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29th Sep 2020

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5G towers set on fire in UK, Netherlands, Belgium

Dozens of cellphone towers and equipment boxes have been set aflame in Britain, apparently by people who believed 5G technology was helping to spread the coronavirus. In the Netherlands, sixteen 5G towers have been set on fire in the last two weeks. Saturday, the first cellphone tower in Belgium was burned in Pelt, near the Dutch border. Several of the burned towers appeared not have 5G technology on them.

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The loudest applause from MEPs during Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union speech came for her call to move to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in foreign policy - at least on human rights and sanctions implementation.

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