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Turkey detains 2 militants trying to enter parliament

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Turkey detains 2 militants trying to enter parliament fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc df8cfb48-ad8e-5e1f-bf0b-e722aba62f70 Associated Press article ANKARA, Turkey

Turkish officials say police have detained two suspected left-wing militants who tried to enter the country’s parliament with sharp objects and a hoax explosive device.

Fahrettin Altun, the presidential communications director, said in a tweet early Wednesday that the suspects were members of the banned Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, also known as DHKP-C.

He called their attempt a “terrorist act against the will and the peace of the nation.”

The state-run Anadolu Agency said the suspects — a woman and a man — arrived at the parliament building on Tuesday and tried to take a security official hostage before they were subdued.

The DHKP-C is considered a terror organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

Altun said their “internal and external connections will be revealed and accounted for.”

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Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

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Sherpa guide Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world’s highest peak.

Government official Gyanendra Shrestha says Rita reached the summit with other climbers Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe.

Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.

There are 41 different teams with a total of 378 climbers who have been permitted to scale Everest during this year’s spring climbing season. There are an equal number of Nepalese guides helping them to get to the summit.

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AP Explains: Brazil’s environmental changes under Bolsonaro

The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. This is not the first time the far-right Bolsonaro has made clear he intends to make major changes to Brazil’s environmental policy, including opening the globally vital Amazon rainforest to development and agribusiness. His environment minister has called climate change a “secondary issue.” Here’s a look at some of the key measures taken by Bolsonaro’s administration, which took office Jan. 1.

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INDIGENOUS LANDS

During the campaign, then-presidential candidate Bolsonaro vowed that if elected, “not a centimeter” more of land would be demarcated for indigenous reserves. Within hours of taking office, he issued a series of decrees that critics said would benefit his allies in Brazil’s powerful pro-development “rural caucus.” On Jan. 2, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for delineating indigenous territories from the Justice Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry, which one lawmaker described as “letting the fox take over the chicken coop.” The decree also transferred the agency for indigenous affairs, known as FUNAI, from the Justice Ministry to a newly created Ministry for Family, Women and Human Rights that is headed by an ultraconservative evangelical pastor. FUNAI oversees health care, housing and language preservation for indigenous groups.

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CABINET APPOINTMENTS

Bolsonaro’s ministerial appointments are in line with his campaign promise to help businesses expand operations in Brazil, including into its protected areas. His agriculture minister is Tereza Cristina, who was part of the powerful agribusiness caucus in Congress’ lower house and has opposed requests from indigenous communities. The environment minister is Ricardo Salles, a lawyer and former environment secretary for São Paulo state. Much like the president, Salles believes talks around climate change are too ideologically charged. He wrote in 2018 in the online publication Medium that agribusiness in Brazil was “under threat.” Climate change-sceptic Ernesto Araujo was named foreign minister. On his blog, Araujo described climate change as a “dogma” used by the left to foster China’s growth, and said he wanted to “help Brazil and the world liberate itself from the globalist ideology.”

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U.N. 2019 CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

In November 2018, after the new administration was elected but before it was sworn in, Brazil’s foreign ministry decided to withdraw its offer to host the 2019 United Nations conference on climate change. The ministry cited “current fiscal and budget constraints,” but activists and environmental groups considered it a nod to then President-elect Bolsonaro, who had already mentioned the possibility of withdrawing Brazil from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

During the campaign, Bolsonaro said he would follow the footsteps of U.S. President Donald Trump and leave the Paris climate accord. But just before the election, he backpedaled and said he would remain as long as Brazil’s sovereignty in the Amazon was not threatened or challenged. The South American nation holds about 60% of the Amazon rainforest, the preservation of which is seen by scientists as crucial in the campaign to slow climate change. Efforts by Brazilian authorities to reduce deforestation rates received world recognition a few years ago. But recently, groups monitoring illicit harvesting have reported a double-digit increase in deforestation in the Amazon region. Brazil’s commitment to other aspects of the Paris accord is unclear but environmental groups say either way, Bolsonaro’s plans to open the Amazon to greater development would make it impossible for Brazil to meet its reduced emissions targets in the coming years.

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OIL EXPLORATION

Bolsonaro’s government is planning to auction several offshore fields in the country’s northeast, which had been earmarked as “highly sensitive areas” by Brazil’s environment institute, IBAMA. An IBAMA study said oil spills in these blocks could lead to the destruction of the Abrolhos islands, an area of 353 square miles (913 square kilometers) that is home to a marine national park. Critics say the government’s decision to ignore the recommendation and include the fields in the auction shows the new administration is determined to bring investors to Brazil despite environmental costs.

