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United Arab Emirates
22 марта, 19:01

Kuwait bank upgrades

The National Bank of Kuwait has become the first bank from the Middle East to operate a branch in Shanghai.

22 марта, 16:30

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Marriott International, Wyndham Worldwide, Hilton Grand Vacations, Intrawest Resorts Holdings and China Lodging Group

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Marriott International, Wyndham Worldwide, Hilton Grand Vacations, Intrawest Resorts Holdings and China Lodging Group

22 марта, 00:52

Electronics Ban Means Unfriendly Skies For Many Travelers

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A new U.S. policy banning certain electronic devices in the cabin on flights coming from parts of the Middle East and North Africa has already put potential travelers on the fence. The ban ― which mandates that devices larger than a cellphone be checked ― affects passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Nine airlines are listed: Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish Airlines. Some who would otherwise have no problem working on long flights or securing their valuables via carry-on are now subject to alarming security and safety concerns. With roughly 50 flights per day affected by the new rules, thousands of people per week can expect to change the way they fly, sometimes dramatically. Their questions, as of Tuesday afternoon, have gone unanswered: What happened to the federal government’s lithium battery warnings? The Federal Aviation Administration wants to be sure nothing explodes ― inadvertently or otherwise ― on a flight. Small fires and explosions do happen, however, and at least some FAA guidelines try to steer anything that could catch fire into the cabin where it can be managed. That includes lithium ion batteries. If they’re spare batteries and not already inserted in a device, the general rule is that they have to stay in the cabin. The same rule goes for e-cigarettes. The Transportation Security Administration’s new ban reportedly supersedes those warnings, making it unclear exactly what you should and should not stow in the plane’s hold. Alicia Anir, a photographer and flight attendant who regularly travels to and from some of the countries listed, said she can’t imagine checking her equipment. “The thought of checking my camera gear and laptop is sickening,” she told The Huffington Post via email. “Who the hell puts lithium batteries in cargo? If they blow up, we’re SOL!” What if your employer relies on your in-flight work? Meredith Morrison, a management consultant based in Dubai, typically flies Emirates from the Middle East back to the U.S. for holidays and family gatherings, she told HuffPost. She’s able to make long flights because she’s able to work on them. “I definitely need my laptop with me to work on the plane, especially on the 16-hour flight to Houston,” she said. That may seem like a small price to pay, but the changes will hamper her work to the point where she now plans to switch airlines and add a layover in order to keep using her laptop. Using it isn’t just essential; losing it could have legal ramifications. Much of the information on her devices is confidential between her and her clients. “We have layers of security protections on our laptops, but who knows who’d be able to break them,” she said. Which brings us to our third question: Isn’t checking expensive equipment a security risk and a liability? The short answer is absolutely. Customs agents essentially have blanket authority to search your belongings and the information in your electronics when you arrive after an international flight, though specific rules can get murky. But travelers often want to keep their information and valuables safe from any prying eyes, federal or otherwise. “I am a researcher, and, just like journalists, we carry data in our laptops,” Banu Akdenizli, an associate professor of communication at Northwestern University in Qatar, told HuffPost. “Checking that data in with luggage is a liability. What if it gets lost or stolen?” Like Morrison, Akdenizli travels between the U.S. and some of the countries on the list. They join a chorus of people wondering what happens if electronics they’d normally bring aboard get swiped. Stephanie Block, who contacted HuffPost after the ban news broke, said she’s going on vacation to one of those countries at the end of the month. She wonders now if she needs to cancel. The whole trip relies on her ability to take photos, and she doesn’t know which expensive pieces of equipment she’d be allowed to keep close. “An electronics ban is a huge inconvenience and potentially a financial setback if something were to happen to our expensive camera equipment that will now be at risk of damage or theft,” she told HuffPost. “We’ve had stuff stolen from our luggage, like clothes and jewelry. The airlines brush it off and don’t cover certain things, like jewelry .... What are we going to do now? Do we wait and see what happens, or do we risk it by checking equipment?” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 марта, 21:27

Will 2017 Bring Growth for the U.S. Hotel Industry?

Will 2017 Bring Growth for the U.S. Hotel Industry?

21 марта, 21:18

Emirates Airline: 'Let Us Entertain' Passengers Who Can't Bring Laptops, Tablets On Planes

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); One of nine airlines subject to a new rule prohibiting some electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. responded by offering to entertain passengers itself. “Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?” Emirates airline asks in an ad starring actress Jennifer Aniston posted to the company’s official Twitter on Tuesday. Let us entertain you. pic.twitter.com/FKqayqUdQ7— Emirates airline (@emirates) March 21, 2017 The video is a variation of an earlier Emirates ad, also starring Aniston, who touts the airline for offering “so many games and so many movies, it’s crazy.” A U.S. rule banning laptops, tablets and other devices larger than a cellphone went into effect Tuesday morning, according to senior administration officials. The rules affect passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  According to The Associated Press, the U.K. will enact a similar ban that will affect flights from six countries. Canada’s transport minister said that country is looking “very carefully” at the U.S. and U.K. bans. Read more on the U.S. ban here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=57ee73abe4b082aad9bacbdb,58d04b51e4b0ec9d29dea4de -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 марта, 21:18

