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officials tell conference us will remain a pacific power


canberra, australia — the united states will stay committed to remaining a pacific power despite potential policy changes under president donald trump's new administration, officials told a conference monday on u.s. alliances with australia and japan.the u.s. emb y to australia's political counselor john hennessey-niland said u.s. allies in the asia-pacific region can be re ured that the pacific will remain key to u.s. interests under the new administration. joint training and information-sharing will increase, he said."we are in a period of time of change and transition, u.s. national interests do not change. it remains in the u.s. interest to be a pacific power and to support and strengthen the bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships that knit this region together," hennesse






officials tell conference us will remain a pacific power


canberra, australia (ap) — the united states will stay committed to remaining a pacific power despite potential policy changes under president donald trump’s new administration, officials told a conference monday on u.s. alliances with australia and japan.the u.s. emb y to australia’s political counselor john hennessey-niland said u.s. allies in the asia-pacific region can be re ured that the pacific will remain key to u.s. interests under the new administration. joint training and information-sharing will increase, he said.“we are in a period of time of change and transition, u.s. national interests do not change. it remains in the u.s. interest to be a pacific power and to support and strengthen the bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships that knit this region together,” hen






islamic state-linked terror leader seriously injured in philippine airstrikes


a suspected indonesian militant was killed and one of southeast asia’s top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the philippines launched airstrikes using south korean-made jet fighters for the first time in combat, officials said sunday.philippine military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant—known by his nom de guerre mohisen—was recovered by troops, along with three dead filipino...






not just uber, now grab is also hiring government insiders to grow its business


southeast asia’s grab is taking a leaf out of the uber playbook and bringing in a prominent insider to get ahead in its most important market.uber popularized the approach of nabbing execs like ex-obama advisor david plouffe and various others, and that’s the thesis behind ride-sharing firm grab’s latest hire: the former chief of indonesia’s national police.badrodin haiti, who spent a total of 35 years in the force, has joined grab to take up the role of president commissioner in indonesia. that’ll see him manage the firm’s corporate governance in its largest market.five-year-old grab, which is valued at $3 billion following a $750 million round last year, is pushing uber hard in southeast asia, where it claims to have 580,000 drivers and over 30 million app s across six countries. indones






uber rival grab hires former indonesia police chief


jakarta, indonesia—singapore-based ride-hailing company grabtaxi holdings pte. ltd. announced monday that a former chief of indonesia’s police has joined the company as an executive to help grab comply with tough ride-hailing rules in southeast asia’s biggest economy.badrodin haiti, national police chief from april 2015 to july 2016, will serve as president commissioner of grab’s indonesian unit. he will oversee and ensure grab...






us trade retreat under donald trump |


in his first week in office, us president donald trump has been signing presidential orders and directives. in a matter of days, he has already managed some big changes in us trade policy without the approval of congress.international trade policy is one area where trump is eager to flex his presidential muscle. since 1934, us policy has been geared towards accommodation and internationalism.but trump believes too many imports from foreign countries are bad for us jobs and that has implications for the rest of the world. as such, all it took for trump to exit the trans-pacific partnership (tpp) trade deal was to pick up a pen.the impetus for tpp was about the pivot towards asia - linking economies, from japan to vietnam, more closely to the us. however, trump has no interest in giving coun






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — the philippine military chief says a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in airstrikes in the country's south.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said sunday the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.ano tells the ociated press hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood. air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets deployed in a combat mission for the first time, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs on wednesday an






shares in asia fall on uncertainty over us immigration flap


tokyo (ap) — most financial markets were closed in asia on monday for lunar new year holidays, but shares fell in japan and australia on uncertainty over the potential impact of president donald trump’s travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions.keeping score: japan’s nikkei 225 index fell 0.7 percent to 19,322.78. the s&p asx 200 in australia dropped 1.0 percent to 5,656.90. shares fell in thailand and were flat in indonesia. markets across most of asia were closed.trump travel ban: the executive order signed by trump on friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia or yemen. it imposed a 120-day suspension of the u.s. refugee program and blocked syrians from entry indefinitely. the move trigge






australian leader says trump agrees to accept refugees


canberra, australia — australian prime minister malcolm turnbull says president donald trump has agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing at australia's expense in pacific island ps.turnbull said monday during a 25-minute telephone conver ion on sunday that trump had agreed to uphold an undertaking given by president barak obama's administration in its final months.turnbull declined to say how many refugees might be resettled in the united states.the obama administration had agreed to resettle refugees among almost 1,300 asylum seekers held at australia's expense on the island nations of nauru and papua new guinea.most of the asylum seekers are muslims from the middle east, africa and asia.australia refuses to resettle any refugee who has arrived by boat since a tou






