Kim Jong-un’s sister sends propaganda warning to South Korea – ‘Human scum!’

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Kim Yo-jong is officially First Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department but is thought to be de facto chief of staff and has become more prominent in North Korea in recent months. Ms Kim described the defectors as “human scum” and “rubbish-like mongrel dogs” for betraying Pyongyang according to Korean Central News Agency, the state press bureau. Responding to her intervention, a spokesperson for Seoul’s Ministry of Unification called for the leaflet operation to stop.

Ms Kim threatened that North Korea would back out of a 2018 military agreement and shut down a cross-border liaison office.

However, as talks between her brother and Donald Trump came to a standstill several parts of the agreement to ease border tensions has not yet been acted on.

Pyongyang has continued to test missiles, with several being fired in the direction of Japan.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the liaison office suspending operations.

Ms Kim warned: “If such an act of evil intention committed before our eyes is left to take its own course under the pretext of ‘freedom of individuals’ and ‘freedom of expression’, the South Korean authorities must face the worst phase shortly.”

No specific individuals were mentioned in the KCNA report.

Two winners in the South Korean legislative elections in April are likely to be of interest to Pyongyang.

Thae Yong-ho, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UK, took a seat in the National Assembly representing Gangnam.

Mr Thae is part of the conservative United Future Party.

He defected in 2016.

Cho Myung-chul has been in the assembly since 2012.

Ahead of his victory, Mr Thae said he hoped his running would send a message back to the ruling elite of North Korea.

DON’T MISS

Secrets revealed to US spies by Kim Jong-un’s brother exposed (LATEST)
North Korea: Evidence shows Kim Jong-un’s sister may rule hermit state (NEWS)
How Kim Jong-un’s ‘executed’ girlfriend reappeared (ANALYSIS)

He said: “I want to tell them that there is a new way for their future.”

Mr Thae said his defection was as a result of him becoming increasingly aware of the “gruesome realities” of life in North Korea.

He is the highest-ranking official to defect.

With reports circulating of her brother’s death, Ms Kim was touted as the future Supreme Leader of North Korea.

The Kim family has been ruling North Korea since the nation’s foundation after the Second World War.

It was their grandfather Kim Il-Sung who became the first supreme leader.

In March 2019, Ms Kim won a seat at the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Her brother did not stand, but previously represented the 111th Paektusan.

The siblings are thought to have grown close whilst at school in Switzerland.

Source: Read Full Article

World War 3 fears: Russia releases new rules for using nuclear weapons in conflict

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Tensions around the world continue to rise and fears of a nuclear war outbreak have been increased as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has outlined four scenarios for using nuclear weapons.

According to News Week, a document, which was approved by Mr Putin, details various scenarios in which Moscow could order the use of nuclear weapons – prompting World War 3 fears.

Two of them are new and involve potential instances of nuclear first-use, the document says.

The protocol permits they will be used if an enemy uses nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction on Russia or its allies.

It also includes situations where conventional weapons “threaten the very existence of the country”.

The new provisions include cases where the government receives “reliable information” that a ballistic missile attack is imminent.

The second new protocol is if an enemies danger to the country is critical and military facilities such as if the ability to retaliate with nuclear weapons is disrupted.

The document explains how containing and deterring aggressions against Russia is being treated with “the highest national priorities”.

Over recent weeks, Russia has continued to show its military might and plans to complete more than 100 military drills this summer.

As of Monday (June 1), Russia’s Strategic Missile Force will begin performing various military drills during the summer training period.

Last month, Russia’s navy showed off its military might during long-distance deployment drills in the Pacific.

The fleet, which consists of the corvettes Sovershenny and Gromky, departed from Vladivostok for its deployment in waters.

Russia also revealed a terrifying new military weapon which is set to be out in waters in late June.

DON’T MISS 
Vladimir Putin’s ferocious threat to EU exposed: ‘I can invade!’ [REVEAL] 

Putin FURY: Russia issues dire warning to US over coronavirus fight [INSIGHT] 
How Nigel Farage sparked backlash with Vladimir Putin confession [OPINION]

Both the US and Russia have tens of thousands nuclear weapons obtained during the Cold War.

Although they have both taken steps towards non-proliferation, they both hold the world’s largest stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Due to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the two countries are limited to no more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers.

