Sunday, December 21, 2014

#CHINA: Pres. Xi Warns #HongKong, #Macau To Respect "One China" Policy

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Pres. Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of “one China”, as pro-democracy campaigners in both semi-autonomous territories call for free elections. Protesters marched through Macau's center as Xi wrapped up his two-day visit marking the 15th anniversary of the handover from Portugal.

#JAPAN 130 Arrested for Election Law Violations

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Police have arrested 130 people on 70 election law violations. More than half were for bribery, including paying daily wages to part-time workers and harassing voters, In one case, a man even pinned a candidate against a wall, while in another case, a suspect tore up posters.

#CANADA: Liberal Ldr #JustinTrudeau Rejects Idea of Coalition with New Democrats If Liberals Win Election

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Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau says he opposes a coalition government with the New Democrats should Liberals win the next election. He also vowed "immediate" action on "climate change" and said he'd meet with all Premiers annually if elected Prime Minister.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

#SOUTHKOREA: Small Leftist Party Banned; Accused of Planning Gov't Overthrow

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The Constitutional Court Friday voted 8-1 to ban a pro-North Korean party, the first time a party has been banned. Several Unified Progressive Party members were convicted of plotting to overthrow the government if it went to war with North Korea. It held 5 of the 300 seats in parliament.

#UK: #Poland Will Fight UK Plans To Restrict Right of Migrants to Collect UK Benefits

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Poland is reiterating its opposition to UK PM David Cameron's plans to renegotiate rules with the EU governing migrant workers from other EU nations working in the UK. Cameron wants to change the policy that allows new migrants to immediately begin collecting welfare benefits.

Friday, December 19, 2014

#EU: Court Classification of Obesity as "Disability" Sparks Outrage

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The European Court of Justice has ruled that obesity that hinders employment should be termed a "disability" rather than a failing of the employee. The ruling came after a British municipality fired a 350-pound childcare worker who was overweight. The ruling sparked outrage from dietitians.

#CHINA: #HongKong's Occupy Central Movement Ends With Leaders Saying Pro-Democracy Fight Continues

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As the final protest sites were cleared by Hong Kong police this week, the Occupy Central movement, which opposed the mainland Communist Party's right to select candidates for Hong Kong's next leader, says the fight for democracy will continue. Protests blocking the business district became less popular in recent weeks.

#CANADA: 9 Wildrose Pty Members of #Alberta's Legislature Defect, Including Ldr #DanielleSmith


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The four remaining elected members of Alberta's Wildrose Party and party officers are condemning Party Leader Danielle Smith and eight other elected members of the legislature for defecting to the Progressive Conservatives Wednesday. The floor-crossings leave only five elected members in the legislature, and 72 Progressive Conservatives.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#JAPAN: Osaka Court Rules Tattoo Checks on City Employees is Illegal; Invades Privacy

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The Osaka District Court has ruled that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's order to check whether municipal office workers had tattoos was illegal and constituted an invasion of privacy.

#RUSSIA: #Putin Promises Economic Turn-Around in Two Years

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At his year-end news conference, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin largely blamed the West for Russia's collapsing economy, with the Ruble in free-fall and prices rising. He avoided questions about whether he'll seek another term in 2018.

#SOUTHKOREA: Pres. Park Geun-hye Concerned Over Pro-North Korea Lectures

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South Korean Pres. Park Guen-hye has expressed concern about "certain people" (notably a Korean-American woman lecturing throughout the country) praising the North Korean dictatorship. It's illegal in South Korea to praise, encourage or propagandize North Korean political ideals.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#RUSSIA: Ruble's Meltdown May Endanger #Putin's Hold on Power

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#MEXICO: Congress Passes National Ban on Using Animals in Circuses

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Mexico's Lower House has passed a Senate bill to ban animals for use in any circus performance throughout the country. The bill is similar to one that banned circus animals in Mexico City that will take effect on January 1.

#SPAIN: PM #Rajoy Tells Catalans He Seeks New Economic Reforms, Won't Compromise On Independence

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Hoping to detract from a growing popular movement in Catalonia for independence, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy told Catalans recently he hopes to inaugurate sweeping new economic and social reforms to ease the country's ongoing and deep recession.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#THENETHERLANDS: Legislation Aims to Force Companies to Pay Foreign Workers At Same Level As Dutch Natives

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Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has drafted legislation aimed at stopping companies from paying foreigner workers less than Dutch staff. This said Asscher, puts Dutch workers at a disadvantage.

#HUNGARY: PM #Orban Wants Reporters and Politicians To Submit to Mandatory Drug Tests

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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who wants to remake his country into a "non-liberal" state and move closer to Moscow, called Friday for mandatory drug testing of journalists and politicians. Orban's critics called it an attack on civil liberties and a cynical attempt to combat his declining popularity.

#SWEDEN: Anti-Immigration Sweden Democrats Surge to 18% in Latest Poll

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