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Thailand unhappy with Israel’s entry ban over virus concerns

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Thailand’s government is scrambling to cope with new travel restrictions after Israel banned the citizens of Thailand and three other Asian countries and territories from entering over concerns about a new virus

BANGKOK —
Thailand’s government is scrambling to cope with new travel restrictions after Israel banned the citizens of Thailand and three other Asian countries and territories from entering over concerns about a new virus.

Israel on Monday announced it was refusing entry to all foreign nationals who traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau during the past 14 days. Israeli citizens and residents will be isolated at home for 14 days after their return from areas at risk.

Israel has so far confirmed no cases of COVID-19 infections inside the country.

Thai Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Natapanu Nopakun said the country’s ambassador ín Tel Aviv had asked Israel to review its decision to ban Thais.

“We believe that Israel will reconsider the decision as Thailand isn’t the only country affected from the announcement,” he told The Associated Press.

Israel had already in late January imposed a similar ban on foreign nationals entering from China.

The latest ban could inconvenience business travelers from Singapore, which like Israel is a major hub for high-tech projects.

The consequences for Thailand could be more substantial. About 25,000 Thai workers are employed in Israel, mostly in the agricultural sector. In many cases they are the main breadwinners for their families in Thailand’s economically disadvantaged northeast.

Separately, the Consular Affairs Department of Thailand’s Foreign Ministry urged Thais “who don’t have a need to live in China to consider traveling out of China while airlines still operate, and to refrain from traveling to China if it isn’t necessary at the moment.”

The statement didn’t apply to Hong Kong. The ministry said it was a normal travel advisory and did not amount to any order or instruction.

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Weather and protests hamper Ukraine quarantine efforts

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Ukraine’s effort to evacuate more than 70 people from China due to the outbreak of a new virus has faced obstacles

MOSCOW —
Ukraine’s effort to evacuate more than 70 people from China over the outbreak of a new virus faced setbacks Thursday as weather conditions delayed the return of the evacuees and protests broke out near a hospital where they are to be quarantined.

Dozens of local residents protested Thursday morning seeking to prevent the evacuees from being quarantined there because they fear being infected. People put up road blocks and burned tires, while Ukrainian media reported that there were clashes with police.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy weighed in saying that those demonstration show “not the best side of our character” and sought to assure people that the quarantined evacuees wouldn’t pose any danger to local residents.

In a statement published on his Facebook page, Zelenskiy said the people evacuated from China are healthy and will live in a closed medical center run by the National Guard in the village of Novi Sanzhary as a precaution.

“In the next two weeks it will probably be the most guarded facility in the country,” Zelenskiy said.

In the early hours of Thursday, a plan with plane with 45 Ukrainians and 27 other foreign nationals took off from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak that has infected more than 75,000 people worldwid e and killed over 2,100.

The plane stopped off in Kazakhstan to drop off two Kazakh passengers. Later, it sought to land in Kharkiv, a city in northeastern Ukraine, but could not due to bad weather conditions.

Instead it flew to Kyiv to refuel, and eventually arrived inKharkiv.

Also Thursday, the Russian Embassy in Japan said that two more Russians aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus, the Russian Embassy in Japan said. That raises to three the number of Russians on the ship confirmed to have the virus.

The two will be transferred to a hospital in Japan for treatment, according to the embassy.

The Diamond Princess has been docked in the Yokohama port near Tokyo since Feb. 4, when 10 people on board tested positive for the virus. So far 621 cases of the virus, which has been named COVID-19, have been confirmed among the the Diamond Princess’s original 3,711 people on board.

Russia so far has reported only two cases of the disease on its soil. Two Chinese nationals diagnosed with the virus and hospitalized in two different regions of Siberia in late January have recovered and have been released from hospitals.

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See more AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak

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Cruise ship turned away in other ports docks in Cambodia

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A cruise ship that had been stranded at sea for about two weeks after being refused entry by four Asian governments because of virus fears has finally docked in Cambodia

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia —
A cruise ship that had been stranded at sea for about two weeks after being refused entry by four Asian governments because of virus fears finally docked Thursday in Cambodia.

Cambodia agreed to let the MS Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville after Thailand barred it on Wednesday, following similar bans by Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines. They kept the ship away over concerns that it would expose them to the new virus from China.

The Westerdam was unwelcome elsewhere even though operator Holland America Line said no cases of the COVID-19 viral illness have been confirmed among its 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members.

The ship initially anchored offshore, where a team of health officials began checks. It then moved at sunset to a berth at the port in the Gulf of Thailand.

“Landed!” passenger Lydia Miller, who runs a small farm and inn in Washington State, exclaimed on Twitter. “Thank you Cambodia! You believed in us when no one else would. We promise to spend lots of money in your country. #westerdam”

Once health checks and immigration procedures are completed, the passengers are to disembark and be taken to Sihanoukville airport, from where they will fly to the capital, Phnom Penh, to catch flights home.

