The European Union’s border agency, Frontex denied any wrongdoing with regard to alleged violations of the human rights of immigrants at external EU borders and on deportation flights.
The agency said on Monday,
According to internal Frontex documents seen by German broadcaster ARD, British newspaper The Guardian and human-rights research centre Correctiv, the agency has been turning a blind eye to human-rights abuse of immigrants at external EU borders, in Bulgaria, Hungary and Greece, among others.
Some immigrants reportedly suffered excessive use of force, attack by pepper spray and mauling by dogs.
Violations reportedly happened also on deportation flights, with unaccompanied minors being deported and handcuffs overused.
“Frontex categorically denies any involvement of its officers in violations of fundamental rights,” the agency informed in an email to dpa.
“Frontex condemns any form of inhumane treatment, unprocessed returns and any other form of violence which are illegal under the European Charter for Fundamental Rights.’’
No complaint against any Frontex officer has been received to date, the agency said.
All Frontex officers are bound by the code of conduct, which obliges them to report any incident in which they believe violations of human right occurred.
Such reports have been filed in the past and immediate action from the agency has followed, Frontex said.
At the same time, the agency does not have the authority over the behaviour of the national border police forces
Nor does it have the power to conduct investigations on the territory of the EU Member States,” it said.
A spokeswoman for the European Commission confirmed that the body had seen the reports and said it took such allegations very seriously.
“Any form of violence or abuse against migrants and refugees is unacceptable.
“ We will now follow up with the European Border and Coastguard Agency, which will look into these allegations to seek to determine
“ if these reports are true and follow up appropriately,” Mina Andreeva said in Brussels on Monday.
“Frontex’s rights-regulation mechanisms had been beefed up in recent years, Andreeva said.
“The role of the European Border and Coastguard (Agency) is to support national border guards in managing the EU’s external borders.
Edited by Halima Sheji
South Korean boyband BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter
Popular South Korean band BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter (BLM) in support of United States protests against police brutality, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, told Reuters on Sunday.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
The hashtag went viral among the K-pop group’s fans and started another wave of donations with a new hashtag, MatchAMillion.
The movement encouraged BTS’ fan base, known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth, to match the $1 million donation the group made.
The rolling, global protests reflect rising anger over police treatment of ethnic minorities, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis,after a white officer detaining him knelt on his neck.
Surfers fought off three-metre shark that killed Australian man
Surfers bravely fought off a three-metre shark attacking a fellow surfer and pulled him to the beach.
However, he later died from savage bites to his leg, police reported on Sunday.
The man, believed to be 60 years old and from neighbouring state of Queensland, was treated on the beach for serious injuries to his left leg but police said he died at the scene.
Nearby beaches were cleared of swimmers and surfers while helicopters tried to find the shark.
A large great white was spotted and followed for some distance as it cruised the beaches.
The beaches are closed for 24 hours while police and fisheries officials investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
“Unfortunately there was nothing else we could do,” Savage said.
He described the two men who fought off the shark and helped the man to shore as “amazing”.
“(It was) nothing short of heroic to get him in to the beach,” he said.
Local surf club member James Owen said the death was a “terrible tragic event”.
“It’s a bit of a shock for everyone at the moment.
“There’s a very sombre mood here. I don’t know of a previous fatal shark incident in this area.
Kingscliff local Stuart Gonsal told ABC he had just arrived at the beach to surf when police were calling people out of the water.
“A lot of people were still stuck out the back there. It took a while to get all the people out of the water,” Gonsal said.
He said there had been plenty of fish in local waters recently and a lot of fishing boats were out on the water.
It is the third fatal shark attack this year in Australian waters, with seven other non-fatal attacks recorded by Sydney’s Taronga Zoo Shark Attack File.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Russia adds 8,984 new COVID-19 cases with total at 467,673
The death toll grew by 134 to 5,859, while 226,731 people have recovered, including 5,343 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.
Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 1,956 newly confirmed cases, taking its tally of infections to 195,017.
As of Saturday, 318,846 people were under medical observation, while over 12.7 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said in a statement Sunday.
Kyrgyz COVID-19 cases reach 2,007
Kyrgyzstan’s COVID-19 cases reached 2,007 on Sunday, after 33 new cases were registered in the past day.
Among the newly confirmed cases, one was imported, 26 are contacts of confirmed cases who were already under medical observation and six are of unknown origin, the country’s Deputy Health Minister Nurbolot Usenbaev said at a news briefing on Sunday.
