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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance. He quoted in a series of three posts:

… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela”

“’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, confessed to two former US officials he “wants out” of the brutal two-year war he started in Yemen. More than 10,000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured in the war in Yemen, since bin Salman launched his Decisive Storm campaign to regain the country from Houthi control. Yemen is being ravaged by an outbreak of cholera that has infected 500,000 people.

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UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

Throw in a visceral distrust of the London political classes, and for many voters it all points to one thing: a plot to water down, or even stop, Brexit.

“We voted to come out, so why didn’t they do it straight away? Why have we got to wait?” asked 64-year-old Chris Murdoch, in the small English town of Chatham, 50 km (30 miles) east of London. “We won’t come out completely because it’s not in their favour.”

Her husband Peter, a retired construction worker, added: “They’re all in it for themselves. They’re all two-faced … We don’t trust any of them.”

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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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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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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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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

Court filings revealed Netanyahu was now officially a suspect in bribery, breach of trust, and fraud cases. It’s not just the prime minister — his whole household is under scrutiny: The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported on Monday that his wife, Sara Netanyahu, will likely be indicted soon for misuse of government funds.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Amnesty Over, ‘Illegal Expatriates’ Await Saudi Crackdown

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Amnesty Over, ‘Illegal Expatriates’ Await Saudi Crackdown

Saudi authorities estimate more than 600,000 people took the amnesty, which allowed any foreigner in breach of residency laws in the world’s top oil exporter to leave without penalty. “We don’t know what will happen to us,” said Atif Alam, 28, an Indian worker at a desolate labor camp in eastern Riyadh who fears a police raid. He rarely leaves the camp, wary of being seized at police checkpoints on roads throughout Riyadh.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

Russian officials trying to interact with the U.S. administration on mundane organizational issues say privately the turbulence in the White House causes them headaches because they don’t know who to talk to, or can wait weeks for answers to their questions. “Nobody pays any attention any more, or expects any improvements,” said a person close to the Russian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss foreign policy issues.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has promised to quit the Coalition if the Liberal Party allows MPs a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage without a plebiscite. same-sex marriage advocates released their own legal advice showing the government could not conduct a postal vote without its own legislation and that any move down that path would be open to challenge in the High Court. “This is not about the Prime Minister’s leadership, this is about the issue of same-sex marriage and whether or not the definition of marriage should be changed,” Senator Cormann said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

As the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Mark Leonard, notes: “Trump is the first American president since the EU was created not to be in favor of deeper European integration.”

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USA POLITICS: Obamacare Repeal: The Battle Over Healthcare Far From Over

USA POLITICS: Obamacare Repeal: The Battle Over Healthcare Far From Over

Republicans just came closer to passing a partial repeal of the ACA than many would have thought possible. The battle over healthcare is far from over, but the repeated failures of the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare prove the political durability of the social safety net.

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USA POLITICS: John Kelly Quickly Bringing Order to White House

USA POLITICS: John Kelly Quickly Bringing Order to White House

Donald Trump’s choice of a general as chief of staff has quickly brought more order to the White House and is giving the president more time to ponder decisions as he tries to bounce back from a rocky six months with no major legislative achievements. “Kelly is scary in a way that Reince wasn’t,” said an administration official.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

According to a study released, Putin’s approval rating as Russian president stood at 83.5 percent at the end of July, slightly down on 84.1 percent reported in the middle of the month, but still far ahead of other prominent Russian political figures.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 10 Russian Servicemen Killed Fighting in Syria this Year 2017

SYRIA POLITICS: 10 Russian Servicemen Killed Fighting in Syria this Year 2017

The scale of Russian military casualties in peace time has been a state secret since Putin issued a decree three months before Russia launched its operation in Syria. While Russia does not give total casualties, it does disclose some deaths.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: 2017 Emancipation Day: Here’s Jamaican Political Leaders Messages

JAMAICA POLITICS: 2017 Emancipation Day: Here’s Jamaican Political Leaders Messages

Hon. Andrew Holness message: This Emancipation Day calls for sober reflections on our history and the responsibilities it imposes on us. On this day, I ask that we recommit to this prayer which is our National Anthem “Teach us true respect for all Stir response to duty’s call Strengthen us the weak to cherish Give us vision, lest we perish”.

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USA POLITICS: Court Battle Draw Huge Money into Attorney General Races

USA POLITICS: Court Battle Draw Huge Money into Attorney General Races

Attorneys general, who as the top elected legal officers in each state are charged with defending state agencies from lawsuits as well as initiating litigation on their own, have always helped shape national politics.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro, Venezuelans Vote on All-Powerful Assembly

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro, Venezuelans Vote on All-Powerful Assembly

President Nicolas Maduro cast his vote around 6 a.m. on Sunday with little fanfare. Opposition parties are boycotting what they call a rigged election.

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