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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in Politics, Education, General business news & info

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Op-Ed: UN appears to want GNC government to reject peace deal

Skhirat - The most recent fourth draft of a UN-sponsored plan for a unity government in Libya was originally received positively by the Tripoli government and negatively by the internationally-recognized House or Representatives(HoR) government based in Tobruk.

Canadian dollar drops below 80 cents U.S.

Ottawa - A Reuters poll predicted that the loonie, or Canadian dollar, is likely to decline even further in the coming months. The weakness of the dollar is tied to low oil prices and weak economic outlook for the near future.

Op-Ed: Libya peace talks reports leave out everything significant

Skhirat - The US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain all are calling for a UN-sponsored plan to be endorsed by the rival governments. Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy to Libya, hopes the parties will agree to his plan later this week.

Al-Qaeda attack in Yemen frees 1,200 prisoners

Taiz - News agency Saba reported that supporters of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula(AQAP) attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and released more than 1,200 prisoners.

U.S. troops blow up arms cache of local warlord in Afghanistan

Kabul - US forces attacked a village of local commander Jan Ahmad and blew up an arms cache belonging to him. The US said the raid was carried out to destroy the weapons.

Op-Ed: Pentagon claims journalists can be legitimate targets

Washington - A new Pentagon rule book on the "laws of war" detailing legitimate warfare practices, as approved by the U.S. military, claims that journalists may be legitimate targets.

Op-Ed: Libyan peace talks fail to reach agreement on unity government

Skhirat - The two rival Libyan governments failed to agree on a unity government as set out by UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, after talks in Skhirat, Morocco over the weekend.

Turkey may invade Syria to create buffer zone

Ankara - Turkish president Recep Erdogan, in an anti-Kurdish speech, said that he would not allow the formation of a separate Kurdish state in Syria. There are reports he is ordering the military to carve out a buffer zone to prevent IS and Kurdish advances.

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman applauds the Greek referendum on Troika offer

Athens - Paul Krugman, the American liberal economist, has been consistently critical of the austerity program demanded by the Troika as a condition of releasing the final funds of the Greek bailout that expires on June 30.

Op-Ed: HarperPAC euthanized after short life span

Ottawa - There are many ways in which political parties and governments can promote their agendas through the media and other activities. PACs or Political Action Committees are a common vehicle for doing this in the US.

UN envoy to Yemen trying to broker a peace deal

Aden - Ismail Ahmed, the UN envoy to Yemen, will travel to Kuwait on June 27 and then travel to Ryadh Saudi Arabia for a week's stay. Finally, he will move on to Sanaa, Yemen for another week to try and reach a preliminary peace deal to end the conflict.

Op-Ed: Rival Libyan governments resume peace talks in Morocco

Skhirat - Talks to form a unity government in Libya resumed in Skhirat Morocco resumed on Friday June 26. The UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon, provided the two rival governments with the 4th draft of a unity government plan prior to the meeting.

Op-Ed: Ukraine likely to default on payment due in July

Kiev - Ukraine has found it necessary to obtain a further bailout from the IMF even though it had agreed to a $17 billion aid package last year, of which it has so far received $4.6 billion. It needed more in early 2015.

NDP surging in Canadian federal polls and leading election race

Ottawa - Just four months from an expected federal election in October, the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) is widening its lead over the Conservatives and Liberals, according to a new Forum poll.

Former Canadian MP sentenced to jail for election overspending

Peterborough - Former Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro has been sentenced to one month in prison and then four more under house arrest after he was found guilty of overspending during the 2008 federal election.

Op-Ed: Talks in Oman seek cease fire in Yemen battles

Sanaa - Ismail Ahmed, the UN special envoy for Yemen has warned that Yemen is on the verge of famine with 31 million now in need of assistance versus 7 million just two years ago.

Op-Ed: Libyan unity government talks to resume in Morocco

Tripoli - Earlier this month, members of the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government based in Tobruk eastern Libya were split on whether they would even continue to participate in the peace talks.

Op-Ed: Greece's new proposals erase most previous 'red lines'

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers gather in Brussels this evening to discuss new proposals that Greek officials hope will be sufficient to release the last 7.2 billion euros of the bailout funds remaining in the loan that expires the end of June.

U.S. pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month to fight IS

Washington - The US is now paying the rebels it is training to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Training of the first 90 fighters began in May.

Both Libyan governments object to EU plans to combat traffickers

Tripoli - The head of the internationally-recognized Libyan government's air force warned European countries that any ships entering the Tobruk government's territorial waters without permission will be targeted by air strikes.
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