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Day: February 17, 2017

Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe
Asia, ENGLISH

Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

    Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye, at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul on 13 February, 2017. Prosecutors on Friday arrested the de facto head of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, Samsung, on bribery and other charges related to a political corruption scandal that triggered the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. In a fresh blow to the electronics giant’s corporate image, a district court cited new evidence in approving the arrest warrant against vice-chairman Lee Jae-Yong, who oversees the family-run electronics giant in the absence of his ailing father. Among other allegations, Lee is accused of paying nea...
Theresa May attempts to woo French government in Brexit article
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May attempts to woo French government in Brexit article

    Theresa May is attempting to woo the French government with a pledge that Britain will not seek to cherry-pick parts of EU membership after Brexit. The Prime Minister is hosting French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve for talks at Downing Street and will promise to respect the EU's desire to keep freedom of movement. Her pledge came after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in December regarding the UK's Brexit negotiations: We will not allow any cherry picking. The four basic freedoms must be safeguarded - freedom of movement for people, goods, services and financial market products. Only then can there be access to the single market. Then, on the day of the Prime Minister's Lancaster House speech on Brexit on 17 January, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negoti...
Kim Jong Un is a top suspect in his half brother’s death
Asia, ENGLISH

Kim Jong Un is a top suspect in his half brother’s death

    This year, as usual, wreaths were laid Thursday at statues of Kim Jong Il and his father, North Korea’s Eternal President, Kim Il Sung. There were parades and figure skating and synchronized swimming and displays of the flowers known to the rest of us as begonias but to North Koreans as Kimjongilia. The North’s third-generation leader, Kim Jong Un, cut a solemn figure as he bowed at his father’s tomb and presided over a meeting of Communist Party apparatchiks. But was that look of gravity a mark of respect for his deceased father? A sign of shock at the sudden death this week of his estranged older half brother? Or the steely face of a man who will stop at nothing to hold on to power? For South Korea’s often-unreliable intelligence service and some analysts in China, Kim J...
Tony Blair calls on remainers to rise up in defence of our beliefs
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Tony Blair calls on remainers to rise up in defence of our beliefs

    Tony Blair will declare his mission to persuade the UK to stay in the EU today, calling for remain supporters to rise up in defence of what we believe. The former prime minister will make the statement at his first big speech since the EU referendum, arguing that people were misinformed when they voted for Brexit. The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind, he is expected to say. Our mission is to persuade them to do so. His intervention is likely to be highly controversial at a time when Theresa May has criticised those seeking to deny the will of the people as reflected by the EU referendum vote on 23 June 2016, and when Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has pledged not to block the tr...
Driving licences of thousands of illegal immigrants revoked
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Driving licences of thousands of illegal immigrants revoked

    A crackdown on illegal immigrants in the UK has seen almost 27,000 drivers have their licences revoked since 2014. The figures also found a 22% rise in voided licences in 2016, compared to the year before. Some people caught had entered the UK illegally, but most obtained a licence while on a legitimate visa and had then illegally overstayed. However, critics say the "small" number of licences that actually go on to be surrendered undermines the system. The Home Office gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) the powers to revoke licences in July 2014. That month more than 3,500 licences were revoked. In 2015 it was 9,700 and in 2016 that number rose to 11,900, the figures released under the Freedom of Information Act to BBC South East show. The driving licence ...