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    Trump, Cruz tensions may provide liveliest Republican debate yet

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. ( ) – Flaring tempers and sharp elbows may turn a deb,上海419后花园论坛Sabine,ate among seven Republican presidential candidates into a seven-car pileup on Thursday with tensions between Donald Trump and rival Ted Cruz leading the way.

    The sixth Republican debate, at the North Charleston Coliseum in the swing state of South Carolina, takes place at a tense time for the Republican field with the clock ticking toward Feb. 1 in Iowa, the first contest in the race to choose the party’s nominee for the Nov. 8 general election.

    The 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT Friday) debate features the top seven candidates ranked by Republican voters: New York real estate businessman and reality TV star Trump, Texas Senator Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

    Nearly every candidate has had a bone t,上海后花园1314龙凤论坛上不去Sabina,o pick with one or more of the others this week. Beyond the Trump-Cruz theatrics, Bush has blasted Trump and Rubio, Rubio has slammed Bush as well as Cruz and Christie, and Christie has attacked most everyone else.

    “Given all the attacks that are taking place and the counterattacks, I think it will be a more lively debate than we’ve seen at this point,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, who was a top adviser to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. “Donald Trump is still in complete command and the race is still about who will become his main challenger.” ,上海千花论坛官网Daisy,

    In an earlier debate of low-polling candidates, Republicans Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum largely focused their criticism on Democrats rather than each other.

    They were all in agreement that President Barack Obama’s strategy toward Iran, the fight against Islamic State and his executive orders last week to strengthen gun control were flawed and should be changed.

    Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who was demoted from the main stage because of faltering poll numbers, dominated the so-called “undercard” debate with a series of one-line zingers, one of them aimed at Democrat Hillary Clinton 上海419论坛over her prior marital strains with Bill Clinton, the former president.

    “Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband,” said Fiorina.

    U.S. Senator Paul Rand of Kentucky opted out of the “undercard debate” and said instead he would host a town hall session on Twitter during the main debate.

    Front-runner Trump has put Cruz, his main obstacle to an Iowa victory, on the defensive by suggesting Cruz may not qualify to be a candidate because he was born in Canada (to a U.S. citizen mother and a Cuban father).

    This was a change in posture by Trump on the issue, however, after saying in an interview with ABC News last September that he had heard that lawyers believed it was not a problem for Cruz.

    Trump and Cruz have been friendly over the past year, until now.

    Being targeted by Trump is a new position for Cruz, who has taken the lead in some polls of Iowa Republican voters in part by avoiding tangles with Trump.

    In the rolling national poll on Jan. 12, Trump had 39 percent of the vote, Cruz 14.5 percent, Bush 10.6 percent, Carson 9.6 percent and 6.7 percent favored Rubio, once viewed by the Republican establishment and many donors as a rising star.

    Cruz told reporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday that Trump is relying on a judgment on the birthright question from Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who Cruz described as “a liberal, left-wing, judicial-activist” and a supporter of Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    “The past couple of elections we saw the Democrats thrilled that they got the nominee they wanted to run against in the general election, and it seems the Hillary folks are very eager to support Donald Trump,” Cruz said.

    Trump, who has proved to be a master at finding a perceived weakness in an opponent, insisted Cruz’s Canadian birth violated the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that only “natural born citizens” can be president.

    “Sadly, there is no way that Ted Cruz can continue running in the Republican Primary unless he can erase doubt on eligibility. Dems will sue!” he tweeted on Wednesday.

    Mudslinging abounds elsewhere in the field as a grouping of other candidates fight to be the alternative to Trump with battles over national security and immigration.

    For more on the 2016 presidential race, see the blog, “Tales from the Trail” (here)

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    Chile prosecutors examine possible Iranian oil link to fumes that…

    SANTIAGO ( ) – Chilean law enforcement officials are investigating the delivery of Iranian crude oil to state energy company ENAP as a possible source of the nox,爱北京验证阿拉爱上海Sabrina,ious fumes that caused hundreds of people to seek hospital treatment in August, a prosecutors’ office told .

    Police and prosecutors raided ENAP’s oil refinery and maritime port in Hualpen and Talcahuano, two adjoining towns 315 miles (505 km) south of Santiago, early on Monday, ENAP confirmed.

    Enrique Pena, a spokesman for the Bio Bio region prosecutors’ office, said the prosecutor was examining whether there was a link between the company’s ,上海千花论坛官网Ebba,transfer of Iranian crude oil to its refineries in Hualpen and Quintero, a town 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Santiago, with chemical intoxications in both areas.

    “At this stage, it as a hypothesis we are looking at,” Pena said.

    A total of 508 people, most of them children, sought medical treatment in Quintero and nearby Puchuncavi in August after residents reported a strong smell in the air, according to Health Ministry figures seen by .

    The environment minister blamed a chemical leak and the environmental watchdog has said ENAP was responsible, something the company has denied.

    The Bio Bio prosecutors’ office gave no further details about intoxications it said had also taken place in August in Talcah爱上海uano.

    ENAP denied there was any connection between the delivery of Iranian crude on Aug. 4 and the noxious fumes.

    ,爱上海419验证Hadleigh,“We want to emphatically rule out any link between the unloading and treatment of Iranian crude oil with the episodes in the city of Talcahuano, as well as the emergency that happened in August and September in the Quintero area,” ENAP said in a statement.

    “The whole process of picking up and unloading was carried out in a rigorous and professional way, and with due diligence,” ENAP added.

    ENAP is the main oil refiner in Chile, which imports nearly all the fuel it consumes.

    The United States reimposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports last month to punish Tehran for its involvement in several Middle Eastern conflicts, but relaxed restrictions for some of Iran’s biggest buyers – China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey – amid fears of a price spike.

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    Pirates seize eight Polish crew, three others from ship off Nigeria…

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    WARSAW/ABUJA ( ) – Pirates boarded a container ship off the coast of Nigeria, seizing 11 crew including eight from Poland, the vessel’s management firm and Polish state media reported.

    The attackers str,上海419论坛最新Cadence,uck the MV Pomerenia Sky, bound for the Nigerian port of Onne, early ,上海千花论坛骑士团验证Mabel,on Saturday and abducted 11 of the crew, Midocean 爱上海419(IOM) Ltd said in a statement on Sunday. The firm added that nine others remained on board and were unharmed.

    “Our priority is securing the earliest release of the 11 crew who have been taken and we are working closely with our partners and the local authorities to achieve that,” Midocean said.

    “The families of those crew members taken are being kept informed of the situation,” said the company. It added the vessel had proceeded to safe waters.

    A Nigerian navy spokesman said they had begun an investigation and search and rescue operation as soon as the incident was reported, and would provide an update soon.

    Midocean declined to say where the kidnapped crew members were from, but Polish state media, citing Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, said eight of them were from Poland.

    The nat,上海龙凤419Lake,ionality of the three other abducted crew members was not immediately clear.

    Kidnappings and piracy in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common.

