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China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containers

Widespread waste and fraud associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been unearthed after the country’s state railway group was forced to admit this month that a significant amount of cargo containers shuttling between Chinese factories and European cities were empty.The admission by the state-run China Railway – the sole operator of the lines…

China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containers

Widespread waste and fraud associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been unearthed after the country’s state railway group was forced to admit this month that a significant amount of cargo containers shuttling between Chinese factories and European cities were empty.The admission by the state-run China Railway – the sole operator of the lines…

In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child

A Salvadoran court on Monday acquitted a woman accused of murder after giving birth to a stillborn baby in a case that drew international attention to the socially conservative nation’s strict abortion ban.Evelyn Hernandez, 21, was previously convicted of intentionally inducing an abortion and had already served three years of a 30-year prison sentence.“Thank God,…

Wide implications for euro zone as US-China trade war, Brexit leave Germany on edge of recession

Germany, Europe’s industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country’s central bank – a development that could have repercussions for the euro zone and United States.A technical recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and…

Elton John blasts ‘relentless character assassination’ of Prince Harry and Meghan

Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres spoke out on Monday in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media.John recalled his friendship with Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, in a series of tweets in which he appealed to the press…

Jeffrey Epstein signed US$577 million will two days before killing himself in jail

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in the Manhattan federal jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a years-long battle over the financier’s fortune.Court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but put the estate…