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Ken Hanly

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



Op-Ed: Syriza party close to a majority in Greek election win

Athens - With more than three-quarters of election results in, the leftist, anti-austerity party Syriza, won a decisive victory and was projected to win 149 seats in the 300 seat parliament, just short of a majority.

Op-Ed: Philippine commando attack on rebels kills more than 30 commandos

Manila - A local official claimed that over 30 Philippine National Police Special Action Force(SAF) commandos were killed when they clashed with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as they were attempting to arrest a bombing suspect.

Op-Ed: Yemen government resigns after continued Houthi rebel's pressure

Sanaa - President Mansour Hadi and his government resigned on Thursday under pressure from Houthi rebels as negotiations were deadlocked according to Hadi.

Op-Ed: Haftar forces seize Libya central bank branch in Benghazi

Benghazi - The UN yesterday condemned an attack on the office of the Libyan Central Bank in the city of Benghazi in the east of Libya. The attack appears to have been carried out by forces loyal to CIA-linked general Khalifa Haftar.

Op-Ed: Loonie dives after Bank of Canada rate cut

Ottawa - After Canada's central bank, the Bank of Canada, cut the bank rate from 1.0 percent to .75 percent, the Canadian dollar, the loonie, fell to its lowest level against the US dollar since 2011.

Leftist Syriza party poised for victory in Greek election

Athens - In an attempt to reassure the EU public and officials that a Syriza victory is not a threat to the EU, leader Alex Tsipras, has published opinion pieces in both the FInancial Times and earlier in a German newspaper, Handelsblatt.

Op-Ed: Obama's State of the Union speech — left rhetoric, right action

Washington - Obama's State of The Union Speech(SOTU) was upbeat about the economy and in general about the US situation. He set out many progressive measures that he intends to include in a new budget.

Op-Ed: Bank of Canada surprises with lower interest rate

Ottawa - In a surprise move, Canada's central bank, the Bank of Canada, reduced the overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point. The reason given was the threat to the economy of plunging oil prices.

Yemeni Houthi rebels seize presidential palace

Sanaa - In Yemen, Houthi rebels are reported to be in control of the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa. President Mansour Hadi is thought to be inside.

Liquidation of Target Canada stock to begin in February

Target Canada informed its customers that it will begin to liquidate stock from its Canadian stores early in February. Target announced last week it would shut all its 133 stores in Canada soon.

Op-Ed: Inside the so-called 'International Common Law Court of Justice'

Brussels - The International Common Law Court of Justice(ICLCJ) in Brussels has ruled that Pope Francis, Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Pachon and Justin Welby are guilty of rape, torture, murder and trafficking of children.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Op-Ed: Israel attacks and kills two Hezbollah leaders in Syria

Damascus - Several fighters from the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah were killed in an attack by an Israeli helicopter in the Syrian province of Quneitra. Different casualty figures are given but a Hezbollah statement said that six fighters had been killed.

Op-Ed: Internationally-recognized Libyan government agrees to cease fire

Tripoli - The internationally-recognized Tobruk government announced a ceasefire as of midnight Sunday. The rival faction Libya Dawn associated with the Tripoli government had announced a truce two days before.

Op-Ed: Libyan peace talks in Geneva reach agreements

Geneva - Fajr Libya or Libya Dawn a militia group associated with the rival Tripoli government announced a ceasefire between militia allied with them and those of Khalifa Haftar and the internationally-recognized Tobruk government.

Banks preparing for possible Grexit

Athens - Both banks and brokers are dusting off contingency plans for a possible Greek exit from the eurozone (Grexit). While most think that Greece will remain in the zone, the snap elections to take place January 25 may make such an exit more likely.

Op-Ed: Six European countries left without Russian natural gas

Moscow - Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered Gazprom to cut supplies to and through the Ukraine by 60 percent. He accuses the Ukraine of siphoning off supplies for Europe and stealing Russian gas.

U.S. not emerging markets favored by investors

Davos - Usually emerging economies star at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. This year talk is about the superior performance of the U.S. economy compared to that of most other developed countries.

Op-Ed: As Syriza approaches power it turns to the right

Athens - In order to gain enough votes to win elections leftist parties often jettison their more radical positions in order to attract voters more to the middle of the political spectrum. This is clearly a strategy that Syriza is pursuing.

Op-Ed: Hard line positions on Greek debt may exacerbate crisis

Athens - Rather than supporting negotiations on the Greek debt crisis, many EU leaders continue to support the austerity programs imposed by lenders even though Greece may very well elect a government on January 25 that will insist on changing terms of the loans.
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