Sunday, June 26, 2016

BREAKING: #UK: 12 Labour Shadow Cabinet Members Resign In "Coup" Attempt To Force Corbyn Resignation

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More than a quarter of the Shadow Labour Party cabinet has resigned in a concerted effort to force the resignation or removal of Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose pro-Remain campaign was seen as "weak" by many. The resignations came the day after Corbyn fired his Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn. Nearly every hour since the sacking of Benn, a shadow cabinet member has resigned. Corbyn, however, says he will remain in his position, citing his mandate from voters.

#FRANCE: Pres. Hollande Calls For "Profound Change" In The #EU After #Brexit

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Pres. Francois Hollande has said Europe faces "immense danger" and has called for a "profound change" in the European Union in the wake of Britain's exit from the crumbling bloc as calls for a Frexit heightened.

#UK: Labour Pty Leader Fires Shadow Foreign Sec. Over "Leadership Coup" Comes To Light

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UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn removed Hilary Benn from his position as Shadow Foreign Secretary after it came to light that Benn was leading a "coup" to force Corbyn out. Corbyn is facing an ouster after allegedly supporting the losing "Remain" cause in the Brexit vote in a "lackluster" manner.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

#HAITI: More Than Two Dozen File To Contest Oct. 9 Pres. Election

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More than two dozen people have signed up to run for Haiti's presidency, authorities said on Wednesday, including the four leading candidates from an earlier election aborted after a commission found widespread fraud. This is half the number of candidates who contested the last election, making the October 9 election easier to organize. Several politicians who ran last time pledged to support Jude Celestin, who had come in second.

#CANADA: MP Declines To Attend Gay Pride Parade, Cites Frog-Jumping Competition, Personal Views

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Ted Falk, a member of parliament in a conservative-leaning rural area of southeastern Manitoba sometimes referred to as the province's Bible Belt says he will not attend a gay pride march, citing his personal beliefs. He originally cited a conflict in his schedule - a July 9 frog-jumping competition. But he later made it clear he had personal reasons for not attending, "Even without a scheduling conflict, my decision to not attend would be the same. I've been clear on this issue many times, and have made my position public on my values of faith, family and community," said Falk.

Friday, June 24, 2016

#GERMANY: #Merkel Struggles To Re-Assure Remaining #EU Members; Halt Talk Of Further "Exits"

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday warned EU member states against drawing hasty conclusions about Britain's decision to quit the bloc, as that risked further splitting Europe.


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Voters of the United Kingdom voted Thursday to leave the European Union. 16,141,241 voted to Remain, while 17,410,742 voted to Leave. The vote caused an immediate economic and political earthquake, as markets sent the UK Pound crashing to 1985 levels and PM David Cameron announced he will resign and leave by October. Scotland's ruling Scottish National Party - which voted overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU - signalling it would likely seek another independence referendum and to stay part of the EU.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#DEMREPOFCONGO: Int'l Criminal Ct. Sentences Frmr. VP To 18 Years In Prison For Rapes, Murders

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The International Criminal Court Tuesday handed down its toughest sentence yet, ordering former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to serve 18 years in jail for "sadistic, cruel" rapes and murders by his troops in Central African Republic. He denies all responsibility for the crimes.

#EGYPT: In Rare Rebuke, Court Blocks Pres. Al-Sisi's Deal To Give Islands To Saudi Arabia

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An Egyptian court has reversed a decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Tuesday's verdict by the highest administrative court in Cairo declared void a maritime border accord with Saudi Arabia, which would have seen Egypt surrender control of the Tiran and Sanafir islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba. While the verdict is not final, it could deal a blow to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's government, which has eagerly argued that the agreement would bring economic benefits for Egypt.

#GERMANY: State Official's Holocaust Statements In 2012 Book Causing Rancor Among Party Ldrs.

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Comments made by Wolfgang Gedeon, an Alternative For Germany Party member of the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg appearing to minimize the Holocaust came to light during his 2012 campaign, and were raised again in the press. Party Pres. Frauke Petry says Vice-Chair Jörg Meuthen made the controversy "personal" by threatening to resign if Gedeon isn't thrown out of the party, causing an internal split among the leaders.

Pictured: From left: party leaders Frauke Petry, Beatrix von Storch and Jörg Meuthen.

#CROATIA: Head of Croatian Democratic Union Resigns; Says Responsible For Gov't Collapse

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Tomislav Karamarko has resigned from the position of president of the Croatian Democratic Union after taking responsibility for failing to achieve a parliamentary majority for a new Croatian government. New elections have now been called following the collapse of the government.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#HONGKONG: Chief Executive Writes Stern Letter To Beijing After Book Publishers' Abductions

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The leader of Hong Kong has written a letter expressing concerns to Mainland China over the treatment of book publishers in the city who were allegedly taken to the Mainland to be interrogated for eight months, possibly violating the "one country, two systems" plan. Leung Chun-ying's letter raised the issue of legal jurisdiction and civil liberties in the largely self-governing city.

#JAPAN: Embattled Tokyo Governor Resigns Amid Campaign Funding Scandal

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The embattled governor of Tokyo has submitted a letter of resignation. Yoichi Masuzoe has been fighting allegations for weeks that he misused political funds for private purposes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#KENYA: Deputy Pres. Ruto Urges Opponents To Respect Judicial System In Hate Speech Case

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Deputy Pres. William Ruto has asked leaders to respect the Constitution and abide by the rule of law when addressing issues. He condemned the opposition Cord coalition for threatening to hold demonstrations if MPs detained over hate speech were not released. Ruto expressed concern that opposition leaders were setting a dangerous precedent when they call for disobedience of the Judiciary.

Pictured: Deputy Pres. William Ruto (left) with Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik

#INDIA: Protests After Indian State's Chief Min. Fires 14 Ministers From Cabinet

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The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, has dropped nine cabinet ministers and four ministers of state - half of his team - in a major shake-up, prompting supporters of the dumped officials to stage violent street protests. The move was cleared by the Congress Party's leadership, including Party Pres. Sonia Gandhi and Vice Pres. Rahul Gandhi.

Monday, June 20, 2016

#CANADA: Senate Bows To House Of Commons' Will, Approves Assisted Dying Law

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After a dramatic debate over the eligibility requirements for physician-assisted dying — and over the role of the upper chamber itself — Senators opted to concede to the House of Commons Friday, sending Bill C-14 to royal assent.

#ITALY: 5-Star Movement Wins Big: Takes Rome, Turin Mayoral Seats

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The anti-establishment anti-EU Five Star Movement has made big gains in Italy, winning mayoral races in Rome and Turin in second-round run-offs Sunday. Virginia Raggi will become Rome's first female leader, in a victory seen as a blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left Democratic Party, which secured Italy's financial capital, Milan, and Bologna.