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India's Jet Airways suspending operations, no money to fly


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]

NEW DELHI (AP) — Jet Airways, once India’s largest airline, says it is temporarily suspending all operations after failing to raise enough money to run its services. The company said Wednesday that it has been informed by its lenders, led by state-run State Bank of India, that they are unable to consider its request for […]

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Neiman Marcus acquires stake in Fashionphile


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus Group is getting serious about the fast growing secondhand luxury business. The Dallas-based luxury retailer said Wednesday it has acquired a minority stake in Fashionphile LLC, an online seller of preowned accessories. As part of the deal, Neiman Marcus and Fashionphile, founded in 1999, will be launching new ways […]

這篇文章 Neiman Marcus acquires stake in Fashionphile 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US stock indexes edge lower in morning trading


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]

Major U.S. stock indexes fell in morning trading Wednesday as losses by health care companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group were among the biggest decliners in the health care sector for the second straight day. Investors are hammering insurers amid fears over the potential impact on profits of health […]

這篇文章 US stock indexes edge lower in morning trading 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Public Resentment is Rising Over China’s Pension Crisis


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]
A recent report that says China’s state pension fund will run dry by 2035 has stirred up a heated discussion online. Some Chinese netizens complain that the retirees are receiving too handsome of a monthly pension payment while others are worried if the cash-strapped fund will collapse before they retire.   Economists say an urgent reform is needed to address China’s flawed pension scheme – a crisis they say will be further worsen by the country’s fast-aging population, shrinking workforce and low birth rate.   China’s urban worker pension fund, the backbone of the country’s state pension system, held a reserve of 4.8 trillion yuan (US$714 billion) at the end of 2018, or a meager 5.3 percent of its gross domestic product, according to a report released last week by government-supported Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.   Bankruptcy in Sight   The fund, established in 1997, is projected to peak at 6.99 trillion yuan in 2027 before it steadily runs out of money before 2035, the government think tank added.   And the gap between contributions and outlays could reach 11 trillion yuan by 2050, which means that each retired citizen will be supported by only one worker, down from the current level of two, the academy estimated.   The fact that the country’s public pension system appears to be financially unsustainable is fueling worries among the general public, particularly young workers.   On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site, one young tech worker complained that his long work hours wouldn’t even guarantee him a better pension protection in his retirement.   “The point of [encouraging] us to work the 996 schedule [9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week] is that we can work to death before we retire so as to perfectly save the country’s under-funded pension system a problem. Is it?” he wrote.   The Privileged Few   Many others questioned why some of the nation’s retirees, especially civil servants, seem to be claiming an unfair level of pension payments.   “My friend is a bus driver, whose monthly wage is 3,000 yuan. But his father-in-law is paid 5,000 yuan [a month] in his retirement. What an irony!,” wrote one Weibo user and another added “the pension payments for civil servants are just too high!”   Frank Xie, an associate professor of marketing at the University of South Carolina Aiken, said that mismanagement is the biggest problem facing China’s pension system especially when the ruling Communist Party is using public funds to pay off the privileged few in exchange for their support for the regime.   “The Communist Party is buying off many middle- to highly-ranked government officials and civil servants, who now live a comfortable life. For example, average workers may be receiving [a monthly pension payment of] 2,000 to 3,000 yuan in their retirement, but, in contrast, they [government employees] are entitled to 6000, 7000 or even 10,000 yuan [in monthly pension payments],” Xie said.   Public resentment is rising over the discrepancy of the income replacement rate between retired government employees and urban workers, the professor added.   Discrimination Against Farmers and Migrant Workers   Making matters worse, the system discriminates against the nation’s farmers and migrant workers – a financially-disadvantaged group who are in desperate need of a social safety net, Professor Xie added.   Official statistics show that, as of 2017, farmers and migrant workers totaled a population of 287 million, or nearly 21% of its total population.   A farmer surnamed Zhou from Hebei province said that it’s unfair that farmers are excluded from the public pension system.   And most farmers and migrant workers are so under-paid that they have no spare money to contribute to any commercial pension funds even if such service is available, he added.   “I will worry about my life in retirement when it comes,” he told VOA.   Xie of the University of South Carolina Aiken argued that China should soon initiative reform proposals to address the country’s ill-designed pension system.   Reform Initiatives   As a starter, the system should be made universal to all citizens, he said, adding that extending the age of retirement or raising the level of contributions from workers are two possible ways to ease the fund’s financial burden.   But both solutions are sure to provoke public outcry, challenging the party’s rule, the professor added.   In China, men and women are encouraged to retire respectively at the age of 65 and 60 – five years later than the mandatory age.   And the country’s social security regulations require employers to pay up to 20 percent of their employees’ salaries into the state pension fund while employees are required to contribute 8 percent of their wages.   Zhong Wei, professor of finance at Beijing Normal University, warned last year that the pension crisis and care for the elderly would pose one of five major “gray rhinos” or obvious dangers facing China this year. The other obvious dangers would be declining wages and tax revenues.   Reuters reported recently that, after Beijing last month approved the first foreign insurer to set up pension insurance business, more foreign insurers are gearing up to tap the country’s US$1.6 trillion pension market.   But professor Xie doubted the open-up policy will help ease China’s pension fund crisis.   “Most people can’t afford to pay for the private service. Under such circumstances, foreign insurers can only target  those who are relatively wealthy as their business strategy. That won’t do much to ease China’s pension crisis,” Xie said. 
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2019臺灣文博會「文化動動動」 沿著舊鐵道探索5大展區 | 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan highlights new cultural corridor


