Monday, September 25, 2017

#GERMANY: Political Earthquake As Merkel Wins, But Anti-Immigrant Party Wins 3rd Slot With 13% Of Vote

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Sending a message to Chancellor Angela Merkel (who nonetheless won a fourth term in office) the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Sunday became the first openly anti-immigration party to enter parliament with so many seats since World War II, despite calls to stop the alleged "Nazi" Party. Exit polls showed the AfD with around 13% of the vote, making it the third biggest political force in Germany - a stunning result for a party that was founded just four years ago.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

#GERMANY: Traditional Parties Set To Lose Votes To Right-Leaning Parties

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A poll published by public broadcaster ZDF on Friday shows that both the major parties are likely to suffer major losses, while the small right-wing parties are on the rise.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

#SPAIN: Gov"t Arrests 14 Catalan Leaders Promoting Secession

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The Spanish government had arrested 14 members of the Catalan government for promoting the October 1st independence referendum in the region. The arrests prompted mass demonstrations in Barcelona and elsewhere, both for and against the vote.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

#THEPHILIPPINES: Duterte Says He'll Have Son Killed If In Drug Trade

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Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#MYANMAR: Aung San Suu Kyi Addresses Human Rights Complaints Against Gov't

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Aung San Suu Kyi said she "feels deeply" for the suffering of "all people" caught up in conflict-torn Rakhine state in her first comments on the crisis since the latest violence began last month.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

#IRAQ: Kurdish Lawmakers Move Ahead With Controversial Independence Referendum

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Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers have voted to move ahead with a controversial independence referendum. The vote comes amid international opposition and internal political disputes within Kurdish ranks.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

#CHINA: Gov't May Set Timetable To End Production Of Internal Combustion Engines By 2040s

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China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that may accelerate the push into the electric car market. Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government is working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales, mostly likely in the 2040s. The move will have a profound impact on the environment and growth of China’s auto industry, said Xin.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

#GHANA: Parliament Ready To Vote On Creation Of Special Prosecutor's Office

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A bill is being readied in Parliament to create an Office of the Special Prosecutor, which backers say will enable the government deal with issues of corruption, especially among state officials. Under the bill, an independent prosecutor will head the office and prosecute corruption offenses by state officers. It was one of the major promises made by Pres. Akufo-Addo as part of his plans to deal with corruption in government. One of the bill's few critics is former Attorney General Martin Amidu, who says a clause limits the number of crimes covered, and future presidents may interfere with the office. Backers say the bill is deliberately limited to prevent overreach.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#SOUTHAFRICA: Bill Passes That Would Implement Demerits For Drivers Who Break Traffic Laws

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Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is welcoming the passage of a bill which would ensure that a demerit points system for drivers will be implemented. The demerit points system docks points from the licences of drivers who break traffic rules. This will result in the cancellation of driving licences for repeat offenders. The bill will become law once it has been signed by President Jacob Zuma.


[FULL STORY HERE]