Duda backs more military spending
POLAND: President Andrzej Duda signed a law yesterday to eventually increase military spending to at least 2.5 per cent of national annual income (GDP).
This commitment by a country so impoverished as to export many young people to work abroad surpasses even the 2 per cent of GDP demanded of all Nato members.
Under the new law, Poland will raise spending to 2.1 per cent in 2020 and to at least 2.5 per cent in 2030.
Refugees resist the closure of their camp
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: More than 600 asylum-seekers are refusing to leave a camp that Australia wants to close next week, officials in Canberra said yesterday.
Australia pays its poor neighbours Papua New Guinea and Nauru to house refugees who have tried to reach its territory by boat.
The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled last year that the male-only camp on Manus Island was unconstitutional and ordered its closure.
Tsipras ‘must let migrants go free ’
GREECE: Human rights and aid groups wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday urging him to end a “containment policy” towards refugees reaching the Aegean islands.
The groups warned that thousands of desperate people face “abysmal conditions” on the islands but are not allowed to travel to the mainland.
About 15,000 refugees are restricted to the islands under a deal last year between the EU and Turkey.
Four police die in attack by Taliban
AFGHANISTAN: Four police officers were killed in southern Ghazni province yesterday when Taliban insurgents targeted a security post in the Waghaz district.
Police chief Mohammad Zaman said the attack had sparked an hours-long gun battle until the Taliban were “defeated with heavy casualities.”
Two rockets fired from the east of the capital Kabul landed inside the city but caused no casualties.