Monday, November 24, 2014

#RUSSIA: #Putin Hints at 2018 Re-Election Bid, But Would Leave Office in 2024

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Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia in one capacity or another since 2000, says he will consider seeking another 6-year term in 2018, but remaining longer than 2024 would be "detrimental to Russia." Putin has purged many potential political opponents but remains popular.

#SPAIN: #EU Court Orders Spain to Stop "Excessive" Border Checks at Gibraltar Entry Points

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The European Commission has instructed Spain to loosen its chokehold over Gibraltar’s border crossing. The move follows 18 months of deliberately excessive ­customs checks by Spain that have caused hold-ups and frustration for thousands of Spanish workers and tourists to Gibraltar, which is claimed by both Spain and the UK.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#AUSTRALIA: US Embassy in Canberra Advised Obama Against "Hostile" Climate Speech

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Australian Foreign Min. Julie Bishop has accused Pres. Obama of
"speaking in ignorance" on Climate Change
Pres. Obama ignored the ­advice of his Ambassador to Australia to attack on PM Tony Abbott's climate policies during the recent G20 Summit, where Obama ripped into Abbott's response to "Global Warming" especially policies protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Foreign Min. Julie Bishop accused Pres. Obama of "speaking in ignorance."

#RUSSIA: Putin's Foreign Min. Says West Seeks "Regime Change" in Russia With Sanctions

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#SPAIN: #Catalan Independence Ldr #Mas Faces Prosecution For Unofficial Separatist Vote

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Catalan Pres. Artur Mas will face prosecution from the central government for going ahead with a Nov. 9 unofficial vote that showed that 80% supported separation from Spain. Mas is planning an official vote which may lead to full independence for the wealthy northeastern Spanish region within two years.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

#GAMBIA: Pres. Secretly Signed Law In October That Punishes Homosexual Acts With Life In Prison

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The president of Gambia signed a bill into law calling for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, part of a trend of anti-gay laws in Africa. The Associated Press discovered the bill's text, which shows President Yahya Jammeh signed it on Oct. 9, though no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law.

#CHINA: "Sword of Damocles" Hangs Over Gov't-Owned Orgs In Anti-Corruption Campaign

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China's anti-graft chief Wang Qishan 
China's central authority launched the third round of top-level disciplinary inspections on Tuesday, moving to sharpen a "Sword of Damocles" hanging above those in power. Different from previous inspections, inspections this round will be carried out with specific targets among 13 state-owned groups, including the Ministry of Culture.

Friday, November 21, 2014

#UK: UKIP's Mark Reckless Wins Rochester and Strood By-Election; 2nd Member of Parliament Sworn In

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farange (left) congratulates Mark Reckless
Mark Reckless, the Conservative MP who resigned earlier this year to "get permission" from his constituents to continue in Parliament as a UK Independence Party member, has won his by-election by 3,000 votes over his Conservative Party rival. He becomes the second UKIP member of the UK's parliament.

#TUNISIA: High Turnout Expected for Sunday's Pres. Election

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Nov. 15th rally for the Nidaa Tounes party 

#EGYPT: Pres. #Al-Sisi Holds Summit With Greek PM, Cypriot President, Signalling "Regional Re-Alignment"

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Al-Sisi shakes hands with Cypriot Pres. Anastasiades (left) and Greek PM Samaras after their summit
Egpyt's Pres. Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek PM Antonis Samaras met Nov. 8 in a summit to discuss greater economic cooperation, combating terrorism, #EU support for Egypt, crises in the region and Turkish-Cypriot relations. Stronger ties with the EU reportedly signal a strategy to counter US influence.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#IRELAND: Charges of "Thuggery" After Dep. PM Trapped in Car During Violent Protest Over New Water Utility Charges

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Government Ministers condemned as a "kidnapping" a violent protest Saturday in which Deputy PM Joan Burton was trapped in her car for over two hours. Protesters are upset by a new government plan to charge for water. On Tuesday, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny’s car was attacked and blocked.

#JAPAN: PM #ShinzoAbe Announces Snap Election, Postpones Unpopular Sales Tax Hike

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies, and will postpone an unpopular sales tax hike, after data showed Japan had slipped back into recession. Abe returned to power in December 2012 pledging to revive growth.

#GERMANY: 2020 Climate Change Targets to Be Abandoned, Says Economics Min.

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The German government is planning to withdraw from its 2020 climate change goals. Federal Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel says Germany will abandon the target of cutting 40 percent of 1990 CO2 emission levels by 2020. "It's clear that the target is no longer viable. We cannot exit from coal power overnight."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#CANADA: Conservatives Hold Both Seats in By-Elections

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Conservative Pat Perkins, who won the by-election in Whitby-Oshawa Riding in Ontario. 

#THENETHERLANDS: Defense Min. Says Russia's Actions "Aggressive, Irritating" After Baltic Jet Incursions

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Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis

#GERMANY: Austrian Politician Was Bribed By German Bank President, Rules Court

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Austrian politician Jörg Haider, left, accepted a bribe from Bavarian banker Werner Schmidt, says a Munich court.
The former chief executive of the German bank BayernLB has been found guilty of bribing the late Austrian politician Jörg Haider to facilitate the acquisition of Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank in 2007, the latest criminal conviction linked to the troubled Austrian lender.