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TAIPEI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appealed to voters on Sunday to think of what had happened to Chinese-controlled Hong Kong when they cast their ballots next month, saying peace must be backed up with a commitment to boost defences. China and Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), have cast the election as a choice between war and peace. China detests Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate, Vice President Lai Ching-te, calling them dangerous separatists. "Look at Hong Kong and think of Taiwan. Beijing in 2020 imposed a tough national security law on Hong Kong, which it said was vital to restore stability after the city, a global financial hub, was rocked for months by sometimes violent anti-government and anti-China protests in 2019.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Lai Ching, Lai, Tsai, Hou Yu, Ben Blanchard, William Mallard Organizations: Kuomintang, KMT, Democratic Progressive Party, ih, Thomson Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Taipei, British, Beijing
About 190 migrants rescued in English Channel over weekend
  + stars: | 2023-12-03 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Some 190 migrants have been rescued off the Calais coast in northern France since Friday night while trying to cross the English Channel on dinghies to reach Britain, local French authorities said on Saturday, without specifying from where those migrants had come. The Channel is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and currents are strong. Human traffickers typically overload the dinghies, leaving them barely afloat and at the mercy of waves as they try to reach British shores. Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Gilles Guillaume Editing by Bernadette BaumOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dominique Vidalon, Gilles Guillaume, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Thomson Locations: Calais, France, Britain
Michael Stipe Is Writing His Next Act. Slowly.
  + stars: | 2023-12-03 | by ( Jon Mooallem | )   time to read: +3 min
entered its epoch of megasuccess, beginning with the explosion of “Losing My Religion” in 1991, Stipe had learned to manage his limitations. posted a video online in which Stipe read a stilted press release. When Rolling Stone asked if he planned to make a solo album, he answered, “It’s unfathomable to me right now.”“I just folded my hands and sat for a while,” Stipe told me. Around 2015, Stipe stepped in to produce a record that his friends in the band Fischerspooner were struggling to finish. In 2019, Stipe started sporadically releasing singles, four of them over the course of five years, all to benefit climate groups.
Persons: Stipe, R.E.M, , , Rolling Stone, ” “, ” Stipe, Aaron Dessner, ” That’s, Organizations: Red
Hours after a Sikh community leader was assassinated by two masked men in the parking lot of his temple in Canada, a senior Indian security officer sent a drug trafficker he knew a video of the blood-covered victim slumped over in his truck. An hour later, he followed that up with the New York address of another Sikh activist he wanted killed. The trafficker got right on it, according to U.S. prosecutors. He passed on the video and other messages to a purported hit man who had already accepted a $15,000 advance payment for the contract killing on U.S. soil, and suggested there could be more such work. “We have so many targets,” he told the hired gun, who he didn’t know was really an undercover U.S. law-enforcement officer.
Persons: , Locations: Canada, Indian, York, U.S
King Charles’s response to the latest commotion surrounding the British monarch has been to continue to keep quiet and turn up at public events. Photo: cameron smith/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesLONDON—Allegations of racism in the British monarchy were again thrust into the public domain this week after a translation of a book claimed that King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales, were the mystery royals who had allegedly discussed concerns about the skin color of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ’s son before his birth. The claim was made in a Dutch translation of “Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival,” which was quickly pulled by the publishers who said the names had appeared in error. On Friday, virtually every major British newspaper and broadcaster revealed the names.
Persons: King, cameron, King Charles, Catherine , Princess of Wales, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ’ Organizations: Agence France, British
The unrest occurred ahead of kickoff in a game between Aston Villa and Legia Warsaw. On Friday, Aston Villa said they had lodged a complaint with UEFA over the conduct of Legia Warsaw and the behaviour of the club's supporters. Legia Warsaw initially claimed that Villa had given them a lower allocation of tickets than they were entitled to under UEFA regulations. "Due to the inability to authenticate and distribute tickets effectively, Legia Warsaw returned the tickets to the host club," Legia Warsaw said in a statement on Saturday. Therefore, we strongly object to Legia Warsaw being blamed for Thursday's incidents in Birmingham."
