• Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

    The former U.S. soldier defected in 1965, but said his decisions at the time "don't make sense now."

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  • How To Tell If A Dinosaur Is FakeHow To Tell If A Dinosaur Is Fake

    By Ed Yong On Wednesday, a team of scientists unveiled a newly discovered dinosaur that had the body and sickle-clawed feet

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  • Welcome To The Surveillance State: China's AI Cameras See AllWelcome To The Surveillance State: China's AI Cameras See All

    Authorities showed a BBC reporter that they could use the system to identify and apprehend him in seven minutes.

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  • North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust SurvivorNorth Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

    “There is not a comparable situation anywhere in the world, past or present,” another expert said.

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  • Diphtheria in Bangladesh Rohingya camps expected to double every few daysDiphtheria in Bangladesh Rohingya camps expected to double every few days

    Fears that the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh could be a ticking health crisis time-bomb now appear well-founded

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  • EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolvedEU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

    The EU on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia's election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen.

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  • Six Golden Globe Nominations for ‘The Post’Six Golden Globe Nominations for ‘The Post’

    ‘The Post’ team thrilled over six Golden Globe nominations….reports Asian Lite News   Actress Meryl Streep (Photo: Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) Actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks and filmmaker Steven Spielberg are thrilled about their film “The Post” receiving six Golden Globe nominations. On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Streep for the 31st time — the most by any single actor in the 75-year history of the Golden Globes, reports ew.com. “I’m thrilled for the movie, for Steven (Spielberg) and Tom (Hanks), and for the incredible ensemble of actors who made this movie need its moment in history. Thanks, HFPA,” Streep said in a statement to latimes.com. Her co-star Tom Hanks has been nominated for the Best Actor award. “Very happy the work of the others on ‘The Post’ has been given the attention they deserve. Thank you to the HFPA,” said Hanks. Presented by Indian media and entertainment conglomerate Reliance Entertainment, “The Post” is directed by Spielberg, who has also been nominated for a Golden Globe. “I am thrilled by today’s recognition by the HFPA and particularly happy for our nominees who made this movie happen – Meryl and Tom, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and of course, John Williams. “I only wish (former Washington Post publisher) Kay Graham were still here to experience how much her story affects all of us,” said Spielberg. “The Post” is a drama about the unlikely partnership of Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and its driven editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US Presidents. The film is set to release in India on January 12.

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  • May Assures EU CitizensMay Assures EU Citizens

    EU citizens’ rights to be protected post Brexit, says MAY. Her comments came in an open letter in the context of Britain’s upcoming withdrawal from the bloc Prime Minister Theresa May attends CBI Speech at Intercontinental O2. British Prime Minister Theresa May assured European Union citizens living in her country that their rights would be protected in British courts after Brexit. May’s comments came in an open letter in the context of Britain’s upcoming withdrawal from the bloc, Efe news agency reported. “As we take back control of our laws, you can be confident not only that your rights will be protected in our courts, but that there will be a consistent interpretation of these rights in the UK and in the European Union,” said May. The PM acknowledged that more than three million EU citizens had chosen to live and work in the country “without any expectation that the UK would leave the EU”. She added that her “first priority” had been safeguarding the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British nationals living in EU member states. The PM said that healthcare rights, pensions and other benefit provisions would not change after Brexit, and that if somebody had paid into the system — either in Britain or in another EU country — they would be able to benefit from this. “If you already have five years of continuous residence in the UK at the point we leave the EU, on March 29, 2019, you will be eligible for settled status,” she said. “And if you have been here for less than five years you will be able to stay until you have reached the five-year threshold.” On Friday, Britain and EU reached an agreement in principle on protecting rights of EU and British citizens, the financial settlement and the border with the Republic of Ireland. The agreement means that both parties are able to move onto the second stage of Brexit negotiations, in which talks trade deals are expected to start.

