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USA POLITICS: Two Journalists Sue Trump, US Officials for Being On ‘Kill List’

USA POLITICS: Two Journalists Sue Trump, US Officials for Being On ‘Kill List’

Bilal Abdul Kareem, a US citizen, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, a dual Pakistani-Syrian citizen who works, reject accusation they are members of militant organizations.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Called ‘Dictator’, Maduro Tries to Defuse Court Protests

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Called ‘Dictator’, Maduro Tries to Defuse Court Protests

“This controversy is over … the constitution has won,” Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech just after midnight.

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USA POLITICS: $25m Settlement of Trump University Lawsuit Approved By Court Judge

USA POLITICS: $25m Settlement of Trump University Lawsuit Approved By Court Judge

“The amount offered in settlement provides significant and immediate recovery,” U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego concluded.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

“Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations stressed.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon in Letter to Theresa May, Demands Independence Vote

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon in Letter to Theresa May, Demands Independence Vote

Sturgeon: “In these very changed circumstances the people of Scotland have the right to choose our own future, to exercise our right of self determination.”

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USA POLITICS: $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan to Be Unveiled By Trump

USA POLITICS: $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan to Be Unveiled By Trump

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Trump would unveil $1 trillion infrastructure plan this year, but did not offer details of funding for projects.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Mulls Quitting 2018 in Deal to Oust Gordhan

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Mulls Quitting 2018 in Deal to Oust Gordhan

“If confirmed, this could be the long-awaited compromise where Jacob Zuma agrees to go in return for some protection,” said political analyst Nic Borain.

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USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Opposes Trump Working With Democrats on Healthcare

USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan Opposes Trump Working With Democrats on Healthcare

“I don’t want that to happen,” U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said, referring to Trump’s offer to work with Democrats.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: OAS Pushes Venezuela to Engage in Dialogue As Tensions Flare

VENEZUELA POLITICS: OAS Pushes Venezuela to Engage in Dialogue As Tensions Flare

“We’ve defeated the State Department, we’ve defeated the Mexican foreign ministry, we’ve defeated the Venezuelan right wing” a jubilant Maduro said later during a televised Cabinet meeting.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit: Theresa May Officially Triggers Article 50, Tim Barrow Delivers the Letter to Donald Tusk EU President

UK POLITICS: Brexit: Theresa May Officially Triggers Article 50, Tim Barrow Delivers the Letter to Donald Tusk EU President

“The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” Theresa May told parliament nine months after Britain shocked investors and world leaders by unexpectedly voting to quit the bloc. “This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Submits Ministerial Nominees Names to Senate

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Submits Ministerial Nominees Names to Senate

Buhari nominated Stephen Ocheni, of Kogi state and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe state, to fill the vacant labor and environment ministries, said the Senate on its official Twitter account.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: Congress Wrestles Again With Presidential Re-Election Law

PARAGUAY POLITICS: Congress Wrestles Again With Presidential Re-Election Law

Security forces surrounded Paraguay’s Congress on Tuesday while lawmakers argued over a possible change in law that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election, a move that the opposition says would weaken democratic institutions.

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CANADA POLITICS: 2018 Trudeau to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

CANADA POLITICS: 2018 Trudeau to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

“Until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the beginning of March.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Meets Sturgeon After Blocking New Independence Bid

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Meets Sturgeon After Blocking New Independence Bid

Sturgeon is pressing for referendum in the second half of 2018 or first half of 2019, before Britain leaves EU, but May has told her “now is not the time.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Reform Slows As Ailing Buhari Reduces His Schedule

NIGERIA POLITICS: Reform Slows As Ailing Buhari Reduces His Schedule

President Muhammadu Buhari is spending between one and four hours a day in his office to conserve his energy levels, diplomats and presidency sources said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro ‘Terrified’ of Calling Election

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro ‘Terrified’ of Calling Election

But the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, appears to have lost interest in testing the will of the people.

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CANADA POLITICS: House of Commons Passes M-103 Motion Against Islamophobia

CANADA POLITICS: House of Commons Passes M-103 Motion Against Islamophobia

All NDP and Liberal MPs supported the motion, which passed 201-91. Majority of Conservative voted against. Gagan Sikand and Barrie Alex Nuttall abstained.

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MOROCCO POLITICS: Saad Eddine El Othmani Agrees to Form Coalition Government

MOROCCO POLITICS: Saad Eddine El Othmani Agrees to Form Coalition Government

Othmani, from the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), was appointed as premier last week by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. He replaced PJD leader Abdelilah Benkirane, whose efforts to form a government following October elections had been frustrated.

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USA POLITICS: Obamacare Survives Republican Assaults, But 2018 Uncertain

USA POLITICS: Obamacare Survives Republican Assaults, But 2018 Uncertain

After the failed Republican effort to push through the bill, insurers are looking at changes to help 2018, America’s Health Insurance Plans Kristine Grow said.

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USA POLITICS: Republicans, Paul Ryan All-In Now On Tax Reform

USA POLITICS: Republicans, Paul Ryan All-In Now On Tax Reform

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that tax reform in many ways is “a lot simpler” than healthcare reform.

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