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  1. 75th Golden Globe Awards ? Photo Room ? Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 07/01/2018 ? Oprah Winfrey poses backstage with her Cecil B. DeMille Award. REUTERS Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was ?definitely not running.? The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmel?s question about whether she would run. ?Where do I look into the camera? I am definitely not running for president,? Winfrey said over cries of ?no? from the studio audience. Last month, Winfrey fans lit up Twitter with calls for her to run for president in 2020 against US President Donald Trump after she gave an inspiring speech at the Golden Globe awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct. ?You now, you give a speech and then you sit down and you have surprisingly started to run for president,? Winfrey told Kimmel, calling it ?a humbling thing to have people think that you can run the country.? She acknowledged, though, having thought about it. ?I am the kind of person who tries to listen to signs. I think, well am I supposed to run the country? I don?t think so.? Known by millions on first-name basis, Winfrey first rose to fame as the host of a television talk show, using it to build a media empire that spans magazine publishing, movie and television production, cable TV and satellite radio. Born into poverty, she is now one of the world?s wealthiest women and been nominated for two Academy Awards. She has long been associated with Democratic Party causes and fundraising. Trump has several times said he hoped he would face Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race. On Sunday night, he blasted her over a segment on CBS? ?60 Minutes? program in which she led a panel of 14 Republican, Democrat and Independent voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan in a wide ranging discussion about Trump?s first year in office. Trump tweeted: ?Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!? Asked by Kimmel whether she had thought about responding to the tweet, Winfrey replied: ?Not a second.? She added: ?You don?t win by meeting any kind of negativity head on.?
  2. Nawaz Sharif will no longer remain the party?s president after SC verdict-Photo: File ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday ruled that a disqualified individual cannot head a political party. Nawaz disqualified as PML-N president: SC announces verdict in Elections Act case All decisions taken by Nawaz as PML-N president stand null and void The decision by the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar is considered another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League?Nawaz (PML-N) as Nawaz Sharif will no longer remain the party?s president. As a result of the verdict, all decisions taken by Nawaz Sharif as PML-N?s president stand null and void. Analysts and politicians shared their views with Geo News on the verdict, what lays ahead for the PML-N and whether Senate elections could be delayed. 'Bigger verdict than Panama' Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed said the verdict in the Elections Act 2017 case is bigger than the Panama Papers verdict. Rasheed added that in light of Nawaz?s disqualification as PML-N president, Lodhran's election can be challenged and it remains to be seen ? who will be Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi?s replacement?. ?Nawaz Sharif?s politics has come to end now,? claimed the AML chief. 'PML-N shouldn't have elected disqualified person' Lawyer Farogh Naseem said that according to points in the verdict being announced by the media, the apex court has not said anything regarding Senate elections and whether they will be delayed. When asked if the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will have the right to decide on Senate elections, Naseem said the ECP doesn?t have any right to delay elections. It remains to be seen whether their party tickets are cancelled or the candidates withdraw [from elections], he added. ?They shouldn?t have elected disqualified person,? the lawyer said when asked what lies ahead for the ruling party. Asked whether Lodhran by-election will also stand null and void, he said he can?t comment on it before reading the judgment. 'Don?t think SC will disenfranchise an entire province' Analyst Muneeb Farooq said it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will disenfranchise an entire province by declaring all Senate tickets awarded to PML-N null and void. ?I don?t think Supreme Court will deprive a whole province and a huge party from contesting Senate elections,? he said. Farooq said that there is still time in Senate elections and a delay might not be needed [for PML-N to contest elections]. This remains a question whether another round of candidate list will be submitted by PML-N or not, he added.
  3. LEFT: Rachel Crooks speaks during the press conference held by women accusing Trump of sexual harassment in New York City, US, December 11, 2017. AFP/Getty Images North America/Monica Schipper/Files; RIGHT: US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, US, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied allegations by a former receptionist that he had kissed her without her consent in an elevator lobby of Trump Tower, calling the story "another false accusation". Trump was reacting to a front-page report in The Washington Post on how Rachel Crooks ? who first made the allegations public before the 2016 elections ? has doggedly continued to stand by her story in public appearances, despite not knowing if it will ever make any difference. Crooks says that in 2006, when she was a 22-year-old receptionist working for an investment firm located in Trump Tower, she introduced herself to the then 59-year-old real estate tycoon as he waited for an elevator outside her office. She said she approached him with her hand out, and he grabbed it and started kissing her. "He started kissing me on one cheek, then the other cheek," the newspaper quoted her as telling a group of women. "He was talking to me in between kisses, asking where I was from, or if I wanted to be a model. He wouldn't let go of my hand, and then he went right in and started kissing me on the lips." She said the incident lasted around two minutes. Trump hit back at the allegations on Twitter, saying, "A woman I don't know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet!) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened!" "Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running," he added, asking why The Washington Post had not reported "the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me?" Nineteen women have come forward to accuse the president of sexual misconduct over a period of several decades. Trump's angry denials on Twitter have often served only to exacerbate the debate over his behaviour towards women.
  4. KUWAIT: Kuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide. Kuwait?s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah said on Monday that the two countries had agreed to sign a deal to regulate working conditions. ?We proposed to the Philippine authorities to resolve and contain these issues and not to escalate them in the media. There was agreement on this ... and we received a response,? he was quoted as saying. Two planes full of workers arrived in Manila from Kuwait last week on flights provided for free by commercial airlines at the president?s request. The Philippine labour minister has said more than 2,200 Filipinos were ready to take up the offer to be repatriated. It was not immediately clear if Duterte had accepted Kuwait?s invitation for him to visit in early March.
  5. An Oxfam sign is seen on a kiosk on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti?s president said on Friday that sexual misconduct by the staff of British charity Oxfam was only the tip of an ?iceberg? and called for investigations into Doctors Without Borders and other aid organizations which came to the country after its 2010 earthquake. ?The Oxfam case is the visible part of the iceberg,? President Jovenel Moise said in a phone interview with Reuters on Friday. ?It is not only Oxfam, there are other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the same situation, but they hide the information internally.? The scandal has already shaken the aid sector, with Britain and the European Union reviewing Oxfam?s funding. Oxfam, one of the world?s biggest disaster relief charities, apologized this week for unspecified sexual misconduct uncovered in a 2011 internal investigation. It has neither confirmed nor denied a recent Times of London report that some of its staff paid for *** with prostitutes. ?There should be an investigation into other organizations that have been working here since 2010,? said Moise. ?For example, Doctors Without Borders had to repatriate about 17 people for misconduct which was not explained,? he added. It was not clear what cases Moise was referring to. Geneva-based Doctors Without Borders, known as Medecins Sans Frontieres in non-English speaking countries, is looking into Moise?s comments and welcomes scrutiny on the aid sector, said spokeswoman Analia Lorenzo. She added that the organization had zero tolerance of sexual misconduct. On Wednesday, Doctors Without Borders, which sends medical staff around the world to regions stricken with war and disease, said it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result. It did not provide details of where the harassment or abuse took place, who was dismissed or whether the complaints were also registered with local law enforcement. ?Mistakes? Roland Van Hauwermeiren, the former Oxfam official at the centre of the *** abuse scandal, said on Thursday he made mistakes by having a sexual relationship with the sister of a recipient of aid when working in Haiti but denied paying for *** with prostitutes or abusing minors. In an open letter to a broadcaster in his native Belgium, he said he feared that Oxfam, other aid workers and those they help would suffer from false accusations. ?We call on the Belgian and UK government to assume their responsibility, and we call on the whole international community to help make sure those guilty of such misconduct are punished, whether they are Belgian or of another nationality,? Moise said. ?The dignity of the Haitian people has been trampled on.? Haitian Justice Minister Heidi Fortune told Reuters on Wednesday he had asked Belgium for help in starting legal action against Van Hauwermeiren. He did not say which laws he believed were broken. Belgium?s Justice Ministry said on Thursday it had received no such request and prosecutors said they were not aware of any investigation into Van Hauwermeiren. Belgium does not extradite its citizens to countries outside the European Union. Prostitution is a crime in Haiti, but it was not clear what other crimes the Oxfam officials may have committed.
