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African countries demand Trump apology

UNITED NATIONS -- A group of "extremely appalled" African countries demanded Friday that US President Donald Trump retract and apologize for his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole" nations. After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color." The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media," a st...Keep on reading: African countries demand Trump apology.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Trump Says OPEC to Blame for High Oil Prices

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Wednesday the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is to blame for high oil prices. “Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!” Trump said in a Twitter message. In April-May, oil prices reached their four-year maximum. Brent crude oil price reached […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong-un s regime

a WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump downplayed abuses by Kim Jong-un's regime in an interview following his summit with the North Korean leader, saying that other countries had also done "bad things." "A lot of other people (have) done some really bad things. I mean, I could go ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

LOOK: A day of stunning images at US-North Korea summit

SINGAPORE --- It was day of high symbolism: smiles, handshakes and side-by-side flags for the leaders of two countries that have remained at odds since the 1950-53 Korean War. For longtime watchers of the divided Korean Peninsula, the images of an American president and a North Korean leader standing, strolling and chatting together were stunning, even if expected. Whether President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can navigate their way to a peace treaty is a major unanswered question. For one day, though, they offered a glimmer of hope in a conflict-riven world. Associated Press photographers captured the landmark summit in Singapore....Keep on reading: LOOK: A day of stunning images at US-North Korea summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Trump would prefer separate deals with Canada, Mexico – White House

WASHINGTON, USA – President Donald Trump is "seriously contemplating" making separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico, in place of the two-decade-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a White House official said Tuesday, June 5. "He prefers bilateral negotiations and he is looking at two much different countries," Trump economic adviser ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

US allies to fight Trump s tariffs plan, warn of trade war

Countries around the world fought back Friday against President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the U.S. plan will hurt U.S. consumers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Sylvester Stallone making biopic about boxer Jack Johnson

NEW YORK (AP) --- Days after the presidential pardon of Jack Johnson, Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African-American heavyweight champion. Stallone said Wednesday that his newly launched Balboa Productions will start with a film about Johnson. On Thursday, Stallone stood next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office as he signed a rare posthumous pardon to Johnson, who served 10 months in prison in what Trump called "a racially-motivated injustice." Trump has said Stallone was instrumental in bringing Johnson's story to his attention. Stallone's production company said the film will be fast-tracked with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. ...Keep on reading: Sylvester Stallone making biopic about boxer Jack Johnson.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

President Trump: U.S. Team Arrives in DPRK to Prepare for His Meeting with Kim

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim on Sunday crossed into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to talk about the preparation for a summit between leaders of the two countries, local report said. Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and ex-nuclear negotiator, was summoned from his present posting as […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Reports Say Ex-U.S. Ambassador in DPRK for Talks on Trump-Kim Summit

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim on Sunday crossed into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to talk about the preparation for a summit between leaders of the two countries, local report said. Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and ex-nuclear negotiator, was summoned from his present posting as […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

So you’re telling me my Subaru is a national security threat?

What—you didn’t know your Subaru was a national security threat? On Wednesday evening, Trump instructed the Commerce Department to investigate whether to raise tariffs to up to 25 percent on auto imports. The official rationale for launching this probe wasn’t that foreign countries were “dumping” their products at unfairly low prices, stealing our intellectual property [...] The post So you’re telling me my Subaru is a national security threat? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

More firms using electricity from renewables

More companies in 75 countries across the world, including the Philippines, are getting their electricity from renewable energy sources and corporate demand is expected to continue rising.   The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said in a new report such companies consumed 465 million megawatt-hours (mWh) of power from renewable sources last year.   The Abu Dhabi-based Irena said such volume of power was enough to power a country the size of France.   In its 82-page "Corporate Sourcing of Renewables" report, Irena said that with the continued decline in the costs of renewables, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies sought to ...Keep on reading: More firms using electricity from renewables.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

North Korea still open to US talks despite Trump summit cancellation

SEOUL: North Korea said Friday it was still willing to talk to the United States after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit between the two countries, a decision that has thrown the Korean peninsula once more into uncertainty. Trump on Thursday called off his planned June meeting with Kim Jong Un, blaming “open hostility” [...] The post North Korea still open to US talks despite Trump summit cancellation appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

China vows to defend its own interests in US trade talks

HONG KONG (AP) --- China said Thursday it doesn't want to see increased trade tensions with the US as the two countries hold talks in Washington this week, but it's prepared for any outcome and will defend its own interests. The comments by a Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman came after President Donald Trump tweeted that there has been "no folding" in the discussions. Spokesman Gao Feng also told reporters that China hopes the US will take "concrete action" to resolve a case involving Chinese tech company ZTE, which Washington hit with a crippling ban on buying from US suppliers after it violated US sanctions. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu ...Keep on reading: China vows to defend its own interests in US trade talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Peso dips as trade war tensions subside

THE PESO weakened on Tuesday, May 15, over indications of easing US and China relations after US President Donald J. Trump’s pronouncements on extending assistance to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, amid a brewing trade war between the two countries. The local unit closed at P52.29 against the greenback on Tuesday, shedding 10 centavos from the […] The post Peso dips as trade war tensions subside appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Wait for it : Ellen Adarna gets a pedicure, issues no apology yet to her paparazzo

Image: Instagram/@maria.elena.adarna While the rest of her fans (and critics) await her reply to a demand for public apology by the mom of a 17-year-old girl whom she tagged as her paparazzo, Ellen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Pilipinas Shell to export bitumen

PILIPINAS SHELL Petroleum Corp. (PSPC) targets to export the bitumen coming from its Tabangao refinery in Batangas City as the company shifts to producing the road construction material to offset the declining demand for fuel from power plants. “Southeast Asia as a whole is short on bitumen, including probably China. So those are the countries […] The post Pilipinas Shell to export bitumen appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Trump suggests Korean truce village for Kim Jong Un summit

WASHINGTON, USA – US President Donald Trump suggested Monday, April 30,  that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un be held in the truce village that straddles the border separating the two Koreas. "Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Mayday on May Day? Trump steel tariff deadline looms

BRUSSELS — While more than 100 countries take a day off for May Day, US President Donald Trump will spend next Tuesday deciding whether to extend a largely US-China trade standoff into a more global dispute. In a week featuring a Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting, US monthly jobs data and first estimates on euro […] The post Mayday on May Day? Trump steel tariff deadline looms appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court s last arguments

President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries is the topic of arguments yesterday at the Supreme Court, with a Trump administration lawyer facing questions during the first half of arguments......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Trump Accuses China and Russia of Manipulating Their Currencies

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday it is unacceptable that Russia and China are devaluating their currencies, days after the Treasury Department declined to label these countries as currency manipulators in its latest report. Amid a possible new round of sanctions against Russia and a simmering trade war with China, Trump tweeted Monday morning, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018