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Former premier fights tooth and nail for party primary


This news was published by : CHINA POST exactly at 40 min 18 sec ago

TAIPEI (CNA) — Former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on May 21 accused President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election team of spreading lies by saying that he previously told Tsai he would not run for the presidency. Lai and Tsai are both from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The former premier is challenging the incumbent president […]

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North Korean Women “Uniquely Vulnerable” to Sex Trafficking in China: Report


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North Korean women are “uniquely vulnerable” to sex trafficking in China, according to a report released Monday by the Korea Future Initiative. The London-based nonprofit’s report, Sex Slaves: The Prostitution, Cybersex & Forced Marriage of North Korean Women & Girls in China, describes “systematic rape, sex trafficking, sexual slavery, sexual abuse, prostitution, cybersex trafficking, forced marriage, and forced pregnancy of North Korean women and girls in China.”

According to data in a 2013 report published by NK News, 68.7% of all defectors from North Korea to South Korea were women, and most defectors fall into the 20s and 30s age group.

Because China routinely repatriates North Koreans found within its borders, North Korean women there are particularly at risk.

According to the Korea Future Initiative report, exploitation of North Korean women generates profits of at least $105 million dollars each year.

“Victims are prostituted for as little as 30 Chinese Yuan (U.S. $4), sold as wives for just 1000 Chinese Yuan ($146), and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience,” the report says.

“Most of the victims were in the age between 12 to 29, and experienced human trafficking more than once,” said Michael Glendinning, CEO of Korea Future Initiative in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service prior to the report’s release.

Glendinning said that the number of victims being sold into cybersex is increasing rapidly, and that even a 9-year-old victim was used to make graphic content.

While in the past, forced marriage was the mechanism by which most victims were introduced to the trade, the report notes that prostitution has overtaken this as the most common path, with women and girls “enslaved in brothels,” mostly located in urban areas of northeastern China.

For the report, the Korea Future Initiative conducted research and interviews over a two-year period.

Survivors spoke of how they were sold into the sex trade after being deceived.

“I was 14 years old [and] my mother’s cousin [in China] arranged for me to work in a garment factory in Yanbian [China] (…) I crossed the river at night [with a broker] and was driven to a house,” said a survivor identified as Ms. Hwang from Musan county in the report.

“I realised that everything had been a lie when I arrived (…) A 36-year-old man bought me for 24,000 Chinese Yuan ($3500) (…) I escaped before his mother wanted me to have a child,” said Hwang.

Other survivors said they were sold into the industry after having an argument with a landlord, or by police that had threatened to repatriate them to North Korea.

Ms. Jeon from Sinuiju talked about being abducted and raped by a group of men before being sold.

“Three men abducted me [close to the border]. It was nearly dark and they put me in their car and drove me into the mountains (...) The oldest man raped me first. I became unconscious when the other [two men] raped me,” she said.

“When I woke up I was bleeding and they had tied me to a tree (…) The next day one of the men came back (…) [He] sold me to a broker,” said Jeon.

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The report called out Seoul for remaining silent on North Korean human rights abuses, and called on ordinary South Korean citizens to hold their elected political representative accountable.

The nonprofit also recommended that all countries come to the aid of North Korean women in China and for embassies in the country to grant refugee status for North Korean asylum seekers. It also called for increased resource allotment for rescue organizations working with North Koreans in China to assist them in resettlement and rehabilitation.

The report made a particular point of avoiding the word “defector” to describe victims of sex trafficking, because the term “does not accurately describe the experiences of North Koreans who have been forced into exile by their government’s imposition of poverty, hardship, and human rights violations.”

But the North Korean regime may not make the same distinction. Sources in North Korea say that the regime’s State Security Department is cracking down on female Chinese language learners in provincial cities, labeling them as potential “defectors”.

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“A few days ago, a private tutor who teaches English in South Sinuiju was called to the local security department office for questioning,” said a source from North Pyongan province in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service on Monday.

“The tutor graduated from a foreign language institute in Sinuiju and was a foreign language teacher at a high school. She quit teaching after she got married and began holding private Chinese and English lessons out of her home,” the source said.

“The questioning by the State Security officials was to find information on Chinese learners. They were not concerned with students who were learning English,” the source said.

“In particular, they wanted specific information on female learners in their 20s and 30s, including their names, home addresses and [perceived loyalty],” said the source.

The source said that the State Security department told the tutor to inform them how much each female student is paying for Chinese lessons.

“[They] said that learning Chinese secretly at a high price means they are preparing to run to China. They said Chinese language tutors are helping them with defection,” the source said.

A second source, also from North Pyongan, said the crackdown began after three families from the Sinuiju area defected last June.

“[After they defected], state security began questioning Chinese language tutors. They put pressure on the tutors to set up a reporting system so they could keep tabs on anyone signing up for Chinese lessons,” the second source said.

“State security calls in ‘suspicious’ women for questioning, but this is making people resentful. The Central Committee [of the Korean Workers’ Party] is emphasizing the need to improve foreign language skills, but these women are being punished for trying to do exactly that,” said the second source.

The second source said that learning Chinese isn’t only popular with people who plan to defect. Young North Koreans want to learn foreign languages to gain an economic advantage, or to show it off as a status symbol. But for most people, their options for studying are limited to private tutors.

“Young people want to learn Chinese and English, but there are no [state sanctioned] educational institutions specializing in foreign languages for ordinary people. Language institutions in each provincial area are open only to high-ranking government officials and children from the privileged classes.

“This is why there are increasing numbers of language programs run by private tutors. However, state security is accusing people who are spending their own money to learn Chinese of being criminals preparing to defect North Korea, so people are resentful about it,” the second source said.

