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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-07-09 16:25

A combination of file photos of US President Donald Trump (left) and British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch. [Photo/IC]

>Leak of envoy's memos

Sensitive diplomatic cables and memos leaked to the British tabloid the Daily Mail reveal that the UK's ambassador to the US considers President Donald Trump to be "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". The critical comments were made by Sir Kim Darroch to various members and officials of the UK government, dating from 2017 to 2019.

"We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept," said Darroch.

He also warned his government that Trump's career "could end in disgrace".

A statement by the British Foreign Office made it clear that the documents were authentic and an investigation was launched into how they were leaked.


Leukerbad,Canton Valais,Switzerland [Photo/IC]

>The best country for expats

For the first time in four years, Singapore is not the best destination for expatriate workers, according to HSBC's Expat 2019 Global Report.

Switzerland is now the top nation for those fortunate enough to be relocated abroad by their employers - thanks to fast career progression, good pay, and "stunning scenery".

The annual survey gathered data from 18,059 overseas workers in 163 locations and breaks the findings into three sub-categories: living, career opportunity, and family life.

Canada tops the list in the first category, with respondents saying it's a welcoming country, followed by Spain where expats praise its relaxed Mediterranean vibe.

Switzerland scores high on career opportunity, thanks in part to quicker promotions, and Singapore tops the list for family life due to the availability of high-quality schools.


Jeffrey Epstein (center) is shown in a courtroom in Palm Beach County, Florida, on July 30, 2008, where he pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges. [Photo/IC]

>Epstein held on sex crimes

Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier and former friend of the Duke of York, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, has been indicted on new charges related to alleged sex crimes involving minors, law enforcement sources told CNN on Saturday. Epstein was arrested Saturday and is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Monday.

Epstein faces charges brought by US prosecutors in Manhattan, after previously evading similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami.

The charges involve alleged sex trafficking minors committed between 2002 and 2005, according to law enforcement sources.

There were dozens of alleged underaged victims, some as young as 14. The crimes allegedly occurred at Epstein's homes on the Upper East Side, Manhattan and in Palm Beach, Florida.


A park in Liangzhu features ruins. It opened for online registrations on Sunday. [PHOTO BY WANG CHUAN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

>Liangzhu now a heritage site

China's Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City were on Saturday inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural site, bringing the total number of the Asian country's sites on the list to 55, the most in the world. The decision to add the Chinese cultural site to the UNESCO World Heritage List was approved by the World Heritage Committee at its ongoing 43rd session in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

The ruins, whose core area covers 14.3 square kilometers in the northwest of Hangzhou, is considered to be a supreme achievement of prehistoric rice-cultivating civilization of China and East Asia over 5,000 years ago and an outstanding example of early urban civilization.

"Viewed from a global perspective, Liangzhu has brought the origin of the state and society in China to a level equal to that of civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and India," according to renowned British archaeologist Colin Renfrew.


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