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Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case


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

PARIS (AP) — A French court cleared of defamation charges six women who accused a former French lawmaker of sexual misconduct and the journalists who reported the allegations. The court ordered Friday the former lawmaker, Denis Baupin, to pay 1,000 euros (,120) in damages to each of the 12 persons he sued. In May 2016, […]

這篇文章 Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Japan using emperor, first lady's birthday to court Trump


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

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and celebrate first lady Melania Trump’s birthday, and then is inviting him to be first foreign leader to meet Japan’s new emperor, the two countries announced Friday. Without close friends in Asia, Abe is […]

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Protesters in Bangladesh after girl is burned to death


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

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters gathered in Bangladesh’s capital on Friday to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school’s principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school […]

這篇文章 Protesters in Bangladesh after girl is burned to death 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US home construction slips 0.3% in March


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

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March, as housing starts are running below last year’s pace in a sign that inventory could be a challenge for would-be buyers. The Commerce Department said Friday that ground breakings last month occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million. So far this year, […]

這篇文章 US home construction slips 0.3% in March 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US home construction slips 0.3% in March


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

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March, as housing starts are running below last year’s pace in a sign that inventory could be a challenge for would-be buyers. The Commerce Department said Friday that ground breakings last month occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million. So far this year, […]

這篇文章 US home construction slips 0.3% in March 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Thai royal honour for Australians Richard Harris, Craig Challen who helped rescue cave boys


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:37 - [CET]
Two Australian doctors were given royal honours in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save.Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided over by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Four Australian officials involved with the rescue effort were also honoured.Both highly skilled divers, the doctors played key roles in rescuing members of the…
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Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:01 - [CET]

ATLANTA (AP) — Strong storms are roaring across the South on Friday, after killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The threat Friday shifted to Georgia, where multiple tornado warnings covered parts of northeast Georgia. There were no immediate […]

這篇文章 Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:00 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce he’s running for president next week. That’s according to three people with knowledge of Biden’s plans. Biden will enter the race as a Democratic front-runner, although the 76-year-old faces questions about his age and whether his more moderate record fits with a party […]

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Madonna and Maluma to perform new song at Billboard Awards


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna and Colombian singer Maluma will bring their new collaboration to life when they perform at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions announced Friday the duo will sing “Medellin” at the May 1 event in Las Vegas. The song, released on Wednesday, is from Madonna’s 14th album […]

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Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece. The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle […]

這篇文章 Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Thousands rally in Kiev in support of incumbent president


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands have rallied in the Ukrainian capital to support President Petro Poroshenko who is trailing in opinion polls ahead of this Sunday’s election. Poroshenko will be hoping he can help turn the tide in a televised debate Friday against his opponent, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who grew popular thanks to a television […]

這篇文章 Thousands rally in Kiev in support of incumbent president 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Philippines’ Duterte’s Popularity Soars


Reported to us by: Asia Sentinel - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:43 - [CET]

Votes pay no attention to civil abuses

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Indonesian social media users pay tribute to ‘martyrs of democracy’


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:32 - [CET]
As Indonesia awaits the official results of Wednesday’s general elections, the tragic cases of polling officers and policemen who reportedly died due to extreme fatigue have gained the attention of social media users. They have started using the hashtag #MartirDemokrasi (MartyrsofDemocracy) to honour those who died while helping to ensure that the world’s biggest single-day election could be carried out smoothly.Six polling station working committee officers were reported to have died from…
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Ruined by War, a Stricken Philippine Town Starts to Reawaken


Reported to us by: Asia Sentinel - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:25 - [CET]

Butig, wrecked in an attempt to establish an Islamic state, struggles

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Singapore student Monica Baey lashes out at NUS after man who filmed her in hostel shower goes ‘scot-free’


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:14 - [CET]
An undergraduate from Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken to social media to publicise a peeping Tom incident at her hostel, asking for “real change” in how authorities tackle acts that violate women.Monica Baey, 23, a third-year communications major, said she was taking a late-night shower in her hostel bathroom last November when she saw a mobile phone peeking from below the cubicle door.Before she could react, the phone disappeared and she heard whoever it was…
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Indian man amputates his own finger after accidentally voting for the wrong party in national election


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:13 - [CET]
An Indian man chopped off his index finger in desperation after voting for the wrong party in the country’s national election.Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday, his brother told AFP.Distraught, the 25-year-old Kumar went home and chopped off his finger with a meat cleaver.Even though votes are cast electronically at polling stations, the…
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Being a rugged outdoorsy Chinese-Canadian. What’s that all ‘aboot’?


