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From Israel to Brexit to France: Trump dips into allies’ politics

  He’s trashed the British Prime Minister. He’s cheered protesters in France. And now he’s handed Israel’s embattled leader a win days before a re-elect

ion. When it comes to other countries’ domestic politics, President Donald Trump hasn’t hesitated to put his thumb on the scale.

  When he first met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office weeks after his inau

guration, Trump heard out the Israeli prime minister’s appeal to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

  But Trump didn’t immediately deliver. Instead, he waited until less than three weeks before the most consequential election of Netanyahu’s polit

ical career to announce “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

  Combined with the warm embrace Trump will offer Netany

ahu in Washington next week and the White House’s silence on the timing of the annou

ncement, experts quickly identified Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as a brazen attempt to boost Netanyahu’s re-el

ection chances, giving him a foreign policy achievement to tout in the final stretch of the campaign.

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Major world social media including Facebook, Googl

  and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

  One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that pur

portedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

  The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other pos

ts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

  Mia Garlick of Facebook’s New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journa

list Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

  Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on

its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

  YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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China hopes that the Ethiopia side can find out the cause of

f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.

The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop

ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.

One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business

travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus

iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid

ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern

ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav

e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

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Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Cente

for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of

curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.

“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.

A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge

netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.

“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co

receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth

er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.

Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu

e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.

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I said Melania, I’m doing something today, I’m doing

  because it really has to be done … he’s a bad, bad guy, that’s been proven now with all of the emails,” Trump said.

“I said to the first lady, I said, ‘but you kno

w the good news, the good news is that this is going to be so bipartisan,

everyone’s going to love it’ — so we fired Comey.”

  ”I fire a bad cop, I fire a dirty cop, and all of a sudden, the Democrats say,

‘how dare he fire him, how dare he do this,'” Trump added.

  Trump told NBC in May 2017 that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when

he decided to fire Comey, adding that he was ir

ked by the investigation, which he saw as motivated by Democratic anger over his 2016 win.

  Here were some other key elements of Trump’s speech:

  Trump said the US had learned a lot since the sudden conclusion of his

summit with Kim Jong Un and repeated hi

s previous explanation for not reaching a deal — “I had to walk, because every once

in a while, you have to walk.”

  He added that North Korea had said it was “willing to do much less on the sanctio

n front. But you see, that’s not what

happened there. So, already I think we’re negotiating.”

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We can no longer act as bystanders. We are honour bound to

  We find it unconscionable that a Party once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no d

eal,” the group said. “No responsible government should knowingly and deliberately inflict the dire consequences of

such a destructive exit on individuals, communities and businesses and put at risk the prospect of ending austerity.”

  The MPs also rejected what they say May has presented as a “false binary choice” be

tween a “bad deal” and a “no deal,” slamming her strategy of “running down the clock” to Brexit.

  May said in a statement on Wednesday that she was “saddened” by the lawmakers’ decision to quit the party, but

was determined to deliver on Brexit, affirming that it was “the right thing for the country.”

  The Independent Group was formed on Monday when seven MPs, including Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger, resi

gned from Labour. An eighth Labour MP, Joan Ryan, joined their ranks on Tuesday evening. The group said v

ariously that they had become ashamed of the Labour party and its shift to the hard-left, denouncing opposition le

ader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and “betrayal” on Brexit.

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She alleged that the riot policeman who killed her son co

and pulled down a visor on his helmet.
She said that there were numerous witnesses to the alleged killing by a policeman on the sce

ne. She said that she’s not reported the crime, because she fears retribution from the very same person who killed her son.

But her family is getting anonymous death threats and demands that she stop talking a

bout her son’s killing.
Police chief Michel-Ange Gedeon told CNN that there had been no report of the alleged crime.

“Whenever we receive a case we will investigate,” he told CNN.
That may come as a surprise to Haiti’s Prime Min

ister, Jean-Henry Ceant, who this week singled out Roberto’s tragic end for special mention in a televised address to the nation.

“As a father who can understand the pain of a parent, I send a special message to the mother of a y

oung boy, Roberto Badjo Thelusma who died in front of the State Hospital while he was helping his mother with her business.

“I remember how 40 years ago I used to help my mother with her meat business at the ‘Kwabosal’ m

arket place. Today I’m the Prime Minister, who knows what Roberto Badjo Thelusma could have become in this country.”

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Japan’s ambition is to become a global political power. But

litical and diplomatic means alone cannot support Japan’s global ambitions. A military presence at the global level is needed if Japan is to expand its political clout.

Compared with old European powers like the UK and France, Japan’s military influence in Europe is jerkwater. But it is different after Japan signed military pa

cts with these countries – Japan’s political influence is increasing because of the support of military powers.

With the influence of the UK and France declining in the Asia-Pacific region, their military activities can get

the support from Japan via the ACSA, which will immensely boost Japan’s military clout. These European countries will not look at Ja

pan through the military lens, which will effectively strengthen Japan’s political might.

Meanwhile, exchange of military provisions will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and these countries, ex

erting Japan‘s cultural influence in these countries and beyond. Even if Japan fails to become a permanent member of the UN Security Co

uncil, it can still play a major role in the world. This has been part of the global strategies of the Abe administration.

We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it’s part of an overall plan to influence economics, po

litics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.

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ercent from 8.1 percent at the end of December, the central

It’s hard to say that China entered a new cycle of credit expansion,” said Zhang Ming, chief eco

nomist at Ping An Securities. “For the whole year, the overall financing growth and money supply is expected to stabilize.”

Fast credit expansion means higher pressure on companies to repay debt and interest, and the space for sustainable credit growth i

s limited, given the current leverage level. Total outstanding debt has exceeded 250 percent of GDP, Zhang said.

The good news is that credit has been channeled effectively into the production sector, such as manuf

acturing and high-tech, and the healthier credit structure can support the overall economic r

estructuring reform, said Ruan Jianhong, head of the central bank’s statistics and analysis department.

hina and the United States will continue economic and trade consultations in Washington ne

xt week, after reaching consensus in principle on major issues during their high-level Beijing talks, State media reported.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the two sides had in-depth communication on topics of mutual concern including tec

hnological transfers, intellectual property rights protection, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agr

iculture, the trade balance and an implementation mechanism, as well as on particular issues of concern to China.

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Market expectations for interest rate cuts have been rising in

 China after Spring Festival. Before embarking on their next move in interest rate reform, however, policymakers need to assess dom

estic macroeconomic conditions in order to reduce financing costs. It is more urgent to let the financial market determine the lending rate, Sun said.

“We hope (policy fine-tuning) will not surprise the market when it is introduced,” Sun said.

Communication with other countries is also needed before launching new policies or introdu

cing creative monetary policy tools, and “the PBOC has good communication mechanisms with other c

entral banks including the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank”, Sun said.

Last year, the PBOC removed some constraints on credit, including liquidity in

jection through cutting the reserve requirement ratio four times and capital rep

lenishment by allowing commercial banks to issue perpetual bonds, which have no maturity rate, he said.

Chinese commercial banks, however, are still using the one-year lending rate of 4.35 percent — th

e rate commercial banks charge businesses — set by the central bank in 2015. It is higher than in

terbank market rates or the interest rates banks have been paying to the central bank of 3.05 to 3.30 percent.

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