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Saudi Arabia introduces law banning sexual harassment


The sentence could be increased to five years' of imprisonment and a fine around $80,000 in certain cases. A Saudi activist has revealed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman , who has not been seen in public over the past few weeks, was actually shot and injured in heavy gunfire reported from outside the royal palace in the capital Riyadh late last month. Read More »

Payment problems as Visa outage hits

The Bank of Ireland said some of its customers were experiencing problems, telling the Financial Times the issue "is impacting banks across Europe ". 'We apologise to all our partners & especially to Visa cardholders. "It is affecting all payment providers across the United Kingdom and Ireland", the company said in a statement. Read More »

Palestinian female paramedic killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border violence

The U.S. authored its own proposal condemning Hamas over the recent escalation of violence and demanded a stop to "all violent activity and proactive acts" in Gaza. An exchange of fire on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday began with a barrage of rocket and mortars into Israel from Gaza, prompting Israel to respond with strikes on 65 sites in the Gaza Strip. Read More »

New Name, Same Huge Oceans For U.S. Pacific-based Fleet


According to officials, though the name has been changed, the mission of US Indo-Pacific Command will remain the same. "Over many decades, this command has repeatedly adapted to changing circumstance and today carries that legacy forward as America focuses west", said Defense Secretary James Mattis , a 2018 Wash100 recipient. Read More »

Chinese universities ranked among global elite


The US continues to dominate the table in 2018, with Harvard University taking the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, and 43 other US institutions making the top 100. The top 20 comprises 13 U.S. universities, four British and three others. “Particularly worrying is the decline of all London universities in this list.”. Read More »

German Police: 1 Dead, 2 Injured in Knife Attack on Train


In Germany, an unknown attacker with a knife on the passenger train, as a result, injured one person. The train station has been cordoned off and access roads have been blocked. One of the passengers during a quarrel with a fellow traveler took out a knife and stabbed him, reports Bild . No trains were travelling to and from Flensburg - a town at the tip of the Flensburg Fjord in northern Germany, following the incident. Read More »

North Korea: Trump says summit with Kim is back on


In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un welcomed visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the first meeting between a Russian official and Kim as head of state. But Kim Jong Un , in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday (Friday NZT), complained about "US hegemonism", a comment that may complicate the discussions in NY. Read More »

Evicted 30-Year-Old Michael Rotondo Packing Up After Altercation with Dad


Michael Rotondo waved to journalists as he drove away from the house in Camillus, New York state. Rotondo, whose eviction from his parents' home drew national attention finally left hours before a court-ordered deadline. He told the Syracuse TV station he was moving into an Airbnb and had "more or less" said goodbye to his mother and father. Rotondo wanted to get into the home in because he said Lego belonging to his son - who he lost custody of and unsupervised visitation in 2017 - was in ... Read More »

Italy swears in populist prime minister


After the former International Monetary Fund official Carlo Cottarelli gave back his mandate, President Sergio Mattarella swiftly gave Conte a second chance in forming a cabinet on Thursday evening. But the choas was calmed a little Thursday when Conte met with the president again and presented new picks for the Cabinet. After meeting President Mattarella, Mr Conte confirmed that the new candidate for the key economy minister post would be economics professor Giovanni Tria . Read More »

Visa debit cards not working in European-wide outage

HSBC bank's UK Twitter account replied to a customer query saying: "From what we understand there are still intermittent issues but services are slowly recovering ". The Visa card payment system is now down across Europe . We will update when we know more. It has not been confirmed if this problem is impacting all Visa cards or all businesses that use Paymentsense. Read More »

The man sent by North Korea leader to U.S….


Since then, North Korea has rejected U.S. demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme that experts say could threaten the United States. Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn't serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program. Read More »

Mike Pompeo Had Steak with North Korea's Kim Yong Chol


Liberals in South Korea seek more engagement and dialogue with North Korea and are hopeful of Trump's pursuit of a meeting with Kim - despite the brief hiccup last week when he canceled it. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track. The two men met for 45 minutes and Jo brought Clinton a letter from Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korea's current leader. Read More »

Trump wants to ban German cars from America

An excerpt from German magazine Wirtschaftswoche's article, which cited several unnamed European and USA diplomats but did not include any direct quotes, could not be independently verified, while a United States Embassy spokesman in Berlin referred questions to Washington. Read More »

Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico'


They randomly sampled 35 households, totaling 9,522 people, in 13 barrios and then compared the number of deaths reported between September 20 and December 31 to the same period a year earlier since the island's death rate has not fluctuated significantly since 2010. Read More »

US Tariffs Raise Fears of Trade War with American Allies

Ross had criticised the European Union for blocking trade negotiations because of the tariffs issue, pointing to China which he said had continued to negotiate on a trade deal". President Trump's decision to impose the tariffs was provoked by a flood of subsidised Chinese steel on the world market, which has challenged the sustainability of the industry in the West. Read More »