Persons: Aston Villa, Villa, Farouq Suleiman, Aadi Nair, Toby Chopra, Pritha Organizations: British, Europa Conference League, Midland's Police, Aston Villa, Legia Warsaw, Villa, Police, UEFA, Polish, Thomson Locations: Poland, Birmingham
Under the light drizzle of a Tuesday morning last month, Ríonach Ní Néill and a group of friends set up a small platform in front of the United States Embassy in Dublin. Then they took out a stack of papers. For the next 11 and a half hours, Ms. Ní Néill and others took turns reading out thousands of names — each one a person killed since Israel started bombarding Gaza in the war, according to a list released by the Gazan health authorities. It was an attempt to convey the enormity of the loss of life, she said. “I think the baseline really in Ireland is that human rights are valued, and what’s happening now is the destruction of universal human rights,” said Ms. Ní Néill, 52, an artist from Galway.
Persons: , Ní Néill, , Organizations: United States Embassy, Locations: Dublin, Israel, Gaza, Ireland, Galway,
14 Dream Vacation Looks That Will Inspire Your Next Packing ListGhanaian-British photographer Campbell Addy captures chic and easy pieces to match the beauty of Ghana’s capital, Accra, and its striking surroundings
Persons: Campbell Addy Organizations: Ghanaian Locations: British, Accra
In 2015, her $9 million gift created an atrium for Jazz at Lincoln Center. In recognition of that gift, she was named grand commander of the Holy Sepulcher by the patriarch of Jerusalem. Her $41 million gift for humanities scholarships at the University of Oxford in 2012 was the largest of its kind in Oxford’s 900 years. Amid Allied air raids, Mica, as her German nurse called her, was sent to the family’s country estate. Others paid their fares to Paris, where Mica got modeling jobs to support them.
Persons: Mr, Ertegun, Christ, Jerusalem, Queen Elizabeth II, , Ahmet, Mrs, ” Mica Ertegun, Ioana Maria Banu, Natalia Gologan, Gheorghe Banu, King Carol II, King Michael I, Hitler, Mica, Stefan Grecianu, Friends Organizations: Jazz, Lincoln Center, University of Oxford, Communist Locations: Manhattan, Jerusalem, American, British, Bucharest, Romania, Mica, Zurich, Swiss, Paris, Canada, Lake Ontario
Russia has increasingly had to turn to a so-called "ghost fleet" of aging tankers to ship oil and avoid the cap. Panama, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Liberia have allowed some of those ships to carry their flags, according to Lloyd's List Intelligence and oil analysts. Lloyd's List Intelligence has said nearly 40% of the about 535 dark-fleet tankers have registered ownership via companies incorporated in the Marshall Islands. It also seeks to give leverage to countries buying oil outside the price-cap coalition to get discounted oil from Russia. The group is asking Liberia and the Marshall Islands to increase awareness among those in the trade that its flag should not be used for tankers transporting oil priced above the cap.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Lindsey Whyte, John Berrigan, Brian Nelson, Timothy Gardner, Simon Webb, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, Marshall, Intelligence, Britain's Treasury, U.S . Treasury, Reuters, EU, Thomson Locations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Panama, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia, China, India, Republic, Marshall, Washington, British
Then, after a series of defeats in Egypt, Napoleon returned to France in 1799 and left many of the scientists stranded. At the time of Napoleon's invasion, travelers had long known of Alexandria, Cairo, and other parts of Lower Egypt. Just 21 and a botanist by training when he arrived in Egypt, Savigny collected invertebrates like worms, bees, spiders, snails, and flies. The Rosetta Stone helped Champollion discover how to decipher hieroglyphsFor centuries, no one could read hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing that covered many Egyptian monuments. When the French found the Rosetta Stone during their invasion, they knew it could serve as a kind of translation key.
Persons: Napoleon, , Napoleon Bonaparte, Egypt that's, Claude, Louis, Berthollet, natron, Werner Forman, savants, Sand, Dominique, Vivant, Denon, Karnak, he'd, Savigny, Jules, César Savigny, De Agostini, Getty Images Savigny, Etienne Geoffroy Saint, Hilaire, Geoffroy, Charles Darwin, Evon Hekkala, Crocodylus, John Vetch, Vetch, Rosetta Stone, Champollion, Rosetta, Jean, François, Nicolas, Jacques Conté Organizations: Service, Institut, West, Universal, Egypt wasn't, Art Media, Getty Images, Getty, Science, Society Picture Library, Europe, France's, British Museum, Fox, Cairo . Science Locations: Egypt, Cairo, France, Natron, Limestone, Wadi El Natrun, Upper, Lower Egypt, Alexandria, Edfu, Thebes, Esna, Paris, Egpyt, Europe
The estimated program cost is 10.4 billion Canadian dollars, of which just under 6 billion dollars is the purchase price of the planes. (The program cost includes weapons, training simulators, spare parts and renovations at the Air Force bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia where the planes will be stationed.) As with the 1980s vintage CP-140 Aurora planes they will replace, the main duty of the newcomers will be tracking submarines. But, as is the case now, they will most likely perform a number of other tasks ranging from tracking drug smuggling in the Caribbean to monitoring pollution in Canada. In particular, they wanted it to consider a proposed marine surveillance plane from Montreal-based Bombardier.
