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SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.

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NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders: A Force to Be Reckoned With

NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders: A Force to Be Reckoned With

“It would have been great if we were the largest, but we’re willing to talk and help govern. That’s my hope,” Geert Wilders told journalists Thursday.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Not Backing Down From His Claim Obama Wiretapped Him

USA POLITICS: Trump Not Backing Down From His Claim Obama Wiretapped Him

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump tweeted.

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USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Agrees No Sign of Wiretap On Trump

USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Agrees No Sign of Wiretap On Trump

Senate Intelligence Committee bipartisan statement rejects Donald Trump’s assertion Obama administration tapped his phone during 2016 presidential campaign.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Fear, Hunger, Destruction in Mosul Old City

IRAQ POLITICS: Fear, Hunger, Destruction in Mosul Old City

Iraqi leaders say the battle to recapture Mosul is reaching its final stages, trumpeting each gain made against the militants.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Magu Confirmation Rejected By Senate

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Magu Confirmation Rejected By Senate

The Senate also said Magu should cease to act as chairman of the anti-graft commission and a replacement should be sent by the president for confirmation.

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NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Voters Delivered Conventional Kind of Protest

NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Voters Delivered Conventional Kind of Protest

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was celebrating after his VVD emerged as the largest party for the third time running with a projected 21 percent of vote.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Budget: The Winners and Losers

USA POLITICS: Trump Budget: The Winners and Losers

Congress, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, may reject some or many of his proposed cuts. Some of the proposed changes, which Democrats will broadly oppose, have been targeted for decades by conservative Republicans.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the “first of its type” from a U.N. body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

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CANADA POLITICS: Mexican Migrants Moving to Canada Because of Trump

CANADA POLITICS: Mexican Migrants Moving to Canada Because of Trump

Dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump’s first days in office said they would soon try to head north again – but this time to Canada.

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NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Mark Rutte Fought Off Challenge of Geert Wilders to Win Election Victory

NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Mark Rutte Fought Off Challenge of Geert Wilders to Win Election Victory

“We were the 3rd largest party of the Netherlands. Now we are the 2nd largest party. Next time we will be number 1,” Wilders said.

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USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Federal Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima

BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Federal Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima

Carlos Lima said the Odebrecht statements expanded the probe far beyond expectations and would ensnare top congressmen, senior members of the executive branch and other powerful figures.

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SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

Six years since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, he is winning on the battlefield but Syria’s civil war is far from over, with his once stable country broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: May 9 Set to Choose Park Geun-hye Successor

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: May 9 Set to Choose Park Geun-hye Successor

The Constitutional Court dismissed Park Geun-hye from office on Friday when it upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote in December.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the review will say.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Obumselu, Onukaba: Darkness Falls Twice

NIGERIA POLITICS: Obumselu, Onukaba: Darkness Falls Twice

Sadly, then, even though many Nigerians did not know who Obumselu was, were not aware of the epical scale of his brilliance, he knew us all too well.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump’s Income Tax Payments Takes Center Stage

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump’s Income Tax Payments Takes Center Stage

President Donald Trump earned 153 million dollars (123 million) and paid 36.5 million dollars (£31 million) in income taxes in 2005, says leaked documents.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Who Decides Whether Scotland Holds Independence Referendum?

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Who Decides Whether Scotland Holds Independence Referendum?

Scotland joined England in a political union in 1707. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded new independence referendum be held in 2018 or 2019.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage

President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.

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