It also limits the countries to no more than 1,550 deployed warheads and 800 deployed and non-deployed launchers.

The Treaty will reportedly remain until 2021 unless a new document is signed to replace it.

It can also be extended for no more than five years if both parties mutually agree.

Last month, China refused talks with Russia and the US regarding strategic arms controls as worldwide tensions continue to rise.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian argued that Russia and the US both “possess the largest nuclear arsenals” and therefore should have the responsibility for reducing them.

He also said that China will not engage in any “trilateral talks on strategic arms controls”.

Mr Lijian said: “New START remains an important nuclear treaty between Russia and the US and requires great attention.

“It is the foundation of strategic stability for the two countries, as well as the basis of global strategic stability.

“China has no intention of engaging in any trilateral talks on strategic arms control.”

Source: Read Full Article

China ‘afraid of the truth coming out’ about coronavirus outbreak response – shock claim

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Asia political expert and author Gordon Chang accused China of allowing the virus to spread beyond its borders and claimed the nation suppressed information to the world on the severity of coronavirus. China’s President Xi Jinping has denied both these accusations and repeatedly insisted the Chinese Government acted swiftly to protect its people from the virus as well as inform the world of the severity of the disease. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Chang argued China is fearful closer scrutiny will show how they initially reacted to the virus.

Mr Chang said: “I think China would be afraid of the truth coming out.

“China, in a real sense, had tamed the world.

“The world by the day is becoming untamed, as far as China is concerned.”

Mr Chang then accused China and President Xi of spreading the virus “maliciously”.

DON’T MISS: Xi Jinping lashing out to PROVOKE global response for shocking reason

He said: “China maliciously spread this disease beyond its borders.

“This could have been an accidental release from the lab or could have been from the wet market, who knows.

“What is important is not how the disease started by how Beijing did in response to it.”

China has repeatedly rejected claims coronavirus originated from a lab.

Mr Chang also attacked China for the way they informed the world about the dangers of coronavirus.

He claimed: “Beijing only announced human to human transmission on January 20.

“But doctors in Wuhan knew that in the second week of December.

“If during that interim period, China had said nothing that would have been grossly irresponsible.

“But what Beijing tried to do was to deceit the world into believe coronavirus was not human to human transferable.”

The COVID-19 outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, and has since spread around the globe.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at China over the coronavirus pandemic demanding an investigation.

When questioned on the US’ suffering at the hands of coronavirus Mr Trump has previously tweeted: “It was the incompetence of China and nothing else, that did this mass worldwide killing.”

Donald Trump and Western world will push to END Communism in China [EXCLUSIVE]
US aircraft carrier returns to sea as Beijing’s ‘harassment’ continues [REVEAL]
Xi Jinping lashing out to PROVOKE global response for shocking reason [VIDEO]

China has repeatedly urged the United States and Donald Trump to stop what it sees as virus slander.

The Chinese Government’s top diplomat Wang Yi last Sunday said: “The US should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country.”

Australia has demanded an impartial, independent and comprehensive investigation into the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking on Sky News on Monday, Beijing’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, welcomed an “international review” and said any “review should be independent, free from politicisation, it should be based on science, the scientists should take the lead.”

Mr Liu rejected criticism of China’s response to the virus, claiming Beijing had “wasted no time in sharing information” with the international community.

He said: ”China’s record is clean [and] it can stand the test of time and history.”

Source: Read Full Article

Coronavirus news: Futurologists reveal their predictions for the post-pandemic world

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

But now, as the controls are slowly set in reverse, and we begin the process of coming out of lockdown, our post-pandemic lives will look very different. At times it is going to feel as if we are still trapped in a strange version of the past where families spend most of their time together, our social lives are more restricted and overseas travel is an exotic option few can enjoy. Yet, at the same time, we have accelerated our move into an online world of working, buying and communicating. That leap forward also reveals perhaps our greatest future challenge – how to keep both the economy and an older population healthy. So what can we learn from this time travel? What should you expect now and in the future and how should you prepare yourself? Two leading futurology experts share their predictions…

THE WORLD OF WORK

Next Six Months

In the short-term, even as non-essential shops reopen and some return to offices, we will continue to grapple with lockdown policies whilst preserving social distancing. That means phased shifts at work and hybrid work/office arrangements and dealing with the challenges of commuting safely. Expect frequent workplace health tests to reassure people it’s safe to return and further encouragement to cycle or walk to work.

