Fact check: Did the US State Department announce a travel ban on VP Robredo? (Agence France-Presse) - February 1, 2019 - 12:54pm No, the US State Department has not announced travel sanctions on Vice President Leni Robredo An article that has been shared thousands of times since it was first posted on Facebook in 2017 claims that the "US Department of States" has imposed travel sanctions on Vice President Leonor 'Leni' Robredo. Robredo traveled to the US in October 2018 and a search of the official website of the US State Department showed no such announcement has been made. The article, which was first shared March 20, 2017, has been posted in Facebook groups with more than two million followers between them. The article says: “U.S department of States has announced travel sanction against the Philippines Vice president, Leni Robredo for her continued effort to destabilize the government. Leni, who resigned from … [Read more...] about Fact check: Did the US State Department announce a travel ban on VP Robredo?
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SEPANG: Malaysia has imposed a temporary ban on the import of pork and pork products from countries suffering an epidemic of the African Swine Fever (ASF) disease, according to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Sim Tze Tzin (pix). He added that the ban also includes pork and pork products carried as hand luggage by passengers travelling through sea and air routes, so as to prevent the disease from entering Malaysia. He said so far 10 countries have been reported to suffer the ASF disease, namely China, Mongolia, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Chad in Africa. “Beginning this week, locals and tourists are expected to arrive in Malaysia for the Chinese New Year festival, especially from China, Macau and Hong Kong,” he said. “They usually buy pork products as gifts. So we are increasing checks at all entry points in the country,” he said in a press conference held at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 … [Read more...] about Temporary ban on import of pork, pork products from countries with ASF epidemic
South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires (Associated Press) - August 14, 2018 - 11:41am SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will ban driving recalled BMWs that haven't received safety checks following dozens of fires the German automaker has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas component. South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday the ban taking effect Wednesday affects about 20,000 vehicles. Drivers cannot use the cars except for taking them to safety checks. While violating the ban is punishable by up to 1 year in prison, the ministry said the focus will be on persuading drivers to take their vehicles for safety checks as soon as possible. However, the government will "aggressively" pursue charges against drivers if their vehicles catch fire after they had continuously defied the ban, ministry official Kim Gyeong-wook said. Nearly 40 fires of BMW vehicles this year are suspected to … [Read more...] about South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires
By Catherine Lucey The Associated Press Ken Thomas Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Trump spoke during a White House ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation’s public safety officers. “We must move past clichés and tired debates and focus on evidence based solutions and security measures that actually work,” Trump said. Read more: U.S. cities and states move to ban bump stocks, device used in Las Vegas mass shooting Article Continued Below Once an obscure device, ‘bump stocks’ are in the spotlight after Las Vegas shooting NRA open to new rules on ‘bump stock’ devices that allow rapid … [Read more...] about Trump calls for ban on ‘bump stocks,’ the gun modification used in the Las Vegas massacre
A top GOP donor threatened to withhold funds from Republican lawmakers unless they support an assault weapons ban. His comments came just days after a deadly high-school shooting in Florida killed 17. The shooting sparked nationwide outrage and an impassioned debate on gun control. A major Republican donor issued a remarkable ultimatum on Saturday, vowing to withhold money from GOP candidates unless they support a ban on selling military-style guns to civilians. “It’s the end of the road for me,” Al Hoffman Jr., a prominent Florida real-estate developer, told The New York Times. “For how many years now have we been doing this – having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings – and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done?” Hoffman’s comments came just days after a gunman opened fire on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, … [Read more...] about A top GOP donor says he won’t write another check to Republicans until they support an assault weapons ban