June 8, 2016 nº 1,752 - Vol. 13

"I don't excercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor."

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  • Top News

Supreme Court rejects Google appeal in class action suit

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear and appeal by Google in a lawsuit filed by advertisers. The class action lawsuit claims that Google has displayed the companies' ads on "low quality" websites. The lawsuit accuses Google of violating California fair advertising laws because it misled advertisers. The court let the lower court decision stand, allowing the lawsuit to proceed. Google argued that such a ruling was incorrect as the damages must be calculated individually for each advertiser rather than all together. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that such a measure is unnecessary and damages would be awarded based on the average advertiser's experience. (Click here)

  • Crumbs

1 - Switzerland voters reject universal basic income plan - click here.

2 - Victims of forced marriage to receive lifelong anonymity - click here.

3 - Imprisoning woman trying to illegally enter UK was wrong, EU rules - click here.


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  • MiMIC Journal

The Chinese lawyer who had his clothes ripped off in court

Plenty of Chinese lawyers have been harassed, detained, even jailed in China but the photograph of one with his clothes reportedly torn off him by police has drawn plenty of attention in China. Wu Liangshu stood in the Qingxiu District Court wearing the remnants of his suit with his bare leg and underpants showing. He and other lawyers were telling court officials that he had been assaulted by three officers inside a courtroom in front of two judges who also happened to reject his request to file a case in the district court of Nanning in Guangxi Province.

Chinese police require DNA for passports in Xinjiang

Police in China's north-western region of Xinjiang are asking some residents to provide DNA samples and other biological data when applying for travel documents. People in the multi-ethnic area of Yili will have to provide the samples before being allowed to go abroad. The Chinese government is trying to crack down on periodic violence, which it blames on Islamist militants. Many Muslims in Xinjiang say they are discriminated against.

US lawmakers scrutinize China's bid to buy agrichemical giant Syngenta

Although Syngenta is a Swiss company, it does more than a quarter of its business in the US So the US government is reviewing whether the sale will be a threat to national security.

Chinese law punishes cheating with 7-year jail sentence

A new law in China would make cheating on the high-stakes national college entrance exam punishable by up to a seven-year jail sentence.


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  • Historia Verdadera

Chevron vs. Ecuador

El abogado Pablo Fajardo, representante de los afectados por derrame de petróleo en el juicio contra la Chevron en Ecuador, consideró injusto el reciente fallo de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos que obligaría al país suramericano a pagar US$ 96 mlls. a la transnacional. (Presione aquí)


México anunció el martes el cierre de una investigación antidumping a manzanas provenientes de Estados Unidos y la cancelación de cuotas compensatorias provisionales impuestas a empresas estadounidenses, al no encontrar daño relevante en los precios a la industria nacional. (Presione aquí)


El grupo chino Pengxin negocia la compra de acciones del prestamista brasileño Banco Indusval & Partners SA, en momentos en que el conglomerado busca expandirse en la mayor economía de Latinoamérica más allá del área de materias primas. Representantes de Shanghai Pengxin Group Co y socios de BI&P IDVL4.SA, como se conoce al banco especializado en el sector agrícola, han revisado los escenarios para una posible fusión. El conglomerado chino podría invertir hasta US$ 3.000 mlls. en empresas de Brasil.


La compañía DP World de Dubai ganó una concesión de 50 años para desarrollar un proyecto portuario en Ecuador que requerirá de una inversión inicial de US$ 500 mlls., dijo a través de un comunicado el operador de puertos. La inversión inicial "incluirá la compra de tierra, la construcción de un nuevo canal de acceso, una vía de acceso de 20 kilómetros y un embarcadero de 400 metros equipado para manejar contenedores y otros cargamentos. El proyecto será llevado a cabo con los socios locales de DP World, Consorcio Nobis y Grupo Vilaseca. El lunes se realizó la firma del acuerdo en Ecuador.

