Ivanka’s proverb confounds
Social media users were scratching their heads over a “Chinese proverb” Ivanka posted on Twitter on Monday: “‘Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.’ -Chinese Proverb.” “Our editor really can’t think of exactly which proverb this is. Please help!” the news channel for Sina Weibo wrote on its official account. Thousands of users offered suggestions without arriving at a consensus. “She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express,” one user wrote. “One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese Internet users,” another said.
Medical charity protests
Doctors Without Borders yesterday protested the government’s plans to make 629 migrants sail to Spain, rather than let them disembark immediately in the face of an approaching storm. Spain on Monday agreed to take in the migrants, who were picked up off the Libyan coast on Saturday after both Rome and Malta denied them access to ports. Doctors Without Borders said the government wanted to transfer some of the migrants onto Italian vessels and then head together to Valencia. “This plan would mean already exhausted rescued people would endure 4 more days travel at sea,” the group said on Twitter. “[We] call for people’s safety to come before politics.”
Money-tosser on trial
The trial of a former deputy minister for public works Jose Lopez and a nun who helped him hide bags stuffed with more than US$9 million in cash and jewels at a monastery opened yesterday in Buenos Aires. Lopez in 2016 was caught on security cameras tossing 160 suitcases and duffel bags filled mostly with US dollars, as well as euros, yuan and Argentine pesos, all in small bills, over a wall into the garden of an old monastery outside the capital. Celia Ines, an 80-year-old nun, was his accomplice, according to prosecutors.
Kudlow suffers heart attack
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow has suffered a “very mild” heart attack, the White House said on Monday night. He was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in Singapore, adding that Kudlow was in good condition and “doing well.”
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Russian firms sanctioned
The Department of the Treasury on Monday slapped sanctions on five Russian companies and three businessmen from one of them for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia’s military and intelligence services with other malicious activities. The sanctions freeze any assets that they may have in US jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. The department said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks as well as intrusions into the energy grid and global network infrastructure.
Complaint filed with ICJ
The government on Monday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of racial discrimination, filing suit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that its neighbor has contravened a UN treaty that forbids such discrimination. It asked the court to grant provisional measures barring the UAE from limiting the freedom of speech and movement of Qataris and inciting hatred against them.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”