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China December aluminum production surges to record monthly high

BEIJING ( ) – China’s primary aluminum output defied low prices to rise for a second straight month to a record high in December as falling alumina costs boosted margins, while 2018 annual output was also a record, official data showed on Monday.

The world’s top producer churned out more than 3 million tonnes in a month for the first time, undeterred by aluminum prices at two-year lows, the impact of the U.S.-China tr,上海夜网推油Dalton,ade war and Beijing’s environmental crackdown.

Production was likely spurred by new smelter openings late last year and higher utilization rates following a plunge in the cost of ra上海夜网w material alumina, said Helen Lau, an analyst at Argonaut Securities.

Output hit 3.05 million tonnes in December, National Bureau of Statistics data showed, up 8.2 percent from November and up 11.3,上海夜生活男人好去处Dallas, percent from December 2017.

On a daily basis, China produced almost 98,400 tonnes of aluminum last month, up from 94,000 tonnes in November and also a record high, according to calculations. December had one more day than November.

Full-year output came in at 35.8 million tonnes in 2018, up 7.4 percent from the previous annual record in 2017.

China added 3.8 million tonnes of aluminum smelting capacity in 2018, according to consultancy AZ China, while about 2.8 million tonnes was shut due to a slump in aluminum prices.

Winter restrictions on output to curb pollution were also less severe than expected.

Shanghai aluminum prices SAFcv1 slumped a hefty 14 percent over 2018 to below 14,000 yuan ($2,063) a tonne amid plentiful supply and worries over the impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war on demand.

“Even though at the current (aluminum) price you may say smelters are not making money, as long as they break even they will continue to produce,” said Lau, who expects another 5 percent increase in China’s output in 2019.

“Those newly commissioned smelters have to start operating to pay back their loans. They have to generate enough cash flow to do that.”

Alumina prices AALc1, which soared from March last year on an outage at Norsk Hydro’s (NHY.OL) Alunorte plant, fell ,上海夜生活网交流Lance,almost 30 percent in the fourth quarter, easing the pressure on smelters.

Meanwhile, output of 10 nonferrous metals – including copper, aluminum, lead, zinc and nickel – came in at a record 5.08 million tonnes in December, up 7.8 percent from November and up 10 percent year-on-year.

Full-year output was up 6 percent at 56.88 million tonnes, also a record high. The other metals in the group are tin, antimony, mercury, magnesium and titanium.

Ghosn says Nissan executives used ‘plot and treason’ to halt…

TOKYO ( ) – Carlos Ghosn said Nissan executives opposed to his plans for closer tie,上海高端夜生活在那里Tallulah,s with automaking partner Renault SA resorted to “plot and treaso上海夜生活网n” to disrupt them and were behind the financial misconduct allegations against him.

Speaking to the Nikkei newspaper in his first media interview since his arrest on Nov. 19, Ghosn said he had discussed plans to integrate the companies with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa in September.

But Nissan executives employed “plot and treason” to uproot those plans, Ghosn said.

Ghosn, who spearheaded Nissan’s turnaround two decades ago, had pushed for a deeper tie-up between Nissan and Renault, including possibly a full merger, despite strong reservations at the Japanese corporation.

He remains in detention following his arrest and indictment on charges related to breach of trust and understating his salary.

His arrest has clouded the outlook for closer ties between Nissan and Renault, along with Mitsubishi Motors Corp, the third member of the,上海仙霞路夜生活Mabel, automaking alliance

Since his arrest, Saikawa has said it was not the time to discuss revising the partners’ complex capital ties. Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have dismissed him as chairman, while he has resigned from the helm at Renault.

Ghosn denied accusations of improper payments to a company run by a Saudi businessman, saying the payment had been approved by a Nissan executive.

Ghosn also called accusations by both Nissan and Mitsubishi ,上海夜生活男人好去处Balthazar,that he received nearly 8 million euros in improper payment through a Dutch-based joint venture of the two automakers “a distortion of reality”, and argued his luxury residences in Rio de Janeiro and Beirut were approved by Nissan’s legal department.

Nissan has said it was not aware that it had paid for many of Ghosn’s properties. On Wednesday, a spokesman said that the company was unable to comment on Ghosn’s legal defense.

Ghosn, in the 20-minute interview, denied that his tenure at Nissan had been a “dictatorship”.

“People translated strong leadership to dictator, to distort reality” for the “purpose of getting rid of me,” he said.

Ghosn added that his health was fine, and that he wouldn’t flee if freed on bail.

Meanwhile, NHK reported that Saikawa plans to hold his first face-to-face discussion with new Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard on the sidelines of an alliance meeting in the Netherlands on Thursday.

Snap shares hit by second CFO exit in a year

( ) – Shares of Snap Inc fell 9 percent in early trading on Wednesday after Tim Stone became the second finance chief to leave the Snapchat operator in a year since a much-criticized redesign.

Stone joined the owner of Snapchat last May after spending two decades with Amazon.com Inc, replacing Andrew Vollero, who was responsible for taking Snap public in 2017.

Several Wall Street analysts termed Stone’s departure “materially negative”, arguing the loss of an experienced industry hand would make it tougher for the company to hire and retain top executives.

The social media firm has seen a string of top-level executives depart in the past year as it faced a stea,上海足浴夜网联系方式Tabitha,dy decline in users and tough competition from Facebook Inc’s Instagram.

“We believe that (Stone’s) departure will be a big negative on the company and hamper its execution and ability to compete in the marketplace,” Summit Insights Group analyst Jonathan Kees wrote.

“He added credibility to the senior management team which has been experience light,” Kees added.

Led by 28-year-old Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, Snap has lost more than 65 percent of its value since it was launched on the New York Stock Exchange almost two years ago.

Only three Wall Street analysts currently recommend buying Snap, while 10 recommend sellin,上海夜生活怎么玩Sabia,g, and 24 have neutral ratings, according to Refinitiv data.

RBC Capital Markets analysts cut the stock to “sector perform” fr,夜上海419龙凤论坛Caden,om “outperform” on Wednesday, while Summit Insights Group lowered its price target by 17 percent to $5.

Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan and Stuart Bowers, vice president of monetization engineering, have also left the company in the past year.

News website Cheddar reported here separately on Tuesday that Snap’s vice president of investor relatio上海夜生活网ns, Kristin Southey, also quietly left in late November less than four months into the job.

