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Union Pacific 1Q profit up 6% despite less freight


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:45 - [CET]

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s first quarter profit chugged ahead 6% even though the railroad hauled 2% fewer carloads and dealt with massive flooding. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday it earned .39 billion, or .93 per share. That’s up from .31 billion, or .68 per share, last year. The nine analysts surveyed by […]

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Three Chinese Arrested in Laos for Passing Counterfeit Currency


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:25 - [CET]

Police in Laos this week arrested three Chinese nationals for trying to buy holiday clothing with counterfeit bills that a shopkeeper had noticed were marked by smeared ink, causing her to contact authorities, sources in Laos said.

The suspects, two men and a woman, had recently arrived in Laos from southern China’s Yunnan province and are being questioned but have not yet been formally charged, a police officer in Luang Prabang city told RFA’s Lao Service on Wednesday.

“We’re investigating and interrogating them because they may have more accomplices,” the officer said, adding that the suspects have only been accused but not charged, and that authorities will contact the Chinese embassy in Laos once their investigation is complete.

“Using fake money is a serious crime,” the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Lao citizens and especially shopkeepers must be careful before accepting large bills, including bills in U.S. and Thai currency, and check closely to see if the money they are handed is real or fake, the officer said.

'The ink came off'

Also speaking to RFA, an immigration officer in the Luang Prabang provincial police department confirmed the arrests, saying the Chinese taken into custody on April 14 had tried to pass “fake money” including 100,000 kip (U.S. $12) and 50,000 kip (U.S. $6) banknotes.

“When put in contact with water, the bills smeared, the ink came off, and the line on the notes broke,” the officer said, also speaking on condition he not be named.

Alerted by a shopkeeper from whom the Chinese had attempted to buy $200 worth of Lao New Year’s clothing, police then confiscated the counterfeit bills and later, while questioning the three, found more fake bills of Lao currency in large denominations totaling nearly a thousand dollars, the officer said.

This week’s arrests mark the latest discovery by police of counterfeit currency in Laos, with fake 100,000 kip banknotes found circulating several years ago in the capital Vientiane and in many of the country’s provinces, including Houaphanh and Xayaburi.

Meanwhile, moves in Laos to promote Chinese tourism in the coming year will benefit mainly Chinese businesses already established in the impoverished Southeast Asian country, with ordinary Lao citizens less likely to cash in, Lao sources told RFA in earlier reports.

Lao authorities in January deported 104 Chinese nationals accused of cheating Lao citizens in online fraud schemes back to China, sources said.

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

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Trump welcomes wounded warriors who are on their annual ride


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:01 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump highlighted his efforts to build up the military as he welcomed wounded warriors for an annual White House visit. The 22 men and seven women were on the Washington segment of a multiday event through Maryland and Virginia. The ride was created to inspire service members who are living […]

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Just like the old days, double looms into view for Liverpool


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:00 - [CET]

They were the sort of momentous weeks that became so commonplace for Liverpool during its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Back then, when the team was virtually untouchable at home and on the continent, Liverpool would be challenging for both the European Cup — as it was called then — and the […]

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Raiders have 3 1st-rounders in GM Mike Mayock's 1st draft


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:00 - [CET]

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock won’t exactly get to ease into his new role as Oakland Raiders general manager after spending years as a draft analyst. Mayock knows he will be highly scrutinized with three first-round picks thanks to coach Jon Gruden’s much-criticized trades that sent franchise building blocks Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper […]

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Titans have flexibility to add help at No. 19 in NFL draft


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:00 - [CET]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music City and the NFL are throwing quite a party for the draft, and the Tennessee Titans will be a couple of miles away at team headquarters quietly biding their time until hitting the clock. “We’re going to have to sit and wait for a while till we’re picking there at […]

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The Latest: NYC cathedral suspect had booked flight to Italy


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:47 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s in New York City (all times local): 1 p.m. Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had booked a flight to Italy and […]

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Review: In 'La Llorona,' a creepy folktale made banal


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:47 - [CET]

La Llorona, a woman who according to Mexican legend murdered her own children and now wanders the earth looking for them, snatching other unsuspecting tots and drowning them, gets her close-up in a major Hollywood film, Warner Bros.’ “The Curse of La Llorona .” It’s a pretty terrifying bedtime story popular in the Latino community, […]

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Peru ponders corruption probe's cost after shocking suicide


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:47 - [CET]

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The suicide of former President Alan Garcia has shocked Peruvians and sparked a debate swirling Thursday on television channels and in newspaper columns: What will be the price of the country’s painful reckoning with corruption? All but one of the nation’s living elected former presidents are suspected of taking part in […]

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Publishers hurry to release book editions of Mueller Report


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

NEW YORK (AP) — With the Mueller Report finally out, at least in redacted form, publishers are hurrying to release book editions. Two Mueller Report books already are in the top 100 on Amazon.com. Digital and paper publications will be released over the next few days by Scribner, Melville House and Skyhorse among others. Barnes […]

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Coach Moorhead puts focus on Mississippi State's offense


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

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s lack of a consistent passing offense wrecked what could have been a special season in 2018. Second-year coach Joe Moorhead is working to correct the issues. The Bulldogs recently wrapped up spring drills and it’s no secret that fixing the offense — specifically the passing game — was one […]