Some 20 passengers have reported stomachaches or fever, Cambodian health officials said. The ship’s health staff considered them to be normal illnesses, but the ill passengers were being isolated from others, Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said.

A military helicopter was used to carry samples from those passengers to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh for analysis.

She said if tests show that any passengers have the disease, they’ll be allowed to receive treatment in the country.

A team from the U.S. Embassy with consular, logistics and health personnel was on site to assist U.S. citizens.

“From the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, we will stick with you as long as it takes,” U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy said a a video posted online.

Personnel from several European embassies were also at the scene.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on his Facebook page that he would come to Sihanoukville on Friday to meet the passengers.

Earlier, in his first public comments about the ship, he said Cambodia had let the Westerdam dock for humanitarian reasons.

A strong supporter of China, he has played down any threat from the new virus and even threatened to kick out reporters or officials seen wearing protective face masks.

“Like I said, the real disease is fear, not the virus. We want to eliminate the fear of disease,” he said in an interview with Fresh News, an online news service close to his government.

Unlike other Asian nations, he has declined to ban direct flights between Cambodia and China, saying that would disturb bilateral relations and hurt his country’s economy. Cambodia has one confirmed case of the virus, a visitor from China, despite its popularity with Chinese tourists.

“If no one allows entry, Cambodia does. The kingdom does not just cooperate with China, but with all nations,” Hun Sen said in the interview. “Coronavirus is a global challenge, and … our humanitarian affairs have no borders.”

Acting as a good Samaritan is an unusual role for Hun Sen, who is often accused of being an authoritarian leader who abuses human rights and democratic norms.

The ship’s request to remain in Cambodia has been approved through next Monday.

The Westerdam began its cruise in Singapore last month and its last stop before it was refused further landings was in Hong Kong, where 51 cases of the disease and one death have been confirmed.

The virus has sickened tens of thousands of people in China since December, and 218 cases have been confirmed on another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, which made stops in Hong Kong and other ports before arriving in Japan last week.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier he was pleased Cambodia had agreed to accept the Westerdam and described it as an example of the international solidarity advocated by the U.N. health agency.

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Peck reported from Bangkok.

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US speeds cases of translators, others blocked by travel ban

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President Donald Trump’s administration has agreed to speed up the immigration cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq

SEATTLE —
President Donald Trump’s administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq and hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago.

The news was contained in a settlement filed in federal court in Seattle on Monday. It concerned more than 300 refugees who were on the verge of being permitted to come to America in 2017 when their applications were halted as part of Trump’s efforts to restrict travel from several mostly Muslim nations.

Some of those affected are close relatives of refugees who are already in the U.S., while others are from 11 countries, including Egypt, Iran and Somalia, that Trump singled out, citing security reasons.

“The government tried to keep refugee families apart under the pretense of national security,” said Lisa Nowlin, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, which sued along with several other organizations. “This settlement aims to undo the harmful effects of the illegal and misguided ban on refugees.”

The restrictions on refugees from the 11 countries and on relatives of those already in the U.S. — known as “follow-to-join” refugees — were companion measures to Trump’s broader travel bans on those seeking visas to enter the U.S., which the Supreme Court eventually allowed.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle — the same judge who blocked Trump’s initial, broader travel ban in early 2017 — blocked the companion refugee restrictions late that year in consolidated lawsuits that were brought by the ACLU, Jewish Family Services, International Refugee Assistance Project and other organizations. They alleged that the refugee bans were discriminatory and arbitrary and that they violated due process rights.

By the time Robart agreed to block the bans, hundreds of refugees had their cases upended, leaving them in administrative limbo. For many, background checks, medical clearances or other required documentation had expired by the time the bans were revoked. That meant they had to begin the process over again.

The plaintiffs included former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq, who sued under pseudonyms because they could face threats if their identities became public. Others were refugees who had petitioned to have their spouses and children join them in the U.S. from camps in Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere.

One plaintiff, Allen Vaught, a war veteran from Dallas, said the refugee ban “derailed efforts to get my last surviving Iraqi translator, who served bravely alongside U.S. military forces for many years, to the United States.”

Under the settlement, the refugees won’t automatically be admitted to the U.S., but the government agreed to move their cases to the front of the line for processing.

“What the administration did really messed up their cases,” said Mariko Hirose, litigation director of the New York-based International Refugee Assistance Project. “This settlement is aimed at making sure that people who were affected by the ban are able to get their cases adjudicated and hopefully come to the U.S. very quickly.”

The 11 countries were Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Pompeo in UK to talk Huawei, post-Brexit trade deal

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States and Britain will retain and enhance their special relationship after the U.K.’s departure from the European Union this week

LONDON —
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. and Britain would retain and enhance their special relationship once the U.K. leaves the European Union this week. He also said that American unhappiness with the British decision to allow the Chinese tech company Huawei to play a role in the country’s high-speed wireless network would not affect broader ties.

