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Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Church Has Been Under Construction for 136 Years. That’s a Lot of Unpaid Permit Fees

Barcelona’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to pay $41 million to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction well over a century ago.

The basilica will pay the city authorities back over a period of 10 years under new municipal registration, its first since construction began in 1882, the BBC reports. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau hailed the deal as a historic agreement.

Funds from the deal are to be allocated to municipal projects such as improving the metro system and surface transport, as well as maintenance and public services in the area, according to a news release.

The church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, a modernist who also created several other eccentric edifices dotting Barcelona’s cityscape.

Despite the building’s impact on the community, it has been under construction for more than a century while holding no official status and without oversight of municipal authoriti..

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Altnerovi dědicové vyzývají ČSSD k ukončení kauzy Lidový dům, strana prý návrh neobdržela

Dědicové advokáta Zdeňka Altnera vyzvali ČSSD k ukončení kauzy Lidový dům. Straně nabízejí čtyřměsíční lhůtu k zaplacení dlužné částky, pokud sociální demokracie stáhne dovolání proti rozsudku městského soudu z března 2016. Soud tehdy rozhodl, že strana musí Altnerovi zaplatit téměř 338 milionů korun za zastupování strany ve sporu o Lidový dům. O návrhu na ukončení sporu ve čtvrtek informovali Patrik a Veronika Altnerovi.Další články k tématu:Zemřel bývalý advokát Altner, který na ČSSD vysoudil 334 milionůČSSD měla loni ztrátu 180 milionu korun. Kvůli penězům pro AltneraČSSD nabídla dědicům právníka Altnera mimosoudní vyrovnání za spor o Lidový dům

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Saudi Lobbying in the U.S. Has Tripled Since Trump Took Office

The disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi brought to the forefront an open secret in Washington: Saudi Arabia is spending heavily to influence the nation’s capital.

Since Khashoggi disappeared after walking into the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, lobbying firms that work on behalf of the Saudi government have found themselves under increasing scrutiny.

The Saudis have poured money into lobbying for decades, but the numbers increased dramatically under the Trump Administration.

According to data compiled by the Center for International Policy, a foreign policy think tank, that was provided to TIME, the Saudi government spent $10 million on lobbying in 2016. By 2017, that number had nearly tripled, increasing to almost $27 million.

Dr. Ben Freeman, director and founder of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, said that the Saudi government saw an opening for improved relations with Trump’s presidency, and imm..

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What Makes the U.S.-Saudi Relationship So Special? Weapons, Oil and ‘An Army of Lobbyists’

It’s a cold financial calculation: Saudi money for U.S.-made weaponry results in American jobs.

This is President Donald Trump’s rationale in dismissing calls in Congress to halt future arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the mysterious disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist and American resident.

“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States,” Trump said last week.

“All they’re going to do is say, ‘That’s OK. We don’t have to buy it from Boeing. We don’t have to buy it from Lockheed. We don’t have to buy it from Raytheon and all these great companies. We’ll buy it from Russia. We’ll buy it from China,” he said.

The 75-year alliance between the two nations has been built on a simple arrangement: American demand for Saudi oil and Saudi demand for American firepower.

It is a relationship that is not easily unwound as a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators found out earlier this year when they moved to cut off military assist..

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Spain Arrested 4 and Seized 115 Properties in Venezuelan Money-Laundering Investigation

(MADRID) — Spanish police have arrested a former Venezuelan official and an exiled opposition leader’s relative and seized more than 115 properties in a money-laundering investigation into a ring that allegedly bought real estate in Spain with illicit funds from Venezuela.

Antonio Ledezma, the exiled mayor of Caracas, confirmed that his son-in-law, Argentinian businessman Luis Fernando Vuteff, was among the four arrests in Madrid that were announced Thursday by the Spanish police.

The National Police statement said international arrest warrants have been issued for three more suspects. It did not name any of those arrested or being sought.

The statement said police also seized more than 115 properties worth about 60 million euros ($68.9 million), including a hotel, dozens of apartments and a development with 60 luxury villas in the southern beach resort of Marbella.

Also arrested, according to people familiar with the probe, were two business associates of Vuteff and Nervis Villalo..

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