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:30 - [CET]

2019臺灣文博會邁入第九年,即將在4月24日盛大登場!今年主題為「Culture On the Move—文化動動動」,強調文化的動態與多樣性,從中看見傳統與創新的對接碰撞。 TAIPEI (The China Post) – The ninth edition of the annual Creative Expo Taiwan will unfold from April 24 to May 5 with the theme “Culture on the Move,” emphasizing cultural dynamism, innovation and traditions in Taiwan. 臺灣文博會今年突破以往,沿著臺北舊鐵道線,串聯華山1914文創園區、松山文創園區、花博公園爭艷館、空總當代文化實驗場、臺北機廠鐵道博物館等地5大展區,打造「文化創新廊帶」,於展期間配合各式周邊活動,以城市為展場,讓民眾透過行動探索體驗,重新認識這片土地。 Bigger than ever, the expo takes place at five locations along Taipei’s old […]

這篇文章 2019臺灣文博會「文化動動動」 沿著舊鐵道探索5大展區 | 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan highlights new cultural corridor 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt authorities have scheduled a nationwide referendum on proposed constitutional changes that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030. Lasheen Ibrahim, chairman of the National Election Authority, says Wednesday the vote will take place Saturday through Monday. He says Egyptian expatriates will vote Friday through Sunday. Parliament overwhelmingly approved […]

這篇文章 Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes 最早出現於 The China Post。

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EU threatens to tax 0 billion of US goods over Boeing aid


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has drawn up a list of 0 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the EU’s executive commission said Wednesday. The commission said the EU could tax the products , which range from aircraft parts to frozen fish, from early […]

這篇文章 EU threatens to tax 0 billion of US goods over Boeing aid 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Strong storms again threatening the South


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:47 - [CET]

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say strong storms are again threatening the South days after dozens of tornadoes plowed through the region. The Storm Prediction Center says a front stretching from southern Texas to central Kansas will create a risk of bad weather as far east as Louisiana on Wednesday. The threat moves into the […]

這篇文章 Strong storms again threatening the South 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Texts: Chicago prosecutor called Smollett 'washed up celeb'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:46 - [CET]

CHICAGO (AP) — Text messages show the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a “washed up celeb” who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday in response to media […]

這篇文章 Texts: Chicago prosecutor called Smollett 'washed up celeb' 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Peru's ex-President Alan García shoots himself before arrest


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A lawyer for former Peruvian President Alan García said Wednesday the leader shot himself before being detained by police amid allegations he received illegal payment from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Lawyer Erasmo Reyna confirmed the shooting to local television outlet N. Judicial orders obtained by The Associated Press said an order […]

這篇文章 Peru's ex-President Alan García shoots himself before arrest 最早出現於 The China Post。

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LeBron James to be executive producer of boxing series


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is getting into the boxing business. James is an executive producer of “40 Days,” a documentary series about the buildup to big fights that will debut with a focus on the middleweight unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs. The series is a partnership between Uninterrupted, the platform […]

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'Deeply candid' Demi Moore memoir coming in September


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine years after her book deal was first announced, Demi Moore is ready to release a memoir her publisher calls “deeply candid and insightful.” Moore’s “Inside Out” is scheduled for Sept. 24, HarperCollins announced Wednesday. According to the publisher, she will write openly about everything from her “tumultuous relationship” with her […]

這篇文章 'Deeply candid' Demi Moore memoir coming in September 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Markets Right Now: Stocks open mostly higher, led by tech


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday, led by technology and industrial companies. After gaining 23% Tuesday, mobile chipmaker Qualcomm is up another 17% after it settled a legal dispute with Apple. In a […]

這篇文章 Markets Right Now: Stocks open mostly higher, led by tech 最早出現於 The China Post。

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From youth voters to short-lived fears of golput, here are 5 takeaways from the Indonesian election


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:41 - [CET]
Incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, 57, appears on course to win a second term despite having a mixed track record. While official results will not be announced soon, his rival Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general, has indicated he will contest the outcome. Here are some takeaways from Wednesday’s general elections in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.1. TWO-TERM PRESIDENTIf his victory is confirmed, Jokowi will join former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2004-2014) as a two…
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Unregistered voters, Wi-fi woes led to long wait for Indonesian workers at polling stations in Hong Kong: election official


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:21 - [CET]
A report on an incident involving migrants who stormed a polling station on Sunday in Wan Chai, after voting for Indonesian elections had closed, has been sent to Jakarta, Hong Kong-based electoral officials said on Wednesday.Many other Indonesians living in the city were left disappointed after being unable to cast their votes in the three polling stations set up across the city. Some complained of long queues, unclear instructions as well as bureaucratic obstacles.There are over 180,000…
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2019 Creative Expo Taiwan highlights new cultural corridor


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:19 - [CET]

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The ninth edition of the annual Creative Expo Taiwan will unfold from April 24 to May 5 with the theme “Culture on the Move,” emphasizing cultural dynamism, innovation, and traditions in Taiwan. Bigger than ever, the expo takes place at five locations along Taipei’s old Civic Boulevard railroad, a new […]

這篇文章 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan highlights new cultural corridor 最早出現於 The China Post。