Additional Reporting by Hyemin Son and Hee Jung Yang for RFA’s Korean Service. Translation by Leejin Jun.

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Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss


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Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election lossJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory in the Indonesian capital after the release of official election results. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said protests turned violent late Tuesday and continued during the night. He said Wednesday that dozens of people […]

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor, defeating 3 opponents


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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor, defeating 3 opponentsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor, defeating 3 opponents.

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LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs. deGrom, Hamels faces Phillies


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 Scherzer vs. deGrom, Hamels faces PhilliesA look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: CURTAIN UP! LIGHT THE LIGHTS! Max Scherzer, the 2016 and ’17 NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Washington and Jacob deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young winner, starts for the New York Mets in a rematch of opening-day starters. The Mets won the opener 2-0 […]

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FIFA working on solution for World Cup ticketing issue


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FIFA working on solution for World Cup ticketing issueResponding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women’s World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and different […]

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NASCAR Trucks champ Brett Moffitt finds home at GMS Racing


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NASCAR Trucks champ Brett Moffitt finds home at GMS RacingDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brett Moffitt capped a storybook season by winning the NASCAR Truck Series finale at Homestead last November, securing an unlikely championship after a decade of bouncing around the stock car circuit. Moffitt soon found himself out of a job anyway. For the third time in his career, Moffitt lost his […]

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Indian car owner protects vehicle with a layer of cow dung as summer temperatures exceed 45 degrees Celsius


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A car owner in India has gone to extreme lengths to protect her vehicle from the punishing summer, as the mercury in the western city of Ahmedabad crosses 45 degrees Celsius.An image of her car being shared on social media showed her Toyota sedan completely slathered with cow dung to keep it cool in the hot weather, local media reported.“Best use of cow dung I have ever seen,” wrote Facebook user Rupesh Gauranga Das after sharing the images of the vehicle on the social media platform.“To…
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First Female President of Bangladesh Garment Group Eyes Advances


This news was published by : Voice of America -East Asia exactly at 1 hour 44 min ago
The first woman to head the powerful Bangladeshi garment manufacturers association says the industry continues to suffer from an “image deficit” since a 2013 incident in which more than 1,000 workers, mostly women, died in the collapse of a factory building. Rubana Huq is the first female president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), a powerful lobbying group of 4,500 clothing factories that employs an estimated 4 million workers, mostly women. In an interview with VOA, Huq says she plans to improve transparency in all aspects of the Ready Made Garments (RMG) industry, which was damaged by the Rana Plaza incident in April 2013, when 1,134 workers were killed when a factory building collapsed in Dhaka. She says one of her priorities in the next two years would be to offer transparency in areas including the working environment, labor relations, compliance and fair pricing among all the stakeholders, including buyers, consumers, manufacturers, laborers, media and monitoring agencies. She says these changes will improve the image of RMG of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the second-largest clothing exporting country in the world, with the RMG sector accounting for 84% of annual exports, according to a January 2018 Textile Today report. Two decades of experience Huq has been involved in the industry for more than two decades. In hindsight, she says, the failure of the Bangladesh industry to establish its own regulatory body was a huge mistake. She says she intends to create a Bangladesh regulatory agency to supervise and monitor the industry. If the country had done so years ago, Huq says the BGMEA would not have been compelled to take remedies from Accord, a legally binding agreement among global brands, retailers and trade unions that works to provide a safe and healthy garment industry for workers.  After the Rana Plaza accident in 2013, Accord started to work in Bangladesh to improve safety standards in the apparel sector with a five-year time frame, which ended in June 2018. The Bangladesh Supreme Court deferred until May 19 the hearing of a petition filed by Accord to extend its tenure in Bangladesh. The court on Sunday, however, approved a plan to transfer the factory oversight team, run by Accord, and its duties to representatives from the top garment manufacturer’s association. Trade union leaders said the plan would “compromise the safety and security of garment workers” and gave too much power to factory owners, who would become responsible for maintaining standards in the industry. “This deal is sure to compromise the safety and security of garment workers given there will be no independent decision-making by the Accord,” Babul Akter, president of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, told Reuters news agency in an interview. “This was framed without any discussion with labor unions.” According to a report published in The Daily Star in April, Iftekharuzzaman, the executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh, said, “The safety in the garment sector improved a lot after the Rana Plaza collapse incident six years ago.” Yet the image of the RMG sector of Bangladesh has largely remained negative, especially, outside Bangladesh, according to Huq. She thinks one way to counteract this would be to tell the stories of the BGMEA. She says there is a disconnect between the RMG industry and consumers in Europe and the United States who buy the clothing. She has proposed adding a QR code on the tag of each Bangladesh-made product. A QR code is a small, digitally encoded pattern of squares and dots designed to be read by a smartphone scanner. The code would send consumers to a website where they could view short video clips that tell the story of the laborers behind the products produced by the BGMEA. Huq says she believes consumers would support and empathize with the workers’ unique life situations. The technology would increase the cost of each product a few cents, Huq says, adding her fellow manufacturers are not keen on the idea. “Nobody wants to spend extra now,” she says. However, without adding the technology, “we would not be able to remain competitive,” she says. Huq says she sees gender equity as an area for improvement as well. She claims there is no gender pay gap in Bangladesh’s RMG sector, which “employs more than 3 million women.” Men and women are paid equally, she claims, adding that if maternity benefits are taken into account, women enjoy more benefits than their male counterparts. According to World Bank research, however, while approximately 80% of garment workers in Bangladesh are women, they are paid less and occupy more junior positions than men. To better understand the wage gaps between male and female workers, Andreas Menzel and Chris Woodruff studied employees in a sample of 44 Bangladeshi garment factories. They found that men are promoted slightly more frequently, and most promotions occur when workers leave one factory for a higher grade somewhere else. And according to a Daily Star report, although the labor law in Bangladesh requires employers to provide workers with 16 weeks of maternity leave with full pay, a recent study found that only 28.7% of the workers get maternity leave for that period. Also, a common practice at factories is to pay the workers the entire 16 weeks’ salary when they come back to work after childbirth, which is a violation of the law. Worker training Huq admits, there are few women in mid- to upper levels of management, a condition she says she hopes to address during her term. To do so, she envisions developing more training opportunities for women in the RMG workforce so more women can move upward to mid- and top-level management positions. In the wake of the “fourth industrial revolution,” Huq sees the need for training for workers as well. The World Economic Forum describes the fourth industrial revolution as changes at breakneck speed that “herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management and governance” — characterized by a range of new technologies affecting the physical, digital and biological worlds. She says workers need to be retrained and better equipped to meet the challenges of digitalized, “smart” production and manufacturing processes. She also emphasized the importance of educating the large section of labor that has a low literacy level. Huq says the biggest challenge facing Bangladesh’s RMG sector in the next few years is to find ways to retrain the laborers, transforming them from low-end workers to coders. Huq also claims Bangladesh has the most green) factories in the world. Bangladesh has several factories that have received LEED certification, which comes from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that commends eco-friendly practices. Bangladesh has 11 Platinum-, 15 Gold- and five Silver-rated factories in operation. Another 150 factories have registered for the LEED certification. Among the 10 highest rated LEED certified factories in the world, four are in Bangladesh.  ‘Green’ price When it comes to pricing garments, however, Bangladesh does not levy a “green price,” a price that includes the cost to the industry to make the factories and production environmentally sound, she says. She also says the pricing structure must be adjusted because of a recent increase in the minimum wage for workers. A price war among local manufacturers and exporters is also affecting the price of apparel, Huq says, adding the RMG sector is facing a real challenge to maintain sustainable growth. To address this issue, Huq says the BGMEA should enforce a base price for products and no manufacturer should be allowed to export items below that price. She admits, however, that enforcing such a base price would be very challenging. She also says the time has come to enforce a base pricing among all manufacturers in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, for example, has enforced a base price for all its manufacturers, which means they cannot export their products below that price. In Bangladesh, most manufacturers want to offer a lower price to their buyers to stand out from their competitors, meaning it would be a challenge to enforce a similar base price. When her first term ends in two years, Huq hopes she’ll be remembered for being the first BGMEA president with a Ph.D., as well as the first female leader of the organization. On a personal note, she also is the first woman whose husband also headed the association.
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Mexico to auction off seized luxury goods to help poor


