Wednesday 26th June 2019

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    • Trump ex-lawyer Cohen delays testimony over president’s ‘threats’ Trump-ex-lawyer-Cohen-delays-testimony-over-president's-'threats'

      U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his February 7 testimony to the U.S. Congress because of threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday. Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump’s 2016 election campaign and is cooperating with investigators, had received “ongoing threats against his family from Trump” and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the adviser, attorney Lanny Davis, said in a statement. Trump called Cohen a “rat” in a tweet last month for cooperating with prosecutors. Cohen had been Trump’s self-described longtime “fixer” and once...

    • Storm-triggered landslides ,floods kill at least 50 in Philippines Storm-triggered-landslides- floods-kill-at-least-50-in-Philippines

      At least 50 people are dead due to landslides and flooding triggered by a tropical cyclone in the Philippines, while 11 others remain missing, disaster officials told media on Sunday night. The tropical depression, named Usman, made landfall in Borongan, Eastern Samar on Saturday, dropping heavy rain over parts of the Philippines over the weekend. It left the country on Sunday afternoon after being downgraded to a low pressure area. Government forecasters said that heavy rain would continue over the next 24 hours in the northern Philippines. More than 22,000 people fled their homes ahead of the storm, which...

    • Intelligent driving bus line put into trial operation in central China Intelligent-driving-bus-line-put-into-trial-operation -in-central-China

      China’s first route for intelligent driving buses on open roads was put into trial operation in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, on Friday. The demonstration bus line measures 7.8 km with a total of 22 stations on the two-way journey in the city’s Xiangjiang New Area. During the trial, four electric intelligent driving buses will be put into use, according to sources with the management committee of the area. Having passed through traffic lights, made turns and stopped at the stations along the scheduled route, one of the buses successfully finished the whole journey on Friday morning without...

    • NASA spaceship closes in on distant world NASA-spaceship-closes-in-on-distant-world

      NASA’s unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on its historic New Year’s flyby target, the most distant world ever studied, a frozen relic of the solar system some four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. The cosmic object, known as Ultima Thule, is about the size of the US capital, Washington, and orbits in the dark and frigid Kuiper Belt about a billion miles beyond the dwarf planet, Pluto. The spacecraft’s closest approach to this primitive space rock comes January 1 at 12:33 a.m. ET (0533 GMT). Until then, what it looks like, and what it is made...

    • Canadian citizen to go on trial over drug-smuggling charges in China Canadian-citizen-to-go-on-trial-over-drug-smuggling-charges-in-China

      A Canadian citizen will face trial over drug-smuggling charges in China’s northeastern Liaoning Province on Saturday, amid media reports of another Canadian, who was earlier detained for “working illegally” in China, being released. “I have taken note of the notice that an appeal on the drug-smuggling charges against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg will be heard by Liaoning Higher People’s Court,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said when asked to respond on the Canadian’s case. “I would refer you to the competent authority for specifics. China and Canada maintain unimpeded consular communication. We will provide necessary assistance for the Canadian side to...

    • Trump declares end to U.S. ‘policeman’ role in surprise Iraq visit Trump-declares-end-to-U.S.-policeman-role-in-surprise-Iraq-visit

      U.S. President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq – his first with U.S. troops in a conflict zone since being elected – to defend withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America’s role as the global “policeman.” Trump landed at 7:16 p.m. local time at Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, accompanied by his wife Melania, following what he described as a stressful, secrecy-shrouded flight on a “pitch black” Air Force One. The president spoke to a group of about 100 mostly special forces personnel and separately with military leaders before leaving a few hours...

    • Pakistani politician Syed Ali Raza Abidi shot dead Pakistani-politician-Syed-Ali-Raza-Abidi-shot-dead

      A senior member of a major Pakistani political party has been shot dead. Syed Ali Raza Abidi, 46, was targeted by attackers outside his home in Karachi on Christmas day, police say. Mr Abidi previously led the secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), but resigned from the party in September for “personal reasons.” The murder comes after a drive-by shooting which killed two members of the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) in Karachi on Sunday. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Mr Abidi’s car as he arrived home. The assailants fled on a motorbike. Mr Abidi later died in hospital. “It’s hard...

    • Guatemalan boy detained at border dies in US custody Guatemalan-boy-detained-at-border-dies-in-US-custody

      An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, officials say, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month. The border agency says the boy died on Monday night hours after showing signs of illness. A Texas congressman named him as Felipe Alónzo-Gomez. The child was detained with his father on 18 December after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border. A seven-year-old girl died earlier this month just hours after being detained. Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, developed a high fever and died of liver failure. Her funeral was held in her village on Tuesday. What...

    • Three dead in suicide attack on Libyan foreign ministry Three-dead-in-suicide-attack-on-Libyan-foreign-ministry1

      At least three people were killed when suicide bombers attacked Libya’s foreign ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, the health ministry said. The assailants were suspected to be ISIL militants, a security source said. The three attackers began their assault with a car bomb, damaging vehicles and buildings, and then opened fire on the ministry. Two managed to get inside and blow themselves up. The other was killed by ministry guards, the source said. Heavy smoke rose from the building which was surrounded by security forces as people were rushed to the hospital. The health ministry said at least 11...

    • China continues to widen market access for foreign investors China-continues-to-widen-market-access-for-foreign-investors

      China will continue to widen market access for foreign investors next year, a commerce ministry official said on Saturday. The negative list for foreign investment is expected to be further shortened in 2019, said Tang Wenhong, head of foreign investment management department under the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), during the MOFCOM work conference. The ministry will also push for the lifting of market access restrictions on foreign investment in sectors not on the negative list so as to level the playing field for Chinese companies and foreign enterprises alike, Tang added. China has adopted a foreign investment administration model...