Wednesday, May 12, 2021

#BRAZIL: Pres. Bolsonaro Says Covid-19 May Have Been "Biological Warfare" On The World

[world politics news]


Pres. Jair Bolsonaro says the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) may have been made in a laboratory to wage "biological warfare," in the latest comments likely to strain Brazil's relations with China.

"It's a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn't have," said the South American nation's leader.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Backs out Of Debate With Former Supreme Court Judge

[world politics news]


After challenging retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio to a debate on the West Philippine Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte has backed out and tapped his spokesman to debate with the magistrate instead after cabinet members raised concerns.

There was a sense from the Cabinet that Duterte might make irreversible policy declarations, posing big consequences to government initiatives.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque was slated to attend the Friday debate instead.

"Everything the President will say in that debate will affect the policies of government. He can't take back what he says in that debate apart from the fact that there is what we call executive privilege," said Roque in Filipino.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Monday, May 10, 2021

#SOUTHAFRICA: Marriage Law Overhaul By 2024 Will Ban Child Marriage, Include Multiple Genders

[world politics news]


South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has published a paper on marriages for public comment, with the goal of submitting an official bill to parliament by 2024.

The "green paper" aims to work towards the development of a new single marriage bill and will align the country’s marriage laws with the constitutional principle of equality.

It includes proposals on unions of people from all sexual orientations, religious and cultural persuasions. It also proposes the complete removal of child marriage from the nation's laws.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

#UK: Labour Party London Mayor Khan Re-Elected

[world politics news]



London's Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to “build bridges” between City Hall and the national government after being re-elected as Mayor of London in a closer contest for England's capital city than many had predicted.

Despite opinion polls suggesting his Conservative rival Shaun Bailey would be a distant second in the race for City Hall, there was a late increase in support for the Tory candidate.

Khan's victory will provide a glimmer of hope to the Labour Party after it received a drubbing in local elections in England, losing control of a host of councils and a humiliating defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.

When first preference votes were counted, Khan had 1,013,721 votes, compared to Bailey with 893,051.

Green Party candidate Sian Berry took 197,976 first preference votes, while former actor Laurence Fox, who founded the Reclaim Party, received 47,634 votes.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

#UK: Labour Party Suffers Losses Nationwide In Local Elections

[world politics news]


A ballot box meltdown across England for the Labour Party saw voters switch to the Conservatives in local council elections following 11 years of Conservative rule nationwide – prompting another round of Labour soul-searching and tough questions for Leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has only been in charge of the party for 13 months.

Starmer's party suffered losses in a swathe of English council seats as voters shrugged off Tory "sleaze" accusations to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In a particularly stunning loss, Labour lost the north England city council in Hartlepool, which has been a Labour stronghold. Observers speculated that the party is having trouble holding traditional workers.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Saturday, May 08, 2021

#CHINA: EU Suspends China Investment Deal After Diplomatic Issues

[world politics news]


The European Commission said efforts to win approval for the EU's massive investment deal with China were effectively "suspended" given the soured diplomatic relations between both sides after tit-for-tat sanctions.

"We now in a sense have suspended... political outreach activities from the European Commission side," EU Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP in an interview.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Friday, May 07, 2021

#ISRAEL: Opposition Leader Gantz Rules Out Coalition With Netanyahu

[world politics news]


Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz has dispelled reports that he was considering partnering with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and forming another unity government as he did after the 2020 election, saying that he was "committed exclusively to the bloc of change."

After the April 2020 election, Gantz entered into a power-sharing deal with Netanyahu in which they would each get a turn at serving as prime minister for the next four years, but that agreement collapsed several months later and Israel once again had a general election, culminating with the March 23 vote.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

#EU: European Parliament Approves #Brexit Trade Deal With UK

[world politics news]
 

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union, clearing the last hurdle towards full ratification of the accord.

EU lawmakers backed the trade and cooperation agreement by 660 votes to five, with 32 abstentions.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

#UK: New Law Has Mandatory Minimum Sentences And No Early Release For Terror Convicts

[world politics news]


The new Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act ends the prospect of early release for anyone convicted of a serious terror offense and forces them to spend their whole term in jail.