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  • Sharp Increase in British Visas for IndiansSharp Increase in British Visas for Indians

    UK visas granted to Indian nationals have seen significant increases in the last year, according to the latest available statistics According to the UK Office for National Statistics’ regular report, visas granted to Indian nationals in the year to September 2017 stood at 517,000 – a 9% increase on the previous year. Within this number, visit visas increased by 11% to 427,000 and work visas remained steady at 53,000 – meaning that Indians still get more work visas for employment in the UK than all other nationalities combined. The largest increase however was seen in the Tier 4 Student visa category.  In the last year, over 14,000 student visas were issued to Indian nationals, an increase of 27% compared with the previous 12 months. In addition to this, over 5,000 Indians came for short-term study in the UK during the same period.  This is the third successive quarter that student visa numbers have increased. The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, welcomed the update, saying: “It is an exciting time for the UK-India relationship.  Prime Minister Modi has often talked about the living bridge that exists between India and other countries in the world.  These statistics show that India’s bridge with the United Kingdom is as strong as ever. “I particularly welcome the sharp increase in Indian students choosing to take advantage of the UK’s world-beating higher education.  Our visa service for Indians is as good as any other on offer. Some 90% of applicants receive a visa and 99% of those are processed within our target time of 15 working days. “I want more Indians to see the UK as their partner country, whether for business, tourism, study or work. Visits to India last week by the Mayor of London and the Deputy First Minister of Scotland show the depth of interest in working with India.”

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  • GALLERY: Gayatri Challa, Mrs India UK 2017GALLERY: Gayatri Challa, Mrs India UK 2017

    Gayatri Challa (Rinku Naidu), D/o Mr Etraj V Naidu and Mrs Shakuntala E Naidu, has been crowned as Mrs India UK 2017 – 1st Runner Up Classic in a beauty pageant event held in London. The beauty pageant celebrates the journey of inspiring Indian women to embrace themselves, their beauty, their values and principles. Through Mrs India UK, this beauty pageant aims to celebrate talent, share knowledge and motivate married Indian women. Gayatri Challa (Rinku Naidu), Mrs India UK 2017 – 1st Runner Up Classic Gayatri also won the titles of Mrs. Goodwill and Mrs. Fitness at the pageant.  She did her schooling from St Anne’s High School (Pune), BA (Psy. hons) form Wadia College, Pune and has a diploma in IATA. She also has post graduate qualifications including Masters in Personnel Management (Pune University), and CIPD (London). She was an inter-school and district level hockey player. She currently works for The High Commission of India in London in the economic department.  Her interests include Travelling, Music, Reading and Sports. She shifted to London in 2011 with her husband (Mr Praveen R Challa). She has a 13 years old son who is a budding cricketer and a lovely daughter of 11 years.  A strong believer in family values, she attributes all her success to the blessings and teachings of her parents. She promises to abide by the values and principle of the titles she won and will continue to work hard with honesty and integrity allowing her crowing to shine with pride always.

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  • Macron hopes US’ come back to Paris DealMacron hopes US’ come back to Paris Deal

    Macron: Trump will bring US back into climate deal….reports Asian Lite News French President Emmanuel Macron. (File Photo: IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes US President Donald Trump will bring Washington back into the Paris deal on combating climate change. But Macron said in an interview to CBS News on Monday that he will not agree to Trump’s demand that America’s terms should be negotiated. The French President, on the eve of a climate summit he arranged in Paris, condemned the manner in which the US had signed an international deal, then withdrawn from it. “The US did sign the Paris agreement. It’s extremely aggressive to decide on its own just to leave and no way to push the others to renegotiate because one decided to leave the floor. I’m sorry to say that. It doesn’t fly,” said Macron. Macron told CBS he was not willing to be accused by future generations of understanding the extent of the climate problem but doing too little to solve it. Scientists were waiting to see whether Tuesday’s summit of 50 senior ministers and Prime Ministers will achieve its aim of giving a boost to the current sluggish progress on cutting emissions, the BBC reported. The important announcements to be made on key financial issues included raising cash to give poor countries clean energy, stopping development banks lending for new coal plants and insisting that firms disclose any fossil fuel assets that might be devalued if governments clamp down on emissions. On being asked, the French President called his relationship with his US counterpart “very direct” and said that he was frank about his opposition to Washington recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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  • Don’t drag us into your Electoral Debates: Pakistan tells IndiaDon’t drag us into your Electoral Debates: Pakistan tells India

    Don’t drag us into your politics, Pakistan tells Indian leaders….reports Asian Lite News Pakistan Foregin Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal (Photo: IANS/ICJ) Pakistan on Monday rebuffed allegations of a secret meeting between Congress leaders and its High Commissioner in New Delhi, saying India should stop “dragging” Islamabad into its electoral debate and termed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark as “baseless and irresponsible”. “India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted. The tweet was in response to Modi’s remark on Sunday accusing a group of Congress leaders of meeting Pakistan’s High Commissioner at party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence in New Delhi before the latter called him (Modi) “neech”. Addressing an election rally at Sanand, Modi said the meeting at Aiyar’s residence was also attended by former Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Modi said: “There was a meeting convened at Aiyar’s residence where Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Ansari and Manmohan Singh were present. The meeting lasted three hours.”