Emirates Airline: 'Let Us Entertain' Passengers Who Can't Bring Laptops, Tablets On Planes

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); One of nine airlines subject to a new rule prohibiting some electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. responded by offering to entertain passengers itself. “Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?” Emirates airline asks in an ad starring actress Jennifer Aniston posted to the company’s official Twitter on Tuesday. Let us entertain you. pic.twitter.com/FKqayqUdQ7— Emirates airline (@emirates) March 21, 2017 The video is a variation of an earlier Emirates ad, also starring Aniston, who touts the airline for offering “so many games and so many movies, it’s crazy.” A U.S. rule banning laptops, tablets and other devices larger than a cellphone went into effect Tuesday morning, according to senior administration officials. The rules affect passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  According to The Associated Press, the U.K. will enact a similar ban that will affect flights from six countries. Canada’s transport minister said that country is looking “very carefully” at the U.S. and U.K. bans. Read more on the U.S. ban here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=57ee73abe4b082aad9bacbdb,58d04b51e4b0ec9d29dea4de -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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21 марта, 21:17

Sisters sue London hotel where they suffered brutal hammer attack

Three women from UAE were bludgeoned at Cumberland hotel in 2014 by Philip Spence, leaving one profoundly disabledThree sisters from the United Arab Emirates who were the victims of a brutal hammer attack while on a shopping trip to London are suing the hotel where it happened.Drug addict and “hotel creeper” Philip Spence was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder after he bludgeoned the women in their room during a burglary at the four-star Cumberland hotel on 6 April 2014. Continue reading...

21 марта, 19:19

U.K. To Also Ban Large Electronics On Some Flights From Middle East, Africa

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The threat of terrorism has prompted the United Kingdom to follow the United States’ lead and ban passengers from having electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabin on U.K.-bound flights from certain countries, The Associated Press reports. The ban will affect flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, according to a U.K. government spokesperson.  U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the U.S. have in recent weeks discussed intelligence reports about intensifying terrorist threats to aviation, according to CNN. This is not a reaction to a specific threat but the ongoing general of terrorism against aviation— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) March 21, 2017 “We have been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position,” the U.K. spokesperson said in a statement. “Airlines affected are being informed of the new requirements.” The policy affects certain British and foreign carriers: British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.  The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation have banned passengers on nine airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East from having laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. According to the ban, which went into effect Tuesday morning, people can still travel with larger electronic items in checked baggage. “Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” the DHS said in a fact sheet released Tuesday. “The record of terrorist attempts to destroy aircraft in flight is longstanding and well-known.” The DHS noted that there’s no specific end date to the ban, and that it will remain in place “until the threat changes.” Airlines affected by #electronicsban:EgyptairEmiratesEtihadKuwait AirwaysQatar AirwaysRoyal Air MarocJordanianSaudi AirlinesTurkish— Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) March 21, 2017 The U.S. regulation affects 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. officials said Monday that the ban stemmed from intelligence reports that terror groups have expressed interest in targeting U.S. aviation. These airports were chosen “based on the current threat picture,” the DHS sheet said. Many of these airports, like those in Doha and Dubai, are major international travel hubs. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 марта, 19:19

U.K. To Also Ban Large Electronics On Some Flights From Middle East, Africa

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The threat of terrorism has prompted the United Kingdom to follow the United States’ lead and ban passengers from having electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabin on U.K.-bound flights from certain countries, The Associated Press reports. The ban will affect flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, according to a U.K. government spokesperson.  U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the U.S. have in recent weeks discussed intelligence reports about intensifying terrorist threats to aviation, according to CNN. This is not a reaction to a specific threat but the ongoing general of terrorism against aviation— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) March 21, 2017 “We have been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position,” the U.K. spokesperson said in a statement. “Airlines affected are being informed of the new requirements.” The policy affects certain British and foreign carriers: British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.  The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation have banned passengers on nine airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East from having laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. According to the ban, which went into effect Tuesday morning, people can still travel with larger electronic items in checked baggage. “Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” the DHS said in a fact sheet released Tuesday. “The record of terrorist attempts to destroy aircraft in flight is longstanding and well-known.” The DHS noted that there’s no specific end date to the ban, and that it will remain in place “until the threat changes.” Airlines affected by #electronicsban:EgyptairEmiratesEtihadKuwait AirwaysQatar AirwaysRoyal Air MarocJordanianSaudi AirlinesTurkish— Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) March 21, 2017 The U.S. regulation affects 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. officials said Monday that the ban stemmed from intelligence reports that terror groups have expressed interest in targeting U.S. aviation. These airports were chosen “based on the current threat picture,” the DHS sheet said. Many of these airports, like those in Doha and Dubai, are major international travel hubs. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 марта, 19:01

Devices restricted on flights to US

THE Trump administration has imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the United States from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in response to unspecified terrorism

21 марта, 17:07

HOMELAND SECURITY? US bans larger electronic devices on some flights from Middle East. US authori…

