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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44249216

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib

Malaysian police say they found $28.6m (£21.3m) in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak.

The raids were related to an investigation into state development fund 1MDB, from which billions of dollars were allegedly stolen.

Mr Najib himself was accused of pocketed $700m, but was cleared of wrongdoing by Malaysian authorities.

His political party has said the cash found by police is campaign funds.

United Malays National Organisation (Umno) said it included party contributions and money left over after Mr Najib's shock election loss to his former ally Mahathir Mohammad this month.

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Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban

 

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban.

Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar praised the "historic" vote, which saw the campaign to repeal the law win by 66.4% to 33.6%.

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Reacting to the result, the taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who campaigned in favour of liberalisation, said it was "a historic day for Ireland," and that a "quiet revolution" had taken place.

Mr Varadkar told crowds at Dublin Castle the result showed the Irish public "trust and respect women to make their own decision and choices."

He added: "It's also a day when we say no more. No more to doctors telling their patients there's nothing can be done for them in their own country, no more lonely journeys across the Irish Sea, no more stigma as the veil of secrecy is lifted and no more isolation as the burden of shame is gone."....

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44256152

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On ‎5‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 4:25 PM, mr6666 said:

Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban

 

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban.

Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar praised the "historic" vote, which saw the campaign to repeal the law win by 66.4% to 33.6%.

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Reacting to the result, the taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who campaigned in favour of liberalisation, said it was "a historic day for Ireland," and that a "quiet revolution" had taken place.

Mr Varadkar told crowds at Dublin Castle the result showed the Irish public "trust and respect women to make their own decision and choices."

He added: "It's also a day when we say no more. No more to doctors telling their patients there's nothing can be done for them in their own country, no more lonely journeys across the Irish Sea, no more stigma as the veil of secrecy is lifted and no more isolation as the burden of shame is gone."....

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44256152

"in vain do they worship me, preaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

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13 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Too bad Superman wasn't accepted that easy. :P

Reminder this was in 2012.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/protesters-block-google-buses-with-piles-of-scooters-2018-5

Protesters in San Francisco dumped a huge pile of scooters in the street and blocked 11 tech buses — and then things got tense

  • Anti-tech demonstrators in San Francisco blocked tech buses with piles of electric scooters.
  • They told Business Insider they were protesting tech companies' using city streets to experiment and city officials' increasing use of sweeps to force homeless people off the streets.
  • In total, a full intersection, 11 buses, and several cars were blocked for about two hours.

Anti-tech demonstrators in San Francisco on Thursday used piles of electric scooters to block shuttles ferrying Google and other tech company employees to work. The blockade was to protest what they see as the failure of the tech industry and lawmakers to address the city's income inequality and sizable homeless population.

"What you're seeing here is that scooters have more rights than people," Chirag Bhakta told Business Insider. "Our priorities shouldn't be people first, scooters second. We're tired of being seen as an experimental playground for the tech industry."

The deluge of dockless electric scooters that have cropped up in San Francisco and other cities in recent months have drawn criticism from officials who say they were given little to no warning about their presence, as well as from activists who say the scooters are a prime example of tech companies entering public spaces without getting input from residents or permission from regulators.

Business Insider was on the scene. Here's what the scooter protest looked like:

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https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Colombian-Far-Right-Candidate-Duque-Wins-Presidential-Elections-20180617-0016.html

Colombian Far-Right Candidate Duque Wins Presidential Elections

 

With 100% of the polls accounted for the far-right candidate has won the elections

One hour after the polls closed on Sunday for the second round of Colombian presidential elections, electoral authorities announced that far-right candidate Ivan Duque won over the leftist alternative Gustavo Petro with 53,98 percent versus 41,81 percent as 100 percent of the vote was counted.

The turn out rate was about 53 percent, with a total of 19.411.268 Colombians going to the polling stations this Sunday out of the 32 million eligible voters. 

Petro acknowledged the defeat on Twitter responding to Caracol Radio, after the daily paper reported that he had recognized the results. "Which defeat. Eight million Colombian men and women standing freely. No defeat here. We will not be part of the government for now."

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10 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

NBC NewsVerified account @NBCNews 12m12 minutes ago

 
 

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish opposition supporters gather for rally ahead of June 24 elections. https://nbcnews.to/2K2GwH3

Hopefully they get rid of the tyrant Erdogan and the next guy gets them out of Syria and stops persecution of the Kurds. 

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41 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Hopefully they get rid of the tyrant Erdogan and the next guy gets them out of Syria and stops persecution of the Kurds. 

There is no way Erdogan is going to leave.  I.e. the outcome of the election is rigged and even if he was to somehow lose he would just declare the election a fraud and use force to stay in power.    The only way to get him out is a blast to the head.

 

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3 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

There is no way Erdogan is going to leave.  I.e. the outcome of the election is rigged and even if he was to somehow lose he would just declare the election a fraud and use force to stay in power.    The only way to get him out is a blast to the head.

 

Normally I would agree as Erdogan even went to great lengths to enshrine his laws in the Constitution but only a couple years ago there was a failed mass protest against him. I really think his people have had enough of him.

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15 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Normally I would agree as Erdogan even went to great lengths to enshrine his laws in the Constitution but only a couple years ago there was a failed mass protest against him. I really think his people have had enough of him.

Not sure where we disagree here.   Yea,   the majority of Turk citizens have had enough,  but I just don't see him leaving office.     These situations always come down to the generals.   

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2 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Not sure where we disagree here.   Yea,   the majority of Turk citizens have had enough,  but I just don't see him leaving office.     These situations always come down to the generals.   