He added that among the newly infected, six are medical workers, bringing the tally of contracted medical workers to 395, including 275 recoveries.
COVID-19 was detected among kindergarten employees as well, Usenbaev said, adding that three workers had tested positive for the virus.
As of Sunday morning, 65 patients have recovered from the disease, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,425.
Currently, 560 people remain hospitalized, and two patients are being treated in intensive care.
3 people killed after car crashes into New Zealand pond
Three people have died after a car crashed into a pond in New Zealand on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were called to a report of a vehicle underwater at a central North Island farm near the town of Raetihi, police said in a statement.
“Tragically the three people were deceased when recovered from the pond by emergency services,” the police said.
Police were working to support the family of those killed.
Worksafe, the government agency that oversees workplace health and safety, has been notified.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
China publishes white paper on COVID-19 fight
China also wants to clarify its ideas on the global battle, according to the white paper.
Facing the “unknown, unexpected, and devastating disease,” China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread, the white paper said.
Making people’s lives and health its first priority, China adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in cutting all channels for the transmission of the virus, it added.
The white paper consists of four parts: “China’s Fight against the Epidemic: A Test of Fire,” “Well-Coordinated Prevention, Control and Treatment,” “Assembling a Powerful Force to Beat the Virus,” and “Building a Global Community of Health for All.”
Malaysia easing more restrictions as COVID-19 under control: PM
Malaysia is further easing restrictive measures to allow nearly all social, education, commercial activities to resume since the latest figure suggests that the COVID-19 outbreak in the country is under control, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Sunday.
In a televised speech, Muhyiddin announced that the restrictions under the movement control order would be further relaxed from June 10 to give the public greater freedom while keeping the outbreak in the country under control.
Malaysia has been under restrictions since March 18 to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, with a relaxed version being implemented since May 4, which is scheduled to end on June 9.
Since the implementation of the restrictions, the infection rate of COVID-19 in the country has been showing a trend of decline, with data suggesting that the local transmission among Malaysians is going down and under control, said Muhyiddin, adding that most new cases recently were imported ones or from the illegal migrants held at the immigration detention facilities.
“This shows that Malaysia has successfully controlled the spread of COVID-19 and now is entering the recovery phase,” he said.
Under the recovery phase of the movement control order, interstate travel and domestic tourism will be allowed, and nearly all social, educational, religious activities, and commercial and economic businesses will be allowed to operate with the requirement of strict standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government.
Schools will reopen on stages, with the Health Ministry and Education Ministry working out details on the implementation.
However, pubs, night clubs, entertainment centers, theme parks, massage parlors as well as sporting events and other large-scale activities resulting in crowds will remain prohibited. Sporting activities involving physical contacts like football are still not allowed.
Border controls remain in place. Malaysia has banned citizens from leaving the country and foreign visitors to enter since the implementation of the movement control order.
The new measures will be in place till Aug. 31, said Muhyiddin.
The prime minister said during this time the government will focus on seven key thrusts, including strengthening public health, border security, law enforcement, implementing the “new normal” culture, community responsibility, protecting vulnerable groups and fully opening the economy.
Muhyiddin emphasized the importance of complying with rules and SOPs implemented for the public’s safety, warning that the government would not hesitate to reimpose strict measures should the number of new cases spike.
He also appealed for the public to accept the new normal as a culture and to be patient as the government was working as hard as possible to normalize the situation in the country.
China’s foreign trade fell 9.3% in May
Exports fell 3.3 per cent calculated in United States dollars, while imports fell by as much as 16.7 per cent.
The outlook for exports remains poor.
Other economic barometers already indicated last week that export orders are down for May.
In April, exports had performed well, rising a surprise 3.5 per cent, yet imports had already fallen by 14.2 per cent.
Trade with the United States fell by a total of 12.7 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The world’s two largest economies have been in a trade-war with mutually imposed special tariffs for two years.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
COVID-19: Lufthansa offers ‘return-flight-guarantee’
“Anyone who wants to go back to Germany, we’ll bring them back,” Spohr told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper’s Sunday edition.
“Be it because they are not allowed to enter the destination country due to recording a high temperature, they have to be quarantined there or because the virus has broken out.
“In all these cases there will be a guaranteed return flight,” Spohr said.
He did not go into details, but additionally expressed confidence that demand for private travel would return very quickly.
Now that some countries are lifting travel bans, Lufthansa wants to entice passengers back on board.
Thousands of jobs are now at stake in the group, which employs about 138,000 people.
