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    New York Times columnist Tom Friedman fears America could be at the cusp of a “potential second civil war” if President Donald Trump’s insinuations and suggestions are not taken seriously. On Thursday evening, Friedman appeared on CNN’s “AC360” with Anderson Cooper where he expressed concern about the president’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and what it could mean for America. “I think what happened in the last few days is a six-alarm fire,” said Friedman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offered a chilling translation of Trump’s words as he insisted the president only laid out two choices for the upcoming election — both of which would lead to the same outcome if Trump is not stopped. “The President of the United States has told us ‘either I win the election or I delegitimize the election.’ Those are your choices, folks,” Friedman said. According to Friedman, there are many context clues Trump...
    New York Times columnist Tom Friedman believes the U.S. could be on the verge of a “potential second Civil War" over the upcoming presidential election. Friedman, a frequent CNN guest and critic of the presdient, said President Trump’s Wednesday remarks in which he sidestepped whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose sounded like a “six-alarm fire” to him. Trump told a reporter in a White House news conference Wednesday he would have to "see what happens" before agreeing to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. "You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster," he said. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, surprised by Friedman's assertion, asked if he genuinely meant what he said. MCMASTER REJECTS CNN QUESTION ON WHETHER MILITARY WOULD REMOVE TRUMP IF HE DOESN'T SUCCEED  “Yeah,” Friedman answered, “The president of the United States has told us, ‘Either I win the election...
    Kimi Raikkonen received heavy criticism for his meme on Instagram. Although Kimi intended to play a joke on Lewis Hamilton, it didn’t settle well with the fans. They took it as an offense to the reigning world champion. Netizens took offense on Lewis Hamilton post Kimi Raikkonen comes out to clarify his post and his intentions along with it. “It was probably a little different back then when I started. But it has always been like that in the last few years,”  the 2007 champion said regarding his joke. Lewis Hamilton, in the post that Kimi posted, was advertising for a brand. Raikkonen took that picture, fused it alongside a James Hunt shirtless picture, and tagged it,” Evolution of a Formula 1 driver” Kimi Raikkonen’s Instagram ???? pic.twitter.com/TuPNux6AZR — Philip Duncan (@PhilDuncanF1) September 17, 2020 Though the picture intended to be hilarious, the opposite took effect. The Finn opened up his...
    Serbia and Kosovo agreed on Thursday to name a lake in a disputed territory after President Donald Trump. The lake, known to Kosovars as the “Ujman” and to Serbians as the “Gazivoda,” is the subject of dispute between the two countries, with around 80 percent of its waters located in Kosovo and 20 percent in Serbia. A banner appeared over the lake on Thursday, however, reading “Lake Trump.” The Gazeta Express has learned that both Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic have expressed their willingness to accept the name moving forward. “What to call the lake that is in Kosovo and Serbia has been a serious sticking point despite the U.S. forged compromise to launch a feasibility study to create jobs and more energy for the region….so both sides have agreed to a new name: Lake Trump,” former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell wrote on Twitter. What...
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency Beltra reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. It comes after six weeks of mass protests against the official results of the Aug. 9 presidential election that resulted in Lukashenko's reelection after 26 years in office in office. The opposition in Belarus has challenged the election as rigged. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    MINSK – President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency Beltra reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. It comes after six weeks of mass protests against the official results of the Aug. 9 presidential election that resulted in Lukashenko's reelection after 26 years in office in office. The opposition in Belarus has challenged the election as rigged. According to the official results, Lukashenko, who has run the ex-Soviet nation of 9.5 million with an iron fist, won 80% of the vote. The United States and the European Union have also criticized the violent police crackdown on post-election protests in Belarus. During the inauguration ceremony, Lukashenko swore to “serve the people of the Republic of Belarus, respect and protect rights and...
    JOHN MCCAIN's widow Cindy McCain crossed party lines and endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday night. "There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden," she wrote in a tweet. 5Cindy McCain, widow of John McCain, endorsed Joe Biden Tuesday nightCredit: AP:Associated Press McCain spoke of her late husband's moral code: "Country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost." "Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but" she said of the former vice president-turned presidential nominee. "He will lead us with dignity." McCain, whose husband was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, said Biden was a "good and honest man" who would become a good president. "He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the...
    (CNN)China and India on Monday agreed to stop sending more troops to their disputed border in the Himalayas, following an escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.Indian and Chinese senior military commanders met on Monday to discuss stabilizing tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the loosely defined demarcation line that separates the two countries. In a joint statement, both sides agreed to strengthen communication on the ground to avoid misunderstandings or action "that may complicate the situation."They also agreed to not take any unilateral action that would change the situation on the ground, according to the statement.Another round of high-level military meetings will be held "as soon as possible," the statement said. China and India accuse each other of firing shots as border tensions escalate Read MoreTensions have been rising in the Himalayas since a bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June and efforts to...
    Joe Biden and Donald TrumpGetty Images SINGAPORE — Markets need to pay attention to the "high risk" of a disputed U.S. presidential election outcome as dynamics shift ahead of the vote, a former White House trade official said on Tuesday. Such an election outcome could happen if a candidate deemed to have lost refuses to concede, or if he questions the legitimacy of the results. U.S. President Donald Trump declined to say whether he would accept the election results, which gave rise to concerns of a messy transition of power if Trump loses. "I think it's a high risk and I do think markets need to pay attention to it. I've detected a real shift in the election dynamics in the last six to eight weeks," Clete Willems, a former deputy director of the National Economic Council, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "In early August, I think the president ... felt...
    GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - The United States and Guyana will begin joint maritime patrols aimed at drug interdiction near the South American country's disputed border with crisis-stricken Venezuela, the U.S. secretary of state and Guyana's new president said on Friday. The agreement comes as U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp, as part of a consortium with Hess Corp and China's CNOOC Ltd, ramps up crude output from Guyana's massive offshore Stabroek block, a large portion of which is in waters claimed by Venezuela. "Greater security, greater capacity to understand your border space, what's happening inside your Exclusive Economic Zone - those are all things that give Guyana sovereignty," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a joint appearance with newly-installed Guyanese President Irfaan Ali. Pompeo is using his four-nation South America tour to ramp up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen a six-year economic collapse and has...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese lawmakers on Thursday compiled a draft proposal urging the government to hold joint military drills with the United States around a group of East China Sea islands administered by Japan but claimed by China to fortify Tokyo's control over them. Japan's ties with China have been strained by the long-running row over the uninhabited East China Sea islets, called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. "The Defence Ministry should conduct joint drills with the United States around the Nansei Islands chain including Kuba island and Taisho island," said the proposal, drafted by a group of ruling party lawmakers. Kuba and Taisho are part of what Japan calls the Senkaku islands. Japan's latest defence white paper, published in July, said China's maritime and air forces have been stepping up their activities around the islands, creating a situation that warrants deep concerns. The proposal, which...
