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Switzerland & United States are the world’s most corrupt nations – report

A new study from advocacy group Tax Justice Network reveals that Switzerland is the world’s most-corrupt country, with a “high secrecy score of 76.” It’s followed by the US and the Cayman Islands. “Switzerland is the grandfather of the world’s tax havens, one of the world’s largest offshore financial centers, and one of the world’s biggest secrecy jurisdictions or tax ...

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S. Korea takes legal action against United States over ‘excessive’ tariffs

Following a recent move by Canada, South Korea has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States’ so-called safeguard tariffs on imported goods. Read more “Korea considers these measures to be inconsistent with the United States’ obligations under the relevant provisions of the GATT 1994 and Agreement on Safeguards,” the complaint said, according to Reuters. ...

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Pennsylvania court rules state’s gerrymandered congressional map unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state’s congressional map and ordered lawmakers to redraw new, nonpartisan districts. If the Democratic governor doesn’t approve, the court may undertake the task. On Monday, five out of the seven justices on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” ...

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Maduro urges Latin American states to join oil & gold-backed cryptocurrency project

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro has invited members of the regional ALBA-TCP bloc to join him in launching a new cryptocurrency. Named petro, the cryptocurrency will be backed by the country’s oil, gas, gold and diamond riches. “I have a proposal for the economic teams of the ALBA: to assume jointly the creation of an oil-backed petro cryptocurrency, which will be ...

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The West? Trolling foreign states for over a decade – former MI5 agent

Western countries have been running so-called troll farms against other states for a long time and may now be only seeking to expand operations by developing new software, says former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon. The US army is looking for help to access and respond to foreign social media platforms. The software needs to interpret the sentiment within a ...

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States hosting expanded NATO forces reduce own level of security – top Russian diplomat

NATO’s military buildup near Russia’s borders dramatically worsens the security situations in countries where troops and equipment of the alliance are being stationed, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warns. “[I am] sure that the negative consequences of NATO’s military preparations should spark serious concern among all [sides], as they worsen the security situation with regard to those states whose ...

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30% of Germans & French embrace ‘radical’ United States of Europe concept – survey

The idea of a federal Europe as touted by the chair of Germany’s SPD party has failed to win Scandinavians or Britons, but fared well in France and Germany, where some 30 percent are in favor of the concept, a new poll has found. Results of a YouGov poll, released Thursday, show the majority of respondents in the countries surveyed ...

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Netanyahu claims more states ‘seriously considering’ relocating embassies to Jerusalem

Several states are “seriously considering” moving their embassies to Jerusalem, the Israeli PM has claimed, as Palestinians continue to desperately protest the controversial US recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital. “We’re now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” Benjamin Netanyahu told ...

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‘We'll save a lot‘: Trump threatens to stop aid to UN member states over Jerusalem vote

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 18:23 Edited time: 20 Dec, 2017 18:41 President Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to UN member states who vote against US at the upcoming UN General Assembly on the issue of Washington’s Jerusalem move. He said the US will save “billions” in the process. His threats come ahead of the rare emergency special ...

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Merkel’s allies reject idea of ‘United States of Europe’ ahead of crucial coalition talks

Europe is not ready to become the ‘United States of Europe,’ trusted allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have stated, rejecting a vision of Europe proposed by Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), a former coalition partner. Germany plunged into crisis after the country’s political forces failed to form a coalition following the September Bundestag election. ...

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