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Los Angeles County agrees to purge up to 1.5 million voters from its rolls in settlement

Los Angeles, Jan.7.– Los Angeles County has agreed to conduct a purge of its voting rolls, in a move that could strip perhaps 1.5 million inactive voters from the lists of those eligible to cast ballots.California voter registration form

The county made the deal in a settlement last week with Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest firm, saying that under a recent Supreme Court ruling, it has a duty to remove names of people who appear to have either died, moved from the county or lost interest in voting.

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Xi Jinping Pushes for ‘Reunification’ With Taiwan, but ... How?

Jan. 2 (DP.net).– China's President Xi Jinping said in a speech commemorating the end of a military campaign against Taiwan 40 years ago, that the self-ruled island “must and will be” reunited with China. Although he briefly referred to a “peaceful reunification,” Xi said his government reserves the right to use “all necessary measures” to bring Taiwan back into its fold — a top priority for Beijing, but a move Taiwanese independence supporters have long feared. The island state has found itself increasingly isolated in the global community as allies drop direct diplomatic relations under Chinese pressure.

China's Xi threatens Taiwan with force but also seeks peaceful 'reunification'  

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Jan. 2 (Reuters).– China reserves the right to use force to bring Taiwan under its control but will strive to achieve peaceful “reunification” with the self-ruled island that has a bright future under any future Chinese rule, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

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Shameful Cambodia’s initiative for a ‘sustainable’ dictatorship

Map of Cambodia Hong Kong, Dec. 24.– China’s media recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would conduct a study into Cambodia’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). If it had been just China conducting this study, there would be little interest in the topic. It is a foregone conclusion that Cambodia’s ruthless oligarchic regime is already a subsidiary of China. As testimony, the country’s seaside province of Sihanoukville now resembles China’s Macau.

China’s media recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would conduct a study into Cambodia’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). If it had been just China conducting this study, there would be little interest in the topic. It is a foregone conclusion that Cambodia’s ruthless oligarchic regime is already a subsidiary of China. As testimony, the country’s seaside province of Sihanoukville now resembles China’s Macau.

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US Congress Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill – a Bipartisan Victory for President Trump

The Senate had approved the bill on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Congress approved a sweeping bipartisan criminal justice reform bill on Thursday, handing President Trump a major legislative victory on an issue championed by his White House. The House approved the bill 358-36, sending it to Trump's desk for his signature. The legislation was approved earlier this week by the Senate, 87-12."

Washington DC, Dec.20 (AP).– The House passed an extensive criminal justice bill on Speaker Ryan after the voteThursday that will reduce some of the harshest sentences for federal drug offenders and boost prison rehabilitation programs.

“Congress just passed the
Criminal Justice Reform Bill
known as the #FirstStepAct.
Congratulations!
This is a great bi-partisan achievement
for everybody.  When both parties work together
we can keep our Country safer.
A wonderful thing for the U.S.A.!!”
.– Trump tweeted.

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EGYPT: Al-Sisi announces new resolutions to achievie economic integration in Africa

Africa 2018 Forum discussed developing continent’s infrastructure, creating new job opportunities.

 Sharm El-Sheikh, Dec. 10.– President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Egypt will continue to exert efforts in order to ensure a brighter future for Africa, stressing that the Africa 2018 Forum was a great opportunity to prove Egypt’s desire to protect African interests. The president issued a number of decisions which aim to achieve economic integration in Africa, including the establishment of new funds and measures to facilitate African investment in Egypt.

During his closing speech at the third African Forum on Sunday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Al-Sisi pointed out that the forum allowed for the exchange of viewpoints and ideas about optimum ways to develop Africa, especially its infrastructure as well as creating new job opportunities.

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