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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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UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The court has been studying the case lodged with it by UK-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade NGO since February, and is due to issue its ruling on Monday, The Guardian reported.

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KENYA POLITICS: Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery Death Sparks Investigation

KENYA POLITICS: Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery Death Sparks Investigation

Waiters who served Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery at the Bomas of Kenya bar are among people being interviewed over the death of the powerful internal security Cabinet secretary.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

India and Kashmir News: “I have never seen restrictions of this magnitude before,” said one local speaking on condition of anonymity.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May’s Secrecy on Saudi Triggers Pressure

UK POLITICS: Theresa May’s Secrecy on Saudi Triggers Pressure

Theresa May is yet to decide whether to publish details of a report about foreign funding of extremism in the UK with a focus on Saudi Arabia.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

“That the government spies, invading privacy of people in this magnitude, is unacceptable,” National Action Party (PAN) head Ricardo Anaya said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Policymakers Mull Deadly Smoke After London Grenfell Tower Blaze

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Policymakers Mull Deadly Smoke After London Grenfell Tower Blaze

Presently, the EU only sets standards to ensure construction materials can be shipped across borders within the bloc, although EU sources said the Commission had decided long before the Grenfell fire to draw up new rules to harmonise fire-safety tests for building facades.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

US ultimate goal is to separate Iraq and Syria from Iran to stop Baghdad and Damascus from being part of the axis of resistance against Israel and America.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Spying on China, Stealing its Technology: Newspaper

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Spying on China, Stealing its Technology: Newspaper

“In global covert struggles, Australia had never played the role of victim,” the unidentified staffer was quoted as saying. “However, they are wantonly working on intelligence about China and groundlessly accusing China of spying on them. The logic is ridiculous.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Cautions US Against Unilateral Action in Syria

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Cautions US Against Unilateral Action in Syria

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed US warning on a chemical attack plan, saying “such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable.”

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UK POLITICS: Corruption: Prince William, David Cameron Implicated in World Cup Scandal: FIFA Report

UK POLITICS: Corruption: Prince William, David Cameron Implicated in World Cup Scandal: FIFA Report

Cameron reportedly met with then-FIFA vice president Mong-Joon Chung not long before the December 2010 vote and “asked Mr. Chung to vote for England’s bid.”

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USA POLITICS: CNN Producer Caught On Camera: Russiagate is ‘Fake’, It’s Only For ‘Ratings’: (Video)

USA POLITICS: CNN Producer Caught On Camera: Russiagate is ‘Fake’, It’s Only For ‘Ratings’: (Video)

A producer for America’s CNN news channel has apparently been caught on camera saying the network’s Russia coverage is more about ratings than offering solid facts.

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