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines — a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in a pageant held in the philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.iris mittenaere from lille city in northern france buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, while miss colombia, 23-year-old industrial designer and p og her andrea tovar, was second runner-up.as he closed the ceremony, the h






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines — a 24-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in a pageant held in the philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.iris mittenaere from lille city in northern france buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, while miss colombia, 23-year-old industrial designer and p og her andrea tovar, was second runner-up.as he closed the ceremony, the h






shares in asia mixed on uncertainty over us immigration flap


tokyo — most financial markets were closed in asia on monday for lunar new year holidays, but shares fell in japan and australia on uncertainty over the potential impact of president donald trump's travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions.keeping score: japan's nikkei 225 index fell 0.5 percent to 19,368.85. the s&p asx 200 in australia dropped 0.9 percent to 5,661.50 and india's sen was nearly flat at 27,894.10. shares rose in thailand and indonesia. many other asian markets were closed.trump travel ban: the executive order signed by trump on friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia or yemen. it imposed a 120-day suspension of the u.s. refugee program and blocked syrians from entry indef






amazon launches cloud directory, purpose-built storage for hierarchical data


image: istockp o/pixfly amazon's new cloud directory product, announced thursday, could bring additional flexibility and scalability to enterprise directories. the key value proposition of cloud directory is that it offers users the ability to create directories with hierarchies spanning multiple dimensions. according to an amazon press release, more traditional directory tools like active directory lightweight directory services (ad lds), and ldap-based directories, only allow for a single hierarchy. the idea is that, in allowing the mana ent of multiple hierarchies, cloud directory will improve directory flexibility for enterprise users. one example given by amazon would be using hierarchies like reporting structure, location, and cost center to manage and navigate a directory created






global shares fall on uncertainty over us immigration flap


tokyo — shares fell in europe and asia on monday, rattled by weak data and the potential impact of president donald trump's travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions.keeping score: germany's dax lost 0.6 percent to 11,744.80 and the cac 40 in france shed 0.9 percent to 4,798.53. britain's ftse 100 also skidded 0.9 percent, to 7,122.43. dow futures fell 0.2 percent and s&p futures were down 0.3 percent.trump travel ban: the executive order signed by trump on friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia or yemen. it imposed a 120-day suspension of the u.s. refugee program and blocked syrians from entry indefinitely. the move triggered protests and confusion at u.s. airports and raised uncertaint






immigration: promise and potential | the seattle times


blocking u.s. entry to a promising iranian scientist is just one instance of the human misery, both immediate and potential, inflicted by president trump’s executive order [“judge suspends deportations as refugee ban ignites travel chaos worldwide,” page one, jan. 29].it’s ironic that trump, whose experience before uming the presidency consisted entirely of self-promotion without performing any public good, in contrast to seyed soheil saeedi saravi, may prevent saravi from performing research on cardiac disease at harvard university. thomas michel, who would mentor saravi’s work at harvard, calls him an “outstanding young scientist [who] has enormous potential to make contributions that will improve our understanding of heart disease, and he has already been thoroughly vetted.”on jan. 19 m






farro, mushroom, and spinach soup recipe


if you haven’t met farro yet, let me introduce you.farro is an ancient grain with long-ago origins in western asia. it has an earthy, nutty flavor and a chewy texture that works well in everything from winter soups to hearty salads.italian cooks have enjoyed this grain for years, and it’s beginning to catch on here, too. give it a try in this hearty, but easy, meal of cooked farro, sautéed mushrooms, and greens!as farro’s popularity has grown, it’s become easier to find it in stores. look for pearled farro (perlato), which is quick-cooking.be sure to read the package carefully when buying. other grades of the grain are only semi-pearled or whole, and these retain the tough husks and take longer to cook, sometimes requiring an overnight soak in water. (also, don’t confuse farro with spelt,






