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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Pressuring Trump to Cancel Iran Deal

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Pressuring Trump to Cancel Iran Deal

“Donald Trump is getting advice from two very problematic people,” said Wayne Madsen, an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.

Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and his senior advisor, is only interested in advancing the interests of Israel, Madsen said during a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

“And the other person is Trump’s friend, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, whose friendship not only extends back to Donald Trump, but even includes Donald Trump’s father,” Madsen said.

“It’s not surprising that Trump is trying to sabotage the nuclear agreement,” the analyst noted.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Tahrir al-Sham Leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani Gravely Injured By Russian Airstrike: Russian MoD

SYRIA POLITICS: Tahrir al-Sham Leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani Gravely Injured By Russian Airstrike: Russian MoD

Julani “sustained shrapnel wounds and is in a critical condition after losing his arm, according to information from multiple independent sources,” the ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

“Terrorist organizations Islamic State and Al-Nusra have sustained their most serious losses for the last several months,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said said.

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USA POLITICS: White House ‘Probes Use of Private Email By Top Aides’

USA POLITICS: White House ‘Probes Use of Private Email By Top Aides’

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, asked if Trump was concerned about the reported use of private emails, told reporters earlier on Thursday, “The White House has been clear and instructs all staff to fully comply with the Presidential Records Act. All staff has been briefed on the need to preserve those records, and will continue to do so.”

“The White House counsel’s office is reviewing the accounts to determine if the messages are germane to any investigations such as the ongoing Russia probes by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller,” Politico reported.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

“I collected different information about opposition parties and delivered it to the necessary people at the necessary time,” RIA quoted Peter Levashov as saying.

“If I go to the U.S., I will die in a year. They want to get information of a military nature and about the United Russia party,” RIA quoted Levashov as saying. “I will be tortured, within a year I will be killed, or I will kill myself.”

Peter Levashov told a court in Madrid on Thursday that he had worked for the United Russia party for the last 10 years.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! N7.51tn Borrowed By Buhari Government in Two Years

NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! N7.51tn Borrowed By Buhari Government in Two Years

President Muhammadu Buhari government and the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory have borrowed N7.51tn in the last two years, statistics have revealed. As of June 30, 2015, just a month after the present crop of leaders took over the leadership of the country, Nigeria’s total debt stood at N12.12tn. However, as of June 2017, the nation’s total debt had climbed to N19.63tn, according to the latest debt statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office.

The DMO said in a statement posted on its portal on Sunday, “The domestic debt stock of the Federal Government and sub-nationals accounted for 76.56 per cent of the total public debt stock, while their external debt stock accounted for 23.44 per cent. “Furthermore, the total public debt stock increased by 2.5 per cent from N19.16tn (about $62.54bn) to N19.64tn (about $64.19bn), during the period under review.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

Bana Umar says, “Many of us listened to radio stations like BBC and VOA. I listened to these radio stations frequently to the extent that when I laid down to sleep I would be thinking of what I heard. I realized that all our activities were evil. We killed. We stole. We dispossessed people of their properties in the name of religion. But what we are doing is not religion. Finally I got fed up with the group.”

Bana Umar served as a bodyguard for a commander, Abu Geidam, who he describes as very close to Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s best known leader.

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UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

“Bahrain has sent F-16 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to support Yemen operations, so I think that’s how these C-130s will be used, as well as hunting safaris for the King,” an aviation source with knowledge of the sale told the British news outlet.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS:  Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

“The money Bell Pottinger has got must be paid back to South Africa and must be used through charities that will improve the lives of the South African people,” said Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme in London.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

“Now we know there is draft with the Saudis’ name on it. Let’s hope that when the list finally becomes public in a few weeks they’ll stay there,” Akshaya Kumar, deputy UN director at Human Rights Watch. Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi rebels swept into the capital Sanaa and overthrew President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government.

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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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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

US document shows that talks between Tanaka and Kissinger took place several days after Prime Minister Eisuke Sato and US President Richard Nixon reached their secret deal to allow the introduction of nuclear arms to Okinawa, and just two days before the summit that led to Okinawa’s reversion.

“He, Tanaka, had talked with the Foreign Minister, and was given to understand that the Japanese have no disagreement with the US on matters of substance,” or the nuclear issue, according the declassified US document, which was obtained by Kyodo News at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California.

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USA POLITICS: Pentagon Suppressing Book on Interrogations: Mark Fallon Former Guantanamo Bay Investigator

USA POLITICS: Pentagon Suppressing Book on Interrogations: Mark Fallon Former Guantanamo Bay Investigator

Mark Fallon says, “This is more of an inside view of the fight to try to stop torture,” he said in an interview this week with Reuters. “There was a tremendous opposition within the government itself believing these were war crimes, and I name names.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Classified Info, Influence Peddling, Cover-Ups’: More Clinton Emails Brought to Light

USA POLITICS: ‘Classified Info, Influence Peddling, Cover-Ups’: More Clinton Emails Brought to Light

“Pay to play, classified information mishandling, influence peddling, cover-ups – these new emails show why the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s conduct must be resumed,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump Secret Donors Defend Him Against Investigations or Win Him Support Among Voters, Congressional Republicans

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump Secret Donors Defend Him Against Investigations or Win Him Support Among Voters, Congressional Republicans

Billionaire Charles Koch spent 2 million to boost Trump’s tax-cut plan and is aiming to hold another event in Washington to rally congressional support.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Slams US, Western Allies Rushed to Judgment in Syria Gas Incident

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Slams US, Western Allies Rushed to Judgment in Syria Gas Incident

Over 90 people died in an April 4 gas incident involving chemicals in Khan Shaykhun. Later US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat airfield, Syria.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

The officials also said that the new assessment shows they underestimated the determination of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un to race ahead with a weapon that could reach the US soil, even if it is not accurately engineered.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: CIA, Mexico, Colombia Plotting Against Venezuela: Maduro Reveals

VENEZUELA POLITICS: CIA, Mexico, Colombia Plotting Against Venezuela: Maduro Reveals

Maduro, “The director of the CIA has said, ‘The CIA and the US government work in direct collaboration with the Mexican government and the Colombian government to overthrow the constitutional government in Venezuela and to intervene in our beloved Venezuela.’”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Asks His Lawyers if he Can Pardon Himself Over Russia Investigation

USA POLITICS: Trump Asks His Lawyers if he Can Pardon Himself Over Russia Investigation

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself’,” a close adviser told the Washington Post.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Chinese Spy Ship Encroaches Australian Coast  Near Drills Area

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Chinese Spy Ship Encroaches Australian Coast Near Drills Area

Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence vessel was operating off the northeast coast during the Talisman Sabre war games, the ADF said in a statement.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Middle Eastern Studies, Israeli regime is trying to “exacerbate hatred and divisions” within religious communities.

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