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Mexico to auction off seized luxury goods to help poorMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hasn’t just moved out of the luxurious president’s residence, he’s using it to auction off seized luxury goods to raise money for poor communities. López Obrador stayed in his middle-class condominium and turned the Los Pinos residence into a museum and cultural venue. But on […]

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SEAL's lawyer says Navy spied on defense without approval


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SEAL's lawyer says Navy spied on defense without approvalLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of murder say documents show prosecutors misled a judge to get approval to track emails sent to defense attorneys and a journalist. Attorney Tim Parlatore says Navy investigators and the prosecutor didn’t get warrants or proper approval to investigate civilians in efforts to find the […]

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Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules


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Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rulesCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman’s marital status and tell her about the “emotional implications” of an abortion. Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in largely party-line vote on Tuesday, the same day […]

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Trail Blazers' cohesiveness helped them to conference finals


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Trail Blazers' cohesiveness helped them to conference finalsPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years. But there was one they couldn’t overcome: The Golden State Warriors. Portland’s run in the playoffs, which captured fans’ imaginations after Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to clinch the opening-round series […]

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Biden: Trump can't relate to the average family's struggles


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 Trump can't relate to the average family's strugglesLAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden is responding to President Donald Trump’s latest attack on his candidacy, saying Trump can’t understand the difficult decisions that struggling families must make. Speaking Tuesday to high-dollar donors in an Orlando suburb, the former vice president referenced Trump’s criticism a day earlier that Biden had deserted his native […]

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Biden: Trump can't relate to the average family's struggles


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LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden is responding to President Donald Trump’s latest attack on his candidacy, saying Trump can’t understand the difficult decisions that struggling families must make. Speaking Tuesday to high-dollar donors in an Orlando suburb, the former vice president referenced Trump’s criticism a day earlier that Biden had deserted his native […]

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Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary


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 Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessaryWASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says he wants Congress to enshrine abortion rights into federal law “should it become necessary.” Biden outlined his position after several of his 2020 Democratic rivals highlighted the issue. Several senators running for president have answered a recent flood of state abortion restrictions with calls for a federal […]

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Josh Jones not in attendance at Packers' OTAs


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Josh Jones not in attendance at Packers' OTAsGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers would love nothing better than to put an offseason of turmoil behind them. Not so fast: Safety Josh Jones reportedly wants a trade. With just about everyone on the 90-man roster present on Tuesday for the second day of the team’s voluntary organized team activities, Jones was not […]

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Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago Wants to Fire Lawyers