Next Two Years

The Bank of England believes we are heading for the worst recession in more than 300 years. That means a tough financial environment and firms looking to cut costs and jobs. Expect accelerating automation through greater use of Artificial Intelligence and robotics. Coronavirus has revealed how financially vulnerable we are to sudden social disruptions, so make sure automation isn’t your next unpleasant shock. Building up your online skills will help, but also focus on roles where human qualities such as empathy and creativity still dominate.

Next Five Years

As part of those efforts to cut costs, companies will look to reduce their property footprint. They will shift further towards a hybrid of working from the office and home, and invest in local hubs. Expect flexible working hours to become the norm with a four-day week for many. Much of this flexibility will come through the growth of the so-called “gig economy” – a labour market of short-term contracts and freelance jobs. We will have to be more entrepreneurial about managing our long-term career.

STAYING HEALTHY

Next Six Months

It’s time now to focus on losing those extra pounds gained during lockdown. Over the summer, you are likely to be joining millions of others in taking outdoor exercise. With gyms closed, expect parks, roads and the countryside to be packed with cyclists, runners and walkers. As the number of Covid-19 infections falls, contact your GP about non-coronavirus-related health issues.

Next Two Years

GPs have moved online during the crisis and this will continue apace as monitoring your health increasingly becomes a digital activity. Expect a vast array of new wearable apps to appear as Amazon, Apple and Google battle it out to become major players in the healthy living sector.

Next Five Years

The UK population is getting older. In 1970, just one in 25 people was over 75; and one in 120 over 85. By 2050, that will change to one in seven; and one in 20. Coronavirus has revealed how crucial healthy ageing is. We need a health system that keeps people out of hospital, rather than one based on treating them when they become ill. That means a greater emphasis on healthy ageing and lifestyles, especially for those over 50. Expect greater interventions and more drug treatments aimed at slowing down the biological path of ageing itself.

FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS

Next Six Months

The traditional boundaries between work and home have dissolved as millions work from home. And whilst women are still carrying the major load in caring, more fathers than ever are getting actively involved with their children. Over the coming months parents will begin to decide which aspects of these short-term habits they have developed they want to take into the future. Expect many (possibly heated) negotiations on the roles within families!

Next Two Years

Coronavirus has exposed the extent of problems in the care home sector at the same time as bringing the generations within families closer. This will create a strong incentive for families to work out how best to support their older parents – either in multi-generational homes or by using technology to support independent living for longer.

Next Five Years

In the past, a parent hoping to combine work with childcare experienceda pay penalty for flexible working. Post-Covid-19, as flexible working becomes increasingly the norm, expect that pay penalty to reduce. That will lead to more equal sharing between both partners around childcare and running a home. As working from home becomes more important, and working from the office less important, it will free up extra time to invest in your neighbourhood and local community.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Next Six Months

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair famously described his priorities as “Education, education, education”. For the education sector, its short term priorities are “Online, online, online”. Expect ever more imaginative ways of using online education in schools, colleges and universities – far beyond simply reciting the usual lesson into a camera.

Next Two Years

As online lessons becomes an increasingly accepted part of how we learn, there will be enormous growth in companies offering online learning – from fun-based apps through to full degrees. As with health, Amazon, Apple and Google will be seeking to be major players in this growth market.

Next Five Years

The big emerging trend will be lifelong learning. In part, that will be a response to the need to upgrade skills in the face of automation. It will also be driven by the need to work for longer as the cost of dealing with Covid-19 places pressure on household finances and the state pension.

Expect universities and firms to partnerwith each other to create new types of skill certificates. Many younger people will think hard about how they learn across the whole of their life – expect fewer to enrol for university and instead pick up skills as they need them later in life.

TRAVEL AND HOLIDAYS

Next Six Months

Expect nose-to-nose traffic jams as workers seek to avoid public transport by driving into work. The problem will be made worse as roads are increasingly configured to allow for more cyclists and pedestrians. As for holidays, the coronavirus time machine will be set firmly in reverse as family vacations in the UK soar.

