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Large yachts of the super-rich spared from EU’s new CO2 tax

BrusselsCO2 emissions are becoming more and more expensive – a consequence of EU emissions trading. Since 2005, it has been extended to more and more branches of industry. In the future it will also apply to shipping. But there are exceptions: rich yacht owners still do not have to buy CO2 certificates.

Fire hazard: Ferry company bans electric cars

OsloA Norwegian shipping company has banned electric cars on its ferries because according to a risk analysis, the risk of fire from such vehicles is too great. An ocean liner had recently sunk because of it.

The most dangerous countries in 2023

The countries with the highest crime rates in 2023 have been listed by a study of the World Population Review. Africa has a very poor record.

Officially approved by the EU: Four insects hiding in your food

BrusselsEU citizens who do not want to unknowingly eat insects should be particularly careful: The EU Commission has already approved four types of insects in different forms as "edible insects".

Dutch teachers unaware that students use AI for homework

The HagueThe advanced AI text generator ChatGPT is being used for homework assignments by many Dutch students without teachers being aware that the work had been generated by an artificial intelligence bot.

Frontex sees all-time high illegal border crossings in 2022

BrusselsIn 2022, the EU border protection agency Frontex again had its hands full. The authority recorded more than 300 000 illegal border crossings – a record high.

Uniforms in French schools: Brigitte Macron repeats RN suggestion

ParisSome political figures have reacted to Brigitte Macron's recent comments in favour of a single uniform for schools. The return of uniforms in schools is currently at the centre of debates in the French National Assembly.

On Erdogan’s initiative, first new church built in Turkey since 1923

AnkaraThe first new building for a Christian church since the founding of the republic in 1923 is about to open there. The Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephrem in Istanbul's Bakirkoy district is scheduled to be completed within the next two months.

New secret documents found in Joe Biden’s private office

WashingtonFor the second time in a few days, US President Biden's employees have found secret documents in private rooms. The 80-year-old leader cited gaps in his memory.

Orban’s minister takes a jab at US

BudapestWhile politicians from many EU countries are in favor of even more arms deliveries to Ukraine, Hungary and Serbia are now pleading for a quick end to the war. In his statement on the matter, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó also delivered a dig at the United States.