Prince Philip gives up li­cence af­ter car crash

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

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

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