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Bangladeshi asylum seeker’s handcuffed hospital visit sparks debate

Photo images of a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Japan making a hospital visit while roped and in handcuffs have sparked an online debate on the country’s treatment of…

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Kanebo ambassador

Actress Mei Nagano poses with cosmetics company Kanebo’s new skincare brand FreePlus by Kanebo. The "watery cream" gel is aimed at those with sensitive skin. Nagano is the…

from Japan Today http://bit.ly/2Dhw39w

Toxic haze to make return this weekend

The haze is expected to worsen again over the weekend in Bangkok after the cold front over Thailand dissipates, according to the Meteorological Department.

from Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories http://bit.ly/2FxpDFB

Experiencing life with art

One of the things I love most about Mori Building is the obvious appreciation for art. From the ever-engaging and unique exhibits at the Mori Art Museum to…

from Japan Today http://bit.ly/2QYx8H7

Police traffic tickets set to go digital

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) agreed in principle on Thursday to amend the 1979 Land Transport Act to replace the old traffic violation ticketing system with a digital one.

from Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories http://bit.ly/2FDABZz

Election set to boost GDP, consumer confidence

The eagerly anticipated election will be a vital driver of the country’s economy this year, as it is estimated to bring as much as 80 billion baht in money circulation and spending on political campaigns.

from Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories http://bit.ly/2Fx1Y8r

Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe

Tokyo is trying to verify if a drawing of a rat holding an umbrella that has been sprayed near a station is the work of the famous and…

from Japan Today http://bit.ly/2W0PvPd

Czechs eye Thai trade, technology

The government of the Czech Republic along with 39 companies from the Central European country met with the Thai government on Wednesday to discuss investment in trade and technological development in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

from Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories http://bit.ly/2FEdTjX

69-year-old man who hasn’t had license for 20 years arrested in hit-and-run

Police in Osaka have arrested a 69-year-old man for reckless driving resulting in injury after he hit a 70-year-old man on a bicycle and left the scene.
According…

from Japan Today http://bit.ly/2TYxBuI

Tunnel through an Australian mountain? No problem, says Elon Musk

Australia could become a test ground for another of Elon Musk’s massive infrastructure projects after the maverick billionaire tweeted a "bargain" price to build a tunnel through a…

from Japan Today http://bit.ly/2DiVEPp

A Vengeful Start to the Trump-Pelosi Rivalry

She disinvited him from delivering the State of the Union during a government shutdown. He grounded her plane, abruptly cancelling her taxpayer-funded trip to a foreign war zone.

Two weeks in, the relationship between the new House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and President Donald Trump is off to a smashing start.

Forget a swift resolution to the record-breaking shutdown: As hundreds of thousands of federal employees continue to work without pay, the two most powerful elected leaders in the country are locked in a duel of personal vengeance, making the possibility of good-faith negotiations to end the impasse even more unlikely.

On Thursday, Pelosi suggested Trump delay his annual speech to Congress, essentially threatening to use her power as speaker to block him from the Capitol. (The State of the Union is delivered by formal invitation from lawmakers.) In response, the president was initially, and uncharacteristically, silent. No name-calling tweets, no blustery sound-bites. But on Thursday afternoon, just as Pelosi was about to board a plane bound for Europe, Trump exacted his revenge.

The president fired off an icy-toned letter to Pelosi informing her that he’s postponing her weeklong visit to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan—Pelosi’s first congressional delegation trip during her second stint as speaker. “We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,” the president wrote dismissively. “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”

Overseas travel to U.S. military bases, whether by the president or members of Congress, are usually closely-guarded secrets because of security concerns until the participants have landed safely at their destinations. For that reason, Pelosi’s planned trip abroad—known colloquially inside the Capitol as a “co-del”—had not been publicly announced until White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sent Trump’s letter to reporters.

Congressional operations are unaffected by the partial government shutdown because the appropriations bill funding the legislative branch was one of the few that had already been enacted for 2019. But because the military operates the trips that send members of Congress abroad, Trump had the authority to cancel them. “We approve all these congressional trips that use government or military planes,” a White House official told Roll Call.

The president’s decision, however, upended the lawmakers’ plans at the last possible moment. The House adjourned for the week on Thursday afternoon, and an Air Force bus carrying the members to the airport had already left the Capitol. Reporters spotted the bus, with the lawmakers still aboard, returning shortly after Trump’s letter went out.

