US SC blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

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Updated: Jan 19, 2018 06:32 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 19 (ANI): United StatesSupreme Court has blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to redraw its congressional district maps.

The court issued a stay order in the case, which would have required the


NKorea demands US apology for not using official name

NKorea demands US apology for not using official name

North Korea demanded an apology from the United States on Wednesday for what it called “insolent outrageous behavior” in refusing to refer to the country by its official name — the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

North Korean counsellor Ri Song Chol made the demand at a meeting of the UN General Assembly committee dealing with relations that the United States, calling the Trump administration’s action a serious political issue “related to sovereignty of an independent member state of the United Nations.

He said the administration is driven by “dishonest and impure motivation to politicise every single protocol issue.

Ri said his mission made a routine request to the US Mission to renew a tax exemption card for one of its diplomats in early December and was very surprised when a week later the new card came back with the country’s name as “North Korea. he cards allow UN diplomats to make purchases without paying tax.

The mission assumed it was a “technical mistake,” Ri said, but was shocked to hear from the US Mission that the State Department in Washington refused to change the country’s name to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

He quoted a reply from the US Mission saying “our DC office” said names on credentials for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “indicate North Korea which is the conventional short abbreviation . he tax card will remain the same.

Ri said the DPRK “strongly requested” the US “to correct the mistake at once with no further delay,” and to send a formal document clarifying its new protocol policy on using abbreviated names instead of formal official names.

He told The Associated Press that he and a desk officer from the DPRK Mission also met with a diplomat from the US Mission to try get the name changed. He said the DPRK desk officer exchanged more than 10 emails with the US diplomat.

But Ri told the Committee on Relations with the Host Country that the DPRK has not received a response “and the problem still remains (the) same without any progress.

However, Ri said that before the start of Wednesday’s meeting the US Mission told a diplomat from Cyprus who is a member of the host country committee “that they’re going to fix as soon as possible — please inform the DPRK delegate about their intention to fix the problem.

We are pleased to hear that, but we made our statement,” Ri said.


'India and Israel are an alliance'

India and Israel are an “alliance”, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his inaugural address at the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The two countries officially hold each other as “strategic partners,” a stand reiterated in the joint statement of Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a day before.

In a speech outlining the sources of national power, Netanyahu said democratic values were the “most important” source of power. f we are to live in a world that protects democratic norms,” he said, countries such as India and Israel needed to form an “alliance to secure our future. e also underlined the challenge of “radical Islam and its terrorist offshoots” to the “quest for modernity”.

He said Modi spoke often of the need to secure democracy. We have discussed how we can strengthen relations of our two countries in security, in civilian areas and every area,” he said, before ending with the line “god bless the India-Israel alliance.

Earlier in his speech, Netanyahu described India as “one of the great powers of earth”. cited military capability as the first requirement of national power, noting that in Israel’s case this included considerable investment in intelligence to “compensate for our size.

Military and intelligence, however, was expensive and therefore this required economic power. This in turn required education. Israel’s own defence forces, he said, were a “giant education machine. ut to convert innovation into economic might needed a free market environment that allowed firms “to do business and add value to the economy. He cited the growing convergence of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence. Countries that seize the future are those that innovate along these lines,” he said.

He spoke of “political power”, “the ability to build relationships and alliances with other countries” before citing values and democracy as the fourth pillar. d Israel’s long struggle to survive had led it to understand a lesson: “The weak don’t survive, the strong survive. noted that “you make peace with the strong, you make alliances with the strong, you are able to maintain peace by being strong.


D66 struggle in Amsterdam, GroenLinks on the rise, says new poll

D66 struggle in Amsterdam, GroenLinks on the rise, says new pollThe view towards Amsterdam’s city hall. Photo:

An opinion poll carried out 2.5 months before the local elections shows that the Liberal democratic party D66 will struggle to hold to its lead in Amsterdam.

At the last local elections, D66 overtook the Labour party, which had been the biggest party in Amsterdam since 1946, and formed


Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

US President Donald Trump would gladly face Oprah Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, a White House spokesman said on Monday after social media buzz from her speech at an awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else," Hogan Gidley told reporters on Air Force One during a flight to Nashville on Monday. We welcome all comers.

Winfrey, 63, stole the show at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night with her speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement and lit up Twitter with a surge of tweets carrying "#Oprahforpresident" and "#Oprah2020.

She is actively thinking about a run, CNN reported on Monday, citing two of her close friends. CNN did not name the friends, who it said had spoken on condition of anonymity. At least one emphasized that Winfrey had made no firm decision.

Winfrey has said in the past she is not interested in running for president, but the Los Angeles Times quoted Stedman Graham, Winfrey's longtime partner in business and life, as saying on Sunday that, "It's up to the people . She would absolutely do it.

Wearing a black gown to show support for victims, she used her platform to promote the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment and assault, throwing her support behind others who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and elsewhere in politics and the media.

She had that room in her hands. It was like a campaign rally," said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy.

The nine-minute speech generated two standing ovations from the Hollywood glitterati and prompted 220,000 posts on social media mentioning the words "Oprah" and "president" in just 24 hours, said Todd Grossman of social media analytics company Talkwalker.

After Trump won the White House in 2016 with help from his fame as a reality TV star, it no longer seems far-fetched to consider a similar campaign by Winfrey, an actress, movie and television producer, and chief executive of her OWN cable channel, political analysts said.

Winfrey, long associated with Democratic politics and fundraising, would likely face a crowded field in the Democratic primaries in the 2020 race.

But given her connections, Winfrey might have a fund-raising advantage over her rivals in liberal Hollywood, which is often called an automatic teller machine for Democratic candidates.

She's certainly a bigger celebrity than Trump ever was, especially in terms of connecting with her audience. Obviously this has given her an opportunity. What does she do next with it? said Alan Schroeder, a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston who has written on the intersection of show business and politics.

Trump benefited from his star power to win more free media exposure than his rivals in the Republican primary and was able to run a relatively inexpensive campaign.

His committee spent $343 million in the primary and general election campaigns with the help of $47. 5 million of the real estate developer's own money, which he lent to the campaign and later forgave.

Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, spent $585 million including $1. 5 million of her own money.

Winfrey could supplement any campaign with her own wealth. Forbes estimates she is worth $3. 0 billion compared to $3. 5 billion for Trump. She was raised in poverty by a single mother and went on to host the top-rated talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 25 years before ending it in 2011.

Jeffe, the USC professor, cautioned against thinking of Hollywood as a monolith of liberal Democrats. Besides the liberal creative talent, Hollywood money also comes from the more conservative, unionized trade and craft workforce as well as from the business interests.

She has credibility with all of them," Jeffe said.


US urges Myanmar to ensure democratic benefits for all

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| Updated: Jan 03, 2018 15:30 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 3 (): The United States on Wednesday urged the Myanmar authorities to ensure that everyone has full and equal access to the opportunities and benefits of a democratic society.

U.S. Secretary of StateRex W

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