The Direct Marketing Association said it will honor the US government's "do not call" list even though it has been blocked by two federal court rulings, The Washington Post reported yesterday. \nDirect Marketing Association president Robert Wientzen said the association's largest members had agreed to voluntarily stop calling the 50 million phone numbers on the national registry which was to take effect on Oct. 1, the newspaper reported. \n"We will honor the list the best we can," Wientzen was quoted as saying in a telephone interview. \n"Although we believe this is an inappropriate role for the government, we don't want to catch the American consumer in our cross-fire," Wientzen was quoted as saying. "We believe we should honor their wishes." \nAccording to the newspaper, the group's decision was made after a conference call on Saturday with more than 200 of its largest members. \nA spokesman for the association could not be reached for comment early yesterday. \nTelemarketing firms have been fighting the list created by the US Federal Trade Commission, saying it infringes their free speech rights under the US Constitution. The government contends that commercial speech such as telemarketers' is entitled to less protection. \nA US appeals court said on Friday it would likely approve the anti-telemarketing measure that two lower courts had blocked earlier in the week. \nThe appeals panel said that while telemarketers will be harmed by the no-call list, which would deny them millions of sales prospects, that concern is outweighed by the privacy interests of the tens of millions of Americans. \nA a federal court in Oklahoma City said the Federal Trade Commission lacked authority to run the list and another court in Denver struck it down again on free-speech grounds.
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Taiwan will negotiate with the WHO about its participation without Beijing’s help and intervention as more countries, including Australia and Japan, are partnering with Taiwan to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a telephonic roundtable with reporters on Monday also supported Taiwan’s role in the WHO, saying the US Department of State would do its best to assist Taiwan’s “appropriate role” in the world’s highest health policy setting body, Voice of America reported. In a Japan Business Press report published on Sunday, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou (孔鉉佑) said
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Japan’s ruling party yesterday proposed the nation’s biggest-ever stimulus package of ￥60 trillion (US$554 billion) as the COVID-19 pandemic locks the economy in a recession. The sum includes ￥20 trillion in fiscal measures with private initiatives and other elements likely making up the rest, the proposal by the Liberal Democratic Party showed. More than ￥10 trillion, or the equivalent of a 5 percentage point cut in the sales tax rate, would be handed out to the public in a combination of cash, subsidies and coupons, the plan showed. The proposal puts an initial figure on a stimulus package that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo