February 23, 2015 nº 1,596 -  Vol. 11

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  • Top News

Obama Administration to Ask for Stay on Immigration Ruling

The Obama administration will ask a federal court to allow it to continue implementing the president's immigration plan, following a legal setback this past week. The Department of Justice plans to file a request for an emergency stay of a recent injunction, which temporarily blocked the Department of Homeland Security's rollout of its immigration program, while it appeals that ruling. The program would allow about four million people currently in the country illegally to apply for deferred deportation and work authorizations. Attorneys for the Justice Department will make the request by Monday at the latest, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday. The stay, if granted, would allow the administration to continue laying the groundwork for its Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program.

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China hurt most by currency wars

With the dollar having risen 3.5 percent against the yuan since January 2014, China has entered the currency war. And that's a mixed bag for the world's second largest economy. While the yuan's slide greases China's export machine by making its goods cheaper in foreign currency terms, it also pushes global investors away from the country. That's bad news for Chinese companies and banks that have borrowed an estimated $1 trillion of debt in dollars over the past five years, expecting the yuan's ascent to continue.

Berries recalled over Hep A cases

An Australian food company expands a recall of frozen berries from China that health officials are linking to nine cases of Hepatitis A.

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  • Brief News

HSBC left itself open to criminal charges

HSBC left itself open to criminal charges in the UK over its Swiss tax-dodging scandal. There were strong grounds to investigate the bank for "cheating" HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC's decision not to prosecute was "seriously flawed". HSBC published a full-page apology in several Sunday newspapers last week for the past behavior of its private bank in Geneva, and reports suggest it could make another apology this week.

Employers watch High Court case on religious garb

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments over whether Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim job applicant because she wore a head scarf, in a case being closely watched by employers.

Greek reforms 'focus on tax evasion'

Greece will crack down on tax evasion and streamline its civil service in its bid to secure a bailout extension, minister of state Nikos Pappas says. The government is working on a package of reforms that it must submit to international creditors on Monday. If the reforms are approved, Greece will be granted a vital four-month extension on its debt repayments. Pappas said the reforms being proposed would take the Greek economy "out of sedation". "We are compiling a list of measures to make the Greek civil service more effective and to combat tax evasion."

Federal judge dismisses Google antitrust suit

A federal judge for the Northern District of California on Friday dismissed a class action suit against Google for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to represent a class of Android purchasers. According to the claim, neither plaintiff knew that Google would be the default search engine on their phone or how to modify the search engine. The plaintiffs argued their phones could have cost less and contained better search functions if it were not for Google's strict Mobile Application Distribution Agreements. Plaintiffs brought forth six causes of action against Google under both federal and state laws, including: the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the California Unfair Competition Law, and California's Cartwright Act.

Iran violated Joint Plan of Action

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. The IAEA claims a UN report shows that Iran may have violated the agreement by failing to expand studies of more efficient models of a machine used to refine uranium. This causes concern because the development of more efficient models could allow Iran to produce nuclear bomb material several times greater than that produced with the current machine. The agency requests that Iran answer its inquiries regarding the failed expansion, in order to ensure that the country can be trusted to develop its nuclear program in a peaceful manner.

US to consider Russia sanctions

US Secretary of State John Kerry says new "serious sanctions" are being considered against Russia over its "craven" behavior in Ukraine. Obama will evaluate the options and make a decision in the coming days. "If this failure continues, make no mistake, there will be further consequences including consequences that will place added strains on Russia's already troubled economy." But a Kremlin spokesman said sanctions would not help solve Ukraine's crisis.

Australia to toughen citizenship law

Australia will toughen its citizenship laws as part of a new anti-terrorism strategy to combat rising threats. Citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism could be suspended or even revoked; people born in Australia could also lose some privileges if they broke anti-terror laws. Officials have long warned that the country faces growing security threats, especially from radical Islamists.

US will fine Takata $14,000/day for resisting air bag probe

US regulators said they're fining Takata Corp. to help speed government efforts to solve the mystery of why millions of air bags in passenger cars may be at risk of exploding. The company's failure to cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it harder to know why the air bags are failing. "We still don't have the root cause. The safety issue has not been resolved."

Egypt's top cleric calls for reform

The Grand Sheikh of Egypt's al-Azhar University calls for overhaul of Islamic religious teaching to tackle spread of extremism. He said that a historical misreading of the Koran had led to intolerant interpretations of Islam. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that a pan-Arab military force is needed to combat terrorism.

Thai students face insult verdict

A Thai court is due to rule on the case of two students charged with breaking strict lese majeste laws which protect the royals from any insults. Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong admitted insulting the monarchy in a play they performed in 2013 about a 1973 uprising. They face up to 15 years in jail. Thailand's lese majeste laws are the world's strictest, but critics say the military government is increasingly using them to silence dissent.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

Time
This baby could live to be 142 years old. How your Mindset Can Change How You Age

Newsweek
Pirates of the Arabian sea

Business Week
Will Investors Put the Lid on the Container Store’s Generous Wages?

The Economist
India’s economy. A chance to fly

Der Spiegel
Der verheizte Planet. Wie die Gier nach Wachstum unser Klima zerstört

L'Espresso
Conti Swizzeri senza fine

  • Daily Press Review

Egypt president says need growing for joint Arab force
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Live updates from the Oscars / Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress for 'Boyhood'
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

Secretly-filmed MPs deny wrongdoing
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

-40 wind chill in parts of U.S.
CNN International, London, England

British girls lag behind in science table: Gender divide among the biggest in the world as boys outperform by 13%†
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Clashes erupt at 'anti-police violence' rallies in Nantes and Toulouse
EuroNews, International news, Ecully Cedex, France

Deadly explosion strikes rally in eastern Ukraine's Kharkiv
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Giacometti at Pera Museum in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Postcard from... Vienna
Independent The, London, England

Major Ukrainian TV provider drops Russian channels
Moscow News The, Independent, Moscow, Russia

Oscars 2015 winners: Ida wins Foreign Language Film
Telegraph The, Conservative daily, London, England

Oscars 2015 winners: The Grand Budapest Hotel takes Production Design
Telegraph The, Celebrity news, London, England

Fresh leak detected at Fukushima plant
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Year's Worst Sandstorms Blanket Korea
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

British racehate group trying to make a Nazitown in northern UK
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Kurnool rail project moves at a snail's pace
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

LDP seeks to reduce civilian control of Defense Ministry
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

QUICKQUOTE: Meryl Streep
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Ukraine President cancels trip over protests in eastern Ukraine
Straits Times, Pro-government, Singapore

Former Perth student Marli may have brain damage from axe attack
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

World Cup: England vs. Scotland scoreboard
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

HSBC chief Stuart Gulliver kept millions in Swiss account: Report
The Economic Times, Business, Mumbai, India

Oscars 2015: Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons win for supporting roles
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Britain aims to stem flow of Islamic State youth recruits
Globe and Mail The, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Liberty Reserve Brought Down By 'Joe Bogus': How The Feds Arrested Arthur Budovsky
International Business Times, Business news organization, New York, U.S

Chikungunya Thrives with Climate Variability in the Caribbean
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Twenty-First Century Fox denies report it held takeover talks with Discovery
Reuters, Business News, New York, U.S

North Korea, running scared from Ebola, bans foreigners from marathon
Reuters, World News, New York, U.S

Live blog: 87th Academy Awards
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Army retakes town from Boko Haram
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

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