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  • ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ Forced to Cancel Another Presser

    BANGKOK — Organizers of an upcoming sports event that doubles as a rally against PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday they...

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    BANGKOK — Organizers of an upcoming sports event that doubles as a rally against PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday they were forced by “those in power” to cancel another news conference.

    An event to formally unveil details of “Run Against Dictatorship” was scheduled to take place at Royal Rattanakosin Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Avenue at 10am today, but activist Tanawat Wongchai told reporters the venue abruptly withdrew at the last minute, citing “immense pressure from those in power.”

    It’s the second time Tanawat’s group was forced to abandon its launch for the running event, scheduled to take place in January. Their previous presser at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand previously was foiled by the police, who allegedly threatened the club with possible closure if the event was allowed to go ahead.

    After announcing the second cancellation today, Tanawat and his friends then walked on foot to nearby Thammasat University, where they successfully held a news conference without intervention from the authorities.

    According to Tanawat, the running event will be held at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus on Jan. 12, from 4.30am to 8am. The campus will serve as both the start and finish points, he said.

    Tanawat is a fourth year student at Chulalongkorn University well known for his active criticism of the government on his social media platforms.

    “Run Against Dictatorship” also won endorsement from opposition bloc leader Thanathorn Juangruangruangkit. During a rally on Saturday that drew thousands of demonstrators, the Future Forward Party chairman urged his supporters to join Tanawat’s event.

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    17 December 2019
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  • “Walking Street @Silom” New destination in Town.

    Brand New city market “Walking Street @Silom” opens up (15 December 2019) welcoming visitors to the brand new destination in...

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    Brand New city market “Walking Street @Silom” opens up (15 December 2019) welcoming visitors to the brand new destination in town every 3rd Sunday of the month from 12.00 to 22.00. Right from lunchtime, big crowds of locals and tourists have joined in the grand opening by shopping for goods and tasting cool dishes along the famous Silom road. The stalls line both sides of Silom road under the BTS Skytrain elevated rails to give some shade from the bright sun. 

    Over 300 businesses have joined the walking street with 70% being food stalls including classic Thai food and trendy options including drinks and desserts to end a perfect meal. Visitors can also shop home products including handmade goods, OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) goods, clothes, and other goods. There are also street performers who will be a part of the experience of Walking Street @Silom.

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    There is a stage in the middle of the street with various shows such as a Thai Dance show. The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha went on the stage to officially open Walking Street @Silom up for business. The main concept behind the event is to “Walk, Eat, Taste, and Explore”. The new walking street will promote tourism in the area along with boosting the economy in the area. The Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang joined in the grand opening celebration.

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    The Prime Minister stated in his ceremonial speech that tourists visit Thailand because of the beautiful nature, delicious food that is good and cheap, and Thai Smile. The Thai people need to keep these good qualities by continuing to smile and to have peace along with efficiency and safety. The government wants to increase tourism, but safety and stability must come first. The government can’t approve every project because there is a budget. The Prime Minister touched on a few other topics before ending with a statement that the people must become one, the Thai’s must stand solo and to not let any person destroy this unity.

    FB Caption: The Prime Minister gave an opening speech at the brand new walking street on Silom Road, Bangkok.

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    17 December 2019
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  • Trump’s campaigning on the roaring economy. Here’s how Democrats plan to stop him.

    WASHINGTON — Impeached or not, President Donald Trump has a strong tailwind heading into his re-election year: The economy. Presidential...

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    WASHINGTON — Impeached or not, President Donald Trump has a strong tailwind heading into his re-election year: The economy.

    Presidential contests tend to turn on “it’s the economy, stupid,” as Democratic strategist James Carville famously summed up underdog Bill Clinton’s win in 1992.

    And things look good for Trump at this time: Unemployment is at a 50-year low; stocks are at all-time highs; and forecasters project growth into 2020, especially as the trade war with China seems to be easing.

    “If the status quo continues, he’ll win,” said Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, referring to his presidential prediction model, which is based on economic indicators, including gas prices and the unemployment rate, along with the president’s approval rating and projected turnout.

    Zandi’s is just one of several prediction models that favor Trump, who also has the benefit of incumbency.

    The president never misses an opportunity to boast about the Dow or the latest jobs report, and those rosy indicators give other Republicans something to run on, no matter what’s happening in Washington.

