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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations.
The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs.
“This American carnage stops right here,” Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”
A look at some reactions from around the world:
Like many in the Afghan capital of Kabul, restaurant owner Mohammad Nahim watched the presidential inauguration ceremonies but was disappointed to not hear any mention of Afghanistan.
“Trump did not mention a word about Afghanistan in his speech and the salaries of the Afghan army and police are paid by the U.S.,” he said. He added that if the U.S. stops helping Afghanistan, “our country will again become a sanctuary to terrorists. I hope Trump will not forget Afghanistan.”
Mohammed Kasim Zazi, a shopkeeper whose home is in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province, where the feared Haqqani network is prominent, said he expected Trump to stay focused on Afghanistan.
“Trump said he will finish the terrorists in the world and that has to mean that Afghanistan will remain in the sights of the U.S.” said Zazi.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said he was encouraged by Trump’s speech to soldiers in Bagram. “There he announced his support to the troops and the continuation of support for their troops here and strengthening their troops, which is a good and elegant step and I am sure that our cooperation in

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Days from inauguration, Donald Trump still owns/controls 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization

Monday, January 9th, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far.
Trump has canceled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without precedent in modern U.S. history.
The president-elect is expected to give an update on his effort to distance himself from his business at a Wednesday news conference. He told The Associated Press on Friday that he would be announcing a “very simple solution.”
Ethics experts have called for Trump to sell off his assets and place his investments in a blind trust, which means something his family would not control. That’s what previous presidents have done.
Trump has given no indication he will go that far. He has said he will not be involved in day-to-day company operations and will leave that duty to his adult sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. The president-elect has not addressed the ethical minefield of whether he would retain a financial interest in his Trump Organization.
A look at what’s known about what Trump has and hasn’t tried to resolve his business entanglement before his swearing-in:
Trump has abandoned planned business ventures in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, India and Argentina. The Associated Press found he has dissolved shell companies tied to a possible business venture in Saudi Arabia.
It’s unclear whether those moves are signs that Trump is dismantling the web of companies that make up his business. Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten has insisted none of the closures is related to Trump’s election. He calls them “normal housecleaning.”
The Trump

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Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities.
How people are ushering in the new year:
Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016’s fallen icons with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display honoring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder, becoming the first major city to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year.
The glittering display over Sydney’s famed harbor and bridge featured Saturn and star-shaped fireworks set to “Space Oddity,” the classic song by Bowie — one of the seemingly endless parade of beloved entertainers who died in 2016.
Wilder was also honored as the bridge lit up in a rainbow of colors while a song from Wilder’s famed film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” played.
“This year, sadly, we saw the loss of many music and entertainment legends around the world,” fireworks show co-producer Catherine Flanagan said. “So celebrating their music as part of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks displays is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and what the future may hold.”
More than 300,000 visitors are expected to descend on Las Vegas for an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration.
Nightclubs are pulling out all the stops with performances from DJ Calvin Harris, rappers T-Pain and Kendrick Lamar and artists Drake and Bruno Mars. The city’s celebrity chefs have crafted elaborate prix fixe menus complete with caviar and champagne toasts.
An eight-minute fireworks show will kick off at the stroke of midnight, with rockets launching from the tops of half a dozen casinos.
Federal officials have ranked the celebration just below the Super Bowl and on par with the festivities in Times Square. FBI and Secret Service agents will work alongside local police departments

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Jeff Kottkamp: History says Trump unlikely to win nomination

Monday, August 31st, 2015

That Donald Trump leads national polls in the Republican race for president is interesting – but hardly a predictor of the outcome of the election. In fact, based on the recent history of presidential elections it’s not likely that Trump will be the Republican nominee.
In the last presidential election without an incumbent, front-runners in both major parties emerged – yet neither was nominated by their party. In 2007, the year leading up to that election – Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton had a strong lead in the polls – as did Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani.
By March 2007 – despite a large field of candidates – Giuliani was favored by 44 percent  of likely Republican voters, according to a USA Today/Gallop poll.  John McCain was second in that poll with 20 percent. A month later Giuliani was polling near the magical 50 percent  mark, receiving the nod by 47 percent  of Republicans polled by CBS. From that point forward, Giuliani led almost every major poll leading up to the Iowa Caucuses.
But then a funny thing happened: The people in the states started voting.  Social conservative Mike Huckabee struck a chord with Iowa Caucusgoers on Jan. 3, 2008, and placed first with 34 percent  of the vote. The next day national polls quickly shifted with Huckabee suddenly out front in USA Today’s poll of Republican voters with 25 percent followed by Giuliani with 20 percent, McCain with 19 percent , and Fred Thompson with 12 percent.
The political ground shifted again just five days later when John McCain won the New Hampshire primary with 37 percent of the vote followed by Mitt Romney with 32 percent, Huckabee with 11 percent, Giuliani with 8 percent, Ron Paul with 7 percent, and Fred Thompson with a little more than 1 percent. From that point

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¿Es realmente el Everest la montaña más alta del mundo?

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

 – BBC Mundo Antes de llamarse Everest, la cima era conocida como la XV. Cuando India era una colonia británica, un equipo de agrimensores decidió medir la altura de todas las cumbres del Himalaya. // // Se interesaron particularmente por una que superaba a todas los demás: la cima XV. Calcularon su altitud en 9.000 […]

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