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LOOK | Itu Aba island-or-rock argument figures in Jardeleza’s treason, disloyalty tag on Sereno

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MANILA – Associate Supreme Court Justice Francis Jardeleza on Monday accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of committing “disloyalty to the republic” and “acts of treason” regarding her statements on the West Philippine Sea issue when she was objecting in 2014 to his nomination as… Camille A. Aguinaldo InterAksyon “Ako ay pinaratangan na disloyal o nanghudas sa bayan natin. Ang sa pananaw ko po, (I was branded disloyal and having played a Judas on our country) but in my view, ... Read More »

World trade is going through a seismic shift — and nobody knows how it will end up

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NAFTA, Brexit, countries around the world are redefining their trade relations, bringing uncertainty the global economy does not need Special to Financial Post Gordon Isfeld OTTAWA — In the gaps between NAFTA negotiations and U.S.-Canada interest-rate ponderings, Brexit remains a painfully present problem that could fill any economic void with even greater global uncertainty. At the same time, the slow slog of talks on the make-up of a new free-trade pact between North America’s three economies seems to have lost some of its direction ... Read More »

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

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The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped. Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years. Huntington’s is one of the most devastating diseases. Some patients described it ... Read More »

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years

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Organisations such as WikiLeaks and disclosures from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden appear to be the target Paul Farrell BuzzFeed  Australian government and intelligence whistleblowers – and potentially even journalists – may face up to 20 years in jail for disclosing classified information, under the most sweeping changes to the country’s secrecy laws since they were introduced. The Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a broad package of reforms aimed at curbing foreign interference from countries including China and Russia. ... Read More »

Government moves to curb modern slavery

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Slavery is the world’s second-biggest illicit market In the past, slaves were shackled in metal chains. Editorial Today, they are exploited in supply chains. The Sydney Morning Herald It might have been thought that slavery was a shameful but pretty much closed chapter of history. It’s not. It is the world’s second-biggest illicit market, behind drugs, with an estimated 45 million children, women and men treated as commodities (average price about $90). Forced labour generates an estimated $US150 billion  ($199b) ... Read More »

Sexual abuse survivors fear being ‘deserted’ after royal commission ends

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Advocates say commission’s closure will create ‘sense of loss’ and express concerns there will be insufficient support Melissa Davey The Guardian Survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have spoken of their fears of being left in the lurch once the child abuse royal commission’s work officially draws to a close. On Friday the royal commissioners will deliver their final report to the governor general in Canberra, marking the end of their five-year inquiry into how abuse was able to ... Read More »

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

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Ρussian President Vladimir Putin declared “victory” in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow’s deepening ties with those key regional powers. Hamza Hendawi and Vladimir Isachenkov Associated Press Chicago Tribune The tour highlighted Russia’s expanded reach in the Middle East and the global clout of its leader, who announced last week he is seeking re-election for another six-year term in March. Speaking to Russian troops on ... Read More »

West Face files claim against mortgage lender Home Capital

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West Face claim says ‘investors who purchased common shares of Home Capital to close out a short position were excluded from compensation under settlement terms’ of a class action suit Barbara Shecter Financial Post Alternative asset manager West Face Capital Inc. has formally filed a lawsuit against Home Capital Group Inc. and three former executives, seeking $70 million in damages over claims the mortgage lender’s public disclosure was “inaccurate, incomplete and misleading.” In a 17-page statement of claim filed in ... Read More »

Δυσχερείς σχέσεις για το «πόθεν έσχες»

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Η απόφαση του Συμβουλίου της Επικρατείας η οποία ακυρώνει τον έλεγχο του «πόθεν έσχες» των λειτουργών της Θέμιδος αναζωπύρωσε χθες την αντιπαράθεση κυβέρνησης και Δικαιοσύνης, κατά τη διάρκεια της ετήσιας γενικής συνέλευσης της Ενωσης Εισαγγελέων Ελλάδος. Συντάκτης: Μαρία Δήμα ΕφΣυν Η κριτική του υπουργού Δικαιοσύνης Σταύρου Κοντονή τόσο για την επίμαχη απόφαση του ανώτατου ακυρωτικού δικαστηρίου όσο και για την πολύμηνη καθυστέρηση στην έκδοση βουλεύματος για τους στημένους ποδοσφαιρικούς αγώνες προκάλεσαν έντονη δυσαρέσκεια στον πρόεδρο του ΣτΕ Νίκο Σακελλαρίου, ο… Δυσχερείς ... Read More »