As President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial neared a close in Washington, Pompeo met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to re-register American concerns about Huawei. But he stressed that he expected they could be addressed as more details emerge on what limits will be placed on the company and with advances in communications technology.

Pompeo played down concerns that Huawei’s presence in Britain’s 5G network would severely disrupt intelligence sharing within the so-called “Five Eyes” partnership of English-speaking nations that includes the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“That relationship is deep. It is strong, it will remain,” Pompeo said at an event with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab before meeting Johnson. “I am confident that as we work together to figure out how to implement this decision that we’ll work to get this right.”

“We were trying to make the case, as we made the case with every country in the world, that we think putting Huawei technology anywhere in your system is very, very difficult to mitigate and therefore not worth the gamble,” he said.

“But as we move forward together to make sure that next generation of technology is right, is secure and operates a under a Western set of values and system, we’ll get to the right place,” Pompeo said.

The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei over concerns it could be compelled to help with electronic eavesdropping after Beijing enacted a 2017 national intelligence law. U.S. officials also worry that 5G networks would rely heavily on software, leaving them open to vulnerabilities, and have repeatedly warned they would have to reconsider intelligence sharing with allies that use Huawei. The company has denied the allegations.

On Tuesday, Britain decided to let Huawei have a limited role supplying new high-speed network equipment to wireless carriers, ignoring Washington’s warnings that it would sever intelligence sharing if the company wasn’t banned.

Britain’s decision was the first by a major U.S. ally in Europe, and follows intense lobbying from the Trump administration as the U.S. vies with China for technological dominance.

Huawei is not expected to greatly affect negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade deal that Britain is counting on after its divorce from the EU on Friday. Trump has pledged that the U.S. and Britain will negotiate a major free-trade deal as soon as Brexit is complete and officials have already begun discussions on the plan.

Pompeo said that the U.S. would put Britain “at the front of the line” in its trade relationships and that the Trump administration had great confidence in the British people as they move ahead outside of the EU framework. He said he expected U.S.-British trade ties to exponentially increase once Britain is freed from EU commercial restrictions.

Pompeo is in London on the first leg of a trip to Europe and Central Asia that will also take him to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The centerpiece of the trip will be a two-day stop in Ukraine that begins later Thursday when Pompeo will become the most senior U.S. official to visit Kyiv and meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy since the impeachment process began last year.

Ukraine is at the center of the impeachment charges against Trump who is accused of obstructing Congress and abuse of office for withholding critical military aid to the country in exchange for an investigation into alleged corruption by the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival. Those allegations got a boost earlier this week when a manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book was revealed to echo the claim.

The Senate is expected to vote on hearing impeachment witnesses, including possibly Bolton, on Friday. Bolton maintains that Trump was in fact withholding the aid in exchange for a public pledge of a probe into Biden as witnesses testified before the House impeachment inquiry.

Ukraine has been delicate subject for Pompeo, who over the weekend lashed out at a National Public Radio reporter for asking questions about why he has not publicly defended the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post early after unsubstantiated allegations were made against her by Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani.

Pompeo has twice postponed earlier planned trips to Ukraine, most recently in early January when developments with Iran forced him to cancel. In Kyiv, Pompeo said he plans to discuss the issue of corruption but demurred when asked if he would specifically raise the Bidens or the energy company Burisma for which Hunter Biden worked.

“I don’t want to talk about particular individuals. It’s not worth it,” he told reporters aboard his plane to London. “It’s a long list in Ukraine of corrupt individuals and a long history there. And President Zelenskiy has told us he’s committed to it. The actions he’s taken so far demonstrate that, and I look forward to having a conversation about that with him as well.”

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Finland agrees to return Native American stays to tribes

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The ancestral stays of Native American tribes that when referred to as the cliffs of Mesa Verde Nationwide Park house will likely be repatriated as a part of an settlement between Finland and the USA.

The White Home on Wednesday introduced the settlement involving the stays of about 20 folks and 28 funerary objects taken from the Mesa Verde space greater than 100 years in the past. The stays and artifacts have been unearthed throughout excavations by a Swedish researcher in 1891 and lots of of things finally grew to become a part of the gathering of the Nationwide Museum of Finland.

President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto acknowledged the sanctity of the gadgets to the greater than two dozen tribes with cultural connections to the Mesa Verde area, finest recognized for lots of of stone dwellings that early inhabitants constructed in cliffsides, mentioned U.S. Inside Secretary David Bernhardt.

The settlement ensures the stays and gadgets will likely be introduced “to their correct resting place within the U.S,” Bernhardt mentioned.

Clark Tenakhongva, vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe, mentioned tribes hope to obtain the gathering by early subsequent yr and would guarantee funerary gadgets are buried with the stays within the common space the place they have been taken, accompanied by a ceremony.

“I do know we’ll work collectively as the assorted tribes which have curiosity in them,” Tenakhongva mentioned. “And the way we course of them would be the most fastidiously thought out plan in order that we don’t do any extra hurt than what’s already been performed.”

