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USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

Stephen Bannon’s ouster comes with the president increasingly isolated over his comments in the aftermath of white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville. A champion of economic nationalism and a political provocateur, Bannon, 63, is a former U.S. Navy officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood movie producer.

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SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

US President Donald Trump has suggested, “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

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GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

The leader of the Delegation Professor Gyimah Boadi said the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) welcome government’s decision to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor but criticized some aspect of the draft legislation. According to him, the law needs more articulation especially in relation to corruption involving public officials. President Akufo Addo promised to make the engagement with CSOs a regular feature in his administration.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

Rolf Holmboe, Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and former Danish Ambassador to Syria said, “..The Russians want a solution on their terms, which is one where Assad stays in power. The ceasefires do two things. They allow the Russians to take control of the political negotiations and look good internationally. But more importantly, they allow Assad and the Iranian-backed militias to free troops to grab the territory that Islamic State is about to lose.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Disbands Business Councils After CEOs Exit in Protest

USA POLITICS: Trump Disbands Business Councils After CEOs Exit in Protest

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: War With FARC ‘Over’: Juan Manuel Santos Declares

COLOMBIA POLITICS: War With FARC ‘Over’: Juan Manuel Santos Declares

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos declared the end of the 50-year old conflict with former rebel group FARC, “With the laying down of arms… the conflict is truly over and a new phase begins in the life of our nation. This is truly a historic moment for the country. We have been a republic for 198 years. Never had we had such a long conflict and today is indeed the last breath of that conflict.”

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach to Brexit. They should commit to staying in single market and customs union, period.”

“You’ve got the UK government appearing to say that they don’t want to say in ‘the’ customs union, but they want to stay in ‘a’ customs union, which would be pretty much identical to the European customs union that we’re in already. It’s nonsensical and ridiculous. “I think it increasingly makes the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Admits: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis Are Criminals and Thugs

USA POLITICS: Trump Admits: Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis Are Criminals and Thugs

Some 48 hours into the biggest domestic challenge of his young presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump tried to correct course.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” the president said in a statement to reporters at the White House on Monday. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence,” Trump said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

President Donald Trump’s comments may be a political lifeline for the unpopular Maduro. Like his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro says the country must be unified by socialism in order to defend against a U.S. invasion aimed at stealing Venezuela’s vast oil resources.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Lawmakers Who Voted Against Him Must Be Punished: Zuma Says

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Lawmakers Who Voted Against Him Must Be Punished: Zuma Says

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma called the defectors “people who have double hearts, one for the ANC and one for other parties,” and said they “must be taken to the (ANC) disciplinary committee,” South African media reported.

“What our enemies (opposition members of parliament) were doing was to say: ‘How can we destroy the ANC and weaken it, so that we can take control of the country?’ … We should never do it again,” Zuma was quoted as saying.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

This could be the biggest trigger. North Korea says it was compelled to put the Guam plan together because it feels threatened by a squadron of B-1B bombers on the island that the U.S. has increasingly sent to fly in Korean airspace in symbolic shows of force during times of particular tension. But that may be only a pretense. North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

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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: 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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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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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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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

“If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela, here I am. Mister Donald Trump, here is my hand,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

“It is dangerous and reckless and counterproductive for Donald Trump to threaten the annihilation of North Korea,” said Daryl Kimball, the head of the Washington-based Arms Control Association. “What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation. We are currently on the road to a conflict and we have to get to the off-ramp.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

U.S. President Donald Trump says, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done? Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

Despite all this, Merkel’s conservatives, who currently share power with the SPD in a “grand coalition”, look on track to win the Sept. 24 vote. The main question for most experts is whether she will repeat her coalition with the SPD or seek another partner, possibly the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

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USA POLITICS: Trump Approval Rating Drops to All-Time Low

USA POLITICS: Trump Approval Rating Drops to All-Time Low

“Despite Americans’ optimism regarding the economy, multiple factors are collectively offsetting the boost that the economy should be giving Trump, and driving down his approval rating,” Mayur said.

“Trump’s skirmish with Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions did not go well with many conservatives, and former communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgar exchange with a reporter upset many. On top of this, the daily dose of insinuations from the media regarding collusion with Russia also help to explain the low approval rating.”

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