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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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ASIA POLITICS: Trump Offers to Mediate on South China Sea

ASIA POLITICS: Trump Offers to Mediate on South China Sea

“If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know,” Trump said in comments at a meeting in Hanoi with Vietnam’s president, Tran Dai Quang.

Trump acknowledged that China’s position on the South China Sea was a problem.

“I‘m a very good mediator and arbitrator,” Trump said.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Has No Plans to Announce Free Education Programme

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Has No Plans to Announce Free Education Programme

“The President waited for the Commission to conclude its business,” the presidency said in a statement. “At no stage did he plan to make any announcements that would undermine the work of the Commission.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

Israel has been lobbying both big powers to deny Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Shi‘ite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the Golan, as they gain ground while helping Damascus beat back Sunni-led rebels.

In televised remarks opening Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new U.S.-Russian arrangement for Syria.

“There’s reflection here of the understanding that Israel has set red lines, and will stand firm on this,” Tzachi Hanegbi said.

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UK POLITICS: British Ministers Rally Around Boris Johnson Over Iran

UK POLITICS: British Ministers Rally Around Boris Johnson Over Iran

Corbyn, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also a Labour member, said Johnson had offended states and religions before “bungling” the case of Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in prison after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

“Why would you want to sack him? He’s a good foreign secretary,” Davis told Sky News.

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USA POLITICS: Roy Moore’s Supporters Stand Should-to-Shoulder With Him

USA POLITICS: Roy Moore’s Supporters Stand Should-to-Shoulder With Him

Pastor Bruce Jenkins, of Young’s Chapel, said he’s known Moore to be a fair man.

“I don’t know what’s happened in this country where a man isn’t innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It’s not fair to comment until it’s proven or disproven.”

“It’s a pretty convenient time for this to come out, and it has not changed my opinion and won’t, unless true,” he added.

Jerry Pow, the Bibb County Republican chairman, also told The Toronto Star that he would still vote for Moore over his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

“I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn’t want to vote for Doug. I’m not saying I support what he did,” Pow said.

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PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

“This is the thin end of the wedge,” said Justin Gundlach, a fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

“If this case causes a court to declare that a utility is liable for greenhouse gas emissions in Peru, then all of a sudden, a million plaintiffs will bloom and you can expect a lot of people to bang, not only on German courthouse doors, but others as well.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

“It is my obligation that I must resign,” John Alexander told a news conference. “That’s what I will do. I think there is a great need for certainty, to clarify the situation and to do so as expeditiously as possible.”

Alexander had been waiting for Britain’s Home Office to clarify whether he held British citizenship by descent. It is not known whether they responded.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Amina Mohammed Accused of Impropriety in Timber Export

NIGERIA POLITICS: Amina Mohammed Accused of Impropriety in Timber Export

According to EIA, documents signed by Mrs. Mohammed in January of this year were used by Chinese importers to clear more than $300 million worth of rosewood logs now confiscated by Chinese border authorities.

EIA said its investigation revealed “Nigerian officials were paid over $1 million” to help facilitate the export of the rosewood, but Mrs. Mohammed was not categorically accused of receiving bribery.

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USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

Although it tends not to disempower under-represented minorities, Democrats frequently engage in gerrymandering too: Democrats in Maryland passed a pro-Democratic map that plaintiffs challenged as an unlawful partisan gerrymander. The litigation is still ongoing. City Councils are also not immune from the problem, often drawing the lines for their own elections that favor the incumbents or the party in control.

What yesterday’s elections mean, then, is that Democrats can greatly influence the redistricting process, at least in Virginia. (New Jersey uses an independent redistricting commission.) Democrats can, if they want, draw maps that will favor their side through 2030. Even if the Supreme Court overturns Wisconsin’s gerrymander in a highly-watched case this term, there still will be wiggle room for partisans to skew the maps toward their favor.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Tells Saudi Envoy Hariri Must Return

LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Tells Saudi Envoy Hariri Must Return

Top Lebanese Druze politician Walid Jumblatt said on Friday it was time that Hariri returned to Lebanon. After a week of absence, “be it forced or voluntary”, it was “time for Sheikh Saad to return,” Jumblatt said on Twitter. “By the way, there is no alternative to him,” he added.

The resignation of Hariri, who as well as a politician is a business tycoon with major investments in Saudi Arabia, also comes as Riyadh has rounded up dozens of senior princes and businessmen in a corruption investigation.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Never? Britain Can Still Change its Mind, Says Article 50 Author

UK POLITICS: Brexit Never? Britain Can Still Change its Mind, Says Article 50 Author

“Britain can basically change its mind at any time right up to the 29th of March 2019,” Simor told Reuters last month.

“If you can revoke Article 50, then parliament has the power to rescue the country if that becomes necessary – if the government fails to secure a deal, or the deal is terrible, or the people do not want it.”

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UK POLITICS: Number 10 Knew About Secret Priti Patel-Israeli Meeting and Told Her Not to Declare

UK POLITICS: Number 10 Knew About Secret Priti Patel-Israeli Meeting and Told Her Not to Declare

On August 24, the same day Ms Patel spoke to Mr Netanyahu, Middle East minister Alistair Burt and the British Ambassador to Israel met Michael Oren, Deputy Minister at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the JC reported.

According to the notes of the meeting, Mr Oren referred to Ms Patel having had a successful meeting with Mr Netanyahu earlier. It is understood that this information was then conveyed to Number 10 – Downing Street have denied knowing about Ms Patel’s meeting with Mr Netanyahu before last Friday.

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

While acknowledging that their coalition is ideologically incoherent, party leaders hope that the Citizen’s Front will seem like a palatable alternative to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI – Mexico’s oldest political party. The beleaguered PRI, which has a 20 percent approval rating and has not yet nominated its candidate for 2018, denounced the Citizen’s Front as illegal and sought an injunction against it.

Reactions across the political spectrum were equally strong. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a populist former Mexico City mayor and ex-member of both the PRI and the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party, denounced the Front as a stunt.

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CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

Nations like Canada can choose their own path, their own destiny in peaceful cooperation with the nations and peoples of the world, with Russia and Venezuela. The problem is how the people of Canada, and, indeed, all nations, can escape this domination and survive it. Unfortunately, with the continentalists still in control in Washington and Ottawa, New York and Toronto, and with American control of the economic resources at an intolerable level, the situation looks bleak for the immediate future.

Canadians are nothing more than servants in their own house, when, to use the phrase of the Quebec nationalists in their struggle for self determination, we should be “maître chez nous,” masters of our own house. Instead our government is a servant of Washington and will suffer any humiliation and disadvantage that these sanctions will undoubtedly bring upon us in order to lick the hand that pats its head.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Opposes US Draft UN Resolution on Syria Chemical Probe Extension: RIA

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Opposes US Draft UN Resolution on Syria Chemical Probe Extension: RIA

“I stress that we are in no way raising the question of ending this structure’s activities,” RIA state news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying. “We are in favour of its maintenance, but on a different basis.”

The draft U.N. resolution by the United States says Syria must not develop or produce chemical weapons, and it calls on all parties in Syria to provide full cooperation with the international probe.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

“Do not underestimate us and do not try us,” U.S. President Donald Trump told North Korea as he wrapped up a visit to South Korea with a speech to the National Assembly before heading to Beijing, where he was making his first official visit.

“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated,” he told South Korean lawmakers. “And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground we fought and died to secure.”

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation,” Trump said, speaking as three U.S. aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises – a rare show of such U.S. naval force in the region.

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