Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) – Japan’s government introduced a bill Friday to recognize the country’s ethnic Ainu minority as an “indigenous” people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group. The Ainu people — many of whom live in northern Hokkaido — have long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation, and while discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps with the rest of Japan persist. “It is important to […]

US officials to meet Xi as trade talks near end

by Ryan Mcmorrow Agence France Presse Top US economic officials were to meet on Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the sides aim to wrap up trade talks in Beijing with enough goodwill to extend a truce in their tariff war. The world’s two biggest economies are seeking an accord to bridge their deep trade differences, after President Donald Trump set a March 1 deadline beyond which he would rescind a freeze on tariff […]

Haiti president breaks silence after week of violent unrest

by Amelie BARON Agence France Presse PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moise on Thursday broke his silence after a week of violent protests demanding his resignation as the US announced it was pulling “non-emergency personnel” from the country over the deadly unrest. “I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” Moise said in a pre-recorded address broadcast on state television, speaking in Creole in the aftermath […]

$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to Venezuela: Bolton

by Alina DIESTE Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Twenty-five countries have pledged $100 million in aid to crisis-hit Venezuela, US national security advisor John Bolton announced Thursday following an Organization of American States conference on assisting the crisis-hit country. “Today, 25 countries, united at the OAS-hosted Conference on Humanitarian Assistance in Support of Venezuela pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance,” Bolton tweeted. According to David Smolanksy, coordinator of an OAS working group […]

Vegas Golden Knights drop second home game to Arizona Coyotes

By Aljamin Santos EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS, NV (Eagle News) – With just 26 games left in the regular season, the divisional game between the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights could be the start to a shift in the western conference. The Coyotes, who broke a five-game losing streak against the Dallas Stars, needed to win this matchup. The Golden Knights, having suffered a loss to the Blue Jackets Saturday evening, sat […]

Pompeo calls Iran more destabilizing than N. Korea

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underlined the need for different foreign policy approaches to Iran and North Korea in comments published Thursday, describing Tehran as more “destabilizing” than Pyongyang. “We’ve made very clear that these situations are very different. We take each of them where we find them,” he told US television station CBS in excerpts of a transcript released by the State Department. Washington set 12 tough conditions […]

War kills over 100,000 babies a year: Save the Children

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) — At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage to hospitals and infrastructure, a lack of access to health care and […]

DFA: Five Filipino sailors missing off Falkland Islands

(Eagle News)—Several Filipinos who are crewmen of a Taiwanese vessel that caught fire off the Falkland Islands have been reported missing. In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Embassy in London said the five Filipinos have been missing since Monday. The DFA said embassy officials were “closely coordinating with relevant authorities and the manning agency of the Filipino seafarers..” It said it was also “ready to provide assistance.” The Taiwanese vessel […]

37 killed in Indian Kashmir attack

by Parvaiz BUKHARI Agence France Presse SRINAGAR, India (AFP) — At least 37 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir in one the deadliest attacks on government forces there, police said. The suicide bombing outside Srinagar claimed by an Islamist group is likely to ratchet up tensions between nuclear-armed arch rivals India and Pakistan, with New Delhi long accusing Islamabad of supporting militants. “The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not […]

Canadian woman jailed for attack in name of IS group

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — A Canadian woman found guilty of terror crimes for trying to join the Islamic State group and in its name attacking staff at a department store was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison. Rehab Dughmosh, 34, was arrested in June 2017 and later convicted of leaving the country for the purpose of joining a terror group, and assaults with a golf club and a butcher knife, and carrying an archery […]

Trump to declare ’emergency’ to fund border wall

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill averting a government shutdown but will also issue an emergency declaration to fund his controversial border wall, the White House and lawmakers said Thursday. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told colleagues that he spoke by phone with Trump, who “indicated he’s prepared to sign the bill. He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.” The White […]

Hong Kong port slips from global top five for first time

  HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong’s port, which once vied with rival Singapore for global dominance, has slipped out of the world’s top five busiest shipping container terminals for the first time, new data has revealed. The bustling southern Chinese financial hub owes its very existence to its ideal location as a port, a cornerstone of the remarkable growth of a city’s whose name means “Fragrant Harbour”. It has been among the world’s […]