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State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

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French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15. Hurriyet PARIS – The Associated Press Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, Cazeneuve said on Dec. 10 that Parliament will vote on the… State of emergency to… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

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The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times Roger Cohen MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by human hand. South Pacific waters lap onto deserted beaches. The jungle glistens… Broken Men in… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

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Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

German refugee murder arrest in Freiburg heightens tensions

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For days now photographs of a smiling young woman have haunted newspaper headlines and online news sites. BBC News Jenny Hill Maria L was 19 when she was murdered in October. The circumstances of her death are… German refugee murder arrest in… Read More »

Policemen killed in Cairo blast

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Bomb was placed in a bin beside a security checkpoint, sources say, in attack that also hurt several civilians. Al Jazeera News Six policemen were killed and three wounded on Friday when a bomb placed in a rubbish bin exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources and state media said. Egypt’s state run news agency MENA said the… Policemen killed in… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy, investigator says

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says there is evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medallists from the Sochi Olympics. The Star LONDON—A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released… More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in… Read More »

Don’t divest from Emerging Markets: dollar highs won’t last

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Long-term outlook for emerging markets with good economic freedom isn’t helped by a strong dollar – but a strong dollar isn’t what Donald Trump wants Asia Times Jerry Bowyer The question going forward for Emerging Market investors is this: “What will be the cost of being well diversified globally?” Is EM to be zeroed out, as… Don’t divest from Emerging… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Buenos Aires fines public sex harassment

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Authorities in the Argentinian capital will fine people up to $60 for sexual harassment in public places under a new law. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse The bill was passed in the city legislature on Dec. 7 in Buenos Aires, where casual sexual harassment is common and traditionally widely tolerated. It sets fines for “direct or… Buenos Aires fines… Read More »

ECB’s quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels

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EU emissions pledge could be undermined by bank’s investments in oil, gas and auto industries, new analysis shows The Guardian Arthur Neslen in Brussels The European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme is systematically investing billions of euros in the oil, gas and… ECB’s quantitative easing… Read More »