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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

Saudi Arabia has been pursuing an open warmongering policy toward Iran. Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened to move the “battle” to Iran.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. Australia closed the Manus Island

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “What I’m clear about is that we must step forward together. This is for both the UK and for the European Union to move on to the next stage.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from  All Progressives Congress (APC)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from All Progressives Congress (APC)

Atiku Abubakar says, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.”

“But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth. A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘Russia to Overtake West in Terms of Military Technology:’ Vladimir Putin Russian President

RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘Russia to Overtake West in Terms of Military Technology:’ Vladimir Putin Russian President

Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security. To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”

“Our army and navy need to have the very best equipment — better than foreign equivalents,” he said, according to AFP. “If we want to win, we have to be better.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

“There is no solution to the crisis without a Syrian consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people on the basis of Geneva 1 and (U.N. Security Council) resolution 2254,” he said.

The Moscow group of Syrian political activists led by a former deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil said they turned down an invitation to attend the conference, accusing the members of the main HNC opposition of thwarting efforts to set up a single delegation.

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USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

Among the advocates of dismantling the ICBM force is William Perry, defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. In a recent interview, Perry said the U.S. should get rid of its ICBMs because “responding to a false alarm is only too easy.” An erroneous decision would be apocalyptic, he said. “I don’t think any person should have to make that decision in seven or eight minutes.”

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BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

Mladic, 74, was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for screaming “this is all lies, you are all liars” after returning from what his son described as a blood pressure test which delayed the reading-out of the judgment.

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HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

Los Guaraguao were detained for eighteen hours and deported after far-right Cuban American politician Otto Reich accused Venezuela of trying to influence Honduran presidential elections.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

“I’d like to introduce you to the people who played a key part in saving Syria,” Putin told Assad as he introduced the men in green uniforms. “Of course, Mr. Assad knows some of you personally. He told me during our talks today that thanks to the Russian Army, Syria has been saved as a state.”

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IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

In his address on Tuesday, Rouhani accused the United States and Israel of supporting Islamic State. He also criticized Arab powers in the region and asked why they had not spoken out about civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.

Rouhani is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan in Russia on Wednesday to discuss the Syria conflict.

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USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

North Korea has remained defiant in face of international pressure and sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear and missile programs, saying it needs to develop its missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent against plans by the US and its allies to invade the country.

Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence until Washington stops its hostile policy toward the country.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

President Trump appeared to connect Martinez’s death to border security, and plugged his plans for a border wall Sunday night on Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asserted, without explanation, that Martinez and his partner were “attacked” and also linked the incident to security on the border with Mexico.

“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Cruz tweeted. “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdish Referendum Unconstitutional: Iraqi Federal Court Rules

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdish Referendum Unconstitutional: Iraqi Federal Court Rules

“The Federal Court issued the decision to consider the Kurdish region’s referendum unconstitutional and this ruling is final,” the spokesman said. “The power of this ruling should now cancel all the results of the referendum.”

A statement from Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said: “We call upon everybody to … avoid taking any step which violates the constitution and law.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Plan to Rejuvenate Russian Politics Bringing in Young People With ‘Fire in Their Eyes’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Plan to Rejuvenate Russian Politics Bringing in Young People With ‘Fire in Their Eyes’

Putin has said his aim is to create “a new governors corps of young promising modern people who will think about the future of the region and all of Russia.”

Critics say the Kremlin’s emphasis on youth is window-dressing designed to create the illusion of political change in a system bereft of real competition.

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GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

“It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” Merkel told reporters. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.”

The failure of coalition talks is unprecedented in Germany’s post-war history, and was likened by newsmagazine Der Spiegel to the shock election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Britain’s referendum vote to leave the EU – moments when countries cast aside reputations for stability built up over decades.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme Passes Away

NIGERIA POLITICS: Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme Passes Away

A statement by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said: “Nigeria has lost in Dr. Alex Ekwueme one of the foremost advocates for a restructured federation.

As a politician he was courageous and original in his ideas. Ndigbo have lost a genius, a father and an intellectual giant. May his soul rest in peace.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

Mr. Obiano also won in Ogbaru local government, the local government where PDP’s Oseloka with a total vote of 6,615 against 3,415 votes got by Mr. Oseloka.

Mr. Willie Obiano who has been receiving a mixture of praise and criticism from his first term as Governor will continue to drive the state until November 2021 to complete his two terms in office as Governor of Anambra state.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 24 Deadline: Mugabe Told to Quit as President

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 24 Deadline: Mugabe Told to Quit as President

Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said.

If Mugabe refused to go, “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business,” Mutsvangwa told reporters.

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CHILE POLITICS: Pinera Seen as Favourite as Chileans Vote for President

CHILE POLITICS: Pinera Seen as Favourite as Chileans Vote for President

Pinera, the market favourite, campaigned on a platform of scaling back and “perfecting” her tax and labour laws, seen by many in the business community as having crimped investment at a time when slumping copper prices were already driving down economic growth in the world’s No. 1 copper producer.

Guillier, who is ideologically aligned with Bachelet, has promised to deepen her reforms and sought to tap into fears that a return of Pinera would mark a setback for gains made for students, women and workers.

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