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‘For the peace and pleasure of the people’: Myanmar pardons more than 9,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:55 - [CET]
Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners on Wednesday, with many drug offenders among the first to walk free, but just two political detainees, after the president declared an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year.President Win Myint said 9,353 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, had been pardoned in a gesture designed “for the peace and pleasure of the people, and taking into consideration humanitarian concerns”.Authorities were scrutinising who should be pardoned among…
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UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:46 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign. Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday. Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the […]

這篇文章 UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train 最早出現於 The China Post。

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UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:46 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign. Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday. Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the […]

這篇文章 UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Lebanese parliament approves plan to restructure electricity


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament has passed amendments necessary to implement a plan to restructure the country’s crumbling electricity sector. Wednesday’s approval was widely expected in the country that has suffered electricity problems since the civil war ended in 1990. Subsidies to the state electricity company cost the government nearly billion a year. The approval […]

這篇文章 Lebanese parliament approves plan to restructure electricity 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Solskjaer to begin much-needed rebuilding job at United


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent much of his time as Manchester United manager harking back to the club’s trophy-laden past under Alex Ferguson. Now it’s time to focus on the future — and he knows it. United’s 4-0 aggregate loss to Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals highlighted just how far England’s biggest club remains […]

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Death of rare Yangtze giant softshell turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

This post was originally published on this siteThe only known female member of one of the world’s rarest and most endangered turtle species has died in a Chinese zoo, authorities at the zoo in the East Chinese city of Suzhou confirmed on Sunday. The Suzhou zoo also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The […]

這篇文章 Death of rare Yangtze giant softshell turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US trade deficit narrows to 9.4 billion in February


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell for the second straight month in February, and the politically sensitive deficit in the trade of goods with China narrowed. The Commerce Department says the gap between the goods and services that the United States sells and what it buys from the rest of the world dropped […]

這篇文章 US trade deficit narrows to 9.4 billion in February 最早出現於 The China Post。

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German cathedral expert ‘spellbound’ by Notre Dame fire


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

This post was originally published on this siteOn the evening of April 15, a fire broke out in the upper levels of Notre Dame Cathedral, eventually causing the spire to collapse and consuming much of the roof. The blaze took 15 hours to extinguish, and the full extent of the damage remained unknown two days […]

這篇文章 German cathedral expert ‘spellbound’ by Notre Dame fire 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Terry Gou visits local temples before announcing presidential bid


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:44 - [CET]

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Foxconn chairman Terry Gou first hinted at his interest in running in the 2020 Presidential Election on April 16. The public didn’t expect Gou, however, to visit local temples to seek opinion from the Gods early in the morning on April 17. He visited Ci-Hui Temple in Banqiao District and […]

這篇文章 Terry Gou visits local temples before announcing presidential bid 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Myanmar Leader Pardons 9,500 Prisoners but not 2 Reporters


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:30 - [CET]
More than 9,500 prisoners were ordered released Wednesday in Myanmar under a presidential amnesty, but they did not include two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters. The Facebook page of the Office of President Win Myint said he has signed a pardon for 9,551 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, to be released nationwide on the occasion of the country's traditional New Year.   Official lists of those to be freed are usually not made public, but activists monitor releases, especially at Yangon's Insein Prison, where most important detainees are held.   Sympathizers waited outside the prison for the possible release of the two Reuters reporters jailed for breaking the Official Secrets Act, but they were not freed by late Wednesday afternoon.   Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are serving a seven-year sentence. They say they were framed because of official displeasure over their reporting on the crackdown by security forces on members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.   More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh following the crackdown, which began in August 2017. Critics have described the campaign as ethnic cleansing, or even genocide, on the part of Myanmar security forces.   The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an independent human rights organization, said it knew of only two political detainees, imprisoned since 2000, being released Wednesday. The group said last month that Myanmar has a total of 364 political prisoners: 45 serving sentences, 94 being held awaiting trial, and 225 awaiting trial but not jailed.   Last year 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51 foreigners received New Year's pardons. At least 36 of those freed in 2018 were political prisoners, according to the association.  
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Sudan’s Bashir held in Khartoum prison


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:15 - [CET]

This post was originally published on this siteSudan’s military leaders transferredousted strongman Omar al-Bashirto prison on Wednesday, a family source said. After the dramatic end to his thirty-year rule last week, the former president is now in “Kober prison in Khartoum.” Witnesses have reported an increased military presence outside Kober prison. Despite Bashir’s removal, demonstrators […]

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Nazarbayev has resigned, but little will change in Kazakhstan


Reported to us by: East Asia Forum - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:00 - [CET]

Author: Kirill Nourzhanov, ANU

Kazakhstan’s perennial leader since 1989, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned on 19 March 2019. His retirement shocked international commentators and was widely interpreted as a surprise development, marking a new era not just for this former Soviet Republic but the whole Central Asian region.

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But the abruptness and its far-reaching repercussions may be overstated. Nazarbayev’s resignation should be seen as a long-term and carefully planned strategy to keep his political legacy intact, safeguarding it against radical alteration while transitioning power to the governing elite’s younger members.

All other Central Asian states have experienced disruptive regime change following either the natural death of a long-serving leader (Turkmenistan in 2006 and Uzbekistan in 2016) or outbreaks of civil unrest (Tajikistan in 1992 and Kyrgyzstan in 2005 and 2010). Nazarbayev chose the Deng Xiaoping variant of transiting out, distancing himself from current affairs while retaining sufficient authority to block executive decisions that counter his will.

