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Monday, April 15, 2019

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Are Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un About to Have a Summit?

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 01:50 AM PDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time next week, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports.

The Russian leader is expected to travel to his country’s far eastern region, near the North Korean border, on his way to Beijing for meetings on China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Apr. 26 and 27, according to Yonhap.

“Chances are fairly high that a summit between Russia and North Korea could take place around that time,” a source told Yonhap.

Russian lawmakers cited by Reuters have previously indicated that there are plans in place for Kim to visit Russia this spring or summer.

Read More: Russia Is Still Accepting North Korean Laborers Despite Sanctions, Report Says

Top officials from both countries have met in recent months, fueling speculation that the rendezvous may be taking place sooner rather than later. Kim Chang Son, who is Kim’s de-facto chief of staff, visited Mosow and Vladivostock in March, and Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev visited Pyongyang earlier this month, according to Yonhap.

Neither Moscow nor Pyongyang has confirmed that a summit will take place.

Kim Jong Un has met with with several world leaders since taking office in 2011, including China’s Xi Jinping, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

A Canadian Tourist Has Died After Falling From a Popular Zipline Attraction in Northern Thailand

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 01:30 AM PDT

Local media reports say a Canadian man has died after the cable of a zipline he was traveling on snapped in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand — the latest accident to befall the popular Flight of the Gibbon tourist attraction.

According to the Bangkok Post, the man was identified as 25-year-old Spencer Charles, who was vacationing in Thailand.

Local officials in Mae-on district told the Post that the accident happened late on Saturday morning when a cable reportedly disconnected shortly after Charles was released from the start of the zipline, causing him to fall more than 300 feet to the creek below.

In 2016 three Israeli tourists, including a seven-year-old boy, were injured after a mid-air collision at the same attraction sent them plunging. One of the tourists reportedly required intensive care and the attraction was suspended following the incident.

The year before, an American woman and a Chinese woman, crashed into each other while riding the zipline and were hospitalized.

According to a Post report of 2017, the husband of the Chinese woman claimed in a statement to a Thai court that there was no first aid kit available on the site at the time of the accident, while the American woman suffered brain trauma and lost vision in one eye as a result.

The Flight of the Gibbon bills itself as “a chance to encounter wild gibbons in their natural habitat” by ziplining through “the ancient Thai rainforest.” It says it has “the highest international safety standards” and “fully trained staff” it calls “Sky Rangers.”

It was founded in 2007 by New Zealander David Allardice, according to its website, and operates zipline attractions in Chiang Mai and in the Thai capital Bangkok.

The company has accepted full responsibility for the accident, said an official cited by the Post, and an investigation is underway.

The Removal of Fuel From Fukushima Reactors Begins, Eight Years After the Disaster

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 09:09 PM PDT

(TOKYO) — The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that workers started removing the first of 566 used and unused fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units in the pool located high up in reactor buildings are intact despite the disaster, but the pools are not enclosed so removing the units to safer ground is crucial to avoid disaster in case of another major quake.

TEPCO says the removal at Unit 3 would take two years, followed by the two other reactors.

The step comes ahead of the real challenge of removing melted fuel from inside the reactors, but details of how that might be done are still largely unknown. Removing the fuel in the cooling pools was delayed five years by mishaps, high radiation and radioactive debris from an explosion that occurred at the time of the reactor meltdown, underscoring the difficulties that remain.

Workers are remotely operating a crane built underneath a jelly roll-shaped roof cover to raise the fuel from a storage rack in the pool and place it into a protective cask. The whole process occurs underwater to prevent radiation leaks. Each cask will be filled with seven fuel units, then lifted from the pool and lowered to a truck that will transport the cask to a safer cooling pool elsewhere at the plant.

The work is carried out remotely from a control room about 500 meters away because of still-high radiation levels inside the reactor building that houses the pool.

Robotic probes have photographed and detected traces of damaged nuclear fuel in all three reactors that had meltdowns, but the exact location and other details of the melted fuel are largely unknown.

In February, a remote-controlled robot with tongs removed pebbles of nuclear debris from the Unit 2 reactor but was unable to remove larger chunks, indicating a robot would need to be developed that can break the chunks into smaller pieces. Toshiba Corp.’s energy systems unit, which developed the robot, said the findings were key to determining the proper equipment and technologies needed to remove the melted fuel, the most challenging part of the decommissioning expected to take decades.

TEPCO and government officials plan to determine methods for removing the melted fuel from each of the three damaged reactors later this year so they can begin the process in 2021.

Ivanka Trump Visits Ethiopia, Promoting a White House Global Economic Program for Women

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 09:12 AM PDT

(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — Far from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on Sunday while promoting a White House global economic program for women.

