Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#TANZANIA: Energy Minister Quits Amid Growing Energy Corruption Scandal

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Minister for Energy and Minerals Sospeter Muhongo resigned amid a graft and bribery scandal. Attorney General Frederick Werema earlier resigned and Pres. Jakaya Kikwete fired Lands and Housing Minister Anna Tibaijuka for accepting a $1 million payment from a Tanzanian businessman linked to an energy scandal.

#INDONESIA: Dep. Anti-Corruption Chief Arrested, Charged With Witness Tampering in 2010 Election Case

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Police arrested Corruption Eradication Commission deputy chief Bambang Widjojanto Friday, charging him with instructing witnesses to perjure themselves at a Constitutional Court hearing in 2010. During that case Bambang served as a lawyer for candidates in a district head election in West Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan.

Monday, January 26, 2015

#JAPAN: Lawmakers to Reintroduce Casino Gambling Bill

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Japanese lawmakers will resubmit a bill legalizing casinos when the next Diet session convenes on Jan 26. First submitted in 2013, the government postponed discussion in November when the lower house was dissolved for the December election. PM Abe hopes casinos are in place by 2020.

#GERMANY: Parties Welcome Dep. Chancellor's Meeting With Anti-Muslim Group to "Confront" The Populist Group

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Saying the rise of the anti-Muslim group Pegida - which says Western civilization must be protected from radical Islam - centrist and Leftist German politicians welcomed Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's decision to meet members of anti-Islam movement. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said "Pegida doesn't speak for Germany."

#ZAMBIA: Pres. Lungu Dumps White VP Guy Scott, Africa's 1st White Leader in 20+ Years

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Briefly interim president of Zambia after Pres. Sata's death in October, Guy Scott has been fired by newly-elected Pres. Lungu. He was the first white leader on the continent since apartheid ended 20 years ago. Scott was replaced as VP by Inonge Wina, chairwoman of the ruling Patriotic Front.

#GREECE: Leftist Syriza Party Wins; Vows Exit From "Disastrous" EU-Mandated Austerity

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The leader of the left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras has said Greece is "leaving behind disastrous austerity", after his party claimed victory in the country's election Sunday. Partial results suggest Syriza has won 36.5% of the vote. The New Democracy Party garnered 27.7%

Saturday, January 24, 2015

#TURKEY: High-Stakes For Small Kurdish Pty If It Fails To Win 10% In Election

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The minority Kurdish People’s Democracy Party may win the 10% required to win seats in parliament. In previous elections, parties ran candidates without party labels to get individual members into the body, a tactic the PDP haven't done this time, risking winning no seats, stoking secessionist feeling and political chaos.

#ISRAEL: White House Angered By Pre-Election #Netanyahu Speech to Congress

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he White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March - a move he failed to coordinate with the administration - began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials saying the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

Friday, January 23, 2015

#AUSTRALIA: PM #TonyAbbott Defends Record, Says He Won't Leave Leadership Before Election

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#CANADA: Redacted "Secret" Memo to PM #StephenHarper After Ottawa Attack Released

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This “Secret” Memo, almost completely redacted, is the only document the Privy Council Office released in response to an Access to Information request filed by the National Post for copies of briefings Prime Minister Harper received in the aftermath of the Oct. 20 and 22 attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa.

#SAUDIARABIA: King Abdullah Dies; Salman Becomes King In Time of Mid-East Turmoil

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who had ruled the oil-rich kingdom since 2006, died Friday at the age of 90. Prince Salman immediately became king. The transition comes at a time when the region is beset by political and social turmoil, as ISIS threatens both Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BREAKING: #YEMEN: Pres., PM & Cabinet Resign After Standoff With Rebel Shi'ite Forces

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Yemen's President resigned Thursday night shortly after his Prime Minister and the Cabinet stepped down, one day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil. The resignations of Pres. Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and others are the latest fallout from the Houthis' move in recent days to gain power in the capital.

#JAPAN: PM #ShinzoAbe Expresses Anger Over #ISIS Threat To Behead Hostages

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#GERMANY: Transport Min. Says All Regional, Local Trains Should Have Free Wi-Fi

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Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has called on state-run rail operator Deutsche Bahn to add free high-speed internet to all its regional and local train services. As of January, first-class passengers in DB intercity (ICE) services can connect to on-board Wi-Fi for free. Second-class passengers will have to wait until 2016.

#FRANCE: PM Valls Says Gov't Monitors 3,000 "Involved In Terror Networks" In France

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that the authorities have to monitor nearly 3,000 people involved in “terrorist networks”, as he unveiled measures to combat militancy after the Paris attacks. He said the number of people linked to networks in Iraq and Syria had jumped 130 percent in the past year.

#FRANCE: Paris' Socialist Mayor To Sue FOX News Over "No-Go Zones" Comments

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says her city will sue FOX News after it broadcast interviews asserting there are “no-go zones” in the French capital where police and non-Muslims won't go. A French TV show safely sent reporters into the zones, interviewing long-time residents to mock the claims, which FOX recanted.

Link to "Le Petit Journal" TV show story: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=28b_1421201170

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#USA: #DonaldTrump Considering Pres. Run; Bashes Bush, Calls 2016 Romney Run "Outrageous"

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Businessman Donald Trump says he is giving “serious thought” to running for president in 2016 and thinks he would be the best person for the job. He bashed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, both considering presidential campaigns in 2016.

#ARGENTINA: Prosecutor Set To Testify Against Kirchner Found Dead

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A prosecutor was found dead the day before he was set to testify before parliament about Pres. Kirchner's alleged involvement in covering up Iran's 1994 bombing of a Jewish Center. Alberto Nisman reportedly believed she soft-pedaled Iran's involvement to smooth oil deals.