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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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UK POLITICS: Labour Party Shifts on Brexit

UK POLITICS: Labour Party Shifts on Brexit

Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said the party was ready to be “the grown-ups in the room” and take charge of negotiations to leave the EU, cautioning against taking anything off the table when looking at Britain’s future ties with the EU.

Starmer told hundreds of Labour members in the southern English seaside town of Brighton: “If we were in government…we would negotiate a final deal…that retained the benefits of the customs union and the single market. Subject, of course to negotiations, remaining in a form of customs union with the EU is a possible end destination for Labour.”

While challenging May’s vision for Brexit, the move also could deepen divisions in Labour, putting those who want the close economic ties of a customs union at odds to others who say the referendum vote means complete withdrawal.

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UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

UK POLITICS: UK Not Prepared to Pay £40 to EU: David Davis Brexit Minister

“I’m not going to do an actual number on air, it would be ridiculous to do that, but we have a fairly clear idea where we’re going on this,” UK Brexit Minister David Davis said.

EU claims for Britain to contribute to the bloc’s future pension pot, he said, are “debatable to say the least.”

“The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and we’ll continue to do that.”

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AFRICA POLITICS: Trump’s UN Speech To African Leaders Met With Stone-Cold Silence

AFRICA POLITICS: Trump’s UN Speech To African Leaders Met With Stone-Cold Silence

President of the United States Donald Trump said: “Africa has tremendous business potential. I’ve so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich.

“I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money.”

At this point Trump paused briefly, apparently expecting a laugh or round of applause but was met with stone-cold silence.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, supply chains have become so integrated that borders barely exist, especially for key sectors such as the auto industry.

“Is this the most important trade agreement for Canada? Damn right it is,” said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, adding that dismantling the deal would be like trying to “unwind a clock”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific, He Calls Trump ‘Mentally Deranged’

Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States and that Trump’s comments had confirmed his own nuclear programme was “the correct path”. Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim Jong Un said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Seeks Florentine Renaissance for Deadlocked Brexit Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Seeks Florentine Renaissance for Deadlocked Brexit Talks

“The UK’s departure from the EU is inevitably a difficult process, it is in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed,” Prime Minister Theresa May will say, according to advance extracts of her speech.

“The eyes of the world are on us but if we can be imaginative and creative about the way we establish this new relationship … I believe we can be optimistic about the future we can build for the United Kingdom and for the European Union.”

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UK POLITICS: EU Wants Theresa May to Make Firm Offers Now for Brexit Deal: Barnier

UK POLITICS: EU Wants Theresa May to Make Firm Offers Now for Brexit Deal: Barnier

“We will listen attentively and constructively to Theresa May’s important speech tomorrow in Florence,” added Barnier, who holds a new round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels next week.

“A rapid agreement on the conditions of the UK’s orderly withdrawal, and a transition period, is possible … For that to happen, we would like the United Kingdom to put on the table, as soon as next week, proposals to overcome the barriers.”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reacted to Suu Kyi’s remarks in his address before the UNGA by calling for an end to the violence.

“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity; and they must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long,” Guterres said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

“We are quite surprised by the words of the president of the United States this morning. This is supposed to be the house and the headquarters of peace and the international law. And what we heard was the opposite of that. It’s a president who comes for the first time and speaks about war about destroying countries about blockades against countries. And of course the country that violates the human rights all over the world seems to have the moral authority to come and speak to the rest of the countries as they were his employees,” Arreaza added.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news agency.

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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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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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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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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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MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

“We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help,” Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for the International Organisation for Migration, told a news conference in the Bangladeshi capital. The need was “massive”, he added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.

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UK POLITICS: You Will Regret Leaving EU: EU President Jean-Claude Juncker to UK

UK POLITICS: You Will Regret Leaving EU: EU President Jean-Claude Juncker to UK

“On March 29, 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. It will be a moment both sad and tragic. We will always regret it and you will regret it soon,” Juncker said Wednesday in his annual state of the union address before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

“Nonetheless we have to respect the will of the British people, but we will have to make progress, we will move on, because Brexit isn’t everything – it’s not the future of Europe,” he added.

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