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  1. Asean IP offices' meeting in Bangkok focuses on advance regional trademark system By The Nation Delegates from all ten Asean nations discuss a regional trademark system at the ARISE IPR meeting in Bangkok on Monday. A regional trademark registration system was top on the agenda of a two-day meeting of Asean’s national intellectual property (IP) offices held in Bangkok, according to a press release. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084999-asean-ip-offices-meeting-in-bangkok-focuses-on-advance-regional-trademark-system/
  2. Asean IP offices' meeting in Bangkok focuses on advance regional trademark system By The Nation Delegates from all ten Asean nations discuss a regional trademark system at the ARISE IPR meeting in Bangkok on Monday. A regional trademark registration system was top on the agenda of a two-day meeting of Asean’s national intellectual property (IP) offices held in Bangkok, according to a press release. During the meeting today, the delegates discussed the scope of a feasibility study to be conducted by the European Union-funded ARISE+ IPR programme, which will consider aspects such as legal infrastructure, operational set-up, fee structures, stakeholder interests, and the impact on national trademark systems. The press release issued by ARISE+ IPR office revealed the IP-intensive industry is now increasingly at the heart of Southeast Asia’s economic growth. Protecting IP rights means protecting innovation and ideas and the commercial value of a business. Asean-wide policies and systems to enforce IP rights protection help both local and international businesses across the region. A regional trademark system would potentially reduce the time for businesses to register their trademarks across all ten Asean member states and create greater certainty on registration procedures, ultimately improving the ease for businesses to operate in the region and fostering new investment. Currently, businesses are required to file a separate trademark application in each Asean nation, or consider an international filing through the Madrid system for participating countries. Regional trademark systems already operate in the EU and in the French-speaking African states. “The discussions today represent a significant step forward on the path of regional integration and the convergence of IP systems in Asean, and towards the economic benefits that result,” noted ARISE+ IPR Project Leader Ignacio de Medrano Caballero during opening proceedings. Other regional initiatives discussed included updates to the Asean trademark examination guidelines and the establishment of an Asean IP academy. The feasibility study on a regional trademark system is one of a series of activities being conducted by the five-year, EU-funded ARISE+ IPR programme to promote regional integration of intellectual property regulation in Asean nations. The ARISE Plus Intellectual Property Rights (ARISE+ IPR) programme is one of the components under the Enhanced Asean Regional Integration Support from the European Union (EU), or ARISE Plus. The five-year, €5.5 million ARISE+ IPR programme supports regional integration through intellectual property (IP) cooperation and aims to upgrade the IP systems for creation, protection. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364327 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-18
  3. Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his arrival at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Nur Khan Base in Rawalpindi, Pakistan February 17, 2019. Press Information Department (PID)/Handout via REUTERS ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion (£15.5 billion) during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084998-saudi-crown-prince-begins-asia-tour-with-20-billion-pakistan-investment-pledge/
  4. Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his arrival at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Nur Khan Base in Rawalpindi, Pakistan February 17, 2019. Press Information Department (PID)/Handout via REUTERS ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion (£15.5 billion) during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India. Kicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the crown prince said the $20 billion figure represents only the start of an economic tie-up that would bring the historic Muslim allies even closer. "It’s big for phase 1, and definitely it will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries," said the crown prince. "We have been a brotherly country, a friendly country to Pakistan. We’ve walked together in tough and good times, and we (will) continue." But Prince Mohammed's visit is at risk of being overshadowed by Pakistan's growing tensions with India. Earlier this week a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian paramilitary police in the disputed Kashmir region. New Delhi has accused Pakistan of having a hand in the bombing and vowed to punish Islamabad, which denies involvement. Cash-strapped and in need of friends, Pakistan welcomed the crown prince with open arms and in grandiose fashion, including sending fighter jets to guide his incoming plane once it entered Pakistani airspace. