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A widely criticized Australian newspaper cartoon showing tennis legen
d Serena Williams jumping up and down next to a
broken racket and a pa cifier which she had spat out was not racist, according to the country’s media watchdog.
The Australian Press Council ruled that the dr
awing, published by Murdoch group newspaper the Hera ld Sun, did not breach Australia’s press standards and instead was capturing Williams’ “on-co
urt tantrum” at the 2018 US Open final “using sat
ire, caricature, exaggeration and humor.” The cartoon was published shortly after the bad-tempered final, in which Wi
lliams had a dispute with the umpire over his allegedly sexist treatment. The pr
ess watchdog received a number of complaint
s about the image, which drew international condemnation. The press council said the newspaper “was depicting the moment when, in a high
ly animated tantrum, Ms Williams smashed a racquet and loudly abused the ch
air umpire, calling him a thief, a liar and threatening that he would never umpire her matches again.
erse expertise should be established, while personalized and differentiated financial products that suit market demand should be developed, he said.
The number of small and medium-sized financ
ial institutions as well as their proportion o f businesses should be increased, while financial services to the small and micro firms as well as agr
iculture, rural areas and rural people should be i
mproved, Xi said.Xi stressed the need to establish a standard, tra nsparent, open, dynamic and resilient capital market that has sound fundamental institutional arrangements, pr
agement on market access and exit and tightened full-process supervision on transactions. He said that financial services conducive to the development of industr
ial, market, regional and green developm
ent systems of a modernized economy shall be provided. An all-around and multi-level financial service system including ve
nture capitals, bank loans and bond and stock markets shall be put in place, he said.
Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent missile display as thousands of de
monstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event
that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations. On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed over the walls of the US E
mbassy in T
ehran and seized dozens of Americans, holding them hostage for 444 days. The former embassy compound is known locally as the “den of espionage,” and protests take place in front of it annually.
One of Ir
an’s most powerful missiles, the Qadr, was prominently featured Saturday, along with anti-US and anti-Israel signs and chanting. The medium-range missile is liquid-fueled, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), a
ccording to the semiofficial Fars News agency, whic
h says it can reach as far as Israel. ”The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positi
ons and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” Fars reported.
Trump says Iran violating nuclear agreement, threatens to pull out of deal
Crowds chanted slogans condemning Washington’s policies toward Iran and shouted “Down With the US.”
The US-Iranian relationship has grown even more strained in recent months, espec
ially after President Donald Trump publicly renounced the Iran nuclear deal in October, refusing to recer
tify the 2015 multilateral agreement in an effort to initiate tougher and more wide-ranging restrictions on Tehran.
Council, was critical of Trump at a rally Saturday.
”The US has long been dealt blows by our country
and our region and thus regularly bares its warmongering teeth,” Shamkhani said, according to state-run Press TV. ”And when a missile is tested thousands of kilometers away, after (issuing emp
ty) threats, all their preside nt does is put out a tweet,” he said in an apparent reference to North Korea’s missile tests.
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Shamkhani said the United States is rethinking the election of Trump.
an politicians and people are having second thoughts about their choice of presi dent and acknowledge that the US has been defeated in materializing its foreign policy,” Shamkhani said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sai
d this week that Iran must resist the United States. ”Giving in to the US will make it impudent; the only way is to resist,” Khamenei said.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 M
unich Security Conference. Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayeri
scher Hof Hotel. The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s an
d policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order. Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mi
ngle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.