Showing posts with label foreign news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foreign news. Show all posts

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

US Ex-Senator Jon Kyl Named As Successor To McCain

Arizona’s governor on Tuesday named former US Senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post.
“There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl. He is a man without comparable peer,” Governor Doug Ducey told reporters in Phoenix, with Kyl at his side.
“Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running.”
Kyl, 76, was to fly to Washington to be sworn in possibly just days before a high-stakes Senate vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Supreme Court justice.
Ducey insisted his appointment was not political, despite Kyl working closely with the White House in recent months on getting Kavanaugh confirmed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a razor-thin one-vote majority.
“Now, senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”
Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be “honored” to return to the chamber.
But he only committed to serve until January 2019, raising the prospect of requiring Ducey to again appoint a replacement until the seat is up for re-election in November 2020.
“I’m hoping that the senator will consider serving longer” than this year, Ducey said.
Widow Cindy McCain said it was a “great tribute” to her late husband that their close friend Kyl will return to public service by assuming McCain’s seat.
McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values.
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Friday, 6 July 2018

Donald Trump’s $34 Billion Trade Attack On China Is About To Begin

DONALD Trump’s trade war with China is about to become a reality.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Last month, the White House announced plans to stick 25 per cent tariffs on 1100 Chinese goods.

Starting at midnight tonight, the US will tax 818 Chinese products — worth a total of $US34 billion ($AU46 billion) per year.

The remaining products will remain off the list until after the government has assessed the situation.

China is not happy about this, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate with the same value: 25 per cent tariffs on US products worth $US34 billion per year, including soybeans, seafood and crude oil.

Each side has threatened further tariffs on the other if tensions continue to escalate, sparking fears of an all-out ongoing global trade war.

WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?

Tensions have been building between China and the US on a range of issues, from trade to America’s military presence in the South China Sea, which Beijing has repeatedly threatened them on.

The Trump administration has accused China of using predatory tactics in a lawless drive to overtake America’s technological supremacy.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.Source:AFP

The US feels threatened by China’s “Made In China 2025” plan, a long-range development plan for creating powerful Chinese entities in such areas as information technology, robotics, aerospace equipment, electric vehicles and biopharmaceuticals.

Foreign business groups argue that “Made in China 2025” is unfairly forcing them to the sidelines in those industries.

The Office of the US Trade Representative concluded after an investigation that China’s tactics range from requiring US and other foreign companies to hand over technology in return for access to the vast Chinese market to outright cyber-theft.

The US also argues Beijing uses state money to buy American technology at prices unaffordable for private companies.

WHAT WILL BE THE EFFECTS?

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.

European businesses fear it could spell the biggest single threat to the economic upswing that helped the region get past its financial crisis.

Meanwhile, the Chinese yuan has taken a dive, with the currency hitting an 11-month low yesterday, given investors and traders are uncertain about the tensions between the two countries.

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.Source:AP

The Chinese government has warned the US tariffs will not only hurt China and the US, but the rest of the world, because $20 billion of the affected $34 billion goods are produced by foreign companies.

In the US, it’s expected that American farmers — who overwhelmingly backed Mr Trump in the 2016 election — will be hit hardest, with the US products targeted by Beijing heavily related to agriculture.

Economists have also warned that a fully fledged trade war will slow the US economy, and many individual businesses could soon endure hardship as a result.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union have also placed retaliatory tariffs on the US.

WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIA?

Australia was given a special exemption from the trade war in March, after the government frantically lobbied for exclusion from a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminium.

“We have a very close relationship with Australia, we have a trade surplus with Australia. Great country, long term partner, we’ll be doing something with them,” Mr Trump said at the time.

But escalating tensions between China and the US, our first and third-largest trading partners respectively, is definitely not in Australia’s best interests.

Last month, both sides of the Australian Parliament found common ground over their concerns for the US trade war.

