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World in Focus: Sputnik’s Daily Current Affairs Program | 23/11/16

Is Robert Mugabe about to resign, or is it all part of a tactical political game? And, what will the appointment of Mauricio Claver-Carone to Trump’s transition team mean for US-Cuba relations?

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Is Robert Mugabe about to resign, ending thirty years of controversial rule, or is the Zimbabwean president playing a tactical game. There's growing speculation that the failed president will hang on to power as part of a tactical political game. We speak to exiled Zimbabwean broadcaster Lance Guma.

US President Elect, Donald Trump, strongly hinted during his campaign that he wanted to reverse Obama’s normalising of US-Cuba relations.  That position appears to have hardened now, following the announcement that the staunch advocate of the Cuban embargo — Mauricio Claver-Carone will now be coming onto Trump’s transition team. We speak to Elizabeth Dore from Southampton, Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies, University of Southampton.

The United Nations has condemned Israel’s continued policy of forcibly deporting international aid workers from the Palestinian territories and clamping down on NGOs — what does this mean for the future of relief efforts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories?

The Colombian government’s revised peace accord with the FARC rebels has apparently reached its final drafting, and will be submitted to congress tomorrow for approval.  But after its initial defeat in a nationwide referendum, and a hostile opposition, we ask just how firm a footing this new deal can ever start on.

Since the failed Turkish coup in July over 160 media outlets have been shut down, and more than 140 journalists are currently in prison. Today Swedish media chiefs have called on the Swedish government to do more to address the press situation in Turkey, referring to the country as “the world’s biggest prison for journalists.”

Twelve civilians have been killed in Pakistani villages by Indian shelling and artillery fire, and dozens more have been critically wounded. We ask whether this marks an increase in Indian aggression toward the Kashmiri conflict and Pakistan.

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