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Dustin Johnson commits to Detroit Rocket Mortgage Classic


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

DETROIT (AP) — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson have committed to play in the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic. The announcement was made Thursday, two-plus months before Detroit-based Quicken Loans brings a PGA Tour event to the Motor City for the first time. Johnson is currently the No. 1 player in the world ranking, […]

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WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart undergoes surgery for torn Achilles


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

SEATTLE (AP) — Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart has undergone surgery to repair her ruptured right Achilles tendon. The Seattle Storm said Stewart had surgery Thursday morning in Los Angeles and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2020 WNBA season. Stewart suffered the injury while playing for Russian club Dynamo […]

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Eagles have luxury of drafting talent over need


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

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adding proven veterans in trades and free agency has allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to stick to their philosophy of selecting talent over need in the NFL draft. “We want to retool. We don’t want to rebuild when we have this amount of talent on our team,” said Howie Roseman, the team’s executive […]

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Rookie GM DeCosta takes reins from Newsome in Ravens draft


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

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — For the first time since the Ravens came to Baltimore, someone other than Ozzie Newsome will have the final say during the NFL draft. Rookie general manager Eric DeCosta will be hard-pressed to duplicate the initial draft of his predecessor, who selected Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis with the first […]

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Israeli team: human error may have caused spacecraft crash


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

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week’s failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the botched lunar mission, said Thursday that its engineers collectively decided to restart the inertial measurement unit, a critical part of the spacecraft’s guidance system, […]

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Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis


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

BAUTA, Cuba (AP) — Just after 8 a.m., Pura Castell got in line behind about 100 other people waiting for a chance to buy frozen chicken legs. For two hours she leaned on her cane watching people leave the state-run market with their 5-pound limit. The chicken ran out at 10 a.m. while the 80-year-old […]

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Authoritarian Leaders Fueled Hatred Toward Journalists Worldwide, Study Finds


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:22 - [CET]
A report released Thursday concludes disdain for journalists throughout the world has increased during the past year, due primarily to the behavior of authoritarian leaders. The 2019 World Press Freedom Index report, conducted by Reporters Without Borders, said "authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media," resulting in a "hatred of journalists" that has "degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear." The United States' ranking in the annual index of press freedom declined for the third time in three years, a result of U.S. President Donald Trump's regular threats to reporters and his inflammatory remarks about the media, the report said. The U.S. ranked 48th among the 180 nations and territories that were surveyed, maintaining a descent that started in 2016.  For the first time since the report started in 2002, the United States was included in a category of countries where the treatment of journalists is described as "problematic." The report said while a deterioration of the press freedom climate in the U.S. predated Trump's presidency, the first year of his time in office "has fostered further decline in journalists' right to report."  The report cited Trump's repeated declarations of the news media as an "enemy of the American people," attempts to deny White House access to "multiple media outlets," regular use of the term "fake news" in retaliation to critical reporting, and calls to revoke the broadcasting licenses of "certain media outlets." It noted that hatred toward reporters prompted a gunman to murder four journalists and another employee last June at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland just east of Washington.  The gunman had mental health issues and was angry with the newspaper for reporting about his pleading guilty to criminal harassment in 2011.   "Amid one of the American journalism community's darkest moments, President Trump continued to spout his notorious anti-press rhetoric, disparaging and attacking the media at a national level," the report said. European countries once again occupied most of the spots at the top of the index.  Norway topped the list for the third consecutive year, followed by Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark.  The United Kingdom ranked 33rd, rising seven spots since last year.  But the report said the U.K. "remained one of the worst-performing countries in Western Europe," noting its more favorable ranking was due to the sharp deterioration of press freedom in other countries. The countries at the bottom of the list were dominated by Asian countries.  Turkmenistan ranked 180, topped by North Korea, Eritrea, China and Vietnam in ascending order. The Americas experienced the most pronounced regional deterioration worldwide, primarily due to the decline of the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The European Union and the Balkans registered the second largest regional deterioration, followed by the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific. The findings are based on responses to an 87-question survey that assesses pluralism, media independence and censorship in each country. Government policy was not evaluated. Responses were provided by media representatives, sociologists and attorneys around the world.  Their feedback was integrated into a database of reported abuses and violent acts against journalists. To access the report in its entirety, visit https://rsf.org/en/ranking_table.    
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The Latest: Strong storms moving into southeastern US


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

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the United States (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Forecasters are warning about tornadoes and other violent weather as a storm system moves into the southeastern United States. The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings about a front pushing eastward from Texas on […]

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Ethiopia crash victims' relatives mark 40 days of mourning


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:48 - [CET]

BISHOFTU, Ethiopia (AP) — Dozens of relatives of the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have gathered to end 40 days of mourning according to Ethiopian Orthodox tradition. Families held victims’ photos or flags representing their 35 nationalities. Many wore black. The March 10 crash occurred shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa […]

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Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:47 - [CET]

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive. Kami Rita, a renowned climber who […]

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Indiana sewer project unearths trove of mastodon bones


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:47 - [CET]

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Workers installing sewer lines across a southern Indiana farm unearthed the fossilized bones of a mastodon that likely stood about 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall. The bones include most of a tusk, parts of a skull and a jawbone with teeth. They were recently dug up on a farm in Seymour, […]

