Monday, March 02, 2015

#PALESTINIANAUTHORITY: Boycott of Israeli Goods Begins Over Withheld Tax Revenues

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The Palestinian Authority's Fatah Party is spearheading a boycott of Israeli goods in West Bank shops over Israel's ongoing tactic of withholding tax revenues from the PA. They took the action after the Palestinian government joined the UN's International Criminal Court, which could lead to indictments of Israeli soldiers.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

#JAPAN: In #Abe Cabinet, One Resigns, Another Investigated In Funding Scandal

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Japan's House Budget Committee on Thursday says former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa received 10 million yen from two companies. Nishikawa resigned last week. Education Min. Hakubun Shimomura denies similar accusations.

Pictured: Koya Nishikawa, former Agriculture Minister

Saturday, February 28, 2015

#CANADA: Frmr. Liberal Leadership Contender Defects To Greens

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Deborah Coyne — Justin Trudeau’s erstwhile leadership rival and mother of his half-sister — has joined the Green party. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has appointed Coyne, a constitutional lawyer, to be her senior policy adviser.

Friday, February 27, 2015

#DENMARK: Gov't Moves To Ban Radical Islamic Group Seeking Worldwide Caliphate

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Danish politicians want to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group that openly supports the establishment of a worldwide caliphate. A political majority is calling on the  prosecutor office to band the group, which is already banned in Germany and a number of other countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and China.

#SWITZERLAND: Cabinet Proposes Bill To Restrict EU Immigration

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The Swiss government has presented a bill for new quotas on immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly approved such curbs and put the country on a collision course with Brussels. The bill will first be submitted to political parties, professional organizations, unions and others for consultation.

Pictured: Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga

#IRELAND: "Low Pay" Commission Will Assess Minimum Wage Annually

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A "Low Pay Commission" has been launched to assess the rate of the national minimum wage on an annual basis. Currently set at €8.65, the pay rate has not been amended since 2007. A person on the minimum adult wage can expect to earn approximately €340 for a 40 hour week, around €17,992 per year

Thursday, February 26, 2015

#LITHUANA: Military Conscription Re-Introduced In Face Of Russian Threat

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Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the region, says President Dalia GrybauskaitÄ—. The Baltic states are concerned that Russian annexation of Crimea and support for east Ukraine's rebels may lead to Russia reasserting itself in other former Soviet territories.

#GERMANY: Conservatives In Merkel's Party Demand Vote, Tough Terms For Greek Bailout

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A group of hardliners among German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have urged lawmakers to take a tough stance on a loan extension to Greece. They have publicly warned against being too lenient on Greece, underscoring misgivings about the loan extension among Merkel's Christian Democrats.

#AUSTRIA: 1912 Law Recognizing Islam Amended To Ban Foreign Funding For Mosques And Imams

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The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam. The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams. The 1912 law made Islam an official religion in Austria.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#SPAIN: Podemos Party Denies It's Being Funded By Latin American Gov'ts

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Juan Carlos Monedero, a founder of Spanish Podemos Party, has denied accusations the party was financed by left-wing Latin American governments, saying he's the victim of a "witch hunt." Spanish media reported last month that he received 425,000 euros ($480,000) in 2013 from Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#IVORYCOAST: Frmr First Lady Goes On Trial For Inciting Violence Over Husband's Failed 2010 Election Bid

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Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo appeared in court for the first time Monday, accused of undermining state security during rioting following the 2010 election, in which her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost, sparking 5 months of violence and 3,000 deaths.

#THAILAND: Two Students Sentenced to Jail For Play Allegedly Insulting King

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Two students were jailed for 2 1/2 years each for allegedly insulting the king in a school play. The play, set in a fictional kingdom, featured a king and his advisers. It's a crime under the military-backed Junta-ruled government to insult or defame the king, an ailing 87-year-old.

#JAPAN: PM Abe Forced To Defend Playing Golf During ISIS Hostage Crisis

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has responded to criticism in the Diet about his playing golf and attending concerts in late December after he had been informed that two Japanese were being held hostage by Islamic State extremists. Abe replied to criticism saying that, "Taking care of my physical and mental health is vital to my job."