Thursday, September 29, 2016

#LEBANON: For The 45th Time, Parliament Fails To Elect A President

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Lebanese parliamentarians met once again Wednesday to attempt to elect a president, but a quorum wasn't present so the vote was delayed until Oct. 31st. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says 51 MP's showed up, but 35 more members were needed to make a quorum in the 128-member body. Lebanon has been without the head of a state since 2014, when the term of then-President Michel Suleiman ended.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#INDIA: PM Says India Won't Attend Conference In Pakistan, Cites Terror Concerns

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he won't attend a November conference in Pakistan, citing terrorism concerns in the region. Modi's government blames "cross-border terror attacks"  for creating an environment that is "not conducive" for the meeting of the eight-nation group. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation may have to be relocated from Islamabad after Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also signaled that they will not attend the meeting.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#CANADA: Montreal City Council Bans The Pitbull Breed

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In a decision that has caused reactions far beyond its city limits, Montreal city councilors have voted to ban pit bulls. Thirty-seven councilors approved the amendments to the city's animal control bylaw, with 23 voting against the measure. Proponents, including Mayor Denis Coderre, said it was a "balanced approach between placing reasonable restrictions on current owners, and keeping citizens safe."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#SWITZERLAND: Parliament Votes To Ban Wearing Burkas In Public

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The Swiss parliament has voted to ban Muslim women from wearing the Burka in public. The National Council passed the vote 88 to 87, with 10 abstentions. The ruling stated that "no person shall cover his face in public places and in places or hide in the public domain or the provision of public services (excluding sacred sites)."

[FULL STORY HERE]


#JAPAN: PM Abe To Focus On Passage of TPP Trade Deal, Economic Reform In Parliament

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday at the start of a 66-day session of the Diet to swiftly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and find new avenues for economic growth.
In a policy speech, the Japanese premier pitched the session as a chance to accelerate his "Abenomics" package of monetary and fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.

[FULL STORY HERE

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#SPAIN: PM Rajoy's Party Advances In Elections, Signalling Poss. End Of Stalemate

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The center-right People's Party is projected to win an overall majority in Galicia's regional parliament. Meanwhile, the Basque Nationalist Party looks set to win the vote in its region. Spain has not had a functioning government for almost nine months. The regional elections are expected to help break the political stalemate.

[FULL STORY HERE]


#THENETHERLANDS: Parliament Vote To Close All Coal-Fueled Power Plants By 2030

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In a close 77-72 vote, parliament has supported government plans to close all of the nation's coal-fired power plants by 2030. The move seeks to cut CO2 emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. The move seeks to meet Paris climate change targets. Economics Minister Henk Kamp, of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, said the nation would be "crazy" to shut down the stations, which he says are the cleanest in Europe.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Monday, September 26, 2016

#CANADA: PM Trudeau Aides Reimbursing Some Moving Expenses After Uproar

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Justin Trudeau's two top aides are repaying a "significant portion" of the $207,000 they received for moving expenses, hoping to douse a controversy that has plagued the Liberal government since the outset of the fall parliamentary sitting.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: PM Justin Trudeau, right, with aide Gerald Butts, screenshot from HuffPost.ca video.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

#UK: Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn Holds Onto Position After Challenge

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Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as the Labour Party's leader, defeating his challenger Owen Smith. Corbyn won 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year. More than half a million party members, trade unionists and registered supporters voted in the contest. The election was a result of a revolt against the left-leaning leader among Labour members in parliament.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, September 24, 2016

#GERMANY: Possible Merkel Rival Makes Ill-Timed Visit To Moscow, Say Critics

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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who has struggled to escape Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s shadow in his bid to challenge her in next year‘s election, wants to build bridges between Russia and Germany. But his latest visit to Moscow has come under fire at home, since it came at the same time as a Russian attack on an aid convoy in Syria.

[FULL STORY HERE]


#CANADA: Top Aides Of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Billed Taxpayers $200,000 For Moves

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Canadian taxpayers were billed more than $200,000 in moving expenses for two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top aides. Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and Katie Telford, his chief of staff, were reimbursed for moving their families from Toronto to Ottawa. Costs were mostly for legal and real estate fees covering the sale of their million-dollar homes.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, September 23, 2016

#IRAQ: Parliament Removes Kurd Finance Minister, Alleges Corruption

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The Iraqi parliament Wednesday voted 158-77, with 14 abstaining, to remove finance minister Hoshyar Zebari, voting in a secret ballot in a "confidence" vote. Zebari, who is a Kurd, was finance minister since October 2014. Before that, the 62-year old veteran politician held the post of Iraq's foreign minister from 2005. Lawmakers, in particular from the Shiite Daawa Party, had accused Zebari of mismanaging the country's finances, which the minister denies. Last month, the former Iraqi defense minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, was ousted by lawmakers in a similar vote.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#RUSSIA: Putin Promises To Bring Back KGB Spy Agency; Could Quell Dissent Before 2018 Election

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Just hours after a stunning victory this week in parliamentary elections, Russian Pres. Vlaidmir Putin has pledge to bring back  the oppressive KGB spy agency, which was eliminated in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union.

[FULL STORY HERE]