Persons: , François, Doug Ford of, François Blanchet Organizations: Boeing, Air Force, Titan, Yves, Bloc, Bombardier Locations: British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Caribbean, Canada, United States, Britain, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Quebec, Doug Ford of Ontario, Montreal
Business Insider spoke with three women in the UK who live on narrowboats full time. One of the women lives on a narrowboat that's less than 7 feet wide. For those who want to live alone, moving onto a narrowboat and cruising along the British canals has proven to be a good option. Three women who gave up their homes on land to live in narrowboats spoke to Business Insider about their experiences. Advertisement"Whenever I was walking down the path near the canal, I'd always look at the narrowboat community," Woodley said.
Persons: it's, , narrowboats, Elizabeth Earle, Earle, Laura Woodley, Woodley, Read, Kathryn Clover, Marty, Clover, I've Organizations: Service, Grand Locations: South Africa, Brazil, England
CNN —The world’s first underwater sculpture park has just gotten a lot bigger. Created by British sculptor and ecologist Jason deCaires Taylor in 2006, the Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada is now one of the Caribbean country’s most popular underwater attractions. Underwater attractionThe Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada has expanded, with the addition of 31 new sculptures. According to deCaires Taylor, marine life had already made itself at home within the sculptures days after they were installed. I haven’t seen that before.”This also marks the first time deCaires Taylor has introduced color into his underwater sculptures.
Persons: Jason deCaires Taylor, ” deCaires Taylor, It’s, deCaires Taylor, Troy Lewis, Bianca C, , Dickon Mitchell, , he’s, Hurricane Ivan, “ I’d, ” “ It’s, it’s, ” He’s, “ I’m Organizations: CNN, Grenadian Ministry, CNN Travel, Visitors, Museum of, Art, Museum Locations: British, Grenada, Caribbean, Marina, Australia, Napa, Cyprus, Carriacou
Christmas came early this year in Dublin, but too late for a beloved adopted son. On the last evening in November, a wet Thursday, cars at the rush hour stop lights blared “Fairytale of New York” on a thousand radios. From the sidewalk, you could hear drivers and passengers singing along: “The boys from the N.Y.P.D. choir still singing ‘Galway Bay,’ and the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day.”The song’s renowned lyricist and co-writer, Shane MacGowan, the British-born frontman of the punk-folk band the Pogues, died earlier that day. Ireland — his greatest muse, and ancestral home — was coming to terms with a death that had, thanks to MacGowan’s well-known addictions to alcohol and drugs, long been foretold.
Persons: Shane MacGowan, , MacGowan Organizations: Galway, Christmas, Ireland, Big Apple Locations: Dublin, York, , British
Shares of OneSavings Bank , a U.K. lender focusing on landlords, are set to see its share price double from current levels, according to analysts at Jefferies. The lender's stock has already risen by 30% over the past month after it revealed a rapidly growing loan book. U.K. shares are generally priced in pence, with 100 pence equal to one British pound ($1.27). The investment bank believes the market is undervaluing OSB's stock due to the negative perception surrounding the U.K. economy and stock market. They are also bullish on the stock with a 720-pence-per-share price target, giving the stock a 90% upside potential.
Persons: Jefferies, Julian Roberts, James Hamilton Organizations: OneSavings Bank, Jefferies, Kent Reliance, Numis Securities, Deutsche Bank Locations: U.K, England, Kent
SIGNA PRIME/PROPERTY PORTFOLIOAccording to Signa, Prime is the group's largest company in its real estate division, valued at around 20.4 billion euros ($22.23 billion). Since 2019 Signa Holding has also been a co-owner of New York's iconic Chrysler Building. TRADING/RETAIL COMPANIESBenko has bundled his trading interests under the divisions Signa Retail and Signa Premium. In Switzerland, Benko's trading investments are bundled into Signa Retail Selection AG, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. In 2018, Signa Holding bought around 24% stake in Austrian daily newspapers "Krone" and "Kurier" from Funke media group.
