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Tightened political controls in China and Vietnam caused both countries to see further declines in press freedoms during the last year, with each dropping another point to 177 and 178 respectively in a 180-country ranking released by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders on Thursday.
“In each country, the ruling elite suppresses all debate in the state-owned media while cracking down relentlessly on citizen-journalists who try to make a dissenting voice heard,” the Paris-based monitoring group said in its 2019 annual report.
Around 30 professional and citizen journalists are now held in custody in Vietnam, with nearly twice that number jailed in China, Reporters Without Borders said, calling the two Asian communist states “black holes” for the free and uncensored reporting of news.
China’s president Xi Jinping, who is serving an unlimited term in office after forcing an amendment to China’s constitution in March 2018 establishing the change, has now succeeded in imposing a social model of control “based on Orwellian high-tech information surveillance and manipulation,” the press freedom group said in its report.
“More than 60 journalists and bloggers are currently detained in conditions that pose a threat to their lives,” according to the report, with Chinese citizens now threatened with jail under tougher internet regulations for comments they make online or even for sharing politically sensitive content on social media.
China also blocks the work of foreign correspondents gathering news inside the country, and is attempting to spread its model of controls to other countries in a “new world media order” under Beijing’s control, Reporters Without Borders said.
In Vietnam, all media follow the orders of the country’s ruling Communist Party, so citizens wanting uncensored news must rely on bloggers and citizen-journalists, but these independent sources of information are routinely subjected to “harsh forms of persecution,” including violence from plainclothes police, Reporters Without Borders said.
“To justify jailing them, the Party resorts increasingly to articles 79, 88 and 258 of the criminal code, under which ‘activities aimed at overthrowing the government,’ ‘anti-state propaganda,’ and ‘abusing the rights to freedom and democracy to threaten the interests of the state’ are punishable by long prison terms,” according to the report.
Repression has sharply increased in the last two years, and “at least 30 journalists and bloggers are now held in Vietnam’s jails, where mistreatment is common,” Reporters Without Borders said. Meanwhile, a new cyber-crime law requires foreign media platforms to store Vietnamese user information on servers in the country, and to surrender it to police on demand.
Nguyen Van Hoa, who blogged and produced videos for RFA’s Vietnamese Service, was jailed in was jailed for seven years in November 2018 after filming protests outside the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel plant that caused a catastrophic toxic spill in 2016.
Meanwhile, in Cambodia, a country under growing influence from China, suppression of independent media in the run-up to a national election last year has left 30 radio stations shut down and newspapers unsympathetic to Prime Minister Hun Sen either closed or taken over by pro-government business figures.
“Cambodians now only have access to news provided by major media groups directly linked to Hun Sen, such as the online news agency Fresh News, which pumps out pro-government propaganda,” Reporters Without Borders said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Days after the FBI raided Michael Cohen’s home and office last year, President Donald Trump called his longtime fixer and urged him to “stay strong” and “hang in there” in the face of the intensifying investigation. That call was among several assurances Cohen says he received that the White House would […]
這篇文章 Was Trump trying to silence Cohen? Mueller wasn't sure 最早出現於 The China Post。
CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France (AP) — Eugene Viollet-le-Duc is still the man to go to when it comes to restoring Notre Dame, even though he died nearly 140 years ago. As a young architect in Paris, Viollet-le-Duc made it his life’s work to preserve the iconic cathedrals, monasteries and palaces that were damaged during the French Revolution […]
這篇文章 Detail-minded architect left guide for restoring Notre Dame 最早出現於 The China Post。
DALLAS (AP) — A medical examiner says the grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental drug overdose. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy found Clark James Gable III was killed by a combination of the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone, and the sedative alprazolam. It ruled his death an accident. Gable […]
這篇文章 Medical examiner: Clark Gable's grandson died of overdose 最早出現於 The China Post。
