Thursday, January 17, 2019

#GREECE: PM Tsipras Narrowly Wins Confidence Vote Following Minister's Resignation Over North Macedonia Renaming

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday won a confidence vote in parliament, just days after the country's governing coalition collapsed. Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes he needed from the parliament for his government to survive. The vote came after a key minister in the Greek government quit last week over the Macedonia name dispute. Macedonia, the nation to the north, renamed itself last week "North Macedonia" to placate the Greek region of Macedonia, which lies to the nation's south. Prime Minister Tsipras said he would put the ratification of the Macedonia name-change agreement on the agenda.

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#HAITI: Accused Death Squad Leader And Elected Senator Denied New Trial In Miami

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Guy Philippe, a convicted money launderer and an elected Haitian senator, has lost another bid for freedom in a Miami federal court. A federal judge last week dismissed Philippe’s appeal for a new trial, concluding his claims that his defense attorneys were "ineffective" and “working for both sides" weren’t credible.

Philippe - who was also at various times a law student, a police commander, a coup leader accused of leading death squads - pled guilty to a money laundering conspiracy in April 2017 and was sentenced to nine years in prison. The original indictment accused him and others in the Haiti National Police of accepting bribes from cocaine traffickers in exchange for protecting their shipments from Colombia to Haiti to the United States. Haitian lawmakers passed a resolution condemning his arrest, which remains controversial, since he had been elected to the senate, but had not yet been sworn in.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#RUSSIA: Putin's United Russia Party Adopts New Ethics Rules; Requires Public Response To Accusations

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The United Russia Party has adopted a new set of ethic rules for its members, requiring them to publicly respond to accusations of wrongdoing and immediately resign from the party if the allegations are proven to be true. While "most of the party’s members already stick to rules of ethics," Duma deputy Andrey Krasov said, the set of rules targets certain individuals who, "might tarnish the image of the whole United Russia party with their actions and statements."

The pro-Putin party is the largest party in Russia and as of 2018 it holds 335 (or 74.44%) of the 450 seats in the State Duma, the national legislature. The party's chairman is former President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#BREAKING #UK: Theresa May's Brexit Plan Soundly Rejected In "Devastating" House Of Commons Vote

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Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. Parliamentarians voted by 432 to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on March 29.

In response, May called a vote of "no confidence" in her government, preempting Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who also tabled a vote, which could trigger a general election. The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 7 pm London time on Wednesday. The defeat is a devastating blow for May, who has spent more than two years hammering out a deal with the EU. It is unclear whether she will stay on as prime minister after the defeat.

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#TAIWAN: Because Of Surplus, Pres Announces Increases In Monthly/Hourly Minimum Wages And Exception From Income Taxes

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Pres. Tsai Ing-Wen has announced increases in the minimum monthly and hourly wages and said that those who earn monthly salaries of NT$30,000 (US$975) per month will be exempt from paying personal income taxes this May.

She also said that because of the strong economic growth over the past two years, the government has accrued a surplus in tax revenues and indicated that her administration is looking into ways of "making low-income citizens a priority in enjoying the benefits of economic growth."

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Monday, January 14, 2019

#UK: Labour Party Leader Corbyn Still Seeks Negotiated Brexit If May's Plan Fails

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UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is sticking to his plans for a negotiated Brexit deal with the EU if, as expected, Prime Minister Theresa May's plan fails tomorrow in the House of Commons. This is a bit of a let-down for those within Corbyn's party seeking a second "People's Vote" referendum that would allow voters to change their mind on leaving the European Union. Corbyn is likely to pursue a vote of no confidence in her government within hours of the Commons vote, which could lead to a new general election.

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#MOZAMBIQUE: Former Foreign Min. Arrested In S. Africa Over Secret Loans

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A South African judge has ruled in favor of the arrest of Mozambique's former finance minister, Manuel Chang, who was detained at Johannesburg airport over alleged secret loans to Mozambican state companies totaling $2 billion. The loans caused the country to default on its loans.

Chang’s lawyers argued that his detention by South Africa on a U.S. extradition request was illegal. But Judge Sagra Subroyen dismissed the application at Johannesburg’s Kempton Park magistrates court, saying “this court agrees with the state to consider that the arrest warrant is valid”

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

#MACEDONIA: Parliament Adopts "North Macedonia" National Name To End Dispute With Greece

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Macedonia's parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority to make the change, aimed at ending a 27-year dispute with Greece, which has its own region called Macedonia. The change opens up possible NATO and you and United Nations memberships.

