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LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

The power of the smuggling networks would not be broken until there was a “legitimate source of order” in Libya, said a senior diplomat, speaking of the change in Tripoli airport and comparing the situation to broken vase.

“In one corner we stuck it together, but everything else is in pieces.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 21 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 21 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Police are still searching for Abouyaaqoub and released photos of him on Monday. Police now consider that the death toll from the attacks stands at 15, including the Spanish man stabbed in his car as he was parking. They believe Abouyaaqoub took the car, rammed into officials at a police checkpoint in the city and then abandoned the vehicle with the dead body in it.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

“There’s still hope for this country. It wasn’t meant to be the crap that it has become. The country is too great for this”, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says the former president told supporters at a rally in Feira de Santana (Bahia). Lula has stated that he plans on running for the presidency again in 2018.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

David Schulz said it was not council’s business to be changing Australia Day celebrations.

“Australia Day is January 26 and it should remain that day. They’re doing it without proper consultation and they’re just making decisions for us. I’m definitely worried about a domino effect, once two councils do it, others will just follow their lead.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Political Geography Change in Iraq Creates Regional Insecurity: Major General Mohammad Baqeri

IRAN POLITICS: Political Geography Change in Iraq Creates Regional Insecurity: Major General Mohammad Baqeri

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said, “Any geographical change in the region, given the differences between the Kurds and the central Iraqi government about [the country’s northern province of] Kirkuk and other areas, can start tensions and conflicts inside Iraq and this issue will never be confined to Iraq’s geographical expanse.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Bernard Jenkin, a member of parliament for Theresa May’s Conservative party, who backed Brexit in last year’s referendum, said he opposed continued EU oversight of UK borders.

“There is no need for an EU institution to police our customs, and we should not accept this,” he said in a statement.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Present Vision for US Strategy in Afghanistan War

USA POLITICS: Trump to Present Vision for US Strategy in Afghanistan War

“I took over a mess, and we’re going to make it a lot less messy,” President Donald Trump said when asked about Afghanistan earlier this month.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Says No Room For Biafra, Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants Activists in Nigeria

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Says No Room For Biafra, Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants Activists in Nigeria

Since Buhari traveled to London for treatment, campaign groups have stepped up calls for a separate southeastern state known as Biafra. Militants and community groups have called for the independence of the restive southern Niger Delta oil hub. Islamist Boko Haram militants are fighting for a separate caliphate in the northeast. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said:

“I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble,” Buhari adding that some ethnic violence was “fueled by political mischief makers”.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Begin Computer-Simulated Drills Which North Korea Says Aimed at Nuclear War

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Begin Computer-Simulated Drills Which North Korea Says Aimed at Nuclear War

North Korea views such exercises as preparations for invasion and has fired missiles and taken other actions to show its anger over military drills in the past. North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

“This is aimed to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost. The situation on the Korean peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs.,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Might Put Off Independence Referendum in Return for Concessions From Baghdad: Official

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Might Put Off Independence Referendum in Return for Concessions From Baghdad: Official

The Kurds have been seeking an independent state since at least the end of World War One, when colonial powers divided up the Middle East and left Kurdish-populated territory split between modern-day Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Turkey, Iran and Syria, which together with Iraq have sizeable Kurdish communities, all oppose an independent Kurdistan. Prime Minister Abadi’s government has rejected the planned referendum as “unilateral” and unconstitutional.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 20 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 20 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz entered the fray on Sunday, criticizing Erdogan in an interview with newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag. Kurz, who is running for Chancellor in October’s election, accused Erdogan of trying to rile up the Turkish diaspora.

“President Erdogan is trying to instrumentalize ethnic Turkish communities, especially in German and Austria. He polarises and brings Turkish conflicts into the EU. I condemn the constant interference by Erdogan in the internal affairs of other states – and it’s not happening only in Germany.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Crushing Terrorists: Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Crushing Terrorists: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says, “We have managed to foil the Western project. West is like a chameleon due to its behavior to fit different situations. The psychological war against the Damascus government has failed to discourage us from fighting terrorism or even frighten us… We have fought terror since day one, and we will continue to fight it until there is no terrorist in Syria…”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider machinations and sabotage by Maduro’s opponents. Since the constitutional assembly convened two weeks ago, Maduro has moved swiftly to jail opposition mayors and neutralize an outspoken critic from within his leftist ranks: chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Van Den Hende said, “In theory you can design that, but in practice neither the UK nor the EU would want that because you would be replicating institutions which already exist. It would be a huge amount of money and effort. This is in one of the fundamental problems about Brexit. The UK wants to retain deep integration but the UK doesn’t like the institutions that administer all this stuff.”

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NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Biography

NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Biography

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician who has been the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 1 August 2017. Ardern grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara, where her father, Ross Ardern, worked as a police officer.

“I believe in an Auckland and a New Zealand that owns its future, and its assets, that is smart and grows the economy by investing in Research and Development, clean technology and supporting it’s small businesses.” – Jacinda Ardern

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NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Officially Launches Election Campaign

NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Officially Launches Election Campaign

New Zealand’s opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern said, “I will always maintain that a successful economy is one that serves its people. Not the other way around. And that means judging success differently. For me it’s simple: I want to build a country where every child grows up free from poverty and is filled with hope and opportunity This is my generation’s nuclear-free moment, and I am determined that we will tackle it head on.”

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USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

“I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump tweeted. “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Developers to Design Protection from Vehicle Attacks

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Developers to Design Protection from Vehicle Attacks

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, “The best mitigation are done at the design,. The most important thing is that, as you get new developments, new plans, that security measures are put in place at that time. The threat is constantly evolving, and so what we have to do is make sure that we too are constantly improving and updating the measures we have to keep Australians safe.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

In Harare, Robert Mugabe’s wife has also acquired another property in the plush suburb of Hellensvale for $4,5 million. The real-estate deal between Grace’s family and a local resident Jan Teede and his wife Fiona Campbell has been finalised. It is unclear where Grace Robert and her family are getting such large sums of money. Their known loss-making businesses and meagre official incomes are unlikely to fund this. President Robert Mugabe says he earns $12 000 per month, a salary which makes him “the poorest president in the world”, according to Grace. Grace Mugabe has been splurging millions of dollars despite the fact that her family’s only known business, a dairy company, has been loss-making since 2013.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Saudi-Led Aggressors War on Yemen Totally Failed to Achieve Objectives: Ansarullah Leader

YEMEN POLITICS: Saudi-Led Aggressors War on Yemen Totally Failed to Achieve Objectives: Ansarullah Leader

The Yemen war, which was launched in an attempt to crush the Houthi movement and reinstall the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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