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  • $50 million to AI for Earth Initiative: Microsoft$50 million to AI for Earth Initiative: Microsoft

    Microsoft pledges $50 million to broaden AI for Earth programme….reports Asian Lite News Announcing its plan to broaden the AI for Earth programme, Microsoft has pledged $50 million over the next five years to put artificial intelligence technology in the hands of those who are working to mitigate climate change. Microsoft rolled out the AI for Earth programme six months ago with an aim to put the power of artificial intelligence towards tackling environmental challenges. “At Microsoft, we believe artificial intelligence is a game changer. Our approach as a company is focused on democratising AI so its features and capabilities can be put to use by individuals and organisations around the world to improve real-world outcomes,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Monday. The announcement came on the eve of the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement. AI can be very useful in monitoring, modelling and managingthe Earth’s natural systems. Data can speak volumes about the health of our home planet, including the conditions of air, water, land and the well-being of our wildlife. “But we need technology’s help to capture this vast amount of data and convert it into actionable intelligence. AI can be trained to classify raw data from sensors on the ground, in the sky or in space into categories that both humans and computers understand,” Smith said. “Fundamentally, AI can accelerate our ability to observe environmental systems and how they are changing at a global scale, convert the data into useful information and apply that information to take concrete steps to better manage our natural resources,” he added. Over the past six months, Microsoft has awarded over 35 grants in more than 10 countries for access to Microsoft Azure and AI technology. Microsoft said its AI for Earth could be a force multiplier for groups and individuals who are creating sustainable solutions. “That’s why we’re not just putting more resources into this effort, but also coupling this with a long-term commitment to applying AI to grow and scale in four key areas – climate, water, agriculture and biodiversity,” Smith said. Microsoft wants to do it in three ways. First, it plans to expand seed grants around the world to create and test new AI applications. “We will also provide universities, nongovernmental organisations and others with advanced training to put AI to its best use,” Smith said. Next, Microsoft will identify the projects that show the most promise and make larger investments to help bring them to scale. “Finally, as these projects advance, we’ll identify and pursue opportunities to incorporate new AI advances into platform-level services so that others can use them for their own sustainability initiatives,” Smith said.

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  • Increase in number of British Visas to IndiansIncrease in number of British Visas to Indians

    Indians get more British work visas than others….reports Asian Lite News Sir Dominic Asquith.(File Photo: IANS) Stating that there has been a sharp increase in the number of British visas issued to Indians, the British High Commission said on Tuesday that Indians get more work visas than all other nationalities combined. Citing figures issued by the UK Office for National Statistics, the High Commission said in a statement that the number of visas granted to Indian nationals from September 2016 to September 2017 stood at 517,000. “Within this number, visit visas increased by 11 per cent to 427,000 and work visas remained steady at 53,000 – meaning that Indians still get more work visas for employment in the UK than all other nationalities combined,” the statement said. Stating that the largest increase was seen in the Tier 4 student visa category, it said in the last year over 14,000 student visas were issued to Indians, an increase of 27 per cent compared with the previous 12 months. In addition, over 5,000 Indians came for short-term study in the UK during the same period. This is the third successive quarter that student visa numbers have increased. “These statistics show that India’s bridge with the United Kingdom is as strong as ever,” British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said. “I particularly welcome the sharp increase in Indian students choosing to take advantage of the UK’s world-beating higher education. Our visa service for Indians is as good as any other on offer. Some 90 per cent of applicants receive a visa and 99 per cent of those are processed within our target time of 15 working days.” Stating that he wanted more Indians to see Britain as their partner country, whether for business, tourism, study or work, Asquith said that visits to India last week by the Mayor of London and the Deputy First Minister of Scotland “showed the depth of interest in working with India”.

