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A British man has been arrested in Germany, accused of Spying

A man from Briton has been arrested in Germany, in which he has been accused of spying for Russia.

Published on the German Office of the Federal Prosecutor website, the report accords that the man is called David S.

The man was a former worker for the British embassy based in Berlin.

London Metropolitan Police have also confirmed the arrest, which their website claims the man “commit[ed]Ing offences relating to being engaged in ‘Intelligence Agent activity’ (under German law)”.

Moreover, the report also states that he was arrested in Postdam – a city on the border of Berlin – as the 57-year-old lives there.

His house was also raided by German officials.

Nevertheless, the act to arrest the man was a joint British-German decision.

 

 

 

 

The report claims that on one occasion, the man transmitted documents of “professional activity” to a “representative of Russian Intelligence service”, which as a result the accused received cash.

The BBC explain that tensions between Russia and both the UK and Germany are “strained after several high-profile incidents”.

These incidents included incidents like the 2018 Novichok poisoning in the city of Salisbury and the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who had to be treated in Germany.

Novichok means “newcomer” in Russian and Is an umbrella term of a number of “nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s”.

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Psychedelic drugs noted to treat mental illness, according to scientists

Psilocybin, found in psychedelic drugs, is noted by increasing evidence to help mental illnesses such as depression.

A study at Yale University performed one dose of psilocybin being given to mice. Immediate results followed with the increase in connections between neurons.

Alex Kwan, a psychiatry and neuroscience professor explained “we not only saw a 10% increase in the number of neuronal connections but also they were on average about 10% larger, so the connections were stronger as well”.

Previous laboratory experiments have also been conducted to support the idea of psilocybin helping mental illness including aesthetic ketamine.

According to science daily, Psilocybin is an “active compound in magic mushrooms [that] can prodce a profound mystical experience”.

“The psychedelic was a staple of religious ceremonies among indigenous populations of the New World and is also a popular recreational drug”.

The professor at Yale explained that it is the “novel psychological effects of psilocybin itself that spurs the growth of neuronal connections”.

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The world’s most peaceful countries revealed

A report from the Institute for Economics & Peace has revealed the most peaceful countries to live in during the year 2021.

The report measures peace through three domains are Safety and Security, Ongoing Conflict, and Militarisation.

Overall, the report claims that the “level of global peacefulness deteriorated by 0.07 percent” being the “ninth time in the last 13 years that global peacefulness has deteriorated”.

European countries dominate the top 30, with Iceland being placed first on the list for the thirteenth time consecutively. The report explains that “no country in Europe is ranked outside the top half of the index”.

On the index, the United Kingdom is placed 33 on the list. Although lower than other European countries, this is an improvement from last year’s report where the country was placed 39.

The report states that Poland recorded the largest improvement placing 24th on the list, due to improvements in violent crime, violent demonstrations, and political terror. However, this has come as a surprise for some people as the country has seen a significant rise in anti-LGBT+ policies such as ‘anti-LGBT zones’.

The United States remains at ranking 122 on the list, which is now the lowest since 2008 due to “an increase in civil unrest that led to violent demonstrations and a rise in political instability”.

The country lowest on the list is Afghanistan, which reflects ” the Middle East…[remaining] the world’s least peaceful region”.

 

 

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A Spanish man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after murdering and eating his mother

Alberto Sánchez Gómez, aged 28, from Spain was arrested in 2019 after authorities found human body parts around his mother’s home in plastic containers.

The Spanish court rejected any of Gomez’s arguments that he experienced a psychotic episode and sentenced him to 15 years for murder and an extra 5 months for the desecration of a corpse.

Moreover, he is obliged to pay his brother €60,000 in compensation.

The event took place in the east of Madrid in February 2019, after the police visiting his mother’s house as a friend was worried about her welfare.

Additionally, it is noted that Sánchez in 2019 had strangled his mother during a dispute. Then over the following two weeks, he dismembered and ate parts of her body over the and fed some to his dog.