The precise burial location received’t be publicized to stop the positioning from being disturbed.

“They have to be returned there to allow them to security return to the spirit world, within the subsequent world,” he mentioned. “Hopi all the time consider, like most cultures and other people, once you move on you’re going to return to God or Jesus. And we return again to the arms of the creator who introduced us right here.”

The settlement comes as U.S. lawmakers have pushed for laws to ban collectors and distributors from exporting Native American ceremonial gadgets. The proposal would shut loopholes which have stifled efforts to retrieve Native American gadgets which have proven up on the public sale block in Paris.

In 2016, French sellers have been compelled to halt the sale of a ceremonial defend from Acoma Pueblo, a Native American village west of Albuquerque. Leaders from the New Mexico tribe mentioned the defend was taken from their village a long time in the past.

A federal court docket earlier this yr referred to as for the defend to be launched to the U.S. Embassy in Paris so it might be returned.

Efforts to return the Mesa Verde stays and gadgets began in 2016 when tribes related to the park started working with the Finnish museum to determine the gathering’s human stays and funerary objects. A list was accomplished final yr.

Federal officers should now craft a plan for the switch of the stays and gadgets to the tribes and pueblos.

The Hopi Tribe in northeastern Arizona was amongst these main the repatriation effort. The opposite tribes with hyperlinks to Mesa Verde embody the Navajo Nation, which spans components of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah; the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute in Colorado; 19 pueblos, and the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache tribes in New Mexico; and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez mentioned the settlement is a step in the best route.

“That is an unlucky and longstanding difficulty that many tribes have handled together with the Navajo Nation,” he mentioned.

E. Paul Torres, chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, mentioned tribal leaders look ahead to the repatriation and referred to the cultural gadgets as “the sacred residing footprints of our ancestors” and very important components of the legacy that tribes try to go away for future generations.

The excavations greater than a century in the past by the researcher Gustaf Nordenskiöld resulted in his arrest in 1891 when he tried to export the gathering. He was later launched as a result of no U.S. legal guidelines had been damaged.

Hopi officers mentioned the case helped to sway public notion concerning the significance of defending cultural assets. Later, the 1906 Antiquities Act was adopted, and Mesa Verde was established as a nationwide park.

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Fonseca reported from Flagstaff, Arizona.

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How Tim Cook dinner Received Donald Trump’s Ear

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With the specter of tariffs on iPhones approaching in August,

Apple Inc.

stood to lose billions of {dollars} in revenue. Chief Govt

Tim Cook dinner

reached out to one among his most essential contacts in Washington,

Jared Kushner.

Mr. Kushner organized a name between Mr. Cook dinner and his father-in-law, President Trump, individuals accustomed to the decision mentioned, giving the Apple chief an opportunity to elucidate how tariffs would improve iPhone costs and impair Apple’s means to compete in opposition to rivals corresponding to

Samsung Electronics Co.

Inside days, the Trump administration scaled again its tariff plan to exempt a swath of electronics merchandise, together with iPhones, saying it wished to guard customers forward of the vacation procuring season. The decision from Mr. Cook dinner influenced the choice, an individual near the administration mentioned.

A day after that transfer, Apple issued a press launch trumpeting job development, saying that since 2011 it had quadrupled the variety of jobs its enterprise helps within the U.S. Later, Mr. Trump publicly praised Mr. Cook dinner’s energy of persuasion, saying the CEO had made a compelling argument about tariffs.

The occasions encapsulated Mr. Cook dinner’s diplomacy within the Trump period. To guard his firm’s pursuits, individuals near the corporate and administration mentioned, the Apple CEO has cultivated a relationship with the president and his household, an unlikely alliance given their contrasting personalities and divergent views on many points.

The rapport between Mr. Cook dinner, a

Hillary Clinton

supporter in 2016 who customary Apple’s outsourcing technique, and Mr. Trump, a Republican who campaigned in opposition to Apple’s China-based manufacturing, has served every man’s pursuits in such areas as commerce and tax reform, at the same time as they continue to be divided over immigration and local weather change.

The nascent impeachment inquiry is unlikely to have a right away impact on the connection, in line with individuals near Apple. Mr. Cook dinner is anticipated to proceed to interact on points associated to the corporate’s enterprise whereas steering away from politics and pushing again on social points.

Mr. Cook dinner serves as an adviser to the administration’s workforce coverage board, and the 2 have dined collectively the previous two summers at Mr. Trump’s golf membership in Bedminster, N.J. Mr. Trump refers back to the Apple CEO as a pal and lauds his enterprise chops. He has known as Mr. Cook dinner to want him a Comfortable Thanksgiving, an individual accustomed to the matter mentioned.

“He’s an excellent government,” Mr. Trump mentioned not too long ago. “Others exit and rent very costly consultants. Tim Cook dinner calls

Donald Trump

instantly.”

