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Massive Battle Mode Siege War and New Action Feature Asula's Den Introduced to "Black Desert Mobile"

SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that the massive  conquest mode Siege War and a new limited-time event called Asula's Den are now live in Black Desert Mobile. The release date for the new Sorceress class has also been announced.  Massive Battle Mode Siege War and New Action Feature Asula's Den Introduced to "Black Desert Mobile" Siege War is a large-scale conquest mode that sees guilds battling against each other for dominance over certain areas found in the world of  Black Desert Mobile. This latest update grants guilds opportunities to best their opponents in merciless battles and lay claim to fame, glory, and various special perks. Similar to Node War, guilds that wish to participate in Siege Wars must be level 5 or higher and have 10 guild members in order to start the bidding process. Guilds that own at least a Tier 2 Node can place a bid to participate as a combatant. Participating guild members will be tasked with attacking their opponents' Holy Artifacts while also defending their own. The stakes are high as the winning team will gain control of the entire region and receive large amounts of silver as their victory reward. Asula's Den, a side-scrolling platform action feature, has also been added to Black Desert Mobile for a limited time. Adventurers can experience combat in an action-packed side-scroll view using the manual control mode. Those who wish to enter the mode must have a Black Spirit level of at least 30. A golden box full of precious items will be awarded to those who emerge victorious. Meanwhile, the release date of the long-awaited Sorceress class has been revealed. Adventurers can sign up here to receive updates and special rewards before this master of dark magic is playable on January 29.  Find more information about Black Desert Mobile on the official website at About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at Photo - Related Links :

The Empire State Building Celebrates Australia Day On January 26

The iconic landmark to light in green and gold and donate to the bushfire crisis in honour of the holiday NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Empire State Building (ESB) has announced that this year the building will light in Australia's national colours of green and gold to celebrate Australia Day. Celebrated annually on January 26, the national holiday commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in New South Wales. Additionally, as the world continues to follow the national bushfire crisis that has devastated the country, ESB's restaurant STATE Grill and Bar will add FOSTER'S beer and a special Pavlova dessert to its menu on January 25 and 27, with all profits made from these limited-availability items donated directly to the NSW Rural Fire Service. Patina Restaurant Group, the restaurant's managing company, has also pledged to match this donation. "The Empire State Building is a popular destination for Australian travellers and our thoughts are very much with the country during the current crisis," said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. "We want to take this opportunity to extend our support through our world-famous tower lights and with a donation in support of bushfire relief." Complimentary Tim Tams made in-house by STATE's pastry chef Andrea Jarosh will also be available with purchase of a beer or dessert. For more information about the Empire State Building and STATE Grill and Bar, please visit, and About the Empire State BuildingSoaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The Empire State Building was named the world's most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg,,,, or About Empire State Realty TrustEmpire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the "World's Most Famous Building." Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2019, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. About STATE Grill and Bar STATE Grill and Bar is the Empire State Building's flagship restaurant that fuses classic New York cuisine with modern culinary style. Its chefs draw inspiration from the Empire State itself, its bounty of market ingredients and the farmers and producers who provide for the world's most iconic metropolis. The restaurant's design pays homage to the Empire State Building's rich history and 1930's Art Deco design with each finish thoughtfully sourced. Photo - Photo - Related Links :

Gaming Standards Association Japan will hold Technical Seminar and Announces New Name

