Late Wednesday the Republican Jewish Coalition called on Trump to "provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism," in a statement on Twitter. Trump has drawn fire for not speaking out forcefully enough against white supremacists. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said it was "intolerable how Trump is now glossing over the violence of the right-wing hordes from Charlottesville." But we'll see what happens with Mr Bannon," Trump said. Reports in the New York Times, CNN and elsewhere have suggested Trump is considering ousting Bannon, after let
August 17, 2017 04:41 UTC
Caracas (dpa) - At least 37 people have been killed during a security raid on a Venezuelan jail, Liborio Guarulla, the governor of the southern state of Amazonas, told dpa late Wednesday. Fourteen members of the security forces had been injured, the attorney general's office said. Guarulla said 37 bodies had been counted at the local hospital, meaning that more than a third of the inmates had been killed. Witnesses reported fierce gun battles between security forces and the prisoners. Twelve people were killed in April in a prison in the city of Barcelona, on the country's Caribbean coast.
August 17, 2017 04:30 UTC
WASHINGTON - Frustrated Republicans were distancing themselves from President Donald Trump's latest comments on the deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, in which he reiterated his belief that "there's blame on both sides." A chorus of Republicans joined Ryan in blasting Trump's equivocal condemnation of the brutality in Charlottesville over the weekend. "I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them," British Prime Minister Theresa May said. "I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them." German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said "it was intolerable how Trump is now glossing over the violence of the right-wing hordes from Charlottesville."
NEW YORK - After once saying he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond again, Daniel Craig has confirmed that he'll be back as 007. "Many people know you as James Bond. "Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond?" It will be Craig's fifth Bond film after "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall" and "Spectre." The next Bond film, the 25th in the series, is due out in November 2019.
An unforgettable slogan turned the Homemakers United Foundation into the unlikely target of online attacks in the aftermath of Tuesday's mass blackout. Public anger over the power outage played out on social media, with Facebook users posting scathing one-star reviews of the Homemakers United Foundation's one-time campaign slogan, "generate power with love" (用愛發電). Lu Chia-yu (呂佳育), a spokeswoman for the women's foundation, said the slogan had been adopted one year during a street demonstration against nuclear power. The group said it had not foreseen the public using the tagline as a basis for criticism. In a statement, the group urged the public to face Taiwan's energy policies in a more rational way.
"Why is it that our power generation system enables one human error to cause so much damage?" If we continue to face this problem in the incorrect way, our country will face a high level of systemic risk." After being elected to office in 2016 on an anti-nuclear plank, the Democratic Progressive Party pulled the plug on Nuclear Power Plant No. The administration also lowered the maximum operating reserve from 15 percent to 10 percent, saying that 15 percent was too high. 4, saying that even if the plant had been commissioned, Taiwan would still have become nuclear-free by 2055.
The British Parliament will "consider" how long the chimes of London's iconic Big Ben should be silenced during years of restoration work after concerns were raised "by a numberof MPs," a parliamentary spokesman told the Press Association. "It can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years," May said during a visit to the southern city of Portsmouth on Wednesday, as reported by the Press Association. The clock tower at the north end of the palace which houses the famous Big Ben bell is up next, with work expected to start on Monday and last for four years. Big Ben has rung every quarter hour almost without interruption for 157 years. The 13.7-ton bell was briefly silent during renovation work in 2007, and before that between 1983 and 1985.
August 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
Berlin (dpa) - Given the chance, what would young YouTube viewers ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel? On Wednesday, they were given the opportunity to do so, as four video bloggers fielded questions from their online communities and posed them to Merkel in a live-streamed interview. Here are five issues put to the chancellor from the world of social media:1. SAME-SEX MARRIAGELisa Sophie, whose YouTube channel "ItsColeslaw" boasts 240,000 subscribers, said many members of her community were "very disappointed" by Merkel's vote against same-sex marriage. THE THREAT OF WORLD WAR IIIFor followers of Mirko Drotschmann, or "MrWissen2Go," the threat of nuclear war with North Korea is a major concern.
