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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

Saudi Arabia has been pursuing an open warmongering policy toward Iran. Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened to move the “battle” to Iran.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. Australia closed the Manus Island

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Keeps Eye on Prize – 2018 Presidential Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Keeps Eye on Prize – 2018 Presidential Vote

“For sure Maduro will be the candidate. How can anyone challenge him?” said Dimitris Pantoulas, a Caracas-based consultant who tracks Socialist Party politics.

“Look at him on TV: He’s bright and happy. He even dances better than before! ‘Chavismo’ has the momentum,” he added, referring to the movement founded by Chavez.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “What I’m clear about is that we must step forward together. This is for both the UK and for the European Union to move on to the next stage.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

“There is no solution to the crisis without a Syrian consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people on the basis of Geneva 1 and (U.N. Security Council) resolution 2254,” he said.

The Moscow group of Syrian political activists led by a former deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil said they turned down an invitation to attend the conference, accusing the members of the main HNC opposition of thwarting efforts to set up a single delegation.

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USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

Among the advocates of dismantling the ICBM force is William Perry, defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. In a recent interview, Perry said the U.S. should get rid of its ICBMs because “responding to a false alarm is only too easy.” An erroneous decision would be apocalyptic, he said. “I don’t think any person should have to make that decision in seven or eight minutes.”

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BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

Mladic, 74, was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for screaming “this is all lies, you are all liars” after returning from what his son described as a blood pressure test which delayed the reading-out of the judgment.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

Today I make good on my promise to you two years ago that I’ll kill corruption before corruption kills us. Corruption is dead! The crowd erupted with thunderous applause: “God bless you Baba! Long may you reign!” Beaming with smiles and nodding his head the president replied: “Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Grace Mugabe Lacked Grooming and True Motherhood as Shown By Her Foul Language’: The Herald Newspaper Says

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Grace Mugabe Lacked Grooming and True Motherhood as Shown By Her Foul Language’: The Herald Newspaper Says

“Grace Mugabe lacked grooming and true motherhood as shown by her foul language,” Zimbabwe’s longstanding government and ruling party mouthpiece, The Herald newspaper quoted the ZANU-PF’s youth wing as saying.

“We take exception to the vulgar language which had become part of Mrs Mugabe’s vocabulary,” it quoted a Youth League cadre as saying.

Zimbabweans, many of whom are devoutly religious and culturally conservative, often take offense at profanities.

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HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

Los Guaraguao were detained for eighteen hours and deported after far-right Cuban American politician Otto Reich accused Venezuela of trying to influence Honduran presidential elections.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

“I’d like to introduce you to the people who played a key part in saving Syria,” Putin told Assad as he introduced the men in green uniforms. “Of course, Mr. Assad knows some of you personally. He told me during our talks today that thanks to the Russian Army, Syria has been saved as a state.”

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IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

In his address on Tuesday, Rouhani accused the United States and Israel of supporting Islamic State. He also criticized Arab powers in the region and asked why they had not spoken out about civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.

Rouhani is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan in Russia on Wednesday to discuss the Syria conflict.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: 50 People Killed By Suicide Bomber

NIGERIA POLITICS: 50 People Killed By Suicide Bomber

Boko Haram increasingly has been using teenagers or young women as bombers, many of whom have been abducted. The police spokesman said the young man detonated his explosives while mingling among the worshippers.

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USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

North Korea has remained defiant in face of international pressure and sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear and missile programs, saying it needs to develop its missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent against plans by the US and its allies to invade the country.

Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence until Washington stops its hostile policy toward the country.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

President Trump appeared to connect Martinez’s death to border security, and plugged his plans for a border wall Sunday night on Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asserted, without explanation, that Martinez and his partner were “attacked” and also linked the incident to security on the border with Mexico.

“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Cruz tweeted. “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdish Referendum Unconstitutional: Iraqi Federal Court Rules

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdish Referendum Unconstitutional: Iraqi Federal Court Rules

“The Federal Court issued the decision to consider the Kurdish region’s referendum unconstitutional and this ruling is final,” the spokesman said. “The power of this ruling should now cancel all the results of the referendum.”

A statement from Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said: “We call upon everybody to … avoid taking any step which violates the constitution and law.”

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CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Wins First Round of Election, Faces Runoff

CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Wins First Round of Election, Faces Runoff

Pinera’s result was below pollster expectations, indicating that the Dec. 17 runoff will likely be a more closely-fought contest than previously forecast, especially if Guillier can rally supporters of Sanchez and four other left-leaning rivals behind him.

“We’re going to have a very competitive second round,” Pinera’s campaign chief Andres Chadwick told journalists on Sunday evening.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

Mr. Obiano also won in Ogbaru local government, the local government where PDP’s Oseloka with a total vote of 6,615 against 3,415 votes got by Mr. Oseloka.

Mr. Willie Obiano who has been receiving a mixture of praise and criticism from his first term as Governor will continue to drive the state until November 2021 to complete his two terms in office as Governor of Anambra state.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 24 Deadline: Mugabe Told to Quit as President

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 24 Deadline: Mugabe Told to Quit as President

Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said.

If Mugabe refused to go, “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business,” Mutsvangwa told reporters.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Arab Allies to Hold Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Arab Allies to Hold Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia accuses Hezbollah of a role in the launching of a missile at Riyadh from Yemen this month. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran’s supply of rockets to Houthi militias was an act of “direct military aggression”.

Yemen’s civil war pits the internationally recognised government, backed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, against the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Iran denies charges it supplies Houthi forces.

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