Wednesday, April 21, 2021

#IRELAND: New Law Allows Press To Name Murdered Children

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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.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

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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.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

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

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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.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

#KENYA: Officials Say China Can't Seize Port If It Defaults On Debts

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Authorities in Kenya have allayed fears that China will seize the Port of Mombasa if the country defaults on loans procured to finance the loss-making Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). 

The project is part of China's worldwide "Belt and Road Initiative," meant to facilitate World trade, and some say, to entrap poor Nations in debt and seize their assets when they inevitably cannot pay to loans back.

Many have speculated that China could seize the valuable Mombasa port if the country fails to make payments.

But National Treasury cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani said Kenya did not offer the strategic national asset as collateral for the $3.2 billion loan sourced from the Export Import Bank of China to finance the project.

“The port of Mombasa has no adverse exposure to any lender or category of lenders through existing loan agreements with the government,” said Yatani.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

#SOMALIA: President, Parliament, Extend Terms Two Years; US, EU Condemns

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The United States and European Union have condemned the move by Somalia’s parliament to extend the terms of the president and members of parliament by two years amid concern it could deepen divides in the country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “deeply disappointed” by the approval of the legislation

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

#AUSTRALIA: Parliament Staffer Says She Was Drugged, Raped, In Parliament House In 2019

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A former political adviser who alleges she was raped by a senior colleague in Australia's Parliament House, says she will make a formal complaint.

Brittany Higgins spoke out in a TV interview that has prompted shock and outrage over her treatment.

In the interview, she said she feared losing her job after the alleged assault in 2019 and had little support from her bosses.

Higgins has urged a "comprehensive investigation."

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Monday, April 12, 2021

#CANADA: Justice Group Sues Over Saskatchewan Ban On Protests Over 10 People

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The Justice Centre, a civil rights and freedom defending organization, has filed a constitutional challenge in the Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on behalf of two anti-lockdown protesters who were ticketed for attending peaceful outdoor protests that exceeded Saskatchewan’s 10-person outdoor gathering limit.

On December 19, 2020, these individuals participated in a peaceful protest at the Vimy Memorial in Kiwanis Park in Saskatoon, against the Government’s lockdown measures.

The Justice Centre alleges in the filed court document that prohibiting outdoor protests in excess of 10 people violates the freedoms of thought, belief, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

#UK: Poll Shows London Mayor Handily Winning Re-election

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan is coasting towards a clear victory in the battle for re-election against Conservative challenger Shaun Bailey, an exclusive new poll shows today.

The sitting Labour mayor is ahead of his Conservative rival by 47% to 26% with a month to g in the campaign, the YouGov research for the Mile End Institute (MEI) revealed.

But two minor candidates have picked up support from standing starts.

Laurence Fox, the actor and activist running for mayor for the new Reclaim Party, has overtaken other minor candidates to notch up to 4% after just four weeks of campaigning.

Former Wall Street banker Brian Rose, whose social media videos and animated billboards have grabbed attention, is just behind him at 3%.

But the pair are lagging behind Green Party candidate Sian Berry, in third place with 9%, and Liberal Democrat Luisa Porritt, who comes in fourth at 7%.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

#GERMANY: Vice Chancellor Supports Controversial EU Army Proposal

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The Vice Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, who might succeed outgoing leader Angela Merkel after September’s federal elections, has revealed that he backs the creation of a European army controlled by the European Parliament and other EU organs.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung, Scholz, who is the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, confessed: “For me, a common army is part of the idea of European sovereignty.”

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Friday, April 09, 2021

#UK: Labour Party Leader Strikes At Conservative Claim To "Law and Order" Title Ahead of Local Elections

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Labour Party Leader Sir Keir Starmer has said it is “ridiculous” to call the Conservatives “the party of law and order” amid rising crime and falling conviction rates.

Starmer said during a visit to South Yorkshire, his party would put enforcing criminal justice at the center of its local election campaign and make sure that “people feel safe in their own environment."

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Thursday, April 08, 2021

#JORDAN: Attempted Coup Was Likely Just Family Squabble, Misunderstanding

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The coup attempt in Jordan this past weekend may well have been simply a family dispute and a series of misunderstandings between the king and his half-brother.  

Mediation between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his outspoken half brother, Prince Hamzah, successfully de-escalated one of the most serious political crises in the kingdom in decades, the palace and a confidant of the prince said.

