Belgium’s King Albert II faces daily fine in paternity dispute

Former king is refusing to undergo DNA test to disprove womans claims he is her father King Albert II, who abdicated from the Belgian throne six years ago, is to be fined 5,000 (4,370) for every day that he refuses to undergo a DNA test to disprove claims he fathered a child during an extramarital affair in the 1960s. An appeals court made the order after rejecting Alberts attempts to delay giving a saliva sample, in the latest twist of a long-running paternity claim by a 50-year-old artist, Delphine Bol. Bol has been fighting in the courts for six years to get proof that Albert, 84, is her biological father. If she is able to prove paternity she could take …

Alvin Sargent, Oscar winner who wrote Spider-Man films, dies at 92

Screenwriter won Oscars for Julia and Ordinary People and won praise for Spider-Man The Oscar-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who also wrote several Spider-Man movies, has died. He was 92. said Sargent was an exemplary screenwriter. Paper Moon, Ordinary People and Spider-Man 2 are all, in their very different ways, master classes tone-perfect, impeccably structured, witty, human, worth visiting and revisiting. Among added: Good night, sir. divorced in 1975. He married the producer Laura Ziskin, who was behind the Spider-Man films, in 2010, after 25 years together. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Daimler says it has no idea how North Korea got hold of limousines

Kim Jong-un is using stretch limousines despite UN ban on sale of luxury goods The parent company of Mercedes-Benz has said it has no idea how the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, got hold of armoured limousines manufactured by the German company and said it had no business dealings with the UN-sanctioned country. Kim has raised eyebrows by using stretch limousines manufactured by Stuttgart-based Daimler AG at high-profile summits, including his meeting this week with Vladimir Putin and both of his earlier summits with Donald Trump. The sale of luxury goods, including limousines, is banned under UN sanctions intended to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons. Kim nevertheless had two limos waiting for him at Vladivostok …

Alaska judge blocks Trump on Arctic and Atlantic drilling

Green groups celebrate, justice department declines comment over reversal of April 2017 executive order against Obama protections Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on 2017 executive order reversing the drilling bans. At issue in the case was the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Acting assistant US attorney general Jeffrey Wood said in a hearing before Gleason in November environmental groups were misinterpreting the intent of the law written in 1953. He said it is meant to be flexible and sensible and not intended to bind one president with decisions made by another when determining offshore stewardship as needs and realities change over time. In 2015, Obama halted exploration in coastal areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas …

The confusion around Russian meddling means theyre already winning | Gabriel Gatehouse

Among the legitimate questions is a swirl of speculation. Vladimir Putin and Vladislav Surkov have got in our heads, says Gabriel Gatehouse, a BBC foreign correspondent It is the fashion these days, in certain circles, to see the hand of Moscow behind all of the political turbulence of the present moment: Brexit, Trump, the rise of the European right. John McCain once even suggested that Vladislav Surkov, also known as Putins Rasputin (in the west) or the grey cardinal (in Russia). He rose from a background in the theatre and PR to become the architect of Putinism the undisputed master of Russias internal politics. At the height of his power, he represented a sort of Kremlin svengali, controlling most of …

Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Fireball over Kamchatka peninsula in December went largely unnoticed at the time A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed. The fireball tore across the sky off Russias Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russias south-west, six years ago, and the second largest in the past 30 years. Unlike the told BBC News that blasts of this size were expected only two or three times a century. The space agencys analysis shows that the meteor, probably a few …

Letter in Utrecht getaway car may suggest terror motive

Firearm seized and buildings searched after suspect held over shooting that killed three Dutch prosecutors have said they are still considering a possible terrorist motive for Mondays in a statement that the investigators view was based on the nature of the shooting on Monday, which took place on a tram, and on a letter found in the getaway car. Other motives cannot be excluded and are still being investigated, the statement said, adding that a firearm had been recovered and several buildings in Utrecht had been searched. At this point a terrorist motive is still being taken seriously. The suspected gunman, Gkmen Tanis, 37, was detained on a street in the north of the city several hours after the 10.45am …

