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Jewish cemetery vandalized in Estonia

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Estonia

The 110-year old Rahumae cemetery had graves broken and overturned over the weekend. Swastikas were also found spray-painted near a bus stop.
  • Numerous journalists have been charged with revealing state secrets and questioned by France's intelligence services. French media fear that press freedom is at risk under President Emmanuel Macron.
  • With official inflation up markedly, Zimbabwe abandons the use of foreign money at home. It is intended to strengthen the local currency and ween the country off the US dollar and the South African rand.
  • The US State Department has said religious intolerance in India is growing under PM Modi's right-wing government. India said that a foreign government had no right to comment on the country's internal affairs.
  • Record temperatures have begun in northern Europe this week, with authorities in Germany and France on alert. Experts have said heat waves are on the increase worldwide, further evidence of climate change.
  • An auction of Boris Becker's trophies has resumed after the tennis star dropped a legal challenge to prevent it. The sale has been described as a rare opportunity for tennis fans to acquire memorabilia of this kind.
  • Climate leader Pasang Dolma Sherpa has just been elected to head the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform in climate talks. She says indigenous people now finally have a voice to tackle the climate crisis.
  • Mobile internet has been shut down in parts of conflict-torn western Myanmar under a government decree. A UN investigator warns the army could be using the blackout as a cover for gross human rights violations.
  • You could describe what has happened in Hong Kong and Istanbul as classic cases of authoritarian rulers scoring own goals. Who knows how they will deal with this in the medium term, writes Alexander Grlach.
  • US President Donald Trump has signed off on a new round of sanctions against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint.
  • Targeted by daily mass protests, the ruling Georgian Dream party has pledged large-scale political reform. But protesters have called for bolder measures, saying they want Georgia's de-oligarchization.
  • Russia has received backing from the Council of Europe's assembly to return to the body. Moscow had its voting rights suspended five years ago over the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
  • Muslim women have pushed back against a ban on burkinis at a public pool, provoking a firm response from the far right. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said the all-encompassing swimsuit has no place in France.
  • Twenty of the wealthiest people in the US have urged the next president to impose taxes on the rich to combat climate change and increase access to health care. They said the US has an economic responsibility to do so.
  • Thousands of Hondurans are taking to the streets, calling for President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down. They are tired of his authoritarian tendencies and austerity measures, and widespread corruption.
  • Judges said an army captain who confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls appeared to have mounted a campaign of murder. The slayings shocked the island nation and sparked anger about perceived police racism.
  • Rocco Morabito, once a major cocaine trafficker for Italy's feared 'Ndrangheta mafia, has escaped from a Uruguayan prison. On the run from the law from 1994 to 2017, he was awaiting extradition to Italy.
  • The exact details of last weekend's foiled coup in Ethiopia still remain unclear. But the prime minister and his government could emerge strengthened from the crisis, writes DW's Ludger Schadomsky.
  • The Netherlands has been struck by a monumental telecommunications outage, prompting police to hit the streets. Authorities were unsure why it happened, but have ruled out a hacking attack.
  • Top officials were assassinated, one by his bodyguard. Meanwhile, Ethiopia's government was quick to point fingers at General Asaminew Tsige. He was killed in a gunfire exchange on Monday.