  6. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa addresses MPs after being elected president in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018. ? Reuters CAPE TOWN: Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa?s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. The road back to prosperity and self-respect under Ramaphosa, 65, who became ANC head in December, will be long and hard in a nation still polarised by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Still, Zuma?s departure late on Wednesday provided evidence of the strength of South Africa?s democratic institutions, from the courts to the media and the constitution. Ramaphosa, in brief remarks to parliament ahead of his first state of the nation address expected on Friday, said he would work hard ?not to disappoint the people of South Africa.? ?The issues that you have raised, issues that have to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with state capture (influence-peddling) are issues that are on our radar screen,? he said. Ramaphosa was elected unopposed as Zuma?s permanent successor by parliament, and confirmed in the post by South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who had earlier read out the former president?s resignation letter. Ramaphosa was expected to be sworn in later on Thursday, and to make any changes to the cabinet after his address on Friday. The rand, which has gained ground whenever Zuma ran into political turbulence, soared to a near three-year high against the dollar on word of his resignation. South Africa's Zuma and his numerous scandals A list of the main scandals, involving Zuma, dating from before he became president in 2009 South Africa?s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent and headed for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors hailed Zuma?s exit after nine years in office rife with allegations of sleaze and mismanagement. Ratings agency Moody?s said it was closely monitoring developments in South Africa, focusing on the policy implications of Zuma?s political demise. The S&P Global agency said South Africa?s sovereign credit ratings and outlook will not be immediately affected by the change of the country?s leadership. Uphill challenge Ramaphosa, who will be president until elections next year, faces an uphill battle to earn back public and investor support. But his stated commitment to boosting growth and stamping out graft has gone down well with foreign investors and ANC members who felt Zuma?s handling of the economy could seriously damage the party in the 2019 election. Africa?s most developed economy needs faster economic growth if it is to reduce high unemployment - currently at 27 percent - and alleviate persistent, widespread poverty that aggravates inequality and stokes instability. The economy, Africa?s most advanced, remains largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid. The 75-year-old Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation he disagreed with the way the ANC had thrust him toward an early exit after Ramaphosa replaced him as party president, but would accept its orders. ?Zuma did the right thing to resign. Yes, let?s see what Ramaphosa is having for us, thank you,? said Hlengiwe Mswazi, an office worker in the capital Pretoria. Tshepo Kgobane, also in Pretoria, said: ?So it is a good thing that he resigned. We must have a party, a big party, we must throw a party because he resigned. We wanted to see that.? Zuma bowed out hours after police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family, the Indian-born billionaire allies of the former president who have been at the center of corruption accusations against Zuma and his circle for years. Zuma and the Guptas have always denied wrongdoing. 'Going, going, gone' ?Defiant in defeat? and ?Going, Going, Gone? were among the newspaper headlines that captured Zuma?s unwillingness to leave. ?South Africa?s long nightmare is over,? read the headline from online political news website Daily Maverick. Julius Malema, leader of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led his party in a mass walkout from parliament on Thursday, saying it would not take part in the election of a new president so as not to legitimise an ANC candidate. Zuma quits as President of South Africa The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday The EFF, which has six percent of the seats in parliament, had sponsored a no-confidence motion in Zuma that would have gone ahead on Thursday had Zuma not jumped. The foundation set up to guard the legacy of the late anti-apartheid icon and first black South African president Nelson Mandela said Zuma?s departure brought to an end ?a painful era for the country.? ?One chapter in South Africa?s political soap opera has finally ended with the resignation last night of President Jacob Zuma,? NKC African Economics analysts wrote in a note. ?It would be gratifying to see the dedication and purpose the ANC put into ridding itself of Zuma now be directed into rebuilding the economy, dealing with the corruption still residing in the ANC and improving its shoddy governance record.? South African police said officers had arrested eight people so far in its investigations into high-echelon influence-peddling revolving around the Gupta family. Chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams declared Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers, a ?fugitive from justice? after he failed to hand himself in. Abrahams provided no further details. State broadcaster SABC said a Gupta family member was among those detained, while a senior judicial source said police were expected to arrest up to seven more people and that Gupta family members would be among them. Police said the raid on the Gupta estate was in connection with a state-funded dairy farm, which prosecutors last month called a ?scheme designed to defraud and steal.?