This trade war is not in Australia’s interests.
This trade war is not in Australia’s interests.Source:News Corp Australia

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed her concern over the “tit-for-that” nature of the measures, but noted that Australia’s position had been made clear.

“It is of concern and Australia will continue to advocate for free and open trade and investment because that is of great benefit to our country and free trade has benefited the world,” she said. “It is a position that we have made very clear to our American friends and will continue to promote free and open trade and investment.”

Penny Wong said the US decision to go after China was a “very negative development”.

“It is a negative development because it strikes at the integrity of the world trading system which has served the world well, which has ensure disputes are managed and contained, which has ensured that we don’t get into escalating economic fights,” she told the ABC last month. “I think it is a negative thing because trade, conflict in the trading relationship, risks some instability in the broader bilateral relationship.

“We have to continue to assert why the trading system matters and we have to continue to try and ensure that this doesn’t escalate.”
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Texas Mother Shoots Man Trying To Steal Car With Her Kids Inside (Watch Video)

Michelle, who asked that her identity not be revealed, shot the man after he climbed into the driver's seat of her SUV while she was inside a gas station and he began to drive away with her two young children in the back seat.

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hollywood Actor Maimed In Kidnapping, Ransom Plot, Indictment Says

LOS ANGELES — A trio of violent kidnappers maimed a Hollywood actor and kept him and an actress hostage during a failed ransom plot, according to an indictment unveiled Tuesday by a Los Angeles grand jury.

Joseph Capone and actress Daisy McCrackin, who stars in the horror movie franchise "Halloween: Resurrection," were allegedly kidnapped May 3 and held for about two days as a trio tried to rob, extort and receive ransom from McCrackin, the grand jury alleged. A spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office described Capone as an actor, but it wasn't immediately clear what TV or films he has appeared in.

The indictment, which was filed June 18, paints a picture of torture for Capone, who had an unspecified body part maimed and was exposed "to a substantial likelihood of death." All three suspects — Keith Andre Stewart, 32; Johntae Jones, 25; and Amber Neal, 26 — were in custody, authorities said, but the case was still being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

It alleges that Stewart "did unlawfully and maliciously deprive Joseph Capone of a member of the body and did disable, disfigure and render it useless." An email to the district attorney's office seeking clarification was not returned. Capone survived.
Image: Daisy McCrackin
Daisy McCrackin in 2006.Michael Bezjian / WireImage for Mantra Media Inc. file
The allegation indicates that the crime unfolded after alleged conspirators stole McCrackin's 2011 Lexus, obtained a gun, roped Stewart into the caper and went to McCrackin's home, where Capone was attacked. Investigators found a trail of Capone's blood at the residence, the indictment states.

The kidnappers placed black hoods over both the victims' heads and, on May 4, drove them to Jones' home in Compton where Capone was stripped of clothing and kept, without food, in a bathtub for 30 hours, the grand jury alleges.


At one point, Capone tried to come to the aid of McCrackin and was "beat, punched, and kicked" in retaliation, according to the document.

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The indictment alleges that Stewart also cut and disabled Capone's tongue, "put out an eye" and cut his nose, ear and lip. The actor was pistol-whipped at some point, according to the indictment.

Jones allegedly took McCrackin's Lexus and, with Neal in tow, drove the victim to two or more Bank of America branches in an attempt to obtain funds from her account. At one point, $100 was withdrawn and handed over to Jones and Neal, the indictment states.

Demanding $10,000, the kidnappers ultimately settled for a check in that amount written to Neal, which was deposited in a suspect's account, the grand jury said.


The indictment also alleges that Neal forged a document to claim she was the "new Registered Owner" of the Lexus. Neal claimed that the car was given to her by McCrackin, the document states.

After the bank trip, the suspects returned with McCrackin to her home, and she somehow escaped, the district attorney's office said. She promptly notified police, who tracked down and arrested the three defendants, according to the district attorney's office.

