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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

The passport mess joins the botched Phoenix payroll system, the struggling email transformation initiative and the Canada.ca project as IT schemes inherited by the Liberal government that have bogged down in delays and cost over-runs.

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IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his planned meetings on JCPOA in New York are “very important,” adding there is need for clarifications which have to be made about the nuclear accord. Apart from the JCPOA, he will also talk about bilateral ties with world countries, regional issues as well as international developments including the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

“The opponents of the JCPOA are restricted to two or three countries, including some in the US, who feel cheated. They believe that a feast has been set out but that they are deprived of going to the table and having something,” Rouhani said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

The term Deep State, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey and refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul said in a recent interview that Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: “Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

It is time to end ‘agitations’ for securing narrow political interests which in the end don’t even address the cause of such agitation which are socio-economic and widespread in nature. A Yoruba man heralded the current republic riding on the grievances of the Southwest in the June 12 imbroglio; a Goodluck Jonathan got to presidency under the agitation of Niger Deltans for resource control. Looking back neither the country nor the zones which produced these leaders could point to any meaningful development, despite humongous advantage in foreign earnings.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

Estonia, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, proposed a more structural solution that would permit states to tax companies where they have a digital, not just physical, presence.

The two plans could be complementary and be part of a two-step approach, the Estonian undersecretary for tax, Dmitri Jegorov, said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

There will be no good outcome here. The Federal Government must (in accordance with the law) declare the Biafra seeking IPOB movement a terrorist organization. Newspaper organizations should be warned that there is a thin line between reporting events and serving as propaganda vehicles for the terrorist organization.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

“Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Iran’s] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal. They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive,” IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a Friday TV interview.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Tsvangirai Airlifted from Harare to Johannesburg Hospital

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Tsvangirai Airlifted from Harare to Johannesburg Hospital

Tsvangirai, who leads a broad coalition of opposition parties, is due to challenge his long-time political foe President Robert Mugabe at an election next year.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

The plan for the non-binding Kurdish referendum was approved in the Iraqi city of Erbil, the capital of a northern province with the same name, in the 111-seat parliament consisting of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Iraq’s former president, Jalal Talabani, and the independent Goran and Jamaa Islamiya opposition parties.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

”My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country,“ Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ”They think Brexit isn’t going to happen.

”I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.

“We have a glorious future.”

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USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

Trump issued an executive order in January targeting funding for cities that offer illegal immigrants safe harbor by declining to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws. A San Francisco judge blocked the order.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

Temer’s earlier corruption charge, that he took bribes from JBS executives, was blocked in August by his allies in the lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Despite the lower house’s move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. His term ends on January 1, 2019.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Pat Attah to Igbos: Vacate North!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Pat Attah to Igbos: Vacate North!

Pat Attah said: “Please, all Igbos and Biafrans in general should evacuate the north as soon as possible because Buhari and his men are up to something bad but they shall be buried in the pit they are digging.

”I curse the day Fraud Lugard and the British fraudulently and forcefully created this company called Nigeria!”

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PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Cabinet Resigns

PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Cabinet Resigns

The vote of confidence, requested by Prime Minister Fernando Zavala, was rejected soon after midnight Thursday 77-22, with 16 abstentions.

“In consequence, a total crisis has been generated in the cabinet,” said the head of Congress, Fujimori loyalist Luis Galarreta.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had earlier suspended his trip to New York, where he was scheduled to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, and to the Vatican, until after the vote.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Believes in Religious Freedom

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Believes in Religious Freedom

Mr Turnbull promised “extensive” protections for religious freedom but made it clear this was up to parliament as a whole rather than the government.

“I just want to reassure Aus­tralians that as strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, as strongly as I believe in that, even more strongly, if you like, do I believe in religious freedom,” the Prime Minister said.

“Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this parliament.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree on Idlib ‘Safe Zones’

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree on Idlib ‘Safe Zones’

In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan, the three countries said on Friday that they had agreed “to allocate” their forces to patrol the zone covering Idlib province and parts of the neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.

“Observers from these three countries will be deployed at check and observation points in safe zones that form the borders of the de-escalation zone,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The main mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes between the government and the opposition forces and any violations of the truce,” it added.

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