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Benjamin Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

Benjamin Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution over corruption charges. The move would likely delay a trial until after fresh elections next March. In November, the prime minister was charged by the attorney general with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases. Mr Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, would need the support of more than half of MPs for immunity to be granted. Why did he ask for immunity? Mr Netanyahu - who is the country's longest serving leader - is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. He made the request for immunity in a ...
Greta asks media to focus on other young climate activists

Greta asks media to focus on other young climate activists

Technology
With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way. “Our stories have been told over and over again,” the 16-year-old Swede said, explaining why she and prominent German activist Luisa Neubauer would be handing over the stage at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid to other young activists. “It’s really about them,” Thunberg added of the young activists from developing countries already facing the effects of climate change, including violent storms, droughts and rising sea levels. “We talk about our future, they talk about their present.” Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate movement, drawing large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences over the pa
Prince Andrew accuser asks public to ‘stand beside her’

Prince Andrew accuser asks public to ‘stand beside her’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device A US woman who says she was brought to Britain aged 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew has implored the British public to "stand beside her" and "not accept what has happened to her".Virginia Giuffre, one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's accusers, says she was trafficked to London by Epstein in 2001.She describes how Epstein's girlfriend told her what "to do for Andrew".The prince has "categorically" denied any sexual contact with Ms Giuffre. Media playback is unsupported on your device Virginia Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, has given her first interview for British television as part of a special hour-long Panorama. Her interview includes her account...
India asks state-run firms to clear over $1 bn, owed to green energy firms: Sources

India asks state-run firms to clear over $1 bn, owed to green energy firms: Sources

Finance
NEW DELHI: India has asked state lenders to provide over $ 1 billion to government power distribution companies to clear longstanding debts to green energy firms that could hinder further investment, three sources familiar with the plan said on Tuesday. The companies owe solar and wind power generators including Goldman Sachs-backed ReNew Power and Softbank-backed SB Energy over 97 billion rupees ($ 1.35 billion), according to the Central Electricity Authority, an arm of the federal power ministry. Adding to the problems of the power generators, a new government in Andhra Pradesh state - which owes renewable energy firms more than any other state - wants to renegotiate its contracts, saying the prices it pays are inflated. The New Delhi government has asked state lenders Power Finance Corp...
US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

Technology
The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las VegasBy KEN RITTER Associated PressNovember 18, 2019, 9:01 PM3 min read The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas, arguing that officials have already promised that no more will be shipped to the state. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Reno, the federal government brands as “conjectural” or “hypothetical” state claims that residents are harmed by radiation from the one-half metric ton of plutonium secretly trucked a year ago from South Carolina to Nevada. The decision cannot be undone, the material is already in the state and the