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Spain angers rights activists with tough new security law MADRID: Spain's proposed new public security law, which introduces hefty fines for unauthorised protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally, has sparked fierce opposition from human rights activists.The lower house of parliament approved the law -- dubbed the "Ley Mordaza" or "Gag Law" by its critics -- on Thursday with the votes of the ruling conservative Popular Party which has a majority in the assembly. All opposition parties voted against the bill.The bill, which was first introduced in 2013, now goes to the senate, Spain's upper house of parliament, at the beginning of next year for final approval. Under the new legislation organisers of unpermitted demonstrations near buildings that provide basic services can be slapped with fines of up to 600,000 euros ($745,000) while those who disobey police or prevent authorities from carrying out evictions can be fined up to 30,000 ...

Juncker says UK 'beating up' poor Europeans: report LONDON: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Britain's prime minister of "beating up" poor European immigrant workers with plans to restrict their access to public assistance, The Guardian reported Saturday.Juncker, whose appointment as commission chief was bitterly opposed by Prime Minister David Cameron, warned that proposals outlined last month to restrict low wage European workers' access to tax credits and social housing could eventually threaten Britain's key financial sector."Especially in Great Britain, which always fought ...
Ukraine is own worst threat: Russian deputy PM MOSCOW: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees defence, said Saturday that Ukraine was its own worst threat, after Kiev announced plans to boost its armed forces because of the conflict in east Ukraine.Rogozin quoted Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak as telling parliament Friday that Kiev faced threats both from pro-Russian separatists in its east and also from the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestr on its southwestern border."Poltorak talks about a dual threat. But ...
Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged KIEV: Ukraine on Friday welcomed a US bill that would allow Washington to provide lethal military assistance to the embattled country, but Russia expressed outrage at the "openly confrontational" legislation.The bill -- passed late on Thursday and due to get final approval in Congress on Friday before being sent to US President Barack Obama -- opens the way for up to $350 million (280 million euros') worth of US military hardware to be sent to ...
Portuguese parliament calls on govt to recognise Palestinian state LISBON: The Portuguese parliament adopted Friday a recommendation calling on the government to recognise the Palestinian state, drawing votes from the majority and opposition.The motion, filed jointly by the ruling centre-right majority and the opposition Socialist party, proposes "recognising, in coordination with the European Union, the state of Palestine as independent and sovereign".Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Spanish court to consider paternity suits against ex-king MADRID: Spain's Supreme Court will consider two paternity suits against former king Juan Carlos lodged by a waiter and his sister who believe they are the illegitimate children of the ex-monarch, a judicial source said Thursday.The 10 judges comprising the civil chamber of the nation's highest court will consider the applications filed by Spaniard Alberto Sola Jimenez and Belgian Ingrid Jeanne Sartiau in January at the earliest, the source said.Dogged by scandals and weakened by ...
Shots near Israeli embassy in Athens: police ATHENS: Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.The shots were apparently fired from a motorcycle with two persons passing in front of the embassy, which lies on the corner of a busy highway, the police said.Another two persons on a second motorcycle are suspected of participating in the 3:20 am (0120 GMT) attack.Early evidence suggests a ...

 



 
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