Preparations commenced as far back as 2010 when Nazarbayev received the title of Elbasy (‘Leader of the Nation’), giving him the lifelong right to oblige all state bodies and officials to consider any initiatives he presents. He also obtained comprehensive legal immunity for himself, his family and their property.

The 2017 constitutional reform transferred many presidential powers to the parliament and cabinet, limiting the executive prerogative of the next head of state. In 2018 Nazarbayev was also confirmed as the head of the nation’s Security Council for life. The Council itself was turned into a constitutional body responsible for the oversight of the national interests of Kazakhstan — a broad portfolio.

Having set scaffolding for a senior statesman role, the 78 year-old first President stepped down. The timing was propitious: Kazakhstan had recovered from one of the most difficult periods in its history in 2015–2017, characterised by an economic slowdown, popular protests and an upsurge in terrorist acts. Following constitutional procedure, long-term loyalist Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stepped down from his post as Senate chairman to become Interim Head of State.

Tokayev could have stayed on as an unelected President until April 2020, serving the remainder of Nazarbayev’s term, but on 9 April 2019 he called an early presidential poll for June. In a televised address, Tokayev stressed that he had consulted with Nazarbayev and added that the vote would be a referendum on ‘the continuity, predictability and stability of our domestic and foreign policy’ and ‘strategic course of the Elbasy’.

Despite Tokayev’s promise of ‘fair and transparent’ elections, odds are overwhelmingly stacked in favour of a ruling Nur Otan party candidate, whose chairman is none other than Nazarbayev. Nominations close on April 28 and must be made by political parties and public associations with no possibility of running as an independent. Six of the opposition parties are anaemic and will struggle to match the Nur Otan behemoth on the campaign trail. One of them, the Azat Party, has not shown any life over the past 18 months, according to Kazakhstan’s Central Electoral Commission.

The elections’ only intrigue is over Nur Otan’s nominee, provided at the party’s April 23 congress. It is highly likely that Tokayev will be selected although commentators have suggested other possibilities. These include Nazarbayev’s daughter Dariga, who replaced Tokayev at the Senate, and nephew Samat Abish, Deputy Director of the National Security Committee, Kazakhstan’s security and intelligence service. But Nazarbayev himself has repeatedly said that power will not be family business in Kazakhstan.

Besides, Tokayev has greater political experience and public appeal than all other potential candidates. The Elbasy, introducing him as a successor on March 19, referred to him as ‘an honest, responsible and indispensable person’ to whom ‘we can entrust the governance of Kazakhstan’. It would look odd should this trust evaporate within a month. The snap poll and a very short lead-in period serves to legitimise Tokayev’s leadership and deny elite factions an opportunity to challenge him.

One of Tokayev’s key assets is that he is not connected to the competing financial–industrial groups and has not been implicated in corruption scandals affecting prominent politicians, including Nazarbayev’s entourage. A skilled technocrat and consummate diplomat, he is well positioned to preserve and advance the Elbasy’s strategic vision.

Tokayev’s first steps as President have demonstrated not just his commitment to continuity but also a nuanced approach to the practicalities of maintaining stability. Commenting on the hot-button issue of moving Kazakh onto Latin script, he confirmed that the transition would proceed as ordained by the Elbasy. But he added that public opinion would be taken into account in its implementation to minimise inconvenience to those accustomed to Cyrillic script.

Taking cue from Nazarbayev’s criticism of the government not doing enough on social welfare, Tokayev also toured two of the poorest regions, announcing modest wage increases for state employees, 40,000 cheap rental flats and two programs of rural infrastructure development. Part of the financing is drawn from savings made through cutting government spending on vanity projects and image-making events.

Tokayev’s inaugural official visit abroad was to Moscow. He confirmed Kazakhstan’s commitment to multi-vector diplomacy but highlighted Russia’s special role as its most important strategic ally, vowing to maintain the ‘golden era’ of bilateral relations inherited from Nazarbayev. He also listed deeper engagement with the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Central Asian neighbours as other top foreign policy priorities.

Those expecting to see significant change in the wake of Nazarbayev’s semi-departure might be disappointed: it will be business as usual under Tokayev or whoever is elected President in June 2019. Kazakhstan is not transitioning into a post-Nazarbayev era yet, merely moving into a leaner and perhaps more user-friendly version.

Kirill Nourzhanov is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS), The Australian National University.

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3D-printed hearts: We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the real thing


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:00 - [CET]

This post was originally published on this siteIt might sound like a sci-fi fantasy, but scientists are determined that one day we’ll be able to 3D-print vital organs, like the heart, kidney or liver, to use in transplants. Cardiovascular disease and stroke kill more people globally than anything else, according to the World Health Organization, […]

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Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City. Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city where such garments were once common and style-setters including Marilyn Monroe, […]

這篇文章 Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur 最早出現於 The China Post。

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The Latest: Spain to challenge US move on lawsuits vs Cuba


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s position on Cuba (all times local): 7:40 a.m. A senior official in Madrid says the Spanish government is asking the European Union to challenge a U.S. move to allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating in properties seized from Americans in post-revolution Cuba. The move, announced Tuesday, […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Spain to challenge US move on lawsuits vs Cuba 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Indonesia’s Jokowi Handily Defeats Contender Prabowo


