Tuesday , December 12 2017

Politics

Lithuania’s ruling coalition ‘saved from collapse’

epa06214168 President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania speaks during the opening session of the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 19 September 2017.  The annual gathering of world leaders formally opens 19 September 2017, with the theme, ÔFocusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.'  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

Bloomberg Lithuania’s ruling coalition was saved from collapse after lawmakers from its junior partner defied their own party by opting to support the 10-month-old government. The Social Democrats’ members of parliament voted 10-4 to remain in the alliance, with one abstaining. They decried the party’s “premature” decision at the weekend ...

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Merkel humbled as far-right surge taints her 4th-term victory

epa06223672 German Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her ballot at a polling station in Berlin, Germany, during the federal elections, 24 September 2017. According to federal election commissioner more than 61 million people are eligible to vote in the elections for a new federal parliament, the Bundestag, in Germany.  EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

Bloomberg Chancellor Angela Merkel was chastised by German voters who elected her to a fourth term with her party’s worst result since 1949, after an election that lifted a far-right party into parliament in a sign of the growing polarisation in Europe’s biggest economy. Sunday’s federal ballot saw support for ...

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Kenyan prosecutor probes vote officials over botched election

Bloomberg Kenya’s public prosecutor ordered an investigation into the country’s electoral authority over its handling of last month’s annulled presidential election. Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions investigators will seek to establish whether officials at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission committed any crimes, according to a statement posted ...

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Rwanda police arrest ex-presidential hopeful

Bloomberg Rwanda’s police said they arrested an activist barred from running for the presidency and two family members for alleged offenses against state security and forgery. Diane Rwigara, her mother and sister were arrested Saturday after the East African nation’s police “uncovered credible evidence linking the trio to offenses against ...

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Trump scorns Kim after threat of H-bomb test

epa06218776 (FILE / COMPOSITE) - A combo file picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) in Pyongyang, North Korea, 10 January 2016, and US President Donald J. Trump (R) at the UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 19 September 2017 (images reissued 22 September 2017). The North Korean leader released a statement on 22 September 2017, vowing to make US President Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening North Korea in remarks he made during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly held in New York, New York, USA. President Trump, during the assembly on 19 September 2017, vowed to 'totally destroy' North Korea if it posed threats to the USA and its allies. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warned that Pyongyang may be preparing for a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean in response to the US President's intimidations, hours after Trump imposed fresh sanctions against the North for its nuclear weapons programs, media reported.  EPA-EFE/KCNA / JUSTIN LANE   EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Bloomberg ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ North Korea struck back at US President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, with Kim Jong Un warning of the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho ...

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Spain tightens control over police in Catalonia

epa06220199 Students with Catalan esteladas flags take part in a protest at the University square in Barcelona, Spain, 22 September 2017. Hundreds of students blocked the Gran Via avenue in Barcelona and occupy the Universitat de Barcelona building to protest in support of the celebration of the Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 01 October.  EPA-EFE/QUIQUE GARCIA

Bloomberg The Spanish government is tightening its control over the regional police in Catalonia after evidence emerged that the Catalans’ 17,000-strong force may not be fully committed to helping quash an illegal independence referendum planned for October 1. Prosecutors on Saturday ordered a unit of the central government’s Interior Ministry ...

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