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    Italy parliament approves corruption crackdown in win for 5-Star

    ROME ( ) – The Italian parliament on Tuesday,上海419龙凤体验Kaia, approved a package of measures to crack down on public sector corruption and improve the efficiency of the justice system, two problems which have long dogged the euro zone’s third largest economy.

    The bill bans people definitively convicted of corruption from participating in future government tenders and increases sentences for offering or taking bribes.

    It allows the police to pursue corruption using undercover operations, previously only allowed for mafia or terrorism, and contains provisions to encourage public sector whistle-blowers.

    The legislation is the latest attempt by Italy to crackdown on graft and follows laws approved in 2012 and 2015 that have appeared to make little headway against the scourge.

    The bill was presented in Se,龙凤网419论坛Faith,ptember by Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement which governs with the right-wing League party. It was approved in the Chamber of Deputies by 304 votes to 106, having already been passed in the upper house Senate.

    “Italy is tired of corruption,” 5-Star lawmaker Giulia Sarti told the Chamber ahead of the vote. “The era of bribes ends here, we are introducing an era of legality and transparency.”

    Fighting graft has been a 5-Star clarion call since it was founded nine years ago, and a mainstay of its appeal to voters.

    Italy came 54th in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, referring to 2017, one of the lowest-ranked European Union countries and behind many less developed countries such as Georgia, Rwanda and ,上海推油论坛新419Paisley,Namibia.

    Among several measures ai爱上海med at increasing transparency, the value threshold above which parliamentarians must declare donations is lowered to 500 euros per year from 5,000 euros.

    The bill also loosens time limits on the prosecution of many crimes, including corruption, responding to complaints by magistrates who say it is all but impossible to reach a definitive verdict within the prescribed time frame.

    The statute of limitations, which scraps cases that do not reach a verdict within the set period, will from 2020 be frozen at the end of an initial trial to ensure the appeals process can continue unabated.

    Under Italian law, defendants have a right to two appeals before a verdict becomes definitive. According to the latest data available, 145,637 cases fell by the wayside in 2016 after hitting the time out.

    The change will only kick in from 2020 at the insistence of the League, which says it must be preceded by a reform to speed up the justice system so that trials do not drag on too long.

    The latest EU data shows Italy has the slowest legal system in the bloc, with more than 1,400 days needed on average to complete civil and commercial cases. The vast majority of countries needed under 400 days to wrap up trials.

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    Congress to probe Juniper ‘back door’ exposure, possible U.S….

    SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this month sent letters asking some two dozen agencies to provide documents showing whether they used Juniper devices running ScreenOS software. The company said in December ScreenOS had been compromised by hackers using a so-called back door in the software.

    Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who heads the committee’s technology subcommittee and formerly worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, said his ,上海后花园阿拉网Cade,initial goal in pursuing the probe was to determine whether government agencies, many of which use Juniper gear, had been compromised by the hackers.

    But Hur上海419论坛d, a key player in the investigation, said the committee would also probe the origins of the breach. If it turns out that a back door was included at a U.S. government agency’s request, he said, that should help change the policy debate.

    The earliest Juniper back door identified by researchers used a technique widely attributed to the NSA. 

    The NSA did not respond to a request for comment. Juniper declined to comment.

    U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have long lobbied in vain for legislation that would require technology companies to provide back doors in equipment that use encryption technology. They say they need such access to conduct authorized wiretaps and other types or surveillance.

    The technology industry has fiercely opposed any such policy, arguing that back doors could be exploited by criminals or foreign intelligence services. The debate has heated up in the wake of recent attacks by Islamic militants, who make heavy use of digital communic,爱上海同城论坛Barbara,ations networks.

    “How do we understand the vulnerabilities that created this problem and ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the future?” Hurd said. “I don’t think the government should be requesting anything that weakens the security of anything that is used by the federal government or American businesses.”

    Juniper said in December it had found two unauthorized pieces of code inserte,上海龙凤419Octava,d into ScreenOS that would have allowed whoever planted them to read email sent over supposedly secure connections known as virtual private networks, or VPNs.

    After outside researchers picked apart the software patches Juniper issued to fix the problem, they concluded that one back door had been inserted in 2014 and one in 2012. The 2012 version, though, merely changed the formulation of a piece of software known as a random number generator, which is part of most encryption products.

    The random number generator used in the Juniper products, known as Dual Elliptic Curve, has long been suspected by security professionals of containing a back door engineered by the U.S. National Security Agency. Those suspicions were largely confirmed by leaks from former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

    Juniper said this month it would remove Dual Elliptic Curve entirely in future versions of its products.

    Juniper has not said how the code got there in the first place. It sells into defense and intelligence agencies, however, and major customers could have requested that the code be modified as part of a contract, former employees told this month. That is how Dual Elliptic Curve made it into a software kit distributed by security company RSA.

    The NSA is a logical suspect for the 2008 code insertion, said security researcher Nicholas Weaver of the International Computer Science Institute, while the offenders in both 2012 and 2014 are more likely to have been other countries.

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    EU takes step to boost monitoring of money laundering at banks

    BRUSSELS ( ) – European Union governm,上海推油论坛新419Kailani,ents have reached a preliminary deal to clamp down on money laundering by strengthening bank supervision through the European Banking Authority (EBA), the EU said on Wednesday.

    The EU has been beset by money-laundering scandals this year, including probes into 200 billion euros ($229 billion) of payments made through Danske Bank’s Estonian branch, the collapse of Latvia’s ABLV Bank and the closure of Malta’s Pilatus Bank.

    The reform was rolled out by the EU Commission in September after cases of alleged money laundering at some EU banks that “rai,上海419对对碰Ida,sed concerns that anti-money laundering rules are not always supervised and enforced effectively across the EU,” an EU statement said.

    Under the agreed text, the EBA would be able to directly force individual banks to take measures against money laundering “as a last resort” if national authorities do not act.

    The text, backed by diplomats from the 28 EU states, needs the approval of the EU parliament to become law.

    However, the overhaul does not address loopholes that give states broad discretion in imposing sanctions, and does not create a dedicated agency to counter money laundering at the EU or euro zone level, as proposed by the European Central Bank.

    The agreement was announced as Estonia said it had arrested 10 former employees of the local branch of Danske Bank as part of an international investigation of alleged money laundering.

    Latvia’s ABLV liquidated itself after being accused by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of money laundering, violating sanctions on North Korea and using bribery to influence Latvian officials.

    The ECB withdrew Pilatus Bank’s licence in November, after the bank’s chairman was charged in the United States over money laundering and bank fraud.

    Under the reform, the EBA, which is moving from London to Paris after Brexit, will have new powers to force national supervisors to investigate cases of suspected breaches of anti-money laundering rules.

    In exceptional cases, when national supervisors do not act within set deadlines, the EBA could take measures against a bank “requiring it to take all necessary ac爱上海tion to comply with its obligations”, the text proposed by the EU’s executive Commission said.

