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USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

The US envoy appeared on CNN Sunday, asserting that the president’s “fire and fury” comment about North Korea’s nuclear program last month is serious. “We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

“We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point,” she said of the measure, which the president had called “another very small step.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

The passport mess joins the botched Phoenix payroll system, the struggling email transformation initiative and the Canada.ca project as IT schemes inherited by the Liberal government that have bogged down in delays and cost over-runs.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

The term Deep State, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey and refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul said in a recent interview that Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

The new law comes after President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction law that was put in place in 1973. He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women’s day, that the marriage law was “an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse”. The restriction was also seen as violating Tunisia’s constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.

Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women’s rights.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

“Myanmar’s regime is a US puppet,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, said on Thursday.

“A person, who has unfairly received the Nobel Peace Prize, is today taking these measures, but Muslim societies won’t be silent and will curb this dictatorial regime through international bodies,” he added.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Bars Chinese-Backed Firm From Buying US Chipmaker Lattice

USA POLITICS: Trump Bars Chinese-Backed Firm From Buying US Chipmaker Lattice

Trump’s decision chimes with the views of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which scrutinizes deals for potential national security threats.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement following the decision that “CFIUS and the president assess that the transaction poses a risk to the national security of the United States that cannot be resolved through mitigation.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

In its first official reaction to the sanctions resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the sanctions would only strengthen the country’s resolve to pursue its nuclear weapons program “at a faster pace without the slightest diversion.”

North Korea remained defiant saying it would “redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence” and establish “practical equilibrium with the U.S.”

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USA POLITICS: Jimmy Carter Brands US ‘Oligarchy’, Urges Trump to Sign North Korea Peace Treaty

USA POLITICS: Jimmy Carter Brands US ‘Oligarchy’, Urges Trump to Sign North Korea Peace Treaty

“I know what the North Koreans want,” former US President Jimmy Carter said said. “What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said, “But the United States has refused to do that.”

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain’s Government Says it Would Raise Police and Prison Guard Wages

UK POLITICS: Britain’s Government Says it Would Raise Police and Prison Guard Wages

A police staff representative said officers would be angry that the pay award was less than the permanent 2 percent increase recommended by an official pay review body. A senior officer who speaks for police chiefs, Francis Habgood, said forces had no money for pay rises.

“Without better real-terms funding protection from government, an award above 1 percent will inevitably impact on our ability to deliver policing services and maintain staffing levels,” Habgood said.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

Once lauded by the international community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Ms Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country’s Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.

“Yes, they condemn it, issue statements, but what good does it do? They should take action. This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Mr Khamenei said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has maintained consistency on the issue of asylum-seekers.

“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said last month.

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USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

President Trump said his agencies would only target DACA recipients who commit crimes.

“Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border crossers, visa overstays and repeat violators,” Trump said in a statement. “I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity or are members of a gang.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed an agreement to allow 2,000 Islanders to work in rural areas over the next three years, adding to an existing seasonal worker program which supplies agricultural labor.

The micro-nations of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu will have first access to the scheme, which will allow workers to engage in non-farm work such as care of the elderly.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order. Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.

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USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan to Trump: Preserve the ‘Dreamers’ Immigration Policy

USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan to Trump: Preserve the ‘Dreamers’ Immigration Policy

“I actually don’t think he should do that, and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with WCLO radio in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

“There is a genuine outrage among people who have made all their financial calculations and planning based upon a certain set of tax assumptions and are now seeing those tax assumptions challenged,” said Toronto MP John McKay.

“I don’t know at this stage how locked-in the government is on their proposals, but I do know there is significant outrage among a relatively influential group of people.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: The Case for Welfare Card Takes Center Stage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: The Case for Welfare Card Takes Center Stage

Bill Shorten said he could see pluses and minuses with the welfare card:

“The one thing I know about trials is they have to be genuine trials. We have to make sure that the community supports it. We have to make is that you are if people are suffering from addiction there is all the support to help them break the cycle of the addiction, as opposed to just the heavy-handed terms of this card. Labor is going to wait until we see all of the results. We’ve got an open mind but the community has got to want to support it. What I don’t want to see is genuine people who are down on their luck being treated with hard measures just to get a headline in the big cities.”

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