  • Brief News

Clinton hails 'milestone for women'

Hillary Clinton has thanked her supporters for helping her reach a historic moment for women - the US Democratic nomination for president. "Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," she told cheering crowds at a rally in New York. She hailed "the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee". Earlier, Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Jersey, cementing her hold on her party's nomination.

EU Court rules no jail for illegal migrants

Non-EU migrants illegally entering an EU state in the Schengen zone should not face detention on those grounds, says the European Court of Justice. Migrants staying illegally should instead be returned to the country from which they came under the so-called Return Directive, it said. The ruling applies to migrants crossing borders within the passport-free area and on leaving the zone. It will infuriate critics of EU policy, but contains several important caveats. Under the directive, an illegal migrant told to leave has up to 30 days to go voluntarily. After that, removal should not involve excessive force or place the person's life in danger.

Brazil prosecutor seeks arrest of top politicians

Brazil's chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot is seeking permission to have top politicians from the governing PMDB party arrested. The politicians he wants held are Brazil's ex-President Jose Sarney, Senate Speaker Renan Calheiros, ex-lower house Speaker Eduardo Cunha and PMDB leader Romero Juca. The four are suspected of obstructing a massive corruption investigation. A Supreme Court judge will now have to decide whether to act on the request. All except Jose Sarney are currently members of Congress, and as such any judicial action against them has to first be approved by the Supreme Court.

US warns banks of hacking threat to Swift system

US regulators have warned banks about potential cyber attacks linked to the interbank messaging system. The statement came two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigations sent a notice cautioning US banks after the hacking of Bangladesh's central bank. The FBI message warned of a "malicious cyber group" that had already targeted foreign banks. In February, hackers stole $81m (£56m) from Bangladesh's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The hackers used the Bangladesh central bank's Swift credentials to transfer money to accounts in the Philippines. Swift is the system banks use to exchange messages and transfer requests. The hackers attempted to steal nearly $1bn, but several of their requests were rejected because of irregularities.

Hungary's government granted new anti-terror powers

Hungary's parliament has granted the government the right to seek temporary extra powers if it believes the country faces a heightened terrorist threat. These include more public surveillance and increased scope to use the army. Any request from the government would have to be approved by MPs and the new powers could be used for up to 15 days. Critics said there was no justification for the constitutional change and opposition politicians have warned that the powers could be misused. The amendment - the sixth to Hungary's five-year-old constitution - is a watered down version of an earlier draft, which opposition parties opposed unanimously.

No internet for Singapore public servants

Public servants in Singapore will be blocked from accessing the internet on work computers from May next year. The moves aims to plug "potential leaks from work e-mails and shared documents amid heightened security threats." Officials said employees across government would also be barred from forwarding any work-related information to personal emails. Singaporeans have responded with shock and skepticism online. Some people thought the move contradicted Singapore's much-promoted Smart Nation technology initiative. Others thought the suggestion that the measure could also apply to teachers, who do not deal with much sensitive information, was extreme.

Supreme Court allows inmate's lawsuit to proceed

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Simmons v. Himmelreich that an inmate's lawsuit against a prison guard may proceed. The court held that the dismissal of the inmate's claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not preclude a parallel Bivens claim.

Jerome Kerviel, rogue trader, wins unfair dismissal case

The French ex-trader Jerome Kerviel, whose unauthorized transactions lost his bank €4.9bn ($5.6bn), has won a claim for unfair dismissal. A labor court said the bank, Societe Generale, had dismissed him not because of his actions, which it must have known of, but for their consequences. The court ordered the bank to pay him €450,000 (£350,000) in damages. A lawyer for the bank said it would be appealing a "scandalous" decision that ran counter to the law. Kerviel, 39, served a three-year jail term after being convicted of breach of trust and fraud in October 2010. He was charged with gambling €50bn of Societe Generale's money on trades without the bank's knowledge, which nearly brought down the business.


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