  7. Protecting the President of the United States of America is the foremost duty of the Secret Service agents. They are ready to do almost anything and are in full force to provide safety and security to their chief. Threats to the President can be unpredictable, and in the wake of rising terrorist activities, the President's cover becomes crucial. Taking a note of the same, the Secret Service agents keep an eye on everything latest which could be a 'must have' in terms of providing security. Some of these tactics are beyond one's imagination! Moreover, it is not just about expensive bullet proof cars or a cavalcade of security commandoes, but everything that's top notch. In this story, we will throw some light on the methods and tricks used by security agents in order to protect the cardinal. The Beast © YouTube The Presidential limousine bears the unofficial codename “The Beast”. It is a heavily modified Cadillac limousine. It is weighed down with over seven tons of armor which are up to eight inches thick – heavy enough to stop an improvised explosive device or high caliber gunfire. Troop of Other Top-Notch Vehicles “The Beast” is always accompanied by a phalanx of vehicles, one of which is invariably a discreet black van. This van carries the counter assault team or c80, which has the specific duty of defending in the event of an attack on the motorcade. Professional Agents Aboard The Beast is just one in a fleet of a dozen highly modified vehicles which comprises the President's motor pool. Each one costs over a million dollars and is never without its own assigned agent and a specialized mechanic who also happens to be heavily armed. CAT Agents © jaymarc homes The agents who accompany him hustle him to safety while the counter sniper units scan the area for hidden dangers. Meanwhile, the CAT directly engages the threat with what one former agent calls an unbelievable amount of suppressive fire. All CAT agents are robust, fast and trained in heavy weaponry. Impromptu Medical Aid Available In Transit © YouTube However, Secret Service agents must be prepared for every possible scenario, and if the President does sustain an injury, he would not have to wait to get to the hospital for treatment. That is because of the fully equipped blood bank with plasma matching the President's type is attached to the trunk. Updated Processes And Protocols Until recently Presidential limos would be bought off the lot and then modified with aftermarket products, but the stress on the vehicles caused them to keep breaking down. So, beginning with the Presidency of George W Bush, the limos have been built from the ground up in addition to the extra armor and security features. High-Tech Equipment And Machinery Ensure 100% Safety They're all equipped with fire suppression systems airtight interiors with encrypted satellite phones night-vision cameras and Kevlar reinforced tires. Agents assigned to drive these vehicles must undergo intensive training in defensive driving including evasive maneuvers and high speed precision driving and cornering. Lessons Learnt From The Assassination Of President Kennedy © wikipedia The Secret Service learned many painful lessons from the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 and it's safe to say, that a Presidential motorcade is today one of the most secure places on earth. Some Presidential outings may seem impromptu, like a trip across the street to a park for a photo op, but that's not the case. No matter where, an advance team of Secret Service agents goes first in order to scout out the location. They'll want to be familiar with all entrances, exits, bathrooms and closets in a building and the general lay of the land in an outdoor Center, but the duties of the advance team go far beyond such common-sense measures. Supervised Tours And Planned Visits In fact, when the President travels to another state, the Secret Service will consult with all mental health institutions in the area and make an assessment of any patients that have recently been released. This step was implemented after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, which probably could have been prevented had it been in place at the time. His would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. had received treatment prior to the incident and was the type of potential threat that likely would have merited. Systema – A Russian Martial Arts Discipline © systema Systema is a Russian martial arts discipline that has begun to gain a following among police militaries and also the Secret Service. It's an anything-goes style of combat that is tailored to extreme situations such as taking on multiple armed attackers. It focuses on controlling the attacker's six body levers – elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles and shoulders – through the use of pressure points and strikes. Systema expert Martin Wheeler detailed some of the techniques favored by the Secret Service in a Discovery Channel special. These, of course, focus on confronting an attacker with a firearm and directing the line of fire away from a target. Systema combines fluid natural movement with precision and explosiveness. The 10-Minute Medical Intervention Protocol © YouTube Furthermore, agents are fully trained in emergency medical procedures with a focus on ten-minute medicine to ensure the President survives long enough to get to a trauma center, one of which is always nearby, whenever the President's travel route is planned. This focus on quick medical intervention saved the life of President Reagan when he was shot in 1981. His injury was initially thought to be minor, and he was en route to the security of the White House before an agent correctly diagnosed a punctured lung and recruited him to a local hospital. Protective Intelligence And Extensive Investigation Agents also spend a great deal of time assessing potential threats, which can be challenging in a country that practices free speech, even obvious jokes about attempts on the President's life. Even at the slightest notion that the suggestion is more than just a joke, the Secret Service goes into full-on police mode. This aspect of the job is known as protective intelligence, and its purpose is just to gather intelligence about the source of any potential threat. This entails digging into their online history interviewing, friends/family and co-workers, looking into past affiliations with sketchy organizations or all of the above, and more if an actual threat is found to have been made. Agents have their choice of three courses of action: issue a warning, submit the offender for a psychological evaluation or charge them with a class E felony, which carries a sentence of up to three years in prison. Special Team To Ensure Safe Food And Water Intake It has long been rumored that the President has an official food taster, but according to former White House executive chef Walter Scheib, this is not the case. Speaking to the media, Scheib said that only the White House kitchen staffs, who have a special security clearance, are allowed to have direct access to the President's food and drinks. From top-notch technology to rigorously-trained agents and preemptive scrutiny to high-tech security, all measures possible are taken to ensure the President's safety.
  8. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma speaks at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANNESBURG: Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him toward an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders. ?I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,? Zuma said. ?Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC,? he said. The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday. ?No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name,? Zuma said. The ANC, which replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday. When he failed to resign on Wednesday, it announced that it would back an opposition motion in parliament to force him out. His resignation ends the career of the former anti-apartheid resistance fighter, 75, who has four wives, a sharp tongue and a decades-long history of entanglement in scandals that polarized Nelson Mandela?s ?Rainbow Nation?. The rand currency, which has gained ground whenever Zuma has hit political turbulence, soared more than one percent to a 2-1/2 year high of 11.79 against the dollar during the day, as pressure piled on Zuma to resign.
  9. South Korea´s President Moon Jae-in greets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un´s sister Kim Yo Jong as North Korea´s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam looks on before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. -AFP SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea?s nuclear and missile program. The recent detente, anchored by South Korea?s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North?s weapons programs last year and pressure from Seoul?s allies in Washington. The personal invitation from Kim was delivered verbally by his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, during talks and a lunch Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Kim Jong Un wanted to meet Moon ?in the near future? and would like for him to visit North Korea ?at his earliest convenience?, his sister told Moon, who had said ?let?s create the environment for that to be able to happen,? Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing. A Blue House official said Moon ?practically accepted? the invitation. ?We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang?, Kim Yo Jong told Moon during the lunch, and also delivered her brother?s personal letter that expressed his ?desire to improve inter-Korean relations,? the Blue House said. The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States. Washington has pursued a strategy of exerting maximum pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions and harsh rhetoric, demanding it give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons first for any dialogue to occur. ?This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States,? said Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean vice foreign minister and now a professor at Korea University in Seoul.Moon asked the North Korean delegation during Saturday?s meeting to more actively seek dialogue with the United States, saying that ?early resumption of dialogue (between the two) is absolutely necessary for developments in the inter-Korean relations as well,? the South said. It said the two sides held ?a comprehensive discussion ... on the inter-Korean relations and various issues on the Korean peninsula in an amicable atmosphere,? but did not say whether the North?s weapons program was mentioned. A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place. Extreme pressure Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test last year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States. US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea. US Vice President Mike Pence, also in South Korea for the Olympics, has said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea. ?I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign,? Pence told NBC in an interview on Friday, maintaining all options were open to deal with the crisis. ?Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path,? he said. Pence said he would seek to counter North Korea?s attempt to use the Olympics for propaganda and invited the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died last year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, to the Games in Pyeongchang. Before leaving South Korea on Saturday evening, Pence watched short track speed skating games, with Fred Warmbier seated behind him. Moon, who returned to the Games venue, joined Pence in the arena and sat next to him, turned around to greet Warmbier, according to a White House pool report. Later, Moon watched the joint Korean women?s ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, joining Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam, the North?s nominal head of state, who is also visiting the South for the Games. [L4N1Q007Q] North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an ?ironclad? agreement to protect its ally. North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from U.S. aggression.