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A Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort told a stunned judge Tuesday that she wants to fire her attorneys and represent herself.    Yujing Zhang surprised U.S. District Judge Roy Altman during what was to have been a routine hearing over whether to delay her trial, which is scheduled to start next week. She faces up to five years in prison on charges of unlawful entry and making false statements. She has pleaded not guilty. According to media reports, Zhang, 33, told Altman she wants to dismiss her public defenders and represent herself.    "I don't need the attorneys, thank you," Zhang told Altman through an interpreter. Zhang speaks some English, according to court documents, but her skill level is a matter of dispute between prosecutors and her attorneys.    "Do you want to represent yourself or do you want a lawyer?" Altman replied. "Today, I don't want the attorney," Zhang replied through the translator. She did not say why.    Altman tried to dissuade Zhang, telling her, "You understand, I've been a lawyer for a long time and I think this is a very bad decision?"    "I understand, but I hope I can have this opportunity," she replied.    Assistant federal public defender Kristy Militello told Altman that Zhang has refused to meet with her attorneys and raised concerns about Zhang's mental health. Altman said he would not allow Zhang to dismiss her attorneys until she has been examined by a psychiatrist. If deemed competent, the judge said, she could represent herself.    The public defenders had asked Altman to postpone the trial's scheduled May 28 start, saying they haven't had enough time to fully prepare her defense as many of the documents are written in Mandarin. Prosecutors were not opposed and Altman indicated he would grant the request, even before Tuesday's events.    Charges against Zhang Zhang, a Shanghai-based business consultant, is charged with lying to Secret Service agents to enter Mar-a-Lago on March 30. Agents say she had arrived in the U.S. days earlier and told them she was at Mar-a-Lago to attend a United Nations friendship event that she knew had been canceled.  Prosecutors say she was carrying four cellphones, a laptop and an external hard drive, telling agents that she feared they would be stolen if she left them in her hotel room. However, when agents searched her room at a nearby hotel, they say they discovered more electronics gear — including a device to detect hidden cameras — $8,000 in cash and numerous credit and debit cards.  Zhang's public defenders have said she came to Mar-a-Lago believing there would be a dinner that evening for the United Nations group, part of a $20,000 travel package she had purchased from a man named "Charles" she only knew through social media. They have pointed to a receipt Zhang received from Charles Lee, a Chinese national who promotes such events at Mar-a-Lago, and a flyer she had promoting it. Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is not affiliated with the U.N., and was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner.    The president was visiting Mar-a-Lago the weekend of Zhang's arrest, but was at his nearby golf club when she arrived and she was never near him. 
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Japan to the English-speaking world: call him Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe


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Ahead of a series of important international events in Japan, including a visit from US President Donald Trump this weekend, Japan’s foreign minister has issued a request to the English-speaking world: call our prime minister Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe.“The new Reiwa era was ushered in and we are hosting the Group of 20 summit. As many news organisations write ‘Chinese President Xi Jinping’ and ‘South Korean President Moon Jae-in’, it is desirable for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s name to be…
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Do stressed millennials spell end for ‘shukatsu’, Japan’s notorious graduate recruitment process?


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For Japan’s stressed-out students, it’s an extra pressure they could do without: the moment reality bites and they must spend half a year trying to convince the nation’s most respected corporations they are worthy of a job.The demands of shukatsu, as Japan’s graduate recruitment season is known, are notoriously punishing.Every year, beginning in March, hundreds of thousands of the country’s brightest young minds embark on the intense six-month process in which those seeking the most coveted…
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Indiana synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prison


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Indiana synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prisonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday that […]

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Angels place Simmons on 10-day IL, Ohtani OK after scare


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Angels place Simmons on 10-day IL, Ohtani OK after scareANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have placed Andrelton Simmons on the 10-day injured list after he sprained his left ankle during Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Twins. The shortstop suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain when he tried to beat out an infield hit during the eighth inning. The injury is a […]

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Women pass scandal-hit Tokyo Medical University's entrance exam at higher rate than men


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This year's pass ratio of female applicants for admission to the scandal-tainted Tokyo Medical University, which had discriminated against women for more than a decade, was slightly higher than that of male applicants, figures released by the university have shown. (Japan Times)
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Police look at whether transgender women's deaths connected


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Police look at whether transgender women's deaths connectedDALLAS (AP) — Police in Dallas say they are investigating whether the killings of two transgender women and an assault on a third are connected. Maj. Vincent Weddington said Tuesday during a news conference that there are similarities in the three cases. No arrests have been made. The most recent killing occurred over the weekend. […]

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Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate


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Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estatePONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the “Queen of Soul.” She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly found […]

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Trump will stop in Ireland during European trip next month


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Trump will stop in Ireland during European trip next monthWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have accepted an invitation to visit Ireland while in Europe next month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will hold a bilateral meeting in Shannon on June 5. Irish media have reported […]

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Carr back for 6th year as Raiders QB after offseason rumors


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Carr back for 6th year as Raiders QB after offseason rumorsALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr acknowledged that all the speculation about whether the Oakland Raiders would draft a quarterback this offseason to replace him as starter got annoying, even if he was confident it wouldn’t happen. The rumors were only fueled when coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock met with Kyler Murray […]

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Mariota's approach to final year of contract: 'Let it ride'


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 'Let it ride'NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Marcus Mariota hasn’t changed anything about how he prepares for this season. That includes no talk of holding out or public demands for a new contract. The Titans quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner prefers to show up and work hard during […]

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Setbacks motivated Maria Fassi to return, win NCAA title


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Setbacks motivated Maria Fassi to return, win NCAA titleFARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Nothing drives Maria Fassi of Mexico like failure. Fassi was the Annika Award last year as the best player in women’s golf as a junior at Arkansas, only to play some of her worst golf in the NCAA championships. She returned for her senior season, motivated to atone for the way […]

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Frazier, Eaton exchange more barbs from a distance


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Frazier, Eaton exchange more barbs from a distanceNEW YORK (AP) — Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton were back at it with more barbs Tuesday. During New York’s 5-3 win on Monday the two jawed at each other from a distance, prompting several Nationals to take a few steps out of the dugout before Frazier and Eaton were […]

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Brewers' Christian Yelich scratched due to back spasms


