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USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump said in a tweet.

Philip Shenon, the author of the Politico article and of a book on the assassination, said he did not think the last batch of papers contained any major bombshells, but may shed light on the activities of Oswald while he was traveling in Mexico City in late September 1963, and courting Cuban and Soviet spies.

“From the record we already have, we know he met there with Soviet spies and Cuban spies and other people who might have wanted to see Kennedy dead,” Shenon said.

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UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

“I crawled inside and the blankets on the floor were wet, it was so cold and dirty and damp,” Daliah, a volunteer and former protection team employee who visited the family, told RT UK.

“Their daughter had just died and they were left there. They had nothing. No visit from a psychiatrist. The mother was silent. They were in shock and the children were saying ‘my sister died – she died just here.’

“There was a volunteer there in tears. He told me they just pulled her out like a dog and took her away. There was no dignity.”

Following her “unexplained” death, her tiny body was buried without an Islamic funeral and without her mother being present.

“She became nothing but a number – she didn’t even get her last respect,” Daliah said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

North Korea is under mounting international pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of sanctions by the United Nations. However, Pyongyang says it needs to continue and develop the programs as a deterrent against hostility by the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.

“This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack.” Choe Son-hui, the director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the need for further inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites beyond the JCPOA requirements, noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “performs regular checks and confirms their [Iran’s] strict fulfillment of obligations.”

Touching on US demands for renegotiating the JCPOA, Lavrov stated that any changes to the deal would require the approval of all the parties to the accord, including Iran.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

Odebrecht has admitted to U.S. and Brazilian prosecutors that it paid $10.5 million in bribes in Mexico.

Details of the payments have not been made public, though in August, Brazilian and Mexican media reported that Lozoya had asked Odebrecht executives for bribes in 2012 in return for contracts, citing testimony from Odebrecht employees.

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CANADA POLITICS: Badly Shaken By Ethics Scandal Trudeau’s Government Offers to Reset Public Focus on Economy

CANADA POLITICS: Badly Shaken By Ethics Scandal Trudeau’s Government Offers to Reset Public Focus on Economy

Opposition parties from both the political left and right have seized on the ethics scandal, trying to tie Trudeau’s team to what they say is an entitled Liberal Party that has previously faced corruption charges.

“The opposition has changed the focus from substance to ethics, and they won’t let that go that easily,” said Genevieve Tellier, a political professor at the University of Ottawa.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

While many people blame Joseph Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with George Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.

Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”

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USA POLITICS: US Preparing for North Korea ‘Final Step’: CIA Director Pompeo Says

USA POLITICS: US Preparing for North Korea ‘Final Step’: CIA Director Pompeo Says

CIA Director Pompeo is among a number of former officials who have been signaling the increased possibility of a slide into military confrontation with North Korea over its refusal to back down from its nuclear program.

“Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we’re in a time where the President has concluded that we have a global effort to ensure that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un does not obtain that capacity,” Pompeo says.

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USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

“The dangerous and aggressive behavior by North Korea concerns everybody in the world,” Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander of the Reagan’s strike group, said in the carrier’s hangar as war planes taxied on the flight deck above.

“We have made it clear with this exercise, and many others, that we are ready to defend the Republic of Korea.”

The Reagan’s presence in the region, coupled with recent military pressure by Washington on Pyongyang, including B1-B strategic bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, comes ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia, set to start in Japan on Nov. 5, with South Korea to follow.

North Korea has slammed the warship gathering as a “rehearsal for war”.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

“I was one of those trailing behind the military convoy when Boko Haram opened fire and soldiers responded with fire,” Sani Mato, a commercial bus driver, said, adding, “The soldiers were able to repel the attack but lost three men. Five were also injured.”

Boko Haram has been largely pushed back out of its main strongholds in northern Nigeria, according to the country’s military and government. The group, however, is still active in their Sambisa Forest enclave in Borno and launches sporadic attacks on civilians and security forces there.