Next Two Years

Pack an extra book to read at the airport as health tests lead to lengthy check-ins. The financial pressures on airlines will lead to bankruptcies and mergers – so expect fewer and more expensive flights. Meanwhile back home, as more people work flexibly and go to the office less frequently, expect to explore other ways of getting around – such as electric bikes and scooters.

Next Five Years

Coronavirus will shift the balance from global to local in many ways, including more local supply chains as firms seek to avoid disruption from future outbreaks. The increased possibility of trade wars will tip the global/local balance further. And as markets become less global and politics more national, expect many countries to become more difficult to visit as visa requirements increase and costs rise.

The pandemic taught us many lessons – not least that the future we get can be very different from the one we anticipated.

But these experiences have also catapulted us into a future where how we work, relateto each other and learn will shift profoundly. We may have been caught out by Covid-19, but we don’t need to be caught out by what is to come.

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice and Andrew J. Scott a Professor of Economics, both at London Business School.The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World by Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton (Bloomsbury, £20) is out now.

For free UK delivery, please call Express Bookshop on 01872 562310 or order via expressbookshop.co.uk Delivery may take up to 28 days.

Source: Read Full Article

Michel Barnier says British ‘don’t understand’ in spiteful rant ‘Brexit has consequences’

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Michel Barnier has accused the UK’s Brexit negotiating team of wanting the “best of both worlds” by retaining the conditions of being an EU member while leaving the single market and customs union. The European Commission Head of Taskforce and the UK’s Brexit negotiator David Frost have so far held three rounds of talks without making a breakthrough, with discussions resuming next week.

In a wide-ranging interview with German radio station Deutschlandfunk, Mr Barnier said: “The British have not understood or do not want to understand that Brexit has consequences for them. For us too. But also for them.

“That after leaving the EU, they cannot have the same conditions and status as when they were members of the European Union. That is your choice.

“It is difficult for them to accept the consequences of Brexit, there should be more realism in London in the near future if they want an orderly agreement to exit the single market and customs union.”

Following the third round of Brexit talks, the Government published its draft legal texts which outlined the UK’s plan to strike a free-trade deal with the European Union.

However the pathway to an agreement has been thwarted by the EU’s insistence on a so-called level-playing field on trade – meaning the UK would still be bound by some EU rules and regulations.

The UK and the EU have until July 1 to decide whether to extend the current negotiating period beyond December 31 for up to two years.

Downing Street has maintained the UK will honour the timeline – despite earlier this week Mr Barnier offering the UK a 24 month delay in a letter to opposition party leaders.

The EU chief has insisted it is down to the UK to shift in order for an agreement to be reached and has called for some “realism”.

Mr Barnier said: “Only we will not make any progress there if the British continue to pick raisins and want the best of both worlds for themselves.

“I was told the popular expression of the German language ‘You cannot dance on two weddings at the same time’.

“This is the attitude of the British leaving the European Union, but they want to keep all the advantages. More realism is needed.”

Earlier this week Mr Frost appeared in front of the Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union, and reiterated the EU must shift on its red-lines for a level playing field so the UK can strike a free-trade agreement.

He said: “I think it’s fair to say that we have a fundamental disagreement at the moment on most aspects of the level playing field.

“There are one or two areas that are slightly less controversial and problematic but in most of the important areas, there’s a big gap.

“And he obviously is delivering the mandate he was given. Member states regard the level playing field as very important.

DON’T MISS

Pubs to reopen in just FOUR WEEKS as beer gardens set for green light [INSIGHT]
Witch-hunt is over, time to move on, says JUDY FINNIGAN [COMMENT]
Brexit setback: Trump demands ‘can’t be met’ in blow to US-UK deal [ANALYSIS]

“I think, to recall, we are not saying that there can be no level playing field provisions, we’re simply saying that there must be provisions which are appropriate to a free trade agreement.”

Ahead of the crunch talks, Mr Barnier said it was “possible” a deal could be reached but claimed the timetable for talks, which was agreed by both sides in January, has made it “extremely difficult”.

He added: “It is very difficult, but it is possible. Still possible, even if the British are now imposing a time constraint by refusing to extend the negotiations.

“These could be extended by a year or two if you wish. We are ready for it.

“If they don’t want to, we now have eight months, even less, six months to leave time for ratification. So extremely difficult, but still possible.”

