Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with staff members

CANBERRA. – Australian lawmakers are debating introducing a US-style ban on legislators having sex with staff after the deputy prime minister and a former staffer were revealed to be expectant parents. The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution prohibiting members from engaging in sexual relationships with staff. On the same day, Australian newspapers reported that…
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Trump tells Israel peace means compromise

JERUSALEM.  – US President Donald Trump told Israel yesterday that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias. The Palestinians were outraged by Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the…
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S.Korean president to meet high-ranking DPRK delegation on Feb. 10

SEOUL. — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet the high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on February 10, the presidential Blue House said yesterday. Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing that Moon will meet and have lunch Saturday with the ranking DPRK delegation, led by Kim Yong Nam, president of…
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Brazilian left-wing parties unite to back ex-president Lula for election

RIO DE JANEIRO. — Five Brazilian left-wing parties announced Wednesday that they were creating a common front to support former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to stand in the October presidential elections. At a meeting in Brasilia, representatives from the Workers’ Party (PT), Labour Party, Brazilian Socialist Party, Socialist and Liberty Party and the Communist Party…
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Trump to approve release of memo on FBI Russia probe

WASHINGTON. — US President Donald Trump is expected to approve the publication of a controversial classified memo alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department abused its surveillance powers during the Russia probe, local media reported. Trump is expected to tell Congress about that as early as Friday,several media outlets quoted anonymous White…
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