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Fake news? Mueller isn't buying it


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:46 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team love to deride unfavorable stories as “fake news.” But it’s clear from Robert Mueller’s report that the special counsel isn’t buying that. While there are exceptions, Mueller’s investigation repeatedly supports the news reporting that was done on the Russia probe over the last two years, […]

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Emotional statements from parents, kids in torture case


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:46 - [CET]

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to locking up and abusing 12 of their 13 children for years, as well as some of the victims, made their first public comments Friday during an emotion-charged hearing where the parents were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Louise Turpin wept […]

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Peruvian judge orders jail for former president Kuczynski


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:45 - [CET]

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge has ordered that former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski be jailed for up to three years as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption case. The order announced Friday against Kuczynski, which is designed to prevent him from trying to flee during the course of a money laundering […]

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A few things you might have missed from the Mueller report


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report focuses on the seminal questions of whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians and whether the president sought to illegally obstruct the investigation. But tucked into the 448-page document are vivid anecdotes and meaningful revelations about a colorful cast of characters entangled in Mueller’s investigation. […]

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Michigan State's Winston staying in school, Ward leaving


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:45 - [CET]

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is returning for his senior year and Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career. The school announced the decisions Friday. Winston, the Big Ten player of the year, averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior […]

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Another Myanmar Satirical Poetry Performer Arrested For Mocking Military


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:45 - [CET]

Myanmar police on Friday arrested a fifth member of a traditional satirical performance group, charging her with criminal defamation in a case filed against her by the government military, four days after another four members of the same troupe were arrested for mocking the armed forces, a court official  and others with knowledge of the matter said.

They also arrested four members of a second performance troupe.

Kay Khine Tun, a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Yangon’s Ahlon township, was taken into custody after a military officer filed a defamation case against the group for its thangyat performances during Thingyan, Myanmar’s Buddhist New Year holiday, which fell on April 17 this year.

Thangyat is a Myanmar performance art akin to slam poetry that combines folk verses with traditional musical ensembles or drumbeats and is interspersed with song, dance, and chants performed during festive occasions, particularly before and during Thingyan. The performances usually include humorous criticism of everything from politics to social behavior.

Kay Khine Tun and four of her colleagues from the Peacock Generation (Daungdoh Myoset) Thangyat Troupe have been charged under Article 505(a) of Myanmar’s Penal Code, which criminalizes the circulation of statements, rumors, or reports with the intent to cause any military officer to disregard or fail in his duties. It carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a fine, or both.

The chief of Mayangon Police Station chief said Kay Khine Tun was arrested after a warrant had been issued.

She was later released on bail after paying 10 million kyats (U.S. $6,540) provided by two individuals.

Her hearing in Mayangon Township Court is scheduled for April 22.

Proceeding with the case

Lieutenant Colonel Than Tun Myint of the military’s Yangon Regional Command filed the case against the troupe members at Yangon’s Mayangon Township Court on the grounds that its performances damaged the image of the armed forces, said court spokeswoman Than Than Win.

“He filed the case as a government employee, so our court has decided to accept it under Article 505(a) based on the complaint,” she said.

“Mayangon Township Court has agreed to proceed with the case,” she added.

The other four troupe members were arrested on Monday for failing to submit their script to censors prior to performing at a Thingyan festival and for livestreaming the satirical performance criticizing the military on Facebook.

At the time, they were charged violating Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act, which prohibits use of the telecom network to “defame” people, but were released and told to later return to authorities.

The charges under Section 66(d) still stand against all four troupe members and now Kay Khine Tun.

On Thursday, Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the first four arrested performers would be prosecuted for violating Article 505(b) of Myanmar’s Penal Code, which criminalizes the circulation of statements and reports with the intent to cause public alarm and induce people to commit an offense against the state.

He said they would be charged under 505(b) because they wore military uniforms during their performances.

But the judge decided to charge them under Article 505(a) instead.

The four arrested performers from the second group, the Oway Thangyat Troupe, also have been changed under 505(a).

Blow to freedom of expression

Some see the arrests as another blow to freedom of expression in the developing democracy, where government and military officials have increasing used vaguely worded laws to silence their critics.

“Freedom of expression should be acknowledged if the nation is democratic or is transitioning to democracy,” said Wai Lu, one of the people who provided bail money for Kay Khine Tun.

“Freedom of speech, and of expression, of youth should be accepted,” he said. “I may not agree with the (lyrics) that the thangyat composed, but they have the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech,” he said. “It’s their right to exercise them, so I am supporting them…”

Democracy activist and former political prisoner Nilar Thein said that authorities are increasingly limiting freedom of expression by taking action against artistic performers.

“We’d like to question whether the artistic expression of thangyat is really understood,” she said.

“There are problems, inconveniences, weakness, and strengths in our country,” she said. “Artistic performances on these issues are now being limited, and authorities are using their power to take action against freedom of expression. It’s totally unacceptable.”

On Thursday, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Myanmar authorities to drop changers against the first four arrested members of the Peacock Generation Thangyan Troupe, saying that “satire is not a crime.”

myanmar-ex-captain-nay-myo-zin-apr19-2019.jpg Former military captain Nay Myo Zin is driven away in a police car outside Taikkyi Township Court after a judge denies him bail, in Yangon region, April 19, 2019. Credit: RFA video screenshot Ex-captain charged under 505(a)

In a related development, a court in Yangon region’s Taikkyi township on Friday refused bail to ex-army captain-turned-activist Nay Myo Zin who has also been charged under Article 505(a), during his first court appearance, the former officer said.

The Myanmar Army filed a criminal defamation lawsuit against former military captain Nay Myo Zin for comments he made during a speech he gave on April 1 at a rally on amending the country’s 2008 constitution in Ayeyawaddy region’s Ahpyauk township. The military filed its complaint two days later.

“This is the case against a former soldier by the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military], and I have to face it before the court,” Nay Myo Zin said. “I'd like to urge them to act with soldiers’ honor. Soldiers need to maintain honor. A soldier with honor is a pleasure, despite being handcuffed. I earned handcuffs while serving the people.”

Lieutenant Colonel Toe Lin of the military’s Yangon Regional Command filed the case against Nay Myo Zin following his speech on the controversial constitution drafted by a former military junta that ruled the country.

Myanmar’s parliament has set up a joint constitutional reform committee this year to determine which parts of the current charter should be amended to remove elements considered undemocratic. The armed forces, whose political power is enshrined in the document, oppose any changes that would diminish their influence.

Prominent Myanmar legal activist and human rights lawyer Robert San Aung, who is defending Nay Myo Zin, said township authorities should be the ones to file the case instead of the military.

“The local township police chief or administrative officers are the ones to file a case since they have applied for permission, according to the protest law [Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law],” he said. “Instead, the Tatmataw is suing now.”

“Dropping the case instead of filing a complaint would help the Tatmadaw’s image and pride as well as the confidence of the people,” he added.

Taikkyi Township Court officials and Colonel Min Thet Oo of the Yangon Regional Command were unavailable for comment.

‘Keep trying, keep trying’

Nay Myo Zin also called for efforts at the grassroots level to find ways to amend the constitution, so Myanmar can become a federal democratic union.

“Keep trying, keep trying for ways to amend the constitution within one or two months,” he said. ‘With grassroots movements, it can become a federal democratic nation …”

Nay Myo Zin has been a staunch activist who has stood up for farmers and others who have faced injustices, and has been active with a social group that helps rural villagers in remote areas.

