October 26, 2015 nº 1,687 - Vol. 13

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George Bernard Shaw

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  • Top News

Avalanche of Lawsuits to Be Triggered by Carbon Rule Publication

Lawyers are expected to unleash a flood of lawsuits Friday when the US Environmental Protection Agency publishes regulations on power-plant pollution, challenging everything from the timing to the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's signature climate initiative. "I expect this to be the biggest and messiest legal battle that the EPA has ever faced," said Brian Potts, a lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP who specializes in the Clean Air Act and has written about the rule's legal viability. "There will literally be hundreds of parties challenging this rule, and at least as many defending it. That's a lot of lawyers arguing with each other." State attorneys general, coal producers, some utilities and broader business groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce have all questioned the measure's legality. Even before the rule was published, coal producer Murray Energy Corp. and states led by West Virginia tried to get a judge to delay its implementation. The court refused because the regulations had not yet been published in the Federal Register, the daily journal of the US government, which is the action needed to make them official. That will happen Friday, the EPA says, 81 days after it unveiled the final version to the cheers of environmentalists and jeers from coal companies.

UN rights expert: governments must ensure whistleblower protections

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye spoke out on Thursday against governments and international organizations who lack protection for whistleblowers. Kaye believes that there are numerous whistleblowers who withhold information that should be made public because of intimidation from government officials and peers. In his report, the UN Special Rapporteur noted that individuals have a right to access pertinent information under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In regards to what level of disclosure of information should be allowed, Kaye said, "[s]tates may restrict access to information in specific areas and narrow circumstances, yet the disclosure of information relating to human rights or humanitarian law violations should never be the basis of penalties of any kind." Kaye noted that the issue has silenced journalists, bloggers, and other media officials but fears that more of the world population remains hesitant to bring issues to light.

Lien - Apartment

The law firm Almeida Advogados, through partner Paulo Bekin acting as lead counsel, and with Professor Nelson Mannrich's supporting brief, was successful in securing a landmark decision from TST (the Superior Labor Tribunal). In a labor claim against the United States of America in Brasilia, the lower court had granted a lien on an apartment owned by the Embassy. Through a Writ of Mandamus, Almeida Advogados' law team, pointing out a violation of Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, successfully convinced the higher court to decree the cancellation of the lien.

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  • MiMIC Journal

China Cuts Interest Rates for Sixth Time Since November

The central bank's move came after data showed growth slipped to 6.9 percent in the third quarter and as the country faced persistently weak inflation.


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  • Brief News

Facebook Wins Dismissal of $15 Billion Users' Privacy Suit

Facebook Inc. won dismissal of a $15 billion lawsuit accusing the company of secretly tracking the Internet activity of its users after they log off. US District Judge Edward J. Davila in San Jose, California, on Friday agreed with Facebook's argument that case should be dismissed because subscribers didn't specify how they were harmed. The judge, who took more than three years to issue his ruling after hearing arguments in the case, said the users could refile most of their claims in a revised lawsuit. Facebook users alleged in a 2012 complaint that while they may have agreed to the company's installation of "cookie" files on their computers to track and transmit their Web browsing, they didn't consent to such monitoring after logging out of the social network. The lawsuit consolidated similar complaints filed on behalf of US residents who subscribed to Facebook from May 2010 to September 2011 in 10 states, including California, Texas and Alabama.

EU Refugee Summit must focus on fixing border closures

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe has been overwhelmed with a sudden influx of refugees. Some nations have closed borders to refugees, causing significant bottlenecking and rerouting. Most recently, Hungary closed its borders with Croatia and Serbia, forcing around 20,000 refugees into Slovenia in a matter of five days. With many European nations struggling to accommodate refugees ahead of the coming winter, the European Union and other European states will meet Sunday in an attempt to work out an immediate solution. This meeting is one in a series of meetings European nations have conducted in an effort to find a long-term remedy for the refugee crisis. On the crisis, HRW European and Balkans researcher Lynda Gall said, "[i]nstead of playing a game of hot potato with fleeing human beings, EU and Western Balkan countries should use the upcoming meeting to agree on viable solutions to avoid a deadly winter at Europe's borders."

