The European Commission is urging EU states to accept 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum seekers fleeing to Italy and Greece.
Over the next two years, countries such as Germany, France and Spain would receive the highest number of migrants under the Commission’s new plan. The plan that would see countries given a resettlement quota, has been met with resistance, with the UK refusing to take part. Ministers from 28 countries regarded as vital to the plan have argued involvement should be voluntary, not mandatory.
Anthrax sent to commercial labs
Approximately nine labs across the US were “inadvertently” sent live Anthrax samples by the military. A defence department laboratory in Utah accidentally shipped the samples to commercial labs in Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware and several other American states, but officials maintain there is no risk to the public. There have been no reports of exposure, and it is believed the samples have now been secured.
No criminal proceedings against Sri Lankan officials
The Sri Lankan cricket board have ruled there are “no grounds to justify criminal proceedings” following allegations of sexual bribery. An investigation found officials forced members of Sri Lanka’s national women’s cricket team to perform sexual favours to keep or earn a place in the squad. Despite a report detailing two cases in 2013 and 2014, the board concluded there were no grounds to prosecute. “There have been a few incidents of sexual harassment… [but] no evidence of any physical intimacy,” the board said in a statement. Contracts for the three male officials identified in the report were not renewed after ending in April, and there have been no allegations against coaches of selectors. However, Sri Lanka Cricket described the situation as “unsatisfactory” and promised to resolve admitted flaws in its system.
Santorum throws hat in the presidential ring
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has announced his intention to run for President of the United States next year. Santorum, who contested the Republican Party nomination in 2012, joins Florida senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and Texas senator Ted Cruz in the race for the Republicans’ 2016 nomination. Santorum is well known for his conservative stance on issues such as abortion and gay rights, but has indicated he will focus on foreign policy and the fight against Islamic State during this campaign. Current polls have Jeb Bush, younger brother of former president George W Bush, as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, despite Bush having yet to formally enter the ring.
Chelsea Manning marks five years of imprisonment
The Guardian has published a letter from US soldier Chelsea Manning, marking her fifth year in military imprisonment. Manning is serving a 35-year-sentence in a Kansas prison for her involvement in leaking state secrets, and detailed what life behind bars is like for a whistleblower. The letter outlines how unprepared Manning was before her arrest on May 27 2010, despite expecting “the worst possible outcome”. “I began to fear that I was forever going to be living in a hot, desert cage, living as and being treated as a male, disappearing from the world into a secret prison and never facing a public trial,” she wrote. Manning, whose birth name is Bradley, said changing her name and announcing the decision to transition to be “the woman I have always been” was her highest point of the last five years, despite an ongoing battle to have her transition recognised. Manning was working as an intelligence analyst when she released sensitive documents, including US military logs for Iraq and Afghanistan, to Wikileaks. – Compiled from internet sources by Naomi Winner, Clara Stacey and Jake Nelson
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