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years ago, President Donald Trump was in fear of seeing his presidency collapse. That’s according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released Thursday. Mueller recounts the day Trump learned a special counsel investigation would look into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and his campaign’s interactions with Russian figures. Mueller quotes […]
這篇文章 A beleaguered Trump feared 'the end of my presidency' 最早出現於 The China Post。
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — From the moment he took over the Kansas City Chiefs’ front office, general manager Brett Veach has been willing to go out on a limb, whether it was signing a big-name free agent or swinging a trade or releasing a well-known player. Now, he will finally have a chance to […]
這篇文章 GM Veach gets to place stamp on Chiefs with his 1st draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win with Washington, Wilmer Difo homered and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday. Signed to a 40 million, six-year contract in December after pitching for six seasons in Arizona, Corbin started three games without a […]
這篇文章 Corbin earns 1st win with Nationals, beats Giants 4-2 最早出現於 The China Post。
DENVER (AP) — Summoning Johnny Hockey! His scoring prowess is required ASAP. After a 99-point regular season, Calgary All-Star forward Johnny Gaudreau has been held to a single assist and just 12 shots against Colorado. It is a big reason why the top-seeded Flames trail the Avalanche 3-1 in a first-round series that heads back […]
這篇文章 Held at bay, Gaudreau hopes to ignite Flames in Game 5 最早出現於 The China Post。
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez hit home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Thursday. Eric Sogard added a three-run double for the Blue Jays, who took three of four at Target Field. Eddie Rosario homered twice for the Twins. Blue Jays relievers Thomas Pannone, […]
這篇文章 Grichuk, Smoak, Hernandez hit HRs, Blue Jays top Twins 7-4 最早出現於 The China Post。
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning’s historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender became the first team in […]
這篇文章 Lightning GM BriseBois not overreacting to playoff loss 最早出現於 The China Post。
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons spent the past couple of drafts filling in the pieces on a team with championship aspirations. This time around, they’re coming off a hugely disappointing season that turned up the heat on coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons have the 14th overall pick […]
這篇文章 After tough season, Falcons facing greater urgency in draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
DETROIT (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Detroit Tigers ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Grayson Greiner had a career-high three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, playing on his 36th birthday, […]
這篇文章 Castellanos, Cabrera, Tigers top Chisox 9-7, end 5-game skid 最早出現於 The China Post。
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history. Culver made the announcement Thursday, 10 days after the Red Raiders finished their season with an overtime loss […]
這篇文章 Texas Tech's Culver declares for NBA draft after 2 seasons 最早出現於 The China Post。
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan wants to find “creative solutions” for the sweltering summer sun that bakes the team’s stadium — and fans — early each season. One potential fix involves drones. Khan said Thursday at Jacksonville’s state of the franchise presentation that upgrading TIAA Bank Field is a priority and […]
這篇文章 Jaguars' Khan wants 'creative solutions' to improve stadium 最早出現於 The China Post。
BOSTON (AP) — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region’s largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community. A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been advising their congregations not to […]
這篇文章 Rabbis: 'Not kosher' to patron grocery store during strike 最早出現於 The China Post。
Cambodia’s ruling party has backed off of earlier threats it would request that the government of South Korea extradite members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as they gather in Gwangju this weekend in protest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.
The CNRP’s youth president in South Korea Yim Sinorn recently said in a post on his Facebook account that he is organizing a candlelight demonstration in Gwangju on Saturday led by acting party president Sam Rainsy to “liberate Cambodia’s democracy from dictator Hun Sen,” following a meeting on Friday of the party’s top officials and activists from Europe, North America and Australia.
In response to the post, Cambodia’s government spokesman Phay Siphan claimed that Hun Sen would orchestrate the arrest of Sam Rainsy and other CNRP leaders and supporters during their visit to South Korea, saying “Cambodia can take legal action against demonstrators overseas, if need be.”
The CNRP is banned in Cambodia but has regrouped and is active outside the country.