    But decisions on penalties would remain in the hands of member states, some of whom have shown little interest in imposing or trumpeting sanctions, fearing reputational damage.

    International guidelines say publicising sanctions is one of the most effective tools to prevent money laundering.

    The EBA already has the power to investigate breaches of money-laundering rules and did so against Malta over its supervision of Pilatus Bank.

    Under the overhaul, the EBA would get more powers and staff, but it will continue to depend on vague laws that have prevented it from acting in the past.

    The EBA admitted that it could not pursue its probe into Malta’s financial supervisor because of a lack of clarity in EU rules, which will not change.

    Under the reforms, the EBA would get 10 new employees from two now to monitor risks of money laundering at thousands of EU banks.

    The ECB has called for a new agency with more reso,上海419会所高级论坛Fabi,urces dedicated to this task, but these calls have been opposed by member states who prefer to maintain national control.

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    As U.N. mulls how to back Yemen truce, U.S. wants to call out Iran

    UNITED NATIONS ( ) – The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran in a draft resolution being negotiated to back a ceasefire deal in Yemen’s Hodeidah region, but Russia has rejected the move, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    After a week of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and Saudi-backed Yemen government foes agreed last Thursday to stop fighting in the Red Sea city of Hodeidah and withdraw forces. The truce began on Tuesday.

    The 15-member Security Council is now considering a British-drafted resolution to endorse the deal and ask U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to submit proposals on how to monitor the ceasefire and redeployment of forces.

    The initial draft text, seen by , condemns “the supply, from whatever source, of weapons and associated materiel in contravention of the arms embargo provisions,” but does not name any countries.

    The United States wants to specifically condemn Iran, according to diplomats and a revised draft seen by , but Russia has objected to the language. Diplomats have said the aim is to try to adopt a resolution this week.

    In February, Russia vetoed a U.S.-led attempt to have the council call out Tehran in a resolution on Yemen. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass.

    U.N. chief Antonio Guterres has reported to the Security Council that the debris of several ballistic missiles fired by the Houthis at neighboring Saudi Arabia appear to be Iranian. Iran denies supplying weapons to the Houthis.

    A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back government forces. The United Nations and Western countries,上海油压体验论坛Hadley, have criticized the coalition for killing a high number of civilians, including children.

    The draft council resolution condemns indiscriminate attacks and targeting of civilians. It does not mention the Saudi-led coalition.

    U.N. diplomats also said some countries wanted the current draft resolution on Yemen to be specifically focused on the ceasefire deal reached in Sweden and for language addressing the humanitarian crisis i,上海千花网友验证Hal,n the country to be removed.

    The conflict has pushed impoverished Yemen to the verge of famine, and millions of people rely on food aid. More than 80 percent of Yemen’s imports used to come through Hodeidah port, but that has slowed to a trickle.

    Kuwait’s U.N. ambas上海龙凤419sador, Mansour al-Otaibi, said on Wednesday that council members were,上海419后花园论坛Macauly, still working on the draft resolution and “some concerns have not been met.”

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    U.S. to send migrants back to Mexico to wait out asylum requests

    WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY ( ) – The United States will soon send non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their U.S. asylum requests are processed, a major change in immigration policy, the Trump administration announced on Thursday.

    Immigrant advocates and human rights experts quickly denounced the policy change as illegal and violating the rights of refugees.

    Mexico’s government said that it would accept some of t,上海419后花园论坛Gabi,hose migrant,上海后花园论坛靠谱吗Cade,s for humanitarian reasons, in what many will see as an early concession to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration by Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1.

    “We want to discourage those who are claiming asylum fraudulently,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee on Thursday, describing the plan.

    In response to the plan, Mexico’s foreign ministry underscored that it still has the right to admit or reject the entry of foreigners into its territory.

    “Mexico’s government has decided to take the following actions to benefit migrants, in particular unaccompanied and accompanied minors, and to protect the rights of those who want to start an asylum process in the United States,” the foreign ministry said.

    But there appeared to be initial confusion within the Mexican government about the plan. Tonatiuh Guillén, who as head of Mexico’s National Migration Institute regulates migration in the country, said at a news conference on Thursday that the country would not be able to receive migrants from other countries until the regulatory framework had been established.

    “W,爱上海同城最新Ida,e can’t begin to operate, we can’t begin to receive. We are not in a place to receive,” he said. “When will we able to do it? When the regulatory issues and operational issues are resolved,” he said.

    Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters on condition of anonymity that the Mexican government has said asylum seekers would have access to attorneys in Mexico and that migrants would be able to enter the United States for their court hearings, without giving more details about how the process would work.

    “Operationally this will look a little bit different at different ports of entry simply based on what the infrastructure is like in the area,” said one official. “We are not implementing this on the entire U.S. border all at once.”

    Nielsen said the new policy will not apply to Central American unaccompanied children, who have some special protections under U.S. law.

    The administration is invoking a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act allowing the government to return migrants to a foreign country bordering the United States pending their immigration proceedings.

    “We remain convinced that this is a power that the president was granted by Congress to execute exactly the way we have,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News show host Laura Ingraham. “We’ve had lots of thought and legal review of this. We are confident that we are on firm ground.”

    But the section of law being used by the Trump administration exempts anyone who is found inadmissible at the border because of a lack of documents, rather than for a criminal conviction, said Stephen Legomsky, a professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and a former senior DHS official during the Obama administration.

    “That means the exemption to that section would apply to virtually every asylum seeker at the border,” he said.


    Serious doubts remain over whether Mexico can keep vulnerable asylum seekers safe. Authorities are investigating the deaths of two Honduran teenagers kidnapped and killed in the border city of Tijuana last weekend.

    Immigrant and human rights advocates swiftly de爱上海nounced the new policy, saying it violated international law and would put migrants at further risk.

    “Make no mistake — Mexico is not a safe country for all people seeking protection,” said Amnesty International Executive Director Margaret Huang. “Many people seeking asylum in the United States face discrimination, exploitation, sexual assault, murder, or the possibility of being disappeared while traveling through Mexico or while forced to wait for extraordinarily long times in Mexican border towns.”

    Trump tweeted on Nov. 24 that migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in U.S. courts.

    But Kennji Kizuka of the nonprofit group Human Rights First said serious questions remain about implementation of the plan.

    “The administration seems to have no plan,” Kizuka said in a statement. “Will lawyers be able to visit their clients before hearings? Where will those hearings take place? We know that access to counsel is one of the most important factors in whether or not an asylum seeker is able to live in safety in the United States.”

    The arrival of several thousand Central Americans in Tijuana about a month ago prompted Trump to mobilize the U.S. military to beef up border security. At the same time, the Trump administration has restricted the number of asylum applications accepted per day, saying they do not have the capacity to process more.

    Illegal crossings at the southern border have dropped dramatically since the late 1970s, but in recent years applications for asylum have ballooned and more Central American families and unaccompanied children are migrating to the United States.

