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  • 2/74   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/74   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
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    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/74   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/74   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/74   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/74   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/74   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 9/74   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 10/74   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 11/74   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 12/74   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 13/74   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 14/74   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 15/74   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 16/74   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 17/74   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 18/74   Autos rebound helps UK economy in May, but weakness remains
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    Britain's economy grew more than expected in May, helped by rebounding car output after Brexit-related shutdowns, but the outlook remains fragile as a new prime minister prepares to take Britain out of the European Union.  Overall output grew 0.3% after contracting by 0.4% in April, the Office for National Statistics said, stronger than all the  forecasts in a Reuters poll, which had indicated growth of 0.1%.  The jump reflected a recovery in car production after a record drop in April, when factories brought forward their summer shutdowns to avoid disruption around the original March 29 Brexit deadline.

    Britain's economy grew more than expected in May, helped by rebounding car output after Brexit-related shutdowns, but the outlook remains fragile as a new prime minister prepares to take Britain out of the European Union. Overall output grew 0.3% after contracting by 0.4% in April, the Office for National Statistics said, stronger than all the forecasts in a Reuters poll, which had indicated growth of 0.1%. The jump reflected a recovery in car production after a record drop in April, when factories brought forward their summer shutdowns to avoid disruption around the original March 29 Brexit deadline.


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  • 19/74   Jerome Powell Signals Openness to Rate Cut as Uncertainty Dims Outlook
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    (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said downside risks to the U.S. economy are lingering as trade wars soften business investment and inflation stays weak, signaling that policy makers may be poised to cut interest rates as soon as this month.Since Fed officials met in June, “it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook,” Powell said in prepared remarks to U.S. lawmakers Wednesday. “Inflation pressures remain muted.”The Fed chief’s semiannual testimony supports the market view that the central bank is preparing to reduce borrowing costs at its July 30-31 meeting, despite a strong June jobs report.Traders cemented bets that a quarter-point rate cut is coming this month, and moved to price in closer to three quarter-point reductions by the end of 2019. U.S. stock index futures reversed a decline, Treasuries rallied and the dollar weakened.Powell’s remarks come amid mounting pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates.He opened his testimony by embracing the central bank’s mandates for maximum employment and stable prices as well as its “independence,” noting that it comes comes with a need for transparency and accountability.CrosscurrentsPowell carefully explained the reasons why the policy committee has shifted its views this year, and noted that “crosscurrents have reemerged, creating greater uncertainty.” Despite a current trade war truce with China, Powell continued to stress downside risks to the outlook.“Uncertainties about the outlook have increased in recent months,” Powell said in the text of his remarks. “Economic momentum appears to have slowed in some major foreign economies, and that weakness could affect the U.S. economy. Moreover, a number of government policy issues have yet to be resolved, including trade developments, the federal debt ceiling, and Brexit.”He noted that policy makers are carefully monitoring developments including the risk that weak readings on inflation could be “even more persistent than we currently anticipate.”The hearing before the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Washington.In addition, Powell pointed to a slowdown in business investment, decelerating global growth, and declines in housing investment and manufacturing output.Investor ExpectationsThe statement released after the last meeting also cited rising “uncertainties’’ and “muted’’ inflation in its shift toward a rate-cutting bias last month. Some analysts say the case for a cut is intact even after the Trump Administration dialed down its trade war with China and the June employment report showed payroll gains climbed a solid 224,000 last month.Investors expect a quarter point reduction this month, according to pricing in interest-rate futures contracts. Recent U.S. economic data have been mixed but analysts cite a variety of indicators the Fed could point to supporting a cut. A gross domestic product tracking indicator from the Atlanta Fed suggests second quarter economic growth slowed significantly.Powell noted that while the labor market remains healthy, gains have been uneven for many Americans, citing unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics that remain well above the rates for whites and Asians. Income inequality has become a rallying cry for Democratic candidates as the 2020 presidential race kicks off.The Fed chief gave lawmakers a list of troubling economic issues that would be better solved by fiscal policy rather than by the central bank. Finding ways to boost productivity “should remain a high national priority,” he said.Trump AttacksPowell is testifying before the House, and again before the Senate on Thursday, as Trump has relentlessly attacked him.“Blew it!’’ Trump tweeted June 24 after the Fed left rates on hold the week before, comparing it to “a stubborn child.’’ If the Fed “knew what it was doing” it would cut rates, the president told reporters Sunday.Trump announced his intentions to nominate two potentially dovish members to the Fed last week, either of whom might be a Fed chair pick for Trump when Powell’s term ends in 2022, assuming the president wins reelection next year.One is Christopher Waller, research director at the St. Louis Fed. Trump’s other pick is Judy Shelton, who has a record as a hard money advocate but tweeted after the announcement that she “will strive to support the U.S. pro-growth economic agenda with the appropriate monetary policy.”(Adds markets in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Craig Torres in Washington at ctorres3@bloomberg.net;Christopher Condon in Washington at ccondon4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Jeff Kearns, Alister BullFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said downside risks to the U.S. economy are lingering as trade wars soften business investment and inflation stays weak, signaling that policy makers may be poised to cut interest rates as soon as this month.Since Fed officials met in June, “it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook,” Powell said in prepared remarks to U.S. lawmakers Wednesday. “Inflation pressures remain muted.”The Fed chief’s semiannual testimony supports the market view that the central bank is preparing to reduce borrowing costs at its July 30-31 meeting, despite a strong June jobs report.Traders cemented bets that a quarter-point rate cut is coming this month, and moved to price in closer to three quarter-point reductions by the end of 2019. U.S. stock index futures reversed a decline, Treasuries rallied and the dollar weakened.Powell’s remarks come amid mounting pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates.He opened his testimony by embracing the central bank’s mandates for maximum employment and stable prices as well as its “independence,” noting that it comes comes with a need for transparency and accountability.CrosscurrentsPowell carefully explained the reasons why the policy committee has shifted its views this year, and noted that “crosscurrents have reemerged, creating greater uncertainty.” Despite a current trade war truce with China, Powell continued to stress downside risks to the outlook.“Uncertainties about the outlook have increased in recent months,” Powell said in the text of his remarks. “Economic momentum appears to have slowed in some major foreign economies, and that weakness could affect the U.S. economy. Moreover, a number of government policy issues have yet to be resolved, including trade developments, the federal debt ceiling, and Brexit.”He noted that policy makers are carefully monitoring developments including the risk that weak readings on inflation could be “even more persistent than we currently anticipate.”The hearing before the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Washington.In addition, Powell pointed to a slowdown in business investment, decelerating global growth, and declines in housing investment and manufacturing output.Investor ExpectationsThe statement released after the last meeting also cited rising “uncertainties’’ and “muted’’ inflation in its shift toward a rate-cutting bias last month. Some analysts say the case for a cut is intact even after the Trump Administration dialed down its trade war with China and the June employment report showed payroll gains climbed a solid 224,000 last month.Investors expect a quarter point reduction this month, according to pricing in interest-rate futures contracts. Recent U.S. economic data have been mixed but analysts cite a variety of indicators the Fed could point to supporting a cut. A gross domestic product tracking indicator from the Atlanta Fed suggests second quarter economic growth slowed significantly.Powell noted that while the labor market remains healthy, gains have been uneven for many Americans, citing unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics that remain well above the rates for whites and Asians. Income inequality has become a rallying cry for Democratic candidates as the 2020 presidential race kicks off.The Fed chief gave lawmakers a list of troubling economic issues that would be better solved by fiscal policy rather than by the central bank. Finding ways to boost productivity “should remain a high national priority,” he said.Trump AttacksPowell is testifying before the House, and again before the Senate on Thursday, as Trump has relentlessly attacked him.“Blew it!’’ Trump tweeted June 24 after the Fed left rates on hold the week before, comparing it to “a stubborn child.’’ If the Fed “knew what it was doing” it would cut rates, the president told reporters Sunday.Trump announced his intentions to nominate two potentially dovish members to the Fed last week, either of whom might be a Fed chair pick for Trump when Powell’s term ends in 2022, assuming the president wins reelection next year.One is Christopher Waller, research director at the St. Louis Fed. Trump’s other pick is Judy Shelton, who has a record as a hard money advocate but tweeted after the announcement that she “will strive to support the U.S. pro-growth economic agenda with the appropriate monetary policy.”(Adds markets in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Craig Torres in Washington at ctorres3@bloomberg.net;Christopher Condon in Washington at ccondon4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Jeff Kearns, Alister BullFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 20/74   China's ZTE follows Huawei with Brussels cybersecurity lab
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    China's ZTE opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels on Wednesday, aiming to boost transparency four months after bigger telecoms equipment rival Huawei did the same to allay concerns about spying.  Chinese vendors of network gear are being scrutinised by the United States and some of its allies who believe the equipment could be used by Beijing to spy on customers if deployed in 5G networks, which are beginning to be built around the world.  Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecoms network gear, has been blacklisted by the U.S. government, meaning that U.S. companies need special approval - which they are unlikely to get - to export products to the Chinese company.

    China's ZTE opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels on Wednesday, aiming to boost transparency four months after bigger telecoms equipment rival Huawei did the same to allay concerns about spying. Chinese vendors of network gear are being scrutinised by the United States and some of its allies who believe the equipment could be used by Beijing to spy on customers if deployed in 5G networks, which are beginning to be built around the world. Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecoms network gear, has been blacklisted by the U.S. government, meaning that U.S. companies need special approval - which they are unlikely to get - to export products to the Chinese company.


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  • 21/74   Volvo solves autonomous revenue riddle with package deals
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    Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo's first commercial autonomous truck deal shows how it is bundling services to generate revenue from a technology that is years away from wide deployment.  Volvo, the world's second biggest truckmaker behind Daimler, has decided for now to only deploy driverless trucks in pilots for customers, aiming to perform specific jobs on a limited, repetitive and controlled route, often on enclosed customer sites.  'There's a lot of uncertainties and that's why we believe the right way to develop autonomous is with commercial pilots where we partner up with customers, go for real implementations and learn from that,' Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks' autonomous solutions director, told Reuters in an interview.

    Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo's first commercial autonomous truck deal shows how it is bundling services to generate revenue from a technology that is years away from wide deployment. Volvo, the world's second biggest truckmaker behind Daimler, has decided for now to only deploy driverless trucks in pilots for customers, aiming to perform specific jobs on a limited, repetitive and controlled route, often on enclosed customer sites. 'There's a lot of uncertainties and that's why we believe the right way to develop autonomous is with commercial pilots where we partner up with customers, go for real implementations and learn from that,' Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks' autonomous solutions director, told Reuters in an interview.


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  • 22/74   Britain's ambassador to U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, resigns amid Trump spat
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    Sir Kim Darroch's leaked emails revealed his stinging criticism of the Trump administration.

    Sir Kim Darroch's leaked emails revealed his stinging criticism of the Trump administration.


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  • 23/74   Exclusive: Komodo releases mobile application for making atomic swaps
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    AtomicDEX’s beta launch means atomic swaps are coming to a phone near you.

    AtomicDEX’s beta launch means atomic swaps are coming to a phone near you.


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  • 24/74   Chinese Ponzi scheme victims accuse Justin Sun of complicity through silence
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    The Tron CEO is slammed for misleading investors after he failed to disassociate his platform from a scam that has cost them at least $30m.

    The Tron CEO is slammed for misleading investors after he failed to disassociate his platform from a scam that has cost them at least $30m.


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  • 25/74   Bitfinex claims to have already paid back $100 million of its outstanding debt to Tether
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    Bitfinex says it’s recouped millions of dollars seized as part of a far-ranging investigation into its shady payment processor, Crypto Capital Corps.

    Bitfinex says it’s recouped millions of dollars seized as part of a far-ranging investigation into its shady payment processor, Crypto Capital Corps.


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  • 26/74   SEC lawsuit is sinking Kik’s business
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    A major company is reconsidering its partnership with Kin due to its high-profile lawsuit.

    A major company is reconsidering its partnership with Kin due to its high-profile lawsuit.


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  • 27/74   Blockchain industry sees steady growth in early 2019
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    A new report shows that money is still flowing into the crypto industry—but in line with this year’s lower prices.

    A new report shows that money is still flowing into the crypto industry—but in line with this year’s lower prices.


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  • 28/74   Like Libra, Wala also tried to “bank the unbanked” in Africa. It failed.
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    Wala relied on the underlying banking system it was supposed to replace, and in doing so suffered from the same vulnerabilities.

    Wala relied on the underlying banking system it was supposed to replace, and in doing so suffered from the same vulnerabilities.


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  • 29/74   Ripple has plowed $500 million into the XRP ecosystem
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    Ripple’s Xpring initiative has helped more than 20 companies to build the “internet of value.”

    Ripple’s Xpring initiative has helped more than 20 companies to build the “internet of value.”


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  • 30/74   Maduro’s scheme to give away petro to Venezuela’s youth is good for bitcoin
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    Venezuela plans to use state resources to distribute crypto wallets to young people and airdrop petro, inadvertently introducing them to the world of bitcoin.

    Venezuela plans to use state resources to distribute crypto wallets to young people and airdrop petro, inadvertently introducing them to the world of bitcoin.


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  • 31/74   Gab is decentralizing, raising $10 million in Series A powered by bitcoin
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    Gab’s pivot to bitcoin and open-source, decentralized protocols are about to make it “unstoppable,” says CEO Andrew Torba in an exclusive interview.

    Gab’s pivot to bitcoin and open-source, decentralized protocols are about to make it “unstoppable,” says CEO Andrew Torba in an exclusive interview.


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  • 32/74   BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes to debate Nouriel Roubini
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    The bitcoin bull and the crypto skeptic score early points against each other ahead of Wednesday’s showdown in Taipei.

    The bitcoin bull and the crypto skeptic score early points against each other ahead of Wednesday’s showdown in Taipei.


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  • 33/74   MetaMask’s “bridge to the decentralized web” is finally coming to mobile
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    Ethereum junkies, rejoice. MetaMask users will at last get access to their ETH wallet and dapps on their mobile phones later this month.

    Ethereum junkies, rejoice. MetaMask users will at last get access to their ETH wallet and dapps on their mobile phones later this month.


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  • 34/74   Police enter Tron’s Beijing office following Ponzi scheme suicide
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    Victims of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of thousands are blaming the Tron CEO for his failure to disassociate the platform from the scam.

    Victims of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of thousands are blaming the Tron CEO for his failure to disassociate the platform from the scam.


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  • 35/74   Bitcoin finally gets an ‘A’ from Weiss Ratings
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    After a cagey two years, the crypto ratings agency elevates bitcoin to the top of its investment charts.

    After a cagey two years, the crypto ratings agency elevates bitcoin to the top of its investment charts.


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  • 36/74   Electroneum’s radical new upgrade ushers in nonprofit miners
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    The blockchain platform has boosted its security with a new Proof of Responsibility protocol, inspired by Facebook’s Libra.

    The blockchain platform has boosted its security with a new Proof of Responsibility protocol, inspired by Facebook’s Libra.


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  • 37/74   Binance to introduce futures trading with 20x leverage
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    Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao wants a piece of BitMEX’s $1 trillion pie.

    Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao wants a piece of BitMEX’s $1 trillion pie.


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  • 38/74   Binance, Ripple and Tron work together to reduce “period poverty”
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    The Binance Charity Foundation is creating a stablecoin to help give women worldwide access to sanitary products.

    The Binance Charity Foundation is creating a stablecoin to help give women worldwide access to sanitary products.


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  • 39/74   Calls mount for Labor Sec. Acosta to resign over plea deal for alleged pedophile Epstein
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    In the wake of the arrest of financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex-trafficking charges, Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Labor chief Alex Acosta, who negotiated a plea deal that resulted in an exceptionally light sentence for Epstein on similar charges a decade ago.

    In the wake of the arrest of financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex-trafficking charges, Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Labor chief Alex Acosta, who negotiated a plea deal that resulted in an exceptionally light sentence for Epstein on similar charges a decade ago.


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  • 40/74   Seized supertanker was full to capacity with crude - Gibraltar
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    Tests have shown a supertanker seized in Gibraltar last week was fully loaded with crude oil, the government of the British territory said on Monday.  British Royal Marines boarded the ship, Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on Thursday and seized it for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.  'Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar can now confirm, after having received the results of comprehensive laboratory testing, that ... the Grace 1, which was detained in the early hours of Thursday morning, is loaded to capacity with crude oil,' the government said in a statement.

    Tests have shown a supertanker seized in Gibraltar last week was fully loaded with crude oil, the government of the British territory said on Monday. British Royal Marines boarded the ship, Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on Thursday and seized it for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. 'Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar can now confirm, after having received the results of comprehensive laboratory testing, that ... the Grace 1, which was detained in the early hours of Thursday morning, is loaded to capacity with crude oil,' the government said in a statement.


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  • 41/74   Judge who said teenager who filmed himself raping girl 'deserves leniency because he's from a good family’ gets death threats
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    A New Jersey judge who said a teenage boy accused of rape should get leniency because he came from a “good family” has received threats amid a ferocious backlash against his ruling.James Troiano denied a request in 2018 for a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl to be tried as an adult.The Monmouth County Superior Court Judge said the defendant “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.”The teenage boy was accused of recording himself sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl and sending the video to friends with the caption “when your first time is rape.” Mr Troiano’s decision, which surfaced last week, sparked a fierce response and has been viewed as evidence the US legal system is two-tier and has different rules for those who are privileged. The 69-year-old, who has spent almost three decades on the bench, and his family are now receiving death threats and there have been a number of calls for him to resign, reports the New York Times.Mr Troiano and his family have received multiple threatening emails and calls, according to a source who spoke to the publication.One email reportedly told the judge that should be raped by a man “stronger than you”.A Change.org petition calls for the NJ State Assembly to impeach the judge and a protest is scheduled to take place at Monmouth County Superior Court later this week.The threats come as politicians and members of the public call for Mr Troiano to be disbarred, including from Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker. The New Jersey senator said: “Not only should this judge no longer serve - as he is clearly incapable of properly fulfilling his duties - but across the country, we must call out bad actors in the system, exposing their biases, and show women and survivors that we will doggedly pursue justice on their behalf".The teenager is accused of raping a girl, who has been referred to under the alias of Mary in court documents, in a basement during a house party in 2017.Court documents say Mary was intoxicated, slurring her words and stumbling as she walked into the basement with the teenager. They say she suffered bruising and hand prints from others slapping her on her backside, which she told her mother about the next day.Court documents say the accused teen allegedly recorded the assault and shared it with friends – adding that the girl's bare torso is exposed and her head is repeatedly banged against a wall in the recording.Mary and her family chose to press charges months later when the defendant carried on sharing the clip, despite the girl asking him to stop. Family court proceedings are usually closed to the public but some of Mr Troiano’s remarks - taken from a 65-page transcript of his sealed decision - were revealed when an appeals court decision surfaced.The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court reversed Mr Troiano's decision in June - sending the case back down for further judgment.

    A New Jersey judge who said a teenage boy accused of rape should get leniency because he came from a “good family” has received threats amid a ferocious backlash against his ruling.James Troiano denied a request in 2018 for a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl to be tried as an adult.The Monmouth County Superior Court Judge said the defendant “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.”The teenage boy was accused of recording himself sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl and sending the video to friends with the caption “when your first time is rape.” Mr Troiano’s decision, which surfaced last week, sparked a fierce response and has been viewed as evidence the US legal system is two-tier and has different rules for those who are privileged. The 69-year-old, who has spent almost three decades on the bench, and his family are now receiving death threats and there have been a number of calls for him to resign, reports the New York Times.Mr Troiano and his family have received multiple threatening emails and calls, according to a source who spoke to the publication.One email reportedly told the judge that should be raped by a man “stronger than you”.A Change.org petition calls for the NJ State Assembly to impeach the judge and a protest is scheduled to take place at Monmouth County Superior Court later this week.The threats come as politicians and members of the public call for Mr Troiano to be disbarred, including from Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker. The New Jersey senator said: “Not only should this judge no longer serve - as he is clearly incapable of properly fulfilling his duties - but across the country, we must call out bad actors in the system, exposing their biases, and show women and survivors that we will doggedly pursue justice on their behalf".The teenager is accused of raping a girl, who has been referred to under the alias of Mary in court documents, in a basement during a house party in 2017.Court documents say Mary was intoxicated, slurring her words and stumbling as she walked into the basement with the teenager. They say she suffered bruising and hand prints from others slapping her on her backside, which she told her mother about the next day.Court documents say the accused teen allegedly recorded the assault and shared it with friends – adding that the girl's bare torso is exposed and her head is repeatedly banged against a wall in the recording.Mary and her family chose to press charges months later when the defendant carried on sharing the clip, despite the girl asking him to stop. Family court proceedings are usually closed to the public but some of Mr Troiano’s remarks - taken from a 65-page transcript of his sealed decision - were revealed when an appeals court decision surfaced.The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court reversed Mr Troiano's decision in June - sending the case back down for further judgment.


