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Trump in Asia

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, passing through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. From trade to etiquette, each stop will have its own challenges. So here is a (non-exhaustive) beginner’s guide to the issues at stake. The journey begins in the shadow of North Korea Mr Trump starts off by visiting Washington’s closest Asian friends: Japan and South Korea. But it’s North Korea they will be talking about. Pyongyang has already sent two long range missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test. Despite harsher sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has shown no sign of slowing down the pace of weapons development. Skittish observers wonder if the visit will prompt Pyo...

Argentina former Vice-President Amado Boudou arrested

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Boudou was arrested in an upper class neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. The Argentine police have arrested a second high-level official in the administration of former President Cristina Fernandez on suspicion of corruption. Amado Boudou was her economy minister and vice-president and faces three charges of “illicit enrichment” dating back to 2009. Last month Mrs Fernandez’s former planning minister was arrested. Amado Boudou has denied any wrong-doing. The three charges against him refer to 2009, the year when he was promoted from heading Argentina’s social security administration to become Mrs Fernandez’s economy minister. He became vice-president in 2011, when she was re-elected. Mr’s Fernandez’s former Plan...

Colombia signs $300m UN deal to fight cocaine production

Image copyright AFP Image caption Farmers will be compensated if they switch from growing coca (shown) to safer crops Colombia has signed a $300m (£230m) agreement with the United Nations aimed at reducing the production of cocaine. Farmers who switch from growing coca – the raw material used to make cocaine – to safer crops will be compensated. The head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said it was an “opportunity to turn the tide against Colombia’s coca cultivation”. Colombia is ranked as one of the main drug-growing nations in the world by the UNODC. Speaking in Vienna, the head of the UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said: “This historic agreement is a unique opportunity to turn the tide against Colombia’s coca cultivation and help farmer...

Texas releases disabled migrant girl Rosa Maria Hernandez

Image copyright Family handout Image caption It is not clear if Rosa Maria Hernandez will be allowed to stay in the US A 10-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant with cerebral palsy, detained last month after undergoing surgery in Texas, has been released to her family. The release of Rosa Maria Hernandez was confirmed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro. Her detention, which came after border agents stopped the ambulance taking her to hospital, caused an outcry. Mr Castro said it was still not clear if she faced deportation from the US. The ACLU had filed a lawsuit earlier this week seeking the child’s release. “Rosa Maria is finally free,” said ACLU lawyer Michael Tan in a statement on Friday. “We’re thrilled tha...

What US family told police about alleged pirate attack on merchant ship in Brazil

An American family found days after an alleged pirate attack on a merchant ship in Brazil told authorities that while they weren’t kidnapped, they were held hostage by the river pirates for several hours, according to police. The family of four from California — Adam Harris Harteau, his wife, Emily Faith Harteau, and their two children — were aboard a merchant ship traveling from the city of Belem to Macapa when the vessel was attacked by pirates on Sunday, according to police. The family was found Wednesday in Vila Curumu in the state of Para in Brazil, police said. Today, police in Brazil told reporters that the Harteaus told them after the heavily armed pirates attacked, the family was held in one of the ship’s rooms for several hours — from 3:30 p.m. to midnight...

Beyonce Pays Homage To Lil’ Kim, All in Costumes

Beyonce Check Me Out I’m 5 Different Lil’ Kims!!! 11/3/2017 4:13 PM PDT Beyonce was Lil’ Kim for Halloween but she didn’t just have one costume in her closet … she had 5!  Bey shared the looks on her Instagram Friday, a few days post-Halloween, and it’s impressive. There’s 1997 Lil’ Kim in a fluorescent fur from her “No Way Out” tour, and Lil’ Kim’s signature blue Chanel wig from her Manhattan File Magazine cover, plus the costume Bey was pictured in at a Halloween party where she went as Kim from Missy Elliott’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” video. Noticeably missing, though, was Lil’ Kim’s 1999 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet look, but the admiration is real. No word of a collab … y...

Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe Sues, Hoops League Screwed Me Big Time

Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe Sues Hoops League Screwed Me Big Time 11/3/2017 4:17 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE Ex-NBA stars Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Henry Bibby claim they got “conned” into joining a new basketball league … only to get screwed out of thousands of dollars.  Both guys are suing the Champions League — a 5-on-5 full court league comprised mainly of retired NBA players and coaches.  Monroe and Bibby claim they were promised serious cash to join — but the money never came. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ Sports, Monroe accepted a job as Sr. VP and GM of the Gotham Ballers — and was supposed to get $110k … but he only got $30k instead. Bibby says he was supposed to get $60k for coaching the Phoenix Desert Cats — but...

Doc Rivers willing to get ejected from Celtics game to watch Tiger

7:48 PM ET Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers once tried to get ejected from an NBA game when he was coach of the Boston Celtics — so he could watch Tiger Woods playing in the Masters. Tiger Woods, who said he can’t believe how far he’s hitting the ball while preparing for his return to golf, said it’s time for the sport to make changes to the ball. Rivers, during a recent news conference told the story from years ago when Woods was making a run at the green jacket. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told him during the late-season game at halftime what was occurring and suggested Rivers attempt to get thrown out so he could watch Woods. The Celtics’ playoff fate was already determined, so Rivers figured he’d try. And early in the third quarter, he v...

10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy released

U.S. authorities on Friday released a 10-year-old immigrant girl with cerebral palsy who had been detained by border agents after surgery because she is in the U.S. without legal permission. The ACLU and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said that Rosa Maria Hernandez was returned Friday afternoon to her family. Her parents brought her into the U.S. from Mexico in 2007, when she was a toddler, and they live in the Texas border city of Laredo. A cousin who is an American citizen took Rosa Maria from Laredo to a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi on Oct. 24, where she was scheduled to have emergency gallbladder surgery. To get to Corpus Christi, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) away, she had to pass through an interior checkpoint in South Texas operated by the Border Patrol. Border Patrol ag...