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan's army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa greeted Prince Mohammed on the red carpet of a military airport in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, before Khan personally drove the crown prince to the capital Islamabad. "Saudi Arabia has always been a friend in need, which is why we value it so much," said Khan, while seated next to Prince Mohammed. "I want to thank you for the way you helped us when we were in bad situation." Saudi Arabia has in recent months helped keep Pakistan's economy afloat by propping up its rapidly dwindling foreign exchange reserves with a $6 billion loan, giving Islamabad breathing room as it negotiates a bailout with the International Monetary Fund. Islamabad has shown appreciation by treating Prince Mohammed's trip as the biggest state visit since Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015, soon after Beijing announced plans to invest tens of billions of dollars on infrastructure in Pakistan as part of China's global Belt and Road initiative. The tour is seen as a attempt by the crown prince to rebuild his reputation after the murder of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, analysts say. Many in the West blamed Prince Mohammed for the killing, which triggered the kingdom's biggest political crisis for a generation. He has denied being involved. He had also planned to visit Indonesia and Malaysia during the tour, but those trips have been postponed, according to Malaysian and Indonesian officials. In Pakistan, most of the agreements signed focused on energy projects, including a $10 billion refinery and petrochemicals complex in the coastal city of Gwadar, where China is building a port. Memorandums of understanding were also signed for investments in minerals and agriculture, Khan said. The two nations' relationship has in the past centred on oil-rich Saudi Arabia backing Pakistan's economy during difficult periods, and in return Pakistan's powerful army lending support to Saudi Arabia and its royal family. As the guardians of most holy sites in the birthplace of Islam, the Saudi royal family carries vast religious clout in Pakistan, a staunchly conservative and mainly Muslim nation of 208 million people. "What is happening in this relationship is a renewal of Pakistan's commitment to help protect the royal family and the order as it exists in Saudi Arabia," said Mosharraf Zaidi, Senior Fellow at Tabadlab, a Pakistani think tank focused on global and local public policy. "On the flip side, there is reassurance that Saudi Arabia will not only continue to serve as a strategic friend who will help shore up Pakistan's finances when needed, but it's also going to become a participant in the wider investment in Pakistan." Prince Mohammed was also set to meet representatives of the Afghan Taliban militant group to discuss peace negotiations to end the 17-year civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistani government and militant sources said. But that was unlikely after the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group's planned meetings with Khan and U.S. officials in Islamabad were called off. (Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Additional reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR and Abdul Qadir Sediqi in KABUL; Editing by Nick Macfie, Sam Holmes and Mark Potter) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18
  5. Spanish warship ordered ships to leave British waters near Gibraltar FILE PHOTO: A cloud partially covers the tip of the Rock of the British territory of Gibraltar at sunrise from La Atunara port in southern Spain August 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) - A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084997-spanish-warship-ordered-ships-to-leave-british-waters-near-gibraltar/
  6. Spanish warship ordered ships to leave British waters near Gibraltar FILE PHOTO: A cloud partially covers the tip of the Rock of the British territory of Gibraltar at sunrise from La Atunara port in southern Spain August 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) - A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock but the ships stayed in position. The British navy challenged the Spanish warship which then sailed slowly along the coast with its weapons uncovered and manned, Gibraltar said. "There is only nuisance value to these foolish games being played by those who don't accept unimpeachable British sovereignty over the waters around Gibraltar," a spokesman for Gibraltar said. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18
  7. More than 2,000 snakes seized in border sting By Niran Chaichutikan The Nation Mukdahan Wild Animals Checkpoint officials were joined by personnel from other agencies in confiscating 182 baskets containing 2,730 rat snakes and cobras - worth Bt1 million in total - about to be smuggled to Laos. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084996-more-than-2000-snakes-seized-in-border-sting/
  8. More than 2,000 snakes seized in border sting By Niran Chaichutikan The Nation Mukdahan Wild Animals Checkpoint officials were joined by personnel from other agencies in confiscating 182 baskets containing 2,730 rat snakes and cobras - worth Bt1 million in total - about to be smuggled to Laos. Following a tip-off that a large number of snakes were to be taken into Laos on a pick-up truck through Ban Bang Sai Noi pier in Mukdahan’s Wan Yai district, Checkpoint head Sathit Pisaisawat led a team composed of his men, Surasakmontree Military Camp’s task force and the Navy’s Mukdahan’s Mekong Patrol Operation Command in seizing the snakes at 8.30pm on Sunday. The officials discovered 3-4 people moving plastic baskets with closed lids from a pick-up truck onto the pier for transport by long-tail boat. The suspects scattered in different directions when they saw the authorities approaching. Officials found 15 live snakes inside a net sack in each basket and collected these and the vehicle as evidences to pass onto the Wan Yai Police Station to investigate and arrest the culprits. They will be charged with having wildlife in their possession without permission and importing wildlife without permission under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act 1992. The authorities suspect that once in Laos, the snakes would be sold to Chinese investors to make an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in grain alcohol, which is said to have health benefits and serve as an aphrodisiac. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364314 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-18
