In most European countries, women in the armed forces are volunteers. Not so in Norway. It extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Now more and more women are found on bases in the country.
Should highschool graduates spend a year doing national service? The new leader of the Christian Democrats has floated the idea. Other European countries have reintroduced conscription, for a variety of reasons.
Lithuania has handed over two convicted Russian spies to Moscow, with three spies headed in the opposite direction. Two Lithuanians were freed, along with a Norwegian border guard, as part of the Cold War-style swap.
The number of Bundeswehr recruits under the age of 18 has dropped for the first time in five years, according to local media reports. Some politicians have called for a ban on minors in the military.
Europol has launched a new campaign to show that women are just as capable of committing serious crimes as men. Several of the females on the list are wanted for murder, child abuse, or trafficking drugs and people.
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