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Saturday, January 27, 2018
A Russian billionaire tycoon
has been stripped of half his
wealth after allegedly swap-
ping Vladimir Putin's secretive
daughter for a London-based
socialite, it has been claimed.
Kirill Shamalov has been
linked with glamorous Zhanna
Volkova after reportedly split-
ting with the Russian Pres-
ident's rock'n'roll dancing
daughter Katerina Tikhonova.
But there are claims the
35-year-old businessman has
lost half his wealth as alleged
punishment for the 'split'.
The Kremlin has adopted
its usual policy of refusing to
discuss the strongman's fam-
ily---just as it never con irmed
31-year-old Katerina's 2013
marriage to Shamalov, son of a
long-time Putin crony Nikolay
Putin's daughter, 'is
stripped of wealth'
At least 37 people have been
killed and about 130 injured in a
ire at a hospital in South Korea.
The blaze is thought to have
started in the emergency
room at Sejong Hospital in the
south-eastern city of Miryang.
Nearly 200 patients were in-
side the building and an adjoin-
ing nursing home when the ire
broke out in the morning.
It is South Korea's deadliest
ire in almost a decade and the
death toll is expected to rise
with several of the injured in
The hospital specialised in
caring for elderly people with
long-term needs, as well as
other patients, reported the
daily JoongAng Ilbo and reports
suggest many patients would
have been too ill or old to es-
hospital ire kills 37
Residents in the South African
city of Cape Town have been
warned to "save water as if your
life depends on it" to avoid the
supply being shut off.
A severe drought has forced
the city's municipality to limit
consumption to 11 gallons per
person per day.
Of icials are urging people to
switch off their toilet cisterns
and limit flushing to conserve
The head of the provincial
government said if the taps ran
dry it would be "the disaster
above all disasters."
Helen Zille said it was still
possible to avoid what has be-
come known as Day Zero, when
the water supply will be shut
off. She said a full crisis could
still be averted if everyone used
50 litres or fewer a day.
residents urged to
turn off toilet taps
Brazil judge seizes ex-President Lula's passport
A federal judge in Brazil has
seized the passport of former
president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
and banned him from leaving the
Judge Ricardo Leite is inves-
tigating allegations that Lula
illegally lobbied on behalf of a
Swedish irm that sold military
jets to Brazil.
On Wednesday, an appeals
court unanimously upheld his
conviction for corruption in a sep-
The former president says he
is the victim of political persecu-
tion. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB)
agreed in 2013 to pay Sweden's
Saab $4.5bn (£3.1bn) for 36 ighter
jets. Saab beat competition from
US giant Boeing and France's Das-
The negotiations were initiated
during Lula's term in of ice but
were concluded by his successor
On Thursday his Workers
Party announced of icially that
Lula would be its candidate in
October's presidential election,
despite the appeals court ruling
against him. All three judges at the
appeals court in the city of Porto
Alegre said Lula had broken the
law by accepting special favours
over a seafront apartment from a
construction company involved in
a major corruption scheme.
They increased his original sen-
tence from nine-and-a-half years
to 12 years and one month in jail.
Even though the 72-year-old
was sentenced in July 2017 and
that conviction has now been
upheld, he could remain out of
prison for many months if he
takes his appeal all the way to the
Spain expells Venezuela's
ambassador in tit-for-tat
Spain has declared Venezuela's
ambassador to Madrid, Mario
Isea, persona non grata.
On Thursday, Venezuela an-
nounced it was expelling the
Spanish ambassador to Caracas,
Jesús Silva Fernández.
It accused him of interfering in
Venezuela's internal affairs.
Spain says it will continue de-
nouncing human rights violations
allegedly committed by President
Nicolás Maduro's government but
it denies any undue interference.
Venezuela's foreign ministry
has given Silva Fernández until
Sunday to leave the country.
Maduro has accused Spain's
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of
taking orders from President Don-
ald Trump during a meeting in
September to push for European
On Monday, the EU imposed a
travel ban and froze the assets of
seven senior Venezuelan of icials.
It has expressed concern over
human rights violations dur-
ing anti-government protests in
which more than 120 people were
killed last year.
In a statement, Spain's For-
eign Minister Alfonso Dastis said
he regretted having to retaliate
against Venezuela and stressed
that the EU sanctions had been
unanimously approved by its 28
"All we have done from the be-
ginning was helping the process,"
"We have led in the EU efforts
to identify effective pressure
mechanisms to get effective nego-
tiations between the government
and the opposition under way in
Venezuela," added Mr Dastis.
On Tuesday Venezuela's Con-
stituent Assembly announced that
it was calling early presidential
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza
said the move was in reaction to
the EU sanctions.
The vote, which is traditionally
held in December, will take place
by the end of April.
Maduro blames "international
economic sabotage"---which he
said was led by Spain and the US---
for the situation.
"Donald Trump won't make
decisions in Venezuela, (Spanish
Prime Minister) Mariano Rajoy
won't make decisions in Vene-
zuela. The people of Venezuela
will," he told thousands of his
supporters at a rally in Caracas
Last month Venezuela expelled
the Brazilian and the Canadian
ambassadors to Caracas, also ac-
cusing them of interference.
Brazil and Canada retaliated by
expelling their respective Vene-
Protesters clash with the national police near the United States embassy during a protest against President Donald Trump's recent disparaging comments
about Haiti and African nation's in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday. Community leaders and activists say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the US
under a temporary protected status will face employment and travel hurdles because Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering them.
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