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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Court to Government: Pay Social Grants On April 1

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Court to Government: Pay Social Grants On April 1

South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered the government to pay social grants on April 1 via its current service provider, seeking to end a fiasco that had threatened the payment of benefits to 17 million people.

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USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Agrees No Sign of Wiretap On Trump

USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Agrees No Sign of Wiretap On Trump

Senate Intelligence Committee bipartisan statement rejects Donald Trump’s assertion Obama administration tapped his phone during 2016 presidential campaign.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Repeats Promise to Build New West Bank Settlement

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Repeats Promise to Build New West Bank Settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honour his commitment to build a new settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Magu Confirmation Rejected By Senate

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Magu Confirmation Rejected By Senate

The Senate also said Magu should cease to act as chairman of the anti-graft commission and a replacement should be sent by the president for confirmation.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Scoxit Referendum: Theresa May Says ‘Now is Not the Time’

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Scoxit Referendum: Theresa May Says ‘Now is Not the Time’

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that “now is not the time” for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Budget: The Winners and Losers

USA POLITICS: Trump Budget: The Winners and Losers

Congress, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, may reject some or many of his proposed cuts. Some of the proposed changes, which Democrats will broadly oppose, have been targeted for decades by conservative Republicans.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Federal Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima

BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Federal Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima

Carlos Lima said the Odebrecht statements expanded the probe far beyond expectations and would ensnare top congressmen, senior members of the executive branch and other powerful figures.

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USA POLITICS: Lindsey Graham Threatens Subpoena On Trump Wiretapping Claim

USA POLITICS: Lindsey Graham Threatens Subpoena On Trump Wiretapping Claim

“Congress is going to flex its muscles,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on CNN.

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UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Tax Policy Backfires

UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Tax Policy Backfires

“I have decided not to proceed with the Class 4 NIC measures set out in the budget,” Chancellor Philip Hammond said in a letter to Conservative lawmakers.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Judgment Could Change TV Landscape

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Judgment Could Change TV Landscape

It will be up to the Court to determine whether the Minister’s amendment should stand and whether or not the STBs will be produced without encryption capacity.

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USA POLITICS: Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility: Judges Slam Prison Agency for Prolonging Lawsuit

USA POLITICS: Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility: Judges Slam Prison Agency for Prolonging Lawsuit

Male corrections officers at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, who are excluded from working in many areas of the prison, sued the department in 2011 over certain aspects of the exclusion policy, which they said discriminated against them based on their gender and unfairly excluded them from overtime opportunities.

The policy barring male corrections officers from working in residential areas of the women’s prison was introduced in response to multimillion-dollar jury awards in 2008 related to sexual abuse of female inmates by male corrections officers at other women’s prisons in Michigan, which are no longer open.

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NIGER POLITICS: Hama Amadou Jailed for Baby-Smuggling

NIGER POLITICS: Hama Amadou Jailed for Baby-Smuggling

Prosecutors claim that Amadou was one of a group of people accused of smuggling babies from Nigeria via Benin to wealthy couples in Niger by falsely claiming the parenthood of around 30 children.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Right to Launch EU Divorce Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Right to Launch EU Divorce Talks

Prime Minister Theresa May has the right to begin what could be Britain’s most complex negotiations since World War Two.

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IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Hossein Karroubi Jailed For Six Months

IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Hossein Karroubi Jailed For Six Months

Mehdi Karroubi son, Mohammad Hossein Karroubi, was accused of publishing propaganda against the state over the letter to President Hassan Rouhani.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Has Brexit Backup Plan if Divorce Talks Fail: David Davis Says

UK POLITICS: Britain Has Brexit Backup Plan if Divorce Talks Fail: David Davis Says

“I don’t think, firstly, that is remotely likely,” Davis told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, responding to the report. “It’s in absolutely everybody’s interest that we get a good outcome.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Notifies Parliament He Has Resumed Duty

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Notifies Parliament He Has Resumed Duty

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent letter to parliament notifying lawmakers that he has resumed his duties, his spokesman said on Monday.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Budget Opens New Fight Among Republicans

USA POLITICS: Trump Budget Opens New Fight Among Republicans

More moderate Republicans are less enthusiastic and worry Trump’s budget could force lawmakers to choose between opposing the president or backing reductions in popular programs such as aid for disabled children and hot meals for the elderly.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance, than Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Trump, the new president of the United States.

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BOLIVIA POLITICS: Evo Morales Approves Coca Law

BOLIVIA POLITICS: Evo Morales Approves Coca Law

“Coca beat the United States,” Morales said during the public event Wednesday as some coca farmers listened to his speech chewing on coca leaves.

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USA POLITICS: Texas Lawmakers Illegally Drew Three Voting Districts on Racial Lines: Court Rules

USA POLITICS: Texas Lawmakers Illegally Drew Three Voting Districts on Racial Lines: Court Rules

U.S. Court District Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia in San Antonio found that the districts’ shapes diluted minority voters’ power.

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