Saudi: Boat with 356 Migrants Docks in Malta 6 Countries Accept to Welcome them



Boat with 356 Migrants Docks in Malta as 6 Countries Accept to Welcome them

Friday, 23 August, 2019 – 12:00
Rescued migrants rest aboard the Ocean Viking ship at the Mediterranean Sea, August 21, 2019 in this still image taken from a social media video. MSF via REUTERS
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France said Friday it will take 150 of the 356 migrants disembarking from a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea after six European countries agreed to accept all of them.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted that the 150 will be welcomed in France “in the coming days.”

He added: “Together, we managed to build a European solution.”

The Norwegian-flagged rescue ship Ocean Viking, with a stated passenger capacity of around 200, picked up the people in four rescue efforts off Libya from Aug. 9-12.

The migrants are being disembarked in Malta from the vessel and distributed to France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Romania.

Requests for a safe port were previously denied by Malta and ignored by Italy, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee, the two charities running the ship.

MSF welcomed Malta’s decision to take ashore the migrants rescued. But the group also questioned why it took so long, calling for permanent European solutions.

Jay Berger, operations manager for Doctors Without Borders on board the Ocean Viking, said: “We are relieved that the long ordeal for the 356 people on board with us if finally over but was it necessary to keep them waiting for two weeks of torment?”

In a statement, he added: “This is about people who have fled desperate conditions in their homelands and have survived the horrific violence in Libya.”

He said once the rescued migrants have left the ship, the Ocean Viking will continue with its mission after restocking supplies and refueling.

The European Union also welcomed Malta’s decision and the pledges made by the European countries to welcome the migrants.

EU Migration Commissioner Dmitris Avramopoulos said in a statement that “these commitments must now be honored and materialized swiftly.”

The EU’s border and asylum agencies will help screen people before they are relocated.

7 Crazy Laws From Countries Around the World



7 Crazy Laws From Countries Around the World

Laws enacted by government officials are supposed to keep citizens safe and countries in order. But what happens when some of these laws are completely crazy? From laws prohibiting the use of undergarments to laws about life after death, here’s a list of some of the craziest laws from around the world.


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In the city of Rome, goldfish are not allowed to live inside bowls. In order to keep pets healthy and happy, a law was created to ensure better treatment of dogs, cats and even pet goldfish. As a result, goldfish must reside within a full-sized aquarium, a luxurious upgrade from the traditional goldfish bowl.


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In Scotland, choosing to wear underwear can have consequences. According to The Scotsman, if you are wearing underwear beneath your kilt, you can be fined two cans of beer. It’s safe to say that this isn’t a strictly enforced rule, but Scots may want to stock up on beer, just in case.


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Portugal, a popular seaside destination, has a law against urinating in the ocean. Presumably, this law was made to protect the quality of the water at crowded beaches, but we have to wonder how this law is enforced? If you find a short line at the beach bathroom in Portugal, there may be some lawbreakers in your midst.


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Since 1992, gum chewing has been banned in Singapore. The country has also banned littering and jaywalking. Oh, and when you use a public toilet, you are legally required to flush it. All of these laws are an effort to keep the country clean and welcoming for its residents and visitors, so we can’t complain about them too much.


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Winnie the Pooh, the beloved storybook character, was banned from a public playground in Poland due to the bear’s crude way of dressing. This is because Winnie the Pooh does not wear pants. Pooh’s outfit was deemed “inappropriate” by city council members, and children are no longer allowed to bring any items bearing Winnie the Pooh’s likeness to the town playground.


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In Japan, those extra pounds you gain around the holidays could get you into big trouble. This is because it’s illegal to be fat in Japan. In order to enforce the law, Japanese higher-ups have a mandatory waistline maximum for anyone over the age of 40. According to Pri, a man’s waistline measurement cannot exceed 33.5 inches, while a woman’s waistline cannot exceed 35.4 inches.


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In 2009, Greece went as far as creating a law to ban certain types of footwear. High heels are not allowed to be worn at archeological sites around the country. Apparently, the fashionable ladies’ footwear was causing major damage to the Odeon in Athens and lawmakers decided to take a precautionary measure to protect the country’s historical monuments.

Brazil: ‘Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal’, says Joana Mortágua, Portuguese MP


‘Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal’, says Joana Mortágua, Portuguese MP

“The Left Block felt it was important to signal at this time that Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal. State visits have political meanings and readings. This in no way undermines our relationship with the Brazilian people, with the Brazilian state “, says Deputy Joana Mortágua

From Brasil de Fato – On Thursday (1), Portuguese parliamentarians from the Left Bloc party asked the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cancel the visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) to that country, which would be scheduled for early 2020

Parliamentarians criticized the Brazilian’s statements about Fernando Souza Cruz, a Popular Action activist who was assassinated by the military dictatorship. In an interview with Brasil de Fato , Congresswoman Joana Mortágua criticized the Brazilian president.

“The Left Block felt it was important to signal at this time that Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal. State visits have political meanings and readings. This in no way undermines our relationship with the Brazilian people, with the Brazilian state, but we understand that the international community must be aware of elected political leaders like Bolsonaro, who then develop attitudes, behaviors and discourses that are not compatible with the rules. basic democracy ”.

Despite the concern, there is still no officially scheduled visit, according to the Portuguese government. “I can’t cancel trips that are not scheduled,” said Augusto Santo Silva, Foreign Minister.

Mock of the victims

In the Left Block communiqué, the party states that “the Portuguese cannot remain indifferent to a president who, as the Brazilian Bar Association says, seems to ignore the foundations of the Democratic Rule of Law, including the dignity of human being, which includes the right to respect for the memory of the dead ”.

Still according to parliamentarians, if Portugal insists on receiving Bolsonaro, it will be “conniving with the constant lack of respect for democracy shown by the current government.”

Mortágua regrets that Bolsonaro stands beside the military dictatorship and not the victims of the regime – which lasted from 1964 and 1985.

“So it’s an attitude of making fun of the victims and using the pain of these families as a form of political throwing. It is unacceptable for a democratic leader in a democratic world to use death and dictatorship lightly and provocatively without respect for basic human rights principles that the international community must preserve. In this sense, we understand that Portugal should not receive Bolsonaro ”, concludes.

Socialist President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is supported by the Left Bloc, came to Brazil in January to accompany Bolsonaro’s inauguration.