Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president for a third day running on Wednesday, sending political parties into yet more intense negotiations to come up with a viable candidate to replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose term expires next week. No party has yet put forward a serious candidate as they ran down the clock on voting rounds requiring an absolute majority. Beginning Thursday, a president can be elected with a simple majority, or 505 votes, raising the pressure on leaders to reach a deal. The fourth round of voting will begin at 1100 CET and it may prove less predictable because the threshold required for election is considerably lower. Strong differences between the centre-right and the centre-left are blocking the way for whoever should take up the role, even though Italy's head of state is largely ceremonial. Explained: The mystery and quirks of Italy's presidential election However, whoever is elected can be influential in … [Read more...] about Voting to choose Italy’s next president goes into a fourth day
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Good evening. Here is the Thursday, January 27 edition of Today in Slovakia - the main news of the day in less than five minutes. NATO considers deploying troops in Slovakia Ivan Korčok (Source: TASR) Tensions between Ukraine and Russia worry Slovak politicians and security representatives. Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement The security situation in our region is worsening, President Zuzana Čaputová said, referring to the build up of Russian troops at the Ukraine-Russia border, and talks between NATO and Russia. “I feel very bad that despite our openness and continuing diplomatic efforts, which I consider the only good way of finding a solution to the current situation, talks in January with Russia did not result in lessening tensions; rather the opposite,” she wrote on Facebook. After a two-day session of the … [Read more...] about News digest: NATO considers troops in Slovakia
Prince Andrew has formally responded to Virginia Giuffre's civil lawsuit against him in New York by outlining his key legal arguments. In an 11-page document submitted to the court, he individually addressed each of Ms Giuffre's 73 points and outlined 12 "affirmative defences" he plans to use at trial. He also requested a trial by jury , something Ms Giuffre had already done when she first lodged the lawsuit in August last year. Who's who in the Prince Andrew sex assault case? In a bid to win the case, Andrew's lawyers are using, among other things, the court's jurisdiction, Ms Giuffre's 2009 legal settlement with Jeffrey Epstein and her alleged "own wrongful conduct" while associated with him. Advertisement Here Sky News looks at what the key points in Prince Andrew 's defence are. Virginia Giuffre doesn't live in the US More on Prince Andrew Prince Andrew asks for jury trial as he formally denies Virginia Giuffre's sex … [Read more...] about What are the main points in Prince Andrew’s defence against Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse lawsuit?
Prince Andrew faces a civil sex assault trial in the US later this year after his legal team failed to get the case thrown out. Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, has accused the Duke of York of "sexual assault and battery" on three separate occasions in London and the US when she was 17. Andrew vehemently denies the allegations, with his lawyers describing them as "baseless" and suggesting his accuser may suffer from "false memories" . His legal team have now also published a detailed document outlining his defence. Here, Sky News looks at who's who in the Giuffre-Andrew case and who has been called as witnesses. Advertisement Accuser Virginia Giuffre More on Prince Andrew Prince Andrew asks for jury trial as he formally denies Virginia Giuffre's sex assault claims Prince Andrew's social media accounts shut down and set to private after he is stripped of military titles Prince Andrew: … [Read more...] about Who’s who in the Prince Andrew sex assault case?