  9. Residents of 10 Chaiyaphum villages run for their lives in violent storm By Sutthipong Settharangsi The Nation Local officials were dispatched on Monday morning to inspect about 200 homes in Chaiyaphum for damage caused by a summer storm on Sunday night. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084994-residents-of-10-chaiyaphum-villages-run-for-their-lives-in-violent-storm/
  10. Residents of 10 Chaiyaphum villages run for their lives in violent storm By Sutthipong Settharangsi The Nation Local officials were dispatched on Monday morning to inspect about 200 homes in Chaiyaphum for damage caused by a summer storm on Sunday night. The storm caused dozens of residents in 10 villages in Thep Sathit district to run for safety. While nobody was injured, house roofs were blown out and trees toppled. A blackout resulted from power poles being toppled by the high winds. The most severe house damage was reported at Ban Hua Saphan (Moo 2), Ban Wang Ta Tao (Moo 3), Ban Khok Sa-art (Moo 6), Ban Huai Noi (Moo and Ban Khok Anu (Moo 9). Candidate’s election billboards were also destroyed, and a tapioca-storing warehouse belonging to Sawaeng Phiewjee in Ban Yang Na Klad (Moo 1) suffered nearly Bt1 million worth of damages. Sawaeng said the one-hour-long violent storm ripped off his house roof while he and family members huddled together in fright at a corner of the home. “We were lucky the wind didn’t blow us away, too,” he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364326 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-18
  11. Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum By Robin Emmott and John Irish U.S. President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria MUNICH (Reuters) - In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to "press the reset button" with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084991-trump policies-unite-allies-against-him-at-european-security-forum/
  12. Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum By Robin Emmott and John Irish U.S. President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria MUNICH (Reuters) - In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to "press the reset button" with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country. Promising that "America will be back" once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president's brusque foreign policy stance hard to like. But their elation also exposed the weakened state of Western diplomacy in the face of Trump's assertiveness, according to European diplomats and politicians who were present. Biden's successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: "I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump." His four-day trip to Europe succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats ranging from nuclear arms to climate change, diplomats and officials said. Misgivings about Washington's role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists. In Germany and France, half the population see U.S. power as a threat, up sharply from 2013 and a view shared by 37 percent of Britons, the Washington-based Pew Research Center said in a report before the Munich foreign policy gathering. Asked about European anxiety over Trump's leadership style, a senior U.S. official on Pence's Air Force Two plane said the vice president's Munich conference speech on Saturday at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof would "help give them a different perspective". "TIT-FOR-TAT" But if the Europeans did not like the "America First" message, there was no concerted response to it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on her own after a last-minute cancellation by French President Emmanuel Macron. That caused some to lament the failure of the West to uphold the rules-based international order that Washington itself championed in the 70 years that preceded the arrival of Trump in the White House. "The tit-for-tat logic is unfortunately prevailing ... I think that takes us back to the question of enlightened leadership," said Thomas Greminger, secretary general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a security and human rights watchdog. "We need leaders again who do not believe exclusively in short-termism," he told Reuters. It fell to China to aid Merkel in her defence of the post-World War Two order, as the country's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, spoke in flawless English for over 20 minutes about the virtues of open trade and global cooperation. Pence's message was, in fact, that the pillars of U.S. foreign policy were being rebuilt on a different foundation: isolating Iran, containing China, bringing American troops home and requiring European powers to fall into line. BROKEN NARRATIVE? After using a speech in Warsaw on Thursday to accuse Britain, France and Germany of trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on Iran, Pence called in Munich for the European Union to recognise Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido as president over Nicolas Maduro, whom he called a dictator. That drew an angry response from Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who said the European Union could acknowledge Guaido as interim president until new elections, in line with the Venezuelan constitution. French foreign minister Jean-Yves LeDrian said he was mystified by U.S. policy on Syria after Trump's decision to withdraw troops because it would only benefit Iran, which Washington wants to be tough on. European diplomats and officials also took issue with Pence's insistence that EU governments stay away from Chinese telecoms companies as they build the latest generation of mobile