Thursday, May 05, 2016

#EGYPT: Demonstration Against Island Transfers To Saudi Arabia Dispersed With Tear Gas

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Thousands of Egyptians angered by Pres. Sisi’s transfer of two deserted Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia used the dispute to call for his government to fall in the largest demonstration since the former military general took office in 2014. Security forces dispersed the peaceful demonstrators with tear gas.

#JAPAN: Parliament Doubles Benefit Cash To Families Who Have More Kids

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The Diet has approved  a boost in benefits for second and later children in low-income households headed by single parents by up to double the current levels. Allowances for second children will be increased to a maximum of ¥10,000 per month from the current ¥5,000. The maximum benefits for third and later children will rise to ¥6,000 from ¥3,000.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

#JAPAN: Chinese Foreign Minister's Stern Demands Irk Japanese

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China's demand that Japan should honor its Taiwan "One China" policy and dial down its rhetoric condemning Chinese threats to the island and its new independence-minded president has irked Japan's government. The Chinese foreign ministry has released "four requirements" for improved relations, including the demand  that Japan "follow the one-China policy to the letter."

Pictured, Japanese Foreign Min. Fumio Kashida, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

#UK: Frmr. Labour Pty. Ldr. Miliband Says Environment Would Suffer With UK Out Of #EU

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Former Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband has joined forces with pro-EU Tories in an attempt to claim a British exit from the EU ("Brexit") would damage the environment. Miliband  signed a declaration with Environment Secretary Liz Truss and called campaigning for backing Brexit “extreme and outdated”.

Monday, May 02, 2016

#INDIA: Cabinet Will Propose Transgender Rights Bill In Parliament

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The Union Cabinet is likely to take up a bill to provide recognition to transgender persons and protect their rights, says the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry. A private member's bill on the Rights of Transgender Persons has already been passed by the upper house of parliament. The Supreme Court in 2014 recognized the right of Indians to choose their own gender.

#UK: Gov't Votes Down Plan To Let In 3,000 Unaccompanied Syrian Minors

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The UK government has voted down a bill that would have forced it to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK from Europe. The "Dubs amendment" - introduced by the opposition Labour Party - to the Immigration Bill, was struck down by 294 to 276.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

#KENYA: Constitutional Amendment To Keep Courts Out Of Parliamentary Decisions Passes

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The National Assembly has passed a bill barring courts from interfering with Parliament’s law-making process and decisions. The constitutional amendment now awaits approval by the Senate for it to be taken to President Uhuru Kenyatta for assent. In 2014, the High Court issued an injunction stopping the Senate from handling the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora. The Senate discharged Wambora but the court reinstated him.

Pictured: Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma, sponsor of the amendment.

#TURKEY: Brawl In Turkish Parliament Causes Two-Day Closure

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Violent tension between lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party  and the Peoples’ Democratic Party descended into a brawl during a session on April 27, delaying efforts to pass legislation on an EU migration deal.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

#IRAQ: State Of Emergency Declared As Shia Radicals Storm Parliament, Green Zone

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Hundreds of Shia Muslim activists have stormed Iraq's parliament in Baghdad, in protest against continuing deadlock in approving a new cabinet. Supporters of radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr broke through barricades of the fortified Green Zone for the first time, after MPs failed to convene for a vote. A state of emergency was declared and security forces near the US embassy fired tear gas. Protesters now seem to leaving the parliament but camping outside.

#CANADA: Animal Welfare Bill A "Trojan Horse" To Curtail Hunting, Say Critics

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A private member's bill seeking to modernize Canada's animal welfare laws is coming under fire for the bill's potential to dramatically change how hunters, anglers and farmers operate. But the bill, drafted by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith from Toronto, could do more than ban shark fin imports as well end the sale and trade of cat and dog fur, claim critics.

Friday, April 29, 2016

#UK: Frmr. London Mayor Livingstone Suspended From Labour Pty. After Anti-Semitic Rant

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The Labour Party has suspended the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone "for bringing the party into disrepute" after MPs accused of him of antisemitism and making offensive comments claiming that Hitler supported Zionism before he "went mad." The suspension

#EGYPT: "Coalition In Support Of Egypt" Group Wins 14 of 18 Committee Chairs In Parliament

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Members of Parliament assigned to the respective committees have voted 14 Coalition in Support of Egypt members to committee heads. The coalition thus has control of 14 of the announced 18 specialised internal committees, solidifying its control of the parliament.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

#SAUDIARABIA: Gov't Tilting Towards India After Pakistan Snub Of Saudi War In Yemen

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud gave Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a very warm welcome last weekend in a public tilt of Saudi policy toward New Delhi and away from its traditional ally Pakistan. Economic interests are part of the tilt, but so too is Saudi pique at Pakistan's refusal to back its military adventure in Yemen.

#AUSTRIA: Parliament Set To Approve Toughest Refugee Asylum Standards In The #EU

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The Austrian parliament is expected to pass legislation that would be among the toughest on refugees in the entire EU. It would make it significantly harder for refugees to apply for asylum.