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USA POLITICS: Trump Endorses Republican Healthcare Plan

USA POLITICS: Trump Endorses Republican Healthcare Plan

Trump, on Twitter, called the measure sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham “great,” adding: “I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

“There will be more leeway to do arms sales,” one senior administration official said. “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.”

The push fits both Trump’s support for the gun lobby espoused on the campaign trail and his “Buy American” agenda.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Seizes Catalonia Finances to Block Independence Referendum

SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Seizes Catalonia Finances to Block Independence Referendum

Catalonia and other Spanish regions pay taxes to Madrid and are given a quota to spend on essential services. The region, which is home to around 7.5 million people, receives about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) a month from the central government.

The takeover of finances “means that from now on (Catalan leaders) no longer have their money,” said a spokeswoman for Spain’s Budget Ministry, adding that they would not have the right to allot any “extra expense” beyond those already foreseen

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reacted to Suu Kyi’s remarks in his address before the UNGA by calling for an end to the violence.

“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity; and they must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long,” Guterres said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

“We are quite surprised by the words of the president of the United States this morning. This is supposed to be the house and the headquarters of peace and the international law. And what we heard was the opposite of that. It’s a president who comes for the first time and speaks about war about destroying countries about blockades against countries. And of course the country that violates the human rights all over the world seems to have the moral authority to come and speak to the rest of the countries as they were his employees,” Arreaza added.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

At a Tuesday meeting with US media representatives in New York, Rouhani said, “Our people cannot stand by idly in the face of regional threats. Iran’s missiles serve defense purposes.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Backs Coal-Fired Power Station in North Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk Calls for Fairness Across National Market

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Backs Coal-Fired Power Station in North Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk Calls for Fairness Across National Market

The prime minister says the Liberal National Party opposition’s plan to build a coal-fired power plant would be deserving of a share in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s $5 billion in funds.

“It would be a very worthy candidate for that,” Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Brisbane.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Calls for International Co-operation, Material Support Against Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Calls for International Co-operation, Material Support Against Corruption

“Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery.

“These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime,” Buhari said.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

USA POLITICS: ‘Shameless, Ignorant, New Hitler’: Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump Criticism at UN

“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news agency.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

Conservative Temer, who replaced leftist President Dilma Rousseff last year after a controversial impeachment, faces strong opposition himself amid corruption charges.

His government’s approval has plummeted according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

Vice President Osinbajo is a priced asset that has proven roundly that contrary to the impression some people hold, Nigeria has an abundance of competent and well-honed leaders that can steer its ship from perdition. His stellar showing in the period he managed the affairs of the country is a credible and resounding testimonial that the offices of Vice President and Deputy Governors are critical and should not be filled with pawns that merely acquiesce to whatever the boss wants.

Prof. Osinbajo has proved that the office of a deputy is as important as the main office and Nigerians must tap the critical lesson from his worthy performance in that office and make good use of the office instead of merely tolerating it, as is mostly the case today.

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USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

Unless North Korea backs down, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.

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USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

The significant credit line will primarily use euros and yuan to bypass the US sanctions. China is seen to be opening trade to the region as part of a trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy to increase ties to Africa and Europe. China is the biggest recipient of Iranian oil, and accounts for almost a third of Tehran’s overall trade.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Pleads Ignorance Over $995-a-Head Fundraiser

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Pleads Ignorance Over $995-a-Head Fundraiser

“It will give people an opportunity to actually spend some time with us and talk with us because people are very interested in One Nation and where we are headed because people are fed up with the major political parties,” One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said.

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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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PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

The Mexican Foreign Ministry and the attorney general’s office said in a statement Panama’s Foreign Ministry had notified Borge that the extradition was going ahead.

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USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

USA POLITICS: 3,000 New US Troops Headed to Afghanistan: James Mattis US Defense Secretary Says

“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters on Monday afternoon.

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SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: As Assad Cements Victories, UK, US Say Will Rebuild Syria

“We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, referring to a resolution adopted at the UN Security Council in 2015.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

By and large, if this could be done for the hitherto peaceful and hapless Syrian anti-government protesters by the then Barrack Obama administration in the U.S, there is no gainsaying therefore that the no-nonsense, responsible and responsive government being led by President Donald J. Trump could do it better for the peaceful, unarmed and endangered people of Biafra – who are currently under heavy military siege in Nigeria. A stitch in time saves nine.

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