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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS:  Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

“The money Bell Pottinger has got must be paid back to South Africa and must be used through charities that will improve the lives of the South African people,” said Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme in London.

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USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

Stephen Bannon’s ouster comes with the president increasingly isolated over his comments in the aftermath of white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville. A champion of economic nationalism and a political provocateur, Bannon, 63, is a former U.S. Navy officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood movie producer.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

“Now we know there is draft with the Saudis’ name on it. Let’s hope that when the list finally becomes public in a few weeks they’ll stay there,” Akshaya Kumar, deputy UN director at Human Rights Watch. Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi rebels swept into the capital Sanaa and overthrew President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government.

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HONG KONG POLITICS: Arrested And Jailed! Umbrella Movement Leaders Wong, Law, Chow Take Center Stage

HONG KONG POLITICS: Arrested And Jailed! Umbrella Movement Leaders Wong, Law, Chow Take Center Stage

Umbrella Movement leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six to eight months in prison for their role in a protest that sparked the mass demonstrations. Joshua Wong captured the attention of the world as David against the Goliath of the Chinese Communist Party, and was hailed as one of the world’s most influential figures by Time, Fortune and Foreign Policy magazines. Softly spoken 24-year-old Nathan Law often stood beside Wong as they addressed protest crowds camped out in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement. Along with Wong and Law, Alex Chow was also at the forefront of the mass protests in 2014, as one of the main organisers of the Umbrella Movement.

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USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Silo said.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Attack Takes Center Stage

SPAIN POLITICS: Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Attack Takes Center Stage

Keith Fleming, an American who lives in Barcelona, was watching TV in his building just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to his balcony. “I saw women and children just running and they looked terrified,” he said.

“We can only confirm one death and 32 injured, some seriously, so unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise,” Joaquim Forn, the regional interior chief who is in charge of the police said.

Spain has been on a security alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa.

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UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

“The government response to accepting the South Sudanese refugees has been overwhelmingly positive, progressive, and welcoming,” said Sacha Manov, deputy director in Uganda for the International Rescue Committee, which provides health and protection services for refugees.

But refugee agency UNHCR said Uganda was struggling to provide food and shelter.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

Colonel Erwin Margarejo, spokesman for Manila police, described the raids that started late Wednesday in Manila as “one-time, big-time” operations, the same term used by police in Bulacan, who said the victims died because they chose to put up a fight.

“This is ‘one-time, big-time’ operations, so it is not focussed only on drugs, we are operating also against other street crimes, like robbery, but these people could also be under the influence of drugs. If they resisted violently, our police have to defend themselves.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Disbands Business Councils After CEOs Exit in Protest

USA POLITICS: Trump Disbands Business Councils After CEOs Exit in Protest

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

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ZAMBIA POLITICS: Hakainde Hichilema Gains Freedom From Prison

ZAMBIA POLITICS: Hakainde Hichilema Gains Freedom From Prison

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema said, “As of yesterday, some of our members were arrested. Even today, as I speak, others were arrested. Zambia’s criminal justice system has broken down. I can’t say I am free when our members are in detention. I am willing to go back to prison if the arrests persisted.”

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance. He quoted in a series of three posts:

… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela”

“’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe to Be Charged With Assault in South Africa: Minister

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe to Be Charged With Assault in South Africa: Minister

Fikile Mbalula earlier told reporters that 52-year-old Grace Mugabe, a possible successor to her husband, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, had cooperated with police. A Zimbabwean intelligence source said Grace Mugabe had been traveling on an ordinary non-diplomatic passport. “She was here on business,” the source told Reuters.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, confessed to two former US officials he “wants out” of the brutal two-year war he started in Yemen. More than 10,000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured in the war in Yemen, since bin Salman launched his Decisive Storm campaign to regain the country from Houthi control. Yemen is being ravaged by an outbreak of cholera that has infected 500,000 people.

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INDIA POLITICS: Secret and Legacies of India Partition

INDIA POLITICS: Secret and Legacies of India Partition

What issues were left unresolved at the time of India’s partition in 1947, and how have they continued to plague both India and Pakistan since independence?

For both India and Pakistan, the most singular conflict unresolved since partition has concerned the former Princely State of Kashmir, whose fate was left undetermined at the time the British left. Lying as it did on the border, Kashmir was claimed by both countries, which have been to war over this region on numerous occasions.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: 2017 Independence Day Takes Center Stage

PAKISTAN POLITICS: 2017 Independence Day Takes Center Stage

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain says, “Let us join hands for development and prosperity of the motherland by keeping aside our differences. Let us promote love and harmony by overcoming hatred and misgivings and secure the future of our nation by turning despondency into hope in order to celebrate freedom in its true sense. Solutions to all the problems of this time persist in our ideologies, thoughts of leaders of our freedom movement and our bright history. By following them we can improve our situation today and our future as well.”

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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

US document shows that talks between Tanaka and Kissinger took place several days after Prime Minister Eisuke Sato and US President Richard Nixon reached their secret deal to allow the introduction of nuclear arms to Okinawa, and just two days before the summit that led to Okinawa’s reversion.

“He, Tanaka, had talked with the Foreign Minister, and was given to understand that the Japanese have no disagreement with the US on matters of substance,” or the nuclear issue, according the declassified US document, which was obtained by Kyodo News at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Admits: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis Are Criminals and Thugs

USA POLITICS: Trump Admits: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis Are Criminals and Thugs

Some 48 hours into the biggest domestic challenge of his young presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump tried to correct course.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” the president said in a statement to reporters at the White House on Monday. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence,” Trump said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Goodluck Jonathan And The Ostrich Game

NIGERIA POLITICS: Goodluck Jonathan And The Ostrich Game

Goodluck Jonathan should spare what remains of his saliva and throw his hat into the ring if he and what remains of PDP believes in the lies they regurgitate to themselves that he did well in power. Let the PDP simply exhume Goodluck Jonathan and present him to Nigerians on its 2019 ticket as the best they have for the presidency on the mantra that he did so well for the six years he was here and let Nigerians vote, if in real terms they have forgotten the lessons of March 28, 2015.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

While backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk, U.S. officials including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster played down the risk on Sunday of the rhetoric escalating into conflict.

“I think we’re not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago,” McMaster told ABC News’ “This Week”.

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UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs (Members of Parliament) who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52 percent who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box,” said Leave. EU Chairman Arron Banks in a letter to voters in Hammond’s constituency.

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