    By Devjyot Ghoshal LEH, India (Reuters) - From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, India's military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In recent months, one of India's biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border stand-off with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand combat. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed while China suffered an undisclosed number of casualties. Both countries are negotiating to resolve the confrontation, but neither side has backed down. The Indian military is now set to keep troops deployed along the treacherous, high-altitude border through...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The latest chapter in the ongoing battle over the potential rezoning of Soho and Noho focuses on the Citizens Housing Planning Council’s (CHPC) latest report advocating for changes to spur affordable housing development in the area. The CHPC report “Rezoning Soho/Noho For a More Equitable New York City” recently went live on the council’s website. The group calls the rezoning “a crucial first step in advancing an equitable development framework for New York City” that would boost affordable housing construction — and lambasted critics of the plan as NIMBYists seeking to preserve the status quo. On the flip side, the leader of local historic group Village Preservation blasted the report as disingenuous and suggested that it represented a massive conflict of interest. Representatives of several developers and property owners in the...
    Multiple Indian media outlets reported on Thursday that the Indian military had expanded its control of mountains on the Chinese border that Beijing claims as its own following an exchange that resulted in the first gunshots fired on the border in 45 years. Chinese media predicted that high-level diplomatic and military talks between the two nations this week directly addressing the tensions may be the “last chance” to avoid war. Tensions have flared on the mutual border shared by India’s Ladakh region and Chinese-occupied Tibet this summer following the deadliest clash there in over half a century, occurring in June. On that occasion, Indian officials say they acted to dislodge a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unit that had illegally established itself on Indian territory. The Communist Party of China insisted that PLA troops were not present on Indian territory and that the Indian forces, not the Chinese, were illegally present...
    CHINA has deployed strategic bombers close to India as the two nuclear powers exchanged gunfire over a hotly disputed border for the first time 45 years. Tensions have been simmering in the region for years as both sides stake their claim to the area around the so-called Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas. 8H-6 bombers have been deployed to TibetCredit: Weibo 8Indian soldiers stand guard Credit: EPA Chinese state media warned the nation "must be fully prepared to take military action when diplomatic engagement fails" with India. Pictures published by the Chinese military show at least three H-6 bombers believed to be deployed at an airfield believed to be in Tibet. The jet aircraft carry heavy air-to-ground weapons and anti-ship cruise missiles and have a range of around 1,500 miles. State media have also boasted they can carry a huge bomb dubbed China's version of the...
    Tensions along the disputed India-China border seem to be getting worse, three months after their deadliest confrontation in decades. The Asian giants accused each other this week of sending soldiers into the other's territory and fired warning shots for the first time in 45 years, raising the specter of full-scale military conflict. Their foreign ministers are expected to discuss the simmering dispute in Moscow on Thursday on the sidelines of a regional security and economic meeting. Indian army vehicles move along a highway leading to Ladakh on Wednesday as tensions rise on the border with China The high-altitude standoff along the eastern section of what's known as the Line of Actual Control - a loose demarcation - risks dramatically altering the already fraught relationship between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The face-off began in early May with a fierce brawl before exploding into hand-to-hand combat with clubs, stones and fists on...
    A senior Chinese diplomat accused Indian forces of firing “gun shots” in the vicinity of Chinese troops along a disputed border, just months after a brutal hand-to-hand conflict between the sides left dozens dead. “We demand that the Indian side immediately stop dangerous activities, pull back trespassers, strictly discipline frontline troops, hold those who fired the shots in provocation accountable, and make sure such incidents will not be repeated,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a Tuesday press conference. “It was the Indian side that first opened fires at and threatened the Chinese border troopers.” Indian military officials dispute China’s account of the latest incident in the Himalayan border region, maintaining instead that it was China that violated a 1996 agreement that banned the firing of weapons forces on either side of the unofficial boundary line. The confrontation was instigated by Chinese forces who came equipped...
    China and India on Tuesday accused each other’s troops of firing warning shots along a disputed border, as tensions between the two nuclear powers continue to escalate despite holding talks to defuse the standoff. China’s western military command said the incident happened Monday along the southern coast of Pangong Lake in an area known in China as Shenpaoshan, and in India as Chushul. Chinese officials said Indian forces crossed into the territory it holds and were the first to fire warning shots at a Chinese patrol. INDIAN LAWMAKER ACCUSES CHINESE BORDER TROOPS OF ABDUCTING 5 CIVILIANS After shots were fired, Chinese forces took “necessary measures to stabilize and control the situation,” the command said in a statement citing spokesman Zhang Shuili. India denied China’s accusations and said Chinese soldiers tried to surround one of its forward posts in a “grave provocation” and also fired warning shots. In this Tuesday,...