networks, preferring first to have an internal discussion about the potential risks and U.S. claims of Chinese espionage. "U.S. pressure has a tendency to make us do the opposite. U.S. pressure is counterproductive. It's best that they don't try and pressure us," a senior French diplomat said. Whatever the threats, officials seemed to be mainly talking past each other. Kumi Naidoo, global head of Amnesty International, said security was often defined too narrowly, failing to address the wider dangers of climate change. "The narrative here at the Munich Security Conference is broken. They are talking about the right topics but in the wrong language. The mentality here is that security is only a national issue," Naidoo told Reuters. Leaving for Washington, Pence was unfazed, telling reporters his trip had been very successful. "We're advancing the interests of the free world, and we've made great progress." (Additional reporting by Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke; Writing by Robin Emmott; Editing by Giles Elgood) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18
  13. Army chief tells media to listen to “Nak Paendin” ultra-nationalist song Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong responded to a reporter’s question this morning about his view of the current political situation by suggesting the media listen to the old ultra-nationalist song “Nak Paendin” (Burden of the Land). Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084988-army-chief-tells-media-to-listen-to-“nak-paendin”-ultra-nationalist-song/
  14. Army chief tells media to listen to “Nak Paendin” ultra-nationalist song Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong responded to a reporter’s question this morning about his view of the current political situation by suggesting the media listen to the old ultra-nationalist song “Nak Paendin” (Burden of the Land). His comment was an indirect response to a question about the Pheu Thai party’s chief campaign strategist Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphant’s comment on Sunday that her party would cut defence spending by about 10% and would abolish military conscription if the party wins the election. The lyrics of the song were written by Colonel Boonsong Hakrithsoek in 1975, when Thailand was under Communist threat after the fall of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Then, the country was embroiled in intense political conflict between left-wing students, labourers and right-wing extremists. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/army-chief-tells-media-to-listen-to-nak-paendin-ultra-nationalist-song/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-02-18
  15. April 12 not a bank holiday By The Nation FILE photo The Bank of Thailand on Monday announced that banks will not be closed on April 12, despite it being an extra holiday for government officials for the long Songkran weekend. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084985-songkran-april-12-not-a-bank-holiday/
  16. Decapitated head in river likely from suicide case By Suriya Patathayo The Nation Provincial Police Region 1 chief Pol Lt-General Ampol Buarapporn on Monday explained that a decomposed human head found floating in Chao Phraya River near the Petra ferry pier in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district on February 6 was not related to a murder case. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084982-decapitated-head-in-river-likely-from-suicide-case/
  17. April 12 not a bank holiday By The Nation FILE photo The Bank of Thailand on Monday announced that banks will not be closed on April 12, despite it being an extra holiday for government officials for the long Songkran weekend. The Cabinet earlier announced April 12 as an extra holiday for government officials, allowing them to enjoy a long weekend from April 12 to 16. But the Cabinet left it to the central bank and private firms to individually decide whether they would also take an extra holiday. The central bank announced on Monday that it had decided that April 12 would remain a standard workday for banks and financial institutions, so as to avoid disruption of financial transactions caused by a long holiday, and to avoid possible effects on the economy. The Stock Exchange of Thailand has also announced that the SET would remain open on April 12. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364325 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-18
  18. Decapitated head in river likely from suicide case By Suriya Patathayo The Nation Provincial Police Region 1 chief Pol Lt-General Ampol Buarapporn on Monday explained that a decomposed human head found floating in Chao Phraya River near the Petra ferry pier in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district on February 6 was not related to a murder case. He said the recently discovered evidence suggested that the head – identified as coming from 44-year-old Amnat Chaoroen native Janpen Boonkan. The woman, who had been missing since February 4, had committed suicide by jumping into the river. Samrong Tai superintendent Pol Colonel Prasert Buakhao said police had inspected the flat where Janpen lived with her husband Prasit Tonsura, 49, and son Pratheep Tonsura, 23, in tambon Bang Peung of Phra Phradaeng. An examination of the woman’s phone found that she had posted a goodbye message to her son on Facebook at 3.56pm on February 4. Police traced the woman’s movements through CCTV footage, saying that she had hailed a motorcycle taxi to a pier and then jumped into the river at around 4pm and disappeared. Police suspected that her decomposed body was at one point hit by a boat’s propeller blade, which removed the head and led to its discovery. Prasit and Janpen’s elder sister Pleng Suriyabut, 51, confirmed to police that the woman seen in the CCTV footage as jumping into river was Janpen. Insisting that he had not fought with his wife, Prasit told police that Janpen had suffered from depression and was on medication. She had run away from home on two previous occasions. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364318 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-18