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  • 42/74   Saudi princess tried in absentia for alleged Paris beating
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    The only daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was put on trial in absentia Tuesday in Paris for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to strike a plumber she suspected of taking photos and video at the Saudi royal family's apartment in the French capital.  Prosecutors allege Princess Hessa bint Salman became enraged when she saw the plumber allegedly capturing her image, fearing the pictures could be used to harm her as the Saudi monarch's daughter due to her country's conservative traditions.  The princess' lawyer said she was not present because correspondence was sent to the Paris address, not to the royal palace in Saudi Arabia.

    The only daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was put on trial in absentia Tuesday in Paris for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to strike a plumber she suspected of taking photos and video at the Saudi royal family's apartment in the French capital. Prosecutors allege Princess Hessa bint Salman became enraged when she saw the plumber allegedly capturing her image, fearing the pictures could be used to harm her as the Saudi monarch's daughter due to her country's conservative traditions. The princess' lawyer said she was not present because correspondence was sent to the Paris address, not to the royal palace in Saudi Arabia.


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  • 43/74   US-to-Dominican Republic flight bookings rebounding after tourist deaths, report says
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    Flight bookings from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic have started rebounding after a spate of tourist deaths between late May and late June.

    Flight bookings from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic have started rebounding after a spate of tourist deaths between late May and late June.


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  • 44/74   Freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar reports death threats over asylum story
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    Texas Democrat says federal authorities looking into threats against her, her family and aides

    Texas Democrat says federal authorities looking into threats against her, her family and aides


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  • 45/74   Two Big Earthquakes Shook Rural Southern California. What Would Have Happened If They Hit a Major City?
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    Here's what could happen

    Here's what could happen


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  • 46/74   Report: Migrant Apprehensions at Southern Border Drop by 37,500 in June
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    The number of migrants apprehended crossing the southern border illegally dropped by more than 37,500 in June, the first month-to-month decline since apprehensions began skyrocketing six months ago.Border Patrol agents apprehended 94,487 people crossing the border between ports of entry in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in June after capturing 132,000 migrants at the southern border the previous month, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.While the official figures have not yet been released, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan estimated during a recent press conference that June saw a 25 percent decline in apprehensions. The numbers reported by the Examiner indicate a 28 percent decline.McAleenan credited President Trump's recent tariff threat with prompting increased border enforcement by Mexican officials. But the weather may also have played a role as apprehensions usually drop off from spring to summer due to dangerously hot temperatures.In early June, Mexico agreed to deploy troops to its border with Guatemala to stem the flow of Central American asylum-seekers traveling through Mexico to the U.S. The concession was extracted after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. if its government failed to slow the influx of migrants that has overwhelmed American detention capabilities at the border in recent months.Mexico has, however, resisted the Trump administration's demand that they adopt a “safe third country” policy that would require all asylum-seekers who travel through Mexico to apply for asylum in Mexico before trying to enter the U.S.Mexican officials did agree to the administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, which require that certain asylum-seekers remain on the Mexican side of the border while their U.S. asylum claims are being adjudicated.

    The number of migrants apprehended crossing the southern border illegally dropped by more than 37,500 in June, the first month-to-month decline since apprehensions began skyrocketing six months ago.Border Patrol agents apprehended 94,487 people crossing the border between ports of entry in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in June after capturing 132,000 migrants at the southern border the previous month, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.While the official figures have not yet been released, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan estimated during a recent press conference that June saw a 25 percent decline in apprehensions. The numbers reported by the Examiner indicate a 28 percent decline.McAleenan credited President Trump's recent tariff threat with prompting increased border enforcement by Mexican officials. But the weather may also have played a role as apprehensions usually drop off from spring to summer due to dangerously hot temperatures.In early June, Mexico agreed to deploy troops to its border with Guatemala to stem the flow of Central American asylum-seekers traveling through Mexico to the U.S. The concession was extracted after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. if its government failed to slow the influx of migrants that has overwhelmed American detention capabilities at the border in recent months.Mexico has, however, resisted the Trump administration's demand that they adopt a “safe third country” policy that would require all asylum-seekers who travel through Mexico to apply for asylum in Mexico before trying to enter the U.S.Mexican officials did agree to the administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, which require that certain asylum-seekers remain on the Mexican side of the border while their U.S. asylum claims are being adjudicated.


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  • 47/74   Billionaire anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer launches presidential bid
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    California billionaire Tom Steyer on Tuesday morning announced his bid to join the two dozen Democrats running for president.

    California billionaire Tom Steyer on Tuesday morning announced his bid to join the two dozen Democrats running for president.


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  • 48/74   Boeing falls behind Airbus in deliveries as 737 MAX crisis bites
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    Airbus is on track to overtake Boeing in commercial plane deliveries for 2019 after outpacing its US rival at mid-year following the 737 MAX grounding, according to data released Tuesday.  Boeing, which has halted deliveries of the top-selling plane since mid-March, reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019 through the year's midpoint, down 37 percent from the year-ago period.  Airbus reported 389 deliveries for the same period, up 28 percent from the same period in 2018, according to data on its website.

    Airbus is on track to overtake Boeing in commercial plane deliveries for 2019 after outpacing its US rival at mid-year following the 737 MAX grounding, according to data released Tuesday. Boeing, which has halted deliveries of the top-selling plane since mid-March, reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019 through the year's midpoint, down 37 percent from the year-ago period. Airbus reported 389 deliveries for the same period, up 28 percent from the same period in 2018, according to data on its website.


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  • 49/74   Here's Why Array BioPharma Soared 75.4% in June
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    It looks like Novartis let a big one get away.

    It looks like Novartis let a big one get away.


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  • 50/74   Feud Atop Asia’s Biggest Budget Carrier Starts to Get Ugly
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    (Bloomberg) -- A dispute between the founders of Asia’s biggest budget airline deepened after one accused the other of dubious governance practices, roiling the company’s shares and raising concerns that the feud will drag on.Billionaire Rakesh Gangwal informed IndiGo’s operator, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., that he flagged some of his governance concerns about co-founder Rahul Bhatia to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the company said in a statement late Tuesday. That prompted queries from the regulator, which InterGlobe will respond to by July 19, it said.The complaints centered on what Gangwal described as “unusual controlling rights” held by Bhatia. That level of power paved the way for Bhatia to push through related-party transactions and major decisions without proper safeguards or protocols, according to Gangwal.InterGlobe shares tumbled 11%, their most in almost three years, amid concerns that the power struggle will be prolonged and cause collateral damage to the company. It also comes at a bad time as Indian carriers struggle to stay in business amid higher oil prices and cut-throat competition.“With the conflict between the two promoters coming out in the public in great detail, we do not envisage a settlement anytime soon,” Citigroup analyst Arvind Sharma said in a note to clients, reiterating his recommendation to sell InterGlobe Aviation shares. “The uncertainty regarding the final resolution could cause weakness in the stock price.”Mud-SlingingThough Bhatia couldn’t be reached for comment, he wrote in a letter to IndiGo’s board last month that Gangwal was trying to get around the company’s shareholders’ agreement, seeking to “dilute and diminish” the other co-founder’s control. An IndiGo spokeswoman declined to comment beyond the stock exchange statement.InterGlobe closed 168.25 rupees lower to 1,398.05 rupees in Mumbai on Wednesday, wiping out almost $1 billion in market value.In his letter to the regulator, Gangwal said the company is at a “watershed moment” and that it’s started “veering off from the core principles and values of governance that made IndiGo what it is today.”Gangwal, who has said he had no desire to take control of the airline, also wrote in his letter to the regulator that Bhatia is “building an ecosystem” of companies for related-party transactions. He also criticized how Bhatia’s control over the board allowed him to push through decisions “without basic governance protocols and laws being followed.”“These unusual controlling rights seem to be the basis for the various violations of law and governance at IndiGo,” Gangwal said in his letter. “The nation can ill afford IndiGo to ever falter.”Odd CoupleAlthough Gangwal and Bhatia are board members at InterGlobe, neither holds executive positions at the company. Still, Bhatia’s holding company is the top shareholder, with a stake of 38% stake as of March 31. Gangwal and his family held 37%.The pair has always been an odd couple. Gangwal, once the chief executive officer at US Airways, teamed up with Bhatia -- a former airline sales agent -- to create IndiGo in 2005. After its founding, the carrier quickly outpaced rivals to grab almost half of the local market, making both founders billionaires. IndiGo is now one of the few Indian carriers with enough cash to aggressively expand, and it’s been mapping out a way to build a long-haul, low-cost business to take passengers from places like New Delhi to London.But those expansion plans could be at threat should the feud escalate.“This board level feud is an unnecessary distraction for IndiGo, which is best placed to benefit from upheaval in the Indian aviation market,” said Rahul Kapoor, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in Singapore. “Even as we do not expect any operational or earnings impact, investors will be closely scrutinizing the related-party transactions and seek greater clarity on future strategy.”(Adds closing share price in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ameya Karve and Upmanyu Trivedi.To contact the reporter on this story: Anurag Kotoky in New Delhi at akotoky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Abhay SinghFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- A dispute between the founders of Asia’s biggest budget airline deepened after one accused the other of dubious governance practices, roiling the company’s shares and raising concerns that the feud will drag on.Billionaire Rakesh Gangwal informed IndiGo’s operator, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., that he flagged some of his governance concerns about co-founder Rahul Bhatia to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the company said in a statement late Tuesday. That prompted queries from the regulator, which InterGlobe will respond to by July 19, it said.The complaints centered on what Gangwal described as “unusual controlling rights” held by Bhatia. That level of power paved the way for Bhatia to push through related-party transactions and major decisions without proper safeguards or protocols, according to Gangwal.InterGlobe shares tumbled 11%, their most in almost three years, amid concerns that the power struggle will be prolonged and cause collateral damage to the company. It also comes at a bad time as Indian carriers struggle to stay in business amid higher oil prices and cut-throat competition.“With the conflict between the two promoters coming out in the public in great detail, we do not envisage a settlement anytime soon,” Citigroup analyst Arvind Sharma said in a note to clients, reiterating his recommendation to sell InterGlobe Aviation shares. “The uncertainty regarding the final resolution could cause weakness in the stock price.”Mud-SlingingThough Bhatia couldn’t be reached for comment, he wrote in a letter to IndiGo’s board last month that Gangwal was trying to get around the company’s shareholders’ agreement, seeking to “dilute and diminish” the other co-founder’s control. An IndiGo spokeswoman declined to comment beyond the stock exchange statement.InterGlobe closed 168.25 rupees lower to 1,398.05 rupees in Mumbai on Wednesday, wiping out almost $1 billion in market value.In his letter to the regulator, Gangwal said the company is at a “watershed moment” and that it’s started “veering off from the core principles and values of governance that made IndiGo what it is today.”Gangwal, who has said he had no desire to take control of the airline, also wrote in his letter to the regulator that Bhatia is “building an ecosystem” of companies for related-party transactions. He also criticized how Bhatia’s control over the board allowed him to push through decisions “without basic governance protocols and laws being followed.”“These unusual controlling rights seem to be the basis for the various violations of law and governance at IndiGo,” Gangwal said in his letter. “The nation can ill afford IndiGo to ever falter.”Odd CoupleAlthough Gangwal and Bhatia are board members at InterGlobe, neither holds executive positions at the company. Still, Bhatia’s holding company is the top shareholder, with a stake of 38% stake as of March 31. Gangwal and his family held 37%.The pair has always been an odd couple. Gangwal, once the chief executive officer at US Airways, teamed up with Bhatia -- a former airline sales agent -- to create IndiGo in 2005. After its founding, the carrier quickly outpaced rivals to grab almost half of the local market, making both founders billionaires. IndiGo is now one of the few Indian carriers with enough cash to aggressively expand, and it’s been mapping out a way to build a long-haul, low-cost business to take passengers from places like New Delhi to London.But those expansion plans could be at threat should the feud escalate.“This board level feud is an unnecessary distraction for IndiGo, which is best placed to benefit from upheaval in the Indian aviation market,” said Rahul Kapoor, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in Singapore. “Even as we do not expect any operational or earnings impact, investors will be closely scrutinizing the related-party transactions and seek greater clarity on future strategy.”(Adds closing share price in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ameya Karve and Upmanyu Trivedi.To contact the reporter on this story: Anurag Kotoky in New Delhi at akotoky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Abhay SinghFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 51/74   Trump directing government to revamp care for kidney disease
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    President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don't get that sick to begin with.  Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars.  Officials cited a study that suggests long term it may be possible to find 17,000 more kidneys and 11,000 other organs from deceased donors for transplant every year.

