Prince Philip gives up licence after car crash
and the state, and to better define the limits to religious expression in the public sphere.
Supporters say it will help clarify existing principles in the Geneva Constitution to protect the religious freedom of believers and non-believers alike. London: Queen Elizabeth’s 97year-old husband Prince Philip has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
Philip escaped without injury on January 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flipped in a collision with a car. “After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said. The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the car, which also had a ninemonth-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist. Helsinki: An Israeli Holocaust historian on Sunday praised Finnish authorities for publishing a report concluding that the country’s volunteer battalion, which served with Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS, took part in atrocities during World War II, including participating in the mass murder of Jews.
Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland to release its findings, even if it was “painful and uncomfortable” for Finland.
He called it an “example of exemplary civic courage”. The independent 248page report in English — commissioned by the Finnish government and released on Friday — said 1,408 Finnish volunteers served within the SS Panzer Division Wiking during 1941-43, most of them aged between 17 and 20 years old.
“It is very likely that they (Finnish volunteers) participated in the killing of Jews, other civilians and prisoners of war as part of the German SS troops,” said Jussi Nuorteva, director-general of the National Archives. A significant part of the study’s material is based on diaries kept by 76 of the Finnish SS volunteers. The majority of them had no ideological sympathies with the Nazi regime, the report said. Historians wrote the troops likely witnessed shootings and other atrocities against Jews and other civilians by advancing Nazi troops.
A burqa ban in Denmark recently saw Danish women defying it by wearing full-face veils