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Israeli electric company cuts Palestinian supply due to debt

Palestinians lose electricityIsrael's state electric company on Monday reduced power to a major West Bank city, saying it would take similar steps in other Palestinian areas over the next two weeks because of unpaid debt.

The Israel Electric Corp. said it had reduced its supply to Bethlehem by 50 percent, days after doing so in the city of Jericho. The company said the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority owes it nearly $460 million.


Donald Trump Is Battling Housekeepers In Las Vegas, And So Far He’s Losing. Sad!

TrumpDonald Trump and his business partners have lost the latest round of their Las Vegas labor fight.

For months, the owners of the Trump International Hotel have been tangling with the powerful Culinary Workers Union, the Las Vegas-based local union of Unite Here. The union won an election to represent workers at the hotel in December, and the hotel has been challenging the vote’s results ever since.


Christian School Principal Jailed for Child Rape

Christian school principal charged with rapeThe principal of a tiny Christian school in a small Washington town has been charged with sexually assaulting two female students. Prosecutors say Douglas J. Allison, 55, even claimed that one of the young girls asked for it.

Allison was the principal and one of just two teachers at the Mountain View Christian School, a Seventh-day Adventist school that has just a dozen students. He is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and her classmate, who came forward during the investigation.

Seventh-day Adventists are a Christian denomination who believe Christ’s return to Earth is imminent. Unlike most Christians, they observe the sabbath on Saturday.


Thousands call for Iceland PM to resign after Panama Papers leak

Thosamds call for Icelend PM to resignThousands turned out to protest Iceland's prime minister outside parliament in Reykjavik, a day after the release of the massive Panama Papers leak.

One early protester was arrested for throwing skyr —an Icelandic dairy product with the consistency of yogurt— at the house of parliament, according to the Iceland Monitor. The protests started at 5 p.m. local time.


U.S. judge approves BP civil settlement with U.S. government over 2010 spill

BP settlement with USU.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc's (BP.L) civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states.

The company at the time said its total pre-tax charges from the spill set aside for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs were around $53.8 billion.



Two more detainees transferred from Guantanamo

Two detainees released from Gitmo- Two prisoners of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were transferred to Senegal, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Salem Abu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar, both Libyans, were cleared for transfer by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which "examined a number of factors, including security issues," the Defense Department statement said, in recommending their relocation. With their transfer, 89 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.


Supreme Court upholds 'one person, one vote'

Supreme Court upholds 'one person, one vote'The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that states may continue dividing legislative seats according to total population instead of only eligible voters.

In the Evenwel v. Abbott decision, the justices ruled against a challenge to a practice established nationwide in the 1960s in which districts are drawn counting total population. The lawsuit argued that only eligible voters should be counted for district drawing, which would have ignored non-voting citizens such as children, immigrants and felons.


Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano violently erupts, launching burning rocks

Mexican volcano eruptsMexico's Popocatépetl volcano violently erupted over the weekend, launching ash and burning rocks into the air after weeks of increased activity.

Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention last week raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.


The Panama Papers: 'Biggest Leak in History' Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Psnsms Papers leakedAn anonymous source, an enormous cache of leaked documents, and a year-long investigative effort by around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organizations in over 80 countries have yielded the Panama Papers, an unprecedented look at how the world's rich and powerful, from political leaders to celebrities to criminals, use tax havens to hide their wealth.

The investigation went live on Sunday afternoon.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote:

Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world. These shell firms enable their owners to cover up their business dealings, no matter how shady.


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