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2019, the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) established a strong presence in Japan by establishing GSA Japan. GSA Japan joins the other GSA regional offices in Europe, Macau and North America. To this effect, GSA will now operate under the name and branding of the "International Gaming Standards Association" or "IGSA" with the new website address: GSA Japan will guide existing Japanese gaming business entities, manufacturers, suppliers and those that wish to enter the gaming industry, with up to date, accepted practices and standards. By providing locally relevant gaming industry expertise, GSA Japan will act as a conduit offering unbiased gaming industry information and education on the technical aspects of gaming and regulation to the appropriate authorities. As part of its ongoing mission, GSA Japan will hold a gaming educational seminar for invited guests on January 28 in Tokyo. Joining Takeshi Kaji, GSA Japan's Managing Director, will be Peter DeRaedt, IGSA President, and Mark Pace, GSA Europe Managing Director, who will provide insight into the work that IGSA has been doing for the gaming industry on behalf of its members for the past 22 years. DeRaedt and Pace will share the association's history, the importance of industry standards, and how and why they were created. In addition, they will explain the various relevant domains within the industry and their interactions and provide a high-level overview of generic system architecture. At the same time, they will provide an update on the latest work IGSA is undertaking. Takeshi will speak on how GSA Japan will leverage that knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the Japanese gaming industry. "For 22 years, IGSA members have been working together to create standards that provide business value for them," DeRaedt said. "IGSA seeks to educate the industry on experiences gained and reasons that our members opted to create a set of standards. IGSA's mission is to provide unbiased information to the benefit of all parties - regulators, suppliers and operators."  Takeshi said, "GSA Japan strives to become a valuable partner to the budding Japanese IR and gaming industries. Working as a guide to all entities, we will support the optimal development of a unique and sustainable Japanese market." There is a level of membership for every type of company. Is your organization interested in working with IGSA on the creation of future standards? Please join us - visit to learn more, and follow IGSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. IGSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS). Other members include: ABARIS INC.; Adlink Technology Inc.; Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Alphaslot; Amatic Industries GmbH; AmTote International; APEX pro gaming; Ares Way; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; AxesNetwork Solutions Inc.; BMM Testlabs; Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited; Canadian Gaming Association; Casinos Austria; ComTrade Gaming; Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); European Casino Association; Everi; Fortunet; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Genlot Game Technology Co., Ltd.; Grand Vision Gaming; Grover Gaming; House Advantage; Incredible Technologies; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; JCM Global; Konami Gaming Inc.; M3 Technology Solutions, LLC; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Maxgaming; Mobile Gaming Monitoring On GmbH; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Paltronics Australasia Pty. Ltd.; PSM TECH; PVS Australia Pty, Ltd.; Quixant; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smernax Holdings Ltd.; Synergy Blue; U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Utopia Gaming Systems, Pty. Ltd.; VEIKKAUS; Western Canada Lottery Corporation. Logo - Related Links :

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Russia gets new government in what Putin calls 'major renewal'

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday approved a new government, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers, according to the decrees Kremlin published on its website.The new team was formed less than a week after Putin unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system, which led to the resignation of his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with the entire government."The most important task is to increase the welfare of our citizens and strengthen our statehood and the position of our country in the world. All these are absolutely attainable goals," Putin told the new government."We have achieved a very balanced government. We have enough people who worked in the previous government, as well as a major renewal."Russian President Vladimir Putin (R-1) shakes hands with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin (R-2) during a meeting with members of the new government in Moscow, Russia, January 21, 2020. /Reuters PhotoTuesday's new appointments could be intended to reboot the government's flagging image and shift attention to Putin's drive to lift falling real incomes and drive ahead with big national infrastructure projects which he hopes will catapult his country into a new economic league.According to another decree, the positions of new deputy prime ministers were taken by Dmitry Grigorenko, who will also serve as Chief of Staff of the Government; former Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin; former head of the Federal Service for State Registration Viktoria Abramchenko, former Gazprom Media board chair Dmitry Chernyshenko and former deputy head of Federal Tax Service Alexey Overchuk.The ministers who have also retained their former posts include Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, and Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov.Maxim Reshetnikov becomes the Minister of Economic Development, leaving the post as the Governor of Perm Krai.Anton Siluanov was appointed as the finance minister, resigning as the First Deputy Prime Minister.Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the annual address to Russia's Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia, January 15, 2020. /Xinhua PhotoPutin also appointed some new ministers including Olga Lyubimova as Minister of Culture, Mikhail Murashko as Minister of Health, Valery Falkov as Minister of Science and Higher Education, Oleg Matytsin as Minister of Sport, Sergei Kravtsov as Minister of Enlightenment, Anton Kotyakov as Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Maksut Shadayev as Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media.The previous government headed by Dmitry Medvedev tendered its resignation last Wednesday, shortly after Putin made an address to the Federal Assembly. A day later, Putin appointed the former head of the Russian Federal Tax Service Mikhail Mishustin as the new prime minister.Will it affect China-Russia relations?"Of course not." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang hailed the positive developments in Sino-Russian relationship and said that the two countries would continue to improve the relations in the future.Russia just formed a new government, and China will seek to communicate with the new Russian government and make sure the implementation of mechanism, Geng told reporters at a daily briefing on Wednesday.Under the stewardship of the two presidents, the two countries have established a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era on all fronts, and the Chinese government will work together with Russia to further level up the bilateral relations, Geng said.Such cooperation not only fits the interests of both countries, but also makes important contributions to world peace and stability, he added.(CGTN)


Trump, in Davos, appears confident of Senate impeachment trial outcome: ‘We have a great case’

