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ASEAN Summit in Manila: Who, what and why?

RTIwala Trending: The Philippines is playing host to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The Rohingya refugees issue, the South China SEA tussle and the rise of radicalization and extremism are expected to dominate the limelight. Leaders from the 10 ASEAN member countries and its dialogue partners will gather here for the important summits hosted by the Philippines. The member countries are Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, the United States, Canada, and The European Union. The United Nations Secretary-General will also attend the conference.

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ASEAN, a ray of hope?

“Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” is the theme for the conference. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will chair the plenary session of the 31st ASEAN Summit. ASEAN Leaders will discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the way forward. The appointment of the new Secretary-General of ASEAN will also be considered. The three-day summit also coincides with the provincial bloc’s 50th anniversary.

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Undersecretary Enrique Manalo of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs chaired a meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials in Clark, Pampanga. The meeting was held to discuss arrangements for the Summits and finalizing outcome documents. The documents are likely to comprise of innovation, cybercrime, malnutrition, and protection of the rights of ASEAN migrant workers. The Malaysian delegation will be led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. He is expected to arrive after participating in the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Danang, Vietnam.

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US President Donald Trump will attend the meeting, along with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San iSuu Kyi. The host, Philippines is fighting insurgents in the city of Marawi. It is mobilizing around 60,000 security personnel to help secure the Summits and the high profile foreign visitors.

What lies ahead in ASEAN Summit?

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The ASEAN leaders will also sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. It is a milestone document that further seeks to reinforce social protection, access to justice, humane and fair treatment, and access to health services for the migrant workers of Southeast Asia.

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Among the important events that will take place, are:-

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Singapore will assume the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018. It will be significant to see first of its kind combination since the idea of a quadrilateral grouping. It involves Japan, U.S., Australia, and India that seems to have taken shape. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) anniversary celebrations in Manila.




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Twitter’s Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!

Twitter’s Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!

When you think about Twitter, the issues that pop up in your mind are nonstop harassmentcruel propagandas and a president threatening potential nuclear war. Twitter has proved itself to be a modern-day war arena. People get to put out their frustration and even welcome the new changes. All of it, in the 140 character limit. But, here is something new! Twitter is officially doubling its signature 140-character limit for all users. The decision has been taken following a “successful” trial run in September with select users.

So why is the company focused on doubling its character count for tweets to 280 characters from its original 140?

Twitter 140 to 280. What is it all about?

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Aliza Rosen, the Twitter product manager, wrote in a blog spot that at Twitter the change is being made after listening and observing a problem. The global community on Twitter always remarked- it wasn’t easy enough to Tweet! Twitter studied data to understand how it could improve. And here is the wonder!

Most people should automatically see the 280-character feature. If not, an update on their mobile app or refresh twitter.com on their computers. It is to be noted that people tweeting in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese will remain at the 140 character limit for now. Twitter says historically 9 percent of tweets in English hit the 140-character limit. Howsoever, the volume falls to 1 percent when 280 characters are available.

Twitter's Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!
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The move comes at an awkward time for Twitter. The Social Media honcho has been facing criticism and strain from shareholders, Congress, President Donald Trump and everyday people who use it. Among the most-discussed complaints have been concerns that the company negligently mishandled the daily harassment. It is believed that Twitter allowed propaganda on the platform that illegally influenced the 2016 presidential election.

It’s probably no surprise that the company’s user count has stalled at 330 million accounts! That’s after Twitter admitted to having overestimated user numbers for three years. Concerns about Russian interference in the US election led Congressional leaders to grill Facebook, Google and Twitter. The leaders asked for the details of how that intrusive action happened and what the tech giants are doing to stop it. Fearing federal regulation, the Tech Giants have vowed to make changes.

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What is the significance of Twitter’s increased 280 Limit?

So, what do 280 characters hold significance in this regard? “The announcement could briefly divert negative attention from larger problems”, said Kelley Heider. Kelley is a crisis communications expert at SSPR, a public relations firm that often works with tech companies.

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Heider added that there are potential pitfalls to the new character count. Kelley fears if people use the greater length to post even more inflammatory tweets.

“It will be pretty interesting to see what President Trump does with it, for sure,” she said.

In the past two years, Twitter has ditched the limit when people send direct messages to one another. It’s also relaxed limitations on photos, videos and GIFs.

When the 280-character trial began, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in series of tweets that the original 140-character limit was subjective. He claimed that it was inspired by the 160-character limit for SMS messages over cell phones. “What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and to prove to you it’s better,” he said. “Give us some time to learn and confirm our ideas.”

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Rw Explains JFK files
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RTIwala Explains JFK Files: The documents related to the investigation into Kennedy’s murder were scheduled to be released 25 years after the passage of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The documents consist of files from the CIA, the FBI, the Defense and State departments and other agencies. The collection spans from the early years of the Kennedy administration into the 1970s. The law called for the records to be made available based on the approval of the President. Over 2,800 files were made public on Thursday. However, some files remained withheld due to national security concerns, according to a memo from President Donald Trump.

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The released documents include discussions of investigative leads about assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s travels, including a trip to Mexico before the assassination. It has been the subjects of long-generated speculation that who did Oswald meet on that trip.

The Files of Kennedy got Uncensored

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One memo from then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, dictated on Nov. 24, 1963, says the FBI had sent an agent to the hospital hoping for a confession from the alleged assassin before he died. After the attempt was unsuccessful, the memo illustrates Hoover’s urgent desire to have “something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.” Another Hoover memo details information from a source within the USSR on the Soviet reaction to Kennedy’s death. .” The Soviets were shocked by the development and preferred Kennedy as the head of the U.S. Government as they felt they had a “mutual understanding” with him. The Soviet Communist Party believed the assassination was an “ultraright” act and in effect a “coup.”

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Many of the documents contain raw intelligence information that is unconfirmed. But it will definitely fuel already widespread speculation about the plot. The total collection contains more than 5 million records.

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Trump’s remark on the release of files of John Kennedy

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Trump issued a memo to the heads of executive departments certifying the declassification Thursday. But he also noted that some documents expressed reservations. Therefore, he ordered that federal agencies be given 180 days to re-review whether certain documents related to national security require continued redaction or withholding. “Executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns,” reads the memo from Trump.

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“I have no choice today but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security. To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days.”

Trump said on Twitter Friday that the files are being “carefully released,” but his hope to get “just about everything to [the] public.”

The 2,891 records that were released were posted on the National Archives’ website. The vast majority of records related to the assassination, roughly 88 percent have been available since the late 1990s, with an additional 11 percent of the documents released, with redactions, since then.

(Inputs by Gehna Kundra)