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'Courage' special brings author Brené Brown to Netflix


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:47 - [CET]

NASHVIILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brené Brown’s books on shame, vulnerability and courage have given her A-list fans like Oprah and Melinda Gates and made her a go-to leadership consultant for both Pixar and the Seattle Seahawks. But Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, thought she’d spend her […]

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Partner of cop charged in Minneapolis shooting takes stand


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:47 - [CET]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home is describing the moments before the shooting. Officer Matthew Harrity is a critical witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with […]

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Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support


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

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s justice minister says he is resigning after losing the support of the governing Social Democratic Party. Tudorel Toader says in a statement Thursday he decided to present his resignation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila despite declaring hours earlier that he would stay in his post. Toader’s downfall was seen as […]

這篇文章 Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Wash. poised to become 1st state with long-term care benefit


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

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for daily assistance. The measure creates a […]

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Pochettino closer to collecting trophy not just plaudits


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

Returning to the Tottenham dressing room, with his players embracing after the wildest of games, a roaring Mauricio Pochettino turned back to the tactics board. And pounded it with his right hand. No game plan, no master strategy could have prepared Tottenham for what unfolded over the previous couple of hours on the field at […]

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Soccer players launch social media boycott over racial abuse


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

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms. Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. […]

這篇文章 Soccer players launch social media boycott over racial abuse 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Hong Kong Journalists 'Pressured Not to Mention Independence': Survey


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:19 - [CET]

Press freedom in Hong Kong is at a new low in the eyes of its residents and journalists, with the growing influence of the ruling Chinese Communist Party cited as the main factor in the decline, a new survey has found.

The survey, commissioned by the Hong Kong Journalists' Association (HKJA) and conducted by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme, found that one in five journalists had come under pressure not to write so much about people wanting independence for the city.

Eighty-one percent of journalists who responded to the survey said press freedom in Hong Kong had worsened since last year, while 25 percent described it as "much worse" since last year.

"Self-censorship and pressure from the Central Government are listed as the top factors in their assessment of press freedom," the HKJA said in a report on its website.

"What is worrying is that 112 journalists, or 22 percent of the 516 respondents, said their seniors had exerted pressure on them to drop or reduce reporting on Hong Kong independence," the report said.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents said that China's ever-expanding influence over Hong Kong’s affairs had made them uncomfortable in reporting dissenting voices, an increase of six percent compared with a survey from last year.

Meanwhile, public perceptions of press freedom in the formerly freewheeling city have fallen to their lowest level since the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, according to a public opinion portion of the survey.

Chief among public concerns was "pressure exerted by the central government" in a number of incidents, including the denial of a work visa to Financial Times Asia Editor Victor Mallet, after he hosted an event at the Foreign Correspondents' Club where a pro-independence politician was the speaker.

"Some have used the fable about slowly cooking a frog to describe the environment of press freedom in Hong Kong. Now, the water is no longer simmering but boiling," said an HKJA spokesperson.

HKJA chairman Chris Yeung said the report sounds a warning bell over press freedom in Hong Kong, and that political pressure should never result in less reporting on any topic.

Citing public concerns over the banning of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) after its founder Andy Chan gave his address at the FCC event, Yeung said the Hong Kong government had a responsibility to defend the city's traditional freedoms, as stipulated by China’s 1984 handover treaty with the United Kingdom and Hong Kong's Basic Law.

But Yeung said attempts to raise such concerns with Hong Kong officials had fallen on deaf ears.

"We had the opportunity to reflect some of these problems to officials, but after talking to them, we found that the government really didn't grasp the nature of the problem," he said.

"This will make the media feel powerless," said Yeung, adding, "I think the public will also be feeling a bit powerless, and be worrying about the future of the freedom of speech and press freedom [in Hong Kong.]”

Journalists and public participants in the survey also cited a fall in confidence in the media's capacity to act as a watchdog, the adequacy of legal safeguards for access to information and the overall diversity of viewpoints expressed in media reporting.

"The Central Government was listed for the first time by the public as the top most important factor in their assessment of press freedom in
Hong Kong," the HKJA said.

About 70 percent of respondents regarded the decision to bar Victor Mallet from entering Hong Kong damaging to the city’s press freedom.

Other events seen as threatening to freedom of expression included the retraction by major Hong Kong media outlets of remarks made by China's propaganda chief, Huang Kunming.

In a live video, Huang told a delegation of Hong Kong media bosses that "Hong Kong media should not become a political base for interfering with the rest of China.”

Huang's comments were relayed to the media by the boss of Singtao media group, Siu Sai-wo, who headed the delegation, but some media outlets, which were represented in the delegation, later changed their original reports, deleting Siu’s comment, the HKJA said at the time.

Last November, two venues in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, an incident that was also raised by respondents to the survey.

The Tai Kwun Arts and Heritage Centre canceled Ma's event, in which he was to discuss his latest book, “China Dream,” a biting satire of President Xi Jinping's concept of a resurgent China. It later reinstated the event after a public outcry.

Physical attacks by Chinese public servants on members of Hong Kong’s media in Beijing and Sichuan province were also cited as having a deleterious effect on press freedom, the HKJA report found.

