Monday, July 25, 2016

#IVORYCOAST: Parliament Will Scrap Constitution, Re-Write To Remove Controversial Clauses

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Ivory Coast's parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a referendum on a new constitution that would among other measures remove a controversial nationality clause that contributed to years of unrest and civil war. Pres. Alassane Ouattara pledged during his successful campaign for re-election last year to scrap the clause, which states presidential candidates must prove both their parents are natural-born Ivorians. They must also have never claimed citizenship of another country.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

#SPAIN: Polling Shows Catalan Separatists Winning For The First Time

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The number of people in favor of an independent Catalonia has surpassed the number of those against according to a new poll.

#UK: Despite Uncertain Future For Scottish UK Base, Parliament Renews Trident Sub Program

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Despite an uncertain future for the UK's Trident submarine base in Scotland - which the Scottish National Party says would be closed if a second independence referendum passes - the UK's parliament has overwhelmingly passed legislation to spend  £40 billion to replace four Vanguard-class submarines that carry nuclear warheads.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

#SWEDEN: Tough New Residency Laws Come Into Effect For Asylum Seekers

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Tougher rules on seeking asylum in Sweden have come into force, as law changes approved by the Riksdag in June come into effect. The amendments to the country’s asylum laws mean that asylum seekers in Sweden are now granted the minimum level of rights the European Union requires of its member states.

#UK: France's Pres. Insists UK Maintain Free Movement Of People With EU To Keep Free Trade Privileges

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Theresa May was warned by the French president, François Hollande, at their first meeting in Paris that the UK cannot expect access to the single market if it wants to put immigration controls on EU citizens. At a joint press conference in the Élysée Palace, Hollande made it clear that the new British prime minister was facing a choice about whether to accept free movement of people in return for free trade.

Friday, July 22, 2016

#GERMANY: Anti-Islamic Pegida Movement To Form Political Party

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Germany's anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant Pegida movement says it is seeking to launch a political party but stressed it would not seek to draw votes from populist far-right group Alternative For Germany.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#GERMANY: MP Resigns After "Significant" Fabrications Found In Her Resume

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Petra Hinz of the Social Democratic Party has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2005. It was recently discovered that she never studied law or even finished school, and had fabricated significant parts of her resume.

#JAPAN: Hiroshima Court Rules: Denial Of Inmates' Voting Rights Constitutional

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A Japanese court  has found constitutional an election law provision denying prison inmates the right to vote in a national election, in the latest ruling in a series of lawsuits filed over the controversial issue.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#THAILAND: Prime Minister Steps In To Save Teak Trees Slated For Cutting

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has put the brakes on a plan to cut down 2,000 teak trees in Chiang Mai for the construction of the new parliament building, following opposition from residents.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#CYPRUS: Property Taxes Reduced By 75% For 2016, Eliminated In 2017

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With strong support from nearly all political parties, the legislature of Cyprus has reduced property taxes due in 2016 by 75%, and has eliminated them entirely from 2017 onward.