HOMELAND SECURITY? US bans larger electronic devices on some flights from Middle East. US authorities have secretly required airlines from eight nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone. The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on […]

21 марта, 17:06

How America's Military Would Kill Russia's Tanks in a War

Sebastien Roblin Security, Europe Javelin packs a big punch.  The Javelin is one the U.S. military’s most effective, man-portable weapon systems. They’re available to frontline infantry squads in the Marines and Army, and typically a few are stowed inside vehicles in mechanized units. The United States has sold Javelins both to many NATO countries, including France and the United Kingdom, allies in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and to Asian-Pacific countries including Australia, Indonesia and Taiwan. Because of the Javelin’s capabilities, the sale of Javelins is loaded with both political considerations as well as military significance. For example, the United States has provided 120 Javelin launch units to Estonia and 260 to Lithuania. If the Baltic states were invaded by Russian armor—not truly a likely event, but one much worried about because the small NATO countries would be hard to defend—light infantry wielding Javelins would basically serve as the Baltics’ first line of defense on the ground until NATO mobilized. The U.S.-made FGM-148 Javelin is one of the premier portable anti-tank missile systems in the world. It’s also an expensive piece of kit, with each missile typically costing more than the targets it eliminates. Still, the infrared guided Javelin has proven itself in combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria and has reliable shtick that should work on virtually any tank out there—it hits them on the weak top armor. It’s also exposes its crew to less danger than the typical guided missile system. Because it’s such a lightweight system, it may end up being a first responder on the ground to emergencies that could be described as “massive, unexpected tank invasions”—a scenario the U.S. military could have faced during Operation Desert Shield, when it deployed light infantry to defend Saudi Arabia, and currently fears in the Baltics. The Javelin is so effective that who the United States sells or gives Javelins to has become a political issue on more than one occasion. Within the U.S. military, the Javelin also looks set to transition from being purely an infantry system to being mounted on vehicles. So How Does One Throw These Anti-Tank Spears (and Why Are They Powerful?):  Read full article

21 марта, 13:51

TRUMP goes to the Hill -- GOP using ‘sweeteners’ to get health care passed -- TILLERSON ramps up NATO meetings -- IVANKA to get West Wing office -- AMY SWONGER to Trump White House -- B’DAY: Ken Spain

