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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

“We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in the province’s National Assembly.

“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was deeply concerned by the law’s passage and was looking at its legal options.

“This legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms,” said executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Citizenship Bill Dead

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Citizenship Bill Dead

The proposal would have required applicants to live in Australia for four years on permanent residency visas and demonstrate “competence” in English. Mr Dutton had sought to apply the changes to all people who applied from April 20, but he could not secure support from the Senate.

NXT senator Stirling Griff rejected Mr Dutton’s 11th-hour attempt at compromise, “The Government did not need legislation to impose the freeze on citizenship applications and it most certainly does not need legislation to lift it.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

Australia’s election will attract criticism from human rights groups who point to the country’s poor record on Indigenous deaths in custody and on the detention of asylum seekers.

Last month, the UN’s refugee agency slammed Australia for removing services and visas for 400 refugees and asylum seekers transferred to Australia for medical purposes.

It was “a blatant attempt to coerce the most vulnerable to return to Papua New Guinea, Nauru, or their countries of origin” and would leave “people at serious risk of destitution in Australia,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ regional representation in Canberra said in a statement.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: $1m Taxpayer Funds Sex Change Surgeries, Gender Dysphoria Treatment Justified: Payne Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: $1m Taxpayer Funds Sex Change Surgeries, Gender Dysphoria Treatment Justified: Payne Says

“What Defence provides is comprehensive healthcare that is clinically necessary for the management of health conditions, of illnesses and injuries,” Senator Payne said.

“Gender dysphoria, in that context, is managed in accordance with current best practice clinical guidelines under the same principles as any other health condition.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Biggest Clampdown on Federal Lobbying Takes Center Stage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Biggest Clampdown on Federal Lobbying Takes Center Stage

“I am seeing people in my office like Stephen Conroy, or there’s Martin Ferguson representing the mining industry, Adam Giles representing Gina Rinehart – these are doyens of the labor movement suddenly spruiking for big business, it’s surreal,” he said.

“There should be a far bigger firebreak between what they did and what they start to do again.”

However, Senator Hinch questioned whether five years was too long: “My gut says two years is enough to break the nexus. “The way information is spread so fast these days, if you have been out of the loop for two years, well, you’re pretty much out of the loop.”

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Peter Phillips Responsible for 2015 Poverty Rise in Jamaica: Matthew Samuda Says

JAMAICA POLITICS: Peter Phillips Responsible for 2015 Poverty Rise in Jamaica: Matthew Samuda Says

Responding to the STATIN disclosure, Government Senator Matthew Samuda said “while we were across the aisle, we had consistently warned Phillips that his slavish devotion to austerity without taking steps to alleviate the burden on the poor was devastating the people and regrettably we have been proven correct by the latest survey”.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

“Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK despite our repeated warnings, they will not be able to avoid a disaster,” Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned.

The warning comes after Ms Bishop pledged solidarity with South Korea in the face of the North’s ongoing nuclear threat.

“We stand united with (South Korea) against the provocative and threatening behaviour of North Korea,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters.

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CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

The Trump administration says the clause, causing NAFTA to expire every five years unless all three countries agree it should continue, is to ensure the pact stays up to date. But Mexico and Canada insist there is no point updating the pact with such a threat hanging over it, arguing the clause would stunt investment by sowing too much uncertainty about the future of the agreement. The head of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector labor union, said it was clear the United States did not want a deal.

“NAFTA is not going anywhere. This thing is going into the toilet,” Jerry Dias told reporters on Thursday.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

“The court is aware of the need for a speedy decision, but it is not always possible to do so immediately,” said chief justice, Susan Kiefel.

The court’s decision will determine whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can maintain his shaky grip on power. Should the court rule that Joyce, the sole lower house lawmaker caught up in the crisis, is ineligible, Turnbull will need to win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

Lisa Rene Hanna was born on 27 August 1975, 8 o’clock news was on at the University Hospital of the West Indies

“The community influenced me a great deal. I grew up to love the animals, to appreciate the sense of belonging to the earth and being very comfortable around Jamaicaness and the Jamaican people; of eating off of a fire. I was stimulated by the simplicity,” she recalls. “We did not have a lot. People think the name Hanna meant I came from wealth. We were a typical middle class family.”

At the age of 18 Lisa was crowned beauty queen in 1993 when she became the third Jamaican to proudly wear the title Miss World . Along with the crown, she walked away with five of the eight sectional prizes that year. She was the overwhelming crowd favorite who dazzled the crowd with her breathtaking beauty, brilliant intelligence, and winning smile.

