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Prison officer jailed for relations with inmate

Prison officer jailed for relations with inmateA married prison officer in the U.K. who had sex with an inmate in a cleaning closet during an 18-month affair has been jailed for a year as a result of his actions.



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Xi Hails Future of China-Hong Kong Relations as Protests Rage

Xi Hails Future of China-Hong Kong Relations as Protests Rage(Bloomberg) — Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed national unity and said relations between Hong Kong and the mainland would improve, even as pro-democracy protesters planned several rallies to coincide with anniversary of Communist rule.“Hong Kong and Macau will be able to develop together with the motherland’s interior,” Xi said in a brief speech to a banquet in Beijing ahead of Tuesday’s holiday marking 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. “Tomorrow will be even better.”Xi said the “one country, two systems” principle under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return from British rule in 1997 must be upheld. The president’s remarks — his most extensive comments on Hong Kong since unrest began in June — came as the city braced for another wave of protests during the National Day holiday.Demonstrators on Sunday set a subway station entrance ablaze and threw petrol bombs at police as tens of thousands tried to march on Hong Kong’s central government offices ahead of the National Day holiday. They were met by officers who deployed rounds of tear gas and a water cannon to disperse them for a second straight day.The unrest disrupted some services in Hong Kong’s city center, with rail operator MTR Corp. temporarily closing some downtown stations. Hong Kong police said they arrested 146 people and fired off 328 rounds of tear gas on Sunday. Forty-eight people were sent to the hospital, authorities said.The violence has threatened to mar Xi’s Oct. 1 celebrations in Beijing, which will be marked by “mass pageantry” in which at least 100,000 people will take part. The festivities will include a military parade and an evening gala in Tiananmen Square.Xi and other party leaders visited the remains of former leader Mao Zedong and attended a ceremony to pay tribute to deceased national heroes in the square on Monday morning, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.Hong Kong’s ‘Frontliners’ Say They’re Ready to Die for MovementChief Executive Carrie Lam will lead a delegation to Beijing to participate in celebrations, meaning she’ll be out of the city during the holiday. She will return to Hong Kong in the evening via the border city of Shenzhen, and the city’s No. 2 official, Matthew Cheung, will be its acting leader in her absence.Hong Kong’s government canceled the city’s annual National Day fireworks on the waterfront, citing safety concerns, and banned a planned rally by major pro-democracy organizer, the Civil Human Rights Front. The group’s appeal was denied by authorities on Monday, its co-convener Jimmy Sham said.Demonstrations have rocked the Asian financial hub since early June, triggered by proposed legislation allowing extraditions to China and since morphing into a broader push back against Beijing’s grip.Lam, who had tried to push the bill through before protests erupted, assumed responsibility for the “entire unrest” as she held her first community dialogue event last week — a bid to assuage demonstrators ahead of Oct. 1.China Screens Patriotic Movies to Whip Up Nationalistic FervorTuesday’s rallies have been planned in six districts that have seen some of the most violent protests of recent months, with most set to start in the afternoon. Spectators for a morning flag-raising ceremony in the city center will be moved indoors.Activist and protest organizer Ventus Lau was arrested Monday morning for alleged offenses including criminal damage and trespassing in the the city’s Legislative Council chamber — which was broken into by protesters on July 1 — a friend told Lau’s media WhatsApp group. Local actor Gregory Wong was also arrested on similar charges, activist Nathan Law wrote on his Facebook page.At one point during scuffles outside a subway station in the Wan Chai area Sunday, an officer fired a warning shot into the sky.“Some police officers were surrounded and attacked by a large group of violent protesters,” the Hong Kong police said. “With their lives under serious threat, an officer fired one warning shot into the sky to protect their own safety.”(Adds details of Xi’s speech from first paragraph.)\–With assistance from Iain Marlow and John Liu.To contact the reporters on this story: Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.net;Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Canada names new China envoy amid damaged relations

Canada names new China envoy amid damaged relationsCanada on Wednesday announced the appointment of a prominent businessman as its new ambassador to China amid damaged relations following the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Dominic Barton, the former global managing director of the influential consulting firm McKinsey & Co, as the new envoy. Barton is head of the Trudeau government’s economic advisory council.



