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Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan as China exerts influence

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan as China exerts influence

World
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Taiwan has lost its second ally in a week as the Micronesian nation of Kiribati severed diplomatic ties with Taipei on Friday in favor of fostering relations with Beijing. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kiribati had notified it of its intent to terminate diplomatic relations. In response, Taipei cut ties with Tarawa "effective immediately" while ending all bilateral cooperative projects and recalling all embassy, technical mission and medical personnel stationed in the country. "The [Taiwanese] government deeply regrets and strongly condemns the Kiribati government's decision, which disregards the multifaceted assistance and sincere friendship extended by Taiwan to Kiribati over the years," the ministry said. According to the statement, China had offered Kiri...
In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies

In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies

Business
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. The annual National Defense Report of the Ministry of Defense outlines strategies for countering China, and Taiwan's continued role as a "defender of peace" in the region. It encourages the Indo-Pacific Strategy of defense -- which involves the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore South Korea and the Philippines -- and notes the growth of the indigenous Taiwanese defense industry. Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China, is an island nation off the coast of China and is regarded by China as a breakaway province, eventually to return. Its 2019 defense budget of $ 11.1 billion is dwar...
Cern cuts ties with 'sexist' scientist Alessandro Strumia

Cern cuts ties with 'sexist' scientist Alessandro Strumia

Science
The European particle physics research centre Cern has cut ties with the scientist who said that women were less able at physics than men.Cern has decided not to extend Professor Alessandro Strumia’s status of guest professor.The decision follows an investigation into comments, first reported by BBC News, made by Prof Strumia at a Cern workshop on gender equality. Prof Strumia told BBC News that he stood by his remarks."Some people hated hearing about higher male variance: this idea comes from Darwin, like other offensive ideas that got observational support," he told BBC News."Science is not about being offended when facts challenge ideas held as sacred".Last September, Professor Strumia stated that “physics was inve...
Suits and ties now optional: Goldman Sachs says it's relaxing its dress code

Suits and ties now optional: Goldman Sachs says it's relaxing its dress code

Finance
Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday that it is relaxing the dress code for all its employees, a move once considered unimaginable for the Wall Street firm's leagues of monk-shoed partners and bankers in bespoke suits. The new "firm wide flexible dress code" was announced in an internal memo, which said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment." The memo sent to the bank's some 36,000 employees was penned by Chief Executive Officer David Solomon, a former investment banker who took the role in October, along with Chief Financial Officer Stephen Scherr and Chief Operating Officer John Waldron. ...
FA Cup fifth round draw in full: Ties confirmed as Manchester United take on Chelsea

FA Cup fifth round draw in full: Ties confirmed as Manchester United take on Chelsea

Sports
Last 16 The highlight of the draw sees a mouth-watering tie at Stamford Bridge The draw for the FA Cup fifth round has been completed and Manchester United will face Chelsea for a place in the quarter-finals. Tottenham, West Ham, Everton and Newcastle were among a host of Premier League big guns to be dumped out in the fourth round over the weekend. The draw for the FA Cup fifth round has been completed AFC Wimbledon and Millwall claimed memorable cup upsets while Newport and Shrewsbury are still in the competition after securing replays against Middlesbrough and Wolves. Chelsea, who won the historic tournament last season, beat Sheffield Wednesday yesterday while both Manchester giants are still going for glory this term. The Blues will...