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Day: November 30, 2016

Brexit legal challenge: European Court of Justice has ultimate authority on Article 50
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brexit legal challenge: European Court of Justice has ultimate authority on Article 50

    Advocate general Eleanor Sharpston QC told Sky Newsjudges hearing the Government's upcoming Supreme Court appeal against a ruling that Article 50 cannot be triggered without a Parliamentary vote could refer the matter to Luxembourg. She said the 28-member ECJ was “fully aware of the sensitivity and delicacy and constitutional importance of the issue”, adding that a European ruling could take between four and eight months in the event of a referral. Any input from Strasbourg would be certain to inflame hardline Brexit supporters, after the Prime Minister vowed to end its jurisdiction in the UK. “If you join the club and you wish to leave the club, you leave in accordance with the rules when you joined the club," Ms Sharpston added. "The rules of this club are the ones conta...
Saudi prince calls for end to country’s unjust ban on women driving
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi prince calls for end to country’s unjust ban on women driving

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal makes social and economic case for lifting ban, which he says is akin to denying women education Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the driving ban on women went beyond what is required by religion. • A billionaire Saudi prince has called for an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving. “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account. Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co, whose interests include US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park. The philanthropist is a longtime advocate of women’s rights in the kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women and is ...
Angela Merkel says nein to Theresa May’s calls for early deal on rights of EU migrants and British
ENGLISH, Europe

Angela Merkel says nein to Theresa May’s calls for early deal on rights of EU migrants and British

    Angela Merkel and Donald Tusk last night united to block Theresa May's attempt to fast-track a deal which would have created an amnesty for British ex-pats and EU migrants UK post-Brexit. Mrs May had proposed that EU workers currently living in the UK be allowed to remain in exchange for an agreement which gives British expats in the European Union the same rights. She had hoped to announce a deal within weeks but while more than 20 EU nations have signalled that they are prepared to agree to a reciprocal arrangement, Mrs Merkel has rebuffed Mrs May's attempts to come to an agreement. Her position was then backed by the president of the European Council, Mr Tusk, who last night said that Mrs May and British voters had created "anxiety and uncertainty" for migrants. He told...
RBS fails Bank of England stress test
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

RBS fails Bank of England stress test

    Taxpayer-backed bank unveils plan to bolster its capital by £2bn after faltering in annual health check of UK banking system Barclays and Standard Chartered also struggled to pass the Bank of England’s annual stress tests. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Royal Bank of Scotland has emerged as the biggest failure in the Bank of England’s annual health check of the UK banking system. The bank, which is 73% owned by taxpayers, issued a plan on Wednesday to Threadneedle Street intended to bolster its financial strength by an estimated £2bn. Two other banks, Barclays and Standard Chartered, also struggled in the so-called stress tests, the toughest yet, which are based on hypothetical scenarios including house prices falling and the global economy contracting by 1.9%. Barclays alr...
Adolf Hitler’s missing gold hoard found in wreckage of giant Nazi cruise liner discovered off Baltic coast
ENGLISH, Extras

Adolf Hitler’s missing gold hoard found in wreckage of giant Nazi cruise liner discovered off Baltic coast

    The explorer made the bold claims in relation to the stolen gold the Nazis hoarded during World War Two. His stash, reported to be worth £100 million, has been the subject of a number of treasure hunts. Some believe it was stored in a secret bunker before the fascist dictator's suicide But diver Phil Sayers has now claimed the stash is 450m deep on the bottom of the Baltic sea. The former professional said that he met a survivor of the tragic Wilhelm Gustloff ship, which was sunk by Soviets in January 1945 killing 9,500 on board. Mr Sayers, 61, claims that survivor Rudi Lange - who was a radio operator on the ship - saw crates of what he said is Nazi gold being boarded onto the boat. He did not know what was being taken on at first, but it was not until 1972 when he met up...