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Candidates vow next Australian prime minister will last

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Both candidates vying to become Australia’s prime minister in elections on Saturday are promising to stay in the job for the entire three-year term, shut the revolving door to high office and put the choice of the nation’s leader back in voters’ hands.

Lasting the distance between elections was once a prime minister’s pledge that Australian voters didn’t need to question. But since an extraordinary period of political instability began a decade ago, four prime ministers have been dumped by their own parties and only one has been ousted by voters.

As a result, both the ruling conservative Liberal Party and the opposition center-left Labor Party have tightened their rules to make their leader’s ejector seat more difficult to activate. The changes acknowledge growing anger over voters’ loss of control over who runs the country. Foreign governments have also become wary of striking bilateral deals with Australian prime ministers who can be replaced without warning.

But both parties are also warning voters against trusting that the rival candidate could maintain his government’s support and end the chaos of Australia’s recent political history.

If the winner in the race between incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten keeps his promise to last three years, he will become the first to survive a single term since Prime Minister John Howard lost his Sydney seat in 2007 elections.

It was an ignoble end to the political career of Australia’s second-longest serving prime minister. Howard lasted at the helm for more than 11 years, having led the Liberals to four consecutive election victories.

Since then, six prime ministers have been sworn in, including Kevin Rudd, who had the job twice. He was dubbed “Recycled Rudd” in his second incarnation before he became the only prime minister in the past decade to lose power at the will of voters, expressed in 2013 elections. The rest have been dumped by their own parties in the face of poor opinion polling.

Polls suggest Morrison will have one of the shortest tenures of the 30 prime ministers in the 118-year history of the Australian federation, having served in the job for only nine months by election day.

But both the ruling Liberals and Labor have acknowledged that the Australian public is sick of the revolving door to the prime minister’s office and have changed their rules to make the job more secure.

Labor became the first party to increase the level of difficulty to dump a prime minister in a reform pushed by Rudd in 2013.

Rudd had been ambushed in 2010 in a plot conceived and executed over a few hours by Labor lawmakers who decided to switch support to his deputy Julia Gillard.

It was a shock to many Australians, who went to bed with Rudd in charge of the government and woke in the morning to find Gillard had taken over as prime minister.

Australian federal elections are presidential in the sense that the campaigns focus on the party leaders, who contend to be elected prime minister. But in fact, voters don’t directly elect the prime minister. They vote for local candidates running for 151 seats in the House of Representatives, and the party with a majority of seats in that lower chamber forms a government.

The majority party’s leader then becomes prime minister. Many Australians were surprised to learn in 2010 that a government can change the prime minister without first consulting voters. An elected prime minister had only been torn down by his own party twice before since World War II.

The process for Labor to remove its next prime minister endorsed by voters in an election would now take a month and involve tens of thousands grass-roots members of the party having their say.

Now a 75% majority of Labor lawmakers have to sign a petition to force a leadership ballot instead of a simple majority. The leadership decision is no longer the lawmakers’ alone. In a major democratization of the party’s process, more than 30,000 members of the party nationwide who pay an annual fee but are not elected have a 50% stake in the decision through postal ballots.

Australian National University political historian Frank Bongiorno said the chances of Labor replacing a prime minister between elections had become “close to impossible.”

“In the case of the Labor Party, it would be immensely difficult to get rid of a leader between elections if they’re determined not to go,” Bongiorno said.

Morrison initially rejected his own party adopting similar rules. “Regulating for culture is never effective,” he said two days after he became prime minister in August.

In December, however, Morrison made a surprise announcement that his fellow Liberal lawmakers had decided that a minimum of two-thirds of them would need to agree before a prime minister’s leadership could be put to a ballot. A single-vote majority had led to the leadership ballot that installed Morrison as the latest prime minister.

But the Liberals’ rules only have the endorsement of Liberals who were in Parliament in December. The party’s lawmakers will change after the election and the new Liberal lawmakers won’t be bound by a decision made by lawmakers in the last Parliament, some of whom have retired or lost their seats.

Labor’s rules are more concrete, having been endorsed by the party’s national conference of lawmakers and other party members.

But Bongiorno said both parties are similarly deterred from changing leaders. He suspected that the voter backlash for the Liberals by ousting another prime minister against the spirt of the December agreement would be too great for lawmakers to contemplate the option.

“The Liberal Party hasn’t gone down the road of rank-and-file selection, but I don’t think it actually makes a great deal of difference,” Bongiorno said. “The transactional costs of a contest under those kinds of rules would be just huge.”

Shorten, as a party factional leader, played a key role in overthrowing both Rudd and Gillard as Labor prime ministers when the party was last in power from 2007 to 2013. He argues that his party had demonstrated reform by uniting under his leadership for the past six years while the Liberals had three prime ministers.