The most dangerous offenders – such as those found guilty of preparing or carrying out acts of terrorism where lives were lost or at risk – now face a minimum of 14 years in prison and up to 25 years on licence, with stricter supervision.

Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, said:

Those who seek to kill and maim innocent people in the name of some warped ideology have no place in our society.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Won't End Patrols In China-Claimed Waters

[World Politics News]


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not withdraw navy and coastguard vessels patrolling the disputed South China Sea, insisting the country’s sovereignty over the waters is not negotiable. 

Tensions over the sea – which China claims almost entirely – have spiked as Beijing refuses to pull out vessels from the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and Manila steps up maritime patrols. Duterte is under growing domestic pressure to take a harder line.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Monday, May 03, 2021

#UK: Labour Party Suspends 7 City Councilors Over Anti-Semitism

[world politics news]


Seven city councillors are among a group suspended by the Labour Party over alleged anti-semitism.

The Peterborough City councillors, and seven other party members from the city and north west Cambridgeshire, are facing an internal party investigation.

Labour said it took "all complaints of anti-semitism extremely seriously." The suspensions come just days ahead of the May 6th nationwide municipal elections.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

#CANADA: Gov't Moves To Regulate User Content On Social Media

[world politics news]


The Liberal Party-dominated House of Commons has cleared the way for the federal government to regulate video content on internet social media, such as YouTube, the same way it regulates national broadcasting, under a new amendment updating the Broadcasting Act.

Critics denounced the move to give the country’s broadcast regulator the ability to oversee user-generated content, and said it amounted to an attack on the free expression of Canadians, particularly in light of Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s recent plans to give Ottawa power to order take-downs of online content it deems objectionable.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

#AUSTRALIA: Facebook Removes Controversial MP's Page For "Misinformation" About Covid-19

[world politics news]


Facebook has removed independent Member of Parliament Craig Kelly’s Facebook page for repeatedly breaching the social media company’s "misinformation" policy.

The member for Hughes, who quit the Liberal party in February in part because he wanted to keep posting about alternative treatments for Covid-19 such as hydroxychloroquine, had amassed a following on the site of more than 86,000 followers.

Kelly said he was “absolutely outraged” by Facebook’s conduct, labelling it “censorship” and “interference in Australian democracy."



[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Friday, April 30, 2021

#FRANCE: Radical Islamists Risk Bringing Civil War, Say Retired Generals

[world politics news]


Twenty retired generals and a thousand lower ranked officers have signed an explosive open letter warning that France is on the verge of civil war because it is “disintegrating" because of Islamist terror.

They go on to suggest that Pres. Emmanuel Macron’s failure to act could lead to “an explosion and then intervention by our comrades on active service in the dangerous mission of protecting our civilised values and the safety of our compatriots.”

“There is no time to waffle,” they say, “or tomorrow civil war will put an end to this growing chaos and the dead, for whom you will bear responsibility, will be counted in the thousands.”

The comments come in the wake of the brutal murder of a female police officer last week as a Tunisian migrant screaming “Allahu Akbar” slashed her throat at the entrance of a police station.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

#NORTHERNIRELAND: Foster Steps Down As DU Party Leader After Internal Revolt

[world politics news]


Arlene Foster has announced her resignation as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and as Northern Ireland's First Minister after an internal revolt.

Foster said she would step down as DUP leader on 28 May and as first minister at the end of June.

It comes as she was facing a revolt among her party's representatives.

More than 20 DUP Northern Ireland Assembly members and four MPs had signed a letter voicing no-confidence in the leadership.

Mrs Foster became party leader in December 2015.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

#FRANCE: Legislators Consider Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia Bill

[world politics news]


The French Parliament is debating a bill that protects the right to assisted suicide. The bill was proposed by centrist MP Olivier Farloni, who serves as deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires, a party made up of both center-left and center-right politicians.

