Politics

New doubt on Greek bailout

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Greek proposals for a revised bailout program don’t have enough detail to satisfy the government’s international creditors, eurozone officials said, making it more likely that Athens will need to go several more weeks without a new infusion of desperately-needed cash. Officials from Greece’s leftist government were in Brussels over the weekend to present the proposals to officials from the European ... Read More »

David Cameron would serve ‘essentially a full term’, says Iain Duncan Smith

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Welfare secretary says PM would have to call leadership contest before 2020 campaign if re-elected, apparently contradicting Cameron’s comments The Guardian - Rajeev Syal Iain Duncan Smith has appeared to confirm that David Cameron will have to step down before a 2020 general election, in an intervention that could damage the Tories’ general election campaign. The welfare secretary agreed under questioning ... Read More »

Yemen at War

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Yemen is at war. The country is now divided between the Huthi movement, which controls the north and is rapidly advancing south, and the anti-Huthi coalition backed by Western and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that President Abdo Robo Mansour Hadi is cobbling together. ICG – Sanaa/Brussels – OVERVIEW – Middle East Briefing N°45 On 25 March, the Huthis captured a strategic ... Read More »

Israel to release tax funds to Palestinians: PM’s office

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Israel will release to the Palestinian Authority tax funds it collects on its behalf and withheld as punishment for its move to join the International Criminal Court, the premier’s office said March 26. JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse / Hurriyet “Tax revenues that have been accumulated through February will be transferred, after payments for services to the Palestinian population have been ... Read More »

Man who took down Turkish flag jailed for 13 years

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A Turkish man has been sentenced to 13 years and nine months in prison after taking down a Turkish flag during a protest in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 2014. ANKARA – Anadolu Agency – Hurriyet A high court in Diyarbakır sentenced the man, identified only by the initials Ö.M., to six years and three months in jail ... Read More »

Burnside calls for Clooney’s support to make politicians face ICC

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Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC (pictured) is looking to international lawyers to back his appeal for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Prime Minister Tony Abbott and minister for social services Scott Morrison. Lawyers Weekly – Felicity Nelson Mr Burnside told Lawyers Weekly it was his personal view that Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison, as well as politicians responsible for ... Read More »

The real villains in Australia’s renewables debacle? Three big energy companies

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Extensive ‘advice’ from AGL, Energy Australia and Origin on the Renewable Energy Target has been a disaster – except for the companies’ profits The Guardian - John Hewson Industry minister Ian Macfarlane would not have believed his luck when the clean energy council (CEC) buckled to a 20% reduction in the renewable energy target (RET), diminishing the target from 41,000 gigawatt ... Read More »