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Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism
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Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism

Barcelona, ​​Spain – Tensions between residents and tourists in Barcelona reached boiling point this weekend. Protests against mass tourism saw hotel and restaurant entrances blocked in Barceloneta, with calls for an immediate reduction in visitor numbers. Reasons for discontent Residents blame the influx of tourists for the rising cost of living, crowded public spaces and a loss of local identity. Rent prices have skyrocketed, forcing many residents to abandon their neighborhoods. Measures to address the problem Barcelona Mayor Jaume Collboni has announced that Airbnb-style short-term rentals will be banned by 2028, potentially freeing up 10,000 apartments for long-term rentals. Change of feeling While most residents still see tourism as economically beneficial, many are now concerned ab...
Trump-Influenced RNC Platform Emphasizes Social Security, Medicare, Softens Language on Abortion
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Trump-Influenced RNC Platform Emphasizes Social Security, Medicare, Softens Language on Abortion

On Monday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) adopted a new platform, heavily influenced by former President Donald Trump. The revised platform introduces significant changes to previous GOP positions on marriage and abortion, while making ambitious economic promises. Key economic commitments include ending inflation, transforming the United States into a manufacturing powerhouse, and implementing deep tax cuts for workers. The platform aligns with Trump's pledges to maintain funding for Social Security and Medicare, two widely supported but expensive government programs. The new 16-page platform, much shorter than those from the 2016 and 2020 cycles, passed by a vote of 84 to 18, according to a person familiar with the proceedings. It reflects a shift toward Trump’s populis...
Boeing admits guilt in criminal fraud linked to 737 Max disaster
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Boeing admits guilt in criminal fraud linked to 737 Max disaster

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge linked to the tragic 737 Max crashes, the Justice Department announced Sunday. This comes months after U.S. prosecutors accused the aerospace giant of violating a 2021 settlement that had previously shielded it from criminal prosecution. As part of the settlement, Boeing will pay a $243.6 million fine and appoint an independent compliance monitor for a three-year probationary period. Boeing also is required to invest at least $455 million in compliance and safety programs, according to a U.S. Attorney's Court filing Sunday night. The settlement agreement awaits approval from a federal judge to go into effect. The agreement also calls for Boeing's board of directors to meet with the families of the crash victims. Boeing faced a d...
New York Times Editorial Board Urges Biden to Drop Out of Presidential Race
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New York Times Editorial Board Urges Biden to Drop Out of Presidential Race

The New York Times editorial board on Friday called on President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race against Donald Trump, citing his poor performance in the debate the night before. “The president appeared on Thursday night as a shadow of a once-great public servant,” the Times editorial said. “He struggled to articulate what he would accomplish in a second term. He struggled to respond to Trump’s provocations. He struggled to hold Trump accountable for his lies, his failures and his chilling plans. More than once, he struggled to finish a sentence.” “Biden has claimed that he is the candidate best positioned to confront and defeat this threat of tyranny. His argument is based largely on his victory over Trump in 2020,” the editorial continues. “That is no longer a sufficien...
Financial crime watchdog removes Turkey from money laundering ‘grey list’
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Financial crime watchdog removes Turkey from money laundering ‘grey list’

As the sun sets, a ferry crosses the Golden Horn, with the Suleymaniye Mosque and the city of Istanbul, Turkey in the background. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization focused on combating money laundering and illicit financial activities, has decided to remove Turkey from its "gray list" of countries requiring special monitoring. The decision, taken on Friday, represents a significant vote of confidence for Turkey in its economic recovery efforts. In its latest report, the Paris-based FATF acknowledged Turkey’s significant progress in enhancing its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) measures. The report commended Turkey for addressing the shortcomings identified in the FATF’s October 2021 monitoring report. The 2021 report hi...
Concerns Over Biden’s Debate Performance
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Concerns Over Biden’s Debate Performance

After his State of the Union address in March, President Joe Biden appeared to allay concerns about his abilities at 81. Speaking firmly, he faced down Republican lawmakers who mocked him. However, one Democratic congressman who had shaken Biden's hand that night was troubled by his appearance, describing him as "frail and weak." Biden’s poor performance in a recent debate with Donald Trump has raised questions. Some Democratic lawmakers, who have watched Biden closely, are now questioning his ability to stay in office. They cite memory lapses and inconsistencies noted during his tenure. A significant team of aides surrounds Biden, helping to prevent potential embarrassment. He often uses a shorter ladder to climb onto Air Force One to minimize the risk of falling. No president s...
Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally
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Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally

Asia-Pacific markets were mostly positive on Thursday, with major Japanese and Taiwanese indices hitting record highs. The Topix rose 0.85%, surpassing its all-time high of 2,886.50 reached in December 1989. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8%, surpassing its all-time high of 40,888.43 reached in March this year. Shares of SoftBank Group hit another all-time high, extending their winning streak to seven days, with a 2.5% gain. Japanese companies have seen their biggest wage increases in three decades this year, according to Japan’s largest labor union. A survey conducted by labor group Rengo since March shows that monthly pay for union-supported workers will rise an average of 5.1 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2025. Large companies with 300 or more unionized employees have raised ...
Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy
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Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy

In a significant shift from global trends, Greece has introduced a six-day workweek for some companies, aiming to improve productivity and employment. The new rule, effective July 1, is part of a broader labor law reform passed last year. The policy allows employees of private companies that offer 24-hour services to extend their work week from the traditional 40 hours to 48 hours. However, sectors such as hospitality and tourism are excluded from this change. The pro-business administration of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis defends the measure as "worker-friendly" and "growth-oriented." The government argues it will help workers receive adequate overtime pay and combat the problem of undeclared work. The introduction of the policy has met with sharp criticism from unions and politica...
Asia Markets Mixed: China Output Contracts Again, Japan Downgrades Q1 GDP
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Asia Markets Mixed: China Output Contracts Again, Japan Downgrades Q1 GDP

Shanghai, China – January 1: The sun rises over the Oriental Pearl Tower on New Year's Day, January 1, 2023, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Asia-Pacific markets got off to a mixed start to the second half of the year as investors weighed June economic data from China and business confidence data from Japan. Official China PMI data released over the weekend showed the manufacturing PMI at 49.5, unchanged from May, marking the second month of contraction. However, a private survey, the S&P Caixin PMI, showed a marked improvement, rising to 51.8 in June from 51.7 in May. On Monday, Japan revised its first-quarter GDP contraction to 2.9% year-on-year, from the 1.8% previously reported. GDP data for the third and fourth quarters of 2023 were also revised down, with the...
Salesforce Investors Reject Executive Compensation Plan
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Salesforce Investors Reject Executive Compensation Plan

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18, 2024. At Salesforce's annual meeting, shareholders rejected the proposed compensation plan for top executives, including CEO Marc Benioff. The decision followed concerns from advisory groups about stock awards granted to Benioff. Of the votes cast, 339.3 million were in favor, while 404.8 million were against, according to regulatory documents filed Monday. Despite the board's recommendation to approve the compensation plan, shareholder advisory firms Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services advised against adopting it. For fiscal 2024, Benioff’s total compensation increased to $39.6 million from $29.9 million the previous year. His salary remained flat at $1.55 million, but ...