On Thursday, ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Ey San walked back the threat, telling RFA’s Khmer Service, “We don’t intend to cause any harm to them—we’ll allow them to have rights.”
Sok Ey San dismissed the planned demonstration in Gwangju as insignificant and suggested that “only a few people will turn out” in support of the opposition party, which was banned by Cambodia’s Supreme Court in November 2017 for its role in an alleged plot to overthrow the government, paving the way for the CPP to win all 125 seats in parliament in the country’s July 2018 general election.
Phay Siphan’s threat to extradite demonstrators from South Korea came after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered authorities earlier this month to arrest Sam Rainsy and seven other former CNRP lawmakers on charges of “incitement” after they pledged to raise money to support Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia this year from self-imposed exile to lead CNRP supporters inside the country.
On Thursday, analyst Lao Mong Hay told RFA that the government threats amounted to “propaganda” aimed at discouraging people from attending the demonstration, adding that South Korea would never honor a request to extradite opposition leadership and supporters.
“South Korea doesn’t work like Cambodia—Cambodia has no rule of law,” he said.
Even if Seoul would consider such as request, Lao Mong Hay said, Cambodia’s government would have to first submit it through South Korea’s court system.
Cambodia’s National Assembly adopted an extradition agreement between Cambodia and South Korea in 2010, under which each party pledged to repatriate any person facing criminal accusations or trial.
Cambodia has also signed extradition agreements with China, Australia, Laos, and Thailand.
Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
A man was charged Thursday with killing his wife nearly 40 years ago and plotting to murder a suburban Philadelphia police sergeant who investigated the case in the 1980s. William W. Korzon, of East Prospect, Pennsylvania, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Gloria Korzon, who has not been seen or heard from […]
這篇文章 Man charged with killing wife last seen 4 decades ago 最早出現於 The China Post。
CHICAGO (AP) — Phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with attorney Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, including by meeting Avenatti during a layover at O’Hare International Airport. The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday on the Feb. 9 meeting based on text messages obtained through an open […]
這篇文章 Report: Avenatti met R. Kelly prosecutor Foxx at O'Hare 最早出現於 The China Post。
ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Walker continued his remarkable late-innings production with a two-run homer in the seventh, Luke Weaver got Arizona off to a good start and the Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Walker, who struck out in his first three at-bats against Braves starter Mike Soroka, […]
這篇文章 Walker's 2-run HR helps Diamondbacks sweep Braves, 4-1 最早出現於 The China Post。
Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage. Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic. A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two […]
這篇文章 Magic finally get a playoff game at home; OKC, Indy on ropes 最早出現於 The China Post。
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The campy “Beach Blanket Babylon” musical revue that has been a must-see for San Francisco tourists for 45 years is coming to an end. Producer Jo Schuman Silver announced Wednesday the show’s final performances will be on New Year’s Eve. The show spoofs political and pop culture and has characters in […]
這篇文章 San Francisco's campy "Beach Blanket Babylon" show to end 最早出現於 The China Post。
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators voted Thursday to approve 00 million in customer-funded subsidies for the state’s nuclear industry despite finding that the plants are financially viable. The decision means that utility customers in the state will see their bills go up by about 0 a year under some estimates. Large businesses have […]
這篇文章 NJ regulators approve 00M in nuclear plant subsidies 最早出現於 The China Post。
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Venezuela’s reliance on Russia grows amid the country’s unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin’s point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador Vladimir Zaemskiy rejected an assertion this week by […]
這篇文章 Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine 最早出現於 The China Post。
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard enjoys these final days before the NFL draft. He pores through the tapes, meets with coaches and scouts, and constantly debates where each college prospect belongs on the Colts’ board. Some see this annual ritual as a tedious, emotional grind. Ballard savors every precious moment as […]
這篇文章 Ballard enjoys debating as Colts seek another knockout draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After trading offensive catalyst Odell Beckham Jr. and sacks leader Olivier Vernon to Cleveland and losing perennial leading tackler Landon Collins to free agency, the New York Giants are rebuilding heading into the NFL draft. The question is, where does general manager Dave Gettleman start? He has 12 picks overall, […]