    “For folks running for Congress or Senate, it’s something they can and will tout every single day,” said Republican strategist Matt Gorman.

    So should Democrats worry?

    “Yes,” said Carville. “Everything worries me.”

    With Democrats in the midst of a presidential primary fight, there’s widespread agreement among the candidates and their biggest allies that many Americans aren’t feeling the benefits of a robust economy and that Trump can be defeated by highlighting those inequities.

    While liberal megacities are booming, Rust Belt swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin have lost thousands of manufacturing jobs this year, after an earlier revival, due in part to trade disputes. And unemployment rates have begun to tick up a bit in dozens of battleground counties in the industrial Midwest.

    In Wisconsin’s Marinette County, which Trump won by 34 points, the unemployment rate has climbed a full percentage point in the past year (though it’s still low, historically).

    Stocks are up but so are costs

    Democrats say rising health and child care costs, ballooning student debt and concerns about retirement savings have left many voters feeling anxious about the future, even while others are enjoying the growth of their 401(k) accounts.

    Half of Americans (49 percent) worry about an immediate financial need, such as paying rent or bills, while another quarter of the population have no immediate needs but are concerned about long-term financial issues like retirement, paying for a child’s education and health care costs, according to surveys taken by Gallup.

    “Virtually every cost in the life of a middle-class family is up and that dynamic is frankly one of the reasons why (Trump) won the last election,” said Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat who represents the key battleground state of Pennsylvania. “There was a frustration that neither party was addressing that basic problem.”

    Those issues predated Trump, but Democrats argue he not only failed to address them, but also made things worse by undermining the Affordable Care Act and squandering his biggest legislative opportunity on a tax cut that most Americans thinkhelped the wealthy and not them.

    Those messages have already started to appear in ads run by Democratic super PACs, like Priorities USA, which has spent $8.2 million since July on digital ads in swing states. Presidential candidates also have highlighted rising costs and sluggish wage growth in speeches and ads.

    “The idea that Trump’s strength is on the economy is false,” said Patrick McHugh, Priorities USA executive director. “While macro indicators might suggest that the economy is doing alright, everyday Americans are not feeling that.”

    The super PAC’s extensive polling of battleground states has found voters’ satisfaction with their economic situation fell 8 percentage points from May to October, and their approval of Trump’s handling of the economy dropped from a net 10 points to an equal number approving and disapproving.

    Some nonpartisan polling backs that up. A new Pew survey found that while 69 percent of Americans think the economy is helping the wealthy, just 32 percent say it’s helping the middle class and only 27 percent say it’s helping the poor. And 58 percent say the economy is actually hurting the middle class and 64 percent say it’s hurting the poor.

    Overall, though, a slight majority of Americans — 52 percent — approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, according to the last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which is stronger than his overall approval rating.

    Of course, a lot could change in the next year.

    Resisting Trump’s temperament

    Selling their economic case will depend on Democrats not repeating their mistakes of 2016, when they focused on Trump’s temperament while he focused on telling workers he would bring their jobs back.

    “We took a big mirror and projected Trump’s face on it and said to voters, look at how grotesque it is, look at how despicable it is, and we never really turned the mirrors around to focus on what’s actually going on in peoples’ communities,” said Bradley Beychok, the president of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge.

    The group plans to spend at least $50 million in 2020 trying to soften up Trump’s support in conservative areas, after having compiled research on 77 counties to try to localize messages about how the president driven things in the wrong direction on jobs, health care costs and more.

    Lee Saunders, the president of AFSCME, a union that represents 1.4 million mainly public-sector workers, said Democrats have gotten better at talking about bread-and-butter issues, but “can’t let impeachment take all the oxygen out of the room.”

    “If you look at the Democrats who are running for president right now, these folks have started talking about how working families are being left behind,” he said. “They want to hear how you’re going to help them and benefit them on a day-to-day level.”

    Democrats were cautious with their criticism of the economy when Barack Obama was still in the White House, but the 2020 presidential candidates have been relatively unified in dissecting the Trump economy:

    • “Look beyond the daily headlines about the stock market and the unemployment rate, you’ll see a grim, long-term picture of our economy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in an economic speech she delivered in New Hampshire on Thursday.
    • “Trump said he’s going to take care of the forgotten man. He got elected and forgot them,” former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with CNBC last week.
    • “(Trump) is saying, ‘the economy is doing great, just look at the stock market.’ And a lot of folks around the country and around here in South Bend say, ‘What about me?'” Mayor Pete Buttigieg told NBC News’ Harry Smith.