He has been arrested several times previously and imprisoned three times since 2013 for participating in various protests. He was released twice under presidential pardons.

Nay Myo Zain’s next hearing is scheduled for April 30.

Reported by Kyaw Lwin Oo, Kyaw Zaw Win, and Aung Thein Kha. Translated by Nandar Chann. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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Myanmar Religious Leaders Call For Cancellation of Myitsone Dam Project


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:35 - [CET]

Religious leaders from the Buddhist, Catholic and Muslim communities in Myanmar have joined the chorus of opposition to the Myitsone Dam, a Chinese-backed hydropower project on the Irrawaddy River, as Aung San Su Kyi’s government faces a decision on the U.S. $3.6 billion project.

Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to travel to Beijing at the end of this month to attend China’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. She and her ministers have been tightlipped on the fate of the dam in Kachin State, which was suspended in 2011, but they face strong Chinese pressure to resume construction.

The Venerable U Seindita, a Buddhist monk from Asia Light Monastery and promoter of interfaith harmony in Myanmar, said the Myitsone dam project should be cancelled permanently.

“With regard to Myitsone dam, former president U Thein Sein promised to suspend the construction during his five years tenure and he actually made it happen,” he said.

“Now, the National League for Democracy (NLD) government should be trying to cancel the project permanently. They should not postpone the decision to cancel this project and pass this project on to the next government,” the monk added.

“I strongly appeal to the NLD government to work on canceling this project permanently.”

Construction of the 6,000-megawatt Myitsone Dam started in 2009 but was put on hold two years later by former President Thein Sein and his military-backed administration because of widespread opposition to its enormous flooding area and detrimental environmental impact, as well as anger over the fact that 90 percent of its electricity would be exported to China.

The decision dismayed China, which has since been pushing Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling NLD government to allow the hydropower project to resume, arguing that Chinese companies have already invested heavily in it.

'No immediate benefits'

Leaders of the Hindu, Muslim and Catholic communities agreed with the Buddhist leader.

“It is evident that people across Myanmar overwhelmingly oppose this Chinese-funded Myitsone dam project,” said Hindu religious leader Hla Htun.

“I would like to appeal to the national leaders: You cannot achieve development without cooperation from the people. So, when people show their opposition to this project, the leaders should respect their opinions.”

Al-Haji U Nyunt Maung Shein, president of Burma's Islamic Religious Affairs Council, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that “the government should not be procrastinating when people already have shown their opposition to this project.”

“The State Counselor, the de facto leader of the country, has said the government will reveal the details of the project agreements to the public. But so far, she hasn’t done anything about it,” he said, referring to Aung San Suu Kyi.

“This project gives no immediate benefits. What’s more, the new generations will suffer from continuing of this project.  I think it is the best for the country to cancel this project,” he added.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, a Catholic leader, marked the traditional New Year in Myanmar on April 17 with video message appeal to the authorities to cancel the project.

The Cardinal also sent letters this week calling for a halt to the Myitsone project to Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, Military Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and send a letter with the same plea, written in Chinese, to the Chinese government.

In mid-February, some 10,000 people in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state-- activists, leaders from Kachin political parties, religious leaders, local civil society groups, Buddhist monks, and local residents--staged a massive protest in the state capital Myitkyina demanding the complete halt of the hydropower project.

In rare public comments about the sensitive issue, Aung San Su Kyi said in mid-March that it is important for her government to uphold investment projects approved by previous administrations or risk being perceived by investors as “not reliable and volatile.”

She urged the public to be open-minded about mega-projects such as the Myitsone Dam and assured them that the government would make decisions responsibly.

Reported by Htet Arkar for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

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Column: In retrospect, 'Field of Dreams' is a terrible film


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:00 - [CET]

“If you build it, he will come.” Puh-lease. Thirty years after the release of “Field of Dreams,” it’s time for a major reassessment. Sorry, all you folks who view baseball — and this movie — as some sort of timeless metaphor for connecting to your past and understanding what America is really all about. In […]

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British sailor to mark 50th anniversary of circumnavigation


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:00 - [CET]

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the spring of 1969, three months before the moon landing, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston of Britain achieved the nautical equivalent of climbing Mount Everest when he became the first man to sail alone around the world nonstop. With GPS still in the future, the merchant seaman made his way around the […]

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Pedroia gets good news on latest knee injury


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:00 - [CET]

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he got good news about the irritation in his left knee that caused his return to the 10-day injured list. The 35-year-old started the season on the injured list with inflammation in his left knee and was activated April 9. He left […]

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The Latest: Oklahoma City bombing Survivor Tree DNA lives on


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:47 - [CET]

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on efforts to sustain a tree symbolizing hope following the Oklahoma City bombing (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil. As part of […]

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Law recognizing indigenous Ainu enacted


Reported to us by: NEWS ON JAPAN - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:45 - [CET]
A law recognizing the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan has been enacted. (NHK)
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'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan


Reported to us by: NEWS ON JAPAN - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:43 - [CET]
The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Agreement made to clarify eel distribution


Reported to us by: NEWS ON JAPAN - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:40 - [CET]
An agreement has been reached at an international conference on managing Japanese eel resources to more effectively clarify the distribution routes of young eels. (NHK)
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Elderly driver kills mother, daughter


Reported to us by: NEWS ON JAPAN - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:39 - [CET]
A woman and her young daughter have died after being struck by a passenger car driven by an 87-year-old man in downtown Tokyo. (NHK)
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Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Urges Cambodian Diaspora to ‘Inspire Change’ Back Home


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:32 - [CET]

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Friday called on the Cambodian diaspora in Asia to “inspire” those back home to “stand up and make a change” to the country’s government, urging them not to allow Prime Minister Hun Sen to buy their loyalty.

Speaking with RFA’s Khmer Service in Gwangju, South Korea amid a conference organized by local youth members of his party, the acting president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said the tens of thousands of Cambodians living and working in South Korea are being “cheated” by Hun Sen in a bid to gain their support for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

“Hun Sen often gives them little gifts to buy their support for his authoritarian and corrupt regime, and his family, but Cambodians living in Korea don’t need his gift,” Sam Rainsy said, adding that “there is no gift-giving and cheating here, like in Cambodia.”

“People have work to do—a prosperous country is not one where [the leadership] has lots of gifts to give out. A wealthy nation is one that has enough jobs—decent jobs that provide enough income to allow people to live with dignity.”

Friday’s conference, which was organized by Cambodian youths in Korea and the Korea-based Asia Human Rights Peace Forum, was attended by CNRP officials and democracy activists from Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.

On Saturday, Sam Rainsy plans to lead a candlelight demonstration in Gwangju to “liberate Cambodia’s democracy from dictator Hun Sen,” which was organized by local CNRP youth leadership.

The CNRP 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. The party has regrouped and remains active outside the country.

Speaking to RFA on Friday, Sam Rainsy said that Cambodians living in South Korea appreciate the freedoms they enjoy there and “want Cambodia to have democracy and prosperity like South Korea.”

“That is why … Cambodian people living in South Korea strongly support the CNRP—they want to have positive change, a change the Cambodian people and the CNRP want,” he said.

Sam Rainsy said the CNRP also draws substantial support from Korean nongovernmental organizations that campaign for democratic freedoms, and that the party is working with them to help bring that change to Cambodia.

