S. Korea's actions "not helpful" in resolving export spat, Japan says
South Korea's decision to reopen a World Trade Organization complaint about Japan's tightening of export controls is "not helpful" to the process of resolving the nations' differences, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his South Korean counterpart on Wednesday.In a 40-minute phone call with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, Motegi reiterated that the move by Seoul was "extremely regrettable," according to the Foreign Ministry.On Tuesday, South Korea's Trade, Industry and Energy Ministry said that it was picking the complaint back up because Japan had not shown willingness to ...
Letter to Bauchi Gov
I want to bring to your attention that most Bauchi State citizens are not happy with your decision to ban the activities of commercial motorcyles (achaba or okada). I am writing on behalf of my organisation (okada riders and thousands of citizens of the state to ask you to reverse your decision on the ban.Sir, your administration said it had rolled out 500 Keke NAPEP to minimise the disruptive effect of the ban, but many people are of the opinion that there cannot be enough transport alternatives in the city to sustain a ban of this scale.After consulting thousands Bauchi citizens, we arrived ...
Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre reopens to the public
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s contemporary art institution, has reopened its doors to visitors. Following its temporary closure on March 16, in support of the UAE’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, this decision comes in line with the announcement of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority of reopening museums in Dubai on June 1 in a phased manner.While Jameel Arts Centre still offers ticketless, free access, under new guidelines visitors are asked to book a two-hour slot in advance of their visit, so as to monitor capacity and ensure a comfortable visit that keeps social distancing and hygie...
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Panama protest over lifting of quarantine
Panama City (AFP) - Trade unions took to the streets of Panama City on Tuesday in protest at the government's decision to reopen the country's economy, claiming it will lead to a spike in infections and deaths from the coronavirus."We all know that the number is going to skyrocket, both in terms of infections and deaths," said Saul Mendez, secretary general of the country's largest union Suntracs."It's like throwing everything the people have suffered into the trash," Mendez told AFP.Panama, the Central American country worst-hit by the virus with 13,000 infections and nearly 350 deaths, reope...
Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia is pulling out of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca over coronavirus fears, the religious affairs ministry said Tuesday, removing the largest contingent of worshippers.More than 220,000 people from the world's biggest Muslim-majority country were set to take part in this year's hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able.The global pandemic has plunged the ritual into doubt, but Riyadh has yet to announce a final decision on whether it will go ahead with the end-of-July celebration. On Tuesday, Indonesia said it was pulling out of th...
Israel’s momentous decision: The settlements or the Saudis?
Israel is rapidly approaching a momentous decision.Should our new unity government move quickly to apply Israeli sovereignty over swaths of hotly contested territory known in the Bible as “Judea and Samaria,” and to the international community as the “West Bank” of the Jordan River? Or should we defer discussions of unilateral annexation for the time being and place a higher priority on establishing full peace treaties with Gulf Arab states that are steadily warming towards normalization?Put another away: Do we the settlements now, or peace with the Saudis?It is clear where Prime Minister Benj...
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National security decision to foil attacks on Hong Kong
By Thomas Chan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-01 07:32The national security situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has deteriorated rapidly over the past years. Riots and acts of terrorism dominated the landscape in Hong Kong in the second half of 2019, with pro-independence elements inciting an increasingly violent rebellion against the government. The SAR government and the city have been paralyzed by the violent anti-government demonstrations. The violence stopped for a few months due to the novel coronavirus epidemic only to return recently.Beyond the SAR, the war of wo...
Annexation: When facing a great decision, it is always easier to say ‘no’
One of the major ways our personal lives mirrors the sweep of history is in the realm of decision making.Both individuals and nations face decisions on a daily basis. Most are mundane and inconsequential.There are however, those decisions that we, as individuals recognize usually in retrospect, as important forks in the road, the outcomes of which had an outsized, even profound impact on our lives.Who among us does not remember the willingness to speak with that person, to screw up one’s courage to ask her out, or to accept his offer? To accept that job instead of another offer or to leave whe...
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What next after US ends ties with WHO?
Geneva: US President Donald Trump’s decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation is a setback for global health and makes the world less safe, world leaders and health experts said yesterday.After spending weeks accusing the World Health Organisation of helping the Chinese government cover up the early days of the coronavirus epidemic in China, President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States would terminate its relationship with the agency. “The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” Trump said in a speech in the Rose Garden. “C...