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Official says pro-company unions will melt away in Mexico

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Official says pro-company unions will melt away in Mexico MEXICO CITY fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 165d368f-a3b2-533e-9250-ce947e4d3d50

A Mexican official says a majority of the country’s labor contracts are probably fake, pro-company deals that provide only minimal wages and benefits.

But the assistant secretary of labor says the unions behind those contracts are so weak that they will probably disappear once Mexico’s new labor reform goes into effect.

Alfredo Dominguez says the reform will require unions to prove they have the support of workers. Secret votes will be held so leaders can’t sign fake “protection” contracts behind their members’ backs.

Dominguez says rules for applying the reform are expected within about a month.

He says he doesn’t expect a new wave of strikes like the ones that broke out at about four dozen export plants in the border city of Matamoros in January.

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Owner of Mexico school that collapsed during earthquake, killing 19 children, arrested for manslaughter

Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.

Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake.

The owner, Mónica García Villegas, had been in hiding — missing court dates, eluding police — until Saturday, when authorities received an email tipping them off to her whereabouts.

“We arrested her,” said Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy at a press conference over the weekend. “The crime is [involuntary] manslaughter.”

Godoy attributed the arrest to a reward of 5 million pesos ($263,000) that authorities announced in late-April for information leading to García Villegas’ whereabouts. The tip line received information from 16 tipsters suggesting locations in at least six different states.

“We went to all of them,” Godoy said.

The collapse of the Enrique Rebsamen school came to symbolize the corruption and impunity that plague Mexican construction. Garcia Villegas is accused of having her apartment built using fraudulent permits, among other things. Infobae.com reports that the construction of her apartment compromised the structural integrity of the building, causing some damage during the work on the addition.

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Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City.  (AP)

The search for survivors at Rebsamen captured the attention of people worldwide amid reports shortly after the quake that a girl was purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble. Authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Godoy said there are still arrest warrants out for two construction overseers who authorized the additions at the school, despite insufficient steel or other supports to sustain the extra weight.

The earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 others in nearby states.

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Judge Esperanza Medrano Ortiz ordered Garcia Villegas held under police custody until a court hearing on Thursday, reported Mexico News Daily.

“I’m innocent, I didn’t kill those children,” Garcia Villegas said. “I would never allow such a situation for my students.”

But relatives of the children who died expressed anger, and stood outside the courthouse yelling “Mónica, murderer!” and holding signs that said, “How do you feel having taken away so many lives?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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German police seek 1980s Ferrari after test drive theft

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German police are looking for a rare 1980s Ferrari sports car believed to be worth more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after a man posing as a would-be buyer stole it during a test drive.

Police in Duesseldorf said the man answering an advertisement for the red Ferrari 288 GTO , first registered in 1985, turned up for a previously agreed appointment in the western German city on Monday.

He and the seller went on a test drive, during which the seller got out of the car to swap places with the would-be buyer. The man got into the driver’s seat, hit the gas pedal and sped off.

Police said Tuesday that they hadn’t been able to find the car and appealed to the public for information.

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Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

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Poland’s prime minister is vowing tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests.

The documentary “Tell No One” has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it was released on Saturday on YouTube.

Shock over the allegations that abuse was covered up poses a challenge to Poland’s right-wing government, which is close to the Roman Catholic church. Only recently the head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, spoke of an “attack” on the church over earlier efforts to confront the culture of impunity within the church.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday his government has prepared legislation to more severely punish the “degenerate, disgusting” crimes of pedophilia.

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UN calls for probe into allegations of torture in Lebanon

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The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for “a thorough, effective and independent investigation” into the death of a Lebanese man who was allegedly tortured by police intelligence.

Michelle Bachelet says Hassan Diqa died Saturday despite numerous interventions by a variety of U.N. entities with Lebanese authorities after he was allegedly tortured while detained on drug-related charges in November.

Bachelet said Tuesday that Diqa’s death “highlights what appears to be a number of very serious failings in Lebanon’s legal and prison systems.”

She says those who ordered the crime must be held accountable.

Diqa’s father, Toufic, says his son suffered partial paralysis of his left leg. He was admitted to hospital in early April and remained there until his death.

