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  1. The German chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed dehydration after she was seen shaking during a rendition of her national anthem. Merkel was welcoming newly-appointed Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to the Germany capital. She however grinned widely when later asked by reporters about her condition during the red-carpet reception for Zelenskiy. 'Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well,' she said at a press conference. Why did the lao aunty keep shaking..... Did someone remote control her pleasure seeking device without telling her .....
  2. SGP Mata Auntie is still Lumber ONE !!!
  3. Clashes declared a riot Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung has just declared the clashes a riot. That declaration - which never happened during Occupy - will carry serious implications for anyone arrested. Rioting is punishable by 10 years in prison. "It's a riot now," Lo says. "We had no choice but to use weapons to stop these rioters from barging at our defence lines. "We condemn such irresponsible behaviour. There's no need to hurt innocent people to express your opinions. "We urge people not to do anything they will regret for the rest of their lives."
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    SAF AFV "Hunter" lai liao

    Please be extra careful while shipping AFV HUNTERS thru HONG KONG after overseas exercise !!!
  5. https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3014104/thousands-block-roads-downtown-hong-kong-defiant-protest Thousands block roads in downtown Hong Kong in defiant protest against extradition bill Familiar sight at government grounds in Admiralty three days after historic march against legislation turned ugly Police presence heavy, with tensions between protesters and officers rising over bag searches the night before at nearby MTR station In a fresh display of defiance against the contentious extradition bill, protesters who had camped overnight at Tamar Park in Hong Kong began stopping traffic from accessing the legislature on Wednesday morning, as the government’s proposal returns to a full council meeting. The protesters, mostly young people, had arrived as early as Tuesday night, with some clashing verbally with police over the force’s heavy presence. Many have skipped work or class to join, in response to numerous online calls for strikes. On Sunday, a historic march turned roads along Causeway Bay to Admiralty into a sea of people as organisers claimed 1.03 million took part. Police estimated attendance peaked at 240,000. The mass march ended in chaos as scuffles between police and radicals broke out, spilling over into the early hours of Monday. Despite mounting pressure and death threats, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has stood firm, insisting that the bill will be passed as soon as possible, with a final vote expected as early as next Thursday. Lam has insisted that the legislation is needed to plug legal loopholes and prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives. Follow our live blog below for events as they unfold.
  6. Tiananmen Square crackdown, Xinjiang … China’s defence minister says Beijing got them both right Killing of hundreds of Chinese citizens in 1989 validated by nation’s economic successes in decades since, Wei Fenghe says at Shangri-La Dialogue Use of ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang has improved people’s quality of life https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3012771/tiananmen-square-crackdown-xinjiang-chinas-defence-minister China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday defended Beijing’s handling of the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and its current use of “vocational training centres” in the far western region of Xinjiang, saying both were necessary to ensure the nation’s stability and development. “People’s quality of life [in Xinjiang] has improved and they enjoy secure and stable lives,” he said in a question-and-answer session after his speech at the ongoing Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. “Therefore China’s policy in Xinjiang is absolutely right.” China’s rapid economic growth and its citizens’ improved living standards validated Beijing’s actions, he said. On the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square, the 30th anniversary of which falls on Tuesday, Wei said China had no option but to use the military to repress the student movement in which hundreds of people, and possibly more than 1,000, were killed. “That incident was political turbulence,” Wei said. “The central government’s measures to stop that turbulence was correct. China has enjoyed stable development.” He continued by saying that in the 30 years since the crackdown, China had undergone major changes under the leadership of Communist Party. “If you visit China you can better understand that part of history,” he said.