It's not clear how or why Neal was released following the arrest. On Monday, she was rearrested in a traffic stop captured by an onlooker's video that went viral. Sheriff's inmate records also list Monday as the date of her arrest in this case.

Neal was forced at gunpoint to exit a late-model Honda Civic, prompting police critics to question the tactics and forcing Los Angeles police to reveal via Twitter that "this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant."


The district attorney's office states that, if successfully prosecuted for multiple charges connected to the alleged kidnapping conspiracy, violence and theft, Stewart and Jones could face life in prison without the possibility of parole; Neal could face life.

Bail was listed as $1 million for Jones and Neal and $2.08 million for Stewart. All three were scheduled to be in court for a pretrial hearing July 23
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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Surprise As Donald Trump Withdraws US From Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015.

“I am announcing today, that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump on Tuesday.

“America will not be threatened by nuclear blackmail.

“Today’s action send a critical message, the United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make a promise, I keep them,” Trump said.

Trump had in 2015 said the deal “did nothing to constrain Iran” from pursuing its alleged nefarious activities, especially “its sponsor of terrorism.”

Other signatories to the agreement, including U.S. allies, France and UK, had all urged the U.S. not to withdraw.

The U.S. president, however, said he carried along allies across the world before reaching his conclusion.

“Over the past few months, we have engaged with our allies across the world, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom. We do nothing, we know exactly what will happen,” he said.
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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Set To Tie The Knot On 19th Of May

In the history of conducted weddings, it's no doubt that one can point at a good amount of memorable weddings, ranging from moderate to extravagant, which were trends.

The forthcoming UK Royal Wedding, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, promises to set an outstanding record amidst past conducted weddings.

It's crystal clear how many have already started asking themselves: who are these people? why are they a major focus, trend across the world?

Well, keep scrolling while we divulge and disclose to you brief details about them. 

Let's start with Prince Harry! 

Who Is Prince Harry? 
Henry Charles Albert David, popular addressed as Prince Harry, was born on 15th September 1984. Prince Harry is a Prince of Wales KCVO. 

Charles, Diana (The parents of Prince Henry) are the Prince and Princess of Wales respectively. 

The background of Prince Harry, which is his princely status, is observed in every corners of the world. 

Having known a thing or two about Prince Harry, let's dive into brief facts about Meghan Markle. 

Who Is Meghan Markle? 
The August 4, 1981 born American Actress, Meghan Markle, is some days close to being part of a royal family upon her marriage to Prince Harry. 

Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland are the parents of Meghan Markle. 

In the year 2011, Meghan got married to Trevor Engelson; a marriage which crumbled in the year, 2013.

In addition, Meghan Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles. 

That is that for the brief biography of the two prominent personalities. Already interested to know about the wedding? 

Here are details:
Some of the well-known people to be attending are Serena Williams, Best friends to Prince Harry, Pia Miller, Elton John, Patrick J. Adams, amongst others. 

The Date: 19 May, 2018.

Venue: St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle!

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Ailing Senator John McCain Plans His Own Funeral, Forbids President Trump From Attending When He Finally Dies

US senator, John McCain is organising his funeral and has barred President Donald Trump from attending when he dies.

The ailing Arizona Republican, who has brain cancer, is organising his funeral and close associates have reportedly told the White House that Trump would not be invited.

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence, who served with McCain in Congress, would be asked to attend the service. The funeral ceremony for the former Republican Presidential candidate would be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

A stream of politicians, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, have been visiting McCain at his Arizona ranch and a nearby hospital in recent weeks. Trump’s long-running feud with McCain has roots in the early days of the 2016 presidential race. The senator criticised Trump for disparaging Mexican immigrants in the June 2015 speech in which the president declared his candidacy.

Three weeks later, Trump called McCain “incompetent” and dismissed his experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero. He’s not a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump told an Iowa crowd.

McCain is seen as one of the most respected U.S. politicians, who enjoys a cross-party goodwill among politicians. He fought in the U.S. military war in Vietnam and was a prisoner of war.
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Jay-Z To Testify Over Sale Of Rocawear Brand

Jay-Z is to appear in court to give evidence following an investigation into the sale of his Rocawear clothing brand.