Hillary Clinton endures marathon grilling on Benghazi attack

Hillary Clinton has endured an 11-hour hearing before a Congress committee over the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The former secretary of state said she took responsibility and introduced reforms after the attack that killed four Americans, including the US envoy. She deflected criticism that she did not do enough to protect the mission. Her Democratic party says the Republican-led panel is a witch-hunt trying to harm her presidential bid. Despite the committee sitting in four consecutive hours-long sessions on Thursday, the hearing yielded little new information. Clinton said her appearance was her way of honoring the lives lost, and she called on those present to put national security above partisan politics.

Supporters In Congress Make New Attempt To Revive The Export-Import Bank

Its critics see it as crony capitalism run amok; its supporters, as a vital part of America's economy. On Monday, a bipartisan group of House members will try to bring the Ex-Im Bank back to life.

Ban due on direct flights between Russia and Ukraine

Direct flights between Ukraine and Russia will stop on Sunday, as new sanctions initiated by Kiev come into effect. Moscow first called Kiev's ban on Russian airlines "madness", then announced that it would mirror the move. Ukraine now says flights will end at midnight on Saturday, after last-minute crisis talks failed. The sanctions are intended to punish Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting armed rebels in eastern Ukraine. The fact that they have been introduced now, when a ceasefire is finally holding on the ground, shows how bitter relations remain. Russia has accused Ukraine of shooting itself in the foot with the move, pointing out that most passengers are Ukrainian travelling to work in Russia, visiting relatives or in transit. But two-thirds of all passengers travel on Russian airlines.

Uber Said to Plan Another $1 Billion in Fund-Raising

Just three months after raising an enormous sum of money from investors, Uber is at it again. Uber, a ride-hailing service, is planning to raise close to $1 billion in new venture capital from investors, according to people close to the matter. Investors are looking at a valuation of $60 billion to $70 billion. If successful, the round of fund-raising would make Uber the world's most valuable private start-up by far. A round this summer valued the company at more than $50 billion, a bit more than Facebook was valued at after its last big round of private capital fund-raising in 2011. The furious pace at which Uber has been raising money is every bit as eye-popping as its soaring valuations. The latest round of financing will be the eighth that the company has sought over the last five years. More precise targets on the size and the valuations will be determined after the company begins talks with investors in coming weeks, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Executive management at Uber has approved another round, and the company plans to start holding official conversations in the next few weeks, they said.

USAO drops high-profile insider trading case

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara on Thursday dropped a high-profile insider trading case, stating that he is moving to dismiss the charges against seven defendants. The defendants are former SAC Capital Advisors LP (now Point72 Asset Management) portfolio manager Michael Steinberg and six analysts. Bharara decided to move to dismiss the charges due to the changing legal landscape and how it has become harder for prosecutors to prove insider trading.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy’s Holy Grail

Slovenia Premier Warns Refugee Crisis Could Tear Apart European Union

Business Week
Can the Woman Behind Halo 5 Save the Xbox?

The Economist
Management: Reinventing the company

Der Spiegel
Der Fall DFB

Io profugo cacciato dai preti di Francesco

  • Daily Press Review

Turkey sacks Ankara police chief after suicide bombings
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

MPs approve Osborne's budget rules
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know
CNN International, London, England

Heidi Klum is 'mom and a dad at the same time' since her split from Seal in 2012
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Denmark's Princess Marie denies boob job after Her & Nu magazine claimed she had one
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Tense times in Jerusalem
EuroNews, International news, Ecully Cedex, France

Israel seals off East Jerusalem after 'Day of Rage' attacks
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Sanat to present a rich program in its new season
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

'Blood moon' prompts Mormon announcement: This is NOT the end of the world
Independent The, London, England

Pompeii's pilferers punished with a curse from the gods
Telegraph The, Conservative daily, London, England

The Apprentice 2015: episode 1, live
Telegraph The, Celebrity news, London, England

Hung ouster in motion, Chu calls for party unity
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Up to 10 Million People Made Sick by Their Phones
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Pope Francis makes historic first US visit
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Minister vows to return donations from firms involved in bid-rigging
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Financial services startup Square files for $275M IPO
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

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

Beat the post holiday blues
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Nike says expects revenue of $50 bn by 2020
The Economic Times, Business, Mumbai, India

It's official ó the 1% finally own 50% of everything
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

New York teen dies after beating at church during 'counselling'
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

Wall St declines as Wal-Mart's weak forecast drags on retailers
Reuters, Business News, New York, U.S

Malaysia's embattled PM facing stern test as parliament returns
Reuters, World News, New York, U.S

Blue Jays cut lead to 2-1 against Rangers in Game 5
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

US troops to help fight Boko Haram
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England


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