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    Russia launches investigation into BBC as dispute with Britain…

    MOSCOW ( ) – Ru,爱上海同城aishOctavia,ssia’s media regulator said on Friday it had launched an investigation into the activities of British public broadcaster the BBC, a move it described as a response to pressure being put on a Russian TV channel in Britain.

    Roskomnadzor, the regulator, said in a statement it ,上海后花园1314Gabrielle,was looking into the activities of the BBC World News channel and BBC internet sites to see if they complied with Russian law.

    It said its checks were in,免费上海楼凤论坛Kade, response to a decision by British media regulator Ofcom, which on Thursday said that Russian broadcaster RT had broken impartiality rules in some of its news and current affairs programs.

    The Kremlin said Russian government agencies had repeatedly raised concerns about the BBC’s coverage of Russia and of Moscow’s actions in Syria.

    “Many questions about the BBC in terms of its tendentious coverage of events, its coverage not in the style of a media actor but in a pre-planned and politically motivated way, have accumulated over a long period,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

    Only the country’s media regulator had the authority to examine such allegations, he said. An unnamed source familiar with the investigation was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the BBC’s activities in Russia could be restricted if it was found to be in breach of Russian law.

    The BBC said it was in full compliance.

    “As everywhere else in the world, the BBC works in Russia in full compliance with the country’s laws and regulations to deliver independent news and information to its audiences,” said a spokeswoman.

    Ofcom declined to comment.


    Ofcom said on Thursday it was considering imposing some kind of sanction on RT, which is financed by the Russian state. It took issue in particular with its coverage of the poisoning in Britain of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. 爱上海419

    Britain has accused agents working for Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, of committing the crime, an allegation Moscow denies.

    British Media Secretary Jeremy Wright also weighed in on Thursday, saying what he called RT’s mask as an impartial news provider was slipping.

    RT rejected Ofcom’s findings, saying Ofcom had ignored its explanations and not paid “due regard” to its rights.

    Commenting on the launch of the Russian investigation on Friday, Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, said on Twitter that Ofcom had hinted that it planned to strip her channel of its broadcasting license in Britain.

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    Supreme Court fight gives Democrats fuel to regain U.S. Senate control

    WASHINGTON ( ) – A Supreme Court nomination battle that was ignited on Saturday with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia has given Democrats an explosive new issue that could bolster their chances of regaining majority control of the U.S. Senate.

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    With no clear idea of who President Barack Obama will nominate as Scalia’s replacement, it was way too early to know exactly how this fight will play out in already rollicking pr上海419论坛esidential and congressional elections.

    But, “in this hyper-polarized political environment we are currently operating in, I can only assume the battle over this (court) nominee will dominate the political debate from here on out,” said Jim Manley, a strategist and former top aide to Democratic senators.

    Manley noted Republicans are facing tough races for Senate seats ,上海蝴蝶419论坛Rachel,in swing states such as Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and could find themselves in even tighter spots because of the divisive fight over Scalia’s replacement.

    These Republican candidates, who either already serve in the Senate or are vying for open seats, have to especially thread the needle in their politically divided states on social issues, like abortion rights, that so dominate Supreme Court confirmation fights.

    Democrats already enjoyed an advantage in the November Senate elections, having to defend only 10 seats while 24 Republican seats are up for grabs in the 100-member chamber.

    Democrats need a net gain of five seats to win back the majority they lost in the 2014 elections.


    Just hours after Scalia’s death at the age of 79, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proclaimed that whoever moves into the White House on Jan. 20, 2017 – and not Obama – should pick the replacement for the late conservative jurist.

    The Senate must confirm presidential nominees to the life-time appointments at the nine-justice high court, whose,上海419论坛真的假的Hadleigh, recent decisions have had a deep impact on the country, from the legalization of same-sex marriage to election campaign finance.

    “If the Republican leadership refuses to even hold a hearing, I think that is going to guarantee they lose control of the Senate, because I don’t think the American people will stand for that,” proclaimed Dem,爱上海同城论坛Nadia,ocratic Senator Patrick Leahy, who was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, McConnell’s announcement sparked new fundraising pleas in the presidential and congressional campaigns, which already were awash in campaign contributions.

    Ron Bonjean, a former top Republican Senate leadership aide and current political strategist, acknowledged that Republican Senate candidates from swing states “may be placed in an awkward position” by the Supreme Court fight.

    While some may be pressured to join Democrats in calling for a confirmation vote depending on who Obama nominates, Bonjean also saw a potential upside for those Republicans.

    With anti-establishment candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders far exceeding expectations in their quest for the presidency, Republican Senate candidates in swing states could feel emboldened to break from party ranks.

    Senator Mark Kirk in Illinois, for example, is one of those Republicans in a swing state facing a potentially rough race.

    The 2016 campaigns already were generating an avalanche of voter interest with control of the White House and Congress hanging in the balance.

    Now, with the ideological control of the Supreme Court also to be decided, “That leads to only one conclusion: Increased turnout” of voters in November, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist.

    Higher turnout often helps Democratic presidential candidates, which in turn could help Democratic Senate candidates.

    However, Sabato also noted that with the Supreme Court vacancy ascending in importance, it could rally establishment Republicans who currently oppose the anti-establishment Trump to support him if he becomes the party’s nominee.

    And that, in turn, could boost Republican turnout in tight Senate races.

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    Myanmar says policeman found dead near border with Bangladesh

    YANGON ( ) – The body of a missing Myanmar policeman was found on the country’s troubled border with Bangladesh, state media and officials said on Sunday after a clash with unknown gunmen last week.

    Private Aung Kyaw Thet had been missing since his patrol was fired on from the Bangladesh side of the border on Dec. 17, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.

    His body was found on Friday with “gunshot wounds in his face, arm and leg,” the newspaper said, adding that another policeman was wounded in the incident.

    The newspaper said the clash occurred in a rugged section of the border in Maungdaw township, the epicenter of violence in August 2017 that drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar and into Bangladesh.

    Myanmar’s military had responded to attacks by a Rohingya in,上海419论坛Gabe,surgent group with a campaign that U.N.-mandated investigators said involved killings, rape and arson carried out with “genocidal intent” against the wider Rohingya population.

    Major Mohammad Iqbal of the Bangladesh border guards said his men were not involved in the Dec. 17 incident, but they had heard the exchange of gunfire on the border.

    Bangladeshi guards joined a patrol with their Myanmar counterparts to investigate, he said, adding that Aung Kyaw Thet’s body was found on Friday.

    Lt. Colonel Tin Han Linn, of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police in Maungdaw, said they knew the location of the body several days before it was recovered on Friday, but had to arrange a joint Myanmar-Bangladesh team to retrieve the corpse.

    The identity of the attackers was unknown and police are still investigating, he told .

    The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a group claiming to represent the Rohingya, launched the August 2017 attacks on more than two dozen security posts, killing 13 members of Myanmar’s security forces.