Source: Read Full Article

South China Sea: US warns of ‘serious threat’ as Beijing tracks US navy vessel

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

The US Navy has issued a stern response to China after Beijing accused Washington of “violating international laws” during a routine freedom of navigation operation. Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command, said sea and air units were deployed to “warn off” US vessels from the region.

Colonel Li claims a US ship had illegally ventured near to the China-occupied Paracel Islands – something Washington has denied.

In a fiercely worded statement, Colonel Li said: “The provocative actions by the US have seriously undermined China’s sovereignty and security interests, seriously violated international laws and regulations and severely damaged the peace and stability of the region.

“It is a brazen act of navigational hegemony.”

US Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Rachel Maul disputes China’s version of events and said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law”.

The US insists it is the actions of China that is threatening peace in the disputed region.

Lieutenant Maul said: “This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law by challenging the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also by challenging China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands.

“Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas.

“Including the freedom of navigation and overflight and the right of innocent passage of all ships.”

The US regularly conducts freedom of navigation operations in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Just last month, two US-flagged vessels have sailed through the contested Spratly Islands as part of scheduled operations.

The USS Barry guided-missile destroyer travelled near the disputed Paracel Islands, this was followed 24 hours later by the USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier.

China’s Sansha city has established control over the Paracel Islands and the Spratly islands – two disputed archipelagos in the South China Sea.

Beijing has also established military outposts on the artificial islands.

China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea is disputed by claims from neighbouring Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

DON’T MISS

Brussels backlash: Von der Leyen accused of striking power-grab deal [INSIGHT]
FTSE 100 LIVE: Global stocks plummet over Trump tensions with China [LIVE]
Brexit POLL: Do you think Remainers will get Brexit delayed? VOTE [POLL]

Under international law, a large part of the South China Sea comes under Vietnamese sovereignty.

However, Beijing disagrees and says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to China – a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016.

The contested South China Sea is also one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is crucial to global trade.

A 2015 US Department of Defense report found an estimated $5.3trillion (£4million) worth of goods are shuttled through the waterways every year.

Source: Read Full Article

Chelsea Clinton’s cold response to TV host’s ‘be human’ request exposed

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Chelsea, 40, first entered the White House as the daughter of US President Bill Clinton in 1993 when she was 12 years old. She later supported her mother Hillary Clinton in bid to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, and as the party’s candidate in 2016. Ultimately, Mrs Clinton lost to Donald Trump, however, but Chelsea has not stopped opposing the government.

She appeared on The Late Show in March 2018 and sent the host into a frenzy over her response to one of his questions.

Mr Colbert asked her: “How do you guys talk about this at home? Come on, spill the tea.

“How do you guys talk about Donald Trump? Give me a conversation you had recently.”

At first, Chelsea just exclaimed “Goodness!” to which Mr Colbert asked: “That’s the strongest language you use? Gee williker!”

Then, Chelsea launched into a slightly robotic paragraph as to how her family discuss dealing with an administration they don’t like.

She said: “We just talk about what we should be doing today ‒ which organisations and candidates should we be supporting?

“How do you both stand in opposition to the degradation of norms and institutions, as well as the retrograde policies around voting rights, around womens’ rights, around transgender rights?

“And what do we do to keep pushing forward for the world that both my parents have been working on since before I was born and which I am really eager to help build for my children, for your children, for future generations.

“Because, as you noted, the President I think thrives on anxiety and insults, there is always so much to talk about.

“And because I think, unfortunately, this administration is the collision of cruelty and incompetence, there’s so much going on even beyond the president on any given day.”

While the audience appeared to enjoy her level-headed attitude, as they erupted into applause half way through, Mr Colbert appeared to find it oddly infuriating.

He asked: “Does your entire family speak in paragraphs? Because that was a really beautiful paragraph there.

DON’T MISS
US President’s comment on Downing Street birth exposed [REVEALED]
Ivanka Trump slammed for ‘protocol breach’ ‒ backed up by shock ally [INSIGHT]
How US First Lady phoned new mum after Downing Street baby news [ARCHIVE]

“It doesn’t get any sharper than that at home? No one ever throws a glass of chardonnay at the TV, ever?”

Chelsea replied that she does not think it is productive to respond like that.

Mr Colbert quipped: “It’s not productive, but it feels so good.

