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CYPRUS POLITICS: Anastasiades Says ‘Turkey Referendum Affecting Peace Talks’

CYPRUS POLITICS: Anastasiades Says ‘Turkey Referendum Affecting Peace Talks’

“It would have been honest for Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to have said it’s best to suspend negotiations until referendum is over,” Anastasiades.

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USA POLITICS: Defiant Trump Pushes Ahead With North Korea Review

USA POLITICS: Defiant Trump Pushes Ahead With North Korea Review

U.S. president Donald Trump’s aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on how to counter Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear threats.

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USA POLITICS: Conservatives Rebel Against Trump-Backed Republican Healthcare Plan

USA POLITICS: Conservatives Rebel Against Trump-Backed Republican Healthcare Plan

Trump, in Twitter, said he was “sure” Rand Paul would “come along with the new and great healthcare program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Perfecto Yasay Appointment Rejected By Lawmakers

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Perfecto Yasay Appointment Rejected By Lawmakers

Yasay was removed from the post after a unanimous vote by a plenary session of the Congress, which came hours after a confirmation hearing in which he was grilled about his citizenship at the time he took the job.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Pledges ‘Great Strictness’ on Iran Nuclear Deal

USA POLITICS: Trump Pledges ‘Great Strictness’ on Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration pledged on Tuesday to show “great strictness” over restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities imposed by a deal with major powers, but gave little indication of what that might mean for the agreement.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned a 46-year old Oksana Sevastidi who was sentenced to seven years in a penal colony for sending a text message to a Georgian acquaintance about the movement of Russian military equipment.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Yemenis Arrested Ahead of Saudi King Salman’s Visit

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Yemenis Arrested Ahead of Saudi King Salman’s Visit

Yemenis were arrested in Serdang and Cyberjaya – near the capital Kuala Lumpur – for suspected links to a Yemeni insurgent group, Malaysian police had said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Seeks U.S. Immigration Clarity

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Seeks U.S. Immigration Clarity

Nigeria has advised its citizens against any non-urgent travel to the United States until Washington clarifies its immigration policy, after several incidents in which people with valid visas were denied entry, a presidential aide said

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Charged in Corruption Case

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Charged in Corruption Case

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been indicted with charges of corruption including through benefiting a family friend with public contracts.

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USA POLITICS: Republicans to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week

USA POLITICS: Republicans to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week

Republican U.S. lawmakers expect to unveil this week the text of long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Nominates Mandisa Maya Supreme Court of Appeal President

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Nominates Mandisa Maya Supreme Court of Appeal President

“President Jacob Zuma has nominated Madam Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal,” said Zuma in a statement.

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CUBA POLITICS: Castro Harshly Blasts Trump’s Mexican Wall, Trade Policy

CUBA POLITICS: Castro Harshly Blasts Trump’s Mexican Wall, Trade Policy

“You can’t contain poverty, catastrophes and migrants with walls, but with cooperation, understanding and peace,” Cuban President Raul Castro said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Trump to Remove Iraq From New Travel Ban

IRAQ POLITICS: Trump to Remove Iraq From New Travel Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump publicly criticized judges who ruled against him and vowed to fight the case in the Supreme Court.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot to Probe Ministers, Senators for Graft

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot to Probe Ministers, Senators for Graft

Brazil’s Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot plans to ask the Supreme Court for authorization to investigate ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet and senior senators from his PMDB party for corruption as soon as this week, a source familiar with the plans said on Sunday.

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USA POLITICS: White House to Congress: Probe Obama Wiretap Order

USA POLITICS: White House to Congress: Probe Obama Wiretap Order

White House on Sunday asked the U.S. Congress to examine whether the Obama administration abused its investigative authority during the 2016 campaign.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: 35 Biafra Agitators Freed By Court

NIGERIA POLITICS: 35 Biafra Agitators Freed By Court

Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt discharged 35 Biafra agitators charged with conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, for want of diligent prosecution.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Calls for White-Owned Land Expropriation Backfires

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Calls for White-Owned Land Expropriation Backfires

ANC is in a quandary after President Jacob Zuma voiced his support of the growing call for land to be expropriated without compensation.

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CHINA POLITICS: China to Strengthen Defenses

CHINA POLITICS: China to Strengthen Defenses

China’s military build-up has rattled nerves around the region, particularly because it has taken an increasingly assertive stance in territorial disputes in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and over Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Seeks Permanent Foothold in Syria

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Seeks Permanent Foothold in Syria

Netanyahu has said that Israel has carried out dozens of strikes to prevent weapons smuggling to the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah via Syria.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson to Visit Russia

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson to Visit Russia

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson will go to Moscow in the coming weeks to discuss the differences between the two countries over Syria and Ukraine.

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