Friday, December 15, 2017

#UK: Leaders Of Anti-Muslim Party Arrested At Hearing On Charges Of "Stirring Up Hatred"

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The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been re-arrested after appearing in a Belfast court over a speech she gave in the city. Jayda Fransen, 31, of Anerley, south-east London, was in court over two charges relating to "behavior intended to or likely to stir up hatred." Her lawyer told the court that she intended to plead not guilty. Britain First leader Paul Golding, 35, was also arrested outside the courtroom before the hearing. Golding was accompanying Fransen to the hearing.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, December 14, 2017

#INDIA: BJP Will Remain In Control Of Gujarat State Assembly, Say Exit Polls

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is projected to win between 99 and 117 seats and the Congress between 64 and 82 in Gujarat state Assembly elections. Exit polls predicted a victory for the BJP, giving it a clear majority. It is the home of BJP Prime Minister Narenda Modi. Soon after voting ended in the second and final phase of the election, an exit poll gave the BJP 115 of the total 182 seats and the Congress 65. Another exit poll gave the ruling dispensation 108 seats and 74 to the opposition Congress.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#AUSTRIA: Freedom Party Blocks Looming 2018 Smoking Ban In Hotels, Restaurants

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Austria’s Freedom Party has announced that a planned ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants that was due to come into force in 2018 will be scrapped. Party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said the reversal was agreed in ongoing talks to form a coalition with the conservative People’s Party following elections in October.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, December 11, 2017

#CANADA: House Of Commons To Translate Debates Into Indigenous Languages

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The Canadian government is considering hiring Indigenous language interpreters in the House of Commons, even as MPs grapple with whether to move beyond the chamber's two official languages, English and French. An extra interpretation booth has already been added to the new Commons chamber in the West Block, slated to open next fall as the existing chamber gets a 10-year makeover. From there, specialists will be able to interpret Indigenous languages like Cree and Ojibway, as well as other languages, in real time.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, December 08, 2017

#LIBERIA: Supreme Court Rules Pres. Run-Off Election Can Move Forward; No "Re-Do" Of First Round

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Liberia's Supreme Court announced Thursday that the runoff round between the top two vote-getters of October's poll will go ahead and that there will be no rerun of the first round. That means current Vice President Joseph Boakai and perennial challenger, former football star and current Senator George Weah will face each other in a national poll.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, December 07, 2017

#RUSSIA: Pres. Putin Makes It Official: He's Seeking Re-Election In 2018

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Pres. Vladimir Putin says he will seek another term as president in next year's election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election he will be eligible to serve until 2024.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

#GERMANY: Social Dems Would Rather Support Merkel Minority Gov't Than Enter Into Coalition

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As members of Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to vote on possible coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Berlin later this week, a new poll says most of the party’s supporters don’t want another "grand coalition."  The poll, published by Spiegel Online, asked supporters of both the SPD and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union bloc which potential government SPD leaders should back. Among SPD voters, just 28% opted for a grand coalition. However, more than half (57%) said the SPD should support a Merkel-led minority government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

#AUSTRALIA: Dep. PM Barnaby Joyce Easily Wins By-Election Triggered By Dual-Citizenship Crisis

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Australia’s deputy prime minister has easily won a crucial by-election triggered by a dual-citizenship crisis that threatened the ruling coalition’s grip on power. Barnaby Joyce’s emphatic re-election in the poll brought relief to a government that lost its slim parliamentary majority over the citizenship saga, and as it battled falling voter support and internal division.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, December 04, 2017

#JAPAN: Gov't Approves Plan For Abdication of Emperor On April 30, 2018; First Abdication In 200 Years.

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A special panel chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday set April 30, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, the first retirement of a sitting Emperor in 200 years. The Chrysanthemum Throne is considered the world’s oldest monarchy. Akihito is 83 years old. The decision, expected to be approved by the government later this month, will pave the way for Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito, to ascend the throne the following day, May 1, ushering in a new era that would end the Heisei Era, which started in 1989.

[FULL STORY HERE]