Thursday, November 26, 2015

#SOUTHKOREA: Legislators Seek Mask Ban After Violent Protesters Hide Identity

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Members of the ruling Saenuri Party have proposed a ban on wearing masks or other identity-hiding apparel illegal during demonstrations. The proposal comes after a violent recent rally. The law would carry a prison term or fine of up to US$2,600. Opponents say the law would "gag" free expression.

#VENEZUELA: Regional Oppo. Ldr. Luis Manuel Diaz Assassinated During Rally

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The Democratic Action party says Luis Manuel Diaz was killed by attackers in a car as he was holding a public meeting in central Guarico state. Opposition leaders blamed militias supporting the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela. The party of President Nicolas Maduro has so far made no public comment.

#RUSSIA: PM Medvedev: Turkish Pols Back ISIS Oil Refineries; Threatens To End Joint Ventures

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Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev is accusing Turkish officials of have "a direct financial interest" in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State. He also detailed possible moves to retaliate against Turkey, which downed a Russian warplane on Tuesday, including cuts to joint business ventures.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#UKRAINE: Gov't Cuts Train, Road Access To Russian-Occupied Crimea As Trade Tensions Boil Over

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The Ukrainian government has imposed a road and train embargo against Russian-occupied Crimea, and have stopped buying natural gas from Russia as trade tensions boil over. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has also banned flyovers of Russian aircraft, just a day after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet encroaching on its territory.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#RUSSIA: 2007 Anti-Extremist Legislation Being Used To Prosecute Minority Religions

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Courts in smaller Russian municipalities and villages are using anti-terrorist and anti-extremist legislation to prosecute - some say "persecute" - minority religions, such as 16 Jehovah's Witnesses who face trial in Taganrog, Russia.

#CANADA: Trade Min. Spars With US TV Host Bill Maher, Defends Islam & Migration Plan

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Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland found herself defending Islam on "Real Time" with Bill Maher last week. Maher said a majority of Americans don't feel that Syrian refugees share American values. Freeland challenged Maher when he said it's nonsense to suggest that all religions are alike and share values.

Monday, November 23, 2015

#NORWAY: National Police Have Registered Refugees Who Might Pose Terrorist Threat

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The Norwegian Police Security Service has registered individuals who may pose a threat to society among asylum seekers who have recently come to Norway. This, despite a November report stating that they believe extremists born and raised in Norway pose a greater threat than asylum seekers with ties to extreme movements.

#ARGENTINA: Pro-Business, Pro-US Outsider Wins Pres. Election; Kirchnerism Rebuked

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Yesterday, Argentine voters elected a pro-business, pro-US outsider, Mauricio Macri, rebuking outgoing Leftist government of Cristina Kirchner. He promised to correct her errors and urged patience as he sorted out a fragile economy marked by slow growth, unsustainable spending, and high inflation.

#CHINA: Education Spending Continues To Rise; 19% Annual Increase

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Government investment in compulsory education has grown at an annual rate of 19.4% in the past decade. The budget for US$188 billion  in 2014. China has just promised that rural students and children of migrant workers will soon be given the same subsidies as their urban counterparts.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

#CANADA: Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan Defends Plan To Take 25,000 Refugees By Jan 1

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Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan says many of the 25,000 refugees to be resettled by the new year will bring skills to Canada that will benefit the country. Just over half of Canadians do not support the new Liberal government's resettlement plan.

#GUYANA: First Local Elections In 21 Years Scheduled For Next March

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Local government elections will be held on March 18 next year, ending a 21-year hiatus. In making the announcement, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said the entire local government system is rotten and was in dire need of democratic renewal.

Friday, November 20, 2015

#BURUNDI: Gov't Expels Belgians As Political Violence Escalates; Church Attacked

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The day after Belgium suggested its "non-essential" citizens should leave Burundi, the Burundian government said ALL of them should leave. Unrest began in April when Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza said he'd seek a third term. Burundi says Belgium, its former colonial power, has links to opposition groups.

Related: Burundian police shoot up a church, and have arrested a minister who has spoken out against violence.

#DENMARK: Coalition Budget Boosts Healthcare Spending, Cuts Environment And Education Funding

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The Liberal Party (Venstre,) the Danish People’s Party, Liberal Alliance and the Conservatives have reached an agreement on the 2016 budget, which spends more on healthcare for the elderly, but cuts education and environmental spending. Car buyers get a drastic cut in registration fees under the proposal.

Pictured: Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

#ITALY: Rome's Gov't Declares War On "Tacky" Fake "Photo-Op" Gladiators Earning Money Tax-Free

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Rome's city council is declaring "war" on men dressed as gladiators posing for pictures at historic sites and earning up to US$12,000 a month tax-free. Rome's interim mayor says the "photo opportunity gladiators" are "tacky" but officials haven't been able to regulate it because there been no law against it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

#FRANCE: PM Valls: Some Terrorist Suspects "Slipped In" Amid Refugee Crisis

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Some of the suspects in the Paris attacks took advantage of Europe's migrant crisis to "slip in" unnoticed, the French premier said Thursday, warning the EU needed to "take responsibility" over border controls.

#UK: House Of Lords Votes To Let 16 & 17-Year-Olds Vote In 2016 #EU Referendum; Cameron Defeat

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The upper house of parliament has approved a bill allowing 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the 2016 referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union. The bill was opposed by Conservative PM David Cameron. Those 16 and 17 years old were allowed to vote in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum,

#KOSOVO: Oppo. Leader Directs Riots In Streets Opposing Minority Rights For Ethnic Serbs

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Police are seeking to  arrest the nation's opposition party leader after he led rioting in the capitol, Pristina. Albin Kurti has used pepper spray in parliament and was sought after being seen leading the protests against granting ethic Serbs more autonomy in this majority Albanian nation, which broke away from Serbia in 1999.