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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump’s Threat is ‘Declaration of War’: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump’s Threat is ‘Declaration of War’: North Korea Says

In an open letter to international leaders, a North Korean parliamentary committee says:

“If Trump thinks that he would bring North Korea, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance.”

The letter said that, “From the first day of his office, Trump has conducted high-handed and arbitrary practices, scrapping international laws and agreements,” giving priority to the US’s own interests “at the expense of the whole world.”

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USA POLITICS: Republican Bill to Repeal Obamacare Faces Possible Defeat

USA POLITICS: Republican Bill to Repeal Obamacare Faces Possible Defeat

For seven years, Republicans have hammered Obamacare as an unwarranted and overly expensive government intrusion into American healthcare. Republican President Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare one of his top campaign promises in 2016. Democrats have fiercely defended it, saying it has extended health insurance to millions.

The most previous attempt to repeal Obamacare fell one vote short in July, in a humiliating setback for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Slaps Travel Restrictions on Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Slaps Travel Restrictions on Venezuela

The measures help fulfill a campaign promise Trump made to tighten U.S. immigration procedures and align with his “America First” foreign policy vision. Unlike the president’s original bans, which had time limits, this one is open-ended.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump said in a tweet shortly after the proclamation was released.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

Activist pastor Evan Mawarire was already due to face trial of subversion over the 2016 protests at a High Court trial on Monday.

“He is due to appear in court tomorrow on subversion charges emanating from last year. So we really don’t know how the state will proceed,” said lawyer Harrison Nkomo.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Lynch-Stewart Hails House Fellows for Development and Growth

JAMAICA POLITICS: Lynch-Stewart Hails House Fellows for Development and Growth

“We are delighted at the enthusiasm they have displayed over the past six or so months when they all came on board in terms of attacking the problems which naturally face us, and coming to the table with new, fresh ideas. We think that this augurs well for subsequent iteration from the programme,” Chief technical director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart said.

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USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un ‘Won’t Be Around Much Longer’: Trump Says

USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un ‘Won’t Be Around Much Longer’: Trump Says

“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump said on Twitter late on Saturday.

Trump and Kim have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as Pyongyang races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States – something Trump has vowed to prevent. Analysts say the escalation in rhetoric is increasing the risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have massive repercussions.

“We are waiting for the right time to have a final battle with the U.S., the evil empire, and to remove the U.S. from the world,” KCNA quoted Ri Il-bae, a commanding officer of the Red Guards, as saying. “Once respected Supreme commander Kim Jong Un gives an order, we will annihilate the group of aggressors.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Rockets to US ‘Inevitable’ as US Bombers Fly off North Korean Coast

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Rockets to US ‘Inevitable’ as US Bombers Fly off North Korean Coast

President,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s said, warning that Pyongyang was ready to defend itself if the United States showed any sign of conducting a “decapitating operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country”.

“Now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force,” Ri told the annual gathering of world leaders.

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UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

“I’m not going to do an actual number on air, it would be ridiculous to do that, but we have a fairly clear idea where we’re going on this,” UK Brexit Minister David Davis said.

EU claims for Britain to contribute to the bloc’s future pension pot, he said, are “debatable to say the least.”

“The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and we’ll continue to do that.”

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ALGERIA POLITICS: Algeria to Syria: Return to Arab League

ALGERIA POLITICS: Algeria to Syria: Return to Arab League

The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in November 2011, citing alleged crackdown by Damascus on opposition protests. Syria has denounced the move as “illegal and a violation of the organization’s charter.”

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

Roadblocks have been set up along major routes from the camp zones to stop the refugees from moving further into Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees have been fleeing government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar, where they face death, torture, and rape at the hands of the Myanmarese military and Buddhist mobs, according to numerous reports and eyewitness accounts.

The United Nations has described the practices against the Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Army Deploys in Rio Slum as Drug-Related Violence Worsens

BRAZIL POLITICS: Army Deploys in Rio Slum as Drug-Related Violence Worsens

The violence in Rocinha is one more sign of the backsliding since the launch of a “pacification” program in 2008 to reduce violence by pushing out drug gangs and setting up permanent outposts in the city’s more than 1,000 favelas.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Trump’s UN Speech To African Leaders Met With Stone-Cold Silence

AFRICA POLITICS: Trump’s UN Speech To African Leaders Met With Stone-Cold Silence

President of the United States Donald Trump said: “Africa has tremendous business potential. I’ve so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich.

“I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money.”

At this point Trump paused briefly, apparently expecting a laugh or round of applause but was met with stone-cold silence.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Canada Targets Senior Venezuelan Officials With Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Canada Targets Senior Venezuelan Officials With Sanctions

As well as President Maduro, the named figures include Vice-President Tareck El Aissami and the head of the constituent assembly, Delcy Rodriguez.

“Today’s announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world,” said Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Venezuela as they struggle to restore democracy in their country.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, supply chains have become so integrated that borders barely exist, especially for key sectors such as the auto industry.

“Is this the most important trade agreement for Canada? Damn right it is,” said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, adding that dismantling the deal would be like trying to “unwind a clock”.

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USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

The latest round of rhetoric began on Tuesday when Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, made the threat to destroy North Korea, a country of 26 million people. He also called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

“His remarks … have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last,” Kim said in the statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Friday, promising to make Trump “pay dearly for his speech.”

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

“If you look … overall, that path toward democracy is strong. There are many [countries] that have already had their political maturity tested over two or three periods, like Ghana. So, there’s no turning back on democracy in West Africa,” president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said.

Johnson Sirleaf took office at the end of a transitional government in 2006, following decades of civil war and political fighting in the country. She said that she is proud of having helped her country maintain peace since then.

“My message to all Liberian people is to please maintain the peace, this peace that we have all made such great sacrifice for,” Sirleaf said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States and that Trump’s comments had confirmed his own nuclear programme was “the correct path”. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim Jong Un said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

In a defiant speech in the capital Tehran, addressing a parade of armed forces, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not stop boosting its military forces.

“We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities … We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“All countries in the world supported the nuclear deal in the United Nations General Assembly this year… except the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel),” Rouhani said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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