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USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Silo said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

“Canada will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest – including a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied fairly when truly warranted,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a speech at the University of Ottawa.

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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: $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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INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

“These things are being discussed at [the] diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said. “More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.” No better conditions would be awaiting the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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UK POLITICS: Under Tories Homeless Population Increased

UK POLITICS: Under Tories Homeless Population Increased

John Healey, the shadow housing secretary, said the homelessness was downright a national scandal for the ruling Tories.

“This is a direct result of decisions made by Conservative ministers: a steep drop in investment for affordable homes, crude cuts to housing benefit, reduced funding for homelessness services and a refusal to help private renters.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

“We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in response to the new sanctions against Russia.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has promised to quit the Coalition if the Liberal Party allows MPs a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage without a plebiscite. same-sex marriage advocates released their own legal advice showing the government could not conduct a postal vote without its own legislation and that any move down that path would be open to challenge in the High Court. “This is not about the Prime Minister’s leadership, this is about the issue of same-sex marriage and whether or not the definition of marriage should be changed,” Senator Cormann said.

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USA POLITICS: Obamacare Repeal: The Battle Over Healthcare Far From Over

USA POLITICS: Obamacare Repeal: The Battle Over Healthcare Far From Over

Republicans just came closer to passing a partial repeal of the ACA than many would have thought possible. The battle over healthcare is far from over, but the repeated failures of the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare prove the political durability of the social safety net.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: 43 People Charged Because of Homosexual Acts

NIGERIA POLITICS: 43 People Charged Because of Homosexual Acts

Homosexuality is taboo in many socially conservative African societies where some religious groups have branded it a corrupting Western import.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, India Unyielding Over a Piece of Himalayan Territory

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, India Unyielding Over a Piece of Himalayan Territory

“The Indian side not only has not taken any actual steps to correct its mistake, it has concocted all sorts of reasons that don’t have a leg to stand on, to make up excuses for the Indian military’s illegal crossing of the border,” In a statement on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its call to India, saying it must remove its forces from what Beijing considers part of its territory.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Faces Spill Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Faces Spill Over Same-Sex Marriage

Liberal Trevor Evans, has called for the dumping of the Turnbull government’s election commitment to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Houthis Will Not Keep Hodeidah: Yemeni Government Says

YEMEN POLITICS: Houthis Will Not Keep Hodeidah: Yemeni Government Says

The government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accuses the Houthis of using the port to smuggle in weapons and of collecting custom duties on goods, which they use to finance the war. The Houthis deny this.

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UK POLITICS: UK Will Not Cut Taxes Below EU Average After Brexit: Hammond

UK POLITICS: UK Will Not Cut Taxes Below EU Average After Brexit: Hammond

“It is said London would launc into unfair competition in terms of fiscal regulation. That is not our project or our vision for the future,” Hammond.

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UK POLITICS: March 2019 Free Movement With EU Will End: Theresa May’s Spokesman

UK POLITICS: March 2019 Free Movement With EU Will End: Theresa May’s Spokesman

“Free movement will end in March 2019,” May’s spokesman told reporters, adding that the government had already set out some details including proposals on EU citizens rights post-Brexit.

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UK POLITICS: Free Movement After Brexit Divides Theresa May’s Government

UK POLITICS: Free Movement After Brexit Divides Theresa May’s Government

Boris Johnson – who has advocated a tough approach to the Brexit negotiations – has been silent on the issue recently.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Ready to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Ready to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill.

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USA POLITICS: Transgender Not Welcome in US Military: Trump Declares

USA POLITICS: Transgender Not Welcome in US Military: Trump Declares

Donald Trump says: “Our military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 14 Anti-Government Protesters to be Beheaded Including Michigan-Bound Student

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 14 Anti-Government Protesters to be Beheaded Including Michigan-Bound Student

“King Salman’s signature is now all that stands between them and their execution,” Samah Hadid, of Amnesty International’s Middle East group said.

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