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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...
Saudi Arabia to offer .5% for public shares in Aramco

Saudi Arabia to offer .5% for public shares in Aramco

World
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia plans to sell up to one-half of 1 percent of its oil company, Aramco, to individual investors, according to a prospectus released Saturday. In what is expected to be the world's largest initial public offering, the kingdom announced last Sunday it will sell the shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange, known as as Tadawul, in December. The value of the company is valued between $ 2 trillion and $ 2.3 trillion, CNBC reported, compared with U.S. oil companies' Exxon Mobil with a market cap of nearly $ 300 billion and Chevron at $ 229 billion. If 0.5 percent is offered, that equates to $ 20 billion to $ 23 billion received in the Public Investment Fund. Saudi Arabia owns about 18 percent of the world's proven petroleum reserves: 260 billion barrels "The price at whic...
Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

World
Congressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office.Three state department officials will testify first. So far lawmakers from three key House committees have heard from witnesses behind closed doors. The impeachment inquiry centres on claims that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into political rival Joe Biden.Mr Trump denies any abuse of power. The impeachment story explained Who's who in Trump whistleblower story? House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is overseeing the inquiry, told reporters on Wednesday that an impeachment case was building against the president.He said: "We are gett...
Saudi Aramco IPO: World’s most profitable company to go public

Saudi Aramco IPO: World’s most profitable company to go public

Business
Saudi Aramco has confirmed it is planning to list on the Riyadh stock exchange, in what could be the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO).The state-owned oil giant will determine the IPO launch price after registering interest from investors.Business sources say the Saudis are expected to make shares available for 1% or 2% of the firm, and the offer will be for existing company shares.Saudi Aramco is thought to be worth about $ 1.2tn (£927bn).'Historic 'The firm said it has no current plans for a foreign share listing, saying long-discussed plans for a two-stage IPO including an offering on a foreign exchange had been put aside for now."For the (international) listing part, we will let you know in due course. So far it's only on Tadawul," Aramco
Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Technology
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms.The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", they said.They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US.Facebook said "people have the right to have a private conversation online."The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day."Facebook said it is "consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and tec...