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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

Here are the latest photos of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe with army officers and others during negotiation after the coup plot.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Neglect Revitalizes Niger Delta Hostilities

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Neglect Revitalizes Niger Delta Hostilities

Pious Jombi is a leader of one of the militant groups, threatening government and oil companies. He hails from the Shekalewu Polibobo Community in the north of the Delta State.

“Since the Niger Delta Avengers ceased fire a year ago the federal government has not done anything. Right now, as I speak with you, the Niger Delta has been suffering,” he told DW. Jombi pointed out the on-going degradation of the environment and the indifference with which this is met by the central government. Talking to DW Africa, he pledged that his own group would be much more violent than the better known Avengers: “I swear when this group of mine comes up, everybody will forget about the Avengers.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

“We are pleading the international community to rescue us,” said asylum seeker Abdul Azziz Adam in a video message from the camp in Papua New Guinea. “What is going on on Manus Island at the moment is a humanitarian crisis and no one will help us.” The men have resorted to drinking rain water and have dug their own wells in order to survive. The UN has called the crisis an “unfolding humanitarian emergency”.

“We are begging the New Zealand government to rescue us because New Zealand is the only country today, they have been fighting again and again and again, they want to get us out of detention centre,” Adam said in the video message.

“I think the situation on Manus Island is completely and utterly deplorable,” a young, male demonstrator told Al Jazeera. “I think it’s really important that the government takes a stand … so we can bring these men who are scared and suffering to Australia.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

When called for clarification, Odinga’s spokesman said he was saying “peaceful protests” would still take place and that the opposition would fully explain their plans on Wednesday.

At least 49 people have died in political violence since the August ballot, evoking unwelcome memories of the aftermath of a disputed 2007 vote, when more than 1,200 people were killed.

Kenya’s Supreme Court is still hearing several cases challenging the legality of Thursday’s election.

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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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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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BOLIVIA POLITICS: Evo Morales’ Bid to Extend Term Backfires

BOLIVIA POLITICS: Evo Morales’ Bid to Extend Term Backfires

Morales’ administration criticized the demonstrations on Tuesday, saying that the country’s right-wing opposition wants to make sure that the president cannot run for a fourth term in the 2019 race.

“Any constitutional reform needed can be implemented when the will of the people is at stake,” Justice Minister Hector Arce told TV channel Cadena A.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Workers From Nine Public Sector Unions Protest Over Macron’s Labour Law Reforms

FRANCE POLITICS: Workers From Nine Public Sector Unions Protest Over Macron’s Labour Law Reforms

The protests are the fourth in a series of demonstrations aimed at forcing the 39-year-old president to row back on his reforms.

‘The government does not seem to have taken the full measure of the deep malaise among civil servants,’ Laurent Berger, head of the CFDT, France’s second-biggest union, told Les Echos business daily.

‘They are suffering from being seen merely as a budgetary constraint and not as beneficial,’ he said.

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USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

“Dove’s marketing team is fundamentally racist. A clean body is not a white body. Black bodies aren’t systematically dirty,” wrote Abigail Sewell, 34, a sociology professor at Emory University in Atlanta, on Facebook. “I’ve used their products forever, but it’s time to move on.”

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UK POLITICS: Knives Sharpen: 30 Conservative MPs Back Plot to Topple Theresa May

UK POLITICS: Knives Sharpen: 30 Conservative MPs Back Plot to Topple Theresa May

Former party chairman, Grant Shapps, said May’s leadership should now be challenged.

“I think she should call a leadership election,” Shapps told BBC Radio 5 live. After May’s bungled election, her failure to unite the cabinet and a poor party conference, “the writing is on the wall,” he said.

Many Conservative activists fear a leadership contest would exacerbate the divide in the party over Europe, an issue that helped sink the previous three Conservative prime ministers – David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

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UK POLITICS: CoughGate, Prankster Simon Brodkin Mar Theresa May Speech to Activists (VIDEO)

UK POLITICS: CoughGate, Prankster Simon Brodkin Mar Theresa May Speech to Activists (VIDEO)

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech sought to offer party activists a renewal of Conservative values while making new promises to a younger generation and those “just about managing”.

