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Thousands stranded in Bangkok as flights affected by India Pakistan tensions

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:16

Thai Airways flights resumed by Thursday afternoon after the airline secured permission to reroute flights over Chinese airspace, but it could take up to three days to clear a backlog of 3,000 passengers, an airline official said. Flights to and from London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt and Rome had been scheduled to fly over Pakistani airspace on Thursday, Thai Airways said in a statement. Most of the airline's European flights leave after midnight and the cancellations left scores of passengers stuck at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:00

Responding to a question about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal and its call for a federal job guarantee, Ivanka Trump this week offered sage wisdom: “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years,” she said. In light of this recent controversy, it’s worth revisiting Ivanka Trump’s views on work through the lens of her now defunct, eponymous website dedicated to building her personal lifestyle brand – think Goop for the recently lobotomized, with fewer jade eggs and a hint of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Judging by the kinds of women highlighted on her site, the working women she has in mind mostly are CEOs for jewelry and wellness companies, including her fellow bootstrapping go-getter Lauren Bush Lauren, niece of George W Bush.

Rolls-Royce pulls out of race to power future Boeing plane

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:35

Rolls-Royce no longer wishes to be a candidate to make the engine for a new midsize passenger jet proposed by US planemaker Boeing, the troubled British group said Thursday. Rolls gave the update alongside news that it had dived into a net loss last year as its Trent engines were hit by costly repairs and a decision by Boeing's European rival Airbus to stop making the A380 jumbo. "Rolls-Royce has decided to withdraw from the current competition to power Boeing's proposed middle of the market -- or New Midsize Airplane (NMA) -- platform," the British group said in a statement.

Trump says Kim 'felt very badly' after Otto Warmbier death

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:32

President Trump says Kim Jong Un "tells me that he didn’t know about” the treatment of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who died in 2017 after being held in a Pyongyang prison. “And I will take him at his word.”

In Hanoi, Trump calls Michael Cohen's congressional testimony 'shameful' and 'fake'

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:49

President Trump’s second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week came as Michael Cohen, a man who was once one of Trump’s closest allies, delivered dramatic testimony before Congress, calling the president a “con man.”

Did Pakistan Just Blink?

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:38

Things did not go as Islamabad planned.

Swiss may let 5,000 people use marijuana legally for studies

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:36

The cabinet proposed limited pilot projects that may lead to changes in laws banning cannabis that date back to 1951. The plan will be put out for public comment until mid-year, the Federal Health Office said. Switzerland already allows cannabis products of less than 1 percent THC, the chemical that makes people high.

Trump abruptly leaves Kim Jong Un summit without a deal

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:22

President Trump abruptly ended his planned deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, declaring that sometimes you have to walk. This was his second summit with the dictator about the regime's nuclear weapons.

Key Asia-Europe Air Route Closed on India-Pakistan Tensions

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:15

Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Europe-bound flights on Thursday will take off as planned, but will be re-routed to avoid the affected airspace, without any refueling stops, the carrier said in an email. After scrapping all 10 flights from Europe to Bangkok as well as those to Pakistan that were due to depart late Wednesday and early Thursday, Thai Airways International Pcl said it has resumed normal operations by skirting the South Asian country. Pakistan airspace is the primary route for Southeast Asia and Europe, with about 220 services connecting the regions daily, according to the International Air Transport Association.

UN to vote on dueling US, Russia drafts on Venezuela

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:52

The UN Security Council will vote Thursday on two rival draft resolutions from the United States and Russia aimed at confronting the crisis in Venezuela, but both are expected to fail, according to diplomats. Battered by an economic meltdown, Venezuela descended into a major political crisis when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January and asserted that President Nicolas Maduro was no longer legitimate. On Wednesday, the United States put forward a measure that would call for presidential elections to end the political standoff and unimpeded deliveries of aid to ease shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela.

These Are the Top Aides at the Second Trump-Kim Summit

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:31

If any deal happens, these trusted interlocutors will likely have played a key part in it

Apple self-driving car layoffs give hints to division's direction

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 22:48

The tech firm said in a filing with state regulators that it planned to lay off people from eight different Santa Clara County facilities near its Cupertino, California, headquarters, as of April 16. A company spokesman confirmed that the reduction was from the self-driving car program. Among those laid off were at least two dozen software engineers, including a machine learning engineer, and 40 hardware engineers, according to a letter sent by Apple to California employment regulators earlier this month.

New solutions for the old problem of illegal massage parlors

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 22:33

BOSTON (AP) — They're nestled amid bustling downtowns and tucked into nondescript strip malls across quiet suburbs. Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American landscape for decades, hidden in plain sight.

Venezuela's Guaido to visit Brazil in bid to keep pressure on Maduro

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 21:31

Guaido last month invoked constitutional provisions to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's re-election was fraudulent. The congress chief has organized nationwide protests over the past month while the United States has imposed crippling sanctions on Venezuela's key oil industry and government officials. Guaido will travel to Brasilia for a two-day visit from Bogota, where he attended a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the regional Lima group about how to resolve the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.

China expresses 'deep concern' over India-Pakistan conflict

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 18:53

A senior Chinese diplomat expressed "deep concern" over the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, after the two countries said they shot down each other's fighter jets. State Councillor Wang Yi, the Chinese government's top diplomat made the comments in a telephone conversation with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, China's foreign ministry said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Qureshi telephoned Wang to inform him of the latest developments in the conflict and to express hope that China would continue to play a "constructive role" in easing tensions, the statement said.

Rep. Jim Jordan: Michael Cohen is delusional

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 18:23

Ohio Republican Rep. Jordan on his takeaways from Michael Cohen's testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee.

Top Bristol-Myers shareholder comes out against $74 billion Celgene deal

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 18:09

Wellington Management, which owns about 8 percent of Bristol-Myers shares, said they believe the deal is too risky and too expensive, and that alternative options to create value for shareholders "could be more attractive." Celgene shares fell 8.5 percent after the Wellington statement was released, while Bristol-Myers shares rose 3 percent. Bristol-Myers said in January that it would buy New Jersey-based Celgene, combining two of the world's largest cancer therapy businesses, with Bristol acquiring Celgene's cash cow Revlimid, one of the world's top-selling blood cancer drugs. The company said in a statement that its board and management have had "numerous conversations and meetings" with investors, including Wellington, since announcing the Celgene deal.

TripAdvisor names the world's best beaches for 2019

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 18:05

Plan some fun in the sun with the winners of TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice awards for beaches.

Southwest gets FAA OK for flights to Hawaii from California

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 17:45

DALLAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it has granted Southwest Airlines approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, capping the airline's effort to extend its reach 2,400 miles (3,800 kilometers) across the Pacific.