Kosovo lawmakers use tear gas to block Parliament

Updated 19 February 2016
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Kosovo lawmakers use tear gas to block Parliament

PRISTINA: Despite security checks at the entrance, Kosovo opposition lawmakers on Friday again used tear gas to block work from being done in Parliament to pressure the government into renouncing deals with Serbia and Montenegro.
The session, delayed for about 50 minutes, was temporarily suspended Friday after a tear gas canister was launched from opposition lawmakers’ seats. A resumed session an hour later was suspended again for the same reason. Outside the Parliament a few hundreds opposition supporters were gathered shouting anti-government slogans.
Opposition lawmakers said they are determined not to allow normal operations at the Parliament, demanding the government’s resignation and fresh elections.
Since September, the opposition has disrupted Parliament with tear gas, pepper spray, whistles and water bottles. They reject a deal between Kosovo and Serbia, reached last year, which gives more powers to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo. They are also against a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
In December, Kosovo’s Constitutional Court decided that part of the deal with Serbia was not in line with the constitution.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo said the government is determined to continue its daily agenda, considering the use of tear gas as “ugly.”


Philippines arrests, hands over to China corruption fugitive

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Philippines arrests, hands over to China corruption fugitive

  • The 49-year-old is wanted back home on charges of corruption that amounted to $210 million
  • Philippine officials handed him over Wednesday to China’s authorities in Manila for deportation

MANILA, Philippines: Philippine officials have turned over to China a former government official wanted for alleged economic crime and corruption.
Xie Haojie (SHEE’-ye hao-JEE’-ye) was arrested on Sunday in Manila in an operation coordinated with Chinese authorities.
The 49-year-old is wanted back home on charges of corruption that amounted to $210 million.
Officials from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration handed him over Wednesday to China’s authorities in Manila for deportation.
Li Shulei, vice chairman of China’s National Supervisory Commission, says the case involved a huge amount of money that made Xie “a very terrible social influence.”
Xi was presented to the media in the Philippines but did not make any statement.