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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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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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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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UK POLITICS: Angela Merkel Ally to Theresa May: Stand Up to Boris Johnson

UK POLITICS: Angela Merkel Ally to Theresa May: Stand Up to Boris Johnson

Michael Fuchs, the vice chairman of the German Chancellor’s party said, “Theresa May has to come up with decent proposals,” Dr Fuchs said. “Whatever she is offering, Boris Johnson is saying it’s too much.”

Arguing his influence was “pretty strong”, Dr Fuchs added: “Otherwise she would come up with other proposals. The problem is she has internal trouble in the Tories.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

Australia’s election will attract criticism from human rights groups who point to the country’s poor record on Indigenous deaths in custody and on the detention of asylum seekers.

Last month, the UN’s refugee agency slammed Australia for removing services and visas for 400 refugees and asylum seekers transferred to Australia for medical purposes.

It was “a blatant attempt to coerce the most vulnerable to return to Papua New Guinea, Nauru, or their countries of origin” and would leave “people at serious risk of destitution in Australia,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ regional representation in Canberra said in a statement.

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EUROPE POLITICS: ‘Devastating Consequences’ of Any War With North Korea: NATO Chief Warns

EUROPE POLITICS: ‘Devastating Consequences’ of Any War With North Korea: NATO Chief Warns

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The use of military force will have devastating consequences, I think nobody really wants that, therefore we need to continue to push for a negotiated solution.”

The NATO chief urged a diplomatic solution to the Korean Peninsula crisis.

“The US has the right to defend itself, to defend its allies, but at [the] same time, I am absolutely certain no one wants a military solution, so we still see a united effort to try to step up the pressure against North Korea,” Stoltenberg added.

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CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

The Trump administration says the clause, causing NAFTA to expire every five years unless all three countries agree it should continue, is to ensure the pact stays up to date. But Mexico and Canada insist there is no point updating the pact with such a threat hanging over it, arguing the clause would stunt investment by sowing too much uncertainty about the future of the agreement. The head of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector labor union, said it was clear the United States did not want a deal.

“NAFTA is not going anywhere. This thing is going into the toilet,” Jerry Dias told reporters on Thursday.

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UK POLITICS: Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I Would Vote to Remain in EU in a Second Referendum’

UK POLITICS: Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I Would Vote to Remain in EU in a Second Referendum’

Jeremy Corbyn said: “There isn’t going to be another referendum, so it’s a hypothetical question but yes I voted Remain because I thought the best option was to remain, I haven’t changed my mind on that.”

“But we accept the result of the referendum therefore we want to make sure we obtain tariff-free access to the European markets and protection of all the rights and membership of agencies we have achieved through the European Union membership.”

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UK POLITICS: Deadlock! Brexit Talks Hit Money Impasse

UK POLITICS: Deadlock! Brexit Talks Hit Money Impasse

Barnier made clear, however, that despite new momentum from concessions given by May in a speech at Florence lsat month 22, British proposals on expatriate citizens’ rights and the Irish border still failed the EU test, while London’s refusal to spell out a detailed cash offer was “very worrying” for business.

“Regarding that question, we are at an impasse, which is very worrying for thousands of projects everywhere in Europe and also worrying for those who contribute,” EU’s Michel Barnier said.

With signs that nerves are fraying on both sides and some hardline Brexit supporters demanding that Theresa May just walk out of talks, both negotiators repeated that they were ready for any eventuality including a collapse. But, Barnier warned, “no deal would be a very bad deal”.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Wait for Leave Voters to Die, Then Rejoin EU’: Richard Branson’s Brexit Strategy

UK POLITICS: ‘Wait for Leave Voters to Die, Then Rejoin EU’: Richard Branson’s Brexit Strategy

“The older generation is dying off. Whether there’s a second referendum before Brexit happens, I’m sure the Tory party will do their best not to allow that to happen, within five years there will be a government in power in Britain that will ask Europe for a chance for Britain to re-enter,” Sir Richard Branson said the billionaire.

“And because there are so many young people who will be a little older by then, and so many older [people] who voted for Brexit will have died off, I think Britain will become a part of Europe again.”

“Britain was doing really well before the Brexit announcement. Since the Brexit announcement, we’ve dropped to the bottom of all European countries, as far as Brexit is concerned, and this is just a taste of what is going to happen,” Sir Branson said.

