Thursday, April 19, 2018

#CUBA: Miguel Diaz-Canel Set To Become First Post-Castro Strongman

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Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, the hard-line First VP of the Communist Party, is the pre-ordained choice of Raul Castro as he steps down Thursday as Cuba's new leader.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, April 15, 2018

#NORWAY: PM Solberg Warns Trump Against "Protectionist" Trade Policies

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she is concerned by the current trend of protectionism in the light of tariffs on metal imports implemented by Donald Trump and retaliatory measures by China. Speaking at the Conservative party’s annual conference, Solberg warned against the historical precedent set by trade wars.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, April 14, 2018

#SPAIN: Prosecutors Claim Senior Member Of Ruling Party Forged Grades To Gain Masters Degree

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Prosecutors have opened a probe into a senior member of the ruling conservative party over allegations she doctored documents to gain her masters degree. Cristina Cifuentes, head of the Madrid region and a member of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party (PP), is suspected of obtaining the qualification from the public Rey Juan Carlos university by forging the grades for two units.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#NIGERIA: Pres. Buhari Gets Early Support For 2019 Election From Pro-Democracy Group

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A pro-democracy group, the Northern Alternative Forum, NAF, has endorsed Nigerian Pres. Muhammadu Buhari for a second term ahead of 2019 national elections, saying Buhari remains the most credible presidential candidate from the region.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, April 09, 2018

#CANADA: Ontario Liberals Cast Spending Spree, Min. Wage Hike, As "Investments" In June Election

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The Ontario Liberals will go to voters in June painting their recent massive spending on child care and other social programs as pro-business investment. Government officials have admitted that some business owners have expressed concern about the government raising the hourly minimum wage from $11.60 to $14 now and to $15 next Jan. 1.

Pictured: Steven Del Duca, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Growth

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, April 08, 2018

#AUSTRIA: Chancellor Kurz's Center-Right Coalition Seeks Ban On Pre-Teen Muslim Girls Wearing Headscarves

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The center-right coalition government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants to ban girls in kindergarten and primary schools from wearing headscarves. It's unclear how many children will be affected as most Muslim girls only start wearing the hijab from puberty.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, April 07, 2018

#FRANCE: Legislation Would Reduce Number Of Politicians By 30%; Seeks To Restore Confidence in Politics

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Newly proposed legislation seeks to reduce the number of politicians and see the partial introduction of proportional representation. The changes are aimed at restoring French voters' confidence in the political class.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, April 06, 2018

#CHINA: Foreign Min. Gives Blessing To Upcoming US/N. Korea Talks

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says that China supports North Korea's upcoming summit meetings with Seoul and Washington and that China will continue to work for denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula. The statement comes after a rare out-of-country visit to China by North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jun-un.

Pictured: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) shakes hands with Ri Yong-ho, foreign minister for North Korea, in Beijing.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, April 05, 2018

#EGYPT: Pres. Al-Sisi Wins Re-Election With Near 100% Of Vote On Reduced Turnout

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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second four-year term, after winning 97% of the vote last week, official results show. The amount is the same as he won in the last election in 2014. But turnout, at 41%, was six percentage points lower. Electoral officials also said 7% of the 24 million ballots cast were spoiled.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

#UK: London Mayor Kahn Calls Out Corbyn, Labour Party's Anti-Semitism

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has turned up the heat on Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism in the party by saying it’s “depressing, saddening and completely unacceptable” that British Jews have been made to feel alienated by Labour.
[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, March 22, 2018

#NORWAY: Controversial Justice Minister Resigns After "No Confidence" Vote Of Oppo. Parties

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Sylvi Listhaug has resigned as Norway's Minister of Justice following a motion of no confidence against her by opposition parties. Parliament had been set to vote on the motion of no confidence on Tuesday. But the minister preempted the vote by announcing her resignation early Tuesday morning, stating she could not allow the Progress Party to lose power over her departure.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#JAPAN: PM Abe's Cabinet Begins Process Of Lowering Age of "Adult" To 18 From 20