    ARSA “continues to h,上海油压体验论坛Kai,ave a prominent presence” in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and could launch cross-border raids on Myanmar forces, the International Crisis G上海龙凤419roup said in a November report on the proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

    Fighting ,上海千花交友网Talon,between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army – a group that says it fights for the Rakhine Buddhist ethnic group – has flared this month in areas of northern Rakhine state further from the Bangladesh border, displacing more than 700 people.

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    South African jazz artist plays guitar during brain surgery

    JOHANNESBURG ( ) – South African jazz artist Musa Manzini has played his music all over the world, but one performance stands out – strumming his guitar while surgeons operated on his brain.

    A video of the multi-instrumentalist and university lecturer taken during the six-hour surgery for a brain tumor, shows him lying on his back in the operating theater, surrounded by scrubbed-up medical staff, plucking the strings of his guitar.

    This allowed doctors in the South African city of Durban to observe which areas of his brain Manzini used to pl,爱上海419Rae,ay music, allowing them to preserve those areas and also restore some movement to his fingers, which were affected by the tumor. 

    “I felt very awkward and uncomfortable,” Manzini told a week after the operation. “Bei,上海后花园龙凤Barney,ng in between gene爱上海ral anesthesia and awake and hearing the sounds of a blow torch inside your brain…it’s very difficult to concentrate.”

    Doctors opted to keep Manzini awake in order to assess which areas of his brain were functioning as the surgery went on, helping to reduce the risk,上海千花验证归来Idaline, of neurological damage.

    “It was a success in that the biggest risk was paralysis. I’m not paralyzed, and I still have control of my limbs and thus in good spirits and recovering nicely,” he said.

    Once fully recovered, Manzini intends to take to the stage again, he said.

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    Head of U.N. team to monitor Hodeidah ceasefire arrives in Yemen

    ADEN ( ) – The head of a United Nations advance team tasked with monitoring a ceasefire between the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen’s Hodeidah has arrived in Yemen, U.N. and local officials said on Saturday.

    The sides in Yemen’s nearly four-year war agreed during U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden earlier this month to stop fighting in Hodeidah city and its province and withdraw forces. The truce began on Tuesday but skirmishes continued on the outskirts of the city.

    On Friday the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the deployment – for an initial 30 days – of an advance monitoring team led by retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert.

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    Hodeidah, the main port used to feed Yemen’s 30 million people, has been the focus of fighting this year, raising fears abroad that a full-scale assault could cut off supplies to nearly 16 million people suffering from severe hunger.

    Sweden’s agreement, the first significant breakthrough in peace efforts in five years, is meant to pave the way for a wider ceasefire in the impoverished country and a second round of talks in January on a framework for political negotiations.

    A Sunni Muslim Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered the war in 2015 against the Houthis to restore the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which was ousted from the capital Sanaa.

    The Houthis control most urban centers, including,爱上海同城交流论坛Naia, Sanaa, while Hadi’s government is based in the southern port of Aden.

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    Guatemalan family mourns ‘irreparable loss’ of migrant girl at wake

    SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala ( ) – Shortly before daybreak on Christmas Eve, Claudia Maquin wept silently when she was finally reunited with the still body of her daughter Jakelin Caal, two weeks after the Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody at the age of 7.

    An indigenous Maya who had been hoping to begin a new life in the United States with her father, Jakelin came down with a fever while in the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities, and died in an El Paso hospital on Dec. 8.

    Her death fueled renewed criticism by opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and gave a face to the many children who have accompanied parents on the long road north from Central America through Mexico to the border.

    Under a gray sky, friends and relatives filed in to Jakelin’s wake in the thatched hut of her grandfather. In a laminated white coffin, her small body was laid out clothed in a blue sweater and a red coverlet emblazoned with bears.

    “This is not a merry Christmas, it’s a bad Christmas,” said ,上海419龙凤体验Sabina,her grandfather Domingo Caal, 61. “To lose a child, a human being, is difficult,” he added, as well-wishers and neighbors shuffled through the wooden house and its earthen floors.

    Her mother Claudia wept but did not speak, looking down on the child for a few moments in the coffin.

    Plagued by chronic gang violence and endemic poverty, Central America has sent out an endless stream of migrants desperate to reach the United States at almost any cost.

    Jakelin’s father Nery remains in the United States waiting to see whether he will be allowed to stay. The two had handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. She fell i,上海419论坛官方网站Idaia,ll soon afterwards and died after suffering cardiac arrest, brain swelling and liver failure, U.S. officials said.


    In the early hours of the morning, Claudia had stood at a gasoline station some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from her impoverished mountain village of San Antonio Secortez, waiting to meet the white minib上海龙凤419us that bore her daughter’s body.

    During the slow, winding procession back home through the municipality of Raxruha, the driver honked the horn as it passed dwelling places. A few villagers came out to give Claudia and the grandfather money.

    Struggling to make its way through the steep, rugged mountain roads in the gloom, the minibus briefly ground to a halt and had to be pushed onwards by helping hands.

    White balloons with messages of love for the girl hung over the coffin. On top of the casket was a small framed photo of Jakelin.

    To one side hung a yellow note ,上海爱上海Octava,in Spanish.

    “Domingo Caal and family thanks: the media, the vice-president, the embassies of Guatemala and the United States, the mayor of Raxruha and everyone in general who in some way or other has accompanied us in this irreparable loss.”

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    Clashes in western Tunisia after self-immolation of journalist

    Tunis ( ) – Clashes erupted on Monday between Tunisian protesters and security forces in the western city,上海爱上海Macauly, of Kasserine following the self-immolation of a Tunisian photo journalist, eyewitnesses told .

    Abderazzak Zergui died after he set himself on fire in protest over social conditions, they said.

    The incident was reminiscent of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouaziz eight years ago, which sparked revolutions that toppled autocrats in what came to be known as the Arab Spring.

    Security ,上海419论坛真的假的Qirin,forces used tear gas to disperse angry crowds that erected barricades and burned tyres inside the city of Kasserine in protest, an eyewitness told .

    In a video shared on Facebook prior to his death, Zergui appeared to say that whenever the unemployed in his town prepare to protest, militant attacks are launched to silence them.

    “This is an appeal to 上海龙凤419Kasserine people, I will carry out a revolution by myself,” he said in the video.

    The journalists union issued a statement holdin,爱上海花千网Kade,g the state responsible for what it described as the corruption that plagues the media.

    Tunisia has been praised for its democratic progress since 2011 but successive governments have failed to push through reforms to trim deficits, create jobs and boost growth.

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    Security forces disperse Sudanese demonstrators after week of protests

    KHARTOUM ( ) – At least three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots on Tuesday when security forces dispersed rallies in the capital, witnesses said, after a week of demonstr,爱上海同城最新Babette,ations against President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule.

    A witness said security forces barred protesters at one location in Khartoum from 爱上海marching on the presidential palace by firing teargas and shots in the air.

