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UKIP cruising towards 2nd parliamentary seat

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Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party is being forced to adjust its political sails to the success of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is campaigning for Britain to end its relationship with the European Union. Opinion polls in the lead-up to next month’s by-elections indicate UKIP, with its pledge to tame immigration and exit the EU, winning the support of some 25 percent... 

Second Tory MP defects to join UKIP’s anti-EU crusade

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A UK Conservative MP has defected to the UK Independence Party, formally resigning from the main ruling coalition party and prompting a by-election in his home constituency. “I’m joining UKIP!” MP Mark Reckless announced to a standing ovation at the UKIP party conference, which took place in Doncaster on Saturday. The 43-year-old Rochester and Strood MP, a former investment banker elected to... 

Whatever Scotland decides, old order is dead

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Scotland will be gone within a decade unless there is dramatic change. If Scotland votes for independence next week, it is the British establishment and the establishment alone that is to blame. The yes surge is not being driven by blood-and-soil nationalism, by dewy-eyed Celtic nostalgia or the resurrection of a Braveheart spirit. It is a defiant protest at a bankrupt order built by Margaret Thatcher... 

Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana party campaign kicks off

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The Internet Mana campaign has kicked off in New Zealand, with the new political party founded by the Megaupload owner promising 100,000 new jobs, free higher education, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2015. Kim Dotcom was named the nation’s “newest super hero” and he expressed high hopes for the party. “I can tell you right now we will get over 5 percent in this election,”... 

Georgia state legalizes right to bear arms in public

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new law into effect – nicknamed the “guns everywhere bill” – that allows individuals to carry weapons into bars, schools, and even some churches and government buildings. Officially titled the “Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014,” the bill easily sailed through the state legislature and was signed by Deal on Wednesday. The bill doesn’t officially... 

UK top politicians clash over EU, Ukraine

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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg clash over the EU and Ukraine during a televised debate. The two politicians clashed over whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU) or leave the bloc during a televised debate on BBC on Wednesday. Clegg called his anti-EU opponent an isolationist, warning that an in/out referendum on Britain’s... 

New Zealand to vote on dropping Union Jack from flag

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the island country is set to hold a vote within the next three years on changing the design of the national flag. In a speech at Victoria University in the capital Wellington on Tuesday, Key announced plans to hold the referendum by 2017 on replacing the current flag with a new design. The New Zealand ensign features the Union... 

Australia to buy fleet of giant US drones

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Australia has announced plans to buy a fleet of giant US drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally. On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles would be based in the southern city of Adelaide, AFP reported. “These aircraft will patrol Australia’s vast ocean... 

Arizona Governor announces veto of Religious Freedom Bill

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Arizona governor Jan Brewer held a press conference on Wednesday night to announce she had vetoed a controversial bill which would have permitted businesses to refuse service based on an owner’s religious beliefs. Brewer, a Republican known nationally for her conservative stance on immigration and abortion rights, said she would not sign the law, SB 1062, because of vague language that could have... 

Arizona to pass law that gives Freedom of Choice to Businesses

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The Arizona state Senate approved legislation Wednesday permitting businesses in the state to refuse service to potential customers based on an owner’s religious beliefs, rather than being forced by law to collaborate with anyone even against their will. Equal rights advocates claim the bill legalizes LGBT discrimination. The bill, known officially as Senate Bill 1062, was approved by the Republican-controlled... 

Jesse Ventura goes off the grid ‘so that the drones can’t find me’

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Surveillance drones haven’t started hovering outside and above the homes of Americans en masse just yet, but former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura claims he’s left the United States just in case. Ventura, a 62-year-old professional wrestler-turned-politician, says his new Ora TV program ‘Off the Grid’ is being filmed in secret somewhere in Mexico where the all-seeing eye... 

Refugees are ‘unarmed invaders’ sent by the Turks – Greek MP

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Migrants are “unarmed invaders, weapons in the hands of the Turks”, a New Democracy MP has said, less than two weeks after 12 women and children drowned in a controversial coastguard operation near the islet of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean. Sofia Voultepsi, who has represented the Greater Athens constituency for the conservative party since 2004, singled out Farmakonisi, during a... 

Australia confirms turning immigrant boats back

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Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Australian authorities have confirmed for the first time that they are turning boats carrying asylum-seekers back to Indonesia as part of Canberra’s military-led Operation Sovereign Borders crackdown on people-smuggling. “What I have confirmed today is… that any vessel that seeks to illegally enter Australian waters will be intercepted and will... 

Australia threatens to deport Anti-Social illegal immigrants

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been lauded for defending his country, after drafting a code of behaviour for the hoards of asylum seekers that threatens to deport them for ‘irritating people, disturbing someone or spitting or swearing in public’. Australia’s tough stance over asylum seekers from Indonesia has soured relations between the two countries in recent months and this document... 

Bulgaria bans foreigners from buying land

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Bulgaria has been accused of hypocrisy and double standards after Sofia banned foreigners from buying land, while its citizens have the right to work anywhere in the EU. The Southeastern European country has reinforced a ban stopping non-Bulgarian nationals from purchasing agricultural plots, inciting a volley of criticism from lawmakers including Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Britain’s... 
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