Friday, August 18, 2017

#SOUTHAFRICA: Pres. Zuma Narrowly Survives Another No-Confidence Vote In Parliament

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South African President Jacob Zuma survived the sixth push for a vote of no confidence, and for the first time, the vote was held by secret ballot. The embattled Zuma's African National Congress party, which controls Parliament, overcame speculation that a secret vote might prove to be his undoing. The final vote was 198 to 177, with nine abstentions. The motion of no confidence would have needed 201 votes to remove Zuma from office.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#UK: Britain Threatens To Treat EU Like Any Other Nation Without Positive Brexit Pact

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Britain is threatening to put in place new laws to slap extra VAT and customs fees onto EU products if Brussels refuses to sign a deal with us post Brexit. Without a new agreement after we quit the bloc, ministers say they would be forced to treat trade with the EU the same as other non-EU countries.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#GREECE: Parliament Approves Primary Care Healthcare Reform Bill

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A health ministry bill introducing changes to primary care has been approved in principle, establishing, "a feasible implementation plan for the development of a network of public primary care services," according to Health Minister Andreas Xanthos. The SYRIZA and ANEL parties voted in favor of the bill, New Democracy, Golden Dawn, Democratic Coalition and the Communist Party voted against, while Potami and the Centrists Union voted "present."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#ISRAEL: In Trump-Style Rally, Netanyahu Condemns Media, Political Left

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the media during a Likud Party rally in Tel Aviv. He accused the Left and the media of being one and the same, together on “an obsessive, unprecedented witch-hunt against me and my family, seeking to overthrow the government.... Their goal is to put inappropriate pressure on law enforcement, with no connection to justice.”

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, August 14, 2017

#UK: Survey Shows Support For "Clean Break" With EU When #Brexit Happens

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A survey of more than 20,000 ordinary voters found overwhelming support among both Leavers and Remainers for PM May's strategy of securing a clean break with the EU. It finds that two-thirds of people would rather quit with no deal at all than settle for a soft Brexit which would see the UK stay in the Single Market and continue accepting free movement.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, August 13, 2017

#CANADA: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall Retiring From Politics

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced that he is retiring from politics after 14 years as the leader of the Saskatchewan Party. Wall, 51, said he would stay on as premier until the party elects a new leader.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, August 12, 2017

#KENYA: Opposition Vows To Overturn "Sham" Election Results

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Kenya's opposition has accused the government of "state terror" and vowed to overturn a "sham" result. Senior opposition official James Orengo said they would not go to court to achieve this. He urged people to stay calm and out of harm's way. Orengo alleged that about 100 people had been killed by the Kenyan security forces but did not offer evidence. Official results gave President Uhuru Kenyatta 54.3%. His challenger Raila Odinga called the election a "charade."

[FULL STORY HERE]

#PERU: Gov't Orders Venezuelan Ambassador Out To Protest Maduro's Constituent Assembly

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The Peruvian government has ordered the Venezuelan ambassador in Lima to leave within five days over a perceived breakdown in Venezuela’s democratic order. Peru said the ouster had followed Venezuela’s failure to respond to a declaration issued by American nations at this Tuesday’s meeting in Lima where they announced they did not recognize President Nicolas Maduro’s new constituent assembly.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, August 11, 2017

#DENMARK: PM Rasmussen Refuses To Drop "Socialist" Home Loan Plan Despite Internal Opposition

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Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has denied rumors of a spilt within the Venstre (Liberal) party after a minister called a proposal for a state loan system “socialist." The plan calls for the government to take over issuing home loans. According to a news report, Venstre's political group chairman Søren Gade said that he considered the proposal to reflect socialist policy. Rasmussen said that he would move ahead with the proposal, despite the party's internal disagreement over it.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#KENYA: Election Commission Denies Oppo Pty Hacking Claim

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Kenya's electoral commission has denied opposition claims its IT system was hacked in order to manipulate Tuesday's election results. Chief electoral officer Ezra Chiloba told reporters the systems were not compromised at any point.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Puts Out "Dead Or Alive" Bounties On Police Officers

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced "dead-or-alive" bounties worth $40,000 each for policemen he accused of helping an accused narco-politician, and said he preferred they be killed.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

#SPAIN: PM Files Appeal Against Catalan Parliament's "Fast-Track" Bills To Pave Way For Referendum

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The Spanish government has filed an appeal with Spain's constitutional court against a reform passed by the Catalan parliament to fast-track bills through the regional parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said. Catalonia's majority separatist lawmakers hope the reform they approved will pave the way for an independence referendum in the wealthy northeastern region called for October 1st which Madrid deems illegal.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