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:11 - [CET]
Growing up in Canada, Ken Ho never quite felt like he fit in. At his Vancouver high school, children of Chinese descent like himself were either perceived as studious nerds, or wealthy “Fresh Off the Boat” international students.He could see little of himself either in Canada’s history or its contemporary culture – and he certainly wasn’t anything like the flannel-clad white men proudly proclaiming “I am Canadian” in the popular beer commercial for Molson Canadian.Why overseas Chinese are…
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Prabowo Claims Victory in Indonesia Election, But Quick Count Refutes That


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:07 - [CET]
Prabowo Subianto, the retired army general who ran against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the Indonesian presidential race on Wednesday, April 17, has declared victory in the country's national election. Accompanied by his running mate, businessman Sandiaga Uno, and representatives of the political parties that supported him, Subianto told a news conference at his home in Jakarta he won by 62% over the incumbent based on the votes they have recapitulated. “Today, I, Prabowo Subianto, state that Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno and myself declare our victory as President and the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia for the period of 2019-2024,” he told reporters Thursday. Quick count  accuracy The quick count results, however, refuted his claim. According to various survey agencies including Litbang Kompas, Indo Barometer, Charta Politika, Poltracking, Indikator and Cyrus Network, Jokowi and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, won by 53% to 55%, while Subianto and Uno only received 44% to 46% of the votes. Arya Fernandes, a political researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), believes the quick count results of the 2019 presidential election is accurate. “We believe in the quick counts that are done by CSIS with Cyrus Network, as well as other survey agencies. In general, candidate number 1 (Jokowi and Ma’ruf) is leading,” he told VOA. He adds the quick count results will not be very different with the final result from the General Election Commission (KPU), with a margin of error between 1% to 2%. According to Fernandes, the quick count is done with a strict scientific methodology and has been successful in showing the winner of the election since 2004, right after the voting is over. “What they do is counting the result of sample polling stations, so the result is shown. It is unlikely to change and that’s why quick count is a reliable tool in determining who is winning,” he said. Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Subianto’s campaign team, Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, asks Subianto’s supporters not to trust the results of the quick counts performed by survey agencies. “Remain calm and be patient. Follow the process and supervise (the counting), we will ensure Prabowo-Sandi win,” he stated on Wednesday. Dispute in Constitutional court? Andre Rosiade, another spokesperson from Subianto’s team, said they are planning to file a petition to the Indonesian Constitutional Court if the real count result from the KPU is different with his team’s result. “For example, if our real count (result) is different with the KPU, but we found massive and structured fraud, then it’s possible we will bring it to the Constitutional Court,” he said. Subianto also mentioned they have proof of various attempts for fraud which happened in villages, districts and cities in Indonesia. Rosiade added that the campaign team is still waiting to receive the data from all over Indonesia. Nevertheless, Rosiade reiterates that the final decision on the presidential election result lies with the General Election Commission. Official results expected in May The official result will be released by the KPU on May 22 after manually counting the number of votes from 193 million people who went to 809,563 different polling stations. According to their website, as of today, the commission has recapitulated the data from more than 11,000 polling stations, which shows similar number with the quick count results, Jokowi is leading by 56%. Fernandes believes it will be difficult to challenge the real count result done by the commission. They must have proof that fraudulent activities took place in one voting booth by looking at the physical evidence, such as the counting form on which each vote is recorded. “If there is proof then it can be settled at the Constitutional Court. But if we look at the process of regional or general elections in the past, in 98% of the disputes usually the commission will win. Only in a few cases they recounted the votes, usually in smaller polling stations,” he said. The chairman of General Election Comission, Arief Budiman, said the KPU has organized the 2019 presidential and legislative election transparently with many independent observer agencies involved in the process.   He asks the Indonesian people to wait for the official result.
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What influences South Korean support for North Korean resettlement?


Reported to us by: East Asia Forum - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:00 - [CET]

Authors: Timothy Rich and Andi Dahmer, Western Kentucky University

South Koreans use various terms for those arriving from North Korea, from defector to refugee to new settler. Each has its own connotations. These arrivals are challenging the South Korean government — still committed to eventual reunification — and the general population who see the arrivals as second-class citizens. The resettlement has also contributed to broader economic challenges in South Korea including in welfare spending and job creation.

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Few North Koreans made their way to South Korea before the famine of the 1990s. According to the Ministry of Unification, 10,000 North Koreans registered in South Korea by February 2007 and an additional 10,000 by November 2010. Nearly 31,000 North Koreans had registered by June 2017. Thousands still arrive annually despite stronger border controls under Kim Jong-un’s government.

