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European Journal 31.10.12 | 21:30 - 22:00 UTC

Turkey: Escalating tension along the border

Topic Türkische Soldaten an der türkisch-syrischen Grenze im Oktober 2012. Für die Türkei ist der Bürgerkrieg in Syrien näher gerückt. Seit die türkischen Truppen zurückgeschossen haben, herrscht im türkischen Grenzgebiet zu Syrien Kriegsangst. 
Bild: DW Eigendreh

Turkey: Escalating tension along the border

Topic A boat with rescue workers sails in front of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia near the harbour of Giglio Porto June 20, 2012. Salvage crews began preliminary work this week on preparations to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in what is set to be the biggest ever operation of its kind. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER TRAVEL TRANSPORT)

Italy: A difficult salvage operation

Topic ARCHIV - Thomas Quick sitzt am 01.09.1994 in der Geschlossenen Psychiatrie im schwedischen Säters. Schwedische Gerichte haben den angeblich schlimmsten Serienmörder des Landes für acht Morde verurteilt, obwohl er wahrscheinlich nicht einen einzigen begangen hat. Wie die Polizei im Bezirk Dalarna der Zeitung «Svenska Dagbladet» bestätigte, soll als letztes der infragekommenden Verbrechen auch die Ermordung eines Israelis vor 24 Jahren neu aufgerollt werden. Der jetzt 62-jährige Thomas Quick war deswegen 1997 aufgrund seines Geständnisses verurteilt worden. Foto: Pressensbild (zu dpa 1071 vom 08.08.2012) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Sweden: The Case of Quick

Topic ###ACHTUNG: Verwendung nur mit Urhebernennung Foto: Komitee gegen den Vogelmord###
Ein Jäger läuft auf Malta mit einem Gewehr über der Schulter über eine Wiese (undatiertes Handout). Malta will die nach EU-Richtlinien verbotene Vogeljagd im Frühling auch in diesem Jahr trotz scharfer internationaler Kritik wieder erlauben. (zu dpa 0219 vom 13.04.2010) A

Malta: The hunt for bird hunters

The European Union invests millions of euros a year on the protection of wild birds--amid growing concerns about the decline in numbers of migratory birds. Nonetheless, in countries such as Malta, the hunt on endangered species of migratory birds continues. Nearly a million birds fall prey to poachers every year.

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Turkey: Escalating tension along the border

Ever since Turkish armed forces retaliated against the rain of Syrian shells and mortars on Turkish soil, tensions along the border have continued to escalate. Many in the border region fear the Syrian civil war may become a regional conflict.

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish residents and Syrian refugees in the area are now seeking refuge in Turkey’s interior. Foreign tourists are also cancelling trips to the country.

Italy: A difficult salvage operation

Nine months after the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, the salvage operation is still underway. Around 100 workers are currently battling to secure the wreck, so it can then be dragged upright.

The salvage operation promises to be the most spectacular of its kind in the history of seafaring. The cruise ship ran aground last January, claiming the lives of 30 passengers, two more are missing and presumed dead. The accident happened after the Costa Concordia struck a rock off the island of Giglio and capsized. The ship’s captain now stands accused of manslaughter in connection with the deaths.

Sweden: The Case of Quick

It is the most infamous case in Sweden’s police history: over many years, a man who went by the name of Thomas Quick convinced the authorities that he was responsible for a string of serial killings. Then a Swedish journalist uncovered that Quick could not have been the murderer.

Quick was a convicted bank robber consigned to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane when he confessed to 33 murders. Now it appears that Quick made up the confessions after researching unsolved murders in the library while on day release. Quick was eventually convicted for eight murders—killings which it now appears he did not commit.

Malta: The hunt for bird hunters

Since Malta joined the European Union in 2004, it has been gradually implementing EU regulations, among them directives regarding the protection of wild birds. Nonetheless, migratory birds continue to be hunted on Malta during the traditional spring and autumn hunting season.

The birds are either shot or trapped alive and sold on the open market in Valletta. But the police unit charged with cracking down on the estimated 17,000 poachers on the island is small and poorly equipped.