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India parties now can get foreign funding, activists pronounce no longer OK

New Delhi, India – Political parties in India are now exempt from scrutiny of their past foreign fundings. They can now receive political donations from Indians living abroad as well as foreign companies with subsidiaries in India. A controversial amendment to a law on foreign donations, with retrospective effect, was rushed through parliament by the…

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Ex-French leader Sarkozy detained over pollfunding allegations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody, where he is likely to be questioned as part of an investigation into suspected irregularities over his 2007 election campaign financing, a source told AFP news agency. The case is connected to accusations that Sarkozy received money from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to fund his…

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Global NGOs criticise drastic US cuts of UNRWA funding

International NGOs have condemned the US government’s decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was “holding Palestinian kids’ humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas”. Jan Egeland,…

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US ‘cuts UNRWA funding’ by bigger than half of

The United States is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, a source has told Al Jazeera. Washington will give the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) $60m in aid for Palestinians but will hold back a further $65m, a source knowledgeable with the…