The bill would include the right to active assistance in dying in the public health code and specifies that it shall be carried out in the form of assisted suicide or euthanasia.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

#USA: John Kerry Under Fire For Revealing Israeli Attacks On Iran After Tapes Leaked

[world politics news]


John Kerry, who has been acting as Pres. Biden's special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran's foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama's secretary of State.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution.

The New York Times and other outlets reported on Monday that leaked audio recorded in March captured Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that Kerry told him Israel had attacked Iran's interests in Syria at least 200 times. 

Zarif reportedly expressed astonishment at the revelation. Zarif did not say when Kerry, who served as secretary of State between 2013 and 2017, made the admission. 

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Monday, April 26, 2021

#CUBA: Pres. Diaz-Canel Chosen To Lead Communist Party

[world politics news]


Cuba’s president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, will become the leader of country’s communist party, two days after Raul Castro said he was retiring from the position.  

The announcement makes it the second time Miguel Diaz-Canel, 60, has followed in the footsteps of Raul Castro. The first time as president and now with more influential position of becoming the leader of the party. 

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

#GERMANY: Merkel Given Controversial New Coronavirus Powers Stripped From States

[world politics news]


The German parliament has approved changes to the Infection Protection Law meant to give Berlin more power over the country’s coronavirus restrictions, overruling vocal criticism from opposition parties, who accused Merkel of seeking dictatorial powers, akin to those not seen since World War II in Germany.

The measure would strip state capitals of certain decision-making abilities over measures like restricting private gatherings, closing schools and shops, imposing nighttime curfews and requiring employers to either offer coronavirus tests or ask employees to work from home.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

#UKRAINE: New Rule Includes Jail Time For Those Who Fail To Disclose Cryptocurrency Holdings On Tax Forms

[world politics news]


The Ukrainian parliament has approved new legislation that takes a tough stance against people who don’t disclose their cryptocurrency holdings on the tax fillings.

The measure comes in the wake of a recent publication that showed alleged mistakes in declarations from public servants.

Offenders Could Spend up to Two Years in Jail for not disclosing their crypto holdings.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Friday, April 23, 2021

#UK: Labour Party Leader Pulls Out Of Ramadan Event Sponsored By Group Boycotting Israel

[world politics news]


Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the UK Labour Party, has pulled out of a Ramadan event after the controversial anti-Israel views of the CEO of the sponsoring organization emerged in the media.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that Starmer was set to attend a virtual Iftar event marking the meal breaking the Ramadan fast, held by a group called the Ramadan Tent Project.

The Labour Party in the UK has struggled in the past with members who have expressed anti Israeli views, some of which have seemed to border on anti-semitism.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

#RUSSIA: Putin Gets Approval For Two More Terms As President

[world politics news]


Russia's lower chamber of the parliament -- the State Duma - recently adopted a bill allowing acting President Vladimir Putin to run for two more terms.

Putin has been either president or prime minister of Russia since 2001.

Apart from resetting previous terms of acting presidency, the bill sets requirements for presidential nominees -- such as Russian citizenship and a minimum age of 35. The nominees must have permanently resided in Russia for at least 25 years, and never had citizenship or a residence permit of another state.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

#IRELAND: New Law Allows Press To Name Murdered Children

[world politics news]


A law to allow the media identify murdered children has passed all stages in the Seanad and will now go to the President for early signature.

The legislation will also allow parents to publicly remember their child, while allowing for the identification of the person accused of their child’s murder or manslaughter.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she was aware of the profound impact of the ruling on parents, some of whom were left unable to publicly remember their deceased children’s names or legacies.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

#CANADA: Alberta Premier Signs Agreement With Other Provinces To Develop Small Nuke Power Plants

[world politics news]


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney formally signed a memorandum of understanding with Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to support the development of small-scale nuclear power technology Wednesday.

The joint announcement with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs saw the release of a feasibility study with proposals for developing the technology.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.

Monday, April 19, 2021

#CUBA: Raul Castro Stepping Down As Leader Of Communist Party

[world politics news]


Raul Castro is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech at the opening of the Eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island.

[FULL STORY HERE]

World Politics News is dedicated to raising Americans' knowledge of political events, elections, and legislation throughout the world.