I was subtly hinting I think they might revolt against him. A couple years ago he was almost ousted. Next time he might not be so lucky. That is if any of the opposition aren't able to win anything and the election is rigged. I see it as a likely outcome.

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15 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

I was subtly hinting I think they might revolt against him. A couple years ago he was almost ousted. Next time he might not be so lucky. That is if any of the opposition aren't able to win anything and the election is rigged. I see it as a likely outcome.

Like I said it all come down to the generals;  I.e.  when a leader refuses to follow the law,  if the generals want him out,  he is out (often by being killed),   but if the generals wish for him to say,   words in a document (e.g. a Constitution), and just that;  words.

 

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/on-eve-of-vote-only-erdogan-gets-tv-time-campaign-trail-update

On Eve of Turkey’s Election, Only Erdogan Gets TV Time

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biggest rival appealed to a massive rally in Istanbul in the campaign’s final hours. You just wouldn’t know it watching state television.

Muharrem Ince, a 54-year-old former physics teacher, addressed what his CHP party claimed was a crowd of 4 million in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of the Bosporus. But the government’s TRT Haber stayed with its regular programming, interrupting it only when Erdogan addressed smaller groups in his travels around Istanbul.

Both candidates focused on getting out the vote. For the incumbent, scoring more than 50 percent would eliminate the need for a runoff and install him in a newly powerful post of president, extending a rule that began in 2003. The opposition’s aim is to force a second round in two weeks.

Ince portrayed Sunday’s decision as a stark choice for voters anxious for change, particularly as the economy sputters. “If Erdogan wins tomorrow evening, panic will return to markets and interest rates will rise. Your phones will continue to be wiretapped,” Ince said. “If Ince wins, the lira will appreciate, interest rates will fall.”

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https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1208/result-may-hinge-on-kurds/

Result may hinge on Kurds

How will Erdoğan respond, asks Esen Uslu, if he cannot get a majority?

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The race to form the first government under the new regime of ‘presidential rule’ is now in the home stretch, as the June 24 polling day approaches.

However, the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has a decided advantage. The coalition of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) with the National Movement Party (MHP) is using all the levers at its command, while the popular opposition has to operate under the heavy hand of state oppression.

For example, the town of Suruç, which lies near the Syrian-Rojava border on the road to Kobanê, has once more been targeted. In July 2015 a suicide bomb exploded amongst activists preparing to visit Kobanê to take toys to the deprived children of war-torn Rojava. Thirty four were killed and more than 100 seriously injured. It was a part of the process of terror unleashed after the AKP’s defeat in the elections of June 6 2015.

Last week, the gun-toting gang of supporters of the current AKP MP turned up in Suruç market as a part of his election campaign. The market traders are, however, known for their sympathies for the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and following an exchange of insults a brawl broke out, which ended in gunfire being exchanged. As a result the brother of the MP was killed on the spot and eight people were wounded, including two brothers who were stallholders - they were both in a critical condition.

 

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Turkey’s national electoral board has pronounced incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the winner of the country’s presidential election with an “absolute majority” of valid votes.

Speaking early Monday, the head of the Supreme Election Council said 97.7 of votes had been counted. Sadi Guven said the remaining votes would not affect the outcome of Erdogan’s re-election.

The vote also ushered in an executive presidency system giving Erdogan sweeping new powers.

Guven also announced that unofficial results showed five parties had passed the 10 percent election threshold required to enter parliament.......

https://apnews.com/01c580103cd043b8bcc99036d4547cd8?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

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AP EuropeVerified account @AP_Europe 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Rescue ship told not to respond to distress call in Mediterranean Sea because the Libyan coast guard was in charge.

Hours later, some 100 migrants are missing and feared dead at sea.

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....Not only has the Libyan coast guard never answered their coordination center phones when called by Proactiva, Gatti said they have more than once aggressively told Open Arms and Astral to leave in the middle of a rescue.

He said that included one incident when they shot into the air and jumped into dinghies to try to take away migrants, and another time boarding the Open Arms rescue ship with guns threatening the crew.

“For months now, (the Libyan coast guard) has been presented as an official body, formal, very well-trained and legal, and these are the same people who have shot at us, who have kidnapped us,” Gatti said. “All of this is theater.”.....

https://apnews.com/ebecacf23ebb41938e6bf6d6c35a50e0

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Senator Dick DurbinVerified account @SenatorDurbin 30m30 minutes ago

 
 

Disappointed with Morocco’s unjust sentencing of journalists, including Hamid Al Mahdaoui of @BadilInfo and Mohamed Al Asrihi of Rif24, to prison simply for covering local protests.

 

https://www.firstpost.com/world/moroccan-court-sentences-journalist-to-three-years-in-jail-4624891.html

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Poland’s New Surveillance Law Targets Personal Data of Environmental Advocates,

Threatening U.N. Climate Talks

A new Polish law with sweeping surveillance measures threatens free speech and the success of an important climate conference scheduled to take place in Katowice, Poland, later this year.

The conference, COP24, is billed as “Paris 2.0” — a crucial follow-up the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, where the Paris Climate Agreement was negotiated. Around 40,000 people from all over the world are expected flock to the industrial city in December, where participating countries will decide on the rulebook for implementing the historic climate accord.........

“Hosting a U.N. conference is not supposed to be used as an opportunity to strengthen police powers in a manner that curtails civil liberties,” says Sébastien Duyck, senior attorney in the Climate & Energy Program of the Center for International Environmental Law. CIEL and several other international NGOs have expressed concern that the bill violates the Aarhus Convention, which ensures that the general public can access information about, and participate in, decision-making around environmental issues. “The fact that the COP is being used as an argument to strengthen the restrictions on how you can protest in Poland is particularly damaging from the point of view of human rights.”........

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/02/cop24-poland-surveillance-law/

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