August 16, 2017 17:15 UTC
AFP, MIAMIMiami’s Giancarlo Stanton homered for the sixth straight game on Tuesday, but it was not enough as the Marlins fell 9-4 to the San Francisco Giants. He has homered 11 times in his past 12 games and 23 in 35. He is on pace to hit 60 home runs this season, a milestone only five major-league players have reached. Don Mattingly of the Yankees in 1987 and Dale Long of the 1956 Pittsburgh Pirates also homered in eight straight games. Chicago’s Tim Anderson homered on the first pitch, giving him four home runs and eight RBIs in his past seven games.
August 16, 2017 16:01 UTC
App operators work with travel platforms, hotels, food and beverage industries and souvenir stores to promote the "talk free and travel smart" program supported by Taoyuan Metro Corporation. The simplified measure to apply for the tourist visa has significantly contributed to the growth of Southeast Asian travelers. To provide more diverse channels of travel services for international tourists, XONE (ConneXionONE Corp.), a mobile APP operator invested by Hon Hai Precision Group, is offering free international calls during stays in Taiwan. Travelers may use the free reward points of online stores to redeem free calls. The founder of XONE, Chris Chang, pointed out that XONE offers free reward points to encourage tourists to browse online stores to win free calls, that promotes O2O (on line to off line) applications.
August 16, 2017 11:43 UTC
The state-run oil company CPC explained on Wednesday that two engineers ignored standard operating procedures when changing the power supply units for a control system at the Tatan Power Plant. Without fuel, all six operating generators at Taiwan's largest LNG power plant shut down, taking 11 percent of the nation's total power output at the time off the grid. If Taiwan does not get serious about getting the basics right, similar problems will happen again. It is generally considered prudent for a nation to keep its power reserve capacity between 10 to 20 percent to provide a buffer for breakdowns or sudden increases in demand. If that had been the case for Taiwan, the nation would have been able to withstand the Tatan plant failure.
August 16, 2017 11:25 UTC
WASHINGTON - A tweet written by former U.S. president Barack Obama in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Virginia has become the most liked message ever posted on Twitter. "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion..." Obama wrote on Saturday, quoting late South African leader and Nelson Mandela, whom Obama has called a "personal hero." The message by the 44th - and first black - U.S. president had been liked nearly 3 million times by early Wednesday, making it the all-time most liked tweet, according to Twitter's official feed. Below the message is a picture of Obama greeting a group of young kids looking at him from a window. "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love," Obama wrote.
August 16, 2017 11:08 UTC
Passengers on bullet trains can now enjoy free Wi-Fi service as long as they are north of Hsinchu. The service, provided by the "iTaiwan WiFi" system run by the government, was made available at the 12 Taiwan High Speed Rail stations and aboard all bullet trains north of Hsinchu on Wednesday. The free service will be extended to all sections of the line by the end of the year. The launch marked the partial fulfillment of a government promise that Wi-Fi service would be ready before the 2017 Taipei Universiade, which opens on Saturday. To use the service, apply for a free "iTaiwan WiFi" account at https://itaiwan.gov.tw/en/
August 16, 2017 09:23 UTC
FREETOWN - Sierra Leone began seven days of national mourning on Wednesday after flooding and massive mudslides triggered by heavy rains left hundreds dead. A minute of silence was scheduled to be observed at 1200 GMT in memory of the victims, said Information Minister Mohamed Banguara. On Wednesday evening, an interreligious night vigil and prayer meeting will be held at the national stadium in the capital, Freetown, where the disaster struck. The bodies of 297 people, including 109 children, had been counted in the morgue of Freetown's largest hospital, Connaught Hospital, alone, Banguara said. The mudslides and floods were caused by three days of torrential rains in Freetown.
August 16, 2017 09:00 UTC
Tuesday's massive blackout occurred after staff failed to switch the computerized valve switch to manual control when replacing a power supply unit, according to state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan. CPC Chairman Chen Chin-te (陳金德) held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the preliminary findings of a probe into the blackout that affected 6.68 million households the day before. He told reporters that the supply valves closed at 4:48 p.m. and reopened at 4:52 p.m. and that the supply of natural gas was entirely cut off for about two minutes. When asked to confirm a rumor that CPC General Manager Liu Cheng-hsi had resigned over the blackouts, Chen said that "at present, the rumor is untrue." Chen said he and the general manager were both political appointees and so CPC's general manager would not tender his resignation to CPC's chairman.
August 16, 2017 07:59 UTC