December 25, 2018

december 25, 2018 A roundup of domestic and international news

CHRISTMAS - Christians are today celebrating  the birth of Jesus Christ. In a message conveyed on the occasion, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel, says that this celebration is one of gift-offering, to children, elders, orphans, sick and lonely, and to all the loved ones. "This celebration is our response to the gift of God's love, shown in Jesus Christ", Patriarch Daniel's message also reads. At the Vatican, Pope Francis has firmly criticized what he called 'mankind's consumerist voracity' and called on people to reflect on the spiritual meaning of their lives and to share with the poor . "The little body of the Child of Bethlehem is a new model of life: not to devour or to grasp, but to share and to give", the Pope said, recalling that the name 'Bethlehem' means 'the house of bread'. The Sovereign Pontiff has today given the traditional blessing of 'Urbi et orbi' (to the city and the world), before the Christians gathered in St. Peter's Square.

 

MESSAGES - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis has conveyed a  Christmas message to all Romanians, saying that the birth of Jesus Christ is a celebration of the miracle of life and of kindness, compassion and generosity. "We need to reconnect to those values that bring us closer to each other and unite us. In the spirit of these holy celebrations, we should take care of each other and of our country", the president's message also reads. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has wished all Romanians good health and well being. The custodian of the Romanian Crown, Margareta, has too sent a Christmas message, saying she promised to carry on the work started by her father, King Michael, towards ensuring Romania's prosperity and stability an strengthening its international position.

 

JUSTICE - The former Romanian minister Elena Udrea and the former head of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, Alina Bica, who were in custody in Costa Rica since October 3rd, were released after the Bucharest Tribunal revoked the extradition requests issued on their names. The Public Ministry of Costa Rica decided to release them after receiving from the Romanian Justice Ministry the documentation stating that the two requests had been withdrawn. In Romania, Udrea and Bica have received definitive sentences for corruption. Just like them, other high-ranking officials in Romania have benefited from the suspension of  the prison sentences they have received for corruption, after the Constitutional Court of Romania ruled that the setting up of the 5-judge panels at the High Court of Cassation and Justice was illegal.

 

EMPLOYMENT - The National Employment Agency has committed to integrating into the labour market some 110,000 unemployed  registered in their data base, by means of a project co-funded by the Social European Fund, through the Operational Programme Human Capital 2014-2020, covering a period of four years. According to the Agency, the allocated budget stands at around 265 million Euros, of which 226 million non-reimbursable. The project will be implemented with support from the local employment agencies.          

 

TSUNAMI - The death toll from the tsunami that hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on Saturday has exceeded 400. Also, 1500 people were injured and more than 150 are reported missing, according to a local official quoted by news agencies. The tsunami hit the southern coast of Sumatra and the western side of Java, triggered by an undersea landslide caused by the eruption of Krakatau volcano, some 50 km off the coast.

 

ATTACK - At least three people died in the attack perpetrated on Tuesday against the headquarters of Libya's Foreign Ministry, FP and Reuters report. Gun shots and several explosions were heard inside the building. Libya has been plunging into chaos since the fall of Muammal Gaddafi's regime back in 2011. The country is divided into several rival entities, with a National Union Government in Tripoli, supported by the international community, and a parallel government formed in the east, supported by the National Libyan Army, self-proclaimed by Marshall Khalifa Haftar. Political and security chaos has favoured the emergence of jihadist groups, which have committed lots of a attacks in the past years.

 


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