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EU court: employers must measure working time in detail

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The European Union’s top court has ruled that employers in the 28-nation bloc must set up a system to measure the time worked every day by each worker to ensure that labor laws are complied with.

Tuesday’s ruling from the European Court of Justice stems from a case in which labor union Comisiones Obreras sought to have a Spanish subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Bank obliged to set up such a system.

The bank contended that Spanish law has a less exacting requirement for overtime hours to be recorded each month.

The ECJ said member countries “must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured.” Countries can make their own specific arrangements.

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Balkans on high alert as floods hit Bosnia, Croatia

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Overflowing rivers in Bosnia and Croatia have flooded dozens of homes and roads, putting the Balkans on high alert after 2014 floods killed dozens of people died and submerged large areas of the region.

Several local communities in northern and central Bosnia introduced emergency measures on Tuesday, urging residents living close to rivers to evacuate their homes. Some schools have canceled classes, while electricity and water supplies have been disrupted.

The rainfall has also caused landslides, closing down local roads. The Vrbanja river has destroyed a temporary pedestrian bridge near the town of Banja Luka.

Local media say residents fear the repeat of May 2014 floods that devastated the region.

Croatian public broadcaster HRT says firefighters have saved eight tourists, including two children, in a central area.

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Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look at the top issues Pompeo and Lavrov are expected to discuss before briefing Putin:

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ARMS CONTROL

The state of arms control treaties between the United States and Russia is likely to feature prominently in the talks.

The U.S. unilaterally pulled out of a 1987 nuclear missile pact this year, accusing Russia of violations. Putin responded in kind, saying he was suspending Russia’s participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and accusing Washington of making false allegations.

Trump has said he wants to negotiate new arms control accords that reflect current conditions and to bring in other nations, notably China.

The U.S. president said after he and Putin spoke by phone last week they were considering a deal that would “get rid of some of the tremendous firepower that we have right now” and also include China.

Speaking ahead of Pompeo’s visit, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday that Moscow wants to focus on extending the START treaty, another key arms control deal between Moscow and Washington which runs out in 2021.

Ryabkov added that Moscow wants to focus on bilateral commitments first before bringing China into treaty negotiations.

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ELECTION INTERFERENCE

Pompeo’s sit-down with Putin and Lavrov will be the highest-level face-to-face talks between Washington and Moscow since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has downplayed the Russian interference and insisted Mueller’s report cleared him of wrongdoing. U.S. officials acknowledge Russia inserted itself in the 2016 campaign and think it will try to do so again in the United States and elsewhere.

While Putin has repeatedly denied Russia played any role in other countries’ elections, U.S. officials say Pompeo will raise the subject of election-meddling in Sochi. At a meeting in Finland earlier this month, Pompeo said he told Lavrov the interference is “not appropriate and that we’re going to do everything we can to deter it.”

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SYRIA

The United States has urged Russia to end escalating airstrikes in the last Syrian province under rebel control. U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey is accompanying Pompeo to Sochi to get a sense of Russia’s long-term plans for Idlib.

The Russian military has described its current operations there as limited and solely in response to frequent rebel attacks on its air base. But U.S. officials appear concerned that Russia could be laying the groundwork for a full-on offensive by Syrian government forces.

Russia and Turkey struck a cease-fire deal for Idlib in September, averting what was then seen as an inevitable offensive on the rebel stronghold. Syrian and Russian military planes started bombing the province on April 30.

Russian officials publicly expressed their impatience with Idlib’s rebels, but said they oppose a major offensive.

Lavrov is likely to press Pompeo on the U.S. military presence in Syria as well as the international sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. Russia argues the sanctions hamper the much-needed reconstruction efforts for the war-battered country.

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IRAN

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spiked since Trump withdrew a year ago from a 2015 nuclear agreement between six world powers and Tehran while reinstating economic sanctions on Iran’s energy and finance sectors.

Russia is one of the remaining signatories, and Lavrov is likely to stress to Pompeo the deal’s importance for international security.

Iran said this week it would partially end its compliance with the agreement unless the European parties are able to circumvent the U.S. sanctions and preserve the benefits the Middle East country expected to see from the accord.