    Three witnesses told that three protesters were wounded by gunshots, one of them in the head.


    A police spokesman was not immediately available to comment. Officials have previously said the security forces exercised restraint and dealt with the protesters in a “civilized manner”.

    Officials and witnesses have previously said at least 12 people have been killed in the unrest so far. Amnesty International said on Tuesday at least 37 people had died.

    Rising prices, shortages of basic commodities and a cash crisis have driven protesters to the streets across Sudan to demonstrate against Bashir, who took power in a military coup backed by Islamists in 1989.

    Protesters, who had gathered at several locations across Khartoum on Tuesday to march on the palace, have previously targeted offices of the ruling party, torching several of them.

    Bashir, one of the longest serving rulers in Africa and the Middle East, told a rally in central Jazeera state on Tuesday that people who had destroyed institutions and burned public property were “traitors” and “mercenaries”.

    Three wi,上海后花园龙凤Gabi,tnesses, one of them a doctor who has been offering medical support to the protesters, said three people were wounded by bullets.

    “Three guys were shot next to me. One in the neck, one in the chest, and one in the head,” one of the witnesses said by telephone, asking not to identified.

    Since the demonstrations started spreading on Dec. 19, police have dispersed protesters with tear gas and sometimes used live ammunition, residents say.

    The authorities have shuttered schools and declared curfews and a state of emergency in several regions.

    Journalists at the daily Al-Sudani said one of their colleagues was beaten by security forces after protesters passed next to the independent newspaper’s offices.

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    Belgian judge orders repatriation of six children of Islamic State…

    BRUSSELS ( ) – A Belgian judge has ordered the government to repatriate six children of Islamic State (IS) militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Kurdish-controlled Syria, the national news agency Belga said on Wednesday.

    Tatiana Wie上海龙凤419landt, 26, and Bouchra Abouallal, 25, both Belgian citizens, and their children have been held in the Al-Hol camp in since the defeat of IS in nearly all territory it once held in Syria and Iraq.

    Belga quoted the court ruling as ordering the Brussels government to take all necessary and possible measures to ensure the six children and their mothers can return to Belgium.

    It must do so within 40 days after being notified of the decision or pay a daily penalty of 5,000 euros for each child, up to a maximum 1 million euros, newspaper De Tijd said. The Belgian government can appeal the ruling.

    No comment was available from the court on Wednesday due to a public holiday. A lawyer for the two women was not immediately available for comment.

    A spokesman for the foreign ministry said it would “analyze the situation together” with the justice,贵族宝贝mm自荐Kailani, and interior ministries.

    Hundreds of European citizens, many of them babies, are being kept by U.S.-backed Kurdish militias in three camps since IS was ousted last year from almost all the large swathes of territory it seized in 2014-15, according to Kurdish sources.

    European nations have been reluctant to take them back, regarding children of,免费上海楼凤论坛Falkner, jihadists both as victims and threats – difficult to reintegrate into schools and homes.

    European diplomats say they cannot act in a region where Kurdish control is not internationally recognized. Moreover, there is little popular sympathy for militants’ families after a spate of deadly IS attacks across western Europe.

    The Kurd say it is not their job to prosecute or hold them indefinitely, leaving the women and children in legal limbo.

    However, mounting concern over the apparent abandonment of hundreds of children with a claim to EU citizenship – most of them under six – is pushing gove,上海419龙凤体验Ida,rnments to quietly explore how to tackle the complexities of bringing them back.

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    Iran in talks with Afghan Taliban: Iranian state media report

    DUBAI ( ) – Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul.

    The news came days after reports last week of talks between U.S. and Taliban officials over proposals for a ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops ahead of possible peace negotiations.

    Talks between Iran and the Taliban were held “to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by IRNA as saying.

    “All contacts and talks with the Taliban group have been with the knowledge of Afghanistan’s government and this process will continue,” he said. He gave no furth爱上海er details.

    Majority-Shi’i,新上海419论坛网Nala,te Iran has long had close ties to Shi’ites in neighboring Afghanistan whose militias have fought th,上海楼风419论坛Caden,e Taliban’s Sunni militants.

    But in recent months Afghan officials have accused Tehran, which the United States says is trying to extend its influence in western Afghanistan, of providing the Taliban with money, weapons and explosives. Iran denies that.

    Earlier this month, Afghan forces abandoned a remote western district bordering Iran, leaving the area to the Taliban after the government failed to resupply troops stationed there.

    In November, the United States displayed pieces of what it said were Iranian we,爱上海同城对对碰aishPaige,apons supplied to militants in Yemen and Afghanistan, a move by Washington to pressure Tehran to curb its regional activities. Iran denies supplying arms to the militants.

    In October, the United States accused Iran of providing military training, financing and weapons to the Taliban and targeted sanctions against eight individuals, including two linked to the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Tehran denies the accusations.

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    Watch that Tweet! China cracks whip on government social media image

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI ( ) – China’s cabinet has warned government departments to clean up their social media image amid a drive to bolster the government’s online presence to help reach tech-savvy young people who get their information from smartphones.

    The State Council issued the guidelines late on Thursday saying that authorities’ social media presence needed more regulation and vowed to clean up dormant “zombie” accounts and ,上海419龙凤体验Dalton,“shocking” comment from official channels.

    “This has a negative impact on the image and the public trust in the government,” the cabinet said on its website.

    Government bodies have been pushing into social media as a way to reach younger people, who get most information from platforms like Tencent’s messaging app WeChat, microblog platform Weibo or newer services such as news aggregator Toutiao.

    The government is also t,上海419龙凤后花园Macey,rying to get a tighter grip on the dissemination of information to the public more broadly, and has been tightening regulations on financial news and rei爱上海419ning in online bloggers and livestream artists.

    The State Council said government accounts “cannot express any personal emotions or opinions, and normally should only repost information from government websites or from sources recognized by government”.

    Authorities were also forbidden from fabricating social media data or paying for fake followers, it said.

    In July, a verified Weibo account of the Yueyang municipal government in Hunan province called a netizen an “environment protection bitch” in a repost responding to concern about a waste incineration plant. It later issued an apology.

    Certain official agencies have large followings online, including the Communist Party’s Youth League, which has 7.7 million followers on Weibo.

    Over the last couple of years government agencies have been expanding beyond Weibo, with forays onto video site,新上海419论坛网Kai,s like Bilibili and Bytedance’s Douyin, also known as TikTok.

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    Indonesia orders flights to steer clear of erupting Anak Krakatau…

    LABUAN, Indonesia ( ) – Indonesia on Thursday raised the alert level for the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano to the second-highest, and ordered all flights to steer clear, days after it triggered a tsunami that killed at least 430 people.

    A crater collapse on the volcanic island at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra.

    Authorities have warned that the crater of Anak Krakatau,,上海后花园千花网Fabiana, or child of Krakatau, remains fragile, raising fears of another collapse and tsunami, and have urged residents to stay away from the coast.