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The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has adopted bills to amend the Civil Code and other laws to lower Japan's adult age from 20 to 18. The Abe government plans to introduce the bills, including ones to maintain the ban on drinking, smoking and gambling by people under 20, to the ongoing ordinary session of the Diet for enactment. If the bills are passed into law, the new adult age will be implemented on April 1, 2022, to mark the first change in the definition of adult in the country's modern period.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#HUNGARY: PM Orban Defiant At Mass Re-Election Rally; Condemns EU For Forced Mass Migration

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Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has told a huge rally in Budapest that they must fight the "external forces and international powers" who want to allow mass immigration into their country. Orban is seeking a third consecutive term when elections take place on April 8.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, March 17, 2018

#NORWAY: Speaker Of Parliament Resigns Over Ballooning Costs Of Renovation Project

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President of the Norwegian parliament Olemic Thommessen has resigned over controversy relating to a construction contract renovating the grounds and facilities at the Storting Assembly that has seen costs balloon from 1.1 billion kroner in 2015 to 2.3 billion kroner in a February 2018 estimate.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, March 16, 2018

#AUSTRALIA: Home Affairs Min. Dutton Says Australia Should Open Doors To White S. African Farmers

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was exploring giving South Africa's white farmers access to fast-track visas on humanitarian grounds, after that nation's parliament had begun discussing taking white farmer's land without compensation. The new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has faced a torrent of criticism for earlier remarks about taking land by force. He seeming backtracked after severe international criticism, saying this week, "We will not allow land grabs. We will not allow land invasion - because it is illegal. It begins to violate rights of other South African citizens."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, March 15, 2018

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Withdraws From Int'l Criminal Court After It Stars Extrajudicial Killings Investigation

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte moved to quit the International Criminal Court on Wednesday after it began investigating his brutal war on drug dealers. Duterte announced he is withdrawing the Philippines from the Rome Statute which gives the Hague-based ICC the authority to investigate crimes on its soil.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

#SPAIN: Catalan Gov't Seeking Replacement For President After Exiled Puigdmont Abandons Comeback Bid

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Catalan separatists have begun the challenging search for a new candidate to lead their region after deposed President Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium and wanted in Spain, abandoned his comeback bid. Fears that  the presidency could become a "part-time" job has eliminated another popular contender for the job.


[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

#INDIA: Congress Party Pres. Rahul Gandhi Says He'd Have Junked Rollout Of Demonetization; Rips Modi's Policies

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On a trip to Malaysia, Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi criticized PM Narenda Modi's policy of demonetization, which removed high-value banknotes from circulation. Asked how he would have rolled out the policy differently, he said, "If I was the Prime Minister and somebody had given me a file with 'demonetization' written on it, I would thrown it in the dustbin," he continued to say he would have "rolled it out through door and into the junkyard." Congress Party blames the policy for an economic slowdown.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, March 12, 2018

#CANADA: Brother Of Late Toronto Mayor Chosen To Lead Ontario Conservatives After Chaotic Leadership Race

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Doug Ford, Jr., the brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, has been chosen by Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party as its leader. He goes up against Premier Katherine Wynne, a Liberal Party member in the June 7 provincial election. It was an upset over favorite Christine Elliott, who had lost leadership races twice before. The election was brought on by the resignation of party Leader Patrick Brown, who faced sexual misconduct allegations.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, March 11, 2018

#CHINA: Pres. Xi Jinping To Hike Military Budget By 8.1% Due To "Profound Changes" In The World

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China has announced it will boost its military spending by 8.1 percent this year to counter “profound changes” to the international geopolitical landscape. The budget increase, which comes days after Vladimir Putin boasted about Russia’s upgraded nuclear arsenal, brings China’s annual defense spending to 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion).

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, March 10, 2018

#GERMANY: Alternative For Germany Party Says Merkel Gov't "Covering Up" Mass Entrants Of Migrants By Plane, Violating EU Law

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The Alternative For Germany Party has accused the German government of covering up an "outrageous scandal" in which would-be asylum seekers are freely allowed to board planes within Europe in order to go and claim asylum in Germany. Migrants entering Germany by plane from another European country would violate the EU’s Dublin Agreement, which states that asylum seekers must claim asylum in the first safe country they arrive in. The party obtained figures from the German Interior Ministry, showing nearly a third of all asylum seekers in Germany now arrive by plane. In 2017, Germany registered 186,000 new asylum cases

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, March 09, 2018

#SOUTHKOREA: Court Refuses To Issue Arrest Warrant For Frmr. Defense Min. Alleging "Political Meddling" In 2012 Election