#GERMANY: Merkel's Coalition Partner Party Faces Losing Majority In Lower Saxony

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The Social Democrats' coalition in the key state of Lower Saxony collapsed, compounding the party's woes as it fights an uphill battle to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel in next month's general election. The SPD, junior partners in Merkel's right-left national government, lost their ruling majority in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony when a coalition deputy jumped ship.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: Lower Saxony Minister President Stephan Weil 

Monday, August 07, 2017

#SWEDEN: IT & EU Minister Admits She Knew of IT Security Issues In 2015

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A further Swedish government minister has been caught up in the scandal around a cyber security slip-up after EU Affairs and Trade Minister Ann Linde confirmed she was made aware of suspected IT security failings in 2015 while she was state secretary to then Interior Minister Anders Ygeman.
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[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, August 03, 2017

#INDIA: Upper House Amends Education Bill Giving Teachers More Time To Qualify Under 2009 Act

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The Upper House of the legislature has passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by four years. Under the new Act, the teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on March 31, 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years - that is, by March 31, 2019.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

#IRELAND: Parliament Members' Bar Tabs To Be Written Off As A Loss

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Bar bills racked up in Dublin's parliament buildings will be written off because there is "no realistic prospect" of them being paid. A report by the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish houses of parliament) Commission did not say how much would be written off. It said the "amount involved was very small in the overall context of the bar and restaurant receipts". The bars and restaurants involved are regularly used by Irish politicians.


[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

#VENEZUELA: Opposition Leaders Taken From Homes By Maduro Regime Following Election

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Leading Venezuelan opposition figures Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were taken from their homes early Tuesday, according to their families, after they opposed a controversial election that critics say will let President Nicolás Maduro illegitimately consolidate power.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, July 31, 2017

#VENEZUELA: Maduro Dictatorship Hold Election For New Assembly Widely Condemned As A "Sham"

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There was a light turnout for the selection of a 545-members of the National Constituent Assembly, whose candidates were hand-picked by the Socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro. The Assembly will replace the current opposition-controlled parliament, and it is feared it will quickly write a new constitution giving Maduro's party absolute power. These elections take place after more than three months of protests that have left more than 120 deaths all over the country. The US and some South American nations have condemned the one-sided election as a "sham."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#PAKISTAN: Ousted PM Sharif Names Brother As Successor, Must Win By-Election First

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Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has named his younger brother Shahbaz to replace him as the country’s leader, after having been removed from office by the Supreme Court for lying on a wealth declaration. Shahbaz Sharif, currently the chief minister of Punjab province, which is Pakistan’s most populous region and the Sharif’s political heartland, will have to resign from that post and run for a by-election to join parliament before he is elected as prime minister.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#PAKISTAN: PM Sharif Removed From Office By Supreme Court

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him from office as leader of the country's government. Friday's landmark ruling comes after months of hearings in a case instigated by the "Panama Papers" leaks, related to alleged corruption during his previous two terms in office.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 28, 2017

#INDIA: Parliamentary Panel Says Gov't Transgender Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough To Protect Rights

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A parliamentary panel has criticized the government’s draft transgender bill for not addressing important civil rights issues such as marriage and divorce among members of the community. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice And Empowerment in its report tabled in the Lok Sabha said transgenders "remain at risk of criminalization under Section 377 of the IPC."The report comes at a time when the BJP-led NDA government is under pressure to decriminalize homosexuality.
[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 27, 2017

#AUSTRALIA: Oppo. Ldr. Bill Shorten Wants To Lengthen Gov't Term To Four Years

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Australians could be asked to give a Federal government four years in charge of the nation’s finances, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten saying an end to revolving-door politics would boost confidence across the country. Shorten said he was looking for bipartisan support that both sides of politics would take to the next Federal election, promising a referendum on ditching three-year terms. And there is support within the Government after a prominent backbencher earlier this year introduced a Bill in Parliament to move to four years.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#UK: Labour Party Leader Corbyn Says His Party "Never" Pledged To Wipe Out Student Debt

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The UK's Labour party has been accused of “shamelessly abandoning” their election promises to young people after Jeremy Corbyn denied ever saying the party would "completely abolish" student debts if they came to power. The promise (or implied promise) brought millions of votes from students during the recent election, which nearly brought Labour to power.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#POLAND: Pres. Duda Vetoes 2 Controversial Legal Reforms After Mass Protests

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Poland's President Andrzej Duda has unexpectedly vetoed two out of three contentious bills that are widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system and are part of a planned legal overhaul by the ruling party that has sparked days of nationwide protests.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, July 24, 2017

#CANADA: Alberta's Wildrose & Progressive Conservative Parties Agree To Merge

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Alberta's political landscape profoundly shifted Saturday as its two main conservative parties — enemies for a decade - overwhelmingly agreed to end their feud and work as one to defeat Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP. In separate votes, members of the Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives voted in a landslide to merge into the new United Conservative Party. The move was a personal victory for former cabinet minister Jason Kenney, who spearheaded the Unite movement and campaigned vigorously for it.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 21, 2017

