Italian police station shut over torture claims

07/23/2020

A group of Carabinieri military police have been arrested and their police station closed after investigators uncovered a raft of alleged crimes taking place in the barracks. The Carabinieri in the northern city of Piacenza are suspected of drug-trafficking, blackmail and torture. The case has […]

Lebanese central bank governor inflated assets as liabilities grew-audit

07/23/2020

BEIRUT/LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s central bank governor inflated the institution’s assets by over $6 billion in 2018, its audited annual accounts show, underlining the extent of financial engineering used to help prop up the country’s economy. The financial statements for 2018, a copy […]

Euro zone banks not ready for new benchmark rates: ECB

07/23/2020

FRANKFURT, July 23 (Reuters) – Euro zone banks are not sufficiently prepared for the transition to new benchmark interest rates replacing Eonia and Euribor, the European Central Bank said on Thursday after carrying out a survey. “While banks are generally well aware of the complexity […]

EU states agree coronavirus standards for air travel, says Germany

07/23/2020

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union states have agreed on common hygiene standards such as social distancing and wearing face masks on planes and at airports to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said on Thursday. “I am pleased […]

Israel moves to ban ‘gay conversion’ therapy

07/23/2020

Israeli MPs have taken steps to outlaw the practice of “gay conversion” therapy by psychologists – the first Middle East country to do so. A bill passed its first stage in parliament, after two parties in the coalition government joined the opposition to vote in […]