“I think we need one more change of prime minister, then we can finish it for a while,” Shorten said in a debate against Morrison last week.

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Anxiety and hope over church schools reopening after attacks

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Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month’s devastating Easter attacks on churches and hotels.

All of the island nation’s schools were set to reopen the day after the bombings following a two-week school break, but they remained closed after the attacks, which killed more than 250 people and injured hundreds more. Government schools reopened last week, but many children stayed home, fearing another attack.

Catholic schools, however, have stayed shut out of fears that other Catholic properties could be targeted in further attacks.

On Sunday, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, gave Sri Lanka’s Catholic school administrators permission to reopen on an individual basis in coordination with local security officials.

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Papua New Guinea assesses extent of damage from strong quake

Papua New Guinea authorities are assessing the extent of damage from a powerful earthquake that rattled coastal towns the previous evening.

The magnitude 7.5 quake struck around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was offshore about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kokopo, which has about 26,000 people.

Chris McKee, the acting director of geohazards management, said there was some damage in Kokopo as items were shaken from shelves and the power had been cut. He said a small tsunami was generated, but the late-night darkness made an assessment difficult.

Garfield Tarabu, a spokesman at the National Disaster Centre, said a disaster coordinator was on the ground assessing the situation but they hadn’t yet gotten an update on the extent of the damage.

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Official says pro-company unions will melt away in Mexico

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A Mexican official says a majority of the country’s labor contracts are probably fake, pro-company deals that provide only minimal wages and benefits.

But the assistant secretary of labor says the unions behind those contracts are so weak that they will probably disappear once Mexico’s new labor reform goes into effect.

Alfredo Dominguez says the reform will require unions to prove they have the support of workers. Secret votes will be held so leaders can’t sign fake “protection” contracts behind their members’ backs.

Dominguez says rules for applying the reform are expected within about a month.

He says he doesn’t expect a new wave of strikes like the ones that broke out at about four dozen export plants in the border city of Matamoros in January.

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Owner of Mexico school that collapsed during earthquake, killing 19 children, arrested for manslaughter

Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.

Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake.

The owner, Mónica García Villegas, had been in hiding — missing court dates, eluding police — until Saturday, when authorities received an email tipping them off to her whereabouts.

“We arrested her,” said Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy at a press conference over the weekend. “The crime is [involuntary] manslaughter.”

Godoy attributed the arrest to a reward of 5 million pesos ($263,000) that authorities announced in late-April for information leading to García Villegas’ whereabouts. The tip line received information from 16 tipsters suggesting locations in at least six different states.

“We went to all of them,” Godoy said.

The collapse of the Enrique Rebsamen school came to symbolize the corruption and impunity that plague Mexican construction. Garcia Villegas is accused of having her apartment built using fraudulent permits, among other things. Infobae.com reports that the construction of her apartment compromised the structural integrity of the building, causing some damage during the work on the addition.

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Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City.  (AP)

The search for survivors at Rebsamen captured the attention of people worldwide amid reports shortly after the quake that a girl was purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble. Authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Godoy said there are still arrest warrants out for two construction overseers who authorized the additions at the school, despite insufficient steel or other supports to sustain the extra weight.

The earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 others in nearby states.

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Judge Esperanza Medrano Ortiz ordered Garcia Villegas held under police custody until a court hearing on Thursday, reported Mexico News Daily.

“I’m innocent, I didn’t kill those children,” Garcia Villegas said. “I would never allow such a situation for my students.”

But relatives of the children who died expressed anger, and stood outside the courthouse yelling “Mónica, murderer!” and holding signs that said, “How do you feel having taken away so many lives?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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German police seek 1980s Ferrari after test drive theft

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German police are looking for a rare 1980s Ferrari sports car believed to be worth more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after a man posing as a would-be buyer stole it during a test drive.

Police in Duesseldorf said the man answering an advertisement for the red Ferrari 288 GTO , first registered in 1985, turned up for a previously agreed appointment in the western German city on Monday.

He and the seller went on a test drive, during which the seller got out of the car to swap places with the would-be buyer. The man got into the driver’s seat, hit the gas pedal and sped off.

Police said Tuesday that they hadn’t been able to find the car and appealed to the public for information.

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Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

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Poland’s prime minister is vowing tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests.

The documentary “Tell No One” has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it was released on Saturday on YouTube.

Shock over the allegations that abuse was covered up poses a challenge to Poland’s right-wing government, which is close to the Roman Catholic church. Only recently the head of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, spoke of an “attack” on the church over earlier efforts to confront the culture of impunity within the church.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday his government has prepared legislation to more severely punish the “degenerate, disgusting” crimes of pedophilia.

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