Ερντογάν: Άγκυρα & Μόσχα έχουν κοινή θέση για Ιερουσαλήμ

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Τούρκοι και Ρώσοι αξιωματούχοι θα συναντηθούν την επόμενη εβδομάδα για να οριστικοποιήσουν την συμφωνία αγοράς από την Τουρκία ρωσικών πυραύλων εδάφους-αέρος S-400, δήλωσε σήμερα ο Τούρκος πρόεδρος Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν. SigmaLive AΠΕ – ΜΠΕ Σε κοινή συνέντευξη Τύπου που παραχώρησε με τον Ρώσο ομόλογό του Βλαντιμίρ Πούτιν, ο Ερντογάν δήλωσε ότι η Άγκυρα και η Μόσχα έχουν την ίδια άποψη σχετικά με την απόφαση των ΗΠΑ για την Ιερουσαλήμ και πρόσθεσε ότι οι δύο ηγέτες θα συνεχίσουν να βρίσκονται σε ... Read More »

“Λεονώρα” του Μπετόβεν από τον Ρενέ Γιάκομπς στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών

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Έχει χυθεί πολλή μελάνη για τον βαθμό επιτυχίας του Λούντβιχ Βαν Μπετόβεν ως συνθέτη όπερας, με δεδομένο ότι η μελοδραματική του παραγωγή περιορίστηκε σε μόνο ένα έργο, που γνώρισε τρεις διαδοχικές μορφές και δύο τίτλους. Κυριάκος Π. Λουκάκος Η Αυγή Ο αρχικός ήταν «Λεονώρα», ονομασία συνδετική του γίγαντα της Βόννης με τη γαλλική προέλευση μιας συγκεκριμένης θεματικής «όπερας σωτηρίας», που εξαίρει την αυτοθυσία της «συζυγικής πίστης» και επικεντρώνει τη σύγκριση του ελαφρότατα νεότερου μελοδράματος (Βιέννη, 1805) προς την ομοιότιτλη όπερα (Δρέσδη, 1804) του ... Read More »

Πρόταση-σοκ για το προσφυγικό: Τέλος η υποχρεωτική υποδοχή από χώρες της ΕΕ

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Προς κατάργηση οδεύει το σχέδιο της ΕΕ που υποχρεώνει τις χώρες – μέλη να υποδέχονται πρόσφυγες, όπως προκύπτει από επιστολή του Ντόναλντ Τουσκ iefimerida Σε μία κίνηση, που χαρακτηρίζεται αιφνιδιαστική, ο επικεφαλής του Ευρωπαϊκού Συμβουλίου θα πει στους ηγέτες της ΕΕ, κατά τη Σύνοδο της προσεχούς Πέμπτης, ότι οι υποχρεωτικές ποσοστώσεις υπήρξαν ένα διχαστικό και αναποτελεσματικό μέτρο. Πρόκειται για ένα ξεκάθαρο σημάδι ότι είναι έτοιμος να εγκαταλείψει αυτή την πολιτική, που προκάλεσε διασπάσεις στην ΕΕ, σχολιάζει ο Guardian. Οποιαδήποτε κίνηση κατάργησης του σχεδίου ... Read More »

Budding nuclear power Turkey casts a darkening shadow over Middle East

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Turkey is rapidly developing into a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East. Sol W. Sanders  The regime of President [formerly Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Justice and Development Party are increasingly authoritarian. World Tribune Their effort to obtain nuclear power with its military offshoots would make it an imposing and new threat to the whole region. Behind Erdogan’s efforts, of course, is nostalgia for Turkey’s once dominant role in that part of the world. ... Read More »

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

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Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace. BBC Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had “never been the capital of any other people”. He spoke amid ongoing protests in the Muslim and Arab world at a US decision recognising Jerusalem as the capital. Violence flared near the US embassy in Lebanon and elsewhere on Sunday. ... Read More »

Greens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties

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Richard Di Natale says Australian democracy ‘broken’ and system being propped up by Labor and Liberal parties Paul Karp The Guardian Thirteen companies that paid no tax in 2015-16 made $1.7m in political donations to the Liberal and Labor parties in that year, the Greens have complained. On Thursday the Australian tax office released fresh tax data that showed 36% of the 2,043 largest public companies and multinational entities in Australia paid no tax in 2015-16. An analysis by the Greens cross-referencing the ... Read More »

Locals threaten violence against Manus Island asylum seekers at new accommodation

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Asylum seekers on Manus Island say local people are threatening to kill them after they moved into new accommodation in the island’s town Eric Tlozek ABC The men have provided video evidence of local men — who appear to be drunk — coming to their accommodation and threatening them. In one incident, in the early hours of the morning on December 10, a group of four men approached the main gate of the West Haus accommodation compound. A video filmed ... Read More »