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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

This could be the biggest trigger. North Korea says it was compelled to put the Guam plan together because it feels threatened by a squadron of B-1B bombers on the island that the U.S. has increasingly sent to fly in Korean airspace in symbolic shows of force during times of particular tension. But that may be only a pretense. North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

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USA POLITICS: FBI Investigating Virginia White Nationalist Post-Rally Violence

USA POLITICS: FBI Investigating Virginia White Nationalist Post-Rally Violence

The violence has put fresh pressure on the Trump administration to take an unequivocal stand against that segment of his political base. Some rightists have claimed allegiance to him. U.S. President Donald Trump said that there was more than one side to the Charlottesville incidents.

“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course, without specifically mentioning or faulting the role of white nationalist.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

“For years he’s been saying the U.S. is preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed. But now the claim has been validated,” said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser on Latin America. “It’s hard to imagine a more damaging thing for Trump to say.”

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USA POLITICS: 3 Deaths in Virginia Because of KKK

USA POLITICS: 3 Deaths in Virginia Because of KKK

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counterprotesters were marching when “suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound.” A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through “a sea of people.” The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted, “We are in a very dangerous place right now.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront “America’s terrorist and adventurous actions” in the region. The plan would require Iran’s government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter US violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by US sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of an Iranian commission tasked with monitoring the agreement’s implementation, told MPs that the government backed the bill which he described as “very strong.”

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USA POLITICS: Robert Mugabe Applauds Trump for Defeating ‘Cruel’ Hillary Clinton

USA POLITICS: Robert Mugabe Applauds Trump for Defeating ‘Cruel’ Hillary Clinton

President Robert Mugabe says, “We don’t know much about the new President Trump; some say he is impulsive, he does not think straight. Some say he is crazy, we don’t know. But I personally say, ah, even if he was so crazy, he still did us a favour by getting rid of that other woman (Clinton) who was meant to succeed (former US President Barack Obama). He did us a lot of good because she was going to bring more sanctions on us with her hatred on the President; very, very vicious hatred she has towards Zimbabwe.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

“I am alone not that I am not married. She is still in pain from the time she got injured by a car that is why she is not here.” President Robert Mugabe says. Mugabe Grace’s leg was reportedly injured as she was about to enter President Mugabe’s chauffer driven limousine when the first family was arriving from Singapore at the Harare International airport.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times,” North Korea Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” the paper said.

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UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate Anne Marie Waters’ candidacy has split the party, with some UKIP members threatening to resign if she was allowed into the race. She was blocked from standing for the right wing party in the last general election, with then-leader Paul Nuttall saying Anne Marie Water’ views made him “uncomfortable.”

Police figures show hate crimes, particularly against Muslims, surged by 23 percent in the 11 months after the Brexit vote, compared with the same period the previous year, the highest increase ever recorded.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Kenya Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The men were killed during police anti-looting operations, the official added. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said.

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USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warded off – at least for now – the prospect of massive losses on the Wall Street market after stressing that there was “no imminent threat of war” and that Americans could “sleep well at night.”

However, Trump’s unpredictable behavior and comment saying, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded” against North Korea,” are unlikely to leave nervous traders pacified and the market doldrums may persist.

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KURDISTAN POLITICS: US to Massoud Barzani: Postpone Referendum

KURDISTAN POLITICS: US to Massoud Barzani: Postpone Referendum

Rex Tillerson said Washington “would want for the referendum to be postponed and that the issues between the Kurdistan region and the federal government in Baghdad should be addressed through dialogue.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily cautioned: “If the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari: #ResumeOrResign Protests and the Necessity of Truth

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari: #ResumeOrResign Protests and the Necessity of Truth

Nigeria is too complex even for a fully fit president to lead not to talk of an absentee and unfit one. Little wonder we now have a more ferocious resurgence of the Boko Haram onslaught that has led to the killing of innocent people including oil explorers, University staff, fishermen, and the sacking of whole villages.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

“It is dangerous and reckless and counterproductive for Donald Trump to threaten the annihilation of North Korea,” said Daryl Kimball, the head of the Washington-based Arms Control Association. “What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation. We are currently on the road to a conflict and we have to get to the off-ramp.”

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UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”

Human trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would inadvertently come into contact with victims every day, Kerr said.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

“China is not too worried that the United States might suddenly attack North Korea. It is worried about THAAD,” said Sun Zhe, co-director of the China Initiative of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

John Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State heading the Carter Center observer mission said: “The process that was put in place is proving its value thus far. Kenya has made a remarkable statement to Africa and the world about its democracy and the character of that democracy. Don’t let anybody besmirch that.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” said the report, citing KPA Commander General Kim Rak-gyom.

“They will fly 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam,” added the report.

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