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August 29, 2015

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

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Four foreign men have today gone before a court in Hungary on suspicion of people smuggling. Their detention relates to Thursday’s discovery of a lorry full of corpses in Austria. The death toll was yesterday finalised at 71.

Today’s hearing took place at the Palace of Justice in Kecskemet, pictured here from file.
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The lorry had been abandoned since Wednesday on the hard shoulder of the “Eastern Motorway“, near the Hungarian border. Roadworkers became suspicious of dark liquid seeping from the vehicle, and responding police found the bodies. Initial police estimates were that 20–50 were suffocated in the back of the lorry which was near Parndorf.

The arrested men are thought to include the vehicle’s owner and at least two drivers. Three are Bulgarian and one is from Afghanistan. Criminal suspects in Hungary can generally be held for 72 hours before charge but prosecutors, citing the seriousness of the case, want the period extended. Extradition to Austria is possible.

Of the 71 dead, 59 are men, eight are women, and four are children. The children are thought to be aged three, eight, and ten years, alongside an eighteen-month-old baby. “There was also a Syrian travel document found” police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil told journalists “so of course our first assumption is that these people were migrants, and likely a group of Syrian migrants. We can rule out that they were Africans”.

The four accused were escorted into court in Kecskemet, central Hungary, by a police convoy. Reportedly the lorry traveled from Kecskemet. Hungary is presently building a border fence across the Serbian frontier, as migrants from war-torn Syria and other regions seek access to the Schengen Area of free movement, which covers most of the EU.

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Slovak chicken meat company Hyza, a previous owner, previously told Wikinews the lorry has changed hands several times in roughly the last year. After they sold it they say it was exported to Hungary; it now bears Hungarian plates but still features Hyza branding including pictures of meat.

On the day of the discovery Hyza quickly removed a graphic from their homepage featuring cartoon chicken stowaways in a car being inspected at a customs post. The stowaways also appeared with a line through them alongside the word “imigranti” and the site www.imigranti.sk in one corner. On the other side was Hyza’s logo. Imigranti.sk is also unavailable.

Police today found 26 migrants in a lorry near Braunau am Inn, Austria. The driver, from Romania, refused to stop for police and was arrested following a chase. Police said three children were hospitalised for “severe dehydration”. Found near the German border, the migrants were from Afghanistan, Syria, and Bangladesh.



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June 27, 2014

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With day three of the European Deaf Swimming Championships wrapped up on Wednesday in Saransk, Russia, the host nation continues to lead in total number of gold medals awarded.

Russian men swept the podium in the men’s 50m butterfly with Ilya Trishkin taking home gold and besting the previous European Championship Record with a time of 25.62. Fellow Russian Vitaliy Obotin finished first in the men’s 200m medley, setting a new European record in the process and beating out the next closest swimmer in today’s competition, Trishkin, by almost 5 seconds. Eleonora Brykanova won a gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. Martin Fomin finished first in the men’s 200m breaststroke, with a European Championship Record time of 2:24.27. Russian swimmers claimed half the total gold medals awarded on the day, and half the total of all medals awarded.

The remaining gold medals were distributed amongst four other countries. Ukraine’s Anna Tovsta won gold in the women’s 800m freestyle. Poland’s Artur Pioro finished first in the men’s 400m freestyle. Great Britain’s Danielle Joyce captured gold in the women’s 200m backstroke with a world record time of 2:25.38. Belarus’s Aksana Petrushenka finished first in the women’s 100m breaststroke. During the preliminary race, she set a new European Championship Record with a time of 1:15.33 before going on to better that time in the final with a time of 1:13.23.

Overall, Ukraine climbed one place over Germany in the overall medal rankings, having won four total medals on Wednesday. Poland and Great Britain also went up one spot each. Germany fell to sixth place, having won only one silver medal on the day. Swimmers from Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Spain and Turkey failed to win any medals.

Yesterday was an off day for swimming, and competition had continued today.

Total medals after day three of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 15 13 10 38
2 Belarus 6 1 2 9
3 Ukraine 1 5 7 13
4 Poland 1 3 3 7
5 Great Britain 1 2 3 6
6 Germany 1 1 0 2
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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June 25, 2014

Russians top podium on second day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

Russians top podium on second day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With the second day of swimming yesterday at the European Deaf Swimming Championships in Saransk, Russia, Russia won five of the seven gold medals awarded on the day.