這篇文章 Giants have 2 first rounders: expect beef and maybe a QB 最早出現於 The China Post。
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan knows his team can go in one of two directions with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Take the top available pass rusher to help upgrade a defense that struggled to create takeaways last year or move down in the draft and […]
這篇文章 Pass rush or more picks is question for 49ers at No. 2 最早出現於 The China Post。
HOUSTON (AP) — Now that the Houston Texans believe they’ve finally found their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson, they want to do everything they can to make things easier on him. “As long as I’m here, I’m going to make every effort to put the pieces in place around him to help him, support him, […]
這篇文章 Houston needs to improve offensive line in draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys made DeMarcus Lawrence the highest-paid player in franchise history and gave him a pass-rushing partner on the other side in a trade for Robert Quinn. Even after the two biggest offseason moves for owner/general manager Jerry Jones and company, defensive line remains a high priority in the draft. […]
這篇文章 Cowboys' focus on defensive line could persist through draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn knows that sometimes the best players on the Chargers draft board will not always correspond to his team’s immediate needs. The Chargers coach told the story during the combine about his first year with the Chargers in 2017 when he said the team needed help on defense. The […]
這篇文章 Chargers may target offensive and defensive lines in draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — So many mock drafts continue to portray John Elway as having fallen for Missouri’s Drew Lock even though the Denver Broncos boss hasn’t spent nearly as much time scouting this year’s crop of quarterbacks as he did last year’s superior group that included Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Picking fifth last […]
這篇文章 Expect Elway to draft defensive stud again in first round 最早出現於 The China Post。
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ITALY Aiming to quickly move on from its Champions League elimination, Juventus needs only a draw at home against Fiorentina on Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title. Juventus is 17 points ahead of second-place Napoli with six rounds remaining […]
這篇文章 What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe 最早出現於 The China Post。
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints have no time to waste if they want to win another Super Bowl with record-setting quarterback Drew Brees under center — which is why three of their top four 2019 draft slots have already been traded away. The Saints aren’t slated to pick until late in the second round […]
這篇文章 Saints' 2019 draft options limited by past deals 最早出現於 The China Post。
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Sean McVay led the Los Angeles Rams from the NFL’s depths to the Super Bowl in just two seasons, and he did it without a first-round pick in the first two draft classes of his tenure. The upcoming draft is the Rams’ first chance to add a truly elite talent […]
這篇文章 Rams ponder options for first 1st-round pick of McVay era 最早出現於 The China Post。
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again. The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retirement in January to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after another losing season extended the club’s playoff […]
這篇文章 Arians takes crack at turning around struggling Buccaneers 最早出現於 The China Post。
WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent federal agency finds that President Donald Trump’s new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost. The International Trade Commission says that Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement would lift the U.S. economy by 0.35%, or 8.2 billion, and add 176,000 jobs six years after it takes effect. […]
這篇文章 Commission: New NAFTA would deliver modest economic gains 最早出現於 The China Post。
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday it remains committed to “long term” job creation in Wisconsin, after Gov. Tony Evers said it was unrealistic to expect the company to employ 13,000 people as promised. Evers also raised the possibility of renegotiating Foxconn’s contract for a planned factory and development in southeast Wisconsin. […]
這篇文章 Foxconn says committed to long term Wisconsin job creation 最早出現於 The China Post。
A Uyghur businessman has died after suffering a heart attack while detained in a political “re-education camp” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to sources.
Yaqup Rozi, believed to be in his mid-40s, died “during the last week of March” this year, a source with knowledge of the situation recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Rozi, who regularly conducted business in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, traveled to his home in Suntagh township’s Shoroq village, outside of Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city in the XUAR’s Kizilsu Kirghiz (Kezileisu Keerkezi) Autonomous Prefecture, in early 2017 at the behest of local authorities, the source said, adding that his passport had been confiscated on his return.