The public opinion survey ran from Jan. 21-24 and interviewed a total of 1,033 Cantonese speaking Hong Kong residents aged 18 or older.

The HKJA based its findings on questionnaires sent to journalists between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28, receiving 535 responses.

Reported by Lee Wang-yam for RFA's Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions


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

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and his ties to the United […]

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IPO mania: Zoom, Pinterest surge in market debuts


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

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving unicorn technology companies Zoom and Pinterest a rousing reception in their debuts on the stock market. Zoom Video Communications, which makes video conferencing technology, soared 70% after pricing its initial public offering at 6. Pinterest, which lets users share images of crafts and other projects, jumped 25% after […]

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Amazon and Google end spat, bring YouTube to Amazon devices


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

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Google are ending their nearly 2-year spat, agreeing to bring their video streaming apps to each other’s devices. Back in 2017, Google pulled its popular YouTube video app from Amazon’s Fire TV after the online shopping giant refused to sell some Google products. Amazon has since started to sell […]

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Evangelical Group Says Laos Has Deported 3 American Missionaries


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:56 - [CET]
A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported. The operations manager for Vision Beyond Borders, Eric Blievernicht, said in an e-mail that the three crossed into Thailand on Thursday night. "Our prayers for their release and that they might be home for Easter are being answered," Blievernicht wrote. He gave no other details. The missionaries, identified by the Casper, Wyoming-based group only as Wayne, Autumn and Joseph, were detained by Laotian police on April 8 while visiting villages in the northwestern province of Luang Namtha to distribute Gospel tracts and other Christian material. The website of U.S.-government funded Radio Free Asia, citing an unidentified district policeman, reported Tuesday that the three were detained for handing out religious materials without receiving official permission. Christians in Laos, especially those carrying out proselytizing work, face pressure from two quarters. The country's rigid old-style communist government is suspicious of outsiders and seeks to regulate all religions. The mostly Buddhist country's animist community, usually found in rural areas, also is often hostile. The U.S. State Department's 2017 International Religious Freedom Report said about Laos that "Reports continued of authorities, especially in isolated villages, arresting, detaining, and exiling followers of minority religions, particularly Christians." Vision Beyond Borders is one of a number of missionary groups that do semi-covert work in countries whose governments are often hostile to Christianity, and are best known for actions like smuggling Bibles into places such as China. The group says it also helps support poor and orphaned children, provides safe houses for women who have escaped sex trafficking, and has sent refugee relief supplies to the Middle East.
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ACC teams look to answer questions at quarterback


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:49 - [CET]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney’s quarterback situation at Clemson seems settled for a while. Not many of his colleagues around the Atlantic Coast Conference can say the same thing. Ten schools faced questions of varying degrees of urgency at QB this spring. Eight of those schools lost a starter from last year either due […]

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Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:48 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate. The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person’s genetic code, seeking variants that […]

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The Latest: Colorado schools reopen a day after threat


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:48 - [CET]

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Colorado schools that were shuttered just ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting have reopened, a day after authorities found the body of a young […]

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The Latest: Canadian sentenced to life in US airport attack


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer (all times local): 11:25 a.m. A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison. Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) was […]

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McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally. The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices. The Kentucky Republican represents a state that for generations was a […]

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Corporate deal-making dips in 1Q on trade, economy fears


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:45 - [CET]

Lingering trade spats and a fears of a global economic slowdown stunted corporate deal-making worldwide during the first quarter. Large, international deals that drove the acquisitions market for years nearly disappeared, pushing deal values down by 15% from a year ago. Deal-making in Europe plunged to its lowest level in nearly seven years. Deal values […]

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Lockdown: Notre Dame's neighborhood isolated since fire


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:45 - [CET]

PARIS (AP) — The neighborhood around Notre Dame Cathedral is usually buzzing with tourists all year. Now the shops and cafés are empty and the streets eerily quiet. Since Monday’s fire, half the island in the middle of the Seine has been closed to visitors. Residents who have the right to cross the safety cordons […]

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Retired Chinese Doctor Incommunicado After Calling Tiananmen Massacre a 'Crime'


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:29 - [CET]

A retired military doctor who recently wrote to the leaders of the ruling Chinese Communist Party calling the Tiananmen massacre a crime is incommunicado ahead of 30th anniversary of the bloody crackdown that ended the 1989 pro-democracy movement, RFA has learned.

Jiang Yanyong, 87, is believed to be under house arrest at an unknown location after he wrote to President Xi Jinping during the annual parliamentary sessions in Beijing last month, friends told RFA.

In 1989, Jiang was a surgeon in active service at the Chinese People's Liberation Army 301 Hospital in Beijing, where he took part in the rescue and treatment of the injured during the massacre, which began on the night of June 3.

Jiang later shot to fame in 2003 as the doctor who blew the whistle on a massive cover-up by Chinese health authorities of the extent of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the city that year.

On Feb. 24, 2004 he threw the full weight of his fame behind renewed calls for an official reappraisal of the Tiananmen Square protests as a "patriotic movement," risking a happy and peaceful retirement to do so, according to his family.

Beijing-based independent journalist Gao Yu said Jiang's family home is now cut off from all communication with the outside world.