Reported to us by: Asia Sentinel - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:40 - [CET]

A so-called “quick count” in Indonesia’s general election, in which 193 million voters went to the polls in a single day, appears to be giving the race to incumbent President Joko Widodo, who came into office five years ago as a reformer and has survived growing attempts turn the race into a referendum on Islamization […]

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Second Future Forward leader questioned by Thai authorities, ramping up concerns of attack on Democratic Front


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:21 - [CET]
Thailand’s Future Forward Party, the youth-centric breakout star of last month’s elections, stood defiant on Wednesday as prosecutors grilled its No 2 leader over criminal charges, weeks after its party chief faced a similar ordeal.Law academic Piyabutr Saengkanokkul flashed the country’s famed anti-junta gesture – a three-fingered salute – as he showed up for questioning at a Bangkok police station, where a crowd of some 200 supporters gathered.Independent observers say the charges against…
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Spanish TV election debate excludes far-right party


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:00 - [CET]

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Socialist leader and incumbent prime minister Pedro Sanchez has agreed to a single television debate with the lead candidates from three other main parties, following controversy over a potential debate appearance by a surging far-right party. The Socialist party said Wednesday Sanchez will appear ahead of the April 28 ballot on […]

這篇文章 Spanish TV election debate excludes far-right party 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:00 - [CET]

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese official and a former minister say the military has transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the capital, Khartoum. They say al-Bashir was moved from a “safe place” — the presidential residence inside the military headquarters — where he was held since his ouster, to Kopar Prison. The […]

這篇文章 Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison 最早出現於 The China Post。

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New Zealand disarms police as terror threat level lowered a month after mosque massacre


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:59 - [CET]
New Zealand police on Wednesday ended the routine arming of frontline officers as the terrorism threat level was lowered a month after the Christchurch mosques massacre.Police and security agencies reduced the threat level from high to medium, meaning authorities judge that another attack, violent criminal behaviour, or violent protest remains “feasible” rather than “very likely”.The level is still higher than it was before the March 15 attacks, when the threat was deemed to be “low”.Prime…
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10 Things to Know for Today


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DONATIONS POUR IN FOR NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL Nearly billion in global contributions have been made to restore the fire-ravaged, 12th century landmark in Paris, and France’s president wants the work completed in five years. 2. COLUMBINE […]

這篇文章 10 Things to Know for Today 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Appeal focuses on Newtown officials' actions before shooting


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit alleging Sandy Hook Elementary School officials failed to order a lockdown that could have saved lives before a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in 2012. The parents of two children killed at the Newtown school are […]

這篇文章 Appeal focuses on Newtown officials' actions before shooting 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the U.S. decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos. Cavusoglu spoke on Wednesday at a joint news conference with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He also said U.S. sanctions were harming the […]

這篇文章 Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the U.S. decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos. Cavusoglu spoke on Wednesday at a joint news conference with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He also said U.S. sanctions were harming the […]

這篇文章 Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the Indian capital, […]

這篇文章 Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region 最早出現於 The China Post。

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The Latest: Germany sets tougher rules for deporting migrant


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s response to mass migration (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The German government has agreed on a set of rules aimed at making it harder for failed asylum seekers to avoid deportation. The country’s top security official, Horst Seehofer, said Wednesday that the package agreed by the Cabinet […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Germany sets tougher rules for deporting migrant 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Edmunds: How to avoid more car than you need


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

Car shoppers often spend too much. But the culprit isn’t necessarily shady dealership practices, deceptive advertising or plain old bad luck. Instead, many simply end up buying more vehicle than they actually need. Avoiding this pitfall is more important than ever given the rising costs of purchasing a vehicle. The average new-car transaction price in […]

這篇文章 Edmunds: How to avoid more car than you need 最早出現於 The China Post。

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AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Keir Giles’ first thought was that the man’s suit looked too cheap for a private equity executive. The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live in Hong Kong, but didn’t seem overly familiar with the city. Then there was the awkward conversation, which kept returning to […]

這篇文章 AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Spain allows NGOs to sail with aid supplies for migrants


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00 - [CET]

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish aid groups say Spain has reluctantly allowed them to depart for the Greek islands where they want to deliver aid supplies to migrant camps. But the humanitarian aid groups face hefty fines if their boats venture into official search and rescue areas in the Central Mediterranean. Spain had blocked the […]

這篇文章 Spain allows NGOs to sail with aid supplies for migrants 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US 'concerned' over misused funds allegations at UNAIDS


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government says it is “concerned” about allegations of misused funds at the U.N.’s AIDS agency after a report by The Associated Press this week revealed ongoing financial and sexual misconduct problems at the agency. In a statement late Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said the government remains “committed to ensuring […]

這篇文章 US 'concerned' over misused funds allegations at UNAIDS 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Whistleblower spurned by players for exposing tennis crooks


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00 - [CET]

ORDINO, Andorra (AP) — As a brave whistleblower, Marco Trungelliti should be feeling good about himself. The Argentine player exposed match-fixing crooks in tennis, helped the fight against the criminal gambling syndicates that are corroding his sport from within and testified about dishonest fellow professionals who, in part thanks to his evidence, are now banned. […]

這篇文章 Whistleblower spurned by players for exposing tennis crooks 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Greta takes climate change campaign to Vatican, meets pope


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:45 - [CET]