Vladislav Vasin won the men’s 50 meter freestyle. Igor Zhuravlev came in first in the men’s 100 meter backstroke. Vitaly Obotin finished first in the men’s 400 meter medley. Ekaterina Savchenko won gold in the women’s 200 meter butterfly. Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaly Obotin came in first in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle.

Rounding out the day’s first place finishes, Belarussian Aksana Petrushenka won the women’s 50 meter freestyle, and Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk in the women’s 4 x 100 meter medley.

Several records were broken on the day. During a preliminary, Russian Obotin set a new European Deaf Swimming Championships record in the the 400 meter medley event, breaking German Bjorn Koch’s record set at the 2010 Dortmund, Germany hosted championship. Obotin’s time was 9 seconds slower than his European record holding time of 4:34.49, which he set in Sofia, Bulgaria last year. In the final, Obotin broke his European record with a time of 4:33.66. Vasin matched the European Championship Record in the men’s 50 meter freestyle final, with a time of 24.35, equaling Greek George Dontas’s record set at the 2002 championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Russian Ekaterina Savchenko set a European Championship Record in the women’s 200 meter butterfly, with a time of 2:27.90, bettering her own European Championship Record set in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006. The Russian team of Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaliy Obotin set a European Championship record in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle, beating the record set at the 2010 Dortmund hosted championship. The Belorussian team of Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk set a world record in the women’s 4 x 200m medley, beating the record set by Belarus in 2009 in Taipei.

After two full days of swimming, Russia led the competition’s overall medal count with 26 medals, 11 of which were gold. Belarus was second, with 6 total medals, 5 of which were gold. Germany was third, with just one medal, which was gold.

Total medals after day two of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 11 9 6 26
2 Belarus 5 0 1 6
3 Germany 1 0 0 1
4 Ukraine 0 4 5 9
5 Poland 0 3 2 5
6 Great Britain 0 1 3 4
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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August 7, 2013

Deaflympics 2013: US swimmer breaks second world record

Deaflympics 2013: US swimmer breaks second world record

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Swimmer Matthew Klotz of the United States has broken his second backstroke world record in Sofia, Bulgaria during the 2013 Deaflympics.

The high school senior had previously in the 2013 Deaflympics broken the 100 metre backstroke record, continuing his streak by breaking the record for the same stroke in the 200 metre event. The latter record, previously held by South Africa, Klotz broke twice, in both the preliminaries and the finals, with his final time of 2:07.43 breaking the original record by over a second. Klotz also set a record leadoff time in the 4 X 100 medley relay.

“It was pretty exciting because I kept getting faster and faster”, said Klotz after his first record-breaking event, in a media release. “It was a close race — two Japanese swimmers finished right behind me”. Klotz also took home bronze in the 400 metre individual medley, came fourth in the 400 metre freestyle, fifth in the 50 metre backstroke, and eighth in the 200 metre freestyle.

The 17-year-old was to fly home to Cameron Park, California on Monday. He holds seven US swimming records.



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February 24, 2013

Neofit Metropolitan of Ruse elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian church

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Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse was elected the new Patriarch of the Bulgarian church. The 67 year old Neofit was picked among three candidates elected by the Holy Synod of Bulgaria. The election comes after the death of Patriarch Maxim in November 2012.

Special election council, consisting of 138 delegates voted for the new head of the church. During the first round, none of the three candidates won the required two thirds of the votes. In the second round, Neofit won 90 votes against 47 for the Lovech Metropolitan Gavrail.

Neofit was born in 1945 in Sofia with the non-clerical name Simeon Nikolov Dimitrov. In 1971 he graduated the faculty of theology at Sofia university. Named Neofit, he was ordained a monk on August 3, 1975 in the Troyan monastery. In 1989, he was elected rector of the faculty of theology in Sofia where he stayed for three years. Since 1994, Neofit has served as Metropolitan of the Dorostol-Cherven eparchy and later Ruse eparchy.



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February 19, 2013

Bulgaria may strip Czech energy company license amid protests

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Hours after Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov announced that the regional daughter company of Czech energy conglomerate ČEZ Group will be stripped of its license to operate the national power grid, the national energy watchdog started the corresponding procedure. It is another step in conflict over costs of electricity. They sparked demonstrations in Bulgarian cities, that turned into violent anti-government protests today. ČEZ refuses any wrongdoing and accuses the authorities of breaching law.

Inhabitants of over two dozen cities filled the streets in massive protests, demanding lower prices for electricity. Boyko Borisov reacted publicly today morning saying all three electricity distributors in Bulgaria have been fined and ČEZ Bulgaria is to be stripped of the license. Borisov made his announcement even before the energy watchdog held its evening emergency meeting, which was met with criticism from the ČEZ management that mentioned the agency’s decisions should be independent from political pressure and should include proper terms given to meet any objections.

