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China Backs Pak On Dispute With India, After Imran Khan Trip, 14 Million Tress Uprooted, 17 Dead, In Italy’s “Apocalyptic” Storm

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BEIJING:

Pakistan and China today agreed to further tighten military collaboration after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan finished his official talks with the Chinese management in Beijing. In a joint statement released as Mr Khan flew to Shanghai, China also came out in support of “Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries”.

“China appreciates Pakistan’s quest for peace through dialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and supports Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries,” it said.

“In political relations and strategic communication, both sides stressed they will continue to view China-Pakistan relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. The Chinese side reiterated that China’s relationship with Pakistan is always a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy,” the statement said.

Former PM Says, US, Japan Freeze Aid To Lanka Over

Constitutional Crisis

COLOMBO:

Sri Lanka’s deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United States and Japan had frozen more than a billion dollars of development aid after his abrupt dismissal raised doubts about the future of democracy in the island.

“Countries are sensitive, they have concerns (about a government led by Rajapaksa) democratic countries have concerns,” he said in the interview conducted in the prime minister’s official residence in a colonial-era bungalow where Mr Wickremesinghe is camping along with his supporters.
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Japan had also put on hold plans to extend a soft loan of $1.4 billion for a light railway project, he said. “A lot of projects are held up, the Millennium Challenge, the Japanese loan,” he said.

14 Million Tress Uprooted, 17 Dead, In Italy’s

“Apocalyptic” Storm

MILAN:

Heavy rain and gales devastating parts of Italy have claimed two more lives, taking the overall death toll to at least 17, and laid waste to vast forest.

On Friday A German tourist died when hit by lightning on the island of Sardinia while another person struck by lightning several days ago died in hospital, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said on Saturday.

A spokeswoman said 17 deaths related to the severe weather had been reported to the Agency so far.

“We’ll need at least a century to return to normality,”.

North Korea Warns US:

Will “Seriously” Think Returning To Nuclear Policy

SEOUL:

North Korea has warn the United States it will “seriously” consider returning to a state document aimed at building nuclear weapons if Washington does not end tough economic sanctions against the impoverished regime.

“The word ‘byungjin’ may appear again and the change of the line could be seriously reconsidered,” said the statement carried by the official news agency.
“The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible,” said the statement, released under the name of the director of the foreign ministry’s Institute for American Studies.

“What remains to be done is the US corresponding reply,” it added.

After Truck Crashes Into Toll Booth In China 31-Car

Pileup Kills 15

BEIJING:

authorities in the city of Lanzhou said Sunday An out-of-control truck ploughed into a 31-car lineup in northwest China killing 15 people and injuring 44.
Lanzhou’s propaganda department said The accident occurred Saturday night as the driver of the heavy duty articulated truck lost control on a downhill stretch of expressway and collided with cars lining up at a toll booth,.
authorities said Ten of the 44 hurt sustained serious injuries,.

Spy Claims Cast Cloud Over China Airshow

SHANGHAI/BEIJING:

As suppliers consider what the country’s slowing economy could mean for booming jet demand Trade frictions with the United States and accusations of industrial spying.
“We’re not expecting a big turnout this year,” said Chinese aviation expert Li Xiaojin. “As you know the Chinese economy is not doing great this year, so companies that would normally send 10 people will only send five instead.”

“It is not unlikely that China might strategically steer future aircraft purchases to Airbus rather than Boeing,” said Marc Szepan, a China aviation expert at the University of Oxford and former industry executive.”

“In addition, there might be a re-evaluation of the relative attractiveness of industrial partners for China’s future aircraft programmes such as the CR929 which might favour European over U.S. component and structures suppliers.”

Saudi Billionaire Prince Brother Freed From Detention

RIYADH:

Family members said Saturday Saudi authorities have released the brother of billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. After nearly a year in detention, as the kingdom faces international pressure over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

“Thank god for your safety,” his niece Princess Reem bint Al-Waleed tweeted, posting additional pictures of the released prince with other relatives.

The Wall Street Journal reported that he was detained for 11 months for criticising the biggest crackdown on the kingdom’s elite last November that saw dozens of princes, officials and tycoons detained at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The government has not offered any public explanation for his arrest or the conditions of his release.
“The killing of Jamal Khashoggi has left the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its weakest diplomatic position since the horrific terror attacks of September 11,” Ali Shihabi, head of the pro-Saudi Arabia Foundation think tank, wrote in a report published on Friday.
“In the aftermath of the understandable global outrage at the Khashoggi murder, something will clearly have to give.”

At Florida “Kid” Who Opened Fire Yoga Studio Had

record Of Groping Women

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA:

On Friday evening A man in Florida who has been repeatedly accused of groping women. Walked into a yoga class and opened fire, according to Tallahassee police. Shooting six people and killing two of them despite an attempt to fight him off.
Police said the shooting suspect, Scott Paul Beierle, 40, killed himself. Minutes before they arrived at the Hot Yoga studio. Which sits above a row of restaurants at northern Tallahassee shopping center.

“In my public service career, I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst,” City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote after viewing the attack’s aftermath. “Please pray.”

“They said he just kept coming in and out the doors and was a little sketchy,” Hutchinson told the Democrat. “But nobody said anything.”
“Everyone started pounding on the windows and the walls,” Hutchinson said. “I heard a couple people at Riccardo’s heard the pounding. They weren’t sure what it was. They said it sounds like someone was hitting sheet metal.”

“To lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is just devastating to the Florida State University family,” school president John Thrasher said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The suspect had lately been living in Deltona, on the other side of the state, DeLeo said.
“No act of gun violence is acceptable,” he wrote on Twitter. His Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, called the shooting “heartbreaking.”

Iranians Reel From Sanctions:”I Won’t Survive”

EHRAN:

Seventy-year-old Heidar Fekri has been selling industrial equipment. From his small store in a Tehran bazaar since before the revolution, but for the first time he is not sure he can survive.

He means it literally: “My shelves are empty, my warehouses are empty. And soon I will have to close the doors. This has been my entire life — I won’t survive long after the doors close.”

“Sales have dropped 90 percent compared with six months ago. The whole bazaar is suffering,” he told news agency AFP.
Almost all products in Iran from medicines to aircraft spares to plastic bottles. Is tied into the global supply chain. So the currency collapse and renewed isolation threatens every corner of society.

The government has been forced to provide food baskets to around half Iran’s households as inflation soars.

CNN Tells Trump Jr Why They Didn’t Run His Dad’s Ad

“This Is Racist,”

CNN had refused to run an election ad released by his father, President Donald Trump, earlier this week.
“I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda,” Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to a shorter, 30-second version of the ad. “Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican”

“CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist,” CNN PR tweeted. “When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts.”

In his tweet promoting the video ad, Trump writes, “It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!” As the ad cycles through Bracamontes’s chilling threats in the courtroom, a banner reads, “DEMOCRATS LET HIM INTO OUR COUNTRY.”

“No wonder you’re the fakest name in news. #fakenews,” Trump Jr. tweeted at CNN.

On Saturday, CNN representatives included an apple emoji in its reply to Trump Jr.  A reference to the “Facts First” campaign the station launched last year to try to fight claims by Trump – and his supporters – that the network is “fake news.” Though CNN’s “Facts First” video never called out Trump by name, it hinted at tactics used by the president.

“This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana,” the ad said. “They might scream banana, banana, banana over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana.