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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

“Somehow, the Abe cabinet had to compensate for the loss of women’s votes and Akie plays an important role,” said Mari Miura, a Sophia University professor.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Official: President Buhari Back Home After Medical Leave in UK

NIGERIA POLITICS: Official: President Buhari Back Home After Medical Leave in UK

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned home after nearly two months of medical leave in Britain. We featured the video and photos for your videwing.

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POLAND POLITICS: Poland in Bitter Fight to Stop Reelection of Donald Tusk

POLAND POLITICS: Poland in Bitter Fight to Stop Reelection of Donald Tusk

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo wrote to EU to consider European Parliament-member Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as a replacement for Tusk, whose term ends in May.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: CNPP to FG: ‘Stop Phone Call Games With Buhari’s Health’

NIGERIA POLITICS: CNPP to FG: ‘Stop Phone Call Games With Buhari’s Health’

CNPP: “We see media hype of President Buhari’s phone calls and possible photoshopped pictures of individual visits to his London hospital as a distraction.”

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IRAN POLITICS: US Effort to Seize 1.6b Iran’s Assets in Luxembourg Illegal

IRAN POLITICS: US Effort to Seize 1.6b Iran’s Assets in Luxembourg Illegal

The Luxembourg court ordered the freezing of the CBI assets after a group of terror attack victims, who had won a default judgment against Iran in the US.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Pardons Woman Sentenced to Seven Years in Penal Colony for Text Message

Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned a 46-year old Oksana Sevastidi who was sentenced to seven years in a penal colony for sending a text message to a Georgian acquaintance about the movement of Russian military equipment.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Supporters Clash With Counter-Protesters, California March Turns Violent

USA POLITICS: Trump Supporters Clash With Counter-Protesters, California March Turns Violent

“There are a lot of angry groups protesting and we thought it was important to show our support,” said Peter Boykin, president of Gays for Trump, who helped organize Saturday’s rally in Washington.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump Claims Obama Wiretapped Him

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Trump Claims Obama Wiretapped Him

“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump said.

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USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton Reading Pence Private Email Account Headline Takes Center Stage

USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton Reading Pence Private Email Account Headline Takes Center Stage

Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about U.S. Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it.

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HAITI POLITICS: Rene Preval Passes Away

HAITI POLITICS: Rene Preval Passes Away

President Jovenel Moise described Preval as a “dignified son of Haiti,” in a statement on Twitter. The United States extended condolences, saying Preval had “shepherded his country through tragic times and good times.”

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FRANCE POLITICS: Emmanuel Macron Now Favorite to Win

FRANCE POLITICS: Emmanuel Macron Now Favorite to Win

Macron presented his manifesto on Thursday and has been climbing in the polls since scandal engulfed Fillon – once the favorite to win the presidency.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘Duterte Will Pay Price for Drugs Killings’: Leila de Lima

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘Duterte Will Pay Price for Drugs Killings’: Leila de Lima

“In due time, your president and those who blindly enforce his illegal orders to kill, fabricate evidence and lies will be held accountable,” De Lima said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: King Salman Embraces Selfie

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: King Salman Embraces Selfie

“I’m very happy to be here in Indonesia and with the Indonesian people,” King Salman says to the camera, as an interpreter sitting behind him translates into Bahasa Indonesia.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Malema Says ANC ‘Urinating On Constitution’

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Malema Says ANC ‘Urinating On Constitution’

“The ANC is using apartheid tactics to jail people without trial‚” said Malema. “When they disagree with you politically and they can’t persuade you politically‚ they will lock you up. That is a crime against humanity.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Hugo Chavez Most Popular President

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Hugo Chavez Most Popular President

Chavez is also perceived as being Venezuela’s most democratic president, with 51 percent of the vote, and the country’s most efficient president, with 57 percent of the vote.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Speech in Congress: Less Combative, Less Thin-Skinned, More Inclusive

USA POLITICS: Trump Speech in Congress: Less Combative, Less Thin-Skinned, More Inclusive

“This is our vision. This is our mission,” U.S. President Donald Trump said. “But we can only get there together.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘The Time For Trivial Fights is Behind Us’: Trump Speech in Congress

USA POLITICS: ‘The Time For Trivial Fights is Behind Us’: Trump Speech in Congress

Democratic Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware called Trump’s speech one of “the most coherent public addresses he’s given in a month.”

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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie Abe, was involved in a murky deal for the purchase of state-owned land by Moritomo Gakuen, an educational body in the western city of Osaka that also runs a kindergarten promoting patriotism.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Marine Le Pen Favourites to Win: POLL

FRANCE POLITICS: Marine Le Pen Favourites to Win: POLL

Marine Le Pen remains favourite to win the first round of France’s presidential election but would lose the May 7 runoff against either the centre-right’s Francois Fillon or centrist Emmanuel Macron, two polls showed on Thursday.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Le Pen Gains Narrows Gap Against Macron, Fillon: Poll

FRANCE POLITICS: Le Pen Gains Narrows Gap Against Macron, Fillon: Poll

The Opinionway poll of voting intentions had Le Pen easily beating her four main rivals and winning the April 23 first round with a score of 27 percent to move through to the two-way runoff against either Macron or Fillon.

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