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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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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Addiction and Intrigue: Inside Saudi Palace Coup

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Addiction and Intrigue: Inside Saudi Palace Coup

Quoting a witness at the palace, one Saudi source said King Salman this month pre-recorded a statement in which he announces the transfer of the throne to his son.

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QATAR POLITICS: UAE Hack Sparks Gulf Crisis: Qatar Says

QATAR POLITICS: UAE Hack Sparks Gulf Crisis: Qatar Says

“The information published in the Washington Post on 16 July 2017, which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place,” Qatar’s government said in a statement

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

There were signs too of at least short-term activity at North Korea’s Experimental Light Water Reactor that could be cause for concern, 38 North said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Mulls Contentious Cybersecurity Law

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Mulls Contentious Cybersecurity Law

Australian government on Friday proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Amnesty: Saudi Arabia Silence Shia Dissent With Execution

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Amnesty: Saudi Arabia Silence Shia Dissent With Execution

Amnesty documented 34 other cases of Shia men currently sentenced to death mostly following unfair trials based on confessions obtained by torture.

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USA POLITICS: Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get $500m Loan from Qatari Royal Family

USA POLITICS: Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get $500m Loan from Qatari Royal Family

In March this year, Kushner Companies reached out to Chinese insurance company Anbang for help. The company agreed to provide a $4 billion loan to develop the property.

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USA POLITICS: Assange to Trump Jr: Release Emails on Russian Lawyer Before NYT Story

USA POLITICS: Assange to Trump Jr: Release Emails on Russian Lawyer Before NYT Story

Assange made contact with Trump Jr advised him to release the emails to WikiLeaks. “Two hours later, does it himself,” Assange said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Leaked! ‘Australia Probing Forces for Unlawful Killing of Afghans’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Leaked! ‘Australia Probing Forces for Unlawful Killing of Afghans’

Australian Special Forces are under a secret defense investigation for the unlawful killing of Afghan civilians, according to leaked documents, which provide new details of deadly incidents in southern Afghanistan.

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UK POLITICS: UK Army Recruitment Specifically Luring Working Class Young People: Report

UK POLITICS: UK Army Recruitment Specifically Luring Working Class Young People: Report

“What’s very clear from the document is that the army is deliberately and strategically targeting young people from deprived backgrounds who have limited options in life,” said Rachel Taylor, the charity’s director of programs.

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