#CANADA: Trudeau Faces Questions Over Gov. General Pick's Assault Charge

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Governor General Designate Julie Payette will inspire Canadians, but he is being forced to defend his pick following revelations she faced an assault charge. Trudeau's office knew that Payette had been charged with second-degree assault prior to appointing her. Payette's Nov. 24, 2011 assault charge was dropped two weeks later and Payette ultimately had it expunged, or wiped clear, from her record.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#INDIA: New President Is Member of India's Lowest Caste, Political Unknown

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Ram Nath Kovind, a member of India's lowest caste, has been elected India’s new President, defeating the Opposition’s pick, Meira Kumar. In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,098,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,000,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes. Kovind got 65.65% of the total vote, while Meira Kumar got 34.35%.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#FRANCE: Head Of French Military Resigns Over PM Macron's Proposed Budget Cuts

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The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villiers said in a statement he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he considered necessary to ensure France's protection. France's government last week revealed major cuts to bring its budget deficit below the level of an EU cap.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, July 17, 2017

#INDIA: Parliament Chooses President Today; Both Candidates From Among Lowest Caste

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Politicians from both houses of India's parliament have cast their ballots to elect the country's next president, with two candidates from the lowest rank of the Hindu caste system - Dalits - vying for the largely ceremonial post. The candidate from the ruling BJP, Ram Nath Kovind, a 71-year-old lawyer turned politician who was until recently governor of the eastern state of Bihar, is predicted to win. Kovind is also backed by several regional parties. His main rival is Meira Kumar, 72, who was India's first female speaker of the parliament and a former federal minister. She is backed by the main opposition Congress party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

#POLAND: Bill Seeks To Reform "Corrupt" Judiciary That Serves "Only The Elites"

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Poland's parliament has approved a bill to give MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles. Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary. The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves only the elite.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Saturday, July 15, 2017

#UGANDA: MPs Vow To Sink "Land Grabbing" Constitutional Amendment Bill

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 A section of Members of Parliament are vowing to rally their colleagues in Uganda’s Parliament to shoot down a proposed land acquisition amendment to the Constitution that they fear, if enacted into law, instead of helping government acquire land for development, will lead to more land grabbing and evictions in the country.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 14, 2017

#MALTA: Parliament Votes To Allow Same-Sex Marriage

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Malta's parliament has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation. Lawmakers gave near-unanimous approval to the bill, which represents a major step for LGBT rights on the island.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

#BRAZIL: Former Pres. Lula Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Corruption

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering Wednesday and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison, the highest-profile conviction yet in the sprawling graft investigation that has jailed dozens of Brazil’s elite.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Sunday, July 09, 2017

#VENEZUELA: Opposition Leader Released From Prison

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Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was on Saturday released from military prison and transferred to house arrest, an order the Supreme Court said was for health reasons.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, July 08, 2017

#FRANCE: Failed Socialist Pres. Cand. Founds New Political Party "First of July Movement"

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France's failed Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon on Saturday announced his departure from the crisis-hit party to establish a new "First of July movement" aimed at rebuilding the ailing left. "Today I have decided to quit the Socialist Party. I am leaving the party but I am not giving up on the socialist ideal," said the 50-year-old as he launched his new movement before a 11,000-strong crowd in Paris.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 07, 2017

#GERMANY: Bavarian Gov't Urged To Challenge Same-Sex Recognition Law In Court

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A conservative parliament leader is encouraging the state of Bavaria to file a legal challenge to same-sex marriage, passed just days ago by national lawmakers. Bundestag Vice President Johannes Singhammer of Angela Merkel’s Bavarian sister party the CSU told Die Welt on Monday that his state’s government should bring the matter of same-sex marriage to the Constitutional Court.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 06, 2017

#ISRAEL: Labor Party Leader Comes In Third Place In Primary Behind Former Leader & Political Newcomer

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Labor leader and Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog was dealt a crushing blow in his party's primaries on Tuesday, ending up in third place after rivals MK Amir Peretz and newcomer Avi Gabai. Peretz and Gabai will face off in a second primary round next Monday to decide who will be Labor's next leader. The ballot brought a relatively high voter turnout, with 30,998 of Labor's 52,505 members (59%) exercising their right to vote.

Pictured: Amir Peretz (R) and Avi Gabay.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

#FRANCE: National Front Leader Le Pen Under Investigation Over EU Staff Funding

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National Front Leader Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation over the European parliament funding scandal. The charges relate to claims her party misused European Parliament funds to pay for staff in France, with parliamentary officials claiming up to five million euros (£4.4 million) could have been wrongly used to pay staff working on party-specific issues.