Snap did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Republican Senators seek criminal probe of Trump ‘dossier’ author

WASHINGTON ( ) – Two senior Republican U.S. Senators on Friday called for a criminal investigation into the former British spy who compiled a “dossier” in 2016 of allegations of financial and personal links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, his advisers and Russia.

Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, who respectively chair the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of its subcommittees, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which they said former spy Christopher Steele made “fals,上海夜生活网419Gabe,e statements” about his sharing information in the dossier with U.S. media outlets.

Grassley and Graham are supporters of a campaign by President Trump and some Republicans to demonize Steele and his dossier and cast doubt over the credibility of official U.S. investigations, including one led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The probes are looking into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to help Republican Trump. Moscow denies interference and Trump denies any collusion.

In the letter released by the senators, Grassley and Graham neither identify anyone to whom they believed Steele lied nor do they identify any news outlet. The letter makes reference to a “Top Secret” memo that they said relates to “certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets” regarding the “dossier.”

Steele had no immediate comment.

After Trump won the Republican nomination in July 2016, backe上海夜生活网rs of Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton started financing Steele’s work via Washington research firm Fusion GPS. The firm had also worked on “opposition research” for one of Trump’s opponents in the Republican primary.

In an emailed comment, Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, suggested that the senators’ letter was an effort to undermine the special counsel’s investigation.

“After a year of investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, the only person Republicans seek to accuse of wrongdoing is one who reported on these matters to law enforcement in the first place,” Levy said. “We should all be skeptical in the extreme.”

Although several news organizations, including , were briefed on Steele’s dossier before the November 2016 election, most decided not to report on the material because its inflammatory and sometimes salacious content could not be verified.

Congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, set out to investigate U.S. intelligence ,上海夜生活乌托邦Hallie,agency allegations that Russia conducted a campaign of hacking and disinformation to undermine U.S. democracy in the election, but some of the bipartisanship has eroded. Graham, Grassley and some other Republicans have used official resources to investigate the St,上海夜生活怎么玩Larissa,eele dossier, Trump critics and officials working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller.

Two Trump campaign associates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and aide George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in Mueller’s probe.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, on Friday criticized the Republicans’ letter.

“This action was taken without any bipartisan cooperation, or even consultation,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “These vaguely stated, secret allegations seem designed more to distract attention from the priority issues for investigation, and discredit the FBI and other law enforcement.”

The Democratic senator said it was “indisputable fact” that the probe of Russian meddling in the election and any possible Trump campaign role “was triggered by information completely independent from the dossier.”

Factbox: Republicans to keep an eye on as Senate nears vote on tax…

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress reached a deal this week on a final version of their debt-financed legislation to cut taxes for businesses and wealthy Americans, with House and Senate votes expected early next week.

Republicans control both chambers but have only a 52-to-48 Senate majority, meaning they can lose no mo,上海夜网后花园Macauly,re than two votes and still pass their tax bill, which Democrats oppose.

The following are the Republican lawmakers to watch:


The Florida senator and former presidential contender said on Thursday he will vote against the tax plan if its proposed refundable amount for the child tax credit is not increased.

Rubio told reporters that tax negotiators have made many changes to the legislation, including lowering the top rate paid by wealthy individuals.

“My concern is that if you found the money to lower the top rate … you can’t find a little bit to at least somewhat increase the refundable portion of it?” Rubio asked.


The Utah senator also is unhappy with the legislation’s child tax credit approach and “undecided” on whether he will vote for the measure if there are no changes, his spokesman has told .

Lee and Rubio are in negotiations aimed at making more of the tax credit refundable so more low-income families can benefit from it, his office said on Thursday.


The Maine moderate has said she cannot say whether she will be supportive “until I see the bill.”

Republican leaders persuaded Collins’ to support the Senate’s version of the bill earlier this month by promising to take up two healthcare provisions before the end of the year that would help mitigate her concerns about repealing Obamacare’s “individual mandate.”

Republican tax writers also included amendments offered by Collins to woo her support. One preserves the deductibility of property-tax payments at a cap of $10,000. The final bill goes further by preserving the 上海夜网same deduction fo,上海夜网官方网站Radley,r state and local income-tax payments.


Corker, a deficit hawk from Tennessee, stalled momentum on the Senate tax bill earlier this month, then ended up voting against it due to its expansion of the federal deficit.

Nonpartisan government estimates have shown the Republican tax bill will expand the deficit by about $1.5 trillion in a decade, or $1 trillion after accounting for economic growth.

Corker has said this week of the compromise bill: “My deficit concerns have not been alleviated.”


The Arizona conservative voted for the Senate tax bill earlier this month after announcing he had succeeded in eliminating an $85 billion expensing “budget gimmick.”

Flake also got a commitment from Senate leaders and the Trump administration to work on permanent protections for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Flake has not yet said whether he will support the compromise bill and was not specific about his hesitation in brief hallway remarks to reporters this week.


    The Arizona senator, war hero and former presidential nominee voted for the Senate bill but his office said this week he is undergoing treatment for side effects of cancer therapy at a military hospital outside Washington.

McCain, 81, missed non-tax votes this week. His office said he “looks forward to returning,上海夜生活男人好去处Gabe, to work as soon as possible.”


The Mississippi senator, who also voted for the Senate bill, was absent from Capitol Hill for nearly a month earlier this year and has missed votes in recent weeks. Cochran’s office said the 80-year-old senator is in Washington and expects to vote for tax legislation next week.


Vice President Mike Pence has delayed a planned trip to the Middle East in case his vote is needed to break a tie on the final tax bill. Pence has played the role of dealmaker during Senate negotiations, assuring both Collins and Flake their concerns about the legislation would be addressed.


Johnson endorsed the Senate bill after getting a 23 percent tax deduction for pass-through business income. The Wisconsin senator has said he is encouraged by the compromise bill, which has a 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through business income, and a lower top individual rate of 37 percent.

Budweiser spends big on Super Bowl, targets small markets

BRUSSELS/PHILADELPHIA ( ) – This Bud’s for you.

At least, that is what Anheuser-Busch InBev hopes as it strives to reach more than 100 million U.S. TV viewers during Sunday’s Super Bowl, promoting vintage brands such as Budweiser and Bud Light.

The world’s largest brewer will not say how much it is spending for nearly six minutes of commercials, but industry sources estimate it is more than $50 million. That is up from the $42 million that Kantar Media said the brewer spent for four minutes of ad time last year.

