Posts published in Day: July 17, 2019

Attack in restaurant in northern Iraq kills Turkish diplomat

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A gunman opened fire inside a restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat working at Ankara’s consulate, Turkey’s state-run news agency and Iraqi media said. Anadolu Agency reported the shooting but did not provide further details. The state-run Iraqi news agency identified him as the deputy general consul and said several of his entourage were also killed in the shooting. Earlier,…

Latvian State Police request criminal prosecution of fake news portal owner

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 2019 marked the end of State Police investigation of a criminal process launched last year in relation to distribution of fake news. One Niks Endziņš was arrested as a result of the criminal process in 2018. The investigation revealed that the crime in question was committed by a group of three to obtain monetary benefits. Police have successfully put an end to committed illegalities and have acquired sufficient evidence…

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Five years after a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above eastern Ukraine, relatives and friends of those killed gathered Wednesday at a Dutch memorial to mark the anniversary. Hours before the start of a memorial ceremony, families began arriving, many holding hands and clutching bunches of sunflowers. The names of all 298 passengers and crew killed on July 17, 2014, will be read out at…

State seeking to abolish strict ad restrictions on consumer credit providers

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is seeking to abolish strict advertising restrictions on providers of express loans, which were imposed only three years ago when the state decided to harshly organize the express loan market, the daily Postimees writes. At present, an express loan advert is allowed to contain only mandatory information, for example the interest rate, the annual percentage rate of charge, and the company’s contact…

US objects to French tax on tech firms at G-7 meeting

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Trump administration is objecting to France’s plan to tax Facebook, Google and other U.S. tech giants, a rift that’s overshadowing talks between seven longtime allies near Paris this week on issues ranging from digital currencies to trade. As finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies’ gathered Wednesday at a chateau in Chantilly, near Paris, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to take a tough line against host…

JKP leaving government meeting is ”yellow card” to Karins government

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The head of the New Conservative Party’s (JKP) Saeima group Juta Strike told LETA that the way Normunds Mezviets was re-appointed the head of the State Security Service by the government yesterday was reminiscent of ”the old political style”, and that the walk-out by JKP ministers from the government meeting is a ”yellow card” to the current government. Strike said that JKP plans to discuss with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins…

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

By Hilary Fox on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter’s latest movie, “Nina Wu,” is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred by a man in power. Wu found herself closely following the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, and…

EU’s Cybersecurity Agency to be headed by Estonian

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The body responsible for online security in the European Union, the Agency for Cybersecurity, has picked Estonian Juhan Lepassaar to become its executive director. Estonian World reports that Lepassaar, currently in charge of the cabinet for the outgoing Estonian EU commissioner, Andrus Ansip, was selected on 16 July by the ENISA management board. Before taking up the office, Lepassaar would be invited to make a statement before the Industry, Research…

Lithuania successfully cooperates with Poland’s Orlen, Nauseda says

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Vilnius successfully cooperates with Poland’s largest oil company Orlen after resolving disputes with Warsaw over Orlen’s investment in Lithuania, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Tuesday. “I am glad the disagreements we had in the past have completely gone today, they are obsolete, and today we have great cooperation with PKN Orlen,” Nauseda told a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Tuesday. The disagreements…