Trump kicks off presidential campaign with low-key events

       

Former US president Donald Trump speaks at a 2024 election campaign event in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan 28, 2023. Trump hits the campaign trail Saturday for the first time in a third bid for the US presidency overshadowed by intensifying criminal investigations and a firestorm of political controversy. The twice-impeached Republican, whose party lost the White House and both chambers of Congress during his …

Memphis disbands police unit in fatal beating as protests mount

       

Protestors rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, at Washington Square Park in New York City, on Jan 28, 2023. The city of Memphis on Jan 27, 2023 released a graphic video, depicting the fatal police assault of Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man. (PHOTO / AFP) MEMPHIS, Tenn – The specialized police unit that included at least some of the Memphis officers involved …

Retired general Pavel wins Czech presidential election

       

Presidential candidate Petr Pavel, former Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, and his wife Eva arrive for a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan 28, 2023, after Pavel became the fourth president of the Czech Republic according to official results. (PHOTO / AFP) PRAGUE – The second round of the Czech presidential election concluded Saturday, with retired general Petr Pavel …

Peruvian president urges Congress to approve early polls

       

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte addresses lawmakers after being sworn-in at Congress in Lima, Peru on Dec 7, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) LIMA – Peruvian President Dina Boluarte on Friday called on Congress to move general elections forward to December 2023, in order to get the country out of the "quagmire" with near-daily protests. The Peruvian government initially proposed holding the elections in April 2024, rather …

Greek govt survives motion of censure over wiretapping affair

       

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a parliament debate in Athens, Aug 26, 2020. (PHOTO / AP) ATHENS – A motion of censure against the Greek government over allegations of extensive wiretapping was outvoted on Friday, Greek national broadcaster ERT has reported. The motion was tabled by the main opposition party, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, over alleged surveillance of ministers, legislators, military officers, journalists, and businessmen …

Video shows Memphis police officers kicking, beating Tyre Nichols

       

This still image from a Memphis Police Department body-cam video released by the city of Memphis on Jan 27, 2023, shows Tyre Nichols handcuffed on the ground surrounded by police officers, in Memphis, Tennessee. (PHOTO / AFP) MEMPHIS, Tenn – Tyre Nichols, a Black motorist stopped by Memphis police earlier this month, is seen pummeled into submission while crying "Mom, mom," as five police officers …

Moscow orders Latvian ambassador to leave Russia

       

This photo taken on March 10, 2022 shows the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / XINHUA) MOSCOW – The Latvian ambassador to Russia, Maris Riekstins, should leave Russia within two weeks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Latvian Charge d'Affaires Dace Rutka was summoned to the ministry in protest over Latvia's decision to lower the level of Russian-Latvian diplomatic relations, the ministry said in a …

Czechs vote in 2nd round of presidential election

       

People cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections on Jan 27, 2023 in Cernoucek village, Czech Republic. (PHOTO / AFP) PRAGUE – Voters in the Czech Republic began to cast their ballots on Friday afternoon in the second round of this year's presidential election. The first round was held on Jan 13-14. Since postal ballots is not an option, Czechs living …

Rwanda accuses DR Congo of abandoning peace deal

       

In this Aug 11, 2022 photo, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta speaks during a news conference with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not in photograph) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Kigali, Rwanda. (PHOTO / POOL / AP) KIGALI – Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta has accused Democratic Republic of Congo authorities of abandoning last year's agreement …

Mexico finds over 50 kids from Guatemala in migrant truck

       

In this file photograph dated Aug 26, 2021, unaccompanied Guatemalan children who were deported by plane from Mexico arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. (PHOTO / AP) MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities on Thursday stopped a crowded truck transporting nearly 70 migrants from Guatemala, mostly unaccompanied children, the country's National Institute of Migration (INM) said in a statement. The INM said federal …

Toyota Tsusho, IIJ, NEC, and NTT Com Sign Contract with Uzbektelecom for Telecommunications Infrastructure Development Project

       

TOKYO, Jan 27, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Toyota Tsusho Corporation (“Toyota Tsusho”), Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (“IIJ”), NEC Corporation (“NEC”), and NTT Communications Corporation (“NTT Com”) announced today the conclusion of a contract with JSC Uzbektelecom (“Uzbektelecom”), a state-owned telecommunications operator in Uzbekistan, for a telecommunications infrastructure development project (“the Project”) to provide data center and telecommunications infrastructure for an advanced data …

SCIB Enforces Rights to Withdraw from Project

       

KUCHING, MALAYSIA, Jan 27, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Civil engineering specialist Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) today announced that the Company has issued a letter of withdrawal to Kencana Healthcare Sdn. Bhd. (KHSB) for the proposed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contracts involving a specialist hospital project located in Johor Bahru. Group MD and CEO of SCIB, Encik Rosland bin Othman …

Haiti police block streets, break into airport over officer killings

       

A woman with her daughter walks past a barricade that was set up by members of the police as they protest bad police governance, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan 26, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitian police officers on Thursday blocked streets and forced their way into the country's main airport to protest the recent killing of officers by armed gangs expanding their grip …

Former Czech general Pavel commands lead ahead of run-off

       

Presidential candidate in Czech presidential election 2023 and former Czech army chief Petr Pavel speaks to his supporters during an election campaign rally in the Old Town Square on Jan 25, 2023 in Prague. (PHOTO / AFP) PRAGUE – Former Czech army chief Petr Pavel, a mainstream pro-Western candidate backing aid for Ukraine, held a commanding lead over billionaire ex-premier Andrej Babis as Czechs headed …

Peru recalls envoy to Honduras for ‘unacceptable interference’

       

Peru's President Dina Boluarte gives a press conference with foreign media at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Jan 24, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) Peru withdrew its ambassador to Honduras, Jorge Raffo, due to Honduras' "unacceptable interference" in the internal affairs of Peru, the South American nation's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The step is part of a deepening showdown between Peru President Dina Boluarte …

Archaeologist hails possibly ‘oldest’ mummy yet found in Egypt

       

Recently discovered artifacts are displayed during a press conference at the site of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, 24 kilometers southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Jan 26, 2023. (AMR NABIL / AP) CAIRO – Egyptologists have uncovered a Pharaonic tomb near the capital Cairo containing what may be the oldest and "most complete" mummy yet to be discovered in the country, the excavation team …

TMC Announces Changes to Executive Structure

       

Toyota City, Japan, Jan 27, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today that it intends to implement changes to its executive structure effective April 1, 2023, and changes to its Board of Directors effective the date of its 119th Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting as described below. 1. Changes to executive structure effective April 1, 2023 Takeshi Uchiyamada will resign …

Kenyan court convicts Venezuelan diplomat for envoy’s murder

       

Venezuelan diplomat Dwight Sagaray (center) attends on April 7, 2014 at the high-court in Nairobi, his trial for the murder of former acting Venezuelan ambassador to Kenya, Olga Fonseca in July 2012. (TONY KARUMBA / AFP) NAIROBI – A Kenyan court on Wednesday found a Venezuelan diplomat guilty of murdering the Latin American nation's acting ambassador a decade ago at her home in an upmarket …

Eccentric Engine launches Virtual Retail Cloud at NADA 2023

       

DALLAS, TX, Jan 26, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Eccentric Engine (Eccentric Inc.), a 3D visualization platform company and home to top automotive brands in India in their digital transformation journey, is gearing up to deliver ‘Virtual Retail Cloud’, its flagship offering, to U.S. auto dealerships from January, 2023. Escalade-Sport in the Dublin Cadillac Virtual Showroom Varun Shah, CEO & CO-Founder of Eccentric …