A month later, Rozi was summoned to the local police station for interrogation, but then released, and a month after that, police raided his home in the middle of the night, taking him away with a black hood over his head, according to the source.
His family later learned that he was detained in the XUAR’s network of political “re-education camps,” where up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been held since April 2017.
The source said that authorities did not provide a reason for Rozi’s detention, although it is believed that he was targeted for traveling abroad to a country blacklisted by authorities for travel by Uyghurs due to the perceived threat of religious extremism.
After Rozi died last month, authorities refused to release his remains to his family members, who were only allowed to observe as a state-appointed religious cleric washed his body and prepared it for burial according to Islamic tradition, the source added.
Officers at the neighboring Kattay village and Atush city police departments both told RFA they had no information to provide when asked about Rozi’s death, before hanging up.
But an officer at the Suntagh township police department confirmed that Rozi had died at a local hospital as the result of “myocardial arrest,” or a heart attack.
“According to what I know, his body was brought from the hospital … because they couldn’t save him,” the officer said, adding that Rozi had originally been brought for medical treatment from detention.
Though Beijing initially denied the existence of re-education camps, Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the XUAR, told China’s official Xinhua news agency in October 2018 that the facilities are an effective tool to protect the country from terrorism and provide vocational training for Uyghurs. Official propaganda for a time called them “boarding schools.”
China recently organized two visits to monitor re-education camps in the XUAR—one for a small group of foreign journalists, and another for diplomats from non-Western countries, including Russia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Thailand—during which officials dismissed claims about mistreatment and poor conditions in the facilities as “slanderous lies.”
Reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service and other media organizations, however, has shown that those in the camps are detained against their will and subjected to political indoctrination, routinely face rough treatment at the hands of their overseers, and endure poor diets and unhygienic conditions in the often overcrowded facilities.
Adrian Zenz, a lecturer in social research methods at the Germany-based European School of Culture and Theology, earlier this month said that some 1.5 million people are or have been detained in the camps—equivalent to just under 1 in 6 members of the adult Muslim population of the XUAR—after initially putting the number at 1.1 million.
Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department's human rights and democracy bureau, in an apparent reference to the policies of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union, last week said people "haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s" and called the internment of more than a million Uyghurs "one of the most serious human rights violations in the world today."
In November 2018, Scott Busby, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, said there are "at least 800,000 and possibly up to a couple of million" Uyghurs and others detained at re-education camps in the XUAR without charges, citing U.S. intelligence assessments.
Reported by Shohret Hoshur for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated by RFA’s Uyghur Service. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details. He is the first U.S. official to confirm the launch. He tells reporters at the Pentagon that North Korea conducted a test, but it didn’t involve a ballistic weapon […]
這篇文章 Pentagon confirms NK test launch, says not ballistic missile 最早出現於 The China Post。
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may not have obstructed justice, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Robert Mueller’s 448-page report takes the American public inside the room with Trump as he expressed fear that the special counsel would end his presidency and made several attempts to get the people around him to curtail […]
這篇文章 Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's Russia report 最早出現於 The China Post。
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s governor signed fast-tracked legislation Thursday to overhaul a major medical network’s board of directors following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements involving board members, including Baltimore’s mayor. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who joined the volunteer board in 2001, has become the public face of the University of Maryland Medical System’s “self-dealing” scandal. […]
這篇文章 Legislation overhauls Maryland medical network's board 最早出現於 The China Post。
