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Kyrgyzstan Security Operatives Detain Suspected Coup Plotters

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Kyrgyzstan Security Operatives Detain Suspected Coup Plotters

Security operatives in Kyrgyzstan have detained 15 “active members” of a coup plot involving lawmakers and former officials ahead of a parliamentary vote at the weekend.

The detained were part of a plan to get “1,000 aggressive young people” to protest the results of the vote, the state committee for national security said in a statement on Friday.

“After the announcement of the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections…this group planned to organise mass protests in (the capital) Bishkek and subsequently to aggravate the situation, provoking clashes with the forces of law and order and further violent seizure of power,” the statement said.

Security services “obtained irrefutable evidence of the criminal activity of a group of persons under the leadership of certain destructive political forces, including deputies of the (parliament) and former high-ranking officials.”
Without naming the detained, the committee also said it had “found and seized firearms, ammunition and drugs” in a raid on the alleged group’s office.

Kyrgyzstan, a poor, mountainous Central Asian country which has seen three presidents overthrown since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, hopes to avoid further instability from the first parliamentary vote since unrest brought the current leader, Sadyr Japarov, to power last year.

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After rising to the presidency from a prison cell during the last post-vote crisis, Japarov pledged to hold free and fair elections.

But electoral authorities have already excluded one candidate and fined another, both of whom are regarded as independent voices in the outgoing parliament.

The president was serving a sentence for hostage-taking prior to his release amid the protests over alleged vote-buying by pro-government parties last year.

He has always insisted that the charges were a punishment for his campaign to nationalise a key gold mine upon which the largely resource-poor economy depends.

The new administration moved in May to seize the Kumtor mine from the Canadian company that controlled it, Centerra Gold, citing environmental violations.

Centerra, whose operations at Kumtor accounted for 12.5 percent of Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product in 2020, has denied the claims and is contesting the seizure in an international court.

Japarov’s critics have said the head of state is repeating the mistakes of his predecessors by arresting potential rivals after overseeing constitutional changes that strengthened his position.

Kyrgyzstan hosts a Russian military base and looks to next-door China for loans and investments.

Experts say it is unclear however how much trust the new government enjoys from Russia, whose leader Vladimir Putin registered distaste at the street protests and sudden overthrow of then-president Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

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IMF Wants El Salvador To Stop Use Of Bitcoin

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IMF Wants El Salvador To Stop Use Of Bitcoin

Warning of “large risks,” the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked El Salvador to rethink its stance on using Bitcoin as its legal tender.

In its “Article IV Consultation with El Salvador” released on Tuesday, the IMF “urged the authorities to narrow the scope of the Bitcoin law by removing bitcoin’s legal tender status.”

“Since September 2021, the government has adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. The adoption of a cryptocurrency as legal tender, however, entails large risks for financial and market integrity, financial stability, and consumer protection. It also can create contingent liabilities,” the statement said.

The call by the Washington-based financial body came as the cryptocurrency market dropped in value for its fifth week, erasing over $1 trillion and wider volatility on Wall Street.

Last September, El Salvador became the first country in the world to embrace digital money, allowing consumers to use it in all transactions. The Latin American country planned to build the world’s first “Bitcoin City“, funded initially by bitcoin-backed bonds.

President Nayib Bukele sought a $1.3 billion IMF loan, but this has been delayed due to the volatility at the crypto market.

Mr Bukele had disclosed that there would be no property, income or municipal taxes and that the city would have zero-carbon emissions.

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He explained that the project would attract investors, adding that the city would have residential areas, malls, restaurants and a port, and sustainable public transport.

In its statement, the IMF also warned that at current debt spending levels, El Salvador’s public debt could rise to about 96 per cent of GDP in 2026, calling it an “unsustainable path.”

 

 

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81-year-old Nancy Pelosi Declares Bid To Return To US Congress

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81-year-old Nancy Pelosi Declares Bid To Return To US Congress

The 81- year-old Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is not ready to quit politics yet.

Pelosi has just declared another run for congress in the November 2022 election.
Her announcement Tuesday night ended months of speculation over whether she would be retiring.

The California Democrat revealed her plan in a video posted on Facebook, in which she said that “much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives.”

“Our democracy is at risk because of the assaults on the truth, the assault on the US Capitol and the state-by-state assault on voting rights,” she said in the video.

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“This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say, we don’t agonise, we organise and that is why I am running for reelection to Congress and respectfully seek your support. I’d be greatly honoured by it and grateful for it. Thank you so much.”

Nancy Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987 and has been the top House Democrat since 2003.

In 2007, she became the first woman to hold the speaker’s gavel.

After Democrats were beaten in the 2010 midterm elections, Pelosi spent eight years as the minority leader before becoming speaker again in 2019.

 

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Over 120 Roman Catholic Priests, Others Admit Being Homosexuals In Germany

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Over 120 Roman Catholic Priests, Others Admit Being Homosexuals In Germany

A gay crisis is brewing in the Catholic church as no fewer than 120 priests and employees of the Christian body within a community in Germany have decided to come out as homosexuals.

They also launched a campaign demanding an end to institutional discrimination against LGBTQ people.

The priests and church employees took to the streets on Monday after allegedly facing constant discrimination, and also called for better protection of LGBTQ rights and an end to institutional discrimination against queer people.

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The protesters, including former and current priests, teachers, church administrators and volunteers, who identified themselves as gay and queer, asked the church to take into account their demands and do away with “outdated statements of church doctrine when it comes to sexuality and gender.”

They also published a seven-point demands on social media under an initiative called “OutInChurch.”

The demands range from queer people saying they should be able to live without fear and have access to all kinds of activities and occupations in the church without discrimination.

They demanded that their “sexual orientation must never be considered a breach of loyalty or reason for dismissal from their occupation.”

They also asked the church to revise its statements on sexuality based on “theological and human-scientific findings.”

The group also put down demands that the church takes accountability for their discrimination against people of the community throughout history, calling on the bishop to take responsibility on behalf of the church.

 

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