Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

August 26, 2018@11:49 PM TFP Editor 0

BEIJING –  A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. ___ VIETNAM UPSET AT CHINESE GLOBE Vietnam’s government stated its concerns [Read More]

Trump Ditched White House Statement Lauding McCain For Tweet On Senator's Death: Report

August 26, 2018@9:38 PM TFP Editor 0

President Donald Trumptweeted a noticeably curt reaction to Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) death after reportedly turning down the release of an official White House statement celebrating his late Republican colleague as a “hero.” The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump decided to nix the complimentary official statement that White House aides, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, prepared for the president in the days before the late senator’s death. McCain died on Saturday after he was diagnosed about one year ago with an aggressive form of brain [Read More]

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U.S.-Mexico NAFTA talks to continue Monday: minister

August 26, 2018@9:12 PM TFP Editor 0

Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Sunday evening that bilateral negotiations with the United States over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were advancing and that talks would continue on Monday. Read on Reuters

The Latest: Pope: parents of gay kids shouldn't condemn them

August 26, 2018@9:11 PM TFP Editor 0

Pope Francis, flanked by Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke, listens to a journalist’s question during a press conference aboard of the flight to Rome at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool) KNOCK, Ireland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland (all times local): 11:59 p.m. Pope Francis says parents of gay children shouldn’t condemn them, ignore their orientation or throw them out of the house. Rather, he says they should pray, talk and [Read More]

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Asian shares rise after record highs on Wall Street

August 26, 2018@7:55 PM TFP Editor 0

Asian shares rose early on Monday, taking support from Wall Street’s gains on Friday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said a gradual approach to raising rates was best to protect the U.S. economy and job growth. Read on Reuters

Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

August 26, 2018@7:32 PM TFP Editor 0

Image copyright AFP Image caption Uber has partnered with Lime, whose scooters are available in a number of cities including Paris Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel. He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future. “During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk [Read More]

Pope refuses to comment on claims he ignored McCarrick abuse accusations

August 26, 2018@7:30 PM TFP Editor 0

Pope Francis passes a protester’s banner as he leaves St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin Saturday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Pope Francis told reporters Sunday that he “won’t say a word” about claims by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. that the pontiff had rehabilitated the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, despite being made aware of sexual misconduct claims against him. In an 11-page memo made public Saturday evening, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called on Francis to resign over his handling of the McCarrick matter. [Read More]

Pope 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

August 26, 2018@7:15 PM TFP Editor 0

Pope Francis “begged for God’s forgiveness” on Sunday for multiple abuse scandals within the Irish church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy (AFP Photo/Handout) Dublin (AFP) – Pope Francis “begged for God’s forgiveness” on Sunday for multiple abuse scandals within the Irish church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. In front of 45,000 supporters at the rain-soaked Knock shrine in the west of [Read More]