Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#GERMANY: Possible Coalition Partners Reportedly Abandon 2020 CO2 Targets

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Preliminary grand coalition talks have just restarted, but already, the parties involved have given up the 2020 climate goals. Some politicians in Berlin are alarmed by reports of a cancellation of the climate goals for 2020 by a possible future new government. That would amount to deceiving voters, the opposition says. But other reports note that opposition parties, including the Social Democrats, don't want to "punish" factory workers and other natural allies with the severe cuts that would result from implementing it.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

#UK: Prime Minister's Cabinet Reshuffle Plans Thrown Off Course By Resignation, Stubborn Ministers

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Theresa May’s planned cabinet reshuffle was thrown off course when senior members of the cabinet refused to move and Justine Greening quit the government after turning down a job as work and pensions secretary. Earlier, Jeremy Hunt rejected a new position as business secretary and instead persuaded the prime minister to allow him to remain at health in a beefed-up role taking on more responsibility for social care.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, January 04, 2018

#EGYPT: Parliament Considers Law Banning Atheism Amid Crackdown On Dissidents

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Egyptian parliament has in recent days discussed a proposed bill to criminalize atheism. The draft law was submitted by Amr Hamroush, the head of parliament’s Committee on Religion, who argues that lack of belief in God is a form of contempt of religion, which is punishable by up to five years in prison under Egyptian law.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

#IRELAND: Health Min. Denies Controversial Abortion Vote Delay; Change Would Allow Limited Abortions

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A vote to allow abortions up to the 13th week of pregnancy in this strongly Catholic nation will not be delayed, says Health Minister Simon Harris. A newspaper report had hinted that the vote would be delayed until October.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

#GERMANY: Lawmaker May Face Prosecution For "Incitement" Over Anti-Muslim Tweet

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A prominent lawmaker with the nationalist and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party has run into trouble with police and Twitter over her response to a Cologne police tweet offering New Year greetings in Arabic. Beatrix von Storch tweeted her objections to Saturday's tweet, saying: "Do they think they will calm the barbaric, Muslim, group-raping hordes of men this way?" Von Storch's Twitter account was blocked for several hours Monday over a suspected breach of rules on hate speech. Police Tuesday filed a criminal complaint to prosecutors over suspected incitement. New Year celebrations in Cologne were overshadowed two years ago when hundreds of women complained of being groped and robbed, mostly by groups of migrants.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, January 01, 2018

#SPAIN: Scandal-Plagued Ruling Popular Party To Stand Trial For Alleged Evidence Destruction

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Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) will stand trial for allegedly destroying laptops used by a former treasurer being tried over a suspected slush fund, a court ruling published on Friday said. It will be the first time that a political party goes on trial in the country.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, December 31, 2017

#CANADA: Amid Soaring Deficits, #Alberta's Premier Notley Will Unveil Budget Balancing Plan

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says 2018 will focus on Alberta's fragile economy, specifically a road map to get back to budget balance in five years. This year's deficit is pegged at $10.3 billion, with a long-term debt that will spike above $42 billion in the spring. Opposition parties say Notley is optimistic, but not realistic. United Conservative leader Jason Kenney says Alberta spends 20 per cent per capita more than B.C. and that the deficit can be eradicated in six years with a spending freeze coupled with moderate economic growth.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, December 30, 2017

#IRAN: Major Protests Spread Across Nation Against Corruption, Interventionism, Clerical Rule

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Anti-government demonstrations in Iran has spread to many major cities. Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere. Protests began this week against rising prices but have spiraled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, December 29, 2017

#LIBERIA: Former Soccer Star George Weah Wins First Democratic Presidential Election Since 1944

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Former soccer star George Weah has won Liberia’s presidential election, defeating the vice-president, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff with 61.5% of the vote. Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia’s president next month, after an election fraught with accusations of fraud and irregularities. It will be the country's first democratic transition since 1944 and follows two devastating civil wars.

[FULL STORY HERE]