Pompeo scrapped the short visit to Moscow on his trip itinerary Monday and made an unplanned stop in Brussels to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal with European officials.

Last week, the U.S. said it was dispatching an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Middle East in response to intelligence that Iran was preparing to retaliate for the sanctions with attacks on American interests in the region.

Trump also said he would like to meet Iranian leaders “someday” to “work out an agreement.”

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NORTH KOREA

Pompeo is coming to Sochi likely wanting to know if Moscow can do more to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his arms buildup. Russia is likely to press the U.S. to provide more security guarantees to North Korea as a first step to break the diplomatic stalemate.

Kim traveled to Russia last month to meet with Putin, who appears to be eager to play a bigger role in solving the security dilemma of the Korean Peninsula.

With no formal agreements signed or announced, Putin said Kim was willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees supported by a multinational agreement.

North Korea tested three new missiles last week. The launches were seen as a possible warning to Washington over deadlocked nuclear negotiations as the two sides continue to struggle with mismatched demands on sanctions relief and disarmament.

North Korea has contended that it needs a nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as U.S. hostility, and wants concrete reassurances of its safety, including the removal of the American nuclear threat.

A summit between Trump and Kim in February failed. Kim later criticized Washington for taking a “unilateral attitude in bad faith,” causing a diplomatic standstill.

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Matthew Lee contributed from Washington.

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Cuban authorities arrest LGBT activists after banning march over grounds foreign powers could use it to criticize human rights

Cuban authorities arrested LGBT activists on Saturday after holding a pride parade in Havana, the country’s capital.

The parade, officially dubbed Cuban Conga against Homophobia and Transphobia, has been occurring for over a decade and celebrates LGBT people in the repressive country.

But this year’s celebration wasn’t sanctioned by the communist authorities on the grounds that it could be used by foreign powers as an example to criticize Cuba’s human rights record.

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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba’s new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization canceled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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“Aggression against Cuba and Venezuela has encouraged groups that, although they already existed, in recent times to try harder to distort the reality of Cuba, and they intend to use our Conga to discredit, divide and replace the true meaning of this activity,” the National Centre for Sex Education, a state-run organization, said in a statement, Local 10 reported.

Some Cuban citizens concerned about the cancelation of the event were also reportedly told that the Cuban government feared that “organized groups could attack members of the LGBT community forcing police to act and create negative images around the world.”

But despite the ban on this year’s march, community leaders, totaling around 100 people, proceeded with the parade after organizing its activities on social media.

“Aggression against Cuba and Venezuela has encouraged groups that, although they already existed, in recent times to try harder to distort the reality of Cuba, and they intend to use our Conga to discredit, divide and replace the true meaning of this activity.”

— National Centre for Sex Education

“It was a complete success because we got so many people together despite all the expectations of government interference,” said Raul Soublett, a 26-year-old gay rights activist. “It’s historic.”

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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba’s new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization canceled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The demonstrators, who carried rainbow flags and shouted pro-LGBT slogans, said they were harassed and subjected to violence by the police officers in plain clothes, the BBC reported. At least three activists were detained for their participation in the march.

Some activists also claimed that the authorities had tried to prevent them from leaving their homes even before the march, issuing veiled threats of repercussions.

“This is because we don’t want to lose our rights to public space,” said Lidia Romero, 49. “We’re not here in opposition to anybody,” Soublett seconded.

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Other events celebrating LGBT people, which were officially sanctioned by the government, will reportedly be going ahead as planned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hit with arrest of ex-chair Ghosn, Nissan profit nose-dives

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Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has seen annual profit nose-dive to less than half of what it earned in the previous year. It’s forecasting even dimmer results going forward.

Nissan Motor Co. reported Tuesday that its profit for the fiscal year ended March was 319.1 billion yen ($2.9 billion), down from 746.9 billion yen in the previous fiscal year.

Yokohama-based Nissan said profit for the fiscal year through March 2020 will drop to 170 billion yen ($1.5 billion), as restructuring and product development expenses combined with currency-related losses and rising material costs slam earnings.

Ghosn, who led Nissan and its alliance with Renault SA of France for two decades, was arrested in November on financial misconduct charges. He says he is innocent.

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