    President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don't get that sick to begin with. Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars. Officials cited a study that suggests long term it may be possible to find 17,000 more kidneys and 11,000 other organs from deceased donors for transplant every year.


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  • 52/74   Goldman Is Hiring to ‘Go Further Than Ever’ Into Digital Assets
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    (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is bolstering the team working on its new digital-asset services.In a job posting on its website, the firm said it’s seeking a project manager to define the scope and direction of the business and “help us go further than ever before.’’ The new employee, who will sit in the bank’s incubator GS Accelerate in New York, will develop a strategy for distributed ledger technology.Last month, Chief Executive Officer David Solomon said the firm may explore its own digital coin for payments and is also conducting “extensive research’’ on tokenization, the process for transforming currencies or other assets into tradeable digital contracts that live on a blockchain. Goldman was among the first firms on Wall Street to clear Bitcoin futures and appointed a head of digital-asset markets to help clients interested in investing in crypto.However, most investment banks’ large clients are steering clear of crypto assets over concerns about money laundering, cyber security and market manipulation.The job ad was first reported by crypto news site The Block.To contact the reporter on this story: Alastair Marsh in London at amarsh25@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net, Marion Dakers, Keith CampbellFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is bolstering the team working on its new digital-asset services.In a job posting on its website, the firm said it’s seeking a project manager to define the scope and direction of the business and “help us go further than ever before.’’ The new employee, who will sit in the bank’s incubator GS Accelerate in New York, will develop a strategy for distributed ledger technology.Last month, Chief Executive Officer David Solomon said the firm may explore its own digital coin for payments and is also conducting “extensive research’’ on tokenization, the process for transforming currencies or other assets into tradeable digital contracts that live on a blockchain. Goldman was among the first firms on Wall Street to clear Bitcoin futures and appointed a head of digital-asset markets to help clients interested in investing in crypto.However, most investment banks’ large clients are steering clear of crypto assets over concerns about money laundering, cyber security and market manipulation.The job ad was first reported by crypto news site The Block.To contact the reporter on this story: Alastair Marsh in London at amarsh25@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net, Marion Dakers, Keith CampbellFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 53/74   Does Air Conditioning Make You Sick? Here's The Truth.
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    This is what AC is really doing to our bodies and brains, according to experts.

    This is what AC is really doing to our bodies and brains, according to experts.


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  • 54/74   Correction: Norway-Fast Fox story
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    In a story July 3 story about an arctic fox that walked more than 2,700 miles from Norway to Canada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of animal as roughly 2 years.  An arctic fox walked more than 4,415 kilometers (2,737 miles) to go from northern Norway to Canada's far north in four months, Norwegian researchers said.

    In a story July 3 story about an arctic fox that walked more than 2,700 miles from Norway to Canada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of animal as roughly 2 years. An arctic fox walked more than 4,415 kilometers (2,737 miles) to go from northern Norway to Canada's far north in four months, Norwegian researchers said.


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  • 55/74   Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, show signs of life
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    Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction.  More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways.  Increased numbers are appearing in the cold streams of Maine, the lakes of Michigan and Wisconsin and the coffee-colored waters of Florida's Suwannee River.

    Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways. Increased numbers are appearing in the cold streams of Maine, the lakes of Michigan and Wisconsin and the coffee-colored waters of Florida's Suwannee River.