    The Democratic National Committee and state parties plan to highlight what they call Trump’s “broken promises” to help forgotten workers.

    For instance, in 2017 he traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, to assure voters he would revive the struggling manufacturing sector and keep open a nearby G.M. plant the automaker was threatening to close.

    “Those jobs have left Ohio — they’re all coming back. They’re all coming back,” Trump told a cheering crowd. “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”

    G.M. shuttered the plant this year.

    A recent Quinnipiac survey found nearly six-in-10 Americans said they are better off financially now than they were in 2016, while a majority of Wisconsin voters (53 percent) say they approve of the way Trump is handling the economy, according to a new poll from Marquette Law School, widely considered the best pollster in the state.

    In fact, Americans are so deeply polarized that even their view of the economy — not what they think should be done about it, but just their appraisal of how well it’s working today — is tied to their partisan identity.

    Republicans’ view of the economy dramatically improved as soon as Trump took office, while Democrats’ view of it declined, even though the economy under the final months of President Barack Obama’s tenure and first few months of Trump looked virtually identical.

    Today, 75 percent of Republicans say the economy is excellent or good, versus just 41 percent of Democrats who say the same, according to Pew.

    Findings like that make Carville wonder if, in 2020, it really still is the economy, stupid.

    “Trump is impervious to everything, good or bad. He just stays at 41.7,” Carville said, referring to the president’s approval rating in FiveThirtyEight.com’s average. “I don’t care how many good stories about the economy come, I don’t care about how many bad stories come, it still comes up 41.7.”

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    17 December 2019
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  • Thanathorn Accused of Insulting Monarchy for Skywalk Rally

    BANGKOK — A pro-government activist on Monday urged police to prosecute Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on suspicions that...

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    BANGKOK — A pro-government activist on Monday urged police to prosecute Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on suspicions that he defamed the monarchy.

    For holding a mass anti-government protest on Saturday, Sonthiya Sawasdi from Phalang Pracharath Party accused Thanathorn of breaching Section 6 of the constitution, which states that the monarchy must be revered and cannot be violated. Police also reportedly filed charges against Thanathorn over the rally, which drew thousands.

    Sonthiya did not elaborate on the allegation, but said Thanathorn should also be charged with sedition and violating a law on public assembly.

    “I agree with freedom of expression, but a demonstration cannot interfere with ordinary people,” Sonthiya said after filing his complaint at Pathumwan Police Station.

    “I believe people from all over the country don’t want to see a protest,” he said, adding that his actions were of his own accord and do not represent the Phalang Pracharath Party.

    Thairath newspaper also reported that Pathumwan Police has filed three criminal charges against Thanathorn related to Saturday’s rally. They include organizing a protest without notifying local authorities, using a loudspeaker without permission, and resisting law enforcement officers.

    The latter charge was filed in connection with a scuffle between the protesters and police officers at the rally.

    Police and government officials previously warned Thanathorn that he could face legal repercussions if he or his supporters break any laws during the protest.

    Future Forward Party spokeswoman and Pathumwan Police chief could not be reached for comment as of publication time.

    The charge of unauthorized protest was also filed against organizers of a similar rally in Chiang Mai province on Saturday. The rally was held in solidarity with the gathering in Bangkok at the time.

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    17 December 2019
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  • How the EU plans to lead the global monitoring of CO2 emissions

    The EU’s eyes in the sky will be able to help fight the climate crisis by tracking where CO2 emissions...

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    The EU’s eyes in the sky will be able to help fight the climate crisis by tracking where CO2 emissions are coming from.

    Copernicus, the bloc’s observation service of our planet, can already measure concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

    But it is teaming up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop satellites to track the source of these emissions.

    The effective monitoring of CO2 emissions is considered crucial in holding countries to account over various climate promises.

    It is hoped they will be launched around 2026 and will be capable of measuring anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

    These are man-made greenhouse gases — for example from the burning of fossil fuels — as opposed to naturally occurring emissions.

    To understand the insights of this landmark project, Euronews spoke to Hugo Zunker, the EU Commission’s policy officer in charge of Copernicus and Professor Bernard Pinty, a scientific officer.

    How is it possible to measure human-made and natural CO2 separately?

