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Interpol rescued about 500 victims of human trafficking

As part of the operation, almost 200 attackers were detained. 24 countries participated in the special operation.

During the operation of the Century, provided by Interpol, about 500 victims of human trafficking, including children, were rescued. This was reported by Interpol on Friday, April 9.

“Operation Century, which means Stop in Swahili, was conducted from March 28 to April 2<…> and led to the detention of 195 people, of whom 88 [were detained] on charges of human trafficking, and another 63 — of illegal transportation of people. The remaining arrests were made on other charges, such as forgery, theft, drug-related crimes, and environmental crimes, “ the report said.

The operation involved 24 countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

“Operation Century has once again demonstrated how closely related migrant smuggling and human trafficking are, especially in the context of a global health crisis, when the most vulnerable people are desperate to avoid difficulties, and criminal networks are simply seeking to make a profit,” Interpol added.

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dies

On Friday, April 9, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, died, he was 99 years old.

“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, “ the royal family tweeted.

In February, he was admitted to the hospital and underwent heart surgery, but was later discharged.

They were married to the Queen for 73 years and raised four children. The prince did not live to see his 100th birthday for just two months.

A month of mourning has been declared in the UK.

The main facts of the biography of Prince Philip:

Prince Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 10 June 1921. He did not live to see his centenary exactly two months later.

Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu and was baptized according to the Orthodox rite.

He is the son of King George I of Greece and the younger brother of King Constantine I. Great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark, a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria of England, and Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.

From birth, he bore the title of Prince of Greece and Denmark.

After the abdication of Constantine in September 1922, the family was expelled from Greece and settled in Paris. In 1928, Philip was sent to live with relatives in London. From 1933 to 1935, he attended school in Germany, then in Scotland. In 1939-1940, he studied at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

After graduation, he was promoted to midshipman and served in the Navy throughout World War II. After graduating with the rank of first lieutenant.

During his college years, Philip met his four cousins, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. A correspondence ensued between Philip and Elizabeth.

In 1946, Philip asked the king for permission to marry the heir to the throne. Their engagement was announced on July 10, 1947. The wedding took place on November 20 of the same year in Westminster Abbey.

Philip and Elizabeth have four children:

Charles, Prince of Wales (born 1948),
Princess Anne (born 1950),
Prince Andrew, Duke of York (born 1960),
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (born 1964).

During the celebration of his 90th birthday, Prince Philip announced his intention to reduce public functions. Since 2017, he has ceased to perform the public duties assigned to him personally as a member of the royal family. At the same time, the prince still continued to accompany his wife at many public events.

One of the last photos of Philip was taken in November 2020-in honor of the 73rd wedding anniversary of the couple.

Philip and Elizabeth spent the coronavirus pandemic in self-isolation. On January 9, 2021, they gave the first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The other day, on April 3, Elizabeth II appeared in public for the first time after a long quarantine. She was in good health, but her husband did not accompany her.

Prince Philip has broken the longevity record for men descended from Queen Victoria. Before that, it belonged to Karl Johan Bernadotte, who died on May 5, 2012, at the age of 95 years, 6 months, and 5 days.

Britain has declared national mourning for Prince Philip. The royal family will mourn for 30 days.

The country’s flags are at half-mast, no new laws will be passed, and the Queen will temporarily cease to deal with state affairs. Parliamentarians will wear black ribbons on their sleeves, while men will wear black ties.

Greece eases lockdown despite rising in coronavirus cases

Greece is easing some coronavirus restrictions despite a surge in infections — in particular, retail stores will open and people will be allowed to travel to places outside their home municipalities for training.

This is reported by Ekathimerini.

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Gardalias said that retail stores-except for department stores and shopping centers will be able to reopen from next Monday, April 5.

Also, recently, a measure that restricts exercise in any place that people could walk or bike to was repealed. Gardalias announced that driving outside of his own community will again be allowed from Saturday, but only on weekends. Exercises can be done with a maximum of three people or one family group.

Since the beginning of November, lockdown-type restrictions have been applied in Greece, retail stores, bars, and restaurants are closed, and people are only allowed to leave their homes for good reasons. Violations are punishable by a fine of 300 euros.

Despite the restrictions, the country has seen a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, with a record high of 4,340 new daily infections recorded on Tuesday. Many intensive care units are already exceeding capacity, and Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Wednesday announced that even more public hospitals will be turned into Covid-19-only facilities.

The authorities said they were easing the lockdown measures, recognizing the tension that has long restricted the population.

“We know that there is fatigue. We are talking about a small respite for society, “ Kikilias said.

The European Parliament wants to accelerate the creation of Covid passports

The European Parliament wants to speed up the procedure for creating “digital green certificates”, which will allow travel within the Eurozone during a pandemic.

This was reported on the website of the European Parliament.

Thus, the MEPs decided to apply an urgent procedure for considering the proposals of the European Commission in order to speed up the issuance of vaccination passports by the summer. The corresponding decision was supported by 468 MEPs, 203 voted against and 16 abstained.

In this regard, on April 26-29, during the next session, the European Parliament should approve the mandate to negotiate with the EU Council. Also, the EP can submit amendments to the EC proposals.

We will remind you, Romania and Greece to plan to agree on travel using their own certificates of vaccination against coronavirus, which will open tourism between the two countries.

Romania and Greece plan to introduce their own vaccination passports

Romania and Greece plan to negotiate travel using their own coronavirus vaccination certificates. This will open up tourism between the two countries.

Reported by the Associated Press.

According to the Greek Minister of Tourism Harry Theocharis, Greece will gladly accept Romanian tourists before the EU agrees to create its own vaccination certificates.

“We really want the EU to speed up the procedure for issuing this medical certificate. But until then, we want to discuss with the Romanian Minister of Tourism so that we can receive tourists even before reaching an agreement at the European level,” he said.

The minister also added that for these certificates, Romanian tourists can start visiting Greece in mid-April.