“Koreans love democracy and they want all Cambodians to stand up and protest for a change in Cambodia,” he said.

“Our strategy is to join the hands of Cambodians around the world—especially those living in Asia … so I am touring countries with Cambodian residents to connect with them and help them inspire those living inside Cambodia to stand up and make a change in Cambodia in 2019.”

Gwangju conference

Participants in Friday’s conference told RFA they were committed to bringing democracy back to Cambodia through nonviolent means.

Chhun Bun Kheang, a former CNRP commune councilor who flew to South Korea from the U.S., said he was frustrated that Hun Sen’s regime had “robbed me of my elected positon,” after he was voted into power by Cambodia’s villagers.

“More than 5,000 commune council positions were stolen [after the CNRP was dissolved],” he said.

“This is very unjust … We don’t want this kind of thing to happen again, so we are fighting against it. The dictator [Hun Sen] can’t live forever, and we will be victorious as long as we continue to fight for democracy and human rights.”

A CNRP member living in Austria named Kes Vathana told RFA he traveled to Friday’s conference to contribute ideas on restoring democracy to Cambodia.

“We need unity in order ensure democracy survives, and a nonviolent movement to create positive changes,” he said.

Finland-based political analyst Kim Sok called Friday’s conference an exercise of freedom of speech and human rights, and praised several Cambodian laborers who had joined the gathering, despite earlier threats from Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan that Hun Sen could “take legal action against demonstrators overseas.”

Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:46 - [CET]

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years to complete a major renovation. Officials say they are keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Church President Russell […]

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Charges at Minnesota cop's trial offer jury range of options


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:46 - [CET]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911, it was catastrophic. But was it murder? Prosecutors have given jurors hearing the case against Mohamed Noor multiple options: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury will ultimately decide whether any […]

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Prosecutor won't comment until review of Smollett case done


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:46 - [CET]

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state’s attorney says she won’t comment further on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago until a county inspector general finishes his review of prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against the “Empire” actor. Kim Foxx said in a written statement Friday that she doesn’t want any comments by her to […]

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:45 - [CET]

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: __ CLAIM: Man who threw boy over Minnesota mall balcony is a Somali […]

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After 2 years of Russia probe drips, are you numb to it all?


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there’s been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet? The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump’s favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by Robert Mueller laying out “substantial evidence” of the president interfering in […]

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Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman tries to tone down hype


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:45 - [CET]

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the Detroit Red Wings hiring Steve Yzerman as general manager (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is doing his best to tone down the excitement his return has generated in the Motor City. Yzerman says it’s going to take time to help the […]

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Record Pangolin Seizures in Asia Highlight Risk to Obscure Creature


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:44 - [CET]

Huge seizures in recent years of trafficked pangolins have drawn worldwide attention to the threat of extinction faced by these armadillo-like anteaters.

It will come as a surprise to some that pangolins top the list of world’s most trafficked endangered mammals.

They’re much sought after in both China and Vietnam for their meat and their scales, which when ground up are believed to remove toxins and cure a variety of ailments, including everything from arthritis to cancer.

Users boil the pangolin to remove the scales, then dry and roast them.

Pangolins can be found in many Asian and African countries, although they are reported to have nearly disappeared from lowland Laos.

Many citizens in China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong believe that pangolin scales have medical uses, but experts, even including some of China’s traditional medicine practitioners, say that no scientific evidence supports this belief.

Some consumers claim that pangolin scales can improve kidney functions, treat palsy and skin diseases, and stimulate lactation, but here again scientific evidence is lacking.

They are also used in traditional African medicine.

Vietnam has passed laws banning the sale of pangolins but implementation appears to be weak. And while some pangolins are rescued, the country has limited capabilities when it comes to caring for them.

According to the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a million pangolins were poached in the decade prior to 2014.

Over the last three years, high-profile seizures of record numbers of pangolin scales by customs officials indicate that smugglers, traffickers, and traders are still selling the scales in large quantities.

On April 3, customs officials in Singapore seized a shipment of more than 14 tons of pangolin scales in what experts described as the largest seizure of a single shipment of its kind ever recorded.

Citing officials, The Washington Post reported that the shipment, which originated in Nigeria, was worth about $39 million U.S. dollars

Some 30,000 pangolins were believed killed for the shipment, according to an official with the Pangolin Specialist Group, who was quoted by The New York Times.

An IUCN Species Survival Commission formed the Pangolin Specialist Group in 2012. It comprises 100 experts from 25 countries and is hosted by the Zoological Society of London.

In 2016, an international body in charge of regulating wildlife trading worldwide acted to ban pangolin poaching, trafficking, and sales.

All 182 member nations belonging to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted in favor of the ban.

The IUCN maintains a Red List of threatened, vulnerable, and endangered species.

All eight species of pangolins, four in Asia and four in Africa, are included on the IUCN Red List, with their designations ranging from vulnerable to endangered.

Populations of all of the species are said by scientists to be rapidly decreasing.

The African connection

On Jan. 31 this year Ugandan authorities reported seizing 750 pieces of elephant tusks and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled into Uganda from neighboring Sudan.

Officials from the Ugandan Revenue Authority said that the smuggled items were hidden inside pieces of timber carried by three big freight containers.

Two Vietnamese men suspected of belonging to a smuggling ring involved in the case were arrested, the officials said.

The Associated Press quoted officials as saying that the elephant tusks were likely collected in neighboring Congo.

In Africa, elephants are threatened by demand for ivory products in China and other countries, including Vietnam. Africa had 1.3 million elephants in the 1970s but has fewer than 500,000 today, the AP said.

China has officially banned the ivory trade, but some ivory products continue to reach the country from Vietnam and elsewhere.

According to the Hong Kong-based Asia Times, while Vietnam made the trade of ivory illegal in 1992, the country is still a “top market” for ivory goods. They are largely used for decorations and are also used in traditional medicine.

Pangolin trafficking is also banned worldwide under an international treaty, but smugglers are known to bring pangolin scales to Hong Kong and then on into China. In early 2018, reporters from the French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that despite the international ban, Hong Kong shops were still selling pangolin scales, sometimes from behind stacks of boxes containing other goods.

The trade in pangolins shipped from the east-central nation of Uganda is highly profitable. Smugglers can buy the pangolins at low prices in Uganda and sell them at high prices in China and Vietnam. Meanwhile, a market for them has also developed in Indonesia.

Before April’s record-breaking seizure of some 30,000 pangolins in Singapore, this year, customs officials made other sizable seizures in Malaysia and in Hong Kong in February. The Hong Kong haul included 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and 2.1 tons of ivory, in a shipment marked "frozen beef" from Nigeria, media reports said.

Why we should care about pangolins

First of all, pangolins, many of which are about the size of a house cat or small dog, are a threat to no one except to ants and termites, which they lap up with a long, sticky tongue.

They can fight off animal predators with their sharp claws and their scales, which act as a kind of armor when they curl themselves up into a ball.

But pangolins possess little defense against human predators, who can simply pick them up off the ground.

“They’re defenseless,” said Hongying Li, the China program coordinator with the EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in New York which is dedicated to research and protecting people and animals from infectious diseases.

Li said that eating pangolin meat is “a way of showing off. It’s a way of saying I am very rich. I can afford pangolin meat.”