Once the North Korean arrivals have been processed, they become South Korean citizens where language poses a hurdle to integration. The Seoul and Pyongyang dialects were different prior to the division of the country. Since then, the northern dialect has been influenced by Russian while English influences the southern dialect. North Koreans find that upon arriving in Seoul they may understand only 70 per cent of the words spoken and often find themselves talking with someone they may not understand. North Korean arrivals often deal with ‘accent discrimination‘ limiting their employment opportunities.

The financial resources needed to educate and train North Korean arrivals — such as computer literacy skills — have caused heightened public scrutiny. Reforms in 2004 attempted to address these concerns by reducing the resettlement grants to those processed by roughly two-thirds.

Female arrivals comprise over 70 per cent of those coming to South Korea in recent years. As a traditional patriarchal society with expectations of men as breadwinners, the South Korean public may see female arrivals in a more positive light, while male arrivals are more likely to encounter resistance similar to that of refugees and immigrants elsewhere.

We surveyed 739 South Koreans in March 2019 via Macromill Embrain to address perceptions of North Korean immigrants. The open-ended answers registered sympathy towards North Koreans and ideas of being of the same nation.

The survey also identified whether the public perception of aid for North Korean immigrants is dependent on the gender of the recipient. Respondents were supportive of either refugees in general or female refugees receiving increased funds from the government. But support declined by 10 per cent when asked about increasing funds for male refugees specifically. Male respondents were consistently more supportive of increasing funds compared to female respondents. If South Koreans are generally aware that most North Korean arrivals are female, the greater support among males could be a function of cultural norms about who should be in the workforce.

South Korea’s rapprochement efforts intimately shape the treatment of North Korean arrivals and it is imperative that South Korea develops long-term strategies for refugee integration that encourage eventual unification. As both linguistic variants of Korean continue to diverge and technology steadily develops, additional funding will be required to ensure successful transitions into the workforce.

These efforts should be viewed as part of a broader effort to develop a modern social safety net that lifts up both South Koreans and new arrivals. Part of this effort should focus on developing a coherent strategy for infrastructure and humanitarian assistance to North Korea. Assisting North Korean arrivals should be part of a policy narrative that focuses on job creation and greater opportunities for all. This will help the public overcome their hesitation to accept refugees and will assist in reducing the gender disparity that exists in part to deem who is and who is not worthy of social welfare.

Timothy S Rich is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Kentucky University.

Andi Dahmer is an honours undergraduate researcher at Western Kentucky University.

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AP PHOTOS: Czech believers revive Easter rattling procession


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:00 - [CET]

CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Participants in black suits with white masks are marching in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice, beating drums and pushing small carts in a revival of an Easter tradition. In several European countries the church bells fall silent in the evening on Maundy Thursday — according to tradition […]

這篇文章 AP PHOTOS: Czech believers revive Easter rattling procession 最早出現於 The China Post。

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India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan, claiming route is being used to smuggle weapons and drugs


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:52 - [CET]
India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbours.Kashmir has been on edge since a February suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries and brought the two countries to the brink of war with cross-border air strikes.On Thursday, India’s government, which is in the middle of a tough national election, said it had reports that trade on the…
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The Latest: Notre Dame artworks are safe, being removed


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:45 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 1:35 p.m. A top French art conservation official says the works inside Notre Dame suffered no major damage in the fire that devastated the cathedral, and the pieces have been removed from the building for their protection. […]

這篇文章 The Latest: Notre Dame artworks are safe, being removed 最早出現於 The China Post。

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The Latest: House chairman to subpoena full Mueller report


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:40 a.m. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says he expects to issue a subpoena within a few hours for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election meddling and President Donald Trump. The New York Democrat told […]

這篇文章 The Latest: House chairman to subpoena full Mueller report 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Indonesian Authorities Seek to Cool Prabowo Election Protest


Reported to us by: Asia Sentinel - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:39 - [CET]

SBY backs calls to cut tensions

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Illegal Charcoal Trade Wrecks Myanmar’s Bulwark Against Cyclones


Reported to us by: Asia Sentinel - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:22 - [CET]

Coastal mangroves fall to Thai smugglers

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Man who sent white powder to Trump's sons to be sentenced


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for a Massachusetts man who admitted to sending threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump’s sons and others. Daniel Frisiello is set to be sentenced Friday in Boston federal court. He pleaded guilty in October. The letter Frisiello sent to Donald Trump […]

這篇文章 Man who sent white powder to Trump's sons to be sentenced 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Tiny Japanese baby is ready to go home after 5 months


