World News Headlines: 11-21-2018

GERMANY (DW) Donald Trump’s ‘asylum ban’ highlights dysfunctional US Congress; When Donald Trump issued his latest edict restricting immigration, this time for possible asylum-seekers associated with the so-called migrant caravan, the political response in Washington followed a familiar pattern.

(DW) Interpol presidency: West warns against Russia candidate; Critics have sounded the alarm ahead of a pivotal vote on the new president of Interpol on Wednesday. Russia’s candidate is favorite to take the reins of the global policing organization.

(DW) Five years after Euromaidan; Ukraine’s new reformers battle corruption
In 2013, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets demanding an independent judiciary and an end to corruption. Since then, some progress has been made, but activists say much more work lies ahead.

(DW) Germany sets out new law to find skilled immigrants; The German government is slowly delivering on its promise to hash out a new immigration law to fill the massive gaps in the market for skilled labor. But experts say the law can only do so much.

(DW) Turkey: Human rights activists decry high child pregnancy rates; A new report shows that some 22,000 pregnant children were admitted to Turkish hospitals over 18 months. Despite this overwhelming number, experts argue that the actual cases are likely to be much higher.

(DW) Spain threatens to vote No on Brexit deal over Gibraltar; Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez said that Madrid cannot approve the deal unless changes regarding Gibraltar are made. All 27 remaining EU leaders must approve the 585-page exit.

(DW) Macedonia ex-PM Gruevski says Hungary granted him asylum; Fugitive former Macedonia Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski claims Hungarian authorities have approved his asylum request. Gruevski is an ally of Viktor Orban and has been convicted on corruption charges back home.

(DW) UN environment chief resigns after damning travel expenses audit; Erik Solheim said he hopes his decision to step down “proves to be in the best interest” of the UN agency. An audit found he spent nearly half a million dollars on travel, considered a key driver of CO2 emissions.

(DW) Pipeline wars: Frontline in the fight against climate change; As new pipelines expand the flow of dirty fossil fuels globally, environmental activists are joining with social justice and indigenous rights movements to cut off climate change-inducing oil and gas at the source.

(DW) AfD donor scandal: Weidel under official investigation; German prosecutors have opened a formal probe into AfD leader Alice Weidel over alleged election campaign donations from Switzerland. It is illegal for German parties to receive contributions from non-EU countries.

(DW) Filipino protesters fear losing territory to China; The first visit of a Chinese president to the Philippines in 13 years has drawn protests in the capital Manila over plans for the joint development of oil and gas in the South China Sea (SCS). Infrastructure deals are also on the agenda, which are criticized as a Chinese strategy to create dependence through loans in smaller economies.

(DW) Kylie Minogue Cologne concert hit by security scare; German police armed with submachine guns were deployed to a Kylie Minogue concert in Cologne to quell a potential attack. The threat was reportedly linked to a mentally-disturbed Belgian man.

FRANCE (France24) Ghosn to remain CEO as Renault appoints interim leadership; Renault said Tuesday Carlos Ghosn will remain its chief executive despite his arrest on financial misconduct charges in Japan, though a deputy CEO has been named to ensure day-to-day management while he is “temporarily incapacitated.”

(France24) Libyan coast guards force stranded migrants off rescue ship; Libyan authorities on Tuesday forcibly disembarked more than 70 migrants who had refused to leave a cargo ship that rescued them before docking in a port west of Tripoli.

(France24) Keep Putin ‘tentacles’ off Interpol, Kremlin foes warn; Alexander Prokopchuk, a former major-general at Russia’s Interior Ministry, has been tipped to take over Interpol, raising fears his appointment could further embolden the Kremlin to use the international policing agency to target critics abroad.

(France24) French Police dislodge ‘yellow vest’ fuel tax protesters; French police moved to dislodge protesters blocking roads and fuel depots on Tuesday as the government took a harder line on the so-called “yellow vest” movement against environmental taxes on fuel.

(France24) Turkey requests US extradite 84 linked to cleric Gulen; Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday gave US officials a list of 84 members of Fethullah Gulen’s movement — including the cleric himself — whose extradition Ankara is requesting

JAPAN (NHK) Sources: Stock-based pay to Ghosn unreported; Tokyo prosecutors are trying to uncover the murky flow of funds to Nissan Motor’s chairman. Carlos Ghosn was arrested this week on suspicion of underreporting his earnings. Now, NHK has learned he received rights to tens-of-millions of dollars in stock-based compensation. But it never appeared in the company’s securities reports.

(NHK) Japan to establish space unit; Japan’s Defense Ministry is set to include the establishment of a space unit in its new defense guidelines. The National Defense Program Guidelines are scheduled to be revised next month for the first time in 5 years. The Japanese government has listed space and cyberspace as new priority areas to strengthen defense.

(NHK) EU approves Takeda’s buyout of Shire; The European Union has approved a buyout by Japan’s largest drug maker of Irish rival Shire. The decision is conditional on a divestment by Takeda Pharmaceutical from part of Shire’s business. Takeda had agreed to buy all of Shire’s stocks for 46 billion pounds or about 62 billion dollars, at the exchange rate when the deal was made.

BRITIAN (SKY) Cabinet fears May won’t be ready to sign off draft Brexit deal by Sunday’s crucial EU summit; The prime minister faces senior ministers’ concerns as the DUP follow through with their threat not to expect “business as usual”.

(SKY) Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee: ‘I see a revolution. Starting right now’
The creator of the World Wide Web is back, with a new web. And this time he’s determined to get it right.

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CONTRIBUTOR: Staff

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