    “The natural carbon cycle is pretty well known, even if we have to improve our knowledge of it. But the new technology and models will have such a precision that will be able to detect the ‘plumes’ of CO2 emitted by cities, but also large polluters like power plants” said Professor Pinty.

    “It’s at the edge of what’s feasible with the current technology,” said Zunker.

    The European Space Agency is already working on modelling the high-performance satellites.

    The keys: cutting-edge technology and international cooperation

    Satellites will measure 200 kilometre-bands of every location of the planet every three days, with a resolution of 2×2 kilometres.

    The key to the success of the project is the cooperation. “It would be impossible to build this in such short notice,” says Zunker.

    Among them are EU agencies such as Copernicus, ESA, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and international space and weather services like the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Meteorological Organization.

    The EU has also set a consortium of 20 European organisations working on the project called CO2 Human Emissions Project.

    In addition to the satellite data, the system will be combined with “in situ” measurements to validate and fill the gaps of satellite observation. Building the network of agencies and agreements to collect the data is one of the great challenges, apart from the technological one.

    The huge amount of data will be processed by EUMETSAT services and the experts of ECMWF will make sense of it thanks to state-of-the-art computer and mathematical modelling.

    “It will hopefully work as a weather forecast service,” said Zunker.

    Why is it necessary?

    CO2 is an “elusive” gas. The natural and human-emitted CO2 mixes quickly in the atmosphere so a system to measure it at the source was needed. There are also gaps in the knowledge of the carbon dioxide circulation in the atmosphere and the effects of anthropogenic CO2 disruptions in the natural carbon cycle. Nevertheless, the new mission will also be able to measure methane, the second most important greenhouse effect causing gas, or nitrogen dioxide.

    International agreements on climate change — from the different COP meetings to the EU’s Green Deal — include emission transparency policies. Such a programme will not only help to monitor countries’ performances but also detect anomalies.

    “It will help trigger the alarms,” said Zunker, allowing authorities to identify and correct the black spots.

    When will it be operating?

    The programme is set to start by 2026.

    “The date is very important because we want it to be fully operating for the 2028 stocktake included in the Paris Agreement,” said Zunker. The stocktake is when the countries have to release the progress of their efforts to curb emissions. The first stocktake is set to take place in 2023 and the second should be in 2028, hopefully, based on the new CO2 measuring system data.

    How much will it cost?

    The project is a step closer to become a reality after the European Space Agency’s ministerial meeting has approved its most generous budget ever with €14.4 billion for the 2021-2027 period of which roughly €2.5 bn for the Copernicus Earth monitoring programme.

    Still pending, the additional €16 bn proposed by the EU Commission, yet to be approved by member states and the EU Parliament.

    The new C02 measurement project will cost roughly €1 bn. More than half of this budget is needed only to build the satellites.

    Mauro Facchini, who heads up the Copernicus unit at the EU Commission told Euronews: “Space is not just for space geeks, space is really for our citizens and for our planet.

    “Copernicus is already recognised as probably the reference in the world.

    “With Copernicus, we are able to observe the situation on the land, on the oceans, the air quality looking at catastrophes… and our ambition is to have new observation for CO2 and that’s why we are cooperating the ESA in order to develop new satellites that will be able to show anthropogenic CO2 emissions.”

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    17 December 2019
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  • Hong Kong mall protests flare as Christsmas shopping season peaks

    Small groups of anti-government protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid sporadic scuffles with riot police,...

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    Small groups of anti-government protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid sporadic scuffles with riot police, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam away on a visit to Beijing.

    In the peak shopping season ahead of Christmas, groups of masked protesters, clad in black, marched through malls chanting slogans including “Fight for freedom” and “Return justice to us”.

    In the Telford Plaza mall in Kowloon Bay, skirmishes broke out with riot police, who used pepper spray on crowds and wrestled several people to the ground before taking them away.

    In Shatin, police fired one tear gas canister outside the New Town Plaza mall, and took away several people, according to media reports, after some entrances and walkways were blocked, glass panels smashed, and graffiti sprayed.

    The police said in a statement that some shops had been damaged and that a smoke bomb had been set off. Many shops closed early.

    Hong Kong has been embroiled in its worst political crisis in decades since June with anti-government protests posing a populist challenge to China’s leader Xi Jinping, complicating ties between China and the United States at a time of heightened tensions including over trade.