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  • 56/74   Trump Targets Dialysis, Kidney Transplants in Care Overhaul
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    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump will announce an overhaul of the U.S. approach to care for people with kidney disease on Wednesday, an effort intended to move more patients out of costly dialysis centers and increase transplants.Trump will direct Medicare to adjust payments for treatment of kidney disease to encourage patients to undergo dialysis at home, a person familiar with the plan said. Administration officials hope his proposal will also produce an additional 17,000 kidney transplants a year, the person said.Trump on Wednesday will sign an executive order on “advancing kidney health,” the White House said Tuesday night.Dialysis providers sank after reports on the plan. DaVita Inc. fell 5.3% Tuesday in New York, the most since May 29. American Renal Associates Holdings Inc., based in Beverly, Massachusetts, slid 9.6%.German rival Fresenius Medical Care AG said in a statement that it has been working for years on initiatives to expand access to home dialysis, transplantation and new models of value-based care for chronic kidney disease, and looks forward to hearing the administration’s proposals. The shares were little changed in Frankfurt.“Any drive to increase home dialysis rates should be a positive for Fresenius Medical Care,” Tom Jones, a Berenberg analyst, said in an email, pointing to , the company’s acquisition of NxStage Medical for $2 billion in February. Part of the rationale for the purchase was “anticipation of greater home dialysis use,” he said.The administration’s plan will also encourage earlier diagnosis of kidney disease, prevention, and the development of artificial kidneys, the person said. Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, pays for most treatment of kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease. The program spent more than $62,000 per ESRD patient in 2013, according to a 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service.“The prospect of losing patients who cover facility and staffing costs would crimp Ebitda near term, though an official proposal has yet to be made,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jason McGorman wrote in a note earlier, addressing the potential impact on DaVita.Sell-side analysts have warned investors that Trump’s speech may bring some volatility for dialysis providers. Raymond James analyst Chris Meekins predicts the president could announce a goal of having 80% of kidney patients either receive a kidney transplant or use home dialysis by 2025.When asked about Trump’s upcoming announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services pointed to a speech Secretary Alex Azar gave in March that emphasized the need for earlier detection of kidney disease to allow for more in-home dialysis.Azar said at the time that 12% of Americans with ESRD start treatment with at-home dialysis, compared to 80% in Hong Kong. He also focused on reorienting the payment system so dialysis companies would not be discouraged from helping patients get a transplant.Barclays analyst Patrick Feeley said that the Trump administration is likely to echo these proposals. He doesn’t view them as a threat to the industry, and expects the established dialysis providers to benefit from any increase in home care.Providers have been targeting growth in home dialysis. CVS Health Corp. also plans to enter the field. The company said it is working to start the final study of its home hemodialysis device soon.Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, is the lead independent director at DaVita.(Updates with Fresenius statement in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Anna Edney and Tim Loh.To contact the reporters on this story: Tatiana Darie in New York at tdarie1@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Jacobs in Washington at jjacobs68@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, John Lauerman, Eric PfannerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump will announce an overhaul of the U.S. approach to care for people with kidney disease on Wednesday, an effort intended to move more patients out of costly dialysis centers and increase transplants.Trump will direct Medicare to adjust payments for treatment of kidney disease to encourage patients to undergo dialysis at home, a person familiar with the plan said. Administration officials hope his proposal will also produce an additional 17,000 kidney transplants a year, the person said.Trump on Wednesday will sign an executive order on “advancing kidney health,” the White House said Tuesday night.Dialysis providers sank after reports on the plan. DaVita Inc. fell 5.3% Tuesday in New York, the most since May 29. American Renal Associates Holdings Inc., based in Beverly, Massachusetts, slid 9.6%.German rival Fresenius Medical Care AG said in a statement that it has been working for years on initiatives to expand access to home dialysis, transplantation and new models of value-based care for chronic kidney disease, and looks forward to hearing the administration’s proposals. The shares were little changed in Frankfurt.“Any drive to increase home dialysis rates should be a positive for Fresenius Medical Care,” Tom Jones, a Berenberg analyst, said in an email, pointing to , the company’s acquisition of NxStage Medical for $2 billion in February. Part of the rationale for the purchase was “anticipation of greater home dialysis use,” he said.The administration’s plan will also encourage earlier diagnosis of kidney disease, prevention, and the development of artificial kidneys, the person said. Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, pays for most treatment of kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease. The program spent more than $62,000 per ESRD patient in 2013, according to a 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service.“The prospect of losing patients who cover facility and staffing costs would crimp Ebitda near term, though an official proposal has yet to be made,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jason McGorman wrote in a note earlier, addressing the potential impact on DaVita.Sell-side analysts have warned investors that Trump’s speech may bring some volatility for dialysis providers. Raymond James analyst Chris Meekins predicts the president could announce a goal of having 80% of kidney patients either receive a kidney transplant or use home dialysis by 2025.When asked about Trump’s upcoming announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services pointed to a speech Secretary Alex Azar gave in March that emphasized the need for earlier detection of kidney disease to allow for more in-home dialysis.Azar said at the time that 12% of Americans with ESRD start treatment with at-home dialysis, compared to 80% in Hong Kong. He also focused on reorienting the payment system so dialysis companies would not be discouraged from helping patients get a transplant.Barclays analyst Patrick Feeley said that the Trump administration is likely to echo these proposals. He doesn’t view them as a threat to the industry, and expects the established dialysis providers to benefit from any increase in home care.Providers have been targeting growth in home dialysis. CVS Health Corp. also plans to enter the field. The company said it is working to start the final study of its home hemodialysis device soon.Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, is the lead independent director at DaVita.(Updates with Fresenius statement in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Anna Edney and Tim Loh.To contact the reporters on this story: Tatiana Darie in New York at tdarie1@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Jacobs in Washington at jjacobs68@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, John Lauerman, Eric PfannerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 57/74   Crypto Firm Diginex Reaches Deal to Go Public in the U.S.
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    (Bloomberg) -- Diginex Ltd., a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency and blockchain services company, is going public through a reverse merger with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp., people familiar with the matter said.Diginex will be listed on Nasdaq following the deal with 8i, a so-called blank-check company, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The deal is poised to value Diginex at about $276 million including debt, after the proposed valuation increased during late-stage negotiations from earlier estimates of $233.6 million, one of the people said.The transaction could be announced as soon as Wednesday in New York, the people said.Diginex provides advisory services and develops blockchain tools for companies including payments firm Fidelity National Information Services. It is also planning to launch a virtual currency marketplace, according to its website. 8i is a special purpose acquisition company, a type of firm that raises money with plans to buy or merge with other companies.Representatives for Diginex and 8i declined to comment.Cryptocurrency companies such as Diginex have been skipping IPOs and instead pursuing so-called backdoor listings to access public markets. IPOs can take longer to pull off and involve more regulatory hurdles. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will still need to approve Diginex’s proxy filing, the people said.Diginex shareholders will receive 20 million ordinary shares of 8i valued at $10 per share, according to the people.The cryptocurrency firm has been hiring executives to expand in the U.S. In February, Diginex brought on Will McDonough, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. vice president who previously started a brand-management company that has represented quarterback Tom Brady of the National Football League’s New England Patriots.Diginex is betting that financial institutions and investors will increase their exposure to digital assets and the blockchain technology that underpins them, despite a major sell-off that has erased most of the cryptocurrencies’ market value over the past two years.While some institutions are experimenting with products, many have steered clear because of an uncertain regulatory outlook and concerns over money laundering, market manipulation and cybertheft. Facebook said this month that it planned to introduce a cryptocurrency called Libra, a move that already has drawn scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers.(Updates to show valuation increased during late-stage negotiations in deck headline, second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Dave Liedtka and Olga Kharif.To contact the reporter on this story: Liana Baker in New York at lbaker75@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Hauck at dhauck1@bloomberg.net, Ben Scent, Amy ThomsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Diginex Ltd., a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency and blockchain services company, is going public through a reverse merger with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp., people familiar with the matter said.Diginex will be listed on Nasdaq following the deal with 8i, a so-called blank-check company, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The deal is poised to value Diginex at about $276 million including debt, after the proposed valuation increased during late-stage negotiations from earlier estimates of $233.6 million, one of the people said.The transaction could be announced as soon as Wednesday in New York, the people said.Diginex provides advisory services and develops blockchain tools for companies including payments firm Fidelity National Information Services. It is also planning to launch a virtual currency marketplace, according to its website. 8i is a special purpose acquisition company, a type of firm that raises money with plans to buy or merge with other companies.Representatives for Diginex and 8i declined to comment.Cryptocurrency companies such as Diginex have been skipping IPOs and instead pursuing so-called backdoor listings to access public markets. IPOs can take longer to pull off and involve more regulatory hurdles. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will still need to approve Diginex’s proxy filing, the people said.Diginex shareholders will receive 20 million ordinary shares of 8i valued at $10 per share, according to the people.The cryptocurrency firm has been hiring executives to expand in the U.S. In February, Diginex brought on Will McDonough, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. vice president who previously started a brand-management company that has represented quarterback Tom Brady of the National Football League’s New England Patriots.Diginex is betting that financial institutions and investors will increase their exposure to digital assets and the blockchain technology that underpins them, despite a major sell-off that has erased most of the cryptocurrencies’ market value over the past two years.While some institutions are experimenting with products, many have steered clear because of an uncertain regulatory outlook and concerns over money laundering, market manipulation and cybertheft. Facebook said this month that it planned to introduce a cryptocurrency called Libra, a move that already has drawn scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers.(Updates to show valuation increased during late-stage negotiations in deck headline, second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Dave Liedtka and Olga Kharif.To contact the reporter on this story: Liana Baker in New York at lbaker75@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Hauck at dhauck1@bloomberg.net, Ben Scent, Amy ThomsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 58/74   Germany Makes Push for Cloud Service Independent of U.S.
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    (Bloomberg) -- German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier plans to build up a German cloud service to allow European companies to store data independent of Asian or U.S. rivals such as Amazon.com Inc.“Germany has a right to technological sovereignty,” said Altmaier during a visit to San Francisco. “Data clouds should not only be set up in the U.S. or China, but also in Germany so that European companies, which want secure and reliable data storage, have this option.”Altmaier’s plans are a second attempt to build up an independent German cloud service. Deutsche Telekom AG has been marketing its own cloud as a secure alternative to U.S. platforms, but at the end of 2018 began offering access to Amazon’s data centers in a recognition of its longtime rival’s dominance in Europe.The minister said he’s seeking partners for his planned cloud alliance and is in talks with SAP SE, Deutsche Telekom and other companies. He expects a decision by the companies in the next months, he said.Geopolitical tensions and trade wars are making European politicians cautious about domestic champions ceding control of their data to technology suppliers from the U.S. or China, fearing that providers could deny access to critical information about customers or production, or serve as a venue for rogue agents.Under the Trump Administration’s Cloud Act (or the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act”) that was signed last year, all U.S. cloud providers can be ordered to provide local authorities data stored on their servers no matter where that data is physically stored. A similar concept has been enshrined in Chinese law since 2017, in which information of citizens must be stored in-country and accessible on demand to the authorities.Agnes Pannier-Runacher, France’s deputy economy minister, said in an interview with Bloomberg in June that European businesses relinquishing control of their data was “a systemic risk” to the competitiveness and sovereignty of an economy.Germany’s central bank has also recently warned the region’s banking sector that the move to shifting data on the cloud will make the industry harder to monitor.(Updated with additional context.)To contact the reporter on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, ;Giles Turner at gturner35@bloomberg.net, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier plans to build up a German cloud service to allow European companies to store data independent of Asian or U.S. rivals such as Amazon.com Inc.“Germany has a right to technological sovereignty,” said Altmaier during a visit to San Francisco. “Data clouds should not only be set up in the U.S. or China, but also in Germany so that European companies, which want secure and reliable data storage, have this option.”Altmaier’s plans are a second attempt to build up an independent German cloud service. Deutsche Telekom AG has been marketing its own cloud as a secure alternative to U.S. platforms, but at the end of 2018 began offering access to Amazon’s data centers in a recognition of its longtime rival’s dominance in Europe.The minister said he’s seeking partners for his planned cloud alliance and is in talks with SAP SE, Deutsche Telekom and other companies. He expects a decision by the companies in the next months, he said.Geopolitical tensions and trade wars are making European politicians cautious about domestic champions ceding control of their data to technology suppliers from the U.S. or China, fearing that providers could deny access to critical information about customers or production, or serve as a venue for rogue agents.Under the Trump Administration’s Cloud Act (or the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act”) that was signed last year, all U.S. cloud providers can be ordered to provide local authorities data stored on their servers no matter where that data is physically stored. A similar concept has been enshrined in Chinese law since 2017, in which information of citizens must be stored in-country and accessible on demand to the authorities.Agnes Pannier-Runacher, France’s deputy economy minister, said in an interview with Bloomberg in June that European businesses relinquishing control of their data was “a systemic risk” to the competitiveness and sovereignty of an economy.Germany’s central bank has also recently warned the region’s banking sector that the move to shifting data on the cloud will make the industry harder to monitor.(Updated with additional context.)To contact the reporter on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, ;Giles Turner at gturner35@bloomberg.net, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 59/74   German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about.  Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne outside the chancellery in Berlin, listening to the two countries' national anthems.  The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honors ceremony.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne outside the chancellery in Berlin, listening to the two countries' national anthems. The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honors ceremony.


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  • 60/74   The Latest: UN atomic agency holding meeting on Iran
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    Diplomats are gathering in Vienna for a special meeting of the board of the U.N. atomic watchdog requested by the United States to discuss Iran's nuclear program.  U.S. and Iranian envoys to the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to address the group Wednesday.  The U.S. called for the meeting after Iran announced last week that it had exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

    Diplomats are gathering in Vienna for a special meeting of the board of the U.N. atomic watchdog requested by the United States to discuss Iran's nuclear program. U.S. and Iranian envoys to the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to address the group Wednesday. The U.S. called for the meeting after Iran announced last week that it had exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.


