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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Roots for Confrontation With Iran

Saudi Arabia has been pursuing an open warmongering policy toward Iran. Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened to move the “battle” to Iran.

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USA POLITICS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Calls Trump ‘Bully’ for Eding Imigration Potections

USA POLITICS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Calls Trump ‘Bully’ for Eding Imigration Potections

“There’s no compassion whatsoever in the White House,” The mayor of Philadelphia in the US state of Pennsylvania said during a City Hall speech in Philadelphia. “I’m just beside myself with sadness because our president is a bully, our president is a punk, and he just doesn’t get it.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. Australia closed the Manus Island

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Keeps Eye on Prize – 2018 Presidential Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Keeps Eye on Prize – 2018 Presidential Vote

“For sure Maduro will be the candidate. How can anyone challenge him?” said Dimitris Pantoulas, a Caracas-based consultant who tracks Socialist Party politics.

“Look at him on TV: He’s bright and happy. He even dances better than before! ‘Chavismo’ has the momentum,” he added, referring to the movement founded by Chavez.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

It is most disappointing for Punch to toe the line of narrative of those whose penchant for using religion to promote discord and disaffection is not only known but also legendary. Editorials should be objective enough not to join the fray nor lend itself as a tool for divisive narratives. Punch must therefore have a rethink on that editorial.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Calls on EU to Move With Britain to Open Brexit Trade Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “What I’m clear about is that we must step forward together. This is for both the UK and for the European Union to move on to the next stage.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from  All Progressives Congress (APC)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from All Progressives Congress (APC)

Atiku Abubakar says, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.”

“But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth. A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.”

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USA POLITICS: In Thanksgiving Message, Trump Hails Military Gains and ‘Big, Beautiful, Fat Tax Cuts’

USA POLITICS: In Thanksgiving Message, Trump Hails Military Gains and ‘Big, Beautiful, Fat Tax Cuts’

Trump told the troops they could look forward at home to the benefits of “big, beautiful fat tax cuts,” a stock market at record highs, jobs and economic growth.

“We’re doing well at home, the economy is doing great,” Trump said. “You’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain No Longer Among Top Five Economies Because of Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain No Longer Among Top Five Economies Because of Brexit

“Britain is the world’s sixth largest economy,” UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond said in his budget speech to parliament.

Sterling has declined 12 percent against the dollar since the historic Brexit vote in June 2016. The weaker pound means consumers pay more for imported goods. Inflation currently stands at three percent with wages reportedly not keeping pace with it.

“We understand the frustration of families where real incomes are under pressure,” said Hammond, pledging to cut the delays in receiving benefit payments, many families faced due to changes to the welfare system.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘Russia to Overtake West in Terms of Military Technology:’ Vladimir Putin Russian President

RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘Russia to Overtake West in Terms of Military Technology:’ Vladimir Putin Russian President

Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security. To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”

“Our army and navy need to have the very best equipment — better than foreign equivalents,” he said, according to AFP. “If we want to win, we have to be better.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Commends Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for Working to Rebuild PDP

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Commends Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for Working to Rebuild PDP

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida popularly called IBB said: “That’s why I particularly appreciate the job the Rivers State Governor is doing to make sure that politics moves the way that politics is practiced in the civilised world.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Opposition Conference Starts in Riyadh After Key Resignations

“There is no solution to the crisis without a Syrian consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people on the basis of Geneva 1 and (U.N. Security Council) resolution 2254,” he said.

The Moscow group of Syrian political activists led by a former deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil said they turned down an invitation to attend the conference, accusing the members of the main HNC opposition of thwarting efforts to set up a single delegation.

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USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

Among the advocates of dismantling the ICBM force is William Perry, defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. In a recent interview, Perry said the U.S. should get rid of its ICBMs because “responding to a false alarm is only too easy.” An erroneous decision would be apocalyptic, he said. “I don’t think any person should have to make that decision in seven or eight minutes.”

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BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

BOSNIA SERB POLITICS: Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Gets Life in Prison

Mladic, 74, was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for screaming “this is all lies, you are all liars” after returning from what his son described as a blood pressure test which delayed the reading-out of the judgment.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

Today I make good on my promise to you two years ago that I’ll kill corruption before corruption kills us. Corruption is dead! The crowd erupted with thunderous applause: “God bless you Baba! Long may you reign!” Beaming with smiles and nodding his head the president replied: “Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Grace Mugabe Lacked Grooming and True Motherhood as Shown By Her Foul Language’: The Herald Newspaper Says

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Grace Mugabe Lacked Grooming and True Motherhood as Shown By Her Foul Language’: The Herald Newspaper Says

“Grace Mugabe lacked grooming and true motherhood as shown by her foul language,” Zimbabwe’s longstanding government and ruling party mouthpiece, The Herald newspaper quoted the ZANU-PF’s youth wing as saying.

“We take exception to the vulgar language which had become part of Mrs Mugabe’s vocabulary,” it quoted a Youth League cadre as saying.

Zimbabweans, many of whom are devoutly religious and culturally conservative, often take offense at profanities.

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HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

Los Guaraguao were detained for eighteen hours and deported after far-right Cuban American politician Otto Reich accused Venezuela of trying to influence Honduran presidential elections.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

RUSSIA POLITICS: Bashar Assad in Surprise Vladimir Putin Meeting

“I’d like to introduce you to the people who played a key part in saving Syria,” Putin told Assad as he introduced the men in green uniforms. “Of course, Mr. Assad knows some of you personally. He told me during our talks today that thanks to the Russian Army, Syria has been saved as a state.”

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IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

In his address on Tuesday, Rouhani accused the United States and Israel of supporting Islamic State. He also criticized Arab powers in the region and asked why they had not spoken out about civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.

Rouhani is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan in Russia on Wednesday to discuss the Syria conflict.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott, Kim Beazley Launch Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to Promote Education

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott, Kim Beazley Launch Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to Promote Education

‘We’re ignorant of the great books, we’re ignorant of Shakespeare, the New Testament,’the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

‘We have forgotten so much of our history, particularly British history.’

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