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Tokyo governor to hold media conference at 1100 GMT – NHK – The London Free Press



TOKYO — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will hold a media conference at 1100 GMT to make another appeal to the public to curb activities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, public broadcaster NHK reported, as infections pick up in Japan’s biggest city,

Koike last week appealed to Tokyo residents to avoid all but necessary outings over the weekend, as daily infections in the city have hit record levels over the past few days. (Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Benoit Paire's New Look: Social Media Roundup – ATP Tour



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Benoit Paire has been entertaining his fans on social media. looks at what your favourite players have been up to

Your favourite players are finding plenty of ways to keep busy this week. From Benoit Paire’s hair dye experiments, to Kei Nishikori tinkering with his game, find out how the world’s best players have been spending their days.

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Days after bleaching his hair blond, Paire opted for bright pink.

Nishikori tried out hitting with a one-handed backhand.

Fabio Fognini successfully underwent arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.

Matteo Berrettini tried to get a solo shot, but kept being photobombed.

Cristian Garin celebrated his 24th birthday.

Stan Wawrinka enjoyed a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Diego Schwartzman worked on mastering the art of the bathroom selfie.

Thiago Monteiro made the most of his 26th birthday.

Robert Farah amplified his pool time by cuddling with his dog.

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When Almost All the Media Votes One Way – Wall Street Journal



President Trump arrives to speak with reporters in the White House, May 22.


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Regarding Van Gordon Sauter’s “The ‘Liberal Leaning’ Media Has Passed Its Tipping Point” (op-ed, May 26): The real issue with the media isn’t that it leans in the liberal direction. The problem is that it leans in any direction and that this situation is recognized and accepted.

Mike Kudia

Schaumburg, Ill.

Mr. Sauter demonstrates a remarkable lack of self-awareness. I have not forgotten CBS News’ antics of the precise kind described in his remarks during the tenure of President Ronald Reagan (when the writer was, after all, president of CBS News). In fact, no Republican national officeholder or aspirant has escaped the very same degree of broadcast media contumely, character assassination and withholding of evenhanded treatment since the Eisenhower administration.

What is unique about this media and the Trump administration is President Trump’s refusal to allow himself to be mischaracterized and slandered by these partisan zealots.

Even Republican political figures who strove throughout their careers to attain a favorable relationship with this politicized lynch mob, such as John McCain and Mitt Romney, awoke after the conventions to find that once a Republican “moderate” becomes the presidential nominee of his party, he is to be vilified, mocked, abused and slandered by the same media figures who months before (and forever after losing the election) lavished him with laudatory coverage. I see nothing but “more of the same” coming from these people.

David deForrest

Jacksonville, Fla.

I think what is being confused here are principles versus financial policies. My newspaper experience started more than half a century ago. In those days every single journalist I knew was a liberal activist, but the newspaper proprietors supported the Republican Party. Writers had to be scrupulously accurate for their articles to pass editorial challenge. In the best case there was little or no bias, only a careful disclosure of all the facts, resulting in the kind of unbiased reporting that was universally admired. We were told we couldn’t distort by omission.

Media empires still want to dominate the world and global trade has offered that promise on a tantalizing scale. No wonder the quality of the reporting itself has slipped.

Meryle Secrest


The left doesn’t believe it is left of center. It believes it is the center. To concede that it is left of center leaves open the possibility that someone other than them, (perhaps the right?) could occupy the center. If one believes the center is, shall we say, fair and balanced, that can never be anybody but them. For the left, there is no left, only the center and the radicals on the right. It is also my observation that many people on the right believe exactly the opposite.

Robert Miller

Delray Beach, Fla.

It isn’t just the media that exudes bias. At dinner I asked my Google assistant two questions: “What are Nancy Pelosi’s accomplishments as speaker of the House?” The robotic voice quickly rattled off three, all of which were during her first term as speaker. I then asked Google what accomplishments Donald Trump has achieved as president. The reply: “Sorry, I don’t have any information on that.”

Flo Tonelli

Littleton, Colo.

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Chinese media, Hong Kong government bristle at Trump's pledge of curbs, sanctions – The Globe and Mail



People watch a TV news show about the new national security legislation in Hong Kong, on May 28, 2020.

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China’s state media and the government of Hong Kong lashed out on Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to end Hong Kong’s special status if Beijing imposes new national security laws on the city, which is bracing for fresh protests.

Trump on Friday pledged to “take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory,” and to impose sanctions on unspecified individuals over Beijing’s new laws on the Asian financial centre.

But China’s state media pushed back, saying this would hurt the United States more than China.

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“The baton of sanctions that the United States is brandishing will not scare Hong Kong and will not bring China down,” China’s Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, wrote in a commentary. It used the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” meaning “Voice of China,” often used to give the paper’s view on foreign policy issues.

The Global Times wrote, “China has already prepared for the worst. No matter how far the U.S. goes, China will keep its company.”

A Hong Kong government spokesman expressed regret the United States continued to “smear and demonize the legitimate rights and duty of our sovereign” to safeguard national security.

In a sign of diplomatic manoeuvring, the U.S. government said it would put one of its prime Hong Kong properties up for sale – a luxury residential complex worth up to HK$5 billion ($650 million).

A spokesman for the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong said this was part of a global program that “reinforces the U.S. government’s presence in Hong Kong” through reinvestment in other areas.

China and Hong Kong officials have justified the laws that will be directly imposed by China to restore order to a city that has been racked by sometimes violent anti-China, anti-government protests over the past year. They said the laws will only apply to a small number of “troublemakers.”

Protesters, however, have said they are railing against China’s deep encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms despite Beijing’s promise to grant the city a high degree of autonomy under a so-called “one-country, two systems” formula since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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More protests are planned in the coming weeks.

Countries including the United States, Canada and Britain have expressed deep concerns about the law, with Britain saying it may grant expanded visa rights to large numbers of Hong Kongers.

Demosisto, an advocacy group led by prominent young Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, said the security law will be “the death of freedom in Hong Kong.”

A senior Hong Kong official, Erick Tsang, said he couldn’t care less if he were sanctioned by the Washington. “I wouldn’t even go to Canada, just in case they try to catch me” there, Tsang told local radio.

Details of the laws remain unclear, even to Hong Kong officials, but are expected to be enacted by China’s parliament this summer. The laws will outlaw secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong, and will be imposed without any local legislative scrutiny.

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