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JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe to Push Pacifist Constitution Reform After Strong Election Win

JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe to Push Pacifist Constitution Reform After Strong Election Win

“We won a two-thirds majority as the ruling bloc, but it is necessary to strive to form a wide-ranging agreement among the ruling bloc and opposition (to revise the constitution),” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference on Monday.

“And then we aim to win the understanding of the people, so that we can gain a majority in a referendum,” Abe said. He stopped short of claiming to have won a mandate for amending the constitution in Sunday’s election.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Troops vs Pro-Islamic State Alliance: Intense Urban Firefight Continues

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Troops vs Pro-Islamic State Alliance: Intense Urban Firefight Continues

“There’s just one building and they’re inside,” Colonel Romeo Brawner told a news conference.

“We believe these are ones who decided to fight it out, because they believe that if they die there they will go to Heaven.”

Brawner said the authorities believed foreign operatives were among those still fighting and it was clear there was now a leadership vacuum.

“At this point we don’t know who is really the leader,” he added.

“Our government forces will try to do everything to finish the firefight today.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

North Korea is under mounting international pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of sanctions by the United Nations. However, Pyongyang says it needs to continue and develop the programs as a deterrent against hostility by the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.

“This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack.” Choe Son-hui, the director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

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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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CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

“Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said, using the term “new era” 36 times.

“No country can alone address the many challenges facing mankind; no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation,” Xi told the delegates, among them Buddhist monks, Olympic medalists, farmers and at least one astronaut.

“We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said. “We must unwaveringly uphold and improve party leadership and make the party still stronger.”

By 2050, hinese President Xi Jinping said, China would become a modern socialist “strong power” with leading influence on the world stage.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: “Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment”: Pyongyang Alerts UN

Kim In-ryong North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador said North Korea is the only country in the world subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” by the US.

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim In-ryong said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

French President  Emmanuel Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look where we are now with [North] Korea.”

The Macron leader said he had criticized the US president’s Iran policy as a “bad method.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

Politicians from North Korea and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event and being urged to do so by Moscow, Russian news agencies said on

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

Just before Trump’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to tell him that Russia remained fully committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Additionally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said that spiking the deal “would undoubtedly hurt the atmosphere of predictability, security, stability and non-proliferation in the entire world.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘I Will Declare a Revolutionary Government’: Duterte Warns

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘I Will Declare a Revolutionary Government’: Duterte Warns

“If your destabilization is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full-scale war against the reds,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said, in reference to communist rebels who have waged a nearly 50-year insurgency.

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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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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

Their scientists are highly capable, and most of them have studied in Russia,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program told BBC Urdu, according to a translation of it published by Dawn.

“Hydrogen bombs are much more powerful than atom bombs. For instance, an atom bomb may destroy the area in the radius of 1.5 to two kilometers, but a hydrogen bomb can devastate an entire city,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan said.

US President Donald Trump said: “It should have been handled by numerous – not just Obama, but certainly President Obama should have taken care of it. Now it’s at a point where it’s very, very far advanced. Something has to be done. We can’t allow this to happen.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

“They understand better than we that the North Korean regime is bluffing, this regime has always been bluffing,” the expert said, “This is a mature attitude from the people [of the country] neighboring [North Korea], who are living just a few dozen kilometers from the threat.”

For its part, Russia which has 17 kilometers (11 mi) of terrestrial frontier and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of maritime border with North Korea warned against the further aggravation of situation in the region.

“As for the Korean Peninsula, of course, Moscow has been calling and continues to call on all parties to the conflict and parties that have relation to these affairs to show restraint and avoid any steps that could only aggravate the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Recruits New Agents of ‘Russian World’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Recruits New Agents of ‘Russian World’

Therefore, those planning to participate in this event, perhaps, should think that visiting the annexed Crimea, they actually approve and support the aggressive policy of the Russian leader, encourage aggression and, thus, become accomplices in crimes committed by Russia in the territory of Ukraine.

For Russian special services, it could be a great opportunity to recruit new Kremlin agents, and young people planning to attend the Sochi festival could become potential targets for them.

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CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Money Leaking Into the World’s Housing Markets?

CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Money Leaking Into the World’s Housing Markets?

At this potent political moment, China — recently under increased scrutiny thanks to political rhetoric as well as political realities — is expressing its nationalism by cracking down on the “leak” of Chinese money out of the country. It’s not precisely the same kind of tribalistic, lines-in-the-sand economics practiced by the Alt Right in America, which is still wasting its time pining for jobs that aren’t coming back to America. Rather, China wants to be sure that those of its citizens with the independent means to invest do so within the country’s borders.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US Pretending to Fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq: Russia Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: US Pretending to Fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq: Russia Says

“The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?,” asked Konashenkov.

“Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

“The [Iran] program is in a state of completion; it was approved in a UNSC resolution, and dissecting this program equates to destroying everything achieved. Everyone understands that. If the agreement on the Iranian nuclear problem fails, North Korea will say: why should we negotiate with you, if you’re unable to do so?” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea Ready to Deploy ‘Blackout Bombs’ to Paralyse North Korea’s Electrical Grid

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea Ready to Deploy ‘Blackout Bombs’ to Paralyse North Korea’s Electrical Grid

Graphite bombs (blackout bombs) worked well against targets in Iraq, knocking out around 85 percent of the electrical supply across the country. NATO used similar weapons against targets in Serbia in May 1999, damaging around 70 percent of the country’s electrical supply.

Analysts believe the weapons would work well against targets in North Korea, which are likely to be obsolete and not insulated.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Hails Nuclear Programme

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Hails Nuclear Programme

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a “powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said, referring to the “protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

“There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don’t think he’s done,“ said Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, which was set up this year. ”In fact, I told my own staff (that) October 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.”

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