    Asian Lite / 9 h. 34 min. ago more
  • China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean BorderChina Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

    China building network of refugee camps along N.Korea border….reports Asian Lite News A bridge over the Tumen River marking the border between North Korea, foreground, and China. (Getty Images) China is quietly building a network of refugee camps along its border with North Korea. The existence of plans for the camps, first reported by the Financial Times last week, emerged in an apparently leaked internal document from a state-run telecom giant that has apparently been tasked with providing them with internet services. The China Mobile document, which has circulated on social media and overseas Chinese websites since last week, reveals plans for at least five refugee camps in Jilin province. The document says: “Due to cross-border tensions, the (Communist) party committee and government of Changbai county has proposed setting up five refugee camps in the county.” It gives the names and locations of three such facilities: Changbai riverside, Changbai Shibalidaogou and Changbai Jiguanlizi. A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry declined to confirm the camps’ existence at a regular press briefing on Monday but did not deny they were being built. “I haven’t seen such reports,” quoted Lu Kang as saying. Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea specialist from Renmin University in Beijing, said while he could not confirm whether the document was genuine, it would be irresponsible for China not to make such preparations. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have soared this year as US President Donald Trump has stepped up pressure on his North Korean counterpart and Pyongyang has accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Trump has baited Kim with the nickname “Little Rocket Man” and threats of military action, while Kim has responded with insults of his own, and a succession of nuclear and missile tests that have brought two new rounds of UN sanctions. Following its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test on November 29, Pyongyang claimed the ability to strike anywhere on US soil.

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  • Priyanka receives Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social JusticePriyanka receives Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice

    Priyanka Chopra gets Mother Teresa Memorial Award….reports Asian Lite News Actress Priyanka Chopra Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has taken up the cause of fighting for the rights of refugees and displaced people as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, has been feted with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Priyanka was invited by the Harmony Foundation to get the award for lending her support and contribution towards social causes. Her mother Madhu Chopra collected the honour here on her behalf. “I humbly accept the award on her behalf. As a mother, I am immensely proud to have a child who is so compassionate and has so much kindness in her. She exemplifies the fact the more you give, the more you get. “Even as a child, she was influenced by Mother Teresa and has been supporting Prem Niwas in Bareilly,” Madhu said in a statement. Madhu, who co-owns the production banner Purple Pebbles Production with Priyanka, added: “I’m sure Priyanka is humbled that her efforts have been recognised by the Foundation that believes in helping the needy and supporting the deprived and raising funds for the impoverished.” Priyanka is currently in the US and will be flying to Mumbai soon.

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  • Indonesia is brightest hope for democracy in Asean say parliamentarians, expertsIndonesia is brightest hope for democracy in Asean say parliamentarians, experts