The 21-time Grammy winner has been ordered to explain details of the sale of the clothing line to determine whether it violated security laws.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it wanted to question the musician, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, about the $200m deal with brand management firm Iconix Brand Group Inc in 2007.

The 99 Problems rapper continued as chief creative officer of the Rocawear brand after its sale and Iconix entered a separate joint venture with the star as a part of the sale to identify brands to be acquired.

The SEC is now looking into possible security law violations by the company, which also looks after brands such as Ed Hardy, Ecko and Umbro.

It said: "The commission seeks Carter's testimony to inquire about, among other things, Carter's joint ventures with Iconix."

The US market regulators said officials had asked a judge in New York to take action after the rapper ignored a previous order to show up for questioning.

"Carter failed to appear as required by the subpoenas and... declined to provide any additional dates on which he will agree to appear for investigative testimony," the SEC added.

Officials said the hip hop superstar was subpoenaed in November last year and again in February after he hired new lawyers.

In a statement issued through the artist's lawyers, a representative said he was outside the scope of the inquiry.

The spokesperson said: "We are aware that the SEC is seeking information on Iconix's financial reporting. Mr Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix's other actions as a public company.

"Mr Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter."

The SEC said it was seeking evidence from Jay-Z about his joint ventures but said the order did not indicate he violated security laws.
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Trump To Meet Moon Over N/Korea’s Kim Jong Un

As efforts are being made to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, the White House has announced that President Trump will host the South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on May 22. 
Trump and Moon: In telephone conversation
The meeting is to ascertain the progress made ahead of a planned meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and President Moon Jae-in’s meeting marks the third summit for the pair. The meeting “affirms the enduring strength” of the “alliance and deep friendship between our two countries,” the press release from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ office said. 

It went on to say that the two leaders would “continue their close coordination of developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit,” referring to the recent historic meeting of North and South Korean leaders. Trump and Moon are expected to talk about the president’s upcoming meeting with Kim, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, the press release said. The president on Friday shared new details about that meeting but without specifics. “We now have a date and we have a location,” Trump told reporters prior to leaving for Dallas, where he was set to speak at the National Rifle Association annual convention. “We’ll be announcing it soon.” 

Trump has previously said the summit with North Korea will unfold in May or early June. A possible meeting between Trump and Kim came to light following a trip then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo took to the rogue nation over Easter weekend. Trump later acknowledged that Pompeo, who has since been confirmed as secretary of state, had met with Kim. 

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. “Details of the Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea,” Trump tweeted. 


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Premier League! Man United Boss Mourinho Blast His Players After Loss Against Brighton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was scathing about some of his fringe players as they lost 1-0 to Brighton.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial started in a front three following injuries to top scorer Romelu Lukaku and January signing Alexis Sanchez.

“For 10 months I get asked ‘why always Lukaku? Why always Lukaku? Why always this player?'” Mourinho said.

“‘That guy doesn’t have a chance to start, the other one is on the bench’. You know why now.”

Belgium international Lukaku has played the entire 90 minutes in 30 Premier League games this season, scoring 16 times. He suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal last weekend and Sanchez had a knock – but Mourinho hopes they can both return for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, 19 May.

England forward Rashford, 20, and France’s Martial, 22, have both played in the majority of United’s games this season – but often from the bench.

Meanwhile, Mourinho was not happy with his side’s performance as they look to seal second place in the Premier League.

He has previously spoken of the importance of finishing above everyone bar Manchester City, and they remain five points clear of third-placed Liverpool, although Tottenham – one point further back with a game in hand – can also catch them.

“Football was fair to the Brighton boys,” he said as Albion secured their Premier League safety. “They had a big target, they showed the point would be a big thing for them and gave everything for that.