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A Seoul court has denied prosecutors' request to issue an arrest warrant for former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, who is accused of interfering with a ministry investigation into the military's political intervention ahead of the 2012 presidential election. They say there was little risk of him fleeing the country. Kim, who headed the ministry from 2010-2014, is suspected of pressuring his ministry's officials into toning down and covering up an inquiry into a massive political maneuver carried out by the military's cyber command.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, March 08, 2018

#UK: Anti-Muslim Britain First Group Leaders Convicted On Hate Speech Charges; Harassed Innocent Muslims, Court Says

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The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been found guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment. Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 31, were arrested over the distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a Muslim gang-rape trial. They had targeted homes and people in Kent whom they believed were connected to a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court where three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

#POLAND: Legislator Says Germany Owes $850 Billion To Poland As World War II Reparations; Germans Disagree

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Polish parliamentarian Arkadiusz Mularczyk says the German government owes his nation over $850 billion in reparations for damage caused during World War II. Germany has in the past denied such a claim, saying that a 1953 agreement with the Polish government settled all claims. Poland counters that the deal was made with the Soviet puppet government, and doesn't count.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

#ITALY: Center-Right Coalition Takes Parliament Poll, Euroskeptic Party Leader Says It Has "The Right To Govern"

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A center-right coalition including Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the anti-immigrant League Party won about 37 per cent of the parliamentary vote, according to preliminary results.The Euroskeptic League Party has taken the reins of the coalition after winning 18 per cent of the vote with leader Matteo Salvino declaring that the center-right bloc has won "the right and the duty to govern." The Five-Star Movement Party won 31% of the vote, becoming the largest party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, March 05, 2018

#UK: Scottish Parliament Rushes Thru Alternative Brexit "Continuity" Bill Amid Warnings About Haste

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A large majority of the members of the Scottish Parliament have rushed through legislation designed to ensure continuity in the face of a rapidly approaching "Brexit" between the UK and Europe. The lopsided 86 to 27 vote fast-tracks the legislation, which Conservative MSP's argued was "bad legislation" that lacked proper oversight or debate.

Pictured: Michael William "Mike" Russell, a Scottish National Party member of the Scottish Parliament who is Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, March 04, 2018

#GERMANY: Merkel Gets Renewed Coalition With Social Democrats, But Is Greatly Weakened

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Social Democrats have agreed to another "loveless" coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, ending four months of horse-trading and gridlock in Germany, after two minor parties refused to work with her during a fourth term, which she won in October. Sixty-six percent of the Social Democrats, in a mail-in ballot, supported the coalition. They had their worst showing at the polls last year since the Second World War. The SPD's youth chief Kevin Kühnert, ran an impassioned campaign against the planned coalition, forcing the party membership to vote, and saying he wouldn't withhold criticism.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, March 03, 2018

#ISRAEL: Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reopens After 3-Day Closure; Proposed Tax Legislation Suspended

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem reopened this week after Israeli officials suspended a plan to impose taxes on church properties in the holy city. The iconic church, revered by Christians as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, had been closed for three days to protest the Israeli tax plan.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#SOUTHKOREA: Law Proposed To Shorten Work Week From 68 To 52 Hours

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A parliament committee has passed a bill aimed at shorting working hours in South Korea. The National Assembly's Environment and Labor Committee endorsed the bill, which calls for reducing the country's maximum statutory working hours to 52 hours a week from the current 68.  Under the current law, the maximum working hours in Korea were 68 hours per week, as the law excluded Saturdays and Sundays as part of the 40 hour 'working days', making it possible to work an additional 16 hours during the weekend on top of any extended working hours.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, March 02, 2018

#ETHIOPIA: Parliament Declares "State of Emergency" To Focus on "Masterminds of Conflict" In The Nation

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The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) in its first urgent meeting today has approved the state of emergency that was endorsed by the Council of Ministers on Feb. 16. After thoroughly debating on the matter, 395 of the 490 total attending members supported the approval and 88 opposed while 7 abstained. The state of emergency is declared to protect the constitution and constitutional order from threat and safeguard the well-being of citizens, which was unable with the regular law enforcement.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, March 01, 2018