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has brought her climate change campaign to the Vatican, where she met with Pope Francis and carried a sign saying “Join the climate strike.” Thunberg arrived late for Francis’ general audience on Wednesday and took her seat in the VIP section in St. Peter’s Square. […]

這篇文章 Greta takes climate change campaign to Vatican, meets pope 最早出現於 The China Post。

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German government halves 2019 growth forecast to 0.5%


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:45 - [CET]

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year and is now predicting growth of only 0.5%. Wednesday’s forecast halves the 1% estimate the government presented in late January, when it cut its forecast from 1.8%. It follows a string of downgrades […]

這篇文章 German government halves 2019 growth forecast to 0.5% 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Japan-made luxury goods, including cars formerly used by Chinese military, smuggled into North Korea over China border: report


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:29 - [CET]
The Japanese government has reiterated the need for the international community to enforce the United Nations’ export ban to North Korea, after a media report suggested Japanese cars used by the Chinese military were being smuggled into the North.According to Jiji Press, luxury vehicles were among a list of other banned luxury items being sneaked into North Korea “through informal channels at the China-North Korea border”.Pictures of two Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs accompanied the report, which…
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Thailand’s 86-year-old queen mother Sirikit admitted to Bangkok hospital with fever


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:24 - [CET]
Thailand’s 86-year-old queen mother Sirikit is being treated for a fever at a Bangkok hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Wednesday.Sirikit, who was queen consort to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on the throne, is mother to the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66.Thailand’s 86-year-old Queen Sirikit admitted to hospitalThe queen has seldom been seen in public but last year the palace released photographs of Sirikit to mark her…
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Woman Sues Chinese Billionaire Liu in Alleged Rape


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:18 - [CET]
A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself on her in his vehicle after the dinner and later raped her at her apartment. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000. Richard Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested Aug. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape and released within hours. Prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had “profound evidentiary problems” and that it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Liu’s defense attorneys said at the time that his arrest was based on a false claim. Liu released a statement on Chinese social media then saying he broke no law, but that his interactions with the woman hurt his family, especially his wife, and he hoped she would accept his apology. Attorneys for Richard Liu and representatives of JD.com did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. University residency The alleged attack happened while Richard Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program. The four-year program in the university’s management school is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying at the university on a student visa, and was a volunteer in the doctorate program while Richard Liu was there. The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent; her attorney Wil Florin said Jingyao Liu had agreed to be named. The lawsuit said she was 21 at the time of the alleged attack. Florin said Richard Liu and Jingyao Liu are not related. Student tells her story On the night of the alleged attack, Liu and other executives went to Origami, a Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis. The woman went as a volunteer at the invitation of Charlie Yao, another executive in the program. He pitched it as an event to honor volunteers, but no others were invited and Richard Liu had privately asked Yao to invite the plaintiff, the lawsuit said. Jingyao Liu felt coerced to drink as the powerful men toasted her, with Richard Liu saying she would dishonor him if she did not join in, according to the lawsuit. Text messages reviewed by The Associated Press and portions of the woman’s interviews with police show the woman claims Liu pulled her into a limousine and made advances despite her protests. The woman texted a friend: “I begged him don’t. But he didn’t listen.” The lawsuit said a Liu aide turned the limousine’s rear-view mirror upward so the chauffeur could not see Liu groping the student in the rear despite her protests. It says Liu forcibly raped her at her apartment, again over her protests and resistance. Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of $7.5 billion. He is part of a generation of entrepreneurs who have created China’s internet, e-commerce, mobile phone and other technology industries since the late 1990s. The son of peasants, Liu built a Beijing electronics shop into JD.com, China’s biggest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothes to toys to fresh vegetables.
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‘Masters of our destiny’: Myanmar’s 25,000 United Wa State Army rebels in show of force on 30 year anniversary of ceasefire


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:14 - [CET]
It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household – meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive, China-backed rebels determined to protect their supremacy over Myanmar’s badland border zone.Thousands of soldiers, including a company of women and a sniper platoon in combat webbing, marched early Wednesday alongside armoured vehicles in Panghsang, the capital of the ethnic Wa, which borders China’s Yunnan province.It was a…
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Polling Results Show Widodo Leading Indonesia Election


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:01 - [CET]
Polling groups said Wednesday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo is ahead in the country’s presidential election. The so-called “quick counts” based on data collected at polling stations showed Widodo about 10 percentage points ahead of challenger Prabowo Subianto. Indonesia's Election Commission is expected to release the official results next month. About 193 million people were eligible to take part in Wednesday’s voting, which also included elections for the legislature in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.
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The Latest: Pope tells of sadness over Notre Dame fire


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:00 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Pope Francis has told his weekly audience at St. Peter’s Square of his sadness over the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Paris archdiocese. The pope said Wednesday that “I […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Pope tells of sadness over Notre Dame fire 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Activity detected at North Korean nuclear site, US monitor says, prompting fears material could used for bomb


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:55 - [CET]
Activity has been detected at North Korea’s main nuclear site, suggesting Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel since the collapse of a summit with Washington, a US monitor said Wednesday.The possible signs of fresh reprocessing activity last week come after a February summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended abruptly without agreement on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.Since then North Korea has said it was mulling options for…
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AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Keir Giles’ first thought was that the man’s cheap-looking suit didn’t seem right for a private equity executive. The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live in Hong Kong, but didn’t seem overly familiar with the city. Then there was the awkward conversation, which kept returning […]

