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Coronavirus: Three years after rape and still no court case

Claire told police she was raped in the spring of 2017. Three years after the incident, the long-awaited trial was scheduled to go ahead in the early days of the lockdown. However, it has now been postponed and replaced with a preliminary hearing scheduled for later in the year. Claire - not her real name - feels she may never get closure, believing that the case may not be heard until 2021, or worse the case could even collapse. Claire said:..

Coronavirus: Reform Scotland says graduates should pay towards tuition

All graduates at Scottish universities should pay a financial contribution when they finish their studies, according to a think tank. Reform Scotland also said students from EU countries should pay fees next year as the "survival" of the sector was at risk from the coronavirus crisis. It comes after the body representing Scotland's 19 universities warned they could lose £500m next year. Universities Scotland said funding structures had left ..

Coronavirus: Police probe three deaths at Skye care home

The deaths of three women at a care home on Skye at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak are being investigated by police. Ten residents at Home Farm care home in Portree have died in the outbreak. Police Scotland said they were looking into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three women - aged 84, 86 and 88 - at the home. The investigation comes after the Care Inspectorate raised serious concerns about the care offered at the home. The ..

Merkel and Macron Find the Strength for Europe

When Emmanuel Macron talks about a weighty new initiative, it sounds something like this: "What we have accomplished here is sensational." When Angela Merkel introduces the same plan, she says: "We've patched things up, so to speak, between Germany and France." In this case, the euphoria of the French president seems more appropriate than the sobriety of the German chancellor. The two want to cushion the economic consequences of the coronav..

France and Germany Show the Way Forward in the COVID-19 Crisis

There were plenty of details and numbers to discuss, but a much larger issue was at stake: the question of whether a European Union worthy of the name still existed or whether it would disintegrate into its component parts under the weight of the crisis brought on by the coronavirus. Since Monday, it has been clear: The talks between Macron and Merkel were successful and there are now justified hopes that once the corona crisis is over, Europe wi..

Germany: The Bunker that Became a Hub of International Crime

By Rafael Buschmann, Jörg Diehl, Ullrich Fichtner, Claus Hecking, Roman Höfner, Judith Horchert, Nicola Naber, Marcel Rosenbach, Philipp Seibt, Christoph Winterbach and Michael Wulzinger Many paths lead to the small town of Traben-Trarbach, which is situated on Germany's Mosel River and famous for its much-visited "underworld" of wine cellars. Frankfurt-Hahn is located just 30 minutes away by car, a regional airport that was, at least until ..

Ireland expects scepticism in EU at UK Northern Ireland proposal

FILE PHOTO: Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaks to media in a count centre, during Ireland's national election, in Cork, Ireland, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s proposal on Wednesday that its Brexit divorce deal would require no new customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland will be met with scepticism by many in the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney sai..

Corona in Germany: The Towns on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Greiz advertises itself as the "pearl of the Vogtland," a scenic region abutting the Czech border in eastern Germany. These days, however, it wishes it were less well known. The outbreak in the district, located in the eastern German state of Thuringia, supposedly started with a festive family celebration on February 29. Two weeks later, the district's health authority registered its first COVID-19 patients. The first casualty came on March ..

UK inflation slumps to lowest since 2016 as coronavirus hits

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s inflation rate sank in April to its lowest since August 2016 as the coronavirus pandemic pushed down global oil prices and clothing stores slashed prices, bolstering the prospect of more Bank of England stimulus next month. Consumer price inflation dropped to an annual rate of 0.8%from 1.5% in March, official data showed on Wednesday. That was the sharpest one-month fall in over a decade and took inflation further be..

Coronavirus: Clothes box attempt to help Bangladeshi workers

An Edinburgh businessman is trying to help thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers hit by cancelled orders during the coronavirus outbreak. Cally Russell said the country was left with mountains of unsold clothes in factories after UK retailers pulled out of their contracts. Now the 32-year-old is planning to sell the clothes in the UK at half price in boxes based on customer's preferences. The money will then go to help clothing workers wh..

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