    Demonstrators have railed against what they see as Chinese meddling in freedoms promised to Hong Kong when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

    They also say they are responding to excessive use of force by police. Last Sunday, a protest march drew around 800,000 people, according to organisers, suggesting the movement still has significant public support.

    On Hong Kong island, several hundred people, many social workers, gathered peacefully to reiterate demands that include full democracy and an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality.

    Some called for more strikes, while others sat at tables to write Christmas cards to those who have been jailed.

    “One of our goals is defending social justice,” said Chan, a 20-year-old studying to become a social worker. “We have tried every measure to express our voices … but the government still doesn’t listen. We haven’t put enough pressure.”

    Separately, a pro-government rally drew over a thousand people nearby.

    “We don’t support any violence in Hong Kong,” said Lee Man-kan, a 54-year-old solicitor. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is in Beijing where she is due to meet Xi on Monday.

    Some observers say the visit could yield fresh directives including a possible cabinet reshuffle of key local officials.

    Lam, however, seemed to play that down before she left, saying the first task was to curb violence and restore order.

    The government is also planning more public dialogue through social media channels, as well as a second planned town hall session with top officials to try to bridge differences.

    Despite the febrile public mood, China maintains it is committed to the “one country, two systems” formula granting Hong Kong autonomy and says it fully supports Lam.

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  • Dozens injured in India as activists clash with police in citizenship law protests

    NEW DELHI — More than 100 activists protesting against a new Indian citizenship law were injured in New Delhi on...

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    NEW DELHI — More than 100 activists protesting against a new Indian citizenship law were injured in New Delhi on Sunday as they clashed with police who used tear gas and baton charges to disperse demonstrators at a major university.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says the new law will save religious minorities, such as Hindus and Christians, from persecution in neighboring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan by offering them a path to Indian citizenship. But critics say the law, which does not make the same provision for Muslims, weakens India’s secular foundations.Sunday was the fifth straight day of protests across the country against the law enacted earlier this month, and the third day running in the capital.

    Police tried to contain thousands of protesters, including locals and students, who had gathered near the Jamia Millia Islamia University in southeast Delhi. Clashes erupted and authorities said protesters torched buses, cars and motorbikes.Officials at two local hospitals said more than 100 people with injuries had been brought in following the clashes.”Many of them have fracture injuries. We are running out of plaster of paris for casts,” said Inamul Hassan, an official at the Alshifa Hospital located near the university, adding more than 80 people with injuries had been brought to the hospital.A spokesman for Holy Family Hospital told Reuters’ partner agency ANI that it had treated 26 students suffering from minor injuries.POLICE STORM CAMPUSPolice resorted to baton charges and firing tear gas on the protesters to disperse them, according to a Reuters witness. Officers stormed the campus grounds to confront protesters they said fled into the university and threw stones at police.”About 4000 people were protesting and police did what they did to disperse them when the crowd burnt buses,” said Chinmoy Biswal, a senior police officer in the area. “If it had been a peaceful mob it would have been dispersed peacefully.”He added that police entered the campus to maintain order and that six officers had been wounded in the clashes.However some students and officials at Jamia Millia, a storied institution almost 100 years old, decried the police action.”Police have entered the campus by force, no permission was given. Our staff and students are being beaten up and forced to leave the campus,” Waseem Ahmed Khan, a senior faculty member of the university, told ANI.Student Tehreem Mirza said students took shelter in the library after police on the campus fired tear gas.BLAME GAMEThe protests have raged particularly in some eastern states such as Assam, Tripura and West Bengal, where resentment toward Bangladeshi immigrants has persisted for decades.Authorities have shut down internet access in several parts of the affected states in an attempt to maintain law and order.Modi, speaking at a rally in the eastern state of Jharkhand on Sunday, blamed the opposition Congress party and its allies for inciting violence against the citizenship law.

    The Congress party in turn slammed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party on Twitter saying, the government “has failed at its duty to maintain peace in the nation.”Local authorities ordered all schools in southeast Delhi to remain closed on Monday. Jamia Millia university had already said, on Saturday, that it was closing early for the winter break. The Aligarh Muslim University in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh also announced that it was shutting early for the break after student protesters clashed with police on Sunday.Hundreds of activists gathered outside the New Delhi police headquarters on Sunday night to protest against alleged police brutality and the detention of students.A lawyer, who is trying to negotiate the release of detained students, said at least 28 were being held at one police station in South Delhi. A police spokesman did not respond to a call, or message asking about the number of people detained.Meanwhile, protests against the law continued in parts of eastern India. A highway connecting West Bengal and Assam was blocked in several places on Sunday when protesters burnt tires, demanding the law be scrapped. Violence was also reported in Patna, the capital of the eastern state of Bihar.