    THE OUTLOOK for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia is “bleak” with the world’s largest Muslim-majority country Indonesia offering the best hope for democratic progress in the region, parliamentarians, academics and rights activists from across the region have warned. Convening at an event gloomily titled “Our Race to the Bottom?” hosted by the Jakarta-based TIFA Foundation last Friday, panelists lined up to lament the rapid decline of democratic values and institutions across member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc. Cambodia’s Mu Sochua – Vice-President of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) which was dissolved by the government in November – declared that the Kingdom’s democracy had “died” because Prime Minister “Hun Sen wants to hold on to his power for 10 more years”. Mu Sochua, Vice-President of the now-defunct Cambodian National Rescue Party speaks during an event in Jakarta, Indonesia on 8 December 2017. Source: Supplied/ TIFA Foundation SEE ALSO: Asean at 50: Region marches towards peace and development, away from human rights Mu Sochua described having to desperately pack her belongings and leave Cambodia within 24 hours of the Cambodian Supreme Court’s decision to disband the CNRP on November 16 under orders from Hun Sen, who has ruled the country for more than three decades. Wearing the colours of the CNRP would see citizens branded as members of a “colour revolution” or “a servant of the US” by the government according to Mu Sochua, who said escaping Cambodia was the only option to avoid a similar fate to the party’s imprisoned leader Kem Sokha. A man rides a motorcycle past the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 17, 2017. Source: Reuters/Samrang Pring While some 200 local members of the CNRP had fled to Thailand, this was “no longer a safe place” under the Thai military junta which ousted a democratically elected government in 2014, she said. These “same problems” associated with rising authoritarianism could be observed across the region, argued Dr Khoo Ying Hooi from the University of Malaya, pointing to censored and restricted internet and governments accusing non-profits of being “foreign agents”. SEE ALSO: Religious freedom another casualty of Southeast Asia’s regressive turn Indeed, all 10 member states of Asean are classified as “not free” or only “partly free” by US-based democracy watchdog Freedom House. The politicisation of religion and rising fundamentalism could also be witnessed in many cases whether in Indonesia during the Jakarta election or in Burma (Myanmar) under the National League for Democracy (NLD), said Director of Bangkok-based SEA Junction Dr Rosalia Sciortino. Growing economic disparities at a national, regional and global level is providing “fertile ground for populist movements”, she said, as has been witnessed in the most extreme form with the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Burma. Rohingya refugees jostle as they line up for a blanket distribution under heavy rainfall at the Balukhali camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh December 11, 2017. Source: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis Indonesia the democratic behemoth “Only Indonesia gives the light that democracy can be achieved by a developing country,” said Kasit Piromya, a Democrat Party politician and a former Yellow Shirts activist from Thailand. Panellists broadly agreed that Southeast Asia’s most populous country and the third largest democracy on the planet, Indonesia, was its best hope for ongoing democratic progress and the preservation of civil and political freedoms. Piromya praised and gave “congratulations and my profound respect” to Indonesia’s military establishment for surrendering its political power during Reformasi – a period of democratisation after military-backed dictator Suharto stepped down in 1998. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (R) talks with military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo as they walk past fighter jets and weapons during a military exercise on Natuna Island, Riau Islands province, Indonesia October 6, 2016. Source: Reuters/Beawiharta SEE ALSO: Radical groups hold Indonesian democracy hostage – Islamic scholar The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation has since been referred to by Professor Edward Aspinall of the ANU as the “surprising democratic behemoth” of Asia. Nevertheless, observed Amnesty Indonesia’s Director Usman Hamid, Indonesia’s government under Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had “put aside” ending impunity for past human rights abuses including the 1965 mass killings of an estimated 500,000 to a million alleged communists. Moreover, the rights of minorities such as the LGBT community or Ahmadis and Shia Muslims were under siege in Indonesia, said Usman. The future of Asean “Let’s not always kid ourselves that things are always going to get better,” said Dr Nicholas Farrelly Associate Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The role of China in fostering authoritarianism and propping up undemocratic regimes was also raised by many speakers. Its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is seen to be driving not only the economic but also political influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the region. Cambodian PM Hun Sen and the head of Burma’s military have both been welcomed in Beijing in recent weeks. (L-R): Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a family photo during the 20th ASEAN-China Summit in metro Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. Source: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco SEE ALSO: Genocide against Rohingya ‘may be present’ in Rakhine, says UN rights chief Aung San Suu Kyi had made three visits to China within less than two years of holding office, said Rosalinn Zahau from Open Society Myanmar. “In the heat of global criticism, Myanmar is getting closer to China,” she added. Suu Kyi had criticised Asean’s strong non-interference principle when an embattled democracy advocate under house arrest, said Zahau, but now in power she had consistently supported it. Mu Sochua said despite Asean’s culture of non-interference, however, when there is a tragedy” the Cambodian opposition would continue to partner with those who’d supported democracy there, which was “why I am in Indonesia”. “We refuse to say we accept the race to the bottom.” The post Indonesia is brightest hope for democracy in Asean say parliamentarians, experts appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

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  • Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High RiseDaredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

    Wu Yongning's own video of tragedy goes viral.

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  • Bangkok street vendor awarded city’s first Michelin starBangkok street vendor awarded city’s first Michelin star

