TAIPEI, TAIWAN - China-Southeast Asian maritime exercises proposed for next year will ease a stalemated dispute over the South China Sea by letting adversaries meet one another’s front-line personnel and work on common issues, experts in the region say. Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan agreed Monday to plan for the first maritime exercise with ships from China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Singaporean defense ministry said on its website. Singapore will lead the association next year. Beijing has angered four Southeast Asian states by expanding its coast guard and military presence in the South China Sea, a 3.5 million-square-kilometer tract of water rich in fisheries and fuel reserves. Claims by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines overlap that of China, which calls nearly the whole sea its own. Joint exercises would break down suspicion by letting naval personnel meet one another, … [Read more...] about China-ASEAN Naval Exercise Hopes to Build Rapport Among Rivals
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For over a decade, a simple rule of thumb predicts the outcome of most cases before the Supreme Court that impact intellectual property rights: Just select the outcome that will advance the interests of tech platforms. Wrapped in the flag of “information wants to be free,” tech platforms have repeatedly persuaded the Court that robust enforcement of IP rights is bad for consumers and innovators. This is the Silicon Valley equivalent of “What’s good for GM is good for America.” In fact, there is strong reason to believe that the Court’s continuous dilution of IP rights is not good for America. The Court’s decision last week in Google v. Oracle illustrates its predilection for endorsing the weak-IP policies advanced by tech platforms . The Court applied the fair use doctrine to shield Google from liability for having copied over 11,000 lines of code from Oracle’s copyright-protected Java programming language. The end-result: Google owes nothing to the first mover in an … [Read more...] about Have tech platforms captured the Supreme Court?
WASHINGTON — House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” and reflected his violent rhetoric when they set out to storm the building and stop the joint session of Congress that was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election. The prosecutors were wrapping up their opening presentation, describing in stark, personal terms the horror they faced that day and unearthing the many public and explicit instructions Trump gave his supporters — both in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack and at his midday rally that unleashed the mob on the Capitol. Videos of rioters, some posted to social medial by themselves, talked about how they were doing it all for Trump. “We were invited here,” said one. “Trump sent us,” said another. “He’ll be happy. We’re fighting for Trump.” Five people died. “They truly believed that the whole intrusion was at the president’s orders,” said Rep. Diana DeGette of … [Read more...] about Trump impeachment trial: Rioters acted on Trump’s “orders,” Democrats say
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for April 16 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. This parenting thing can be tough at times. We carry around a burden of not doing it right and imagining our kids sitting on a counselor’s couch talking about how screwed up their parents were. Trust me, we are not perfect parents , and neither are you. And believe it or not, your imperfect parenting will not destroy your kids. And you don’t need to carry around a backpack of guilt any longer. My wife Ann knows that backpack well. I’ll let her explain... GREG LAURIE: LEGENDARY BILLY GRAHAM – 10 THINGS THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU ABOUT THE WORLD-FAMOUS EVANGELIST Guilt had become my ever-present luggage – a weight I never welcomed and never anticipated would so severely hinder my movements as a mom. But it did … especially on this day. The day was typical, starting off with high hopes and … [Read more...] about Dave and Ann Wilson: It’s what every parent fears – I’ve messed up my kids. Here’s what happened to us
The full House of Representatives is set for a vote in the coming days to make the District of Columbia a state. The bill is a priority for Democrats and the White House. Senators are calling for the killing of the filibuster rule to allow D.C. to become a state with just 51 votes after a tie breaker by Vice President Kamala Harris. There has been comparatively little debate of the bill in the House, where perfunctory hearings rushed it to the floor. What was missing by design in the House was any acknowledgment, let alone consideration, of alternatives to creating the first Vatican-like city-state in the country. Most importantly, there was no discussion of what district citizens could gain from an alternative to statehood — retrocession. The country remains sharply divided over D.C. statehood despite years of advocacy and overwhelming media support. In January, a Harris/Hill poll showed 52 percent of respondents favoring statehood while 48 percent opposed it. In March, … [Read more...] about How to solve the statehood issue