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  • Egyptian court rejects plan to transfer Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

    Cairo court ruling confirming Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands comes amid rising tensions with neighbour. 

    An Egyptian court has issued a final ruling rejecting a controversial government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, prompting cheers in the Cairo courtroom but potentially deepening tensions with the country’s erstwhile financial backer..

    Celebrations erupted as the judge gave the verdict confirming Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir, saying the government had failed to provide evidence that the islands were Saudi.

    The deal to transfer the islands, announced in April, caused public uproar and protests by Egyptians, who believe Tiran and Sanafir belong to their country. It also fed into discontent over the country’s economic crisis.

    Ali Ayoub, who helped bring the original case against the government, responded with jubilation to Monday’s ruling. “The ruling is final and cannot be subject to appeal, [even] the parliament doesn’t have the right to discuss this agreement, because it’s been made null and void by a court ruling” he said, surrounded by supporters chanting: “Egyptian, Egyptian, Egyptian.”

    Tiran and Sanafir are situated in the narrow entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba leading to Jordan and Israel. Saudi and Egyptian officials say they belong to Saudi Arabia and have been under Egyptian control only because Riyadh asked Cairo in 1950 to protect them.

    read more at : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/16/egyptian-court-rejects-transfer-red-sea-islands-saudi-arabia-tiran-sanafir

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  • 180 Dead in Saturday’s Migrant Boat Disaster in Med: Survivors

    180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday’s migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said on Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

     

    Humanitarian workers from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), recounted harrowing details of the latest major tragedy in waters off Libya after talking to four rescued passengerstwo Eritreans and two Ethiopians, who arrived on Monday evening in the Sicilian port of Trapani.

    The survivors, three men and one woman, were described as “traumatized and exhausted“. They said their two-tier, wooden boat had left Libya on Friday with more 180 people packed on board, all of them originally from East Africa.

    After five hours at sea, the engine cut out and the boat started to take on water. As it slowly sank, more and more of the people on board were submerged under water.

     

    One of the survivors described his desperate effort to find his wife, who had taken a spot in the centre of the ship.After hours in the water, the survivors were rescued on Saturday 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast by a French boat operating as part of the European borders agency Frontex’s Operation Triton before being transferred to another Frontex ship, the Siem Pilot.Siem Pilot, provided by the Norwegian coastguard, arrived in Trapani on Monday evening with the four survivors, four recovered corpses and 34 people rescued from another stricken migrant boat.

     The latest deaths and rescues follow a record year for the number of migrants trying to reach Europe on the western Mediterranean route from north Africa to Italy.

     

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  • BRAIN TEASER: ONLY 5% OF ALL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAS MANAGED TO FIND ALL THE DIFFERENCES! ARE YOU AMONG THOSE PEOPLE?

    This is a very good brain teaser which will awake all your brain waves. Namely only 5% of all the people in the world can manage to find all the differences. Many people managed to find even 5 differences at first glance. The similarity of these pictures is too big and you need to pay extra attention to these pictures in order to find all the differences.

    Therefore take a look at these pictures, check your skills and sharpen your eye, because you will really need it!

     

    source:  www.bright-box.me

     

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  • Samsung boss faces arrest as South Korea corruption scandal grows

    South Korea's special prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.

    The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of the country's President Park Geung-hye.

    Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms Park, in exchange for government favours.

    The firm said the issuing of the arrest warrant was "hard to understand".

    Seoul Central District Court must now decide whether to go ahead and issue the warrant.

    If this happened, Mr Lee would be the first executive to be arrested in connection to the scandal.

    He is currently vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, but since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, he is considered de facto boss of the entire Samsung Group conglomerate.

    'Justice takes precedence'

    Mr Lee, also known as Jay Y Lee, was questioned as a suspect for more than 20 hours at the prosecutor's office in Seoul last week.

    Charges the department wants to bring include:

    • Bribery: approving decisions to pay Ms Choi in a bid to win political influence
    • Embezzlement: spending corporate funds on bribes
    • Perjury: telling a parliamentary hearing that he made donations without seeking any preferential treatment

     

     

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  • South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery

    South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye.

    Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park.

    The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scandal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates and cement his control of the family business.

    The 48-year-old Lee, who became the de facto head of the Samsung Group after his father, Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated by a heart attack in 2014, was also accused of embezzlement and perjury, according to the prosecution's application for an arrest warrant.

    "The special prosecutors' office, in making this decision to seek an arrest warrant, determined that while the country's economic conditions are important, upholding justice takes precedence," special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told a media briefing.

    Prosecutors have evidence showing that Park and Choi shared profits made through bribery payments, he said, without elaborating.

    Lee is due to appear on Wednesday morning at the Seoul central district court, which will decide whether to grant the arrest warrant.

    Samsung, whose companies generate $230 billion in revenue, equivalent to about 17 percent of South Korea's economy, rejected the accusation that Lee paid bribes.

    "It is difficult to understand the special prosecutors' decision," it said in an emailed statement.

    Prosecutors have been looking into whether Samsung's support for foundations and a company backed by Choi was linked to the National Pension Service's 2015 decision to support a controversial $8 billion merger of Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc.

    Samsung has acknowledged providing funds to the institutions but has repeatedly denied accusations of lobbying to push through the merger.

    "It is especially hard to accept the special prosecutor's assertion that there was improper request for a favor related to the merger or succession of control," it said on Monday.

    More Read : http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN150079

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