President Trump was set to hold a surprise news conference Wednesday as he departed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, after earlier voicing optimism regarding the Senate impeachment trial during a power breakfast with American CEOs and business leaders.“We have a great case,” the president said to reporters gathered at the Davos Congress Center after his motorcade arrived from the Intercontinental Hotel. He added that he thought his legal team was doing “a very good job,” according to the Associated Press.The brief comment from Trump came just hours after a marathon first day of the impeachment trial concluded across the Atlantic in Washington, capped off just after midnight by a shouting match between Republicans and Democrats that prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to admonish both sides.The confrontation was sparked when Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., accused Senate Republicans of “voting for a cover-up” after a series of trial-rules amendments proposed by Senate Democrats went down in defeat in party-line votes.The amendments had called for permitting testimony from new witnesses and the release of documents, but were rejected 53-47 each time.While most of the Senate spent Tuesday sitting in silence at the impeachment trial, Trump spent part of the day boasting of a robust U.S. economy in a speech to the global business community at the Switzerland gathering.“Today I'm proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” he said, vowing to never to let “radical socialists destroy our economy.”Trump was expected to participate in a pair of bilateral press conferences with leaders from Kurdistan and Iraq before returning to Washington later Wednesday.(FOX NEWS)


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Connection and cooperation bring prosperity to the world

The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) is being held in the Swiss city of Davos with the theme "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World."At a time of economic turbulence in the world caused by increasing unilateralism demonstrated by countries like the U.S., it is important to think about how we can ease current tensions in the global economy and how the world canachieve common prosperity going forward."There are also many other countries around the world that have bright futures. About that, we should rejoice: Americans will be both more prosperous and safer if all nations thrive. At Berkshire, we hope to invest significant sums across borders," said Warren Buffett, the richest investor in the world who has accumulated an incredible amount of wealth through his investment choices, in his annual letter of 2018.As Buffett stated, it is much better for the United States of America itself when all other countries in the world are well developed. This statement pointed out a very important factor behind the prosperity of today's world; the kind of prosperity that never existed before in the human history – connection and cooperation between countries.At the end of World War II, it was once believed that the nuclear weapon will destroy the world. Those believers believed in separation rather than connection, confrontation rather than cooperation. While the hypothesis of total nuclear destruction had its logic almost three quarters of a century ago, it did not become reality. With nuclear weapons on their hands, humanity chose connection and cooperation over separation and confrontation.In the 1970s and 1980s, the United States imported a large amount of commodities from Japan, which was once its enemy back a few decades ago. The reason behind this large-scale importing is that at the time Japan had better production skills and more advanced technology than the United States.The interview studio at the main venue of the annual WEF in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2020. /Xinhua PhotoDid the strength of the Japanese industry pose a threat to the United States? No, it benefited the American customers and was a result of international cooperation.However, only a few decades before the 1970s, the advanced Japanese industrial capability was used to design a very advanced type of fighter plane, the Zero Fighter. With the best designed fighter plane in the world, Japanese pilots had an advantage over American and Chinese pilots for a few years in the Pacific War, until more advanced fighter planes were designed by American technicians.In this case, Japan's advanced technology did not bring benefits to either side. Instead, it brought "bilateral damage"and finally led to the destruction of the Japanese empire.This comparison between what happened in the 1970s-80s and World War II proves that it is not the advanced technology of one country over another that threatens nations. It is the attitude of confrontation and separation that bring threat. Technology is merely a tool used by man. It is how technology is used that brings benefits or destruction.For the world economy today, there are countless examples of cooperation between countries. China imports around 70 percent of the oil as well as a huge amount of computer chips and software.Meanwhile, China exports so many products that it is now called the "world's factory." Japan earns a huge amount of tourism income from China every year, while exporting a lot of automobiles to the United States. The United States still dominates the world's computer industry, but it relies on the lending of other countries for the printing of its currency.Countries in this world are no longer separated and isolated like they were 200 years ago. The world is more connected than ever before and the prosperity brought by this connection and cooperation is unprecedented.The calculation made by Matt Ridley in his book "The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves" figures out the average living standard enjoyed by a typical citizen in a mature economy today requires some 400 labors' work in the Medieval Age.Although the connection and cooperation between countries have brought us significant changes, spats between countries still emerge from time to time.It is not only economic reasons that would cause these frictions. On many occasions, political needs played more significant roles in causing confrontations. It is therefore the task of international organizations to try to correct these wrongdoings and make the economic well-being of all countries the highest priority.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


