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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif Indicted for Corruption

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif Indicted for Corruption

The Supreme Court initially declined to dismiss Sharif but ordered an investigation into his family’s wealth. After the probe, it disqualified him and ordered the NAB to investigate and conduct a trial.

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INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

India’s Supreme Court struck down a decades-old clause in the country’s rape laws permitting a man to have sex with his wife if she is aged 15 to 18 – ruling that it was rape, and therefore a criminal offense.

“For the longest time, traffickers have been using marriage with minors as an alibi to rape girls in the first instance, to break them, before selling them to pimps and brothel owners,” said Adrian Phillips, an advocate from Justice and Care, which fights trafficking.

“This judgment, which criminalizes intercourse with minors even in the garb of marriage, will be a huge deterrent for traffickers. We are extremely happy with the judgment.”

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: 800 Corruption Charges Finally Get Zuma to Face Prosecution

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: 800 Corruption Charges Finally Get Zuma to Face Prosecution

The president, who is accused of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering, has always insisted he is innocent.

Zuma and other government officials were accused of taking kickbacks from the $5bn purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms manufactured by five European firms, including British military equipment maker BAE Systems and French company Thales.

Charges were first brought against Zuma in 2005 but dropped by prosecutors in 2009.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Disappointed By Ruling of Supreme Court of Appeal

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Disappointed By Ruling of Supreme Court of Appeal

“The decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal today‚ whilst disappointing‚ was much anticipated‚” the presidency said in a statement.

“The effect of the decision is that the only legitimate decision made by the NPA is to prosecute President Zuma‚” the presidency said.

“Importantly‚ it means that the representations have not been considered and the expectation is that the NDPP will now consider these representations under the correct prescripts of the law and make a legitimate decision relating thereto.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Vows to File Impeachment Against Conchita Carpio-Morales

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Vows to File Impeachment Against Conchita Carpio-Morales

“We will file an impeachment case against her,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said told reporters, referring to Conchita Carpio-Morales, who heads the Office of the Ombudsman, the government’s anti-graft agency. “I would tend to believe she was part of the conspiracy.”

“In the end, they will discover, to their sorrow, there is no such amount,” he said, challenging Carpio-Morales and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to join him in making public their own bank accounts and resigning from office.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Cape Town Refugee Reception Office Must be Opened: Supreme Court Ruling Orders

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Cape Town Refugee Reception Office Must be Opened: Supreme Court Ruling Orders

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) noted that urban areas such as Cape Town attract large numbers of asylum seekers because of better access to basic services and work opportunities. The court found that the DG should have taken into account the high number of asylum seekers in Cape Town and the high level of demand for a refugee reception office in Cape Town. His failure to do so meant that his decision was irrational, the court said.

The Court also required the DG to make frequent reports on the steps being taken to reopen the office to ensure that the Department complies with its order.

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USA POLITICS: Roy Moore Biography

USA POLITICS: Roy Moore Biography

Roy Moore was born on 11 February 1947. Judge Roy Moore is a life-long Alabamian and a committed constitutional conservative that has stood up for liberty and religious freedom his entire career.

Roy’s poetry:
Moore has often spiced up his political rhetoric with live renditions of original verse.
Here’s a snippet from one widely quoted poem. It begins, ruefully:
America the beautiful, or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride; I’m glad they’ll never see:
Here it gets graphic:
Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty; your house is on the sand.
And so on. He goes on to weave in a message in favor of capital punishment:
Too soft to put a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill that child before he leaves the womb.
If you want to read more, this October 2015 feature from The Atlantic includes an extended recollection of a poem Moore recited during a convention of Southern Baptists.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

Supreme Court of Justice “effectively claimed legislative powers for itself, depriving the National Assembly of its Constitutional powers and granting sweeping arbitrary powers to the executive,” it said.

“These decisions amount to a coup d’état against the Constitutional order and have ushered in a new reign of arbitrary rule,” Sam Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General, said in a statement.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot  Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

A corruption scandal involving cartels of companies bribing officials for public contracts has enveloped most of Brazil’s political elite with Janot expected to issue another charge against Temer in coming weeks. Temer defeated a first corruption charge from Janot, when the lower house of Congress voted not to allow it to proceed to trial.

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KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of human rights abuses and of fudging the results of last weekend’s election of the new 545-member constituent assembly. “The firing of Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega is the first dictatorial act of an illegitimate constituent assembly. We reiterate our solidarity with the Venezuelan people,” Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, said on Twitter.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 04 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 04 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday formed a cabinet filled with allies of toppled leader Nawaz Sharif, in a reshuffle that appears aimed at bolstering support ahead of general elections due in mid-2018.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: PDP Lagos and the Never Ending Crisis

NIGERIA POLITICS: PDP Lagos and the Never Ending Crisis

The recent Supreme Court judgement that authenticated Senator Ahmed Makarfi as National Chairman of the party, rather than douse the crisis within the PDP party, seems to have escalated the feud.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistan Must Detach itself From United States: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistan Must Detach itself From United States: Imran Khan

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan says, “Sadly, our ruling elite took dollars from the Americans and went into this war [on terror],” Khan said. “It has created such hatred in our society. It has created turmoil.”

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Court Ousts Nawaz Sharif Over Corruption Claims

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Court Ousts Nawaz Sharif Over Corruption Claims

“Go, Nawaz, Go,” shouted supporters of the PTI opposition party who had gathered outside the court and jeered politicians from Sharif’s party.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

Javier Duarte, who governed Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) until last year, denies any wrongdoing.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Brushes Off Criticism to Pay C$10m Compensate to Omar Khadr Ex-Guantanamo Inmate

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Brushes Off Criticism to Pay C$10m Compensate to Omar Khadr Ex-Guantanamo Inmate

Trudeau’s Liberal government would pay Omar Khadr around C$10 million ($7.7 million) and offer a formal apology to compensate him for abuses he suffered as an inmate at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

Temer’s office and his attorney, Antonio Mariz, declined to comment on the charges. Temer has repeatedly said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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