It is only part of the company’s strategy to recapture market share from craft beers and Mexican imports.

Brendan Whitworth, the head of sales for U.S. arm Anheuser-Busch, told the company would retain its big, national campaigns but also push ahead with its new strategy of tailoring brand marketing to individual American cities.

“The things we’ve started to work on this year, we’re starting to see real results. We’re looking forward to scaling up those localized programs even more,” he said.

The Super Bowl’s huge and div,上海夜网千花Rae,erse audience has makers of cars, beer and other consumer goods scrambling to create eye-catching commercials that are sometimes more memorable than the game. Budweiser this year will bring back its iconic Clydesdale horses, while telling drinkers that the beer is produced with renewable energy from wind power. Bud Light has continued its mock medieval ad series.

Driven by the need to pay off some $100 billion from its 2016 purchase of rival SABMiller, the company, which is known for acquisitions and cost savings, has made top-line growth its priority. U.S. management, overhauled in late 2017, believes it is on course to rebound in the company’s biggest market. Part of that is the local-ad focus and fresh versions of 143-year-old staple Budweiser, as well as Bud Light – available now in an orange flavor.

The two main brands make up 56 percent of its U.S. beer sales, according to market research company Euromonitor International. That is down from more than 60 percent in 2013. Whitworth, a former Marine, CIA officer and PepsiCo Inc director, said the goal is to boost the brand’s shares and eventually halt their sales decline.

AB InBev has a 36.4 percent share of the U.S. beer market, according to Euromonitor, followed by Molson Coors and Constellation Brands.

In general, mainstream lagers including Bud and Bud Light have fallen, while the shares of craft and imports have risen, according to market research group Nielsen. Drinkers have also shifted to wine and spirits.

Executives at Heineken, the world’s second largest beer maker, have said brewers need to work together to win back drinkers. Industry leaders,上海足浴夜网联系方式Tamara, say there still is a space for mainstream beer, which is cheaper and less caloric than many crafts.

“When (fans)are watching an NFL game, that’s a four to five hour experience… I’m not sure it’s a craft moment,” said Jonnie Cahill, Heineken USA’s chief marketing officer.

Given recent trends, Anheuser-Busch needs the equivalent of a ‘Hail Mary’ pass. Its share of beer sales in the United States, its biggest market, is set to have declined 0.50 percentage points in 2018 after a 0.75 drop in 2017. That may seem slight, but the trend is in the wrong direction.

A return to growth is not imminent.

“It’s a supertanker and it’s not going to turn on a six-pence. I think it’s going to be a slow journey,” said Trevor Stirling, a London-based beverage analyst at Bernstein Research.

AB InBev’s share of the U.S. beer market has declined every year but one since its formation in 2008, when Belgium-based InBev bought America’s Anheuser-Busch. Budweiser has steadily fallen. Bud Light’s share last rose in 2012, when it rolled out an offshoot: Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, a margarita-flavored brew with double the alcohol and calories of Bud Light.

Despite the revival, Anheuser-Busch said it has learned that the company should not stray too far from a brand’s roots.

“Those extensions, they didn’t necessarily reinforce the mother brand’s position,” Whitworth said.

The brewer removed “Bud Light” from Lime-a-Rita cans this year.

Last summer, it launched Bud Light Orange, brewed with orange peels. The product, with slightly more calories, is sweet and fruity, akin to an orange soda with alcohol, some drinkers say.

Whitworth said it was one of the industry’s most successful new products of 2018, boosting sales and margins and bringing in more female drinkers. The company hopes some Bud Light Orange drinkers will become regular Bud Light fans.

Bud Light has partnerships with 28 of the 32 NFL teams, including this season’s finalists, the Los Angeles Rams and the Boston-based New England Patriots. But its marketing efforts with them have been modest to date, including special cans showing each team’s logo.

Earlier this season, Bud Light focused on Cleveland, whose team, the Browns, was e,上海晚上耍女人的地方Easton,xperiencing one of the longest losing streaks in the sport. When the Browns finally won, the brewer set up “victory fridges” in bars across the city. Bud Light’s share of core beer sales there grew as a result, Whitworth said.

Citing another localized effort, Whitworth pointed to Philadelphia, the nation’s sixth largest city. Bud Light offered free beer to fans of the Eagles when they won their first Super Bowl in 2018. This season the company unveiled a statue to commemorate the “Philly Special,” a trick play in which the quarterback turned receiver for a touchdown in the championship game.

Whitworth said the approach led to Bud Light sales g上海夜生活网rowth of 9 percent in Philadelphia in the first half of 2018.

“They had an army of people handing out beer at the parade,” said Pete Ciarrocchi, chief of Chickie and Pete’s, a popular chain of sports bars in the Philadelphia area.

The brewer’s U.S. arm is hoping the sales boost will help build long-term loyalty.

In one potentially positive sign, Philadelphian Peter Rosa, who normally chooses regional craft brands such as Dogfish Head and Troeg, said he turned to Bud Light this season when watching his beloved Eagles.

“I have become superstitious and will only drink Bud Light during Eagles games,” he said.

France fines Google $57 million for European privacy rule breach

PARIS ( ) – France’s data protecti,上海夜生活群Qirin,on watchdog fined Alphabet’s Google 50 million euros ($57 million) on Monday for breaching European Union online privacy rules, the biggest such penalty levied against a U.S. tech giant.

The French regulator said the world’s biggest search engine lacked transparency and clarity in the way it informs users about its handling of personal data and failed to properly obtain their consent for personalized ads.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the biggest shake-up of data上海夜网 privacy laws in more than two decades, came into force in May. It allows users to better control their personal data and gives regulators the power to impose fines of up to 4 percent of global revenue for violations.

“The amount decided, and the publicity of the fine, are justified by the severity of the infringements observed regarding the essential principles of the GDPR: transparency, information and consent,” the CNIL said in a statement.

Google issued a statement saying that people “expect high standards of transparency and control from us”.

“We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR,” it said, adding that it was examining its next steps.

The CNIL decision follows complaints by two non-governmental o,上海夜哪里艳遇Macey,rganizations, None Of Your Business (noyb) and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN), which the regulator said had been mandated by 10,000 people to present the case.

The French authority, known for its stringent interpretation of privacy rules and for favoring a tough approach toward U.S. Internet companies, sets a record with this penalty, which could reverberate in Silicon Valley.

