All posts tagged: Loss and damage

Baltimore bridge crash ship involved in Belgian port collision years earlier, reports say – POLITICO

Baltimore bridge crash ship involved in Belgian port collision years earlier, reports say – POLITICO

[ad_1] The container ship that crashed into a Baltimore bridge on Tuesday, causing it to collapse, was previously involved in a collision at a Belgian port in 2016. According to European maritime data service Equasis and other media reports, the Dali struck a stone quay at Antwerp’s port as it was unmooring and leaving for the German port of Bremerhaven, causing “hull damage impairing seaworthiness.” No one was injured, but the ship was detained in Antwerp for repairs. At the time, the ship was owned by Oceanbulk Maritime, a Greek shipping company, before being sold to Singapore-based Grace Ocean a few months later. Early Tuesday, the Singapore-flagged Dali rammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore in the U.S., sending vehicles and people plunging into the water below. Six construction workers who were on the bridge at the time are missing and presumed dead. [ad_2] Source link

Race for the White House – POLITICO

Massive barrage of missiles, drones hits Kyiv and western Ukraine – POLITICO

[ad_1] “For the third pre-dawn morning this week, all of Ukraine is under an air alert and has been advised to seek shelter,” U.S. Ambassador Bridget Brink wrote on X early Sunday. “Russia continues to indiscriminately launch drones and missiles with no regard for millions of civilians, violating international law.” An air alert in the capital lasted for more than two hours as rockets entered Kyiv, AP reported. The BBC reported there was only minor damage. One of the missiles launched at western Ukraine briefly entered Polish airspace, Poland said. “There was a violation of Polish airspace by one of the cruise missiles launched this night by long-range aviation of the Russian Federation,” the Polish armed forces wrote on X. “The object entered Polish space near the town of Oserdów (Lublin Voivodeship) and stayed there for 39 seconds,” it added. [ad_2] Source link

Massive Russian attack targets Ukraine energy infrastructure – POLITICO

Massive Russian attack targets Ukraine energy infrastructure – POLITICO

[ad_1] Zelenskyy used the attack to plead for more military aid from Ukraine’s allies. “There are no delays in Russian missiles, as in aid packages to our state,” he said. Shahed drones “do not have indecision, like some politicians. It is important to understand the cost of delays and delayed decisions,” Zelenskyy said. EU leaders at a summit on Thursday disagreed over European financing of weapons for Ukraine. They asked the European Commission to “explore all options for mobilizing funding and report back by June.” There are similar delays in Washington, where a $60 billion military aid bill has been held up for months by political haggling in the U.S. Congress. “Patriot systems must protect Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia, air defense is needed to protect people, infrastructure, houses and dams,” Zelenskyy implored. “The partners know exactly what is needed. They can definitely support it,” he added. The overnight assault was the second massive attack against Ukraine in quick succession after several months of respite. It came soon after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Germany’s …

Portugal election sees above-average turnout in very tight contest – POLITICO

Portugal election sees above-average turnout in very tight contest – POLITICO

[ad_1] This Sunday’s snap election is being held four months after socialist Prime Minister António Costa’s abrupt resignation in the wake of an influence-peddling probe last fall. Pre-election polls indicated that the center-right bloc led by the Democratic Alliance coalition has a slight lead over the center-left bloc led by the Socialist Party, but neither side is expected to secure a governing majority in the country’s parliament. Portugal’s next government may ultimately depend on the far-right Chega party, which polls suggest could reap up nearly one in five votes, and which is poised to be a kingmaker in the parliament. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa urged citizens to participate in the election of a government that will have to face challenges like the ongoing international financial turmoil and the war in Ukraine. Portugal’s national elections are the last scheduled to be held before June’s European Parliament vote. A strong showing for Chega will likely bolster far-right groups who projected to make major inroads in this summer’s EU-wide election. Meanwhile, a loss for …

Explosion damages key Russian railway bridge – POLITICO

Explosion damages key Russian railway bridge – POLITICO

[ad_1] Ukrainian intelligence confirmed the explosion and said the bridge was used to carry military equipment. “On March 4, 2024, at about 6:00 a.m., the bridge was damaged by blowing up its power structures,” the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said in a statement, though it did not specifically claim responsibility for the attack. “The railway line was used by the aggressor state to transport military cargo, including engineering ammunition,” from a plant in a nearby city. “Given the nature of the damage to the railway bridge, its use for a long time will be impossible,” Kyiv added. “Rail traffic on this section is suspended. As a result of the incident, delays of passenger and suburban trains are expected,” Russian railway operators said, adding that there were no casualties. [ad_2] Source link

US, UK strike Houthi sites in Yemen amid surge in Red Sea attacks by the rebels – POLITICO

US, UK strike Houthi sites in Yemen amid surge in Red Sea attacks by the rebels – POLITICO

[ad_1] Earlier this week, the spokesperson for the Houthis said the militants shot down a U.S. drone and damaged a Belize-flagged, British cargo ship in their latest assaults against commercial vessels. “The ship suffered catastrophic damage and came to a complete halt,” Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sare’e said on social media. “As a result of the extensive damage the ship suffered, it is now at risk of potential sinking in the Gulf of Aden.” Since November, the Houthi rebels have launched more than 30 attacks on commercial and naval vessels in the Red Sea in protest against Israel’s war on Gaza. In retaliation, U.K. and U.S. military have been carrying out targeted air and missile strikes against the Iran-backed militants. In a statement on Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said: “We will continue to make clear to the Houthis that they will bear the consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks, which harm Middle Eastern economies, cause environmental damage, and disrupt the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries.” [ad_2] Source link

Far-right AfD moves to make amends with Le Pen – POLITICO

Far-right AfD moves to make amends with Le Pen – POLITICO

[ad_1] But now, AfD leaders hope to make amends, particularly ahead of the European Parliament election in June in which both parties are poised to make significant gains, according to POLITICO’s Poll of Polls. AfD co-leader Alice Weidel has promised to send a letter to Le Pen providing “explanations” regarding the AfD politicians’ participation in the extremist meeting, officials in both parties told POLITICO. This week, Weidel traveled to Paris to meet with Le Pen and National Rally President Jordan Bardella in order to discuss “political questions,” as the AfD leader put it. It was there that Weidel agreed to provide the letter giving “explanations on ‘remigration’ and the meeting that took place,” according to National Rally lawmaker Thibaut François. The revelation of the clandestine meeting struck a nerve in Germany, with many comparing the discussion to similar plans made by the Nazis. The news sparked massive protests against the AfD and right-wing extremism across Germany. Weidel, however, has hit back at the criticism, saying the meeting was “private” and she accused the German left …

British woman who joined ISIS loses fresh appeal against loss of citizenship – POLITICO

British woman who joined ISIS loses fresh appeal against loss of citizenship – POLITICO

[ad_1] LONDON — Shamima Begum, who left the U.K. to join the ISIS terror group while still in school, has lost another appeal against the British government’s decision to strip her of her citizenship. Begum was 15 when she left her home in London to travel to Syria in 2015. She joined the Islamic State terrorist group, marrying a fellow member shortly after her arrival in Syria. When she was discovered alive in 2019 at a refugee camp in Northern Syria, Begum said she wanted to return to the U.K. But the then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid immediately revoked her British citizenship. [ad_2] Source link