 [FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, July 03, 2017

#UK: Founder Of Anti-Muslim Group Launches UKIP Leadership Bid

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The founder of the anti-Muslim Sharia Watch group is launching a bid to be the next UKIP leader on Saturday. Anne Marie Waters was blocked from standing for UKIP at the election, with then party Leader Paul Nuttall saying her views made him "uncomfortable." She campaigns against Sharia law in the UK and has called Islam "evil."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, July 02, 2017

#UGANDA: Parliament Speaker Urges Debate On Controversial Marriage/Divorce Bill

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Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda's parliament, has resurrected the debate on a controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill. Kadaga told legislators that it is time to take a stand on whether pass, or drop the bill. The bill was first introduced in the seventh parliament (Uganda is in the second session of it's 10th) but has faced resistance from religious institutions opposed to the provisions banning polygamy. Some of the contentious clauses in the bill is on a wife sharing of the property in case of divorce.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, July 01, 2017

#GERMANY: Parliament Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage; Merkel Votes No, But Some Conservatives Support

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The German parliament, or Bundestag, has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a snap vote that made it onto the agenda before the summer break after a surprise shift by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. Merkel herself voted against the bill, although her comments helped bring it about. However, more than 70 members of Merkel's conservative bloc must have voted in favor of the bill for it to pass.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

#THEPHILIPPINES: Bill Would Punish Those Who Refuse To Sing National Anthem With Gusto

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Filipino citizens could be fined or jailed for refusing to sing their national anthem with appropriate gusto under a new bill proposed by the country’s parliament. The law, approved by the House of Representatives, requires that singing along when the anthem, the Lupang Hinirang, is played a public gatherings "shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#ALBANIA: Pro-EU Socialist Party Wins PM Vote, Secures Parliamentary Majority

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Albania's left-wing Socialist Party secured a second governing mandate in the June 25 parliamentary elections, winning a majority of seats in parliament, nearly complete results show. The election is seen as a key benchmark to the country's bid to launch membership negotiations with the European Union. With more than 95 percent of the ballots counted, the Socialists of Prime Minister Edi Rama won about 48 percent of the votes, or 74 places in the 140-seat parliament.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Monday, June 26, 2017

#CANADA: Liberals Consider "Booze Tax" Hike To Match Inflation

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Among many agenda items Parliament is considering before its Canada Day break is legislation that would mandate that the excise tax on alcoholic beverages will increase annually at the rate of inflation from now on. The move would preclude Parliament from taking annual votes on increases, something lawmakers would surely appreciate.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#UK: Hackers Mount A "Determined" Cyber Attack On Parliament, MPs User Accounts

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The UK's Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials say. The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. Parliamentary authorities say hackers mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords." Government sources say it appeared the attack has been contained but it will "remain vigilant."

[FULL STORY HERE]


Saturday, June 24, 2017

#QATAR: Saudi-Led Bloc Gives Qatar 10 Days To Meet "Anti-Terror" Demands Blockade/Cut Relations

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A Saudi-led bloc had given Qatar a 10 days to comply with 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran. In the document, the countries also demanded that Qatar sever all alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups, including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIS. Qatar has dismissed a list of demands submitted by four Arab nations as neither reasonable or actionable.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 23, 2017

#UK: Scotland Wants Seat At The Table During Brexit Talks To Guarantee Cooperation

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The Scottish National Party is set to demand a seat at the Brexit talks in return for ensuring the Scottish Parliament does not disrupt Theresa May's plans. The Prime Minister has admitted the Government's flagship Repeal Bill - which is essential to Brexit - may require a 'legislative consent motion' in Holyrood. Her admission potentially hands a veto to the Parliament in Edinburgh where the SNP governs as a minority administration.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#ITALY: PM Calls Brexit A "Tough Wake Up Call" For The EU

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Ahead of this week’s European summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the country’s Senate that the Brexit vote was not a catastrophe for the European Union but serves as a tough wake-up call.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Pictured: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, chats with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at an EU meeting last month.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#EGYPT: Parliament Debates Status Of Islands At The Center Of Controversial Court Decision

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Parliament’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee began discussing the maritime border demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The deal, which places the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir in Saudi maritime waters, was signed during Saudi King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz’s visit to Cairo in April 2016. The agreement has faced a number of legal challenges since it was made public.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#EU: EuroParl Supports New Carbon Cuts For Europe

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Following a debate on the announced US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, members of the European Parliament at the their plenary meeting on June 14 backed plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement. The law covers close to two third of EU carbon emissions. These cuts, they believe, will help deliver on the EU’s overall target for 2030 on all policies – a 40% cut from 1990 levels, the European Parliament said in a press release, adding that the EU is committed to these cuts in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

[FULL STORY HERE]