Li also said that pangolins are “very important to the environment, because they eat a lot of ants and termites…”

He described ants and termites as “a disaster for the forest.”

No celebrity status

But as Martin Fletcher of the Daily Telegraph in London explained in a recent article, pangolins “lack the celebrity status of elephants, rhinos, and tigers.”

That, he says, “helps explain why so few westerners even realize they exist.”

In reporting his story, Fletcher decided to check out zoos but found that not a single British zoo houses any of them. Leipzig is the only zoo in Europe that has one and is one of only six zoos in the world that houses them.

Pangolins are shy, nocturnal creatures and often inhabit forests where it is difficult to spot, photograph, or study them. In captivity, they usually fail to adapt well to alternative foods.

But some prominent figures in Britain have taken note of them.

In 2014, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, teamed up with the makers of the game “Angry Birds” to create an online contest aimed at helping the pangolin.

In 2015, the prince noted that “the humble pangolin…runs the risk of becoming extinct before most of us have ever heard of it.”

In an episode of the BBC program “Natural World,” David Attenborough said that the Sunda pangolin was one of the 10 species that he would like to save from extinction.

Attenborough recalled rescuing one of these pangolins from being eaten while he was working on a film early in his career.

He described it as “one of the most endearing animals I have ever met.”

The Sunda pangolin’s main predators are humans, tigers, and the clouded leopard.

The animal spends much of its life in trees and is classified as threatened.

‘Wildlife under siege’

The best recent journalism to appear in English on the subject of endangered wildlife in Vietnam was published on April 7 in The New York Times’ travel section of all places.

The author Stephen Nash travelled through a national park in Vietnam which is the home to many rare animals, including pangolins.

He concluded that “wildlife is under siege” in Vietnam and that national parks “are often no refuge.”

Nash learned that pangolins command $500 a pound for their meat and scales in folk-cure apothecaries in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Park rangers and others with whom he spoke at the Cat Tien National Park affirmed that the animal populations in the park were declining.

Some rangers were caught helping hunters catch or kill high-value animals, but those caught doing this were said to be severely dealt with.

The rangers earn something like $200 a month, a relatively low salary, which makes poaching an attractive career option, says Nash.

Dan Southerland is RFA's founding executive editor.

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Larung Gar Buddhist Academy Closes to New Enrollment as China Tightens Controls


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:25 - [CET]

Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have further tightened controls at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, declaring that no new residents may now be admitted to live and study there, Tibetan sources say.

The move follows a years-long campaign of expulsions of monks and nuns and demolition of their dwellings that has seen thousands already living at the sprawling study center forced to leave and forbidden to return.

Now, a government order recently delivered to senior monks at Larung Gar, located in Sichuan’s Serthar county, says that no further enrollments will be allowed, a source living in the region told RFA’s Tibetan Service this week.

“The restriction requires that not even one new admission from outside [Larung Gar] will be permitted,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“If the institute learns that any new residents have been admitted, those enrollees are to be turned away immediately,” the source said, adding that authorities have warned that failure to comply with government orders will lead to even harsher policies being imposed.

Walls have recently been built around large sections of Larung Gar, and three checkpoints put in place, to prevent unauthorized entry, another local source told RFA.

“The arrivals and departures of monks and nuns are closely monitored, and they are kept under strict surveillance around the clock,” the source said, also speaking on condition his name not be used.

In a speech given on April 16 to monks and nuns at Larung Gar, senior teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe said 2019 may be a difficult year for residents at the center, warning that “almost any kind of problem may be encountered if we don’t exercise necessary caution and care,” RFA’s source said.

“The Khenpo urged that for the sake of the institute’s continuity and survival, everyone should behave appropriately in their actions and their speech,” the source said.

During 2017 and 2018, at least 4,820 Tibetan and Han Chinese monks and nuns were removed from Larung Gar, with over 7,000 dwellings and other structures torn down beginning in 2001, according to sources in the region.

The expulsions and demolitions at Larung Gar, along with restrictions at Yachen Gar, another large Buddhist center in Sichuan, are part of “an unfolding political strategy” aimed at controlling the influence and growth of these important centers for Tibetan Buddhist study and practice, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said in a March 13, 2017 report.

Reported by Lhuboom for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Dorjee Damdul. Written in English by Richard Finney.

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Bobcat survives deadly wildfire, has 4 kittens in California


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:46 - [CET]

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens. Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Friday that biologists recently found the bobcat’s den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in […]

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Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:45 - [CET]

ROME (AP) — The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy’s minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital “to build the path toward a […]

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Logan Morrison agrees to minor league deal with Yankees


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Logan Morrison has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, who sought another first base option with Greg Bird again on the injured list. If added to the 40-man roster, Morrison would get a one-year contract with a million salary while in the major leagues. Morrison told […]

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China's Political System Helps Advance Its Artificial Intelligence


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:14 - [CET]
Recent technological advances demonstrated by China have started an intense debate on whether it is set to take a lead in the field of artificial intelligence, or AI, which has extensive business and military applications. U.S. concerns about China's AI advances have also influenced, in part, the ongoing trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing. Both the United States and European Union are taking measures to stop information leaks that are reportedly helping Chinese companies at the expense of Western business. But many analysts are saying that Chinese corporate and defense-related research in areas like AI and 5G wireless technologies can thrive on their own even if information from the Western world is shut off. China is already reportedly leading in several segments of businesses like autonomous vehicles, facial recognition and certain kinds of drones. The U.S.-based Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence recently captured attention when it reported that China is a close second after the United States when it comes to producing frequently-cited research papers on artificial intelligence. The U.S. contribution is 29%, and China accounts for 26% of such papers. "The U.S. still is ahead in AI development capabilities, but the gap between the U.S. and China is closing rapidly because of the significant new AI investments in China," Bart Selman, president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a professional organization, told VOA. Political advantage Chinese President Xi Jinping has in recent months encouraged Communist leaders to "ensure that our country marches in the front ranks when it comes to theoretical research in this important area of AI, and occupies the high ground in critical and AI core technologies." He also asked them to "ensure that critical and core AI technologies are firmly grasped in our own hands." Analysts said China's political system and its government's eagerness to support the technological advancement were key reasons it could build infrastructure such as cloud computing and a software engineering workforce, and become a big player in artificial intelligence. Chinese companies enjoy special advantages in deploying new technology like facial recognition, which is often difficult in democratic countries like the U.S., said William Carter, deputy director and fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "China does have strengths in terms of application development and deployment, and has the potential to take the lead in the deployment of some technologies like autonomous vehicles and facial recognition where ethical, social and policy hurdles may impede deployment in the U.S. and other parts of the world," Carter said. China's capabilities in image and facial recognition are possibly the best in the world, partly because government controls have made it easier to generate data from a wide range of sources like banks, mobile phone companies and social media. "These capabilities arise out of the use of deep learning on very large data sets. In general, China has the advantage of having more real world data to train AI systems on ... than any other country," Selman said. Other areas where China has shown significant advances are natural language processing (in Chinese only) and drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) swarming. "China also has unique capabilities that are not found in the U.S. or Europe. I'm thinking of electronic payment platforms [e.g. AliPay] and the super app WeChat that provide an advanced platform for the rapid introduction of further AI technologies," Selman said. U.S. role Last February, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order asking government agencies to do more with AI. "Continued American leadership in artificial intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States," Trump was quoted as saying in an official press release accompanying the order. Critics have said that Trump's order does not suggest enhanced government investment and plans for attracting fresh talent in AI research and development, which is essential for growth and industry competition. Gregory Allen is an adjunct senior fellow with the research group Center for a New American Security. He was recently quoted as saying that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is spending the most on research and development at $2 billion over five years. In contrast, the Chinese province of Shanghai, which is a city government, is planning to spend $15 billion on AI over 10 years. "So literally, we have the U.S. federal government at present at risk of being outspent by a provincial government of China," Allen said. China's AI capabilities have limits. They suffer from major weaknesses in areas like advanced semiconductors to support machine learning applications. "At the end of the day, when it comes to most major AI fields, China is not the technological leader and is not the source of most foundational innovations," Carter said.  The U.S. still dominates in the overall market for self-driving car technology, machine translation, natural language understanding, and web search. China has gained a strong presence in a few segments of these businesses, largely because of its vast domestic market. Despite the competition, collaboration and exchange of ideas occur between the two countries in the AI field, although this aspect is less discussed, Carter added. "Politically, the dynamic is more competitive; economically and scientifically, it is more collaborative," he said.
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Keller suspended 5 games, Anderson, Renteria 1 each


