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Two people found dead near Lesbos

At least two people died as a migrant boat appears to have neared the Greek island of Lesbos amid high winds.

The Greek coastguard said it recovered the bodies of two people and rescued 18 individuals close to the island, Reuters reported.

About 36 individuals were thought to be on board the boat, and passengers said that some had jumped into the water.

The authorities are now searching for people onshore.

A deflated dinghy and lifejackets are seen after a migrant shipwreck on the shore near Thermi, on the island of Lesbos.
A deflated dinghy and lifejackets are seen after a migrant shipwreck on the shore near Thermi, on the island of Lesbos. Photograph: Reuters

Mariusz Kamiński, a former Polish interior minister who was arrested yesterday, said in a statement today that he was a “political prisoner” and was starting a hunger strike.

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Kamiński and his former deputy, Maciej Wąsik, both members of the conservative Law and Justice party, were convicted of abuse of power for actions taken in 2007.

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Yesterday, their case took a dramatic turn as the two politicians took refuge in the palace of president Andrzej Duda before being arrested.

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💬 Doradca Prezydenta RP @pobozy: Pan Minister Mariusz Kamiński sformułował oświadczenie do Ministra Sprawiedliwości, Prokuratora Generalnego Adama Bodnara, które brzmi: „Oświadczam, że skazanie mnie za walkę z korupcją oraz podjęcie bezprawnych działań dotyczących pozbawienia… pic.twitter.com/n9Y8nxcHfW

— Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (@pisorgpl) January 10, 2024

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The German GDL train drivers’ union began striking early this morning, causing significant disruption to rail traffic across the country.

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Deutsche Bahn said the strike action, which is expected to last until Friday, “will result in massive disruptions to Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance, regional and S-Bahn services during this period.”

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The emergency timetable only ensures very limited train services on DB’s long-distance, regional and S-Bahn services. Please refrain from unnecessary journeys during the GDL strike and postpone your journey to another time.

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