April 12, 2017 nº 1,858 - Vol. 14

"Extremists think ''communication'' means agreeing with them."

Leo Rosten

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Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday, becoming the 113th person to serve on the US Supreme Court. Gorsuch's confirmation will return the court to a balance of four conservatives, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote. In accepting the post, Gorsuch stated, "To my new colleagues and the staff of the Supreme Court, thank you for the very warm welcome. I look forward to many happy years together." Kennedy administered the oath of office to Gorsuch using the family Bible while his wife and two daughters watched. Gorsuch was a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. He graduated from Harvard Law and holds a PhD from Oxford, where he was a Marshall scholar.

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China 'world top executioner'

The number of executions recorded worldwide in 2016 fell by 37% on the previous year, human rights group Amnesty International says. At least 1,032 people were executed last year, down from 1,634 in 2015, Amnesty said. The fall was largely driven by fewer deaths recorded in Iran and Pakistan. China is believed to have executed more than all countries combined but has not been included in the figures given the lack of reliable data, the group adds. The US was removed from the top five for the first time since 2006, according to Amnesty. Despite fewer executions, Iran and Pakistan remain in Amnesty's top five list, along with China, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Trump isn't wrong on China currency manipulation, just late

Trump promised action against manipulation. But Beijing is now propping up the renminbi, not weakening it. The time to act was a decade ago.

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Brazil in huge corruption probe

Brazil has been rocked by dramatic new corruption allegations after a judge ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and scores of MPs. The list includes President Michel Temer's chief of staff, Rio de Janeiro's mayor during the Olympics and at least four former presidents. They were named by employees of construction firm Odebrecht, which has admitted paying $1bn in bribes. It is part of a three-year probe into graft at state oil company Petrobras. All 108 people named on the list released by Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin are suspected of involvement in a massive bribery and embezzlement operation that took money out of Petrobras and funneled it into politicians' pockets and political party slush funds. The investigations into nearly a third of President Temer's cabinet pose a threat to his efforts to pass austerity reforms that he says are needed to lift the economy out of recession. The names also include a number of potential presidential candidates for elections in 2018, including Aecio Neves and former foreign minister Jose Serra. Temer's office has not commented on Judge Fachin's list, but he has vowed to suspend ministers who are charged as a result of the investigations. (Click here)

G7 fails to reach deal on Syria sanctions

The G7 nations failed to reach an agreement on whether to impose new sanctions on Russia and Syria, Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano announced Tuesday. Before the two-day meeting of the G7 ministers, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had stated that he wanted to impose new sanctions in the wake of the alleged chemical weapons attack. The G7 met to solidify a unified approach to the Syrian situation before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow next week. However, the G7 meeting reached no such unified plan.

New York passes law offering free college tuition to residents

New York became the first state to offer free college tuition to residents on Monday when governor Andrew Cuomo approved the 2018 State Budget. The budget, unanimously passed by the Senate, invests $163 million in the Excelsior Scholarship program, making tuition free for middle class and low-income students attending 2 and 4-year SUNY and CUNY colleges. Cuomo said he hopes other states will adopt similar programs. (Click here)

Taiwan bans slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption

Taiwan's parliament has approved a bill banning the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. The bill also prohibits those using a car or motorbike from pulling their pets alongside them on a lead as they travel. Anyone caught breaching the order faces a large fine or up to two years in prison - and having their names and photographs made public. The measures were introduced to improve the country's animal protection laws.

White House gaffe on Hitler and chemical weapons draws ire

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologized after declaring that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War Two. "I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference about the Holocaust and there is no comparison," he said. "For that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that." Critics pointed out gas was used to kill Jews and others in the Holocaust.

Triple murder suspect jumps to his death at court

An Ohio man suspected of killing a 10-year-old girl and her grandparents has jumped to his death at a courthouse in an "an apparent suicide", police said. Surveillance footage showed Mr Seman walking with two officers before he jumped off a fourth floor balcony. He was leaving the courthouse after a status hearing before his trial.

Barclays security chief faces disciplinary action

The head of security at Barclays faces an internal disciplinary probe over his part in a whistleblowing inquiry. UK financial regulators have opened an investigation into Barclays boss, Jes Staley, over the whistleblowing case. Staley asked the bank's security chief, Troels Oerting, to find the author of an anonymous letter. The letter questioned the past conduct of a senior recruit, Tim Main, who was a former colleague of Staley. His enquiry has attracted the attention of the Department for Financial Services in the US.

More travelers entering US are being asked for their cellphones and passwords

The Department of Homeland Security says such demands aren't routine and represent a fraction of those entering the country.

The Wells Fargo clawback

A report from a panel of the bank's board members describes the system that led to a sham accounts scandal, and its numerous red flags. After an investigation into a sales scandal at the bank, two former executives must repay $75 million in compensation. (Click here)

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