Trump’s ‘Taiwan talk’ angers China
WASHINGTON: U.S Presidentelect Donald Trump signalled a potential rupture in the country’s China policy by holding a telephone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday. He is the first American President or Presidentelect to talk to a Taiwanese President since 1979, when the U.S. cut off diplomatic ties with the island while getting closer to China....
‘Heart of Asia’ meet to target Pak. on terror
AMRITSAR: India and Afghanistan are once again expected to try to pin down Pakistan on terrorism at the Heart of Asia conference beginning here on Sunday. The two countries are expected to try for a draft declaration in stringent language against “cross-border terrorism” and “sanctuaries for terror groups”....
Anger as bodies returned
PHOTOS: REUTERS RIO NEGRO, Colombia Colombia began repatriating the victims of this week’s tragic air crash in the Andes yesterday as Bolivia’s president called for ‘‘drastic measures’’ against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts...
Tulsa family readies home for annual Cascia Christmas Walk
Rachel Vincent is hitting the reset button on her Christmas decorations this year. Instead of the gold-andred theme she’s decorated with during the past few years, she’s pulling from a new palette to match her new home. “It’ll be our first year in this house,” said Vincent, 41...
‘We lost everything’
Residents and business owners in Gatlinburg got their first look at the wildfire destruction on Friday, and many walked around the once-bustling tourist city in a daze, sobbing.
They hugged each other and promised that they would stay in touch.
“We love it up here so much,” said Gary Moore, his voice trembling...
BEIRUT — The UN said Friday an estimated 31,500 residents have been displaced following Syrian government advances into the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave this weekend, as government media reported from those newly-captured areas, demonstrating its restoration and resettlement efforts there....
F1 champ Rosberg shockingly retires
LONDON: Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes.
“From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my...
‘Acting is all about looks. We’re props’
There’s the smallest of pauses before Chris Pratt confirms he once worked as a stripper. “It was actually pretty fun,” he says, grinning. “I was an exhibitionist as a kid – always naked – so at 18 I announced I was going to be a stripper.
“I went for an interview, or an audition? Whatever it is strippers do...
Opposition candidate Barrow wins Gambia presidential poll
BANJUL — Gambia’s opposition candidate has defeated longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh in the West African country’s presidential vote, an upset victory that could lead to the country’s first transfer of power in more than two decades, the head of the election commission announced yesterday....
Starbucks CEO to step down; tech-savvy COO to head coffee chain
After turning Starbucks Corp into the world’s largest coffee chain, Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz will hand the reins to a lieutenant who could solidify its role as a technology company.
Kevin Johnson, a 33-year veteran of the tech industry who became Starbucks chief operating officer last year, will take the helm from Schultz on April 3....
Push for president’s impeachment grows
SOUTH Korea’s three opposition parties said yesterday they would file an impeachment motion against beleaguered President Park GeunHye, and push for a National Assembly vote next week.
Accused of colluding with a close friend who faces embezzlement charges,...
Amber Mozo’s father Jon, a surf photographer, died in an accident while shooting at Pipeline when she was just 10, she coped in the only way that made sense to her: She picked up his camera.
“I felt like it was led by him, led by his spirit as a tool that would help me overcome the trial of loss,” Mozo recalls...
No one can stop Trump using nukes
Some time in the next few weeks, Donald Trump will be briefed on the procedures for how to activate the United States nuclear arsenal, if he hasn’t already learned about them.
All year, the prospect of giving the real estate and reality TV mogul the power to launch attacks that would kill millions of people was one of the main reasons his opponents argued against electing him....
OTTAWA — Liberal members of a special all-party committee on electoral reform are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to break his 2015 promise to change Canada’s voting system before the next federal election.
That remarkable call for inaction came Thursday even as opposition members of the committee joined forces to put pressure on Trudeau to keep the campaign commitment....
Old hand takes firm grip in Hinch office
The warning to Michaelia Cash a week ago was abrupt. Derryn Hinch had decided he knew better than the Employment Minister about how the Coalition’s landmark workplace reform would work. And he was ready to vote it down within days.
Hinch was relying on the word of a key adviser to dispute the minister’s account of her own reform...
ONE TOUGH ROGUE
Felicity Jones on Star Wars In a matter of two years, Felicity Jones has hardly had time to catch her breath. Her Oscarnominated performance in The Theory Of Everything transformed her career from that of a relatively obscure British actress into a major Hollywood star....
Highs and lows of Canberra Three former politicians moved quietly through the corridors of Parliament in Canberra this past week, unnoticed by most but with a jaunty sense of purpose. Former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell, ex-Coalition trade minister Andrew Robb...
Controversial prince takes the throne
THAILAND: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, became Thailand’s new king yesterday after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October.
Vajiralongkorn, who will be known as King Maha Vajiralongkorn...
Talented Ms Hay
“How cool is this?” Karyn Hay exclaims as she moves through the rooms of a mansion that has been preserved exactly as it was in the late 19th century.
Well-known as the presenter of the 1980s TV music show Radio With Pictures, a documentary producer, and now a RADIOLIVE evening talkback host, Hay has just completed her second novel, The March of the Foxgloves...
Trump salutes Carrier
INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump saluted workers, owners and himself Thursday at a Carrier plant in Indiana, declaring that a deal to keep a local plant open instead of moving operations to Mexico was only the first of many business victories to come in the U.S. with him as president....