I can’t believe this story hasn’t gotten out, and neither can the very very few people who know about it.
On Thursday Nov. 9, when President Trump and his team visited Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football.
I’ve spoken to five sources familiar with the events. Here’s what happened, as they describe it:
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But several Afghan officials have confirmed the plans, on the record.
China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. But Afghan security officials have confirmed the original report, and offered additional details of the secretive Chinese presence in the region.
In January, reports emerged that Beijing and Kabul had come to an agreement for China to build and supply a military base in Badakhshan, the remote panhandle of Afghanistan that borders China and Tajikistan.
But at a January 25 press briefing, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian denied those claims. “The so-called issue that China is building a military base in Afghanistan is groundless,” he said.
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Esmond Martin, a U.S. investigator who spent years going undercover to expose the worldwide ivory trade from slaughter to marketplace, was found stabbed to death Sunday in his Nairobi home.
Police in Kenya haven’t made an arrest or named a suspect, according to the Associated Press. They said it appears that Martin, 75, was the victim of a botched robbery, but the investigation is continuing.
Martin’s wife, Chryssee Martin, became worried after Martin didn’t respond to phone calls, and she went to check on him at their home in a suburb southwest of the city’s business district. She found him in the afternoon, dead on the bed with a stab wound to the neck, authorities said.
He had recently returned from a trip to Burma, according to the BBC, and was writing up his findings about the ivory trade there.
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Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world’s fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the Shanghai skyline).
the IKEA PS 2014 collection has been designed to cater to young urbanites who live in smaller, compact spaces, or who are continuously on the move. in essence it is, ‘… a series of products that offer cutting-edge design that remains affordable,’ says peter klinkert, project manager for the IKEA PS collections.
with this in mind, the 50+ pieces that comprise the series, are not just core functional objects such as sofas or beds, but work to respond to how young people live, focussing particularly on modularity, movability and multifunctionality.
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A former CIA officer has been arrested in the US on charges of unlawful retention of classified information.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised US citizen, was held at New York’s JFK airport on Monday, the US justice department said.
He worked for the CIA between 1994 and 2007, when he left for Hong Kong.
The case is thought to be linked to an FBI investigation. which began in 2012, into the crippling of the CIA’s spy operation in China.
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