Poland ‘ready’ to de­mand WWII repa­ra­tions from Ger­many

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- Poland’s rightwing premier Thurs­day said she be­lieved her coun­try had the right to de­mand World War II repa­ra­tions from Ger­many but added that her gov­ern­ment was still mulling its of­fi­cial po­si­tion.

“The po­si­tion of the Pol­ish gov­ern­ment on war repa­ra­tions will be of­fi­cially ex­pressed when a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion is taken,” Prime Min­is­ter Beata Szydlo told the com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion RMF FM.

“In my opin­ion, Poland has the right to this (repa­ra­tions) and the Pol­ish state has the right

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to ask for them,” Szydlo said.

“We are ready to go ahead with this pro­ce­dure,” she said.

The gov­ern­ment dis­putes the va­lid­ity of a 1953 res­o­lu­tion by War­saw’s then com­mu­nist au­thor­i­ties, who dropped claims against Ger­many. The deal was made un­der the dik­tat of the Soviet Union, the gov­ern­ment ar­gues. Szydlo said Wed­nes­day that War­saw was “propos­ing di­a­logue” with Ber­lin about war repa­ra­tions. Her for­eign and in­te­rior min­is­ters have pre­vi­ously said EU and NATO neigh­bours Poland and Ger­many should hold “se­ri­ous talks” about repa­ra­tions, adding that the fig­ure could be as high as one tril­lion dol­lars. Jaroslaw Kaczyn­ski, the pow­er­ful leader of the rul­ing Law and Jus­tice (PiS) party, has ac­cused Ger­many of shirk­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the dam­age it in­flicted on his coun­try.

‘250 000 Ro­hingya have fled to Bangladesh’

- More than a quar­ter of a mil­lion mostly Ro­hingya refugees have en­tered Bangladesh since fresh vi­o­lence erupted in Myan­mar last Oc­to­ber, the United Na­tions said, as more bod­ies washed up a day after boats sank at­tempt­ing to cross the river that di­vides the two coun­tries. In the last two weeks alone 164 000 mostly Ro­hingya civil­ians have fled to Bangladesh, over­whelm­ing refugee camps that were al­ready burst­ing at the seams and trig­ger­ing warn­ings of a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis. Scores more have died try­ing to flee the fight­ing in Myan­mar’s Rakhine state, where wit­nesses say en­tire vil­lages have been burned to the ground since Ro­hingya mil­i­tants launched a se­ries of co­or­di­nated at­tacks on Au­gust 25, prompt­ing a mil­i­tary-led crack­down.

COX’S BAZAR Is­raeli de­fence chiefs warn Iran, Syria

- Is­rael’s de­fence min­is­ter on Thurs­day is­sued a veiled warn­ing to Syria, with­out con­firm­ing or deny­ing what Da­m­as­cus said was an Is­raeli air strike on its ter­ri­tory. Syria’s army ac­cused Is­rael of hit­ting one of its po­si­tions, killing two peo­ple in an at­tack ear­lier the same day that a mon­i­tor said tar­geted a site where the regime al­legedly pro­duces chem­i­cal weapons. We are de­ter­mined to pre­vent our en­e­mies harm­ing, or even cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity to harm, the se­cu­rity of Is­raeli cit­i­zens,” Avig­dor Lieber­man said in Hebrew, in re­marks broad­cast on Is­raeli tele­vi­sion.

JERUSALEM One dead, ‘sev­eral in­jured’ on Dutch Sint Maarten

- At least one per­son was killed and “sev­eral were in­jured” after Hur­ri­cane Irma raged over Dutch Sint Maarten in the Car­ib­bean, In­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ron­ald Plasterk said.” We con­firm that one per­son has died and sev­eral oth­ers have been in­jured, but the pic­ture is in­com­plete,” Plasterk told jour­nal­ists in The Hague. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the hard-hit is­land re­mained dif­fi­cult Plasterk added, as the Dutch aid ef­fort gath­ered steam on Thurs­day evening.

THE HAGUE Man, woman ar­rested for ‘ter­ror­ism-re­lated’

- Po­lice in Sin­ga­pore have ar­rested a man sus­pected of plan­ning to join Is­lamic Statelinked fight­ers in the Philip­pines and a woman who was in con­tact with for­eign mil­i­tants, the gov­ern­ment said . Sin­ga­pore, re­garded as the most sta­ble coun­try in South­east Asia, has be­come in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the risks of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion among its Mus­lim mi­nor­ity. At least 14 rad­i­calised Sin­ga­pore­ans have been put un­der re­stric­tion or de­ten­tion or­ders un­der a tough in­ter­nal se­cu­rity law since 2015, up sharply from 11 cases be­tween 2007 and 2014, the gov­ern­ment said in June.

SIN­GA­PORE Mex­ico braces it­self for im­pact of Hur­ri­cane

- Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties are pre­par­ing for the im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Ka­tia, which could af­fect over a mil­lion peo­ple as it rum­bles to­wards the state of Ver­acruz from the Gulf of Mex­ico. Army troops and per­son­nel from the fed­eral elec­tric­ity au­thor­ity have been de­ployed to the area on Mex­ico’s east­ern gulf coast to be on hand to help in emer­gen­cies. Mean­while, sev­eral shel­ters have opened as ar­eas at risk of land­slides are evac­u­ated.” We are ex­pect­ing the hur­ri­cane to hit on Fri­day night or in the early hours of Satur­day,” Ver­acruz Gover­nor Miguel An­gel Yunes told Ra­dio For­mula.

MEX­ICO CITY

READY: Poland’s Prime Min­is­ter Beata Szydlo.

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