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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Minimum Wage Going Up 50 Percent: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Minimum Wage Going Up 50 Percent: Maduro

It’s third time this year Maduro’s government hiked the country’s minimum wage to combat extremely high inflation and an increasingly worthless currency.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Sending Federal Help to Fight Chicago Crime

USA POLITICS: Trump Sending Federal Help to Fight Chicago Crime

“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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GERMANY POLITICS: German FM to US: Absolutely Unacceptable to Give Up on Russian Gas

GERMANY POLITICS: German FM to US: Absolutely Unacceptable to Give Up on Russian Gas

“We deem it absolutely unacceptable when a bill demands Europeans give up on Russian gas so they could sell American instead, at much higher price,” Gabriel said.

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UKRAINE POLITICS: U.S. Wants to Sell Coal to Coal-Rich Ukraine

UKRAINE POLITICS: U.S. Wants to Sell Coal to Coal-Rich Ukraine

United States President Donald Trump says, “Ukraine already tells us they need millions and millions of metric tons (of coal).”

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USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Sparks Protest in New York City

USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Sparks Protest in New York City

“The use of national security as rationale for implementing Muslim ban is comical, to say the least,” said Murad Awadeh of New York Immigration Coalition.

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CHINA POLITICS: $1.42b Planned US Arms Sales to Taiwan Angers Xi Jinping

CHINA POLITICS: $1.42b Planned US Arms Sales to Taiwan Angers Xi Jinping

“The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship,” the embassy said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Official: Same-Sex Marriage Legalised

GERMANY POLITICS: Official: Same-Sex Marriage Legalised

“I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace,” Merkel said.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

US ultimate goal is to separate Iraq and Syria from Iran to stop Baghdad and Damascus from being part of the axis of resistance against Israel and America.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

Faris, 18, chose to study the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian equivalent in the hope that it will open more doors at colleges in Israel and help him get work there.

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TANZANIA POLITICS: Magufuli Backs Law to Tear Up Mining, Energy Deals

TANZANIA POLITICS: Magufuli Backs Law to Tear Up Mining, Energy Deals

Magufuli says the reforms will increase transparency and revenues and that the companies have not been paying their fair share of taxes, charges they strongly deny.

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CANADA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers in Canada Who Fled Trump Now Trapped in Legal Limbo

CANADA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers in Canada Who Fled Trump Now Trapped in Legal Limbo

Canada’s refugee tribunal has put people from certain war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen on an expedited track that requires no hearings.

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USA POLITICS: Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory, Allows Temporary Travel Bans on Travelers from Six Muslim Countries

USA POLITICS: Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory, Allows Temporary Travel Bans on Travelers from Six Muslim Countries

Supreme Court grants President Donald Trump emergency request allowing parts of refugee ban to go into effect.

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USA POLITICS: How Federal Reserve Serves US Foreign Intelligence

USA POLITICS: How Federal Reserve Serves US Foreign Intelligence

The insights into the Federal Reserve operation come at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump threatens new economic sanctions on countries that could again be monitored through the foreign accounts.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Strikes £1b Deal to Get DUP Support

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Strikes £1b Deal to Get DUP Support

“Today we have reached an agreement with the Conservative Party on support for government in parliament,” DUP leader Arlene Foster said in Downing Street.

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CANADA POLITICS: China, Canada Vow Not to Conduct Cyber Attacks on Private Sector

CANADA POLITICS: China, Canada Vow Not to Conduct Cyber Attacks on Private Sector

“This is something that three or four years ago (Beijing) would not even have entertained in the conversation,” an unnamed Canadian government official told the Globe and Mail, which first reported the agreement.

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UK POLITICS: 500,000 Children Born or Raised in UK Will Not Gain Automatic British Citizenship After Brexit

UK POLITICS: 500,000 Children Born or Raised in UK Will Not Gain Automatic British Citizenship After Brexit

Citizenship requires passing a ‘Life in UK Test’ for aged 18-65, giving fingerprints, taking English exam, submitting to judgement of ‘good character’.

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USA POLITICS: Collins Has ‘Serious Concerns’ on Healthcare Bill

USA POLITICS: Collins Has ‘Serious Concerns’ on Healthcare Bill

“I have very serious concerns about the bill,” Susan Collins said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “It’s hard for me to see the bill passing this week.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians to Pay More Tax for Streaming Services Because of New Taxes

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians to Pay More Tax for Streaming Services Because of New Taxes

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix as well as for songs and movies downloaded from the internet when a range of new taxes kick in at the end of the week.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit: Japanese Bank Nomura Picks Frankfurt as Headquarters After UK Leaves EU

UK POLITICS: Brexit: Japanese Bank Nomura Picks Frankfurt as Headquarters After UK Leaves EU

It comes despite Prime Minister Theresa May’s loss of a majority in elections this month, which made it more likely the UK will seek a softer Brexit deal that would reduce the impact on its financial services industry.

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NAMIBIA POLITICS: Germany, Namibia Continue Dialogue on the Gruesome ‘Forgotten Genocide’ in Namibia

NAMIBIA POLITICS: Germany, Namibia Continue Dialogue on the Gruesome ‘Forgotten Genocide’ in Namibia

Germany and Namibia are continuing their dialogue about the genocide German troops committed in the former colony in the early 1900s.

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