Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#JAPAN: Upper House Passes Bill To Raise Number Of Its Members To 248

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The Upper House of the Legislature, the House of Councillors, has passed an amendment to the election law calling for increasing the number of seats in the upper chamber of Japan’s Diet by six from the current 242. The bill was sponsored by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and passed mostly with votes from its coalition partner, Komeito. The legislation has been sent to the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

#JAPAN: Island Dispute Flares Up After China Denounces Japanese Mayor's Plan To Rename Islands Claimed by Both Nations

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The Chinese government has condemned a Japanese mayor's plan to change the name of a small group of islands in the East China Sea. Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama wants to change the name of the Japanese-controlled islands from "Tonoshiro, Ishigaki City,” to “Senkaku, Ishigaki City." China and Taiwan claim the islands, with China calling them the the Diaoyu Islands, Taiwan, the Tiaoyutai Islands. They are located between Okinawa and Taiwan, and are said to be close to undersea oil fields. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, "Whatever tricks Japan plays, it will not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China."

[FULL STORY HERE, also HERE]

Monday, July 16, 2018

#HAITI: Prime Minister Resigns Following Rioting Over Gas Price Hikes

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Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant abruptly resigned Saturday, avoiding being forcibly ousted in a no-confidence vote by the country’s Lower Chamber of Deputies. Haiti’s parliament had scheduled a hearing on Saturday to fire Lafontant and his 18 cabinet members after an unpopular fuel price hike led to riots last weekend

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, July 15, 2018

#SAUDIARABIA: New Bankruptcy Law Seeks To Empower Loaners, Preserve Debtor's Rights, Improve Int'l Standings

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A new bankruptcy law will come into effect in August that seeks to empower loaners, while also preserve the rights of debtors. Majed al-Rasheed, secretary general of the bankruptcy committee at the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, says the law will also improve Saudi Arabia's standing in international reports dealing with insolvency. The Kingdom currently ranks at 168 out of 190 countries.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, July 14, 2018

#TRINIDAD: Member Of Parliament Threatens Defamation Suit Against Facebook Posts Attacking Family Members

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A member of Trinidad and Tobago's parliament, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, has threatened legal action against those responsible for two posts on social media attacking his family. In a statement, Rambachan said the posts were "malicious rumors" that bear no truth. He said the statements posted on two public Facebook pages were highly libelous and inflammatory. "Those posts are engaging the attention of my attorneys who have been instructed to use all means available to trace the source of the posts,” he said. Rambachan, who represents Tabaquite, a town in central Trinidad, said he would act to protect his family's reputation. He was responding to posts stating one of Rambachan's relatives is being investigated for a sex-related crime. according to local media.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 13, 2018

BREAKING: #PAKISTAN: Convicted Frmr. PM Nawaz #Sharif And Daughter Arrested At Lahore Airport Upon Return To Pakistan

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have been flown to Islamabad after they were arrested upon their arrival at Lahore airport. Security in Lahore was beefed up as thousands of Sharif’s supporters marched to the airport. The father-daughter duo were sentenced to lengthy jail terms by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan last week. Sharif was given a 10-year jail term over the purchase of luxury London apartments, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years in prison.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#IRELAND: Legislature Moves To Ban Israeli Goods Produced In The Palestinian Territories To Protest Israeli Occupation

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Ireland has moved a step closer towards banning Israeli products which are produced in the occupied West Bank Palestinian territories. Championed by independent Sen. Frances Black. the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill passed through the Irish parliament’s upper house (the Seanad) by 25 votes to 20, and will now advance to the committee stage. While other countries have issued condemnations or moved to label Israeli items produced in the occupied territories, this bill is believed to be the first which would ban the import of the goods altogether.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#THEPHILIPPINES: President Challenges Catholics: Will Resign If You Show Me A "Selfie With God"

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The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has offered to resign if anyone can take a selfie with God to prove he exists. His comments came just days after he called God "stupid". "If any one can go to heaven, talk to God, and take a selfie – I will resign." The latest outburst shows Duterte, aged 73, increasingly at odds with the Catholic Church, in which he was raised and to which most Filipinos belong.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#EGYPT: Economic Reforms Bring #IMF Investment, But End Of Subsidies Causes Consumer Prices To Soar

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The International Monetary Fund has approved the fourth installment of a $12 billion, three-year loan for Egypt, which now totals just over $8 billion. It's part of an aid deal signed in 2016 to support Cairo's economic reform program, which the Washington-based lender has repeatedly praised. Since then, the government has imposed harsh austerity measures and started to phase out subsidies on many goods and services, causing fuel prices to rise as much as 50%, and electricity rates by about 25%. The nation's deficit rose to 12.5% of GDP in the 2015-2016 tax year.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

#AUSTRALIA: New Law Imposes Fines For Public #Vaping In New South Wales

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Users of electronic cigarettes in public places can be fined up to $550 if they vape in public, according to a law that came into effect July 1 in New South Wales, Australia. The ban passed through the state's parliament earlier this year, and means anywhere that smoking is banned, vaping is too, including shopping centers, libraries, cinemas, bus stops, train stations, buses and trains, sports grounds, near children’s play equipment and outdoor dining areas. Vapers say they are upset they're being placed in the same category as cigarette smokers.

[FULL STORY HERE]