  10. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. -AFP/File TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that negotiations on the country´s missile programme were out of the question. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tehran, Rouhani also criticised the ongoing Turkish offensive in northern Syria, saying it was showing "no results". But many of the questions focused on the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which is increasingly under threat from US President Donald Trump who has threatened to reimpose sanctions in May unless fresh curbs are put on Iran´s missile programme and regional behaviour. "We will negotiate with no one on our weapons," Rouhani said. "Iranian-made missiles have never been offensive and never will be. They are defensive and are not designed to carry weapons of mass destruction, since we don't have any," he said. Rouhani reiterated that the nuclear deal, signed with six world powers, could not be renegotiated. "The key to the problems between Tehran and Washington is in Washington's hands. They need to stop their threats and sanctions and pressure, and automatically the situation will improve and we can think about our future," Rouhani said. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not negotiable, nor can it be rewritten," he added. "It was negotiated over 30 months before it was signed. It was approved by the UN Security Council. It is meaningless to say it can be renegotiated with the United States, the Europeans or anyone else." UN Security Council resolution 2231, which put the nuclear deal into force internationally, "urges" Iran to curb its ballistic missile tests, but this has been interpreted differently by various parties to the pact. The Europeans have tended to see subsequent missile tests as breaching the spirit of the deal, rather than as outright "violations" as the US has claimed. "If the Americans had used the occasion created by the nuclear deal correctly, there could have been an opportunity for negotiations on other questions, but the Americans destroyed this opportunity," Rouhani said. Criticism of Turkey Rouhani also criticised the Turkish offensive launched against Kurdish forces in northern Syria on January 20. "The entry of a foreign army on to the soil of another country should be done with the authorisation of that country," he said. "On principle, this action is not justified and we would like that it ends as quickly as possible. Our Turkish friends are being killed, others are being killed, Kurds are being killed - it is bringing no results." Rouhani nonetheless insisted that Iran, a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, maintained good relations with Turkey and Russia over Syria´s future. The three countries have together organised peace talks aimed at ending Syria´s long civil war. Rouhani also touched on the protests that hit Iran for a week over the new year, and pushed back against the line, normally heard from conservatives, that they were primarily directed against the dire state of the economy. "Yes people have criticisms about the economic situation and yes they´re right, but they are also criticising the social situation, foreign relations and the political situation. The people have a lot to say and we should listen to them," he said.
  11. Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013 The government of the Maldives will resist any attempt by the Supreme Court to impeach President Abdulla Yameen for disobeying its order last week to release jailed opposition leaders, the attorney general said on Sunday. Following are details of the tussle between the court and the president, which is threatening to spark a constitutional crisis and undermine Yameen?s control of the Indian Ocean nation since he took power in 2013. What is behind the tussle between the Supreme Court and President Yameen?s government? The court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of former president Mohamed Nasheed and eight other opposition leaders and ordered they be tried again, saying the previous proceedings had violated the constitution and international law. In its ruling ordering the release of Nasheed, the Supreme Court said it found that prosecutors and judges had been unduly influenced ?to conduct politically motivated investigations? into the allegations leveled at Nasheed and others. The nine had been jailed on charges ranging from terrorism to treason and corruption. The court also ordered the reinstatement of 12 lawmakers who had been stripped of their parliamentary seats by Yameen?s party for defecting last year, saying their removal was unconstitutional. The reinstatement of the dozen legislators, who now belong to opposition parties, would cause Yameen?s party to lose its majority in the 85-member parliament. Should the opposition reach a majority, they would be able to unseat the speaker, who is a member of the ruling party, and pass no confidence motions against government officials. What?s behind the rivalry between President Yameen and former President Nasheed? Former President Nasheed won elections in 2008, but was forced to resign in 2012 after ordering the arrest of a top criminal court judge, Abdulla Mohamed, for alleged corruption. Nasheed then lost the 2013 election to Yameen, and was sentenced to a 13-year jail term in 2015 for arresting judge Mohamed. Though Western countries have said Nasheed?s action against the judge was against the law, they also raised concerns over his trial, which they called unfair. Nasheed is currently in Britain on medical grounds but is seeking to contest elections against Yameen due by October, posing a big threat to the current president. Nasheed, a graduate of Britain?s Liverpool University, is well connected in the West and has been able to bring pressure against Yameen?s administration. He even got the help of human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, to expose alleged human rights violation by Yameen?s administration. What are Yameen?s options now? So far, Yameen has ignored the order, although he has stopped short of saying he will not obey it. He fired two police chiefs who said they would uphold the court verdict last week, however, and continues to jail opposition members. On Sunday, police raided the home of Hassan Saeed, the head of the judicial administration department, which the opposition said was considering a corruption investigation into Yameen. The Supreme Court later annulled the arrest warrant against Saeed. Members of the ruling party have also sought to shut down an independent TV station accusing it of spreading ?discord,? sparking a call from the US embassy in Columbo, Sri Lanka, for Yameen?s government to respect the freedom of the press. But in terms of the order, Yameen has limited options. His administration can seek to arrest the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and other judges on corruption allegations, targeting them the same way he has gone after opposition members, Western diplomats who are closely following developments told Reuters. That would allow him to reverse the Supreme Court ruling, but at the risk of exacerbating a constitutional crisis. Close allies of Yameen say his main concern is that former President Nasheed and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb have said they can prove the current president engaged in past corrupt deals if they are released. Yameen has denied any corruption allegations. But importantly, the army is supporting the president. On Sunday several police and soldiers said in a live broadcast they were ready to sacrifice their lives ?in the defense of the lawful government?. The combined opposition says they fear a military takeover of the islands to preserve Yameen?s grip on power. What is the international reaction so far? What about domestically? Yameen has ignored calls from the United States and India, among other nations, to heed the court decision on Nasheed. When the Commonwealth pressed Yameen to uphold the rule of law, his government voted for the Maldives to quit the Commonwealth. He has also disregarded all international calls to solve the political crisis through dialogue. China, which has boosted its investments in the Maldives, has so far been silent. But the country is expected to slow down any deals, given concerns about political stability. Male, the capital of the Maldives, experienced some minor clashes between protesters and the police, but the streets were quiet over the weekend. Yameen has sought in the past to suppress protests, and on Sunday the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said it would stop activities that ?openly threaten the security and safety of the Maldives?.
