Freud’s ashes almost stolen
Police are hunting burglars who tried to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a London crematorium. The Metropolitan Police force on Wednesday said that a 2,300-year-old Greek urn containing the remains of Freud and his wife, Martha, was severely damaged in a break-in at Golders Green Crematorium on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. Detective Constable Daniel Candler said the attempted theft was “a despicable act.” “Even leaving aside the financial value of the irreplaceable urn and the historical significance ... the fact that someone set out to take an object knowing it contained the last remains of a person defies belief,” he said. The father of psychoanalysis moved to Britain from Nazi-controlled Austria in 1938. He died in London in September 1939, aged 83.
Pollen part of honey: EU
After years of wrangling and a ruling by the EU’s top court, the European Parliament agreed on Wednesday that pollen is a constituent of honey and not an added ingredient. The distinction may seem arcane, but it has important implications for the industry, since it determines how honey jars are labeled when it comes to levels of pollen from genetically modified plants. Purity is a key selling point for honey and a label warning consumers it contained genetically modified pollen might deter buyers anxious to avoid foods that have been genetically altered.
EU slams passport scheme
The European Commission on Wednesday warned that EU citizenship “must not be up for sale,” following controversy over a Maltese initiative to grant passports to wealthy foreign investors. “Granting the nationality of a member state means also granting EU citizenship and the rights attached to it,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “Member states should only award citizenship to persons where there is a ‘genuine link’ or ‘genuine connection’ to the country in question,” she added. She said the EU’s executive arm was paying close attention to member countries that have set up investor schemes for granting citizenship, with Malta being the most recent example.
Air strikes on Gaza launched
The military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip after militants there launched five rockets toward Israel. A Gaza health official says five Palestinians were lightly wounded in the air strikes. The military says all five rockets fired early yesterday were intercepted by the army’s Iron Dome anti-missile battery system. The rockets caused no injuries or damage.