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Ecuadoreans vote to scrap unlimited presidential terms

Ecuadoreans have voted to scrap unlimited presidential terms, a move which would stop ex-leader Rafael Correa from returning to power. A quick count suggested that 64 percent of the voters supported a constitutional change, which will prevent presidents from holding office for more than two terms. The question was one of the seven questions put before voters in a referendum. The referendum was called by current President Lenin Moreno, who was once Mr Correa's deputy, but is now his staunch opponent. The questions also include a proposal to bar officials convicted of corruption from entering politics.

Air strike cripples Syrian 'cave hospital'

A hospital built under 20 meters of rock, in a rebel-held area of central Syria, has been wrecked by a powerful air strike. No casualties have been reported. It is not clear who carried out the strike. However, Syrian government warplanes and those of its ally Russia, have been stepping up attacks in rebel-held areas. Both Syria and Russia have consistently denied targeting civilians. Meanwhile, the UN says aid is no longer getting through to besieged areas.

Poland's Senate passes controversial Holocaust Bill

Poland's Senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse Poles of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. The bill also prohibits describing Nazi Death Camps in Poland as 'Polish'. It sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term, as 'punishment'.


FBI has 'grave concerns' about controversial Republican memo

The FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency. A top Trump aide said on Wednesday they would release the top secret document "pretty quick", despite the objections. Democrats claim the memo is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russia probe.

Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a list of officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin published by the US has in effect targeted all Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US election.


Argentine President bans nepotism

Argentine President Mauricio Macri has announced government job cuts, aimed at reducing the deficit, while attacking a 'patronage system' in place for decades. Thereby, Ministers will be forbidden from employing close family members, while those currently in such posts will have to resign. One in four positions appointed by ministers will also be cut. Mr Macri, who has just returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has said "what we have proposed is much more than economic change, it is cultural change".
Within hours of his announcement, several close relatives of Ministers, left their jobs.

Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, quits after Trump criticism.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned.Andrew McCabe was forced to step down ahead of his official retirement date on 18 March, reports CBS News.


Philippines to phase out its beloved cheap but rickety 'jeepneys'

Jeepneys, the flamboyant passenger trucks of the Philippines are nearing the end of their reign, as the “Kings of the Road”. However, they’re not going down without a fight.
Government moves to overhaul outdated public transport, in order to make transport modes safe and environment friendly, will put the brakes on this mode of travel, that has long been the cheapest option of transport in the Philippines. However, operators and drivers of the 200,000 jeepneys that have plied the nation’s roads for decades, denounce moves to oust them as “anti-poor” and a "threat to their livelihoods".
Jeepneys have evolved from surplus army jeeps left behind by the US military after World War Two. They are brightly-painted vehicles festooned with religious slogans, horoscope signs or family names.

Russian opposition leader is detained on day of protests.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained by police in Moscow after joining a rally in support of a presidential election boycott. Mr Navalny tweeted, urging his backers to join protests across Russia. Earlier, police raided his offices in Moscow, reportedly seizing equipment.


'Doomsday Clock' moved to just two minutes to 'apocalypse'

Growing concerns about a possible nuclear war and other global threats have pushed forward the symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' by 30 seconds, which now reads as just two minutes before 'midnight'. The clock created by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, is a 'metaphor' for how close mankind is to destroying the Earth. It is now the closest to the apocalypse, since 1953.
1953 was the year when the US and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs.

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