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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

The army said the security of Mr Mugabe and his wife “is guaranteed”.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” the military said in a statement.

“We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

“Zimbabwe has not had a coup. There has been a decision to intervene because our constitution had been undermined, in the interim Comrade E Mnagngawa will be president of ZANU PF as per the constitution of our revolutionary organization,” it said in one tweet, referring to Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked as his vice president earlier in the week.

“Last night the first family was detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary. Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife,” it said in another.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government,” said Major General S.B. Moyo.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

President Muhammadu Buhari said N10 billion had been earmarked in the 2018 budget for the Enyimba Industrial Park and the Nnewi Auto Park which he said would be implemented in collaboration with the states and the private sector.

Buhari also disclosed that payments to ex-Biafran police officers had commenced 17 years after they were pardoned, adding that an upgrade of the Umuahia Diagnostic Centre in Abia State was in the pipeline.

President Muhammadu Buhari again commended Umahi for his stewardship in the state and expressed appreciation for the chieftaincy titles conferred on him, saying: “I am Enyioma l of Ebonyi. I am Ochioha Ndigbo,” which earned him further applause.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

A gay marriage bill proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith came under ­attack yesterday after it received the written endorsement of Labor Senate leader Penny Wong and Greens leader Richard Di Natale under a process approved by Mr Turnbull.

Speaking in Manila, Mr Turnbull said it was “up to the parliament” to resolve the shape of any same-sex marriage legislation and repudiated stronger protections for service providers with conscientious objections to gay weddings as having “virtually no prospect” of passing the parliament.

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UK POLITICS: New Thinking From UK Needed for Brexit Breakthrough: Ireland Says

UK POLITICS: New Thinking From UK Needed for Brexit Breakthrough: Ireland Says

“The current approach the British government are taking is not compatible with the solutions that we need,” Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

“Some of the ideas they published in their paper late in the summer hint towards finding solutions to those problems, but I don’t think they are comprehensive or credible … We need more detail and we need to see some new thinking that is flexible and recognises the unique challenges of the island of Ireland.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Congressmen in Rio de Janeiro Detained By Court Judge

BRAZIL POLITICS: Congressmen in Rio de Janeiro Detained By Court Judge

According to a prosecutors’s statement, Judge Abel Gomes has put out a bench warrant for Rio state assembly president Jorge Picciani, two other state assemblymen, and 10 other persons, including legislative aides.

They are accused of accepting bribes from the state’s transportation industry body in exchange for favorable legislation going back to the governorship of Sérgio Cabral, who held power from 2007 to 2014 and was arrested in 2016 on corruption charges.

The arrested deputies were members of embattled President Michel Temer’s PMDB party.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Military Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya, Replaces General

MYANMAR POLITICS: Military Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya, Replaces General

Myanmar military said its own internal investigation had exonerated security forces of all accusations of atrocities. The investigators’ findings were posted on the Facebook page of the military’s commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The developments came ahead of a visit on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He is expected to deliver a stern message to Myanmar’s generals, over whom national leader Aung San Suu Kyi has little control.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Provides Air Cover for Daesh in Syria: Russian Defense Ministry Says

SYRIA POLITICS: US Provides Air Cover for Daesh in Syria: Russian Defense Ministry Says

In early October, the Russian Defense Ministry Russia accused the US forces of providing intelligence to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in eastern Syria, saying Washington’s “flirtation” with the terrorists is the “main obstacle” to eradicate Daesh in Syria.

The accusations came after a group of Syrian forces came under a series of attacks by Daesh in the province of Dayr al-Zawr, where Syria is trying to push the terrorists out of their last strongholds in the region.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Nuclear Arsenal too Developed to Destroy Quickly, Says Moon

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Nuclear Arsenal too Developed to Destroy Quickly, Says Moon

Speaking to reporters in the Philippines, Moon said that if North Korea agreed to hold talks, negotiations could be held with all options open.

“If talks begin to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue, I feel it will be realistically difficult for North Korea to completely destroy its nuclear capabilities when their nuclear and missile arsenal are at a developed stage,” Moon said in a briefing.

