Daily Archive: February 4, 2017

Feb
04

The Latest: Trump appeal: Aliens lack constitutional rights

Protesters outside Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach, Fla., as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (Michael Ares/Palm Beach Post via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the reaction to a court order blocking U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (all times Eastern):


Feb
04

Top Asian News 3:23 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has died after being flung out of a fast-turning ride at an amusement park in southwest China. China’s product safety regulator said in a statement late Saturday that an initial investigation showed her seatbelt had broken and a passenger safety bar did not fit tightly enough at the Chaohua Park in Fengdu county, which comes under Chongqing municipality. Cellphone footage carried by state media showed the girl flying out of the “Travel Through Space” ride on Friday afternoon as seats repeatedly spun round 360 degrees. Media reports say she fell on to iron railings and was taken to a hospital, where she died.

Feb
04

Trump attacks US judge as travel ban rolled back

Zeina, who did not want to give her last name, takes part in a protest against US President Donald Trump outside the White House on February 4, 2017, in Washington, DCThe US government began to roll back Donald Trump's contentious travel ban targeting citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries Saturday, after a stinging legal defeat for the new president. Government agencies and major global airlines said they would recognize valid visas and cease enforcing Trump's order, after a federal judge in Washington state put a block on the measures pending a wider legal review. Thousands of people from London and Paris to New York and Washington staged fresh protests against the Republican leader, who took office just two weeks ago vowing to shake up American politics as usual.


Feb
04

New Pentagon chief an instant hit in Japan, South Korea

In this Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, is escorted to inspect an honor guard at Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Mattis on Friday reassured two key U.S. treaty allies, South Korea and Japan, that President Donald Trump, who has raised doubts about the value of such partnerships, is fully committed to defending them. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — In his debut abroad as the first retired general to lead the Pentagon in more than half a century, Jim Mattis found that in Japan and South Korea his experience in uniform is seen as an asset.


Feb
04

Facing new challenger, Merkel rallies troublesome Bavarian ally

German Chancellor Merkel smiles next Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union Seehofer during a news conference at the Chancellery in BerlinBy Paul Carrel and Jörn Poltz BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel meets her Bavarian allies on Sunday for two days of talks aimed at rallying their troubled conservative alliance to take on the re-energized Social Democrats in a September election she expects to be “tough like no other”. Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has been a thorn in her side for much of the last two years, pressing for a cap on migrants that she is unwilling to support.


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