“You must have some weaknesses, show one, come on, be human here! What have you yelled about?”

Still resolutely calm, Chelsea said she would rather go to a protest or convince more people to vote in the mid-term elections.

These mid-term elections in November 2018 ended up being somewhat a success for the Democrats, who gained 41 seats in the House of Representatives and thus took control of the Chamber.

Nancy Pelosi became the new Speaker of the House and has since traded verbal blows with the President on a number of occasions.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has continued to criticise the government, especially in relation to its handling of the pandemic in recent months.

She has even spoken out against her former friend Ivanka Trump, who she said she has no sympathy for, because she has chosen to work for her father out of her own free will.

Chelsea branded the whole administration “a collision of cruelty and incompetence” and implied that the First Daughter is part of that.

Source: Read Full Article

Outrage as Trump plays golf on his private course during coronavirus crisis

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Fin Gomez, a CBS News journalist, said the US President was seen “in his typical golf wear of white polo shirt and white baseball cap” early in the day. The president was reportedly accompanied by Secret Service agents wearing masks.

He then later reportedly arrived at his gold club in Sterling, Virginia.

According to NBC News, Mr Trump was seen playing with three other people at his golf course.

None of the players were reportedly wearing masks or face coverings.

More than 1.6m cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the US.

The country’s death toll is approaching 100,000.

The Trump administration has been encouraging states in America to reopen their economies and for citizens to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend which is traditionally viewed as the start of the American summer.

On Friday, Dr Deborah Birx said at the White House that although there is still “significant virus circulating” in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, activities including golf are encouraged.

She continued: “We’re asking continuously for you to be outside to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

“To play golf, to hike, as Dr [Anthony] Fauci said, to play tennis with marked balls and to be out with your families that you have been in the household with and to even consider sharing social distancing space.”

Ms Birx went on to say that golfers should not touch flags on greens and that picnicking was ok “as long as you have utensils that belong to individuals and that maybe can be thrown out immediately.”

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed an executive order to allow outdoor gatherings of restricted size over the Memorial Day weekend.

However, on Saturday morning, New York City faced a downpour of rain.

DON’T MISS
Trump’s hypersonic missile boast sent message to Russia – expert [UPDATE]
Suicide killing more in California than coronavirus warn doctors [INSIGHT]
Trump stuns journalists as he walks out of press after just TWO mins [ANALYSIS]

On Mr Trump’s campaign trail for presidency in 2016, he famously told supporters: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.”

But since becoming the US president, Mr Trump has allegedly played golf more than 200 times.

The last time he played a game was in Florida on 8 March, as the pandemic was beginning to gain momentum.

In a tweet from 2014, Mr Trump criticised President Barack Obama during his time in office for playing golf.

Mr Trump tweeted in 2014: “President Obama has a major meeting on the NYC Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!”

President Trump told NBC at a Professional Golfers’ Association special last weekend: “I do miss [golf].

“I haven’t played, really, since this problem that we have started.

“I haven’t been able to play golf for a while.

“I’ve been very busy, and I think that it’s just one of those things, but we’re getting back to normal.”

Last year Mr Trump installed a new room-size golf simulator in the White House, replacing an older version used by President Obama.

Source: Read Full Article

Tensions soar as Turkish troops invade Greece occupying piece of land on contested border

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

According to Greek sources, around 35 soldiers marched onto a floodplain site on the east bank of the River Evros at Melissokomeio. Special forces and infantry also raised a small Turkish flag from a tree.

The small group of soldiers reportedly rejected demands from Greece to withdraw.

The Evros River, which marks out the border, is known to shift its course and this has caused ongoing disputes between the two countries – over its position.

As the river moves, it leaves land that is technically part of Greece to the east, and land that is technically part of Turkey to its west.

Sources claim the new invasion was a response to a Greek army survey of the 1.6-hectare site for plans to build additional border fences.

Since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus back in 1974, relations between Greece and Turkey have been strained.

The 1974 invasion was reportedly launched to stop the military junta in Greece, establishing a union between Greece and Cyprus.

The occupation remains in place today and is considered illegal under international law.

According to reports, in recent weeks, Greek soldiers and German border agency staff have been shot at over the border.

Turkish fighter jets have also had to be chased out of Greek airspace.