Persons: Lisi Niesner, Rene Benko, Ernst Tanner, Hans Peter Haselsteiner, Torsten Toeller, Arthur Eugster, SIGNA, Signa, Otto Wagner, Benko's, Klaus, Michael Kuehne, Kuehne, Hamburg's, Chirathivat, Benko, Frasers, Kaufhof, Karstadt, Galeria, Alexandra Schwarz, Goerlich, Mattias Inverardi, Victoria Farr, Emma, Rachel More, Elisa Martinuzzi, Tomasz Janowski Organizations: Signa, REUTERS, Chrysler, Bank Austria, Femina, Chrysler Building, . Central Group, Globus, Selfridges, Central Group, Funke, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, New, Britain's Selfridges, Innsbruck, Swiss, Vienna, Hamburg, KaDeWe, Oberpollinger, Munich, Vienna's, Tyrol, Essen, Duesseldorf, London, Switzerland
The area in question, the densely forested Essequibo region, amounts to about two-thirds of Guyana’s national territory and is roughly the size of Florida. The recent discovery of vast offshore oil fields in the region has heightened the stakes of the dispute. Venezuelans in Caracas take part in a rally during the closing of the campaign for the Essequibo referendum, on December 1. It owns the congress of Guyana,” Maduro told supporters last week. Matias Delacroix/APOn Wednesday, Brazil announced that it was increasing its military presence with “defensive actions” along its northern border with Venezuela and Guyana.
Persons: Nicolas Maduro, Miguel Gutierrez, Shutterstock, Robert Persaud, Venezuela doesn’t, Matias Delacroix, ” Maduro, Maria Corina Machado, Maduro, , Phil Gunson, Irfaan Ali, Paul J, Angelo, Wazim Mowla, Adrienne Arsht, Vladmir Putin’s, Bharrat Jagdeo, , ” Jagdeo, ” Gunson Organizations: CNN, Quarterly, Court of Justice, UN, International Court of Justice, ExxonMobil, AP, International Crisis, Venezuelan, Foreign Relations, Caribbean Initiative, Atlantic, America, Crisis Locations: Guyana, Essequibo, Florida, Venezuela, British, Venezuelan, Caracas, Ukraine, Guyanese, The Hague, Guyana's, Paris, Guiana, Georgetown, AP Venezuela, , Demerara, Brazil, Crimea, that’s
CNN —King Charles has worn a tie emblazoned with the Greek flag, just days after the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak canceled a meeting with his Greek counterpart in a diplomatic dispute over the Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles. The King wore the tie while meeting world leaders – including Sunak – at the COP28 climate talks in Dubai on Friday. A Buckingham Palace source told CNN the tie was simply one from the King’s current collection and has made other recent appearances. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to meet Sunak in London on Tuesday. However the meeting was abruptly canceled by Downing Street after Mitsotakis made comments during a television interview about the status of the Parthenon Sculptures, which are currently housed in the British Museum in London.
Persons: King Charles, Rishi Sunak, Sunak –, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Mitsotakis, Lord Elgin, , Charles ’, Prince Philip of Greece, Queen Elizabeth II, Duke, Edinburgh Organizations: CNN, British, Elgin Marbles, Sunak, Downing, British Museum, BBC, CNN’s Royal, British Prime Locations: Dubai, Buckingham, London, Greece, British, Athens, Ottoman Empire, Corfu, Denmark
Countries, however, are divided over the future of fossil fuel - the burning of which is the main cause of climate change. The monarchy has been under pressure to reduce its carbon footprint, though emissions have decreased under King Charles. King Charles will be among world leaders attending the climate talks, known as COP28, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. King Charles is attending on behalf of the British government and following an invitation from the host nation, the UAE. On Thursday, King Charles met with Gulf state's president, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the COP28 summit site.