    IN A CITY renowned for its delicious street food, it’s not easy to stand out. But that’s exactly what one 70-year-old street vendor has managed to do, bagging a coveted Michelin star for her generous helpings of seafood noodles. Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai as she is affectionately known, accepted the award at ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in the capil last week. Dressed in a white chef’s outfit, the eccentric chef looked a world away from her usual cooking attire of beanie hat, black apron, and ski goggles – used to protect her eyes from the hot oil. “Before, I knew the Michelin name but I did not know it had to do with cooking,” she told AFP after obtaining the star. SEE ALSO: Thailand crowned the friendliest country in Asia for vegetarians Next time you're in Bangkok, don't miss a visit to the wonderful Jay Fai. Her seafood dishes are expensive but worth every penny! https://thetravellist.net/food/thailand/bangkok/jay-fai-cuisine/ #JayFai #JaeFai #food #streetfood #seafood #noodles #Bangkok #Thailand #travel A post shared by The Travellist (@thetravellist_net) on Jun 4, 2017 at 1:11am PDT “I am very proud,” she said, adding that she must be back in the kitchen Thursday. “We do not have a lot of staff because I’m a bit difficult and crazy.” Famous for its noodles with prawns and crab, cooked over charcoal fires, Jay Fai’s looks like any other humble Bangkok street food eatery. An open front kitchen, with stools spilling onto the street as the hustle and bustle of city life goes on around diners. But Jay Fai isn’t your ordinary vendor, and her prices reflect this with a typical speciality costing upwards of US$20. One local food blog described it as that place Ferraris and Bentleys park street side to get their fix. A tasty street food with superb ingredients and ridiculous prices. You should try once in your life! #seafood #thaicuisine #thaifood #thairestaurant #streetfood #cashonly #foodie #foodporn #foodgram #foodoftheday #MagicFoodPorn #TeamFoodAvengers #picoftheday #jayfai #bangkok #bkk #thailand #travel #trip #journey #raanjayfai A post shared by Magic (@khunmagicp) on Aug 10, 2017 at 8:48pm PDT SEE ALSO: China and Japan are home to a third of the world’s best restaurants The restaurant was one of 17 in the city awarded stars – a highly sought-after accolade awarded after months of secret inspections by the French tire company’s food critics. Other recipients are some high-class Thai restaurants, but predominantly consisted of French haute cuisine restaurants, such as Le Normandie, where a jacket is “compulsory for gentlemen during dinner.” This is the first Bangkok guide that Michelin has produced. The Thai capital joins Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Kyoto and Osaka, and Tokyo as Asian food hubs deemed worthy of Michelin’s famed red guide, first released for motorists in 1900. The post Bangkok street vendor awarded city’s first Michelin star appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

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  • Speaker At Roy Moore Rally Tells Bizarre Story About Accidental Brothel VisitSpeaker At Roy Moore Rally Tells Bizarre Story About Accidental Brothel Visit

    The Vietnam incident ended up showing Moore as "morally straight," a former fellow soldier says.

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  • Thai Deputy PM Prawit’s bling attracts unwanted attentionThai Deputy PM Prawit’s bling attracts unwanted attention

    THAILAND’s Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has found himself the centre of public attention after flashing a luxurious watch and an extravagant diamond ring during a group photo session in front of the Thailand’s parliamentary buildings.   During the photoshoot, Prawit, who is also defence minister, raised his hand to shade his eyes from the sun, revealing a luxurious watch – believed to be a Richard Mille timepiece – and a large diamond ring, believed to be five karats and worth around THB4 million. The pictures quickly went viral, with netizens on Facebook, Twitter and various online forums questioning how a lifelong military officer could afford such luxuries. SEE ALSO: Thailand govt to reopen criminal cases against exiled ex-PM Thaksin Commentators have been unable to agree which model Richard Mille watch Prawit was wearing, but it’s believed the timepiece would cost somewhere between THB4 million to THB10 million. Richard Mille timepieces are usually popular with high-profile celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z, and Kanye West – not civil servants like Prawit, whose current monthly salary is around THB115,000. On Dec 7, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) agreed to ask Prawit to explain how he came to possess these luxurious items, and why they had not been detailed alongside the THB87 million in wealth Prawit had declared to the NACC when he took office. Source: Facebook The NACC has allowed Prawit 30 days to provide evidence of ownership and information on how these assets were acquired. In what appears to be an effort to bring an end to this unwanted attention, it is understood Prawit will submit an explanation letter to the NACC. However, if unconfirmed local reports are correct, it is unlikely Prawit’s explanations will pacify the online storm. According to sources close to Prawit, he will claim he inherited the ring from his mother, while the Richard Mille timepiece is a watch he had borrowed from a friend. SEE ALSO: Thailand’s corruption level the best in six years – survey These explanations might not sit well with everyone. As one of the NACC’s founding figures, former Anti-Corruption Commission member Preecha Suwannathat explained, claiming the watch was borrowed “just sounds too easy”. “In that case, he will need to bring a friend to verify his claim. That friend will also need to tell the truth if he doesn’t want to be guilty of providing false information to the NACC. If that friend turns out to be a civil servant, he will need to be investigated also.” Considering that Prawit and the other generals led the 2014 coup under the pretence of ridding the country of corruption, they will be hoping this embarrassing incident clears up quickly. The post Thai Deputy PM Prawit’s bling attracts unwanted attention appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

