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Italian Pro-Migrant Groups Facing 15,000 Job Losses After Salvini Cuts

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Following a series of budgetary cuts as part of populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s security and migration decree, migrant helper associations claim they have been forced to lay off thousands of employees.

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union announced the complaint, saying that so far pro-migrant groups have been forced to lay off around 5,000 workers due to the funding cuts in the security decree and added that the social centres were looking at a total of 15,000 layoffs by the end of the year, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

CGIL’s Stefano Sabato commented on the effect of the migration funding cuts saying, “At the moment we have come to count about 5000 redundancy procedures, to which we are responding with the tools available, solidarity agreements, fund for wage integration, but our interest is to be able to restore ordinary social safety nets to cope with the dramatic situation that in this way we risk not being able to manage.”

“If the Security decree is not reformed or amended within 12 months, we will still have to launch mass dismissal procedures,” he added.

The director of Italy’s largest migrant centre has slammed open-borders activists for doing more harm than good to Italy and to migrants.

The announcement of mass layoffs in the pro-migrant reception sector come only months after the left-wing groups complained that their profits were going to decline as a result of the security decree.

As early as 2016, it was revealed that mafia groups were also involved in taking money from the Italian state to run asylum reception centres but were not only pocketing large amounts of cash while giving migrants substandard living arrangements and food, they were also rumoured to have been charging migrants “protection money” as well.

While left-wing NGOs and other pro-mass migration groups have slammed Salvini’s tough anti-mass migration policies, the head of the largest reception centre in the country admitted last year that open borders policies had been negative for both Italians and the migrants themselves.

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South Korea Terminates Intelligence-Sharing Treaty with Japan

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The Republic of Korea has decided to abandon the military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday, citing deputy head of the country’s National Security Council Kim You-geun.

“The government decided to terminate intelligence sharing with Japan. Tokyo will receive the official notification through diplomatic channels,” Kim You-geun said at a briefing in Seoul.

He underlined that “Japan failed to explain the reasons behind excluding South Korea from the list of trusted trade partners, citing undermined relations of trust between Seoul and Tokyo, which caused these changes in defense-related cooperation of the two countries.”

Moreover, Kim You-geun announced that “maintaining the agreement signed for the purposes of sharing important military intelligence no longer conforms with South Korea’s national interests.”

On August 2, the Japanese government approved the proposal to remove South Korea from the list of countries receiving Japanese nanomaterials and high-tech components in a streamlined manner and without any restrictions. The decision will officially come into force on August 28.

On July 1, Tokyo tightened control over the export of three types of materials to South Korea, needed to produce semiconductors and displays of various electronic gadgets. The decision was particularly made due to suspicion that some of these components can be illegally delivered to North Korea from the South. Seoul flatly rejected such an idea and responded by introducing similar restrictions against Japan.

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UK Channel 4 to Shoot Documentary About Putin’s Influence on Modern World

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UK’s Channel 4 will produce a ground-breaking three-part documentary series on Russian President Vladimir Putin, the channel said in a press release. The film will include interviews with the Russian leader himself, his close circle and those most impacted by his actions, as well as archive materials.

“To understand what is happening in the world right now, it is necessary to understand Vladimir Putin. Putin has shown his staying power as one of the most formidable politicians of the 21st century. This series will explore how as a former spy he has redefined politics and the impact this has had globally”, Executive Producer James Rogan said, as quoted in a press release.

According to the press release, the series will show how his power has changed the modern world.

“This landmark series will show how Putin brought his knowledge of spy-craft to define the presidency of a nuclear power … It will explore how Putin’s personal experiences have influenced his politics, how modern Russia has been created through an acute sense of betrayal, pride and anger, and how Putin’s values have been exported around the world — from Crimea to Salisbury to Washington DC”, the press release read.

The series will be filmed in Russia, the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.

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Syria Opens Humanitarian Corridor to Enable Civilians’ Exit From Idlib

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Syria has opened in the village of Suran, located in Hama province, a humanitarian corridor for civilians who want to leave the terrorist-controlled areas in Idlib, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Syria has opened a humanitarian corridor in the village of Suran, located in the north of Hama province, under protection of the Syrian army, to enable citizens who want to leave terrorist-controlled territories to do so,” the ministry said.

The corridor has been opened to “reduce Syrians’ suffering,” the ministry added, noting that all the demands of the civilians would be met.

In early August, a long-discussed truce in Idlib entered into force. However, the leadership of the Syrian Armed Forces said it would stop military actions if Turkey implements its obligations under the Moscow-Ankara deal, which was reached in Sochi, Russia last September.

The truce deal stipulates the withdrawal of medium and heavy weapons from the contact line in the area. Syrian government forces have renewed their activities in the northwest of the country due to the militants’ non-compliance with the agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey.

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