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nNN951 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Tuesday morning. THE WEST-WING MOMENT -- TRUMP goes to Capitol Hill for a 9:15 a.m. meeting with House Republicans. Trump is expected to talk health care reform. It’s unclear if he will address FBI Director James Comey’s testimony yesterday refuting Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Or, if he will discuss Comey confirming that there is indeed an investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.WE’RE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER … When House Republicans were against loading legislation with goodies at the last minute to smooth passage.-- “GOP leaders pile on sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal: The revisions are part of a last-ditch effort to get the measure passed,” by Jen Haberkorn, Rachael Bade and Josh Dawsey: “Requested by President Donald Trump, the amendment includes perks for restive conservatives who wanted optional work requirements and block granting in Medicaid, as well as a potential olive branch to wary centrists who demanded more help for older Americans to buy insurance, POLITICO has learned. But it is still unclear whether the changes are enough to win over the 216 Republicans needed to pass the measure in a high-profile vote planned for Thursday. GOP leadership insiders and White House officials firmly believe the changes will corral the necessary votes. But several rock-ribbed conservatives emerged from a closed-door session Monday night vowing to vote against the bill, and bragging that they have the votes to block it.” http://politi.co/2nhkCHu -- “House Republicans Turn to Upstate New York to Lure Votes for Health Bill,” by NYT’s Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear: http://nyti.ms/2nhA9Hf REMEMBER WHEN this week was supposed to be all about President Donald Trump’s health care bill and whether Speaker Paul Ryan could corral enough votes to get it passed Thursday? Just as Trump and Ryan seemed to have gotten their mojo going on health care, that was all but thrown out the window the minute Comey started testifying before the House Intel Committee.WHERE THINGS STAND -- “FBI’s Trump-Russia probe knocks White House on its heels,” by Shane Goldmacher and Matt Nussbaum: “The White House was knocked on the defensive ahead of its biggest week yet on Capitol Hill after FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an active investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including whether there was any coordination with now-President Donald Trump’s team. The dramatic revelation, made at a Monday hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, dragged the Trump administration yet again back into uncomfortable territory just as it had hoped to highlight the smooth rollout of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who began his confirmation hearings across the Capitol on Monday.“In another blow to Trump, Comey and [NSA] Director Mike Rogers also publicly refuted his unsubstantiated claims on Twitter that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower phones. The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had said last week that Trump’s allegations were untrue. ‘I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,’ Comey said.” http://politi.co/2nNeLHK--“FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites,” by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in McClatchy: “Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say. Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton ... The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. ... Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.” http://bit.ly/2nZ5KubFLASHBACK -- “Obviously, we all understand the importance of this presidential race. I would just ask everybody this: Can this country afford to have a president under investigation by the FBI? Think of the trauma that would do to this country,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at a campaign rally about Hillary Clinton on Nov. 1, 2016. (h/t Taegan Goddard) Video http://bit.ly/2nhrZ1g TOP TWEETS -- @carlbernstein: “I can state w/confidence that many intel members now decrying ‘leaks’ of classified info have themselves ‘leaked’ classified info knowingly” … Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT): “Folks, let’s take a step back and absorb the fact that the FBI has confirmed there is an espionage investigation involving the White House” … @RyanLizza: “At time of pivotal Comey letter on Clinton email, FBI had been investigating Trump campaign links to Russia for three months.”THIS AIN’T GOING AWAY -- “All eyes are on Paul Manafort,” by Ken Vogel, Josh Meyer and David Stern: “American and Ukrainian officials are pushing to question President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in separate investigations related to his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine once headed by that country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told POLITICO that Manafort ‘would certainly be at the top of my list to testify’ before the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election. … At the same time, an investigative department within a top Ukrainian law enforcement agency intends to ask the [DOJ] for help questioning Manafort about his possible relationship to Yanukovych during the 2014 riots that drove Yanukovych from power, according to Serhiy Gorbatyuk, the head of the department for special investigations within the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.” http://politi.co/2n8zQ0NTRUMP AGONISTES -- “Trump’s Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries,” by NYT’s Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman: “The problem, from the perspective of Mr. Trump’s beleaguered political fire brigade, is that the president insists on dealing with crises by creating new ones — so surrogates, repeating talking points the president himself ignores, say they often feel like human shields. Within the White House, a number of Mr. Trump’s advisers — including the press secretary, Sean Spicer, who has himself repeated unsubstantiated claims of British spying on Mr. Trump — have told allies that Mr. Trump’s Twitter habits are making their jobs harder, said administration officials interviewed over the past week. Mr. Spicer said he has no problem with his boss’s tweeting. ‘It’s just not true. I have not commented on the tweets to anyone including my wife,’ he said in an email.” http://nyti.ms/2mKXRYhSCOTUS WATCH -- “Gorsuch Tries to Put Himself Above Politics in Confirmation Hearing,” by NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer: “Judge Neil M. Gorsuch presented himself on Monday as a creature of consensus during a sharply partisan Supreme Court confirmation hearing, clouded throughout by the bitter nomination fight that preceded it over the past year. Democrats, seething from the hearing’s opening moments, made clear that they would not let the public forget about Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee last year, whom Republicans refused to even consider at a hearing, saying the seat should be filled by the winner of the presidential election.