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IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

The ballistic missile, which is Iran’s third type of missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers along with the Qadr-F and Sejjil ballistic missiles, is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

According to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, the Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Calls Trump Threat ‘Dog’s Bark’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Calls Trump Threat ‘Dog’s Bark’

Arriving in New York for the UN meetings, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho was mobbed with questions from reporters about the Trump speech and replied with a proverb.

“There is a saying that marching goes on even when dogs bark,” he said as he entered his hotel on Wednesday.

“If they are trying to shock us with the sound of a dog’s bark they are clearly having a dog dream.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

With Merkel’s conservatives commanding a solid poll lead, attention in Germany is turning to who she will govern with after the election, rather than whether she will stay in power.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘Zuma Took Me to His Bedroom’: New Book Reveals

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘Zuma Took Me to His Bedroom’: New Book Reveals

Prominent broadcaster Redi Tlhabi writes that Zuma then asked the journalist to accompany him to another room as he had something to show her. She did not think much of the invitation.

“She followed him, he opened the door to a room and she stepped inside. It was his bedroom. Before she realised what all this meant, he had his arms around her, pressing himself against her body, and he planted a long, determined kiss on her lips.

“Her back to the door, she froze for a moment as his tongue invaded her mouth.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

The survey found that 58 percent of those questioned felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while only 37 percent thought it could. In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a “very sad day” for North Korea.

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UK POLITICS: Nigel Farage to Attend Far-Right Party AFD Campaign in Germany

UK POLITICS: Nigel Farage to Attend Far-Right Party AFD Campaign in Germany

While the majority of AFD supporters welcomed the news of Farage’s attendance, calling him a “straight-down-the-line” and “fiery” speaker,” others expressed concern the event might have an undesired outcome.

“Mr Farage was also the guy who bowed out after the referendum and left others to go through with Brexit,” said one user. “I will definitely vote for the AfD, because it’s the only alternative to our ‘government.’ But is Nigel Farage really that helpful for our campaign given that the coverage is already so negative?”

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USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton New Book ‘What Happened’ Says Bernie Sanders’ Attacks Against Her During Presidential Campaign Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ Campaign

USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton New Book ‘What Happened’ Says Bernie Sanders’ Attacks Against Her During Presidential Campaign Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ Campaign

“When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything,” Ms Clinton said. “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

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CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

A Pinera win would be welcomed by the Chilean business community, which blames current President Michelle Bachelet and her centre-left coalition of stoking market uncertainty in one of Latin America’s most free-market economies.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Fayose Sacks Idowu Adelusi Over Eid el-kabir Prayers

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Fayose Sacks Idowu Adelusi Over Eid el-kabir Prayers

The source said, “The governor was livid that there were no journalists in his entourage and that they were not on the ground to cover his entry into the prayer ground. The governor felt he had taken more than enough from the gentleman and ordered his sacking.”

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USA POLITICS: $150-$180b Damages Caused By Hurricane Harvey: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says

USA POLITICS: $150-$180b Damages Caused By Hurricane Harvey: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says

Harvey, which came ashore on Aug. 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than 1 million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for more than 300 miles (480 kms).

“Katrina caused if I recall more than $120 billion but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120 billion, probably $150 to $180 billion,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News, adding, “this is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”

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FRANCE POLITICS: Most French Voters Dissatisfied With Emmanuel Macron: Public Opinion

FRANCE POLITICS: Most French Voters Dissatisfied With Emmanuel Macron: Public Opinion

Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, faces a big test next month when the far-left CGT trade union leads a rally to protest against plans to deregulate the jobs market.

“Now is the key time, with the labour executive orders to be presented,” said Francois Savary, chief investment officer at Geneva-based investment firm Prime Partners.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Binge Drinking Steals Spotlight

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Binge Drinking Steals Spotlight

Former prime minister Tony Abbott admitted, “I was sober in the morning. But our country is still dealing with the debt and debt hangover of the former Labor government’s spending binge. That’s what we should be focused on, not the fact that Peter Costello, Kevin Andrews and I had three or four bottles of wine over dinner. I don’t think that anyone has ever accused me of not being a knockabout Aussie.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

The boss of the city’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, said he understood the need for safety but the reported incident with the Danish royal was “not a good look” for the city.

“It’s certainly not the headlines that we want going around the world,” chief executive Brett Fraser told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“Indeed, we do a lot of work to position Brisbane as a destination of choice worldwide for business, for leisure. Headlines like that certainly don’t help us.”

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USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

“I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump tweeted. “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

In Harare, Robert Mugabe’s wife has also acquired another property in the plush suburb of Hellensvale for $4,5 million. The real-estate deal between Grace’s family and a local resident Jan Teede and his wife Fiona Campbell has been finalised. It is unclear where Grace Robert and her family are getting such large sums of money. Their known loss-making businesses and meagre official incomes are unlikely to fund this. President Robert Mugabe says he earns $12 000 per month, a salary which makes him “the poorest president in the world”, according to Grace. Grace Mugabe has been splurging millions of dollars despite the fact that her family’s only known business, a dairy company, has been loss-making since 2013.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

Attorney General George Brandis said, “Senator Hanson, I’m not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa, when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith. Be very, very careful not to offend the religious sensibilities of other Australians. To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do.”

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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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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

“The decision has been taken, the plane has been christened. Su-57 is what we are going to call it now,” Gen. Col. Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official TV channel. The armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays to reduce air drag and radar cross section. It includes a recently-modernized 30mm cannon and a range of 14 different air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued the ruling against Haider Al Lif on Friday, Arabic-language Ahrar television network reported. Saudi rights activists have condemned the verdict, arguing that Saudi authorities had earlier decided to overturn the decision against the Shia activist.

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UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”

Human trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would inadvertently come into contact with victims every day, Kerr said.

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