    India has accused China of kidnapping five of its citizens along the dispute Himalayan border.  Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since a mass brawl along the frontier left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The two sides have since renewed patrols along the 2,000 mile Line of Actual Control (LAC) which has been in dispute since the 1962 Sino-Indian War.  The five missing men are from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as South Tibet, and the Indian Army said it informed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) about them on Saturday. Indian soldiers pay their respects during the funeral of their comrade, Tibetan-origin India's special forces soldier Nyima Tenzin in Leh on September 7 Indian protesters burn a poster of Chinese president Xi Jinping in July after a mass brawl which left 20 soldiers dead  'We spoke with them on the hotline...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Defense ministers of India and China have met in the Russian capital to try to solve rising tensions along their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region, where a June clash killed 20 Indian soldiers. India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about his meeting Friday night with Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe that lasted about two hours. He didn’t give any details about the outcome of the first direct high-level contact between the two sides in the monthslong standoff. The ministers met on the sidelines of a meeting of the defense chiefs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The body comprises China, India, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Krgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In his address, Singh said “peace and security in the region demands a climate of trust, non-aggression, peaceful resolution of differences and respect for international rules.” Troops on both sides are aggressively deployed in the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed Microsoft as winner of a cloud computing contract potentially worth $10 billion, although the start of work is delayed by a legal battle over rival Amazon’s claim that the bidding process was flawed. “The department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the government,” the Pentagon said. The Pentagon had requested time to review how it evaluated certain technical aspects of the bids after the judge who is presiding over Amazon’s bid protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued a preliminary injunction on Feb. 13. The judge said that Amazon’s challenge likely had merit in some respects. The contract was awarded to Microsoft last October, prompting Amazon to cry foul. Amazon Web Services, a market leader in providing cloud computing services, had long been considered...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state’s first copper-nickel mine and the agency, which mine opponents accused of “procedural irregularities” in how it developed and eventually approved the water permit needed to build the $1 billion mine on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. Chief Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann oversaw a seven-day hearing on the case in January. “The court finds no overarching effort by the MPCA to keep evidence out of the administrative record,” Guthmann wrote in his 104-page decision. The judge however, did not completely exonerate the agency, saying it improperly deleted emails from former Commissioner John Linc Stine and Assistant Commissioner Shannon Lotthammer...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday banned the widely popular Chinese mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG, along with 117 other mobile apps in another move targeting China. The decision came amid soaring tensions between India and China following their deadliest standoff in decades near a disputed border in the Ladakh region. The government said in a statement that PUBG and the other banned mobile applications were engaged in activities that were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.” PUBG has around 33 million active users in India. In late June, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese-owned applications, including TikTok, citing privacy concerns that it said posed a threat to India’s sovereignty and security. The move was seen as retaliation during a tense border standoff between the two countries that led to 20 Indian army personnel being...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders held talks for a second day Tuesday following a new escalation in tensions along their contested border in the Ladakh region. Both of the Asian giants have accused the other of fresh provocations, including allegations of soldiers crossing into each other’s territory, months after their deadliest standoff in decades. Details of the talks which resumed Tuesday morning weren’t immediately disclosed. The two countries have amassed soldiers and equipment in the region in recent months. On Monday, India said its soldiers had thwarted “provocative” movements by China’s military on Saturday night. In turn, China’s defense ministry accused Indian troops of crossing established lines of control and creating provocations along the disputed border on Monday. Both India and China have provided little information, but media in the two countries have given extensive coverage to the escalating tensions. The standoff is over...
    Kim Jong Un has not handed down his key posts, which suggests the North Korean despot has not delegated and relinquished power in the rogue regime, a retired top US military commander said in a new report. Ex-Army Gen. Vincent Brooks — who led the United States Forces Korea from 2016 to 2018 — told the Voice of America that a South Korean intelligence report that Kim ceded some of his authority to his sister Kim Yo Jong is not really a sign of power sharing, The Korea Herald reports. On Aug. 20, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that 32-year-old Kim Yo Jong – who has vanished from public view — now serves as his “de facto second-in-command,” though she has not been designated his successor. The shakeup in the top echelons just means that aides to the 36-year-old leader are assuming more senior-level responsibilities in the Hermit...
    India has accused China of making “provocative” military moves near a disputed border where just months earlier a deadly incident between the two countries left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. India’s defense ministry said in a statement Monday that China’s People’s Liberation Army on Saturday night “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” in the Ladakh region and “violated” the consensus reached during recent peace talks to settle the standoff. SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS CHINA BUILDING UP MILITARY PRESENCE IN GALWAN VALLEY DAYS AFTER DEADLY CLASH WITH INDIA Indian troops “undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on [the] ground,” the statement said. In this June 17, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, India. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, File) The ministry said the activity took place on the southern...
    A U.S. Navy warship has transited the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in two weeks.   Taiwan's Defence Ministry confirmed the operation on Monday amid rising tensions between China and the United States. The ministry said a U.S. destroyer, which it did not name, had sailed in a southerly direction through the strait and was continuing to sail south. The ship was on an 'ordinary mission' and the situation was 'normal', the ministry added, without giving details. A U.S. Navy warship has transited the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in two weeks. Above, a file image of a MH-60 Sea Hawk transiting the Taiwan Strait in May this year  The U.S. Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the strait on August 18, in what China's military called an 'extremely dangerous'...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India says it has thwarted China’s “provocative” military movements amid an ongoing standoff along the disputed border. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The U.S. armed forces will have no role in carrying out the election process or resolving a disputed vote, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Friday. The comments from General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscore the extraordinary political environment in America, where the president has declared without evidence that the expected surge in mail-in ballots will make the vote 'inaccurate and fraudulent,' and has suggested he might not accept the election results if he loses. Trump's repeated complaints questioning the election's validity have triggered unprecedented worries about the potential for chaos surrounding the election results.  General Mark Milley (left) told Congress on Friday that the military will not get involved in the election process or be willing to resolve a disputed vote, should there be conflict over the outcome in November Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, along with other Democrats,...
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. armed forces will have no role in carrying out the election process or resolving a disputed vote, the top U.S. military officer told Congress in comments released Friday.The comments from Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscore the extraordinary political environment in America, where the president has declared without evidence that the expected surge in mail-in ballots will make the vote "inaccurate and fraudulent," and has suggested he might not accept the election results if he loses.Trump's repeated complaints questioning the election's validity have triggered unprecedented worries about the potential for chaos surrounding the election results. Some have speculated that the military might be called upon to get involved, either by Trump trying to use it to help his reelection prospects or as, Democratic challenger Joe Biden has suggested, to remove Trump from the White House if he refuses to accept defeat....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top general tells Congress military won’t have role carrying out presidential election or resolving any disputed vote. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s military test-fired two missiles into the South China Sea, including a “carrier killer” military analysts suggest might have been developed to attack U.S. forces, a newspaper reported Thursday. The DF-26B and DF-21D missiles fired Wednesday targeted an area between the southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel Islands, The South China Morning Post newspaper of Hong Kong reported, citing unidentified sources close to the Chinese military. The ministries of defense and foreign affairs in Beijing didn’t immediately respond to requests for confirmation. Disputes over control of the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, are a growing irritant in Beijing’s relations with Washington and its southern neighbors. The Trump administration this year rejected most of Beijing’s claims to sovereignty over the majority of the disputed sea, portions of which also are claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments....
    MANILA (Reuters) - The United States military presence in Asia is needed as rivalry between Washington and Beijing intensifies, the Philippines' foreign minister said on Wednesday. The two powers are arguing over issues from trade to what the United States sees as aggressive moves by China's armed forces, especially in the disputed South China Sea and around Chinese-claimed Taiwan. "We have a balance of power situation," Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin said in an interview with ANC News Channel. "We need the U.S. presence in Asia". The United States has long opposed China's territorial claims on the South China Sea, regularly sending warships to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. It hardened its position last month by rejecting Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea, a move which China condemned. Locsin said it would be in the Philippine's interest for the the United States to maintain its military presence in the...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has already declared the 2020 election the "most rigged" in American history. His opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, has warned that Trump might not leave the White House willingly, and Trump hasn't confirmed he would accept unfavorable election results should he lose.It's easy to imagine a scenario where no winner is known for days, weeks or longer following the November 3 election. A protracted dispute over the outcome would be a nightmare for investors, who famously loathe uncertainty. And what's more uncertain than a contested election that raises questions about the peaceful transfer of power in the world's largest economy? I believe the worst outcome would be a protracted standoff around the election results." ," Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco"There is a creeping concern," David Kotok, co-founder and chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors, told CNN Business. "If it appears...
