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  • Meng Hongwei: Wife of ex-Interpol chief seeks France asylum

    01/20/2019 1:08:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | January 18, 2019
    The wife of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol president held in China since September, has sought asylum in France for herself and her twin children. Grace Meng and the seven-year-olds live in Lyon, the international police agency's headquarters. Meng Hongwei disappeared during a visit to China. In October the Chinese authorities said Mr Meng was being investigated over suspected bribe-taking. His wife and children are under police protection, having received threats. Quoted by France Inter radio on Friday, she said, "I fear they will kidnap me."
  • Japan Launches Meteor-Spawning Minisatellite, 6 Other Spacecraft to Orbit

    01/17/2019 6:15:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | January 17, 2019 08:05pm ET | Mike Wall,
    Japan launched seven spacecraft to Earth orbit today (Jan. 17), including a little satellite designed to create dazzling artificial meteor showers. The primary payload on today's launch was the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 1 (RAPIS-1), whose boxy body measures about 3.3 feet (1 meter) on a side. In a first for JAXA, the agency consigned the manufacture and operation of RAPIS-1 to a startup — the Japanese company Axelspace. RAPIS-1 carries a variety of technology demonstrations, including a thin-membrane, paddle-shaped solar array; small thrusters that use low-toxicity propellant; a low-cost particle sensor; and "deep-learning" software that will aid attitude...
  • 1/08/2019 -- Japan M6.3 Earthquake -- Direct EQ forecast location hit -- Seismic unrest spreading

    01/08/2019 2:24:03 PM PST · by infool7 · 59 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/8/19 | dutchsinse
    Eight >50K foot high volcanic eruptions in the last week and a half. I have only been watching him for a few weeks but this seems newsworthy. No one else seems to be covering it. 7
  • US still most trusted Philippines ally – Pulse Asia

    01/14/2019 7:11:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 01/14/2019 | Helen Flores
    MANILA, Philippines — The United States has remained the country most trusted by Filipinos, and Russia and China the least, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. The poll, taken from Dec. 14 to 21 last year, showed 84 percent of Filipinos saying the Philippines should extend “a great deal/fair amount of trust” to the US. This was higher than the 79 percent recorded in March 2017. The US was followed by Japan and Australia with trust ratings of 75 percent and 72 percent, respectively. Great Britain/United Kingdom obtained 57 percent. Reacting to the survey result, Malacañang expressed optimism Filipinos’...
  • Russia will buy Bitcoin to avoid US sanctions, economist claims

    01/14/2019 1:23:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 01/14/2019 | Luke Thompson
    A high-profile Moscow economist has reportedly said the Russian government is looking to invest in Bitcoin next month. Australian crypto news website claims to have spoken with Vladislav Ginko, a lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. “US sanctions may be mitigated only through Bitcoin use,” the site quoted Ginko as saying. “I believe that the Russia [government] will start diversifying its reserves with Bitcoin in February this year when US Congress will introduce… new sanctions against Russia,” he reportedly said. Ginko estimated that the first wave of Russian investment in crypto...
  • Singapore, Vietnam shortlisted for second Trump-Kim summit: Report

    01/10/2019 8:28:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | January 11, 2019
    Shortlisted venues for a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are likely to include Singapore and Vietnam, South Korean media reported on Friday (Jan 11). “(The venues you should pay attention to) are those mentioned by media including Vietnam, Singapore and Hawaii,” a South Korean foreign affairs ministry official told the Korean Herald, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location as it doesn’t have a North Korean embassy there,” the report quoted another official as saying. Although the South Korean government hoped the truce...
  • South Korea Raised Taxes in Bid for Growth. So Far, It’s Not Working.

    01/10/2019 4:27:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2019 | Michael Schuman
    In contrast to President Trump, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has embraced a pro-labor program of higher wages and taxes. The early results have been discouraging. As President Trump leads a drive to slash taxes and pare back regulation, one major economy is taking a different approach. Under President Moon Jae-in, South Korea has raised taxes and the minimum wage in the name of economic growth. So far, it hasn’t worked out as planned. Growth has slowed, unemployment has risen and small-business owners like Moon Seung are complaining. Mr. Moon, founder of an auto parts maker called Dasung in...
  • Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

    01/08/2019 12:28:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2019 | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh, James Pomfret
    The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. But...
  • Thinking of visiting Japan? From today, there’ll be a tax to pay whenever you leave the country

    01/07/2019 9:55:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Japan began levying a 1,000 yen (US$9.24) departure tax on Monday, payable by anyone leaving the country by aircraft or ship, in a measure aimed at raising funds to further boost tourism. The International Tourist Tax covers everyone regardless of nationality, from businesspeople to holidaymakers older than two years of age. It will be tacked on to the price of an airline ticket, though those bought and issued before Monday are exempt. Japan’s government estimates that it will make an additional 50 billion yen (US$462 million) from the tax, which it wants to use to improve tourism infrastructure by making...
  • Famine to feast: North Korean defectors awestruck by food choices in South

    01/06/2019 8:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | December 24, 2018 | Benjamin Haas in Seoul
    Lee Oui-ryuk was on the verge of dying of starvation when he stole a block of tofu in a market in North Korea at the height of a nationwide famine. Too weak to run away after he swiped the food, Lee continued eating as the seller cried and beat him with a metal rod, staining the white tofu red with his blood. At nine years old he knew the theft would end in violence, but in his head he repeated over and over: “Even if you are beaten, keep eating.” He eventually passed out and when he awoke, took a...
  • Game Console Modding Illegal In Japan, Punishable By Prison And Fines

