Georgia: saakashvili under pressure after allegations of torture

Georgia: saakashvili under pressure after allegations of torture

"The abdication became a certain mabe the was preserve the government," said billionaire opposition leader bidsina iwanishvili, as reported by the internet portal civil.Ge reported. Saakashvili rejects the demands. The videos of tortured and raped prisoners should not be misused for "various political games", said the head of state.

Meanwhile, in the capital tbilisi, thousands of students again protested against violence. Until those responsible were punished, the protests would not stop, a student spokesman told the interpressnews agency. Government leader vano merabishvili called on the police to create a peaceful environment for free and fair elections on 1 january. October to create. The evening before, interior minister batscho achalaja had resigned.

Detainees confronted the serious accusations against their guardians. During the day, prison officials picked out two prisoners and beat them severely, inmates told journalists in prison no. 8 in tbilisi. They had never been allowed to look at their wardens. In addition, they have been threatened with even more severe punishment after the parliamentary elections. Concerned supporters gathered outside the prisons. Videos taken by guards also show rape of detainees.

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Finding solutions together

Finding solutions together

During the anti-nuclear demonstrations in the 1980s, bernd fricke (grune) as a demonstrator and thilo wagner () as a policeman were still facing each other. Now they work together as second and first burgermeister in the town hall of stegaurach. The story describes, on the one hand, why fricke began to get involved in politics and now wants to become a district councilor. On the other hand, it shows a leitmotif of his politics: "i want to bring people together to discuss, even if they have different opinions. Take away their fears, join forces and achieve something together", says the psychologist in an interview with FT editorial director michael memmel at the muller inn in debring.

40 years ago, the 61-year-old from munich moved to the bamberger district to study. While the committed green was still viewed with skepticism back then, a lot has changed since then: the issues of climate and the environment have arrived at the heart of society. And because his party has been dealing with this issue for over 30 years, it is considered competent and is now experiencing a boom, estimates the father of three daughters and grandfather of five grandchildren. Fricke wants to make a political difference, especially for future generations "because the window of opportunity for us to make a difference is pretty narrow".

Although the long-distance runner (57 marathons) and long-term local politician (for 30 years) has also thought about quitting "and if we had a good leader in the district, I would also quit". But fricke doesn't think much of the policies of the incumbent district administrator johann kalb (CSU).

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Kurz is the clear winner of the election in austria

Kurz is the clear winner of the election in austria

The conservative ovp and the greens are the big winners of the parliamentary elections in austria. According to projections, the ovp with party leader sebastian kurz received 37.1 percent of the vote, an increase of 5.6 points compared to the 2017 election.

The greens, with top candidate werner kogler, made it back into parliament on sunday evening with 14 percent, virtually equaling their record from 2013. The ovp and the greens surprisingly had enough mandate together for an alliance. The government crisis surrounding the ibiza video, which led to the new election, did not harm kurz and his party in any way.

The losers of the election to the national council are the right-wing fpo and the social democrats. The spo of party leader pamela rendi-wagner only managed 21.8 percent – a minus of about 5 percentage points and the historically worst result of the spo. The defeat for the crisis-ridden fpo was even more pronounced, with only 16 percent of the vote. Two years ago, the right-wing populists received 26 percent of the vote. General secretary harald vilimsky indicated that the fpo sees its role in the opposition in the future. Norbert hofer, head of the fpo, also did not see the election results as a mandate "for a progressive entry into coalition talks". The liberal neos improved by 2.5 percentage points to 7.8 percent.

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Up to 30.000 erdogan supporters expected in poland

Up to 30.000 erdogan supporters expected in poland

In poland, the police are preparing for one of the roughest operations in a long time: a turkish demonstration with up to 30 people is planned for the afternoon.000 participants registered, mostly supporters of the controversial president recep tayyip erdogan. Right-wing extremists also want to march through the city at the same time. A total of 2700 police officers are to ensure that there are no violent confrontations.

The turkish minister of sport is expected to attend the rally, the official theme of which is the thwarted military coup in turkey. A live broadcast to president erdogan was disputed until the very end. The organizers of the rally even appealed to the federal constitutional court on saturday. They wanted to get the ban on such a transfer overturned by the colonnese police.

But in vain: the judges in karlsruhe confirmed the ban in the last instance this evening. On the one hand, the power of attorney of the legal representatives did not meet the legal requirements, it said. On the other hand, it was not evident that the decisions of the lower courts had violated the fundamental rights of the organizers. (az.1 bvq 29/16) police president jurgen mathies had previously stated that he wanted to prevent erdogan’s intervention at all costs "in order to avoid a highly emotionalized situation".

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Where the manger really stands in the stable

Where the manger really stands in the stable

"These are our stars, says master farmer philipp schierling, turns around and looks the brown young bulls in the eye. The 27-year-old takes care of the family farm in oberschwappach and feeds alongside the "franken" day in and day out from the rhon more than 180 other four-legged friends stand with him in the stable. This is everyday life for the schierling family, which has been in the process of converting from conventional to organic farming for several months now. Everyday life, which on 24. December will be a break: because then the bulls offer maria and josef with their child jesus shelter in their stable.

After several years, this year the children’s mass on the afternoon of christmas eve in oberschwappach will not take place in the church, but again in the cowshed. It is an authentic place to experience the christmas story and to trace what christmas is really about. Martina schierling, the mother of young farmer philipp schierling, and traudi oppelt from wohnau took care of the "spiritual" aspects of this service. We are a well-coordinated team. We dare a lot and also try out", says martina schierling, a few days before christmas eve.

The nativity play will follow the traditions including the search for a new home, but will also explore a very special question: "where do i actually find christmas??" Besides maria, josef and the shepherds, a "christmas freak" will be appearing, draped in fairy lights, a box of placemats and a flashing deer antler. "But there must be more", says martina schierling not only in the christmas play but also in real life. "Christmas is a longing, a mystery within us", spurts the mother, who still mysteriously rings the bell for her grown-up children on christmas eve.

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