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GAMBIA POLITICS: Barrow Says Gambia to Stay in ICC

GAMBIA POLITICS: Barrow Says Gambia to Stay in ICC

“We reaffirm The Gambia’s commitment to the principles enshrined in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court,” President Adama Barrow said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari, Trump Discuss US Arms Sale to Nigeria

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari, Trump Discuss US Arms Sale to Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari discussed new arms deal with U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone to help fight terrorism.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Disability Funding to Welfare Cuts Backfires Spectacularly

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Disability Funding to Welfare Cuts Backfires Spectacularly

Turnbull government’s bid to link disability funding to welfare cuts has backfired spectacularly, angering the Senate crossbenchers it was meant to win over and drawing fire from advocates and even a Paralympic champion.

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AFRICA POLITICS: CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick

AFRICA POLITICS: CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick

Africa policy in the Trump White House has become more difficult to predict following reports that the senior director for Africa on the National Security Council is out.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Introduce Additional National Security Steps Next Week

USA POLITICS: Trump to Introduce Additional National Security Steps Next Week

“We are going to do whatever’s necessary to keep our country safe,” U.S. President Donald Trump said during a White House news conference.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Now Backs ‘One China’ Policy

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Now Backs ‘One China’ Policy

“President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy,” the statement said.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

Lawmakers (MPs) voted 494 to 122 in favour of legislation giving May the right to trigger Brexit, ending days of intense debate. The bill now needs the approval of the upper chamber, in which May does not have a majority, before it becomes law.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Approves Constitutional Reform Bill

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Approves Constitutional Reform Bill

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the reform will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Denounced Obama-Era ‘New START’ Nuclear Arms With Putin As Bad Deal

USA POLITICS: Trump Denounced Obama-Era ‘New START’ Nuclear Arms With Putin As Bad Deal

During a debate in 2016 presidential election, Trump said Russia had “outsmarted” the United States with the New START treaty, which he called “START-Up.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Trump Breaks Ice With Xi Jinping in Letter Seeking ‘Constructive’ Ties

CHINA POLITICS: Trump Breaks Ice With Xi Jinping in Letter Seeking ‘Constructive’ Ties

“President Trump stated he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits United States and China,” it said.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe to Propose New Cabinet Level U.S.-Japan Talks

JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe to Propose New Cabinet Level U.S.-Japan Talks

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump.

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ROMANIA POLITICS: Graft Debacle: Government Survives No-Confidence Motion

ROMANIA POLITICS: Graft Debacle: Government Survives No-Confidence Motion

“I do hope that as of today we get back to work,” Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu told lawmakers before the vote.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS

Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Peace Talks With Rebels Possible: Delfin Lorenzana Says

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Peace Talks With Rebels Possible: Delfin Lorenzana Says

Duterte, who won an election last year on a vow to wipe out illegal drugs, had raised hopes of bringing an end to the communist insurgency that has stunted development for years, especially in central parts of the Philippines.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Shoot Soldiers Who Rape Civilians: Salva Kiir

SOUTH SUDAN: Shoot Soldiers Who Rape Civilians: Salva Kiir

“Those doing unlawful acts, raping women and girls, this is not the policy of the government, the body of woman cannot be taken by force,” Salva Kiir said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Britain: Join Iran Sanctions

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Britain: Join Iran Sanctions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged “responsible nations” to join new sanctions against Iran on Monday during a visit to London, but Britain defended a nuclear deal sealed between major powers and Tehran.

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CANADA POLITICS: Government Advisors Call for Deeper Trade Ties

CANADA POLITICS: Government Advisors Call for Deeper Trade Ties

Canadian government advisory group on Monday released a number of recommendations to boost the economy, including strengthening the country’s trade links and establishing funds to help smaller companies raise capital in order to scale up.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Government to Allow Medical Marijuana Export

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Government to Allow Medical Marijuana Export

Israeli government committee gave an initial nod for the export of medical marijuana in what could be a windfall for companies in Israel, widely regarded as a leader in research in the field.

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