Spanish prosecutors file charges against singer Shakira for alleged tax fraud

Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira on Friday, accusing her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros in tax (an equivalent of $16.3million) in the country where her Spanish footballer partner plays. The charges were filed in the Catalonia region, where the singer is a regular presence at matches of her partner Gerard… Read More Spanish prosecutors file charges against singer Shakira for alleged tax fraud

Twenty-one killed, scores injured as ethnic violence heightens in southern Ethiopia

Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighboring Kenya. Outbreaks of violence in the south between the Oromo and other groups have escalated since Prime Minister… Read More Twenty-one killed, scores injured as ethnic violence heightens in southern Ethiopia

LVMH set to acquire luxury hotels owner Belmond in $3.2billion deal

Luxury goods maker LVMH has agreed to buy Belmond, the owner of hotels including Venice’s landmark Cipriani, for a total of $3.2 billion to raise its profile in upmarket hospitality. LVMH, the firm behind fashion labels Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, already has hotels including the Cheval Blanc in the prestigious Courchevel ski resort in… Read More LVMH set to acquire luxury hotels owner Belmond in $3.2billion deal

Israeli forces destroy family home of Palestinian charged with killing soldier

Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said. Israel says Islam Abu Humaid threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, during a May arrest… Read More Israeli forces destroy family home of Palestinian charged with killing soldier

Greece makes large drug bust on Syrian ship heading to Libya

Greece has seized drugs worth more than 100 million euros (an equivalent of $113 million) after intercepting a Syrian ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on Friday. Officials found about six tonnes of processed cannabis and 3 million super-strength “Captagon” amphetamine pills hidden aboard the Syrian-flagged “Noka”, it said in a statement. The… Read More Greece makes large drug bust on Syrian ship heading to Libya

Thousands of ‘yellow vest’ protesters take to the streets for fifth consecutive weekend

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week. In Paris, police were out in force to contain possible outbursts of violence. But several major stores, such… Read More Thousands of ‘yellow vest’ protesters take to the streets for fifth consecutive weekend

Boeing opens first 737 completion center in China

Boeing Co opened its first 737 completion plant in China on Saturday, a strategic investment aimed at building a sales lead over arch-rival Airbus in one of the world’s top travel markets that has been overshadowed by the U.S-China trade war. The world’s largest planemaker also delivered the first of its top-selling 737s completed at… Read More Boeing opens first 737 completion center in China

Irish regulator begins investigation of Facebook following recent security breach

An Irish regulator said on Friday it was investigating Facebook Inc following the company’s disclosure that a bug may have exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users, the latest in a series of Facebook privacy glitches. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the lead regulator of Facebook in the European Union, said it… Read More Irish regulator begins investigation of Facebook following recent security breach