    HANOI (Reuters) - The presence of Chinese bombers in the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea "jeopardises peace" in the region, Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday. "The fact that relevant sides sent weapons and bombers to the East Sea not only violates Vietnam's sovereignty but also jeopardises the situation in the area," ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular briefing. The ministry was asked to comment on the presence of at least one Chinese bomber on the Paracels, which China claims jurisdiction over along with about 90% of the South China Sea, which is known as the East Sea in Vietnam. (Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Martin Petty) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    European leaders urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to push for dialogue in neighbouring Belarus on Tuesday as opposition supporters protested President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed election win for a 10th day. Demonstrators rallied outside a detention centre in Minsk where the husband of Lukashenko’s main challenger in the election was being held, the latest in a wave of protests after the president claimed a sixth term in the August 9 ballot. EU chief Charles Michel said on Twitter that he had spoken to Putin by phone and added that “only peaceful and truly inclusive dialogue can resolve the crisis in Belarus”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke with Putin, whose country has close economic and military ties with its neighbour. Merkel told Putin the authorities in Minsk must “enter into a national dialogue with the opposition and society to overcome the crisis”, while Macron urged the...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono told China's ambassador to Japan, Kong Xuanyou, his country should refrain from activities around disputed East China Sea islands that are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, public broadcaster NHK reported. Kono expressed strong concern over China's actions in a 40-minute meeting at the defence ministry, NHK said, after Japan last month accused Chinese government ships of repeated intrusions into its territorial waters around the islands. China said last month the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, were Chinese territory and it had the right to conduct law enforcement activities in the area. (Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    CAIRO (AP) — Three key Nile basin countries on Sunday resumed online negotiations led by the African Union to resolve a years-long dispute over a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, Egyptian and Ethiopian officials said. Years of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan with a variety of mediators, including the Trump administration, have failed to produce a solution. The two downstream nations, Egypt and Sudan, have repeatedly insisted Ethiopia must not start filling the reservoir without reaching a deal first. Egypt and Sudan suspended their talks with Ethiopia earlier this month, after Addis Ababa proposed linking a deal on the filling and operations of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to a broader agreement about the Blue Nile’s waters. That tributary begins in Ethiopia and is the source of as much as 85% of the Nile River. The start of the online conferencing Sunday was...
    CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue talks to resolve their years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has led to sharp regional tensions and fears of military conflict. Francis, speaking to a crowd gathered at St. Peter’s Square on an official Catholic feast day, said he was closely following negotiations between the three countries over the dam. Egypt and Sudan suspended talks with Ethiopia earlier this month after Ethiopia proposed linking a deal on the filling and operations of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to a broader agreement about Blue Nile waters that would replace a colonial-era accord with Britain. The colonial-era deal between Ethiopia and Britain effectively prevents upstream countries from taking any action — such as building dams and filling reservoirs — that would reduce the share of Nile water to downstream countries...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will likely impose new sanctions on Belarus as soon as later this month, diplomats and officials said, after strongman President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on protests triggered by a disputed vote. Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden have spoken publicly in favour of sanctions and Austria was another hawk, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers on Friday. With any EU decision on sanctions requiring unanimity of all 27 member states, Hungary was the main sceptic, according to the sources. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Additional reporting by Marton Dunai in Budapest and Gederts Gelzis in Riga; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Minsk, Belarus (CNN)Authorities in Belarus say 6,000 people have been arrested and one person has been killed in the violent aftermath that followed longtime President Alexander Lukashenko's reelection, a contest that independent observers have criticized as neither free nor fair. Thousands of Belarusians have been taking to the streets since Sunday, when exit polls showed Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, received 80% of the vote.Opposition groups claim the election was marred by widespread ballot stuffing and fraud in order to keep Lukashenko in power, while the independent monitoring group "Honest People" said that according to its data, opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskay had won in at least 80 polling stations across Belarus. Many are now demanding a recount. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya holds a news conference the day after Belarus' presidential election in Minsk on Monday.Authorities in the former Soviet republic responded by arresting thousands of people in the first...
    MINSK, Belarus — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Lastovsky said the victim was part of a crowd of people protesting results of Sunday’s presidential vote. The protester intended to throw an explosive device, but it blew up in his hand and killed him, Lastovsky said. The death came amid demonstrations in at least four areas of Minsk that met with a harsh response from police who tried to disperse protesters with flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets. Near the Pushkinskaya subway station, some 3,000 protesters tried to build barricades. Lukashenko’s hardline rule began in 1994 and his victory would extend it until 2025. He derided the opposition...
    A protester is arrested by riot police on Sunday evening of the Belarusian presidential election. NurPhoto / Contributor / Getty Images On Monday, for the second night in a row, police in Belarus fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protestors, the BBC reported.  The protests come after the country's disputed election results.  One person has died, and hundreds have been injured, Axios reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police in Belarus fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protestors for a second night following the country's disputed election results.  Protests continued for the second night in the capital Minsk, the BBC reported. According to Axios, one person has died, and hundreds have been injured.  The BBC added that some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and tried to create barricades.  Business Insider previously reported that protests erupted on Sunday night after the Alexander...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that Belarus must allow peaceful protests following a disputed election. Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko claims he won re-election Sunday with more than 80 percent of the vote. But his top challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, claims she actually won. “We are deeply concerned by the Belarus presidential election,” McEnany said at a White House press briefing. “Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation of opposition candidates and the detention of peaceful protesters and journalists have marred the process and we urge the Belarusian government to respect the right of people to peaceably assemble and to refrain from the use of force,” she said. Lukashenko, a former Soviet official, often is called “Europe’s last dictator.” He’s been president of Belarus since 1994 and is known for intolerance toward political dissent. The 65-year-old president contracted COVID-19 last...
