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IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

The ballistic missile, which is Iran’s third type of missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers along with the Qadr-F and Sejjil ballistic missiles, is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

According to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, the Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

“If you look … overall, that path toward democracy is strong. There are many [countries] that have already had their political maturity tested over two or three periods, like Ghana. So, there’s no turning back on democracy in West Africa,” president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said.

Johnson Sirleaf took office at the end of a transitional government in 2006, following decades of civil war and political fighting in the country. She said that she is proud of having helped her country maintain peace since then.

“My message to all Liberian people is to please maintain the peace, this peace that we have all made such great sacrifice for,” Sirleaf said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States and that Trump’s comments had confirmed his own nuclear programme was “the correct path”. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim Jong Un said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

In a defiant speech in the capital Tehran, addressing a parade of armed forces, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not stop boosting its military forces.

“We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities … We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“All countries in the world supported the nuclear deal in the United Nations General Assembly this year… except the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel),” Rouhani said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: IPOB Financial Headquarters Not Located in France: Embassy of France Says

NIGERIA POLITICS: IPOB Financial Headquarters Not Located in France: Embassy of France Says

France statement reads, “The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the “financial headquarters” of IPOB were in France.

“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point.

“We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.

“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Seeks Florentine Renaissance for Deadlocked Brexit Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Seeks Florentine Renaissance for Deadlocked Brexit Talks

“The UK’s departure from the EU is inevitably a difficult process, it is in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed,” Prime Minister Theresa May will say, according to advance extracts of her speech.

“The eyes of the world are on us but if we can be imaginative and creative about the way we establish this new relationship … I believe we can be optimistic about the future we can build for the United Kingdom and for the European Union.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Block Imports of Athletes’ Gear: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Block Imports of Athletes’ Gear: North Korea Says

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea.

“This association has sent several letters of purchase intention to more than 20 ski equipment production companies and sales agencies including Atomik (Atomic), Blizzard, Fischer, in June and July and made its effort to purchase the equipments,” read the letter from the Ski Association of the DPRK, referring to three Austrian makers of ski equipment.

“But unfortunately, those ski equipment companies and sales agents rejected or have not responded to its request,” it said.

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UK POLITICS: EU Wants Theresa May to Make Firm Offers Now for Brexit Deal: Barnier

UK POLITICS: EU Wants Theresa May to Make Firm Offers Now for Brexit Deal: Barnier

“We will listen attentively and constructively to Theresa May’s important speech tomorrow in Florence,” added Barnier, who holds a new round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels next week.

“A rapid agreement on the conditions of the UK’s orderly withdrawal, and a transition period, is possible … For that to happen, we would like the United Kingdom to put on the table, as soon as next week, proposals to overcome the barriers.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked

The Russian Defence Ministry said the SDF had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with U.S. special forces, and had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces.

“A representative of the U.S. military command in Al Udeid (the U.S. operations centre in Qatar) was told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located would be quickly shut down,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

“Fire points in those areas will be immediately suppressed with all military means.”

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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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