Tuesday , December 12 2017

Politics

Dual-nationality crisis claims eighth Australian lawmaker

epa05777463 Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie introduces a bill to the Senate to ban full face covering in public at Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 08 February 2017. According to reports, the ban for all full face coverings, including the burqa, is aimed at increasing security in case Australia's terror threat is raised to 'probable.'  EPA/MICK TSIKAS  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Bloomberg A dual-citizenship crisis roiling Australian politics has claimed its eighth lawmaker, with independent Senator Jacqui Lambie resigning after revealing she contravened the constitution. “I probably should have been a bit smarter and checked that citizenship stuff,” Lambie, 46, told reporters in Canberra after it was confirmed she inherited British ...

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Merkel enters final stretch of initial talks to form government

epa06324915 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrives at the federal state residence of Baden Wuerttemberg in Berlin, Germany, 12 November 2017. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) are holding talks to form the next Government after the general elections in September.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER

Bloomberg German Chancellor Angela Merkel is entering the final stretch of preliminary talks to form a new government as factions in the complex multi-party negotiations remain far apart on issues including migration, climate and European policy. Entering a fifth week of negotiations between Merkel’s Christian Democrats, her Bavarian CSU sister ...

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Citizenship turmoil threatens economic confidence in Australia

epa06315020 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses the media at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 08 November 2017. Turnbull met with Opposition leader Bill Shorten on the day, to discuss negotiations regarding parliamentarian citizenship.  EPA-EFE/JAMES ROSS  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Bloomberg Political turmoil in Australia risks undermining fragile economic confidence as the loss of another lawmaker in the dual-citizenship fiasco left Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leading a minority government. John Alexander, 66, became the second government member in the lower house to resign, when he acknowledged he likely inherited British ...

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Russia meddling: Trump backs intelligence agencies

epa06320664 US President Donald Trump (front L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (front R) pose for a group picture with fellow APEC leaders and their wives during the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, 10 November 2017. The APEC summit brings together world leaders from its 21 member nations. It is the second time Vietnam is hosting the summit, the first was in 2006.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Bloomberg US President Donald Trump once again waded into the controversy of whether he thinks Russia meddled in last year’s election, saying on Sunday that he believes “very much in our intelligence agencies.” A day earlier, the US leader said that Vladimir Putin believed he didn’t interfere, prompting questions about ...

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