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Day: July 20, 2017

Britain has to pay to France as Brexit bill of as much as $115 billion
ENGLISH, Europe

Britain has to pay to France as Brexit bill of as much as $115 billion

    France insisted that the U.K. pay a Brexit bill of as much as 100 billion euros ($115 billion), underlining the hurdles to substantial progress in negotiations toward a new relationship with the European Union. As the second round of talks wraps up in Brussels, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire used a hearing in the French parliament in Paris on Wednesday evening to take a hard line on what the EU believes the U.K. owes the bloc in terms of liabilities and obligations. To drive his point home, he evoked the spirit of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she won a rebate on Britain’s payments to the central EU budget, complaining that the U.K. was losing out despite being one of the biggest contributors. I will say what Margaret Thatcher used to say: We want ou...
Grenfell Tower residents call on new Kensington council leader to resign
ENGLISH, London

Grenfell Tower residents call on new Kensington council leader to resign

    Grenfell Tower residents heckled and booed the new leader of Kensington and Chelsea council during a stormy public meeting. Shouts of shame on you rang out from the chamber as Elizabeth Campbell was formally elected after being nominated by the local Conservative group. Others cried out murderers. She replaced former council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown, who resigned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people. As Ms Campbell addressed the chamber in Kensington Town Hall and at times could not be heard amid the yells of resign, prompting calls for order She said: We meet at a time of unimaginable grief and sorrow. The Grenfell fire is the biggest civilian disaster in this country for a generation. But as she described how she had spent the past f...
A former London postman who joined Isis has been charged with involvement in a mass execution in Syria
ENGLISH, Europe

A former London postman who joined Isis has been charged with involvement in a mass execution in Syria

    Former London postman charged with murdering Syrian captives in Isis mass execution. Harry Sarfo, who is already serving three years in a German prison for terror offences, was not accused of murder until footage of the massacre emerged last year. The federal public prosecutor’s office said he was charged with six counts of murder and violating human rights law at a specialist state security court in Hamburg. In mid-June 2015 the so-called Islamic State had six prisoners executed on Palmyra’s market square, a spokesperson said. Sarfo belonged to the six-member squad that carried out the execution and he was armed with a pistol. Together with other members of his group, he guarded the prisoners and prevented them from escaping. Prosecutors said Sarfo led one of the captives...
Trump’s administration can enforce a ban on refugees
America, ENGLISH

Trump’s administration can enforce a ban on refugees

    The US Supreme Court has ruled President Trump's administration can enforce a ban on refugees. Their temporary decision means the controversial restrictions can remain in force while an appeal is considered by a federal appeals court in San Francisco. Supreme Court justices also rejected an attempt by Mr Trump to block a judge's ruling that stopped his travel ban on people from six Muslim majority countries from being applied to the grandparents of US citizens. Their decision was not unanimous, and three conservatives on the court of nine justices had noted that they would have granted the President's request in full. Other Donald Trump signs his latest executive order restricting travel by citizens of six mainly-Muslim countries. In June, the Supreme Court had ruled that ...
German court bans women wearing headscarf
ENGLISH, Europe

German court bans women wearing headscarf

    A German judge has told a Syrian woman that she cannot wear her Islamic headscarf during a divorce hearing in court, claiming religiously-motivated attire is prohibited. Najat Abokal, a lawyer representing the woman, said the order was made for divorce proceedings in the district court in Luckenwalde, Brandenberg, reports The Independent. She said the letter warned of legal action against the woman if she does not comply, but also ordered her to appear in person to present her case against her husband. Abokal has accused the judge of acting ‘unconstitutionally’, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported, saying she would contest the order amid fierce debate over Islamic dress in Germany. One of her colleagues confirmed the information to The Independent but said no further comme...