“I couldn’t persuade my players that second place was very important to us. I know we can do it, we only have two matches to get the four points we need. They beat us in the attitude.”
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Friday, 4 May 2018

Kanye West Defecated On Grave Of Slave Victims – Shehu Sani Speaks

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central has reacted to a statement by American rapper, Kanye West.

Kanye west had been under attack for some days on social media after he said slavery practised for over 400 years was a choice by ancestors.

Reacting, Sani called on Kanye to visit Badagry and some African countries to experience ‘Choices in chains.’

According to him, Kanye’s statement was an insult on victims of slavery.

The Kaduna lawmaker on his twitter page wrote “If @kanyewest thinks Slavery was a choice,we will offer him a free ticket & tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry Lagos, Ouida Benin Republic,Ghana & Goree Island in Senegal to ‘experience the choices in chains’.

“Kanye defecated on the graves of victims at NewYork Times.”
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Trump Again Calls Comey A 'Slimeball' In Flurry Of Furious Tweets

Donald Trump hit out again at “slimeball” James Comey on Sunday with a characteristic flurry of furious early-morning tweets in which he also reiterated his concerns over the raid on the offices of his lawyer Michael Cohen.

Comey – whom Trump fired as director of the FBI in May last year because of his investigation into “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia” – is about to release a book about working for Trump, A Higher Loyalty, advance extracts from which have enraged the president. Comey will appear on Sunday night on ABC in his first televised interview to promote the book.

In his tweets on Sunday morning, Trump predicted that “slippery” Comey would “go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far”, claimed he was “not smart”, and took issue with several points raised by Comey in his book.

“Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe,” the president wrote on Twitter, a reference to Comey’s suggestion in A Higher Loyalty that his decision to announce the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been resumed was influenced by a belief the Democratic candidate was going to win the 2016 election.

“Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?” Comey asks in the book.

“In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job,” wrote Trump on Sunday. “Slimeball!”

Asked about this section of his book in a clip from the upcoming ABC interview released on Saturday, Comey said: “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor.”

He added: “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”

Trump also rattled through a series of questions he said were not answered in what he called “Comey’s badly reviewed book”: “How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?”

Comey said during congressional testimony last year that he helped to leak details of a memo about Trump to the New York Times, but he denied that it contained classified information.

“McCabe’s $700,000” refers to money given to the Virginia state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe from groups associated with Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton’s. Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump’s attacks, was fired last month.

Trump also claimed he had never asked for Comey’s “Personal Loyalty” – contradicting a statement the ex-FBI chief made to the Senate intelligence committee in 2017, in which Comey claimed Trump had said to him: “I need loyalty.” The president also claimed contemporaneous memos Comey says he compiled of his meetings with Trump were “self serving and FAKE”.

Also weighing on Trump’s mind were the raids on the offices and home of his personal attorney Cohen, which some commentators have suggested may represent a more significant legal threat to Trump than the Russia collusion investigation that special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to lead after Comey’s firing.

Repeating criticisms he made immediately after the raids, Trump lamented: “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past.”

And in a seeming response to reports he has had difficulty finding attorneys to represent him, the president added: “I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken.

“All lawyers are deflated and concerned!” he concluded.

Cohen is due to appear in federal court on Monday in New York for arguments over last week’s raids. His attorneys want prosecutors ordered to temporarily halt an examination of the seized material, arguing that it is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Comey issued a relatively rare tweet on Sunday, using the president’s favourite medium to get in a dig at his former boss.

“My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others,” the former FBI chief wrote. “3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint.”

Meanwhile White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked on ABC on Sunday whether Trump had any plans to fire Mueller or his superior, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

“I’m not aware of any plans to make those movements,” she said. But she added: “We do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone.”

She repeated her denial of collusion with Russia in its interference in the election, and said: “It really is getting time to move on.”
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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Tit-For-Tat Trade Tariffs Between China And The United States Fuel Fears Of A Trade War

China has notified the World Trade Organization it's imposing €499 million worth of retaliatory tariffs on €2.24 billion worth of U.S. imports including pork, nuts and ethanol.

