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Politician: Ex-Austrian chancellor part of Manafort lobbying

Added: 24.02.2018 7:15 | 0 views | 0 comments

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Ukrainian opposition lawmaker who helped uncover off-the-books payments to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman says a one-time Austrian chancellor was among the European politicians secretly paid to lobby for Ukraine. The lawmaker’s claim to The Associated Press on Saturday came after the United States indicted Paul Manafort for paying [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

From paper to fuel, North Koreans endure widespread shortages as sanctions take their toll 

Added: 24.02.2018 4:25 | 0 views | 0 comments


There are growing indications that international sanctions are taking a toll in North Korea, with even paper for the country's main publication running short. In additional to the problems facing the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper that serves as the mouthpiece of the regime, Pyongyang’s hard currency reserves are expected to dry up by October, the trade deficit is continuing to widen, and food and fuel are in increasingly short supply.  The head of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee briefed politicians this week on the state of the North’s finances, which have been seriously affected by the freezing of the regime’s accounts overseas and a ban on virtually all exports. Kang Seok-ho, a politician of the opposition Liberty Korea Party, later told Yonhap news that it is clear that the sanctions are having an effect and that Pyongyang’s new-found desire for détente with the South is a direct result of the hardships it faces. Reports from the North are already describing the shortages facing ordinary people as the new “arduous march”, a reference to the famine in the mid-1990s that claimed as many as 3.5 million lives. What is Junche? | North Koreas official state ideology The Chosun Ilbo newspaper has reported that two of the main energy plants that provide power to Pyongyang have been shut down for 10 days so far this year, resulting in shortages and blackouts in parts of the capital.   Coal mines are unable to operate at full capacity due to the shortage of fuel, while any coal that is mined cannot be transported. Imports of coke from China have also been halted, meaning that even the elite of North Korean society are having to put up with no power or heating. Food rations have been cut by half and there is virtually no white rice available and the price of cooking oil has also soared. The print run of the Rodong Sinmun has been cut from 600,000 copies a day to just 200,000 newspapers and home deliveries have been cancelled, the Chosun Ilbo reported. North Korea Imports exports The recent visit to South Korea by a delegation from Pyongyang to the opening of the Winter Olympic Games also inadvertently revealed that North Korean has been cut off from the global satellite communications network for air traffic controllers after it defaulted on payments eight months ago.   Air traffic controllers at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport were forced to use a conventional telephone line to inform their counterparts at Incheon International Airport that the flight had departed. Still resisting the international community’s pressure to get rid of its nuclear arsenal and intercontinental ballistic missiles, however, North Korea is going to ever-greater lengths to obtain the money and materiel that it needs to survive. North Korea war puff Chinese and Japanese authorities are cracking down on reports of vessels carrying out illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods and fuel in the East China Sea, while defectors in South Korea are suddenly receiving messages to send money to the North if they want their relatives they left behind to remain safe.   One defector has said a video was posted on a North Korean propaganda website criticising his escape and threatening his family. In a subsequent phone call, he was told his family was “begging” him to send them 10 million won (£6,650). Others have used middlemen in China to buy rice and send to their relatives in the North, although it is assumed that the money or food does not reach its intended destination.

From: www.yahoo.com

Lukaku tipped for ´big things´ by United team-mate Matic

Added: 24.02.2018 1:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

Romelu Lukaku has been backed to achieve “big things” at Manchester United by team-mate Nemanja Matic. The Belgium international, a reported £75million signing from Everton last July, has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side in a solid first season at Old Trafford. Question marks remain over Lukaku’s performances against elite opposition, […]

From: www.soccernews.com

Cambodian PM vows to 'shame' Australia if pressured over politics

Added: 24.02.2018 0:26 | 0 views | 0 comments


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to "shame" Australia and block the release of a joint statement at a regional summit in Sydney next month if he faces pressure over a political crackdown at home. The strongman has been chastised by Western countries for taking a hammer to Cambodia's democracy in recent months by dissolving the main opposition party, shuttering independent news outlets and pursuing critics in the courts. In a speech on Wednesday the notoriously brash leader said he would not tolerate any pressure on domestic politics when he attends a summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted by Australia in March.

From: www.yahoo.com

‘It’s a donation every second’: Democratic candidate talks about being attacked by the DCCC

Added: 24.02.2018 0:24 | 0 views | 0 comments

On Thursday night, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee published a short but direct opposition research memo on Laura Moser, an activist who moved back to Houston last year to run for Congress, and who had paid for advertising from a firm where her husband was a partner. The DCCC was clear: It considered Moser to be […]

From: www.washingtonpost.com

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

Added: 23.02.2018 22:32 | 0 views | 0 comments

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.

Tags: FED, EU, Opposition
From: feeds.reuters.com

NRA honours US FCC chair Ajit Pai with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

Added: 23.02.2018 21:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday (Feb 23) honoured the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.

Tags: FED, EU, Opposition
From: www.straitstimes.com

Trump recites inflammatory 'snake' song in anti-immigrant diatribe

Added: 23.02.2018 21:04 | 0 views | 0 comments


US President Donald Trump on Friday recited the lyrics of a song seen as anti-immigration called "The Snake" to drive home his point about restricting immigration -- an inflammatory move that harkened back to his days on the campaign trail. In a speech to conservatives at a convention outside Washington, he also bashed opposition Democrats for failing to back his proposal for putting 1.8 million so-called "Dreamer" immigrants on a pathway to citizenship in exchange for tightening border security and severely restricting legal immigration. During his hour-long address, Trump pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and read "The Snake," a ballad by Al Wilson about a reptile who repays a "tender woman" that nurses it back to health with a deadly bite.

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

Added: 23.02.2018 20:23 | 0 views | 0 comments

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.

Tags: FED, EU, Opposition
From: feeds.reuters.com

Cambodian PM vows to 'shame' Australia if pressured over politics

Added: 23.02.2018 19:50 | 0 views | 0 comments


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to "shame" Australia and block the release of a joint statement at a regional summit in Sydney next month if he faces pressure over a political crackdown at home. The strongman has been chastised by Western countries for taking a hammer to Cambodia's democracy in recent months by dissolving the main opposition party, shuttering independent news outlets and pursuing critics in the courts. In a speech on Wednesday the notoriously brash leader said he would not tolerate any pressure on domestic politics when he attends a summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted by Australia in March.

From: www.yahoo.com

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