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#GERMANY: New Party Breaks Away From "Alternative For Germany" Party; Claims It's "Shifted To The Left"

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A German politician has left the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany Party to set up a new party after accusing AfD of a "shift to the Left." AndrĂ© Poggenburg resigned from his post as the AfD’s regional leader in eastern Saxony-Anhalt state last year after labeling Turkish immigrants “camel drivers” and immigrants with dual nationality a “homeless mob we no longer want." He announced his resignation from the party in an email sent to the leadership earlier this week. His new party Aufbruch der deutschen Patrioten (Awakening of German Patriots) will use a cornflower against the background of a German flag. Opponents note that the flower was used by Austrian Nazis before World War II.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

#JAPAN: Negotiations Over Disputed Islands Break Down Over Premature Statements

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Negotiations between Japan and Russia over islands that have been claimed by both nations since World War II have broken down.

Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal was nearing to resolve a decades-old dispute over the Kuril Islands, accusing Tokyo of distorting agreements struck with Moscow to break the deadlock.

Japanese officials reportedly told residents of the island to prepare for an imminent transfer of sovereignty to Japan, long before negotiations had reached that point.

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#GREECE: President Renews Claims Against Germany's Nazi Past; Says Reparation Demand Is "Legal"

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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has defended his nation's claim that it is owed war reparations from Germany. He made the comments after meeting last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in the capital, Athens, on an official visit.

The demands of Greece regarding the reparations for crimes of the "inhuman" Nazi invasion and occupation of Greece during World War II are "legal" and "legally enforceable," Pavlopoulos told reporters.

Merkel, for her part, said Germans are aware of the crimes that Nazis had committed in Greece. However, German officials have in the recent past rejected claims for reparations from Greece, Poland and other nations.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

#GERMANY: Merkel, Macron, Plan "Merger" Of France & Germany; Joint Parliament, Common Laws, Merged Cities In New Treaty

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Germany and France will sign a treaty on Jan 22 that will "twin" their two economies, militaries and even political systems closer than even the creators of the European Union ever envisioned. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel - despite being both damaged politically - have won approval from their cabinets for the treaty, which will create a joint, 100-member parliament, create a joint military force, a joint foreign policy, and envisions the creation of border town “Eurodistricts" in which French and German towns merge public transport networks and utilities.

The pact is seen as a prototype for the future of the European Union - borderless and without sovereign Nation-States. Alexander Gauland, leader of the populist, anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany Party, has condemned the union as a further "erosion of our national sovereignty."

Significantly, the treaty will be signed in the German city of Aachen, where the Emperor Charlemagne had his imperial residence, and where 31 rulers of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned over six centuries.

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#FRANCE: Prime Min. Edouard Philippe Plans Legislation To Crack Down On "Undeclared Protests" To Combat Yellow Vest Demonstrations

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France plans to introduce legislation to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests in response to violent "yellow-vest" demonstrations, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ahs said, in a hardening of the government's stance on the ongoing unrest.

Rioters torched motorcycles and set barricades on fire on Paris's upmarket Boulevard Saint-Germain last weekend, underscoring how protests against high living costs and President Emmanuel Macron have attracted a violent fringe.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

#UK: Parliament Set To Vote On PM Theresa May's Brexit Plan On Jan. 15

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Parliament will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, January 15, government sources have confirmed. The House of Commons vote was called off last month by the PM, who was facing defeat, but sources have told the BBC the vote will not be delayed again. It is also understood the government will set out further reassurances on the controversial backstop. Meanwhile, more than 200 MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May, urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

#GABON: Military Coup Attempt Quashed As President Continues Recovery From Stroke Overseas

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The Gabonese government said Monday it has quashed a coup attempt in the West African country. Government spokesman Guy-Bertran Mapangou told reporters that soldiers who briefly took over the national radio on Monday morning had been arrested. Mapangou stressed that the situation is back in control while the country's president is recovering from a stroke abroad.

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#CHINA: Gov't Agency Cracks Down On "Harmful" and "Illegal" Information Online; Includes "Rumors"

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China's top internet watchdog launched a six-month crackdown on "harmful" and "illegal" information in cyberspace at the start of the year. The crackdown is targeting 12 kinds of problematic information, including rumors and that related to pornography, violence, terrorism or gambling, on websites, smartphone applications, messaging tools or live streaming platforms, the Cyberspace Administration said.

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#GERMANY: Chairman Of Anti-Migrant Party Brutally Attacked; Police Seek Three Hooded Attackers

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Frank Magnitz, chairman of the city of Bremen’s Alternative For Germany Party, was left with a gaping wound in his head after he was reportedly knocked unconscious by three attackers Monday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel led the condemnations of the attack, which was labeled as an assassination attempt by party officials. The AfD party is the official opposition in the Bundestag, Germany's parliament.

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