“But when it was his turn, Judge Gorsuch reached often for comity during a well-practiced 16-minute speech, insisting that he favored no party above the law and appearing to brace for attacks from critics who have said his rulings tilt toward corporate interests. ‘I’ve ruled for disabled students, for prisoners, for the accused, for workers alleging civil rights violations and for undocumented immigrants,’ he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. ‘Sometimes, too, I’ve ruled against such persons.’” http://nyti.ms/2nvD0N5 … Gorsuch’s full testimony http://politi.co/2nWUhv5--JEFFREY ROSEN in The Atlantic, “A Supreme Court Nominee Alert to the Dangers of Big Business”: “While many conservative judges focus exclusively on the question of whether deals harm or benefit consumers, Gorsuch has suggested that combinations that give firms too much market power can be problematic for other reasons, such as discouraging competition. … [L]ike Republican and Democratic presidents and justices of the Progressive era, from William Howard Taft to Woodrow Wilson, he has challenged monopoly power by focusing on the importance of increasing competition and innovation as well as economic efficiency.” http://theatln.tc/2n8PnxNTILLERSON RAMPS UP MEETINGS WITH NATO MEMBERS -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting Wednesday with NATO member country foreign ministers from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany Greece and Hungary. He will also meet with foreign ministers from Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom when the “Coalition to Defeat ISIS” meets at the State Department. He has already met with Ukrainian officials. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: After these meetings, Tillerson is heading to a meeting of the G7 in Italy in April, and then to meetings in Russia. TOM SHANNON will represent the U.S. at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting.-- Tillerson’s packed meeting schedule comes as Reuters reported that he would miss the the April 5 and 6 NATO meeting in Brussels -- which could be seen as a major snub to U.S. allies -- so he can attend Trump’s meeting in the U.S. with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Reuters’ full report http://reut.rs/2nNgzjLTRUMP ON THE STUMP -- “Trump draws roars of approval in Louisville stop,” by the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Deborah Yetter: “President Donald Trump was met with thunderous approval on a campaign-style stop in Louisville Monday, offering a familiar blend of promises to restore jobs, cut taxes, rebuild the nation’s ‘crumbling infrastructure,’ strengthen the military and stop illegal immigration. ‘We will build a great border wall,’ he declared to cheers at a packed Freedom Hall in describing his plans to block Mexican immigrants. ‘We will stop radical Islamic terrorism.’ ‘We are going to drain the swamp of government corruption,’ he said. ‘We are going to keep our promises.’“But one of the biggest cheers of the night erupted when Trump promised to restore the nation’s struggling coal industry, which has hit Kentucky especially hard with job losses — a pledge most experts believe is unlikely because of an abundance of cheaper natural gas and the costs and pollution of coal. ‘We are going to put our coal miners back to work,’ Trump said. ‘The miners are coming back.’ And the Republican president pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, his description of the federal health law as ‘a catastrophe’ drawing cheers in a state where it helped achieve one of the nation’s sharpest drops among people without health insurance by expanding coverage to more than a half-million Kentuckians.” http://cjky.it/2nZq0fn-- SHANE GOLDMACHER in Louisville: “On the precipice of the meatiest legislative fight of his young presidency, Donald Trump is increasingly talking about health care like the vegetables of his agenda -- the thing he must begrudgingly finish in order to get to what he really wants: tax cuts, trade deals and infrastructure. At a rally here … Trump time and again framed the passage of a repeal and replacement plan for President Obama’s namesake health care law as a necessary step to achieve the rest of his ambitious agenda.” http://politi.co/2nhhbAn -- IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE -- Trump had an opportunity to hit back on FBI Director James Comey and push back against the ongoing FBI investigation into collusion between Russia and his campaign. He did not.HAPPENING TODAY -- TRUMP will receive his daily intel briefing and sign S. 442, the NASA Authorization Act, this morning after his Capitol Hill visit. In the afternoon, Trump will host a "legislative affairs group" meeting. Trump will speak tonight at the NRCC March fundraising dinner at the National Building Museum.THE JUICE … -- CLUB FOR GROWTH is spending half a million on a “Reject Ryancare” ad (both TV and digital ads), urging members to oppose the Republican health care bill. The ads, which will run this week, are running in Reps. Leonard Lance (N.J.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), John Katko (N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Rob Wittman (Va.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Peter King (N.Y.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Don Bacon’s (Neb.) districts. The ad http://bit.ly/2mPtfpt-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: AMY SWONGER will lead Senate legislative affairs for the Trump White House. Swonger, who starts Wednesday, previously worked for Heather Podesta and Partners and earlier in her career for Mitch McConnell and Trent Lott. Heather Podesta told us: “While it is bittersweet to see Amy leave the firm, she brings tenacity, savvy, and know-how to any team. The White House is lucky to have her.”-- MAJORITY TRUST DONORS Mike Smith, Amy Tejral, Tracy Spicer, Brian Griffin and Manny Ortiz raised more than $280,000 at a DSCC fundraiser Monday night at Cornerstone Government Affairs. More than a dozen senators, including DSCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) attended the reception. ALSO ON THE INVITE: Josh Alkin, Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC; Gael Sullivan, BNSF Railway PAC; Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Merck PAC; Marshall Pierite, Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana; John Prible, UnitedHealth Group PAC; David Pryor, Microsoft PAC; Kevin Richards, SAP America PAC; Jamie Houton, Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government; Frank Voyack, Norfolk Southern Corp. Good Government Fund; Eloy Martinez of the American Gaming Association and Alexandra Veitch of CSRA. IT’S OFFICIAL -- We officially launched the Playbook Power Briefing, an afternoon update on what’s driving the afternoon in D.C. and beyond. We’re happy you can join us in these newsy times, and we want to make sure you know what you need to know for the second half of your day. We promise we’ll provide the same scoops, insight and must-reads as Playbook, just a bit shorter. The inaugural edition http://politi.co/2n1oWbHLAST CALL -- We are closing submissions Friday for our second Playbook “Power List” featuring the next generation of political up and comers. Thank you to everyone who has submitted names over the past couple of weeks. We’ve got our work cut out for us. And for any stragglers, please email [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] by Friday COB. ALL IN THE FAMILY -- “Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands: The first daughter will not, however, become a government