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Trump to boast to UN about US success, but troubles mounting

Trump to boast to UN about US success, but troubles mountingUS President Donald Trump will stand before the United Nations on Tuesday to declare his country top of the world. Trump's political brand is as well known inside the United Nations as his businessman version is to the rest of New York: brash, unabashedly self-promoting, and all about claiming the win. At this year's UN General Assembly, the former real estate tycoon won't disappoint.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:23:33 -0400
Nobel laureate starts fund for survivors of sexual violence

Nobel laureate starts fund for survivors of sexual violenceThe Nobel Peace Prize-winning surgeon whose hospital in war-torn Congo has treated over 50,000 victims of sexual violence has launched a fund with the goal of providing reparations for survivors of conflicts around the world. Dr. Denis Mukwege said in an interview Saturday that he and his team at Panzi Hospital in eastern Bukavu province could physically and mentally help victims of rape and other abuse, but that the only way to really heal survivors is for society to accept the wrong that was done to them through reparations. Mukwege said reparations can be individual or collective, symbolic or financial, depending on the victim, the case and the context.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:31:53 -0400
Iran's Zarif: U.S. 'posturing' by sending troops to Saudi Arabia in wake of attacks

Iran's Zarif: U.S. 'posturing' by sending troops to Saudi Arabia in wake of attacksZarif again denied that Iran had anything to do with the attacks.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:47:52 -0400
AP interview: Colombia says Maduro's "brutality" must end

AP interview: Colombia says Maduro's "brutality" must endColombia's president compared Nicols Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made the comments in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press before traveling to New York where he is expected to condemn Maduro before the United Nations General Assembly as an abusive autocrat. Duque believes Maduro is not only responsible for the country's humanitarian catastrophe but is also now a threat to regional stability for his alleged harboring of Colombian rebels.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:29:51 -0400
Labour Party Backs Away From Civil War as Conference Starts

Labour Party Backs Away From Civil War as Conference Starts(Bloomberg) -- A motion to oust Tom Watson, deputy leader of the U.K.s main opposition Labour Party, was withdrawn after it opened up divisions on the first day of the partys conference, threatening to overshadow preparations for a general election.The ruling National Executive Committee was due to vote on the surprise move on Saturday morning as delegates met in Brighton, southern England, for a gathering that was supposed to kick start the partys campaign to oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The plan to cut Watsons position sparked fury from Labour members of Parliament and dominated the media on Saturday morning, eclipsing the partys policy announcements. The chatter on Sunday morning looks set to be clouded by the resignation of Corbyns aide Andrew Fisher, reported by the Sunday Times to have said Corbyn wont win the next general election.Weve had a bad start to our conference, Watson, who earlier referred to the attempt to strip him of his job as a drive-by shooting, told reporters as he arrived in Brighton on Saturday evening. The party needs to reunite the conference after what has been, frankly, quite a ridiculous start to it and totally unnecessary, he said.Watson, who was elected on a separate mandate from leader Jeremy Corbyn, has publicly disagreed with the leadership on Brexit policy. He has been pushing for a second referendum before a general election is held and for the party to support remaining in the European Union.The NEC also sought to clarify Labours Brexit policy with a draft of a statement that will be put to delegates on Monday. It said that if the party wins a general election it will negotiate a sensible deal with the EU within three months before putting it to a referendum, with remaining in the bloc the other option in the ballot.The conference will debate Brexit on Monday afternoon and will vote on motions brought by constituencies from across the country once they have been consolidated in a meeting on Sunday night. The issue came 14th in a ballot of priorities for delegates on Saturday, securing one of the 20 slots for debate.The deputy leader said the move to abolish his post was driven by Jon Lansman, who founded and runs Momentum, a grassroots group set up to support Corbyns leadership, and Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite labor union, the partys biggest financial backer.Lansman said after the motion was withdrawn that he welcomes and supports the partys plan to review the deputy leaders role. He also appeared to recognize the division his move had caused.We need to make sure the deputy leader role is properly accountable to the membership while also unifying the party at conference, he tweeted. This review is absolutely the best way of doing that.The attempts to remove Watson were criticized by prominent Labour MPs including former leader Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper.Labour plans to use its annual conference to set out its agenda for the expected general election and highlight dividing lines from Johnsons Conservative Party.What we need at this time is unity and a focus on winning the upcoming election, Dave Prentis, general secretary of the labor union Unison, said in a statement. Anything else is a betrayal of Unison members and working people everywhere -- all of whom are relying on us to deliver a Labour government.(Adds departure of Corbyn aide in third paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Thomas Penny in London at tpenny@bloomberg.net;James Amott in London at jamott@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Davis at abdavis@bloomberg.net, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:43:22 -0400
Iran vows destruction of any aggressor as US moves troops to Saudi Arabia

Iran vows destruction of any aggressor as US moves troops to Saudi ArabiaIran has threatened the full destruction of any aggressor after the Pentagon said the US would deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the wake of attacks on major oil sites.Major General Hossein Salami told state media the Revolutionary Guard was prepared for any scenario and that a retaliatory attack on Iran from US or Saudi forces would provoke an all-out war.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:19:58 -0400
Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoff

Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoffIran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy markets. Iran has denied involvement in the Sept. 14 attack that was initially claimed by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:25:18 -0400
How the United States Could Lose Iraq

How the United States Could Lose IraqThere is a battle for influence in Iraq today, and Iran is winning.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:11:00 -0400
The Key to Understanding Vladimir Putin

The Key to Understanding Vladimir PutinIt is common to ascribe Americas growing difficulties with Russia to President Vladimir Putin personally, but the sources of Russian discontent predate Putins presidency.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:08:00 -0400
Rare protests in Egypt call for president to step down

Rare protests in Egypt call for president to step downRare anti-government protests broke out in several Egyptian cities late Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The small street demonstrations were quickly dispersed by riot police using batons and tear gas. As defense minister, he led the military's overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, amid mass protests against that president's brief rule.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:46:14 -0400
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