Saturday, August 01, 2015

#GERMANY: Justice Minister Seeks To Eliminate "Nazi Language" Left In German Laws

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Some laws in Germany still bear traces of the Nazi past, 70 years after the fall of Nazi Germany. The criminal code descriptions of murder and manslaughter were written in 1941 and parts of the original text still remain today, judging crimes based on the character of those committing them. Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants to change this.

Friday, July 31, 2015

#UK: PM #DavidCameron Pledges Action Against Migrants "Swarming" France/UK Channel Tunnel

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The illegal migrant crisis in the UK has hit a new milestone as thousands of migrants from North Africa attempted to enter the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France this week. PM David Cameron said this "Swarm" migrants must be stopped from entering illegally, and called a high-level cabinet meeting to deal with the crisis.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#LIBYA: Islamist-Backed Rival Parliament Rejects Peace Deal, But Will Keep Talking

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The Islamist militia-backed rival parliament in Tripoli has rejected a UN proposal to resolve Libya's political crisis but the General National Congress said it wanted to press on with talks with the internationally-recognized parliament in Tobruk, a port city in eastern Libya. UN envoy Bernardino Leon had appealed to both sides to endorse his proposals for a merged administration during talks in Morocco.

Pictured: Libyan protesters set a portrait of United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon on fire during a demonstration outside the General National Congress in Tripoli. 

#UK: Lib. Dem. Ldr. Tim Farron Apologizes for "Hacked" Tweet Suggesting Homosexuality Can Be Cured Like "Fish And Frogs"

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Newly elected Liberal Democratic Party leader Tim Farron has apologized for a tweet coming from his Twitter account saying gay people can be cured and comparing them to fish and frogs. The tweet responded to another citing a study saying some health workers believe homosexuality is curable. Farron says his account was hacked.

#AFGHANISTAN: Parliament Rejects First Woman Nominated As Supreme Court Justice

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The first female to be nominated for Afghanistan's Supreme Court by Pres. Ashraf Ghani, Anisa Rasouli, has been rejected by the Parliament, the latest hurdle for the government. Ghani has struggled to move his agenda forward after nine months in office, and has been unable to complete the cabinet.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#UK: Lord Sewel Resigns From House Of Lords After Paper Releases Video Of Cocaine-Snorting With Prostitutes

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A member of the House of Lords has resigned after a paper released video allegedly showing the Labour peer, Lord Sewel, snorting cocaine with prostitutes and apparently calling Asian women "whores." He had been the House of Lords' deputy speaker and chaired the Lords privileges and conduct committee.

#INDIA: Parliament Committee Rejects "Radical" Overhaul Of Environmental Laws; Says Would "Dilute" Green Laws

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The government's efforts to 'streamline' Green laws has run into trouble with Parliament's standing committee on science and technology and environment seeing red. The Congress Party committee Chairman, Dr Ashwani Kumar, said the committee believed the changes would be a "complete dilution" of the nation's environmental laws.

#UK: Labour Pty In Turmoil; Coup Threatened If Poll-Leading Leftist Corbyn Elected Leader In Sept.

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Far-left leaning MP Jeremy Corbyn is leading the Labour Party's leadership contest, but party leaders say he will be ousted in a coup of MPs if he wins, and will not be allowed to lead the party into the 2020 elections. Extreme Left-leaning unions are "infiltrating" the party, some assert.

Monday, July 27, 2015

#DENMARK: New Populist Gov't To Start "Border Controls" To Reduce Smuggling, Immigration

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While stopping short of re-instituting physical borders, which would violate EU rules on the free movement of peoples within the Union, the Danish government, spurred by the Danish People's Party, will begin increased controls at the border after talks with the EU. The controls are aimed at reducing smuggling and illegal immigration.

#EU: European Council Pres. Tusk Warns Of "Pre-Revolutionary" Europe, Left/Right Anti-EU Coalition

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European Council Pres. Donald Tusk says he fears "political contagion" from the Greek crisis far more than its financial fallout, arguing that common cause between far-right and far-left groups has been a precursor to a pre-revolutionary atmosphere that Europe has not seen since 1968.

Pictured: EC Pres. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

#JAPAN: PM To Admit "Remorse" For WWII In Highly Charged Anniversary Statement

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will incorporate the word "remorse" over World War II in a statement he will issue in August to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war's end. The "future oriented" statement will also praise the country's policy of "proactive contributions to peace." The highly anticipated, much debated statement is being submitted to a committee for review.

#RUSSIA: Legislation Would Allow Seizure Of Foreign Assets Within Russia "Without Warning"

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The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

#UKRAINE: Unstable Tax Policies, High Taxes, Burden Businesses, Says Dep. Fin. Min. Makeyva

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Nearly 88% of Ukrainian companies say the instability of tax legislation is the most serious problem for business development, and 75% cite a high tax burden. Deputy Minister of Finance Olena Makeyeva says various tax reform measures are being debated by the government, including a moratorium on tax code changes.

#BURUNDI: Pres. Nkurunziza Wins Third Term After Oppo. Parties Boycott Election

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Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third term, winning 69% of the vote. Opposition parties boycotted the elections, leaving former general Agathon Rwasa, who took 19% of the vote, as Nkurunziza’s only opponent. Rwasa's called for the formation of a national unity government with several opposition parties to prevent a possible coup attempt.

#GERMANY: Anti-Refugee Rage Erupts At Town Hall Meeting; Pro-Refugee Voices Shouted Down

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Freital, the town that became famous last week for irate anti-refugee protesters outside a new home for asylum seekers, saw a fresh confrontation as local people gathered for a town hall meeting. Markus Ulbig, interior minister of Saxony, said that he was disappointed by the people who shouted down pro-refugee voices at the meeting.