Monday, August 21, 2017

#ZIMBABWE: First Lady Allowed To Leave S. Africa Despite Assault Allegation

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South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions about an assault allegation. A model says Mugabe attacked her at a hotel.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#NIGERIA: After 104 Days Abroad, Pres. Buhari Returns Home After UK Medical Treatment

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country on Saturday after more than three months in the United Kingdom for medical treatment for an undisclosed "health challenge." The 74-year-old left for London on May 7.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, August 19, 2017

#IRAN: In Response To US Sanctions, Parliament Votes To Increase Spending On Missiles, Rev. Guard

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Iran’s parliament gave initial approval to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions” as some chanted “Death to America."

[FULL STORY HERE]

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]