employee, raising ethics questions,” by Annie Karni: “The powerful first daughter has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week. In everything but name, Trump is settling in as what appears to be a full-time staffer in her father’s administration, with a broad and growing portfolio — except she is not being sworn in, will hold no official position and is not pocketing a salary, her attorney said. Trump’s role, according to her attorney Jamie Gorelick, will be to serve as the president’s ‘eyes and ears’ while providing broad-ranging advice, not just limited to women’s empowerment issues.” http://politi.co/2mPEPRi-- “Trump kids still bound by Carter-era ethics laws,” by Josh Gerstein: http://politi.co/2nFE9lZDRAIN THE SWAMP! “Trump wants to give federal workers a raise,” by WaPo’s Lisa Rein: “The Trump administration, after announcing plans to slash spending across much of the government, will recommend a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers to take effect in January, according to a budget document and a senior budget official.” http://wapo.st/2nhmq35MATT AND MERCEDES SCHLAPP PROFILE – “How two old-school Washington insiders became the cool kids of Trumpism,” by WaPo’s Ben Terris: “While other establishment conservatives have come around to Trump, the Schlapps’ early enthusiasm earned them a place in his circle of unofficial advisers. They speak nearly every day with someone at the White House — often, they say, Bannon or Priebus. Sometimes even Trump himself. Among the motley crew of outsiders and neophytes speaking up for Trump on cable news, the Schlapps stand apart. More than mere talking heads, they are experienced political operatives with gold-plated résumés, savvy networkers who have long known half of the District on a first-name basis and down both sides of the aisle.” http://wapo.st/2nvw5DRSAY WHAT? -- “Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some U.S.-bound flights,” by AP’s Alicia A. Caldwell and David Koenig: “Seeking to bolster airline security, the U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. U.S. security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia.“A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The ban was indefinite, said the official.” http://apne.ws/2nFQt5xCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “White House prepares sweeping review of trade deals,” by Josh Dawsey and Megan Cassella: “The White House is preparing to order a review of all U.S. trade deals, senior administration officials say, as they seek better terms and aim to fulfill a campaign promise from President Donald Trump. Trump is expected to sign an executive order on reviewing all trade deals, formalizing an administration pledge to reexamine all agreements between the United States and its trading partners. … ‘NAFTA is going to be at the top of the list,’ one senior administration official said.“An administration official said the White House is seeking to talk more about trade amid other damaging story lines. ‘We think it’s a place where the president can really shine.’ The executive order is largely symbolic for now, one official cautioned, but puts in place the movement to change the deals. That means a close examination of 14 agreements that are currently in place: two regional deals, one with North American countries and another with Central American countries plus the Dominican Republic; and a dozen bilateral deals with countries across Asia, South America, the Middle East and Australia.” http://politi.co/2mnSe7nFOR YOUR RADAR -- “U.K. Leader Now Faces Toughest Brexit Test Yet,” by WSJ’s Jenny Gross in London: “After a veteran fellow Conservative lawmaker was caught on camera in July referring to Theresa May as a ‘bloody difficult woman,’ she embraced the epithet, saying the next man to find that out would be the European Commission chief. … Britain’s second female prime minister is about to put that assertion to the test after the government announced it would trigger on March 29 the two-year window for negotiations with the European Commission and her EU counterparts for Britain’s exit from the European Union. “Relatively unknown internationally when she came to office last July, Mrs. May, 60 years old, has earned a reputation as a steady, studied operator who holds her cards close to her vest. She heads into divorce talks advocating a tough approach. … The issue is whether her uncompromising style and her background as an immigration- and security-focused home secretary will give her the expertise she needs to for delicate diplomacy on matters of trade and finance with European leaders such as Angela Merkel.” http://on.wsj.com/2nNCEi7SUSAN GLASSER PODCAST – “Is Russiagate a Conspiracy Theory? Masha Gessen weighs in on Putin, Trump and what we should really be afraid of”: “Author and journalist Masha Gessen has emerged as a perceptive, prolific—and not at all predictable—analyst of the two presidents as American politics has been consumed by the investigations surrounding the Russian hacking of the U.S. election and whether Trump and his team might have colluded with it. ... Gessen, who says her family’s traumatic experiences in the upheavals of the 20th century in the Soviet Union gave her the ‘catastrophic imagination’ so many Americans lack, now worries not as much about a new Trump-Putin grand bargain selling out our allies as about a falling out between the two tough-guy leaders. In other words, ‘a nuclear holocaust.’ ‘The danger,’ she says, ‘of having these two unhinged, power-hungry men at their respective nuclear buttons cannot be overestimated.’” http://politi.co/2nZ4A22DEEP DIVE – GARRETT GRAFF in Wired, “Chasing the Phantom: Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker”: http://bit.ly/2nhCS3c VALLEY TALK -- “Uber plays the hero for some immigrant drivers caught up in travel ban,” by San Jose Mercury News’ Marisa Kendall: “Uber has kept a promise it made in January to help drivers caught up in the travel ban. The company, which vowed to put $3 million toward the effort, has provided free legal help, U.S.-bound plane tickets and other support to hundreds of drivers and their family members affected by the executive order that barred immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. So far, Uber has reunited 26 drivers with family members they were separated from under the ban, flying a total of 68 people to the U.S. Nearly 500 drivers have reached out to Uber for legal help and support, and the company said it was still receiving requests last week.” http://bayareane.ws/2mKE2AqMEDIAWATCH -- “Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims,” by L.A. Times’ Stephen Battaglio: “Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama. Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday. People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.” http://lat.ms/2nvhrwa-- BROOKE BROWER, former long-time MSNBC staffer and executive producer for Chuck Todd’s “Daily Rundown” and “Meet the Press Daily,” is joining CNN Politics as managing editor. Brower currently works as senior producer for CNN’s political unit. “His arrival will allow two invaluable team members, Zach Wolf and Steven Sloan, to devote themselves to new roles,” CNN’s Rachel Smolkin wrote in an email to staff. “Zach will continue to oversee programming and also will run our expanding quick-takes and data visualization teams, key growth areas this year. Steven will oversee our long-form enterprise (we’ll share more on that initiative soon).”JOE AND MIKA Q&A – “MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski on Trump and Why ‘Everyone’ Should Ban Kellyanne Conway From TV,” by Variety’s Brian Steinberg: http://bit.ly/2mmzEfv#THISTOWN -- “Time, People pull out of WHCD party,” by Hadas Gold: “Time and People magazine will not hold their glitzy, celebrity-filled party the night before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the magazines confirmed. The move follows several other high profile parties being canceled for the annual event, during which the Washington media, politicians, and often celebrities gather to celebrate journalism awards, scholarships and normally to toast the president. … Time will still attend the dinner, while People will be making a donation to the White House Correspondents’ Association in lieu of tables at the dinner, a spokesperson said. ‘This year we have decided to focus on supporting the White House Correspondents Association, which plays a crucial role in advocating for the broadest possible access for the press at the White House,’ Alan Murray, Time Inc. chief content officer said in a statement.” http://politi.co/2mIr4TTTIM ALBERTA PROFILE -- “Brighton, MSU grad now among ‘most-respected’ young reporters in D.C.,” by Livingston Daily’s Laura Colvin: http://bit.ly/2mL1MVj --Kimberly Leonard is joining the Washington Examiner as a health-care reporter; she previously was at U.S. News & World Report. http://politi.co/2n8RykS PLAYBOOK POOL UPDATE -- The standings are tight as we head into the Sweet 16. Joe Incollingo (Massachusetts) has 108 points and has called 42 of 48 (88 percent) games correctly, Unfortunately, he also picked Villanova to win it all. Alexandra Acker-Lyons (California) currently shares the top spot on the leaderboard with 108 points, with an 85 percent success rate, and she picked UNC to win it all. Chicago’s WGN Host, Roe Conn, is also tied for 1st with 108 points and an 83 percent success rate and has Purdue picked to win the Championship. Over on the VIP board, Conn sits in the top spot, but ABC’s Jon Karl is close behind with 104 points, followed by a three-way tie for 3rd place between POLITICO President Poppy MacDonald (prize ineligible), California State Treasurer John Chiang, and Cook County Illinois Commissioner Jesus Garcia. California’s John Burris, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Charlie Spies, Chicago Alderman Ricardo Munoz, and former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady are within eye shot. Our next update will be once the Final Four is determined. http://bit.ly/2n2XbztSPORTS BLINK -- “NCAA TOURNAMENT 2017: 16 THINGS TO KNOW HEADING INTO THE SWEET 16,” by Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: http://ble.ac/2mPvmJW .@LaraLeaTrump & I are excited to announce that we are adding a boy to #TeamTrump in September. It's been an amazing year. We are blessed! A post shared by Eric F. Trump (@erictrump) on Mar 20, 2017 at 9:09am PDTSPOTTED -- PETE ROUSE walking down Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, on his cell phone, rocking an Obama 2012 fleece … Michael Steele eating tacos at a table in the window yesterday night at Tortilla Coast on the Hill.TRANSITIONS -- BRIAN WORTH is joining tech lobbying shop Franklin Square Group as a partner. Worth, who most recently worked as Uber’s GOP lobbyist, previously served as coalitions director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and in President George W. Bush’s Small Business Administration. http://politi.co/2n6OSV0-- Chris Donahoe, former director of member outreach and communications for the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has joined Edelman’s D.C. office. He will be part of Edelman’s growing financial communications and capital markets practice.OBAMA ALUMNI – JOSH LIPSKY, an Obama White House and State Department alum, is heading to the International Monetary Fund, where he will serve as speechwriter and advisor to IMF chief Christine Lagarde. In January, Lipsky finished a tour at State working as special advisor to Rick Stengel, who was under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Arthur Scott, associate legislative director and political outreach manager for NACO -- he celebrated yesterday at the Arlington DMV renewing his driver’s license (h/t girlfriend Abbi Stuaan) ... (was Saturday): Joe Dougherty, director of comms at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and alum of Rand Corporation and Heritage, turned 52 (h/t Phil Hegseth)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ken Spain, partner at CGCN Group, the pride of Whittier, Calif. and a Koch Industries and NRCC alum. His wife Emily organized a small dinner with friends on Saturday night at one of his favorite D.C. restaurants, Fig and Olive. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2n8Rema BIRTHDAYS: Jonah Goldberg is 48 … WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe and Amy Joyce ... Fred Fielding, Reagan and Bush 43 White House counsel now at Morgan Lewis, is 78 ... Andrew Brown, DNC technology director ... Elizabeth Hines ... Lauren Rethmeier (daughter of Blain and Caton) ... Brian Ellner, Edelman’s EVP for public affairs ... Matt House, comms. director for Senator Schumer, is 31 ... Dan Wilson, VP of Mercury, and a rare D.C. native, growing up blocks away from Politics and Prose, is 34 … John Galloway, executive director at Future44 and Obama WH alum ... Sharon J. Castillo, Pfizer’s director of media relations for Latin America and USGR and former Bush-Cheney ‘04 national Hispanic spokeswoman … Dana Martin, head of product at Elementum in Silicon Valley, is 33 ... Jeff Foreman, director of policy for Care for the Homeless ... Kaitlyn Shimmin, former personal aide to Karl Rove ... PCCC duo: co-founder Adam Green and alum Kayla Wingbermuehle … Matt Gerson, Tracy’s Kids founder (charity that helps kids with cancer), former Universal Music exec now building a public affairs practice, celebrating with Susan ... Andrew Bleeker, president and founder of Bully Pulpit Interactive (h/ts Jon Haber) … former Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) is 57 ... Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is 51 ... ... Sophie Theis of the International Food Policy Research Institute ... Issa alum Jason Scism … Ross Kyle, COS at Van Scoyoc Associates and a Bush alum ... Michelle Franco, senior account executive at Text100 and Blue Engine alum ... Sarah Keep, digital project manager at 270 Strategies and a Tammy Duckworth alum … James “Jimmy Mac” McMaster … former Bush 43 FEMA COS Patrick Rhode is 48 (h/t Ed Cash) ... Lisa Caplan ... Teresa Skala … Mike Collins, RNC and NRCC alum ... Dina Rasor ... Chris Stuard … Sayeh Tavangar ... Nicole Bohannon (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... Devin Nagy ... ITA’s John C. Kalitka ... Alex Spillius, a media consultant and former diplomatic and Washington Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph ... Teresa Skala ... Scott Raab, policy adviser for Leader McConnell ... Katie Malone, special assistant for Rep. Elijah Cummings ... Talin Sardarbegians of Rep. Julia Brownley’s office ... Eric Stecklow of Rep. Ami Bera’s office ... Jason Steadman of Sen. Burr’s office (h/ts Legistorm) … Gary Oldman is 59 ... Matthew Broderick is 55 ... Rosie O’Donnell is 55 ... Kevin Federline is 39 (h/ts AP)

