Trump and Xi will coincide in virtual Asia-Pacific summit on the world economy

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and global economic recovery, and it is Lingering trade differences are likely to cloud the meeting.

An advertisement displays the flags of the United States and Papua New Guinea one day after the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, November 19, 2018. REUTERS / David Gray

Both leaders will lead the meeting of the leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, organized by Malaysia, just two weeks after Trump lost the US elections.

Asia-Pacific leaders have called for more open and multilateral trade to support economic recovery, and have warned against protectionist trade policies.

After coming to power in 2017, Trump slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

At the last APEC summit, in 2018, member countries failed to agree on a joint statement for the first time in the bloc’s history, as the United States and China disagreed on trade and investment.

In the run-up to Friday’s meeting, several APEC leaders warned against protectionism as the world grapples with the economic impact of the new coronavirus.

“As we face the greatest economic challenge of this generation, we must not repeat the mistakes of history by backtracking into protectionism,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during her remarks at the APEC CEO Dialogues on Friday.

“APEC must continue to commit to keeping markets open and trade flowing.”

Xi, for his part, said Thursday that “increasing unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation, as well as the backlash against economic globalization” had increased risks and uncertainties in the world economy.

The president noted that China will remain committed to multilateralism, openness and cooperation.

Other leaders from the Asia-Pacific region have also expressed hope that the Joe Biden administration will support multilateral trade.

Japan aims to expand the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, which could satisfy the interest of China and the United Kingdom to join the agreement.

Information from Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi; additional information from Kiyoshi Takenaka and Ju-min Park in Tokyo; edited by Sam Holmes; translation by Jorge Martínez


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


The climate demands justice and our time is running out

We have been witnessing the melting of the Arctic for years, the rise in sea level, the increase in extreme weather events or the mass extinction of animal and plant species. The impacts of climate change are accelerating, and what we see today is just a first warning of potentially more catastrophic consequences. In Spain, one of the most vulnerable European countries to climate change, droughts, floods, and fires are increasingly devastating. And, as always, the most vulnerable people are the most exposed, the ones who suffer the most from its consequences, even though they are the least responsible for the causes of climate change.

The climate crisis was already present and required urgent commitments from before the COVID-19 crisis broke out. Parking them would put at risk the decent and sustainable future of all people. Short and long-term solutions must be aligned and go through rethinking the model of society we have, investing more in people and the environment instead of favoring the enrichment and unsustainable consumerism of a few.

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Photo: Efe.

To avoid worst case scenario there is only one way: drastically and rapidly reduce CO2 emissions, which requires courageous political and judicial decisions.

The lack of commitment in the defense of the environment and the fight against climate change of a significant part of the political class also comes from afar. And the current Government, despite being the one that has made its defense of the environment more visible, it continues to be unable to guarantee commitments capable of meeting the objective set by the Paris Agreement.

For all this, We have decided to go to court and launch the first climate dispute in the history of Spain. It is not, therefore, a challenge to the policy of a specific Executive, but a complaint of the lack of ambition of the climate change mitigation policies of both the current Government and the previous ones that were even worse and much worse. more lax. It is time for civil society to claim its climate rights in court.

The health crisis has placed us at a crossroads: it is now or never. Despite the tragedy and pain that COVID-19 has brought to millions of human beings around the world, it has also been a demonstration that world leaders are capable of reacting and making drastic decisions in an emergency. There is too much at stake right now. The funds for economic reconstruction should contribute not only to alleviate the effects of the pandemic but also to promote the ecological transition. For this, it is necessary that they be used for projects that accelerate this transition and not to rescue highly polluting companies.

Photo: Efe.Photo: Efe.
Photo: Efe.

At his inauguration, a part of the Government made an invitation to civil society and social organizations: that we be demanding with the Executive and force them to fulfill their commitments to citizens. We are in it. Given that the political class continues to disagree and that, when it does, it acts with enormous lukewarmness, the time has come to go to court to ask it to act to defend us.

It is no accident that the world is currently immersed in a wave of climate litigation. The United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, India or New Zealand are just some of the countries whose governments face lawsuits for this cause, some already with sentences that have forced executives to act with more ambition, such as the Netherlands. When public officials fail to protect the future and the common good, we turn to justice to avoid a collapse with dire consequences. Time is running out and our lives are on it.

*Luis Rico is coordinator of Ecologists in Action, Mario Rodriguez, Director of Greenpeace, and Franc Cortada, director of Oxfam Intermón.


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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New Zealand prepares changes in the government to recover economy from Covid

Sydney, Australia.- The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Labor Jacinda Ardern, announced on Monday the formation of her new cabinet, in which the Green Party will occupy two ministries, focused on the Economic recovery of the country after the pandemic of Covid-19.

Ardern, who led the Labor Party to achieve an absolute majority in the October 17 elections, pointed out at a press conference that among his priorities he also highlights the continuous health response to Covid-19.

“The next three years will bring very big challenges for New Zealand. global panorama It gets worse and we will not be immune to the continuous impact that Covid-19 has around the world, “the 40-year-old politics underlined at a press conference.

Despite Labor winning 64 of 120 seats in parliament, Ardern has reached out to govern alongside the Greens, who have 10 MPs, his traditional ally.

Read also: Jacinda Ardern wins New Zealand election by overwhelming difference

In addition, he announced that his deputy prime minister will be his co-religionist Grant Robertson, who will also hold the position of Minister of Infrastructure Finance, key to economic recovery.

The Ardern government will allocate the equivalent of US $ 27.695 million to the infrastructure sector as part of its strategy to get out of the recession in which it is due to Covid-19.

The president, internationally applauded for her early and drastic management in the face of the pandemic, maintains the international borders closed since March and confined the country with only 50 confirmed cases.

During the second wave, Auckland, with 1.7 million inhabitants, again confined the most populous city in the oceanic nation, among other measures to stop Covid-19.

Read also: New Zealand declares the last patient free of Covid-19 due to local contagion

The president has also created the ministry of response to Covid-19, which will be in charge of managing aspects such as border control, tracing and examinations for detect the virus, potential outbreaks, among other aspects and is directed by Chris Hipkins, who was in charge of the health portfolio.

Labor minister Andrew Little will be the new head of Health and Nanaia Mahuta will become the first woman in New Zealand to assume the leadership of the country’s diplomacy.

As part of the agreement with the Green Party, Marama Davidson will be head of Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and associate minister of Housing for the Indigent, while James Shaw will be the head of Climate Change and associate minister of Environment for Biodiversity.

Despite the inclusion of the Greens, Ardern made it clear that they do not need to agree to carry out the government’s proposals since Labor has the majority in Parliament, after the victory in which for the first time a political party obtains the majority absolute since the electoral reform of 1996.



Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at! #FrostGiant

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020