"It's pretty obvious why," Gao said. "This year, he wrote a letter to the highest levels of the party Central Committee during the National People's Congress, and clearly stated in the letter that [the] June 4,1989 [massacre] was a crime."

"He demanded a resolution, and asked the authorities to apportion blame and responsibility," she said. "His letter was the most direct expression regarding June 4 this year."

More security this year


Gao said this year's security measures were tighter than in previous years, in recognition that the 30th anniversary is more powerfully significant in people's minds.

"The defensive measures they have in place for this year's June 4 are much stronger," she said.

Gao said she had herself been placed under surveillance for several weeks after she visited the home of late ousted premier Zhao Ziyang on Jan. 16, to pay her respects on the anniversary of his death.

Zhao was ousted after showing too much sympathy with the student-led democracy protesters, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest at his Beijing home.

Jiang was forced to retire in 1993 from his position at the People's Liberation Army 301 Hospital in Beijing.

During the SARS epidemic of 2002-2003, Jiang sent statistics collected from several hospitals to media organizations in a bid to blow the whistle on a government attempt to cover up the extent of the epidemic.

However, state broadcaster CCTV and Chinese-owned Phoenix TV failed to report the story, so Jiang spoke instead to Time magazine.

Jiang had previously tried to leave China, but was secretly detained in Beijing June 1, 2004, together with his wife Hua Zhongwei. The couple had been on their way to apply for visas to visit their daughter in California.

'Counterrevolutionary rebellion'


The 1989 protests, which took over Tiananmen Square for several weeks, were sparked by a spontaneous outpouring of public mourning following the funeral of ousted liberal premier Hu Yaobang on April 22 that year.

The government styled the 1989 student-led democracy protests a "counterrevolutionary rebellion," and the families of victims and pro-democracy campaigners have since focused their efforts on a re-evaluation of that verdict, as well as demanding compensation and the apportioning of blame and responsibility for the massacre.

Public memorials and discussions of the events of June 1989 are banned in mainland China, with activists who seek to commemorate the bloodshed often detained, with veteran dissidents placed under police surveillance or detention during each anniversary.

Reported by Xi Wang for RFA's Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Jason Momoa shaves signature beard to promote recycling


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:00 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Aquaman” is clean-shaven. Actor Jason Momoa on Wednesday released a video in which he shaved off his signature beard and mustache in order to promote recycling. He started by saying farewell to his “Game of Thrones” and DC characters Drogo and Arthur Curry. Momoa said he thought he last shaved in […]

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US mortgage rates increased this week with 30-year at 4.17%


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:00 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates increased this week, though they remain lower than a year ago in a positive sign for home sales. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.17% from 4.12% last week and 4.47% a year ago. Average mortgage rates have been […]

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More charges for man accused of claiming to be missing child


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:48 - [CET]

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man accused of claiming to be a missing child from Illinois is facing new charges. A federal grand jury has indicted 23-year-old Brian Michael Rini (REE’-nee) of Medina (meh-DY’-nuh), Ohio, on two counts of lying to federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft. He had been arrested earlier […]

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Assange friend jailed by Ecuador says case will collapse


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:48 - [CET]

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A jailed Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he’s confident the case against him in Ecuador lacks substance and “will collapse.” Privacy activist Ola Bini also says in a statement provided by his attorney that he’s being held under “the best of circumstances” but that prison conditions are […]

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In 'Red Joan', Judi Dench gets spy role far from 007's boss


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:47 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Judi Dench is back in the world of espionage, but her latest film role is a far cry from James Bond’s unflappable spy chief, M. In “Red Joan,” Dench plays an elderly British woman whose quiet suburban life is upended when police come knocking, accusing her of passing nuclear secrets to the […]

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Rapper Kodak Black arrested at border in upstate New York


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:47 - [CET]

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say rapper Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as he tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls. Police say Bill Kapri, whose stage name is Kodak Black, was among three people spotted Wednesday in the Cadillac Escalade. Black, who […]

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Egypt opposition urges "No" vote to extend president's term


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:47 - [CET]

CAIRO (AP) — A coalition of opposition political parties has called on Egyptian voters to reject proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The three-day nationwide referendum starts Saturday. The Civil Democratic Movement, which includes liberal and left-leaning parties, held a news conference Thursday to decry the […]

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Mississippi officials defend 'heartbeat' abortion law


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It’s one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed it last month and it […]

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Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation’s top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win. Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s commanding lead in the polls reflects […]

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With redacted Mueller report imminent, Trump celebrates


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is celebrating the upcoming release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s 2016 election interference. The report is due to be released on Thursday. In the hours before its publication, Attorney General William Barr outlined the findings of the report and repeated Trump’s favored […]

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London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — Protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days say they will escalate their civil disobedience campaign if the British government doesn’t step up action against climate change. Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch […]

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LSU hires new athletic director Woodward away from Texas A&M


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has formalized an agreement to bring in Scott Woodward as the university’s next athletic director. Woodward, whose hiring was announced Thursday morning, has been Texas A&M’s athletic director since 2016 and held the same post at Washington for eight years before that. He takes over at LSU on the […]

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Laos Releases, Deports US Citizens Accused of Unauthorized Missionary Work


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:40 - [CET]

Three U.S. citizens held in Laos since last week on suspicion of disseminating bibles and Christian material without government approval have been released and deported to neighboring Thailand on Thursday, their organization told RFA’s Lao Service.

