Maldives President Wants to Extend Emergency

Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Monday (19/2), sought parliamentary approval to extend emergency in the Maldives for 30 days. But the move stalled after an opposition parliamentary fraction boycotted a planned vote.

Yameen declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of imprisoned political opponents, who had been convicted in a heavily criticized judiciary. Yameen asked parliament to extend emergency two weeks away.

Read: President of the Maldives Emerges Emergency

Under Emergency Law, Yameen ordered the arrest of two Supreme Court judges on charges of corruption. Then, three other judges dismissed the order to release Yameen's political opponents.

The judges on Sunday also postponed previous orders to restore the 12-member parliament's position issued after opposition sides. The Yameen Party will lose a majority in Parliament if they are allowed to participate in the vote.

A total of 39 lawmakers from the ruling Maldivian Progressive Party (PPM) attend a session to debate Yameen's proposal, but all opposition MPs boycott him. The opposition shows that such action requires a quorum of 43 MPs in the 85-member Parliament.

Read : UN: The Maldivian Political Crisis Can Get Bad [19659003] Maldives is an archipelagic country that has more than 1,000 islands. More than a third of its 400,000 residents live in the crowded capital city of Male. Tourism dominates the economy, with wealthy foreign tourists being able to fly directly to these very expensive resort islands. [as/al]

South Korean President Reluctant to Discuss Meeting With North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday he hoped his efforts to establish relations with North Korea in the Olympics would also help for better relations between North Korea and the United States and begin negotiations on the destruction of the program (19459007) about what must happen before he receives North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's invitation to hold a summit. He previously said "do not go too far" about high-level meetings.

Read: Though Slow Running, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress [1945909]

Moon has not received a North Korean offer, delivered on Feb. 10 by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong. Moon only said that the two Koreas had to "create conditions" for the negotiations.

There is one reason why Moon is very cautious: The United States.

Moon is likely to want to negotiate with North Korea as well as to improve relations between North Korea and United States, so as not to distance the most important South Korean ally. The United States maintains the presence of 28,500 troops in South Korea to counter the North Korean invasion. [vm/ii]

President of Trump No Talk of Weapons Rules After the Florida High School Shooting

17 people were killed and dozens more injured in mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland city, Florida state.

"I heard gunshots and then I saw the perpetrator chasing Master Feist and shot him," said one high school student Parkland who witnessed the shooting.

The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, age 19, a former high school student who was expelled for disciplinary offenses. He is now in detention and charged with 17 murders.

Scott Israel, Sherriff Broward County explains, "He is in custody and we start combing what he put on his social media, a lot of worrying things."

Shooting bulk is too frequent in this country. In 2018 alone, 18 shootings have occurred in schools. "We are committed to working with state leaders to secure our schools and overcome these complex mental health problems." By the end of this month, I will meet with the governors and attorneys and making our school and our children safe as our top priority, "Trump said.

The President of Trump has no reference to the rules of weapons possession.

Read also: Latest Shootings Trigger Debate Armed Weapon Control

The authorities continue to investigate the motives of suspected perpetrator Nikolas Cruz. leader of the "Republic of Florida" a white supremacist group claimed Nikolas Cruz was a member of this group and had participated in paramilitary exercises.

Nikolas Cruz also posted a comment on YouTube that he wanted to become a professional school shooter to the federal FBI investigator.

Also read: The Florida Shooter Arrested Order Arrested Unsecured

"The FBI reviews the database but we can not identify the person making the post," said Robert Lasky, an FBI agent.

The authorities continued to identify the dead victims which so far included two teachers. One of them died of using his body as a shield to protect the students.

Replace Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa Become New South African President

Cape Town
South Africa (South Africa) has a new president after Jacob Zuma resigned. Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected by South African lawmakers as the new president, today.

As reported by AFP Thursday (15/2/2018), Ramaphosa was elected without voting because he was the only candidate who was nominated. He was elected at a special session in South Africa's parliament in Cape Town, with Supreme Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng declaring the election of Ramaphosa.

The announcement was met with loud cheers from the African National Congress Party or ANC who now ruled in South Africa. Ramaphosa previously served as Vice President of South Africa under Zuma. After Zuma resigned, he served as Executive Officer of South African President.

Scheduled Ramaphosa will deliver the first speech in parliament after being elected President of South Africa.

Zuma, who leads South Africa since 2009, finally resigned on Wednesday after being forced by his party, the ANC. Zuma's government over the past 9 years has been colored by numerous corruption scandals, a slowdown in economic growth and the decline of ANC's popularity in the election.

Zuma initially refused to back down and denounced the ANC. But the ANC, which ruled South Africa since the abolition of the apartheid system, threatened to impeach Zuma through parliament if he does not comply with the request to step down. Zuma finally chose to resign.

But in an interview on Wednesday (14/2) local time, Zuma called himself receiving the 'very unfair' treatment of the ANC which had sheltered him since 1959 ago.

Zuma's power over the ANC came off since December 2017 when the elected leader of the ANC leader, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, lost to Ramaphosa in a vote. The ANC then held marathon talks between key party figures before deciding to ask Zuma to resign.

It is well known that Zuma's government faces many accusations of corruption, which he has always denied. In 2016, the South African court declared Zuma to be in violation of the Constitution for not replacing government money used for his private home. Then in 2017, the Supreme Court of South Africa called Zuma facing 18 counts of corruption, fraud and money laundering related arms purchases in 1999.

Later Zuma is linked to Indian businessmen who are accused of influencing Gupta's government. Both have denied it.

(nvc / dhn)

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President Trump Announces Infrastructure Plans

Improving America's aging infrastructure is one of President Donald Trump's main campaign promises. On Monday he announced a plan he said would spur the biggest and boldest investment in infrastructure in American history.

"This framework will result in unprecedented investment in infrastructure in America, 1.5 to 1.7 trillion dollars. We will have a great deal of cooperation on public-private projects and with the way projects will be completed on time and within budget. This will speed the approval process from 10 years to two years or maybe a year, "said Trump President.

Some analysts call Trump's blueprint unrealistic." If we ask any economic experts or if we ask anyone who has a background in mathematical knowledge, then the plan is purely a fantasy, "said Ryan Collins, an analyst at the Center for American Progress policy research institute.

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Ryan Collins says that Trump's infrastructure plan is particularly apprehensive especially since his tax reforms include drastic cuts on infrastructure projects and he says private investors will only invest in projects that have high levels of high return on investment

"So what we see is the increase in the number of nets n toll and rising costs of its users, all of which will be needed to pay off debts to investors who have spent so much money to close the gap in funds from state budgets that do not reach the required targets, "he said.

Ryan Collins said that privatization highways in some states have resulted in high toll rates so people can not afford them. If the states were forced to pay for infrastructure costs, the states would eventually raise taxes on their respective residents.

Democrats in Congress also rejected the proposal, which they said would enrich large companies at the expense of taxpayers. They advocate a public infrastructure budget of $ 1 trillion, which means that it will add to America's already large debt.

Trump's infrastructure plan is part of a $ 4.4 trillion budget proposal that is also expected to boost the US deficit. [lt/ab]