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  • China slams Malcolm Turnbull's 'hysterical, racist paranoia'; anniversary unlikely to mend relationsChina slams Malcolm Turnbull's 'hysterical, racist paranoia'; anniversary unlikely to mend relations

    China's state-controlled media and Chinese analysts in Beijing say events planned for a key diplomatic anniversary with Australia this week are unlikely to heal an increasingly fraught dispute over China's influence in Australia.

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    THE THREE global powers – China, Russia and India – condemned terrorism and reaffirmed their trilateral partnership to combat violent extremism during the 15th meeting of their respective foreign ministers on Monday. Meeting in New Delhi, Russia also pressed India over its lack of support for China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative to build trade and infrastructure links across Asia and Europe, suggesting it find a way to work with Beijing on the project. The powers issued a joint communique which asserted “those committing, organising, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice”, reported The Hindu. It was made clear that the cooperation was not directed at any nation, despite India’s long-standing tensions with neighbouring Pakistan over accusations it supports terrorism. SEE ALSO: Chinese army tells India to learn ‘lessons’ from Doklam standoff A Chinese soldier next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India’s northeastern Sikkim state. Source: AFP Sino-Indian relations, meanwhile, have been strained during 2017 over a military standoff at the Doklam Plateau on their shared border with Bhutan. The two-month standoff had raised fears of a wider conflict between the Asian giants who fought a brief border war in 1962. Moreover, India is strongly opposed to an economic corridor that China is building in Pakistan that runs through disputed Kashmir as part of the Belt and Road initiative. “The timing of this meeting is critical because the relationship between China and India has been seriously damaged by the border issue this year,” said Yang Jin, an expert on Russian studies from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told China’s state newspaper Global Times. “It is essential for these three major non-Western powers to make joint efforts to minimise the damage.” India was the only country that stayed away from a May summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote the plan to build railways, ports and power grids in a modern-day recreation of the Silk Road. “That’s why this tripartite ministerial meeting is an important platform. Both Beijing and New Delhi hope Moscow can play the role of mediator,” added Yang. A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in 2009. Source: Reuters/Adnan Abidi Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said New Delhi should not let political problems deter it from joining the project, involving billions of dollars of investment, and benefiting from it. Lavrov was speaking in the Indian capital after a three-way meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at which, he said, India’s reservations over the Chinese project were discussed. SEE ALSO: India’s refusal to attend Belt and Road highlights growing rift with China “I know India has problems, we discussed it today, with the concept of One Belt and One Road, but the specific problem in this regard should not make everything else conditional to resolving political issues,” he said. Russia, all the countries in central Asia, and European nations had signed up to the Chinese project to boost economic cooperation, he said. “Those are the facts,” he said. “India, I am 100 percent convinced, has enough very smart diplomats and politicians to find a way which would allow you to benefit from this process.” Xi attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, on May 15, 2017. Source: Reuters/Jason Lee The comments by Russia, India’s former Cold War ally, reflected the differences within the trilateral grouping formed 15 years ago to challenge US-led dominance of global affairs. But substantial differences between India and China, mainly over long-standing border disputes, have snuffed out prospects of any real cooperation among the three. SEE ALSO: Asian leaders extend condolences to Russia over bomb blast India, in addition, has drawn closer to the United States in recent years, buying weapons worth billions of dollars to replace its largely Soviet-origin military. “China, Russia and India are facing different threats from different terrorist groups in their respective regions,” said Hu Zhiyong from the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as quoted by the Global Times. “In principle, counter-terrorism is the best area for cooperation. Compared to other areas, they have few differences on counter-terrorism.” Additional reporting by Reuters The post Russia, India, China affirm partnership against terrorism appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

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