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:00 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller has been suspended for five games by Major League Baseball, which concluded he intentionally threw a pitch that hit Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox this week. Anderson was suspended one game for his actions after benches cleared, and Chicago manager Rick Renteria was […]

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Bieber, Ariana Grande join Lil Dicky for Earth Day video


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:46 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined rapper-comedian Lil Dicky on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday. Dicky released the animated clip for the song “Earth” on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon and Grande is a […]

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Brazil leader wants to ease laws on carrying guns


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:46 - [CET]

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his administration will soon introduce legislation to make it easier to carry guns in public and to expand protections for people who kill in defense of their lives or property. The plans announced during the president’s Thursday evening internet broadcast would help fulfill his campaign […]

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Peruvians gather for funeral of former president Alan Garcia


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:46 - [CET]

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Large crowds have gathered in the Peruvian capital for the funeral procession of former President Alan Garcia, who killed himself after authorities arrived at his home to arrest him for alleged involvement in a corruption case. Mourners carried Garcia’s coffin through the streets of Lima Friday ahead of the cremation of […]

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The Latest: Some children shackled by couple to be in court


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:00 - [CET]

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Some of the children of a California couple convicted of torturing them for years are expected to be in court for their parents’ sentencing. It’s the […]

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Flyers cover statue of singer Smith amid racism allegations


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:00 - [CET]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are covering a statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith’s “God Bless […]

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'This Is Us' star Chrissy Metz finds her film 'Breakthrough'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:46 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Metz says she believed in miracles well before getting the call to meet producer DeVon Franklin to discuss taking the lead in director Roxann Dawson’s just-released faith-based drama “Breakthrough.” Metz was already familiar with the film’s story of Joyce Smith, whose son, John, fell through ice on a lake in […]

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Review: The Yawpers rock hard and soft on 'Human Question'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:46 - [CET]

The Yawpers, “Human Question” (Bloodshot Records) Denver trio The Yawpers are intense and dynamic on “Human Question,” a rambunctious album tracing some of the many paths that rock ‘n’ roll takes through its deep foundations in the blues. The band’s fourth album encompasses from approximations to white noise and Zeppelin-esque grooves to folky sentiments and […]

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Administration cuts space for detaining migrant families


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:46 - [CET]

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an “invasion” at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration regularly complains about having to “catch and release” migrants. At the same time, his administration has stopped using one […]

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Indians' Lindor set for season debut after being injured


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:45 - [CET]

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor says he is ready to make his season debut. Lindor sat out Cleveland’s first 18 games with a sprained ankle he sustained during spring training in Arizona while recovering from an offseason calf injury. He posted a reflective story about his career on The Players’ Tribune, describing […]

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Plenty of coaching changes around SEC during offseason


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:45 - [CET]

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There has been plenty of coaching turnover in the Southeastern Conference this offseason, just not involving any head coaches. This will be the first year since 2006 that the SEC begins a season with no new head coaches. But despite the continuity at the top, there has been nearly a 40 […]

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Climate protests close London bridge; 570 arrests in 4 days


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters are once again trying to shut down parts of London to urge residents to do more to protect the Earth from rising temperatures. Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson joined a rally by the Extinction Rebellion protesters in central London on Friday. She told the demonstrators in Oxford Circus “it makes me […]

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State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:45 - [CET]

South Dakota’s governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it’s built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting,” which is defined in […]

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Pompeo Dismisses N. Korea's Rejection of Him as US Negotiator


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:37 - [CET]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Pompeo's refusal to step down and the joint U.S.-Japanese pledge made at a meeting of their foreign and defense ministers at the State Department threw more uncertainty over the possible resumption of stalled denuclearization talks. The talks have been at an impasse over sanctions since Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended without any agreement in late February, and the North has warned it may not return to the table without immediate sanctions relief. "Nothing changed, we're continuing to work. I'm still in charge of the team," Pompeo told reporters, insisting that he and his special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun would remain on the job. "President Trump is obviously in charge of the overall effort, but it will be my team and special representative Biegun who will continue to lead the U.S. efforts to achieve what Chairman Kim committed to do,"he said. "He's made that commitment to President Trump multiple times, he's made it to me personally half a dozen times and I am convinced we still have a real opportunity to achieve that outcome and our diplomatic team will continue to remain in the lead.'' Pompeo's comments — at a news conference with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya — were his first response to the North Korean demand, which followed an announcement by Pyongyang on Thursday that it had tested a new tactical weapon. The test, along with the North's criticism of Pompeo for "talking nonsense" and misrepresenting Kim's positions, signaled a hardening stance and cast doubt on a quick resumption of negotiations. Pompeo, Shanahan, Kono and Iwaya all said that they would not bow to North Korea's sanctions relief demands. "We will continue to press North Korea to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles and related programs and facilities," Pompeo said, speaking on behalf of the group. "We will continue to enforce all sanctions against North Korea and encourage every country to do so.'' Kono said Friday's meeting came at "a critical time to align the response to the North Korean situation," noting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will travel to the U.S. to meet Trump next week and that Trump will soon visit Japan." Japan and the United States will continue to cooperate on full implementation of all U.N. Security Council resolutions," he said in reference to international sanctions the world body has imposed on the North. The U.S. is refusing to ease major sanctions until North Korea completely and verifiably dismantles its nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles while the North wants significant sanctions to be lifted before the process is completed. Japan has also advocated a tough approach to the North in contrast to South Korea, which has pushed for a step-by-step approach that would lift some international sanctions as incentives. Pompeo has said some minor relief, including the possible easing of travel restrictions, could be considered in the short- to medium-term but that the crippling sanctions the North most wants removed will not be lifted until it fulfills what he says have been Kim's repeated pledges to Trump to completely denuclearize. On Thursday, North Korea said it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Pompeo be excluded from future negotiations. Although the test didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle chances of resuming the negotiations, it allowed North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development and reassuring hardline military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington is a sign of weakness. North Korea's foreign ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by Kim, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. In a statement, the director general of the American Affairs Department Kwon Jong Gun said that Pompeo was "talking nonsense" and misrepresenting Kim's comments. During a speech at Texas A&M University on Monday, Pompeo said Kim promised to denuclearize during his first summit with President Donald Trump and that U.S. officials were working with the North Koreans to "chart a path forward so we can get there.'' "He [Kim] said he wanted it done by the end of the year," Pompeo said. "I'd love to see that done sooner.'' The North Korean statement said Pompeo was "misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement" for the negotiations to be finalized by the year's end, and referred to his "talented skill of fabricating stories." It said Pompeo's continued participation in the negotiations would ensure that the talks become "entangled" and called for a different counterpart who is "more careful and mature in communicating with us.'' In a speech before his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its stance on sanctions enforcement and pressure by the end of the year.
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Slain Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader's wife admits killing him