    01/06/2019 7:00:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Kotaku ^ | 01/06/2018 | Brian Ashcraft
    It is illegal to mod game save data and game consoles in Japan. Both are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines up to 5 million yen ($46,000). This was first published by Japanese game sites like Hachima Kikou after peripheral maker Cyber Gadget stopped selling its Save Editor data tool, allowing players to use cheats and patch codes. Cyber Gadget has since stopped selling the Save Editor on its Japanese site. The Association of Copyright for Computer Software also mentions that unofficial software codes and keys are also illegal. Specifically, mentioned is offering these on online...
  • Japanese 'Tuna King' pays record $3M for prized bluefin Tuna at famed Tokyo fish auction

    01/05/2019 11:08:08 AM PST · by DFG · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/05/2019 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Self-described Japanese "Tuna King" Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record $3 million for a 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna at the first new year's auction in Tokyo on Saturday. The winning sum for the prized and threatened species at the auction was more than double the previous record from the annual New Year auction, set in 2013. Kimura, the owner of Kiyomura Corp who also runs the Sushi Zanmai chain, is a regular winner of the annual auctions. He told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he was surprised by the price this year, but didn’t regret the purchase. “The quality of the tuna...
  • Floyd Mayweather leaves Japanese kickboxer in tears in fight farce

    01/02/2019 3:01:25 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | Duncan Wright
    Floyd Mayweather knocked Tenshin Nasukawa out in the opening round as their big-money fight turned into a farce. Kickboxing star Nasukawa was left crying in his own corner after being sent tumbling to the canvas three times in the first two minutes of the fight on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan. Mayweather, 41, boasted about earning $9 million dollars to take on Japan’s golden boy — and he collected his money with minimum fuss after making his opponent look foolish. When the first bell sounded the unbeaten five-weight class boxing champion strolled out with a grin on his face...
  • Kim ready to talk more with Trump but warns U.S. not to test North's patience with sanctions

    01/01/2019 12:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Japan Today ^ | January 1, 2019 | Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea——North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year's speech, Kim said he's ready to meet with Trump at any time to produce an outcome "welcomed by the international community." However, he said the North will be forced to take a different path if the United States "continues to break its promises and misjudges the patience of our people by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes...
  • Column: Trump's top 10 successes of 2018

    01/01/2019 12:53:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Morning Sun ^ | January 1, 2019 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office. (In my next column, I will give you my list of the 10 worst.) 10. He has secured the release of 19 people, including 16 Americans, from foreign captivity. When Pastor Andrew Brunson was freed by Turkey, he became the 19th captive released thanks to Trump. Others include: four held by North Korea; an aid worker and her husband held by Egypt;...
  • Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in ‘Terror Attack’

    01/01/2019 10:43:23 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 12/31/2018 | J Kaplan
    Nine people are hurt after a driver deliberately rammed his vehicle into pedestrians in the Shibuya Ward in Tokyo on New Year’s Day in what the suspect told law enforcement was an act of terror, according to Japanese media. 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe was reportedly arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of attempted murder after plowing his rental car, fitted with an Osaka license plate, into people on the Takeshita Street in the city’s Harajuku district, which was closed to vehicles for the first day of the year. One unnamed source revealed to Kyodo News that the suspect told police that he...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report New Year Newsdump Tuesday 1/1/2019

    01/01/2019 12:35:37 AM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/31/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Happy New Year to all..... In Tokyo just after midnight a car plowed into pedestrians injuring eight, one seriously..... In the United Kingdom a man reported shouting by an eyewtiness: "Allah" stabbed three people at the central railway station in Manchester, England around 850pm local time New Year's Eve..... The US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson says the country is: "in need of leadership" over Brexit..... In France, the year end message from President Emmanuel Macron promised order in the country "without compromise"...... The word from Washington is that the withdrawal of US military forces from Syria will be...
  • "Rampage", The Battle for Manila in the Philippines during W.W. II

    12/28/2018 10:29:46 AM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 94 replies
    Myself ^ | 12-28-2018 | Captain Peter Blood
    For Christmas I gave myself several books on World War II that I had read about in the Wall Street Journal Weekend edition. One of the books was James M. Scott's latest book "Rampage" about the battle for Manila in January and February of 1945. I have read my share of books on the war and of the atrocities committed by both the Germans and Japanese during the war. Scott's book on what happened during the battle for Manila was without a doubt the most detailed book I have ever read. It literally made me sick to read what the...
  • Huawei’s Retaliation: Massive Apple Boycott Sweeps China Amid U.S. Disputes

    12/27/2018 11:33:15 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    iDropNews ^ | 12/27/2018 | Troy Thompson
    Tech-industry juggernauts Apple, Samsung and Huawei each have their own unique and strategic (yet often hilarious) way of taunting one another’s flagship devices. But amid recent events like the uncertain state of U.S. China Trade relations and arrest of the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, the riff between China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and U.S.-based Apple, Inc. has escalated far beyond their typical friendly-fire. Some 20+ Chinese firms have already urged their employees to boycott Apple products and, in retaliation, encourage them to buy from Huawei instead. Most firms partaking of these anti-Apple boycotts are reportedly offering their employees up...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 12/24/2018 Newsdump Edition

    12/24/2018 5:44:04 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/24/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump spoke with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday. They discussed the fight against ISIS, the issue of Syria including coordination of the US military withdrawal from the Syria and expanded trade with Turkey that has been on hold in recent years as relations were strained...... Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Turkish president Erdogan an "anti-Semitic dictator" on Sunday saying among other things about Erdogan...... Israel's Education Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett says President Trump's Middle East peace plan includes a Palestinian state in the West Bank...... President Trump has...