  12. Ghani raised the possibility of reconciliation with some militants in a speech to Islamic clerics in Kabul-Reuters (Photo:File)1 KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left open on Saturday the possibility for talks with militants who accept peace but said the door was closed to those who cause tragedies like recent attacks in the capital, Kabul. An attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Jan 20 and a suicide bombing on a crowded city street a week later have stoked public anger and stepped up pressure on Ghani?s Western-backed government to improve security. The attacks, which killed more than 130 people and were claimed by the Taliban, have also raised fresh doubt about long-running efforts to initiate talks with the insurgents. The president?s office said on Tuesday the militants had crossed a ?red line? and peace would have to be won on the battle field. But Ghani raised the possibility of reconciliation with some militants in a speech to Islamic clerics in Kabul. ?Those who are responsible for this tragedy and do not want peace, the door of peace is closed to them,? Ghani said. ?Those who accept peace, they will witness that the nation will embrace them. But there is a clear difference, our commitment to bringing peace does not mean we will sit quietly and won?t retaliate.? ?We will dig them out from any hiding holes.? Afghanistan?s government has made such vows for years but the insurgency appears ever more resilient. Peace efforts have been made in fits and starts but without progress. US President Donald Trump appeared to dash any hope for peace efforts on Monday when he condemned the Taliban for the Kabul violence and rejected the idea of talks. Trump last year ordered an increase in US troops, air strikes and other assistance to Afghan forces, to force the Taliban to negotiate. But his comments on Monday suggested he saw a military victory over the Taliban, an outcome that US military and diplomatic officials said could not be achieved with the resources and manpower he had authorized. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said in Kabul on Tuesday the US strategy had not changed and the aim was still to press the Taliban militarily to convince them that they had to negotiate. Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of failing to act against Taliban plotting violence from safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border. On Friday, Ghani accused Pakistan of being the ?Taliban centre? and said he was waiting for Pakistani action. Pakistan denies helping the Taliban and a Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Kabul on Saturday with the aim of fostering cooperation. Janjua called for both sides to stop the ?blame game?, Pakistani media reported. The United States said last month it would cut security aid to Pakistan, complaining it was not doing enough to fight militants sheltering there.
  13. Muhammad Aurangzeb is a respected and seasoned banker with more than 30 years of diverse experience with leading global banks in Pakistan and overseas. Photo: Bloomberg The Board of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has approved the appointment of Muhammad Aurangzeb as the President and CEO of HBL, according to a stock exchange filing on Thursday. The letter, however, adds that the appointment is ?subject to approval of the Fit and Proper Test by the State Bank of Pakistan.? Aurangzeb is a "respected and seasoned banker with more than 30 years of diverse experience with leading global banks in Pakistan and overseas." Aurangzeb started his career with Citibank, first in Pakistan and later in New York. He then joined ABN AMRO Bank is a senior leadership role, rising to the position of the Country Manager in Pakistan. He has since held senior level regional and global positions in ABN AMRO Amsterdam, RBS Singapore and since 2011, with JP Morgan, according to HBL. The bank's former president and CEO Nauman Dar retired on December 31. The bank did not specify any reason for his exit. Dar's term at the helm of the country?s largest bank was marred by a penalty of $225 million that the New York State Department of Financial Services recently imposed on HBL for its non-compliance with risk management and anti-money laundering rules.
  14. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, accompanied by his wife Ana Garcia de Hernandez and President of the National Congress of Honduras Mauricio Oliva, is sworn in for a new term during his inauguration ceremony at the Tiburcio Carias Andino National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras January 27, 2018. REUTERS TEGUCIGALPA: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez called for unity on Saturday after a bitterly disputed election last year as he was sworn in for a second term, even as police skirmished with protesters in the streets. Hernandez, a conservative supported by the United States, appeared set to lose the Nov. 26 election until an abrupt halt in the vote count and a shift in the results took victory away from his center-left rival, Salvador Nasralla. Allegations of fraud sparked deadly protests that killed more than 30 people in the impoverished Central American country, which has been plagued by battles between security forces, local gangs and drug traffickers. As Hernandez spoke at a stadium at his swearing-in, supporters and troops chanted ?unity? and waved the blue and white Honduran flag. ?If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand,? he said, quoting the New Testament. ?I promise to carry out a process of reconciliation among all Hondurans.? On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators clashed with troops and police, who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd that had gathered a couple of miles from the stadium where Hernandez took office. Nasralla, a sportscaster and game show host, and his ally Manuel Zelaya, a former leftist president who was overthrown in a 2009 coup, led demonstrators on Saturday. Antonio Tejada, a 33-year-old laborer at the protests, said Hernandez ?had stolen the presidency against the will of the people.? ?We will keep fighting until he is out of power,? he said. International observers said last year?s election was marred by irregularities and the Organization of American States called for a new vote. But the result was eventually ratified by the country?s electoral tribunal and both Mexico and the United States backed the incumbent. Following a contentious decision by the Supreme Court in 2015, Hernandez is the first president to be re-elected since the end of military rule nearly four decades ago. Hernandez has pledged to maintain a hard-line strategy in his fight against the country?s gangs, which has helped curb the murder rate, despite human rights groups? allegations of abuses. He was applauded by investors in his first term for cutting the deficit and boosting economic growth and he pledged to bring peace to Honduras and promote prosperity on Saturday. About 60 percent of Hondurans are mired in poverty while much of the country is terrorized by gang violence, driving tens of thousands of people a year to flee for the United States.
  15. Upon his arrival, President Joko Widodo was greeted by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 ISLAMABAD: Indonesian president Joko Widodo received a guard of honour presented by smartly-turned out personnel of the armed forces upon his visit to Prime Minister House Saturday morning. Upon his arrival, President Joko Widodo was greeted by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Afterwards, the national anthems of both countries were played and the country heads shook hands with other dignitaries. Pakistan´s President Mamnoon Hussain (R) greets his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo upon his arrival at the Chaklala military airbase in Islamabad on January 26, 2018. Photo: AFP On Friday, Widido arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit. The head of state and his wife were received by President Mamnoon Hussain and senior government officials at the Nur Khan Airbase in Chaklala, Rawalpindi. A 21-gun salute was held as President Widodo disembarked from his plane. 'Democracy best way to serve peoples' interests' While addressing a joint sitting on the parliament on Friday, Widodo remarked that conflicts and wars would benefit no one as people become its major victims and called for unity to maintain peace and stability in the region. "Conflicts and wars will benefit no one. I repeat, conflicts and wars will benefit no one. The people, mainly women and children, always become the most impacted ones in conflicts and wars," President Widodo said addressing the joint sitting of the parliament here on Friday. He said that besides impacting the people, the conflicts and wars also destroyed the values of humanity. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and his wife Iriana arrive at the Pakistan´s Chaklala military airbase in Islamabad on January 26, 2018. President Joko Widodo is on an official visit to Pakistan until January 27. Photo: AFP1 Widodo, who started his speech with slogan of 'Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live Pakistan)', also strongly advocated for democracy believing that "Democracy is the best way serving our peoples? interests. Democracy provides the space for the people in decision-making process." President Widodo said in 1963, President Soekarno ignited the spirit to fight against colonialism as well as the spirit of cooperation between newly-independent countries. "Fifty five years later, the President of the Republic of Indonesia is honoured once again to speak before the Parliament of Pakistan," he said. "I would like to use this opportunity to ignite cooperation for the world?s peace and prosperity.
