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USA POLITICS: Official! Neil Gorsuch Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

USA POLITICS: Official! Neil Gorsuch Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

“I will never forget that the seat I inherit today is of a great, great man,” Gorsuch said after the ceremony. “I promise you, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and the laws of this country.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump In Abrupt Shift on Syria, Turns to Military Advisers

USA POLITICS: Trump In Abrupt Shift on Syria, Turns to Military Advisers

“I think it does demonstrate that President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line … It is clear that President Trump made that statement to the world,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters.

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USA POLITICS: Official! Gorsuch Confirmed Supreme Court Justice

USA POLITICS: Official! Gorsuch Confirmed Supreme Court Justice

US Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the ninth justice on US Supreme Court. Senator Rand Paul cast the decisive 51st vote in favor of the nomination.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Shakes Up Security Agencies, Urges Militants’ Surrender

SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Shakes Up Security Agencies, Urges Militants’ Surrender

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, speaking days after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out air strikes in Somalia, said tackling the al Shabaab insurgency was his top priority.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Revise Pension Reform Proposal to Secure Approval

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Revise Pension Reform Proposal to Secure Approval

Temer authorized lawmaker sponsoring the plan to alter its terms as long as he maintains the bill’s minimum retirement age. He did not specify what changes could take place.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Talks Tough on Land

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Talks Tough on Land

“Zuma has shown he can be absolutely reckless in pursuit of his political agenda,” said NKC African Economics political analyst Gary van Staden.

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USA POLITICS: Senate Fails to End Democratic Blockade of Gorsuch

USA POLITICS: Senate Fails to End Democratic Blockade of Gorsuch

But with the 55-45 tally, Republicans fell short of the 60-vote super-majority needed to overcome the Democratic procedural tactic called a filibuster and proceed to a vote in which senators could confirm Neil Gorsuch by a simple majority.

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USA POLITICS: Nunes Steps Aside From House Probe on Russia

USA POLITICS: Nunes Steps Aside From House Probe on Russia

Nunes said he had decided to step aside from the Russia investigation in order to fight the allegations and wanted to speak with the ethics office as soon as possible “to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

“The unoccupied, which are ours, let’s live on it,” Duterte told reporters during a visit to a military base in Palawan, near the disputed waters.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Censures Judges

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Censures Judges

Venezuela newly militant opposition leaders also announced another round of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro for Thursday, despite chaos and violence in Caracas on Tuesday that left 20 injured and 18 arrested.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! Christian Nwosu of INEC Says ‘Diezani Alison-Madueke Gave Him N30m to Compromise 2015 Election’

NIGERIA POLITICS: Revealed! Christian Nwosu of INEC Says ‘Diezani Alison-Madueke Gave Him N30m to Compromise 2015 Election’

Nwosu pleaded guilty after being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned alongside Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who was not present for the arraignment.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Hassan Ali-Khaire Vows to Defeat Corruption

SOMALIA POLITICS: Hassan Ali-Khaire Vows to Defeat Corruption

Hassan Ali-Khaire, said he is mobilizing his government to tackle corruption and vowed to make the fight against misconduct a non-negotiable principle in his administration.

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BENIN POLITICS: Parliament Rejects Bill to Reduce Presidential Terms

BENIN POLITICS: Parliament Rejects Bill to Reduce Presidential Terms

Benin President Patrice Talon came to power a year ago, promising to reduce the term limit because he said two terms were a cause of “complacency”.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Trump Declares End to ‘War On Coal’

USA POLITICS: Official: Trump Declares End to ‘War On Coal’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations, he said it would end America’s “war on coal”, usher in a new era of energy production and put miners back to work.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Economic Recovery Plan Takes Center Stage Now

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Economic Recovery Plan Takes Center Stage Now

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he would today launch the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 in his administration’s pursuit of economic revival, improved security and sustained war against corruption.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Vote to Regulate Uber, Other Apps

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Vote to Regulate Uber, Other Apps

Brazil Politics news: Majority of lawmakers approved the main text of the bill and voted on specific items that still need to be cleared in the Senate.

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USA POLITICS: White House Aims to Resuscitate Failed Healthcare Bill

USA POLITICS: White House Aims to Resuscitate Failed Healthcare Bill

Under White House offer, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from several coverage requirements President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law imposed on insurers.

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HUNGARY POLITICS: Law Approved Targeting George Soros-Founded University, US ‘Disappointed’

HUNGARY POLITICS: Law Approved Targeting George Soros-Founded University, US ‘Disappointed’

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a critic of liberal civil organizations funded by George Soros, said University violated regulations in awarding diplomas.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

“The dismissal served as warning Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the cabinet,” Abella added.

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BAHRAIN POLITICS: Court Reduces Sheikh Ali Salman Jail Term

BAHRAIN POLITICS: Court Reduces Sheikh Ali Salman Jail Term

Salman, 51, is considered a moderate who has pushed for constitutional reforms in Bahrain, unlike hardline groups who have demanded the toppling of the ruling dynasty in a string of protests that go back to 2011.

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