#EU: Euro Pres. Tusk Lays Out Options To Avoid "Hard" Post-Brexit Border Between EU's Ireland And N. Ireland

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One of the EU’s most senior leaders has said all member states will accept the first draft of the Brexit withdrawal treaty published on Wednesday, amid furor in Westminster over the EU’s plan for avoiding a hard border on Ireland. Donald Tusk, the European council president, said he was “absolutely sure that all the essential elements of the draft will be accepted by all”. He stressed that the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier – whose team drafted the Ireland protocol – had the full support of the EU institutions and the 27 member states that will remain in the union when Britain leaves.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#SOUTHAFRICA: White Farmers To Have Land Confiscated Under Constitutional Amendment Plan

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White South African farmers will be removed from their land after a landslide vote in parliament. The country's constitution is now likely to be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation, following a motion brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema. It passed by 241 votes for to 83 against. The policy was a key factor in new president Cyril Ramaphosa's platform after he took over from Jacob Zuma in February. The same policy in Mugabe's Zimbabwe led to mass famine and economic collapse.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

#GERMANY: Alt. For Germany Party Leader Takes Merkel To Task For Treatment Of UK During Brexit

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Alice Weidel, the leader of the Alternative For Germany Party, delivered a scathing attack on Angela Merkel during a session of the Bundestag after the Chancellor threatened to punish Britain over Brexit. Express. The parliamentary speech also tore into Merkel for using taxpayer money to fund her "failed" EU project. Weidel slammed Merkel for her treatment of Britain and ordered her to stop sending threats to the country to punish Brexit.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#CHINA: Pres. Xi's Plans To Extend Term Indefinitely Spark Fears Of Dictatorship

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Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader for decades, could stay in office indefinitely after the Communist Party called for the removal of presidential term limits, raising fears that he could be elevated to the level of a modern-day emperor, and sparking protests on social media. Xi, who is also party chief and seen as the country’s most formidable ruler since Mao Zedong, has been president since 2013 and the 64-year-old leader would have to step down in 2023 under the current system.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, February 26, 2018

#RUSSIA: Thousands March In Moscow To Commemorate Assassination Of Opposition Leader

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Thousands marched through central Moscow on Sunday to commemorate murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, calling for President Vladimir Putin to be ousted just three weeks before a presidential election. Nemtsov, one of Putin’s most vocal critics, was shot dead on Feb. 27, 2015 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, February 25, 2018

#ISRAEL: Angry Church Leaders Close Shrine Of The Holy Sepulchre In Jerusalem

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Stepping up protest against Israel, angry church leaders closed the Church of The Holy Sepulchre, a
Christian holy site in Jerusalem. They were upset about a Knesset bill restricting sales of church land and Jerusalem's move to charge millions of shekels in disputed back taxes.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, February 23, 2018

#GERMANY: Huge Budget Surplus Could Trigger Spending Spree On Elderly, Education

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Germany recorded record budget surplus of €36.6 billion last year, lower than estimated but still at record levels. The extra cash amounted is about 1.1 percent of Germany's €3.26-trillion Gross Domestic Product. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and prospective junior partners the Social Democratic Party have planned to loosen the purse strings over the coming four years - as long as SPD members approve their coalition deal in an internal referendum.

The world bank estimates that Germany spends just 1.6% of its GDP on defense spending, allowing it to spend far more on "butter" than worry about spending for guns. Germany relies on the nuclear umbrella of the United States and NATO, and can therefore spend far less for their military, and more on social welfare spending.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#CANADA: PM Trudeau's "Unusual" 8-Day India Trip Criticized By Indian Officials, Canadian Watchdog Group

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his eight-day visit to India, the fact that his schedule includes just half-a-day of official engagements in New Delhi is being described as “unusual” by veteran diplomats and criticized by a Canadian watchdog group.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, February 19, 2018

#UK: PM May Prepares To Call For Cheaper Tuition For Students

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The prime minister today is set to call for better value for students in England who face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world." Theresa May will announce an independent review of fees and student finance on Monday. She will also argue for an end to "outdated attitudes" that favor university over technical education.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, February 18, 2018

#ICELAND: Proposal To Ban Circumcision Rite Has Jewish Groups Raising Religious Freedom Concerns

