Denmark will define sex without consent as rape under law change: Victims previously had to show their attacker had used violence

  • Denmark becomes 12th country in EU to adopt definition of sex without consent 
  • United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden among those to apply law in this way
  • Similar change in Sweden in 2018 resulted in 75% increase in rape convictionsDenmark has redefined rape as sex without consent instead of requiring victims to prove their attacker used violence.

    Most countries in the European Union lack this significant consent definition which is also used in the United Kingdom.

    Justice minister Nick Haekkerup said: ‘Now it will be clear, that if both parties do not consent to sex, then it’s rape.’

    A similar law introduced in neighbouring Sweden in 2018 resulted in a 75 percent increase in rape convictions.

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‘AstraZeneca jab IS both safe and effective’: Boris Johnson backs vaccine after Italy, Norway and Denmark stop giving out the jabs amid blood clot fears

  • The European Medicines Agency said it had received reports of 22 cases of blood clotting among the three million vaccinated with the jab on the Continent
  • Denmark, Norway and Iceland have said they will temporarily halt the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while five other countries suspected use of a batch 
  • Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxembourg have suspended a dose
  • Italy has suspended the use of another dose after two men in Sicily died
  • But other European nations signalled their intention to continue using the jab
  • France, Sweden and Spain said they would continue to use the AstraZeneca jab
  • No 10 issued a statement on Thursday insisting he jab is safe and that Britons should continue to take it with confidence, pointing to the improving figures 
  • AstraZeneca said its vaccine had met ‘clear and stringent’ safety standards before being approved by the EU Boris Johnson yesterday insisted the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab was safe after the EU launched a probe into reports of blood clots in vaccinated Europeans.

    The European Medicines Agency said it had received reports of 22 cases of blood clotting among the three million vaccinated with the jab on the Continent – including one person who died ten days later.

    A host of European countries including Denmark, Norway and Iceland have halted the use of AstraZeneca jabs amid fears they cause blood clots, while Italy has suspended a batch following the death of a naval officer and another man.But No 10 yesterday insisted the jab is safe and that Britons should continue to take it, pointing to the success the vaccination programme is having.

    Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: ‘We’ve been clear that it’s both safe and effective, and when people are asked to come forward and take it, they should do so in confidence.’

    ‘And in fact you’re starting to see the results of the vaccine programme in terms of the (lower) number of cases we’re seeing across the country, the number of deaths, number of hospitalisations.’  

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Germany, Denmark say alleged terrorist bomb plot Islamist in nature

Number of suspects arrested rises to 14; Islamic State flag found during search of suspect’s residence; authorities say they found ingredients for bomb

Danish and German authorities said Friday they had foiled a possible Islamist terror attack after a series of arrests in the two countries, adding however the danger did not seem imminent.

The plot appeared to target Denmark or Germany, investigators told reporters at Danish intelligence agency PET’s headquarters near Copenhagen.

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