“This is a Conservatism I believe in, a Conservatism of fairness and justice and opportunity for all, a Conservatism that keeps the British dream alive for a new generation. That’s what I‘m in this for,” she said, in a phrase she repeated at least eight times. “That’s what we must all be in this for.”

But her flow was interrupted by British comedian Simon Brodkin, who handed her a P45 letter, a document given to employees when they leave their job. Then May began a coughing fit and was repeatedly forced to take drinks of water, even coughing into her glass, and was proffered a lozenge from her finance minister, Philip Hammond.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Protesters Block Goldcorp’s Top Peñasquito Mine in Mexico

MEXICO POLITICS: Protesters Block Goldcorp’s Top Peñasquito Mine in Mexico

The entrances to the Peñasquito mine have been occupied since Thursday by protesters who demand the company make good on a commitment to supply nearby communities with water, said Felipe Pinedo, a leader of the protesters.

Pinedo said the protesters were only allowing workers to leave the mine, which is located in northern Zacatecas state and last year produced 465,000 ounces of gold.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Sunday Catalonia Independence Referendum: Madrid Says Not Going to Happen, Orders Shutdown of All Polling Stations, Deploys Thousands of Police to the Region

SPAIN POLITICS: Sunday Catalonia Independence Referendum: Madrid Says Not Going to Happen, Orders Shutdown of All Polling Stations, Deploys Thousands of Police to the Region

The Spanish government still says the referendum is illegal and vows that it will not allow this to happen.

“I insist: there will be no referendum on October 1st,” government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo said on Friday during a press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting.

“The EU should interfere not to take sides …but just to say that those measures taken by the government of Madrid are not acceptable,” Member of the European Parliament Stelios Kouloglou said.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evan Mawarire Acquitted

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evan Mawarire Acquitted

Magistrate Tilda Mazhande said state prosecutors had failed to establish a case against Evan Mawarire.

Mawarire’s High Court trial on subversion charges came to a close on Friday after eight state witnesses testified. His lawyer Harrison Nkomo said he would apply to the judge to have the case dismissed.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Boycotts Talks With Maduro Government

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Boycotts Talks With Maduro Government

“There won’t be anyone traveling to Dominican Republic,” read a Tweet from the opposition Democratic Unity coalition on Tuesday, adding, “We hope that in coming days they meet requirements, our desire is that this comes to fruition.”

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused the opposition and its Western backers of capitalizing on the country’s economic woes, which has been exacerbated by a global slump in oil prices, to undermine his Socialist government.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

Activist pastor Evan Mawarire was already due to face trial of subversion over the 2016 protests at a High Court trial on Monday.

“He is due to appear in court tomorrow on subversion charges emanating from last year. So we really don’t know how the state will proceed,” said lawyer Harrison Nkomo.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

“We live with fear and that is a reality,” said Pixie, a 27-year-old teacher.

Similar protest rallies were staged in other Mexican cities. Castilla’s murder was the 83rd of a woman documented in Puebla this year by civic organizations and the 59th publicly acknowledged by the state attorney’s office.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

One of the participants of the No campaign event Francis, who declined to give his surname for safety reasons, said between 50 and 70 protesters formed a large crowd in front of their stall and used a megaphone to speak over them, throwing glitter and food products at their placards.

“They started throwing glitter at us, starting taking our own food, the hummus, and threw it on one of our members,” he said.

Police were forced to intervene after one man violently attempted to grab a “It’s Okay to Say No” sign from the hands of a member of the Catholic Society.

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USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

“No Bannon, no racism,” chanted the group of about 15 demonstrators, who also held up a large black banner carrying the words, “Nazis are not welcome here”.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

“There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices,” Zeid Ra‘ad al Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,” Zeid said.

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