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Italian president pushes for new voting law before election | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italian president pushes for new voting law before election | Reuters

By Giselda Vagnoni and Steve Scherer | ROME ROME Italy's President Sergio Mattarella wants parliament to draft a new electoral law before any ballot is held, a source close to the president said on Tuesday, a move likely to delay any vote after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns.Renzi said he would step down after losing a referendum on constitutional reform on Sunday, but Mattarella asked him to stay on until parliament passes the 2017 budget, a vote scheduled for Wednesday.. The next parliamentary election is not scheduled until 2018 but on Tuesday there was growing consensus among party leaders for it to be held a year earlier. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the vote should be held in February.Senior members of Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) will meet on Wednesday to discuss the referendum defeat and the party's future strategy.On the eve of the meeting, two PD sources said the party would support a government of national unity, which would have to include parties that had been in opposition #Politics #United States #Business #Middle East #markets #Italy #United Kingdom
Investigation urges coalition apology for Yemen hospital attack | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Investigation urges coalition apology for Yemen hospital attack | Reuters

DUBAI An investigative body set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Tuesday it should apologise for a deadly attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in August that the group said killed 11 people.But the Joint Group to Assess Incidents found the coalition was not responsible for or had legitimately targeted fighters in four other incidents that rights groups blamed on Saudi-led bombings and together killed dozens of people. #United States #Economy #Middle East #Iran #lifestyle
Angela Merkel calls for ban on Muslim veils in Germany

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Angela Merkel calls for ban on Muslim veils in Germany

Angela Merkel laid out her case for a fourth term as German chancellor on Tuesday, with a call to ban full-face Muslim veils and the promise of a tougher stance on immigration after a record influx of refugees #Donald Trump #Middle East #NewsTracker #Angela Merkel #Germany #Italy #Chancellor #migration #Christian Democratic Union #Muslim #german #burqa ban #veil ban
Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election in February | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election in February | Reuters

By Gavin Jones | ROME ROME Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday after speaking with the prime minister.The comments will heighten support for a quick vote as the only way to avoid protracted political limbo in the euro zone's third largest economy following Sunday's "No" vote on Renzi's constitutional reforms.The two largest opposition parties, the eurosceptic, anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing Northern League, are both pushing hard for elections.Renzi announced he would step down after his resounding referendum defeat. President Sergio Mattarella told him to stay on until parliament approves the 2017 budget.Moving quickly, Renzi on Tuesday called a definitive confidence vote on the budget, to be held in the Senate on Wednesday, after which he is expected to return to Mattarella with his resignation #Business #Middle East #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #lifestyle
Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy | Reuters

By Amy Tennery and Timothy Gardner | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a "productive" session.Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect's Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. In addition to seeing Trump, he also met briefly with the Republican's daughter, Ivanka, who attended a series of high-level meetings since her father won the Nov #Business #Middle East #Hillary Clinton #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #lifestyle
Merkel's conservatives meet to prepare for 'toughest' election | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Merkel's conservatives meet to prepare for 'toughest' election | Reuters

By Paul Carrel | ESSEN, Germany ESSEN, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally her conservatives at a party conference on Tuesday to gird for a German election next year that she expects to be "tough like no other".Seeking a fourth term in office, Merkel must unite her Christian Democrats (CDU) and try to recapture some of her personal popularity, undermined by the crises that have rocked Europe.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's referendum defeat on Sunday and the impending departure of French President Francois Hollande underline Merkel's status as Europe's most experienced leader, but she needs to win back disgruntled voters at home.The CDU has seen its support eroded by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has profited from popular concern about the influx into Germany last year of around a million migrants, many fleeing war in the Middle East."We know our world is changing. It always has been. Anyone who promises to be able to stop that isn't being honest," said CDU Secretary General Peter Tauber #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #conservative #christian
U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader | Reuters

By Roberta Rampton and Ben Blanchard | WASHINGTON/BEIJING WASHINGTON/BEIJING The White House said on Monday it had sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader last week, which the Obama administration warned could undermine progress in relations with Beijing.The statement from a spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted concerns about the potential fallout from Trump's unusual call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, which prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing on Saturday.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said senior National Security Council officials spoke twice with Chinese officials over the weekend to reassure them of Washington's commitment to the "One China" policy and to "reiterate and clarify the continued commitment of the United States to our longstanding China policy."The policy has been in place for 40 years and is focused on promoting and preserving peace and stability in the strait separating China and Taiwan, which is in U.S #China #Middle East #Vietnam #President #Taiwan #Jordan
French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government | Reuters

By Christian Hartmann | EVRY, France EVRY, France French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Monday that he would seek the Socialist Party's nomination for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning.Although opinion polls bill Valls as the favourite for the Socialists' ticket, they also forecast that neither he nor any other left-wing candidate will win the election, rather that conservative candidate Francois Fillon will beat far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off. "We're told the left does not stand a chance, but nothing's set in stone," Valls said to applause from supporters in his fiefdom of Evry, the gritty southern suburb of Paris where he was mayor for over a decade. [L5N1E00L9]"I want us to lead the left to victory!" the 54-year-old said, urging his much-divided camp to unite. #United States #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Entertainment #Election #article
Greek court rules against extradition of three Turkish soldiers - lawyer | Reuters

Updated : Dec 05, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Greek court rules against extradition of three Turkish soldiers - lawyer | Reuters

ATHENS A Greek court ruled against the extradition to Turkey of three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after an abortive coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan in July, their lawyer and court officials said on Monday. Turkey said the soldiers, eight in total, were involved in a July 16 coup attempt, an allegation they have denied. "I am very pleased with the ruling, they shouldn't have been extradited.. #Middle East #Greece #markets #Crime #lawyer