Mueller failure to have Trump testify would be a mistake Schiff

House intelligence chair wants president put under oath but White House lawyers have resisted putting liar Trump at risk The chairman of the House intelligence committee said on Sunday it would be a mistake if special counsel Robert Mueller does not get Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury assigned to weigh criminal charges in the ongoing investigations of framing the likelihood of Trump lying to prosecutors as a perjury trap laid by Mueller. Famously, Watergate reporter Bob Woodward concluded his Articles of impeachment against Clinton accused him of making perjurious, false, and misleading statements before the grand jury. But Schiff warned that without sworn testimony by Trump, the public is unlikely to learn the details of his business …

Venezuela: prominent journalist taken by intelligence service

Luis Carlos Daz, who went missing at about 5.30pm Monday, was taken by Sebin, fellow journalists confirmed A prominent Venezuelan journalist who had been reporting on the countrys escalating political crisis and blackout out has been seized by secret police, sparking international condemnation. #DndeEstLuisCarlos or agents raided Dazs home shortly before dawn, seizing computers and pen drives as the handcuffed journalist looked on. Daz is the notorious El Helicoide political prison. Luz Mely Reyes, being seized at his home in Caracas. A rightwing German journalist, Billy Six, has denouncing Maduros persecution of journalists. The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet a conspiratorial video on Twitter insinuating Daz was part of a rancid rightwing US-backed plot to destroy Venezuelas electricity network. …

‘Unusual activity’ at Russian embassy before novichok attack

UK intelligence investigated frantic comings and goings at time of Skripal poisonings Intelligence services investigated unusual activity at the Russian embassy in London in the days before and after the novichok poisoning, it has been reported. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ looked into frantic comings and goings at the building in Kensington in the days leading up to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association. The source was quoted as saying: The intelligence agencies have been investigating unusual and increased activity at the Russian embassy in Kensington in the days leading up to and after the attack on the Skripals. The lines of inquiry …

Vietnam summit: North Korea and US offer differing reasons for failure of talks

US president says North Korea wanted all sanctions lifted for only partial denuclearisation, a claim disputed by Pyongyang North Korea and the US have given differing accounts of why the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended in failure on Thursday. The abrupt end to the Hanoi meeting, which was cut short by several hours, was a setback from both leaders who had made long journeys Kim by rail and Trump by air in the expectation that a deal was within reach. There are no plans for a third summit, but the US has expressed willingness to continue talks at a lower level. In his version of events, Trump said the deal had broken down because Kim wanted …

More women in the workplace could boost economy by 35%, says Christine Lagarde

Exclusive: IMF managing director presses for female empowerment in interview to mark International Womens Day Employing more women and tackling sexism in the workplace is the key to making the world economy richer, more equal and less prone to devastating financial collapses, according to the head of the International Monetary Fund. In an interview to mark #MeToo movement but added that tackling sexual harassment was part of a bigger problem. I didnt see #MeToo coming but I welcome it immensely, Lagarde told the Guardian. Sexual harassment is only scratching the surface. Violence against women is still a massive issue and we are not just talking about low income countries: it is in all societies. It has to be discussed, addressed …

‘Bike country No 1’: Dutch go electric in record numbers

E-bikes now outsell standard bicycles in Netherlands, with quality prized more than price In what was already a long-running purple patch for the Dutch cycle industry, domestic sales records have been broken in the last 12 months despite spiralling prices, as technological developments push the standard push-bike into the annals of history. The Dutch love affair with the bicycle is well chronicled there are 22.5m of them in a country of 17 million people but has moved up a level, according to a study by the RAI Vereniging, an organisation representing the automotive and cycling sector. More than 1m bicycles were sold last year in the Netherlands, up 5.7% on 2017, and at the same time Dutch consumers appear willing …