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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Reestablish Security in Kirkuk

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Reestablish Security in Kirkuk

Iraq’s Alforat news agency also said army forces were now in control of all of the city’s government buildings, state-owned North Oil and North Gas companies, the Kirkuk International Airport, and K-1 Airbase.

Cited by Reuters, an Iraqi army officer said government forces had also taken control of all oilfields operated by the North Oil Company in the province. Government troops have also reopened the highway linking the Kirkuk City and the capital Baghdad, Iraq’s al-Sumariyah television network reported.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

Kim In-ryong North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador said North Korea is the only country in the world subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” by the US.

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim In-ryong said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

At home, it seems unlikely opposition supporters are willing to return to the streets after four months of gruelling protests this year failed to pressure the government into holding an early presidential election, freeing jailed activists or accepting humanitarian aid.

At least 125 people died, while thousands were injured and arrested in violence that brought parts of Venezuela to a standstill as hooded youths battled security forces.

“Obviously, this was a brutal fraud,” said David Osorio, 21, who lost an eye when hit by a gas cannister during the clashes. “But I don’t know if going back to the streets is best … because the same will happen and many are simply not willing.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Socialist Party of Maduro Claims Election Victory, Opposition Rejects Results

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Socialist Party of Maduro Claims Election Victory, Opposition Rejects Results

President Socialist Party of President Nicolas Maduro hailed the results as an “emphatic victory” over his rivals.

“We have 17 governorships, 54 percent of the votes, 61 percent participation, 75 percent of the governorates, and the country has strengthened,” said the president Maduro.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: UK Labour Party Calls for UK Arms Ban On Saudi

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: UK Labour Party Calls for UK Arms Ban On Saudi

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen and has dragged the impoverished nation to the brink of a widespread famine.

When asked if Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would push for UK arms embargoes against the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Egypt, Fabian Hamilton, the UK shadow minister for peace responded, “Absolutely.”

The Middle East has been a key market for the UK’s arms industry, which has sold more than six billion pounds of arms to Saudi Arabia since it began its bombing campaign in Yemen.

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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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AUSTRIA POLITICS: Austrian Vote Gives Mandate to Far Right to Enter Coalition Talks

AUSTRIA POLITICS: Austrian Vote Gives Mandate to Far Right to Enter Coalition Talks

Kurz’s party will probably need a coalition partner. An alliance with the FPO is the most likely option, although Kurz kept his options open.

“Neither a coalition with the FPO nor one with the SPO has been agreed,” Kurz told broadcaster ORF when pressed on his plans. “We have to wait for the result”

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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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AUSTRIA POLITICS: Sebastian Kurz on Track to Become Austria’s Next Leader

AUSTRIA POLITICS: Sebastian Kurz on Track to Become Austria’s Next Leader

FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who has accused Kurz of stealing his party’s ideas, declined to be drawn on his preferred partner.

“Anything is possible,” he told ORF. “We are pleased with this great success and one thing is clear: nearly 60 percent of the Austrian population voted for the FPO program.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Slams Trump for Refusal to Certify Iran’s Nuclear Deal

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Slams Trump for Refusal to Certify Iran’s Nuclear Deal

Trump’s decertification of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was “unacceptable,” Syria’s state news agency, SANA, quoted an official source at the Arab country’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry as saying in a statement on Sunday.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Bomb Blast in Mogadishu: Over 230 People Killed

SOMALIA POLITICS: Bomb Blast in Mogadishu: Over 230 People Killed

An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told news agency AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”.

Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.

“Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.

President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

Politicians from North Korea and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event and being urged to do so by Moscow, Russian news agencies said on

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Gubernatorial Elections Take Center Stage

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Gubernatorial Elections Take Center Stage

“When you vote, you will be sending a message to the imperialists,” the Socialist Party’s powerful No. 2 Diosdado Cabello said at a campaign rally this week, blasting the United States which has imposed some sanctions on Venezuela.

“We must vote for the legacy of Hugo Chavez,” Cabello added, referring to the populist firebrand and Maduro predecessor who ruled between 1999-2013 before dying from cancer.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Government Will Take Control of Catalonia If Carles Puigdemont Replies Ambiguously to Madrid’s Question

SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Government Will Take Control of Catalonia If Carles Puigdemont Replies Ambiguously to Madrid’s Question

“The answer must be without any ambiguity. He must say ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told Cope radio.

“If he answers ambiguously, it means he doesn’t want dialogue and thus the Spanish government will have to take action,” he also said.

Puigdemont, who is holding consultations with local parties to prepare his answer, faces a tough dilemma.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Carlos Ocariz Hopes for Victory in Regional Elections

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Carlos Ocariz Hopes for Victory in Regional Elections

Polls project opposition candidates like Ocariz are likely to win a majority of the 23 governorships up for grabs Sunday. If opponents of President Nicolas Maduro win a decisive victory, it would be the first time since 2000 that the late President Hugo Chavez’s ruling socialist party faces a nation led primarily by opposition governors.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

“Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK despite our repeated warnings, they will not be able to avoid a disaster,” Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned.

The warning comes after Ms Bishop pledged solidarity with South Korea in the face of the North’s ongoing nuclear threat.

“We stand united with (South Korea) against the provocative and threatening behaviour of North Korea,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

“Trump knows he has to make good on several of his campaign promises,” said Ford O‘Connell, a Republican strategist. “The clock is ticking, Congress is useless and portions of his base are growing frustrated.”

In September, 47 percent of people in rural areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved, the poll found. That was down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.

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KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

Opposition coalition Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya said police have allowed government supporters into the banned protest areas and that they were attacking opposition supporters.

Opposition leaders have called for daily demonstrations. Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, this week said he has left the race because no reforms to electoral commission have been made.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

Just before Trump’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to tell him that Russia remained fully committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Additionally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said that spiking the deal “would undoubtedly hurt the atmosphere of predictability, security, stability and non-proliferation in the entire world.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

“In order to judge if it deserves an extension of the mandate, we need to see the report to be issued on October 26 and assess it,” Mikhail Ulyanov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department said.

“I ask myself what is the reason for the extension of the mandate of this mechanism if it is not capable and is not willing to fulfill its mandate,” he added, noting, “We will wait for the report and then we will define our position.”

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