The company is in the later stages of agreement with the German government over a bail-out agreement worth around 9 billion euros (10.1 billion dollars).
Spohr also called for consideration of “government incentives for new aircraft” and also spoke of an “innovation premium”.
“A new aircraft needs up to 25 per cent less fuel and to generate 50 per cent less noise than its predecessor. The jump is enormous.”
If more new aircraft were purchased, it would help “the environment, the aircraft manufacturers and the airlines,” Spohr said.
- South Korean boyband BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter
- Surfers fought off three-metre shark that killed Australian man
- Russia adds 8,984 new COVID-19 cases with total at 467,673
- Kyrgyz COVID-19 cases reach 2,007
- 3 people killed after car crashes into New Zealand pond
- China publishes white paper on COVID-19 fight
- Malaysia easing more restrictions as COVID-19 under control: PM
- China’s foreign trade fell 9.3% in May
- COVID-19: Lufthansa offers ‘return-flight-guarantee’
- Surfer dies after shark attack on Australian east coast
- Philippines reports 555 new COVID-19 cases, total number rises to 21,895
- 9 Houthi rebels, 3 gov’t soldiers killed in overnight fighting in central Yemen: official
- Reports on major United States troop withdrawal raises concern in Germany
- Locusts invade cultivation area in Dhamar province, Yemen
- United States sheriff’s officer killed, two more wounded in N. California
- People protest over George Floyd death in New York
- Tens of thousands rally across Germany to protest against racism
- White House sought 10,000 active troops to quell protests – Report
- Feature: Closed Egyptian zoo sees gloomy, lonely animals amid COVID-19 outbreak
- India says agreed with China to peacefully resolve border tensions
- Edo: Gov. Fintiri chairs PDP Ward Congresses Electoral C’ttee
- Afghanistan’s COVID-19 cases surpass 20,000
- Former world athletics governing body chief Diack faces court over corruption
- COVID-19: Oyo records 31 new cases
- India ranks 5th on tally of COVID-19 worst-hit countries
- Argentina unlikely to adopt single neutral football venue
- Death toll of COVID-19 crosses 2,000 mark with 98,943 confirmed cases in Pakistan
- Mongolia reports no new COVID-19 case
- NCDC announces 389 New COVID-19 cases, infections now 12,233
- 1st LD Writethru: 5.1-magnitude quake hits 795 km ESE of Port Mathurin, Mauritius — USGS
- LA Fitness club reopens in northern outskirt of Dallas, Texas
- India reports highest daily jump of 9,971 cases as total reach 246,628
- 5.0-magnitude quake hits 94 km NNW of Ba, Fiji — USGS
- Death of Geroge Floyd triggers protests against racism, brutality across the globe
- Feature: Following Captain Cook, sail into time of Endeavor as Australia’s national museum reopens
- Peru COVID-19 caseload rises to eighth-highest in world
- Authorities begin “house-to-house” search for close contacts of COVID-19 cases in Argentina’s capital
- Around 20,000 protesters participate in demonstration in Chicago
- Cambodia confirms 1 more imported COVID-19 case, 126 in total
- New Zealand has no new COVID-19 case for 16 consecutive days
- S. Africa’s COVID-19 epicenter seeking thousands health workers amid surge in cases
- S.Korea reports 57 more COVID-19 cases, 11,776 in total
- One more coronavirus death, fewer new cases confirmed in Spain
- 5.1-magnitude quake hits 99 km SW of Singkil, Indonesia — USGS
- People take part in anti-racism protest in Toronto, Canada
- People attend annual book festival in Moscow, Russia
- Churches, mosques across Jordan reopen as gov’t eases measures against COVID-19
- Chateau de Versailles reopens after 82-day lockdown
- COVID-19: NNPC lays foundation for 200-bed hospital in Borno
- 2 officers in New York state charged with felony assault after shoving elderly protester
- Peaceful protests for George Floyd continue in southern United States
- Another large-scale protest held outside United States embassy in Ireland over George Floyd killing
- Roundup: New York state steps up reopening as daily COVID-19 deaths keep dropping
- No new positives in Premier League COVID-19 tests
- Malta accepts over 420 migrants after 40 days at sea
- Protests spread across Germany over George Floyd killing in United States
- Hertha Berlin and Borussi Dortmund players kneel in tribute to George Floyd
- N-Power: No plan to absorb beneficiaries into Civil Service, says FG
- Tinubu celebrates Dabiri-Erewa’s mother at 90
- Impossible to play under United States Open’s COVID-19 protocols, Djokovic says
- D-G seeks creation of separate tourism ministry
- Portuguese encouraged to “go out safely” despite COVID-19 outbreaks in Greater Lisbon
- Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader declared dead
- Roundup: Egypt’s president offers initiative to end conflict in war-torn Libya as fighting heats up
- Tinubu commiserates with former I-GP Smith over wife’s death
- Spotlight: Syrians complain of skyrocketing prices amid tough economic situation
- Roundup: Demonstrations over Floyd’s death regain momentum as thousands of protesters march to D.C.
