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Japanese pensioners with US stimulus cheques descend on Tokyo banks

Bank branches in Tokyo have been swamped by pensioners trying to cash stimulus cheques from Joe Biden after the US Internal Revenue Service sent thousands of payments to Japanese citizens in an apparent error. An official at one of Japan’s biggest banks said the issue was causing “crowding and confusion” at some Tokyo area branches… Continue reading Japanese pensioners with US stimulus cheques descend on Tokyo banks

Bodycam footage raises questions about deadly arrest of Black man in Louisiana By Reuters

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – Newly published bodycam footage shows Louisiana state troopers punching, dragging and stunning a Black man who died in custody two years ago, raising fresh questions about a case that is already the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. Lawyers for the family of Ronald Greene planned to discuss the… Continue reading Bodycam footage raises questions about deadly arrest of Black man in Louisiana By Reuters

New York attorney-general opens criminal investigation into Trump Organization

The legal threats to Donald Trump and his business empire have escalated after the New York attorney-general indicated that a long-running investigation of those entities was leading to possible criminal — and not just civil — misconduct. The investigation, being led by Letitia James, the state’s attorney-general, is part of a two-pronged legal pursuit of… Continue reading New York attorney-general opens criminal investigation into Trump Organization

‘We have a vision for a billion-dollar balance sheet of music rights.’

Jason Peterson is talking, with tangible wonder, about Wim Hof, aka The Iceman. Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete, is famous for withstanding ridiculous, below-freezing temperatures – a feat he puts down to his own breathing technique, which enables him to hack his own nervous system, essentially telling it not to feel pain. Peterson is Zooming… Continue reading ‘We have a vision for a billion-dollar balance sheet of music rights.’

Warner builds presence in Africa, striking deal with WCB-Wasafi and Diamond Platnumz

Warner Music has partnered with East African artist Diamond Platnumz and his independent record label WCB-Wasafi. MBW understands the agreement includes an exclusive distribution agreement, with an option for Warner to upstream WCB-Wasafi artists to its labels. The strategic partnership will see Warner Music, Diamond Platnumz, Ziiki Media and WCB-Wasafi artists collaborate on new releases,… Continue reading Warner builds presence in Africa, striking deal with WCB-Wasafi and Diamond Platnumz

Languishing Laschet: the plan to boost Merkel’s would-be successor By Reuters

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Rhine-Westphalia’s State Premier and head of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Armin Laschet gives a news conference at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany April 20, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS 2/2 By Andreas Rinke and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – Pollsters are already writing off Armin Laschet. And… Continue reading Languishing Laschet: the plan to boost Merkel’s would-be successor By Reuters

Why the IEA is ‘calling time’ on the fossil fuel industry

Earlier this year a full-page colour ad appeared in the press: “Who is Fatih Birol playing for?” it asked, picturing the head of the International Energy Agency dressed in football garb. The advert, placed by climate pressure group Avaaz, highlighted the awkward position of the IEA, a group founded to protect the interests of oil-consuming… Continue reading Why the IEA is ‘calling time’ on the fossil fuel industry

Spain speeds up Ceuta expulsions after migrant tide from Morocco ebbs By Reuters

© Reuters. Spanish soldiers help Moroccan citizens at El Tarajal beach, near the fence between the Spanish-Moroccan border, after thousands of migrants swam across the border, in Ceuta, Spain, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca By Jon Nazca and Mariano Valladolid CEUTA, Spain (Reuters) – Spanish authorities carried out mass expulsions of migrants on Wednesday from… Continue reading Spain speeds up Ceuta expulsions after migrant tide from Morocco ebbs By Reuters

Bitcoin falls sharply after China signals crypto crackdown

Bitcoin tumbled 14 per cent to its lowest level since early February after Chinese regulators intensified efforts to crack down on the use of cryptocurrencies by financial institutions. In a joint statement issued on the People’s Bank of China’s WeChat account, banking and internet industry associations said that financial and payment institutions should not accept cryptocurrencies… Continue reading Bitcoin falls sharply after China signals crypto crackdown

How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens By Reuters

3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator protests against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo 2/3 By Fanny Potkin and Poppy McPherson SINGAPORE/BANGKOK (Reuters) -In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow… Continue reading How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens By Reuters