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China furious over US bill to name road for jailed Nobel laureate

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China on Tuesday slammed the US Senate for moving to rename a stretch of road after a jailed dissident and Nobel laureate — potentially changing its Washington embassy’s address to 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza.

Liu was a co-author of Charter 08, a bold petition calling for political reform in the Communist-ruled country, and was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for subversion. His Nobel award the following year outraged Beijing.

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The Senate passed the measure — introduced by Republican senator Ted Cruz, currently vying to be his party’s presidential nominee — on Friday.

The move “violated the basic norms of international relations”, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

“We require the US Senate to stop the deliberation on the relevant bill, and we also hope that the US administration will stop and put an end to the political fuss,” he said at a regular briefing.

On Sunday the Global Times, a paper with close ties to China’s ruling party, posted an editorial on its website saying the move was “no big deal”.

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But Hong said: “If the bill is passed, it will cause grave consequences.”

A committee of the US House of Representatives is now considering a similar bill. If passed, the legislation would require President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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