January 15, 2017

China Rejects Donald Trump’s Suggestion to Negotiate With Taiwan

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. China warned its rivals against turning the South China Sea into a "cradle of war" and threatened an air defence zone there, after its claims to the strategically vital waters were declared invalid. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nicolas Asfouri—AFP/Getty ImagesChinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016.

(BEIJING) — China’s foreign ministry on Sunday again rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he might use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip between the two sides.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that the “one China” policy is “non-negotiable.” Since recognizing Beijing in 1979, Washington has maintained only unofficial ties with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing considers its territory — a status quo that Trump has repeatedly threatened to upend since winning the November election.

“The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China,” Lu said in a statement. “That is the fact acknowledged by the international community and no one can change.”

Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that “everything is under negotiation, including ‘one China.’”

The interview is the latest indication that Trump could shake up the U.S.-China relationship, particularly on Taiwan, which China considers a core national interest.

China Rejects Donald Trump’s Suggestion to Negotiate With Taiwan

Smaller firms set to ‘face £52bn in fines’ for security breaches as cyber-crime skyrockets

  • British firms were subjected to almost 230,000 cyber attacks in 2016
  • Experts say ‘the scale of threat to small businesses must not be underestimated’
  • According to insurer RSA, businesses are not protecting themselves sufficiently

British firms were each subjected to an average of almost 230,000 cyber attacks in 2016, according to analysis from business internet service provider Beaming.


New evidence suggests D.B. Cooper may have worked for Boeing

Undated sketches of D.B. Cooper.

Undated sketches of D.B. Cooper.  (FBI)

A team of scientists selected by federal officials in Seattle have come across new evidence in the mystery of D.B. Cooper.

The Citizen Sleuths have been analyzing particles found on the clip-on-tie that Cooper left behind after he hijacked a Northwest Orient airplane in November 1971.

Tom Kaye, the lead researcher of the group, told King 5 on Friday that a powerful microscope used in their investigation has found more than 100,000 particles on the JCPenny tie.

He added that the group has been trying to identify where some of the particles, including Cerium, Strontium, Sulfide and titanium, may have come from.

One place where the different elements were being used was at Boeing for their high-tech Super Sonic Transport plane, which was being developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Kaye says the evidence could point to Cooper being a contractor or an employee for Boeing where he would’ve had to worn a tie.


Syrian reconciliation official shot dead after leaving meeting with militants – state media

Syrian reconciliation official shot dead after leaving meeting with militants – state media
A Syrian reconciliation official was killed after leaving a meeting with leaders of rebel groups in the Damascus Countryside Province, Syrian SANA news agency reported. The attack came a day after a deal was reached to restore water to the area.

The assassination of Ahmad al-Ghadban, one of the coordinators of the reconciliation in the Wadi Barada area in Damascus Countryside Province, took place on Saturday evening, SANA reported, citing local sources.


Bahrain executes three Shiites in first capital punishment since 2010

Bahrain executes three Shiites in first capital punishment since 2010
Three Shiites convicted for being involved in a deadly police bombing in 2014 that killed one Emirati and two Bahraini officers have been executed in Bahrain.

The executions come less than a week after the Court of Cassation – the country’s highest – has confirmed the death sentences originally handed out to the three suspects in 2015.

As a result of fears the authorities may go through with the sentences, hundreds of Bahrainis took to the streets in protest in capital Manama on Saturday. Word spread quickly over social media after the parents of the three were summoned to the prison to see their loved ones, Reuters reports.


REVEALED: Germany can’t deport terrorists because they don’t have ID needed to return home

TERRORISTS cannot be deported from Germany because they do not have the proper documentation needed to legally return to their home countries.

Angela Merkel Germany terror Islamist deportGETTY

Germany can’t deport Islamist terrorists because they haven’t got the ID to return home

Radical Islamists are languishing in German jails because their North and West African homelands have stricter re-entry laws than the European powerhouse.
Germany accepted more than one million migrants, asylum seekers and refugees under Angela Merkel’s open door policy, but is now unable to deport up to 224 identified terror suspects because they do not have adequate paperwork identifying their point of origin.

Venezuela’s Maduro oversees military drill to guard ‘socialist fatherland’

By Alexandra Ulmer

CARACAS (Reuters) – His finger on a rifle trigger and wearing an olive green hat, President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday oversaw military exercises in crisis-wrought Venezuela, which he says is under threat of imperialist” invasion due to its oil wealth.

More than half a million soldiers and civilians were deployed in the drill. State television broadcast footage of soldiers camouflaged as bushes shouting “socialist fatherland!” while commanders brandished Russian-made military equipment.

“We’re ready to defend our land, inch by inch, neighborhood by neighborhood, street by street,” said Maduro during a drill in Miranda state.

Opponents of the unpopular Socialist leader scoff he is delusional and say his administration should be focused on stocking empty supermarkets and pharmacies amid brutal shortages in the recession-hit OPEC nation.

“You are PATHETIC, Nicolas Maduro,” tweeted opposition lawmaker Armando Armas, adding the drill was a “pantomime.”


The spy who believes Hitler may have faked his own death: Classified documents reveal that the Fuhrer may have used a secret runway to escape his Berlin bunker flee to South America in a Luftwaffe plane

  • Nazi leader secretly flown from Berlin bunker to secure Argentinian compound
  • Former CIA operative Bob Baer and US special forces’ Tim Kennedy investigate
  • The pair sifted through more than 14,000 declassified documents for the show
  • Evidence revealed of a fifth, previously unknown, exit from Hitler’s bunker
  • Hitler used the exit to escape to an area converted into makeshift runway
  • SS officer claims he saw Hitler land in Denmark, where he changed planes
  • Thousands of Nazis escaped to Argentina amid supposed plans for Fourth Reich
  •  Only accepted evidence of Hitler’s death is jawbone fragment kept by Russia 


Hamas, Islamic State resume close cooperation despite pressure from Cairo

Jihadist group’s Egyptian affiliate has opened a propaganda office in Gaza, sends its wounded fighters to Gaza’s hospitals, and runs lucrative smuggling tunnels into the Strip

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