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USA POLITICS: Defying Trump, Senate Panel Approves Funding for UN Climate Body

USA POLITICS: Defying Trump, Senate Panel Approves Funding for UN Climate Body

The amendment passed even though the 2018 budget proposal that Trump, a Republican, introduced earlier this year eliminated support of any mechanism to finance climate change projects in developing countries and organizations. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the amendment’s author, said on Twitter on Thursday: “Despite @RealDonaldTrump’s dangerous #ParisAgreement decision & unwillingness to act, we can & will fight back to combat #climatedisruption.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

An official at the Mexican Foreign Ministry said, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea. The developments come amid high tensions over the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. South Korea, the US, and Japan have been worried by the North’s weapons programs, which Pyongyang has been defiantly advancing as countermeasures to their animosity.

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USA POLITICS: Dennis Rodman Offers to ‘Straighten things Out’ Between Trump & North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un

USA POLITICS: Dennis Rodman Offers to ‘Straighten things Out’ Between Trump & North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman, who regularly visits North Korea and meets its leader Kim Jong-un while promoting sports, wants to “straighten things out” between Donald Trump and Kim. Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Rodman was asked about

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

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USA POLITICS: Bob Menendez faces Federal Corruption Trial

USA POLITICS: Bob Menendez faces Federal Corruption Trial

“This case is about a corrupt politician who sold his senate office for a life of luxury he couldn’t afford, and a greedy doctor who put that senator on his payroll,” the lead prosecutor, Peter Koski, said at the start of Menendez’s corruption trial in Newark.

Menendez is accused of intervening with federal officials to help Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist from Florida who showered the senator with private flights, stays at a Caribbean villa and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money.

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USA POLITICS: US House Unanimously Approves Sweeping Self-Driving Car Measure

USA POLITICS: US House Unanimously Approves Sweeping Self-Driving Car Measure

Under the House proposal, states could still set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance and safety inspections, but could not set self-driving car performance standards.

Consumer advocates have sought more changes, including giving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration quicker access to crash data and more funding to oversee self-driving cars.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

According to the new charges, Lula da Silva maintained authority in state affairs and engaged in the fleecing of money even after he was replaced by Rousseff due to his influence over her.

Following Rousseff’s ouster from office and the rise of current President Michel Temer to power, the attorney general added, members of his party in Congress then took over the leadership role in the corruption scheme.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order. Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Rescind Dreamer Program

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Rescind Dreamer Program

There were some signs that the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress might be willing to act, with a number of senior Republican lawmakers coming forward to express an interest in protecting the Dreamers.

“If President Trump makes this decision, we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma,” Senator Lindsey Graham said on Monday.

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CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

At one session Monday evening, about 400 people gathered to choose their neighborhood’s candidate, meeting in front of a house adorned with photos of the late Fidel Castro and Cuban flags. Choosing between their current delegate and a young challenger, they re-nominated physician Orlando Gutierrez. Both men were praised as “revolutionary” and “honest.”

“We have to be here to defend our revolution and the social gains we have won,” said one voter, Ivis Garcia, who works for a state-owned real estate enterprise.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said he had filed complaints with the ambassadors of France and three other European countries planning to meet with the Venezuelan opposition figures during their European tour for interference in the nation’s internal affairs.

“These types of expressions are absurd and offensive to the functioning of Venezuelan democracy and its institutions,” Arreaza said.
The developments came two days after a Venezuelan activist was barred from leaving the country in order to join the opposition European tour.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the council of ministers,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before leaving for China to attend a summit of the BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted from being a junior trade minister, becomes the first female defence minister since Indira Gandhi was in charge of the department when she was prime minister 35 years ago.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

North Korea announced this weekend that it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which it declared a “perfect success.”

Justin Trudeau also stated that Canada would continue to work with allies including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., but did not provide more details on his government’s involvement.

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USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

Trump feels we need to re-invest in nuclear weapons, while at the same time insisting he wants to be the first president to reside in an age where no country has them. That’s an entirely farcical statement for a leader with a guaranteed four-year term to make, both because it’s not enough time for the world to disarm, and because adding to our nuclear arsenal only provokes other nuclear powers.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

Schulz has said he is going into Sunday’s television debate convinced he will win the elections. “A successful duel can create momentum,” he said in an interview conducted after media reports suggested his predecessor as leader had given up hope of an SPD victory.

Merkel told the Rheinische Post newspaper she expected the debate to spark great public interest. “I’ll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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USA POLITICS: $150-$180b Damages Caused By Hurricane Harvey: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says

USA POLITICS: $150-$180b Damages Caused By Hurricane Harvey: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says

Harvey, which came ashore on Aug. 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than 1 million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for more than 300 miles (480 kms).

“Katrina caused if I recall more than $120 billion but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120 billion, probably $150 to $180 billion,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News, adding, “this is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

Over the past week, China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly hit back at calls from Western countries and Japan for China for to do more to rein in North Korea, saying that pushing for dialogue was an equally integral part of the U.N. resolutions, and that escalating sanctions alone had been evidently ineffective.

“On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia, East Timor Reach Agreement on Maritime Border

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia, East Timor Reach Agreement on Maritime Border

Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the agreement was a “landmark day” in the relationship between Timor-Leste and Australia.

“This agreement, which supports the national interest of both our nations, further strengthens the long-standing and deep ties between our governments and our people,” Bishop said. Australia earlier this year agreed to allow East Timor to

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UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

A snag though is that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is bound by his 27 national masters not even to discuss any post-Brexit arrangements until “significant progress” is made on agreeing a divorce.

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