President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis Ababa. It was her first stop in Africa on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

Aiming to offer assistance and learn about the struggles of women in business, she took part in a traditional coffee ceremony, visited with weavers and announced new financial support for businesses.

“Investing in women is smart development policy and it’s smart business,” Trump said, sitting in Dumerso Coffee, a dimly lighted space with a woven ceiling, tile floor and colorful paintings. Alongside were women who work in the industry.

This is Ivanka Trump’s first visit to Africa since the president launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. It’s a program she hopes will outlast an administration better known for “America First” isolationism.

She has drawn praise for taking on this project and for making the trip. But thousands of miles from Washington, she is sure to be shadowed by her father’s efforts to cut international aid, as well as his past disparaging comments about Africa.

Ivanka Trump arrived in Ethiopia early Sunday, flying commercial. At the textile and craft manufacturer Muya, she was greeted by dancers and chatted with women seated at colorful looms. She said she was pleased to begin in the country with Africa’s second-highest population.

“Ethiopia’s success is Africa’s success,” she said.

Ivanka Trump was accompanied by Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and David Bohigian, the acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corp., which provides loans, loan guarantees and political risk insurance, funding projects that stretch across continents and industries.

At the coffee shop they announced a loan, issued by a local women-focused bank and backed by USAID, for a coffee business owned by women. At Muya, they announced additional OPIC financing.

Later in the trip, she plans to meet with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In Ivory Coast, she will visit a cocoa farm and participate in a meeting on economic opportunities for women in West Africa. That gathering is part of the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, a program that Ivanka Trump pushed the bank to introduce.

She will be joined in Ivory Coast by a U.S. congressional delegation that will include U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the White House.

Reaction to the visit reflected the contradictions of Ivanka Trump’s role.

Activist Marakie Tesfaye, who founded a group in Ethiopia for women, welcomed the attention. “I think she’s coming genuinely to empower women and it’s good that she’s coming because she will push forward our agenda,” she said.

Ethiopian journalist Sisay Woubshet was more skeptical, citing Donald Trump’s past comments. “I don’t think people will have a good feeling about his daughter’s visit this time around to promote her global initiative towards women.”

For Ivanka Trump, those challenges come with the territory.

She has spent two years promoting a family-friendly agenda in an administration focused on hard-line immigration tactics and protectionist trade policies.

To questions about international aid spending, she has said the administration strives to be generous in a “fiscally responsible way,” and has argued that investing in her project, which builds on previous White House efforts, is a way to promote security in developing countries.

The new global women’s initiative involves the U.S. State Department, the U.S. National Security Council and other American agencies. It aims to assist women in developing countries with job training, financial support and legal or regulatory reforms.

Money for the effort will come through USAID, which initially set up a $50 million fund using dollars already budgeted. The president’s 2020 budget proposal requests an additional $100 million for the initiative, which will also be supported by programs across the government as well as private investment.

Experts praised the government-wide approach, which will incorporate new and existing programs, though some stressed that it was early in the process. The investment comes as the president is proposing cuts to foreign aid, and as the administration is expanding a ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions.

“The part of the proposal which is around looking at laws — that is a good thing to focus on,” said Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, referencing the initiative’s support for changing laws, regulations and customs that create barriers preventing women from fully participating in the workforce.

But he said the abortion-related ban could have a negative economic impact. “I think one of the most powerful tools for women’s economic empowerment is the ability to choose when and how many children they have,” Kenny said.

Daniel Runde of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said Ivanka Trump was strategically building on the work of past administrations. He called her an effective “goodwill ambassador” for the issues and a smart emissary to send to Africa.

Hillary Clinton, as U.S. secretary of state, “provided high-level attention to these issues,” said Runde, who previously worked for USAID and is an informal adviser to the administration on development policy. “Ivanka Trump is playing a similar role to the role that Secretary Clinton played.”

Sudanese Protesters Demand ‘Immediate’ Move to Civilian Government After Coup

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 07:03 AM PDT

(CAIRO) — Organizers of the protests in Sudan that forced long-ruling President Omar al-Bashir from office are calling on the military to “immediately and unconditionally” hand power to a transitional civilian government that would rule for four years.

The political parties and movements behind the four months of protests said in a joint statement late Saturday that they will remain in the streets until their demands are met. They said the handover to civilian rule would be the “first step toward the fall of the regime.”

The army has appointed a military council that it says will rule for two years or less while elections are being organized. The council met with a delegation of protest organizers on Saturday.

Omer el-Digair, leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party, told the protests outside the military headquarters in Khartoum after Saturday’s meeting that the atmosphere was “positive.”

“We demanded restructuring the current security apparatus,” he said. “We do not need a security apparatus that detains people and shuts off newspapers.”