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The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea Relations

The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea RelationsLooking back at U.S. responses to North Korea’s nuclear program, one would think that they are looking at a modified model of the five stages of grief. The United States has gone through everything: denial, anger (see: “fire and fury”), bargaining, depression, denial again. Yet, try as we might, we cannot hide from established fact—North Korea has developed the capabilities necessary to target U.S. bases and homeland territory with nuclear weapons, and it has been able to target U.S. critical allies in Asia for far longer. With Kim Jong-un showing no indication of a willingness to completely give up his nuclear arsenal in the near future and with little in the way of engagement since the second summit in Hanoi, where do we go from here?On the surface level, U.S. President Donald Trump’s current policy of maximum pressure appears to have worked. After all, Kim was brought to the bargaining table in a historic United States-North Korea summit in 2018. However, attributing the summit to a policy that was hawkish at best, and brought the United States and its allies to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea at worst, would be blatantly overlooking history. To praise “maximum pressure” would also be downplaying the decades of North Korean precedent to meet pressure with pressure and diminishing crucial peace-keeping role that South Korean President Moon Jae-in undertook to alleviate tension on the Korean peninsula.



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Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War

Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean WarSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in February.



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Forty years of US-Iran relations

Forty years of US-Iran relationsKey dates between the US and Iran since 1979 after their exchange Monday in which the US designated Tehran’s elite military force a terrorist organization and Iran called the US a “state sponsor of terrorism”. On November 4, 1979 radical students demanding the extradition of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi take 52 diplomats and employees of the American embassy in Tehran hostage, seven months after the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The hostages are held for 444 days in a crisis that results in the first US economic sanctions leveraged against the state.



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Trump calls AOC 'young bartender' after she accuses White House of using WhatsApp for foreign relations

Trump calls AOC 'young bartender' after she accuses White House of using WhatsApp for foreign relationsDonald Trump has mocked congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her plans to address climate change at a Republican party event, dismissing the left-wing Democrat “a young bartender”.Speaking to the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday night, Mr Trump attacked Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal proposal as “the craziest thing”, and suggested the Democrats were “petrified” of her.“The Green New Deal, done by a young bartender, 29 years old,” he said, referring to her previous employment. “A young bartender, wonderful young woman.”The insult followed Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s attack on the White House security clearance process after a whistleblower claimed several individuals had received approval despite disqualifying issues.The congresswoman said reports suggested “that we are conducting foreign relations with folks with security clearances via WhatsApp”.She added: “I mean, every day that we go without getting to the bottom of this matter is a day that we are putting hundreds, if not potentially thousands of Americans at risk.“What is next? Putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs? This is ridiculous.”Her remarks were an apparent reference to evidence previously seen by the committee that the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.A Democratic-led committee later voted to subpoena Carl Kline, the former White House security clearance chief, over allegations that the Trump administration inappropriately reversed career officials’ decisions to deny security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Whistleblower Tricia Newbold said the Trump administration overruled security experts to give questionable clearances to more than two dozen people.Two sources familiar with the congressional investigation told Reuters that two of the senior officials whose clearances Ms Newbold said were initially denied were Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Mr Kushner.Speaking at the Republican fundraiser event on Tuesday evening, Mr Trump did not address Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s security criticisms, but did concede that the Democrats had a potential electoral advantage on one key issue: health care. “We have to take that away from them,” the president said. “Republicans should not run away from health care,” he added. “You can’t do it. You’re going to get clobbered.”He also said some of the Democrats’ proposals could prove enticing to votes in the short term. He said free health care sounds very seductive. “Don’t underestimate the power of socialism to get a vote.” The president suggested Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s climate change concerns were outside of the mainstream. “If they beat me with the Green New Deal, I deserve to lose,” he said.



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Trump Pours Gas on GM's Already Smoldering Relations With UAW

Trump Pours Gas on GM's Already Smoldering Relations With UAWIn a series of tweets starting Saturday, Trump attacked both General Motors Co. and the UAW over the closing of a Chevrolet Cruze factory in Lordstown, Ohio. GM and the UAW each pushed back, but the two have otherwise been very much at odds entering bargaining over a new four-year labor contract.



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Venezuela: Two killed in clashes over humanitarian aid as Maduro breaks relations with Colombia

Venezuela: Two killed in clashes over humanitarian aid as Maduro breaks relations with ColombiaAt least two people have been killed in Venezuela in clashes with security forces over the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid from neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, doctors said. Hospital staff in a town near the border said another 18 were injured as violence between residents and soldiers erupted, though Bogota later claimed a much higher figure of 285. Images suggested some of the wounded were Venezuelan soldiers.



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Pence and Biden in Munich: Stark contrast shows how Trump is ruining relations with Europe

Pence and Biden in Munich: Stark contrast shows how Trump is ruining relations with EuropeFormer ambassador: We're safer in NATO than outside it, but Donald Trump doesn't seem to realize that and is separating us from our closest allies.



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