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:01 - [CET]

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — The wife of a Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader has admitted to fatally shooting her husband. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Malissa Ancona pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse in the 2017 death of Frank Ancona Jr. She was sentenced to life […]

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Jimmy Page reflects on Led Zeppelin's legacy and its sound


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:00 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would often confiscate it. “It would be given back at the end of the day. And this was quite repetitive,” Page said. That dedication worked out pretty well for Page, […]

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The Latest: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:00 - [CET]

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he’s not surprised by news that it’s been reclassified as the strongest possible storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey says he […]

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China Exporting Its Media 'Black Hole" to Other Territories: Press Freedom Report


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:57 - [CET]

China is a "festering" black hole when it comes to freedom of the press, a Paris-based media watchdog said in a recent report.

China fell one place lower on Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) annual Index of Press Freedom, the group said, "because of the monopoly of power exercised by [its] president Xi Jinping."

Citing Xi's amendment of China's constitution to enable him to serve a second, indefinite term in office, RSF said that the ruling elite suppress all debate in the country's state-run media, "while cracking down relentlessly on citizen journalists who try to make a dissenting voice heard."

"China’s anti-democratic model, based on Orwellian high-tech information surveillance and manipulation, is all the more alarming because Beijing is now promoting its adoption internationally," RSF warned.

Not happy with obstructing the work of journalists within its borders, China is now trying to establish a "new world media order," the report said.

"The Chinese system of total news control is increasingly serving as a model for other anti-democratic regimes," it said.

More controls in recent years

Chinese media commentator Jin Zhongbing agreed with the report's findings.

"There is a general sense that there are more [controls] in recent years, including legislation and various kinds of regulations, than there were before," Jin said. "Those of us who work in the media often find that our stories don't get published, because they touch on certain sensitive words."

"It feels as if the definition of what is sensitive is getting broader and broader," he said. "The space left by these policies is getting smaller and smaller, so it's a worrying situation."

Bruce Lui, senior journalism lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, said that even journalists working in or traveling to Hong Kong could be at risk of arrest for alleged infractions of Chinese law, under a proposed amendment to the city's extradition law allowing the rendition of "suspected criminals" to mainland China at Beijing's request.

"It used to be fine once you had gotten across the border into Hong Kong, but now, people will start to wonder whether they should take on certain types of reporting," Lui said.

"If [journalists] pursue certain stories, such as anything to do with the military, or the assets of the family members of Chinese leaders, offshore companies and so on, then they could get you on any pretext," he said.

"I think this is going to make some journalists a bit less bold about uncovering information in mainland China," Lui said. "Ultimately, it will have an impact on the media's function in monitoring those in power, and the public's right to know."

"It will mean that those in power have a totally free hand," he said.

An extension of the CCP

President Xi has insisted that the state media are an extension of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), sharing its aims and political goals, and act as its mouthpiece.

Last September, the U.S. Justice Department demanded that China's official Xinhua News Agency and state-owned international broadcaster CGTN register as foreign agents.

Xinhua News Agency is directly controlled by the CCP and answers to the country's cabinet, the State Council, while CGTN is the English-language network of Beijing-based state broadcaster CCTV, under the direct control of the party's Central Propaganda Department.

Media regulators have banned the country's internet portals like Tencent and Sina from conducting any independent journalism of their own, requiring them to post syndicated content from organizations on the CCP’s approved state media whitelist.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) found in a recent survey of its members in January that more than half thought conditions had deteriorated in 2018, and surveillance and official retaliation had become the hallmarks of reporting from China.

Nearly half of the respondents said they were followed or "were aware that a hotel room was entered without permission.” Ninety-one percent said they were concerned about the security of their phones, while 22 percent were aware authorities tracked them using public surveillance systems.

Overall, 55 percent of respondents said they believed conditions deteriorated in 2018.

Official harassment or retaliation also rendered Chinese nationals working for foreign news organizations vulnerable, the report found, with 37 percent of 91 respondents reporting that their Chinese colleagues were pressured, harassed, or intimidated.

Reported by Tam Siu-yin for RFA's Cantonese Service, and by the Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday […]

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Popular national park hub to start charging for parking


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A popular hub for visitors to Acadia National Park is going to start charging for parking. Bar Harbor, Maine, has set time limits on parking in much of the downtown village for many years, but it plans to begin charging to park next month. The Bangor Daily News reports that […]

這篇文章 Popular national park hub to start charging for parking 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Review: Daniel Norgren rakes politely on trippy, bluesy set


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

Daniel Norgren, “Wooh Dang” (Superpuma) Daniel Norgren’s devotion to American roots music is undisguised on his latest work, “Wooh Dang.” But the Swede with the big Scandinavian following is anything but a copycat. Trippy, edgy and daring, Norgren’s first international release makes the case one more time that cross-cultural exploration remains the most fertile frontier […]

這篇文章 Review: Daniel Norgren rakes politely on trippy, bluesy set 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Powerful Emirati crown prince entangled by Mueller report


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:46 - [CET]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the most-powerful leaders in the United Arab Emirates has found himself entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian interference in America’s 2016 election. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believed to be the Emirates’ day-to-day ruler, […]

這篇文章 Powerful Emirati crown prince entangled by Mueller report 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Thousands gather for rally supporting populist Serbia leader


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:46 - [CET]

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands gathered in Belgrade on Friday for a rally in support of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who critics argue has overseen a dilution of democratic freedoms in the Balkan country. Authorities sealed off central streets in the capital as Vucic’s supporters arrived in buses from all over the country, […]

這篇文章 Thousands gather for rally supporting populist Serbia leader 最早出現於 The China Post。

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As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:46 - [CET]

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To understand Pennsylvania’s fast-changing political geography, look no further than Tom Killion. After Democrats recently flipped six state Senate seats in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Killion is one of the chamber’s last Republicans standing in those areas — and target No. 1 for Democrats in 2020. That’s when Pennsylvania […]

這篇文章 As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Colbert donates 00K from book to NC hurricane relief


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:45 - [CET]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has donated proceeds from his Hurricane Florence-related book to disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the comedian sent a check for 12,412 to Gov. Roy Cooper. The governor posted a “thank-you” on Facebook. Colbert and his writing staff […]

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7 Big Ten teams will extend QB competitions into preseason


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:45 - [CET]

The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday. First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted after the Buckeyes’ spring game last Saturday he hadn’t decided between Georgia transfer […]

這篇文章 7 Big Ten teams will extend QB competitions into preseason 最早出現於 The China Post。

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14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:45 - [CET]

A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall: EAST DIVISION INDIANA WRs Nick Westbrook and Donovan Hale, seniors. Westbrook, who missed 2017 with an ACL tear, showed glimpses of his pre-injury talent last season but not the gaudy numbers. Hale emerged as a […]

這篇文章 14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Chinese Courts Hand Down Jail Terms to PLA Veterans After Protests


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:43 - [CET]

Chinese authorities in the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Shandong on Friday handed down sentences of up to six years' imprisonment to 18 People's Liberation Army (PLA) veterans following mass protests in two cities last October.

