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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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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

The plan for the non-binding Kurdish referendum was approved in the Iraqi city of Erbil, the capital of a northern province with the same name, in the 111-seat parliament consisting of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Iraq’s former president, Jalal Talabani, and the independent Goran and Jamaa Islamiya opposition parties.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

”My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country,“ Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ”They think Brexit isn’t going to happen.

”I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.

“We have a glorious future.”

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USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

Trump issued an executive order in January targeting funding for cities that offer illegal immigrants safe harbor by declining to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws. A San Francisco judge blocked the order.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

Temer’s earlier corruption charge, that he took bribes from JBS executives, was blocked in August by his allies in the lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Despite the lower house’s move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. His term ends on January 1, 2019.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree on Idlib ‘Safe Zones’

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree on Idlib ‘Safe Zones’

In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan, the three countries said on Friday that they had agreed “to allocate” their forces to patrol the zone covering Idlib province and parts of the neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.

“Observers from these three countries will be deployed at check and observation points in safe zones that form the borders of the de-escalation zone,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The main mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes between the government and the opposition forces and any violations of the truce,” it added.

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USA POLITICS: Pastors Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With Trump Despite Evangelical Base Weakens

USA POLITICS: Pastors Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With Trump Despite Evangelical Base Weakens

Trump, who describes himself as Presbyterian, was not known to be an avid churchgoer before becoming president and critics have said his blunders on basic biblical knowledge, harsh attacks on political adversaries, and his demeaning comments about women clash with Christian principles.

“He, himself, doesn’t have the most sterling track record in terms of either church attendance or professed or displayed knowledge of scripture,” Gary Scott Smith, a historian and author of “Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents,” said of Trump.

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UK POLITICS: London Parsons Green Blast ‘Similar to Boston Marathon Bomb’

UK POLITICS: London Parsons Green Blast ‘Similar to Boston Marathon Bomb’

Major General Chip Chapman told Sky News: “It’s no accident this was both in a confined place and a crowded place.

“It seems to be this bomb either malfunctioned or it’s not TATP, the explosives used by groups like ISIS [Islamic State]. It’s more like the Boston bomb. It’s almost like a pressure cooker device.”

Major Chris Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than 18 years, told LBC he was at the COBRA meetings on 7/7 and 21/7. He said the devices then were very similar to the one on the underground on Friday.

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TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

The new law comes after President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction law that was put in place in 1973. He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women’s day, that the marriage law was “an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse”. The restriction was also seen as violating Tunisia’s constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.

Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women’s rights.

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