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NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Police Better Controlled By State Not Federal Government’: Rotimi Akeredolu, Abdullahi Ganduje

NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Police Better Controlled By State Not Federal Government’: Rotimi Akeredolu, Abdullahi Ganduje

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said, “This country is vast and I say it boldly, we cannot continue to be under one command of the police. It is most ineffective and it will remain ineffective. There’s no way you talk about this country, as large as we are, and you take order from the IG on security in Abuja or you have men deployed in your state who are not familiar with the terrain, it does not work.”

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said, “The governors are looking for the control of the security; we are not only looking for the control of the police, we are also looking for the budget that is supposed to be given to the police.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray sought to brush off Trump’s threat, saying his remarks were simply a tactic and Mexico would keep negotiating. The comments were not a surprise, nor would they scare Mexico, he added.

“He’s negotiating in his own particular style,” he told local television.

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CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Attacks American’s Interests

CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Attacks American’s Interests

Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge guerrilla who is now one of China’s closest allies, has ratched up steps against the United States this year from ending joint military exercises to demanding forgiveness of war-era debt from the 1970s.

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FRANCE POLITICS: ‘Posted Worker’ Rules Betray EU Spirit: Macron Says

FRANCE POLITICS: ‘Posted Worker’ Rules Betray EU Spirit: Macron Says

“The single European market and the free movement of workers is not meant to create a race to the bottom in terms of social regulations,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after meeting Kern.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: In error, Britain tells dozens of EU citizens to leave.

“A limited number of letters were issued in error and we have been urgently looking into why this happened. We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it,” a spokeswoman for the Britain’s Home Office said in a statement.

“We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK remain unchanged.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Cancels Federal Executive Council Meeting

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Cancels Federal Executive Council Meeting

The statement read, “The meeting of the Federal Executive Council will not hold today.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, will however, receive the Report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office.”

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

El Salvador’s government made the announcement after a Spanish judge had sent a new petition to international police agency Interpol, ordering the arrests of the soldiers. Among the wanted men were three generals and four colonels.

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CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins says no one’s questioning Rana Sarkar’s qualifications, or the importance of the kind of work he will be doing. But he says it’s clear he’s getting special treatment.

“The job comes with a salary range,” Calkins said. “And the PMO knows that. The issue here is another well-connected Liberal is being rewarded with taxpayers’ money.”

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is expected to remain in power but with a reduced majority. Its support has waned due to widespread political cronyism, though many Angolans remain loyal to the party that emerged victorious from 27 years of civil war in 2002.

“I’ve been following the party (MPLA) all my life. I grew up with it. The other parties don’t have the capacity to govern,” 33-year-old bakery owner Telma Francisco told Reuters outside a polling station in the capital.

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USA POLITICS: Raucous Rally: Unshackled Trump Defends Charlottesville Response

USA POLITICS: Raucous Rally: Unshackled Trump Defends Charlottesville Response

U.S. President Donald Trump declares:

“I didn’t say I love you because you’re black, or I love you because you’re white. I love all the people of our country.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said:

“Britain … and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital … and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reacted to the new US sanctions by expressing disappointment and warning Washington that Moscow was preparing a response.

“The lip service from American representatives about the desire to stabilize bilateral relations [with Russia] is extremely unconvincing. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions. So far, however, there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of such obvious truths. In the meantime, we are beginning to work out the inevitable response to this situation.”

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Could Be UK PM in Different Vote System: Study

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Could Be UK PM in Different Vote System: Study

The UK’s current first-past-the-post (FPTP) system prevented Labour from getting 35 seats in the House of Commons in the recent general election, where Theresa May saved her position despite losing seats to the opposition, according to the study by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) published Monday.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.

“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 22 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 22 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

“The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea). Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria,” the experts wrote in the 37-page report.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump should be respectful of each other and that relations between Venezuela and the United States should be normalized and a dialog established. “You and I should talk,” said Maduro. “Only by speaking can we understand each other.”

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IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva about the ongoing operations to retake the city. “We fear that Iraqi civilians are likely to be held as human shields again and that attempts to flee could result in executions/shootings. Many talk of seeing dead bodies along the way, and there are reports that some were killed by extremist groups. Others appear to have died due to dehydration or illnesses.

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Suffering ‘Hidden Tragedy’ Due to Gang-Related Violence: UN

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Suffering ‘Hidden Tragedy’ Due to Gang-Related Violence: UN

Special Rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, who examines the human rights of internally displaced persons, after visiting violence-hit areas including Mejicanos in San Salvador said:

“El Salvador is suffering a hidden tragedy of people who have had to leave their homes because of the high levels of gang-related violence. The problem is more significant and widespread than the Government is currently accepting,” she added. “The Government needs to acknowledge the full extent of internal displacement and act to tackle it and the gang violence which is driving it.”

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WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s envoy told the same forum the North’s nuclear deterrent would never be up for negotiation, echoing Pyongyang’s regular denunciation of U.S. “aggression”.

“The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defence in the face of such apparent and real threats,” diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the forum, referring to “constant nuclear threats” by the United States.

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Back on Campaign Trail, Betting Theresa May’s Minority Government Will Soon Collapse

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Back on Campaign Trail, Betting Theresa May’s Minority Government Will Soon Collapse

“This government thinks it is there for some time to come,” Corbyn, 68, told hundreds of people at a rally this month in Pool, a village outside Redruth, a former mining town in a deprived area of southwestern England.

“I’ve got news for them: we are touring the whole country this summer,” he said at the site of a former mine.

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