Persons: Britain's King Charles, King Charles, Rishi Sunak, Narendra Modi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Charles, Alexander Cornwell, Josie Kao Organizations: Carbon, United Arab, Organization of, Petroleum, United, United Arab Emirates, Britain's, India's, Gulf state's, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, United Kingdom, France
LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - James Dyson, the billionaire inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, on Friday lost a libel lawsuit against a British newspaper publisher over a column that branded him a hypocrite who had "screwed" Britain. Dyson sued Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), publisher of the Daily Mirror, at London's High Court over articles that lambasted him for moving the global head office of his company from Britain to Singapore after championing the economic benefits of Brexit. Judge Robert Jay dismissed Dyson's lawsuit in a written ruling on Friday. But the High Court ruled that MGN had successfully argued its defence of honest opinion and that Dyson had not proved he had suffered "serious harm" as a result of the column. "The claimant having failed on the issue of 'serious harm' and the defendant having succeeded on its honest opinion defence, this claim must be dismissed," the judge said.
Persons: James Dyson, Dyson, Robert Jay, Dyson's, Brian Reade, MGN, Sam Tobin, Paul Sandle Organizations: Group, Daily, Court, Thomson Locations: Britain, Singapore
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. has expelled a former Chilean Army officer accused of torturing and killing folk singer Victor Jara during the country's bloody 1973 coup. Pedro Barrientos had emigrated to Florida in 1990, the same year the bloody dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet came to an end. This year, he was stripped of his U.S. citizenship after it was found he concealed information about his Chilean military service during his immigration proceedings. Jara, a popular singer and university professor, was a fervent supporter of socialist President Salvador Allende. Homeland Security Investigations said that Barrientos was removed Thursday on a flight from Miami and taken into custody by Chilean law enforcement officials upon his arrival in the South American country.
Persons: Victor Jara, Pedro Barrientos, Augusto Pinochet, Jara, Salvador Allende, Pinochet, Allende, Barrientos, Jara’s, Jara's, Joan Turner Jara Organizations: MIAMI, Chilean Army, Joan Turner Jara . Homeland Security Investigations Locations: Florida, Santiago, British, Joan Turner Jara ., Miami
Meanwhile, the book's Dutch translator told the Daily Mail there were names in the transcript she was given. "The names of the royals were there in black and white," Saskia Peeters told the Daily Mail. I just did what I was paid to do and that was translate the book from English into Dutch." Peeters also said she worked to translate the book into Dutch with fellow translator Nellie Keukellar-van Rijsbergen. "All of this is frustrating because it feeds into something that couldn't be further from the truth," Scobie said.
Persons: Xander, John Rainford, Xander's, Anke Roelen, Paul Thompson, Scobie's, Saskia Peeters, " Peeters, Nellie Keukellar, van Rijsbergen, Scobie –, Scobie, I've, Roelen, Peeters Organizations: Daily Mail, BBC Locations: Dutch
LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Britain's government on Friday blocked an Abu Dhabi-backed group from taking ownership of the media group that owns the Telegraph newspaper while its takeover bid is scrutinised by regulators over freedom of expression concerns. The government intervened in the planned deal on Thursday when it asked regulators to examine the deal. On Friday, culture and media minister Lucy Frazer set out an enforcement order preventing any transfer of ownership of the Telegraph Media Group without her permission and also stopping any changes of its structure or senior editorial staff. As well as the right-leaning Telegraph newspaper, the group owns the Spectator magazine. They are up for sale after Lloyds Banking Group in June seized control following a long-running dispute with owners, the Barclay family.
Persons: Lucy Frazer, Barclay, Jeff Zucker, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Camilla Tominey, Tominey, William Schomberg, Nick Zieminski Organizations: Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, Ofcom, Spectator, Lloyds Banking Group, IMI, CNN, United Arab Emirates, Thomson Locations: Abu Dhabi, UAE, Gulf
UK housing market shows new signs of strength - Nationwide
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A rainbow is seen over apartments in Wandsworth on the River Thames as UK house prices continue to fall, in London, Britain, August 26, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsLONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - British house prices rose unexpectedly in monthly terms for the third time running in November, adding to signs that the housing market downturn has abated, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Friday. House prices rose by 0.2% on the month in November, after a 0.9% increase in October. Compared with a year ago, house prices were 2% lower - the smallest such drop in nine months. "There has been a significant change in market expectations for the future path of Bank Rate in recent months which, if sustained, could provide much needed support for housing market activity," said Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide.
Persons: Kevin Coombs, Robert Gardner, Andy Bruce, Sarah Young Organizations: REUTERS, Nationwide, Bank of England, Thomson Locations: Wandsworth, London, Britain
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