    (CNN)Protests erupted across Belarus late Sunday after disputed preliminary results showed a landslide election victory for longtime President Alexander Lukashenko. In the capital, Minsk, live feeds from Radio Free Europe showed riot police using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters.After polls closed Sunday, the head of Belarus' central election commission Lydia Yermoshina said on the Belarus-1 TV channel that Lukashenko was ahead in five regions with about 82% of the vote. Official exit polls published by state-run news agency Belta put Lukashenko at about 80% of the vote -- with his main rival, opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, at about 7%.Tikhanovskaya, 37, said in a news conference late Sunday that she did not agree with the results. Her campaign maintained that she had won in dozens of polling stations in Minsk at that stage.Belarus strongman faces mass protests after jailing of his main rivalsMonitoring organization Golos said it counted...
    The 44 men were taken into custody around Lake Chad A group of 44 prisoners died in one night in a prison in Chad because they were all kept in the same cell in 46C heat, an investigation has concluded. Prosecutors had suggested that the group were suspected Boko Haram militants and had taken poison to kill themselves. But the National Human Rights Commission said they were civilians. Their report described a dangerously overcrowded cell, scorching heat, thirst and hunger. Chad’s Justice Minister Djimet Arabi told AFP he had taken note of the Commission’s report and that an inquiry had been launched to determine who was responsible for the deaths. The 44 prisoners were found dead in their cell on the outskirts of the capital N’Djamena on the morning of 15 April. Prosecutors said at the time that the men were part of a group of 58 suspects captured...
    By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press New Jersey’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the reversal of several child sex abuse convictions in which experts testified about a now-disputed theory, in a ruling that could affect dozens of other similar cases. The justices concluded 7-0 that a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling restricting the use of a theory known as child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome can be applied retroactively to other cases currently being appealed. The court reversed three of the four convictions on appeal Wednesday; in the fourth, they ruled the admission of the expert testimony didn’t deny the defendant a fair trial, and let his conviction stand. Last year, an appeals court had thrown out the convictions in all four cases. At that time, the state had estimated as many as 40 other cases on appeal could be affected by the 2018 ruling if it was applied retroactively. Child sexual...
    A federal judge on Monday ordered the New York State Board of Elections to count thousands of absentee ballots that were disqualified because of missing postmarks, ruling in favor of two primary candidates and more than a dozen voters whose mail-in votes did not count in the June 23 election. Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the BOE must count all ballots received by June 24 whether or not they had a postmark, as well as ballots received by June 25 that were postmarked by June 23 or earlier. The decision applies statewide. The plaintiffs included Suraj Patel, who trails incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York’s 12th Congressional District, and Emily Gallagher, who defeated 47-year incumbent Assemblymember Joe Lentol for a North Brooklyn Assembly seat.
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Sudan suspended talks with Ethiopia after it proposed linking a deal on its newly constructed reservoir and giant hydroelectric dam to a broader agreement about the Blue Nile waters that would replace a colonial-era accord with Britain. The African Union-led talks among the three key Nile basin countries are trying to resolve a years-long dispute over Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. Ethiopia says the dam will provide electricity to millions of its nearly 110 million citizens, while Egypt, with its own booming population of about 100 million, sees the project as an existential threat that could deprive it of its share of the Nile waters. The confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum forms the Nile River that flows the length of Egypt. A colonial-era deal between Ethiopia and Britain...
    Roger Sollenberger August 4, 2020 11:28PM (UTC) The New York City Board of Elections has certified the final count in a contentious, drawn-out Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional District, with long-time incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney declaring a narrow victory over progressive challenger Suraj Patel, Salon can report. Though the Patel campaign acknowledged the certification of the vote to Salon, it did not concede defeat, citing the resolution of its pending court case challenging thousands of discarded mail-in ballots in the controversial election. : "I'm thrilled the voters of NY-12 have decided to return me to Congress for another term," Maloney told Salon in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my work as Oversight chair, particularly in light of the challenges New York faced in this primary, and which we must address before November's general election. I have already and will continue to hold hearings on the matter, and will continue my work to ensure the Post...
    Indycar | 500 miles from Indianpolis Remains, that is, the usual date The value of Indianpolis host the 500 Miles behind closed doors. Indycar Media The 104th edition of the 500 Miles of Indianpolis 2020 will be historical because, for the first time, will be disputed without public. This was announced today by the organization, despite the fact that until now the slogan had been “if you run with the public or you don’t run.” However, the serious epidemiological situation in the United States It does not allow to maintain that stake of the Indycar, which did not want to do without the key element of the test: the fans. “It is with great regret that we announce that the 500 Miles will be disputed without the public, a tough decision that we have taken into consideration according to the state and city authorities,” reads the Indycar statement. ...
    By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press A federal judge sided with the challenger in a tight New York City Democratic congressional primary and ruled that at least 1,000 disputed ballots should be counted. The ruling late Monday by Judge Analisa Torres comes six weeks after the June 23 primary for the seat long held by Rep. Carolyn Maloney. It will likely not affect the outcome, since Maloney is leading her closest challenger, Suraj Patel, by some 3,700 votes. But it highlights problems with a race that President Donald Trump suggested Monday should be scrapped and done over again. “They are six weeks into it now and they have no clue what’s going on, and I think I can say right here and now, you have to rerun that race because it’s a mess," Trump said at a White House briefing. Patel, who is challenging Maloney for the Democratic nomination for a...
    CAIRO (AP) — Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said. The talks came a day after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the streets of their capital, Addis Ababa, in a government-backed rally to celebrate the first stage of the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s 74 billion-cubic-meter reservoir. Ethiopia’s announcement sparked fear and confusion downstream in Sudan and Egypt. Both Khartoum and Cairo have repeatedly rejected the filling of the massive reservoir without reaching a deal among the Nile basin countries. Ethiopia says the dam will provide electricity to millions of its nearly 110 million citizens, help bring them out of poverty and also make the country a major power exporter. Egypt, which depends on the Nile River...
    Chinese state-run media has broadcast an ominous warning allegedly issued by a fighter jet to a US plane in disputed waters near the Taiwan Strait. In barely comprehensible English, an 'airman' says over the radio: 'This is China Naval Air Force on guard. You are approaching Chinese air domain, change your course immediately or you will be intercepted.' The pro-Beijing tabloid The People's Daily tweeted that the audio clip was recorded on July 23 when 'a US military plane was driven away by a Chinese jet.' The claim is highly dubious, particularly given that it purports to 'show' the incident, but the footage used alongside the audio clip is blatantly stock. Beijing's propaganda machine has ratcheted up attacks on Washington in recent weeks amid increased tensions with the US and her allies over the disputed South China Sea. 
