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UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

“The government response to accepting the South Sudanese refugees has been overwhelmingly positive, progressive, and welcoming,” said Sacha Manov, deputy director in Uganda for the International Rescue Committee, which provides health and protection services for refugees.

But refugee agency UNHCR said Uganda was struggling to provide food and shelter.

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GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

The leader of the Delegation Professor Gyimah Boadi said the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) welcome government’s decision to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor but criticized some aspect of the draft legislation. According to him, the law needs more articulation especially in relation to corruption involving public officials. President Akufo Addo promised to make the engagement with CSOs a regular feature in his administration.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

“Will you work to ban the burqa in Australia in light of what is happening with national security?” Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson said after whipping off the garment to question Attorney-General George Brandis.

Pauline Hanson added: “Terrorism is a true threat to our country, many Australians are in fear of it.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

Colonel Erwin Margarejo, spokesman for Manila police, described the raids that started late Wednesday in Manila as “one-time, big-time” operations, the same term used by police in Bulacan, who said the victims died because they chose to put up a fight.

“This is ‘one-time, big-time’ operations, so it is not focussed only on drugs, we are operating also against other street crimes, like robbery, but these people could also be under the influence of drugs. If they resisted violently, our police have to defend themselves.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

Rolf Holmboe, Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and former Danish Ambassador to Syria said, “..The Russians want a solution on their terms, which is one where Assad stays in power. The ceasefires do two things. They allow the Russians to take control of the political negotiations and look good internationally. But more importantly, they allow Assad and the Iranian-backed militias to free troops to grab the territory that Islamic State is about to lose.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nzuko Umunna Collects Signatures in Petition Against Quit Notice to Igbo

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nzuko Umunna Collects Signatures in Petition Against Quit Notice to Igbo

Coordinator of Nzuko Umunna, Ngozi Odumuko, said the petition has become necessary as no concrete steps seem to have been taken so far by concerned authorities to tame the growing socio-political conflagration which is capable of consuming everybody irrespective of ethnic background or political affiliation.

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USA POLITICS: Police Arrrest Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, 30 Other Protesters Outside White House For Protesting Agaist Trump Immigrant Policy

USA POLITICS: Police Arrrest Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, 30 Other Protesters Outside White House For Protesting Agaist Trump Immigrant Policy

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said, “The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams.”

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: War With FARC ‘Over’: Juan Manuel Santos Declares

COLOMBIA POLITICS: War With FARC ‘Over’: Juan Manuel Santos Declares

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos declared the end of the 50-year old conflict with former rebel group FARC, “With the laying down of arms… the conflict is truly over and a new phase begins in the life of our nation. This is truly a historic moment for the country. We have been a republic for 198 years. Never had we had such a long conflict and today is indeed the last breath of that conflict.”

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QATAR POLITICS: Saudi-Led Siege Failed to Bring Qatar to its Knees: Mutlaq Majed al-Qahtani

QATAR POLITICS: Saudi-Led Siege Failed to Bring Qatar to its Knees: Mutlaq Majed al-Qahtani

Mutlaq Majed al-Qahtani, the Qatari foreign minister’s special envoy for counterterrorism and mediation said, “If Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the countries driving the confrontation, despite the appearance of a unified bloc — hoped to bring Qatar to its knees, they have failed. If they hoped to damage Qatar’s reputation and improve their own, they have failed. If they hoped to enhance their relationship with the US at Qatar’s expense, again, they have failed.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

Britain said it wanted to maintain a Common Travel Area, a pact that allows free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland for British and Irish citizens, and introduce new ‘trusted trader’ arrangements to help larger companies. Smaller firms would be exempt from customs processes. It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea that separates England, Wales and Scotland from Ireland and Northern Ireland as “not constitutionally or economically viable”.

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance. He quoted in a series of three posts:

… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela”

“’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

“The Chinese will not occupy new features in the South China Sea nor they are going to build structures in Scarborough Shoal,” Lorenzana told lawmakers late on Monday, referring to a prime fishing ground close to the Philippines that China blockaded from 2012 to 2016.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, confessed to two former US officials he “wants out” of the brutal two-year war he started in Yemen. More than 10,000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured in the war in Yemen, since bin Salman launched his Decisive Storm campaign to regain the country from Houthi control. Yemen is being ravaged by an outbreak of cholera that has infected 500,000 people.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach to Brexit. They should commit to staying in single market and customs union, period.”

“You’ve got the UK government appearing to say that they don’t want to say in ‘the’ customs union, but they want to stay in ‘a’ customs union, which would be pretty much identical to the European customs union that we’re in already. It’s nonsensical and ridiculous. “I think it increasingly makes the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: I Can’t Forfeit What’s Not Mine… EFCC Making Uproven Claims Against Me: Diezani Alison-Madueke

NIGERIA POLITICS: I Can’t Forfeit What’s Not Mine… EFCC Making Uproven Claims Against Me: Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke wrote: “I am deeply disturbed and bewildered by recent media reports claiming that by virtue of an order of the federal high court, I have forfeited to the federal government the sum of $153.3m, which I purportedly stole from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).”

“Whilst the reasons for my being out of the country are public knowledge, the principle of fair hearing demands that I should have been notified of formal charges if truly there was a prima facie evidence or indictment against my person linking me with the said issue, so as to ensure that I had adequate legal representation.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

“Supposing there were accusations against me by confessed criminals, it is important to mention at least that these people can say anything in exchange for a reduced sentence,” Pena Nieto’s confidant Emilio Lozoya wrote in a letter appearing on his Twitter account.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

US document shows that talks between Tanaka and Kissinger took place several days after Prime Minister Eisuke Sato and US President Richard Nixon reached their secret deal to allow the introduction of nuclear arms to Okinawa, and just two days before the summit that led to Okinawa’s reversion.

“He, Tanaka, had talked with the Foreign Minister, and was given to understand that the Japanese have no disagreement with the US on matters of substance,” or the nuclear issue, according the declassified US document, which was obtained by Kyodo News at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

“Canada will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest – including a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied fairly when truly warranted,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a speech at the University of Ottawa.

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UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs (Members of Parliament) who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52 percent who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box,” said Leave. EU Chairman Arron Banks in a letter to voters in Hammond’s constituency.

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UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

Throw in a visceral distrust of the London political classes, and for many voters it all points to one thing: a plot to water down, or even stop, Brexit.

“We voted to come out, so why didn’t they do it straight away? Why have we got to wait?” asked 64-year-old Chris Murdoch, in the small English town of Chatham, 50 km (30 miles) east of London. “We won’t come out completely because it’s not in their favour.”

Her husband Peter, a retired construction worker, added: “They’re all in it for themselves. They’re all two-faced … We don’t trust any of them.”

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