這篇文章 AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Head of Foxconn announces Taiwan presidential bid


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:45 - [CET]

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Terry Gou, the head of the world’s largest electronics supplier, Foxconn, says he is planning to run for president of Taiwan. Gou announced Wednesday that he would be putting himself up as a hopeful in the opposition Nationalist Party primary ahead of next year’s election. The Nationalists favor closer ties with […]

這篇文章 Head of Foxconn announces Taiwan presidential bid 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Indonesians Vote Amid Tight Security


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:40 - [CET]
Indonesians voted in national and regional elections Wednesday with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo widely expected to win a second term. However, late reports suggest his winning margin could be much smaller than anticipated. Security was tight but friendly around Tamon Suropati, a leafy park in the plush suburb of Menteng, home to former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, as voting began under clear blue skies. “Today, the election, I feel like Hari Raya, it means a big, big day for us,” said 69-year-old Enny, who voted alongside her twin sister for the incumbent, Widodo. Paul Mirully a 43-year-old taxi driver, added: “For my choice in a president, No. 1 is good. Royally, religiously and for the prospects of Indonesia it’s very good, sir.” Turnout a factor For many it was a family day out. Adhi Rasjid, a 48-year-old mining executive, said voting was smooth despite concerns over “golput,” a term used to describe deliberately spoiled ballots and voters who abstain, particularly among millennials. “I think the turnout for the younger voters are increasing now, compared to say 10 years ago. I think the issues are more relevant. So I hope they take a bigger part in our democracy,” Rasjid said. There are 60 million voters younger than 30, and surveys have indicated that many could abstain and skew the final result. But retired three-star general Ian Santoso Perdanakusuma told VOA voting had gone well.  “I am happy, everything is very good for Indonesians,” he said. “I haven’t seen any, any movements against the security. I’m happy that it will be good in the next year and the next five years, I hope.” Voting numbers peaked around 11 a.m. local time, and counting got underway at 1 p.m. after polling stations closed, with a clearer picture of the results expected to emerge later in the evening. Official results were not expected to be known for several weeks. ​Clear favorite Jokowi went into this poll as the clear favorite, carrying a 20 percentage point lead over his rival, Prabowo Subianto, following five years at the helm where he was praised for delivering on badly needed big ticket infrastructure projects and a national health scheme. The pair had squared off in five nationally televised debates with most political pundits judging the contest about even and analysts say Jokowi needs to win with a comfortable margin of 8-10% if he is to avoid protests and legal challenges by the opposition camp. Prabowo has already raised the prospect of “ghost voters” and potential rigging in the fifth ballot to be held since the downfall of President Suharto in 1998 and the outbreak deadly protests across the archipelago of more than 18,000 islands. “Everybody who loses, pro-forma, takes their case to the constitutional court and then they accept the verdict afterwards. I see no reason to see anything different this time,” said Kevin Evans, director of the Australia-Indonesia Center. “People like to talk about Armageddon kind of outcomes here. They’ve been predicting violence at every election since I’ve been here and the only violence was during the pre-democratic period. In the democratic period, it hasn’t been the case,” he added. There were reports that voting was stopped in two districts in the troubled far eastern province of Papua, where residents were arguing with police and ballot papers unavailable. ​Speculation online And as the polls closed and early counting began, online speculation was rampant that Prabowo had performed better than expected, with one tweet claiming he expects to win 63% of the popular vote. Another said the Jokowi camp expected to win by a margin of 2-3%. However, analysts cast doubts on those figures. “All respectable polling are indicating a similar result which will be a reasonable victory for the incumbent and while the challenger did very well in the last debate I’m not sure that will be enough to change the game,” Evans said.
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Indonesia election: Jokowi takes lead over Prabowo Subianto


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:39 - [CET]
Seven sets of quick count results for Indonesia’s presidential election showed incumbent president Joko Widodo in the lead by about 10 percentage points, two hours after polls closed on Wednesday afternoon.The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), based on its sampling of 70 per cent of votes, said Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin would win 56.7 per cent of votes, with challengers Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno getting 43.3 per cent.Poltracking placed…
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billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:46 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — Nearly billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire. Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning. French President Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up the […]

這篇文章 billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire 最早出現於 The China Post。

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AP interview: Palestinian PM accuses US of 'financial war'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:45 - [CET]

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring “financial war” on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be “born dead.” In his first interview with international media since taking office over the weekend, Mohammad Shtayyeh laid […]

這篇文章 AP interview: Palestinian PM accuses US of 'financial war' 最早出現於 The China Post。

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2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing venue would be an evacuation nightmare if a tsunami struck, says Japanese disaster expert


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:39 - [CET]
Athletes taking part in sailing races during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and thousands of spectators could be killed or injured if an offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami that hits the venue, according to one of Japan’s foremost crisis management experts. Nobuaki Shimizu, a professor at Aichi Prefectural University, told local media that emergency routes away from the coast were inadequate, particularly for the very young, seniors and people using wheelchairs. An inspection for an…
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The Latest: Schools alert after threat locks down Columbine


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:01 - [CET]

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on threats that put Denver-area schools on alert (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Education officials say Denver-area public schools will be closed Wednesday due to the an ongoing safety concern as authorities search for a woman who they say is armed, making threats and “infatuated” with the Columbine High […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Schools alert after threat locks down Columbine 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Fangio, Flacco make their on-field debuts with Broncos