UK-Africa summit: Exploring trade opportunities in Africa after Brexit

Editor's note: Richard Fairchild is an associate professor at the University of Bath School of Management. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily those of CGTN.The UK's official Brexit date of January 31 is looming large on the horizon. In the meanwhile, the British government is considering its options for future international trade after Brexit. On January 20, the UK wooed African delegates at the UK-Africa summit in London. According to the BBC News, the British government sees opportunities for trade with Africa after Brexit.This is a huge symbolic gesture by Boris Johnson's government. I believe he is implying that they don't need Europe, they are breaking free from the EU's shackles, and they can start negotiating their own deals with other nations. But Matthew Davies, BBC's senior journalist, questions whether they really do have such opportunities for great trade deals with the African continent. As he argues, "Trade is tricky. Trade agreements are trickier. Trade negotiations to get those trade agreements are exponentially more complicated."When the UK leaves the EU at the end of January, it then has 11 months to come up with a trade deal with the EU. If they do not get a deal by December 31, they will revert to the complex WTO rules. It is thought that Brexit will change the whole dynamic of the bargaining games that will take place among the UK, the EU, and other nations outside the EU. Boris Johnson, and Brexiteers generally, have extolled the virtues of negotiating deals outside the EU-block. It is argued that, by leaving the EU, they can negotiate fresh deals with various trading parties, in terms that will benefit UK's citizens and economy.However, as we have observed over the past three years since the Brexit referendum in 2016, negotiating a deal is a tricky bargaining game. There are two or more "players" in the game, and negotiations involve a tricky "dance," with offers, counter-offers, compromise, give-and-take. Each party does not get it all their own way.It is like buying a car, and haggling over the price: The buyer wants to get it as cheap as possible, while the seller wants to push the price up as high as possible. Where the price ends up depends on the skills of the two negotiating parties, the amount of give-and-take and compromise, bargaining power/strength, and many psychological and emotional factors, such as empathy, persuasion, anxiety, toughness and desperation (to get the deal done).Rails in Cape Town, South Africa.There are many advantages of negotiating within a bloc (empathy, cultural closeness etc), and as a bloc negotiating with other nations. As BBC News puts it, "Being part of a big gang has its advantages and disadvantages. Yes, you have to make compromises and adapt your goals to match commonly agreed policies. But you also get the power of the bloc behind you in trade negotiations."Although the UK will be going alone after Brexit, it remains a member of the EU Customs Union and Single Market at least until the end of December this year, and possibly beyond (there is potential for this membership to be extended by a further two years, to 2022).Therefore, despite posturing and courtship at the UK-Africa summit in London, trade between the UK and Africa will continue according to the various existing deals already in place between the EU and Africa. After 2020, once the UK has fully-Brexited, trade arrangements between the UK and many African countries will remain the same under "continuity agreements." It means trade conditions (tariffs, quotas, etc.) will remain the same as currently in place.One idea behind these "continuity agreements" is that the UK can then focus on negotiating deals with nations that do not currently have a deal with the EU, such as the U.S. However, uncertainty remains, as these agreements will eventually run out. The UK will then need to negotiate new deals with countries such as Africa. Furthermore, Brexit causes complexities in some of the trade processes and channels. For example, flowers are Kenya's biggest export: Currently, they are exported into the UK via Amsterdam. After Brexit, there will be potential process problems.As argued already, a lone UK will have less bargaining power than when it was part of the big EU-club. Thus, it may be expected that the UK will achieve less favorable trade terms, as the balance of power shifts towards Africa in future negotiations. At the same time, a lone UK will be negotiating on many fronts, with many nations (U.S., EU, China, Australia). And within Africa itself, the UK will need to decide which of the African nations to prioritize in trade negotiations.Trade negotiations are complex and require time and resources. So, the UK faces two challenges: being a lone negotiator, with much reduced bargaining power, in each deal with each nation, and then the complexities and the time-resource constraints of attempting to negotiate bilateral deals with many different nations. Perhaps, realizing these challenges, UK-African summit provides a timely opportunity for the UK to start the long complex process!(CGTN)


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Iraqi PM says firing rockets on U.S. embassy harms Iraq

Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that firing rockets at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is unacceptable and harms Iraq. "Yesterday, Katyusha rockets were fired at the U.S. embassy, and this is painful and incorrect ... Who authorizes those parties to attack the embassy in Iraq?" Abdul Mahdi's office said in a statement after the weekly cabinet meeting. "This act offends Iraq and is unacceptable regardless of their intentions," Abdul Mahdi said without naming the attackers. Late on Monday, an Iraqi interior ministry's official told Xinhua that three Katyusha rockets landed near the U.S. embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad without causing casualties. The heavily fortified Green Zone has been frequently targeted by insurgents' mortar and rocket attacks. The roughly 10-square-km zone is located on the west bank of the Tigris River, which bisects the Iraqi capital. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack which came after growing tensions between the United States and Iran. On Jan. 8, Iran fired ballistic missiles on military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq's western province of Anbar and near the city of Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Iranian attack came after a U.S. drone attacked on Jan. 3 a convoy at Baghdad International Airport, killing Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces. More than 5,000 U.S. troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against Islamic State militants.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


McConnell-proposed timeframe for Trump impeachment trial opposed by Democrats

Democrats arguing their case against President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial called on the Senate on Tuesday to reject a timeframe proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell giving each side in the trial 24 hours to present their reasoning. According to McConnell's organizing resolution, which was made public Monday and which the Senate on Tuesday will vote on as it starts the trial, House managers who act as prosecutors and Trump's legal defense team will each get a 24-hour timeslot over two days to make their case, raising the prospect of the trial going into late night. "A White House-driven and rigged process, with a truncated schedule designed to go late into the night and further conceal the President's misconduct, is not what the American people expect or deserve," the managers wrote in the statement. The four-page resolution does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard. Instead, the resolution allows for a motion to be introduced to dismiss the impeachment charges by a simple majority vote in the Republican-controlled upper chamber. "The McConnell Resolution goes so far as to suggest it may not even allow the evidence gathered by the House to be admitted," the managers' statement said. "That is not a fair trial. In fact, it is no trial at all." The managers argued that McConnell's plan "deviates sharply" from the rules governing former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, which the Kentucky Republican vowed to follow. McConnell's draft resolution, the managers said, is devised "in an effort to prevent the full truth of the President's misconduct from coming to light." "In the Clinton case, the President provided all of the documents - more than 90,000 pages of them - before the trial took place. McConnell's resolution rejects that basic necessity," they added. According to the resolution, House impeachment managers will be allowed to begin their arguments 1 p.m. ET (1800 GMT) on Wednesday. They will have 24 hours over two days to make their opening arguments when they begin to present their case against Trump on the Senate floor on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats have been wrangling over the impeachment trial rules ever since the articles of impeachment were passed in the Democratic-controlled House in December, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging witnesses including current and former White House officials to testify and related documents to be provided during the trial - requests rejected by McConnell. In a statement Monday bashing McConnell's resolution, Schumer said that he would be "offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested." Trump, while in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, was asked Tuesday to comment on the impeachment. "That whole thing is a hoax," he responded. "It goes nowhere because nothing happened. The only thing we've done is a great job."(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


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Two killed, five injured in Texas shooting

At least two people were killed and another five injured in a shooting on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, local media reported.Local police said it took place at a club. "Nothing more complicated than an argument inside the club with someone pulling out a firearm," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.The victims have not been identified and an investigation is underway.(CGTN)


Two killed, 20 wounded in car bomb explosion in Somalia

At least two people were killed and 20 wounded when a group of Turkish contractors were target by a suicide car bombing at a construction site along a highway outside Somalia's capital, police said on Saturday.Six Turkish nationals were among the wounded, with two in serious condition, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.The Turkish construction workers appeared to be the bomber's target, Somali police Col. Abdi Abdullahi said."A speeding suicide car bomb rammed into a place where the Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch," police officer Nur Ali told Reuters from Afgoye."So far we know three Turkish engineers and their translator were injured. Two other policemen were injured in the blast," Ali said later when asked about casualties.Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency said four Turks, employees of a construction firm, who were wounded in the attack and were being treated in hospital, citing information from the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu.This comes three weeks after an Islamist group, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility through an audio message, for a car bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 90 people in late December.Two Turkish nationals were killed when a small team of Turkish engineers were present at the time of the blast constructing a road to the city.The bombing was the deadliest the country had experienced in more than two years with nearly three decades of Islamist violence and clan warfare.(REUTERS)


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Palace Museum director apologizes for parking gaffe

