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A ban on Chinese social media app TikTok, first introduced by the Trump administration, is gaining momentum in Washington. Lawmakers from both parties fear the app could be manipulated by Chinese authorities to gain insights into American users and become an effective propaganda tool against the United States. But is TikTok a bigger threat than Silicon Valley-controlled social media? David Remnick talking to New Yorkers with Washington correspondent Evan Osnos and with Chris Stokel-Walker, author of “Tiktok Boom“. Also, playwright Larissa FastHorse talks to staff writer Vinson Cunningham about being the first Native American woman to direct a play on Broadway. A FastHorse satire about white liberals trying to put on a historically accurate but completely harmless Thanksgiving play comes out next week.

What is behind the bipartisan attack on TikTok?

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Explosion at Japanese port during PM Kishida’s visit, no casualties: NPR



A man (below) is detained after throwing an apparent “smoke bomb” at Wakayama on April 15, 2023, where the Japanese prime minister was scheduled to give a speech.

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A man (below) is detained after throwing an apparent “smoke bomb” at Wakayama on April 15, 2023, where the Japanese prime minister was scheduled to give a speech.

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SEOUL — Japanese authorities have evacuated Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unharmed after an explosion sounded at the port where he was supposed to give a speech.

There were no reports of injuries, and a suspect was detained for allegedly throwing an explosive device during a campaign event.

Kishida was in Wakayama City trying to find a candidate for the upcoming by-election. Public broadcaster NHK reported that an object was thrown, an explosion occurred and white smoke appeared.

In the NHK video, a dozen security personnel can be seen pinning a man in olive-colored pants and sneakers to the ground before dragging him away.

Japan has updated its VIP protection procedures following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last July.

A police report following the Abe shooting concluded that with better planning and security on the ground, Abe’s murder could have been prevented.

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Body of missing Northern California man found in Mexico



When 80-year-old traveler Wilmer Dean Trivette failed to show up for his daily coffee with friends in Baja California One morning in February, those who knew the former AAA insurance employee became worried.

Longtime friend Barnett English described Trivette as “a sincere and caring person who won’t miss an opportunity to make up for lost time”.

Friends and fellow snowbirders launched an in-person and virtual search that led to the discovery of his dog and eventually his burned-out camper on Feb. 23.

Mexican authorities have ended a nearly two-month-long hunt by announcing at a press conference On April 5, they discovered Trivette’s body in an isolated pit about 25 miles from the seaside village of Todos Santos.

The police used a specially trained cadaver dog.

Baja California Sur Attorney Daniel de la Rosa also announced that the siblings were arrested March 23 in connection with Trivett’s disappearance and charged with murder.

De la Rosa did not name the suspects, describing them on PowerPoint slides as Juan Hector and Jocelin Guadalupe. However, he gave a reason for the killings.

Do you know what the motive was? he asked rhetorically at a press conference. “It was a car accident.”

De la Rosa said that Trivette crashed into the criminals’ car with his camper at an unknown time. Trivette then paid the duo 50,000 pesos, roughly $2,700, for damages and medical expenses.

De la Rosa said they grew unhappy with the agreement and eventually kidnapped and killed Trivette.

“The accident happened a couple of years ago, but to be honest, Dean barely mentioned it,” English, 60, said. “The amount of heartbreak and grief caused by something so trivial is unbelievable.”

Prosecutors say Wilmer Dean Trivette was killed by two people after an argument over a car accident.

(Courtesy of Barnett English)

According to English, the longest search for answers caused the greatest stress among Trivette’s family and friends.

Trivette was last seen on February 11th. English said that on the day Trivette disappeared, his friends in Baja were handing out flyers, and he and others bombarded Todos Santos’ social media and news sites with ads.

“I have never before experienced such a phenomenon of long grief of waiting and finding out if your friend or loved one has died or not. It’s terrible,” he said. “While this news helps, what matters most to family and friends right now is that we get Dean’s body back here in the United States and we get some closure.”

