Monday, June 26, 2017

#CANADA: Liberals Consider "Booze Tax" Hike To Match Inflation

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Among many agenda items Parliament is considering before its Canada Day break is legislation that would mandate that the excise tax on alcoholic beverages will increase annually at the rate of inflation from now on. The move would preclude Parliament from taking annual votes on increases, something lawmakers would surely appreciate.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#UK: Hackers Mount A "Determined" Cyber Attack On Parliament, MPs User Accounts

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The UK's Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials say. The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. Parliamentary authorities say hackers mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords." Government sources say it appeared the attack has been contained but it will "remain vigilant."

[FULL STORY HERE]


Saturday, June 24, 2017

#QATAR: Saudi-Led Bloc Gives Qatar 10 Days To Meet "Anti-Terror" Demands Blockade/Cut Relations

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A Saudi-led bloc had given Qatar a 10 days to comply with 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran. In the document, the countries also demanded that Qatar sever all alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups, including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIS. Qatar has dismissed a list of demands submitted by four Arab nations as neither reasonable or actionable.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 23, 2017

#UK: Scotland Wants Seat At The Table During Brexit Talks To Guarantee Cooperation

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The Scottish National Party is set to demand a seat at the Brexit talks in return for ensuring the Scottish Parliament does not disrupt Theresa May's plans. The Prime Minister has admitted the Government's flagship Repeal Bill - which is essential to Brexit - may require a 'legislative consent motion' in Holyrood. Her admission potentially hands a veto to the Parliament in Edinburgh where the SNP governs as a minority administration.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#ITALY: PM Calls Brexit A "Tough Wake Up Call" For The EU

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Ahead of this week’s European summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the country’s Senate that the Brexit vote was not a catastrophe for the European Union but serves as a tough wake-up call.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Pictured: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, chats with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at an EU meeting last month.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#EGYPT: Parliament Debates Status Of Islands At The Center Of Controversial Court Decision

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Parliament’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee began discussing the maritime border demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The deal, which places the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir in Saudi maritime waters, was signed during Saudi King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz’s visit to Cairo in April 2016. The agreement has faced a number of legal challenges since it was made public.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#EU: EuroParl Supports New Carbon Cuts For Europe

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Following a debate on the announced US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, members of the European Parliament at the their plenary meeting on June 14 backed plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement. The law covers close to two third of EU carbon emissions. These cuts, they believe, will help deliver on the EU’s overall target for 2030 on all policies – a 40% cut from 1990 levels, the European Parliament said in a press release, adding that the EU is committed to these cuts in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

[FULL STORY HERE]