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Brewers' Christian Yelich scratched due to back spasmsMILWAUKEE (AP) — NL MVP Christian Yelich was scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup against Cincinnati on Tuesday night because of back spasms. Yelich leads the major leagues with 19 home runs and is batting .325 with 41 RBIs in 44 games, including 42 starts. He has missed parts of seven games because of back problems. Ben […]

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Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others


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Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping othersBALTIMORE (AP) — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That’s when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a […]

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Japan's 10-year-old Go professional debuts in international game


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Japan's youngest professional Go player, 10-year-old Sumire Nakamura, debuted in an international match in Beijing on Tuesday, with her game being closely watched in China. (Kyodo)
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Foreign minister to ask media to switch order of Japanese names


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Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday he plans to ask overseas media outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first, as is customary in the Japanese language. (Kyodo)
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Japan decides on Imperial succession parade route


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A Japanese government committee has decided on the route of a parade scheduled for October to celebrate the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. (NHK)
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Bruins will scrimmage to stay sharp for Stanley Cup Final


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Bruins will scrimmage to stay sharp for Stanley Cup FinalBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins think they’ve found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he’ll try to maintain a regular game-day schedule so […]

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Mariners' Gordon, Healy placed on IL, Bass signed


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Mariners' Gordon, Healy placed on IL, Bass signedARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners placed second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Ryon Healy on the 10-day injured list and signed right-hander Anthony Bass to a one-year contract with a 50,000 salary while in the major leagues. Gordon has a bruised right wrist and Healy lower back inflammation. Seattle, which has gone […]

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NFL owners to consider tweaking pass interference reviews


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NFL owners to consider tweaking pass interference reviewsKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — NFL owners meeting Wednesday will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference, and may also announce locations to host upcoming drafts. Owners voted in March to allow interference calls or non-calls to be challenged by coaches and reviewed via replay as a one-year […]

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Ethridge, Ole Miss top Missouri 2-1 in SEC Tournament


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Ethridge, Ole Miss top Missouri 2-1 in SEC TournamentHOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Will Ethridge allowed one run in seven innings and Mississippi beat Missouri 2-1 Tuesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The defending champion Rebels (34-23) face No. 2 seed Arkansas in the second round Wednesday, when the tournament moves to double elimination. The Tigers (34-22-1) were eliminated after […]

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China is paving a Belt and Road 2.0


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Authors: Pradumna B Rana and Xianbai Ji, RSIS

At the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing held from 25–27 April 2019, China acknowledged the criticisms levelled against the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and pledged reform. We could see a ‘BRI 2.0’ emerge if these reforms are implemented and cooperation with development partners and stakeholder countries increases.

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Thirty-seven heads of state, government representatives and representatives of international organisations gathered in Beijing for April’s BRF. Deals collectively worth US$64 billion were signed during the three-day summit. Leaders also issued a joint communique expressing their shared commitment to advancing high-quality, sustainable and inclusive Belt and Road cooperation.

Five years since its inception in 2013, the BRI has established itself as a defining feature of the global economy and politics. BRI-induced Chinese outbound direct investment totals US$80 billion. More than 80 special economic zones and high-tech industrial parks have either been built or are under construction, creating jobs and billions in extra tax revenue for host governments. Trade between China and BRI partners is flourishing at a time when global trade faces uncertainties. Between 2013 and 2016, the value of China’s merchandise trade with BRI countries increased at a faster rate than China’s overall foreign trade.

An important contributor to the rapid growth in trade is enhanced transport connectivity. In the past, direct rail services between China and Europe were inconceivable. But thanks to the BRI, Duisburg, a lesser-known city in Germany, has become the largest inland port in the world. Shipping goods from Chongqing to Duisburg takes 45 days by sea but only about 12 days by rail. In 2018, 6300 containerised freight trains from China used this route. That figure could rise to 10,000 within five years.

China and BRI countries have launched more than 1200 new international air routes and signed 18 transport facilitation agreements to improve the efficiency of commercial border-crossing. New trade routes are also being created.

Simultaneously though, a number of non-BRI countries have criticised the BRI. The United States sees the BRI as a cover for ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ through which China lures borrowing countries into unrepayable debts to gain political leverage over them.

The BRI is at risk of losing its lustre among several once enthusiastic participants due to a host of practical implementation problems. In the wake of the Hambantota Port handover, Sri Lanka appears disillusioned, having chosen to stay away from this year’s BRF. Several countries like Pakistan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Maldives and Bangladesh have sought to review, re-negotiate, cancel or scale-down BRI commitments, citing concerns over cost overrun, erosion of sovereignty and reports of corruption. Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link is back on track, but only after China reduced the price tag by about a third.

At the BRF, Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged the criticisms levelled against his signature policy and pledged to reform it in a number of ways. First, China will ‘multilateralise’ the BRI. Xi declared strong support for multilateralism and vowed to work more closely with multilateral development banks in third markets. He also attached importance to the BRI adopting multilateral rules and international best practices pertaining to project development, operation, procurement, and tendering and bidding.

With the help of Singapore, China is establishing a panel of international mediators from BRI countries to resolve disputes, including cross-border disputes, arising from projects under the BRI. China has also listed ‘Strengthening Development Policy Synergy’ with similar initiatives, such as ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and the EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, as the top priority for jointly developing the BRI.

Second, China will make the BRI more sustainable. A BRI Debt Sustainability Framework, similar to those of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, was released to help partner countries in decision-making. Responding to environmental concerns, Xi made a pledge to ‘launch green infrastructure projects, make green investment and provide green financing’. On the socio-political front, the BRF endorsed the ‘Beijing Initiative for the Clean Silk Road’, pushing BRI countries into fighting corruption together. This step is path-breaking as previous BRI policy statements rarely referenced anti-corruption.

