Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) arrives to attend the Parliament session in Canberra on August 21, 2018. — AFP/VNA PhotoViet Nam News SYDNEY — At least 10 ministers have offered their resignations as a leadership crisis in Australian politics deepened on Wednesday with another challenge against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appearing inevitable. The embattled leader narrowly survived a move to unseat him by his populist Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Tuesday with a Liberal party ballot voting 48-35 in his favour. It came to a head after months of poor opinion polls and a revolt by fellow Liberal politicians on Monday against his plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law at a time of soaring power prices. Despite Turnbull’s win, it laid bare that dozens of his own MPs do not want him as their leader, and Dutton worked the phones and blitzed the airwaves on Wednesday to shore up more support for another widely-expected crack … [Read more...] about Ministers offer to quit as Australia political crisis deepens
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'Fake news' has rarely been out of the news since Donald Trump's unlikely election to the White House. Rarely a day goes by when the president doesn't take to Twitter to accuse, normally in capital letters, the mainstream media of misrepresenting the truth when reporting on his administration. U.S. academics Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow define "fake news" as "news articles that are intentionally and verifiably false, and could mislead readers." But in fact, people have been spreading "fake news" for centuries in an effort to discredit political opponents, boost flagging circulations and even propel countries into war. In short, "fake news" is basically "old news". Way back then "Since ancient Athens and Rome, lies and damned lies have always been part of political discourse," says University of Houston professor Robert Zaretsky. Sixth century historian Procopius of Caesarea noted an "anecdota" or "secret history" of Roman emperor Justinian's private life. Lewd details … [Read more...] about Is fake news old news?
Viet Nam News WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo his predecessor Barack Obama’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants, according to the new environmental chief. Speaking on ABC’s Sunday talk show "This Week", Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan would bring back coal jobs. "The past administration had a very anti-fossil fuel strategy," he said. "So this is a promise (Trump) is keeping to the American people to say that we can put people back to work." Told by ABC host George Stephanopolous that most coal-job losses took place a decade ago under Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush - as natural gas increasingly replaced coal - Pruitt dismissed concerns that Trump had made a promise he can’t keep. "It will bring back manufacturing jobs across the country, coal jobs across the country," he said of the … [Read more...] about Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan – World – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
(VOVworld) – Salafist Nour, the second largest Islamist party in Egypt, has agreed to join the constitutional review committee, sparking hope for political progress in Egypt. The party’s announcement was surprising since it had repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the transition process after certain articles supporting Sharia law were earmarked for cancellation. The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest Islamic force in Egypt, has been vehemently protesting the interim government and army by staging Egypt’s largest-ever mass demonstrations. The Salafist Nour party said it decided to join the constitutional review committee with the aim of defending articles that support Islamic identity. Analysts hope this move will stabilize the transition process initiated by the army after it ousted President Mohamed Morsi on July 3rd. Egypt will revise its 2012 constitution and hold parliamentary and presidential elections during this transition. The wave of protests by the Muslim … [Read more...] about Egypt sees an opportunity to resolve its political crisis
Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, May 16, in Vietnamese media. -- Vietnam’s Air Defense-Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Phuong Minh Hoa and Chief of the Singaporean Air Force Major General Hoo Cher Mou have pledged to strengthen defense cooperation in line with the two countries’ strategic partnership to create a model for air force coordination among ASEAN members. The agreement was made during the Vietnamese official’s visit to the island country from May 13-15. … [Read more...] about Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 16