  16. ISLAMABAD: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has assured President Mamnoon Hussain of considering, on humanitarian grounds, the return of terminally ill Pakistani prisoner Zulfiqar Ali to his country. During a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, the Indonesian president said Ali?s case was subjudice. However, Widodo said, he would respect Pakistan's wish and consider the request. The Indonesian president arrived in Pakistan earlier on Friday. The head of state and his wife were received by the president and senior government officials at Nur Khan Airbase in Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in Pakistan Indonesian President Joko Widodo will address the joint session of Parliament Earlier, Ali?s mother had appealed to the Pakistani government for the return of her son from Indonesia. ?Even the doctors have told him that he doesn?t have much time,? said the mother while speaking on Geo News show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath. A father of five from Mughalpura area of Lahore, 53-year-old Ali has been languishing in an Indonesian prison for almost 14 years. He was arrested in 2004, charged with possession of 300 grammes of heroin, and sentenced to death. His lawyers say he is innocent and have alleged serious violations of due process at every stage of the trial and appeal process. ?After being detained for nearly 14 years for a wrongful conviction, Zulfiqar may die in prison while waiting to be executed,? said the Justice Project Pakistan, a human rights organisation providing legal counsel for vulnerable Pakistani prisoners. Mother of cancer-suffering Pakistani death row prisoner in Indonesia appeals for release Zulfiqar Ali, 53, has been diagnosed with stage-4 liver cancer Doctors have estimated Ali's life expectancy to be three months. ?His attending physician confirmed last month that Zulfiqar has been suffering from cancer in both lobes of the liver. He is also suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis and Diabetes Mellitus,? the JPP said in a press release. Ali was scheduled to be executed in July 2016, but received a last-minute reprieve after diplomatic intervention by the Pakistani government and pressure from human rights groups. But he remains on death row.
  17. President of Indonesia Joko Widodo addresses the joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad. ? ONLINE ISLAMABAD: President of Indonesia Joko Widodo Friday said that conflicts and wars would benefit no one as people become its major victims and called for unity to maintain peace and stability in the region. "Conflicts and wars will benefit no one. I repeat, conflicts and wars will benefit no one. The people, mainly women and children, always become the most impacted ones in conflicts and wars," President Widodo said addressing the joint sitting of the parliament here on Friday. He said that besides impacting the people, the conflicts and wars also destroyed the values of humanity. Widodo, who started his speech with slogan of 'Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live Pakistan)', also strongly advocated for democracy believing that "Democracy is the best way serving our peoples? interests. Democracy provides the space for the people in decision-making process." President Widodo said in 1963, President Soekarno ignited the spirit to fight against colonialism as well as the spirit of cooperation between newly-independent countries. "Fifty five years later, the President of the Republic of Indonesia is honoured once again to speak before the Parliament of Pakistan," he said. "I would like to use this opportunity to ignite cooperation for the world?s peace and prosperity." He said the friendship between Indonesia and Pakistan was not a newly-forged friendship as his country would always remember the support of the people of Pakistan towards Indonesia's struggles for independence. The Indonesian president told the joint sitting that as a token of appreciation, on August 17, 1995, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Indonesian Independence, Indonesia had conferred First Class Adipurna Star to Pakistan's Father of the Nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah for his contributions in supporting Indonesia?s independence. Widodo said besides having decades old friendship, the two countries had much in common with both being the biggest Muslim populations, members of D-8, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement, the initiators of Asia-Africa Conference and "most importantly, we are both democratic countries." Speaking about Palestine, he said that both Pakistan and Indonesia consistently supported the independence of Palestine. "At this forum, I would like to call once again for us to continue supporting our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Let us continue supporting Palestine in their struggles." He said just like Pakistan, apart from being home to Muslims, Indonesia was also home to Hindus, Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists as well as the others making it a pluralistic country. Widodo said that Indonesia has been able to preserve its unity despite being very plural with a large population and more than 17,000 islands and with 1,340 ethnicities. He said the Indonesian people lived their lives as a nation in a democratic manner, adding that most people understand that managing diversity was not an easy thing, nor managing democracy. "What we need is commitment?commitment to tolerate in order to maintain plurality; commitment for mutual respects so that democracy could function well," he remarked. President Widodo is on his first visit to Pakistan along with a delegation comprising ministers and the businessmen. The session was chaired by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, three services chiefs, besides the parliamentarians. President Widodo is the second president of Indonesia to address the joint sitting as first Indonesian president Dr Ahmed Soekarno had addressed the National Assembly of Pakistan on June 26, 1963. He is the 17th foreign dignitary to address the joint parliamentary session. The others who addressed the sitting included leaders from Iran, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Palestine, France, China, Britain, Turkey.
  18. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey apparently ended her brief flirtation with a run for the US presidency in 2020, telling InStyle magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she was not interested. Photo: REUTERS/file Media mogul Oprah Winfrey apparently ended her brief flirtation with a run for the US presidency in 2020, telling InStyle magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she was not interested. But the leader of a political action committee supporting Winfrey said it would still to try to persuade her to run and continue seeking to recruit 1 million supporters. Winfrey, 63, stole the show at the Golden Globes awards ceremony earlier this month with a speech against sexual harassment and assault. It sparked an online campaign to lure her into running against Republican US President Donald Trump in the next election cycle. ?It?s not something that interests me,? Winfrey told InStyle. ?... I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That?s not for me.? Winfrey, long associated with Democratic Party causes and fundraising, could not be reached for immediate comment. Winfrey?s friends had backed the idea with her longtime partner in business and life, Stedman Graham, telling the Los Angeles Times ?she would absolutely do it? if there was sufficient public support. Confidante Gayle King said on ?CBS This Morning? that Winfrey was ?intrigued? by the idea. After the Golden Globes, Democratic political consultant Cormac Flynn said he began receiving calls from associates who immediately persuaded him to support a Winfrey run, and he formed the National Committee to Draft Oprah Winfrey for President of the United States 2020. The committee would continue despite the InStyle interview, Flynn said, noting that other politicians have decided to run after initially declining. ?The purpose of our committee is to convince Oprah to reconsider,? said Flynn, whose independent expenditure committee, or Super PAC, consists of two unpaid staff and two consulting firms that are donating their time. ?She?s an exceptional leader and would be a tremendous president,? Flynn said. Known by millions on first-name basis, Winfrey first rose to fame as the host of a television talk show, using it to build a media empire that spans magazine publishing, movie and television production, cable TV and satellite radio. Born into poverty, she is now one of the world?s wealthiest women and been nominated for two Academy Awards. Trump relished the idea of a celebrity-versus-celebrity campaign, telling reporters earlier this month he did not think Winfrey would run but believed he would win that matchup. ?I?ll beat Oprah,? Trump said. ?Oprah would be a lot of fun.?