Proceedings against the veterans—considered a politically sensitive group by the ruling Chinese Communist Party—have been shrouded in secrecy since, however.

Sentences ranging from suspended prison terms to jail terms of up to six years were handed down by courts in Jiangsu's Xuzhou city and Shandong's Weifang city on Friday.

The sentences were handed down by the Weicheng District People's Court in Weifang and the Tongshan District People's Court in Xuzhou, for public order offenses including "disrupting public order,"
"obstructing officials in the course of their duty," and "gathering a crowd to disturb public order," state news agency Xinhua reported.

In Weifang, Zhong Shifeng, Chen Jun and Wang Xiuqi were handed jail terms ranging from three to six years, while Yu Youfeng was jailed for four years and Wang Xuzhang for three years and six months for "disrupting public order" in Shandong's Pingdu city last October.

Meanwhile, defendants Hao Dongdai, Yang Xiaoqing, Ge Degao and Zhang Shanyan were handed sentences ranging from two years to two years and six months, the report said.

Yang Xiaoqing was handed a jail term suspended for three years, while Zhang Shanyan's sentence was suspended for three years. None of the nine defendants appealed, Xinhua said.

Xinhua said the defendants were accused of "falsely disseminating rumors" of police beatings of fellow veterans, and had committed crimes "under the banner of veterans."

In Xuzhou, the Tongshan court handed down jails terms ranging from two to four years to Bai Junguo, Gao Jianhui, Niu Weihao, Zhang Xiaolong, Li Xiangyang, Yin Yousheng and Jiang Cheng for "disrupting public order" during the Zhenjiang protests.

Wang Yihong received a suspended sentence on the same charge. Huang Ningjun, who "pushed a government worker into an artificial lake, causing minor injuries," was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence, suspended for four years.

None of the defendants appealed, and several were handed lighter or suspended sentences for "confessing" to the charges, and showing remorse for their actions, Xinhua said.

Veteran protests

Thousands of military veterans converged on Shandong's Pingdu city last October for a weekend of protests over police beatings of their former comrades-in-arms.

Last June, authorities in Jiangsu struggled to contain growing protests in Zhenjiang by at least 1,000 veterans enraged at the beating of a fellow veteran.

Hundreds of former armed forces personnel clad in military-style clothing gathered on a major road in Zhenjiang, shouting slogans and waving national flags, in a major public show of strength following a mass protest outside the Central Military Commission in Beijing in October 2016.

Calls to Yu Youfeng's family members went unconnected on Friday.

A source close to the family, who gave only her surname Wang, said the authorities currently have all of the relatives of PLA veterans under close surveillance by "stability maintenance" officials.

She said the relatives weren't even informed that their loved ones had stood trial, and had been prevented from finding lawyers to represent them, with only lawyers appointed by the government allowed to act for them.

"They wouldn't let [Yu's wife] go, and they didn't even inform her," Wang said. "They didn't know what was happening; they knew nothing."

"The police told her she wasn't allowed to go," she said. "I told her to get a lawyer as quickly as possible, and she did, but the government had already allocated a lawyer to him."

Fear of reprisals


A Shandong-based veteran who requested anonymity said news of the case had only just appeared with the Xinhua article, and declined to comment for fear of reprisals.

"When everyone read that, after I posted it in the group chat, they didn't want to speak out," the veteran. "It should be I who contacts you from now on."

A veteran Chinese journalist surnamed Chen said the sentences were intended as a deterrent to further protests by PLA veterans, and had sown despair among many in the community.

"It will definitely scare off some of them, and make people more afraid to stand up for their rights if they are likely to face this kind of suppression," Chen said.

"However, some people will learn the true state of our society from this [case], and find other ways to stand up for their rights," he said. "I don't think that this sort of suppression will get to the root of the problem."

The government has repeatedly promised a boost to benefits and opportunities for veterans, but activists say local governments are simply failing to deliver.

Reported by Wong Siu-san and Lee Wang-yam for RFA's Cantonese Service, and by Shi Shan for the Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Fears Grow Over Health of Detained Tiananmen Protest Veteran


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:28 - [CET]

Concerns are growing over the health of a former leader of the 1989 student-led democracy movement, currently charged with subversion in the southwestern Chinese region of Guangxi.

Zhou Yongjun was charged by the state prosecutor in Guangxi's Dongxing city with "incitement to subvert state power" last December, paving the way for a trial.

He has been held in the Dongxing Detention Center for the past eight months, according to his lawyer Tan Yongpei.

"His case was recently transferred to the prosecutor's office," Tan said. "Mostly, bail isn't granted [in cases like this]."

Tan, who visited his client on Tuesday, said there are concerns over Zhou's health, as he suffers from a dermatological disorder.

"His main demand is that he receive medical treatment," he said.

A friend of Zhou's, who gave only his surname Nong, said Zhou's detention could be a way to prevent him from marking the 30th anniversary of the massacre of civilians in and around Tiananmen Square by People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops, starting on the night of June 3, 1989.

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has never changed its official verdict on the weeks-long student-led democracy movement, which it regards as a "counterrevolutionary rebellion."

Memorials forbidden

Public memorials and events marking the anniversary of the bloodshed are forbidden in mainland China, although Hong Kong still holds an annual vigil attended by thousands of people.

"According to our assessment, this is probably part of the security measures linked to the 30th anniversary of June 4," Nong told RFA. "He may get out on bail after June 4."

"We call for his immediate release ... [because] we are mostly concerned about his health," he said.

Former 1989 democracy activist Gao Jian, who is now based in Australia, said he knew about Zhou's case.

"The mainland authorities are stepping up the pressure on all dissidents, rights activists, and petitioners, to a much greater extent than before," Gao said.

"In the past, a lot of dissidents used to go back to China regularly, but now they daren't go back at all, because this year is different," he said. "They are being extra careful."

Zhou Yongjun was initially detained last August in Guangxi's Dongxing city, near the border with Vietnam. His case has been sent to state prosecutors in Fangchenggang city, which is administered by Dongxing.

Lawyers say "subversion" charges are a catch-all crime used to target peaceful critics of the ruling party.

Zhou has served a number of prison sentences ever since his initial involvement with the pro-democracy movement on Tiananmen Square, only being released from the last in 2015.

If his case goes to trial, he could face another jail term of up to 10 years.

A prominent figure

Zhou was a prominent figure on Tiananmen Square in 1989, and was photographed by international media kneeling on the steps of the Great Hall of the People in a plea for China’s communist leaders to heed student calls for political reforms.

He was arrested and jailed for two years in the subsequent crackdown on student protesters in June 1989, losing his university place and his Beijing "hukou," or residence permit.

Zhou fled to Hong Kong and then traveled to the United States in 1993, living in New York City and Los Angeles.

He was detained again in 2009 for using a false passport to visit his ageing relatives after the Chinese consulate refused to renew his passport and imprisoned him on a fraud charge. His lawyers said Zhou was tortured in detention and denied family visits.

