Trump’s Taiwan phone call will stun Beijing – BBC News

The US president-elect is turning his back on four decades of protocol, writes Carrie Gracie. The US president-elect’s decision to turn his back on four decades of US protocol on Taiwan and speak directly to a president of Taiwan will stun policymakers in Beijing. Since his election last month, they …

Thailand’s new king makes first public appearance | Reuters

Thailand’s new king on Friday made his first public appearance since ascending the throne the previous day, ending a period of uncertainty since the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Oct. 13. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, took part in a merit-making ceremony at Bangkok’s Grand Palace to …

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

On Dec. 4, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed. Today is Sunday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2016 with 27 to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and …

Quote of the Day

“The entire political structure is corrupt. It’s like chasing rats out of one hole and straight into another.” ~MARCOS DEFRANCO, a civil police investigator in São Paulo, reacting to Brazilian lawmakers’ move to gut the authority of prosecutors and judges investigating politicians in corruption cases. Source: Quotation of the Day …