Sanders told reporters that all congressional delegation trips would be postponed during the shutdown—a decision that affects Republican lawmakers as well as Democrats, since most overseas travel is bipartisan. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said her primary destination was Afghanistan, with a stop for pilot rest in Brussels, where the speaker planned to “affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance.” The itinerary did not include a stop in Egypt, as Trump’s letter claimed.

“The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation and thanks to our men and women in uniform for their service and dedication, and to obtain critical national security and intelligence briefings from those on the front lines,” Hammill said in a statement.

The presidential retaliation drew a quick and surprising rebuke from a Trump ally who makes frequent official trips abroad, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “One sophomoric response does not deserve another,” he tweeted. “Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.”

In his letter, Trump belittled Pelosi’s planned trip as an “excursion” and “a public relations event,” and he suggested the optics of an overseas visit would be negative in the middle of a shutdown. The president, however, took his own taxpayer-funded trip to visit troops in Afghanistan over Christmas, after the shutdown had already begun. And senior administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are still scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Trump suggested Pelosi’s time would be better spent negotiating with him in Washington, but so far their talks have been unproductive: The president continues to demand billions in funding for his border wall, and the speaker refuses to discuss funding while the government remains closed. If their tit-for-tat over the last two days is any indication, the president and the speaker remains worlds apart, and the 27-day government shutdown remains far from over.

from The Atlantic http://bit.ly/2Mfk67h

Netflix’s fourth-quarter revenue misses estimates; shares slip

REUTERS: Netflix Inc posted lower-than-expected quarterly quarter revenue on Thursday, despite a slate of original content the streaming pioneer released in the quarter including hit thriller “Bird Box”, sending its shares down 3 percent.

The company said it added 8.84 million paid global …

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US officials consider lifting China tariffs: Report

WASHINGTON: US officials have considered lifting tariffs on Chinese imports to calm volatile stock markets and encourage Beijing to make concessions in current trade talks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday (Jan 17).

American and Chinese trade officials have until Mar 1 to resolve their …

from Latest News http://bit.ly/2Mj08bv

Morocco foils 89,000 illegal migration attempts in 2018 – interior ministry

MARRAKECH: Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37 percent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as the country became the main launchpad in the Mediterranean for Europe-bound migrants.

Morocco, which other Africans can visit without …

from Latest News http://bit.ly/2ssZD5Q

Qatar trumps Saudi Arabia 2-0 in politically-charged Asian Cup ‘blockade derby’

Qatar has topped group E of the Asian Cup after beating regional rivals Saudi Arabia at the Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Qatar clinched the top spot of their Asian Cup group after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a match bristling with political animosity on Thursday.

Qatari forward Almoez Ali bagged a brace amid a hostile atmosphere for his side in Abu Dhabi, where the Qatari national anthem was drowned out by boos from a pro-Saudi crowd.

Jeers were also heard from the crowd each time the 2022 World Cup hosts attacked.

The two Gulf sides faced off amid a continued 19-month blockade on Qatar imposed by a Saudi-led bloc that accuses Doha of supporting terrorism, an accusation Qatar denies.

Asian Cup hosts the United Arab Emirates stand squarely behind the Gulf blockade of Qatar and the mood was highly charged at the Zayed Sports City stadium – even if the football at times wasn’t.

Both teams had already qualified from Group E after winning their first two matches and it was Saudi Arabia who almost broke through after 22 minutes when striker Fahad Almuwallad slammed a right-foot shot against the post.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who plundered four goals in Qatar’s 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to stun the partisan crowd and become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea’s Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight that further antagonised the crowd.

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16 while three-time winners Saudi Arabia take on Japan.

from The New Arab http://bit.ly/2T0cNmt

Washington man receives heart from donor infected with hepatitis C, later cured: ‘It was worth the risk’

A man in Washington state is the first in the Pacific Northwest to receive a heart from a donor who was infected with hepatitis C, according to a local report.

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स्वाइन फ्लूचा धोका कायमच

जानेवारीच्या दोन आठवड्यांमध्ये वाढलेल्या थंडीमुळे ‘स्वाइन फ्लू’चे विषाणू सक्रिय झाले आहे. त्यामुळे पुण्यासह शिर्डीतील तिघांचा खासगी रुग्णालयात मृत्यू झाला. त्यामध्ये एका आठ वर्षीय मुलाचा समावेश आहे. नव्या वर्षाच्या सुरुवातीलाच नव्याने चौघांना विषाणूची लागण झाली आहे.

from Pune News in Marathi, पुणे न्यूज़, Latest Pune News Headlines http://bit.ly/2ATdHKn

Vogue apologizes for misidentifying activist Noor Tagouri: ‘We will try to be more thoughtful and careful’

Vogue Magazine apologized on Thursday for misidentifying activist Noor Tagouri as Pakistani actress Noor Bukhari in a recent photo shoot after Tagouri’s disappointing reaction to the gaffe was captured on video.