Englishman who organizes Joshua Tree Music Festival which starts on May 18, said he would arrange a celebration of life for Trivette May 19 at 17:00 at the event.

“Dean would like us to remember him with his music and surrounded by good friends,” English said.

English’s friendship with Trivette was a testament to the latter’s sociability.

The duo met in 1993 when English ran his own coffee shop in the ski resort of Kirkwood, about an hour south of Lake Tahoe on the California side.

Trivette was a skier and lived in nearby Markleville, and the two developed a friendship that saw Trivette accompany English to “hundreds of concerts and music festivals” selling coffee.

English said that Trivette retired 17 or 18 years ago and camped all over North America with his wife, Jackie, and their dog. According to English, they camped near Todos Santos for many years.

According to English, Jackie Trivett died in 2019 due to pancreatic cancer, and Dean Trivett didn’t return to travel until last winter.

“He had such a taste for life,” English said. “He was supposed to be 81 this year, but he was in great shape. It’s sad that he left because he had so much life to live.”

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World leaders react to news of Shinzo Abe’s death



TueWorld leaders paid tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot while campaigning for his political allies on Friday morning.

read more: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead. What do we know so far

With tears in his eyes, Fumio Kishida, the current Prime Minister of Japan, condemned the assassination when he appeared before Japanese reporters following the news of Abe’s death. Kishida described Abe as a “personal friend” with whom he spent a lot of time.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, a good friend of Abe, announced that 9 July would be India’s national day of mourning as a sign of “deep respect” for the late Japanese leader. Modi recalled how he visited Abe during his last trip to Japan, noting that he did not expect this meeting to be their last.

Abe made great strides in improving diplomatic relations between Japan and India during his tenure, including signing historic civilian nuclear deal in 2016.

V statementsUS President Joe Biden said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened” by the news. “Japan’s longest tenure as prime minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will remain in place.” But brought up Close relations with Washington in his almost ten-year rule.

European leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron also offered their condolences. “We stood by Japan during these difficult hours,” Scholz said. tweeted. Japan has lost a great prime minister – Macron said.

European Council President Charles Michel denounced the “cowardly” attack on Abe, whom he called a “true friend” and “fierce defender of the multilateral order and democratic values.” The European Union is a major trade and investment partner for Japan.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Abe was one of Australia’s “closest friends on the world stage”. During his first term in 2007, Abe initiated a four-way alliance between Japan, India, the US and Australia that promoted security and economic cooperation.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that Abe’s “global leadership” will be remembered. “The UK stands with you in this dark and sad time,” he said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted his “deepest condolences” to the Abe and Kishide family. Although Japan is not a member of NATO, Abe paved the way for a stronger partnership with the transatlantic alliance.

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Japan expressed shock over Abe’s assassination. in a statement and expressed condolences to his family. During his premiership, Abe tried to improve relations between Japan and China, but his comments last year about Taiwan independence provoked criticism from Beijing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen said in a statement that “the international community has lost an important leader, but Taiwan has also lost an important and close friend. Taiwan and Japan are democratic countries with the rule of law, and our government strongly condemns violent and illegal activities.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol offered his condolences to the Japanese people, condemning the shooting as an “unforgivable crime.”

Abe became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister before resigning in 2020 due to poor health. Nevertheless, he remained one of the most influential political figures in modern Japan.

On the streets of Tokyo, locals expressed disbelief. “The shooting of a prominent figure like Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is deeply shocking,” Kanae Hayakawa, a 36-year-old office worker, told TIME. “And now I’m afraid – the fact that such an incident happened here in Japan reflects social instability and people’s dissatisfaction with society. I really hope the shooting incident doesn’t cause further instability here. And I’m also wondering how this incident will affect elections on Sunday.”

With reporting by Mayako Shibata in Tokyo and Eloise Barry in London.

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