21 марта, 13:04

U.S., U.K., limit electronic devices on some Mideast flights

The U.S. directive stems from intelligence about terrorist plots to smuggle explosives in consumer items, authorities said.

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21 марта, 10:24

UAE arrests prominent activist for incitement: state news

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates arrested political activist Ahmed Mansoor on charges of spreading sectarianism and hatred on social media, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a move criticized by rights groups.

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21 марта, 09:59

UAE rights activist detained for social media criticism

A leading human rights advocate in the United Arab Emirates has been detained and is being investigated for cybercrimes that include criticizing the government on social media sites, according to a government statement published on Tuesday.

21 марта, 01:06

Laptops, Other Electronics Banned On Some Flights To U.S.

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The United States and United Kingdom have banned laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of some flights from airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The U.S. ban, which affects devices larger than a cellphone ― including cameras, DVD players and electronic games ― went into effect Tuesday morning, senior Trump administration officials said in a conference call with reporters.  Federal officials, requesting anonymity, said intensifying threats from terrorist groups against commercial airlines and airports prompted the new rules. Officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation imposed the change, officials said in the conference call.  “Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” said a DHS fact sheet released Tuesday. “The record of terrorist attempts to destroy aircraft in flight is longstanding and well-known.” The rules affect passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  These airports were chosen “based on the current threat picture,” the DHS sheet said. The affected airlines are all foreign carriers. Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish Airlines have 96 hours to implement the change, officials said.  Passengers on the roughly 50 flights per day affected by the change can put the banned devices in checked baggage.  The United Kingdom implemented a similar ban Tuesday ― it encompasses some U.K. airlines in addition to foreign airlines and only applies to flights from six countries. There’s no specific end date to the ban, DHS added. It will remain in place “until the threat changes.” Authorities referred to the recent downings of commercial planes by terrorists and the attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport that killed 45 people last June in justifying the electronics ban. They declined to say whether they’d uncovered new information that led to the tightened rules. Canada’s transportation minister, Marc Garneau, said Tuesday that he’s reviewing the electronics bans, but gave no indication of whether such a policy would be adopted by his country’s government.  One security expert said it’s possible the departments behind the ban are concerned with the size of an electronic device rather than how much information is stored on it. “My assumption would be that if there’s a security basis for the ban, there’s some new means of masking explosives in a device that can’t be detected by X-rays,” Jake Laperruque, senior counsel at The Constitution Project, told The Huffington Post. “I can have a phone that can hold 10 times more information than a laptop. ... This seems to be a ban based on size of a device and implies that it has something to do with hardware and what you can put into hardware.” The revision supersedes Federal Aviation Administration warning that lithium batteries in many electronics posed a fire risk when stored with checked baggage in a plane’s hold.  A tweet from Royal Jordanian airlines created confusion Monday when it was sent before the security measure was announced.  The company said that starting March 21, passengers could no longer bring cameras, DVD players and electronic games with their carry-on items and that such items must be checked on flights to and from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. Cellphones and medical devices would still be permitted, Royal Jordanian said. The tweet was later deleted.  Officials on the conference call said they had no complaint with how Royal Jordanian informed its customers of the electronics rules.   Saudia also commented on the new measure in a tweet, advising customers about which devices were banned. This article has been updated with new details, including official confirmation of the bans and comment from Saudia. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated the ban applies to flights to and from the United States. The rule for electronics, however, only affects flights on the listed airlines bound for the U.S. from the affected North African and Middle Eastern airports.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 марта, 21:41

Rights groups say UAE arrests prominent activist

Rights groups say a prominent activist in the United Arab Emirates has been detained after a lengthy search of his apartment.

19 марта, 19:01

Canadian wins US$1m teaching prize

A Canadian school teacher whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a US$1 million prize yesterday in what has become one of the most-coveted

19 марта, 14:00

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.