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New Australian PM Pledges ‘Generational Change’ To Heal Ruling Party

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New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised generational change in the warring Liberal party on Friday, seeking to end an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative government ahead of an election due by May 2019.

Morrison, who was treasurer under outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, emerged the surprise winner in a three-way challenge for the leadership of the Liberal party brought on by a right-wing rival this week.

Stepping up to become Australia’s sixth prime minister in less than 10 years, Morrison has inherited leadership of a coalition between the Liberal and National parties whose one-seat majority will have to be defended when a by-election is held for a safe Sydney seat that Turnbull is set to vacate.

“Our job … as we take forward this mantle of leadership as a new generation, is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that … we bring the parliament back together,” Morrison said in his first appearance after his party-room victory.

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Sudan’s President Visits Damascus For The First Time

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Sudan's President Visits Damascus For The First Time

For the first time, an Arab leader, Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has visited Damascus since the Syrian war began eight years ago.

He was received in the capital by Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. The two leaders are said to have discussed relations and issues of common interest to Arab countries.

Al-Bashir is reported to have expressed the hope at their meeting that Syria will soon regain its leading role in the region.  He is also said to have promised his country’s support to protect Syria’s territorial integrity.

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China Allows Canadian Diplomats Meet With Detained Citizen

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China Allows Canadian Diplomats Meet With Detained Citizen

China has reconsidered and given Canadian diplomats a chance to meet the second of two of its citizens being held by Beijing for more than a week now.

Two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor, and a former diplomat, Michael Kovrig, have both been detained in China since the arrest in Canada of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. She is on bail in Canada awaiting an extradition hearing.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is against the detentions in Beijing.  He also says his government takes the matter very seriously.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, the two men should be freed.

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Theresa May And Tony Blair In Heated Argument Over Brexit Deal

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Theresa May And Tony Blair In Heated Argument Over Brexit Deal

There was a public outcry between British prime minister Theresa May and former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair over the Brexit deal.

May was just short of calling Blair’s pronouncements irresponsible, but she said Blair was insulting voters and that his actions could undermine her government. Blair says the way to break the current impasse between the parliament and the prime minister is to hold another Brexit referendum.

Blair was prime minister from 1997 till 2007. He has accused the conservative leader, Theresa May, of being “irresponsible.”

Blair, who is against exiting the EU, is seizing on May’s unpopular deal in the house of commons to galvanize the public to demand a new vote.

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