    The volcano has been rumbling on and off since June but has been particularly active since Sunday, spewing lava and rocks, and sending huge clouds of ash up to 3,000 meters into heavily overcast skies.

    The national geological agency, in raising the alert level to the second-highest, set a 5-km exclusion zone around the island.

    “Since December 23, activity has not stopped … We anticipate a further escalation,” said Antonius Ratdomopurbo, secretary of the geological agency.

    A thin layer of volcanic ash has been settling on buildings, vehicles and vegetation along the west coast of Java since late on Wednesday, according to images shared by the national disaster mitigation agency.

    Authorities said the ash was not dangerous, but advised residents to wear masks and goggles when outside, while aircraft were ordered away.

    “All flights are rerouted due to Krakatau volcano ash on red alert,” Indonesia’s air traffic control agency AirNav said in a release.

    AirNav’s corporate secretary, Didiet K.S. Radityo, told there were no disruptions to any international or domestic flights.

    The civil aviation authority said no airports would be affected. The capital, Jakarta, is about 155 km east of the volcano.

    Indonesia is a vast archipelago that sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

    In 1883, the volcano then known as Krakatoa erupted in one of the biggest blasts in recorded history, killing more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunami and lowering the global surface temperature by one degree Celsius with its ash.

    Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927 and has been growing ever since.

    This,上海千花验证归来Sabina, year, Indonesia has suffered its worst annual death toll from disasters in more than a decade.


    The latest tsunami, coming during the Christmas season, evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, which killed 226,000 people in 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

    Tsunami warning systems were set up after 2004 but they have failed to prevent subsequent disasters, often because apparatus has not been maintained, while public education and disaster preparation efforts have been patchy at best.

    Ramdi Tualfredi, a teacher in the village of Cigondong, on Java’s west coast上海419论坛, said he had never got any instructions on safety steps and efforts to prepare communities for tsunami had “totally failed”.

    “There were no preparations. I didn’t get information from anywhere,” he said, adding there had been little help for residents since disaster struck.

    Nearly 22,000 people were displaced by the tsunami, while 1,495 were injured and 159 are missing.

    Thousands of displaced are staying in tents and crowded into public buildings.

    Hamad Suhaimi, a teacher working as a volunteer at a school being used as an emergency shelter, said the numbers of displaced needing help had surged as authorities expanded the area deemed unsafe.

    Volunteers and displaced villagers told that conditions in t,上海千花验证归来Ebba,he shelters were getting difficult, especially for new mothers and their babies.

    “We’re breastfeeding. We have to eat in the morning but food only comes at midday and there are no vegetables,” said Siti Sayaroh, 24.

    The government has declared a state of emergency until Jan. 4, to help with the distribution of aid.

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    LGBT parents challenge stereotypes in China

    SHENZHEN, China ( ) – Heads turn when An Hui and Ye Jianbin walk down a street in the Chinese city of Shenzhen with their triplets, who were conceived with help from a human egg donor and a surrogate mother.

    People are mostly curious about their unconventional family, said An, adding that it was not always the ca,爱上海同城最新Gabriella,se in China where gay couples have long battled conser上海龙凤419vative Confucian values.

    “I’m lucky because I was born in China during a period of rapid change. Today’s society is far more tolerant,” the investment manager told at his office in Shenzhen’s financial district.

    “If I had been born during the Cultural Revolution, I would be dead,” said An, 33, who met his partner Ye in 2008.

    The two men wanted a family and began exploring the option of in vitro fertilization (IVF), with help from a human egg donor and a surrogate mother.

    In 2014, a Thai woman gave birth in Hong Kong to three boys – An Zhizhong, An Zhiya and An Zhifei – who were conceived using human eggs provided by a German fashion model, according to An.

    He declined to identify the women or the surrogacy company that organized the procedures.

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    The issue of lesbian and gay couples,上海龙凤419Barney, having access to medically-assisted reproductive treatments such as IVF has stirred political debate in several countries, including more recently in France and Israel.

    China’s government has not stated a clear position on the country’s LGBT community, Yanzi Peng, Director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China, a group based in Guangzhou.

    “The best word to describe the attitude of the Chinese government is ‘ignore’,” said Peng.

    “It’s hard to gauge their exact attitude. They don’t outright object to the LGBT community because that would really go against international attitudes on this issue,” Peng added. 

    Other advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community say China should relax laws that limit childbearing to heterosexual couples.

    “Homosexual couples have no way to legally use reproductive technology. Many people must go abroad to pay an extremely high fee to have children,” said Bin Xu, director of Beijing-based rights group LGBTI+.

    After decades of Communist prudery about sex of all kinds, LGBT Chinese have in recent years been openly tackling bureaucracy, ,爱北京验证阿拉爱上海Octavia,legal uncertainty and entrenched social norms to assert their place in society.

    While large Chinese cities have thriving gay scenes and same sex relations are not illegal, the government has shown no interest in legalizing same sex marriage, and launches periodic crackdowns on gay content online or elsewhere.

    An Hui, who is a member of the ruling Communist Party, said its time to rethink traditional views of family and marriage as China grapples with an aging population and declining birth rate.

    China moved in 2016 to allow couples to have a second child, relaxing curbs dating back nearly four decades. State media said this year the government was considering scrapping all limits on the number of children a family can have.

    “In China, lots of people say a family is a bond between a man and a woman, but that’s not necessarily the case,” An said.

    “If a single man has children, a single woman has children, two men have children or two women have children, then for these people they have a family,” he said. “A family needs love for it to be a family. It has nothing to do with sexuality.”

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    Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids:…

    CAIRO ( ) – Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 mil,阿拉爱上海会员验证区Cadence,es) from Egypt’s world-famous Giza pyramids, authorities said.

    The bombing is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, re上海419论坛covers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country’s 2011 uprising.

    No immediate claim of responsibility was reported.

    Islamist extremists, including militants linked to Islamic State, are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past.

    At least nine Vietnamese tourists were wounded, as well as the Egyptian driver, according to official statements.

    The tourists were heading to a sound and light show at the pyramids, which they had visited earlier in the day, said Lan Le, 41, who was also aboard the bus but unhurt.

    “We were going to the sound and light show and then suddenly we heard a bomb. It was terrible, people screaming,” she told , speaking at Al Haram hospital, where the injured were taken. “I don’t remember anything after.”

    Egypt’s interior ministry said the bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall at around 6.15 p.m. (1615 GMT).

    About two hours later, the vehicle could be seen behind a police cordon with one of its sides badly damaged and the windows blown out, a reporter said.

    Dozens of police, military and firefighters were at the site, on a narrow side street close to the ring road, where traffic was moving normally.

    Shortly afterward, workers brought a pick-up truck to tow the bus away.

    An investigator at the scene said the device had likely been planted near the wall.

    The interior ministry confirmed the death of two of the tourists, and the state prosecutor’s office later said a third had died. In total, 14 Vietnamese tourists had been traveling on the bus, it said.