The volunteers for the Wyoming-based Vision Beyond Borders--identified only by their given names, Wayne, Autumn and Joseph--were picked up by police in a scenic corner of northern Laos’ Luang Namtha province on April 8, after handing out religious materials to villagers, a policeman and a witness told RFA.

The three had their passports seized and were being kept in a guesthouse in the provincial capital of Luang Namtha, 60 kms (36 miles) from where they were arrested.

“We have just received word that Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph, our volunteers who were detained in Laos from April 8, have been deported and crossed the border into Thailand a few minutes ago,” Eric Blievernicht, operations manager of Vision Beyond Borders, told RFA by e-mail.

“Our prayers for their release and that they might be home for Easter are being answered,” he wrote.

Details on their route out of Laos, their whereabouts in Thailand, and their arrangements for returning to the United States were not immediately available. Easter falls on Sunday, April 21.

The detention of the three, who were able to move about the guesthouse and surrounding village, played out as Laos observed the traditional New Year holiday and government offices were closed, slowing down negotiations on their fate.

Speaking to RFA on Tuesday, a police officer from Sing district said the three “didn’t get approval from the relevant departments. Their activity of disseminating religion was wrong.”

“Usually this kind of activity must go through many steps to get approval. You can’t do whatever you want,” said the officer.

The Casper, Wyoming-based Vision Beyond Borders says on its website that it has “carried over 1 million Bibles and 15,000 hand-wind tape players containing the Gospel into closed countries."

"With donors' support, we have also provided for over 800 children (and) nearly 200 native pastors in Gospel-resistant nations," said the group. It also has administered humanitarian aid and medical care to refugees from Burma, Syria, and Iraq, and provides vegetable seed packets to poor villages.

While the constitution of Communist-run Laos technically protects freedom of religion, conflicts between Christians and local authorities often flare up because authorities in the traditionally Buddhist nation consider Christianity a “foreign religion.”

In December, seven Lao Christians were arrested for attending an ‘illegal’ church service. They were later allowed to return home.

In a 2017 report, the U.S. State Department said that Lao local authorities often arrested or detained members of minority religions during the year, with a district-level official in Houaphan province expelling 26 Hmong Christians from their village, advising them they could return only if they renounced their faith.

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

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Laos Releases, Deports US Citizens Accused of Unauthorized Missionary Work


Reported to us by: RFF RADIO - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:40 - [CET]

UPDATED at 2.15 P.M. EDT on 2019-04-18

Three U.S. citizens held in Laos since last week on suspicion of disseminating bibles and Christian material without government approval have been released and deported to neighboring Thailand on Thursday, their organization told RFA’s Lao Service.

The volunteers for the Wyoming-based Vision Beyond Borders--identified only by their given names, Wayne, Autumn and Joseph--were picked up by police in a scenic corner of northern Laos’ Luang Namtha province on April 8, after handing out religious materials to villagers, a policeman and a witness told RFA.

The three had their passports seized and were being kept in a guesthouse in the provincial capital of Luang Namtha, 60 kms (36 miles) from where they were arrested.

“We have just received word that Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph, our volunteers who were detained in Laos from April 8, have been deported and crossed the border into Thailand a few minutes ago,” Eric Blievernicht, operations manager of Vision Beyond Borders, told RFA by e-mail.

“Our prayers for their release and that they might be home for Easter are being answered,” he wrote. Easter falls on Sunday, April 21.

They crossed by land to Thailand and were scheduled to spend the night in the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, before making their way by rail to Bangkok. The flight arrangements for their return to the United States were not immediately available.

The detention of the three, who were able to move about the guesthouse and surrounding village, played out as Laos observed the traditional New Year holiday and government offices were closed, slowing down negotiations on their fate.

Speaking to RFA on Tuesday, a police officer from Sing district said the three “didn’t get approval from the relevant departments. Their activity of disseminating religion was wrong.”

“Usually this kind of activity must go through many steps to get approval. You can’t do whatever you want,” said the officer.

The Casper, Wyoming-based Vision Beyond Borders says on its website that it has “carried over 1 million Bibles and 15,000 hand-wind tape players containing the Gospel into closed countries."

"With donors' support, we have also provided for over 800 children (and) nearly 200 native pastors in Gospel-resistant nations," said the group. It also has administered humanitarian aid and medical care to refugees from Burma, Syria, and Iraq, and provides vegetable seed packets to poor villages.

While the constitution of Communist-run Laos technically protects freedom of religion, conflicts between Christians and local authorities often flare up because authorities in the traditionally Buddhist nation consider Christianity a “foreign religion.”

“Lao government laws and policies that regulate peaceful religious practice and expression are unnecessarily bureaucratic, vaguely worded, and selectively enforced," Kristina Arriaga, president of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, said in an emailed statement.

Todd Nettleton, spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, said that with bibles available in Laos only at government-sanctioned churches, "a group from America that is just freely distributing Christian materials is going to get the attention of the Lao authorities.”

