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Month: March 2021

The release of videos of sex acts in Parliament unleashes a political storm in Australia | International

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the House of Representatives on December 3 in Canberra.DAVID GRAYThe disclosure of videos of employees of the Conservative Government of Australia performing sexual acts in Parliament, including one of a high-level adviser - fired on Tuesday - who masturbated in the office of a deputy, has placed the Prime Minister's Administration, Scott Morrison, faced with a new scandal.In recent weeks, the leader of the coalition government between Liberals and Nationalists was already under pressure for his handling of allegations of rape of Brittany Higgins, an employee of the Liberal Party. Higgins said she was raped by a colleague in the office of the Senator and Defense Minister, Linda Reynolds, two years ago.Morrison has called the recent videos "ou...

Australia evacuates 18,000 people due to worst flooding in five decades | International

The floods affecting eastern Australia since last week have already forced 18,000 people to evacuate. A total of 35 localities remained isolated this Monday. It is "the worst flooding in 50 years," said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The situation threatens to worsen if the forecast that the torrential rains will last another day or two is confirmed.Of the total evacuees, 15,000 belong to the north-central coast of the State of New South Wales, while another 3,000 are residents of neighborhoods in the west of Sydney, according to the head of the Government of the State of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian.The floods also began to hit the southern part of the neighboring state of Queensland hard.More informationIn Sydney, the Warragamba dam, the most important in the city...

United States and China: The Ides of April | International

In any relationship, choosing Alaska for a first encounter doesn't exactly offer great prospects for a thaw. The Chinese authorities have acknowledged that they do not expect a single appointment to fix the long list of bilateral problems. "That is why we do not have too high expectations nor are we deceiving ourselves with this," said the Chinese ambassador in Washington, Cui Tiankai. It is, in fact, a trial between the two powers. The real cards will be put on the table as of April 14, when the US Congress will present a legislative proposal on China endorsed by the two parties, as just announced by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez.It is not a simple task. Despite the rhetoric and hard line exhibited by Donald Trump in his four years in office,...

News Corp Group Announces Agreement for Facebook to Pay You for Your News in Australia | Society

Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp, in an October 2019 photo.Mark Lennihan (AP)News Corp, the media group founded by Rupert Murdoch, announced on Tuesday a deal with Facebook that will provide news content in Australia in exchange for payment. The news comes after the oceanic country passed a law in February that requires technology companies to pay the media for the news they disseminate on their platforms.More informationNews Corp, which controls more than two-thirds of all publications in the country, said in a statement that the agreement has a duration of three years, but avoided specifying the amount it will receive in return. Last February the media conglomerate signed an agreement with Google to disseminate and generate news and informative content through the technology's virtu...

Australian Mathias Cormann is emerging as the new OECD Secretary General | Economy

Former Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, in a file image.DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters)The wave of female nominations at the head of the main international financial institutions seems to slow down in Paris. The 37 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, a sort of think tank of the rich countries) are preparing to elect in the coming days the former Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann as the new secretary general of the body based in the French capital to replace the Mexican Ángel Gurría. For the position, former European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström also competed. The Swede was considered a favorite and, with her appointment, the trend of recent years of appointing women to the heads of key organizations such as the Internati...

The IFM fund commits “loudly” to maintaining the listing of Naturgy and its headquarters in Spain | Economy

The IFM fund, which has launched a takeover bid on the 22.69% of Naturgy, conveyed the intentions it has with its entry into the capital in a face-to-face meeting with the heads of the company led by its president, Francisco Reynés, and that until now he had only verbalized in external forums. As revealed at the general shareholders' meeting held this Tuesday, the Australian fund announced that it has a vocation of permanence, that it wants to enter the board of directors with the positions that correspond to it according to its participation and that it undertakes to maintain the listed company based in Spain. Likewise, he stressed that he supports the energy transition plans and the sustainable dividend policy outlined by the company.Francisco Reynés, in a press conference after the...

France marks the EU’s step in negotiations with digital giants | Society

Australian newspaper covers on February 19, after Facebook blocked its news in its search engine.Rick Rycroft (AP)Australia's fight against the internet giants has global echoes. The Australian Parliament adopted this week, after Facebook block the news of his country's press on its platform in mid-February, a law that will force this social network and Google - both US companies - to pay for disseminating informative content from the media.In the European Union, Paris marks the step in a debate in which a part of the income of the press is at stake at a time of accelerated technological change. France is the only country that applies the European directive on copyright. Several French media have already announced agreements with the technology company Google, while they are also in ...