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Italy to reduce size of parliament ‘to save cost’

Italy’s parliament has voted to reduce the number of representatives in both houses to save cost of running governance. The law approved by the lower house is to reduce the number of MPs from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200, BBC reports. The Five Star Movement, the main party in Italy’s governing coalition promised in its manifesto to streamline parliament and save hundreds of millions of euros in salaries and expenses. According to Ansa, Cabinet Secretary Riccardo Fraccaro said”It’s the day we’ve been awaiting forever. “After almost 30 years of broken promises, the cut in MPs and senators is a reality. A new political season is starting, now the citizens are at the centre.” An MP is […]

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Dominic Raab appointed UK foreign secretary, first secretary of state: statement

 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Dominic Raab as foreign minister and first secretary of state on Wednesday, a return to office for the former Brexit minister who quit Theresa May’s government over her deal to leave the European Union. Raab, a former Brexit secretary, ran for the Conservative leadership himself but was knocked out early on in the race. Meanwhile, Sajid Javid, another former leadership contender, was appointed chancellor, while Priti Patel was appointed home secretary. Stephen Barclay will stay on as U.K. Brexit secretary, No. 10 confirmed. Source link

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Organizers unveil Tokyo 2020 medals a year before Games

The city of Tokyo has unveiled its 2020 Olympics medal on Wednesday with exactly one year to go until next year’s Games reports Reuters.  The unveiling of the medals, designed by Junichi Kawanishi, was the main attraction of an extravagant ceremony in the Japanese capital to commemorate the landmark.  The city of Tokyo unveiled its gold, silver, and bronze Olympics medals on Wednesday as it kicked off its countdown to the 2020 Olympic Games, which starts on July 24, 2020. This is the second time the Japanese capital has played host to the event after 1964. The 2020 Olympics will include five new sports to enjoy, including baseball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing. The event was attended by International […]

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De Souza, former ECOWAS President dies at 65

Alain Marcel de Souza, the former president of the ECOWAS Commission, died on Tuesday in Paris after suffering a heart attack, Beninese television reported on Wednesday. His death has also been confirmed by a staff of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja. He died at 65. De Souza the immediate past president of ECOWAS was a banker and Minister of Economic Development. He had also embarked on politics and had been a presidential candidate in 2016. The 48th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held on 17 December 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria allocated the post of President of the regional organisation’s Commission to Benin for the period covering March 2016 to February 2018. Marcel A. de […]

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Somalia hotel attack left 26 people dead

Somalia’s security forces on Saturday ended an overnight attack by the al Shabaab Islamist militant group on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayu that left 26 people dead and 56 injured.  Among the dead according to Ahmed Mohamed Islam, president of the autonomous Jubaland region are: three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans, a Briton and a Canadian. A presidential candidate for the upcoming regional elections and a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist were among the dead too. More than 50 people were wounded. Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamic rebels have claimed responsibility.  Members of the al-Qaeda linked group stormed the hotel after targeting it with a car bomb on Friday while local elders and lawmakers were meeting to discuss approaching regional elections.  […]

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NDLEA, Shippers’ Council synergize to combat illicit drug importation

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC), have build a tie to combat smuggling of Tramadol and other illicit drugs into the country. During a visit to the headquarters of the NSC in Lagos, Omolade Faboyede, NDLEA director in charge of seaports, stated that illegal drugs have found their way into society through the seaports. He criticize the high importation of Tramadol into the country and called on stakeholders operating at the seaports to help in stopping the importation of illicit drugs. In the areas of arresting and prosecuting drug smugglers, The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello, commended the efforts of the NDLEA. Hassan Bello, who was represented by the Director, Legal Services of […]

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Hong Kong: Extradition bill is dead

Hong Kong’s leader,Carrie Lam said on Tuesday said that the controversial extradition bill which sparked Hong Kong’s biggest political protests in decades is “dead”. Chief Executive Carrie Lam went on television on Tuesday to announce there were no plans to reintroduce the bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. She said her government’s work on it had been a “total failure”.  The bill, which would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, sparked a violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil. On June 18, Lam apologised publicly in an attempt to put an end to the protests. She made an […]

