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FOREIGN NEWS: French parliament lifts ban on insulting president

A change in French law means it has now become legal to insult the French president.   Parliament agreed on Thursday to amend legislation dating back to 1881 in favour of freedom of speech.   Previously, anyone tempted to offend the head of state risked a fine.   In March, the European Court of Human Rights ruled France violated freedom of expression by fining a man for insulting former Frenc ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Kuwaitis vote for new parliament amid boycott

Voters in Kuwait are casting their ballots in the second parliamentary election in less than a year.   The vote was triggered by a ruling from the constitutional court that dissolved the previous parliament, elected in December, over a procedural flaw.   The vote is being boycotted by some opposition groups.   Kuwait has one of the most empowered parliaments in the Gulf region, but constant p ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Government Corruption – Protesters block Bulgaria’s parliament doors

Protesters have blocked the doors of Bulgaria's parliament amid mass daily rallies against government corruption. More than 100 politicians, journalists and staff have been trapped inside the building, local media said. One report said they had been there for five hours. Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Sofia, the capital, on the 40th day of anti-government rallies. Earlier the EU's Justice Commiss ...

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AFRICA: Parliament should have impeached president Kiir for defying lawmakers – journalist

uly 19, 2013 (JUBA) – A political activist and veteran journalist has challenged the South Sudan national assembly for failure to impeach President Salva Kiir over his rejection to implement a resolution passed by the lawmakers to punish 75 corrupt officials he had informed lawmakers about. South Sudan President Salva Kiir (EPA)Alfred Taban, the Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor newspaper, in a roundtable ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: U.S. House bill proposes $1.3 billion military aid for Egypt

LEGISREPORTS NG - The United States House of Representatives panel in charge of aid to Egypt proposed on Thursday that military aid be kept at $1.3 billion next year.   This, leaders of the panel said, is subject to conditions including the government planning and holding elections.   However, the bill proposed by the Republican leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreig ...

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FOREIGN: ECOWAS, RIVERS, sign pact on health product factory 

LEGISREPORTS NG- ECOWAS and the Rivers Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, for the construction of a factory to produce anti-mosquito larvae, bio-larvicides. The MOU is under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign, a statement issued by the commission on Thursday said. Bio-larvicides are safe substances sprayed to destroy mosquitoes in the larvae stage of their development. ...

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FOREING: Omar Al-Bashir: Falana asks ICC to refer Nigeria to UN Security Council

LEGISREPORTS NG - Human right lawyer, and solicitor to Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Femi Falana, has sent urgent request to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Ms Fatou Bensouda, requesting her to urgently refer the Nigerian government to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest President Omar Al-Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court to ...

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Foreign news: Traces of Cocaine found in UK Parliament toilets 

Evidence of cocaine use has been found inside toilets at the Houses of Parliament, including some just yards from MPs' offices.Traces of the class A drug were found in nine toilets throughout the Palace Of Westminster, the meeting place of the UK's political elite.The powder was detected in toilets used by guests at Parliament's bars, as well as cubicles a few yards away from MPs' offices - areas where memb ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Turkey parliament curtails army powers

Turkey's parliament has amended the code governing the armed forces, curtailing their political influence.   The original rules gave the military responsibility of preserving the Republic of Turkey, a clause previously used as a justification for coups.   It now says the army's main duty is to protect the nation from foreign threat.   The military has long regarded itself as the protector of ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Polish parliament bill ends ritual livestock slaughter

Poland's parliament on Friday rejected the ritual slaughter of livestock for food, angering the Jewish community as well as farmers and exporters of meat towards Israel and Muslim countries.Lawmakers struck down a government bill that would have reinstated the practice -- a key tenet of the Jewish and Muslim faiths -- with a vote of 222 against, 178 in favour and nine abstentions. Ritual slaughter has been ...

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