    Mutua Madrid Open – Coronavirus They have sent a letter to their director Feliciano Lpez Feliciano Lpez and Manolo Santana. Mutua Madrid Open He Mutua Madrid Open is in serious danger of not contesting, once the Madrid’s community has sent a letter to its director, Feliciano Lopez, in which he “discourages” the event, scheduled for September, to take place due to the “current situation of increase of cases” in the capital of Spain and “unknown forecast of evolution regarding the pandemic in the city of Madrid”, as reflected in the letter, published by El Confidencial. “It is inadvisable to hold the tournament on September 2020, due to the aforementioned health risk that it would pose to both the public and the organization and the players”, collects the letter signed by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Plan COVID-19, Antonio Zapatero, on July 29. BRAND has been able to...
    Carlos Alcaraz during a match. Carlos Alcaraz and Pablo Carreo this Thursday they won their respective matches against portugus Joao Sousa and Alejandro Davidovich on the first day of the 25th anniversary tournament of the Juan Carlos Ferrero-Equelite Academy, in Villena (Alicante), disputed with limited public and with strict security protocols. Murcian Carlos Alcaraz, 17 years old and Ferrero’s ward, was scrapped after snapping a blank set at the start to end up beating Sousa 0-6, 7-6 and 6-3. Alcaraz and Sousa are in the ‘David Ferrer Group’ completed by the Australian Alex de Miaur, number 26 of the ATP ranking and which debuts this Friday against the Portuguese. In the first game of the ‘Grupo Juan Carlos Ferrero’, the gijons Pablo Carreo, 25 of the world, beat in a disputed match against Malaga Alejandro Davidovich 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. This group is completed by the ilicitano...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The first batch of five French-made Rafale fighter jets arrived at an Indian air force base on Wednesday, Indian officials said, as the country seeks to modernize its military amid security challenges with Pakistan and China. The planes landed at the airbase in Ambala in Haryana state amid tight security. Police and soldiers closed roads leading to the base, banned photography and enforced restrictions on gatherings of more than four people, police officer Abhishek Jorwal said. “The birds have landed safely in Ambala,” Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted. “If anyone should be worried about or critical about this new capability … it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity.” Indian and Chinese soldiers are locked in a tense stand-off along their disputed border in Ladakh region, while Indian troops regularly clash with Pakistani soldiers along their de facto frontier in disputed Kashmir,...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. military can help monitor "unprecedented incursions" by Chinese ships around islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan and also claimed by China that could escalate next month after Beijing lifts a fishing ban in the area, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan, General Kevin Schneider, said on Wednesday. The United States does not take a position on sovereignty over the uninhabited islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, but has said that it would help its ally Japan defend against any attack. China's foreign ministry immediately reacted to Schneider's comments, saying the islands were Chinese territory and calling on all parties to uphold stability in the region. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    ISTANBUL (AP) — A top Turkish official said Tuesday that Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to “be constructive and put this on hold for some time,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk. Last week, Turkey announced plans to dispatch research vessel Oruc Reis and two support vessels to carry out operations through Aug. 2 in waters south of the Greek islands of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kastelorizo. The declaration increased tensions with neighboring Greece and prompted criticism by the United States, France and other European countries. NATO allies Greece and Turkey are at odds over drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has accused Greece of trying to exclude it from the benefits of oil and gas finds in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, arguing that sea boundaries for...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — A top Turkish official said Tuesday that Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to “be constructive and put this on hold for some time,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk. Last week, Turkey announced plans to dispatch research vessel Oruc Reis and two support vessels to carry out operations through Aug. 2 in waters south of the Greek islands of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kastelorizo. The declaration increased tensions with neighboring Greece and prompted criticism by the United States, France and other European countries. NATO allies Greece and Turkey are at odds over drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has accused Greece of trying to exclude it from the benefits of oil and gas finds in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, arguing that sea boundaries for...
    A US National Guard major is disputing the official accounts of the clearing of a 1 June protest near the White House. The protest in Lafayette Square Park was disrupted by law enforcement who used chemical irritants to push protesters out of the area. In testimony to Congress, the major says he was "deeply disturbed" by the police reaction to the protest. It comes amid continuing protests against racism and police brutality. Adam DeMarco, an Iraq War veteran who is now a major in the Washington DC National Guard, was at the scene of the protest that came after days of rallies outside the White House that injured several officers and left a nearby historic church and park vandalised. Mr DeMarco is expected to testify on Tuesday to the House Natural Resources Committee, which posted his opening statement to their website on Monday.What did Mr DeMarco witness?In his statement...
    By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was torn down by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, according to the trust overseeing the temple construction. The ceremony is set for Aug. 5, a date organizers said was astrologically auspicious for Hindus but that also marks a year since the Indian Parliament revoked the semi-autonomous status of its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir. The symbolism was impossible to miss for both supporters and opponents of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, whose manifesto had for decades included pledges to strip restive Kashmir’s autonomy and to build a temple to the Hindu god Ram where the Mughal-era mosque once stood, a site in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state that devotees...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a groundbreaking ceremony next month for a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was torn down by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, according to the trust overseeing the temple construction. The ceremony is set for Aug. 5, a date organizers said was astrologically auspicious for Hindus but that also marks a year since the Indian Parliament revoked the semi-autonomous status of its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir. The symbolism was impossible to miss for both supporters and opponents of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, whose manifesto had for decades included pledges to strip restive Kashmir’s autonomy and to build a temple to the Hindu god Ram where the Mughal-era mosque once stood, a site in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state that devotees believe...
    By Charlotte Greenfield CHIRIKOT SECTOR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's military this week said there had been an escalation in firing and shelling across the de facto border that separates Pakistani and Indian-controlled Kashmir, at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Major General Amer Ahsan Nawaz, the commander of Pakistani troops in Kashmir, accused the Indian military of trying to distract attention from unrest in its part of Kashmir. "If you compare it to the past years, there is a definite increase in this year," he told reporters on Wednesday near the so-called Line of Control (Loc), across which the two sides' militaries have faced off for decades. The Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity since the partition of British-ruled India into Muslim Pakistan and majority Hindu India in 1947. Two of the three wars they have fought...
    By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Wednesday hailed the first filling of a massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. Abiy Ahmed’s statement, read out on state media outlets, came a day after he and the leaders of Egypt and Sudan reported progress on an elusive agreement on the operation of the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest in Africa. The first filling of the dam’s reservoir, which Ethiopia’s government attributes to heavy rains, “has shown to the rest of the world that our country could stand firm with its two legs from now onwards,” Abiy’s statement said. "We have successfully completed the first dam filling without bothering and hurting anyone else. Now the dam is overflowing downstream.” The dam will reach full power generating capacity in 2023, the...