“The Miss Jamaica World stage was at times a harrowing experience. It was then that I understood that Jamaican people like you or they don’t like you. And they will tell you whether or not you are fit to be in a situation,” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

“As a politician, there will always be opinions about performance as the Opposition’s job is to nit-pick. I actually thrive on criticism and am driven by it.” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Talks Climate Change in London

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Talks Climate Change in London

Now freed from any belief he will be prime minister again, Mr Abbott claims virtue in saying it as he sees it. Even if it is from the fringe.

The prospect of a bipartisan peace on climate policy with Labor, however unlikely, is now impossible. Mr Abbott will not be satisfied even by orthodox expressions of environmentalism. The Clean Energy Target, once tentatively embraced by Mr Turnbull, is already facing major surgery. It is the only one of Dr Finkel’s recommendations not to have been formally endorsed.

Abandonment of the Clean Energy Target would, in Mr Abbott’s mind, be his victory.

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CUBA POLITICS: Miguel Diaz-Canel Likely Successor to Raul Castro Rejects US Demands for Change

CUBA POLITICS: Miguel Diaz-Canel Likely Successor to Raul Castro Rejects US Demands for Change

“Cuba will not make concessions to its sovereignty and independence, nor negotiate its principles or accept the imposition of conditions,” Miguel Diaz-Canel said, apparently responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent statement at the United Nations that sanctions would not be lifted until the Caribbean island restores democracy and capitalism.

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CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

Marcia Brown Martel, an aboriginal chief who led the campaign for compensation, lamented the “stealing of children” and noted some of those involved lived as far away as New Zealand.

“Think of it as a puzzle, a great big puzzle. Pieces, people are missing,” she told reporters.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Xenophon Candidate Rhys Adams Sacked Over Rihanna Photo

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Xenophon Candidate Rhys Adams Sacked Over Rihanna Photo

The image, taken at Madame Tussauds in Sydney, was captioned “It’s Chris baby”. Rihanna was physically assaulted by her boyfriend, pop star Chris Brown.

“I spoke to Rhys and said it isn’t acceptable. He is no longer a candidate. Domestic violence is a serious issue that cannot be made fun of,” Senator Xenophon said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said: “I even cannot decide which trait of this recently passed act is more bizarre – the blind imitation of their ‘big brother’ actions that makes the whole action a blatant parody or their bombastic yet still provincial claim for the status of a global ombudsman.”

“Who has empowered Canada with the right to do such things in the international arena, to decide who is corrupt in other nations and who is not, to apply repressive measures to foreign citizens?” Kosachev asked.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Creates Photo ID Database to Help Track Terror Suspects

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Creates Photo ID Database to Help Track Terror Suspects

“It shouldn’t take seven days to be able to verify someone’s identity or seek to match the photo of someone who is a person of interest,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“It should be done seamlessly and in real time,” Turnbull said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Property Developers Will Be Banned from Donating to State, Local Government

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Property Developers Will Be Banned from Donating to State, Local Government

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she fully supported two of the report’s 31 recommendations – a ban on developer donations and better means to deal with perceived conflicts of interest for councillors.

“I will ensure that developed donations are banned. I will not make rules for local councils that I am not prepared to follow myself, so any changes we make will apply to state as well as local government.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she was also concerned about councillors voting on developer applications when there was a clear conflict of interest.

“We will look at fixing that matter up as a matter of priority,” she said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: New Australia Warships to be Equipped With Long-Range Missile Systems: Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: New Australia Warships to be Equipped With Long-Range Missile Systems: Turnbull

“Recent events in our region have proven that Australia’s future frigates must be equipped to defend Australia from the threat of medium- and long-range missile attacks,” said Malcolm Turnbull during a speech in Sydney in an apparent reference to North Korean missile tests.
He further added that the new warships would be operating in “a complex and growing threat environment.”

“By bringing together the proven Aegis system, with a cutting edge Australian tactical interface developed by SAAB Australia, our future frigates will have the best capability to defeat future threats above and below the surface,” he underlined.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Mathias Cormann Defends John Howard ‘No ad’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Mathias Cormann Defends John Howard ‘No ad’

Senator Cormann told Sky News: “I think any criticism of John Howard for expressing his view is entirely unwarranted and uncalled for. Everybody is entitled to their view. I mean we are having a national conversation about whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.”

People across Australia have the opportunity to have their say as to what their view is in relation to that question.

“Of course everybody is entitled to participate and express their views. We’ve said all the way through that we would expect people to do so with courtesy and respect, and that is of course precisely the way John Howard has conducted himself.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Annastacia Palaszczuk Slump in Popularity, May Be Out of Power After One Term: Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Annastacia Palaszczuk Slump in Popularity, May Be Out of Power After One Term: Poll

Ms Palaszczuk’s personal popularity has also taken a hit, with the Reachtel poll having her deadlocked with Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls as preferred premier 50:50.

It has been widely speculated that the premier, who has been on annual leave, could call an election as early as this week for late October or early November. Her government expires in January 2018, but an election can be held as late as May next year.

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