The pressure on Borisov grows as opposition socialists ask him and his government to resign. Borisov today announced he would fight socialist leader Sergei Stanishev and Turkish minority movement leader Ahmed Dogan “till the end”. Observers cited by The Economist expected Borisov was ready to make bold steps to avoid social unrest “at any cost”. Borisov’s Czech counterpart Petr Nečas called the problem “politicised because of upcoming parliamentary elections” in his reaction. The elections are planned for this July.

Although the distributors say the January increase of electricity costs was caused by unusually long accounting period at the end of the year and by cold winter, ČEZ also admitted compensations if any individual mistakes are found. Politician and anti-corruption whistleblower Yane Yanev said the prosecutor had identified 17 ČEZ’s acts against the regulation norms over the past year, which is enough to revoke the license.

Another ČEZ daughter company, CEZ SHPËRNDARJE, has lost its license in Albania January 21 with both parties, Albanian government and ČEZ accuse each other of unpaid debts. ČEZ is going to put the case in front of the international arbitration. Czech prime minister Nečas commented on the Albanian affairs saying they influence the viewing of Albania’s readiness to become a member of the European Union.



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Czech energy company ČEZ loses license in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian authorities stripped Czech energy company ČEZ Group of license to operate the national power grid today. It is another step in conflict over costs of electricity that sparked protests in Bulgarian cities. ČEZ refuses any wrongdoing and accuses the authorities of breaching law.

Bulgaria was hit by massive protests against high power costs. People in two dozens of cities filled the streets as they asked for lower prizes. Bulgaria’s prime minister Boyko Borisov reacted publicly today morning saying ČEZ Bulgaria is to be stripped of the license and that all three electricity distributors in Bulgaria have been fined. Although the distributors say the increase of costs was caused by longer accounting period at the end of the year and by cold winter, ČEZ also admitted compensations if any individual mistakes are found.

Borisov made his announcement even before the energy watchdog held its evening emergency meeting, which was met with criticism from the ČEZ management that mentioned the watchdog’s decisions should be independent and without political pressure and must follow the rules including setting the terms to meet any objections. Borisov’s Czech counterpart Petr Nečas reacted in a public statement, in which he called the Bulgarian problem “politicised because of upcoming parliamentary elections”.

The pressure on prime minister Borisov grows as opposition socialists ask him and his government to resign. Borisov today announced he will fight socialist leader Sergei Stanishev and Turkish minority movement leader Ahmed Dogan “till the end”. Observers cited by The Economist expected Borisov was ready to make bold steps to avoid social unrest “at any cost”. The legislative elections are planned for this July.

Another ČEZ daughter company, CEZ SHPËRNDARJE, has lost its license in Albania January 21. Albanian government asks ČEZ to pay its alleged debt of one billion US dollars, while ČEZ had its own financial claims against the national water supply company and cut the power supply to it last November, which affected about half million Albanian citizens. The conflict heads towards an international arbitration. ČEZ was ready to leave Albania in November after previous negotiations with Albanian government, mediated by the World Bank, failed. ČEZ asked the World Bank for help when it was hit by commercial losses in Albania, the bank defined the causes of the ČEZ problems as the company’s own lack of ability to reduce them as well as the inability of Albanian consumers to pay their bills and the refusal of agencies to accept costs increase.

Czech prime minister Nečas commented on the Albanian affairs saying they influence the viewing of Albania’s readiness to become a member of the European Union.

Bulgaria has the lowest power costs as well as the lowest wages in the European Union.



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Bulgaria may strip Czech energy company of license amid protests against power costs and against government

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Hours after Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov announced regional daughter company of Czech energy conglomerate ČEZ Group will be stripped of license to operate the national power grid, the national energy watchdog started the corresponding procedure. It is another step in conflict over costs of electricity. They sparked demonstrations in Bulgarian cities, that turned into violent anti-government protests today. ČEZ refuses any wrongdoing and accuses the authorities of breaching law.

Inhabitants of over two dozen cities filled the streets in massive protests, demanding lower prices for electricity. Boyko Borisov reacted publicly today morning saying all three electricity distributors in Bulgaria have been fined and ČEZ Bulgaria is to be stripped of the license. Borisov made his announcement even before the energy watchdog held its evening emergency meeting, which was met with criticism from the ČEZ management that mentioned the agency’s decisions should be independent from political pressure and should include proper terms given to meet any objections.

