GERMANY (DW)Mexico denies migrant deal as Donald Trump says asylum-seekers will be denied entry; Mexico’s incoming government has denied reports of a US deal to keep migrants from crossing the border until their asylum claims are processed. President Donald Trump has said, however, that “all will stay in Mexico.”
(DW) Spain to back Brexit deal after pre-summit talks; British Prime Minister Theresa May has held talks with key EU leaders ahead of a summit to endorse her Brexit deal. A deal reached with Spain has cleared the way for EU approval.
(DW) Paris police fire tear gas at ‘yellow vest’ protesters; Protests sweeping France have arrived in Paris, as demonstrators clashed with the police over a new fuel tax and called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign. In response, Macron slammed the violence on Twitter.
(DW) Copa Libertadores final postponed after River Plate fans attack Boca bus; The Copa Libertadores football final has been postponed after River Plate fans attacked a bus carrying Boca Juniors players hours before kickoff. Some players complained of breathing difficulties due to police tear gas.
(DW) Hungary: Thousands rally for George Soros-founded Central European University; Students have marched in support of a university founded by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros in Budapest. Central European University has said it will move abroad unless a government legal dispute is resolved.
(DW) Taiwanese ruling party suffers local election defeats; Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party has suffered major losses in local elections. President Tsai Ing-wen has said she will resign as party chairwoman after the defeats.
(DW) Counting begins following Bahrain election marred by opposition ban; Officials say turnout in the parliamentary election hit 67 percent, despite concerns about “political suppression” in the Gulf state. Two opposition parties were barred from taking part, while others demanded a boycott.
(DW) At least 50 injured in Aleppo chemical attack: Syria state media; A rebel attack on Aleppo has left dozens suffering of breathing problems and blurred vision, with a smell of gas reported over the city, according to Syrian media. Officials said all of the victims were civilians.
(DW) German robot maker Kuka’s CEO to be replaced by Chinese owners; Nearly two years after a hostile Chinese takeover, Kuka’s Chief Executive Till Reuter is to be replaced. The industrial robot maker recently revised down its 2018 revenue prediction and its share price has plummeted.
(DW) Russia wants to check truth of 1969 US moon landing; Russia’s space agency chief says a planned mission to the moon will verify if a 1969 US moon landing really took place. But his tongue seemed firmly in his cheek.
(DW) My Europe: Bosnia’s ice-cold peace; Bosnia’s violent past is slowly being forgotten both domestically and internationally. This is a grave mistake, says Norbert Mappes-Niediek, because the conflict between Serbs, Croats and Muslims remains unsolved.
(DW) Iran’s Rouhani calls for all Muslims to stand against US; President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out against the US and Israel during an Islamic unity summit. The Iranian leader also expressed a willingness to help the people of Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.
FRANCE (France24) Police disperse ‘yellow vest’ Paris protesters with teargas; Police firing tear gas and water cannons clashed in Paris on Saturday with thousands of protesters angry over rising car fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, the second weekend of “yellow vest” protests across France.
(FRANCE24) Taiwan ruling party trounced in local elections as Beijing-friendly opposition gains ground; Taiwan Premier William Lai said on Saturday he had offered his resignation to the president, who refused it, after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party was trounced in mayoral elections. “The election results showed that people are not satisfied. For this, I feel sorry, and have offered my resignation to President Tsai Ing-wen to accept political responsibility,” he wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
JAPAN (NHK) Ghosn denies allegations against him; NHK has learned that former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is denying allegations against him. Sources say Ghosn told prosecutors in Tokyo that he had no intention of underreporting his earnings in the company’s securities reports. The sources say the 64-year-old is speaking to prosecutors during questioning. It is the first time the auto tycoon’s comments on the allegations against him have been reported. Ghosn and his aide Greg Kelly were arrested last week on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn’s income by tens of millions of dollars over a period of 8 years. Ghosn is suspected of instructing Kelly to report that his annual compensation stood at about one billion yen, or about 9 million dollars. Sources earlier told NHK that Kelly claims he properly handled compensation for Ghosn. They say Kelly has told people around him that he consulted other executive officers and outside accountants. Nissan’s board of directors removed Ghosn as chairman and Kelly as representative director on Friday.
(NHK) Tsai quits as party chief; Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a crushing defeat in Saturday’s local elections, prompting President Tsai Ing-wen to resign as the party’s chief. The island-wide elections included races to choose 22 mayors and governors. The contests were widely seen as rehearsals for the 2020 presidential election. The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party lost 7 of the 13 mayoral and gubernatorial posts it held going into the elections. In contrast, the largest opposition party, the Nationalist Party, added 9 mayoral and gubernatorial posts to the 6 it had before the election. Han Kuo-yu from the Nationalist Party, who was elected mayor in Kaohsiung, hailed his victory. Kaohsiung has been a stronghold of Tsai’s party over the past 20 years. Tsai has been struggling with low approval ratings, due partly to opposition to her pension reform efforts. Her administration is also facing pressure from China, which claims that Taiwan is a part of its territory. In a news conference on Saturday night, Tsai announced that she was resigning as the party’s chairwoman. She apologized to the party’s supporters. Tsai is expected to remain as the president of Taiwan. However, her participation in the 2020 presidential election has been cast into doubt.
(NHK) Taiwan voters want to keep ban on Fukushima food; Voters in Taiwan have shown overwhelming support for a ban on food imports from Fukushima and 4 other Japanese prefectures. 10 referendums were held on Saturday, along with island-wide local elections. One was about the import ban adopted in the wake of the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. Nearly 7.8 million people voted in favor of continuing the ban, while about 2.2 million people voted against. Taiwanese authorities are required to respect the results of the referendum in carrying out policies over the next 2 years. Tokyo has been asking Taipei to lift the ban, because food exported from Japan has cleared strict radiation screening. In another referendum, voters rejected the idea of taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Taiwan, instead of “Chinese Taipei,” the name the island has adopted for decades. The International Olympic Committee earlier made it clear that such a change would violate an agreement made in 1981 and would not be approved. Voters were also asked about making same-sex marriage legal. They backed a proposal that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
(NHK) Tax haven may have been used for Ghosn; NHK has learned that a tax haven may have been involved in the suspected financial misconduct by former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Tokyo prosecutors arrested Ghosn, and his aide Greg Kelly, on Monday on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn’s income by tens of millions of dollars in corporate securities reports. Kelly was involved in setting up a Dutch subsidiary in 2010. Nissan invested about 53 million dollars in the company. Sources say about a third of the money was transferred to multiple companies in the Virgin Islands. Those companies were under the control of the Dutch subsidiary. The funds were used for the purchase and renovation of luxury residences in Brazil and Lebanon for Ghosn. Prosecutors suspect that the tax haven was used to cover up the transfers of funds.
(NHK) Cultural event to commemorate Japan-China treaty; College students in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have held a cultural event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty. Students learning Japanese at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies wore traditional Japanese and Chinese clothing and presented the cultures of both countries. Local children demonstrated kendo, Tai Chi and other traditional martial arts. The students and visitors sang Japanese songs together. More and more events involving Japan are being held in China, as relations between the countries improve. Relations had soured following the Japanese government’s purchase of some of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea from their Japanese owner in 2012. Japan controls the islands. China and Taiwan claim them. The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s economic growth is expected to hit 6.6 percent this year and slow to 6.3 percent in 2019 as the country struggles with challenges relating to trade and structural reform, economists from Beijing’s Renmin University said in a report. The predictions, published by the news service of the China Academy of Social Sciences late on Saturday, are in line with the median forecast in a poll of 73 economists by Reuters last month, with China under increasing pressure from a trade war with the United States.
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