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South Africa’s sharp economic decline a major blow to President Ramaphosa's reforms

South Africa’s national statistical service has revealed the worst quarterly contraction of country’s economy in nearly a decade after Cyril Ramaphosa ousted Jacob Zuma from leadership. From January through March, the country’s GDP declined by 2.2 percent against the previous three months, Stats SA said on Tuesday. That’s the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2009, when the economy ...

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Saudi reforms on women’s rights just a ‘facade’ to fool outsiders – anti-war campaigner

Extending women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is just a façade to placate forces outside of the kingdom and is not really for the benefit of Saudis, according to Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition. At least seven Saudi feminists have been arrested and called “traitors” for “undermining” the kingdom’s national security. Riyadh said the detained feminists undermined ...

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Russia reforms government, introduces digital development ministry

While the names of the ministers inside the new Russian government are yet to be announced, its structure will undergo subtle but potentially impactful transformations, after a decree was signed by Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, which oversees not only data technology, but also the mass media in Russia, will be transformed into the ...

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Russia will push for WADA, IOC reforms after PyeongChang 2018 – Duma official

Russian State Duma official Mikhail Degtyarev says Russia and other countries will initiate changes in WADA after the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, following the ban on most of the country’s athletes from the Games. On Friday, the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport’s top judicial authority, dismissed the appeals of 47 Russian athletes and ...

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MP who battled pro-choice abortion reforms made vice-chair for women in cabinet reshuffle

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 18:39 The Conservative Party’s new vice chair for women, MP Maria Caulfield, strongly opposed legislative reform that would see furthering of abortion rights in the UK, leaving pro-choice campaigners reeling in horror. The Lewes MP’s new role, she was appointed Monday’s cabinet reshuffled, sparked outrage from Labour MPs after it emerged that Caulfield had opposed ...

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'It'll be tough' En Marche! supporters cast doubt over Macron reforms as he DIVES in polls

They have warned of “big obstacles” in the French leader’s way after he faced resistance from trade unions with his desire to push through reforms and remove current labour laws. President Macron promised to reform labour laws in the lead up to his election victory as he planned to kick start the revitalisation of the French economy. But party activist ...

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BREAKING: Poland to IGNORE own president and push through reforms in HUGE SNUB to Brussels

Jarosław Kaczyński, the chairman of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), declared the reforms will go ahead despite the president’s veto on local television. President Andrzej Duda’s surprise announcement to veto the plans saw him bow down to EU pressure and put him at odds with Prime Minister Beata Szydlo who insists Brussels should not dictate Polish law.  Mr ...

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EU's Article 7 ULTIMATUM to Poland: We'll strip you of your voting rights if reforms go on

Brussels has given Warsaw a week to halt judicial reforms it said would put courts under direct government control, or face punishment for undermining democracy.  Hitting back Poland said it could take its own action at Europe’s highest court if any EU case was initiated. Last week, the Polish parliament adopted a new law which would allow them to choose ...

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Merkel ready to consider Macron's EU reforms as Chancellor criticises lack of 'cohesion'

The German Chancellor told an audience at the annual conference of the BDI, the German industry association, in Berlin, that the time was right for change. Ms Merkel said she would take on board suggestions of a Brussels finance minister and a common budget for the EU. She signalled that European leaders should also band together as Britain heads towards ...

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