Third, China will continue structural reforms including beefing up the enforcement of intellectual property rights, stopping involuntary technology transfer, and abolishing unreasonable regulations, subsidies and practices. A successful BRI cannot be a one-way street where BRI partner countries open up to Chinese trade and investment while China shuts its doors on them. Stakeholder countries have also been requested to create an investment-friendly environment and to treat Chinese enterprises in a fair and friendly manner.

In light of pushbacks and criticisms during the BRI’s first five years, China has pledged reform. This could lead to the emergence of a BRI 2.0. If China implements these reforms effectively and cooperation with development partners and stakeholder countries increases, this new BRI 2.0 will be better positioned to lead to shared prosperity for all participants.

Dr Pradumna B. Rana is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the International Political Economy Programme at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Dr Xianbai Ji is a Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

A version of this article was originally published here on RSIS.

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Indonesian Police Break Up Election Protest with Tear Gas


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Indonesian police fired tear gas Wednesday to disperse protesters in central Jakarta following a rally held after official results showed President Joko Widodo had been comfortably re-elected, a Reuters witness said. The General Election Commission (KPU) confirmed unofficial counts by private pollsters in the April 17 election, which gave Widodo a 55.5% share of votes against 44.5% for his opponent Prabowo Subianto. Widodo won more than 85 million votes of a total of 154 million cast in the world’s third-largest democracy, but Prabowo told reporters he believed there had been widespread cheating and about 1,000 supporters gathered in Jakarta. The rally ended peacefully, but later Indonesian police fired tear gas as some protesters hurled fireworks and other objects at officers in riot gear in a main street in the capital, TV footage showed. Contesting election Prabowo, a retired general, pledged he would “continue to make legal efforts in line with the constitution to defend the mandate of the people.” Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, the legal director of Prabowo’s campaign team, confirmed it planned to contest the result in the Constitutional Court. On Monday, an election supervisory agency dismissed claims of systematic cheating, citing a lack of evidence. Independent observers have said the poll was free and fair. Flanked by riot police, Prabowo’s supporters had earlier gathered mainly at the election supervisory agency (Bawaslu) in the heart of the city’s commercial and government district.  There was also a small rally at the KPU in support of the election commission. Chief Security Minister Wiranto told a briefing there had been plans for “massive demonstrations to storm the KPU, Bawaslu, parliament and the state palace.” He threatened severe punishment for criminal activity and vowed to maintain security, while denying authorities were being draconian. ​‘Leader for all Indonesians’ The KPU announced official results more than a day earlier than expected after working into the early hours of Tuesday, a move that meant the announcement came before planned protests. A relaxed looking President Widodo pledged Tuesday to be a leader for all Indonesians. “We are grateful and proud that amid our differences, we have been mature in keeping the peace,” he said on a visit to a poor neighborhood of the capital. Ben Bland, director of the Southeast Asia Project at Lowy Institute, said the election showed how identity and religious politics appeared to be increasingly “embedded in the political discourse in Indonesia.” “The challenge for Jokowi is to try and find a way to defuse tensions,” said Bland, using the president’s nickname. Security tightened Financial markets were mixed, with stocks up nearly 1% and the rupiah off 0.1%. Andry Taneli, a portfolio manager at Ciptadana Asset Management, said stocks had responded positively to the official result. “On the other hand there is concern of Prabowo not accepting the result, but we can see everywhere the police and army are ready to ensure security,” Taneli said. Prabowo had warned the cheating claims could trigger “people power”-style protests, though ahead of the result he had urged supporters in a video to be “peaceful in our struggle.” Authorities have tightened security in the capital in a bid to choke off any civil unrest and detained dozens of militant Islamists suspected of planning attacks. Police said they had held or interrogated at least three leading opposition figures for suspected treason. Police have rolled out extra barbed wire and readied armored trucks and water cannon around the KPU. Some schools in Jakarta have also shut this week and offices allowed staff to work from home. The losing candidate can lodge a challenge in the constitutional court within three days, otherwise the election panel will officially declare the winner. Prabowo’s challenge to his 2014 defeat by Widodo was rejected.
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Wet spring delays California crops, snow elsewhere in West


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Wet spring delays California crops, snow elsewhere in WestLOS ANGELES (AP) — California growers are frustrated by an unusually wet spring that has delayed the planting of some crops like rice and damaged others including strawberries and wine grapes. The state’s wet conditions come as much of the West is experiencing weird weather. Colorado and Wyoming got an unusually late dump of snow […]

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Stafford endures 'tough times' after wife's tumor surgery


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Stafford endures 'tough times' after wife's tumor surgeryALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. “There’s been some long days and some tough times,” Stafford said Tuesday after joining his teammates for a […]

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North Korea: US should consider consequences of ship seizure


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 US should consider consequences of ship seizureUNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s U.N. ambassador says the Trump administration should consider the possible consequences its seizing of a North Korean cargo ship could have on relations between the two countries and immediately return the vessel. Kim Song said at a news conference Tuesday that the “heinous act” of seizing the ship was […]

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Across US, activists protest new wave of abortion bans


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Across US, activists protest new wave of abortion bansAt the U.S. Supreme Court, statehouses and other sites across the nation, abortion rights supporters held rallies Tuesday in opposition to the wave of sweeping abortion bans being enacted this year in Midwestern and Southern states. Organizers — including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the American Civil Liberties Union — predicted tens of thousands […]

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Amnesty International criticizes Brazil's far-right leader


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Amnesty International criticizes Brazil's far-right leaderRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amnesty International published an open letter Tuesday criticizing the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, saying they will lead to more homicides and deny some Brazilians their human rights. The group said Bolsonaro’s “anti-human rights” rhetoric throughout his career is now “being translated into concrete measures and actions that threaten and […]