  7. Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government's bill - the most progressive of the three - was passed. Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the court building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling. What does the bill entail? The two other bills, submitted by conservative lawmakers, refer to partnerships as "same-sex family relationships" or "same-sex unions" rather than "marriages". But the government's bill, also the only one to offer limited adoption rights, was passed by 66 to 27 votes - backed by lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party. It will take effect after Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law. Several same-sex activists had said ahead of the vote that this was the only version they would accept. "The [government]'s bill is already our bottom line, we won't accept any more compromise," Jennifer Lu, the chief coordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan told Reuters. "If one of the two other bills is passed, we will launch another constitutional court challenge." Earlier on Friday, Ms Tsai said in a tweet that the island had a "chance to make history" with the vote. How did we get here? In 2017, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. It said then that the island had two years to make necessary changes to the law - it had until 24 May to do so. But this was met with a public backlash, which pressured the government into holding a series of referendums. The referendum results showed that a majority of voters in Taiwan rejected legalising same-sex marriage, saying that the definition of marriage was the union of a man and woman. As a result, Taiwan said it would not alter its existing definition of marriage in civil law, and instead would enact a special law for same-sex marriage.
  8. BEIJING - President Halimah Yacob will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday (May 14) for a three-day visit, during which she will meet with top Chinese leaders and speak at a high-level conference. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday afternoon, and be hosted to a welcome dinner by her Chinese counterpart later in the evening. Also being hosted to dinner are the other world leaders attending the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations (CDAC) - the summit where Madam Halimah is slated to speak. The inaugural conference is a series of events starting on Wednesday to foster cooperation among Asian civilisations. Madam Halimah, who is leading the Singapore delegation, will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference on Wednesday. Later that day, she will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and be hosted to lunch by China's fifth-ranked leader Wang Huning.
  9. Decoding of Jomon woman's genome suggests common ancestor unites Japanese and Han Chinese MAY 14, 2019 A research team led by the National Museum of Nature and Science said Monday it has sequenced and analyzed with high accuracy the whole genome of a woman who lived about 3,500 to 3,800 years ago, in the second half of Japan’s Jomon period, for the first time. The results of the genome analysis, which was almost as accurate as similar analysis performed on modern people thanks to the well-preserved DNA, suggest that a common ancestor diverged into the Jomon people and Han Chinese about 18,000 to 38,000 years ago, the researchers said. Members of the group including Hideaki Kanzawa, a researcher at the museum, and Naruya Saito, professor at the National Institute of Genetics, sampled DNA from molars discovered with pieces of a female skull bone at the Funadomari site on Rebun Island in Hokkaido. The analysis also found that the Jomons are genetically close to groups in East Asian coastal areas from the Russian Far East through the Korean Peninsula, including indigenous Taiwanese people. It also showed they gathered in relatively small population groups and lived by hunting. Among other discoveries, the Jomon woman had brown eyes and thin hair, as well as a high alcohol tolerance, and was genetically adapted to a high-fat diet. Many sea lion bones have been dug up at the Funadomari site. Members of the team also include researchers from Sapporo Medical University, Kanazawa University and the University of Yamanashi. Details of the study will be published shortly in the Anthropological Society of Nippon’s English-language journal.