“More than just a significant amount of money, this sanction is particularly detrimental to Google as ,上海会所夜网Balthazar,it directly challenges its business model and will, in all likelihood, require them to deeply modify their provision of services,” Sonia Cissé, Managing Associate at Linklaters, said.

Trump son, former partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s eldest son and a former business associate of the president are du,上海夜网Ida,e to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, sources familiar with the schedule said.

Donald Trump Jr. will appear before the committee on Wednesday and Felix Sater, a Russian-American who was a former Trump business associate who claimed deep ties to Moscow, as soon as Th上海夜生活ursday, the sources said. Neither session will be public.

Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney declined a request for comment on his Wednesday appearance, which was first reported by CNN.

An attorney for Sater, Robert Wolf, did not respond to a request for comment. Another source said his session with the panel had been set for Thursday but might be rescheduled.

Committee aides declined to comment. It is the Intelligence Committee’s policy not to comment on the schedule for closed meetings.

The panel is one of the three main congressional committees, as well as Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the possibility of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.

Separately, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Monday she had made requests to three more people for information related to the Russia investigation.

Feinstein, who has made public similar requests, said she wrote to Rick Dearborn, a deputy White House chief of staff; Maria Butina, a former assistant to Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Russian central bank; and Rick Clay, an advocate for conservative Christian causes.

She asked all three for interviews and for documents related to what she described as efforts by Torshin to arrange a meeting between Putin and Trump when he was a presidential candidate.


The R,上海夜哪里艳遇Barney,ussian government has denied any effort to affect the election and Trump has dismissed talk of collusion.

A range of Trump associates has been called to testify during ,上海夜生活群Kailani,the investigation. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the House panel behind closed doors, as did Erik Prince, who founded the military contractor Blackwater and was a supporter of Trump’s campaign.

A transcript of Prince’s testimony could be released as soon as Monday. There are no plans to release Sessions’ testimony.

Among other people with ties to Trump who are expected to appear in Congress are Jared Kushner, the president’s close adviser and son-in-law, who had testified to the House committee behind closed doors in July.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House panel, said last week that it would “very likely” be necessary for Kushner to testify again.

Led by Trump’s fellow Republicans, congressional committees have also called to testify some aides to former Democratic President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 opponent.

On Monday, Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta testified before the committee, The Hill reported, citing Republican Representative Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the investigation.

A Conaway spokeswoman did not response to a request for comment.

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GE falls after JP Morgan’s Tusa brings back focus on free cash flow

( ) – Shares of General Electric Co fell 3 percent on Tuesday after a top-rated JP Morgan analyst raised concern,上海夜网邀请码Hadleigh,s about the company’s divestiture plans and its impact on free cash flow.

Analyst Stephen Tusa, who has held a negative outlook on the stock, had in December upgraded the stock to “neutral”, saying the challenges the conglomerate fac,上海高端夜生活在那里Lark,es are better understood.

The stock rose 11 percent after Tus,上海夜生活论坛Larissa,a ditched his long-held negative view.

In a note on Tuesday, Tusa said GE’s fourth-quarter results, scheduled for Thursday, would be of less significance compared to its commentary on ailing businesses like insurance and capital services.

“We believe the focus in 4Q should turn back to these fundamentals, where we continue to point to the mechanical headwinds from dilutive asset sales, a key aspect as to why FCF (free c上海夜网ash flow) remains so weak,” Tusa said in the client note.

In its third-quarter results, GE said it will significantly miss its full-year cash flow target of about $6 billion. Analysts now expect the company’s free cash flow to be $2.69 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

GE posted a loss of $22.8 billion for the quarter, as it cut its dividend and said it faced a deepening federal accounting probe.

Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

WASHINGTON ( ) – An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House said on Saturday the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully.

Kory Langhofer, counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America, Inc. (TFA), wrote a letter to congressional committees to say Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had improperly received the emails from the General Services Administration (GSA), a government agency.

Career staff members at the agency “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” according to the letter, a copy of which was seen by . It said the materials included “tens of thousands of emails.”

Trump’s transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the U.S. government bureaucracy, in the period between the Republican’s November presidential election victory and his inauguration in January.

The Trump team’s accusation adds to the growing friction between the president’s supporters and Mueller’s office as it investigates whether Russia interfered in the election,上海夜生活乌托邦Ida, and if Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow.

Asked for comment, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: “We continue to cooperate fully with the special counsel and expect this process to wrap up soon.”

The special counsel’s office waved off the transition team’s complaint.

“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” said Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel’s office.

The GSA did not respond immediately to a request for comment.


Democrats say there is a wide-ranging effort by the president’s allies on Capitol Hill and in some media outlets to discredit Mueller’s investigation.

Trump himself has loudly declared Mueller’s effort a waste of time. “There is abs上海夜生活论坛olutely no collusion. That has been proven,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

Russia denies interfering in the election.

On Friday, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said he fears the committee’s Republican majority intends to close its investigation of the topic prematurely. Some Republicans have argued that Mueller i,上海夜网千花Babette,s biased against Trump and should be fired.

Langhofer’s letter was sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

It asked for Congress to act immediately “to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.”

The letter said Mueller’s office obtained the emails despite the fact that it was aware the GSA did not own or control the records. It said the special counsel’s office has “extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are s,上海夜生活网交流Hallie,usceptible to claims of privilege” without notifying the Trump for America team.

On the transition team were a number of aides who were later caught up in Mueller’s investigation, such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty this month to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.

Langhofer, the Trump transition team lawyer, wrote in his letter that the GSA’s transfer of materials was discovered on Dec. 12 and 13.

The FBI had requested the materials from GSA staff on Aug. 23, asking for copies of the emails, laptops, cell phones and other materials associated with nine members of the Trump transition team responsible for national security and policy matters, the letter said.

The FBI requested the materials of four additional senior members of the Trump transition team on Aug. 30, it said.

Langhofer argued that, while such transition teams are involved in executive functions, they are considered private, non-profit organizations whose records are private and not subject to presidential records laws.

Oil falls 3 percent on rising U.S. production, economic slowdown fears

NEW YORK ( ) – Oil fell about 3 percent on Monday, its biggest one-day percentage drop in a month, after an,上海夜玩网论坛Fabiana, increase in U.S. crude drilling pointed to further supply growth amid continuing concerns about a global economic slowdown.

Brent crude oil futures sank $1.71, or 2.8 percent, to settle at $59.93 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude slumped $1.70, or 3.2 percent, to settle at $51.99 a barrel.

