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Breaking News : Visa and Mastercard want to end cooperation with Wirecard

According to insiders, the credit card providers Visa and Mastercard are considering terminating their business relationships with the payment service provider Wirecard. The payment service provider involved in the billion dollar scandal is obviously a high risk for both card companies.

Corporations are considering depriving Wirecard of the ability to route payments through their networks, the Bloomberg news agency reported Saturday morning, citing people familiar with the matter. Some Wirecard customers have already been contacted to prepare them for this option.

Update in the last paragraph!

Meanwhile, more and more consumers in German-speaking countries are becoming aware of the Wirecard problems. The constant presence in the daily media and the sheer unimaginable size of the fraud has hit the general public. Customers often ask themselves whether payment can still be carried out “stably” with daily shopping if Wirecard is involved or if Wirecard technology is used in the background.

The payment service provider had expanded the number of new contractual partners and the list of reference customers significantly in the past two and a half years. These came from the retail, airline, travel company, transportation, insurance and financial services sectors. The number of those who will do without Wirecard in the future and use other payment service providers should increase every day.

As ALDI SÜD announced today due to the demand of the SHAREHOLDER, there are business relationships with Wirecard Bank, not with Wirecard’s payment service. The group said: “Cooperation with the bank is limited to processing credit card payments and doing business with the ALDI Prepaid gift card . So far, there have been no changes for our customers in either area “.

Customers at ALDI SÜD could continue to pay with their credit cards and also redeem their ALDI gift cards; the credit on the cards was covered, the group said.

Update: The British financial regulator FCA prohibited the Wirecard subsidiary Wirecard Card Solutions from doing business on Friday. With this, the tax authority is reacting to the bankruptcy application of the Aschheim parent company and the fraud scandal in market and consumer matters.

The regulators indicated that the payment processor must not sell assets and must also place disclaimers that tell consumers that they are no longer permitted to conduct business.

Prepaid or credit cards issued by Wirecard Bank are still working

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Thai Parliament Opens Special Session Over Protest Tensions

Thailand’s Parliament began a special session Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister's resignation.

As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session, only 450 of the total of 731 members of both houses had signed in for the meeting.

The demonstrations by student-led groups in the Bangkok and other cities have three main demands: that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha step down, the constitution be amended to make it more democratic and reforms be made to the monarchy to make it more accountable.

Public criticism of the monarchy is unprecedented in a country where the royal institution has been considered sacrosanct, and royalists have denounced the protesters for raising the issue.

“The only way to a lasting solution for all sides that is fair for those on the streets as well as for the many millions who choose not to go on the streets is to discuss and resolve these differences through the parliamentary process,” Prayuth said last week.

Opposition leader from Pheu Thai Party, Sompong Amornwat delivers a speech during a special session at the parliament in…
Opposition leader from Pheu Thai Party, Sompong Amornwat delivers a speech during a special session at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 26, 2020.

The non-voting session of Parliament is expected to last two days.

The protesters have little confidence in the parliamentary path, declaring the government’s efforts insincere.

They noted the points of discussion submitted by Prayuth’s government for debate dealt not with the protesters' concerns but were thinly disguised criticisms of the protests themselves.

They concern instead the risk of the coronavirus spreading at rallies, the alleged interference with a royal motorcade by a small crowd earlier this month, and illegal gatherings and the destruction of images of the royal family.

The protesters allege Prayuth, who led a coup in 2014 as the army chief, was returned to power unfairly in last year’s election because laws had been changed to favor a pro-military party. The protesters also say the constitution, written and enacted under military rule, is undemocratic.

Parliament in September was scheduled to vote on six proposed constitutional amendments but instead set up a committee to further consider such proposals, and then recessed.

Constitutional changes require a joint vote of the House and the Senate, but the proposals lack support in the Senate, whose members are not elected and are generally very conservative and hostile to the protesters.

Instead of confronting lawmakers and counter-protesters on Monday, the pro-democracy protest organizers have called for an afternoon march to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany.

Germany's foreign minister, questioned in Parliament by a member of the Green Party, recently expressed concern over any political activities the king might be conducting on the country's soil.

Protesters’ criticism of the royal institution has roiled conservative Thais. Self-proclaimed “defenders of the monarchy” mobilized last week online and in rallies in several cities, in many cases led by local civil servants.

A small group of royalist demonstrators were outside Parliament on Monday morning, saying they were there to let lawmakers know of their opposition to any changes in the status of the monarchy.

Original Article from Isaan.Live

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Typhoon Displaces Thousands, Floods Villages in Philippines

A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Typhoon Molave, but authorities reported at least one person was missing and seven others were rescued after their yacht sank off Batangas province south of Manila.

The typhoon has sustained winds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 180 kph (112 miles) per hour and was blowing westward at 25 kph (15 mph). Molave is expected to start blowing out of the country into the South China Sea on Monday, government forecasters said.

At least 25,000 villagers were displaced with about 20,000 taking shelter in schools and government buildings which were turned into evacuation centers, according to the Office of Civil Defense.

“Villagers are now asking to be rescued because of the sudden wind which blew away roofs,” Humerlito Dolor, governor of Oriental Mindoro province, told DZMM radio.

Dolor said pounding rains overnight swamped farming villages in his province then fierce winds toppled trees and power posts early on Monday, knocking off power. Authorities were clearing roads of fallen trees and debris in some towns after the typhoon passed, he said.

More than 1,800 cargo truck drivers, workers and passengers were stranded in ports after the coast guard barred ships and ferry boats from venturing into rough seas.

About 20 typhoons and storms annually batter the Philippines, and the Southeast Asian archipelago is seismically active, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

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Australian Anguish at Passenger Strip Searches in Qatar

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports Australia has formally complained about what it is calling the "offensive and grossly inappropriate" treatment of passengers at Doha airport in Qatar. The report says thirteen Australian women were taken off a flight to Sydney after a newborn baby was found in an airport bathroom and the travelers were forced to have invasive internal examinations.

Airport authorities say when a premature baby was discovered in a bathroom at the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, on October 2, all female passengers onboard a flight preparing to fly to Sydney were taken off the aircraft. The group included 13 Australian women.

They were taken to two ambulances waiting outside the airport and subjected to strip searches. Some of the women have told local media they were terrified and were not told why the examinations were being carried out.

The Australian Federal Police have been informed, although it is unclear what powers investigators might have over an incident that occurred in the Middle East.

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne says Australia has formally complained to Qatar.

“We also understand the matter has been reported to the Australian Federal Police. This is a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events. It is not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life in any context. We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter,” Payne said.

Media reports have said the Australian women could take legal action against authorities in Qatar.

Australian Labor opposition leader Anthony Albanese says their treatment has been unbelievable.

“Reports of this treatment are really disturbing. The idea that women could be subject to these very intrusive searches is in my view an absolute disgrace," Albanese said.

In a statement, airport officials in Doha said the baby was “safe” and being cared for in Qatar.

They added that medical staff had expressed concern to them “about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing.”

Australian authorities have said they are expecting a report on the incident from the Qatari Government later this week.

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