Tuesday, February 09, 2016

#ROMANIA: Frmr Interior Min. Faces Prosecution Over Using Police Traffic Details

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Romania's parliament has lifted the immunity of the nation's former interior minister so he can be investigated on suspicion he abused his position by allegedly using an official motorcade five times a day which he wasn't entitled to. Senators voted 102-30 to lift the immunity of Sen. Gabriel Oprea, a former interior minister, so he can face a criminal inquiry over assigning police details to escort him in traffic

Monday, February 08, 2016

#AUSTRIA: Chancellor Says Of Migrants Attempting To Enter EU Thru Greece: "Send Them To Turkey"

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Austria wants the EU's border agency Frontex to send directly back to Turkey the migrants it picks up trying to reach Greece, media quoted Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying. Faymann said this approach was "the only totally effective measure to break the human trafficking" of migrants

Friday, February 05, 2016

#CANADA: Candidacy Of Popular Broadcaster, Author, Raises Hopes For Manitoba New Democrats

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Popular indigenous broadcaster and author Wab Kinew is running for a seat in the Manitoba legislature, providing a boost for the NDP government, which has struggled with low poll numbers and the departure of longtime members. Kinew is seeking the NDP nomination in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg, a seat held by retiring former finance minister Jennifer Howard.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

#NORWAY: Liberal Party Jobs Plan: Move Gov't Jobs Out Of Capitol Oslo

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The Liberal Party (Venstre) has called for a plan to move government jobs out of the capitol of Oslo, so that highly-educated people across the country can ostensibly find a job in any part of the country. Venstre’s municipal spokesperson, AndrĂ© N. Skjelstad, got the idea on a trip to Denmark, where they are doing the same thing there.

#IRAQ: Iraqi Kurdish Ldr Calls For Non-Binding Independence Referendum

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Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region should hold a non-binding referendum on independence, its president said on Tuesday, despite the numerous crises it is facing. Massoud Barzani has previously called for a referendum but set no timetable for a proposed vote.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

#USA: Kansas Legislator Would Regulate "Distracting" Clothing of Female Legislative Witnesses

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Kansas Sen. Mitch Holmes, chair of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, wants to limit the "distracting" clothing women wear when testifying before his committee. "For ladies, low-cut necklines and mini-skirts are inappropriate," Holmes says, even while admitting that "distracting" is hard to define.

#VENEZUELA: Nat'l Assembly's Conservatives Want To Privatize Public Housing; Emulating Thatcher

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Venezuela's right wing-controlled National Assembly took a step closer Thursday to approving a bill that would privatize ownership of public housing. The bill has widespread support among the majority right-wing coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, but is fiercely opposed by President Nicolas Maduro.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

#UK: EU Proposal Responding To Cameron's Reform Plea "Not Good Enough" Say Critics

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While Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "making progress" in a renegotiation with Brussels over the UK's relationship with the European Union, he's under heavy criticism from opponents. Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, said the changes Cameron hoped to achieve were minor. The EU recently proposed that benefits would only be available to those who have earned over a certain figure. John Redwood, a former Conservative Cabinet minister, told the BBC the plan was "an insult" and "a sick joke".

#SIERRALEONE: Gov't Aligns Itself Towards Communist Chinese, Worrying Business Interests

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Corruption, poor governance, and inept leadership are responsible for the abject poverty that the people of Sierra Leone are facing today. But the communist tendency of those governing the ruling APC party, is a serious concern for those in the country that are committed to building a vibrant liberal democracy and a prosperous nation.

Monday, February 01, 2016

#GERMANY: Alternative For Germany Party Ldr Calls For Police To Shoot Refugees At Border

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Alternative for Germany Party leader Frauke Petry has said police should have the right to shoot illegal migrants at the border "if necessary." The comments have been met with outrage from opposition politicians.

#ITALY: PM Renzi Easily Survives Two "No Confidence" Votes

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Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has defeated two no-confidence motions brought by the opposition in parliament, which has accused the government of having a conflict of interest during the rescue of four small banks last year. Renzi's Senate allies easily repulsed the no-confidence motions - brought separately by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the center-right opposition.