of Peru) is now claiming, without any proof whatsoever that her opponent, Pedro Castillo is stealing the election from her.

“It’s extremely regrettable that when the result is not favourable, that the candidate talks about fraud. It’s terrible,” Fernando Tuesta, a political science professor at Lima’s Pontifical Catholic University, told national radio broadcaster RPP on Monday night. “They have been talking about fraud because they don’t want to respect the result,” he said.

There will be a recount of the votes, as the election will be close. Then, maybe, Keiko Fujimori will bring in the ninja group to count ballots, trying to prove that some were bamboo ballots and others were shredded, fed to chickens and then the chickens incinerated because... that's what they'd do in a 1960's Batman TV episode or something

June 8, 2021

Prisca Matimba Nyambe: who is the dissenting judge in Ratko Mladić case?

Judge Prisca Matimba Nyambe has booked a place in legal history books for presiding over one of the most significant appeal chamber hearings on genocide and crimes against humanity, while disagreeing with almost every one of its rulings.


On Tuesday, she pronounced the words “Judge Nyambe dissenting” repeatedly as she dutifully read out the chamber’s decisions while disowning them. By her dissents she signaled that she believed the original trial, which ended in a life sentence for Ratko Mladić for genocide and crimes against humanity, was fatally flawed and that the Bosnian Serb general deserved a retrial.

Nyambe also indicated she accepted Mladić’s version of the removal of up to 30,000 Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica, after the enclave’s fall to his forces, was done for “humanitarian reasons”.


In 2012, she caused consternation about legal observers by dissenting from the court’s conviction of one of Mladić’s generals, Zdravko Tolimir, in which she said the massacre of about 8,000 men and teenage boys from Srebrenica was the work of “a small group of individuals operating in an unauthorised and secreted manner”.


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