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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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CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Challenges US to Cut All Aid to Cambodia

CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Challenges US to Cut All Aid to Cambodia

“Samdech Techo Hun Sen confirmed that cutting U.S. aid won’t kill the government but will only kill a group of people who serve American policies,” Fresh News reported, using Hun Sen’s official title.

It did not identify the people suspected of serving U.S. policies but added:

“Hun Sen … welcomes and encourages the U.S. to cut all aid.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

The arms embargo adds Venezuela to an EU list that includes North Korea and Syria, where European defense companies can no longer do business and to which the sale of any goods deemed as being used for repression are also banned.

Britain sold 1.4 million pounds ($1.83 million) of arms to Venezuela between May 2010 and March 2017, according to The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which lobbies to end arms sales to repressive governments.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

“Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Duterte said later, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.

Roque described the relationship between Trump and Duterte as “warm, friendly and candid”.

“It’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not a best friend,” he added.

“They have similar feelings towards former U.S. President Barack Obama.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

One of Trump’s tweets read: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

Speaking later in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Trump said “it would be very, very nice” if he and Kim became friends.

“That might be a strange thing to happen but it’s a possibility,” he said.

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CHINA POLITICS: Countering Trump, China’s Xi Touts Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

CHINA POLITICS: Countering Trump, China’s Xi Touts Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

“Should we steer economic globalisation, or should we dither and stall in the face of challenge? Should we jointly advance regional cooperation or should we go our separate ways?” Xi asked.

“Openness brings progress, while self-seclusion leaves one behind,” he said.

During the past year, Xi has positioned China as a defender of globalisation in speeches around the world, contrasting himself with Trump, who has pursued his “America First” agenda, and pulled the United States out of the regional Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

“Do not underestimate us and do not try us,” U.S. President Donald Trump told North Korea as he wrapped up a visit to South Korea with a speech to the National Assembly before heading to Beijing, where he was making his first official visit.

“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated,” he told South Korean lawmakers. “And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground we fought and died to secure.”

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation,” Trump said, speaking as three U.S. aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises – a rare show of such U.S. naval force in the region.

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USA POLITICS: John Kerry Says Trump Stepped ‘Over the Line,’ Gave North Korea Justification to Pursue Nuclear Deterrent

USA POLITICS: John Kerry Says Trump Stepped ‘Over the Line,’ Gave North Korea Justification to Pursue Nuclear Deterrent

Up to five million young people have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the North Korean military to fight Washington, KCNA state news agency reported on Thursday. It said the volunteers want to send “millions” of nuclear bombs to wipe out the US. Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to “tame” US President Donald Trump “with fire.”

The volunteers said: “Let’s send 5 million nuclear bombs to blow the evil empire [apparently the US] from Earth without a trace!” KCNA reported.

“The more reckless behavior of Trump ignorant of himself and the rival will only harden the retaliatory will of the army and people of the DPRK (North Korea) against the US. It will precipitate the doomsday of the US. Trump should bear this in mind,” the statement, released on Sunday, noted.

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USA POLITICS: Trump in Japan, Talks Tough Against North Korea

USA POLITICS: Trump in Japan, Talks Tough Against North Korea

“No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve,” Trump told hundreds of cheering U.S. and Japanese troops in camouflage uniforms gathered at Yokota Air Base, just west of Tokyo, soon after he arrived.

“Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?” said Trump, who wore a bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

“We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defence of our freedom,” Trump said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions on Russian Officials By Canada ‘Absolutely Senseless, Reprehensible’: Russia Retaliates

RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions on Russian Officials By Canada ‘Absolutely Senseless, Reprehensible’: Russia Retaliates

Canada’s move to impose sanctions on 30 Russian officials was “senseless and reprehensible” and has led to retaliatory measures, Russian officials said. Canada announced the sanctions on Friday against Russian officials it accused of complicity in the death of anti-corruption

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CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

A “no” vote Wednesday from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley will return the United States to a place of extreme isolation within the global community over its policy toward Cuba, potentially undermining the Trump administration’s broader goals for engagement with Latin America. The U.S. embargo on Cuba is almost universally opposed throughout the world.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, South Korea Agree to Reconcile After THAAD Standoff

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, South Korea Agree to Reconcile After THAAD Standoff

South Korea recognized China’s concerns over THAAD and made it clear the deployment was not aimed at any third country and did not harm China’s strategic security interests, China’s foreign ministry said.

China reiterated its opposition to the deployment of THAAD, but noted South Korea’s position and hoped South Korea could appropriately handle the issue, it added.

“China’s position on the THAAD issue is clear, consistent and has not changed,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily briefing in Beijing.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Invites Kurds to Syrian People’s Congress: Kurdish Official

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Invites Kurds to Syrian People’s Congress: Kurdish Official

Since 2011, the YPG and its allies have carved out cantons in the north and now hold at least a quarter of the country. They have seized much ground by fighting Islamic State militants with the help of the United States.

Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has sought to lead diplomatic efforts between various warring Syrian factions over the past year.

Russia may host a congress in mid-November to bring together all of Syria’s groups for national dialogue and work on a new constitution, the RIA news agency said on Monday.

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SPAIN POLITICS: China Stands Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Mariano Rajoy Amid Catalonia Crisis

SPAIN POLITICS: China Stands Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Mariano Rajoy Amid Catalonia Crisis

China’s position on the issue was clear and consistent, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, reiterating support previously offered to the Spanish government.

“We think this is an internal affair for Spain, and understand and support the Spanish government’s efforts to protect national and ethnic unity and territorial integrity, and oppose actions to split the country and damage the rule of law,” she told a daily news briefing on Monday.

“We believe that Spain has the ability to protect social order and guarantee citizens’ rights under the framework of the law.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump’s Tougher Stance Could Backfire By Boosting Iran’s Guards

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Tougher Stance Could Backfire By Boosting Iran’s Guards

“We want foreign investors to stay, but if they leave because of (U.S.) pressure, the Guards can easily replace them. There is no better alternative,” the official said, declining to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media.

Under sanctions, Iran’s clerical rulers rewarded the Guards by showering them with contracts for skirting the restrictions as well as for suppressing dissent at home and helping Tehran’s regional allies from Iraq to Lebanon.

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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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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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RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

French President  Emmanuel Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look where we are now with [North] Korea.”

The Macron leader said he had criticized the US president’s Iran policy as a “bad method.”

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USA POLITICS: Why Trump Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal? To ‘Create Chaos’ in Europe

USA POLITICS: Why Trump Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal? To ‘Create Chaos’ in Europe

Donald Trump said his administration had decided not to certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA. He explained that the White House would work with Congress and US allies to fix the “many serious flaws” of the agreement with Tehran.

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