    Vietnam called on Egypt to find those behind the attack.

    “Vietnam is extremely angered by and strongly condemns this act of terrorism that killed and injured innocent Vietnamese people,” foreign ministry spokeswoman, Le Thi Thu Hang, said in a statement.

    “Vietnam requests that Egypt promptly launch an investigation into the case and track down those responsible.”

    Egypt’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbouly, told media from Al Haram hospital that the bus had taken an unexpected route.

    “The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces,” Madbouly told Extra News channel, an assertion also made by the owner of the company that organized the bus tour.

    “We have been in contact with the embassy of Vietnam t,上海龙凤1314 shlfRadcliff,o contain the impact of the incident, and what is important now is to take care of the injured,” the prime minister said.

    The bus driver later told media he had not deviated from the route.

    Egypt’s army and police launched a major campaign against militant groups in February, targeting the Sinai Peninsula as well as southern areas and the border with Libya.

    The government says fighting Islamist militants is a priority ,上海新千花网Gabrielle,as it works to restore stability after the years of turmoil that followed the “Arab Spring” protests of 2011.

    Those events and the bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after it took off from Sharm el Sheikh in 2015 caused tourist numbers to plunge.

    The last deadly attack on foreign tourists in Egypt was in July 2017, when two Germans were stabbed to death in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

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    Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter

    SYDNEY ( ) – The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia’s home affairs minister said on Saturday.

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourne-born Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic State’s efforts in the Middle East, was “a very dangerous individual” and had his citizenship stripped.

    “If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him 上海419论坛having lost his Australian citizenship,” Dutton said in a televised news conference.

    Prakash has been in Turkey on trial for terrorism-related activities since being caught there in October 2016 after leaving Islamic State-controlled territory.

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    Under Australia’s citizenship laws, a dual national can lose their Australian citizenship if they act contrary to their allegiance to Australia by choosing to be involved in terrorism.

    Islamic State was declared a terrorist organization in May 2016 for this purpose, the Home Affairs Office said in a statement, and Prakash is the 12th person to be stripped of citizenship so far.

    Dutton said the law prevents the government from rendering somebody stateless so they must have Australian citizenship and citizenship of another country.

    Prakash, whose mother was Cambodian and father was Fijian, held both Australian and Fijian citizenship through his father.

    Dutton said Australia’s internal spy agency the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) had thwarted 14 attempted attacks including a plan to smuggle explosives onto an A380 flight to the Middle East.

    “The threat is very real,” he said.

    “The priority for us is to make sure that people like Neil Prakash don’t come back to Australia. We don’t want them here.”

    Prakash has been notified of the decision by letter, and the Fijian government has also been notified, according to a source close to the Australian government.

    Prakash has been linked to several Australia-based attack plans and has appeared in Islamic State videos and magazines. Australia says he actively recruited Australian men, women and children and encouraged acts of militancy.

    Australia has been pressing Turkey to extradite Prakash since he was first detained, but the request was rejected in July. It will remain in place until the conclusion of his case and any custodial sentence, The Australian newspaper reported.

    Canberra canceled Prakash’s passport in 2014 and announced financial sanctions in 2015, which cover anyone giving him financial assistance, with punishment of up to 10 years in jail.

    (The story corrects reference in paragraph 10 to Australia’s internal spy agency, not Fiji’s)

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    China to kick off year of sensitive anniversaries with major speech…

    BEIJING ( ) – China will kick off a year of sensitive anniversaries with a major speech on Wednesday by President Xi Jinping on Taiwan, China’s most sensitive issue.

    In 2019 China will celebrate 70 years since Communist China’s founding. Anniversaries are always touchy events in China, where maintaining stability is the ruling Communist Party’s overwhelming priority.

    Next year brings at least six that could unsettle the party, from June’s 30 years since the bloody Tiananmen crackdown to October’s 70 years since Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic at the end of an even bloodier civil ,爱上海同城对对碰aishLandon,war.

    But it will be self-ruled Taiwan, proudly democratic and claimed by China as its own, that will be the focus of Xi’s first important, pre-announced public event of the year.

    State news agency Xinhua said on Monday that Xi will give a major speech in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 40th anniversary of a key policy statement that led to a thaw in relations with Taiwan, the “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan”.

    Xinhua gave no other details.

    On Jan. 1, 1979, China declared an end to what had been routine artillery bombardment of Taiw,上海油压体验论坛Idaleen,an-controlled offshore islands close to China and offered to open up communications between the two sides, after decades of hostility.

    However, the offer was rebuffed by Taiwan’s then-president Chiang Ching-kuo, who in April that year came out with a “three noes” policy of no contact, no compromise and no negotiation with China.

    Chiang only relaxed that in 1987, allowing people in T爱上海419aiwan to visit China for family reunions. His father, Chiang Kai-shek, fled with defeated Nationalist forces to Taiwan in December of 1949 after loosing a civil war to the Communists.

    No formal peace treaty or formal end to hostilities has ever been signed.

    Taiwan is gearing up for presidential elections in January 2020. President Tsai Ing-wen’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party suffered stinging losses to the China-friendly Kuomintang in mayoral and local elections in November.

    China has heaped pressure on Tsai since she took office in 2016, cutting off dialogue, whittling down Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies and forcing foreign airlines to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites.

    China fears Tsai wishes to push for Taiwan’s formal independence, though Tsai says she wants to maintain the status quo.

    Xi said in March that Taiwan would face the “punishment of history” for any attempt at separatism, offerin,上海419后宫阁Jacklyn,g his strongest warning yet to the island claimed by China as its sacred territory.

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    Congo opposition cries foul after presidential poll blighted by…

    KINSHASA ( ) – The ma,上海后花园千花网Cadence,in opposition camps in Congo’s presidential election on Sunday complained of widespread irregularities after a c爱上海haotic vote disrupted by long queues, broken voting machines and torrential rain.

    Voting in the election to replace President Joseph Kabila, who is due to step down next month after 18 years in power, continued into the evening in some Kinshasa neighborhoods where polling had opened hours late due to an absence of voter rolls.

    In other areas, election officials began counting ballots by torchlight, keeping count on classroom chalkboards. The first partial results are expected within,上海419论坛宝山Gabriella, the next two days.

    While voting was mostly peaceful across Democratic Republic of Congo, there were incidents of violence.

    At a polling station in South Kivu province in eastern Congo, a police officer shot dead a young man after a dispute over alleged voting fraud. The surrounding crowd then beat the officer to death, a witness and a local politician said.

    An election official was also killed in the altercation, the electoral commission (CENI) said later.

    Elections are a rare event in Congo, which has been plagued by authoritarian rule, assassinations, coups and civil wars since independence from Belgium in 1960.

    If Kabila, in power since his father’s assassination in 2001, steps down after the vote it will be the country’s first democratic transition.

    However, any disputed outcome could lead to a security breakdown, particularly along Congo’s borders with Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, where dozens of armed militia are active.