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USA POLITICS: Trump Endorses Republican Healthcare Plan

USA POLITICS: Trump Endorses Republican Healthcare Plan

Trump, on Twitter, called the measure sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham “great,” adding: “I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

“There will be more leeway to do arms sales,” one senior administration official said. “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.”

The push fits both Trump’s support for the gun lobby espoused on the campaign trail and his “Buy American” agenda.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reacted to Suu Kyi’s remarks in his address before the UNGA by calling for an end to the violence.

“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity; and they must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long,” Guterres said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

At a Tuesday meeting with US media representatives in New York, Rouhani said, “Our people cannot stand by idly in the face of regional threats. Iran’s missiles serve defense purposes.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news agency.

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USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

Unless North Korea backs down, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

With Merkel’s conservatives commanding a solid poll lead, attention in Germany is turning to who she will govern with after the election, rather than whether she will stay in power.

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USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters on Monday afternoon.

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SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

“We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, referring to a resolution adopted at the UN Security Council in 2015.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cementing His Grip on Power

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cementing His Grip on Power

“I can’t say when the formal ascension of Mohammed bin Salman might happen, but the real transfer of power has already happened — he is effectively ruling Saudi Arabia,” Perry Cammack, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told AFP.

“With the (older) generation having now left the scene and his main younger rivals having been removed, Mohammed is primed to enjoy a dominance over Saudi Arabia unseen since the rule of Abdulaziz, who founded the modern Saudi kingdom in the 1930s.”

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UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

Nearly half of the companies surveyed told Reuters they would have to move staff or restructure their businesses because of Brexit, which is due to take place in March 2019. Another third said it would have no impact, and the remainder said they were still deciding on their plans or declined to comment.

The number of jobs to be moved or created overseas was based on answers from 39 companies employing at least 350,000 people. About 1.1 million people work in Britain’s financial sector.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

Hauwa Madu, 13, is among the displaced children at the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School. Three years ago, Boko Haram gunmen stormed her small home in a northeast village near Damboa and killed her father three years ago. Her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth soon after.

“When I think about my parents I become sad, I miss them,” Hauwa recounted in a recent interview with UNHCR, as tears rolled down her cheeks. “This school is really like my home now. I can think of tomorrow again because of what Mustapha has done for us here.”

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UK POLITICS: UK Signs Arms Deal With Qatar After US Jet Sales

UK POLITICS: UK Signs Arms Deal With Qatar After US Jet Sales

“This will be the first major defense contract with Qatar, one of the UK’s strategic partners,” Fallon said in Doha, where he met with the Qatari defense minister. “This is an important moment in our defense relationship and the basis for even closer defense cooperation between our two countries,” he added.

The deal has been clinched after a lengthy negotiating period. Fallon said the deal had been “on the table” back in March 2016.

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USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

The US envoy appeared on CNN Sunday, asserting that the president’s “fire and fury” comment about North Korea’s nuclear program last month is serious. “We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

“We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point,” she said of the measure, which the president had called “another very small step.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his planned meetings on JCPOA in New York are “very important,” adding there is need for clarifications which have to be made about the nuclear accord. Apart from the JCPOA, he will also talk about bilateral ties with world countries, regional issues as well as international developments including the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

“The opponents of the JCPOA are restricted to two or three countries, including some in the US, who feel cheated. They believe that a feast has been set out but that they are deprived of going to the table and having something,” Rouhani said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

The term Deep State, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey and refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul said in a recent interview that Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: “Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

“Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Iran’s] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal. They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive,” IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a Friday TV interview.

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