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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Germany says 2016 asylum seeker arrivals down two thirds
Germany took in 280,000 asylum seekers in 2016, about one third of the previous year's record figure, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said today. At the height of the huge refugee and migrant influx to Europe in 2015, a total of 890,000 people came seeking safe haven in the EU's top economy. The migration office said that it received about 745,000 asylum requests in 2016 from people who had arrived that year or the year before.

Post demonetisation, WB cuts India's growth rate to 7 per cent
The World Bank today cut India's GDP growth for 2016-17 fiscal to 7 per cent from its previous estimate of 7.6 per cent citing the impact of demonetisation, but forecast that the country would regain momentum in the following years with a growth of 7.6 per cent and 7.8 per cent due to a reform initiatives. "The immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes announced by the government in November contributed to slowing growth in 2016," the World Bank said in its report.
    
Samsung heir becomes suspect in S. Korea political scandal
Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddlingscandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, prosecutors said today. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, would be quizzed as a "suspect" in connection to bribery, prosecutors said. "We have decided to question Lee tomorrow morning... As a suspect," Lee Kyu-Chul, the spokesman told reporters.

Judge: Woman can’t sue Trump over tweet calling her ‘dummy’
Donald Trump can keep his Twitter insults flying. In a decision made public today, a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who claimed her reputation was trashed when he falsely said she had "begged" for a campaign job and called her a "dummy" on Twitter.

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