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Brexit: Corbyn says new UK PM must put Brexit plan to second referendum

The leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has called on the country’s next prime minister to carry out a second referendum before making any ‘deal or no deal’ decision in regards to the European Union membership. In a letter to party members, he added Labour would campaign in favour of remain to stop a no-deal Brexit or what he called a “damaging Tory (Conservative Party) Brexit”.  “Whoever becomes the new prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote,” Corbyn wrote. “In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal that does not […]

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France, Iran agree to seek conditions to resume nuclear talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that he and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear question by July 15. According to Euronews, The President Macron has agreed, in a statement, with his Iranian counterpart to explore conditions to resume dialogue by July 15. The statement added Macron will keep on talking with Iranian authorities and other involved parties to “engage in a de-escalation of tensions related to Iranian nuclear issue.” Iran has warned it would walk away from the landmark deal unless European allies find a way to keep it alive after US President Donald Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from it last year and reimposed sanctions […]

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US and China agree to restart trade talks

The United States and China on Saturday have agreed to restart trade talks, putting a hold to the trade war that has affected both countries economy. Speaking on the sidelines after the meeting on the sidelines of the main G20 summit in Osaka, the US president, Donald Trump said he would allow Us companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei. Trump said while he will not lift existing import tariffs, he confirmed that he would refrain from adding tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese import. The truce offered relief from a nearly year-long trade standoff in which the countries have slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s imports, disrupting global supply lines, […]

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Iran says new US sanctions have closed path to diplomacy

Iran said on Tuesday that US decision to order sanctions on its supreme leader and other officials has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. In a tweet, spokesman of Foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi said: “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy.” US president Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order to impose new sanctions against Iran’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and eight Revolutionary Guard commanders, after the downing of an unmanned US drone. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters. “Today’s action follows a series of […]

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Platini detained over investigation into 2022 World Cup

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained for questioning by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. According to Press Association Sport, France’s financial prosecutor’s office confirmed that 63-year-old Platini had been detained. The 1980s French football legend served as UEFA president until 2015 when he was banned by FIFA over separate ethics violations. However, he was later cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing. Platini is currently being held at the PNF offices just outside Paris. The organisation specialises in investigating economic crimes and corruption and since 2016 has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to the Gulf emirate. The Parquet National Financier has been investigating the […]

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Egypt’s Morsi buried in Cairo

Just a day after he passed out in court, Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday. The former leader, who reportedly died from a heart attack on June 17 during a court session, was buried at 5 a.m. (0300GMT) local time in Nasr City, east of Cairo amid tight security. In an interview with Reuters on June 17, Morsi’s son, Abdullah Mohamed, said that the Egyptian authorities rejected the family request to bury his father in his hometown in Sharqia Province. On june 18, the country’s state television reported that Morsi was “suffering from a benign tumor, had continuous medical attention and his death was caused by a heart attack.” Earlier Monday, Egypt’s public […]

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Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill after huge protests

The Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam has announced the suspension of the drafted bill that will allow extradition to china after a week of unprecedented protest that brought about political unrest. Support for the extradition bill began to crumble on Friday when several pro-Beijing politicians and a senior advisor to Lam agreed that discussion of the bill should be shelved for the time being. The extradition bill, serves to cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling in the city. This brought many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong’s international financial status. Lam has said the extradition law is necessary to prevent criminals using Hong Kong as a place […]

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HongKong: Hundreds of thousands march to protest against extradition bill

Demonstrators, in hundreds of thousands, took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. In what seemed like a peaceful demonstration quickly devolve into a clash between the riot police and the demonstrators at the Hong Kong parliament. The movement turned violent as demonstrators charged police lines to try to force their way into the Legislative Council building. According to Euronews, protesters were calling for the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam while shouting “protect Hong Kong” and chanting “no China extradition, no evil law”. An official of Chinese newspaper as reported by Euronews said “Foreign forces” want to […]