Mr. Trump has spent extra of his working time than predecessors with company leaders, mentioned presidential historian

Jeremi Suri,

a professor on the College of Texas at Austin. He mentioned these relationships are inclined to focus extra on administration priorities corresponding to commerce and tariffs than the broader financial system, a focus of previous administrations.

Mr. Cook dinner is without doubt one of the few executives in a hyperpolarized political period who has managed to each assist and problem the president’s agenda in a means that has stored him in Mr. Trump’s good graces whereas avoiding any public backlash from both staff or prospects.

Such engagement has proved dangerous for different chief executives. Dealing with public stress,

Beneath Armour Inc.

’s

Kevin Plank,

Tesla Inc.

’s

Elon Musk

and

Uber Applied sciences Inc.

’s

Travis Kalanick

resigned from presidential advisory councils over disagreements with the administration. An analogous resignation by

Merck

& Co. CEO

Kenneth Frazier,

who publicly criticized the president’s dealing with of violence in Charlottesville, Va., led Mr. Trump to unleash a barrage of tweets castigating the drugmaker for prime costs.

“There are solely a handful [of executives] who’ve been in a position to thread the needle,” mentioned

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld,

a Yale College administration professor who has informally suggested Mr. Trump over time earlier than he turned president. “This can be a newfound functionality for Apple.

Steve Jobs

didn’t have affect in Washington, and Tim Cook dinner has supplied it.” He added that Mr. Trump’s volatility means the connection with Mr. Cook dinner may change, however that was unlikely within the close to time period.

Apple declined to make Mr. Cook dinner out there for an interview. The White Home mentioned Mr. Trump declined to remark. (Dow Jones & Co., writer of The Wall Avenue Journal, has a industrial settlement to produce information by way of Apple providers.)

Mr. Cook dinner’s private diplomacy stands out amongst tech giants. Others have sharply elevated their outlays on lobbying lately however haven’t cast shut ties to the administration. Apple’s $18 million in lobbying since 2017 is half of what both

Amazon.com Inc.

or Google’s

Alphabet Inc.

have spent, in line with the Heart for Responsive Politics.

Mr. Cook dinner fostered shut ties with Mr. Kushner and his spouse,

Ivanka Trump,

giving him a backchannel to the White Home. He additionally meets frequently with administration officers corresponding to financial adviser

Larry Kudlow.

Regardless of his private choice for privateness, he has attended publicly promoted dinners and conferences with Mr. Trump, mentioned individuals near Apple and the administration.

Almost 97% of Apple worker donations to candidates within the 2018 midterm elections went to Democrats, in line with the Heart for Responsive Politics, citing public disclosures. But staff haven’t publicly criticized Mr. Cook dinner for partaking with the president. Mr. Cook dinner has challenged the president on some social points. His private lobbying benefited the corporate on the tariff difficulty, and tax modifications that led to worker bonuses.

After the president mistakenly known as him Tim Apple, Mr. Cook dinner up to date his identify on Twitter to make use of the Apple emblem instead of his final identify.


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At a March assembly, President Trump launched Mr. Cook dinner as “Tim Apple”—a mistake that ricocheted throughout social media. Trump supporters laughed, whereas critics painted it as one more presidential gaffe. Mr. Cook dinner responded by updating his identify on Twitter to make use of the Apple emblem instead of his final identify. Presidential supporters learn it as an inside joke between the 2 leaders, whereas opponents interpreted it as a jab on the president.

“There are a whole lot of of us in Silicon Valley who reek of disdainfulness for politics,” mentioned

Sen. Mark Warner

(D., Va.), who frequently meets with Mr. Cook dinner. “They usually presume they’re a lot smarter than anybody in coverage…Tim doesn’t have that strategy. He truly listens.”

Mr. Cook dinner grew up outdoors Cell, Ala., the son of a shipyard employee, and earned an engineering diploma at Auburn College and an M.B.A. from Duke. He’s an operations wizard, expert at minimizing prices. In his earlier function at Apple, he shifted manufacturing from the U.S. to China, and helped construct a enterprise there that accounts for one-fifth of Apple’s income.

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Mr. Trump was elected president after promising to rebuild American manufacturing and place tariffs on Chinese language items. “We’re going to get Apple to construct their rattling computer systems on this nation as an alternative of different international locations,” he mentioned throughout a 2016 marketing campaign speech.

The month after his election, Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Cook dinner to satisfy in New York. Apple executives debated skipping the summit, frightened Mr. Trump would air grievances about manufacturing and Apple’s dedication to encrypted iPhones, in line with an individual accustomed to the corporate. However individuals who knew Mr. Trump inspired Mr. Cook dinner to attend, this particular person mentioned.

Mr. Trump was pleasant and charming, mentioned individuals accustomed to the assembly. He informed Mr. Cook dinner he seemed ahead to working collectively and inspired the CEO to contact Mr. Kushner with any points.

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner, middle, speaks with President Trump whereas White Home adviser Jared Kushner appears to be like on throughout an American Expertise Council assembly in 2017.