Spain: The rise and fall of Mariano Rajoy


Sanchez then gave up his seat in parliament when the Socialists' caretaker leadership opted to allow Rajoy to stay in power, avoiding new elections they feared would result in even bigger losses. In parliament Thursday, Sanchez presented his case that Rajoy must go because Spain "is sick and exhausted of serial corruption". "Today we are signing a new page in the history of democracy in our country", Sanchez told parliament prior to the vote. Read More »

Spanish Socialist Sanchez succeeds Rajoy as prime minister


There have been three other such votes since Spain returned to democracy following the death of long-time dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, including one against Rajoy previous year. It also ordered the party to pay back €245,000 (US$290,000) received from the scheme to help finance election campaigns. "Sanchez has reiterated a commitment with European orthodoxy and budget control in Spain", UBS analysts said. Read More »

Theresa May told 'time is running out' by top European Union business leaders


The "maximum facilitation" option preferred by Brexiteers would involve using technology and a "trusted trader" plan to reduce customs checks by monitoring goods passing through the border. Negotiators continue to shuttle between Brussels and London , but issues that were identified as stumbling blocks a year ago remain unresolved. The UK parliament has hit the federal government with a collection of defeats on key items of laws related to Brexit. Read More »

Mexican reporter killed in northern border state


On Friday, economics reporter Alicia Diaz Gonzalez was found beaten to death at her home in Monterrey, in northern Mexico . In the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in the North-East of the country was beaten to death correspondent Hector Antonio Gonzalez. Read More »

Halsey Lays Into Ivanka Trump for New Photo With Her Son


And another report that is going viral this week says that the Department of Health and Human services " lost track of" more than 1,500 children who they had placed with USA sponsors. "It was never meant to be a foster care system with more than 10,000 children in custody at an immediate cost to the federal taxpayer of over $1 billion per year". Read More »

Donald Trump mulls freeing Rod Blagojevich from prison, pardon for Martha Stewart


Trump announced on Twitter his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations and was an outspoken critic of Democratic former President Barack Obama , saying he had been "treated very unfairly by our government!" Over the past two years, Trump disparaged presidents for pardons they've issued, even as he issued more pardons than each of his three predecessors by this point in their presidencies. Read More »

Judge Rejects Cohen's Attempt To Drag Out Doc Review


In an extensive Tuesday court filing , Michael Cohen's lawyers are trying to use a recent $10 million judgment against Michael Avenatti's law firm to prevent him from being admitted into Cohen's case, which is taking place in the Southern District of NY. Read More »

Europe Insists on Keeping Nuclear Deal with Iran Because of Security


China, Russia and European powers, all of which signed the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, are scrambling to save the pact following the USA president's decision to quit the agreement and reinstate sanctions. Tehran adopted constructive and moderate stances following the United States decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, Turkish Ambassador to Iran Reza Hakan Tekin said Sunday, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency . Read More »

Korean Spy Chief Called 'Man Who Whispers in Kim Jong Un's Ear'


The summit had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but Trump wrote a letter to Kim Jong Un last week saying he had chose to "terminate" the meeting. Trump called it off last week. 8 - There are another set of talks reported to be taking place in Singapore, sorting out the logistical details. Choe Kang Il, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official involved with North American issues, also was spotted at Beijing airport, according to Yonhap. Read More »

Parkland Shooter Recorded Himself Plotting School Massacre


The video also revealed he initially meant to shoot down at students in a courtyard. "Hello. My name is Nik and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018", Cruz, 19, says calmly. His cellphone was confiscated as evidence after the attack. Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes declined to comment on the videos' contents. Read More »

Abramovich 'has right' to Israeli citizenship, says Kremlin


The decision to move to Israel coincided with visa complications recently experienced by Abramovich in Britain: his previous visa expired and, according to media reports , his next permit was delayed. The poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, plus Britain accusing Moscow of being behind the incident, has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Read More »

Pompeii: New find shows man crushed trying to flee eruption


The archaeologists assume the skeleton's head is still under the stone block. The man's thorax was crushed in the incident and archaeologists later determined he had suffered an infection of the Tibia bone in his lower leg, which may have left him with walking difficulties and slowed his escape. Read More »

Irish abortion vote prompts calls for Northern Ireland to follow


Now, resounding victory in hand, abortion rights advocates are turning their attentions north of the border. Monday, activists outside the city hall in Belfast, the seat of the regional government, demanded: What about us? More than 160 MPs, including some Conservatives, have written to May demanding she allow a referendum on relaxing the abortion laws in Northern Ireland. Read More »

First post-Mugabe election called in Zimbabwe


Prospective candidates will be registered on June 14. Mr Mugabe will not be on the ballot and, for the first time in 20 years, nor will former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai , who died of cancer in February at the age of 65. He has promised to break with Mugabe's policies and says Zimbabwe is opening up to foreign investors. Crucially, Mnangagwa enjoys the backing of the army, which analysts say remains averse to any leader who, unlike him, lacks a pedigree from the liberation war ... Read More »