The director of the Palace Museum in Beijing, also known as the Forbidden City, apologized on Tuesday for a controversial event brought to the public's attention by a social network post on Sina Weibo on Friday.Overwhelming negative public comments poured into cyberspace because the post featured a woman who showed off parking a luxury car inside the Forbidden City on Jan 13, which was a Monday. The compound is closed to the public on Mondays.As the 600-year-old Forbidden City was China's formal imperial palace from 1420 to 1911, the public reacted furiously, fearing damage to cultural relics, and noting the fact that in recent years, even some foreign state leaders in a motorcade were asked to stop outside the Forbidden City when they visited the site.Wang Xudong, director of the museum, released the apology through the museum's official account on Sina Weibo early Tuesday morning.The director said there was an event at the museum that was approved by museum authorities and was attended by about 200 people on Jan 13, but he admitted that the woman's vehicle was not left at the appointed parking lot by the museum's western gate. Instead, the car stopped on the square in front of the Gate of Supreme Harmony by the entrance.That gate leads to the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the highest-level architecture in the Forbidden City, which makes the parking location a focus in the controversy.Wang, responding to the public's questions on whether cultural relics were damaged when the vehicle drove through, explained that the ground it drove on was made of modern materials and had been done in recent renovations. The area sometimes had been used as a temporary driving passage when the museum was closed to public visits.Due to the absence of rigid management though, a Palace Museum deputy director who is in charge of security and a supervisor in the museum's security department have been suspended for investigation. Checking vehicles entering the compound and their parking locations will be enhanced, Wang promised.(CHINA.ORG.CN)


TV series on Chinese medical teams launched in Beijing

Foreign Aid Doctors, a TV series focusing on the work of Chinse medical teams in Africa was launched in Beijing on Monday.According to Lyu Shibin, the executive producer, Foreign Aid Doctors is the first film and TV production featuring China's medical assistance to African countries.Based on true stories, the series aims to show how the Chinese doctors offer professional medical support in Africa and to praise their international humanitarianism, Lvu said.Since the first Chinese medical team arrived in Africa in 1963, all kinds of non-profit Chinese medical-based services have contributed to the continent's healthcare and saved the lives of tens of thousands of people.Hu Kun, writer of the TV series, said after reading related documents, he was deeply moved by the selfless devotion of the caring and highly-skilled members of the Chinese medical teams.As workers in the film and television industry, we have the responsibility to make their stories known to more people, Hu said.The TV series is produced by Beijing Zhongrenweiguo Film and TV Culture Co. Ltd., and supervised by China Population Culture Promotion Association, a social organization under the administration of China's National Health Commission.(CHINA.ORG.CN)


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Man United goalkeeper Romero unhurt after crashing Lamborghini

Manchester United's Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero escaped unhurt after crashing his Lamborghini on his way to training on Monday, a club source told AFP.32-year-old Romero was seen in images posted on social media standing next to the car which was wedged underneath a roadside crash barrier close to United's Carrington training ground."Sergio is ok and is training as normal with the team," the United source said.Manchester United's Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a goal from Wolverhampton Wanderers during their Football Association Cup match in Manchester, UK, January 15, 2020.Romero signed for United in 2015 and has played nine times for the Red Devils so far this season. Among his total 53 appearances for the club, Romero kept a tally of 34 clean sheets, even though he has largely been second choice behind the team's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.According to the Daily Mail, the car worth 170,000 British pounds (221,000 U.S. dollars) was owned by the United's No. 2 goalkeeper since 2017 when the club defeated Southampton to win the League Cup at London's Wembley stadium.As one of the best back-up goalkeepers in England, Romero's weekly salary is around 70,000 British pounds (91,000 U.S. dollars) under his current contract which runs through until 2021.(AFP)


CFA has 'no plans' to move Olympic qualifiers away from Wuhan

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has no plans to move the upcoming 2020 Olympic women's football qualifiers out of Wuhan, where coronavirus-related pneumonia cases have been reported, a CFA source said on Monday.Australia, China, Thailand and Chinese Taipei are set to play a series of qualifying matches in Wuhan from February 3 to 9."For the time being, there are no plans to hold the qualifiers at different places or on different dates," the source said. "If any decision is made, it will be announced soon."The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first case of novel coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) was identified, confirmed a third death on January 18.As of Monday, over 210 cases have been confirmed in Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing. Cases have also been reported in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


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China vows strict measures against novel coronavirus

China's National Health Commission Monday vowed to take preventive and control measures against Category A infectious diseases to effectively battle pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).Pneumonia has been classified as a Category B infectious disease which can be quarantined at the borders, read an announcement released by the Commission.As of Tuesday, 223 cases of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing. Cases have also been reported in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.Medical staff are at the forefront in the prevention and control of the epidemic stemming from the new type of coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, in December 2019, where it might have originated at a seafood market.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