Zhou had also tried to visit China once before in December 1998 but was arrested in Shenzhen and spent more than two years in a labor camp.

Reported by Wen Yuqing for RFA's Cantonese Service, and by Wu Jing for the Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Moves like Jagger: Mick's partner debuts Stones-themed dance


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:00 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about your “Moves Like Jagger.” The recovering rocker made a stealth appearance at the ballet, slipping backstage Thursday evening to support his partner, Melanie Hamrick, as she presented her new dance based on Rolling Stones songs. It was Hamrick’s first work as choreographer. Jagger arranged the score of three Stones […]

這篇文章 Moves like Jagger: Mick's partner debuts Stones-themed dance 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Census estimates show Baltimore continues to lose population


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:00 - [CET]

BALTIMORE (AP) — New annual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Baltimore is continuing to shed inhabitants. Census data released Thursday shows that Maryland’s biggest city lost an estimated 7,346 citizens during the 12 months that ended July 1. That’s a loss of 1.2% of the city’s population. It’s the fourth straight year […]

這篇文章 Census estimates show Baltimore continues to lose population 最早出現於 The China Post。

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North Dakota company where 4 were slain seeks normalcy


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Camaraderie was so important for the “coffee club” at RJR Maintenance and Management that the four unofficial members often arrived at work early just to enjoy one another’s company, mugs in hand, before other employees arrived and the workday began. But that friendly calm was shattered around 7:30 a.m. on April […]

這篇文章 North Dakota company where 4 were slain seeks normalcy 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Deregulation effort could slice rules for frozen cherry pies


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies. Emails show the Food and Drug Administration planned to start the process for revoking the standard for frozen cherry pies this […]

這篇文章 Deregulation effort could slice rules for frozen cherry pies 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Indian budget airline Spicejet set to open a new route from Mumbai to Hong Kong – but will it just mean more delays for passengers?


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:16 - [CET]
Indian budget airline Spicejet is set to open a new route from Mumbai to Hong Kong, raising questions on whether aviation rules sufficiently protect passengers from unnecessary delays as the carrier’s flights are consistently late.The low-cost carrier already flies to the city, having launched a service between New Delhi and Hong Kong in November last year. But according to data from tracking service FlightRadar24, Spicejet flights from Hong Kong arrive in the Indian capital one hour and 23…
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Sandiaga Emerges From Defeat in Indonesian Election as Presidential Material


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:16 - [CET]
As Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto stood on stage claiming a victory in this year’s general elections that few could believe, Sandiaga “Sandi” Uno, his running mate, watched on from behind, ashen faced and dour. The image went viral on social media, highlighting a split between Prabowo and Sandiaga, who seemed at odds. According to all counts, apart from their own, they were defeated by the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has claimed victory with 54 percent of the vote. It’s a result Prabowo refuses to accept. “Sandi didn’t look very happy at being beside him last night. That was a facial expression we have not seen on Sandi for the entire campaign,” said Greg Barton, Chair of Global Islamic Politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization. “Normally he’s full of energy and smiling, that’s his trademark. He looked like he was attending a funeral,” he said. What followed was an uneasy night amid speculation that Prabowo would instigate mass rallies following Friday prayers, prompting an appeal from Police Chief General Tito Karnavian who told all parties to end the mobilization of supporters. Troops were seen being deployed in Jakarta. Instead of rallying on the streets, about 1,000 supporters gathered outside Prabowo’s home in central Jakarta, where he again refused to concede defeat, citing his own “quick poll result” – which has been widely discredited – and vowed to challenge the result through the courts. “Well he certainly wants to get attention, of course he’s got a few weeks before the official results come out in which he can save face by these sort of stunts, but it looks increasingly silly,” Barton said. Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also warned the post-election situation looked tense and could potentially could harm the country's security and political life while urging his supporters “not to get involved in any act of violating Indonesia's Constitution.” In a letter to his Democratic Party, Yudhoyono said the real results were determine by the General Elections Commission, where counting supports Jokowi’s claim to the presidency. But through it all Sandiaga, a successful businessman, emerged as a crowd favorite with his honesty and moderate views on Islam, acting as a counter-balance to Prabowo who has a long history of courting conservative Muslims. “An Indonesian friend of mine said ‘Sandiaga is the son-in-law that every Indonesian mother wants’,” said Don Greenlees, a senior fellow with the Australian National University. “The big thing is can he find a coalition of parties or a party with sufficient support in its own right to back him.” “He shapes up as a very good candidate for 2024, there’s no question that he has the ambition.” As the voting continued, Jokowi was a substantial eight percentage points ahead of Prabowo but this was still below expectations when compared with the double-digit lead he held in the opinion polls during the campaign. “Prabowo performed better than expected. He seems to have done best in the provinces that have the most pronounced Muslim identity. So the identity politics aspect of the election did bear out,” Kevin O’Rourke, an analyst with PT Reformasi Info Sastra, said. He also said Sandiaga had emerged as a future political force. “He has the asset base to finance another run. He has established a national profile and name recognition. But there’s also a few other considerations,” O’Rourke said. “There’s going to be a few contenders for the presidency next time around, including perhaps Prabowo himself. The result yesterday may embolden him to make a third try, health permitting, and if so then questions arise about which parties might be able to nominate Sandi for a run.” Despite protests from Prabowo, which mimicked his response to defeat by Jokowi at elections in 2014, Indonesia was widely praised for its handling of this election. For the first time the polls encompassed presidential, legislative and provincial ballots, included about 193 million registered voters and were dubbed “the most complex elections in the world.” Fears that large numbers of voters among the 60 million-strong youth vote, known as “golput”, would abstain or deliberately spoil their ballots due to dissatisfaction with both candidates, proved unfounded with turnout at a record high 80 percent. “We have a pretty mature system, as far as polling is concerned,” Barton added.
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World's smallest baby boy Ryusuke Sekiya, weighing as much as apple, ready to go home in Japan


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:05 - [CET]
The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said on Friday.Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension.At 258 grams (9.1 ounces) he was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy, who weighed just 268 grams when he was born last year. That baby was discharged from a…
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Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame’s smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral’s ancient wooden roof. Confounding officials who thought they had perished, the bees clung to life, protecting their queen. “It’s a big day. I […]

這篇文章 Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Name change at heart of North Macedonia election


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government’s survival in a society deeply divided by the country’s name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. The name change from just “Macedonia,” which paves the way […]

這篇文章 Name change at heart of North Macedonia election 最早出現於 The China Post。

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2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

CHICAGO (AP) — Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning. Documents obtained through open records requests show the resignations will take effect May 3 in the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Both deputies say their departures are unrelated to the Smollett case. Chief […]

這篇文章 2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office 最早出現於 The China Post。

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The Latest: Storms take aim at Carolinas and Virginia Friday


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:46 - [CET]

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Forecasters say the area at highest risk of severe storms and tornadoes Friday is home to 9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia and includes the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area. The national Storm Prediction Center says that […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Storms take aim at Carolinas and Virginia Friday 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Sanders says no culture of lying at the White House


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:46 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders pushed back Friday against allegations that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report exposed a culture of lying at the White House. Sanders also disputed allegations that she personally misled the media and TV viewers when she said in 2017 that “countless” members of the FBI had […]

這篇文章 Sanders says no culture of lying at the White House 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate. While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate movement, Italian classrooms […]

這篇文章 Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference 最早出現於 The China Post。

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