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SYRIA POLITICS: SDF ‘Liberated’ Raqqah But Won’t Hand It to Syrian Government

SYRIA POLITICS: SDF ‘Liberated’ Raqqah But Won’t Hand It to Syrian Government

SDF spokesman Talal Silo has said the group would hand over the control of the city to what he called “the Raqqah Civil Council,” likely a Kurdish body. Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar reacted by saying that Raqqah’s future could only be discussed “as part of the final political structure of the Syrian state.”

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has, meanwhile, said that the SDF’s purported operations in Raqqah have killed civilians and damaged infrastructure in the city.

“When you’re killing around 1,200 civilians — nearly half of them women and children — and destroying 80 percent of the city, that’s not liberating Raqqah,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the SOHR, told Arab News daily.

The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump said in a tweet.

Philip Shenon, the author of the Politico article and of a book on the assassination, said he did not think the last batch of papers contained any major bombshells, but may shed light on the activities of Oswald while he was traveling in Mexico City in late September 1963, and courting Cuban and Soviet spies.

“From the record we already have, we know he met there with Soviet spies and Cuban spies and other people who might have wanted to see Kennedy dead,” Shenon said.

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UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

“I crawled inside and the blankets on the floor were wet, it was so cold and dirty and damp,” Daliah, a volunteer and former protection team employee who visited the family, told RT UK.

“Their daughter had just died and they were left there. They had nothing. No visit from a psychiatrist. The mother was silent. They were in shock and the children were saying ‘my sister died – she died just here.’

“There was a volunteer there in tears. He told me they just pulled her out like a dog and took her away. There was no dignity.”

Following her “unexplained” death, her tiny body was buried without an Islamic funeral and without her mother being present.

“She became nothing but a number – she didn’t even get her last respect,” Daliah said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the need for further inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites beyond the JCPOA requirements, noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “performs regular checks and confirms their [Iran’s] strict fulfillment of obligations.”

Touching on US demands for renegotiating the JCPOA, Lavrov stated that any changes to the deal would require the approval of all the parties to the accord, including Iran.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

Odebrecht has admitted to U.S. and Brazilian prosecutors that it paid $10.5 million in bribes in Mexico.

Details of the payments have not been made public, though in August, Brazilian and Mexican media reported that Lozoya had asked Odebrecht executives for bribes in 2012 in return for contracts, citing testimony from Odebrecht employees.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

While many people blame Joseph Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with George Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.

Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”

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USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

“The dangerous and aggressive behavior by North Korea concerns everybody in the world,” Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander of the Reagan’s strike group, said in the carrier’s hangar as war planes taxied on the flight deck above.

“We have made it clear with this exercise, and many others, that we are ready to defend the Republic of Korea.”

The Reagan’s presence in the region, coupled with recent military pressure by Washington on Pyongyang, including B1-B strategic bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, comes ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia, set to start in Japan on Nov. 5, with South Korea to follow.

North Korea has slammed the warship gathering as a “rehearsal for war”.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

Theresa May will say: “We are in touching distance of agreement” of securing the rights of the around 3 million people from other EU countries in Britain.

“I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay,” Theresa May wrote on her Facebook page, adding she would set up a group of those affected and experts to make sure the process is smooth.

“I know both sides will consider each other’s proposals for finalizing the agreement with an open mind. And with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.”

Offering concessions, Theresa May will say that EU citizens settling in Britain will no longer need to have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, as they currently require under EU rules.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing. Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo could not be reached for comment and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria had no immediate comment.

“If there is any information suggesting corruption or irregularities, it needs to be investigated across the borders. It should not be restricted to South Africa,” Zweli Mkhize, one of several potential candidates to replace Zuma told reporters.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

Internet freedom declined worldwide for the sixth straight year in 2016, according to an annual report from Freedom House.

“Africa is becoming a new testing ground for authoritarian practices online,” said Francois Patuel, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International.