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Wednesday hailed the first filling of a massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. Abiy Ahmed’s statement, read out on state media outlets, came a day after he and the leaders of Egypt and Sudan reported progress on an elusive agreement on the operation of the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest in Africa. The first filling of the dam’s reservoir, which Ethiopia’s government attributes to heavy rains, “has shown to the rest of the world that our country could stand firm with its two legs from now onwards,” Abiy’s statement said. “We have successfully completed the first dam filling without bothering and hurting anyone else. Now the dam is overflowing downstream.” The dam will reach full power generating capacity in 2023, the statement said: “Now we have...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia says it, Egypt and Sudan reach “major common understanding” toward “breakthrough agreement” on disputed dam. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Tuesday there should be no alternative but European Union sanctions against Turkey if Ankara does not back down on disputed attempts to explore for natural resources in the Mediterranean. Turkey and Greece are at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources, brought into sharper focus by attempts of EU member Cyprus to also explore for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean amid strong Turkish objections. A navigational advisory known as a Navtex was issued by Turkey's navy on Tuesday for seismic survey work in an area apparently south of Turkey's Antalya and lying between Cyprus and Crete. The advisory is in effect until Aug. 20. "Turkey is unfortunately adding another link in (its) hostile actions against Greece, against Cyprus and the European Union as a whole," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was visiting Athens. "Questioning the sovereign...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Fighting erupted inside and outside of Taiwan's parliament again on Friday over the disputed nomination by President Tsai Ing-wen of a senior aide to a top government watchdog post, which the main opposition party has labelled cronyism. The Kuomintang (KMT) has mounted a noisy campaign against the nomination of Chen Chu to head the Control Yuan, an independent government watchdog. The KMT, soundly beaten by Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in elections in January, this week occupied parliament's main chamber for three days, trying to thwart Chen from taking the post. Several KMT lawmakers knocked down voting booths inside the chamber to block DPP legislators from casting ballots over the nomination. KMT has accused the DPP of cheating in part of the vote on nomination this week. The voting on Friday went ahead despite shouting and protests from KMT lawmakers, who held banners reading "invalid...
    Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” begins with utter bleakness but over the course of its 169-minute running time, keeps finding lower depths of misery. When it premiered last fall at the Venice Film Festival, a scene in which a jealous husband (Udo Kier) gouges the eyes out of a man ogling his wife and then leaves the eyeballs for cats to lick reportedly prompted a stream of walkouts. That, frankly, does a disservice to an earlier scene in which a young boy, after being buried up to his neck, has his bare head pecked bloody by ravens. “The Painted Bird” is a colossally brutal and pitiless odyssey of human barbarity and cruelty sketched across Eastern Europe during the Holocaust and World War II. It is, to put it mildly, no walk in the park. The film, about a boy (Petr Kotlár) abandoned by his parents at the age of 6,...
    China's pursuit of offshore resources in parts of the South China Sea are "completely unlawful", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Mr Pompeo said he wanted to make clear that Beijing's "campaign of bullying to control" the disputed waters was wrong. China claims a large part of the region, and has been building military bases on artificial islands there. But Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have overlapping claims to the islands and reefs. The countries have wrangled over territory in the South China Sea for centuries, but tension has steadily increased in recent years. Beijing claims an area known as the "nine-dash line" and has backed its claim with island-building and patrols, expanding its military presence there. Why is the South China Sea contentious? In a statement on Monday, Mr Pompeo denounced China's claims on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. He...
    Warsaw, Jun 12 (EFE) .- The participation rate in the second round of the Polish presidential elections rose to 52.1% at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT), a notable increase compared to the first round, in which at that time 47.8% had been registered. The National Electoral Commission released these data about four hours after the closing of the almost 27,000 voting centers, which opened at 07:00 local time (05:00 GMT) and where it will be allowed to cast the vote until 21:00 (19: 00 GMT). In the first round of these elections, held on June 28 and with almost 30 million voters called to the polls, the final turnout was 64.5%. The second electoral round pits the current president, the ultra-conservative Andrzej Duda, and the liberal and mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski. The polls point to a tight result, for the choice that is presented as polarized between both options....
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray. Thousands of lawyers have protested in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities against the plan, saying it aims to silence some of the few institutions still speaking out against the government's record on rule of law and human rights. The legislation allows multiple bar associations to be formed in each province, in place of the current system where each province has a single association, diluting the institutions' power. A lawmaker for President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, Cahit Ozkan, said last week the law was needed because bar associations were no longer able to function properly following a 13-fold increase in the number of lawyers in Turkey since the previous law came into...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed another blow to the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key permit for the project. But Monday’s order also puts on hold the lower court ruling out of Montana as it pertains to other oil and gas pipelines across the nation. The Trump administration had argued a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permit program that has been in the place since the 1970s was functioning properly when it was cancelled by a Montana judge in April. But environmentalists had argued the program allowed companies to skirt responsibility for damage done to water bodies. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to build the long-disputed pipeline from Canada across U.S. rivers and streams. Industry representatives had warned that the April ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris blocking...
    Days after the General Services Administration canceled the long-disputed Alliant 2 Small Business governmentwide IT contract program, agency officials opened competition Monday for an alternative: a contracting vehicle worth $50 billion set aside for small disadvantaged businesses. The request-for-proposal for the Small Business Administration’s 8(a)-certified small business information technology services contract comes as demand for those services have increased in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The GSA had already raised the contract ceiling on the existing 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) II to $22 billion after federal agencies clamored to award more task orders for IT services that have become essential with federal and contractor workforces teleworking through the crisis.  The new solicitation is a successor dubbed 8(a) STARS III. The Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) 8(a) STARS III more than doubles… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    A Jeffrey Epstein accuser called the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell “one of the best days of my life,” and said the disgraced financier's ex-girlfriend sobbed loudly in court -- a claim disputed by reporters. The British socialite was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire on charges that she acted as a recruiter of underage girls for Epstein, usually under the guise of hiring them to perform massages, and sometimes participated in his sexual abuse of the teens. “This day to me has been like one of the best days of my life. I have not stopped smiling and crying happy tears,” Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions nearly 20 years ago, told “60 Minutes Australia.” ALLEGED EPSTEIN ACCOMPLICE GHISLAINE MAXWELL ARRESTED BY FBI Maxwell faced six federal charges stemming from accusations from three women who said she not only recruited and...
