Friday, June 11, 2021

#GERMANY: Merkel's CDU Wins Big In Saxony-Anhalt State Election

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Germany's center-right ruling party has fended off a challenge by the anti-immigrant Right in the last regional test before a national election in September, partial results show. 

The Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel won 37% of the vote in the state election in Saxony-Anhalt, in the former East Germany. The Alternative for Germany Party took just 21%.

The Chancellor's beleaguered party did much better than opinion polls had predicted.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

#NIGERIA: Attorney General Likely Violated Twitter Ban

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Nigeria’s Attorney General Abubakar Malami, likely violated the nation's Twitter ban to deactivate his account this week.

A media investigation showed that a Twitter account can’t be deactivated unless you have access to the app, meaning Malami must have logged in to deactivate it, violating the law.

The Nigerian government banned Twitter nationwide last Friday after the App deleted a controversial comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, in which he made reference to the Nigerian Civil War, which many Nigerians described as distasteful. 

Despite the threat of prosecution, many Nigerians have been using Virtual Private Networks to access Twitter.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

#PERU: Leftist Teacher Has Narrow Lead In Presidential Vote Tally

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Left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo has edged into the lead in a dramatic twist in Peru's presidential election.

With 94% of votes counted, Castillo overtook his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori, who is running for the presidency for the third time.

He has a lead of 0.1 percentage point, with just over 25,000 votes currently separating the two candidates.

They have both called for calm while the count is under way. This is Peru's most polarized election in recent history.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

#DENMARK: New Law To Make Migrants Apply For Asylum Outside Of The Country

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Denmark's parliament has passed a law that will see asylum seekers sent to countries outside of Europe to have their cases considered.

The legislation -- which was approved by 70 votes to 24 on Thursday -- is the latest anti-migration measure passed by the Danish parliament and aims to discourage migrants from ever setting foot in the country.

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Monday, June 07, 2021

#UK: Oxfordshire To Ban Outdoor Smoking By 2025

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Oxfordshire is set to ban smoking outdoors as it becomes the first ‘smoke-free’ county in England.

The ban will see smoking outside of bars and restaurants banned by 2025.

Bars, restaurants and workplaces will be targeted under the smoking crackdown.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, June 06, 2021

#NIGERIA: Nation Blocks Twitter After President's Tweet Deleted

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The Nigerian government says it has "indefinitely suspended" Twitter's operations in the country, the Ministry of Information and Culture announced in a statement on Friday.

"The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," it read.

The suspension comes two days after Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that was widely perceived as offensive.

An estimated 39 million Nigerians use Twitter.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, June 05, 2021

#SOMALIA: President Seeks Extended Term In Office Sparks Tensions

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Pres. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's April attempt to extend his term by two years has ignited political tensions in Somalia.

The government of Somalia and a number of its federal states have been holding critical talks since May 22 to help resolve the country’s political crisis.

The African Union (AU), meanwhile, has been spearheading international efforts in Somalia. This is despite the fact that the Somali government has rejected the AU’s special envoy, former president John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.

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Friday, June 04, 2021

#CZECHIA: Pres. Babis Survives Confidence Vote

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The Czech government headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies.

A total of 171 deputies cast their votes on Thursday night, including 89 voting in favor of the no-confidence motion, and 82 against. At least 101 votes are needed in the 200-member lower house to pass the motion against the government.

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Thursday, June 03, 2021

#FRANCE: Unanimous Senate Resolution Calls For Taiwan To Enter Int'l Orgs.: Beijing Denounces

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A vote by the French Senate in favor of a resolution backing Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and three other major international organizations has triggered an angry response from China.  In response, Beijing is blocking Taiwan's entry, arguing it is not an independent state. 

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 304 to 0, with 19 abstentions, called for Taiwan to be admitted to the WHO, Interpol, and other international organizations.

But the Communist government in Beijing blocked the moves, asserting it's frequent claim that there is only one government of China, and its capital is in Beijing.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

#SWITZERLAND: Swiss Break Off Treaty Talks With EU

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After years of talks, Switzerland has scrapped efforts aimed at agreeing an over-arching treaty with the EU.

Switzerland is not in the European Union but has signed up to many of its policies, such as freedom of movement.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2021

#SYRIA: Assad Wins 4th Term In Election West Says Wasn't "Free or Fair"

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Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of war-torn Syria with 95.1 percent of the votes cast in government-held areas, official results have shown, after a vote dismissed by the opposition and Western powers as a sham.

Wednesday’s controversial presidential vote was the second since the beginning of Syria’s uprising-turned-war a decade ago, a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, forced millions to leave the country and wrecked its infrastructure.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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