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Netflix says its cash burn will peak this year, then go down

The company has long argued its cash burn is a long-term investment because it ultimately owns the rights to the original content produced.

from Tech https://cnb.cx/2FH004n

मित्रपक्षांसहच निवडणूक लढणार: दानवे

एकमेकांवर तोंडसुख घेण्याची एकही संधी न दवडणाऱ्या भारतीय जनता पक्ष आणि शिवसेनेत युती होण्याचे संकेत भारतीय जनता पक्षाचे प्रदेशाध्यक्ष रावसाहेब दानवे पाटील यांनी गुरुवारी दिले. मित्रपक्षांना सोबत घेऊनच महाराष्ट्रात निवडणूक लढविणार असल्याचे त्यांनी स्पष्ट केले.

from Pune News in Marathi, पुणे न्यूज़, Latest Pune News Headlines http://bit.ly/2SYUaPN

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan’s 17-year war, which would end the U.S.’s…

from Military Times http://bit.ly/2sxcEeD

RIL Q3 beats the Street with help from Reliance Jio, Retail

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) posted net profit of ₹10,251 crore in the December quarter (Q3), up 8.82% from a year-ago, on revenue of ₹1.71 trillion, up 56% y-o-y.

from industry http://bit.ly/2CtrNlP

Ocasio-Cortez: ‘At what point is Fox News obligated to not lie?’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday blasted Fox News for saying she and a group of House Democrats were unable to hand-deliver a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) because they went to…

from TheHill – Most Popular http://bit.ly/2CuF1Pj

स्वाइन फ्लूचा धोका कायमच

जानेवारीच्या दोन आठवड्यांमध्ये वाढलेल्या थंडीमुळे ‘स्वाइन फ्लू’चे विषाणू सक्रिय झाले आहे. त्यामुळे पुण्यासह शिर्डीतील तिघांचा खासगी रुग्णालयात मृत्यू झाला. त्यामध्ये एका आठ वर्षीय मुलाचा समावेश आहे. नव्या वर्षाच्या सुरुवातीलाच नव्याने चौघांना विषाणूची लागण झाली आहे.

from Pune News in Marathi, पुणे न्यूज़, Latest Pune News Headlines http://bit.ly/2ATdHKn

मित्रपक्षांसहच निवडणूक लढणार: दानवे

एकमेकांवर तोंडसुख घेण्याची एकही संधी न दवडणाऱ्या भारतीय जनता पक्ष आणि शिवसेनेत युती होण्याचे संकेत भारतीय जनता पक्षाचे प्रदेशाध्यक्ष रावसाहेब दानवे पाटील यांनी गुरुवारी दिले. मित्रपक्षांना सोबत घेऊनच महाराष्ट्रात निवडणूक लढविणार असल्याचे त्यांनी स्पष्ट केले.

from Pune News in Marathi, पुणे न्यूज़, Latest Pune News Headlines http://bit.ly/2SYUaPN

Trump intensifies feud with Pelosi by calling off her trip abroad

President denied speaker the use of a military aircraft to visit US troops day after she suggested he postpone State of the Union

Donald Trump on Thursday dramatically escalated his feud with House speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the US government shutdown, stating he was canceling her previously undisclosed trip abroad and denying her the use of a military aircraft to visit American troops in Afghanistan.

Related: Rudy Giuliani: ‘I never said there was no collusion’ by Trump campaign

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from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2MgmfiY

Trump boxed in by right-wing media as shutdown drags on

President Donald Trump has been painted into a corner — and not by his political adversaries, but by his own allies in conservative media.

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Theresa May Made it Clear: UK Will Leave EU With No Deal – Scottish Politician

Independence supporters are to gather outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today to campaign for a second independence referendum. This comes as the First Minister has said that she will set out a plan for a second vote on Scottish Independence in the coming weeks.

from Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics http://bit.ly/2TWpui1

Explosion on roof of Lyon university in France – video

Video footage captured the moment an explosion took place on the top of a university in the French city of Lyon. 

Police say the accident was caused by a gas bottle that exploded, causing a fire. 

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from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2CuOypl