Wednesday, May 24, 2017

#SINGAPORE: Legislators To Be Given More Time To Study Proposed Legislation

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Singaporean legislators will have 10 instead of seven days between readings of bills under a new parliamentary rule. Parliamentary Standing Orders - rules governing Parliament’s proceedings and conduct - were amended earlier this month for the first time since 2010. The minimum interval between proposed legislation or introduction of a Bill (First Reading) and the resulting debate (Second Reading) was increased from seven to 10 working days.

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#SOUTHKOREA: New Pres. Moon Taking "Softer" Approach To North Korean Neighbors

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South Korea says it wants to re-establish lines of communication with North Korea, as new President Moon Jae-in seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue with its reclusive neighbor to rein in its nuclear and missile programs. The two countries are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North has ignored calls to curb its weapons programs, defending them as necessary to counter US hostility.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#TURKEY: Pres. Erdogan Won't End State Of Emergency Until "Peace & Prosperity" Achieved

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Despite calls from international rights organizations and the European Union, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday promised not to end an ongoing state of emergency and called for the continuance of a campaign against the G├╝len movement, which the government says was behind last year's coup attempt. He made his remarks during the third extraordinary congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party, where he was to be elected chairman.

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#SWITZERLAND: Voters Reject Nuclear Power, Embrace Renewables; Critics Warn Of Energy Shortages

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Voters have endorsed a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and lower energy consumption. Final results show just over 58% of voters on Sunday coming out in favor of the Energy Strategy program. Supporters said the result is a "historic step for Switzerland," while opponents have warned of a shortage of energy supplies in winter. Interestingly, regions where the country's five nuclear reactors are situated rejected the reform with clear majorities.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, May 22, 2017

#AUSTRALIA: Construction Of Controversial Fence Around Parliament Building Begins

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Construction of controversial new security fences across the lawns of Parliament House will be under way within weeks after construction equipment and temporary buildings were installed for upgrades. Traffic around the ministerial entrance at the back of the building was slowed as a large crane lowered equipment behind the existing security fencing while new temporary markings appeared on the nearby lawns.

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#UK: Germany's Merkel Warns PM May Over Stricter Post-Brexit Border Rules

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Britain will face the consequences if the Government puts an end to free movement after Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly vowed to impose stricter immigration measures after the UK officially leaves the EU in 2019.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

#IRAN: Pres. Rouhani Beats Back Rivals To Win Another Term

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Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by his principle rival, Ebrahim Raisi. With all of votes in Friday's poll counted, Rouhani was re-elected with 57 percent. Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5, it was announced on state TV.

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#BRAZIL: Pres. Temer Vows To Fight For Political Life After Court Launches Bribery Investigation

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Brazil’s president Michel Temer has vowed to fight for his political life after the supreme court approved an investigation of allegations that he condoned hush money pay-offs to a witness in a sprawling corruption scandal. "I will not resign. I repeat: I will not resign. I know what I did,” he said in a live TV broadcast, amid growing calls for him to stand down following the suspension of one of his closest confidants in Congress and most powerful coalition allies in the Senate.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, May 20, 2017

#UK: PM May To All "Free Vote" In Parliament Over Re-Legalizing Fox Hunting After Election

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Prime Minister Theresa May says she will urge Parliament to allow a "free vote" after the June election on the issue of making fox hunting legal again. Du ring a campaign trip, she said that she personally hopes to bring back fox hunting, and said she was in favor of the outlawed activity and hopes Parliament overturns the ban, which was put in place in 2004.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#EU: Far-Left Parties In EU Parliament To Investigate Whether Member State Hungary Is Still A Democracy

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In an unprecedented move, the European Parliament have called for the triggering of a check on the state of Hungary's democracy which could lead to the suspension of the country's EU voting rights. A resolution proposed by the socialists, far-left parties, the greens and the liberals to trigger Article 7 of the EU treaty was passed with a majority of 393 votes against 221. Votes from members of the center-right European People’s Party tilted the balance.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Bans Smoking In All Public Places, Indoors & Outdoors, With Exec. Order

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in all public places throughout the country, both indoors and outdoors, apart from in tightly controlled areas. Filipinos will only be allowed to smoke in designated public areas not larger than ten square meters. Those who flout the ban will face four months in prison and a 5,000 peso fine. Tobacco advertising was also outlawed by the order.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#BOSNIA: Regional Serb Parliament Votes Against Selling Iron Ore Mine To Israeli Company

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The Bosnian Serb parliament has voted against the sale of a government stake in an iron ore mine to the Israeli Investment Group after ArcelorMittal warned it would take legal action if it went ahead. The government plan to sell the Ljubija mine to little-known IIG, which has no mining record, instead of to the world's largest steel producer has polarized Bosnian Serb politicians and triggered protests by miners fearing job losses.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Thursday, May 18, 2017

#UK: Isle Of Man's Lower House Amends Regulations For Brick-And-Mortar Casinos

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Proposed legislation that would amend existing casino regulations on the Isle Of Man and allow bricks-and-mortar gambling venues to relocate without losing their license has been approved by the lower house of the island’s parliament. Known as the Casino Amendment Bill, the legislation to amend the governing Casino Act was ratified by the directly-elected House Of Keys following a second reading last week and is now set to be put to a vote in the upper Legislative Council.

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#AUSTRIA: Parliament Bans Full-Face Veil In Public

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Austrian members of parliament have approved a bill which bans garments that fully cover the face of women - the latest restriction for the country's Muslim population. The provision, adopted on Tuesday night, was backed by both ruling parties and means that people wearing full-face veils in public will be subject to a $166 fine starting in October. The ban is part of a larger package which also forbids the distribution of the Quran and requires all migrants in Austria to participate in an "integration" year during which they take classes to learn German and ethics considered customary in Austria.

[FULL STORY HERE]