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by Bernard on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 02:51:24 PM EST
Nigerian woman poised to lead WTO after rival withdraws, Washington offers support
The U.S. administration of former President Donald Trump had blocked Okonjo-Iweala's candidacy after a WTO selection panel recommended her as chief in October. The decision required consensus [sic].
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South Korea's trade minister Yoo Myung-hee, a finalist selected from among eight candidates, on Friday withdrew her name after months of diplomatic pressure to bow out.
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by Cat on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 11:18:30 PM EST
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Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala prepared for task of reviving WTO
"The first day with the former finance and foreign minister at the helm of the WTO coincides with a closed meeting of its top decision-making body, the General Council."
by Cat on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 04:07:49 PM EST
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China New Year gala show sparks new racism controversy with blackface performance
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state broadcaster has come under fire once more for a performance featuring dancers made up to look African during its annual gala show to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

During CCTV's four-hour show which typically draws hundreds of millions of viewers, performers appeared on stage wearing outfits that approximated African clothing and had darkened their skin with make-up.

"The New Year Gala director team is just stupid and vicious," said one of a number of users who took to Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform, to criticise the skit.

"Is there any difference between Chinese people doing blackface and white people slanting their eyes to make fun of Asians?"

China's foreign ministry said the integration of cultural elements from other countries into Chinese shows was a sign of respect and the inclusion of the African segment was not a diplomatic issue.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 06:32:41 PM EST
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Strong quake hits off coast of Fukushima, shakes Tokyo - Asahi Shimbun
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Feb. 13, shaking buildings and triggering widespread blackouts, but there appeared to be no major damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 60 km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It hit at 11:08 p.m. local time and shook buildings in the capital Tokyo and elsewhere.

No tsunami warning had been issued, the meteorological agency said.

Some 950,000 households were initially without power, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a briefing carried on public broadcaster NHK. The blackouts appeared to be concentrated in northeast Japan, including Fukushima and neighboring prefectures.

There were no irregularities at the Fukushima No. 1 and No.2 nuclear power plants or at the Kahiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

by Bernard on Sat Feb 13th, 2021 at 05:10:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 07:17:11 PM EST
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Is it really the case that the NY Times, along with the rest of the mainstream Western press has ignored this, or has Google just hidden it? AA (Turkey)
Bolivia's former President Evo Morales on Thursday welcomed the central bank's decision to return a $346.7 million loan and interest to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Morales congratulated President Luis Arce's return of "the surrender, onerous and conditional credit assumed by the dictatorship against the interests of our people."

The interim government of Jeanine Anez approved the loan last year amid a political crisis following Morales' forced resignation in 2019.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 18th, 2021 at 07:06:27 PM EST
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That's what Jean-Michel Connard's brother resorted to in Texas this week. The survival bucket. He's been dreaming of civilization falling apart for months now. Turns out, the guy wasn't even ready for a power outage. He can't cook anything. He can't open any of his canned food.

The brother's brilliant survival plan depended on natural gas and kitchen appliances, including an electric can opener. He's currently eating cold ravioli and complaining to his mom.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 12:21:57 PM EST
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!These materials may have been obtained through hacking
Distribution of hacked materials policy Overview
by Cat on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 11:14:18 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 11:50:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 04:04:41 PM EST
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out of Venezuela's embassy in US into the fire
by Cat on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 04:11:08 PM EST
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Philippines offers nurses in exchange for vaccines from Britain, Germany
Nurses are among the millions of Filipinos who work overseas, providing in excess of $30 billion a year in remittances vital to the country's economy.
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the Philippines has yet to start its campaign to immunise 70 million adults, or two-thirds of its 108 million people. It expects to receive its first batch of vaccines this week, donated by China. The Philippines wants to secure 148 million doses of vaccines altogether.
Pfizer plays hardball in Covid-19 vaccine negotiations with Latin American countries
sovereign assets, such as embassy buildings and military bases ... the company's negotiators demanded more than the usual indemnity against civil claims filed by citizens who suffer serious adverse events after being inoculated"
The latest moral outrage is the failure to ensure equity in vaccination efforts: António Guterres
by Cat on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 01:14:02 AM EST
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