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:00 - [CET]

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vic Fangio looked comfortable in his baggy sweats, and Joe Flacco looked right at home in his spiffy blue and orange No. 5 jersey when the Denver Broncos held their first on-field workouts under their new head coach and their new quarterback. In an unusual twist, Fangio, who’s getting his first […]

這篇文章 Fangio, Flacco make their on-field debuts with Broncos 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty Lightning


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:00 - [CET]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game. The Blue Jackets’ goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire playoff series, turning away dangerous […]

這篇文章 Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty Lightning 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Islanders prove they're for real in sweep of Penguins


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:00 - [CET]

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The expectations were modest at first. The New York Islanders simply wanted to be better than the team that allowed the most goals in the NHL in 2017-18. Tougher to play against. Smarter on both ends of the ice. Momentum built slowly. A midseason surge under new head coach Barry Trotz gave […]

這篇文章 Islanders prove they're for real in sweep of Penguins 最早出現於 The China Post。

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UCLA's Katelyn Ohashi looks to make final statement on floor


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:00 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katelyn Ohashi wrote a poem called “Fame ” that ends “Not everyone’s destiny is going to be the same. Set your own goals and make your own fame.” As the 22-year old UCLA senior gets ready to compete for the final time at the NCAA Championships, she has lived up to […]

這篇文章 UCLA's Katelyn Ohashi looks to make final statement on floor 最早出現於 The China Post。

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AP Photos: 193 million voters across 17,000 Indonesian isles


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:46 - [CET]

The Indonesian presidential election is the world’s biggest direct vote for a national leader. This year the already vast exercise became even bigger with elections for Senate and national, provincial and district legislatures held simultaneously. Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands that spans the distance from New York to London, spared no effort to […]

這篇文章 AP Photos: 193 million voters across 17,000 Indonesian isles 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Long-hidden Kafka trove within reach after series of trials


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:45 - [CET]

JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal tales. A district court in Zurich upheld Israeli verdicts in the case last week, ruling that several safe deposit boxes in the […]

這篇文章 Long-hidden Kafka trove within reach after series of trials 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Report internet garbage on this webpage 24 hours. Apr 16 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

On this page you can report the worst and shitty online garbage content that made it's way up to the internet.

Apr 14 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Police in the Netherlands are investigating the brutal torture of a bitcoin trader, whose home was raided by criminals looking for cryptocurrency.

Apr 11 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced a criminal charge against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, accusing him of conspiring to hack into a classified U.S. government computer.

Apr 4 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Honestly, check the CNBC headline:
'Alexa, find me a doctor': Amazon Alexa adds new medical skills

Amazon is moving more deeply into the $3.5 trillion health care sector.

Mar 22 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Want to learn more about SIGINT? -Read this.
Here's the evidence from within the NSA organization. Even when the original document is dated a bunch of years back in time, we think of it as a schoolbook example of what USA is up to.

Mar 20 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Twenty-nine-year old Devon Alexander, of Coraopolis, worked as a behavioral specialist at the Pace Special Education School in Churchill. The drugs included suspected cocaine, crack cocaine, raw and packaged heroin, a plastic bag of Xanax, marijuana and ecstasy.

Mar 10 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Why is it a brown-red ring-of-light around the moon! You know, we don't have brown-red clouds in Sweden. What causes the brown-red light around it, never seen before? The shining lasted for a total of 2-3 days and was not constant.

Mar 3 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

World's most powerful nuclear submarines, Arkhangelsk and Severstal, are to be dismantled after 2020. The Russian federal nuclear power watchdog, Rosatom, found their further exploitation unprofitable.

-None property have space for gardens.. Mar 3 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

The Yerdelen brothers, construction entrepreneurs from Istanbul was riding a real estate boom, and had plans to build more than 700 minicastles.

Feb 26 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

CYBERTERRORISM is the use of modern communication technology in the commission of terrorist activities.

Feb 22 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

At the height of his power, Escobar was said to be the seventh richest man in the world, with his Medellin drugs cartel thought to be behind -up to- 80 percent of all the cocaine shipped to the United States.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

NEW DELHI: Gearing up for its most challenging space mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is leaving no stone unturned to make the Chandrayaan-2 (lunar-2) mission a success.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Abwehr scored perhaps its greatest victories in the area of industrial espionage, as agents managed to steal the blueprint for every major American airplane produced in the war effort.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Shorn on the sides, thick on top for the Kim Jong-un look; bright and blonde for the Donald Trump-loving customers. -A creative Hanoi barber is offering free cuts ahead of the leaders’ meeting in the next week in their Vietnamese capital.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Time for a history lesson ! - Here's some old newspaper frontpages you might recognize in memory lane! *Hitler is dead* *Hindenburg* etc.
This is a relatively new post, and it will be updated later with more frontpage material.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time.

Feb 21 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

Here is the complete building, suit and telephone list to all United States Senators including the number to the Vice President (Printed in 2015 by the Sergeant at Arms).

Feb 18 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

The definition of "political avenue" are built on the fact that a political decision affects the road of life-choices people have access to when they 'travel' through their lifes or the options politicians make available to them.

Dec 4 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

VX nerve agent on North Korea’s brothers face ! Courts Chemist says Kim had 1.4 times lethal dosage of VX on his face.

Feb 23 0 By POLITICAL AVENUE

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