of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until
they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.
Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.
One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th
hour switch of his vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.
A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that
Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.
The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”
It wasn’t quite a George Clooney or Brad Pitt heist, but police say a brazen robbery attempt ended with gunfire and the suspect hospitalized in Las Vegas.
About 9:45 p.m. local time Friday, an armed man entered a packed Bell
agio Hotel and Casino and demanded money from a caged poker area, Las Vegas Met
ropolitan Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
He then fled and tried to steal a vehicle that ha
d just pulled into the valet lot, but he was immediately confronted by four police officers, Splinter said.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
indicate, is the emphasis that is now being put on helping private companies and protecting intellectual property rig
hts. The top court’s report, for instance, vowed to “enhance judicial protection for intellectual property rig
hts, promote the transfer of old and new kinetic energies, and serve the economy’s high-quality development”. And
in addition to completing international business dispute resolution mechanisms related to the Belt and Road Initi
ative, it has pledged to offer “equal protection for legal rights and interests of all kinds of market entities”.
This reflects the importance the country has attached to unswervingly encouraging, supporting and guiding the develop
ment of the nonpublic sector and shows the judicial and procuratorial organs will play their due roles in pro
moting the country’s all-around opening-up by ensuring a level and rules-based playing field.
In essence, the two reports made clear that security, democracy, rule of law, fairnes
s and justice, and a better environment are the focus of judicial and procuratorial work in the new era.
In April and July, Japan signed the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), a military logistics pac
t, with Canada and France respectively. The Japanese government will try to get it approved by the National D
iet this year. Canada and France are also advancing domestic procedures for its approval.
The agreement will enable the provision of food, fuel and military supplie
s between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and French and Canadian armies. Jap
an has also inked ACSAs with the US, the UK, Australia and India. Why did Japan sign such an agreement?
After WWII, especially in the late 1960s when Japan became an economic powerhouse, it was no longer satisfied with its status as a military microstate.
In the mid-1980s, Japan accelerated the pace to push its SDF onto the w
orld stage with the aim of becoming a major political power.
In 1996, Japan signed the ACSA with the US, followed by one with Austr
alia in 2010. After the new security law took effect on March 29, 2016, Japan amended t
he two ACSAs, which enabled more flexible provision of ammunition in wartime between the signatories.
Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun
ar New Year, is unique beyond being the most important festival in the world’s most populous country.
Not only is it the longest holiday that most workers in China are entitled to, it also pr
oduces the largest annual human population movement in the world, th
anks to the age-old tradition of family reunions that are at the center of the occasion.
This year, the Year of the Pig, which is strongly believed to be associated with good fortune, has seen hundreds of millions
of workers based in cities and big towns returning to their smaller towns and villages of origin to reunite a
nd feast with their families－including their parents, and, for many, also their spouses and children. The official fo
recast is that this year, nearly 3 billion trips will be generated during the 40-day travel rush from Jan 21 to March 1.
While it might not be so obvious, this huge social phenomenon both shapes and is shaped by the sheer size and dis
tribution of China’s population linked to births, deaths and migration, and the way these three sets of vital events interact.
China lost 3-0 to Iran in late January in the Asian Cup quarterfinal, conceding all three goals due to defensive errors. “When you face a strong team like Iran, you
have to avoid making the mistakes. I did not expect we lost the game in this way,” China coach Marcello Lippi said.
With the Olympic qualifying tournament and the 2022 World Cup quali
fying campaign around the corner, China faces an uphill battle with a limited squad.
Hou Sæter’s versatility has been praised by Guo’an head coach, Rog
er Schmidt, who has said the midfielder can play a number of positions across the pitch.
Naturalization has become increasingly popular in international football in recent
years, and has been used by Japan, the Philippines, and AFC Asian Cup holders Qatar.
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