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Jewish groups have strongly criticized a move by five different groups in the Icelandic parliament parliament to ban circumcision. They have warned the proposed ban would make Iceland one of the only countries in the world 'to ban one of the most central, if not the most central rite in the Jewish tradition in modern times.' The proposal to prohibit circumcision  has been put forward by Progressive Party MP Silja Dogg Gunnarsdottir and is backed by several other Icelandic politicians.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#INDIA: PM Modi Backs An Independent Palestine During Historic Ramallah Visit

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Indian PM Narendra Modi is visiting the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on a landmark visit - the first ever by an Indian prime minister. After holding talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Modi said India hoped to see an independent Palestinian state through dialogue.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, February 16, 2018

#ISRAEL: Police Recommend Charging PM Netanyahu On 2 Counts Of Bribery

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Israeli police say there is sufficient evidence indicating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took bribes in two separate occasions, and acted, "against the public interest."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

#AUSTRALIA: Deputy PM "On Leave" Following Revelation Of Affair With Aide; PM To Revamp Ethics Code

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will act to prohibit sex between ministers and their staff, after it was revealed his deputy Prime Minister had an affair with a former staffer. In a press briefing, he condemned Barnaby Joyce for a "shocking error of judgement"and said Joyce will take a leave of absence this week amid scrutiny over whether he breached ministerial standards. While no rules were broken, Turnbull said he would overhaul the "truly deficient" ministerial code of conduct.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#THENETHERLANDS: Foreign Min. Resigns After Lie About Putin Meeting Is Revealed

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The Dutch foreign minister has stepped down after admitting he lied about being in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Halbe Zijlstra announced his decision tearfully in parliament, after MPs had summoned him to explain himself. During his campaign for the March 2017 election, Mr Zijlstra claimed he had personally heard Mr Putin speak of creating a "Greater Russia" in 2006.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#SOUTHAFRICA: Jacob Zuma Resigns As President, Leaving Behind Legacy Of Corruption

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In a momentous and historic day in South African politics, scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament. In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, the 75-year-old said he was a disciplined member of the ANC, to which he had dedicated his life. His tenure has been marred by economic decline and multiple charges of graft that have undermined the image and legitimacy of the party that led South Africans to freedom in 1994.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Suggests Shooting Rebel Women In the Genitalia

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Human rights organizations are blasting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's latest comments, in which he suggests his troops shoot female rebels in the vagina to render them "useless."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#SOUTHAFRICA: Pres. Zuma Ordered To Resign By His Own Party; His Refusal Is Causing A Crisis

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South Africa has been pitched into an unprecedented political crisis after the ruling ANC party admitted that President Jacob Zuma had defied its orders to resign, and that it had little idea of when the 75-year-old head of state would respond to its demand to leave office (although, as of Tuesday night, Zuma said he would hold a press conference at 10 am local time on Wednesday.) The decision to tell the corruption-stained Zuma to stand down was taken at an emergency session of the highest decision-making body of the African National Congress near Pretoria, the administrative capital.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#NORWAY: Far-Left Parliamentarian Nominates Anti-Israel Boycott Movement For Nobel Prize

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The leader of Norway's Red Party has nominated the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The group, which campaigns for a global boycott of Israel until it withdraws from Palestinian territories, was nominated for the prize by Bjørnar Moxnes, leader of Norway’s far-left Red Party. Any minister or member of parliament around the world can nominate an individual or active organisation for the Nobel Peace Prize. The BDS movement has enjoyed support among many European political activists and parties, as well as from the American political Left.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, February 12, 2018

#EU: Chief Brexit Negotiator Warns UK That Northern Ireland Border Checks May Be "Unavoidable"

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The UK faces “unavoidable” checks at the Northern Irish border if it decides to leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned, after the latest round of talks on the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc ended last week. The future of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains one of the most vexed questions in the Brexit process.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, February 11, 2018

#JAPAN: Abe's Party Favors Inclusion Of Self-Defense Forces In Post-War Constitution's Article 9

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Members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party favor a re-wording of Article 9, the constitutional provision barring Japan from having an offensive military capability, to explicitly allow the nation's Self-Defense Forces. Currently, a lack of recognition in the Constitution puts restrictions on what the de-facto military force can do within the borders and waters of Japan.

[FULL STORY HERE]