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WALES POLITICS: Leanne Wood Says Theresa May Should Be ‘Empty Chaired’ If She Refuses General Election TV Debates

WALES POLITICS: Leanne Wood Says Theresa May Should Be ‘Empty Chaired’ If She Refuses General Election TV Debates

Leanne Wood says the debates should do ahead with or without Theresa May. ‘I am happy to debate with her but it looks like she is running scared of scrutiny.’

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UK POLITICS: Gina Miller Takes Center Stage in June 8 Snap Election

UK POLITICS: Gina Miller Takes Center Stage in June 8 Snap Election

Gina Miller said her “Best for Britain” campaign would raise money to support election candidates who promised to hold full vote on May’s final Brexit deal.

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INDONESIA POLITICS: Anies Baswedan Wins Election

INDONESIA POLITICS: Anies Baswedan Wins Election

Anies Baswedan won with 58 percent of the votes versus 42 percent for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his Chinese nickname as “Ahok”, based on 100 percent of the votes in an unofficial “quick count” by Indikator Politik. Other pollsters showed similar results with 99 percent counted.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Very Difficult’ for UK Government to Refuse Military Assistance to US in Syria Invasion

UK POLITICS: ‘Very Difficult’ for UK Government to Refuse Military Assistance to US in Syria Invasion

It will be “very difficult” for the UK government to refuse military assistance to the US in Syria if they expressly ask for it, British FM Boris Johnson has said, responding to an MP’s question on if he intends to heed parliament’s vote against the incursion.

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USA POLITICS: Exposed! Trump Team Bluster as Aircraft Carrier Steams in Opposite Direction

USA POLITICS: Exposed! Trump Team Bluster as Aircraft Carrier Steams in Opposite Direction

Trump boasted he sent “armada” as warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group was far from Korean peninsula headed in the opposite direction.

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YEMEN POLITICS: USA, NATO Created Crisis in Yemen

YEMEN POLITICS: USA, NATO Created Crisis in Yemen

Red Cross warns that if solution to the conflict is not found, Yemen may run out of food. Humanitarian crisis has been provoked by US action in the Middle East.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

Cartes, a former soft-drink and tobacco executive, said his decision not to run was inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue in Paraguay.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US Marines Take Center Stage in Australia

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US Marines Take Center Stage in Australia

The US Marines’ arrival comes as Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voiced mounting concerns over North Korea’s nuclear activities.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls General Election 8 June

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls General Election 8 June

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

“The first group is leaving today,” Daniel Dickinson, spokesman for the U.N. peace keeping mission called UNMISS, told Reuters moments before the troops were due to board their flight at Juba International Airport.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Envoy Slams US Airfield Attack ‘Message’ to North Korea

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Envoy Slams US Airfield Attack ‘Message’ to North Korea

Syria’s ambassador to North Korea denounced what he called U.S. aggression and its “history of interventions” on Monday and said that it sending a “message” to North Korea with an attack on a Syrian airfield was irresponsible.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Revoke Assad Wife Asma al-Assad UK Citizenship’: Tom Brake Liberal Democrats

UK POLITICS: ‘Revoke Assad Wife Asma al-Assad UK Citizenship’: Tom Brake Liberal Democrats

Bashar al-Assad’s wife should lose her British citizenship if she support Bashar al-Assad her husband, Liberal Democrats said. Asma al-Assad was born in UK.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: No ‘Syria-Style’ Actions in North Korea

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: No ‘Syria-Style’ Actions in North Korea

“I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

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WORLD POLITICS: Western Governments Oppose Anti-Semitism, Yet Old Hatred Continues

WORLD POLITICS: Western Governments Oppose Anti-Semitism, Yet Old Hatred Continues

How toxic is it? And are recent eruptions of anti-Semitism expressions of momentary irritation, misunderstanding, or plain ignorance?

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UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC is prepared to go to court to demand that former Prime Minister Tony Blair not be prosecuted over the Iraq war.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 17 April Palestinian Prisoners Day

PALESTINE POLITICS: 17 April Palestinian Prisoners Day

Each year, on 17 April, in Palestine and around the world, Palestinians and supporters of justice in Palestine review the situation of Palestinian prisoners and demand their freedom.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Start Hunger Strike

ISRAEL POLITICS: 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Start Hunger Strike

The open-ended hunger strike, one of the largest in recent years, coincides with Palestinian Prisoners Day, annually commemorated on April 17.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Mike Pence Warns North Korea of US Resolve

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Mike Pence Warns North Korea of US Resolve

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan-2029? ‘Yes’ Vote Winning in Turkey’s Constitutional Reform Referendum With Slim Majority

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan-2029? ‘Yes’ Vote Winning in Turkey’s Constitutional Reform Referendum With Slim Majority

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in the referendum on Turkey’s constitutional reform package. With most of the ballots opened, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of president.

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HAITI POLITICS: UN Security Council Votes to End Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

HAITI POLITICS: UN Security Council Votes to End Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

Sandra Honore, the UN envoy to Haiti, told the council on Tuesday that “Haiti’s political outlook for 2017 and beyond has significantly improved.”

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