Cyber-defence centre opens amid IT warning

Germany will open a special cyber-defence facility on Thursday amid warnings the country’s infrastructure is at serious risk from internet attacks by hackers and terrorists. The National Cyber Defence Centre in Bonn will be dedicated to thwarting such threats, according to German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich. Read More…

‘Thailand Must Be United Again’

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra now lives in exile in Dubai. Sentenced in Thailand to two years in prison for abuse of office, Thaksin hopes his younger sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, will become the country’s new prime minister in July so he can return home. He talks to SPIEGEL about past mistakes and his […]

Rare stamps fetch big money

A rare Sicilian “error of colour” issued in 1859 has become the world’s second most expensive stamp after selling for €1.8 million (SFr2.18) at auction in Basel. The stamp, which was printed erroneously in blue instead of orange, was the centre piece of the four-day auction by Galerie Dreyfus which […]

Compassion wins seconds before execution

By ARAB NEWS MADINAH: A murderer was saved seconds before he was due to be beheaded after his victim’s father decided to pardon him. According to a report by local Arabic daily Al-Madinah on Wednesday, Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al-Anzi was brought Tuesday to the execution square in Madinah in […]

Editorial: Brutal blockade

Gaza reels under five years of Israeli siege as the world community stands and stares It has been five years since Israel imposed its oppressive and inhuman blockade on the Gaza Strip. Without doubt it has been easily one of the toughest and most trying periods in the eventful history […]

Mediterranean route favoured by migrants

Migrants and the criminal organisations that exploit them have turned their attention to the Central Mediterranean route after the deployment of EU personnel to the Greek-Turkish border has rendered that path into Europe more secure, according to a senior official of the EU’s boarder agency. Gil Arias Fernandes, the deputy […]

Crimes against women

IT may be the 21st cen-tury but in Pakistan, that is merely a technicality. The archaic and often criminal notions of justice and honour, particularly the treatment meted out to women, speak of a society that remains mired in a medieval mindset. This is evident in the grotesque incident which […]

And if NATO was a target?

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Pravda.Ru What if NATO was a target? What if NATO’s leaders and their families were targets? What if thousands of heavily armed terrorists started running amok in NATO countries, slaughtering civilians, committing acts of arson, destroying Government and private property, stealing public assets and trading them with hostile […]

Anti-austerity general strike hits Greece, as French banks threatened with downgrade

By RFI Demonstrators are camped out in front of the Greek parliament and workers are on general strike as MPs debate a new austerity package. Credit ratings agency Moody’s is threatening to downgrade three French banks because of their exposure to Greek debt. More: http://www.english.rfi.fr/economy/20110615-anti-austerity-general-strike-hits-greece-french-banks-threatened-downgrade