  19. Indonesian President Joko Widodo/File photo ISLAMABAD: Indonesian President Joko Widodo is arriving in Pakistan today on a two-day visit. The visiting dignitary will address the joint session of Parliament today, which is scheduled to begin at 6pm. He will be only the second president of Indonesia to address the Joint Sitting of the Parliament. Before him, President of Indonesia Dr Ahmed Soekarno had addressed the National Assembly of Pakistan on June 26, 1963. President Mamnoon Hussain will host a state banquet in honour of his visiting counterpart later today. On Saturday, President Joko Widodo will hold a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which will be followed by delegation-level talks between the two countries. Various agreements and MoUs are expected to be signed on the occasion. Prime Minister Abbasi and President Widodo will also address a joint press conference. PM Abbasi to seek return of terminally-ill Pakistani prisoner Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will urge Indonesian President Joko Widodo to allow a terminally-ill Pakistani prisoner on death row in Indonesia to spend his final days with his family, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed on Thursday. Speaking on Geo News show ?Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath?, the foreign minister said Abbasi would request the Indonesian president to let the Pakistani prisoner, Zulfiqar Ali, complete his prison sentence in Pakistan on humanitarian grounds. PM Abbasi to seek return of terminally-ill Pakistani prisoner from Indonesia Jailed for 14 years, Zulfiqar Ali has been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer and a life expectancy of three months ?The prime minister was already aware of the issue when I spoke to him,? Asif said. ?He was hopeful that the Indonesian president would not refuse and would give a solution on humanitarian grounds.? A father of five from Mughalpura area of Lahore, 53-year-old Ali has been languishing in an Indonesian prison for almost 14 years. He was arrested in 2004, charged with possession of 300 grams of heroin, and sentenced to death. His lawyers say he is innocent and have alleged serious violations of due process at every stage of the trial and appeal process. Ali was scheduled to be executed in July 2016, but received a last-minute reprieve after diplomatic intervention by the Pakistani government and pressure from human rights groups. But he remains on death row.
  20. Nicole Ballantine, 26, holds a "rise up as 1" sign while participating in the second annual Women's March in Los Angeles, California, US, January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon1 WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women?s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas. ?Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,? actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. ?Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.? Trump responded on Twitter by touting what he said were economic gains of the past year that benefited women. ?Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,? he wrote. ?Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!? Joblessness among women was 3.7 percent in December, below the overall US unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. Even so, Katie O?Connor ? a 39-year-old lawyer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who travelled to Washington?s National Mall ? said she wanted Trump out. ?I don?t believe this administration is going to do anything good for women,? she said. Many of the protesters wore pink knit ?***** hats,? which were created for last year?s march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. The caps quickly became a symbol of women?s empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration. Saturday?s march follows what many see as a pivotal year for women?s rights, with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct. The movements sprang up after a string of scandals involving powerful men in Hollywood, Washington, and elsewhere. Many of Saturday?s speakers highlighted the theme of sexual assault, urging all Americans to fight back against what they see as a culture that tolerates the mistreatment of women. ?When it happens to a girl, it often means that she has to stand alone,? actress and model Olivia Munn said in Los Angeles, referring to sexual assault. ?We will always support you, stand beside you, so you don?t have to stand alone.? LA crowd largest Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated the crowd at 600,000, and that it was the largest march in the country. In Washington, Democratic leaders addressed a gathering that appeared much smaller than the massive crowd that flooded the nation?s capital on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump?s inauguration. ?So while we have this president celebrating his one-year anniversary, let?s give him an ?F? (grade) for his performance,? House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said while flanked by fellow Democrats. ?We don?t agonize, we organize.? An estimated 5 million people participated in the nationwide rallies in 2017, making it one of the biggest protests in American history. In Chicago, thousands of mostly female marchers gathered in Grant Park, with many carrying protest signs with slogans such as ?Strong women raising strong women.? City officials had put the size of the crowd at between 200,000 and 300,000, and organizers said it was at the higher end and slightly larger than the 2017 rally. Michelle Saunders, 41 ? a software saleswoman from Des Plaines, Illinois ? came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter, Bailey. They also attended last year?s march. ?We are unhappy with the current administration and what it stands for, and want our voices to be heard,? Saunders said. Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has had sharply lower approval ratings among women than among men. A Pew Research Center poll in May showed 46 percent of men approving of Trump?s job performance, while only a third of women did. March organizers hope to build on the energy felt by Trump opponents after his surprise election victory and channel it into gains for progressive candidates in November?s midterm elections, using the theme ?Power to the Polls.? Organizers want to register one million new voters and get more strong advocates for women?s rights in office. Activists say Trump?s policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the first time. In Virginia state legislative polls, 11 of the 15 newly elected Democrats were women.
  21. It has been a whole year ? however cumbersome, tiresome, and worrisome it may have been ? since businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump unexpectedly gained entry into the Oval Office. Be that as it may, the Twitter-loving incumbent president of the United States has time and again offered ample opportunities to the public ? both before and after assuming the Office ? to poke fun at him. Here's a look at 14 peculiar moments when he made us laugh and stress at the same time! US President Donald Trump looks at the Capitol Rotunda during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on Capitol Hill, Washington, US, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts 'Actually humble' ?I think I am actually humble. I think I?m much more humble than you would understand.? ? Donald Trump on CBS' 60 Minutes (July 17, 2016). The American president is so humble, you can't even try to comprehend. So, you know, don't. US President Donald Trump speaks at the "Conversation with Women of America" meeting at the White House in Washington DC, US, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 'Stable genius' His humbleness really knows no bounds, which is why he just HAD to tell everyone about his "mental stability" and "being, like, really smart"! "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. [?] I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!" ? Donald Trump's Twitter account (tweeted January 6, 2018). US President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, US, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 'Don?t feel so stupid' In the past, he has even talked about his intelligence quotient (IQ). "Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault." ? Donald Trump's Twitter account (tweeted May 9, 2013). US President Donald Trump reacts after addressing the annual March for Life rally from the White House's Rose Garden, Washington, US, January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria But no one stopped him here. 'Small hands?' ?Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, [Republican rival Marco Rubio] referred to my hands: ?If they?re small, something else must be small.? I guarantee you there?s no problem. I guarantee.? ? Donald Trump, as the Republican candidate, at a campaign event (March 3, 2016). Vice President Mike Pence laughs as US President Donald Trump holds a baseball bat as they attend a 'Made in America' product showcase event at the White House in Washington, US, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files ... or, earlier, here. 'Long and beautiful' ?My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.? ? Donald Trump to the New York Post's Page Six (2006). US President Donald Trump answers a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House in Washington, US, January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files 'I'd be dating' Ivanka ?I?ve said if Ivanka weren?t my daughter, perhaps I?d be dating her.? ? Donald Trump on ABC's The View (March 6, 2006). We think that he should have stopped right here before saying what he did. ? he didn't. US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican members of the Senate about immigration at the White House, Washington, US, January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files What he did do though, needless to say, was utter some gibberish? 'Covfefe' ?Despite the constant negative press covfefe?? ? Donald Trump's Twitter account (tweeted May 31, 2017). US President Donald Trump speaks before signing a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, US, January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files1 ... with a side of racism. 