FORECASTERS have issued a bomb cyclone warning with up to 20 inches of snow predicted to hit this weekend. The Northeast could see its first ' bomb cyclone ' blizzard in four years, according to meteorologists. As the region braces itself for another winter storm this weekend forecasts show New York City could see as much as 20 inches of snow, NBC reports. The potential nor’easter is expected to form off the Mid-Atlantic by the Carolinas late this week and charge up the East Coast over the weekend. As of Thursday morning, the track of the storm shows central and eastern Long Island to New England could be hardest hit. Read our bomb cyclone path tracker for the latest news and updates... Caitlin Hornik 6 minutes ago AccuWeather warns of possible power outages Strong winds could mean more power outages during the storm in some areas. It's always helpful to have extra batteries and flashlights on hand in the event of power loss. Regardless … [Read more...] about ‘Bomb cyclone’ path tracker LIVE – Winter storm to bring ‘hurricane winds’ and heavy snow to New York and the Northeast
The latest Pokémon game attempts to reinvent the franchise with an open world adventure inspired by Zelda and Monster Hunter . Nintendo is always very keen to remind the world that Pokémon is one of the biggest media franchises in history, as big as Grand Theft Auto and Call Of Duty in terms of physical game sales but added to that is everything from Pokémon Go to the trading card game and an infinity of plushie sales. Pokémon has been printing money for over 25 years now, and yet to look at the last few games you’d assume it was some sort of low budget indie production by inexperienced developers. Pokémon Sword/Shield and remake Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl drew justified criticism for their technical incompetence and, in the case of the former, its faltering attempts at innovation. Initially it seemed as if Sword/Shield would be the epic open world adventure Pokémon fans have always imagined, but the reality of its dumbed down gameplay and small, uninteractive … [Read more...] about Pokémon Legends: Arceus review – breath of the wild area
Labour has been accused of plotting “eye-watering” tax rises on middle and high earners after analysis showed the party has made more than £90 billion of spending promises. Pledges made by Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves , the shadow chancellor, would amount to an extra £2,138 per household if all of them were paid for through general taxation. It comes despite Ms Reeves describing the Conservatives as “the party of high taxation” when she set out her economic policy in a speech earlier this week. She has made it clear that Labour would impose a raft of new wealth taxes if the party won an election, targeting property, shares, capital gains, higher earnings and private schools. Respected economists have suggested any government will have to “increase taxes just to stand still” in the coming years. It means that the tax burden under Labour would potentially rocket to pay for all of the Labour leader’s plans. The proposals for extra spending or reversing government … [Read more...] about Labour plotting ‘eye-watering tax increases’ as Tories warn £30bn plans will cripple incomes
Disgraced lawyer and former Democratic presidential hopeful, Michael Avenatti, will now represent himself at his upcoming criminal trial in federal court. Avenatti’s decision followed what he described as a “breakdown” in his relationship with his attorneys. This will also mean that Avenatti will be able to directly question his former client, Stormy Daniels, when she takes the stand. Avenatti told Judge Jesse Furman that there was a “breakdown in the relationship between me and my counsel that goes to the heart of my ability to mount a defense,” asking to be allowed to invoke his constitutional right to defend himself under the Sixth Amendment. “I make this decision knowingly and voluntarily,” Avenatti said. “It’s my arena. It’s where I’m most at home. And I think it gives me the best chance at winning,” Avenatti continued. “I am completely innocent.” Avenatti was arrested in 2019 for allegedly embezzling nearly $300,000 in book proceeds from Daniels. … [Read more...] about CNN Favorite Michael Avenatti Will Now Represent Himself At Stormy Daniels Trial | The Daily Wire
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he had foiled a US-planned "coup" and "assassination" attempt against him and his family. Lukashenko also said that two people have been arrested by Russian security forces in Moscow in relation with the operation: political scientist Alexander Feduta and lawyer Yuri Zenkovich, who also has US citizenship. It comes after the Belarusian security services, the KGB, announced on Friday evening that they had dismantled, during a "special operation", an "organised group of terrorist orientation" which was planning the "physical elimination of the president and his family" and "the organisation of an armed rebellion in order to take power by violent means". In a video released by the presidency, Lukashenko claimed that "we detained the group, they showed us how they had planned everything, I remained silent. Belarus: Over 200 arrested during Freedom Day protests Belarus charges opposition leader Sviatlana … [Read more...] about Belarus: Lukashenko claims he foiled US-backed ‘coup’ as two people are arrested by Moscow
Take a look at the S&P 500, the benchmark of US stocks and you might think 2021 was a healthy boom year for markets. But scratch a little further, and the ripples of Covid are clear. This year was supposed to be about the rebound, but the delta variant quickly dashed those hopes and there is still more pandemic recovery to be achieved, especially if omicron causes widespread disruptions. In the UK, the FTSE 100 lagged some of its key rivals despite making double-digit gains, while the pound has gradually weakened. Globally, there have been some exciting moves. Here are this year’s biggest economic and market movers: Worst currency: Turkish lira Every time it seemed like the lira couldn’t get any weaker this year, Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened his mouth again. The Turkish president, unlike most world leaders who take an arm’s-length approach to monetary policy, subscribes to the unconventional philosophy that slashing interest rates reduces inflation, putting him at odds … [Read more...] about The best and worst performing assets of 2021