As long as they’ve had Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Green Bay Packers have largely used the top of the draft for help on defense. This might be the year for the Packers to shift priorities, with one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks now at age 35. Coming off a second straight absence […]
這篇文章 Pack might need to shift draft priority for help on offense 最早出現於 The China Post。
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford’s question was rhetorical. The answer — whenever the architect the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at it — will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. “Are guys too content with where they’re at in their […]
這篇文章 What now? Penguins face crucial offseason after flameout 最早出現於 The China Post。
MIAMI (AP) — Since last season the Miami Dolphins have parted with their top three quarterbacks, their leading rusher and top receiver, three veteran defensive ends and three starting offensive linemen, while adding no marquee free agents. They went 7-9 in 2018 and are widely expected to be worse next season. Heading into the draft, […]
這篇文章 Rebuilding Dolphins take win-later approach into draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Dorsey’s patience is about to be tested like never before. After having the No. 1 overall pick in each of the past two NFL drafts, the Browns’ industrious general manager will begin this year’s as a spectator. He may not stay one. Dorsey, who has spent the past 16 months overhauling […]
這篇文章 Browns enter NFL draft as outsiders without 1st-round pick 最早出現於 The China Post。
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets’ massive offseason makeover is about to take another critical step. New York has the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft for the second straight year, and general manager Mike Maccagnan has a chance to add a big-time difference-maker to his overhauled roster. Last year, the Jets got […]
這篇文章 Pass-rushing presence the target for new-look Jets at No. 3 最早出現於 The China Post。
The North Korean regime, in an effort to elevate the status of leader Kim Jong Un, has held a nationwide flower presentation event April 13 to celebrate his uncontested re-election as the chairman of the country’s State Affairs Commission.
Flowers were part of the state-contrived personality cults around North Korea’s first two generations of hereditary leaders. The Kimilsungia, a hybrid orchid, and Kimjongilia, a begonia, were bred and named after Kim’s grandfather and father, respectively, and are used in festivals to revere national founder Kim Il Sung and his reclusive successor Kim Jong Il.
North Korean defectors living in South Korea say a 'Kimjongunia' flower idolizing Kim Jong Un has yet to make an appearance in North Korea.
But the younger Kim was feted in a flower presentation ceremony ordered to celebrate his re-election to the state’s highest position, while simultaneously putting him on equal footing with the previous two leaders, who are so revered that they are called the people’s ‘Sun’ and ‘Shining Star.’
“We officially held a national flower presentation for Kim Jong Un for the first time ever,” said a source from North Hamgyong province.
North Korean state media reported On April 12 that Kim Jong Un’s re-election took place during a parliamentary meeting.
The source said that on April 13 workers from every organization and people from neighborhood watch units attended the event in Chongjin, the province’s capital.
“They visited the Image of the Sun [a large monument in Chongjin with huge portraits of the late leaders] and other important locations and presented flowers and pledged their loyalty,” said the source.
The source said that the people were getting ready for Day of the Sun, a national holiday that falls on the April 15 birthday of Kim Il Sung that experts have described as being as significant as Christmas is in the West.
“The Central Committee ordered us to hold a separate flower presentation event to celebrate Kim Jong Un’s re-election day ahead of the [already planned] flower presentations for Kim Il Sung,” the source said.
According to the source, the people are surprised that they have to hold a ceremony for Kim Jong Un, who in their minds is still a relatively new leader. He took over in 2012, following his father’s death in late 2011.
“Some of them are saying that they somewhat understand holding flower presentation for Kim Jong Il, because he represents the inheritance of the revolutionary heritage, but it is hard for them to understand the reasoning behind holding a flower ceremony for Kim Jong Un,” said the source.
As preparations for the grandfather Kim’s celebration were underway, fresh flowers for the grandson Kim’s ceremony were harder to come by for some.
“Because of the short notice, some people didn’t have enough time to prepare fresh flowers, so they used artificial flowers that cost 1 or 2 Chinese yuan [15-30 cents],” said a second source, also from North Hamgyong.
The source said that the timing of this ceremony was significant.
“Since this is the first time that the Central Committee has officially organized a flower ceremony for Kim Jong Un, [it makes sense that] it is being held close to the Day of the Sun, our most important holiday. They are trying to raise Kim Jong Un to the same level as his grandfather,” the source said.