"A lot of the persecution that happens, happens at the village level. If somebody becomes a Christian, the other people in the village may say ‘we don’t want any Christians in our village because that might anger the spirits of our ancestors, so if you’re going to be a Christian, you’re going to have to leave,'" he told RFA.

In December, seven Lao Christians were arrested for attending an ‘illegal’ church service. They were later allowed to return home.

In a 2017 report, the U.S. State Department said that Lao local authorities often arrested or detained members of minority religions during the year, with a district-level official in Houaphan province expelling 26 Hmong Christians from their village, advising them they could return only if they renounced their faith.

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

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Review: Gina Rodriguez stars in Netflix's 'Someone Great'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

The romantic comedy, left for dead by most of the major studios, has been reborn on Netflix. Streaming algorithms have swooped in to resurrect an old genre formula. The results so far — “To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before,” ”The Incredible Jessica James,” ”Set It Up” — haven’t been the stuff of rom-com […]

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Markets Right Now: Industrial companies lead stock gains


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:00 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stock indexes are opening mostly higher on Wall Street, recouping some of their modest losses from a day earlier. Gains in industrial, health care, and technology companies are outweighing losses in banks and elsewhere in the market early Thursday. […]

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Emily Oster crunches parenting data so you don't have to


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Breastfeeding, sleep training, food allergies: Parents navigate an onslaught of decisions, particularly fraught from birth to preschool when their own sleep deprivation and inexperience may come into play. Add the know-it-all internet and well-meaning but perhaps uninformed loved ones to the mix for added chaos and confusion. That’s where Emily Oster […]

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Marvel closes a decade-long story with 'Avengers: Endgame'


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About five years ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige found himself on a retreat in Palm Springs plotting the future for the wild, experimental “cinematic universe” that he helped start in 2008 . He wanted to do something that they hadn’t done. He wanted an ending. And after a quick pitch […]

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Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK's crumbling Parliament


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:45 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) — For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the Houses of Parliament in London. The seat of Britain’s government is a crumbling, leaky, rodent-infested fire trap that fire wardens must patrol […]

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North Korea's Kim to Meet with Russian President Putin


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:40 - [CET]
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to meet later this month in Moscow. The Kremlin announcement was made Thursday after North Korea said it tested a new tactical weapon armed with a "powerful warhead." The Kremlin did not provide details of the Putin-Kim summit, but said it had planned the meeting for months. Kim and U.S.  President Donald Trump have held two summits as part of an ongoing effort to denuclearize North Korea, but the efforts have stalled. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier U.S. presidential advisor Fiona Hill met in Moscow with her Russian counterpart, Yuri Ushakov.  The U.S. State Department said the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was also in Moscow. Russia and North Korea have relatively warm relations and Putin has long expressed a willingness to meet with Kim. The last meeting between the leaders of the two countries occurred in 2011, when Kim's father, the late Kim Jong Il, met in Siberia with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.  
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海軍之花再升級!噴鼻血辣照曝光 老司機暈船| Meet the most gorgeous Taiwan Navy belle


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:23 - [CET]

還記得她嗎?本名黃靜昀,後來改名為黃采潔的「海軍之花」,身為海軍志願役的她,近日她在 IG 上 PO出前往泰國旅遊的照片,一系列超火辣美照讓許多網友看了暴動,甜美清新的外型,以及令人噴鼻血的好身材,受到許多網友關注。 TAIPEI (The China Post) – Do you know her? Navy belle Huang Ching-yun (黃靜昀), who later changed her name to Huang Tsai-chieh (黃采潔), is a navy volunteer. She recently posted a travel picture from Thailand on Instagram; the post went viral and attracted netizens’ attention because of her fresh style and […]

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Fleetwood Mac announces rescheduled dates for tour


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:00 - [CET]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fleetwood Mac has announced rescheduled dates for its North America tour that were postponed earlier this month because singer Stevie Nicks had the flu. The Grammy-winning band is set to play Boston on Oct. 28 and Philadelphia on Nov. 3. Canadian dates include Quebec City on Oct. 30, Toronto on Nov. […]

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Greece: Acropolis closed for the day after lightning strike


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:00 - [CET]

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece have closed the Acropolis in Athens to visitors for the day due to a severe weather warning, a day after a lightning strike at the ancient site left four people injured. The Culture Ministry said it ordered the closure Thursday after the country’s civil protection agency said a […]

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Filipinos Start Evacuating From Libyan Capital