- OPEC+ countries extend oil output cut to July
- Bayern Munich crush Bayer Leverkusen to stay firmly on title course
- Ali Baba seeks commercialisation of Nigerian festivals
- COVID-19: Lagos discharges 42 more patients
- Palestinian official warns against Israeli, United States attempts to normalize ties with Palestinian IT companies
- Arsenal whip Charlton Athletic 6-0 in friendly
- Egypt records 1,497 new COVID-19 infections, 32,612 in total
- Tens of thousands rally in France against racism and police violence
- United States welcomes Egyptian initiative for political settlement in Libya
- Jordan hails Cairo Declaration on Libya
- Roundup: United States equities post weekly gains as investors focus on economy reopening
- Roundup: Mozambique upstate shipwreck under investigation
- Film, TV productions in California permitted to resume from June 12
- Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration
- Demonstrators gather in Prague to protest against police brutality in United States
- ABUAlumni urges students to work hard for Nigeria’s development
- Food security: NGO distributes farm implements in Nasarawa
- Buhari assures Katsina residents improved security
- Update: Global COVID-19 cases top 6.8 mln: Johns Hopkins University
- UN chief asks for peaceful atmosphere in Burundi after declaration of election results
- UNICEF condemns killing of children in DR Congo
- 80 pct of total COVID-19 cases in Turkey recovered: minister
- NiMet predicts cloudiness, thunderstorm Sunday to Tuesday
- New York to accelerate reopening as COVID-19 deaths hit new low
- Palestine urges ICC to start investigation into situation in Palestinian territories
- OPEC and allies agree to extend historic output cut to end of July
- 37 injured in Lebanon’s protests
- Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across UK
- CAN gets new exco in Plateau
- Institute urges NPA to include stakeholders in review of concession agreement
- Hungary, Germany to lift travel restrictions to each other’s citizens: FM
- UNICEF airlifts new batch of medical supplies to Yemen’s Aden
- NPA expects 16 ships carrying petroleum products, others at Lagos Ports
- Roundup: Libya’s UN-backed gov’t takes over western Libya, advances to control Sirte
- COVID-19: Arts entrepreneur seeks lifelines for SMEs
- Lagos Assembly Speaker appears before panel on allegations of corruption
- NASFAT seeks stricter punishment for rape
- North Macedonia’s minister urges media to end unconfirmed reports on COVID-19
- Alleged Rape: Coalition commends Police over case against Fatoyinbo
- Kebbi Governor donates N5m to victims of bandits attack in Sokoto
- Italy’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 72 to 33,846
- China approves new self-developed cancer drug
- Land dispute: Kwara Govt sues for peace between 2 communities
- FG poised to find lasting solution to perennial flooding in Jigawa- Minster
- Afghan gun battle kills 9 militants in eastern Kunar province
- Gov. El-Rufai urges FG to transfer Ecological Funds to Environment Ministry
- Niger LG rehabilitates 17km Roofia/Agwara Road -Chairman
- ‘Selma’ snubbed at 2015 Oscars after cast protested police violence, actor Oyelowo says
- Spotlight: Abolition of agreements with Israel may cause economic hardship in Palestine
- Kaduna lawmaker distributes 2,400 bags of fertilizer to constituents
- Tanzania to hold major annual trade fair
- Somalia confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 2,289
- COVID-19 : NNPC commences construction of N21 bn Infectious Disease Hospital in Katsina
- No more mercy, bail for rapists in Ekiti – Fayemi
- Lebanon sees violent anti-government protest
- Women group advocate stiffer penalty for rapists to curb menace
- CAS inaugurate 200-bed girls hotels, married officers quarters in Kaduna
- More than 10,000 fans could attend matches in Copenhagen after COVID-19
- Iran’s border guards seize over 2 tonnes of illicit drugs
- RB Leipzig get financial boost with 100-million-euro debt relief
- Infantino calls for patience on fans returning to games
- Foundation lauds Gov Fayemi’s enforcement of lockdown directive in Ekiti
- Brescia to terminate Balotelli’s contract for missing training
- Zambia FM holds virtual meeting with UN Special envoy for Great Lakes Region
- Enugu CP assures CSOs of partnership to check rape, sexual offences
- NASS member regrets comments on rape debate
- 1,700 new COVID-19 infections detected in Qatar, 67,195 in total
- Don cautions youths against social media addiction
