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U.S. and 'like-minded' partners will keep security in Asia: admiral -

U.S. and 'like-minded' partners will keep security in Asia: admiralA partnership between the United States and "like-minded nations" will keep Asian countries secure in the face of competition from a rising China, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on Friday. On a visit to Bangkok, Admiral John Aquilino, 56, criticized China's construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a vital trade waterway with rich energy resources where Beijing has disputes with five nations. "We are in competition with the People's Republic of China," Aquilino told reporters.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 02:44:32 -0500

Uganda Pop-Star Bobi Wine Says Opposition Seeks Single Candidate -

Uganda Pop-Star Bobi Wine Says Opposition Seeks Single Candidate(Bloomberg) -- Robert Kyagulanyi, the Ugandan pop star turned politician who goes by the stage name Bobi Wine, said he is in advanced talks with opposition parties to field a single presidential candidate in 2021 elections against Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the east African country since 1986.Wine, the 37-year-old reggae singer who says at least 157 of his concerts have been canceled by the government, said he hopes to be the candidate as Uganda has a young population. He is in talks with Kizza Besigye, Museveni’s one-time physician who has run for president unsuccessfully four times.“If we as opposition come together it will be more or less game over” for Museveni, Wine said on the sidelines of a press conference in Johannesburg where he was receiving an award from Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation. “We hope to agree on a single candidate,” he said, adding that young Ugandans are urging him to run.Youth AppealKyagulanyi has garnered significant support among Uganda’s urban youth and, like Besigye, has been arrested repeatedly. Through his politics and music he’s been critical of the lack of political freedom under Museveni and has called for a generational change in leadership.Wine said he expects Museveni, 75, to use the military and bribery to win, citing the findings by observers and the supreme court in previous elections. Wine has been a lawmaker since 2017.“We believe he is going to make every effort to rig the election, but we, like never before, have massively sensitized our people,” he said. “We are going to have a record number of voters and we believe we are going to win massively.”If that doesn’t happen, there could be instability, Wine said. “My own prediction is if President Museveni rigs the election right now the people of Uganda will rise up against him.”(Adds award in third paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Pauline Bax in Johannesburg at;Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: John McCorry at, Hilton Shone, Antony SguazzinFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 02:40:41 -0500

Britain’s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine -

Britain’s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Towns in northern England share a history of mining, faded industry and neglect. For generations they also had another thing in common: staunch support for the Labour Party.From Workington on the west coast to Bishop Auckland and Blyth on the east, the dominoes fell as the results from the U.K. election rolled in through the small hours of Friday morning. The U.K.’s tortured efforts to leave the European Union redefined political tribes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives took seats his party has never held before.Johnson declared the victory as “historic.” That will be even more apparent in places where most voters have never known a Conservative lawmaker.Workington, where mines and steelworks shut years ago, last voted Conservative in 1976. Back then Britain was in the grip of an economic crisis. It turned back to the red of Labour three years later. On Thursday it voted Conservative by a margin of 10 percentage points.Bishop Auckland, in the mining area south of Newcastle, had never turned Tory blue in more than a century. Elsewhere, Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative for the first time since the 1930s, as did swathes of the Midlands and Yorkshire. Labour’s so-called “Red Wall” had fallen.Many of these former mining and steel towns endured mass unemployment under the Conservative governments of the 1980s. They then voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum amid a wave of anger at austerity, frustration over immigration and dismay at joblessness and lack of opportunity. Today, they are embracing the Tories in their determination to finally quit the EU. Backing for Brexit also comes with a rejection of the socialist promises of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who now says he will step down.In Scotland, Labour’s vote had already collapsed in the wake of the independence referendum in 2014. This time around the pro-independence Scottish National Party took the vast majority of districts again, even in some of the post-industrial regions that Labour had won back in 2017.In that election, the Conservatives planted a giant poster on a dilapidated building near the seafront in Redcar, a town in England’s northeast haunted by steelworks that finally collapsed a few years ago. The Tories had never won in Redcar, and failed in 2017 as well. But as people demanded their voice be heard over Brexit, the voters of Redcar did in 2019 as so many did across the north of England: They abandoned Labour -- and embraced Boris Johnson.To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Harris at, Adam Blenford, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 02:24:07 -0500

Senior China diplomat says U.S. seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust -

Senior China diplomat says U.S. seriously damaged hard-won mutual trustSenior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs. "Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of mutual trust between China and the United States, and seriously weakening the United States' international credibility," said State Councillor Wang.

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:11:37 -0500

Trump has begun 2024 campaign and is eligible to serve third term, senior Republican says -

Trump has begun 2024 campaign and is eligible to serve third term, senior Republican saysFormer Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee says he has been "named to head up" what would be an unconstitutional 2024 re-election campaign for Donald Trump.Mr Huckabee, father of former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, made the explosive claim in a pair of tweets on Thursday afternoon in which he also said the US president was "eligible" for a third term due to congressional investigations into him.

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