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Israel establishes full ties with Bahrain, UAE at White House

Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday as President Donald Trump said similar US-brokered deals were close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 16th, 2020

Philippines wants stronger US trade ties no matter who wins the White House

“We don’t meddle in their internal affairs. We just wish that Philippine-US trade and investment ties can be further strengthened moving forward,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a text message when sought for comment......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

UAE, Bahrain normalize ties with Israel, sign peace deal

The United Arab Emirates hopes the accord to normalize ties with Israel being signed Tuesday will ease tensions that have proved “disastrous” for the region, an Emirati official said. The minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, held a virtual media conference ahead of the signing ceremony in Washington, where Bahrain and Israel were […] The post UAE, Bahrain normalize ties with Israel, sign peace deal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Trump to meet Iraqi PM as ties rebound

President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington later this month, the White House said Friday, highlighting a turn-around in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power. Tensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and prompted […] The post Trump to meet Iraqi PM as ties rebound appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital

MANAUS, Brazil: As the white van approached Perfect Love Street, one by one chatting neighbors fell silent, covered their mouths and noses and scattered. Men in full body suits carried an empty coffin into the small, blue house where Edgar Silva had spent two feverish days gasping for air before drawing his last breath on […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

ONE chairman Chatri Sityodtong would love to see ONE s best vs UFC s best

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong would love to see the best martial artists from his promotion go against the best that the UFC has to offer. During a Facebook Live Q&A session, ONE’s head honcho admitted that he would indeed love to see the best of the East go head to head against the best of the West. “I would definitely love to see the best of the East versus the best of the West. UFC versus ONE Championship,” Chatri said. “I think, would be phenomenal, I think the whole entire world would watch it, and I’d love to see world champions versus world champions, so definitely, for sure, I’m open to it.” Imagine ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera taking on UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic, or how about ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang testing himself against UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya? Who would win in a featherweight bout between ONE champion Martin Nguyen and UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski? A ONE vs. UFC card would definitely provide some very exciting moments. This isn’t the first time that Chatri spoke about ONE and the UFC crossing paths however. Back in 2017, Chatri said he would welcome a cross-promotion invitation from UFC President Dana White. “I would love Dana White to give me a call and say: 'Let's do a UFC World Champion vs a ONE World Champion – let's do a cross promotion.' That is something I am very interested in,” he said. Later on in the Facebook Live Q&A session, Chatri brought up the ONE vs. UFC angle once again when asked what match he would like to see in Women’s MMA. “For women’s mixed martial arts, I would love to see Xiong Jing Nan vs. Zhang Wei Li,” Chatri responded. China’s Xiong Jing Nan is the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, while compatriot Zhang Wei Li is the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Chatri also expressed his confidence in former two-sport ONE world champion Stamp Fairtex. “I think Xiong is the one to beat Zhang, but I think also Stamp Fairtex could beat Zhang Wei Li as well.” “Stamp Fairtex against any female striker in the world or any female MMA fighter in the world, even though she’s only 4-0 in MMA, she’s a complete beast,” he added. Chatri also used this opportunity to highlight one of the promotion’s biggest stars and most dominant champions, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee. “I think Angela Lee vs. any atomweight in the world, Angela Lee is incredible, I have seen her in training, I have seen her go into a bout with pneumonia, with doctors’ advice not to compete, I tried my best to stop the fight, Angela Lee is an absolute warrior and she’s a genius in the ground,” he expressed. Lee could have her hands full when she returns to the cage however, as she’s set to face Filipina top contender Denice Zamboanga, who has torn through the women’s atomweight division with wins over big names such as Jihin Radzuan and two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. Chatri continued to give his female champions praise when asked who the baddest woman on the ONE Championship roster was. Who’s the baddest woman in ONE Championship? I would have to give it to either…three females come into mind: Xiong Jing Nan, Angela Lee, and Stamp Fairtex,” he stated. “It’s too hard for me to pick which one is the best, but all three are genuine world champions who could run through every female in the planet in their weight class, in any martial art, they’re just complete monsters, it’s incredible.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

Trump backs Israel, offers limited Palestinian state, in plan

WASHINGTON, USA – President Donald Trump on Tuesday, January 28 unveiled his long-awaited plan for the Middle East that staunchly backs Israel but offers the Palestinians a pathway to a limited state. Here are some of the major points of Trump's plan, which he presented at the White House alongside ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

Clashes over witnesses mark start of Trump trial

Republicans and Democrats clashed over calling witnesses and demanding White House documents on the first full day Tuesday of the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. House impeachment managers led by veteran prosecutor Adam Schiff used the opening debate over trial procedures to lay out on national television their case against the US leader, […] The post Clashes over witnesses mark start of Trump trial appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race