The pressure on Borisov grows as opposition socialists ask him and his government to resign. Borisov today announced he would fight socialist leader Sergei Stanishev and Turkish minority movement leader Ahmed Dogan “till the end”. Observers cited by The Economist expected Borisov was ready to make bold steps to avoid social unrest “at any cost”. Borisov’s Czech counterpart Petr Nečas called the problem “politicised because of upcoming parliamentary elections” in his reaction. The elections are planned for this July.

Although the distributors say the January increase of electricity costs was caused by unusually long accounting period at the end of the year and by cold winter, ČEZ also admitted compensations if any individual mistakes are found. Politician and anti-corruption whistleblower Yane Yanev said the prosecutor had identified 17 ČEZ’s acts against the regulation norms over the past year, which is enough to revoke the license.

Another ČEZ daughter company, CEZ SHPËRNDARJE, has lost its license in Albania January 21 with both parties, Albanian government and ČEZ accuse each other of unpaid debts. ČEZ is going to put the case in front of the international arbitration. Czech prime minister Nečas commented on the Albanian affairs saying they influence the viewing of Albania’s readiness to become a member of the European Union.



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June 23, 2012

One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event

One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event

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Following the Olympic Team Qualifying Tournament in Ogden, Utah this week, Australia earned spots for only one male and female archer to represent the country at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

At the 2012 Oceania Championships, Australia qualified a male and female archer to represent Australia at the Olympics. The Ogden-based qualifying competition was an opportunity for Australia to qualify additional archers and both a men’s and a women’s team with three available spots for each.

On the men’s team side, with Taylor Worth, Sky Kim, and Ryan Tyack representing the country, Australia beat Turkey 214–204 in the 1/8th round, then beat Romania 216–203 to qualify for the semi-finals. Australia’s men lost to India 209–221 to go into the bronze medal match, where they lost to Chinese Taipei 214–216. With only the top three national teams qualifying, Australia did not qualify for the last available Olympic spot for the men’s team event.

On the women’s side, the Australian team of Elisa Barnard, Alice Ingley, and Deonne Bridger was eliminated early on and did not advance to the knockout round.

In the men’s individual elimination competition, Tyack beat Peart of Great Britain 6–4 and lost to Duenas of Canada 3–7. Worth beat Hristov of Bulgaria 6–0, fellow Australian Kim 6–2, and the United States’s Ellison 6–4 and Wukie 6–4, before losing to Luis of Mexico 3–7. Kim beat Gankin of Kazakhstan 6–4 before losing to his teammate Worth. Matthew Masonwells beat Curchod of Switzerland 6–2 before losing to Tilmaz of Turkey 3–7.

In the women’s individual elimination competition, Alice Ingley went out in the first round following a 2–6 loss to Lee of Canada. Deonne Bridger also went out in the first round following a loss to Oyunsuren of Mongolia. Elisa Barnard had more success, beating Gonzalez of Mexico 7–3 and Jager of Denmark 6–4 before being eliminated 4–6 in a match against Oliver of Great Britain.

Australia will likely be sending Western Australian Taylor Worth and New South Walesman Elisa Barnard to the Games, continuing a tradition of Australian archers competing at the Olympics since the sport was re-introduced to the programme in 1972.



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February 12, 2012

Anti-ACTA activists protest across Europe

Anti-ACTA activists protest across Europe

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Guy Fawkes masks were on display in cities across Europe yesterday as part of a protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international trade agreement on copyright and intellectual property that opponents believe will limit free speech online.

Organisers of the protest said about 100,000 people turned up in German cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Hanover. In Berlin, police estimated 6,500 protestors. Protests also took place in Paris, Sofia in Bulgaria, Vilnius in Lithuania, Valetta in Malta, Tallinn in Estonia, and Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. In London, about 200 people protested outside some major copyright holders’ offices. Last month, there were major protests in Poland when that country signed ACTA, which has led to the Polish government deciding not to ratify the agreement, for now. Latvia and Slovakia have both delayed the process of joining ACTA.

Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group, a UK digital civil liberties campaigning group, said ACTA was “undemocratic”, “lacked scrutiny”, and was “setting up dangerous new pressures to censor the internet”.

The United Kingdom have signed ACTA, along with 21 other EU countries. Germany and the Czech Republic have held out on agreeing to it, awaiting a debate on the matter in the European Parliament in June. Baroness Wilcox, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, claims signing the treaty was important to help bring about “common enforcement standards and more effective international cooperation” in intellectual property law.



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