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USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

Unless North Korea backs down, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.

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USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

The significant credit line will primarily use euros and yuan to bypass the US sanctions. China is seen to be opening trade to the region as part of a trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy to increase ties to Africa and Europe. China is the biggest recipient of Iranian oil, and accounts for almost a third of Tehran’s overall trade.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

With Merkel’s conservatives commanding a solid poll lead, attention in Germany is turning to who she will govern with after the election, rather than whether she will stay in power.

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PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

The Mexican Foreign Ministry and the attorney general’s office said in a statement Panama’s Foreign Ministry had notified Borge that the extradition was going ahead.

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USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters on Monday afternoon.

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SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

“We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, referring to a resolution adopted at the UN Security Council in 2015.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

UK POLITICS: 10,000 Jobs to Leave UK if Britain is Denied Access to Europe’s Single Market

Nearly half of the companies surveyed told Reuters they would have to move staff or restructure their businesses because of Brexit, which is due to take place in March 2019. Another third said it would have no impact, and the remainder said they were still deciding on their plans or declined to comment.

The number of jobs to be moved or created overseas was based on answers from 39 companies employing at least 350,000 people. About 1.1 million people work in Britain’s financial sector.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

NIGERIA POLITICS: Zannah Mustapha Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for Mediating in Chibok Girls Release from Boko Haram Deal

Hauwa Madu, 13, is among the displaced children at the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School. Three years ago, Boko Haram gunmen stormed her small home in a northeast village near Damboa and killed her father three years ago. Her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth soon after.

“When I think about my parents I become sad, I miss them,” Hauwa recounted in a recent interview with UNHCR, as tears rolled down her cheeks. “This school is really like my home now. I can think of tomorrow again because of what Mustapha has done for us here.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

“Religious freedoms and the freedom of religion more generally is something I feel very strongly about,” Scott Morrison said. “It’s one of the reasons I’ve been fairly active on this issue in the past and, if the survey were to return a Yes (vote), well, any bill that would then come forward — the prime minister’s made this point — he would be working very hard to ensure that religious freedoms were protected.”

“I can ensure Australians that this would be on the top of my list for that particular bill and how it went through.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

“We live with fear and that is a reality,” said Pixie, a 27-year-old teacher.

Similar protest rallies were staged in other Mexican cities. Castilla’s murder was the 83rd of a woman documented in Puebla this year by civic organizations and the 59th publicly acknowledged by the state attorney’s office.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Kulsoom Sharif Wins Parliament Seat in Lahore

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Kulsoom Sharif Wins Parliament Seat in Lahore

“This is not an ordinary victory,” said Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, who has been at the helm of the PML-N campaign for her mother and who some party leaders see as a future leader of the faction.

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USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

USA POLITICS: ‘North Korea Will be Destroyed’: Nikki Haley US Ambassador to UN

The US envoy appeared on CNN Sunday, asserting that the president’s “fire and fury” comment about North Korea’s nuclear program last month is serious. “We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

“We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point,” she said of the measure, which the president had called “another very small step.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his planned meetings on JCPOA in New York are “very important,” adding there is need for clarifications which have to be made about the nuclear accord. Apart from the JCPOA, he will also talk about bilateral ties with world countries, regional issues as well as international developments including the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

“The opponents of the JCPOA are restricted to two or three countries, including some in the US, who feel cheated. They believe that a feast has been set out but that they are deprived of going to the table and having something,” Rouhani said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

Estonia, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, proposed a more structural solution that would permit states to tax companies where they have a digital, not just physical, presence.

The two plans could be complementary and be part of a two-step approach, the Estonian undersecretary for tax, Dmitri Jegorov, said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

“Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Iran’s] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal. They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive,” IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a Friday TV interview.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

”My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country,“ Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ”They think Brexit isn’t going to happen.

”I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.

“We have a glorious future.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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