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Newsline: Malia Obama wasn’t fired by the Spanish Embassy for smoking marijuana

It’s summer internship season and everyone loves a juicy story on a former first daughter’s internship cut short due to drug busts. At least fake news sites seem to. Don’t be fooled, though. A story that Malia Obama was fired from an internship at the U.S. embassy to Spain is fake news. A June 29, 2017, post on FreedomCrossroads.us says that the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama was caught smoking marijuana during her internship at the Spanish embassy and sent home. “She was caught, by Embassy Security — aka the U.S. Marines — on the roof of the building burning a doobie and playing with the Ambassador’s carrier pigeons,” the story said. “Ambassador Bedard is an avid hobbyist.” Obama did intern at the embassy, in 2016, not this year. And there were no reports of her dismissal. This summer, Obama traveled with her family to Bali and Jakarta and is continuing an internship at the Weinstein Company movie studio she began in the spring.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/jul/18/freedomcrossroadsus/no-malia-obama-wasnt-fired-smoking-marijuana/

Newsline: Libya’s ambassador to Spain dies

The Libyan ambassador to Spain, Mohammed Al-Faqih Saleh, died in the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Saturday. According to sources, the Libyan ambassador died of cancer after a long battle against the disease. Mohammed Al-Faqih Saleh started his job as Libya’s ambassador to Spain in 2012.

http://www.libyanexpress.com/libyas-ambassador-to-spain-dies/

Newsline: Protesters Besiege Venezuela’s Embassy in Spain

Right-wing protesters surrounded Venezuela’s embassy in Madrid, Spain during a community event, preventing people from leaving the building. Mario Isea, Venezuela’s ambassador to Spain, told teleSUR that after hours of being held up in the building, local police evicted the violent protesters. The roughly 100 people attending the event, a commemoration of victims of right-wing violence in Venezuela, were then able to leave the building. “From the early hours of the day, a violent picket was installed in front of the embassy and we warned the Spanish Government to be responsible for the security of the embassy and the diplomats,” said Isea, who added that he requested for the Spanish government to evict protesters from the area hours in advance. He added that several Spanish policemen were present when protesters began encircling the building, but that they did little to address the situation. In response to the far-right protest, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez demanded that the Spanish government “guarantee the integrity of our diplomats.” Since early April, the Venezuelan opposition has led almost daily protests against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro. Protests have resulted in the deaths of over three dozen people.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Right-Wing-Protesters-Besiege-Venezuelas-Embassy-in-Spain-20170511-0022.html

Newsline: Former workers accuse Spain’s embassy in Australia of “betrayal”

A former Canberra embassy worker has spoken of her “betrayal” by her former employers, the Spanish government, which is accused of refusing to hand over years worth of superannuation payments. Another former worker for the Spanish government in Australia says she has been left disabled by cancer but without vital disability cover because of the consulate’s failure to pay her super. The two women are now taking legal action against their former employer, looking to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid super, interest and penalties. But the Spanish government has defended itself, claiming its two former employees were covered by their home country’s social welfare system during the periods in question and their current claim was an attempt to “double-dip”. Canberra grandmother Esperanza Poveda had two stints as a secretary at the embassy of Spain in Canberra between 1986 and 1998, and from 2004 until 2014. In 2012, she secured an order from the ATO for the embassy to pay her unpaid super for the second period she worked there, but she says her former bosses refused to pay her for her first stint. Ms Poveda is claiming damages of $68,000, which includes $32,000 in unpaid superannuation for 1992-1998 and penalty interest. Melbourne woman Miren Itziar Urbieta worked at Spain’s consulate in the Victorian capital for 18 years until 2011 and says she was not any paid any superannuation at all. According to her lawyers, the consulate’s failure to pay her superannuation, left her ineligible for total and permanent disability cover through her VicSuper fund and she is battling tonsil cancer which has left her permanently disabled since 2015. Ms Urbieta is seeking damages of $131,000 including $54,000 in unpaid superannuation, $62,000 in penalty interest, and $15,000 for the TPD benefit that she would have been entitled to if super payments had been made into her VicSuper account. But a spokesman for the Spanish embassy indicated it would be defending the claims, saying the women were covered by the Spanish social security system during the period in question and were therefore not entitled to payments under the Australian system.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/spanish-embassy-workers-allege-betrayal-over-unpaid-superannuation-20170404-gvda1q.html

Newsline: “Crook” in Spain sold Liberia’s embassy

Liberian officials say “a crook” in Spain has sold Liberia’s embassy there at over US$1m, but Spanish government have already seized proceeds of the sale and were trying to return the buyer’s money and give back Liberia its foreign mission property. Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Federick D.Cherue said the dealer sold the embassy over US$1m, and Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara said the sale of the embassy did not link any Liberian. Without naming the buyer, Minister Kamara said the dealer actually sold the property to a man, but said further it has become a courtcase. Justice Minister Frederick Cherue said “this property was sold by a crook” who is in such habit … of causing confusion in Europe. The Justice Minister added that the alleged embassy seller forged the signatures of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Justice in the process. The Liberian Attorney General said the suspect sold the embassy over US$1 million; but the government of Spain was trying to get the money to give it back to the buyer of the property.

http://www.thenewdawnliberia.com/politics/13217-who-sold-embassy-in-spain-for-1m

Newsline: Spain opens Brexit desk at London embassy

Spain has opened a Brexit desk in its London embassy. The special desk is designed to resolve doubts concerning the effects of the UK’s divorce from the EU on Spaniards living in Britain and Northern Ireland. A Foreign Ministry statement today said the desk will provide information on issues such as residence permits, health care, pensions, education and grants. Some 132,000 Spaniards are registered as living in the UK and Northern Ireland, while more than two million visited in 2015.

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2017/03/29/spain-opens-brexit-desk-london-embassy-theresa-mays-article-50-letter-received-brussels/

Newsline: Sudanese police arrest suspect in murder of Spanish diplomat

Sudan’s police have announced the arrest of the alleged killer of a Spanish diplomat, who was found stabbed to death at his home in Khartoum last week dismissing any political or terrorist motives behind the incident. Emiliano Garcia, who headed the Spanish embassy’s visa section in Khartoum was found stabbed to death in his apartment in the affluent Garden City neighbourhood of the Sudanese capital on Monday morning. Sudan’s interior ministry said in a statement on Monday that the 61-year-old diplomat had worked in the country for three years, pointing that a special team from the criminal investigation unit was assigned to lead investigations. Khartoum police chief, Mohamed Ahmed Ali, said in a press conference that the alleged killer, who is a university student, visited the slain diplomat more than 20 times during the last six months. The police chief added that the suspect left the capital for Gazira state on the following day of the crime. He said that some of the slain diplomat’s belongings including 2 mobile phones and an iPad device were found in the possession of the perpetrator, underscoring the suspect immediately confessed to committing the crime. He further stressed there were no political, terrorist or organised motives behind the killing of the Spanish diplomat, adding it was an individual criminal act. In statements to the official news agency SUNA, Spanish ambassador to Khartoum, Juan González-Barba Pera, expressed deep satisfaction with the arrest of the killer and thanked the police.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article52622