“We have seen disruptions in Togo and in other countries but also arrests for what people are saying online. Often what people say online can be used against them in court.”

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USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea). Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face.”

Hillary Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump’s social media comments on North Korea, saying, “The insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don’t think they’ve benefited the United States”.

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KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

Akombe, a member of the election board’s top panel, cited severe partisan political divisions among its eight members and the secretariat for her decision to leave.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” Roselyn Akombe said in a statement issued from New York.

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CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

“Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said, using the term “new era” 36 times.

“No country can alone address the many challenges facing mankind; no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation,” Xi told the delegates, among them Buddhist monks, Olympic medalists, farmers and at least one astronaut.

“We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said. “We must unwaveringly uphold and improve party leadership and make the party still stronger.”

By 2050, hinese President Xi Jinping said, China would become a modern socialist “strong power” with leading influence on the world stage.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Abandon Territory in the Face of Iraq Government Advance

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Abandon Territory in the Face of Iraq Government Advance

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday the referendum “is finished and has become a thing of the past”.

Addressing a news conference in Baghdad, he called for a dialogue with Kurdish leaders “under the constitution”.

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani said the vote for independence “won’t be in vain”. He did not call for dialogue, but added, “Kurds have always been against waging wars and have worked in pursuit of peace.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: 88-Year-Old Ursula Haverbeck ‘Nazi Grandma’ Punished For Holocaust Denial

GERMANY POLITICS: 88-Year-Old Ursula Haverbeck ‘Nazi Grandma’ Punished For Holocaust Denial

Ursula Haverbeck and her late husband Werner Georg Haverbeck, who was an active NSDAP member in the run-up to and during World War II, founded a right-wing education center called Collegium Humanum, which has been banned since 2008.

Haverbeck has written for the right-wing magazine Stimme des Reiches (Voice of the Empire), in which she also denied the existence of the Holocaust.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

But because they are petty and obviously pursuing very notorious agendas, the Buhariphobics whose lives now revolve around nit-picking every word or action from President Buhari and his government, scavenging same for faults to ply their jaded wares, are not consoled by the obvious intents of President Buhari in making this patriotic request. They ask why the World Bank President never said that President Buhari requested them to focus on the North but on the North-East. Can you imagine such silliness? Can you imagine such pettiness? Can you imagine such mischief? Can you imagine such avarice?

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USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Friends’: Trump, McConnell Reaffirm Their Alliance

USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Friends’: Trump, McConnell Reaffirm Their Alliance

“We’re probably now closer than ever before,” president Donald Trump proclaimed as McConnell grinned stiffly at his side. “My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding.”

“Some of the people that he may be looking at, I’m going to see if we talk him out of that, because frankly, they’re great people,” Trump said.

Trump’s change in tone suggested that McConnell, whose allies regularly do battle with Bannon, might have talked Trump into intervening during their lunch together.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

Kim In-ryong North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador said North Korea is the only country in the world subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” by the US.

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim In-ryong said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

At home, it seems unlikely opposition supporters are willing to return to the streets after four months of gruelling protests this year failed to pressure the government into holding an early presidential election, freeing jailed activists or accepting humanitarian aid.

At least 125 people died, while thousands were injured and arrested in violence that brought parts of Venezuela to a standstill as hooded youths battled security forces.

“Obviously, this was a brutal fraud,” said David Osorio, 21, who lost an eye when hit by a gas cannister during the clashes. “But I don’t know if going back to the streets is best … because the same will happen and many are simply not willing.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Socialist Party of Maduro Claims Election Victory, Opposition Rejects Results

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Socialist Party of Maduro Claims Election Victory, Opposition Rejects Results

President Socialist Party of President Nicolas Maduro hailed the results as an “emphatic victory” over his rivals.

“We have 17 governorships, 54 percent of the votes, 61 percent participation, 75 percent of the governorates, and the country has strengthened,” said the president Maduro.

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