The tit-for-tat move came after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese aluminium and steel on grounds of national security.
The US is expected to announce this week tariffs on 41 billion euros to €49 billion in Chinese imports following an investigation under Section 301 of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act.
Those tariffs are expected to target products benefiting from Beijing's "Made in China 2025" industrial development programme, although it may be more than two months before the import curbs take effect, U.S. officials have said.
The Section 301 investigation initiated by Trump is focused on accusations of theft of intellectual property and forced technology transfer by China, charges Beijing denies.
As the US-China trade relationship deteriorates countries with the biggest economies in the world, such as Japan, are warning that free trade is under threat.
"Japan must protect the framework of free trade based on the WTO," Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister said.
American trade representatives also fear Chinese companies, including state owned ones, will now look for other countries to trade with.
"We've heard from some member companies that any deterioration in US-China relations may open the door for some for some of their international competitors to capture their market share in the China market," Jacob Parker, US-China Business Council, Vice President of China Operations, said.
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Meet Indian Teenager Who Broke The Internet With Just A Wink

Most men and women who broke the internet did so by taking off their clothes, but one Indian teenager has managed to break the internet while fully dressed.
18-year-old Priya Prakash Varrier is the latest internet sensation who became popular for winking briefly in a video clip that features the song "Manikya Malaraya Pooviher" from her debut film Oru Adaar Love. The song broke the internet within a few hours of its release on YouTube. It has amassed over 8.8 million views in less than 4 days with the video and its star having captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands.
As soon as the video went viral, still photos from the video of her winking also started trending and she immediately gained over 606,000 followers. Various websites carried the news, saying she was the third highest celebrity on Instagram to gain that many followers in one day. The first is Kylie Jenner who gained 806K followers in one day and the second is Christiano Ronaldo who gained 650K followers in one day. However, before the day ended, Priya had already gained a whopping 1.3 million followers in a single day, placing her above Kylie and Christiano Ronaldo.
Priya is a Malayalam actress, model and also a first-year B.Com student at Vimala college in Thrissur. She made her film debut in the music video which depicts a quintessential high-school romance as a boy and a girl exchange flirtatious glances. But it is Priya's expressions and playful wink which catapulted her to overnight stardom and dubbed her as a "national crush". According to a NewsX report, she even became the most searched person on Google for a brief duration.

After she went viral, social media users couldn't stop talking about her, with some referring to her wink as "the most iconic wink". Priya who did not expect to become a star overnight joined Twitter over the weekend and soon expressed her disbelief.
She tweeted: "Can't believe this."

She also thanked her fans for their support in a different tweet. 
However, her family is not so happy with the instant fame and attention which they say has been difficult to cope with. When TNM contacted her family, her mother Preetha answered the phone and said, "Priya has gone to the hostel," then immediately prepared to hang up. She later opened up, saying that the instant fame has left them stymied.

"The director has told us strictly not to give any interviews," she says. "He has said she's to give interviews only after the film releases. The film has just started and they've shot only a little bit. I've sent her to the hostel because of all this noise."

"We never expected this to happen," Preetha adds. "We never thought much about it. She had a desire and so we took her to an audition. She'd gone for another audition last year called by the same team, when she was a Class XII student and they'd selected her for that film as well - but the shooting was during the board exams. So she couldn't go for it. They'd said then itself that she should come the next time there's a casting call."
Asked about Priya's photographs that have flooded the Internet, Preetha said: "She had done modeling once. She did a ramp show. She's not the one who put all those pics on Instagram. They are all fake accounts. These pictures have been put up by photographers who had these images. We'd not taken these images from them. The ones she's put up are likely to be selfies with friends."
Priya (left) and a friend in a photo she shared on Instagram
Reacting to the craze that Priya has become overnight, Preetha said: "It is very difficult. But what can we do? We can't make anyone hate us by objecting. It will be seen differently."