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Mr. Cook dinner spoke about Apple’s manufacturing practices, drawing a distinction between smartphone manufacturing and car manufacturing, in line with these individuals. A lot of the worth within the iPhone got here from the design and engineering, he mentioned, and the Chinese language staff who did the meeting obtained low wages, so how may these jobs be good for U.S. staff?

He informed Mr. Trump {that a} commerce battle with China can be a giant drawback for main American corporations corresponding to Apple.

Messrs. Trump and Kushner appreciated Mr. Cook dinner’s strategy, and felt he was somebody they might work with, a former senior administration official mentioned.

Mr. Cook dinner got here away from the assembly with a way that Mr. Trump listened and that they might work collectively, one of many individuals accustomed to the corporate mentioned. When Mr. Cook dinner was in Washington the next month, he had dinner with Mr. Kushner and his spouse at Ristorante Tosca.

Their early rapport was examined a month later when Mr. Trump signed an government order suspending entry to the U.S. from a number of Muslim-majority nations. The order disrupted airports and triggered protests at Google, the place 1000’s of individuals staged a walkout.

Mr. Cook dinner, an immigration advocate, was stunned. Apple later informed the administration it disapproved of the measure. Mr. Cook dinner emailed Apple staff, saying he made clear to officers in Washington that the corporate and nation wouldn’t exist with out immigration.

His ties to the White Home, although, remained intact. A number of months later, present and former administration officers mentioned, Ms. Trump known as on Mr. Cook dinner for assist: Would he communicate to her father about his plan to exit from the Paris Local weather Accord?

Mr. Trump declares in 2017 that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Local weather Accord.


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Mr. Cook dinner’s enchantment to protect the U.S. dedication to the local weather settlement didn’t succeed, these individuals mentioned, nevertheless it allowed him to convey his emotions to the president instantly earlier than sending an e mail to staff that criticized exiting the local weather settlement.

Mr. Cook dinner has mentioned he depends on a easy formulation earlier than weighing in, asking himself: Does Apple have a proper to speak about this? Do we’ve got standing? He speaks out about training, privateness, human rights, immigration and the setting. “I don’t suppose enterprise ought to solely deal in industrial issues,” he mentioned at a convention final yr.

Earlier than difficult Mr. Trump’s insurance policies publicly, although, usually he or a member of Apple’s public-affairs staff alerts the White Home by way of Mr. Kushner or different senior White Home officers, former administration officers mentioned.

At different instances, Mr. Cook dinner holds his tongue. When the president informed the Journal in July 2017 that Mr. Cook dinner promised to construct “three massive vegetation, lovely vegetation” within the U.S., the corporate declined to remark, pointing to previous statements about its reliance on U.S. suppliers for parts.

Whereas Mr. Cook dinner had spoken with the president about manufacturing round that point, the CEO hadn’t mentioned three vegetation within the U.S., an individual accustomed to the corporate mentioned. The CEO didn’t problem Mr. Trump as a result of “it could have been a tweet battle,” the Journal reported final yr, citing one other particular person accustomed to the corporate.

“In being measured and considerate, he doesn’t create disaster when there doesn’t have to be one, or antagonism when there doesn’t have to be any,” one of many former administration officers mentioned of Mr. Cook dinner.

When Mr. Trump started working towards a deliberate tax minimize in 2017, Mr. Cook dinner informed the president that Apple would make investments extra within the U.S. if it may carry its $250 billion in abroad money again to the U.S. at a decrease tax fee, one of many former administration officers mentioned. Mr. Trump later cited Mr. Cook dinner and Apple as he promoted a tax overhaul, this particular person added.

In early 2018, lower than a month after the tax invoice was signed, Apple introduced it could contribute $350 billion to the U.S. financial system over 5 years—a determine that included spending on elements and providers, capital spending and tax funds. Regardless that that was according to Apple’s earlier spending ranges within the U.S., Mr. Cook dinner went on ABC Information to tout the dedication, in addition to Apple’s promise to develop a brand new Apple campus, which it later awarded to Austin, Texas.

Mr. Trump praised Apple later that month throughout the State of the Union tackle, saying its spending was an instance of the advantages of tax cuts.

Over time, the administration started to depend on Mr. Cook dinner for perception into commerce and enterprise points all over the world, together with in China, Brazil and Europe, former and present senior administration officers mentioned.

Commerce remained a significant sticking level. Mr. Cook dinner informed Mr. Trump frequently {that a} commerce battle would hurt U.S. corporations. Mr. Trump usually informed Mr. Cook dinner he wished Apple so as to add jobs within the U.S.

To keep at bay criticism of its abroad manufacturing, Apple rebranded commitments to U.S. manufacturing as spending from an “Superior Manufacturing Fund” program, one of many individuals near the corporate mentioned. Beforehand, comparable spending commitments with suppliers weren’t publicized.

