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Obama political director to run foundation building library
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has tapped his White House political director to run the foundation that will build his presidential library and center.
The Obama Foundation says David Simas will be its new chief executive officer. Simas has run the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach since Obama re-created it in 2014.
Simas says in a statement that the foundation will focus on creating a presidential center "that inspires citizens and communities to take on big challenges."
The foundation has already selected a site on Chicago's South Side and an architect to design the center. The group is expected to ramp up a major fundraising operation after Obama leaves office.
Simas was previously the polling director for Obama's re-election and worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
PM warns MPs against blocking Brexit
London (AFP) - Prime Minister Theresa May warned MPs on Sunday not to block Brexit, after the High Court ruled that she cannot start the process of leaving the European Union without parliament's approval.The Conservative government has said it will appeal Thursday's court decision and May told EU leaders on Friday that she believes it has a strong case.In a statement published ahead of a trade mission to India, May cautioned members of parliament against using the ruling to undermine the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Photo campaign to boost Vietnam’s tourism
A photo campaign entitled “Super Selfie” has been launched with a view of promoting Vietnam’s landscapes and boosting tourism. West Lake, Hanoi Organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and VNTRIP Company, the campaign will run until the end of this year at iconic places in localities such as West Lake in Hanoi, Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City and My Khe beach in Da Nang.Launched in Hanoi from August 20 to September 4, a podium will be placed in Thanh Nien road,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hundreds mourn top filmmaker Andrzej Wajda in Poland
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people including politicians, actors and family packed into a church Wednesday to mourn Poland's leading filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, an honorary Oscar winner.A metal urn with Wajda's ashes, surrounded by white flowers, and his black-and-white portrait were placed by the altar at the 13th century Holy Trinity church of the Dominican friars in Krakow, southern Poland.Poland's President Andrzej Duda, foreign diplomats, family members, actors and intellectuals filled… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Actor found dead at LA home of Canada TV host Stroumboulopoulos
BC personality George Stroumboulopoulos arrives on the red carpet at the 2014 Canadian Screen awards in Toronto, March 9, 2014. Photo by Reuters/Mark Blinch/File Photo An actor has been found dead and apparently murdered at the rented home of Canadian talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, police and the TV personality said on Friday. The body of Richard Hong, 41, was found at the house by officers responding to reports of a burglary there… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Con Dao among best destinations in Asia
Lonely Planet has named Vietnam’s Con Dao Islands as one of the top ten places to visit in 2016. Their appeal includes coral gardens that offer Vietnam’s best diving, rewarding hikes in wildlife-rich tropical forests, and a coastline studded with gorgeous white-sand coves, describes Lonely Planet. The site adds that with improved flight connections from Ho Chi Minh City, there is no better place right now to feast on fresh seafood, explore in search of a perfect beach and revel in a castaway… chat_bubble_outline Read More...