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Belgium and the Netherlands swap land to change their national borders

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The area affected, which is the size of 27 football fields, sits of east of the Belgian city of Vise and west of the Dutch village of Eijsden and on the river Meuse.  As of 2018 the countries’ border now goes down the centre of the river Meuse, with the Netherlands taking control of just over 40 acres of new land, while Belgium adopts around 8 new acres. The change was made after a peninsula on the river gained a reputation for lawlessness because of the geographical difficulties policing it from the Belgian side, which on paper controlled it. ... Read More »

Bali volcano: Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day


Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week. Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption. Up to 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the vicinity. Volcanic ash can damage aeroplane engines or even cause them to fail, and also clogs fuel and cooling systems. Pilot visibility can also be hampered. The Transportation Ministry initially closed the Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) airport on M... Read More »

Panasonic Debuts Fastest-In-Class High-Volume Production Scanner


Supporting up to 100,000-sheet-daily duty cycles and speeds of up to 120 ppm/240 ipm (KV-S8127) and a class-leading 140 ppm/280 ipm (KV-S8147), the new scanners raise both image quality and productivity bars with such proprietary features as enhanced Large Scale Integrated Circuit-driven hardware image processing and Toughfeed mixed-media document handling with integrated mechanical de-skew and double-feed re-try. “If I had to pick just one word to describe the philosophy behind the development of the KV-S8127 and the KV-S8147, it would be ... Read More »

Intel Security Celebrates Fourth Annual World Password Day

World Password Day aims to educate and drive conversations about how to make our online accounts and activities more secure. This year, Intel Security is urging everyone enhance the security of their online accounts by setting up multi-factor authentication. To learn more about World Password Day, visit ... Read More »

Rise in terrorist attacks in Europe in 2012


This and other findings in the report describe a threat from terrorism that remains strong and varied in Europe. It continues to evolve from one posed by structured groups and networks to smaller EU-based groups and solo terrorists, while the Internet remains a key facilitator for terrorism-related activities. The terrorist bomb attack at Burgas airport in Bulgaria, and the shootings by a lone gunman in France, claimed the lives of 14 people in 2012 and illustrate the serious threat that terrorism poses to the European Union and its citizens... Read More »

Increased international focus on italian organised crime


The announcement followed a meeting between Mr Wainwright and the Director General of the Italian Criminal Police, Prefect Francesco Cirillo, who committed all the necessary resources of the Italian authorities to this new international effort, including those of the Antimafia Investigative Directorate (DIA) and Italian judicial authorities such as the National Antimafia Directorate (DNA) and the Italian delegation to Eurojust. Senior experts from 12 countries and international organisations participated in the meeting to witness the opening... Read More »

Indonesian, Korean national police forces join Virtual Global Taskforce at European Cybercrime Centre


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Three new member countries have joined the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse. Representatives from the Dutch National Police, Indonesian National Police and the Korean National Police attended an official signing in ceremony at the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. Edwin R Nolan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy in The Netherlands, a... Read More »

Governmental Experts Begin Review of UN Register of Conventional Arms


The 2013 Group of Governmental Experts on the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, established by the Secretary-General under General Assembly resolution 66/39, commenced its work in Geneva on Monday, 8 April, to review the Register’s continuing operation and further development. The United Nations Register, in operation since 1992, is a primary global instrument, which promotes transparency in conventional arms transfers among United Nations Member States. The instrument, to which Member States report voluntarily annually, covers s... Read More »

Government deficit 4.1 percent in 2012


Dutch government deficit shrinking slowly Revenues increase from extra taxes and natural gas earnings Government debt now 71.2 percent of GDP Aid to European countries increased debt by 1.6 percent of GDP In 2012 the Dutch government deficit shrank to 4.1 percent of GDP while government debt rose to 71.2 percent of GDP. The Dutch government deficit and debt have now exceeded the European norms for the fourth year in a row, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Netherlands. Government spending increased slightly in ... Read More »

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