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Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

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President castigates a small group of rogue regimes and says Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States Donald Trump has threatened to George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said. He first singled out his newly adopted epithet for Kim Jong-un, Trump said: Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. He said […]

West Papua independence petition is rebuffed at UN

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Exiled leader Benny Wenda presents smuggled petition to decolonisation committee but chair says Indonesian takeover of province is not on its agenda The UNs decolonisation committee will not accept a petition signed by 1.8 million West Papuans calling for independence, saying West Papuas cause is outside the committees mandate. In New York on Tuesday, the exiled West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented the petition banned by the Indonesian government, but smuggled across Papua and reportedly endorsed by 70% of the contested provinces population to the UNs decolonisation committee, known as the C24 and responsible for monitoring the progress of former […]

China is angry, but what can it do about North Korea?

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Xi Jinping has few options to bring Kim Jong-un into line but he also has to contend with the unpredictable Donald Trump On Friday afternoon, the eve of North Koreas most powerful ever nuclear test, Chinas football-loving president received a gift from the worlds greatest ever player. Good luck, read the handwritten message from Pel on a canary yellow Brazil jersey the last round of UN resolution sanctions, textile products and clothing is now the most important source of foreign income for North Korea, says Zhao. Xi could also deprive Kim of another key source of revenue by agreeing to […]

In 1939, I didnt hear war coming. Now its thundering approach cant be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith

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Author Harry Leslie Smith remembers the prelude to the second world war and there are worrying echoes now A chill of remembrance has come over me during this August month. It feels as if the 2017 summer breeze is being scattered by the winds of war blowing from across our world towards Britain, just like they were in 1939. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia teeters towards anarchy and Dont Let My Past Be Your Future is published by Constable & Robinson on 14 September Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/14/1939-second-world-war-fascist-thundering-approach-hitler

1MDB: The inside story of the worlds biggest financial scandal | Randeep Ramesh

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The Long Read: How a jailed former banker and a lone British journalist broke a story that shook the world On 22 June 2015, Xavier Justo, a 48-year-old retired Swiss banker, walked towards the front door of his brand new boutique hotel on Koh Samui, a tropical Thai island. He had spent the past three years building the luxurious white-stone complex of chalets and apartments overlooking the shimmering sea and was almost ready to open for business. All he needed was a licence. Justo had arrived in Thailand four years earlier, having fled the drab world of finance in London. […]
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