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]

TOKYO (AP) — A tiny Japanese baby who weighed just 258 grams (9 ounces) when he was born five months ago is going home from the hospital. Ryusuke Sekino was shown on Japanese TV on Friday sitting in his mother’s arms, looking somberly around at media cameras. His mother told reporters she was worried and […]

這篇文章 Tiny Japanese baby is ready to go home after 5 months 最早出現於 The China Post。

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10 Things to Know for Today


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CONGRESS MULLS NEXT STEPS AFTER RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings about President Donald Trump. 2. ANALYSIS: MUELLER PAINTS A DAMNING PORTRAIT […]

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

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Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has played the role on television for more than three. A look at […]

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German survivors of Madeira bus crash to be flown home


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:45 - [CET]

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — A German plane was expected to arrive on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Friday to take home survivors from a bus crash that killed 29 tourists. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced late on Thursday that the plane and medical crew were being readied. All the deceased were German. Sixteen […]

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Thailand says ‘seasteading’ couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski should fight charge in court


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:41 - [CET]
A senior Thai government official on Friday urged a US man and a Thai woman on the run from a possible death sentence for building an offshore “sea home” to fight the charge in court.The two, Chad Elwartowski and his partner Nadia Summergirl, have been accused of violating Thai sovereignty by raising a small cabin on top of a big, weighted spar in what they say are international waters, 14 nautical miles off the west coast island of Phuket.But Thailand says the structure is in its 200-mile…
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Mahathir’s government agrees to revive China-backed Bandar Malaysia project


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:37 - [CET]
Malaysia is reviving a China-backed prime Kuala Lumpur property project shelved two years ago, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday, in the latest indication that his government is rigorously ironing out bilateral sticking points ahead of next week’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.The revival of the multibillion dollar Bandar Malaysia project – put in cold storage in 2017 by Mahathir’s predecessor Najib Razak – comes just a week after his government signed a fresh deal with Beijing to…
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Car smashes into pedestrians in Tokyo, killing 2 on bicycle


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:45 - [CET]

TOKYO (AP) — A car driven by an 87-year-old man smashed into pedestrians at a Tokyo intersection on Friday, killing a woman and a girl on a bicycle and overturning a garbage truck, Japanese police said. Eight people were reportedly injured. The Metropolitan Police Department said the woman and child were pronounced dead at a […]

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Expats vote on giving Egypt president 8 more years in power


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:45 - [CET]

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says expats have started voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. MENA reported that Egyptians living abroad lined up outside their country’s diplomatic missions to vote on Friday, a day before the referendum starts in Egypt. The voting is […]

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盆地效應北市大樓傾斜 學者:都更速度比不上房屋老化 | Aging houses a major concern for earthquakes: scholar


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:00 - [CET]

根據中央氣象局報導,4月18日13時01分發生規模6.1地震,震央位於花蓮縣秀林鄉,台北市長安東路一棟大樓因此傾斜,老舊房子議題再度引發關注。 TAIPEI (The China Post) – The question of Taipei’s aging houses was raised again after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Hualien at 13.01 p.m. on April 18. The tremors caused a building on Chang’an East Road, Section 2 to lean and push against the next building. 學者呼籲,若強震發生於台北因「盆地效應」恐引發土壤液化、問題更嚴重,都更確實需要,雖然台北力推動都市更新淘汰老舊房屋,但速度仍不及房屋老化。 If another earthquake strikes in Taipei, the […]

這篇文章 盆地效應北市大樓傾斜 學者:都更速度比不上房屋老化 | Aging houses a major concern for earthquakes: scholar 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Does Japan’s Reiwa era promise a new economic dawn even as China rises?