The apparent resolution of the unprecedented public feud capped a weekend of palace drama during which the king had placed Hamzah under house arrest for allegedly plotting with foreign supporters to destabilize Jordan, a key Western ally.

On Wednesday, the king issued a statement saying, in part, "Prince Hamzah pledged before the family to follow in the steps of the ancestors, remain loyal to their mission, and to put Jordan’s interest, Constitution, and laws above all considerations." 

He also said an investigation into other aspects of the would-be insurrection have been launched.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

UK: PM Johnson Signals Vaccine Passport Coming For Int'l Travel, Labour Party, Pubs, Oppose

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered his strongest hint yet that British citizens will need a vaccine passport to go on holidays abroad as he faces a Labour Party revolt - and one in his own Conservative Party, too - over the documents being used domestically.

The Prime Minister said during a visit to Middlesbrough that there is 'definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports'. 

He insisted 'there's a logic' to such an approach on travel as he also said proof of vaccination and having had a test could help provide 'maximum confidence to businesses and customers in the UK'.

The latter comment is likely to be viewed as a sign that the Government does intend to proceed with some sort of domestic 'Covid status certification' which could be used to determine access to things like hospitality venues. Pubs have warned that they do not support this move, however.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

#FRANCE: PM Defends Month-Long Lockdown

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France’s prime minister is defending tough new nationwide measures to combat a resurgent coronavirus in France that include closing schools for at least three weeks and putting in place a month-long domestic travel ban. Jean Castex says the government has acted “consistently and pragmatically."

The National Assembly, France’s lower house, is voting on the new measures which are expected to be marked by a massive boycott by opposition parties.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the leftist La France Insoumise Party ("Unsubmissive France") denounced the vote as a “bad April fool’s.”

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Monday, April 05, 2021

#JORDAN: Attempted Coup Against Abdullah II Foiled

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Jordan said it uncovered a plot to destabilize the kingdom that involved King Abdullah II’s half-brother and extended beyond the country’s borders.

The sibling, former Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, worked in concert with foreign entities, Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday, in a first official explanation of a string of arrests a day earlier. 

More than 16 people, including at least one other royal, were taken into custody, he said at a news conference in the capital, Amman.

Jordan has been a staunch ally of the USA, and a stabilizing influence in the region. King Abdullah attended school in the US. He has encouraged stable ties with Israel.

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Sunday, April 04, 2021

#HONGKONG: Seven 2019 Anti-Gov't Protest Organizers Convicted

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Hong Kong newspaper owner Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and six former opposition lawmakers have been convicted of organising and taking part in an unauthorised anti-government protest in 2019.

The ruling followed a four-week trial that centred on an unauthorised procession on August 18, 2019, during the social unrest of that year sparked by the since-withdrawn extradition bill.

Prosecutors accused the seven of turning an approved assembly in Victoria Park into an illegal march to Central under the pretext of crowd control.

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Friday, April 02, 2021

#CANADA: Liberal Party Wins Majority In Newfoundland and Labrador Election

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The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador will form a majority government in the Atlantic province after a chaotic election season postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to results, the Liberals won 22 seats, an increase of two from the previous election, with PC Party leader Ches Crosbie and NDP leader Alison Coffin losing their seats to Liberal candidates.

The original February 13th election date was postponed due to an outbreak of covid-19 in the province.

Newfoundland and Labrador faces the both the highest rates of unemployment and highest per-person debt in Canada.

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Thursday, April 01, 2021

#THENETHERLANDS: PM Rutte Faces Confidence Vote After Botched Cabinet Talks

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A debate that could seal the political fate of recently re-elected Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte went on well past midnight
on Friday, after politicians from all sides of parliament accused him of lying over remarks made during talks to form a cabinet.

Rutte faced the biggest challenge to his leadership in a decade as the opposition presented a no-confidence motion, with a vote to directly follow the debate.Rutte was the clear winner of last month’s parliamentary elections, seen as a referendum on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Losing a vote of confidence would force him to tender his resignation to King Willem-Alexander.

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#FRANCE: Pres. Macron Imposes New Covid Lockdown, 7 PM Nationwide Curfew

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France will enter a third national lockdown for four weeks, French president Emmanuel Macron announced in an address to the nation on Wednesday night.

From Saturday, all of mainland France will be under a 7 p.m. curfew, working from home will be expected from those that can, gatherings will be limited, non-essential shops will be closed, and travel restrictions will be imposed.

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