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FOREIGN NEWS: American Lawmakers blast Russia over Snowden

LEGISREPORTS NG - Lawmakers of the United States of America on Sunday blasted Russia for allowing NSA leaker Edward Snowden to land in Moscow while evading espionage charges levelled against him by the American government.   The Sunday incident it is believed will further strain the fragile relationship between the U.S. And Russia besides previous disagreements over Syria, Iran and nuclear arms.   ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Deal on Bank Secrecy Stalls in Swiss Parliament

[caption id="attachment_8455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, the finance minister, and the Federal Council. She said she would try to end a dispute with the I.R.S[/caption] Switzerland’s Parliament on Wednesday scuttled an information-sharing agreement with the United States that the Swiss government had hailed just weeks ago as a breakthrough in a dispute over banking secrecy, bu ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Parliament faces public outcry over newly extended mandate

BEIRUT: Anti-Parliament protesters ended their two-day sit-in in Downtown Beirut Friday but vowed to continue demonstrating against the legislature’s extended mandate, which went into effect after the Constitutional Council failed to rule on petitions challenging the extension.   President Michel Sleiman, who opposes the extension, urged the legislature to draft a new electoral law that would allow the ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Senate investigation finds RCMP not in contempt of Parliament

BILL CURRY OTTAWA - THE GLOBE AND MAIL     A Senate investigation has concluded the RCMP should not be found in contempt of Parliament, even though its actions in relation to a potential committee witness did encroach on Parliament's powers.   The Senate Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament tabled a report Thursday after looking into accusations that the RCMP deliberate ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Lebanese army seals parliament after protests, Syria-linked tension

  The Lebanese army sealed off Beirut's parliamentary district with razor wire and threatened stern action against violence on Friday after a night of unrest stoked by the war in Syria and political paralysis at home.   Around 100 protesters, angered by the postponement of June's parliamentary election until next year, scuffled with police on Thursday night near parliament. Twenty camped out overn ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Parliament needs to recognise importance of social media – Kalam

Hyderabad: Parliament needs to recognise the importance of social media, former President APJ Abdul Kalam said today. He was speaking at a function where his book 'Squaring the Circle: Seven Steps to Indian Renaissance', co-authored by his biographer Arun Tiwari, was launched. "'Squaring the Circle' gives solutions on how important Parliament is and (can) take pro-active action for national issues...It is v ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Kuwait sets sixth parliamentary election in seven years

(Reuters) - Kuwait will hold its sixth parliamentary election in seven years on July 25, a snap vote ordered by its top court after the current assembly was dissolved earlier this week in another sign of political turmoil in the Gulf Arab state. Almost constant factional infighting and disarray has stalled infrastructure development and held up economic reforms in Kuwait, an important oil producer and U.S. ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Senator backs Hillary Clinton for President 2016

LEGISREPORTS NG - Senator Claire McCaskill has thrown in her support for former US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton's bid to contest the Presidential elections in 2016 saying that “it’s important we start early.” The Missouri democrat expressed her support for Clinton's 2016 presidential bid in a statement issued on Tuesday. The statement reads: “Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead ...

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FOREIGN: Requiring Immigrants to Learn English Sought in Bill – By Kathleen Hunter

Senate Republicans are seeking further changes to a broad immigration bill that would require immigrants to learn English and limit their access to government benefits. Republicans’ main demand for revisions to the measure has been stricter security on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for the path to citizenship Democrats want for about 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the U.S. The additional pro ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Russian parliament cracks down on free music and films

The State Duma will ban illegal downloads from the Internet. On June 14th, the parliament considered the bill to fight piracy on the Internet after several members from different factions submitted the initiative for consideration. The type of punishment for those who like freebies has not been determined yet. As for distributors of intellectual property, they will be asked to remove pirated content,  or th ...

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