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    Germany: 18 y/o student raped by multiple men. 8 Syrian migrants, 1 Algerian migrant and one German in custody following DNA matches

    Having been given a drink containing some sort of drug rendering her “defenseless”, she left the disco and was, according to police reports, raped by ten men in nearby bushes. Following a series of arrests, eight Syrian migrants between 18 and 29 years old, one 18-year-old Algerian migrant and one “German without migration background”, are now in custody for the suspected gang rape. At least seven out of ten suspects were known to the police.
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    A smug guide to impressing your date over brothel scenes when visiting Mauritshuis’ National Trust Exhibition in The Hague

    Added to this is the couple making music in the left, which also suggests (sexual) impropriety. Music evokes lovemaking, with the phrase “‘to strum the lute’ being (…) an innuendo for sexual intercourse.” A watch, just above where the hands of the couple touch – the place the composition draws the eye to – is said to be reminiscent of the vanity of earthly desires.
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    Summary and commentary. Historian Niall Ferguson’s series ‘Civilisation’, part I – Competition

    “You might say it was a case of divide and rule – except that, paradoxically, it was by being divided themselves that Europeans were able to rule the world. In Europe small was beautiful because it meant competition – and competition not just between states, but also within states.”
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    Former head of French military: ‘You can’t make soldiers serve Europe, they won’t die for an abstract economic community’

    “I don’t believe in a merger of armies. You can’t just put soldiers together and make them serve Europe. The idea of a supranational state cannot be imposed on people, that will only scare them of. A soldier doesn’t die on the battlefield for an economic community, for something abstract.”
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    UK Advertising Authority bans “harmful” gender stereotypes in hopes to achieve ‘Gender Equality of Outcome’

    “The evidence we published last year showed that harmful gender stereotypes in ads contribute to how people see themselves and their role in society. They can hold some people back from fulfilling their potential, or from aspiring to certain jobs and industries, bringing costs for individuals and the economy.”
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    Heritage and embezzlement: EU spends millions on cheap plastic renovation of Bulgarian castle

    “Unfortunately, the builders used “alternative” materials for some of the restoration giving the restored fortress wall and gate a ‘plastic’ look. Thus, the restoration of the Krakra Fortress has become notorious among Bulgaria’s archaeological restorations, with critics claiming that the EU money was likely embezzled by local politicians and/or construction entrepreneurs who used cheap plastic instead of proper materials.”
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    After a decade, ESA finally locates SMART-1’s final resting place where it crash-landed on the Moon

    Fighting against Earth’s gravitational field, it put itself in orbit around the moon. Eventually, though frugal, SMART-1 ran out of fuel and was inextricably attracted by the Moon. So on 3 September 2006, it crashed, after successfully fulfilling its mission and remaining active beyond expectations.
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    EU Ombudswoman publishes damning report on Juncker’s right hand Martin Selmayr’s appointment as highest civil servant. No-one cared

    “The Commission’s actions involved a manipulation of the rules governing senior management appointments so as to convey the impression that the appointment procedures, in the case of Mr Selmayr, were applied correctly and that the outcome, in turn, was fair and correct. In fact, this was not the case and the entire affair, starting in January 2018, if not earlier, was arranged to ensure the appointment of Mr Selmayr as Secretary-General.”
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    14 y/o German girl raped and murdered. Immigrant suspect Ali Bashar fled back to Iraq, now detained by Kurdish security forces

    Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on 7 June that the body was of Susanna. Public Prosecutor Achim Thoma, during a press conference on Thursday, said the autopsy had confirmed her identity. Cause of death is said to have been “use of force on the neck.” In addition, the autopsy found that the girl was raped, leading the Chief of Police to speak of “a very repugnant crime”.
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    Juncker running his mouth again: “Italians need to work harder”. But also: “Countries first, Europe second” and now we’re confused

    “Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness. We will help them as we always did. But don’t play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second.”
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    ESA’s satellites just produced the most accurate 3D view of Antartica’s ice sheets and floating ice shelves

    CryoSat uses a radar altimeter, that detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, which includes the steeper continental margins. The vast majority of ice losses occur there. The model uses about 250 million measurements, taken by CryoSat between July 2010 en July 2016. This is about 5 million more than used for the previous version – for a snapshot of 95% of the continent, up by 3%.
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