  10. North Korea fires two short-range missiles, South says North Korea has fired two short-range missiles in its second weapons test in less than a week. The missiles fired from the north-western city of Kusong travelled 420km (260 miles) and 270km towards the east. North Korean state media confirmed that Thursday's "strike drill" was overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, but did not specify the weapons fired. The test came hours after a top US envoy arrived in South Korea for talks on how to revive nuclear negotiations. North Korean news agency KCNA quoted Mr Kim as saying that the "genuine peace and security of [North Korea] are guaranteed only by the strong physical force capable of defending its sovereignty". Analysts say the North is trying to increase pressure on the US over its failure to make concessions. Responding to the launch, US President Donald Trump said authorities were looking at it "very seriously". "I know they [North Korea] want to negotiate... but I don't think they are ready to negotiate," he said. "We'll see what happens. Nobody's happy about it." A meeting in Vietnam between Mr Kim and Mr Trump ended without agreement in February, with the US insisting North Korea give up its nuclear programme and Pyongyang demanding sanctions relief. What do we know about the latest firing? The two missiles were fired at about 16:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on Thursday and reached an altitude of about 50km before falling into the sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. They were launched from Kusong, some 160km from the capital, Pyongyang. On 4 May the North fired several short-range missiles, the first such test since it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017. The tests should not come as a surprise as North Korean state media has repeatedly shown its frustration with recent joint US-South Korea military exercises, BBC Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker reports. Pyongyang has also warned Washington that its patience to do a deal involving the easing of sanctions will not last long before it takes what Mr Kim has described as a "new path", our correspondent adds. A calculated provocation With these latest North Korean missile tests Pyongyang is beginning to establish a pattern. A programme of tests is clearly underway; the aim, to send a clear diplomatic signal to the Americans (and to Seoul - it is South Korea that short-range systems can target) that the North's patience is running out. Last weekend North Korea tested a new short-range ballistic missile that flew some 200 km, though experts believe its actual range may be well in excess of that. The specific type of weapon tested in this more recent episode is not yet clear. Pyongyang is being careful to avoid testing inter-continental range systems that would breach its understanding with the Americans. But this "informal deal" only extends to the end of this year. In the absence of any diplomatic progress expect to see more North Korean tests, perhaps of longer-range systems. What about the nuclear impasse? Hours before the tests, US Special Representative on North Korea Stephen Biegun arrived in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to discuss getting denuclearisation talks back on track amid rising tensions between the countries since their failed summit. He is expected to discuss ways to provide humanitarian food aid to North Korea amid reports that it had suffered its worst harvest in decades, leading to chronic food shortages. Last year, Mr Kim said he would stop nuclear testing and would no longer launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. Nuclear activity appears to be continuing, however, and satellite images of North Korea's main nuclear site last month showed movement, suggesting the country could be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel. The country claims it has developed a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on a long-range missile, as well as ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the US mainland. In other developments: North Korea's ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council said the country - accused of serious human rights violations - guaranteed "rights to life and fundamental freedoms" but that sanctions were impeding people from enjoying them Also at the UN council, the US urged North Korea to dismantle its political prison camps and free all 80,000-120,000 inmates The US halted efforts to retrieve the remains of its troops killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War amid a breakdown in communications following their failed summit
  11. U.S., Partner Navies Sail Together in South China Sea By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs | May 8, 2019 SOUTH CHINA SEA – A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer joined ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Republic of Philippine Navy to sail through the South China Sea, May 2-8. Transiting through international waters were USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), Indian Navy destroyer INS Kolkata (D 63) and tanker INS Shakti (A 57), JMSDF helicopter-carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) and destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101), and Philippine Navy patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS 17). “Our team was really excited to take part in this multi-lateral event,” said Cmdr. Andrew J. Klug, commanding officer, USS William P. Lawrence. “Professional engagements with our allies, partners and friends in the region are opportunities to build upon our existing, strong relationships, as well as learn from each other.” The ships conducted formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers and held a leadership exchange aboard JS Izumo. “The opportunity of a multi-sail with U.S. Navy and regional partners was a great experience. In addition to building mutual understanding and trust, it also served as a way to enhance peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Rear Adm. Hiroshi Egawa, commander, Escort Flotilla 1. “The ability to do various exercises among four different navies smoothly demonstrated professionalism and high operational skills." Events like this provide opportunities for like-minded navies to train together and promote maritime cooperation throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific. “Our bond of friendship with our regional partners is as strong as our commitment to maintain peace and stability in the region,” said Capt. Jerry Y. Garrido Jr., commanding officer, BRP Andres Bonifacio. U.S. 7th Fleet provides security alongside allies and partners throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific. As the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet operates roughly 50-70 ships and submarines and 140 aircraft with approximately 20,000 Sailors. PINKY NAVY not invited....even JOLIBEE & ABNN Sailors take part
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