In an acknowledgment that the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have been talking at cross-purposes, US Secretary of State M
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Qiu Yanpeng (middle), deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press confer
ence for the upcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liber
ation Army Navy at the press center in Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ap
ril 20, 2019. About 200 journalists from home and abroad attended the press conference.Chinese Navy
will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in t
he sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shan
dong province, becoming the first foreign warship to arri
ve ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from
Monday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sympo
siums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
yers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considera
tions would usually include which request came first, and which alleged crime was more serious.
Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jere
my Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the US After Assange’s arrest, he prai
sed Assange for exposing US atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some Conservative Party members are also backing the move. Prom
inent lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office mini
ster, said the “minimizing of the issues in relation to sexual assault are really quite disturbing.”
He said the testimony of the women who have been involv
ed makes it “essential” that Assange face justice to either be cleared or convicted.
Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated.
Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that
the company announced in 2017 on t
he same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.
The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at
once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.
While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, chargi
ng three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challengi
ng. Furniture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three
phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.
In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will
not achieve our high standards.”
“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,”
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engin
eering, said in the statement. “We continue to believe that the future is
wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”