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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Parliament Endorsement For June 8 Snap Election

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Parliament Endorsement For June 8 Snap Election

“I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division,” Theresa May told parliament.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

Cartes, a former soft-drink and tobacco executive, said his decision not to run was inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue in Paraguay.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Expects Ministers to Resign

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Expects Ministers to Resign

“It is very likely that some ministers will feel uncomfortable and believe that they cannot continue,” Brazilian President Michel Temer said.

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USA POLITICS: Secretly Trump Allows Aides to Get Away With Violating Government Ethics Rules

USA POLITICS: Secretly Trump Allows Aides to Get Away With Violating Government Ethics Rules

According to the report, the Trump administration has been trying to hide the nature of the violations by issuing waivers for the ethics rules.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Nigerians: We Worked Hard to Meet Your Expectations

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Nigerians: We Worked Hard to Meet Your Expectations

In an Easter message, Buhari said his administration was more determined to continue to fight against the insurgency, sustain the peace in the Niger Delta and restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.

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CHILE POLITICS: Michelle Bachelet Presents Bill to Boost Pensions

CHILE POLITICS: Michelle Bachelet Presents Bill to Boost Pensions

“We must advance towards a truly mixed social security system, where all play their part, where solidarity comes from personal effort, where the state and employers play their corresponding role,” Bachelet said in a speech.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was “100 percent fabrication” used to justify a U.S. air strike, news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says Assad ‘An Animal’, We’re Not Getting Involved in Syria

USA POLITICS: Trump Says Assad ‘An Animal’, We’re Not Getting Involved in Syria

“Putin is backing a person that is truly an evil person. It’s bad for Russia, I think it’s very bad for mankind, it’s very bad for this world,” Trump said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump In Abrupt Shift on Syria, Turns to Military Advisers

USA POLITICS: Trump In Abrupt Shift on Syria, Turns to Military Advisers

“I think it does demonstrate that President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line … It is clear that President Trump made that statement to the world,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Shakes Up Security Agencies, Urges Militants’ Surrender

SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Shakes Up Security Agencies, Urges Militants’ Surrender

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, speaking days after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out air strikes in Somalia, said tackling the al Shabaab insurgency was his top priority.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Talks Tough on Land

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Talks Tough on Land

“Zuma has shown he can be absolutely reckless in pursuit of his political agenda,” said NKC African Economics political analyst Gary van Staden.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

“The unoccupied, which are ours, let’s live on it,” Duterte told reporters during a visit to a military base in Palawan, near the disputed waters.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Hassan Ali-Khaire Vows to Defeat Corruption

SOMALIA POLITICS: Hassan Ali-Khaire Vows to Defeat Corruption

Hassan Ali-Khaire, said he is mobilizing his government to tackle corruption and vowed to make the fight against misconduct a non-negotiable principle in his administration.

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BENIN POLITICS: Parliament Rejects Bill to Reduce Presidential Terms

BENIN POLITICS: Parliament Rejects Bill to Reduce Presidential Terms

Benin President Patrice Talon came to power a year ago, promising to reduce the term limit because he said two terms were a cause of “complacency”.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Trump Declares End to ‘War On Coal’

USA POLITICS: Official: Trump Declares End to ‘War On Coal’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations, he said it would end America’s “war on coal”, usher in a new era of energy production and put miners back to work.

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USA POLITICS: White House Aims to Resuscitate Failed Healthcare Bill

USA POLITICS: White House Aims to Resuscitate Failed Healthcare Bill

Under White House offer, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from several coverage requirements President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law imposed on insurers.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

“The dismissal served as warning Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the cabinet,” Abella added.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Called ‘Dictator’, Maduro Tries to Defuse Court Protests

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Called ‘Dictator’, Maduro Tries to Defuse Court Protests

“This controversy is over … the constitution has won,” Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech just after midnight.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

“Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations stressed.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon in Letter to Theresa May, Demands Independence Vote

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon in Letter to Theresa May, Demands Independence Vote

Sturgeon: “In these very changed circumstances the people of Scotland have the right to choose our own future, to exercise our right of self determination.”

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