Monday, November 12, 2018

#NEWCALEDONIA: South Pacific French Territory Narrowly Votes Down Independence In Referendum

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Pro-independence forces gained grounded in the latest in a series of referenda on independence was held in the South Pacific French-governed territory of New Caledonia, gaining nearly 44% of the vote, held this past weekend. The "no" vote slipped to a 56.4% vote. Turnout was 80%, a record high. The 1998 Nouméa Accord calls for two more votes, in 2020 and 2022. In 1987, the "no" vote received 98%.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

#HONGKONG: Gov't Official Defends City-State's Human Rights Record After UN Panel's Criticism

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Hong Kong’s second-ranking government official defended the city’s human rights record at a United Nations review session – a response non-governmental organizations have criticized as “evasive and disappointing." Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung spoke at the Universal Periodic Review for China in Geneva. At the three-hour long session, representatives from around 150 countries gave comments and recommendations on the human rights situation in China, Hong Kong and Macau. The group condemned the government’s “irresponsible, wholesale denial” of human rights problems in Hong Kong.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

#IRELAND: PM Criticized For Suggesting That Medical Staff Not Take Vacation During Busy Winter Months

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Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has stirred controversy by saying that medical staff should not take holidays in the first week of the year, particularly those who work in emergency departments, since these are peak periods of hospital visits. The remarks were criticized by some, who felt it was not Varadkar’s place to tell medical staff when to take holidays. He acknowledged that he doesn’t have the authority to dictate when employees take leave but defended his stance. Varadkar said the annual new year strain on services is "entirely predictable."

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Friday, November 09, 2018

#UK: BREAKING: Transportation Minister Jo Johnson Resigns Cabinet Over PM May's Handling Of Brexit; Calls For New Referendum

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Transportation Minister Jo Johnson has resigned from Theresa May's cabinet over her Brexit plan, and is calling for a new referendum on leaving the European Union. "The government’s proposals will see us out of Europe, yet run by Europe, bound by rules which we will have lost a hand in shaping," he said. He said he would vote against her plan, the Chequers Agreement, and said it was right to ask the voters to "confirm their decision to leave the EU and, if they choose to do that, to give them the final say on whether we leave with the Prime Minister’s deal or without it." Johnson is the brother of Boris Johnson, May's former foreign minister, who resigned this summer over her handling of Brexit. Boris, however, opposes a new vote.

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#CANADA: Member Of Parliament Absent Since September Will Resign In January

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Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio, who has has not been seen in Parliament since the House resumed sitting Sept. 17, has announced for the second time that he's resigning. Di Iorio told CBC News his resignation will take effect January 2019.

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

#CZECHIA: Prime Minister Says Czech Rep. Seeks To Opt Out Of UN Migration Pact, Joining Hungary, Poland, Austria, US

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says he wants to pull out of a United Nations migration pact and would discuss the plan with his ruling coalition partner. Austria said it also will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of the pact, over concerns that it would blur the line between legal and illegal migration.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

#VENEZUELA: Angry Politician Calls Angelina Jolie A "CIA Agent" After She Meets With Venezuelan Refugees In Peru

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The president of Venezuela's Constituent National Assembly is accusing Angelina Jolie of being a CIA agent after the award-winning actress concluded her trip to Peru to meet with refugees who have fled the once prosperous South American nation.

"They are agents of imperialism, the CIA, the Pentagon, all of those entities that imperialism has to act and place a tear that runs in rivers for the world to believe that ... they have touched the heart of a Hollywood star," Diosdado Cabello said  during his weekly television program.

Cabello, a key figure under the Hugo Chavez regime and who has been at the head of the country's Chavez-created "Constituent Assembly" since 2012, offered no evidence to support his claims about Jolie.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

#JAPAN: Agency Grants Cryptocurrency Industry Self-Regulatory Status

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Japan’s Financial Services Agency has given the cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status, permitting the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association to police and sanction exchanges for any violations. The government has been reviewing its approach toward an industry that has been hit twice by large-scale thefts. The FSA approval gives the industry association rights to set rules to safeguard customer assets, prevent money laundering, and give operational guidelines. The association will also have to police compliance.

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Monday, November 05, 2018

#GERMANY: Merkel Vows To Fight Unpopular City Bans On Older Diesel Vehicles

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the trend of banning older diesel cars and trucks in German cities is "disproportionate" where limits on nitrogen emissions are only being marginally exceeded.

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Merkel pledged to introduce legislation that would allow car owners to continue driving older diesel vehicles. Many drivers have been left outraged as a number of major German cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart, have threatened to limit or ban older diesel engines from their roads.

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

#PERU: Opposition Leader Fujimori Ordered Back To Jail On Corruption Charges

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A court has granted prosecutors' request to detain former presidential candidate and congresswoman Keiko Fujimori for up to three years while she awaits a trial for corruption. Fujimori, who is the daughter of former Pres. Alberto Fujimori, was arrested Oct. 10th and charged with receiving illegal payments from a construction firm. She was later released due to a lack of evidence. Prosecutors resubmitted the evidence to court and she was arrested again, after arguing she was a flight risk.

In 2011, she launched a political party, Fuerza Popular ("Popular Force") with her father's supporters. The  party is now the largest in Peru and holds nearly half the seats in parliament. Fujimori has been defeated in two presidential elections, the latest, in 2016, coming within .25% of victory in a run-off.

In 2017, her party led an impeachment vote against Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, which failed to come up with the necessary votes to remove him from office.


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