The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 19th, 2020 evening edition

image for The EU will tell Britain to give back the ancient Parthenon Marbles, taken from Greece over 200 years ago, if it wants a post-Brexit trade deal

The European Union and Britain are set to begin talks on a post-Brexit free-trade deal next month.

There are many contentious issues – and one European minister has predicted that the two sides will „rip each other apart“ before reaching a deal.

The EU will ask UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give ancient marble sculptures back to Greece as part of the deal, according to The Times of London.

Greece argues that the Parthenon Marbles, shipped from Athens by the British diplomat Lord Elgin more than 200 years ago, were taken unlawfully and should be returned.

The sculptures, considered one of the great works of ancient civilization, are displayed in a custom-built wing of the British Museum in London.

The European Union will demand that Britain gives a collection of ancient marble sculptures back to Greece as part of a post-Brexit trade deal.

Several senior EU figures including Phil Hogan, the bloc’s head of trade, have expressed doubts that a deal can be struck in so short a timetable. »

Trump pardoned a construction-company owner whose family donated over $200,000 to his campaign

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Paul Pogue, a construction-company owner who pleaded guilty in 2010 to underpaying his taxes by nearly half a million dollars.

Pogue’s son and his daughter-in-law have donated over $200,000 to Trump’s campaign since August, the Daily Beast reported, citing Federal Election Commission filings.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned a construction-company owner whose family donated over $200,000 to his presidential campaign. »

IRS sues Facebook for $9B, says company offshored profits to Ireland

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From 2010 to 2016, Facebook Ireland paid Facebook U.S. more than $14 billion in royalties and cost-sharing payments, according to the court filing.

“Facebook Ireland and Facebook’s other foreign affiliates - not Facebook US - led the high-risk, and ultimately successful, international effort to sell Facebook ads,” the company said in a pre-trial memorandum.

If the IRS prevails, Facebook would face an additional federal tax liability of up to $9 billion, plus interest and any penalties, the company estimated in a recent securities filing. »

To Survive in a Wetter World, Raise Ducks, Not Chickens

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Climate change has made that way of life unpredictable, though—sudden floods caused rice crops and chickens to perish and incomes to plummet.

Recently the couple switched and began raising ducks, a business that is now prospering.

The organization carefully selects people—mostly women—to receive training in duck raising and an interest-free loan of 100,000 taka (about $1,200). »