Global Review – 6th June

Italians detain German Sea-Eye 4

The Italian Coast Guard has detained Sea-Eye 4, a migrant rescue vessel belonging to a German NGO,for not complying with security rules. Euronews quotes the Coast Guard saying an inspection revealed various irregularities of a technical nature likely to endanger not only the safety of the crew members but also that of persons who were or who could in the future be recovered on board during operations of help. 

Agreement on taxing multinationals reached

The Group of Seven finance ministers have reached a historic agreement to reform global taxation on multinational companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. London’s The Sunday Timesreports the United States, Britain and other leading nations agreed to back a minimum global corporate tax rate of at least 15%. Companies will also have to pay more tax in the countries where they make sales. The move could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to help governments cope with the aftermath of COVID-19. 

El Salvador’s former first lady gets 10 years jail

El Salvador’s former first lady Ana Ligia de Saca has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of illicit enrichment. El Mundo reports the court also ordered her to repay €14.5 million to government. Her brother, Oscar Edgardo Sol Mixco, had earlier received a similar sentence. Her husband, former President Tony Saca, is already in prison for crimes during his term in office from 2004 to 2009. He has been ordered to return €214 million to government. 

Israel’s security warns of possible violence

The Jerusalem Post quotes the head of Israel’s domestic security service warning of possible violence during one of the most politically charged periods in decades, with the country on the verge of unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, its longest serving leader. The new government, yet to be sworn in, is an unlikely patchwork of left-wing, liberal, rightist, nationalist and religious parties, as well as – for the first time in Israel’s history – an Arab Islamist party. Nadav Argaman, head of the Shin Bet security force, said they had “recently identified a rise in extreme violent and inciteful discourse particularly on social networks” and called on all leaders to tone down their attacks. 

China approves anti-COVID Sinovac vaccine to children

China has approved the use of the anti-COVID Sinovac vaccine also on children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17, while until now it has been authorised only for people aged 18 and over. The president of Sinovac Biotech, Yin Weidong, told Chinese state TV CCTV, that preliminary results showed good efficacy on minors and reduced risk of side effects. 

Eurovision winners accused of plagiarism

The controversy over the Italian Maneskin Band continues! After the accusations of drug use by Damiano David at Eurovision, Joris Lissens, a member of The Vendettas group told Dutch media RTLthat the song “Zitti e Buoni”, which triumphed first in Sanremo and then in Rotterdam, reminded him of some sounds of his hit “You want it, you’ve got it”. However, he said, The Vendettas would not take any legal action against the Eurovision winners.

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