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  • 61/74   Von der Leyen Struggles for Socialist Support for Top EU Job
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    (Bloomberg) -- Ursula von der Leyen faces continued opposition from European Union lawmakers in the Socialist party to her bid for the bloc’s most powerful political post.The 60-year-old German Christian Democrat needs the backing of an absolute majority of the 751-seat European Parliament to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker atop the EU’s executive arm, but she’s yet to win over a sizable number of Socialist lawmakers from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Britain.The road block highlights the risk of a veto of the main plank of last week’s hard-fought jobs deal among government leaders. The Socialists are the No. 2 faction in the assembly and many of them are bitter their formal candidate for European Commission president -- Dutchman Frans Timmermans -- was rejected.“We will open a debate in our group and we will try to have a common position,” faction leader Iratxe Garcia of Spain told reporters Wednesday in Brussels after she and her colleagues met with von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.Fragmented ParliamentForming majorities in the EU Parliament has become more difficult because the Christian Democrats and Socialists saw their combined share of seats fall below 50% for the first time in elections in May.EU leaders on July 2 unexpectedly tapped von der Leyen for the much-coveted job of commission chief after weeks of bruising deliberations that sidelined Timmermans and a rival candidate -- Manfred Weber of Germany -- put forward by the Christian Democrats.Von der Leyen can count on the support of the Christian Democrats, who are the biggest group with 182 seats; at least a chunk of the 153-strong Socialists; and the No. 3 Liberals, who have 108 seats.In that context, she is seeking the backing of groups such as the European Conservatives and Reformists, with 62 seats, to secure the minimum 376 votes needed to succeed Juncker in November.Should she win EU Parliament support, von der Leyen would begin to assemble a team of commissioners proposed by national capitals. The commission leadership is made up of one appointee from each EU country and the bloc’s Parliament would vote on von der Leyen’s whole team in October.In a meeting with EU Liberal lawmakers on Wednesday, von der Leyen said her goal was to head a team in which half the commissioners were female. To that end, von der Leyen said she would ask EU governments to propose one male and one female appointee for her to choose between.(Updates with von der Leyen’s comments on her team in final paragraph.)\--With assistance from Marine Strauss and Stephanie Bodoni.To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Caroline Alexander, Nikos ChrysolorasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Ursula von der Leyen faces continued opposition from European Union lawmakers in the Socialist party to her bid for the bloc’s most powerful political post.The 60-year-old German Christian Democrat needs the backing of an absolute majority of the 751-seat European Parliament to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker atop the EU’s executive arm, but she’s yet to win over a sizable number of Socialist lawmakers from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Britain.The road block highlights the risk of a veto of the main plank of last week’s hard-fought jobs deal among government leaders. The Socialists are the No. 2 faction in the assembly and many of them are bitter their formal candidate for European Commission president -- Dutchman Frans Timmermans -- was rejected.“We will open a debate in our group and we will try to have a common position,” faction leader Iratxe Garcia of Spain told reporters Wednesday in Brussels after she and her colleagues met with von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.Fragmented ParliamentForming majorities in the EU Parliament has become more difficult because the Christian Democrats and Socialists saw their combined share of seats fall below 50% for the first time in elections in May.EU leaders on July 2 unexpectedly tapped von der Leyen for the much-coveted job of commission chief after weeks of bruising deliberations that sidelined Timmermans and a rival candidate -- Manfred Weber of Germany -- put forward by the Christian Democrats.Von der Leyen can count on the support of the Christian Democrats, who are the biggest group with 182 seats; at least a chunk of the 153-strong Socialists; and the No. 3 Liberals, who have 108 seats.In that context, she is seeking the backing of groups such as the European Conservatives and Reformists, with 62 seats, to secure the minimum 376 votes needed to succeed Juncker in November.Should she win EU Parliament support, von der Leyen would begin to assemble a team of commissioners proposed by national capitals. The commission leadership is made up of one appointee from each EU country and the bloc’s Parliament would vote on von der Leyen’s whole team in October.In a meeting with EU Liberal lawmakers on Wednesday, von der Leyen said her goal was to head a team in which half the commissioners were female. To that end, von der Leyen said she would ask EU governments to propose one male and one female appointee for her to choose between.(Updates with von der Leyen’s comments on her team in final paragraph.)\--With assistance from Marine Strauss and Stephanie Bodoni.To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Caroline Alexander, Nikos ChrysolorasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 62/74   Saudi Royals Would Face U.S. Visa Restriction in New Senate Bill
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    (Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans seeking a way to punish Saudi Arabia over its human rights record without provoking a veto by President Donald Trump are trying a new strategy: denying visas for members of the kingdom’s royal family.Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, plans to unveil legislation on Wednesday that includes a measure to bar members of the royal family who work in the Saudi government from entering the U.S., according to a person familiar with the legislation. If signed into law, hundreds of people could face the restrictions.“This legislation is an effort to move the U.S./Saudi relationship in a different direction and I am hopeful to have the support of my colleagues in doing so,” Risch said in a statement. “We are all in agreement that we need to see a change in Saudi conduct going forward, and this bill would have a real impact in doing that.”The bill has at least one Democratic co-sponsor: Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and the committee plans to vote on it this month, along with a bill from the panel’s ranking Democrat, Bob Menendez, to bar some arms sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions over the killing of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi. That measure is co-sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally who nevertheless has urged the administration to take a tougher stance with the Saudis.The travel restrictions in Risch’s bill would remain in place until the kingdom shows progress on human rights. Demonstrable progress, as evaluated by a team of U.S. government agencies led by the State Department, could include the release of dozens of jailed dissidents, the person said.The measure is designed to put pressure on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, although he would not personally be denied a visa since heads of state and the Saudi ambassador would be exempt.Risch has been trying for months to craft legislation that could be signed into law by Trump. The bill has the tacit support of the White House, as members of the senator’s staff have had discussions with their counterparts with the administration, the person said.The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately provide a response to a request for comment about the measure.Risch usually backs the Trump administration on foreign policy, and he didn’t join the handful of Republicans who voted with Democrats last month to disapprove of the administration’s move to force the sale of $2 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia against Menendez’s opposition.Read More: Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Rebuking TrumpThat resolution was adopted in the Senate but fell short of the margin needed to override a presidential veto. The Democrat-led House is expected to vote on the measure this month.The Trump administration has cited threats from Iran as justification for rebuffing congressional concerns and invoking emergency powers to sell arms to the Saudis. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper will tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a Wednesday hearing that supplying arms to allies is “also in the interest and furtherance of our values,” according to his prepared remarks.Both houses of Congress voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen over concerns about civilian casualties. Trump vetoed that legislation.To contact the reporters on this story: Daniel Flatley in Washington at dflatley1@bloomberg.net;Glen Carey in Washington at gcarey8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans seeking a way to punish Saudi Arabia over its human rights record without provoking a veto by President Donald Trump are trying a new strategy: denying visas for members of the kingdom’s royal family.Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, plans to unveil legislation on Wednesday that includes a measure to bar members of the royal family who work in the Saudi government from entering the U.S., according to a person familiar with the legislation. If signed into law, hundreds of people could face the restrictions.“This legislation is an effort to move the U.S./Saudi relationship in a different direction and I am hopeful to have the support of my colleagues in doing so,” Risch said in a statement. “We are all in agreement that we need to see a change in Saudi conduct going forward, and this bill would have a real impact in doing that.”The bill has at least one Democratic co-sponsor: Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and the committee plans to vote on it this month, along with a bill from the panel’s ranking Democrat, Bob Menendez, to bar some arms sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions over the killing of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi. That measure is co-sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally who nevertheless has urged the administration to take a tougher stance with the Saudis.The travel restrictions in Risch’s bill would remain in place until the kingdom shows progress on human rights. Demonstrable progress, as evaluated by a team of U.S. government agencies led by the State Department, could include the release of dozens of jailed dissidents, the person said.The measure is designed to put pressure on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, although he would not personally be denied a visa since heads of state and the Saudi ambassador would be exempt.Risch has been trying for months to craft legislation that could be signed into law by Trump. The bill has the tacit support of the White House, as members of the senator’s staff have had discussions with their counterparts with the administration, the person said.The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately provide a response to a request for comment about the measure.Risch usually backs the Trump administration on foreign policy, and he didn’t join the handful of Republicans who voted with Democrats last month to disapprove of the administration’s move to force the sale of $2 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia against Menendez’s opposition.Read More: Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Rebuking TrumpThat resolution was adopted in the Senate but fell short of the margin needed to override a presidential veto. The Democrat-led House is expected to vote on the measure this month.The Trump administration has cited threats from Iran as justification for rebuffing congressional concerns and invoking emergency powers to sell arms to the Saudis. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper will tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a Wednesday hearing that supplying arms to allies is “also in the interest and furtherance of our values,” according to his prepared remarks.Both houses of Congress voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen over concerns about civilian casualties. Trump vetoed that legislation.To contact the reporters on this story: Daniel Flatley in Washington at dflatley1@bloomberg.net;Glen Carey in Washington at gcarey8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 63/74   Johnson ‘Not Attracted’ to Suspending Parliament: Brexit Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Former Prime Minister John Major threatened to seek a judicial review if the next premier suspends Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit -- something Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Theresa May, has refused to rule out.Key Developments:MPs narrowly passed a measure -- by 294 votes to 293 -- proposed by pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve, showing they are willing to act to stop a no-deal split from the blocJohnson’s rival for the top job, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, rejected the idea of suspending ParliamentTheresa May’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, and Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer give evidence to MPs from 3 p.m.Pound little changed after gaining in earlier tradingEU’s Next Chief Hopes U.K. Doesn’t Leave (12:50 p.m.)Ursula von der Leyen, nominee for next European Commission president, told European Union lawmakers she hopes the U.K. changes its mind and stays in the bloc, but that if it does leave, it should be on the best possible terms.