shares in asia mixed on uncertainty over us immigration flap


tokyo (ap) — most financial markets were closed in asia on monday for lunar new year holidays, but shares fell in japan and australia on uncertainty over the potential impact of president donald trump’s travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions.keeping score: japan’s nikkei 225 index fell 0.5 percent to 19,368.85. the s&p asx 200 in australia dropped 0.9 percent to 5,661.50 and india’s sen was nearly flat at 27,894.10. shares rose in thailand and indonesia. many other asian markets were closed.trump travel ban: the executive order signed by trump on friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia or yemen. it imposed a 120-day suspension of the u.s. refugee program and blocked syrians from entry






former warlord's return could shake up afghan politics


kabul, afghanistan — the only insurgent leader to sign a peace pact with afghanistan's government will return to the country within weeks, his chief negotiator says, in a move that could shake up afghan politics and complicate the much wider war against the taliban.gulbuddin hekmatyar, a former warlord who battled u.s. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed a bitter rivalry with other afghan factions, agreed to lay down arms last year. amin karim, his chief negotiator, told the ociated press earlier this week that he would return to the capital in "a matter of weeks, not months."hekmatyar is seen as a potential rival to president ashraf ghani and chief executive abdullah abdullah, who have governed the country through a shaky, u.s.-brokered power-sharing agreement since the disputed ele






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in philippine airstrikes at the start of a covert offensive in the country's south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three slain filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs wednesday night and thursday on a militant e






former warlord’s return could shake up afghan politics


kabul, afghanistan (ap) — the only insurgent leader to sign a peace pact with afghanistan’s government will return to the country within weeks, his chief negotiator says, in a move that could shake up afghan politics and complicate the much wider war against the taliban.gulbuddin hekmatyar, a former warlord who battled u.s. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed a bitter rivalry with other afghan factions, agreed to lay down arms last year. amin karim, his chief negotiator, told the ociated press earlier this week that he would return to the capital in “a matter of weeks, not months.”hekmatyar is seen as a potential rival to president ashraf ghani and chief executive abdullah abdullah, who have governed the country through a shaky, u.s.-brokered power-sharing agreement since the dispute






philippines: airstrikes killed 15 is group-linked militants


manila, philippines — philippine airstrikes have killed 15 muslim militants linked to the islamic state group, including a suspected indonesian militant, while one of southeast asia's top terror suspects was seriously wounded in the country's south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, i






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — a suspected indonesian militant was killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the philippines launched airstrikes using south korean-made fighter jets for the first time in combat, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, including






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines (ap) — a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia’s top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in philippine airstrikes at the start of a covert offensive in the country’s south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three slain filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs wednesday night and thursday on a milit






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines (ap) — a suspected indonesian militant was killed and one of southeast asia’s top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the philippines launched airstrikes using south korean-made fighter jets for the first time in combat, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, inclu






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines (ap) — a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in the annual pageant held this year in the philippines.iris mittenaere from the small town of lille in northern france said in reply to a final question from pageant host steve harvey that she would be honored if she just landed among the three finalists, but was visibly stunned when she was announced the winner among the field of 86 contestants.mittenaere was speechless and put her hands on her face as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay. in her profile, she said she would “advocate for dental and oral hygiene” if she takes home the crown.in the final question to t






organised cybercrime gang members arrested after atm attacks


europol praised international cooperation for having a big role in taking down the cybercriminals. image: istock five members of an international organised cybercrime group have been arrested and three of them convicted so far as a result of a investigation by law enforcement agencies from europe and asia.the group used a variety of different cyberattacks to infect atms and force them to dispense money.tactics included the use of spear-phishing emails containing attachments containing malware to disrupt systems, penetration of the banks' internal networks and compromising and controlling the network of atms, all while using software to delete almost all traces of the criminal activity.members of the organised crime gang were recruited online, with most members being citizens of more than o






china trade war? these u.s. companies are in the crosshairs


president donald trump’s tough talk on trade with china, including threats of punitive tariffs and accu ions of illegal currency manipulation, is bringing long-simmering tensions between the world’s two largest economies to a boil. and that could have ramifications for many u.s. companies.about a dozen fortune 500 companies rely on china for more than 50 percent of their annual sales, per a recent morgan stanley (ms) report to clients. semiconductor maker ambarella (amba) gets 90 percent of its revenue from china, and other tech firms, such as texas instruments (txn) and marvell (mrvl), get more than 60 percent of their sales from the world’s most populous country.some of the u.s.’ biggest companies make significant profits in china cbs moneywatch/irina ivanova china also looms large for a






does he have the legal authority to block refugees?


syrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order signed friday also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christians, whom he said are persecuted in majority muslim countries.usa todaytrump's executive order suspends the entry of syrian refugees into u.s. here's a look at what's involved with the refugee






does he have the legal authority to block refugees?


syrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christians, whom he said are persecuted in majority muslim countries.usa todaytrump's executive order suspends the entry of syrian refugees into u.s. here's a look at what's involved with the refuge






what you need to know about trump's refugee ban


syrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order signed friday also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christians, whom he said are persecuted in majority muslim countries.usa todaytrump's executive order suspends the entry of syrian refugees into u.s. here's a look at what's involved with the refugee






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines — a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in the annual pageant held in the philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.iris mittenaere from lille city in northern france buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, while miss colombia, 23-year-old industrial designer and p og her andrea tovar, was second runner-up."i think france and eur






australian leader says trump agrees to accept refugees


canberra, australia — president donald trump had agreed to keep an obama administration promise to resettle refugees languishing in pacific island ps despite the u.s. toughening its stance on muslim immigration, the australian prime minister said monday.trump had agreed that during a 25-minute telephone conver ion on sunday to accept an unspecified number of refugees as promised in the final months of the previous administration, ending weeks of uncertainty, prime minister malcolm turnbull said."i thank president trump for his commitment to honor that existing agreement," turnbull told reporters. he declined to say how many refugees might be resettled in the united states.the obama administration had agreed to resettle refugees among the almost 1,300 asylum seekers held on the island natio






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in the annual pageant held in the philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.iris mittenaere from lille city in northern france buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, while miss colombia, 23-year-old industrial designer and p og her andrea tovar, was second runner-up."i think france and europe really need a miss






does he have the legal authority to block refugees?


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump has barred all refugees from entering the united states for four months, and indefinitely banned all refugees from syria. usa today networksyrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christ






what you need to know about trump's immigration plan


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump has barred all refugees from entering the united states for four months, and indefinitely banned all refugees from syria. usa today networksyrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christ






what you need to know about trump's immigration plan


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump has barred all refugees from entering the united states for four months, and indefinitely banned all refugees from syria. usa today networksyrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christ






does trump have the legal authority to block refugees?


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump has barred all refugees from entering the united states for four months, and indefinitely banned all refugees from syria. usa today networksyrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christ






what you need to know about trump's immigration plan


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump has barred all refugees from entering the united states for four months, and indefinitely banned all refugees from syria. usa today networksyrian children play in the snow in the deir zeinoun refugee p in eastern lebanon, on jan. 28, 2017. president trump has issued a ban on all immigrants from syria.(p o: h an jarrah, afp/getty images)president trump suspended the u.s. refugee program for 120 days, banned all immigrants from seven muslim countries for 90 days and ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states.the order, signed friday, also bars all syrians from entering the u.s., and gives preference in admission to christ






australian leader says trump agrees to accept refugees


canberra, australia (ap) — president donald trump had agreed to keep an obama administration promise to resettle refugees languishing in pacific island ps despite the u.s. toughening its stance on muslim immigration, the australian prime minister said monday.trump had agreed that during a 25-minute telephone conver ion on sunday to accept an unspecified number of refugees as promised in the final months of the previous administration, ending weeks of uncertainty, prime minister malcolm turnbull said.“i thank president trump for his commitment to honor that existing agreement,” turnbull told reporters. he declined to say how many refugees might be resettled in the united states.the obama administration had agreed to resettle refugees among the almost 1,300 asylum seekers held on the island






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines — a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in the annual pageant in the philippines, burying her face in her hands in shock and joy.iris mittenaere from the city of lille in northern france was visibly overwhelmed as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner up while miss colombia, 23-year-old, andrea tovar, was second runner up."i think france and europe really need a miss universe," mittenaere said in a post-pageant news conference when asked how her countrymen would receive her






are we hitting peak api economy chatter?


