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Deposed Australian PM Turnbull Quits Parliament

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Deposed Australian PM Turnbull Quits Parliament

Deposed Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull officially resigned from parliament on Friday, sparking a by-election for his Sydney seat that could threaten the government’s slim one-seat majority.

Moderate Turnbull, 63, was ousted a week ago in a Liberal party coup driven by a hardline conservative faction and he indicated at the time he would not move to the backbench.

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to his “legacy of great achievement”.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s retirement draws to a close 14 years of committed service to the Australian people and his beloved electorate of Wentworth, culminating in his term as prime minister,” he said.

“The Liberal Party thanks him for his commitment to our values and calm stewardship of our great institution, even in times of difficulty.”

Turnbull was unseated after almost three years by a determined challenge from his own Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who himself lost out to a stealth campaign by Morrison, a Turnbull ally, in a party ballot.

His transition to civilian life should be smooth. Turnbull was one of Australia’s wealthiest parliamentarians and he went to Canberra after previous stints as a journalist, banker, lawyer and businessman.

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially in early October, leaving Morrison in a precarious position with no majority for two sitting weeks of parliament.

The seat is traditionally a Liberal safe haven, although a backlash against the government’s political infighting could make this less certain.

Several Liberal candidates have already emerged, including former Business Council of Australia executive director Andrew Bragg and Dave Sharma, who used to be ambassador to Israel.

The Greens and Labour are also expected to field candidates.

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

Several experts from different countries have voiced their support for multilateralism in trade.  They particularly pointed to china’s actions to promote cooperation based on win-win results.

Sanusha Naidu, a foreign policy analyst based in South Africa, said the recent G-20 summit has told the world the significance of multilateralism in trade which has played an active role for the global economy.

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

More than 150 nations have signed a landmark international agreement on managing migration.

The UN pact, which is not legally binding, was adopted at a meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, but it has been shunned by some countries including the U.S., Australia and at least six EU nations.

Its objectives include the integrated management of borders and giving migrants access to basic services.

Critics fear it will increase migration but the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the pact was based on co-operation and regulating migration.

He called it a source of “collective shame” that 60,000 migrants had died on perilous journeys since 2000.

All 193 UN members, except the united states, finalised the pact five months ago

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.

The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says  this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria.  It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”.  The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..

Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.

This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.

States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.

The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

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