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:00 - [CET]
On May 1, Japan will restart its clock, drawing the curtain on the Heisei era of Emperor Akihito and waking to a new – and hopefully brighter – Reiwa era of 59-year-old Emperor Naruhito. For many Japanese, this is perhaps not a moment too soon. For a couple of years, Japan’s economists have been talking up the “true dawn” unfolding in the country, as they try to put behind them the disaster, drift and global decline of three decades of Heisei.Most of their tentative optimism has arisen from…
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How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:52 - [CET]
Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known for working out any bilateral differences. These factors differ from China. “They’ve never had, I think, a standoff with any other country, because all the other claimants have respectfully kept to their developable spheres around the South China Sea, and I think there’s this intra-ASEAN consensus, that within ASEAN the claimants do not rock the boat so as to present a common front towards China,” said Alan Chong, associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Vietnam has slowly added buildings on some of its 10 major islets since 2017, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said in a report earlier this month. The initiative under the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 meters to 1,300 meters on its largest holding Spratly Island. ​Locking in occupation Development of military-controlled islands that Vietnam has occupied for decades in the South China Sea’s Spratly Island chain involves landfill work plus installation of solar panels on some buildings, the initiative report says. The report points also to 25 “pillbox” forts that Vietnam has built on sometimes submerged reefs or banks. Vietnam is very slowly reclaiming land for construction that offers self-defense against harsh weather, said Trung Nguyen, international relations dean at Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Construction has shunned use of large ships that might grab international attention, he said. “The Vietnamese government has made it very clear they just reclaim the islands for self-defense, and they do not expand massively for other purposes,” Nguyen said. “I don’t think the Vietnamese government wants to draw a lot of attention from other countries on their reclamation, so that’s the reason they want to do it quietly.” Hanoi hopes its tiny islets can get by without much help from mainland Vietnam, Chong said. He said the country is preparing for a long stay on the islets. Vietnam is upgrading islets to make them harder for China to take without a cost, not for offensive military use, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Director Gregory Poling said.  “The Vietnamese endgame seems to be making these facilities more survivable, raising the cost for the Chinese to try to take them,” he said. China normally leaves Vietnam alone at sea because they have shown a willingness to “bump shoulders” with Chinese vessels if pushed, he said. ​China contrast China claims about 90 percent of the disputed sea, overlapping Vietnam’s smaller claim as well as tracts that four other governments call their own. The other claimants are Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. Chinese reclamation work particularly alarms Vietnam because China controls the full Paracel archipelago, also claimed by Hanoi, and three major islands in the Spratly chain. Beijing’s reclamation work has created infrastructure for military aircraft and radars, the think tank initiative says. Chinese contractors had used 1,294 hectares of reclaimed land to help develop reefs and atolls under their control, according to a Pentagon estimate in 2016. China draws attention from other countries, including the United States, when it sends bombers and naval vessels into the sea. Both China and Vietnam cite historic usage to back their maritime claims. ​Keeping peace China and the Philippines have complained occasionally to Vietnam over the years because its islets fall into their claims. But the complaints fade because the other countries do not see Vietnam as a threat, scholars believe. Vietnam’s armed forces and maritime development budget lag China, which is Asia’s top economic and military power. Chinese officials meet sometimes with ASEAN leaders but lack access to the regular events for Southeast Asian heads of state, defense chiefs and foreign ministers. “One ASEAN country is not going to war with another ASEAN country,” said Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. “We would find consensus. That’s the true spirit of diplomacy.” Vietnam also has picked up support from Japan and the United States, both keen to limit Chinese expansion. Japan’s agreement in 2014 to donate six coast guard vessels to Vietnam helped prove its “power projection abilities,” Chong said. The U.S. Navy regularly passes ships through the sea to warn China.
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How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea


Reported to us by: S. China Sea - Voice of America - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:52 - [CET]
Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known for working out any bilateral differences. These factors differ from China. “They’ve never had, I think, a standoff with any other country, because all the other claimants have respectfully kept to their developable spheres around the South China Sea, and I think there’s this intra-ASEAN consensus, that within ASEAN the claimants do not rock the boat so as to present a common front towards China,” said Alan Chong, associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Vietnam has slowly added buildings on some of its 10 major islets since 2017, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said in a report earlier this month. The initiative under the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 meters to 1,300 meters on its largest holding Spratly Island. ​Locking in occupation Development of military-controlled islands that Vietnam has occupied for decades in the South China Sea’s Spratly Island chain involves landfill work plus installation of solar panels on some buildings, the initiative report says. The report points also to 25 “pillbox” forts that Vietnam has built on sometimes submerged reefs or banks. Vietnam is very slowly reclaiming land for construction that offers self-defense against harsh weather, said Trung Nguyen, international relations dean at Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Construction has shunned use of large ships that might grab international attention, he said. “The Vietnamese government has made it very clear they just reclaim the islands for self-defense, and they do not expand massively for other purposes,” Nguyen said. “I don’t think the Vietnamese government wants to draw a lot of attention from other countries on their reclamation, so that’s the reason they want to do it quietly.” Hanoi hopes its tiny islets can get by without much help from mainland Vietnam, Chong said. He said the country is preparing for a long stay on the islets. Vietnam is upgrading islets to make them harder for China to take without a cost, not for offensive military use, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Director Gregory Poling said.  “The Vietnamese endgame seems to be making these facilities more survivable, raising the cost for the Chinese to try to take them,” he said. China normally leaves Vietnam alone at sea because they have shown a willingness to “bump shoulders” with Chinese vessels if pushed, he said. ​China contrast China claims about 90 percent of the disputed sea, overlapping Vietnam’s smaller claim as well as tracts that four other governments call their own. The other claimants are Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. Chinese reclamation work particularly alarms Vietnam because China controls the full Paracel archipelago, also claimed by Hanoi, and three major islands in the Spratly chain. Beijing’s reclamation work has created infrastructure for military aircraft and radars, the think tank initiative says. Chinese contractors had used 1,294 hectares of reclaimed land to help develop reefs and atolls under their control, according to a Pentagon estimate in 2016. China draws attention from other countries, including the United States, when it sends bombers and naval vessels into the sea. Both China and Vietnam cite historic usage to back their maritime claims. ​Keeping peace China and the Philippines have complained occasionally to Vietnam over the years because its islets fall into their claims. But the complaints fade because the other countries do not see Vietnam as a threat, scholars believe. Vietnam’s armed forces and maritime development budget lag China, which is Asia’s top economic and military power. Chinese officials meet sometimes with ASEAN leaders but lack access to the regular events for Southeast Asian heads of state, defense chiefs and foreign ministers. “One ASEAN country is not going to war with another ASEAN country,” said Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. “We would find consensus. That’s the true spirit of diplomacy.” Vietnam also has picked up support from Japan and the United States, both keen to limit Chinese expansion. Japan’s agreement in 2014 to donate six coast guard vessels to Vietnam helped prove its “power projection abilities,” Chong said. The U.S. Navy regularly passes ships through the sea to warn China.
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North Korea’s ‘new guided weapon’ designed for ground combat, not a ballistic missile, says South’s military


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:02 - [CET]
The “new tactical guided weapon” that North Korea said it test-fired this week is believed to be a guided weapon for ground combat, not a ballistic missile that would have constituted a breach of sanctions, a South Korean official said on Friday.On Thursday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the test-firing of a new “tactical guided weapon”, touting its development as an “event of very weighty significance” in strengthening its military power…
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What’s China got to do with elections in India’s southernmost state?


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:00 - [CET]
India’s mammoth elections reached the country’s southernmost parliamentary constituency on Thursday, where an unlikely factor could prove decisive – the country’s battle with China for maritime trade supremacy.Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state is the proposed site of a new US$4.8 billion international container transshipment port being promised by the area’s current elected representative Pon Radhakrishnan, the outgoing junior minister of shipping who is seeking re-election under the banner of…
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Sudanese protest organizers to announce interim council


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:00 - [CET]

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protest organizers say they will announce an interim ruling council they want to see take over from the military that ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against him. The Sudanese Professional Association, which has been behind the four months of protests against al-Bashir, released a statement on […]

這篇文章 Sudanese protest organizers to announce interim council 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Aging houses a major concern for earthquakes: scholar


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:47 - [CET]

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The question of Taipei’s aging houses was raised again after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Hualien at 13.01 p.m. on April 18. The tremors caused a building on Chang’an East Road, Section 2 to lean and push against the next building. If another earthquake strikes in Taipei, the basin effects […]

這篇文章 Aging houses a major concern for earthquakes: scholar 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland rioting


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland say the dissident republican group the New IRA was probably responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Friday morning that 29-year-old investigative journalist Lyra McKee died after she was shot during rioting […]

這篇文章 Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland rioting 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Macron meets officials, eyes Notre Dame for legacy-building


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:45 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, where he is expected to set out ideas for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. He will meet with state delegates from UNESCO, which oversees global heritage issues, in the Elysee Palace Friday. Macron’s push for a speedy rebuild […]

這篇文章 Macron meets officials, eyes Notre Dame for legacy-building 最早出現於 The China Post。

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College golfer in hijab out to blaze trail for Muslim girls


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:45 - [CET]

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Noor Ahmed outwardly lives her Muslim faith, and even growing up in a state as diverse as California she says she encountered hostility on the street, in school and on the golf course. One of the top junior golfers in Northern California coming out of high school, Ahmed was a starter […]

這篇文章 College golfer in hijab out to blaze trail for Muslim girls 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Worth the risk? It's not easy to put a value on a cathedral


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. But contrary to what one might think, little of the money will come from insurance companies. Notre Dame and all of its pre-1905 artworks […]

這篇文章 Worth the risk? It's not easy to put a value on a cathedral 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Japan’s trying to fight gambling addiction ahead of casinos’ expected arrival


