Monday, 6 November 2017: „Paradise Papers“ expose tax haven secrets, Belgian judge releases ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont, Damian Green urged to step down

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

„Paradise Papers“ expose tax haven secrets: The „Paradise Papers“ are the latest in a series of leaks made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shedding light on the trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens. According to the leaked documents, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has kept investments in a shipping firm with significant business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. According to reports the documents also contain references to offshore interests held by Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
nytimes.com, reuters.com, nbcnews.com

Belgian judge releases ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont: A Belgian judge has released ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers under certain conditions after a hearing lasting more than 10 hours, according to Belgian media reports. Puigdemont, who faces charges of misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust relating to the secessionist campaign, turned himself in to Belgian police earlier on Sunday.
reuters.com

Texas church shooting leaves at least 26 dead: A gunman opened fire with a rifle outside a small Baptist church in rural Texas and continued firing inside the building on Sunday, killing at least 26 people. According to „Fox News“, the gunman lived in a suburb of San Antonio and doesn’t appear to be linked to organised terrorist groups. US President Donald Trump has begun a tour of Asia with a warning that no dictator should underestimate America, in a thinly veiled reference to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
nytimes.com, foxnews.com, theguardian.com

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Egypt summons several Western ambassadors: Egypt summoned several western ambassadors on Sunday in protest against a statement criticising the country’s detention of human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwaly. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and Canada issued a statement late on Friday critical of the detention of Metwaly, who was helping investigate the murder of a student whose body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital in 2016 showing signs of extensive torture.
reuters.com

75 killed in suicide car bomb attack in Syria: A suicide car bomb attack in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour killed 75 people and wounded 140 others, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday. The UK-based watchdog group said that many people have fled toward the desert region following the explosions. Thousands of civilians have been blockaded and trapped by the Syrian regime in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus.
dw.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

I can’t help it if others are getting impatient. We will only sign off when we can say: This is responsible. It makes no sense to form a government that isn’t stable and is constantly fighting.
Two weeks into coalition talks in Germany, FDP chief Christian Lindner said the German Free Democrats (FDP) were not afraid of holding new elections should the coalition negotiations fail.
politico.eu

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Berlusconi’s centre-right leads narrowly in Sicily election: Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition on Sunday looked set to win by a narrow margin a regional vote in Sicily seen as a crucial test of national trends ahead of forthcoming parliamentary elections, exit polls suggested. The centre-left, led by Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party, looked certain to finish a distant third.
reuters.com

Damian Green urged to step down: The UK’s home secretary, Amber Rudd, has called for MPs guilty of harassment or abuse to face potential dismissal from parliament, as Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green, battled for his political future amid calls for him to step aside. With seven Conservative MPs now facing various investigations or having resigned as ministers, and more allegations swirling, May faces the theoretical possibility of a series of byelections that could sink her precarious minority government.
theguardian.com

Thousands of Romanians protest judicial overhaul plans: More than 20,000 Romanians protested across the country on Sunday against proposed changes to judicial laws that would make them more lenient toward corruption. The plans, initially announced by the justice minister in August and currently under debate in parliament, could put the judicial system under political control in one of the EU’s most corrupt states.
politico.eu, reuters.com

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Macron urged to launch emergency plan to tackle sexual violence : About 100 prominent French women urged French President Emmanuel Macron to launch an emergency plan to curb sexual violence as more than 10,000 people marched on Sunday in protest at the murder of a female jogger. An open letter and an online petition signed by female filmmakers, authors and journalists said half of French women had suffered sexual violence.
telegraph.co.uk

Germany: Police clash with Kurdish protesters in Düsseldorf dw.com
Italy: Bodies of 23 migrants recovered from Mediterranean Sea euronews.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

German politician works despite facial paralysis: Volker Bouffier, the Minister President for the German state of Hesse, is a very busy man with a lot on his plate: Long coalition talks in Berlin, representing the state of Hesse, and day-to-day business. And although he has been suffering from an inflammation that affects his eye and jaw, the politician has not taken a sick day.
bild.de

 

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