Court rules against Lithuania, Romania
STRASBOURG (France) • The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled yesterday that Lithuania and Romania were complicit in a controversial Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) programme to hold terror suspects in secret detention sites.
Two suspects now being held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay lodged the case with the court in 2011 and 2012, saying they were illegally tortured at CIA "black sites" in Romania and Lithuania from 2004 to 2006.
The ECHR found that both countries were "responsible for the violation" of the suspects' rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, which forbids torture.
Emirates to offer premium economy
DUBAI • Emirates will launch a premium economy class on its aircraft from 2020, the Dubai-based airline's president Tim Clark said, a move that could help the carrier attract more higher-spending travellers.
Premium economy will be on the Airbus A380s that Emirates ordered this year, of which the first six will be delivered in 2020, Mr Clark said.
Denmark bans Islamic face veils in public
STOCKHOLM • The Danish Parliament yesterday passed a law banning the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces, becoming the latest European country to do so.
From Aug 1, wearing a burqa, which covers a person's entire face, or the niqab, which shows only the eyes, in public will lead to a fine of 1,000 kroner (S$210).