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  • Boris Johnson visits north-east England in lap of victory

    Boris Johnson visited northeastern England on Saturday, the UK region that handed him a resounding victory and re-election on Thursday....

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    Boris Johnson visited northeastern England on Saturday, the UK region that handed him a resounding victory and re-election on Thursday.

    Voters there who have historically voted Labour switched to his Conservative Party after it campaigned to “get Brexit Done.”

    “I know that people may have been breaking the voting habits of generations to vote for us,” he told supporters in Sedgefield, which used to be in Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s constituency.

    “And I want the people of the Northeast to know that we in the conservative body, and I, will repay your trust.”

    Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party were reflecting on their worst election result since 1935.

    Its shadow finance minister John McDonnell said it was time for the party to move on.

    “We’ll all go, now the new leader will come in place, appoint the shadow cabinet – I won’t be part of that shadow cabinet, you know, I’ve done my bit, we need to move on at that stage with that new leader,” he said.

    But Boris Johnson has a problem: Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a party that wants independence. It gained 48 of the 59 seats on offer.

    The leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, said that meant there was now a mandate for a second independence referendum.

    In the first one in 2014, 45 per cent of Scotland voted for independence.

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  • German Railway Company Says Greta Thunberg’s Photo Misleading

    BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany’s national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a...

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    BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany’s national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.

    The image has drawn plenty of comment online about the performance of German railways.

    Thunberg posted the tweet late Saturday with the comment “traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!”

    But German railway company Deutsche Bahn suggested that Thunberg may not have spent the whole time sitting on the floor. And the 16-year-old Swedish activist later sought to draw a line under the matter by tweeting that she eventually got a seat and that overcrowded trains are a good thing.

    Some Twitter users expressed pity for Thunberg for not being able to get a proper seat on the train for the long ride home from Madrid, where she was attending the U.N. climate change conference. Others wished her a safe trip home after months of traveling by trains and boats to different climate events in Europe and the United States.

    Thunberg doesn’t fly on planes because it’s considered harmful to the climate. Last week, she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for her efforts to prod government and others to take faster actions in fighting climate change.

    Deutsche Bahn, which used to be famous for its punctuality, has come under fire in recent years for delays, last-minute train cancellations and expensive ticket fares.

    In Deutsche Bahn’s first reply to the teenager’s initial tweet, the company wished her a good trip back home and adding that “we continue working hard on getting more trains, connections and seats.”

    Later, however, the railway company wrote in a statement to the media that Thunberg had a seat in first class between Kassel and Hamburg and that other members of her team were already sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.

    In the photo on Twitter, Thunberg is sitting on the floor at the end of a rail car with her back leaning against a suitcase, staring out of a window. There’s an empty food box next to her and more suitcases and backpacks piled up by her side.

    Later on Sunday, Deutsche Bahn tweeted twice more in regard to Thunberg’s train travels through Germany.

    In the first tweet, the company thanks the teenager for supporting Deutsche Bahn’s battle against climate change and pointed out that the train she used had been running 100% on eco-friendly electricity.

    In the second tweet, however, Deutsche Bahn seemed to suggest that Thunberg hadn’t spent the entire train ride sitting on the floor.

    The company pointed out to the teenager that “it would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently our team served you at your seat in first class.”

    Thunberg later tweeted that the fact she didn’t first sit in a seat wasn’t meant as a knock against Deutsche Bahn.

    She wrote that “this is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!”

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    16 December 2019
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  • Former Japanese Empress in Poor Health, Palace Says

    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Former Empress Michiko has been in poor health since mid-September, vomiting multiple times and losing weight, with...

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    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Former Empress Michiko has been in poor health since mid-September, vomiting multiple times and losing weight, with stress seen as one of the possible causes, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

    The 85-year-old underwent breast cancer surgery in early September and has since been receiving hormonal treatment. The agency said the post-surgery treatment is not suspected to be the cause of her vomiting, which included a small amount of blood.

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    16 December 2019
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