Early this yr, Mr. Cook dinner joined the American Workforce Coverage Advisory Board led by Ms. Trump. The group, which incorporates the CEOs of

Lockheed Martin Corp.

and Siemens USA, goals to assist U.S. employers and the federal government higher prepare staff.

Final yr, when the White Home introduced duties on $200 billion of Chinese language-made items, it exempted a gaggle of merchandise together with Apple’s smartwatch and wi-fi earbuds. However the tariff menace re-emerged in Might when Mr. Trump threatened tariffs on one other $300 billion in Chinese language items. The tariffs would have elevated the value of recent iPhones, on common, by about $40, and lowered Apple’s per-share earnings by greater than 20%, in line with analysts.

Mr. Cook dinner with the brand new Mac Professional, which Apple determined to proceed making in Austin, Texas.


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Regardless of the tariff menace, Apple made plans to fabricate a brand new model of its Mac Professional in China. The present model of the pc was produced in Austin, Texas.

After the president mentioned in August he deliberate to maneuver ahead with the tariffs, Mr. Cook dinner reached out to Mr. Kushner, who arrange the cellphone name with the president that helped persuade the Trump administration to spare iPhones and different merchandise from tariffs.

The president later mentioned Mr. Cook dinner made the case that tariffs would give Samsung a bonus over Apple as a result of the South Korean firm wouldn’t need to pay duties.

The plea clicked with Mr. Trump, in line with former senior administration officers. He desires to cease international locations corresponding to China from competing unfairly in opposition to the U.S., and for American multinationals to succeed world-wide.

A number of weeks later, Apple reversed its plan for the Mac Professional, asserting it could proceed to make it in Austin, after the administration granted exclusions on tariffs for some Chinese language-made parts within the desktop laptop.

“The explanation I communicate to Tim Cook dinner: He’s the one which calls me,” Mr. Trump mentioned in August.

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AP PHOTOS: Sundown on Turkey’s huge stone heads

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Guests snap pictures of huge stone heads that stare down on them from the summit of Mount Nemrut, in Turkey’s southeastern Adiyaman province, their faces illuminated by sundown lighting.

Perched at an altitude of two,150 meters (over 7,000 toes), the statues are a part of a temple and tomb advanced that King Antiochus I, of the traditional Commagene kingdom, constructed as a monument to himself. A 50 meter (164-foot) -high, man-made mound — the presumed tomb of Antiochus — units the background.

Son of the founding father of the Commagene kingdom, Antiochus reigned between 64 and 38 BC, till he was deposed by the Romans. The dominion spanned an space from the japanese fringe of the Taurus mountains to the Euphrates River.

The traditional web site — which incorporates large 10-meter (33-foot) -high, seated statues of Antiochus himself surrounded by historical Gods, together with Zeus and Apollo — was found in 1881 by a German engineer. Excavations started there within the 1950s.

Right this moment, the positioning is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Website and the monuments are among the many best-known photographs of Turkey, that includes on postcards and Turkish tourism posters and advertisements.

Guests climb to the positioning at daybreak or at nightfall to see the statues underneath the spectacular lighting. It’s additionally a favourite spot for stargazers to look at the evening sky.

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Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed.

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Asian shares fall as Iran, China-US commerce tensions loom

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Shares acquired a downbeat begin to the week as buyers stored a cautious eye on tensions with Iran and on alerts from China and the U.S. on prospects for a decision of their tariffs struggle.

The Shanghai Composite index skidded 1.3% to 2,967.01 in early buying and selling Monday whereas Hong Kong’s Hold Seng fell 0.8% to 26,235.77 after yet one more weekend of violent protests.

Fosun Tourism Group, the largest shareholder in Thomas Cook dinner, fell 3.8% in Hong Kong after the 178-year-old British tour firm filed for chapter. Bookings for greater than 600,000 international vacationers had been canceled Monday consequently. Shanghai-based Fosun Worldwide dropped 1%.

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority stated Thomas Cook dinner’s 4 airways could be grounded and its 21,000 staff in 16 nations, together with 9,000 within the UK, will lose their jobs.

In South Korea, the Kospi edged 0.1% decrease to 2,088.85, whereas the S&P ASX 200 in Sydney superior 0.3% to six,752.40. Shares fell in Taiwan and in Southeast Asia.

India’s Sensex continued a rally that started Friday with an announcement of contemporary tax incentives for companies. It climbed 2.5% to 38,967.32. Tokyo’s markets had been closed for a vacation.

Wall Avenue ended final week with losses, snapping a 3-week profitable streak for the S&P 500 after studies emerged that Chinese language officers canceled a deliberate journey to farms in Montana and Nebraska.

That sparked concern that commerce talks resulting from resume subsequent month is likely to be in bother after U.S. and Chinese language envoys met final week for preliminary discussions to put the groundwork for later, extra formal negotiations.

President Donald Trump’s remarks to reporters Friday that he desires a whole take care of China and will not settle for one which solely addresses some variations between the 2 nations added to the unease.

Nonetheless, officers stated the talks would go forward subsequent month, considerably assuaging that concern.