WASHINGTON, US – Citing a lack of funds, US Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race Monday, January 13, a move that leaves a less diverse field vying to face Donald Trump in November's election. "It's with a full heart that I share this news," Booker said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

US unveils partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes

The US government announced Thursday it was banning most flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to curb the rising tide of youth vaping, but under industry pressure it stopped short of the full ban promised in September by the White House. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said cartridge-based e-cigarettes in flavors other than tobacco or […] The post US unveils partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2020

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

WASHINGTON, USA – President Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, September 12, denied a media report that Israel spied on cell phones in the vicinity of the White House – and President Donald Trump said he believed him. Speaking on a trip to Russia, Netanyahu said there was no eavesdropping on cell ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Playing small, big decisions loom for Team USA

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- Day 3 of training camp for the US men's senior national team brought more scrimmaging against the Select Team. And the media was able to see more of it than on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Both of the quarters that the media witnessed ended in ties. At the end of the first of those two, Khris Middleton got Jonathan Isaac to bite on a pump fake and then made three free throws with 0.7 seconds on the clock to tie it at 23. And with the score tied 24-24 at the end of the last 10-minute scrimmage, Derrick White missed a pull-up three that would have given the Select Team the win. Playing Small The Senior Team had a solid lead midway through that last period, but they lost it when coach Steve Kerr went small with a lineup of De'Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Middleton and Kyle Kuzma. The Select Team, playing with a frontline of Jonathan Isaac, Marvin Bagley Jr. and Mitchell Robinson for the last few minutes, scored too easily inside against the smaller Senior lineup. Kuzma said afterward that he wasn't surprised when Middleton checked in for one of the Senior Team centers and told Kuzma that he was now playing the 5 and guarding Jarrett Allen (before Robinson checked in). "[Coach Gregg Popovich] and the rest of staff said that they like my defensive versatility, how I can guard multiple positions," he explained. "With the Euro game, there's not too many people posting up. So, it's going to bring guys out who have to guard me. That will open penetration for our elite guards." Even better today. #USABMNT training camp scenes from day three ???? pic.twitter.com/pumT8PFq4d — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019 Kerr, meanwhile, made it clear that experimenting with the small lineup was just part of the process. "We're just trying stuff," he said. "We're looking at different players at different positions to see how they fit. [Playing small] is something that we will definitely consider, but it's Day 3 of training camp. Who knows if it's something we're going to do?" Previous versions of the national team haven't played small (without a 4 or 5 at "center") very often in international competitions. But it will be interesting to see which centers make the final roster. They're all very different players. "You've got an offensive guy in [Brook] Lopez," said US team managing director Jerry Colangelo. "Fundamentally, [Mason] Plumlee is excellent in everything he does. Bam [Adebayo] is young. And [Myles] Turner, who was slow to start in the first couple of days, came to life today, I thought." One observation from the scrimmaging that the media has seen: The bouncy Adebayo seems to rebound everything. Neither team has been able to run much in the scrimmages -- transition defense, FTW -- but Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) highlight was a fast-break alley-oop from Kemba Walker to Donovan Mitchell. KEMBA to DONOVAN ???? #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/xPX83OYD1C — NBA (@NBA) August 7, 2019 Brown tried to top that, but he couldn't finish a dunk attempt over Allen. From what the media has seen, Mitchell has been playing the 2, alongside Walker or Fox. In those last couple of quarters, Mitchell shot well, both off the dribble and off the catch. In fact, in a role-reversal situation, he hit two three-pointers off of nice drive-and-kick feeds from Joe Harris. Smart Shelved, Roster Decisions Loom Marcus Smart sat out of practice on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), dealing with a sore left calf. He's out for the rest of this week and will be re-evaluated when the team reconvenes in Los Angeles next week. Kyle Lowry, recovering from thumb surgery, is also on the shelf and is set to be reevaluated next week. Colangelo said Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that the preliminary plan is to bring 15 players to Los Angeles for three practices and an exhibition game against Spain, but that 15 number is "a moving target," meaning that it's not set in stone. It's safe to assume that two of those 15 (or so) are Lowry and Smart. So we may see two healthy players cut from the roster between Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) intrasquad scrimmage and next Tuesday (next Wednesday, PHL time). That will be a difficult process, both in distinguishing a group of players that seem to be on the same level and telling guys that they're no longer needed. "They're all tough decisions, because you have a whole roster full of really good players," Kerr said. "Cutting players is always hard, even in [NBA] training camp every year. We bring in guys for camp who we know aren't going to make the team, they know they're not going to make the team, and yet to sit down with them and say, 'This is it,' it's brutal. "We're going to have to do that with a handful of players here, and it's going to be even more difficult, because they've all cut time out of their summers to come here and try to play for their country. Everybody's excited to be here and wants to be part of it, but we can only take 12. So it's going to be tough." Colangelo said that the staff meets at the hotel after practice and evaluates every player, even those on the Select Team, every day. Select-Team Standouts Colangelo cited Bagley and White as two Select Team players who have stood out over the last couple of days. Bagley shined in the portion of practice that the media saw. He's big, he's skilled, and he's athletic. Trae Young remains a dangerous offensive player (he had one nifty dish off a baseline drive on Wednesday, Thursday PHL time) and a liability defensively. Jalen Brunson seemed to be holding his own. Isaac said afterward that he's played almost entirely at small forward for the Select Team, with the 12-man roster (coached by Jeff Van Gundy) including five guys -- Allen, Bagley, John Collins, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Robinson -- that are power forwards or centers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