New tech that will save time during the Spring Festival rush

During Spring Festival, most Chinese want to get together with their family. And that causes a massive yearly human flow which puts great pressure on the country's transportation system.That's why new technologies have to be applied to save everyone's time.Here are two of the latest examples of time-saving tech introduced for the 2020 rush.Paper tickets are fading awayA paper train ticket looks like this.E-tickets are spreading fast, bringing China's high-speed rail into a paperless era.The tradition of using paper train tickets has begun to disappear from the country.In the past, paper tickets were required to board a train. Travelers had to get their tickets at counters or through machines before they could board.The ticket inspectors used special scissors to cut an irregularly shaped notch on the tickets to make sure they couldn't be reused.With e-tickets, manual ticket checking has been simplified into a brush of ID card.Paper train tickets, printed with security labels, may one day become collectibles to remind people of a previous era, and future Chinese youngsters may wonder "why did they have to hold a blue paper at the train station?"Forgot your ID card? Don't worry!For air travelers, forgetting to bring your ID card can be a disaster in China. You have to go to the police station at the airport to apply for a temporary ID paper, which can take a long time and may prevent you from catching your flight on time.Fortunately, new technologies have enabled a much faster way to get a temporary ID – on your smartphone.The WeChat mini app for temporary ID applicationSince September 2019, more than 200 airports have been equipped with a new machine that can recognize electronic IDs via a WeChat mini app.Unlike a paper ID from the police, the new ID can be applied in just a minute, saving precious time for air travelers.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


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Malaysia's Petronas signs LNG deal with Chinese Shenergy Group

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas said on Monday that it has signed an agreement with China's Shenergy Group Company Limited (Shenergy) to supply 1.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum to its Wuhaogou receiving terminal in China.Petronas said in a statement that the LNG supply agreement was inked through its subsidiary Petronas LNG Ltd, and it is for a 12-year term starting from 2022.It also involves a shipping collaboration to construct and charter new mid-sized LNG vessels for the cargo delivery, according to the statement.Petronas said the new long-term agreement allowed the oil firm to continue to establish itself as Shenergy's preferred LNG solutions partner. Petronas has been a major LNG supplier to Shenergy subsidiary, Shanghai LNG Co., Ltd since 2006.The new deal for additional LNG supply allowed Petronas to support Shenergy's increasing demand for LNG, while further strengthening the group's foothold in one of the world's fastest growing LNG markets, said the statement.Petronas Executive Vice President and CEO of gas and new energy Adnan Zainal Abidin said the group values its long-term relationship with Shenergy, which has continued to grow, from strength-to-strength since 2006.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


World's richest 1% has twice the wealth of the rest of humanity: Oxfam

The world's richest one percent have more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, according to Oxfam, underlining that "economic inequality is out of control."In a new report called "Time to Care" published by Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the UK-based charity urged governments to "build a human economy that is feminist and values what truly matters to society, rather than fueling an endless pursuit of profit and wealth."The charity called the world's economy "a tale of two extremes," showing the number of billionaires has doubled in the last decade."The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies, and too few governments are committed to these," said Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar, who is in Davos to represent the Oxfam confederation this year.Oxfam's annual report on global inequality is traditionally released before the WEF opens, and here are some astonishing statistics from it:Graphic by CGTN's Jia Jieqiong•In 2019, the world's 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet's population.•The 22 richest men have more wealth than all the women in Africa.• If everyone were to sit on their wealth piled up in 100 U.S. dollars bills, most of humanity would be sitting on the floor.•A middle-class person in a rich country would be sitting at the height of a chair. The world's two richest men would be sitting in outer space.• The monetary value of women's unpaid care work globally for women aged 15 and over is at least 10.8 trillion U.S. dollars annually – three times the size of the world's tech industry.• Taxing an additional 0.5 percent of the wealth of the richest one percent over the next 10 years is equal to investments needed to create 117 million jobs in education, health and elderly care and other sectors, and to close care deficits.Too rich, too poor, a tale of two extremesAccording to data complied by Bloomberg, the world's three richest people amassed a total of 231 billion U.S. dollars over the past decade.Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg – the fifth-richest person in the world – had the highest boost last year, with a net gain of about six billion U.S. dollars. He became the world's youngest self-made billionaire in 2007 when he was just 23. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos still claims the top spot with a net worth of 115.6billion U.S. dollars.However, according to new figures from the World Bank, nearly half the world is trying to survive on 5.50 U.S. dollars a day or less."If countries reduced income inequality by one percent each year, 100 million fewer people would be living in extreme poverty by 2030," the report said.(CGTN)


