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Belgian court pushes back extradition hearing for 5 Catalans

A court in Belgium on Friday pushed back the extradition arguments of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four allies until at least Dec. 4, likely keeping the secessionist rebels in Belgium right through Catalonia’s regional election campaign. The court hearing in Brussels for the five Catalans is the latest step in their flight from Spain to Brussels and their refusal to return to face rebellion and sedition charges that could land them in jail for 25 years. Before the court session, the prime ministers of Spain and Belgium discussed their bilateral relations, which have been strained over the case of the Catalan officials who are wanted on a Spanish arrest warrant. Puigdemont lawyer Paul Bekaert said after the first court session Friday that “we will argue the case on Dec. 4.” Whatever decision is made at that stage, two appeals will be possible and a final ruling could well only come only after the Dec. 21 election day in Catalonia. Bekaert said even though the prosecutor asked for the execution of the extradition request from Spain for the five, the defense lawyers could still give written arguments until early next month. Source: Legal News Post Belgian court pushes back extradition hearing for 5 Catalans

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The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill

Vice President Mike Pence says “now the ball is in the Senate’s court,” after the House voted Thursday to approve a $1.5 trillion overhaul of the nation’s tax code. At the Tax Foundation’s 80th annual dinner in Washington, Pence said, “The next few weeks are going to be vitally important and they’re going to be a challenge.” But he said, “we’re going to get it done” before the end of the year. Pence was being awarded the foundation’s distinguished service award. Pence is endorsing the Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate as part of its own tax reform plan. He said: “While we’re at it, we’re going to cut taxes on working Americans when we repeal the Obamacare individual mandate tax in this tax reform bill.” Vice President Mike Pence says “now the ball is in the Senate’s court,” after the House voted Thursday to approve a $1.5 trillion overhaul of the nation’s tax code. At the Tax Foundation’s 80th annual dinner in Washington, Pence said, “The next few weeks are going to be vitally important and they’re going to be a challenge.” But he said, “we’re going to get it done” before the end of the year. Pence was being awarded the foundation’s distinguished service award. Pence is endorsing the Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate as part of its own tax reform plan. He said: “While we’re at it, we’re going to cut taxes on working Americans when we repeal the Obamacare individual mandate tax in this tax reform bill.” Source: Legal News Post The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill

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German Court: Kuwait Airways Can Refuse Israeli Passengers

A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait’s national airline didn’t have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did. The Frankfurt state court noted in its decision that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to have contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country’s boycott of Israel. The court said it didn’t evaluate whether “this law make sense,” but that the airline risked repercussions that were “not reasonable” for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees. An Israeli citizen, who was identified in court papers as Adar M., a student living in Germany, sued Kuwait Airways after it canceled his booking for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok that included a stop-over in Kuwait City. The cancellation came a few days before M.’s scheduled departure in August 2016 when he revealed he had an Israeli passport. The airline offered to book him on a nonstop flight to Bangkok with another carrier. The man refused the offer and filed the lawsuit, seeking compensation for alleged discrimination. He also insisted the airline should have to accept him as a passenger. The court rejected his discrimination claim ruling that German law covers discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion, but not nationality. Germany’s Central Council of Jews condemned the ruling, calling it “unbearable that a foreign company operating based on deeply anti-Semitic national laws is allowed to be active in Germany.” Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker expressed a similar view. “An airline that practices discrimination and anti-Semitism by refusing to fly Israeli passengers should not be allowed to takeoff or land in Frankfurt,” Becker said. Courts in the United States and Switzerland previously have ruled in favor of plaintiffs in comparable cases, the German news agency dpa reported. Source: Legal News Post German Court: Kuwait Airways Can Refuse Israeli Passengers

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General Motors recalls Silverado, Sierra trucks to fix potential fuel leaks

General Motors recalls Silverado, Sierra trucks to fix potential fuel leaks: DETROIT — General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire.The recall covers Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from 2011 through 2015 with two fuel tanks. Source: TTLA E-Clips General Motors recalls Silverado, Sierra trucks to fix potential fuel leaks

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Researchers achieve breakthrough in CTE research

Researchers achieve breakthrough in CTE research: An autopsy confirmed a 12-year NFL veteran had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, just as a brain scan four years before his death had indicated, a breakthrough researchers hope will help in their quest to diagnose the disease in the living.“Our impression has been (CTE) is a very unique pattern” in the scans, said Julian Bailes, co-director of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., which has been working with scientists at UCLA to do PET scans of the brains of hundreds of former football players and military members. “This is the first to have that brain specimen correlation. Source: TTLA E-Clips Researchers achieve breakthrough in CTE research

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