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:31 - [CET]
Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a plan to limit customers’ access to betting establishments and remove cash machines from the facilities, as the government attempts to curtail problem gambling before the opening of a number of casinos.Prefectures nationwide will formulate their own steps based on the government’s plan, with authorities required to take action under the basic law on measures against addiction enacted in October.“We will create a healthy society by thoroughly implementing…
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In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:45 - [CET]

KRYVYI RIH, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of their […]

這篇文章 In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change 最早出現於 The China Post。

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More yellow vest protests despite Notre Dame fire


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:45 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger. Some of the activists, whose violent protests against inequality have been shaking up France for months, said they cried in front of their TV sets as they […]

這篇文章 More yellow vest protests despite Notre Dame fire 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Mariners blow 8-run lead, rally for 11-10 win over Angels


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:45 - [CET]

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jay Bruce delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth, and the Seattle Mariners blew a late eight-run lead before rallying for an 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Ryon Healy homered twice and drove in five runs, and Omar Narvaez added a three-run shot as […]

這篇文章 Mariners blow 8-run lead, rally for 11-10 win over Angels 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Asian stocks modestly higher in quiet holiday trading


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:45 - [CET]

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes were mostly moderately higher in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% to 22,189.01. South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,219.78. The Shanghai Composite was little changed at 3,248.87. Some markets remain closed for the holiday, including in […]

這篇文章 Asian stocks modestly higher in quiet holiday trading 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Sleeping baby dragged from bed by wild dingoes on Australia’s Fraser Island


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:42 - [CET]
A dingo dragged a sleeping toddler from a camper van on a popular Australian holiday island late on Thursday, but his father awoke and pulled his 14-month-old son from the jaws of the dog.“The parents woke up to the baby screaming and chased after him and had to fight the dingoes off to take the 14-month-old boy away,” paramedic Ben Du Toit told local media on Friday.The boy suffered head and neck injuries in the attack on Fraser Island off the northeast coast and was taken to hospital…
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世新2020民調出爐!郭台銘狠甩蔡英文 小輸韓國瑜0.8% | Terry Gou leading President Tsai in polls, but remains behind Han


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:30 - [CET]

鴻海董事長郭台銘宣布參加國民黨總統初選,為政壇拋下一顆巨大震撼彈;此後,網路上有關郭台銘與先前聲量極高的高雄市長韓國瑜,以及民進黨可能總統參選人的民調紛紛出爐。世新大學4月19日公布最新民調,其中韓國瑜僅小贏郭台銘 0.8 個百分點。 TAIPEI (The China Post)–Following Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou’s presidential bid earlier this week, numerous online polls have already been released. According to a survey published by Shih Hsin University (世新大學) on April 19, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) hopeful Han Kuo-yu only leads Gou by 0.8 percentage point. 世新大學今公布 2020 總統大選的最新民調,其中有意代表國民黨參選的郭台銘,若是在藍、綠、白「三腳督」的情況下,對上有意角逐連任的民進黨代表總統蔡英文、台北市長柯文哲,郭台銘的支持度為 35.6% ,其次為柯文哲的 25.2% […]

這篇文章 世新2020民調出爐!郭台銘狠甩蔡英文 小輸韓國瑜0.8% | Terry Gou leading President Tsai in polls, but remains behind Han 最早出現於 The China Post。

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‘I’ll fight this crime till my last breath’: Bangladeshi girl’s last words after being set on fire for reporting schoolteacher’s abuse


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:20 - [CET]
A teenage Bangladeshi girl who reported being sexually harassed has died after being set on fire at school. Police and school authorities had ignored her complaints.The murder of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Feni on 6 April, followed her allegations of sexual harassment against her head teacher two weeks before. Nusrat suffered 80 per cent burns to her body and died 10 days later from her injuries.The case, which has received…
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Indonesia’s chocolate dream: sustainable cocoa farming


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:00 - [CET]
Tissa Aunilla recalls the day she brought a sample of her company’s chocolate to a group of farmers who grew the cocoa beans it was made from on the Indonesian island of Bali.“When they tasted it, they started to cry,” said Aunilla. Though the farmers had grown cocoa for years, they had never eaten the product made from their beans.The farmers in Tabenan, Bali, now set aside 80 per cent of their output for the single origin Bali bar made by Pipiltin, the Jakarta-based company Aunilla founded in…
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AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:46 - [CET]

Voters in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, voted in presidential and legislative elections. The key race pitted incumbent President Joko Widodo against nationalist former general Prabowo Subianto. A so-called quick count of ballots indicated the president was on his way to a second term, though official results must still confirm that. In other images from […]

