Proposed US Steel Import Restrictions Violate Free Trade

Japan's steel industry said the proposed United States Department of Commerce to President Donald Trump to restrict steel imports violates the principles of free trade, Reuters reported Monday (19/2). They asked Washington to make a cautious decision.

The US Commerce Department recommended on Friday (16/2) to Trump to restrict imports of steel and aluminum from China and other countries by applying various import tariffs, (19659002) "The recommendations violate the principles of free trade which are the foundation for the development and prosperity of the global economy," said Kosei Shindo, Chairman of the Federation of Iron and Steel Japan, in a statement. [19659002] "We believe Trump will make a careful and appropriate consideration," said Shindo, who is also the leader of Japan's largest steel producer, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.

Read: US Consider Import Duty on Chinese Aluminum and Steel

Yasuji Komiyama, director of the metal industry division of the Ministry of Economy, Perdaga and Industr on Monday refused to respond to the proposed US Department of Commerce. He said there was no final verdict yet.

"But Japan believes imports of steel and aluminum from Japan by Americans do not threaten America's national security," he said.

Japan exports about 2 million steel products of various types each year to America or around 5 percent of total steel exports to the rest of the world, but the country is concerned about American trade policy. [fw]

Nigerian forces free 46 hostages Boko Haram, including 27 children




Abuja
Nigerian troops managed to free at least 46 people hostage by the militant group Boko Haram. The released hostages included 19 women and 27 children. The release came after troops destroyed a hideout of the armed group in the northeastern Borno state.

"The troops expelled the Boko Haram terrorists from one of the hideouts around the S-Form, part of the Sambisa forest, which is also believed to be one of their precious locations, "the Nigerian Ministry of Defense told AFP, Wednesday (14/2/2018).

" The valiant armies also destroyed eight truckloads of firearms, some accommodation temporary and tents, as well as troops rescuing 19 women and 27 children from the terrorist enclave, "the military statement said.

The Nigerian military says several militants were also killed in the incident. Two armored personnel carriers, a truck and a Boko Haram laptop were also confiscated by the apparatus.

Although the Nigerian military has declared victory over Boko Haram, they continue to engage in firefights with members of the militant group in northeastern Nigeria .

Not long ago, the Nigerian government requested parliamentary approval to use a $ 1 billion fund to root out the Boko Haram rebellion that has taken place since 2009. More than 20,000 people have been reported dead and millions displaced by Boko Haram attacks.

Earlier on Saturday (10/2) local time, the Nigerian government announced the release of three lecturers and 10 women held hostage by Boko Haram. They have been abducted by Boko Haram militants since last year.

(ita / ita)


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Thai Police Investigated for Receiving Free Massage




Bangkok
A number of Thai police personnel reportedly received a free massage from a massage parlor under investigation for alleged trafficking and underage prostitution. As a result, the police are now under investigation by the Thai Anti-Corruption Commission.

Reported by Thai local media, Bangkok Post as reported by Channel News Asia Monday (15/1/2018), Thailand Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission has begun an investigation into the police , after checking the documents of a massage parlor named ' Victoria: The Secret Forever '.

The document was obtained from a raid into the massage parlor on 12 January. Mentioned in the documents, free food and beverages and free massage services were given to a number of police officers visiting the massage parlor, during the investigation.

Bangkok Post mentions, the authorities are authorized to consider these foods, beverages and free massage services as a bribe. It is known that the massage parlor is the focus of investigation into alleged trafficking and prostitution of women under the age of 18.

It is not known exactly the number of police being investigated regarding this alleged bribery. However, it was mentioned that officials from Wang Thonglang Police Station were also involved, including the Head of Police Station, Criminal Reduction Division, Metropolitan Police Bureau, Tax Department, Department of Human Trafficking and Immigration Department at the police station.

The Thai Anti-Corruption Commission did not mention more continued since when officials and police personnel Wang Thonglang received a bribe from a massage parlor under investigation for a number of crimes.

Added Bangkok Post Chief Superintendent of the massage beach named Boonsap Amornratanasiri (55) aka Pa Kob has been arrested in raids and is now in detention.

More than 100 women have been rescued in raids by a number of Thai law enforcement agencies, including the Anti-Corruption Commission. Most of the rescued women were from Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.

(nvc / ita)