'Your military is scared' While speaking to his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, the US president said: US President Donald Trump scratches his chin before signing a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, US, January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files1 "You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren?t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. "Our military isn?t, so I might just send them down to take care of it.? ? Donald Trump to Enrique Pena Nieto (February 36, 2017). US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files ? and a glass full of critique! 'Don't write good' x3 ?[The New York Times] don?t write good. They have people over there, like Maggie Haberman and others, they don?t ? they don?t write good. They don?t know how to write good.? ? Donald Trump to Fox News? Sean Hannity (July 31, 2017). US President Donald Trump pauses during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, US, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque If that was not enough, he once questioned some important strategic matters. NUCLEAR WAR... AAAAAaaaaAAAaa! ?Why can?t we use nuclear weapons?? ? Donald Trump, as the Republican nominee, allegedly posed his query during a foreign affairs briefing, as claimed by former Republican congressman and high-profile political talk show host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Joe (August 3, 2016). Trump ? then the Republican US presidential candidate ? speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker/Files 'Freezing and snowing' A frequent critic of the global warming cause, Trump had wrongly connected New York's temperature to the issue once, saying: ?It's freezing and snowing in New York--we need global warming!? ? Donald Trump's Twitter account (tweeted November 8, 2012). US President Donald Trump delivers brief remarks ? as he plays host to the members of the US Coast Guard he had invited to play golf ? at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, US, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files ? making us wonder if he really does know the significance of such issues. 'Believe me' "I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.? ? Donald Trump's campaign speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, US (November 12, 2015). US President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files And sizes were compared... 'Great, great wall' ... of border walls. Trump ? then the Republican US presidential candidate ? speaks at a rally in Sparks, Nevada, US, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Glover II/Files ?I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words." ? Donald Trump's candidacy announcement speech (June 2015). Trump ? then the Republican US presidential candidate ? delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, US, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files Heh! 'Books about this campaign' ?I?ve had a beautiful, I?ve had a flawless campaign. You?ll be writing books about this campaign.? ? Donald Trump to ABC News? George Stephanopoulos (July 29, 2016). US President Donald Trump concludes his remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tennessee, US, January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files All in all, the American head-of-state has given everyone some "beautiful", "flawless", and quality content to enjoy. Well, here's to another year of crazy, typo-laden statements, so grab your second bag of popcorn! Trump ? then the Republican US presidential candidate ? gestures and declares ?You?re fired!? at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, US, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/Files COVER IMAGE: US President Donald Trump prepares to address the annual March for Life rally, taking place on the National Mall, from the White House Rose Garden in Washington, US, January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  22. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: AFP file KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has criticised a recent Pakistani religious ruling by over 1800 scholars declaring suicide bombings un-Islamic. In an interview to VOA, Ghani said he believes an anti-terrorism Islamic edict, or fatwa, issued by Pakistan, should have covered the entire Muslim world, including Ghani?s war-torn nation. Speaking to a gathering of Afghan youth, women, civil society activists and clerics in Kabul he said that fatwas issued under Islam have never been confined to geographical boundaries of a single nation. Clerics in the audience agreed with the Afghan president after he asked for their opinion on the matter. He admitted that the Afghan army could not survive for more than six months without US aid because of a shortage of funds in the country. Ghani expressed concern at Taliban gaining strength again in the country, stating that the Taliban are sowing seeds of hatred and doubts for the government in the minds of the public. The Afghan president also admitted that approximately 21 international terrorist groups have a presence in Afghanistan and these groups are factories of suicide bombers.
  23. Celebrating our brave men and women in uniform is something that comes naturally to us. Even though one day is not enough to praise their sacrifices, having a dedicated day to celebrate our Army is a great way to pay them the respect they deserve. On the occasion of 70th Army Day today, the entire nation has come together to pay their tributes and share what they feel about our men and women. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off virtual celebrations and shared a heartfelt message. On Army Day, I convey greetings to the soldiers, veterans and their families. Every citizen of India has unwavering trust and pride in our Army, which protects the nation and is also at the forefront of humanitarian efforts during times of natural disasters and other accidents. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2018 Our Army always puts the nation first. I salute all those great individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving the nation. India will never forget our valiant heroes. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2018 President Ram Nath Kovind also shared a wonderful message. On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to families of those who have worn the uniform. You are our nation's pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 15, 2018 An annual parade takes place at Cariappa Marg in New Delhi every year to mark the occasion. Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who is always very vocal about his patriotism, had a very important message for the youth of the nation. Before you paint d town red exactly a month from now on Valentine's Day, how about doing it in Army Olive Green today on #ArmyDay...Let your armed forces, your country be your Valentine @adgpi #IndianArmy #IndianArmyDay — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 15, 2018 Many others paid homage to our Army on Twitter as well. On #ArmyDay, I Salute & remember the fellow comrades who laid their lives defending the freedom of our motherland. My best wishes to all the friends & their families who are serving the nation in olive greenðºðª Jai Hindð®ð³ @adgpi pic.twitter.com/DxA9E3u64h — Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) January 15, 2018 Saluting our brave soldiers and their families. You battle the harshest weather & terrain and go above & beyond to protect our nation's borders. Thank you for your service! #ArmyDay #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/R7S9w3sSjB — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2018 “OUR FLAG DOES NOT FLY BECAUSE THE WIND MOVES IT,IT FLIES WITH THE LAST BREATH OF EACH SOLDIER WHO DIED PROTECTING IT”.I salute our bravehearts of the Indian Army on the eve of #ArmyDay.Their dedication&selfless service towards the country is an inspiration to the world...ð pic.twitter.com/hm7igLJI8v — Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) January 15, 2018 The day represents the time when Field Marshal KM Cariappa first took charge of the Army as the first Indian Army chief in 1949. He succeeded General Sir Francis Butcher, who was the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
  24. The Yemeni Football Association building ? which was damaged in a Saudi-led air strike ? is seen in Sanaa, Yemen, May 31, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files DUBAI: A nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an end to the Yemen war in his first public appearance since his uncle was killed by his former Houthi allies last month. Brigadier-General Tareq Mohammed Saleh ? who led a brigade of an elite Yemeni army unit before his uncle was forced to step down in 2012 ? had been expected to help lead Saleh?s supporters in a fresh fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. Addressing supporters in the southern Shabwa province ? where he had travelled to offer condolences to the family of Aref al-Zouka, who was killed along with Saleh in the attack on Saleh?s residence in Sanaa ? Tareq said he remained committed to his uncle?s quest for peace in Yemen. ?We are with what the leader had willed, especially his demand to stop the war, lifting the siege from our people,? said Tareq, who survived the attack by Houthi forces. ?We also extend our hands to our brothers, particularly the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to work to end the war and to restore stability and security to Yemen,? he added. Initial reports said Tareq was killed in the fighting that erupted after Saleh called on the Saudi-led coalition to end the war, a move interpreted by the Houthis as a betrayal. But it later emerged that he had survived and had made his way to a safe location. Zouka was the secretary-general of Saleh?s General People?s Congress party. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 to try to restore President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power after the Houthis, backed by Saleh?s supporters, forced him into exile. The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people and ruined the economy and pushed the country to the verge of famine.