    Japan denounced this Sunday the penetration of two Chinese ships in waters surrounding an archipelago under Japanese administration but whose sovereignty is also claimed by China and Taiwan. According to the complaint, two Chinese Coast Guard vessels spent more than 39 hours in waters around the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands between yesterday and today, the Europa Press news agency reported. This is the longest Chinese incursion since 2012, according to Japanese authorities. The islands are under the administration of Japan, which they call Senkaku, but are also claimed by China and Taiwan, which call them Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively. They are not inhabited but contain significant potential oil and gas reserves. Despite periodic Japanese complaints of Chinese incursions into its waters, the bilateral relationship between the two countries has improved in recent years, to the point that Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to travel to Japan...
    Getty Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. Earlier than Cam Newton signed with the New England Patriots, the previous MVP wasn’t drawing a lot consideration on the free agent market. The truth is, it was subsequent to none. In response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, outdoors of the Patriots, the Cleveland Browns had been the one different workforce to contact Newton a few potential deal. “The reality of the matter is that Cam Newton didn’t have another gives from another groups. There was one different workforce that did have one dialog with him,” Schefter stated on his podcast. “It was very temporary and didn’t go very far, however the Cleveland Browns did communicate to Cam Newton at one time limit, however these talks by no means actually went anyplace. They did with New England and Cam winds up on a one-year contract with...
    Getty Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. Before Cam Newton signed with the New England Patriots, the former MVP wasn’t drawing much attention on the free agent market. In fact, it was next to none. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, outside of the Patriots, the Cleveland Browns were the only other team to contact Newton about a possible deal. “The truth of the matter is that Cam Newton did not have any other offers from any other teams. There was one other team that did have one conversation with him,” Schefter said on his podcast. “It was very brief and didn’t go very far, but the Cleveland Browns did speak to Cam Newton at one point in time, but those talks never really went anywhere. They did with New England and Cam winds up on a one-year contract with the Patriots, which makes all the sense in the...
    The US, Vietnam and the Philippines have ripped China for provocative military drills in disputed waters of the South China Sea. China is in the midst of five days of drills that began Wednesday near the Paracel Islands, a disputed archipelago that is also claimed by Vietnam, the South China Morning Post reported Friday. China calls the Paracels the Xisha Islands, while Vietnam refers to them as the Hoang Sa Islands, and the two sides engaged in a Naval battle in 1974 over the islands that resulted in China claiming ownership. “The military exercises are the latest in a long string of PRC [People’s Republic of China] actions to assert unlawful maritime claims and disadvantage its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea,” The US Defense Department said in a statement. “The PRC’s actions stand in contrast to its pledge to not militarize the South China Sea and the...
    NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on their disputed border there, escalating tension between the Asian giants. Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed. Officials said Modi was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the chief of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane. India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 were injured. China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered. The nuclear-armed neighbours have amassed troops along the border, most of which remains disputed, and military and...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department expressed concern on Thursday about China holding military exercises in the South China Sea, saying the move will further destabilize the situation in the disputed waters. "Conducting military exercises over disputed territory in the South China Sea is counterproductive to efforts at easing tensions and maintaining stability," the department said in a statement. China announced last week it had scheduled five days of drills starting July 1 near the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by both Vietnam and China. "The military exercises are the latest in a long string of PRC actions to assert unlawful maritime claims and disadvantage its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea," the statement said, referring to the People's Republic of China. The United States accuses China of militarizing the South China Sea and trying to intimidate Asian neighbors who might want to exploit its extensive oil...
              TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel. Enbridge’s Line 5 moves crude oil and liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, passing through parts of Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. A four-mile-long (6.4-kilometers-long) segment divides into two pipes that cross the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. Circuit Judge James Jamo granted a request from state Attorney General Dana Nessel to close the line June 25 after Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates it, reported that an inspection had found damage to an anchor supporting the underwater section’s eastern line. The pipe itself was unharmed, the...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel. Enbridge’s Line 5 moves crude oil and liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, passing through parts of Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. A four-mile-long (6.4-kilometers-long) segment divides into two pipes that cross the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. Circuit Judge James Jamo granted a request from state Attorney General Dana Nessel to close the line June 25 after Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates it, reported that an inspection had found damage to an anchor supporting the underwater section’s eastern line. The pipe itself was unharmed, the company said. During a hearing Tuesday, Enbridge...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders met for a third time in an attempt to ease a monthlong face-off over disputed territory and emphasized the need for a phased deescalation of tensions, a senior Indian army official said Wednesday. The official said more meetings are expected, both among military officials and diplomats, to reach a mutually agreeable solution and ensure peace along their disputed “Line of Actual Control.” The latest meeting took place on the Indian side of the disputed border on Tuesday, he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. There was no immediate comment by the Chinese foreign ministry. India’s army chief, Gen. M.M. Naravane, visited the area in Ladakh last week to review his troops’ preparedness after hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 left 20 Indians dead. Indian officials...
    INDIA is sending a dozen Navy super-ships into a disputed region to match “bullying” China’s firepower after their deadly border clash, say reports. High-powered, surveillance-equipped steel boats are heading to the Ladakh region of the Western Himalayas, after 500 soldiers brawled in a ferocious territorial battle. 8Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC Ladakh 14 Corps, with then Northern Army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh patrolling Ladakh’s Pangong Tso lake last yearCredit: Indian Army 8Pangong Tso lake is seen near the India-China border in India's Ladakh areaCredit: AP:Associated Press The Hindustan Times reports that the boats are being sent so the Indian Army can patrol Pangong Tso and match the heavier Type 928 B vessels of the Chinese Army lake fleet. The waterway is a deep and long, narrow lake situated at a height of more than 14,000 ft in the Ladakh Himalayas. Lake Pangong Tso "is at the centre of the People’s Liberation...
    By LIUDAS DAPKUS, Associated Press VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian lawmakers voted Monday to remove an artificial beach in downtown Vilnius with some hailing the sandy spot as a way to chill out while others were outraged by its location — it sits on a historic square in front of the former KGB headquarters where Lithuanians were detained, tortured and executed for decades. The 141-seat Seimas, or assembly, passed the law 78-11, saying the Lukiskes square must be reserved for “representative purposes." The remaining lawmakers either abstained or were absent. The move overturned a decision by the municipality administration in Vilnius, the Baltic country’s capital, which created the temporary recreation spot, dubbed “Open beach." Last week, Vilnius used approximately 300 cubic meters (10,600 cubic feet) of sand to create the artificial beach nearly 300 kilometers (about 185 miles) from the Baltic Sea. The place was fitted with sunbeds, parasols and...