Watch the video that propelled Priya to stardom below.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Barack Obama Sends Warm Birthday Message To His Wife Michelle

On January 17th, one of America's most amiable ex-first ladies, Michelle Obama, turned 54.

Her equally amiable husband of 25 years, Barack Obama, took to his social media handles to send her warm birthday message. On his IG page, Barack wrote



''You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama''.



Michelle on her IG page also shared photos of the lovely flowers and card Barack sent to her early in the morning.



“Thank you @BarackObamafor the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning. You’re my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old. And to the many people from around the country who sent cards and posted on social media, you have no idea how much we love hearing from you. I know birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet (54!), but your messages of hope, generosity, and warmth have always reminded me how lucky and blessed we are.” she posted on IG


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UK Appoints Minister For Loneliness To Battle Isolation, Dementia & High Blood Pressure

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has appointed a minister for loneliness to honour the legacy of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox and tackle the isolation felt by some people in the UK.
According to Reuters, Sports minister Tracey Crouch will take on the new role, in addition to her existing job, and develop a strategy to address the problem, which research has linked with dementia, early mortality and high blood pressure.

The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission was set up to tackle one of the issues the late MP who was murdered in 2016 cared most passionately about and recommended that the Government make a minister responsible for a national strategy to combat loneliness.

“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with, British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement.

“Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected.

“I am pleased that Government can build on her legacy with a ministerial lead for loneliness who will work with the Commission, businesses and charities to shine a light on the issue and pull together all strands of Government to create the first ever strategy.”
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Trump Says: "I'll Beat Oprah" If She Runs In 2020

US President Donald Trump has responded to the call for Oprah Winfrey to run for the President of the United States come 2020.
Trump said he thinks running against Oprah will be lots of fun but he believes he will beat her easily. 

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah; Oprah would be a lot of fun," Trump told reporters during an immigration meeting with congressional lawmakers. Still, he added, "I don't think she's going to run." 
Trump said he knows Winfrey very well. "I like Oprah," he said. "... You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice."
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Former White House Photographer Mocks Donald Trump For Not Knowing The National Anthem By Sharing Photo Of Obama Correctly Reciting The Anthem

This is 2018 and Pete Souza, former White House photographer during the Obama administration, is still being his petty self.
Hours ago, the internet went in on Donald Trump after he was caught on video chewing his mouth and mouthing the wrong words during the recitation of the National Anthem. Trump was booed as he took the field before a big college American football game and then appeared to mumble and stumble his way through the words to the National Anthem.


Following the gaffe and the social media uproar it generated, Pete Souza, who regularly takes jabs at Trump by comparing him to Barack Obama, did it again.



Sharing a photo of Obama reciting the national anthem, Pete wrote: "Yes he knew the words."

See Twitter reaction below.



Video below.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

I Am Not Only Smart, I Am A Stable Genius – Trump

US president Donald Trump, has a word for critics who question his mental stability and intelligence.

His recent response to critics is coming after the publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, a book that has provoked major public rift with Trump and his former strategist, Steve Bannon, one of the main sources of the book.

Trump in his usual fashion, took to twitter to slam critics, tweeting;

Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. “I went from very successful businessman to top TV star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…and a very stable genius at that!
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Meghan Markle' Brother's Fiancee Arrested For Alleged Assault

Meghan Markle is not the only one in her family planning a wedding, but her half-brother's might be on hold after his fiancee got busted for assaulting him.
Darlene Blount was arrested in Oregon Sunday night just before midnight, actually after what cops describe as a booze-fueled altercation. Blount was booked for 4th degree assault about 4 hours into 2018.

Darlene is engaged to Thomas Markle, Meghan's half-brother. They have the same father, but don't appear to be close anymore. Thomas told the Daily Mail, which first reported the arrest, he hasn't seen Meghan since 2011 when she moved to take her role in "Suits."
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