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Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretary


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Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretaryWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated an aerospace executive to be the next secretary of the Air Force. Trump says in a tweet that he has chosen Barbara Barrett, former chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to replace Heather Wilson who is stepping down at the end of this month after two years on […]

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Kraft trial postponed while prosecutors appeal video ruling


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Kraft trial postponed while prosecutors appeal video rulingWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has delayed the trial of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on a misdemeanor charge that he paid for sex at a massage parlor. Judge Leonard Hanser agreed Tuesday to postpone the trial indefinitely while prosecutors appeal his decision blocking their use of secretly shot video. […]

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Connelly eager to finish what he started with Nuggets


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Connelly eager to finish what he started with NuggetsDENVER (AP) — The prospects of a return home to Washington were undeniably appealing to Tim Connelly. Not nearly as alluring as this: Finishing what he’s started. The Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations elected to stay in town even with the Wizards calling. Things are booming these days with a Nuggets team that boasts […]

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Wolves turn to Saunders to help lead franchise modernization


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Wolves turn to Saunders to help lead franchise modernizationMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three decades after their entry into the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have deployed an aggressive plan to modernize their operation. What better way, they concluded, than to hire the youngest head coach in the league? Ryan Saunders, at the ripe old age of 33, has been tasked with using his lifelong passion […]

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Hoosiers might need more than homers to win B10 tournament


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Hoosiers might need more than homers to win B10 tournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Indiana enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed, the national leader in home runs and the top scoring team in the conference. Its toughest opponent might be TD Ameritrade Park. The ballpark is one of the most cavernous in the country, and the dearth of homers the first […]

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Canada beats US 3-0 to close preliminary round of worlds


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Canada beats US 3-0 to close preliminary round of worldsKOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored early to back the shutout goaltending of Matt Murray, sending Canada past the United States 3-0 on Tuesday at the world hockey championship. Both teams already were assured quarterfinal berths and were competing for seeding. Canada won Group A and will next play Switzerland. The Americans, who had […]

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Saints rookie Mack hopes hard lessons at Notre Dame pay off


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Saints rookie Mack hopes hard lessons at Notre Dame pay offMETAIRIE, La. (AP) — Rookie tight end Alize Mack thinks playing with Drew Brees in New Orleans’ prolific offense will help him fulfill the potential he never realized at Notre Dame. “This offense really allows me to put my talents on display. And that’s why I’m really excited. That’s why I really wanted to come […]

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West Virginia takes accolades into Big 12 Tournament


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West Virginia takes accolades into Big 12 TournamentOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — West Virginia just claimed some big-time awards, with Randy Mazey named Big 12 Coach of the Year and Alek Manoah named the league’s Pitcher of the Year. Now, the Mountaineers are looking for a team honor. Fourth-seeded West Virginia (34-18) opens play in the Big 12 Tournament against No. 5 seed […]

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Wagner present, but not participating at Seahawks OTAs


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Wagner present, but not participating at Seahawks OTAsRENTON, Wash. (AP) — Bobby Wagner will be present for the Seattle Seahawks’ optional offseason activities. Just don’t expect him to take part. That was the message from the All-Pro middle linebacker Tuesday as Seattle continued the first week of organized team activities. Wagner’s contract is up after next season and he indicated there had […]

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Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety


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Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safetyDENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did not want a moratorium on […]

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Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with US


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Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with USWASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan general who has gained control of the Libyan city of Benghazi and is believed to have ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the U.S. as he seeks to defeat rival militias and consolidate his hold on the North African […]

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Judge: License law violated speech rights of Georgia guides


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 License law violated speech rights of Georgia guidesSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge says Georgia’s oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to obtain a license under a local law that has since been scrapped. The ruling Monday in U.S. District Court is largely a symbolic victory for Savannah tour guides who sued City Hall more […]

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DaMarcus Beasley to retire at end of Houston Dynamo season


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DaMarcus Beasley to retire at end of Houston Dynamo seasonHOUSTON (AP) — DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season. The midfielder and left back turns 37 this week and is the only American to either play in four World Cups or appear in a European Champions League semifinal. Beasley said on Twitter […]

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Column: Why it took 4 majors for Koepka to get his due


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 Why it took 4 majors for Koepka to get his dueFARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Majors matter more than any other golf tournament. They are not the sole measure of greatness. And that might be one reason it took Brooks Koepka winning four majors — as many as Rory McIlroy, one more than Jordan Spieth among his contemporaries — for the 29-year-old Floridian to get the […]

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Man killed in southern Indiana house explosion identified


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Man killed in southern Indiana house explosion identifiedJEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A coroner has released the name of the man who was killed when an explosion leveled a home in southern Indiana. Clark County Coroner Billy Scott on Tuesday identified the man as William Phillips. The News and Tribune reports Scott said it will be several weeks before a formal cause of […]

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About 1,000 commuters spend hours trapped in Moscow subway


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About 1,000 commuters spend hours trapped in Moscow subwayMOSCOW (AP) — About 1,000 commuters have been trapped in a Moscow subway for several hours because of a power outage. Moscow’s subway said in a statement that passengers of three subway trains have been safely evacuated and there have been no injuries. It said that Tuesday’s glitch on the Solntsevo line was caused by […]

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Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in 'Cuckoo's Nest'


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Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in 'Cuckoo's Nest'SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land. The facility, which opened in 1883, once had a cemetery, but all the 1,500 […]

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Far-right rally in Hungary amid renewed tensions with Roma