Earlier this year, Greece was reportedly on the brink of “devastation” as a result of Turkey’s disobedience of the EU pact, which has seen thousands of refugees make the perilous journey to the Aegean islands.

Thousands of refugees are crammed into destitute camps as they endure an agonising wait for asylum to be granted on their route from war-torn countries to the European Union.

But as their stay on the islands, including Moria and Lesvos, goes on, many are faced with the grim prospect of not being able to carry out the desired social distancing measures the Greek government is demanding of its citizens due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DON’T MISS 
Greece holidays: Government update as Greece opens up travel [INSIGHT] 

‘What about Greece?’ EU backlash as Brussels preach about ‘unity’ [REVEAL] 
Coronavirus Greece map: The top regions in Greece struck down by virus [OPINION]

The idyllic islands have become refugee hotspots after Turkey disobeyed its pact with the EU and opted to allow thousands of migrants the chance to cross the seas and land in Greece.

Istanbul argued its reason for allowing the move was in part due to the bloc’s slow approach to moving the refugees on from Greece, which in turn affected the numbers in Turkey.

This has seen a massive boom in the volume of people making the hazardous trip in the attempt to reach the EU and safety from their home nations.

Greece, though, continues to refuse any new asylum applications, leaving refugees in an even bigger state of limbo, while living in camps.

Fears of World War 3 were ignited across the globe just a few days into 2020 and the threat of nuclear war continues as global tensions rise.

Concerns were first triggered around the globe following the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike in January.

Tensions between the US and Turkey have also heightened over the past year over the Syrian border.

Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also suggested he has aspirations for Turkey which could involve nuclear weapons.

As a result, the state of the US-Turkey relationship has worsened, causing fear about the subsequent impact on the NATO alliance.

Source: Read Full Article

China ROW: Canada makes major SWIPE at China over it’s judiciary system

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

The comments come at a time of high public tensions between China and the rest of the world for the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at a daily briefing to talk about China’s demands to free Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

He said: “Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians.

“China doesn’t work quite the same way and (doesn’t) seem to understand that we do have an independent judiciary.”

Canadian officials have repeatedly said they cannot intervene in the case.

Later in the day, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne also said he was “very concerned” by Chinese plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, home to around 300,000 Canadian citizens.

He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp: “Canada … will make its voice heard.”

Trudeau said last month that China had suspended consular visits, citing the coronavirus outbreak.

He said on Thursday: “The fact that China is still linking an independent judicial system in the case of Meng Wanzhou with the arbitrary detention of two Canadians is saddening, but that’s a challenge we’ve been working with for many months.”

Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US after being arrested in British Columbia in December 2018.

The United States says it believes Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions against the country.

A decision on a key legal aspect of the trial over whether Meng can be extradited will be announced next Wednesday, the British Columbia Supreme Court said on Thursday.

Shortly after Meng’s arrest, China detained the former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor in December 2018.

DON’T MISS
Coronavirus BOOST: ‘Large quantity of people’ have good antibodies [INSIGHT]
Huge £76M fund unleashed and 2million people given FREE weekly package [VIDEO]
WATCH the ‘vulgar’ moment a man spat blood in a police officer’s eye [VIDEO]

The arrests led to the worst-ever crisis in relations between the two nations, with accusations of “arbitrary detentions” and hostage diplomacy met with trade sanctions and suspended consular visits.

Kovrig and Spavor have been held on espionage suspicions and refused access to lawyers.

Earlier, the Chinese ambassador, Cong Peiwu, told Global News that “competent Chinese authorities are handling the cases (of Kovrig and Spavor) according to law.”

He then pivoted to Meng, saying her case was “the biggest issue in our bilateral relationship” and renewing demands that she be sent back to China “smoothly and safely”.

Canada and China have had a strained relationship, but some collaboration remains.

Leading Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics Inc. has inked a deal to test and sell a separate Canadian vaccine candidate as the race for immunisation intensifies globally.

In addition to developing its own vaccine together with the Chinese military, CanSino will partner with Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems Inc. to co-develop another potential vaccine, according to a joint press release Wednesday.

The Chinese company will conduct testing of Precision’s experimental vaccine and has the right to commercialise it in Asia excluding Japan, said the statement.

Source: Read Full Article