The last time both crude benchmarks saw bigger daily percentage drops was on Dec. 27.

“We’re seeing oil prices really start to break down here,” said Phillip Streible, senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago. “One of the factors that played (into prices) is the rising rig count that we saw on Friday.”

U.S. drillers added 10 oil rigs last week, according to energy services firm Baker Hughes on Friday, in another sign of the expanding record U.S. crude production that has soured market sentiment.

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The trade war between Washington and Beijing weighed on futures as investor optimism waned that the two sides would soon end the months-long tariff fight that has damaged China’s economy.

That, coupled with uncertainty about how long the U.S. government will stay open after Washington agreed to end a historic shutdown, dampened investor optimism, said Gene McGillian, director of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

“I think both those factors seem to have sparked fears about slowing demand growth, which have been one of the main bearish drivers in the market for a while,” McGillian said.

Crude futures remain on course for their strongest monthly gains in more than two years following production cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies this month.

Brent has risen nearly 12 percent so far in January, which would be the largest monthly percentage increase since December 2016. WTI has risen more than 13 percent this month, the biggest jump since April 2016, when it surge上海夜生活d almost 20 percent.

Investors have added to bets on a sustained rise in the oil price this month for the first time since September,,上海仙霞路夜生活Gabrielle, according to data from the InterContinental Exchange.

Much of the demand outlook hinges on China and whether its refiners will continue to import crude at 2018’s breakneck pace.

Indus,夜上海论坛Gabriella,trial companies in China reported a second monthly fall in earnings in December, despite the government’s efforts to support borrowing and investment.

Credit union sues to block Mulvaney from leading CFPB

WASHINGTON ( ) – A federal credit union has sued to block President Donald Trump from installing Mick Mulvaney as his preferred head of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Citing “regulatory chaos” caused by the fight over who is the legal leader of the regulator, the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union called on a federal court to remove Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, and affirm Leandra English, the CFPB’s deputy director, as the proper acting head of the bureau.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, represents a new legal front in an ongoing battle over who should be running the regulator.

English has insisted she should run the agency after being named deputy director by Richard Cordray, who resigned in November. But Mulvaney has been named acting director by Trump, and has announced a freeze on new regulatory work while he reviews agency policies.

English has her own lawsuit against the administration pending in federal court, but Tuesday’s lawsuit marks the first legal challenge against the administration by an entity regulated,上海夜网后花园Idris, by the CFPB.

“The Credit Union does not know who is validly in charge of the CFPB, who is authorized to make the rules, or whose rules to follow,” the credit union said in its complaint.

“The Court must resolve this regulatory chaos. It must determine who is in charge of the Bureau. To the Credit Union, it is pl上海夜网ain that Leandra English is the only lawful Acting Di,夜上海论坛Tabitha,rector in charge of the CFPB,” the la,上海夜生活乌托邦Paige,wsuit said.

A Mulvaney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A U.S. District Court judge last week sided with Trump and ruled against English, allowing Mulvaney to serve as the agency’s acting head. English has continued to pursue her case.

In Papua New Guinea, Exxon’s giant LNG project fuels frustration

PORT MORESBY ( ) – From her red-roofed home near Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby, Isabelle Dikana Iveiri overlooks a giant plant used by Exxon Mobil Corp to liquefy billions of dollars’ worth of natural gas before it is shipped to Asian buyers.

Dikana Iveiri can also see swaths of muddy shoreline, where mangroves have been felled for firewood by locals who don’t have electricity, gas, or money to buy either.

The $19 billion Exxon-led PNG LNG project was supposed to be a game-changer for PNG, a vast South Pacific archipelago beset by poverty despite its wealth of natural resources.

But much of the promised riches, through taxes to the government, royalties to landowners and development levies to communities, have arrived well below Exxon’s own commissioned forecasts, if at all, according to landowners, the World Bank and the PNG government.

“My family has been here a long time,” said Dikana Iveiri, one of several landowners interviewed by near the PNG LNG pl,上海夜网官方网站Dalton,ant. “Our royalties are not going well; they are using our land but not paying us properly,” she said referring to both Exxon, which pays the royalties and the government, which distributes them.

Since gas exports began more than four years ago, Dikana Iveiri said she had received just one royalty payment in 2017. She was expecting about 10,000 kina ($2,885) based on information given to her by the government and community leaders. She said she received 600 kina.

Exxon, community leaders and the government did not comment on Dikana Iveiri’s specific situation but in a statement to , Exxon said distribution of royalties and benefits to the LNG plant site landowners started in 2017. Cash payments to individual landowners would depend on how many landowners were in a precinct and were just one of the benefits communities received, Exxon said.

The project employs nearly 2,600 workers, 82 percent of whom are Papua New Guinean and Exxon said it has invested $360 million to build infrastructure and pay for training and social programs.

“We could not be more pleased to see how the benefits are flowing to the communities at the LNG plant site, to see how investments are being made in important infrastructure such as schools and health that demonstrates the process is a good one and it works,” ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry told a mining and energy conference in Sydney in December.

Barry said Exxon was hoping royalties would begin flowing in the pipeline and upstream areas “in the not too distant future”.

The government admits it has made mistakes.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was part of the government but not the leader in 2009, said many of the disputes around PNG LNG stemmed from the way the government and Exxon proceeded with the project without first resolving landowner claims.

“It should have been done before, it wasn’t only for Exxon and the partners but even the government at the time did not do the proper clan vetting, proper identification of the land owners – they allowed this project to go on without that,” O’Neill told .

Treasury, the treasurer, and the Prime Minister’s spokesman declined to provide responses to ’ questions about the project.

(GRAPHIC: ExxonMobil’s LNG facilities – tmsnrt.rs/2QhGSAz)


PNG LNG was completed ahead of schedule and exported 8.3 million metric tonnes in 2017, compared to its anticipated design capacity of 6.9 million tonnes, according to the project’s website.

Exxon does not disclose the project’s revenue or profits but research house Morningstar estimates it has generated $18.8 billion in revenue for Exxon and its partners s,上海仙霞路夜生活Hadleigh,ince production started in 2014.

The project’s break-even price of around $7.40 per million British Thermal Units (mBTU) compares favorably to an average over $10/mBTU for eight recent gas projects in the region, according to analysis by consultancy Wo上海夜生活论坛od Mackenzie and Credit Suisse.