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Far-right rally in Hungary amid renewed tensions with RomaTOROSZENTMIKLOS, Hungary (AP) — A small far-right party has held a rally in a rural Hungarian city, exploiting renewed tensions with some of the local Roma population. About 400 people attended Tuesday evening’s rally by Our Homeland Movement in the east-central city of Torokszentmiklos, but a plan to march through the city’s Roma areas wasn’t […]

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Top-seeded Zverev advances, Dimitrov out at Geneva Open


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Top-seeded Zverev advances, Dimitrov out at Geneva OpenGENEVA (AP) — Top-seeded Alexander Zverev eased to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the Geneva Open on Tuesday. The fifth-ranked German, seeking his first title in 2019, saved eight of the nine break points he faced against the 80th-ranked Gulbis. Former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov had to come […]

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This big league catcher was also a spy during World War II


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This big league catcher was also a spy during World War IIMoe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Kempner joins co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg to talk about the remarkable story […]

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Andretti savoring golden anniversary of only Indy 500 win


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mario Andretti sees the reminders of 1969 everywhere these days. His face, his race car number, that familiar STP logo, they all appear on an endless array of shirts and jackets, clocks and flags, posters and coasters. Mario Andretti Drive has temporarily replaced the Washington Street sign in downtown Indianapolis. Fans driving […]

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UNLV's Stott following in footsteps of Bryant, Harper


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UNLV's Stott following in footsteps of Bryant, HarperLAS VEGAS (AP) — Bryson Stott has already been following in the footsteps of some of baseball’s biggest stars. Now he’s getting ready to take the next step. The UNLV shortstop is projected to go in the first round of the June 3 amateur draft, possibly putting him on a trajectory to become the latest […]

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Report: Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recalls


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 Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recallsNEW YORK (AP) — One out of six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls, according to Consumer Reports. But taking a taxi or limousine isn’t necessarily a safer option: nearly a quarter of traditional for-hire vehicles in New York City such as taxis, […]

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Police in Myanmar Raid Village, Arrest Residents For Protest Against Cement Plant


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Police on Tuesday raided a village in central Myanmar’s Mandalay region and arrested 13 residents along with a reporter for allegedly participating in a protest that turned violent against the Chinese operators of a coal-powered cement factory, a community resident said.

Roughly 20 people were injured on May 15 after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas into a crowd protesting construction work at the Alpha Cement Plant near Aungthabyae village in Kyaukse district’s Patheingyi township. The factory is operated as part of a joint venture between a local firm and a Chinese partner.

During the demonstration, villagers demanded compensation for land they say they lost when an 18-foot-wide road was built as part of the project and urged authorities to address an influx of hundreds of Chinese employees who are working at the site.

“The arrests occurred at about 5 a.m. when a couple of policemen and more than 30 men in civilian clothes [stormed] the village,” said Shwe Ohn, a resident of Aungthabyae village who was among those arrested.

“Some people ran off out of fear,” he told RFA’s Myanmar Service. “Anyone who opposed the company has been charged.”

The villagers and the reporter from Channel Mandalay TV who had livestreamed the protest on Facebook now face possible jail time for their participation in the May 15 demonstration on charges of voluntarily causing grievous harm to deter public servants from performing their duties, creating mischief by fire or explosive substances with the intent to cause damage, and supporting criminal conduct, he said.

Two of the villagers and the reporter are already in police custody, while criminal charges have been filed against the others, including Shwe Ohn.

Some Aungthabyae residents met with Ye Min Oo, a lawmaker who represents Patheingyi in the Mandalay regional parliament, to demand that authorities release those who were arrested in the village on Tuesday.

“They have demanded the immediate release of the detainees,” he said.

Ye Min Oo said he and other officials have met with four or five female villagers to interview them about the incident, but not others who are in hiding because authorities have issued arrest warrants for them.

“I will present the [findings] to the local government, and parliament will handle it if necessary,” he said.

RFA contacted Mandalay regional police for comment, but was told that no official was available because a meeting was in progress.

The cement factory’s Mandalay office told RFA to call back on Wednesday, while Soe Than, the regional minister for agriculture, livestock, and irrigation, could not be reached for comment.

During the protest on May 15, villagers blocked vehicles owned by factory operator Myanmar Conch Cement Co. Ltd. — a joint venture between Myanmar’s Myint Investment Group and China’s Anhui Conch Cement — from passing through Aungthabyae, prompting police to forcibly disperse the crowd, a village official told RFA in an earlier report.

A village resident also said that some demonstrators set four vehicles and part of the factory property on fire.

Though a heavy police presence restored calm to the area near the plant by the evening of May 15, villagers demanded that the project to update the plant’s cement production capacity be scrapped and that those detained by police be released.

Wirathu steps in

Two days after the protest, extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu from Mandalay’s Masoeyein Taik Thit Monastery visited Aungthatbyae village, offering to help the protesters, but they turned him down, Shwe Ohn said.

“I don’t know why and how he came to us,” he told RFA. “He came, but our villagers did not want to be involved with him, but rather stay in the clear. I didn’t meet him because I tried to avoid him. The villagers didn’t accept his donations.”

Wirathu left boxes of drinking water and packages of rehydration salt despite the villagers’ refusal of his offer of help, Shwe Ohn said.

“He also offered 500,000 kyat ($321), but the villagers didn’t accept it,” he said.

Wirathu also posted a video on social media, saying that he warned Mying Maung, chief minister of Mandalay region, about the Aungthabyae village incident.

Construction began at the site in December 2017, and Myanmar Conch Cement renamed it the Alpha Cement Plant.

At least 17 villagers have been charged with violating Myanmar’s Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law since the project began, despite having obtained prior permission to hold protests.

Three farmers were jailed in 2018 following earlier protests over road upgrades for the plant, while a fourth is on bail awaiting trial.

Reported by Aung Thein Kha for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Nandar Chann. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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