  19. Anti-graft body calls for scrutiny of two major projects at Suvarnabhumi airport The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has expressed concern over alleged lack of transparency in two major projects at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084963-anti-graft-body-calls-for-scrutiny-of-two-major-projects-at-suvarnabhumi-airport/
  20. Anti-graft body calls for scrutiny of two major projects at Suvarnabhumi airport The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has expressed concern over alleged lack of transparency in two major projects at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. In a statement, issued on Sunday, the private anti-graft watchdog also called on Thai media and the public to keep a close watch on the conduct of the company calling for bids on the two projects, the Airports of Thailand Company. The two projects are the 6.6 billion baht expansion of the second passenger terminal and bidding for the concession to operate duty-free shops at Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hatyai airports. The anti-graft organization noted that the National Economic and Social Development Board, several Thai engineers and architect associations had voiced objections to the terminal expansion project, claiming that the project is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers’ money because the three existing international airports, Suvarnabhumi, Don Meuang and U-tapao, which together can handle 100-120 million passengers per year, will soon be linked by high-speed train. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/anti-graft-body-calls-for-scrutiny-of-two-major-projects-at-suvarnabhumi-airport/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-02-18
  21. Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner departs U.S. Federal Court, following his sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election, in New York, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File photo (Reuters) - Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who helped play a role in Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has been released from federal prison after serving about 14 months for exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084961-ex-congressman-weiner-released-from-prison-after-sexting-scandal/
  22. Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner departs U.S. Federal Court, following his sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election, in New York, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File photo (Reuters) - Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who helped play a role in Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has been released from federal prison after serving about 14 months for exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 54, has been released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, and is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management office in Brooklyn, according to prison records. The seven-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully several times for New York City mayor will be free on May 14, records show, about three months earlier than his 21-month sentence. He had pleaded guilty to sending the texts and had faced up to 10 years in prison. The FBI discovered a trove of emails belonging to his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, on Weiner's laptop. Then-FBI Director James Comey announced just weeks before the presidential election that his agency was reopening an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state. Clinton said the move contributed to her stunning loss to Republican Donald Trump. Abedin filed for divorce. The couple has a 7-year-old son, Jordan. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18
  23. Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request - Asahi U.S. President Donald Trump laughs with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084957-japans-pm-nominated trump for-nobel-peace-prize-on-us-request-asahi/
  24. Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request - Asahi U.S. President Donald Trump laughs with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday. The report follows Trump's claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea. The Japanese leader had given him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference. The U.S. government had sounded Abe out over the Noble Peace Prize nomination after Trump's summit in June last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president, the Asahi said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source. A spokesman for Japan's Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of Trump's remarks, but "would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders." The White House had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. The Nobel Foundation's website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states. Under the foundation's rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Additional reporting by Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Sam Holmes) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-18
  25. UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal Plastic and other waste is seen floating on the Marine Lake at New Brighton beach near Liverpool, Britain, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084956-uk-plans-to-make-plastic-packaging-producers-pay-for-waste-disposal/
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