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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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IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront “America’s terrorist and adventurous actions” in the region. The plan would require Iran’s government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter US violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by US sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of an Iranian commission tasked with monitoring the agreement’s implementation, told MPs that the government backed the bill which he described as “very strong.”

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USA POLITICS: Robert Mugabe Applauds Trump for Defeating ‘Cruel’ Hillary Clinton

USA POLITICS: Robert Mugabe Applauds Trump for Defeating ‘Cruel’ Hillary Clinton

President Robert Mugabe says, “We don’t know much about the new President Trump; some say he is impulsive, he does not think straight. Some say he is crazy, we don’t know. But I personally say, ah, even if he was so crazy, he still did us a favour by getting rid of that other woman (Clinton) who was meant to succeed (former US President Barack Obama). He did us a lot of good because she was going to bring more sanctions on us with her hatred on the President; very, very vicious hatred she has towards Zimbabwe.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

“I am alone not that I am not married. She is still in pain from the time she got injured by a car that is why she is not here.” President Robert Mugabe says. Mugabe Grace’s leg was reportedly injured as she was about to enter President Mugabe’s chauffer driven limousine when the first family was arriving from Singapore at the Harare International airport.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times,” North Korea Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” the paper said.

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UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate Anne Marie Waters’ candidacy has split the party, with some UKIP members threatening to resign if she was allowed into the race. She was blocked from standing for the right wing party in the last general election, with then-leader Paul Nuttall saying Anne Marie Water’ views made him “uncomfortable.”

Police figures show hate crimes, particularly against Muslims, surged by 23 percent in the 11 months after the Brexit vote, compared with the same period the previous year, the highest increase ever recorded.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Kenya Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The men were killed during police anti-looting operations, the official added. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said.

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USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warded off – at least for now – the prospect of massive losses on the Wall Street market after stressing that there was “no imminent threat of war” and that Americans could “sleep well at night.”

However, Trump’s unpredictable behavior and comment saying, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded” against North Korea,” are unlikely to leave nervous traders pacified and the market doldrums may persist.

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KURDISTAN POLITICS: US to Massoud Barzani: Postpone Referendum

KURDISTAN POLITICS: US to Massoud Barzani: Postpone Referendum

Rex Tillerson said Washington “would want for the referendum to be postponed and that the issues between the Kurdistan region and the federal government in Baghdad should be addressed through dialogue.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily cautioned: “If the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Nelson Mandela Grandson Mandla Mandela Urges Israeli Envoy’s Expulsion, Sever All Ties

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Nelson Mandela Grandson Mandla Mandela Urges Israeli Envoy’s Expulsion, Sever All Ties

“Parliament has stayed true to Nelson Mandela’s commitment to stand by the Palestinian cause until Palestine is free,’’ Mandla Mandela, who is a member of parliament for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said in a statement.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

Fahamiya Shamasneh said, “Fifty-three years here means leaving is not easy — it is a lifetime. I was a young girl when I came to this house. The police are threatening us. We don’t know what to do. We will not leave of our own will. Maybe if they force us, carry us and throw us on the streets, then we’ll go.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

“We know (the EU’s) position is 60 billion euros, but the actual bottom line is 50 billion euros. Ours is closer to 30 billion euros but the actual landing zone is 40 billion euros, even if the public and politicians are not all there yet,” the newspaper quoted one “senior Whitehall source” as saying.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of human rights abuses and of fudging the results of last weekend’s election of the new 545-member constituent assembly. “The firing of Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega is the first dictatorial act of an illegitimate constituent assembly. We reiterate our solidarity with the Venezuelan people,” Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, said on Twitter.

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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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INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Elected New Vice President and Greetings Pouring in

INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Elected New Vice President and Greetings Pouring in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure. I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the goal of nation building.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Diaz Office Blocked By Security Forces

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Diaz Office Blocked By Security Forces

“Aggression against Ortega is aggression against all of us,” Luis Almagro, head of the Organization of American States tweeted, adding that the presence of the security forces “puts evidence of human rights violations and corruption on the part of the (Maduro) regime at risk.”

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IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

“At the moment the mechanism by which most European agreements are upheld is through the European Court of Justice and the United Kingdom has indicated it no longer wishes to be part of. Time is running out and I fear there will be no extra time allowed,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: 2018 New United Nations Human Rights Office to Open in Liberia

LIBERIA POLITICS: 2018 New United Nations Human Rights Office to Open in Liberia

“True peace is never possible if people feel that their desire for justice has not been met. Abominable war crimes were committed in this country, and the perpetrators of the worst crimes should now understand that justice will catch up with them,” stressed the Assistant Secretary-General.

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