While there is currently no official holiday on January 8, the 36-year-old Kim Jong Un’s birthday, the source noted that this year the government gave candies to every North Korean child, as well as giving people the day off – a practice followed for Kim’s father and grandfather’s birthdays.
“People expected that North Korea would idolize Kim Jong Un just like his forefathers,” said the source.
“It has become a reality.”
Reported by Jieun Kim for RFA’s Korean Service. Translated by Leejin Jun. Written in English by Eugene Whong.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on in Southern California — 10 times more than seismologists had thought. But most of those earthquakes are so tiny that no one feels them. Using a more accurate way of finding teeny tiny earthquakes, scientists counted 1.8 million of the temblors in Southern California […]
這篇文章 Southern California tickled by tiny tremors every 3 minutes 最早出現於 The China Post。
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 last month 18. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O’Brien, serving as a family spokesman. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut testing. Altogether, 13 women passed […]
這篇文章 NASA's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies 最早出現於 The China Post。
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The partner of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman says he was startled by a thump on the […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is distorting the facts when it comes to releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the Russia investigation. In remarks Thursday at the Justice Department, Barr suggested he was not really supposed to be publicly releasing the two-volume report but, on the other hand, it was “long-standing” practice […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election identified 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed a crime or that he hadn’t. A look at the 10 instances: ___ […]
這篇文章 The 10 instances of possible obstruction in Mueller report 最早出現於 The China Post。
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin took a not-so-subtle shot at two of Jacksonville’s top defenders, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith, for skipping voluntary workouts. The team’s executive vice president of football operations said Thursday that “championship teams are dominated by selfless individuals who recognize that the welfare of the team must always […]
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions. That’s the good news in New England. The bad news is they lost one key player to retirement and have others that are winding down their careers as well. Rob Gronkowski’s decision to hang up his cleats last month didn’t come as a […]
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals used the 10th overall pick of the 2018 draft on Josh Rosen, hoping the former UCLA star would be their quarterback of the future. Rosen had some ups and downs during his first season, as many rookies do, but did nothing to dissuade the Cardinals from believing he […]
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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Just when the Washington Redskins thought they found their long-term solution at quarterback, they’re back to the drawing board. More than a year after trading for and extending Alex Smith and a month after acquiring Case Keenum, Washington is still in search of its future at the position. Smith’s broken right […]
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Coming off a 17-player haul in free agency, Brandon Beane has plenty of options entering the NFL draft. And the Bills general manager isn’t going to restrict himself to focusing on one or two positions when it comes time for Buffalo to make the No. 9 selection. Name a position […]
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have done little to build around the most expensive player in franchise history. Since giving quarterback Nick Foles a four-year, 8 million contract that included 0.125 million guaranteed, the Jaguars essentially have rummaged through free-agent bargain bins, scoured sale racks and added several guys that might as well […]
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After focusing on upgrading the team’s overall speed the past few NFL drafts, don’t be surprised if the Carolina Panthers look to add bulk up front this year. The Panthers have needs at left tackle and defensive end following the retirement of Julius Peppers and the release of Matt Kalil. Carolina […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller’s written questions and Donald Trump’s written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel’s office and the president. Mueller’s team writes that it tried to interview the president for more […]
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick looked around the locker room on the first day of the Bengals’ voluntary workouts and noted that not all that much had changed. “Certain new faces, but it’s still kind of the same team,” Kirkpatrick said. A third straight losing season prompted the Bengals to finally end coach Marvin […]
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Forgive Seattle general manager John Schneider for being a bit antsy going into this NFL draft. In fact, the Seahawks boss may be downright annoyed at having just four picks. Seattle’s four selections entering the draft — picks in the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds — are on track to […]
這篇文章 Seahawks enter NFL draft with scarcity of selections 最早出現於 The China Post。
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This week, Dubai unveiled its latest megaproject: A stadium in the heart of a super luxe shopping and dining destination. The arena, which will host sports events and concerts, is located in a leisure retail and residential destination called City Walk, which itself is new and was developed by […]
這篇文章 Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth 最早出現於 The China Post。
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s first quarter profit chugged ahead 6% even though the railroad hauled 2% fewer carloads and dealt with massive flooding. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday it earned .39 billion, or .93 per share. That’s up from .31 billion, or .68 per share, last year. The nine analysts surveyed by […]
這篇文章 Union Pacific 1Q profit up 6% despite less freight 最早出現於 The China Post。
Police in Laos this week arrested three Chinese nationals for trying to buy holiday clothing with counterfeit bills that a shopkeeper had noticed were marked by smeared ink, causing her to contact authorities, sources in Laos said.