- Romanian football fan jailed 90 months for attempted murder
- Tribute: Oni lauds Olumilua’s integrity, transparency
- AfDB approves 288.5 mln USD to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response
- `No Knelling’: Trump renews criticism of protests during United States anthem
- Palestine exerts effort in UNSC to stop Israel’s annexation plan: official
- 5.0-magnitude quake hits 85 km NE of Tobelo, Indonesia — USGS
- ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia launches “COVID-19: Worker Safety” hotline
- Five substitutions will help with squad rotation —- Solskjaer
- Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000
- Osun 7th Assembly flags off 1st anniversary with prayers
- Post COVID-19: Lagos Govt advises women to acquire skills, embrace agriculture
- Palestinians harvest wheat in southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis
- Iraqi parliament votes on remaining members of al-Kadhimi’s cabinet
- Firm unveils smoother, quicker painting product
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases over 175,000 – WHO
- Tomatoes’ price soar in Enugu markets
- Ajimobi mourns Oyo politician, Adelere
- FIDA advocates death sentence for rapists
- Interview: George Floyd death reveals United States’ double standards on human rights, says former Yugoslavian FM
- UNILAG set to boost entrepreneurship education through direct online platform
- Zambia’s wildlife orphanage receives donations from Chinese enterprise
- Environment: Lawmaker urges more effort to mitigate hazards in N/Delta
- Buhari celebrates Erogbogbo, the ‘Kind Teacher’ at 90
- Egypt’s president meets Libya’s Haftar, announces Cairo initiative for Libya settlement
- Aussie researchers reveal how cancer cells develop resistance to treatment
- Cameroon army kills 4 Boko Haram militants
- Saudi G20 Presidency calls for collaborative global efforts to fight COVID-19
- UK COVID-19 deaths hit 40,465 as another 204 patients die
- Messi trains apart as Barcelona put through their paces at Camp Nou
- Lockdown ease: LASTMA impounds 1, 233 vehicles
- Iran released United States prisoner on “humanitarian purposes”: Iranian ministry
- Firm launches ‘plastic responsibly’ initiative in Nigeria
- COVID-19: Pharmaceutical company donates sanitisers, face masks to ministry
- Tanzania’s Zanzibar reopens for tourism activities
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases increase to 329
- Spanish gov’t to levy fines on violators of face mask rules
- Malaysian PM appoints Petronas president to head Malaysia Airlines
- Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut United States troops in Germany
- Ethiopian expert says Africa can learn from Chinese pandemic management system
- Kuwait records 31,131 COVID-19 cases, 254 deaths
- Maldives construction industry loses 40 mln USD due to COVID-19
- Maldives reports eighth COVID-19 death
- Interview: UK epidemiologist says global collaboration vital to tackle unprecedented COVID-19 crisis
- People take part in protest over death of George Floyd in central Sydney, Australia
- Indonesian army chopper crashes, 4 killed
- India’s Western Coalfields opens three new coal mines
- New ultrathin nanosheets set to transform dirtiest water into lifesaving resource: Aussie-led study
- Ethiopian staff members trained as professional train drivers of Ethiopia-Djibouti rail line in E China
- Foundation empowers 100 infertility women in Nigeria
- Edo records more than 50 cases of gender-based violence during virus lockdown
- Indonesia plans to recruit volunteers to help contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic
- Sweden urges collaboration in conserving earth resources
- Explosion kills 8 in northeast Syria
- Italy hopes EU nations will open borders to Italians from June 15
- World Environment Day: Society urges Nigerians to protect planet earth
- PLO warns of Israel’s steps towards annexing parts of West Bank
- I-G condoles with PSC over Jumbo Offor’s death
- Interview: South Sudan envoy commends China’s COVID-19 medical supplies assistance
- Jos residents shun Hair Salons for fear of the Coronavirus
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- Sen. Folarin worried over increased insecurity in Oyo
- FAO intensifies desert locust control measures in Kenya’s county
- Thai state drug buster hands 600 kg of seized marijuana to medical researchers
- Two women killed in violent attacks in Carinthia, Austria
- Kenyan police nab 3 terror suspects with explosive materials