“The plant capacity has performed phenomenally,” Credit Suisse analyst Saul Kavonic told . “On cost, it’s much lower than peers … it’s got an ample resource base and it’s got a well-disciplined operator in the form of Exxon.”

The project’s contribution to Papua New Guinea’s economy and government finances is less clear.

PNG’s Treasury does not report project income figures, but government budget papers show tax revenue flowing from PNG LNG has been well below expectations.

In its 2012 budget, the PNG government estimated it would receive $22 billion in revenue over the project’s life to 2040.

In November, the government slashed its revenue forecast in half to $11 billion over the life of the project.

It identified 11 tax concessions, which along with a drop in gas prices, amounted to hundreds of millions in kina in annual revenue forgone.

A 2017 World Bank analysis found the project partners had negotiated favorable methods of calculating royalties to the government that allowed them to take various deductions.

Combined with tax concessions, the project created “a complex web of exemptions and allowances that effectively mean that little revenue is received by government and landowners,” the World Bank said.

Exxon did not respond to questions regarding the World Bank findings and the World Bank declined to provide further comment.

Exxon’s partners, which include Australian-listed Oil Search Ltd and Santos Ltd, and a subsidiary of Japan’s JXTG Holdings Inc, referred ’ questions to Exxon.

Exxon said in a statement to the project has generated 5 billion kina in revenue for the government and landowners via taxes, royalty and benefit payments. The figure includes revenue to the PNG state-owned stakeholders.


A second LNG project, Papua LNG, led by France’s Total with Exxon and Oil Search as minority partners, is scheduled to finalize an agreement with the PNG government in early 2019.

Papua LNG, a new gasfield using the same but expanded processing plant, could commence production as soon as 2024, according to Total. Analysts estimate it will cost around $13 billion.

“The experience of the first project developed by Exxon and Oil Search, there was some criticism, some mistakes,” Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne told in an interview in Port Moresby, referring to relations with landowners.

“Some lessons (are) being taken out … around the management of landowners and trying to engage at an early stage with them.”

Total has agreed to an undisclosed annual minimum payment to the government and to reserve some gas for local industry, he said.

Exxon did not respond to requests for comment on Pouyanne’s statements.

In its statement, Exxon acknowledged that “distribution of royalties and benefits in some project areas were delayed since the start of production due to court action by a small number of landowners which prevented the relevant government departments from completing their administrative processes.”

Exxon said it was committed to assisting the government ensure landowners receive royalty and equity dividends as soon as practicable.

Disputes have broken out within communities near PNG LNG facilitie,上海夜生活服务Barbara,s as landowners fight to have their claims recognized.

Some clashes have been fatal, said Highlands clan leader Johnson Tape, one of 16 clan leaders with a claim over the Komo Air Field, used by the Exxon project.

“Our clans fought each other, but now there is peace; we are one team fighting Exxon,” said Tape.

Christopher Havieta, the governor of Gulf Province, where gas fields for the new project are located, said locals wanted to avoid the experiences of Exxon’s PNG LNG.

“It was a foundation project and so a lot of exemptions were made and the end result is we have a lot of social problems that have risen up.”

TEXT-Statement from the ECB following policy meeting

( ) – Following is the statement from the European Central Bank following its policy meeting.

Based on our regular economic and monetary analyses, we decided to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged. We continue to expect them to remain at their p,上海夜生活去哪玩Hal,resent levels at least through the summer of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary to ensure the continued sustained convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term.

Regarding non-standard monetary policy measures, we intend to continue re-investing, in full, the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under the asset purchase programme for an extended period of time past the date when we start raising the key ECB interest rates, and in any case for as long as necessary to maintain favourable liquidity conditions and an ample degree of monetary accommodation.

The incoming information has continued to be weaker than expected on account of softer external demand and some country- and sector-specific factors. The persistence of uncertainties in particular relating to geopolitical factors and the threat of protectionism is weighing on economic sentiment. At the same time, supportive financing conditions, favourable labour market dynamics and rising wage growth continue to underpin the euro area expansion and gradually 上海夜生活网rising inflation,上海夜生活网419Lance, pressures. This supports our confidence in the continued sustained convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term. Significant monetary policy stimulus remains essential to support the further build-up of domestic price pressures and headline inflation developments over the medium term. This will be provided by our forward guidance on the key ECB interest rates, reinforced by the re-investments of the sizeable stock of acquired assets. In any event, the Governing Council stands ready to adjust all of its instruments, as appropriate, to ensure that inflation continues to move towards the Governing Council’s inflation aim in a sustained manner.

Let me now explain our assessment in greater detail, starting with the economic analysis. Euro area real GDP increased by 0.2 percent, quarter on quarter, in the third quarter of 2018, following growth of 0.4 percent in the previous two quarters. Incoming data have continued to be weaker than expected as a result of a slowdown in external demand compounded by some country and sector-specific factors. While the impact of some of these factors is expected to fade, the near-term growth momentum is likely to be weaker than previously anticipated. Looking ahead, the euro area expansion will continue to be supported by favourable financing conditions, further employment gains and rising wages, lower energy prices, and the ongoing – albeit somewhat slower – expansion in global activity.

The risks surrounding the euro area growth o,上海会所夜网Rachel,utlook have moved to the downside on account of the persistence of uncertainties related to geopolitical factors and the threat of protectionism, vulnerabilities in emerging markets and financial market volatility.

Euro area annual HICP inflation declined to 1.6 percent in December 2018, from 1.9 percent in November, reflecting mainly lower energy price inflation. On the basis of current futures prices for oil, headline inflation is likely to decline further over the coming months. Measures of underlying inflation remain generally muted, but labour cost pressures are continuing to strengthen and broaden amid high levels of capacity utilisation and tightening labour markets. Looking ahead, underlying inflation is expected to increase over the medium term, supported by our monetary policy measures, the ongoing economic expansion and rising wage growth.

Turning to the monetary analysis, broad money (M3) growth moderated to 3.7 percent in November 2018, after 3.9 percent in October. M3 growth continues to be backed by bank credit creation. The narrow monetary aggregate M1 remained the main contributor to broad money growth.

The annual growth rate of loans to non-financial corporations stood at 4.0 percent in November 2018, after 3.9 percent in October, while the annual growth rate of loans to households remained broadly unchanged at 3.3 percent. The euro area bank lending survey for the fourth quarter of 2018 suggests that overall bank lending conditions remained favourable, following an extended period of net easing, and demand for bank credit continued to rise, thereby underpinning loan growth.

