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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: King Salman to Relinquish Power to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Report

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: King Salman to Relinquish Power to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Report

“King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title ‘Custodian of the Holy Shrines,’” , a high-level source close to the country’s royal family says.

After ascending to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman will shift his focus to Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement by seeking assistance from the Israeli military, the source said.

Riyadh has taken on more aggressive policies since bin Salman’s elevation to the position of defense minister and deputy crown prince in 2015, and later to the position of crown prince.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Appears in Public After Military Coup

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Appears in Public After Military Coup

Zimbabwe’s military is “currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible,” the statement said.

“Significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe,” it said, adding that the military had already arrested some although others remained at large. Those sought had been “committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Russia is Stronger Than Europe’: US State Dept Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Russia is Stronger Than Europe’: US State Dept Says

“The threat to [the West’s] collective security posed by Russia is clear, and we on both sides of the Atlantic cannot ignore it,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning and a senior adviser to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said. He was addressing the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Transatlantic Forum on Thursday.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

Here are the latest photos of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe with army officers and others during negotiation after the coup plot.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Rejects Mediation, Insists He’s Zimbabwe’s Only Legitimate Ruler

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Rejects Mediation, Insists He’s Zimbabwe’s Only Legitimate Ruler

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, who has been mediating between Mugabe and the generals who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, had also made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters.

The army appears to want Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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USA POLITICS: Secret Witness in Senate Clinton Probe is Ex-Lobbyist for Russian Firm

USA POLITICS: Secret Witness in Senate Clinton Probe is Ex-Lobbyist for Russian Firm

Clinton has said the Senate probe is an attempt to shift attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged role in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. As the heat from Mueller’s investigation has intensified, Trump has repeatedly called for an inquiry into Clinton and the Russian uranium deal.

“This latest iteration is simply more of the Right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

The army said the security of Mr Mugabe and his wife “is guaranteed”.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” the military said in a statement.

“We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

“Zimbabwe has not had a coup. There has been a decision to intervene because our constitution had been undermined, in the interim Comrade E Mnagngawa will be president of ZANU PF as per the constitution of our revolutionary organization,” it said in one tweet, referring to Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked as his vice president earlier in the week.

“Last night the first family was detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary. Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife,” it said in another.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government,” said Major General S.B. Moyo.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

President Muhammadu Buhari said N10 billion had been earmarked in the 2018 budget for the Enyimba Industrial Park and the Nnewi Auto Park which he said would be implemented in collaboration with the states and the private sector.

Buhari also disclosed that payments to ex-Biafran police officers had commenced 17 years after they were pardoned, adding that an upgrade of the Umuahia Diagnostic Centre in Abia State was in the pipeline.

President Muhammadu Buhari again commended Umahi for his stewardship in the state and expressed appreciation for the chieftaincy titles conferred on him, saying: “I am Enyioma l of Ebonyi. I am Ochioha Ndigbo,” which earned him further applause.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Military Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya, Replaces General

MYANMAR POLITICS: Military Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya, Replaces General

Myanmar military said its own internal investigation had exonerated security forces of all accusations of atrocities. The investigators’ findings were posted on the Facebook page of the military’s commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The developments came ahead of a visit on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He is expected to deliver a stern message to Myanmar’s generals, over whom national leader Aung San Suu Kyi has little control.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

With Ikpeazu pushing the “Proudly Made in Aba” project, things are beginning to look up again as our entrepreneurs who manufacture all manner of high quality goods and machinery have been gradually regaining the market share they once lost to foreign goods and those who were hit by extremely low patronage that they almost ran out of business have been revived while others who left for other cities in search of greener pastures are returning to put their machines back to life.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

Appeals by community activists and education advocates to the governor to repair the buildings yielded no positive result. Mr. Ambode should fix dangerous and dilapidated school buildings and replace them with new buildings so that our children can have a safe and sound learning environment where they can focus on their studies rather than cracked roofs, walls, rodents, and other infrastructural problems.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

“Mr President will be visiting two southeast states of Ebonyi and Anambra,” said Garba Shehu. He said Buhari would leave the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday morning and return the following day.

Tensions in the region rose following the release on bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the region’s best known secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

Hope Uzodinma, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport said, “We got up to the point that even the companies themselves have seen that they are culpable and that is why we want to publish the names and hand them over to EFCC and Customs.

“The reason for the delay in publishing the names all the while is to establish culpability against the companies.

“Now through various reconciliations, it has been established and we are no longer in doubt, including the companies that are involved, that these things are in existence and that they are culpable.

“We have presented the interim report which detailed how much we have recovered so far and the Senate approved it in plenary, while an extension was given to us to do the final reconciliation.

“We do not want emphasis to continue to be on how much we have recovered even though it is contained in the report. We want those companies found culpable to go to government and make payments,” he said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

The arms embargo adds Venezuela to an EU list that includes North Korea and Syria, where European defense companies can no longer do business and to which the sale of any goods deemed as being used for repression are also banned.

Britain sold 1.4 million pounds ($1.83 million) of arms to Venezuela between May 2010 and March 2017, according to The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which lobbies to end arms sales to repressive governments.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Aoun Upbeat on Hariri Comments, Says Political Deal Still Stands

LEBANON POLITICS: Aoun Upbeat on Hariri Comments, Says Political Deal Still Stands

Lebanese President Michael Aoun noted that Hariri was “leaving all doors open including rescinding his resignation”, according to the visitors, who declined to be identified because they were discussing closed-door conversations with Aoun.

The “diplomatic and national campaign” to secure Hariri’s return had brought positive results, said the visitors.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

“Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Duterte said later, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.

Roque described the relationship between Trump and Duterte as “warm, friendly and candid”.

“It’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not a best friend,” he added.

“They have similar feelings towards former U.S. President Barack Obama.”

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Sign Defence Pact, May Allow Limited British Role

EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Sign Defence Pact, May Allow Limited British Role

“We’ve never come this far before,” said a senior EU official said of EU defence integration efforts that date back to a failed bid in the 1950s. “We are in a new situation.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

Henceforth the Bolivarian or Chavista regime is responsible for absolutely everything happening in Venezuela. Appalling conditions will deteriorate even further as the model chosen grows more dysfunctional and a humanitarian crisis gets deeper by the day in a country once dripping with wealth.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

One of Trump’s tweets read: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

Speaking later in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Trump said “it would be very, very nice” if he and Kim became friends.

“That might be a strange thing to happen but it’s a possibility,” he said.

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