“We want you to remain,” she said, addressing a British member of the European Parliament in Brussels. But whatever happens, “it is in our interests to have you sort things out,” she said -- a clear indication that she will try to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Von der Leyen was chosen to lead the EU’s executive by national leaders but she still needs the support of parliament. She will start in post the day after Britain leaves the bloc -- if it sticks to its latest deadline of Oct. 31.Johnson ‘Not Attracted’ to Suspending Parliament (12:40 p.m.)In a letter to the One Nation caucus of centrist Conservatives published on Wednesday, leadership front-runner Boris Johnson repeated his line that he is “not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of Parliament,” and would rather find consensus on Brexit across the House of Commons.Johnson also wrote that he believes a no-deal Brexit is “extremely unlikely to happen.” The One Nation group had asked Johnson to clarify his policy positions following a meeting with its members several weeks ago.The publication of the letter comes after former Prime Minister John Major criticized Johnson’s failure to rule out prorogation (see 9 a.m.). Parliament also made clear on Tuesday it would fight against a no-deal Brexit if the government pursued it.Johnson Supporters Hit Back at Major (11:25 a.m.)Supporters of Boris Johnson have ridiculed former Prime Minister John Major’s threat (see 9 a.m.) to seek a judicial review if the next premier tries to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.“It’s a stunt,” Conservative MP Chris Philp told BBC Radio. “I don’t think it’s a serious proposition.” Philp said suspending Parliament “is not the plan A or even plan B or plan C. The main plan is to get a deal agreed with the European Union, and that’s what Boris, and I think the vast majority of Conservatives, and I suspect the vast majority of the public want.”Prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker said in a text message that Major’s political career was “intertwined in our country’s journey to this debacle,” citing issues including the failure to seek a public mandate to sign the Maastricht Treaty, which formally created the European Union and deepened political integration among member states.“My generation owe Sir John a debt of gratitude on other issues, but on Europe, his premiership has proven a disaster,” Baker said.Major Threatens Legal Action Over Parlt Suspension (9 a.m.)Former Prime Minister John Major said he would be ready to take the government to court if the new premier tried to suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. He called on the front-runner for the position, Boris Johnson, to rule out doing so.“There would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review,” Major said on BBC Radio. “I have huge admiration for our parliamentary traditions and I’m not going to stand by and see them disregarded in this fashion. It is utterly, utterly and completely the wrong way to proceed.”Major is backing Jeremy Hunt to be the new prime minister, who has said he won’t suspend Parliament to get the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31. But Major warned both candidates that sticking to that deadline could be “disastrous” if companies and the country wasn’t ready.“National leaders look first at the interests of the country, not first at the interests of themselves and appealing to a particular part of a small electorate for a particular post, however politically important that post may be,” he said.Earlier:U.K. Parliament Flexes Muscle as Johnson Doubles Down on No-DealU.K. Seeks Brexit Concessions Saying Dublin Has Most to LoseBrexit Bulletin: Parliament Strikes AgainTo contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net;Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Emma Ross-Thomas at erossthomas@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Former Prime Minister John Major threatened to seek a judicial review if the next premier suspends Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit -- something Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Theresa May, has refused to rule out.Key Developments:MPs narrowly passed a measure -- by 294 votes to 293 -- proposed by pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve, showing they are willing to act to stop a no-deal split from the blocJohnson’s rival for the top job, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, rejected the idea of suspending ParliamentTheresa May’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, and Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer give evidence to MPs from 3 p.m.Pound little changed after gaining in earlier tradingEU’s Next Chief Hopes U.K. Doesn’t Leave (12:50 p.m.)Ursula von der Leyen, nominee for next European Commission president, told European Union lawmakers she hopes the U.K. changes its mind and stays in the bloc, but that if it does leave, it should be on the best possible terms.“We want you to remain,” she said, addressing a British member of the European Parliament in Brussels. But whatever happens, “it is in our interests to have you sort things out,” she said -- a clear indication that she will try to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Von der Leyen was chosen to lead the EU’s executive by national leaders but she still needs the support of parliament. She will start in post the day after Britain leaves the bloc -- if it sticks to its latest deadline of Oct. 31.Johnson ‘Not Attracted’ to Suspending Parliament (12:40 p.m.)In a letter to the One Nation caucus of centrist Conservatives published on Wednesday, leadership front-runner Boris Johnson repeated his line that he is “not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of Parliament,” and would rather find consensus on Brexit across the House of Commons.Johnson also wrote that he believes a no-deal Brexit is “extremely unlikely to happen.” The One Nation group had asked Johnson to clarify his policy positions following a meeting with its members several weeks ago.The publication of the letter comes after former Prime Minister John Major criticized Johnson’s failure to rule out prorogation (see 9 a.m.). Parliament also made clear on Tuesday it would fight against a no-deal Brexit if the government pursued it.Johnson Supporters Hit Back at Major (11:25 a.m.)Supporters of Boris Johnson have ridiculed former Prime Minister John Major’s threat (see 9 a.m.) to seek a judicial review if the next premier tries to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.“It’s a stunt,” Conservative MP Chris Philp told BBC Radio. “I don’t think it’s a serious proposition.” Philp said suspending Parliament “is not the plan A or even plan B or plan C. The main plan is to get a deal agreed with the European Union, and that’s what Boris, and I think the vast majority of Conservatives, and I suspect the vast majority of the public want.”Prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker said in a text message that Major’s political career was “intertwined in our country’s journey to this debacle,” citing issues including the failure to seek a public mandate to sign the Maastricht Treaty, which formally created the European Union and deepened political integration among member states.“My generation owe Sir John a debt of gratitude on other issues, but on Europe, his premiership has proven a disaster,” Baker said.Major Threatens Legal Action Over Parlt Suspension (9 a.m.)Former Prime Minister John Major said he would be ready to take the government to court if the new premier tried to suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. He called on the front-runner for the position, Boris Johnson, to rule out doing so.“There would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review,” Major said on BBC Radio. “I have huge admiration for our parliamentary traditions and I’m not going to stand by and see them disregarded in this fashion. It is utterly, utterly and completely the wrong way to proceed.”Major is backing Jeremy Hunt to be the new prime minister, who has said he won’t suspend Parliament to get the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31. But Major warned both candidates that sticking to that deadline could be “disastrous” if companies and the country wasn’t ready.“National leaders look first at the interests of the country, not first at the interests of themselves and appealing to a particular part of a small electorate for a particular post, however politically important that post may be,” he said.Earlier:U.K. Parliament Flexes Muscle as Johnson Doubles Down on No-DealU.K. Seeks Brexit Concessions Saying Dublin Has Most to LoseBrexit Bulletin: Parliament Strikes AgainTo contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net;Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Emma Ross-Thomas at erossthomas@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 64/74   Germany’s Merkel Suffers Third Bout of Shaking During Ceremony
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    (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her third spell of shaking in a month, putting persistent questions over her health back into focus.Merkel, 64, was seen trembling briefly as she stood alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne during a ceremony in Berlin Wednesday, according to footage on German broadcaster NTV. Merkel later appeared as planned at a press conference with Rinne and didn’t show any signs of trembling.“I am feeling good,” she told reporters, adding the issue wasn’t anything affecting her leadership abilities. “I said recently that I am in a phase of working through what happened at the military honors ceremony with President Zelenskiy. It’s obviously not fully completed, but there has been progress and I will have to live with it for a while,” she said referring to the first trembling incident that occurred last month during a ceremony on a hot afternoon alongside the Ukrainian leader.Following the first two bouts of shaking, Merkel navigated the Group of 20 summit in Japan and attended marathon negotiations in Brussels over European Union top jobs. “I am feeling very good, and there is no reason for concern,” she said.The latest scare puts pressure on Merkel’s office to provide fuller transparency about her health. Until now, the shaking episodes were attributed to dehydration and the subsequent psychological effects.Questions over her well-being arise as Germany’s economy is losing steam and relations within the governing coalition are strained. Last year, Merkel gave up her role as leader of the Christian Democrats and plans to leave politics after her term as chancellor ends with the next national election, slated for 2021. Both ruling parties did poorly in European elections in May, putting further pressure on the coalition.On June 18, Merkel shook noticeably during a ceremony with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Then, she said it was the result of not drinking enough water. In subsequent days, she appeared to be fine, joking about the incident. The second episode over a week later, which occurred indoors. She tried to explain as a psychological effect related to the earlier incident.Merkel is in her 14th year as chancellor.(Adds Merkel comments beginning in third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Raymond Colitt.To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her third spell of shaking in a month, putting persistent questions over her health back into focus.Merkel, 64, was seen trembling briefly as she stood alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne during a ceremony in Berlin Wednesday, according to footage on German broadcaster NTV. Merkel later appeared as planned at a press conference with Rinne and didn’t show any signs of trembling.“I am feeling good,” she told reporters, adding the issue wasn’t anything affecting her leadership abilities. “I said recently that I am in a phase of working through what happened at the military honors ceremony with President Zelenskiy. It’s obviously not fully completed, but there has been progress and I will have to live with it for a while,” she said referring to the first trembling incident that occurred last month during a ceremony on a hot afternoon alongside the Ukrainian leader.Following the first two bouts of shaking, Merkel navigated the Group of 20 summit in Japan and attended marathon negotiations in Brussels over European Union top jobs. “I am feeling very good, and there is no reason for concern,” she said.The latest scare puts pressure on Merkel’s office to provide fuller transparency about her health. Until now, the shaking episodes were attributed to dehydration and the subsequent psychological effects.Questions over her well-being arise as Germany’s economy is losing steam and relations within the governing coalition are strained. Last year, Merkel gave up her role as leader of the Christian Democrats and plans to leave politics after her term as chancellor ends with the next national election, slated for 2021. Both ruling parties did poorly in European elections in May, putting further pressure on the coalition.On June 18, Merkel shook noticeably during a ceremony with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Then, she said it was the result of not drinking enough water. In subsequent days, she appeared to be fine, joking about the incident. The second episode over a week later, which occurred indoors. She tried to explain as a psychological effect related to the earlier incident.Merkel is in her 14th year as chancellor.(Adds Merkel comments beginning in third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Raymond Colitt.To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 65/74   Iran warns Britain of 'repercussions' over ship seizure
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    Iran's president said Wednesday that Britain will face 'repercussions' over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.  Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as calling the seizure 'mean and wrong' during a Cabinet meeting.  'You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions,' he warned the British government, calling for the 'full security' of international shipping lanes.