to say there's a keen interest in the so-called api economy would be an understatement. to say the api economy may have some serious issues and be frothy could be more correct than not. not that it ever makes sense to call the top of the market, but there's enough to make me wonder about the frenzy over application programming interfaces and the bevy of vendors looking to manage them. consider: now don't get me wrong. i love apis as much as the next person. apis are the glue that makes cloud computing a reality. apis are the base layer for digital transformation. and apis have saved billions of dollars in integration costs and manpower. apis are what specifies how software interacts and swaps data. in many ways, apis make the tech world go. but apis have issues too. for starters, there's






philippine police stop anti-drug crackdown amid scandal


manila, philippines (ap) — the philippine police chief stopped the use of the national police force in anti-drug operations monday and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units after the president’s brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue officers to kidnap and kill a south korean man for money.police director-general ronald dela rosa told police officers he would use the indefinite halt of anti-drug operations to launch a m ive purge of police involved in crimes. a counter-intelligence force would be formed to catch rogue officers and records of those previously implicated in crimes would be reviewed.“no more drug operations now,” dela rosa told police officers at the main police p, without indicating how long the ban would last.an estimated 7,000 drug-related killings have occurred






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


manila, philippines (ap) — a 23-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in the annual pageant in the philippines, burying her face in her hands in shock and joy.iris mittenaere from the city of lille in northern france was visibly overwhelmed as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner up while miss colombia, 23-year-old, andrea tovar, was second runner up.“i think france and europe really need a miss universe,” mittenaere said in a post-pageant news conference when asked how her countrymen would receive






philippine police stop anti-drug crackdown amid scandal


manila, philippines (ap) — the philippine police chief stopped the use of the national police force in anti-drug operations monday and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units after the president’s brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue officers to kidnap and kill a south korean man for money.police director-general ronald dela rosa told police officers he would use the indefinite halt of anti-drug operations to launch a m ive purge of police involved in crimes. a counter-intelligence force would be formed to catch rogue officers and records of those previously implicated in crimes would be reviewed.“no more drug operations now,” dela rosa told police officers at the main police p, without indicating how long the ban would last.an estimated 7,000 drug-related killings have occurred






interesting thing of the day


back in the mid-19th century, a certain naturalist, having spent a great deal of time sailing around the world, collecting and documenting animal specimens, and thinking very hard about why certain species turned out the way they did, e up with a notion that was—and in some quarters, still is—considered heretical: the idea of survival of the fittest, or as it is more properly known, natural selection. that description may evoke the name charles darwin, but it could apply equally to one of his contemporaries, alfred russel wallace.one could argue, in fact, argue that wallace was the true originator of the idea for which darwin was to become famous. the two were at least working on the same general problem at the same time though in different parts of the world, and wallace’s discoveries pro






miss france crowned miss universe in philippines


a 24-year-old dental student from france won the miss universe crown monday in a pageant held in the philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.iris mittenaere from lille city in northern france buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the philippines, pia wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed mall of asia arena by manila bay.miss haiti, raquel pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner-up, while miss colombia, 23-year-old industrial designer and p og her andrea tovar, was second runner-up.as he closed the ceremony, the host, american comedian






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north korea at the top of the agenda as defense secretary mattis heads to seoul


seoul – plans to deploy an american anti-missile battery to south korea and the growing north korean threat will be at the top of james mattis' agenda this week when the new defense secretary visits south korea and japan on his first foreign trip.mattis, a retired marine corps general nicknamed "mad dog," will meet with han min-koo, the south korean defense minister, in seoul on thursday before heading to tokyo. han is expected to reiterate south korea's commitment to hosting the terminal high altitude area defense system, or thaad.but with china exacting economic revenge on south korea over its decision to host the missile battery and the south korean government in crisis, some in seoul now have jitters about the plan.moon jae-in, the progressive candidate currently running at the top of






philippines’ top cop pulls national force from anti-drug operations and disbands


manila, philippines — the philippine police chief stopped the use of the national police force in anti-drug operations monday and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units after the president’s brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue officers to kidnap and kill a south korean man for money.police director-general ronald dela rosa told police officers he would use the indefinite halt of anti-drug operations to launch a m ive purge of police involved in crimes. a counter-intelligence force would be formed to catch rogue officers and records of those previously implicated in crimes would be reviewed.“no more drug operations now,” dela rosa told police officers at the main police p, without indicating how long the ban would last.an estimated 7,000 drug-related killings have occurred sinc