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Chinese vice premier calls for joint efforts to bolster economic globalization

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng here on Tuesday called on the international community to build an inclusive and open world economy and uphold multilateralism in support of economic globalization. Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, delivered a speech titled "Work Together for an Open World Economy and Sustainable Global Development" at the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). At the 2017 WEF annual meeting in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a historic speech and expressed firm support for economic globalization, a message that resonated far and wide, Han said. Han noted that economic globalization is "a trend of history, an essential condition for productivity growth, and a natural result of the advance in science and technology," adding that it is also "a strong driving force behind economic growth across the globe."Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, delivers a speech titled "Work Together for an Open World Economy and Sustainable Global Development" at the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2020. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) To resolve the difficulties and problems in economic globalization, the fundamental solution lies in building an inclusive and open world economy together, and the key lies in upholding multilateralism, Han said. "Unilateral and protectionist practices, which run counter to the global trend, will lead to nowhere ... and end up hurting everyone's interests," the vice premier said. Han called on all countries to demonstrate greater courage, stay committed to equal-footed consultation and tide over difficulties together. "We should make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial for all" so that "people of all countries will be able to share in the benefits of economic globalization and global growth," he said. He said the global community should "keep to the goal of safeguarding peace, promoting development, upholding equity and justice, and pursuing mutual benefit and win-win outcomes," calling for joint efforts "to tackle global challenges such as poverty reduction, climate change and environmental protection." "We should abide by the international law and widely recognized norms of international relations ... and advance the improvement and transformation of the global governance system," he said.Aerial photo taken on Oct. 16, 2019 shows a view of the Yangshan Deep Water Port of east China's Shanghai. (Xinhua/Ding Ting) China has embraced economic globalization, pursued development with its door open, and succeeded in transforming a closed and semi-closed economy into a fully open economy, Han noted, adding that "openness has become a trademark of today's China." China has developed itself through opening-up and participation in economic globalization, and the world has also benefited from this process, he said. The vice premier pledged that his country will open its door still wider to the world. "Despite the protectionist and unilateral moves by some countries, China will not stop pursuing higher-quality opening-up, and will not follow their footsteps to move in the opposite direction of globalization," he said. Han stressed that China will further widen market access for foreign investors and cut negative list for foreign investment, import more goods and services to promote balanced trade, and further improve China's business environment to let all types of businesses registered in China be treated equally.Aerial photo taken on Aug. 27, 2019 shows cargo ships at a wharf of Wenfeng port in the China (Hebei) Pilot Free Trade Zone Caofeidian area in north China's Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao) China will also foster new drivers of opening-up, allowing free trade zones to initiate more reforms and speeding up the building of the Hainan Free Trade Port, he said, adding that China will further deepen multilateral and bilateral cooperation and work with other countries to build an open world economy. Standing at a new historical starting point, China will, as always, actively shoulder its due international responsibilities and obligations, Han noted. He pledged that China "will maintain stability and pursue development while contributing to peace and prosperity in the world," and "work with people of all countries to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity" so as to make greater contribution to building a community with a shared future for mankind. During his stay in Davos, Han also attended a luncheon hosted by WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, and exchanged views with business leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Siemens AG President Joe Kaeser. The industry and business leaders said they are full of expectations for China's deepening reform and further opening-up, and are willing to expand trade and technological cooperation with China for mutual benefit.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Xi extends Chinese New Year greetings to all Chinese

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Monday extended Chinese New Year greetings to all Chinese people home and broad. Xi made the remarks on Monday at the Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center where he inspected market supply for the Chinese New Year during an inspection tour to southwest China's Yunnan Province.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


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Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Work conference held in Yiwu for China, Czech to coordinate their efforts in promoting Belt and Road Initiative cooperation

By APD Writer He Wei The conference, which jointly organized by the western development department of the National Development and Reform Commission and the second foreign policy department of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade kicked off on June 6, 2018. It is of great significance in implementing the plan for China-Czech cooperation and promoting bilateral communication and cooperation. Both sides took a review on the development of the plan and held a talk over the cooperation prospects on trade, finance, think tank and projects. The priority work of the China and Czech cooperation in the next phase was discussed during the conference.Both sides reached an agreement on enhancing the cooperation on the field of policy coordination, facility connectivity, economic and trade, investment, finance and culture aiming at boosting the economy of both countries and benefiting the people. Almost 100 people from government officials, financial institutions, think tanks  and enterprises of both countries attended the conference.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)