Posts published in Day: January 2, 2019

Beijing pushes for unification of China with self-governing Taiwan

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged both sides to reach an early consensus on the unification of China and Democratic Taiwan and not leave the issue for future generations. American news agency AP reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping noted in a speech devoted to Taiwan that no one or no party can stop the trend toward unification, calling independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead-end.…

Survey: Latvian residents enjoyed 2018 more than 2017

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

31% of interviewed respondents believe 2018 was better than 2017. Only 13% believe it was worse, according to results of a survey performed by SKDS last December. At the end of the year, 31% of respondents said 2018 was better for them personally than 2017. Only 13% said it was worse. 52% of respondents said it was the same. «Feedback from residents is slightly more positive than it was the…

Germany has big plans for UN Security Council seat

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Germany is once again occupying a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. How does it plan to use it — and what is the country’s current involvement in UN missions? German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’ business trip to New York in June has borne fruit. He had long been making the case for Germany to have a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the United Nations’ most important…

A gay sailor won the chance to have the “first kiss”

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bryan Woodington, 33, had just returned from seven months serving in the Persian Gulf and Europe, in time for Christmas. His name was picked out as the sailor who could disembark first and perform a ceremonial kiss, Queerty reports. It’s a scene San Diegans are familiar with; reunited service members disembarking from their ships after a lengthy tour and giving their loved ones waiting on the dock a passionate smooch. In…

Taylor Swift opens up about her reputation, songwriting process in new Netflix special

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Taylor Swift gifts her fans with an up close and personal look at her wildly successful Reputation stadium tour in a new Netflix concert special that started streaming on New Year’s Eve. “Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour” offers a thrifty opportunity for Swift superfans to bask in the experience of a live show without handing over a pretty penny. Despite being billed as a documentary, Swift’s special is a standard…

Brazil swears in far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Brazil has sworn in ex-army captain Jair Bolsonaro as its president, amid tight security. The far-right politician, an admirer of Brazil’s former military dictatorship, pledged to rid the country of “ideological ties.” Bolsonaro was sworn in as president on Tuesday, promising to overhaul the country’s economy and bring about sweeping social change. An admirer of US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro rose to power on a pro-gun, anti-corruption agenda. Speaking in…