“If so, North Korea’s nuclear programme should be suspended, and negotiations could go on to pursue complete denuclearisation.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

With Ikpeazu pushing the “Proudly Made in Aba” project, things are beginning to look up again as our entrepreneurs who manufacture all manner of high quality goods and machinery have been gradually regaining the market share they once lost to foreign goods and those who were hit by extremely low patronage that they almost ran out of business have been revived while others who left for other cities in search of greener pastures are returning to put their machines back to life.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

Appeals by community activists and education advocates to the governor to repair the buildings yielded no positive result. Mr. Ambode should fix dangerous and dilapidated school buildings and replace them with new buildings so that our children can have a safe and sound learning environment where they can focus on their studies rather than cracked roofs, walls, rodents, and other infrastructural problems.

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USA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Israel Want to Drag US Into War Against Iran: CIA Former Officer

USA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Israel Want to Drag US Into War Against Iran: CIA Former Officer

Philip Giraldi predicted that “the escalation will be starting in Lebanon, where the resignation of Prime Minister al-Hariri has created a plausible instability that can be exploited by Israel supported by heavy pressure from the Saudis to harden the Lebanese government line against Hezbollah.”

“Both Saudi Arabia and Israel know they cannot defeat Iran,” Giraldi wrote, “without the active participation of the United States.”

“That would require shaping the “threat” narrative to start with a series of relatively minor military actions that appear defensive or non-controversial to draw the United States in without really appearing to do so,” he added.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

“Mr President will be visiting two southeast states of Ebonyi and Anambra,” said Garba Shehu. He said Buhari would leave the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday morning and return the following day.

Tensions in the region rose following the release on bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the region’s best known secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

Hope Uzodinma, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport said, “We got up to the point that even the companies themselves have seen that they are culpable and that is why we want to publish the names and hand them over to EFCC and Customs.

“The reason for the delay in publishing the names all the while is to establish culpability against the companies.

“Now through various reconciliations, it has been established and we are no longer in doubt, including the companies that are involved, that these things are in existence and that they are culpable.

“We have presented the interim report which detailed how much we have recovered so far and the Senate approved it in plenary, while an extension was given to us to do the final reconciliation.

“We do not want emphasis to continue to be on how much we have recovered even though it is contained in the report. We want those companies found culpable to go to government and make payments,” he said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

The arms embargo adds Venezuela to an EU list that includes North Korea and Syria, where European defense companies can no longer do business and to which the sale of any goods deemed as being used for repression are also banned.

Britain sold 1.4 million pounds ($1.83 million) of arms to Venezuela between May 2010 and March 2017, according to The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which lobbies to end arms sales to repressive governments.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Aoun Upbeat on Hariri Comments, Says Political Deal Still Stands

LEBANON POLITICS: Aoun Upbeat on Hariri Comments, Says Political Deal Still Stands

Lebanese President Michael Aoun noted that Hariri was “leaving all doors open including rescinding his resignation”, according to the visitors, who declined to be identified because they were discussing closed-door conversations with Aoun.

The “diplomatic and national campaign” to secure Hariri’s return had brought positive results, said the visitors.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

“Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Duterte said later, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.

Roque described the relationship between Trump and Duterte as “warm, friendly and candid”.

“It’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not a best friend,” he added.

“They have similar feelings towards former U.S. President Barack Obama.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said in a statement on Sunday that the remaining refugees have until Monday to leave “so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility can be completed for the PNG defense force to take complete control of their land and property,” Reuters and The Guardian reported.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Believe it or Not, I Do Not Follow Trump’s Tweets’: John Kelly White House Chief of Staff

USA POLITICS: ‘Believe it or Not, I Do Not Follow Trump’s Tweets’: John Kelly White House Chief of Staff

“Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has said.

“I find out about them,” he continued. “But for our purposes, my purpose, is we make sure the president is briefed up on what he’s about to do.”

“They are what they are,” he said, adding, “We develop policy in the normal, traditional staff way.”

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UK POLITICS: ‘Foreign, European Jews’ Caused ‘Great Problems’ in Middle East: UK Prince Charles Political Quote

UK POLITICS: ‘Foreign, European Jews’ Caused ‘Great Problems’ in Middle East: UK Prince Charles Political Quote

UK Prince Charles says, “To me, the ‘Jewish lobby’ is one of the anti-Semitic themes that have endured for centuries.

It is this myth there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks or whatever…”

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