Tag Archives: accused

Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening night

Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening nightVladimir Putin’s government has been criticised for using the World Cup to bury bad news after it announced a rise in the pension age in the wake of Russia’s first victory of the tournament.  The announcement, which came immediately after Russia’s 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, is likely to prove widely unpopular among the Russian public, who opinion polls show are deeply opposed to adjustments to the welfare state.  Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, said the proposed adjustments to the law would see the pension age for men raised from 60 to 65 and for women from 55 to 63.  There will also be an two percent increase on VAT from 18 to 20 percent.  Alexei Kudrin, a former finance minister widely seen as a leader of the liberal economic camp in the Kremlin elite, welcomed the news.  Пенсионная реформа назрела давно. Наконец, решение принято. Это выгодное для граждан решение, оно позволит повысить пенсии— Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) June 14, 2018 “Pension reform is long overdue. Finally, the decision has been made. This is an advantageous solution for our citizens, it will increase pensions,” he wrote on Twitter. But the announcement drew a critical reception from some Russian papers, with some columnists suggesting the whole point of the World Cup was to distract the public while the government launched painful economic policies.  Moskovsky Komsomolets, a pro-Kremlin tabloid, noted that the plans had been announced without prior discussion, despite previous promises that such an unpopular move would be the subject of public debate.  The announcement came as millions of Russians were watching the World Cup opening ceremony Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP Maxim Topilin, the minister of labour, said the measures would be discussed with trade unions and employers. Opposition figures mocked the way Mr Medvedev made the announcement while Mr Putin presided over a footballing victory, in an apparent bid to distance the president from unpopular measures.  "Putin is actually in favour of lowering the retirement age. And increasing pensions. And cutting the price of petrol. But Medvedv and Kudrin have conspired and are plotting," wrote Leonid Volkov, an advisor to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  Economists have been urging Mr Putin to launch far-reaching but painful economic reforms for nearly a decade, but he has previously resisted such advice because of the danger of a public backlash. A recent opinion poll published by state media showed that 92 percent of Russians oppose pension reform. Mr Putin built much of his political brand on a social contract which guaranteed jobs and pension security for much of the population.  Millions of pensioners rely on Russia's welfare state Credit:  Stanislav Krasilnikov/Tass Mr Medvedev said actual pension ages would be raised gradually at a rate of 6 months per year, meaning the retirement age of 65 for men will be reached in 2028 and 63 for women in 2034. The state-owned Gazprombank said in a note to clients that the reform is one of the most gradual scenarios the government had considered and that it might only bring in 25 to 30 percent of the savings it is theoretically meant to achieve.  Russia's state pension fund is running a deficit equivalent to around 3.1 percent of GDP. 



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been ArrestedVideo appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been ArrestedVideo appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

US Border Patrol accused of misleading immigrants while separating families: ‘They’re taking kids for baths and never returning'

US Border Patrol accused of misleading immigrants while separating families: ‘They’re taking kids for baths and never returning'Federal public defenders say that immigration enforcement officials in the United States have repeatedly deceived immigrant parents arriving in the US seeking shelter from violent conditions in their home country, telling those individuals that they are taking their children away for baths or other benign reasons only to never return with them. Miguel Nogueres, a federal public defender in McAllen, Texas said that he’s seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases his office sees on any given day during the presidency of Donald Trump, and that he has been hearing from clients that they were lied to by Border Patrol agents when their children were taken away, and not being given further information about the whereabouts of their kids. “Every day we hear that parents are being separated from their children and are given different reasons for the separation.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iraqi migrant accused of raping and killing teen girl to be returned to Germany

Iraqi migrant accused of raping and killing teen girl to be returned to GermanyThe rejected asylum-seeker suspected of raping and murdering a 14-year-old German girl was expected to arrive back in Germany on Saturday after being extradited from Iraq. Ali Bashar, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurd, was arrested in northern Iraq on Friday night, 24 hours after German police named him as the prime suspect in the killing of German-Jewish teenager Susanna Feldman. The schoolgirl’s body was found hidden near railway lines in a wood on the outskirts of the Wiesbaden on Wednesday, near the refugee centre where Bashar lived, after an unnamed 13-year-old witness came forward to police. She had been missing for one month. Susanna's death has sparked public debate about whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 'open-door' refugee policy was culpable. He had flown back to Iraq together with his parents and five siblings after the girl went missing, travelling on air tickets booked under another name.  Bashar had confessed to the crime, Tarik Ahmad, chief of police of the northwestern Iraqi city of Dohuk, told Reuters news agency. A cross with a sign reading 'Susanna, 14 year-old, victim of tolerance' is placed among flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial  Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images "The girl was a friend of his. They went on a trip to the woods and there they consumed a lot of alcohol and drugs then got into a dispute and the girl tried to call the police," Mr Ahmed said.  "The suspect became afraid because she was under 18 and he knew if the police came it would be a major charge.” The police chief said the suspect claimed to have choked the girl to death when she continued to threaten to call police. Bashar was expected to land by plane at Frankfurt Airport on a direct flight from Erbil on Saturday evening where preparations were being made for him to be transported by helicopter to Wiesbaden police headquarters, federal police confirmed. German police where Susan's body was found Credit: REUTERS/Thorsten Wagner Mr Bashar had been living in Germany since arriving with his family during the migrant influx of 2015. His asylum claim was rejected in December 2016 but he appealed against the decision and was allowed to remain in Germany while the case was ongoing. It has since emerged that Bashar had an extensive police file in Germany dating back to April 2016, and was facing charges over a violent robbery in March this year and a separate case of carrying an illegal knife. He was also investigated by police as a possible suspect in an earlier rape of an 11-year-old girl at the migrant shelter where he was staying. The murder case comes at time when Germany’s Office for Migration and Refugees is embroiled in a scandal amid accusations of the mishandling of asylum applications and corruption.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Redmond O'Neal, son of late Farrah Fawcett, accused of violent LA crime spree

Redmond O'Neal, son of late Farrah Fawcett, accused of violent LA crime spreeThe son of actors Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett is in custody again, this time accused of a violent crime spree in Southern California.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Fmr. Trump Campaign Chair accused of Witness Tampering

Fmr. Trump Campaign Chair accused of Witness TamperingSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation asked a court to revoke former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort’s bail, accusing him of trying to tamper with witnesses. Former Deputy Atty Gen Harry Litman.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Texas teen, girlfriend accused in his jeweler father's death

Texas teen, girlfriend accused in his jeweler father's deathAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The son of an Austin-area jeweler and the teen's girlfriend are charged with hiring someone to kill his father, who was gunned down in March during a home break-in, authorities said Wednesday.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Three Bodies Found in the Massachusetts Home of a Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing a Woman

Three Bodies Found in the Massachusetts Home of a Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing a WomanThe suspect is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and torture



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Flight School Instructors Accused of Kidnapping Foreign Student, Trying to Deport Him

Flight School Instructors Accused of Kidnapping Foreign Student, Trying to Deport HimA flight school instructor and his assistant were arrested after allegedly kidnapping a student, trying to send him back to China.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines