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Day: November 18, 2017

Three thousand year old castle discovered under the lake
Africa world, ENGLISH

Three thousand year old castle discovered under the lake

    The 3,000-year-old remains of an ancient fortification have been discovered at the bottom of Turkey's largest lake. Divers exploring Lake Van discovered the incredibly well preserved wall of a castle, thought to have been built by the Urartu civilisation. Experts had been studying the body of water for a decade before it revealed the fortress lost deep below its surface. Watch Video The discovery was made by a team of researchers, including Tahsin Ceylan, an underwater photographer and videographer, diver Cumali Birol, and Mustafa Akkuş, an academic from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University. Legends among the area's population spoke of ancient ruins hidden in the water, and the Van team decided to investigate. Over the course of ten years, they captured images of pearl mu...
World’s second youngest billionaire  gets penalty £23,000 where based on income
ENGLISH, Europe

World’s second youngest billionaire gets penalty £23,000 where based on income

    The world's second youngest billionaire has been fined £23,000 for drink-driving, but it could have been even worse. Katharina Andresen, 22, was caught over the limit in Norway where fines are based on the income. Andresen, whose father Johan transferred 42 per cent of his hedge fund to her and her 20-year-old sister Alexandra, is worth an estimated $1.23 billion, according to Forbes. The Andresen family have been a household name in Norway for more than a century. Johan made his fortune in the tobacco industry but sold his share in the business for $480million (£363million) in 2005 and now runs the Ferd investment company. According to Norwegian business newspaper Finansavisen, Katharina was three times over the drink-drive limit when she was stopped near the family's lux...
Call to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing diesel motorists ahead of Budget
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Call to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing diesel motorists ahead of Budget

    Motoring campaigners have urged the Government to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing the drivers of diesel vehicles in Wednesday’s Budget. There has been growing speculation that Chancellor Philip Hammond will increase taxes on new diesel cars following calls by environmentalists to take action to improve air quality. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers and pressure group FairFuelUK have written to Prime Minister Theresa May and Mr Hammond calling on them to avoid such action. The letter claims that introducing a new purchase registration tax onto new diesels would be “a massive disincentive” for motorists to switch to modern, cleaner models. It went on to warn that raising duty on diesel fuel would cause a reduction in...
Britain to pay 400 million pound debt to Iran soon
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain to pay 400 million pound debt to Iran soon

    An outstanding debt owed by the U.K. to Tehran will be transferred to the Central Bank of Iran in the coming days. The payment ... has nothing to do with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case, Hamid Baeedinejad wrote on his Telegram channel. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in April 2016 in Tehran as she tried to leave Iran after a visit with her two-year-old daughter. She was sentenced to five years in prison after an Iranian court convicted her of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges, and Britain has called for her release. Iran does not recognise dual citizenship for its nationals. Britain's debt to Iran dates from the 1970s, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. Iran paid up front for 1,750 Chieftain tanks and ...
EU gives Theresa May two weeks to up divorce bill and stop talks stalling
ENGLISH, Europe

EU gives Theresa May two weeks to up divorce bill and stop talks stalling

    EU Council president Donald Tusk has told Theresa May she has two weeks to act on the issues of the Brexit divorce bill and Ireland for negotiations to progress. Mr Tusk told the Prime Minister he was ready to move onto the next phase of talks but that the UK needed to show more progress on key issues. He said good progress had been made on citizens' rights but that this had not been mirrored in other areas. We will be ready to move onto the second phase in December but, in order to do so, we need to see more progress from the UK side. If there is not sufficient progress by then, I will not be in a position to propose new guidelines on the future relationship at the December European council. I made it very clear to the Prime Minister that this progress needs to be made at...