Jared Kushner visits after Israel okays homes for Palestinians, settlers

JERUSALEM, Undefined – Israel has given rare approval to Palestinian homes in the part of the occupied West Bank it fully controls while also backing a large settlement expansion, ahead of White House advisor Jared Kushner 's key visit Wednesday, July 31. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

U.S. envoy s annexation comments show extremist approach – Palestinian leaders

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories – Palestinian leaders say a US envoy's comments on Israel having the right to annex at least parts of the occupied West Bank show "extremists" are involved in White House policy on the issue. In a statement late Saturday, June 8 in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Lucic-Baroni's career revival continues with Melbourne upset

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The last time Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won a match at the Australian Open, Bill Clinton was in the White House. That was 1998. This week, in a span of three days, she's won two matches here, including a dominant 6-3, 6-2 win over third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Nineteen years was a long wait in between victories. But the 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni is getting used to moments like these since she returned to tennis full-time in 2008 following a long hiatus. And she wouldn't mind extending her stay in Melbourne just a little longer. 'I know I have some good tennis in me still, that's the reason I'm still out here at 34,' she said. 'I'm not a spring chicken for sure. I'm playing because I'm enjoying it and I know that I can still get some really big wins and really great results.' Comebacks are common these days in women's tennis, but few players have worked harder — and longer — to get back to an elite level than Lucic-Baroni. She made a memorable debut at the 1998 Australian Open at the age of 15. She won only one match in singles, but she and partner Martina Hingis captured the doubles title, an achievement she still finds amazing looking back now. 'Just kind of a little kid having fun,' she said. 'Everything was normal, winning big matches, playing on big court, winning the title, like it's nothing. It's crazy when you look at it now.' After a remarkable run to the Wimbledon singles semifinals in 1999, however, Lucic-Baroni's career suddenly fell apart. She stopped playing for several years and struggled financially. She returned to the lower-tier women's tour in the late 2000s to try to resume her career, but it would take another couple years before she'd make it back to a Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2010. And four more years before a major win at a slam — an upset over second-seeded Simona Halep at the 2014 U.S. Open. When her power game is clicking, though, Lucic-Baroni can compete with anyone, as she proved against Radwanska. She smacked 33 winners to just eight for Radwanska and wrapped up the match in 63 minutes by breaking the Pole for the sixth time. 'I went in there with a game plan today to win the match,' she said. 'I didn't go to see, enjoy the court. I'm way too old and I've been around way too long to just gain experience.' Now, she'll try to back up her big win with another over 21-year-old Maria Sakkari of Greece in the third round. 'I missed quite a few years on tour. I missed a lot,' she said. 'I feel like this time around, I don't really have anything left to prove to anybody. I'm just enjoying myself, playing for myself.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Pagputol sa ugnayang Phl-US, ‘di pa pinal – White House

WALANG ibinibigay na opisyal na dokumento ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas sa Amerika upang pagtibayin ang pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na pagkalas sa economic at military ties sa Amerika. Sinabi ni White House spokesman Eric Schultz, wala pa silang na.....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 21st, 2016

Philippine gov’t has not asked to end ties to U.S.—White House

The White House said on Thursday, October 20 the Philippine government has not officially asked to end any security or economic ties between the U.S. and Manila. &'160; “We have not received any official requests from Filipino officials to alter any.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016

White House: Duterte s comments at odds with US-PH ties

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's latest remarks against United States President Barack Obama is in conflict with the relationship of the two.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2016

Clinton: emails no threat to White House bid

WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton said Friday she was certain no revelations from emails or foreign entities’ ties to her husband’s charitable foundation will derail her bid for the US presidency. “I am sure, and I am sure because I have a v.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Clinton says emails, foundation ties not a threat to her White House bid

Clinton says emails, foundation ties not a threat to her White House bid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2016

Biden vows ‘rock solid’ NATO ties as allies slam Trump

RIGA: US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO’s collective defense on Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump. “Let there be no doubt &'8212;.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 24th, 2016