The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 2,992.07 and the Dow Jones Industrial Common dropped 0.6%, to 26,935.07.

The Nasdaq misplaced 0.8% to eight,117.67, weighed down by declining expertise sector shares. The Russell 2000 index of smaller firm shares slid 0.1% to 1,559.76.

Oil costs rose after Trump, arriving in New York for the assembly of the United Nations Common Meeting, stated he meant to hunt assist for a coalition to confront Iran after the U.S. blamed it for final week’s strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility.

Iran’s president on Sunday urged Western powers to depart the safety of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran. He criticized a brand new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the area’s waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic’s army arsenal.

Hassan Rouhani additionally promised to suggest a regional peace plan at this week’s UN conferences.

The U.S. alleges Iran carried out the Sept. 14 assault on Saudi Aramco’s largest oil processor, which brought about oil costs to spike by the largest proportion for the reason that 1991 Gulf Struggle. Whereas Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels claimed the assault, Saudi Arabia says it was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”

For its half, Iran denies being accountable and has warned any retaliatory assault focusing on it’ll end in an “all-out struggle.”

With all that percolating, U.S. crude oil added 61 cents to $58.70 a barrel in digital buying and selling on the New York Mercantile Trade. On Friday, it misplaced 10 cents to $58.09 a barrel.

Brent crude, the worldwide normal, picked up 65 cents to $63.85 per barrel.

In forex buying and selling, the greenback was at 107.71 Japanese yen, up from 107.55 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1024 from $1.1020.

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Asian shares fall as Iran, China-US commerce tensions loom

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Shares had been largely decrease in Asia on Monday as traders saved a cautious eye on tensions with Iran and on prospects for a decision of the tariffs warfare between China and the U.S.

The Shanghai Composite index skidded 1.0% to 2,977.00, whereas Hong Kong’s Cling Seng fell 0.8% to 26,236.64 after one more weekend of violent protests.

Fosun Tourism Group, the most important shareholder in Thomas Cook dinner, fell 4.4% in Hong Kong after the 178-year-old British tour firm filed for chapter. Bookings for greater than 600,000 international vacationers had been canceled Monday in consequence. Shanghai-based Fosun Worldwide dropped 1.2%.

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority mentioned Thomas Cook dinner’s 4 airways can be grounded and its 21,000 workers in 16 international locations, together with 9,000 within the UK, will lose their jobs.

In South Korea, the Kospi was flat at 2,091.70, whereas the S&P ASX 200 in Sydney superior 0.3% to six,749.70. Shares fell in Taiwan and in Southeast Asia.

India’s Sensex continued a rally that started Friday with an announcement of recent tax incentives for companies. It climbed 3.3% to 39,255.91. Tokyo’s markets had been closed for a vacation.

Wall Avenue ended final week with losses, snapping a 3-week profitable streak for the S&P 500 after stories emerged that Chinese language officers canceled a deliberate journey to farms in Montana and Nebraska.

That sparked concern that commerce talks attributable to resume subsequent month may be in bother after U.S. and Chinese language envoys met final week for preliminary discussions to put the groundwork for later, extra formal negotiations.

President Donald Trump’s remarks to reporters Friday that he desires an entire take care of China and will not settle for one which solely addresses some variations between the 2 nations added to the unease.

Nonetheless, officers mentioned the talks would go forward subsequent month, considerably assuaging that concern.

The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 2,992.07 and the Dow Jones Industrial Common dropped 0.6%, to 26,935.07.

The Nasdaq misplaced 0.8% to eight,117.67, weighed down by declining know-how sector shares. The Russell 2000 index of smaller firm shares slid 0.1% to 1,559.76.

Oil costs rose after Trump, arriving in New York for the assembly of the United Nations Basic Meeting, mentioned he meant to hunt assist for a coalition to confront Iran after the U.S. blamed it for final week’s strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility.

Iran’s president on Sunday urged Western powers to depart the safety of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran. He criticized a brand new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the area’s waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic’s navy arsenal.

Hassan Rouhani additionally promised to suggest a regional peace plan at this week’s UN conferences.

The U.S. alleges Iran carried out the Sept. 14 assault on Saudi Aramco’s largest oil processor, which triggered oil costs to spike by the most important proportion for the reason that 1991 Gulf Battle. Whereas Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels claimed the assault, Saudi Arabia says it was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”

For its half, Iran denies being accountable and has warned any retaliatory assault focusing on it is going to lead to an “all-out warfare.”

With all that percolating, U.S. crude oil added 62 cents to $58.71 a barrel in digital buying and selling on the New York Mercantile Trade. On Friday, it misplaced 10 cents to $58.09 a barrel.

Brent crude, the worldwide commonplace, picked up 70 cents to $63.90 per barrel.

In forex buying and selling, the greenback was at 107.74 Japanese yen, up from 107.55 yen on Friday. The euro slipped to $1.1015 from $1.1020.

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