Monday, 16 September 2019: Iran dismisses US claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, Salvini promises referendums to counter new Italian government, Violent „Yellow Vest“ protests in France


Iran dismisses US claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes: Drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Iran has rejected accusations by the United States that it was behind the attack. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blamed Iran for the attacks, while the Saudi interior ministry said investigations into the attack were ongoing. The EU warned that the drone strikes posed a real threat to regional security, Britain called them a reckless attempt to disrupt global oil supplies and France said such actions could only worsen risk of conflict. Oil futures jumped in the wake of the attack. Brent crude was up more than 10% and US President Donald Trump authorised the release of oil from the US strategic petroleum reserve, if needed.,,,

„Ocean Viking“ migrants disembark in Italy: The new Italian government has allowed a rescue ship carrying 82 migrants to come ashore on the island of Lampedusa, after nearly a week at sea. An ad hoc European agreement had been reached between Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg to allow the landing, with Germany and France each pledging to take 25% of the passengers. Portugal will take eight and Luxembourg two migrants, Italian media reported. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that under a possible future agreement, his country would take 25% of rescued migrants landing in Italy. EU interior ministers will meet in Malta later this month to try to reach a wider deal.,,

EU commissioner nominee Reynders facing probe: Belgian police are investigating allegations of corruption and money-laundering against Didier Reynders, the country’s foreign minister and the nominee to be the EU’s next justice commissioner. The accusations relate to the construction of the Belgian embassy building in Kinshasa, the lease of a federal police HQ and other matters.

Hong Kong: Protesters rally outside British Consulate
Israel: Jordan Valley settlement officially approved by Israeli lawmakers
Tunisia: Second free presidential election


Salvini promises referendums to counter new Italian government: League leader and former interior minister Matteo Salvini has announced that he will unleash a battery of referendums to try to sink reforms planned by the new government. Salvini also promised a referendum if the coalition sought to overturn a law he introduced last month that blocked Italy’s ports to migrant rescue ships. Salvini’s anti-migrant drive has helped the League more than double its support since national elections in 2018, making it Italy’s biggest party.

Violent „Yellow Vest“ protests in France: French police clashed with protesters in the western city of Nantes on Saturday, as revived „Yellow Vest“ protests against the government’s planned pension system reform took place across the country. Police said roughly 1,800 people protested in Nantes, and clashes resulted in several injured. There were at least 35 arrests. Other protests were reported to be taking place in Toulouse, Nancy, Lyon and Paris.,

Germany plans climate protection measures: Climate protection measures that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition partners want to unveil next week will cost at least 40 billion euros until 2023, according to reports. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz did not confirm this number, but said a new climate protection package would be ambitious. The plans are expected to touch on a broad range of issues such as raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving heating systems for buildings and raising a green surcharge for plane tickets. Tens of thousands of climate demonstrators protested at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt on Saturday. Activists have called for a global climate strike on Friday., (Climate package); (IAA); (Climate strike)

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Audi gets ultimatum to remove illegal diesel software: Germany’s motor vehicle authority has told Audi that it faces penalties for its failure to remove illegal software from diesel cars that can manipulate emissions levels. The „Bild am Sonntag“ newspaper reported that Audi faces a fine of 25,000 euro for each car still carrying an illegal device. A spokesman for Audi said the carmaker was getting closer to upgrading the remaining 8% of the cars in question and that it would complete the mission by the set deadline.

Estonia: Hundreds protest against government
France 1: Plans to end ban on IVF for lesbian couples and single women
France 2: Jean-Marie Le Pen charged with embezzlement of EU funds; Marine Le Pen election campaigning;

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Danes raise millions for trees: The people of Denmark donated about €2.4 million for the planting of trees in a telethon on Saturday. For every 20 Danish kroner (€2.70) donated, one tree is to be planted, and 20% of the total donations will be earmarked for forest conservation efforts in the Scandinavian country.



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