The suspects, two men and a woman, had recently arrived in Laos from southern China’s Yunnan province and are being questioned but have not yet been formally charged, a police officer in Luang Prabang city told RFA’s Lao Service on Wednesday.
“We’re investigating and interrogating them because they may have more accomplices,” the officer said, adding that the suspects have only been accused but not charged, and that authorities will contact the Chinese embassy in Laos once their investigation is complete.
“Using fake money is a serious crime,” the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Lao citizens and especially shopkeepers must be careful before accepting large bills, including bills in U.S. and Thai currency, and check closely to see if the money they are handed is real or fake, the officer said.
'The ink came off'
Also speaking to RFA, an immigration officer in the Luang Prabang provincial police department confirmed the arrests, saying the Chinese taken into custody on April 14 had tried to pass “fake money” including 100,000 kip (U.S. $12) and 50,000 kip (U.S. $6) banknotes.
“When put in contact with water, the bills smeared, the ink came off, and the line on the notes broke,” the officer said, also speaking on condition he not be named.
Alerted by a shopkeeper from whom the Chinese had attempted to buy $200 worth of Lao New Year’s clothing, police then confiscated the counterfeit bills and later, while questioning the three, found more fake bills of Lao currency in large denominations totaling nearly a thousand dollars, the officer said.
This week’s arrests mark the latest discovery by police of counterfeit currency in Laos, with fake 100,000 kip banknotes found circulating several years ago in the capital Vientiane and in many of the country’s provinces, including Houaphanh and Xayaburi.
Meanwhile, moves in Laos to promote Chinese tourism in the coming year will benefit mainly Chinese businesses already established in the impoverished Southeast Asian country, with ordinary Lao citizens less likely to cash in, Lao sources told RFA in earlier reports.
Lao authorities in January deported 104 Chinese nationals accused of cheating Lao citizens in online fraud schemes back to China, sources said.
Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump highlighted his efforts to build up the military as he welcomed wounded warriors for an annual White House visit. The 22 men and seven women were on the Washington segment of a multiday event through Maryland and Virginia. The ride was created to inspire service members who are living […]
這篇文章 Trump welcomes wounded warriors who are on their annual ride 最早出現於 The China Post。
They were the sort of momentous weeks that became so commonplace for Liverpool during its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Back then, when the team was virtually untouchable at home and on the continent, Liverpool would be challenging for both the European Cup — as it was called then — and the […]
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock won’t exactly get to ease into his new role as Oakland Raiders general manager after spending years as a draft analyst. Mayock knows he will be highly scrutinized with three first-round picks thanks to coach Jon Gruden’s much-criticized trades that sent franchise building blocks Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper […]
這篇文章 Raiders have 3 1st-rounders in GM Mike Mayock's 1st draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music City and the NFL are throwing quite a party for the draft, and the Tennessee Titans will be a couple of miles away at team headquarters quietly biding their time until hitting the clock. “We’re going to have to sit and wait for a while till we’re picking there at […]
這篇文章 Titans have flexibility to add help at No. 19 in NFL draft 最早出現於 The China Post。
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s in New York City (all times local): 1 p.m. Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had booked a flight to Italy and […]
這篇文章 The Latest: NYC cathedral suspect had booked flight to Italy 最早出現於 The China Post。
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