The pass-through of the monetary policy measures put in place since June 2014 continues to significantly support borrowing conditions for firms and households, access to financing – in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises – and credit flows across the euro area.

To sum up, a cross-check of the outcome of the economic analysis with the signals coming from the monetary analysis confirmed that an ample degree of monetary accommodation is still necessary for the continued sustained convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term.

In order to reap the full benefits from our monetary policy measures, other policy areas must contribute more decisively to raising the longer-term growth potential and reducing vulnerabilities. The implementation of structural reforms in euro area countries needs to be substantially stepped up to increase resilience, reduce structural unemployment and boost euro area productivity and growth potential. Regarding fiscal policies, the Governing Council reiterates the need for rebuilding fiscal buffers. This is particularly important in countries where government debt is high and for which full adherence to the Stability and Growth Pact is critical for safeguarding sound fiscal positions. Likewise, the transparent and consistent implementation of the EU’s fiscal and economic governance framework over time and across countries remains essential to bolster the resilience of the euro area economy. Improving the functioning of Economic and Monetary Union remains a priority. The Governing Council welcomes the ongoing work and urges further specific and decisive steps to complete the banking union and the capital markets union.

Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for fraud

( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company tied to a Russian oligarch sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.

Surf Horizon Limited, a company linked in corporate filings to ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin named Oleg Deripaska, accused Manafort and Gates of misappropriating more than $18.9 million that the company had invested in Ukrainian telecom compa,上海夜哪里艳遇Kaiden,nies known collectively as the “Black Sea Cable.”

Manafort and Gates are already under criminal indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has accused them of failing to register as foreign agents, conspiring to commit money launder and conspiring to defraud the United States.

Wednesday’s lawsuit, brought against the pair in a New York state trial-level court, marks the second time now that the Deripaska-linked company has sued them along with Pericles Emerging Market Partners, an investment management firm controlled by Manafort and Gates.

In August 2015, the company also filed a parallel case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, seeking documents and depositions i,上海021夜网Daisy,n connection with the alleged missing m,上海夜生活Larissa,oney.

Lawyers for Manafort and Gates could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Manafort and Gates had testified under oath in 2015 that they did not know whether Surf Horizon still owned any stock in the Black Sea Cable, even though Surf claims had paid one of their affiliated companies $7.35 million in management fees.

The lawsuit says Manafort and Gates said in sworn testimony they did not know what happened to more than $26 million had gone missing from the investment.

In May 2017, however, one of Surf’s affiliates, known as Adoptol Limited, brought legal proceedings in Cyprus and unearthed documents which show that Manaf上海夜生活网ort and Gates had “siphoned off for themselves millions of dollars” from Surf’s investment, the lawsuit said.

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U.S. senator asks J&J for documents on talc, baby powder safety

( ) – U.S. Democratic Senator Patty Murray sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday seeking information related to allegations in a Special Report that the healthcare company knew about the presence of asbestos in its talc-based baby powder.

The letter addressed to J&J Chief Executive Alex Gorsky asks for documents and information related to testing of its talc products for the presence of carcinogens and “how it presented that information to regulators and consumers.”

on Dec. 14 published a Special Report detailing that the company knew that the talc in its raw and finished powders sometimes tested positive for cancer-causing asbestos fro上海夜网m the 1970s into the early 2000s – test results the company did not disclose to regulators or consumers.

While exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, J&J has repeatedly said that its talc products are safe, and that decades of studies have shown them to be asbestos-free and that they do not cause cancer.

J&J spokesman Ernie Knewitz, in an emailed statement, acknowledged receiving the letter and said the company looks forward to sharing its response with the senator.

“As we have consistently stated, we firmly stand behind the safety and purity of our talc, which has been confirmed by thousands of independent tests by regulators worldwide, including the U.S. FDA and many of the world’s leading,上海夜生活网交流Quaid, independent laboratories,” the company statement said.

Murray, the top Democrat on the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, referred to the report in her letter. It began, “I am troubled by recent reports of an alleged decades-long effort by Johnson & Johnson to potentially mislead regulators and consumers about the safety of one of its products, which may have resul,上海仙霞路夜生活Eden,ted in long-term harm for men, women, and children who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder.”

J&J is facing more than 11,000 lawsuits alleging that use of its talc products, including baby powder, caused cancer.

Murray asked for documents to support the company’s claim that its current talc products do not contain any level of asbe,上海夜网千花Rae,stos, documents on the testing of its talc products and communications with the Food and Drug Administration about the safety of its baby powder dating from 1966 to present.

Tesla to cut production hours for Model S and X

( ) – Tesla Inc said on Wednesday it is reducing production hours for higher-priced Model S and Model X cars, just days after saying it would cut jobs as the electric carmaker looks to make more affordable versions of the Model 3 sedan.

The shares of the company fell 4.2 percent to $286.09.

Tesla also faces th,上海夜生活桑拿会所Mabel,e unenviable choice of raising prices at the risk of losing customers or slashing costs by thousands of dollars per vehicle as the electric vehicle tax break started to phase out from earlier this month.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk had said earlier this month that Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S and X to streamline production.

“As a result of this change and because of improving efficiencies in our production lines, we have reduced Model S and X production hours accordingly,” a Tesla spokesperson said in an email.

“These changes, along with continuing impr上海夜生活ovements, give us the flexibility to increase our production capacity in the future as needed.”

The company said it will provide more details on the earnings call scheduled for next Wednesday.


A reduction in tax credit added $3,750 to the price of Tesla’s electric cars starting Jan. 1. Musk had said the need for lower-priced versions of Model 3 will become even greater from July, when the U.S. tax credit again drops in half.

This would add $1,875 ,上海夜生活乌托邦Gabrielle,to the car’s price tag. The tax credit is set to go away entirely at the end of 2019.

(This story corrects to remove extraneous word “layoffs” in paragraph five.)

U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians.

In a rare intra-party rebuke from the Senate floor, Flake said Trump’s portrayal of the press as “the enemy of the people” and repeated White House references to “fake news” and “alternative facts” had spurred copycats such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Stalin, who led the 上海夜生活网Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until he died in 1953, used the phrase “enemy of the people” to describe those he wanted annihilated. Trump’s use of the phrase “should be a source of great shame,” Flake said.

Flake, 55, an Arizona conservative who has frequently feuded with Trump, described himself in October as out of step with his party and said would not seek re-election. His term ends in January 2019.

“Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians. … This is reprehensible,” Flake said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, responding to Flake’s speech, said the senator was an attention-seeker. “He’s not criticizing the president because he’s against oppression,” Sanders said at a White House briefing. “He’s criticizing the president because he has terrible poll numbers and he is, I think, looking for some attention.”

Trump’s attacks on the media in response to critical stories about him have been a staple of his Twitter feed and he tweeted in February 2017 that “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!”

That same month, Assad was quoted as dismissing charges of human rights violations at a military prison as “fake news.” In the Philippines, Duterte lashed out on Tuesday at a “fake news outlet” known for challenging his government.

Noting Trump had said he will give out awards for “the most corrupt and dishonest” media, Flake said: “It beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle.”

Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening that his “FAKE NEWS winners” could be found on the Republican National Committee website. The link, which was broken for 90 minutes, listed 10 stories by news outlets. An 11th item was coverage of “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” that Trump called a “hoax.”

In a second Twitter post, Trump said there were also “many great reporters I respect.”


The other Republican senator from Arizona, John McCain, aimed similar criticism at Trump on Wednesday in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.

“Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets,” wrote McCain, who is fighting aggressive brain cancer. “This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit.”

In his clashes with Trump, Flake has called his behavior sometimes “reckless, outrageous and undignified” and criticized the president in a book that made the New York Times best-seller list last year.

On Twitter, Trump has referred to the senator as “Flake(y)” and said Flake dropped his re-election bid because he was doomed to lose. He also has called Flake ineff,上海夜生活网交流Tabitha,ective, “toxic” and weak on issues suc,上海夜生活Ida,h as crime and border security.

Still, Flake has voted for Trump’s policies. He supported Republican tax overhaul legislation last month and voted for unsuccessful bills to repeal and replace Obamacare, both efforts backed by Trump.

Flake laid some “official untruths” at Trump’s door on Wednesday and said the most vexing was his labeling as a “hoax” the investigation of alleged ties between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. “To call the Russia matter a ‘hoax’ … is a falsehood,” Flake said.

“We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat,” he said. “It is in the interest of every Americ,上海夜网邀请码Faith,an to get to the bottom of this matter.”

Deutsche Telekom reviews procurement plans amid Huawei concerns

FRANKFURT ( ) – Deutsche Telekom said on Tuesday it is reviewing its network equipment procurement plans after the United States moved to restrict China’s Huawei Technologies from accessing its next-generation mobile networks.

Huawei is at the center of a diplomatic row after U.S. officials briefed Western allies that Huawei’s network equipment may contain “back doors” which enable cyber espionage. Huawei says such concerns are unfounded.

“Deutsche Telekom takes the global debate surrounding the security of Chinese network equipment very seriously. We have a multi-vendor strategy for network equipment. We are nonetheless reassessing our procurement strategy,” Telekom said on Tuesday.

Bloomberg, citing an in上海夜网ternal assessment, on Tuesday reported that Deutsche Telekom feared Europe could fall behind in the race to install the next generation of wireless networks if governments ban Huawei.

Tensions between the U.S. authorities and Huawei increased after the Justice Department announced criminal charges agains,上海夜网Lark,t the company and its chief financial officer.

Huawei, once a smaller rival of Nordic firms Nokia and Ericsson, is now a $93 billion global market leader in an industry where there is no U.S. champion.

The German government is debating whether to follow the United States and allies like Australia in restricting China’s Huawei Technologies from accessing its next-generation mobile networks on national-security grou,上海夜生活男人好去处Naia,nds.

Earlier this month, Washington lawmakers introduced bills seeking to ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei, ZTE Co,上海夜生活怎么玩Fabiana,rp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws.

Senior U.S. refugee official to retire this month

WASHINGTON ( ) – One of the top U.S. government officials working on refugee issues announced her impending retirement on Tuesday, and refugee advocates expressed concern about the fate of the country’s resettlement program which faces mounting pressure from the Trump administration.

Barbara Strack, a career official and chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at U.S. Citizen上海夜生活ship and Immigration Services, did not specify when she will leave her post, but USCIS spokesman R. Carter Langston said i,上海夜生活Gabe,t would be in January.

In a statement to , Strack said she was retiring because, given her birthday is on Tuesday, she had reached one of the benchmarks for federal retirement.

“It’s something I’ve been planning towards for a long time, and it’s not driven by policy considerations,” Strack said. “I will deeply miss the colleagues and friendships that I’m leaving behind, and the important mission of refugee resettlement. It’s been a privilege to be part of this community for the last 12 years, working to make the U.S. refugee resettlement program robust and secure.”

Advocates ,上海夜哪里艳遇Jacob,expressed concern at the timing of Strack’s retirement, saying it could further hamper U.S. refugee admissions. It was unclear immediately who would replace her.

“USCIS is grateful to Barbara Strack for her 26 years of distinguished federal service,” Langston said.

The Refugee Affairs Division, which Strack oversees, in,上海夜生活论坛Tabitha,cludes dozens of officers charged with interviewing refugees abroad for resettlement in the United States.

The Trump administration has slashed the number of refugees allowed into the country and put in place new vetting and security requirements that have created an additional barrier. Last year, the administration said it planned to divert some refugee officers to instead interview asylum applicants already in the United States, in an effort to cut down on a burgeoning backlog of asylum cases.

Administration officials cited the asylum backlog as one reason it was necessary to cut this year’s refugee admissions cap to 45,000, the lowest level since the modern U.S. refugee program was established in 1980.

Advocates for resettlement and some U.S. officials have expressed alarm at what they see as a slowdown in trips abroad known as circuit rides, in which USCIS officers interview refugees.

“The number of circuit rides has gone down drastically with currently only a few planned,” said Hans Van de Weerd, chair of Refugee Council USA, a coalition of non-governmental groups working on refugee issues. “Many more will need to be scheduled soon to resettle 45,000 refugees and we don’t have any information about whether they will.”

Langston did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the concerns over circuit rides, or how many had been scheduled so far in the fiscal year. A U.S. official said on condition of anonymity in November that trips had been planned for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Tanzania and Burundi for the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Opponents of refugee resettlement say it raises national security risks to the United States and is expensive. Advocates say refugees are vetted thoroughly and end up being a boon to their new communities.

Written by shyw on November 30, 2018 Categories: fulcmeyh Tags: , ,