這篇文章 AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Arraignment set for man charged after missing child hoax


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:46 - [CET]

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old man accused of impersonating a long-missing child is scheduled for arraignment in federal court. Brian Michael Rini (REE’-nee) of Medina (meh-DY’-nuh), Ohio, will go before Magistrate Karen Litkovitz in a Friday afternoon hearing in Cincinnati. He was indicted this week of two counts of lying to federal agents and one […]

這篇文章 Arraignment set for man charged after missing child hoax 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Warsaw synagogue 'reappears' on anniversary of ghetto revolt


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:46 - [CET]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by the German forces during World War II, has been virtually recreated with light as part of anniversary commemorations for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Light was projected Thursday night onto the facade of a modern building where the grand synagogue had […]

這篇文章 Warsaw synagogue 'reappears' on anniversary of ghetto revolt 最早出現於 The China Post。

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AP Was There: Teen boys unleashed terror, chaos at Columbine


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:45 - [CET]

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — On April 20, 1999, two teenage boys dressed in black trench coats went on a killing rampage at Columbine High School in suburban Denver. They shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded two dozen others before taking their own lives. Twenty years later, The Associated Press is republishing […]

這篇文章 AP Was There: Teen boys unleashed terror, chaos at Columbine 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Journalist who covered Columbine wonders about lives unlived


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel. Rachel. Isaiah. “You can’t prove a negative,” our teachers and parents sometimes tell us when we’re young. Yet when I look back upon my time in Colorado covering the almost-adults who were killed in the Columbine High School attack 20 years ago this week, all I can see are the […]

這篇文章 Journalist who covered Columbine wonders about lives unlived 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Votto hits 1st career leadoff homer in Reds' 4-1 win


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:45 - [CET]

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joey Votto hit his first career leadoff homer and Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker also connected for the Cincinnati Reds, who beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak. The Padres, who had a three-game lead in the NL West on Saturday, have lost four […]

這篇文章 Votto hits 1st career leadoff homer in Reds' 4-1 win 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Durant, Curry shut down Clippers in Warriors' 132-105 win


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:45 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear […]

這篇文章 Durant, Curry shut down Clippers in Warriors' 132-105 win 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Terry Gou leading President Tsai in polls, but remains behind Han


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:05 - [CET]

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Following Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou’s presidential bid earlier this week, numerous online polls have already been released. According to a survey published by Shih Hsin University (世新大學) on April 19, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) hopeful Han Kuo-yu only leads Gou by 0.8 percentage point. If President Tsai Ing-wen, Ko Wen-je, and […]

這篇文章 Terry Gou leading President Tsai in polls, but remains behind Han 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Don McGahn: The other lawyer who saved Trump


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:00 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude. McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 hours of interviews, emerged as a […]

這篇文章 Don McGahn: The other lawyer who saved Trump 最早出現於 The China Post。

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‘Existence denied’: ex-soldier reveals what it’s like to be gay in South Korea’s strict military


Reported to us by: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:57 - [CET]
Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier – a crime under South Korea’s military law.He kept his sexuality hidden from everyone, including friends and family, only meeting his lover off-base and after work.Same-sex acts are legal for South Korean civilians, although homosexual people live largely under the radar as it remains a conservative society, influenced by evangelical Christianity.But the South…
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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:46 - [CET]

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, […]

這篇文章 AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean 最早出現於 The China Post。

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How does a Central American migrant caravan form?


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:46 - [CET]

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — “When does the next caravan leave?” ”Can I go? I’m from Guatemala.” ”What papers do I need for my kids?” The questions pile up on the phones of hundreds of Central Americans, all with the same goal: Get as many details as possible before leaving their country. Costly phone […]

這篇文章 How does a Central American migrant caravan form? 最早出現於 The China Post。

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California couple who shackled children face life in prison


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:46 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The desperate cry for help came from a girl who had lived in such isolation for 17 years that she didn’t know her address, the month of the year or what the word medication meant. But after jumping out a window from the filthy home where she lived with her parents […]

這篇文章 California couple who shackled children face life in prison 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:46 - [CET]

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City is using science and technology to sustain the DNA and spirit of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil. As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to transplant […]

這篇文章 Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on 最早出現於 The China Post。

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'All in the Family,' 'Jeffersons' rebooted for live special


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:46 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” are coming back to TV, live and for one night only. Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will star in re-creations of episodes from the influential sitcoms born in the 1970s. Norman Lear, who created “All in the Family” and its […]

這篇文章 'All in the Family,' 'Jeffersons' rebooted for live special 最早出現於 The China Post。

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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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