Residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an assault blamed on four migrants, authorities said.
Sudanese-born British national Salih Khater was charged with two counts of attempted murder on Saturday and will appear in court on Monday after a car careered into people and a barrier at Britain's parliament earlier this week, police said.
The mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, announced the closure of the capital's mosques this Friday to halt the spread of new coronavirus infections. "Our Muslim fellow citizens will exceptionally celebrate Eid in their homes, with their loved ones. I want to thank the mosques for leading by example," Close tweeted. The increase in infections has forced the Belgian government to tighten measures.
The European Court of Auditors concluded on Thursday that the set of principles and tools named "Better Regulation" has improved EU policy-making for nearly 20 years. However, the auditors also stressed that more could be done to consult citizens, improve the evidence base for decision-making and enforce EU law. According to a recent OECD study, the European Commission put in place one of the world's most advanced Better Regulation systems.
Amsterdam announced on Thursday that face masks will be obligatory for people aged 13 and older in designated crowded places, such as the red-light district and shopping streets in the city centre. "These are areas where it is tight and busy and where other measures have had an insufficient effect or lead to undesirable economic effects," said the town hall. Rotterdam has followed the same idea.
Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that he would ask the country's Constitutional Tribunal to look into whether the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women is aligned with the country's constitution, the Polish press agency reported. "There are very serious doubts (…) that cannot be passed over," Morawieck said. Earlier this week, Poland's labour ministry started the process of withdrawing the country from the treaty.
UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Thursday night that a ban on indoor meetings will be introduced in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester to stop the spike of new coronavirus cases, mainly caused by people "not abiding to social distancing," The Guardian reported. The new lockdown measures, announced via Twitter on the eve of the Eid celebrations, were criticised by Labour and Conservative MPs.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) warned on Thursday that 26 banks in the EU hold large exposures of increasingly-risky leveraged loans which may default due to the coronavirus crisis. "As the pandemic and the ensuing economic lockdown impair leveraged borrowers' capacities to repay their debts, some banks may suffer losses related to the increase in credit risk and from their mark-to-market positions," EBA said.
Thousands of people demonstrated on Thursday in Belarus in a rally organised by the president's electoral rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the BBC reported. About 60,000 supporters gathered in Minsk, a few days before the election on 9 August. Tikhanovskaya decided to run for the presidency after her husband was jailed earlier this year. Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has faced a wave of protests since the beginning of his election campaign.
Italian senators on Thursday approved stripping far-right leader Matteo Salvini of his parliamentary immunity. The vote was close: 149 senators voted for, 141 against. Salvini now faces trial for allegedly kidnapping 131 rescued migrants last July, when he refused to let a rescue ship disembark on the island of Lampedusa. "I am proud to have defended Italy and I would do it again," Salvini said, referring to the vote.
Six Polish cities that declared themselves as "LGBTI-free zones" have been denied funding under the EU's Town Twinning programme for failing to meet the standards of "equal access and non-discrimination".
Germany did not follow correct procedure in seeking the extradition, from Italy, of a rapist, named as Christian B., on a European Arrest Warrant, an EU court adviser has said. Christian B. is also wanted in connection with kidnapping Madeleine McCann, a British toddler, in Portugal in 2007. He has served most of his rape sentence in Germany and could soon go free. The EU court usually follows advisers' opinions.
The European Commission offered preferential trade terms and €33m in immediate aid to Lebanon on Thursday, after a huge explosion in its port, which prompted fresh protests against government corruption and incompetence. "The commission stood ready to explore how to boost our trade relations in this challenging time, in particular in the form of further preferential trade and customs facilitation," commission president Ursula von der Leyen said.
Four former board members and a retired senior executive are to face charges for "fraud, indirect false certification, and criminal advertising" over the Dieselgate scandal, the German prosecutor in Munich said Thursday. The four join three others already on trial from German car maker VW, which owns Audi, and which admitted, in 2015, to introducing "defeat devices" in their cars to cheat on diesel-emissions tests.
People coming from Belgium to Britain from 4AM on Saturday will have to self-quarantine for 14 days or risk fines of up to £1,000 (€1,100), UK authorities announced Thursday night. The coronavirus infection figures in Belgium jumped 46 percent in recent days, Belgium said the same day. Figures also climbed steeply in Greece, France, and Spain, while Germany introduced mandatory tests for travellers coming back from high-risk regions.