The military overthrew al-Bashir on Thursday, ending his nearly 30-year reign and placing him under house arrest in the capital, Khartoum. The protesters fear that the military, which is dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates meanwhile issued statements in support of Sudan’s transitional military council.

Saudi Arabia said it “stands by the Sudanese people” and called on all Sudanese “to give priority to the national interest” of their country. The UAE called on the Sudanese “to work for protecting legitimacy and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power.”

Saudi King Salman ordered an unspecified package of aid for Sudan that includes petroleum products, wheat and medicine.

In separate statements issued late Saturday, Saudi Arabia and the UAE specifically expressed support for Sudan’s transitional council formed by the military. The UAE said it welcomed the swearing-in of Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan on Friday as head of that council.

Burhan assumed leadership of the military council the day after al-Bashir’s ouster after protesters objected to its being led by Gen. Awad ibn Ouf, who was seen as being too close to al-Bashir.

In remarks broadcast on state TV, Burhan said Saturday the council has invited “all spectrums of Sudanese people for dialogue.”

He said he was lifting the nighttime curfew imposed Thursday, which was to last for a month, and declared the immediate release of all those detained and tried during the wave of unrest that began in December.

Al-Bashir imposed a state of emergency in February, banning unauthorized public gatherings and granting sweeping powers to the police in an effort to quash the protests. Dozens of people were killed in clashes between police and protesters, and hundreds were tried before emergency courts.

The protesters have modeled their movement on the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 that swept leaders from power in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. They have incorporated many of its slogans, and established a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum earlier this month.

Those uprisings left a mixed legacy, with only Tunisia emerging as a democracy. In Egypt, the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013 and authorities have since cracked down hard on dissent. Yemen slid into civil war, and Libya is on the verge of another major conflict as militias fight for control of the capital, Tripoli.

Over 120 People Have Been Killed Since Fighting Broke Out in Libya: U.N.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 06:50 AM PDT

(CAIRO) — More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said Sunday.

The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise offensive against Tripoli on April 5 and is battling rival militias loosely affiliated with a weak U.N.-backed government.

The World Health Organization said 121 people have been killed in the fighting and another 561 have been wounded. It did not specify whether they were fighters or civilians.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 13,500 people have been displaced, and that “significant numbers of civilians” remain stuck in areas where the fighting has escalated.

U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame said a school was bombed in the town of Ain Zara, around 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible. Both sides have carried our airstrikes in the town, and a spokesman for the Libyan National Army said it has stepped up airstrikes on its rivals in the past two days.

Hifter has vowed to unify the country after years of chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He has led previous campaigns against Islamic militants and other rivals in eastern Libya, and has received support from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Russia and France.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Hifter in Cairo on Sunday, the presidency said, without providing further details.

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Export of oilmeals rose 31% to Rs 6,222 cr in FY19

Major importers of Indian oilmeals were Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Iran
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BPCL resumes naphtha exports from Kochi

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Jet Airways pilots appeal to SBI for funds

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Game of Thrones final season premières early on DirecTV Now

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No plans to run for office but will focus on finding solution to impending care-crisis: Indra Nooyi

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Metropolis Healthcare shares rally 9% on debut

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SpiceJet to start direct flights from Mumbai to Colombo, 4 other destinations

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Tight contest on the cards for Kolhapur Lok Sabha seat

Incumbent Dhananjay Mahadik of the NCP to take on Sanjay Mandlik of the Shiv Sena
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Gold slips to 1-week low as global slowdown fears ease

Spot platinum eased about 0.1 per cent to $885.45 per ounce
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Kerala Financial Corpn doubles sanctions in 'controlled phase of growth'

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Wockhardt stocks rise; firm says USFDA inspection yields no observations

Shares of drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd rise as much as 2.3 per cent to Rs 460, their highest since April 8. The company says no observations made after US
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Major decline in steel export to US; increase in aluminium: Report

India’s steel export to the US in 2018 declined by 49 per cent to $ 372 million, while that of aluminium increased by 58 per cent to $ 221 million, t
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Infosys falters on weak FY20 guidance; TCS rises

Shares of Infosys Ltd fell as much as 4.7 per cent to Rs 712.6, marking its sharpest daily drop since October 11, on weak FY20 margin guidance.The sof
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Rupee slips 7 paise to 69.24 against USD in early trade

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eTrio Automobiles obtains certification to retrofit petrol, diesel cars into pure electric vehicles

eTrio Automobiles, a Hyderabad-based company, has obtained regulatory certification to retrofit petrol and diesel cars into pure Electric Vehicles (EV
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O.C. Tanner acquires employee recognition company Kwench

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Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that m
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