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DRC POLITICS: Pressure on Those Unlawfully Enriched by Kabila’s Rule

DRC POLITICS: Pressure on Those Unlawfully Enriched by Kabila’s Rule

The United States and European Union should expand targeted sanctions on President Joseph Kabila’s family members and financial associates benefitting from unlawful activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seven international and Congolese human rights organizations said today. The sanctions

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Launches New Multinational Force in Romania to Counter Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Launches New Multinational Force in Romania to Counter Russia

“Our purpose is peace, not war,” Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis told a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. “We are not a threat for Russia, but we need an allied strategy in the long term, we need dialogue from a strong position of defense and discouragement,” he said.

The force is also an attempt at a middle ground in NATO’s emerging deterrent strategy in the Black Sea, rich in oil and gas, to counter Russia’s own plans to create what military analysts say is a “buffer zone” in the region.

Russia accuses NATO of trying to encircle the country and threatening stability in eastern Europe, which NATO denies.

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UK POLITICS: UK Can Get Deal That Will Prove Anti-Brexit ‘Doomsayers’ Wrong’: Theresa May

UK POLITICS: UK Can Get Deal That Will Prove Anti-Brexit ‘Doomsayers’ Wrong’: Theresa May

Mrs May will say: “By approaching these negotiations in a constructive way – in a spirit of friendship and co-operation and with our sights firmly set on the future – I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong.

“I believe we can seize the opportunities of this defining moment in the history of our nation. A new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union is our ambition and our offer to our European friends.

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UK POLITICS: 27 EU Countries Quickly Reject Theresa May’s Transition Deal Plan

UK POLITICS: 27 EU Countries Quickly Reject Theresa May’s Transition Deal Plan

In the speech the Prime Minister Theresa May suggested there should be a transition period once the UK leaves the EU, which she referred to as an “interim implementation period”. This would see the UK stay in the single market for two years after Brexit in exchange for continuing to pay into the EU budget and continuing to obey EU rules and regulations.

But when the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier met with ambassadors from the remaining 27 EU countries the idea was reportedly quickly rejected by Berlin and Paris.

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WORLD POLITICS: ICAN Wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

WORLD POLITICS: ICAN Wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

“This award shines a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Before it is too late, we must take that path,” ICAN said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“This is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror. The specter of nuclear conflict looms large once more. If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons, that moment is now.”

ICAN’s Executive Director Beatrice Fihn said US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should know that nuclear weapons are illegal.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU States Engaging in Quiet Diplomacy Between North Korea and U.S. See Chances Diminish

EUROPE POLITICS: EU States Engaging in Quiet Diplomacy Between North Korea and U.S. See Chances Diminish

US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary and calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un names. Kim has responded with threats — and name-calling — of his own.

Recently, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was exploring channels to talk to North Korea.

Trump soon seemed to undermine him by tweeting that Tillerson was “wasting his time” trying to open lines of communication with North Korea. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

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YEMEN POLITICS: UN Blacklists Saudi, Allies for Killing Yemeni Kids

YEMEN POLITICS: UN Blacklists Saudi, Allies for Killing Yemeni Kids

Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi declined to comment before the report is officially released. The Saudi UN mission had claimed in August that there was “no justification whatsoever” for blacklisting the coalition.

The new draft report also lists a series of children rights violations by militants loyal to the former Yemeni government, fighters of Yemen’s Ansarullah groups and Takfiri al-Qaeda terrorists.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May ‘Please Sack Boris Johnson’: Angela Merkel’s EU Ally Demands

UK POLITICS: Theresa May ‘Please Sack Boris Johnson’: Angela Merkel’s EU Ally Demands

“Please sack Boris Johnson,” demanded Manfred Weber, a leading lawmaker in the European Parliament and an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative group is the biggest in a legislature that must approve any deal which EU negotiators strike with Britain before March 2019.

“The key question is who shall I call in London? Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even David Davis?,” Weber said, referring also to the minister handling the Brexit talks with Brussels.

“Please no more speeches. Show leadership on content. And the best probably would be, please sack Johnson.”

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EUROPE POLITICS: Merkel, Macron Pledge to Lead EU Forward Post-Brexit

EUROPE POLITICS: Merkel, Macron Pledge to Lead EU Forward Post-Brexit

“Last night’s discussions showed there’s a common realisation of a need for a leap forward in Europe,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Friday after an EU summit dinner that stretched beyond midnight in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

“Today we’re all convinced Europe must move ahead faster and stronger, for more sovereignty, more unity and more democracy.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Negotiators Weigh NAFTA Progress as Canada Fumes Over Bombardier

CANADA POLITICS: Negotiators Weigh NAFTA Progress as Canada Fumes Over Bombardier

“This is an unjust, punitive ruling,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters before the dinner, reiterating comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “The government of Canada cannot treat, as a trusted partner, a company which is attacking our aerospace sector,” she said.

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