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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

“We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in the province’s National Assembly.

“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was deeply concerned by the law’s passage and was looking at its legal options.

“This legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms,” said executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

“Iran’s ballistic missile programme will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump’s hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization (the Guards),” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said in a statement published by Tasnim.

“Imposing cruel sanctions against the Guards and hostile approach of the rogue and brute (U.S.) president shows the failure of America and the Zionist regime’s (Israel) wicked policies in the region,” the Guards statement said.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Offers Olive Branch to EU Leaders

Theresa May will say: “We are in touching distance of agreement” of securing the rights of the around 3 million people from other EU countries in Britain.

“I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay,” Theresa May wrote on her Facebook page, adding she would set up a group of those affected and experts to make sure the process is smooth.

“I know both sides will consider each other’s proposals for finalizing the agreement with an open mind. And with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.”

Offering concessions, Theresa May will say that EU citizens settling in Britain will no longer need to have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, as they currently require under EU rules.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif Indicted for Corruption

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif Indicted for Corruption

The Supreme Court initially declined to dismiss Sharif but ordered an investigation into his family’s wealth. After the probe, it disqualified him and ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing. Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo could not be reached for comment and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria had no immediate comment.

“If there is any information suggesting corruption or irregularities, it needs to be investigated across the borders. It should not be restricted to South Africa,” Zweli Mkhize, one of several potential candidates to replace Zuma told reporters.

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USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Appointed By Trump to Head FTC

USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Appointed By Trump to Head FTC

Simons, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was a director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003.

During Simons’ tenure at the FTC, the agency sued to stop Diageo PLC and Pernod Ricard from buying Seagram Spirits and Wine in 2001 to prevent a duopoly in rum. The FTC also filed a lawsuit in 2003 to stop Haagen-Dazs owner Nestle Holdings Inc from buying Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc, which makes also superpremium ice cream. The FTC later settled both cases.

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USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Biography

USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Biography

Mr. Joe Simons (Joseph J. Simons) has extensive experience representing clients before the FTC, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Congress in a wide range of antitrust and regulatory matters. In 2000, he was nominated by the Department of Justice, and approved by the Federal Communications Commission and Federal District Court, as trustee of four wireless telephone businesses relating to the GTE/Bell Atlantic/Vodafone transaction.

In that capacity, Mr. Simons became the holder of the FCC licenses to these properties, making him the 10th largest wireless carrier in the U.S., and he was responsible for managing and divesting these businesses valued at over $2 billion. He performed a similar role for the Cingular/AT&T transaction.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

The tyrants in the National Assembly have erased an efficient democratic opportunity for determining the public good. They are not constrained by the need to bargain with the people’s interests.

The people lacks any mechanism for holding the tyrannical minority to account or even to listen. They simply have their way, without regard to reach out to the people. The dangerous aspect of this is that the potential for instability and separatists agitations exists and increase when the rest of 180 million people ends up as permanent losers.

To get the business of the majority – the people – done, we must overthrow the tyranny of the minority in the National Assembly.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

Internet freedom declined worldwide for the sixth straight year in 2016, according to an annual report from Freedom House.

“Africa is becoming a new testing ground for authoritarian practices online,” said Francois Patuel, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International.

“We have seen disruptions in Togo and in other countries but also arrests for what people are saying online. Often what people say online can be used against them in court.”

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU-US Data Transfer Pact to Pass First Annual Review

EUROPE POLITICS: EU-US Data Transfer Pact to Pass First Annual Review

The European Commission last month conducted its first annual review of the framework as it seeks to ensure the United States lives up to its promises to better protect Europeans’ data when they are transferred across the Atlantic – failing which it could suspend the Privacy Shield.

The EU executive however is satisfied that the framework continues to ensure adequate protection of Europeans’ personal data although it will address a number of recommendations to Washington, an EU source told Reuters.

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