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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

#AUSTRALIA: Obama Throws PM #TonyAbbott Under the Bus On Climate Change Issue During Summit

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During the recent G20 Summit, Pres. Obama went out of his way to imply that Australia’s efforts on climate change were negligible and compared poorly with America’s. In fact, Australia’s efforts on greenhouse gas reduction are almost identical with those of the US. Abbott also bluntly noted that 1.3 billion people on the planet still had no access to electricity and that “coal is going to be an important part” of that answer for decades.

#JAPAN: #Okinawa Voters Elect Governor Who Opposes New American Base

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Voters in Okinawa have chosen a new governor who opposes the central government's plan to build a new US military facility in the prefecture. Takeshi Onaga defeated his three rivals including the 3-term incumbent governor this past Sunday. He was backed by a coalition including the Japanese Communist Party.

#AUSTRIA: Outrage As Freedom Pty Official Calls Asylum-Seekers "Cavemen"

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Austrian Freedom Party official Christian Höbart is facing criticism after calling a group of protesting asylum-seekers "cavemen" in a Facebook post. The party is hostile to Muslim and Eastern European immigrants, and Höbart's made similar statements on Facebook in July.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

#INDONESIA: VP #JusufKalla Calls On His Own Party's Chair to "Graciously Quit"

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Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla criticized Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie for seeking re-election, citing the party’s poor results in this year’s election. He and other party leaders are blaming Aburizal after the party won just 91 seats in the House of Representatives, down from 107 in 2009.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#AUSTRALIA: #Putin Leaves G20 Summit Early After Tense Meetings with #DavidCameron, Other Leaders Over #Ukraine

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UK PM David Cameron, left, shakes Vladimir Putin's hand at the G20 Summit.
He and other leaders gave Putin an icy reception over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Russia's Vladimir Putin arrived at the G20 Summit in Canberra, Australia with a fleet of gunboats and left in a huff before the final luncheon after withering ridicule and criticism of his country's invasion of Ukraine. Canadian PM Stephen Harper said to Putin, "I guess I'll shake your hand, but I'll only have one thing to say to you - get out of the Ukraine."

#UK: New Foreign Sec. #PhilipHammond Says UK "Prepared To Walk Away" From #EU If Demands Not Met

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Britain's new Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, says the UK must be willing t walk away from the negotiating table if the UK doesn't get the concessions it wants for more control of its affairs from the EU. It's the strongest statement yet from a gov't official on the EU.