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:47 - [CET]
Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three hospital workers and four students were evacuated by Philippine Embassy personnel from Tripoli to Tunisia, where they are to take flights back home. Manila’s top diplomat in Tripoli, Elmer Cato, said 13 more Filipinos have sought help and are expected to be flown back home in the next few days. But of about 1,000 Filipinos in Tripoli, only 20 have so far asked to be repatriated, including a man who was wounded in the rocket fire late Tuesday in the Libyan capital, he said. About 50 other Filipino workers have been evacuated to safer areas within Libya by their employers, Cato said. There are more than 2,000 Filipinos in Libya, mostly working as nurses, teachers and oil industry workers. “They have to stay here and take the risk because they have to provide for their families back home,” Cato told The Associated Press in a cellphone message, adding that Filipino nurses in Libya are treated well and receive much higher salaries, along with other benefits. Last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila raised the threat level in Libya’s capital to 3 and urged Filipinos and their dependents in Tripoli and outlying areas to consider leaving temporarily to avoid getting caught in the fighting. If the threat level is raised to 4, the government would have to implement a forced evacuation of Filipinos. The Philippine labor department has also imposed a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya, particularly in Tripoli and areas within a 100-kilometer (62-mile) radius of the capital, because of fighting between rival militias for control of the North African nation’s capital. Many of the Filipinos in Tripoli refuse to return home because they feel the ongoing fighting would eventually ease, but Cato said that after the volleys of rocket fire hit Tripoli for the first time this week, some have started to consider to leave. The Philippines is one of the world’s major labor providers, with a tenth of its more than 100 million people working abroad, including many house helpers and construction workers. The income they send home has helped the Philippine economy stay afloat in dire economic times. The wounded Filipino in Tripoli, Rolando Torres, was in his living room when he was startled by two powerful explosions outside his house. He ran to another room to check what happened but before he could open a window, he heard another loud blast, which sent debris flying that wounded him in the forehead, Cato said. Torres, a warehouse worker, immediately called the Philippine Embassy and was fetched later from his house. The rocket fire struck a Tripoli community where more than 200 Filipino nurses and their dependents live. They stayed put and treated the wounded, mostly Libyans, in a clinic, Cato said. On Wednesday night, the Philippine Embassy received reports that rockets struck a hospital south of Tripoli, where 15 Filipino nurses work. Filipino embassy personnel could not reach the Filipinos for hours but later managed to contact the hospital owner, who reported that the Filipinos were fine and would be moved to safety soon, Cato said.
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Thailand busts 'seasteading' effort by American


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:46 - [CET]

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the “seasteading” movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation’s laws. Thailand’s navy said they endangered national sovereignty, an offense punishable […]

這篇文章 Thailand busts 'seasteading' effort by American 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Leaders of Russia, Estonia sit down for talks


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Estonia have sat down for talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid arrived in Moscow on Thursday to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin. Putin told Kaljulaid in opening remarks that the lack of high-level contacts between Russia […]

這篇文章 Leaders of Russia, Estonia sit down for talks 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US retail sales soared 1.6% in March


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains mark a sharp rebound from a lackluster period of […]

這篇文章 US retail sales soared 1.6% in March 最早出現於 The China Post。

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US claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since '69


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250, lowest since November 1969. Weekly claims […]

這篇文章 US claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since '69 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Indonesia's Widodo Declares Victory in Presidential Poll


Reported to us by: Voice of America -East Asia - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:33 - [CET]
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he was won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. Widodo, after meeting with parties in his coalition, told reporters that the leaders of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and numerous other nations have congratulated him on securing a second term. The vote estimate is based on so-called quick counts of a sample of polling stations by a dozen reputable survey organizations. Widodo said that 100% of sample polling stations have now been counted or close to that. The quick counts have been accurate in previous elections. “We all know that the QC (quick count) calculation is a scientific calculation method. From the country's experiences of past elections the accuracy is 99.9%, almost the same as real count results,” Widodo said. Widodo's rival, former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, has claimed he won 62% of the vote in Wednesday's election based on his campaign's own counts, repeating a similar claim when he lost to Widodo in 2014. The Election Commission is required to release official results by May 22. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, is an outpost of democracy in a Southeast Asian neighborhood of authoritarian governments and is forecast to be among the world's biggest economies by 2030. A second term for Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, could further cement the country's two decades of democratization. Subianto, a strident nationalist, ran a fear-based campaign, highlighting what he sees as Indonesia's weakness and the risk of exploitation by foreign powers or disintegration. Widodo said he had sent a representative to talk to Subianto and his camp. “This afternoon I have sent an envoy to meet Prabowo to set a meeting, and if people see our meeting, we will be able to show how the elections have ended smoothly, safely and peacefully,” he said. The country's security minister and its military and police chiefs said earlier Thursday that they will crack down on any attempts to disrupt public order while official results from presidential and legislative elections are tabulated. Security minister Wiranto, who uses a single name, told a news conference with the chiefs of police and all military branches that security forces will “act decisively” against any threats to order and security. He said the voter turnout of 80.5% gives the winner of the presidential election “high legitimacy.” National police chief Tito Karnavian said the Election Commission and courts are the appropriate institutions for resolving complaints about the election. Subianto's hard-line Muslim supporters plan mass prayers in central Jakarta on Friday but it was unclear if the event will be allowed to go ahead. “I appeal to everybody not to mobilize, both mobilization to celebrate victory or mobilization about dissatisfaction,” Karnavian said. The election was a huge logistical exercise with 193 million people eligible to vote, more than 800,000 polling stations and 17 million people involved in ensuring the polls ran smoothly. Helicopters, boats and horses were used to get ballots to remote and inaccessible corners of the archipelago. Voting ran smoothly, apart from a few districts where logistical problems caused delays, and was peaceful, a remarkable achievement for a country steeped in political violence. Widodo's campaign highlighted his progress in poverty reduction and improving Indonesia's inadequate infrastructure with new ports, toll roads, airports and mass rapid transit. The latter became a reality last month in chronically congested Jakarta with the opening of a subway.  
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