    Iran's president said Wednesday that Britain will face 'repercussions' over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as calling the seizure 'mean and wrong' during a Cabinet meeting. 'You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions,' he warned the British government, calling for the 'full security' of international shipping lanes.


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  • 66/74   Matteo Salvini's far-Right League 'sought millions in funding' from Russian investors
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    Italy's far-Right League party sought tens of millions of euros in funding from Russian investors in a secret meeting where an aide close to Matteo Salvini, the party leader, said they "had to be close to Russia," a leaked tape has revealed. The transcript of an hour-long meeting between Russian investors and an aide from Mr Salvini's League, obtained by the news website BuzzFeed, is the latest evidence of high-level collusion between far-Right European populist movements and Moscow. According to BuzzFeed, the deal would involve a Russian oil company selling around three million metric tons of fuel to Italian oil company Eni over a year, with a value of around $1.5 bn. Intermediaries would handle the buying and selling, adding a discount at the latter stage. In a transcript published by BuzzFeed, six men - three Russian and three Italians - discuss funneling money from a Russian oil deal into the League's coffers.   When the existence of the Metropol meeting was reported by two Italian journalists earlier the year, Savoini and Salvini dismissed the story as a fantasy. This recording blows those statements apart. pic.twitter.com/O0bdE7XcOC— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) July 10, 2019 "It's very simple," one of the Italians is heard saying. "The planning made by our political guys was that given a four per cent discount, 250,000 [metric tons] plus 250,000 per month per one year, they can sustain a campaign.” At another point in the tape, one Italian says of the deal: "We are going to have problems with AM (anti money laundering rules)" In the same meeting, Salvini aide Gianluca Savoini is heard saying: "We want to change Europe...a new Europe has to be close to Russia as before because we want to have our sovereignty." Last week Mr Savoini attended a Russian government dinner in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Mr Salvini did not attend the meeting where the oil deal was discussed, or the state dinner.  It remains unclear whether the deal went ahead or whether the League received any funding from Russian investors. Both Mr Savoini and Mr Salvini have refused to comment on BuzzFeed's allegations.  The news website said it had not been able to identify any of the Russians at the meeting, which was held at the Metropol hotel in Moscow.  The League has repeatedly denied receiving funding from foreign sources, which would be a serious breach of Italian electoral rules.  Russia's President Vladimir Putin Credit: TASS / Barcroft Media However, Mr Salvini has been frank about his support for the Russian government - after the European elections, he posed for a photograph with a picture of Vladimir Putin on his bookshelf in the background.  If money did change hands it would not be the first time a far-Right politician has accepted money from the Russians. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Assembly, took €11m in loans from Russian banks in 2014.  Brexit campaign financer Arron Banks has also been accused of discussing diamond and gold deals with the Russian embassy to fund the 2016 EU referendum and as a result is under investigation by the National Crime Agency. He vehemently denies the allegations.  And in Austria, far-Right FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down after he was filmed discussing a deal where public contracts would be swapped for Russian campaign support.

    Italy's far-Right League party sought tens of millions of euros in funding from Russian investors in a secret meeting where an aide close to Matteo Salvini, the party leader, said they "had to be close to Russia," a leaked tape has revealed. The transcript of an hour-long meeting between Russian investors and an aide from Mr Salvini's League, obtained by the news website BuzzFeed, is the latest evidence of high-level collusion between far-Right European populist movements and Moscow. According to BuzzFeed, the deal would involve a Russian oil company selling around three million metric tons of fuel to Italian oil company Eni over a year, with a value of around $1.5 bn. Intermediaries would handle the buying and selling, adding a discount at the latter stage. In a transcript published by BuzzFeed, six men - three Russian and three Italians - discuss funneling money from a Russian oil deal into the League's coffers.   When the existence of the Metropol meeting was reported by two Italian journalists earlier the year, Savoini and Salvini dismissed the story as a fantasy. This recording blows those statements apart. pic.twitter.com/O0bdE7XcOC— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) July 10, 2019 "It's very simple," one of the Italians is heard saying. "The planning made by our political guys was that given a four per cent discount, 250,000 [metric tons] plus 250,000 per month per one year, they can sustain a campaign.” At another point in the tape, one Italian says of the deal: "We are going to have problems with AM (anti money laundering rules)" In the same meeting, Salvini aide Gianluca Savoini is heard saying: "We want to change Europe...a new Europe has to be close to Russia as before because we want to have our sovereignty." Last week Mr Savoini attended a Russian government dinner in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Mr Salvini did not attend the meeting where the oil deal was discussed, or the state dinner.  It remains unclear whether the deal went ahead or whether the League received any funding from Russian investors. Both Mr Savoini and Mr Salvini have refused to comment on BuzzFeed's allegations.  The news website said it had not been able to identify any of the Russians at the meeting, which was held at the Metropol hotel in Moscow.  The League has repeatedly denied receiving funding from foreign sources, which would be a serious breach of Italian electoral rules.  Russia's President Vladimir Putin Credit: TASS / Barcroft Media However, Mr Salvini has been frank about his support for the Russian government - after the European elections, he posed for a photograph with a picture of Vladimir Putin on his bookshelf in the background.  If money did change hands it would not be the first time a far-Right politician has accepted money from the Russians. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Assembly, took €11m in loans from Russian banks in 2014.  Brexit campaign financer Arron Banks has also been accused of discussing diamond and gold deals with the Russian embassy to fund the 2016 EU referendum and as a result is under investigation by the National Crime Agency. He vehemently denies the allegations.  And in Austria, far-Right FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down after he was filmed discussing a deal where public contracts would be swapped for Russian campaign support.


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  • 67/74   France admits it is owner of missiles found on Libyan rebel base used for Haftar's assault on Tripoli
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    France has admitted that it is the owner of American-made anti-tank missiles found at a base used by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army for its assault on Tripoli.  The Army Ministry said the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles were for the "self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations" and never  intended for sale or transfer to any party to Libya's conflict. "Damaged and unusable, the armaments were being temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of their destruction," the ministry said in a statement. It is the first time since 2016 that France has publicly acknowledged it still has special forces deployed in Libya. It is not clear how many troops are deployed. Four Javelin missiles were discovered after forces loyal to the United Nations-backed government raided a camp in Gheryan, in the mountains south of Tripoli, on June 26, the New York Times earlier reported. Gheryan was the headquarters for FM Haftar's forces as they massed for an assault on Tripoli in an attempt to overthrow the U.N.-backed government. France broadly supports FM Haftar, regarding his forces as helpful in the fight against Islamist militants, but denied foreknowledge of his attack on Tripoli when it began three months ago.  Fayez Al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the Tripoli-based government of national accord, has publicly protested French support for FM Haftar's group. Some observers have accused Paris of providing the commander with diplomatic cover for his assault on the capital.  In its statement, the Army Ministry denied the Javelins had been transferred to a local force, and reiterated that the arms were not subject to import restrictions because they were intended for the protection of French troops. "France has long supported all established forces engaged in the fight against terrorism, in Libya, in the Tripoli area and in Cyrenaica (the east of the country), as well as more broadly in the Sahel," it said. "It has never been a question of selling, yielding, loaning or transferring these munitions to anybody in Libya." The FGM 148 Javelin is a US-manufactuered shoulder-launched missile designed to destroy modern tanks by striking them from above, where their armour is thinnest.  Ukraine lobbied for years to be supplied with the weapon to help it halt Russian armoured advances in the Donbas region after war there began in 2014, but was only allowed to buy some in 2018.

    France has admitted that it is the owner of American-made anti-tank missiles found at a base used by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army for its assault on Tripoli.  The Army Ministry said the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles were for the "self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations" and never  intended for sale or transfer to any party to Libya's conflict. "Damaged and unusable, the armaments were being temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of their destruction," the ministry said in a statement. It is the first time since 2016 that France has publicly acknowledged it still has special forces deployed in Libya. It is not clear how many troops are deployed. Four Javelin missiles were discovered after forces loyal to the United Nations-backed government raided a camp in Gheryan, in the mountains south of Tripoli, on June 26, the New York Times earlier reported. Gheryan was the headquarters for FM Haftar's forces as they massed for an assault on Tripoli in an attempt to overthrow the U.N.-backed government. France broadly supports FM Haftar, regarding his forces as helpful in the fight against Islamist militants, but denied foreknowledge of his attack on Tripoli when it began three months ago.  Fayez Al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the Tripoli-based government of national accord, has publicly protested French support for FM Haftar's group. Some observers have accused Paris of providing the commander with diplomatic cover for his assault on the capital.  In its statement, the Army Ministry denied the Javelins had been transferred to a local force, and reiterated that the arms were not subject to import restrictions because they were intended for the protection of French troops. "France has long supported all established forces engaged in the fight against terrorism, in Libya, in the Tripoli area and in Cyrenaica (the east of the country), as well as more broadly in the Sahel," it said. "It has never been a question of selling, yielding, loaning or transferring these munitions to anybody in Libya." The FGM 148 Javelin is a US-manufactuered shoulder-launched missile designed to destroy modern tanks by striking them from above, where their armour is thinnest.  Ukraine lobbied for years to be supplied with the weapon to help it halt Russian armoured advances in the Donbas region after war there began in 2014, but was only allowed to buy some in 2018.


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  • 68/74   Lebanon speaker condemns US sanctions on Hezbollah lawmakers
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    Lebanon's parliament speaker said Wednesday the new U.S. sanctions targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers are an aggression against the whole country, describing them as irrational.  Nabih Berri's comments were first carried by Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV.  Berri, a Hezbollah ally and parliament speaker for years, said the sanctions were an attack on Lebanese democracy.

    Lebanon's parliament speaker said Wednesday the new U.S. sanctions targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers are an aggression against the whole country, describing them as irrational. Nabih Berri's comments were first carried by Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV. Berri, a Hezbollah ally and parliament speaker for years, said the sanctions were an attack on Lebanese democracy.


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  • 69/74   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 70/74   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...

    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...


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  • 71/74   How to Get Kids to Wear Sunscreen
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    Being a kid in the summer is often about playing outside, but if you don’t protect your child from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, he or she has a greater chance of developing skin cancer as an adult...

    Being a kid in the summer is often about playing outside, but if you don’t protect your child from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, he or she has a greater chance of developing skin cancer as an adult...


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  • 72/74   Get a Good Sunscreen at a Great Price
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    No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of a summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body, and you nee...

    No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of a summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body, and you nee...


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  • 73/74   How Safe Is Deet? | Insect Repellent Safety
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    How Safe Is Deet? Deet is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. It has been around longer than any other active ingredient, and many scientists say it’s the gold standard for all rep...

    How Safe Is Deet? Deet is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. It has been around longer than any other active ingredient, and many scientists say it’s the gold standard for all rep...


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  • 74/74   9 Ways Digestive Problems Could Be Totally Screwing With Your Weight
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    It could explain why that number on the scale is rising.

    It could explain why that number on the scale is rising.


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